My happy place.

As I have said for some time now (my husband would probably categorize it as “forever”), I am eager (desperately eager) to finish our basement. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my son is now mobile, and that my living room with the sharp mirrored coffee table and crystal bowl of shiny balls no longer seems ideal; or it may be that I literally have no more room in my house to hang another thing, and there’s nothing left to decorate. Whatever the case may be, it is something I spend a lot of time thinking about. Because although I adore our Living Room so, it is an adult space. And it is now an adult space with discreet baskets of toys. And I want my toys somewhere else.
I want a happy place. A place in which my children can totally romp around (without supervision as time goes out) and mess things up, and I won’t care. By the way, I will still care, but at least you won’t see the mess the second you set foot in the house.
So tonight I got design happy and went online to lose myself, creating a room, not for my home, but just a cool, different room, with colors that I would likely not use myself, but that I think looks kind of cool. Because sometimes Polyvore is my happy place.
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And now I got to scratch my decorating itch in a way that is fun and fantastical and the best part is, I can do it again tomorrow.
Sleep tight, dreamers.

511 Meets 39 (we’ve only just begun)

As I mentioned last night, our besties are moving, and are giving me the distinct honor and true pleasure of consulting with me on things like design, space planning and paint color.
I. am. In. Heaven.
Today, the husband and I were talking a lot about color, and I think they’re on a great track. Their home is beautifying before my eyes (in my imagination, that is).
One room he had a question about was the study, which is a small room with wood paneling, with dark wood built ins. His plan was to paint the paneling (to open up the feel of the room) but keep the built-ins in their natural wood color. They have a ton of natural light in their house which is wonderful, and that small room alone has 3 windows. I had two ideas:
One, was to go bold. I thought that despite the size of the room, they should think of navy paint, as a really chic statement. So I created this:
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And I liked it. But then I decided to try what the husband had been thinking, and tried this:
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And I liked it better. The Cream makes the wood pop, and they could have fun with the decor on the shelves.
Ahhh, do I love the beautiful canvas of this house.
And my besties.

Basement

When the pipe burst, flooding my whole basement, we went from an unfinished basement filled with stored items (everything from precious heirlooms to good clothing to countless boxes of old books to my baby’s glider) to an essentially empty, clean space. And this has been an incredibly stressful ordeal. And when I stress, I ruminate. And when I ruminate, I think about design. Although it is probably not an imminent project, I have started to work on the design of the basement, for when we decide to finish and furnish it.
Our goal is to turn the basement into our real playroom. While we have a great third floor playroom space, it isn’t always practical. Especially when we are entertaining and are two floors (and two steep staircases) from our playing kids.
I would love to morph our current playroom into a cozy guest room (aka twin and Go Go’s room) and to make a big, open basement that is completely bright, light and child-proof. Toys galore, fun colors, SAFE and dry.

So I started to think of some ideas.

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or

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And then I felt a little unsettled. So I decided that I could still have fun while sticking to my design roots, with something like this:

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I love the idea of Benjamin Moore Vanilla Ice Cream Walls, a laminate tile floor in that gray, light wood, a teal shag rug, ikea furniture and teal and gold accents.

Fortunately, we already have a sink and plumbing hook up down there, so we would basically need a toilet and walls to have a full operating bathroom. For that I wanted to go bold. I decided on Benjamin Moore Largo Teal (sticking with the color palate I like, but just more of a pop).

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I love this teal and gold motif. This is what I’m thinking:

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So there you have it. Some of what I’ve been spending my nights doing.
Much much MUCH more to come…

Getting down to business.

So, folks, it looks like the weird bedroom swap is happening. Imminently.
This girl, my bestie who is going to be having her baby (my little niecelah) this week, is giving me her old bed (mattress frame and headboard) which is totally awesome, as we are downsizing to a Queen temporarily. Our bed now is huge. We’ve had it for 8 years and it is cozy as hell. But, do you know what is cozier? Cuddling up next to the person you love without 4 feet in between you. So we’re going to try it.
I added to my Polyvore with as close as I could find to what our real room will look like. And I have to say. I am digging it.
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This is the good kind of crazy. Right?