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Playroom Primer

28 Feb

I was once one of those women, naive and ignorant.

Buying furry teensy baby shoes with satin lining and engraved leather soles instead of something off the registry for my expecting friends.  Eyeing the family at the restaurant whose child was littering the floor with pasta and trying to gag down my food after seeing said child’s pureed sweet potato face. Feigning a look of not-digust when entering a home with plastic, primary-colored toys strewn about like wreckage.

I was a childless snob. **side note: in my defense, I was in my early 20s and had no clue…but older/wiser Mommy me grimaces at such judgmental memories.**

Here’s the thing — I wanted my friends to STICK to the registry. My kids TRASH restaurants and any other public place I take them to. And I have TONS of plastic brightly-colored and in no way coordinating with my house toys…but they are not strewn about.

That is my line. There will be no toys strewn, do you understand me? There is a special place – a bright, cheery, schoolish organized prison where the toys live and it is called the playroom. I feel so strongly about parents of toddlers having a playroom that my own 2 kids (now almost 3 & 4) SHARE a bedroom just so the configuration would work in our home.

The playroom can be a rainbow hued chaos zone and mommy will be just fine as soon as she closes the door and inhales her special juice, ok hunny? Now go back to your bunkbed please.

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ps: i desperately need to take better pics – these were from an old nighttime shoot with poor lighting. meh.

Train Caboose Guest House – An Unlikely 4-Word Phrase

25 Feb

One of the many selling points of our little city cabin is the backyard: narrow and deep with bilevel decking and two huge raised stone flower beds flanking either side of its expanse, a stone and pebble path winding its way down the half-grown grass leading to…*wait for it*…a train caboose. On tracks. In our backyard. It was retrofitted to be a guest house with a bedroom, living room, kitchenette and full bath. I KNOW, RIGHT? So without further adieu…a pictorial. I am going to have to add more to this because I realized I hardly captured it’s caboosey-ness the first go ’round.

Boys’ Shared Bedroom – Camping in the Woods (because everything has a theme)

24 Feb

When it was finally time to do away with Kingston’s nursery, I opted to put the boys in the same bedroom and convert Hunter’s bedroom into a playroom. BEST decision evarrrr! The playroom is totally primary-colored-out and looks like a place to store toys. They stay in the playroom. The playroom door is closed at night or when guests arrive. The toyland is out of sight. I heart it! Wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so strongly about it that if we had a 2 bedroom house I would opt to share a room with my kids just so I could keep the playroom. Ok maybe not. But they’d definitely sleep on the sofa in the living room.

Since I am an over-themer by nature, I went totally gaga for the kids’ room theme. They will likely never go on a real camping trip since they were born into a family of non-campers so their room should satisfy those boyhood camping urges. What’s that you say? It’ll increase their curiosity in camping and make them want to camp more? Dammit all! Well, we can at least hope my theory works.

Master Retreat a la Little House on the Prairie

24 Feb

Here’s our Master Bed & Bath all dolled up for the Sadie Hawkins dance. Actually, no…it looks like this every day. It’s Shabby Chic (although I kinda shudder at that term since it’s gone so mainstream and is oft used incorrectly) and also Flapper Chic and also Farmhouse Chic and also Granny Chic and Thrifty Chic and Upcycled Chic also Eclectic Alternative Chic. SO basically it’s just like totally chic, y’all. But what it is to me is a relaxing place where my eyes and mind can rest. With two monchichis underfoot all day e’ry day, a retreat is an important place to have. I would say this is the most “done” room in the house. Mainly because there is no more wall space.

A Bit Mod After All…Our Upstairs Hideaway, LeLounge

24 Feb

After living here for 2 years and treating our upstairs as a storage area for my {verdigreen} shop and an off-limit tease to the kids (no thanks to the stairwell of doom…an iron spiral staircase which proved too dangerous for tots) I *finally* organized, unpacked, and surprised hubs with furniture for Christmas last year. It was well worth the wait as we now use this room several times per week. It’s our game-watching hangout, our family game night rec room, and my packing/shipping/picture-taking showroom for Etsy-ing. Since it’s completely separate from the rest of our house I opted for a more funky vintage mod look to give us a change in scenery when we head upstairs. The picture gallery below is a work in progress as I have a few angles left to take once the room is complete (or before I change it all again.)

Robot Party

24 Feb

After nearly 8 months of planning, the day of reckoning was upon us: my firstborn’s 4th Birthday.

I found a robot themed party set on sale last summer – bright electric colors, space, mechanics and robots that I knew would be fun to coordinate. I planned in advance for months so I would be absorbed in something other than crying into my coffee at the thought of my baby boy morphing into a little kid so my kiddo know how special he was to me.

A neighbor/friend of mine (Sandra of Through Sandra’s Lens) came by to take pics which I combined with a few of my own to document Hunter’s 4th Robot Party below.

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