Gender Neutral Nursery!

Guess what, chicken butt?!

Can you believe my luck that I have another bestie that’s literally giving birth any day now?  And the fun part (not sure for who, cause I’m DYING) is that no one knows if it’s going to be a girl or a boy!!  Or as I like to say, a taco or a noodle.  Yeah.  I’m gross.  Deal.

So just for giggles I put together a gender neutral nursery that I think she would love.  Here’s what I know about Julie’s design taste – she’s a big fan of gray in interiors, likes more muted colors, and is a beach girl; She’s from Venice, for gosh sakes!

Enjoy the virtual eye candy!!

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Want to know if it works for a little lady?  Just by swapping out the throw, it looks so different!  Imagine with peachy pink bedding!

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Those baby llamas very much tug at my heart.  It also happens that recently Julie and I fed llamas together.  See what else I found below?  MORE Llamas!  Ack!  They’re so freaking cute!!

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The table and chairs are super adorable and come in a bunch of colors.  I played around with the colors on my screen, to get this combo, but man, I really like the blue.  And the green.  And the orange.  Honestly, they’d all work here since the background is fairly neutral.

Anyhoo, I’m VERY excited about holding all these sweet smelling nuggets in the near future.  I know that my little guy will look like a giant next to them and I will feel a momentary pang of sadness that the baby in him is almost gone.  That should last approximately 30 seconds.

Say a little prayer for my girl!!  She’s going to do AWESOME and will probably be running marathons with a kid in each arm in no time.

*All sources below.

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Hahaha Print, Crib, Wallpaper, Rug, Light-up Moon, Sea Art Print, Llama Print, Fluff Pillow, Rocking Chair, Weathered White Dresser, Puzzle Table, Gray Throw, Plush Llamas, Malone Dresser, Kid’s table and chairs, Basket, Basket Boxes, Cactus,  Picture Ledge, Roman Shade,

Gender Neutral Playroom

Hi y’all!

Today I’m having a bit of fun designing a gender neutral playroom for one of my besties!  “She’s Pregnant!” and of course I just shouted it out like Oprah!!  Now check under your seats!  Um, that was disappointing.  The seat thing, not the pregnancy – duh.  I am OVER THE MOON, CRAZY ECSTATIC for her!!  And being that I’m all up in the beeswax, I get to reminisce about the lovely pregnancy parts and laugh my ass off at the sucky stuff.  Being pregnant is NO joke.  On the count of three, worst part about being pregnant….1. 2. 3. Getting dressed!!  Arg, I hated picking out clothes in the morning.  My friend was telling me how uncomfortable wearing a bra was becoming.  I’m like, Yo in month 9 that thing will feel like a freaking noose!  Amiright?!

Anyway, most of it is wonderful and fun and full of (my favorite) shopping!  She has a suite off the master bedroom that she’s going to dedicate to the baby, so planning a nursery isn’t really in the cards.  But a playroom?!  That can double as a guest room?  Oh yes, girl need that.

The room in question is right off the living room, which has this color palate.

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I wanted to keep the colors the same since the rooms are right next to each other.  So without further ado, here are some ideas for a super fun, gender neutral play room!  All that’s missing are the billions of toys!!

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This sofa is dope.  For $500 they will add in a bed, which is such a great deal.  And the size is customizable, and the cushions can be slip covered, and I’m totally buying my next sofa from them.  I adore the idea of a coffee table/kids table.  This one is 16″ high, with a marble top, so it’s basically indestructible and perfect for toddler Panton chairs to slip under.  The two side tables would easily adjust to bedside tables, and maybe a sconce or two over the sofa would be a great addition.  Cummon, that elephant stool!  Too cute!  The rug is large at 9×12 but it’s under $200.  The kids can spill spaghetti or barf all over it and you won’t have a heart attack.

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Toy storage!!  And a fun chair to spin around in.  Yes please.

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All that’s missing is a bit of book storage and some whimsy, which is where these pieces come in.  I’m 50-50 on the teepee idea, but that’s because I have 4 rambunctious hooligans; that teepee wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house.  But one kid, maybe two and it should survive… a little longer at least!!  I think a mirror is a great addition, long enough for baby to check themselves out and possibly for dress-up later.

Of course, in all my searching I found some other stuff I liked too… I have been crushing hard on this rug from Nate Berkus.  It totally works and would add some softness…

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I also found so many chair options… I see them and I think, would I want to sit in that chair??  Does it beacon me??  This one does.  Bigly.

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My favorites though might be these…  They are definitely riskier, but they are so COOL.  And a steal for $200 bucks.  I could see kids doing some weird shit with these.

That’s it!!

I hope she has fun looking at these boards and maybe you’ve found something new to stare at!!  All sources below.

Abstract Art 2004, Article Sideboard, Clad Home Sofa, Tan Stripe Rug, Marble Side Table, Egg Coffee Table, Lambswool Pillow, Suede Pillow, Elephant Stool, Toddler Panton Chairs, Red Kilim Lumbar, PlanterNate Berkus Rug, Cream Vase, Kantha Tulip Chair, Wood Carved Side Table, Kilim Pillow, Hmong Batik Pillow, Carnival Photo, Giraffe, Gold Sculpture, Indigo Prints, Spoonbill Lamp, Cupa Leather Chair, Rocking Chair, Black and White Blocks, White Teepee, Bookcase, Pouf, Bone Inlay Mirror, Baskets, Red Sling Chairs

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Things I can’t get my mind off right now…

Hi Friends!

Can you believe that I wrote this totally gung-ho post about getting outta a rut and I’m still lagging SO much?!  Grr.  It’s hard, man.  I’ve been pretty busy at work, which is great, but also not – you know what I mean?  I love my day job actually, but after a stressful day, do I want to sew some curtains?  No.  I do not.

Alas, my struggle to get into the Madonna groove continues…with a teeny bit of progress here and there.  On the plus, I’m feeling a WHOLE LOT better.  Phew.

So, what’s up with me?  Well, I’m very happily drooling over some cool stuff.  Maybe you are into a few of these right now as well!!

COLLARS

Goddammit collars are cool.  Like all my shirts must now have a collar and I’ve got to button it all the way up.  Shirt, get in my cart NOW!!

THIS RED TRIM

Elle Decor’s cover photo has been whispering to me.  Nonstop.  And, you guys, it’s from June.

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I don’t care if every room in the world is white right now, I still love a fiery red!

THIS FIREPLACE

Deep breath.  It’s so good, right?!  Is it plaster?  Is it stone?  I NEED to know.  ASAP.  And the chairs – I’m obsessed with them.  In fact, I want to know more about this whole house, but where o’ where is this photo from???  Does any one know?  I found it here

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THIS SOFA

Is this the sofa I’ve been dreaming of?  It could be.

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MIRRORS WITH SHELVES

Like this one, from Nordstrom for only $113.

It’s so genius and versatile.  Imagine a lovely plant… it would really spice up a drab bathroom.

I think that’s it for now.  These are the fun things that have been occupying my mind when I’m not scrambling to get 4 boys out the door or making grocery lists… How can such little people eat so very much?

Talk to you soon!

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Progress in Arrow’s Room

Thank you guys so much for being the coolest!  Last week I was nervous to tell you about my rut, but y’all made me feel so much better.  Support and some sweetness are totally just what I needed!  Thank you!!

Remember when I said that even in my funkiness I did some stuff?  Well, I painted Arrow’s room and started on general organizing.  Wanna see?

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You’ll think this is crazy, but I couldn’t find the original blue paint color that I used on the walls.  You’d think I would write this crap down or something.  So, I picked another blue that I liked and cut it by 50%.  It’s freaking the SAME color.  Kinda sick.

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Bye, bye koi fish.

Heeellllloooo Ikea rug.  You’re so big and stripy.  I just love you.

And tell me the crib isn’t a whole lot cuter!  I won’t believe you!!  Just a few cuts and pastes, and now it looks Scandi.  I have a few more plans, possibly involving olive colored fabric, and new bedding.  But, omg, it’s WAY better now.  High Five!

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And the wall is cleared and ready for some art!!  Them were a lotta holes to fill.  I’ve also got a few ideas about the dressers.  That’s next on the list in the room… well, that and a rug pad.  Sheesh, freaking thin rugs and their lumps.

Me:  Rug, you have your flaws.

Rug:  You can’t handle this goodness!!

Me:  I need to stop talking to my furniture.  They’re a bunch of dickheads.

Anyhoo…

Progress is happening.  I’ve got curtain fabric, an idea for a wall mural (another one?! ), bedding to buy and dressers to paint.  Stuff’s about to GO DOWN.  And that trim’s getting a coat of bright white.  It is pissing me off SO much.

Me:  Just kidding.  I wouldn’t put you through that again.

Stay tuned.

And hey, have you done anything on the Rut List??

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Getting Myself Out of a Rut

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Hello my long lost pals!

It’s been awhile and I’m sure you’ve guessed what’s been going on with me based on the header.  Yup, I’ve been in a big, ol’ stinky, don’t feel like it, shrugged shoulders, funky-town, rut.  And it’s been no great helper to the blog.  Or my self-confidence.  Or my self identity.  Or that long list of projects.  Sigh.

After a few weeks of feeling “off,” I came to the conclusion that I needed to step away from the extra stuff.  Just take the pressure off, you know?  I still did a few things here and there, but I gave myself the option to binge watch The Good Wife, if I wanted to.  Freeing myself, allowed me to face my rut head-on.  Why wasn’t I feeling like myself?  And how the heck was I going to get out of this rut?!  You guys, I need out of this apathy STAT.

What’s a to-do lister like me supposed to do?  Ha!  I decided to come up with a list.  DUH.  Kind of like a 12 step program, for lame-o’s, to get my Stella groove back.  And then I thought (lightbulb!), wouldn’t it be even better if say, a few friends joined me along the way?!  Like YOU, hint, hint, wink, wink.

Anyway, after lots of day dreaming and commercial munching, here’s the list I came up with –

  1.  Retail Therapy.  Of course this is on my list.  It’s easy and damn it, staring at something new and pretty will make my eyes happy.  This will for sure start me in the right direction.
  2. Watch something FUNNY.  Watch something SAD.  Movies heal, y’all.  We can all agree to this one, right?

    If only we could all feel this kind of joy every day!
    If only we could all feel this kind of joy every day!
  3. Give myself a guaranteed win.  Will it feel cheap?  Maybe.  But hey, I deserve something on my to-do list that is easy, awesome and guaranteed not to suck.
  4. Get my body moving.  I’m thinking rock climbing, yoga-ing, cross training.  Shit ANYTHING at this point.  I’m sure that getting the blood flowing will certainly help my endorphin level, or whatever it’s called.  Those may be a stretch, but I KNOW I can at least do a video a few times a week.
  5. Give my kids a win they never saw coming.  Omg, how awesome is it when you surprise someone with something they were not expecting at all??  It’s kinda amazing.  I need to do something that will up my Mom cred, even if it’s a short lived high.
  6. Enjoy some time with my man.  It’s sad to admit, but we rarely spend time with just the two of us.  But we should… not just because I still like him after all these years, but also because I remember my other self… that (kinda) sexy, funny, daring girl, who’s still in there but doesn’t come out to play as much.  It’s fun to be her every once in awhile.
  7. Tell my mom I don’t feel good.  Mom’s (or BFF’s) are the best at pumping you back up.  After a lunch with my mom, my head will be so big it’ll barely fit in the house.

    My son, Cruz hiding his fear on the gondola and his little brother, Arrow, taking it in stride!
    My son, Cruz hiding his fear on the gondola while his little brother, Arrow, takes it in stride!
  8. Look your best, feel your best.  This one is really hard for me, but honestly it’s a difference of about 3 minutes in the morning.  Do I wear a little blush or go without?  Care about my shoes or wear what’s comfortable?  I’m really, really going to push for those extra 3 minutes so I can strut just a wee bit.  Or fake it… that’s also an option!
  9. Do something challenging.  What this will be, I’m really not sure.  But I think it’s a good thing.

    My twins getting a red stripe! They never give up!
    My twins getting a red stripe. They never give up!
  10. And lastly, when I start to feel down on myself, give myself a pat on the back.  (That’s a lot of myself’s!)  I DO work hard.  I AM a great mom.  My ideas ARE flipping cool.  Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves.  Why?  I was yammering on with a girlfriend of mine about some dumb room mom crap, totally caught up when I realized that ROOM MOM CRAP IS BORING.  I apologized for bringing up the most boring sage ever told, and my friend said (you won’t believe this), “Jessica, you couldn’t be boring if you tried.”  Friends, it made me cry.  That’s how eff’d up I’ve been.  So, yeah I need to cut me a bit o’ slack.

So, that’s kind of what I’m thinking.  ALL super fun things.  ALL really great things for my mind, body and spirit.  I don’t need shit right now.  I need HAPPY.  I need smiles, and hugs, and kuddos.

Wanna do the list with me??  I say we start NOW.

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