Pillow Talk

A friend of mine came to me with a question about her Master Bedroom;

She is not yet ready to completely re-do the space, but wants to do a few little things to spruce it up and make it feel more hers.

She recently ordered this awesome bedding from Kohls which is super chic.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.54.34 AMIn trying to add a little somethin something, she ordered this fabulous pillow from Etsy, which I love. I think it will really pop in the room and with the bedding.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.55.09 AMShe asked me about this other Etsy pillow in lumbar shape, and I had to be honest; it wasn’t my favorite. And she agreed.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.55.24 AMIt’s a great pillow, just not right for what she is looking to accomplish.

Since it has been my mecca for pillows, I pointed her in the direction of West Elm, as all of their pillows ship for free.

I found a few that I thought could work for her.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.57.30 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 10.56.26 AMJC Penny’s Jonathan Adler Happy Chic is doing a whole story right now on Aqua, so I thought she might find something there.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.06.52 AMI don’t mind mixing shades of aqua and gray, there are some nice sales.

Finally, I checked out CB2, Crate and Barrel’s more modern (and affordable) line, where I have found some awesome throws for more modern spaces.

I found some pillows that were awesome, but a little out there:

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.18.39 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.18.04 AMMy friend told me she wants a beachy-type feel, without it being “sea-shell-like”, which I totally get. To me, that means, tranquil and soothing, almost spa-like. Happy place-like.

Which is why this last pillow is my favorite. I’d put the one she bought from Etsy in the middle and have one of these on either side, making it super crisp and clean. A calm oasis for two busy parents with two busy kids.

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.19.32 AMI can’t wait to see what she comes up with.


A finished basement?

Right now our house has a rather large, unfinished basement. As far as basements go, it’s kind of OK. It’s definitely not scary, nor is it a place I’d like to hang out and chill. It’s where we do laundry and we have shelves that store things like childhood mementos and old CD books and baby gear.
And I’ve always been adamantly against finishing it.
“We have plenty of room,” I’d say.
“There’s no need.”
But, today, I don’t know what came over me, but I decided that yes, I do want to finish our basement and even more, I’d like to tie that project in with our future master addition.
There are so many pluses to finishing the basement, and besides it being an expense, I no longer see a downside. Plus, our basement has plumbing hook up for a bathroom, which would add value to our home.
But more than the practical reasons that I can list, I am intoxicated by the idea of having this whole big, cool room to decorate. Because with the basement, I can really go wild. I can finally get the animal heads I’ve been dreaming of. Maybe even a hide rug.
So tonight, I started to look up ideas.
And I got lost in colors, like teal blue walls, colorful pillows and throws, a lemon yellow coffee table accented by a pouf from West Elm. Bohemian, chic, comfy and cozy. I made a little Polyvore
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And, of course, now I’m obsessed. Seriously. Who wants this room?
Because it will be a few years before I can get it.
But oh,
I will get it.
And it will be fabulous.

Happiest Birthday. (Oh. My. Gd.)

If you have followed me on Mommy, Ever After, you will know that if my husband and kids are lead performers, Twin, as I call her, is best supporting actress. Not only is she my souldmatesisterbestfriendloveofmylife but we happen to share a birthday.
And I told her that I would open her gifts first thing.
And Oh. My. G.d

First, she got me Mr. and Mrs. Fox, Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers. Could you get more perfect? And here’s something that Twin doesn’t even know (so listen up, girl): My love of furniture and design and collections began at a very young age, as I spent many of my childhood weekends at antique shows and flee markets and auctions. My parents loved antiquing, so they decided to start a collection for me, so that at each of these places I would have a treasure to hunt down. And guess what I collected?
Salt and Pepper Shakers.
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As if the Foxes were not enough, I opened the second gift and my heart stopped.
You see, this is our tenth year celebrating our birthdays together. Our first birthday was when I was turning 20 and she 21, when we were randomly assigned as roommates in Barcelona.
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She got me a print of our city. And not only did she get me a print of our city, but she got me a technicolor, spectacular, perfect one.
I am so in love with my gifts,
just as I am with her.
Twins 4eva.

Peace Signs.

In my frantic search for the light up peace sign of my dreams, I came across several other cool peace signs that I thought I’d share.

This, from Etsy, which I would totally buy if it were not so expensive:


This from PB Teen which I would totally buy if it came with the succulents, as I have no idea how I would actually plant the thing:

img65o-1This, also from PB Teen, which I would totally hang in my cool 70s rec room. If I had one:

img94oBut my quest for the holy grail is still on. Stay tuned…