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Kid’s Color Palette

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I love this color palette for Mia’s room. And according to this Freshome article, we are already ahead of the game with our gray walls.  They are starting to grow on me. They would grow on me even more with these gold and pink accents. And the reading tent is a must, don’t you think?

{image via H + B Kids}

Embrace the Gray {part 2 }

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…a cheery corner in my new gray home

Embrace the Gray

We are settling into our new space little by little. The unpacking process is loathsome, but designing the new space and repurposing pieces from the old space– that part is always fun. I haven’t quite bonded with the new space yet. In fact, when our landlord renovated the interior he chose to re-paint and re-carpet the entire space in two different shades of gray. Wall to wall, floor to ceiling… G.R.A.Y. Now, I like gray. Gray is the new black, right? Gray walls are better than Builder’s White and yet they are still neutral enough to play with colors and patterns. Here’s the exact color swatch.

Lazy Gray

It is even called “Lazy Gray” by Sherwin Williams. It should make me feel relaxed and carefree, right?

But the space is small and oddly configured and it doesn’t allow for much natural light. So, even Lazy Gray can easily become dreary. Yesterday, I felt like the walls were closing in on me, so I went across the street to the nearest nail salon to get a pedicure, and I picked the brightest color on the shelf just to make me feel better.

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I realize I have to make friends with Lazy Gray if we are going to be sharing the same living space for the next several months. Here are a few gray-inspired interiors that are helping me embrace the gray.

Apartment Therapy

gray wall

  yellow frames

Have you included gray in any of your color schemes? What do you think? Drab or Fab?

{Images via 1, 2, 3}

Top Ten Reasons Moving is Like Having a Baby

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#10… It is a “woman” thing.

For most women, their home is a living, breathing organism with unique needs, quirks, and personality (usually a reflection of their own). It is her corner of the universe, her command center, personal sanctuary, and place of business of which she is the domestic CEO. A woman’s home is the very essence of her identity. However, for most men, a house is simply a place to eat, sleep, and store his electronics. This remains one of the cosmic mysteries between men and women.

#9… The urge to “nest” replaces the need for sleep.

A woman will lie awake into the wee hours wondering if the polka dots will clash with the bumper pattern or if the serving tray will look better on the nesting tables (pardon the pun) or the floating shelves. This same woman will leave the warmth of her husband’s side in the middle of the night to reexamine the fabric swatches or to audition the serving tray in various corners of the room just to be sure. Relocating and expecting a baby are the only acceptable excuses to allow such obsessive neuroses to go untreated by a medical professional.

#8… At some point, you change your mind, but it is too late.

Ironically, midwives call this phenomena, “Transition”– an indication that the time for delivery is near. For a woman in the throes of moving labor, this is usually the part where her possessions are hanging out the back of a trailer and/or spilling out onto the front lawn and somewhere off in the distance, she hears her toddler trip and fall over a detached dryer hose. Moving men call this phenomena, “White Lady Problems.”

#7… When people tell you that your new addition is adorable, they are lying. to. you.

Everyone knows that newborns look more like Alien spawn than baby people. Yellow cone heads with puffy eyes and abnormally disproportionate hands are the farthest thing from adorable. Equally as hideous is the pervasive smell of cardboard and the misplaced electric mixer currently taking up residence in the bathtub. Does your new addition have potential? Perhaps. Is it adorable? Hardly.

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#6… What was once neatly tucked away is now spilling over on all sides.

A nursing bra playing host to two lobster buoys just above what was formerly called a waistline but now looks more like a Shar Pei puppy has wrapped himself around her mid-section– this is the postpartum Body-Beautiful. Incriminating photos from Spring Break 1997 in Panama City Beach, Florida next to an pack of hemorrhoid suppositories hanging out of an open box in the middle of the living room floor–this is the post-relocation Visual Nightmare.

#5… Recovery takes 1-3 months depending on the intensity of the delivery.

‘Tis the season for unanswered emails and voicemail, paper plates, Chinese takeout, and a Get-Out-of-Recycling-FREE pass. Don’t worry about getting back into the swing until the hostess at the China Moon recognizes you on the caller ID, greets you by first name, and asks if you’d like to order “the usual”. The good new is that there is grace for long recovery– there’s also a Chin Chin on the next city block.

#4… Things just don’t fit like they used to.

No one expects your new place to resemble a spread from the Elle Decor Lookbook any more than they expect to see you slip back into your 27’s anytime before a child’s first birthday… or fifth birthday… or before his rehearsal dinner. On second thought, go ahead and accidentally leave your 27’s on the moving truck along with the Spring Break pictures of you posing in them. You don’t need those staring you in the face for years to come.

#3… Everyone has an opinion.

“That couch should go there.” “That baby’s hungry.” “You’re going to name her what?” “Shouldn’t you hang that a little higher?” “Your neighbor looks like a profiler for America’s Most Wanted.” You have heard the phrase, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion”. To this, you may respectfully add… “and I am entitled to ignore it.”

#2… The meal train’s a comin’ through.

This is one of the only perks of moving. Not to mention, if you live anywhere in the Southeast {more specifically, the Bible Belt} and are at all considering having more children, the Casserole Cascade is reason enough to both procreate and/or relocate. Should you decide to do both simultaneously, you may very well not have to by groceries until your child is well into Kindergarten. Consider the economical benefits.

…and the #1 reason that moving is like having a baby.

IF YOU REMEMBERED HOW PAINFUL IT WAS, YOU WOULD NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

Have a great weekend!

{Images via 1, 2}

Aftermath

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Operation: Unpack Attack has officially begun. At the very least, it has inspired some creativity.

A Moving Poem

Silke Cruz

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE MOVING DAY

‘ TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE MOVING DAY WHEN ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
NOT A JACKET LEFT HANGING, NOT EVEN A BLOUSE
THE BOXES STACKED HIGH ON THE DINING ROOM WALL
IN HOPES THAT A TODDLER WOULD NOT TRIP AND FALL

THE CHILDREN WERE SLEEPING UPON THEIR TWIN BEDS
WHILE VISIONS OF BUBBLE WRAP DANCED IN THEIR HEADS
AND MAMMA UN-SHOWERED, AND DAD IN A TEE
WERE HIGH ON THE FUMES OF THE MAGIC SHARPEE

WHEN FROM THE KITCHEN THEIR AROSE SUCH A CLATTER
“THAT BOX WILL NOT FIT MY GRANDMOTHER’S PLATTER!”
THE PROFANITY FLEW FROM MY MOUTH WITH A FLASH
AS I THREW THAT OLD PLATTER INTO THE TRASH

THE STRANGEST OF KEEPSAKES I SIMPLY CAN’T PART
LIKE THE LATE DOG’S COLLAR IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART
OLD PREGNANCY TESTS AND MY HOMECOMING CROWN
TEN THOUSAND GUITAR PICKS JUST LYING AROUND

WITH A RATHER LARGE DRIVER AND A TRUCK TO MANEUVER
I KNEW IN A MOMENT, THESE MUST BE THE MOVERS
WITH PADS AND WITH ROPES AND WITH DOLLYS THEY CAME
I WONDER IF THEIR MOTHERS REALLY GAVE THEM THOSE NAMES

“NOW CHEVY! NOW FAT BOY! NOW BLAZE FORTY SIPPIN’!
PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE, AND NO, I AIN’T TRIPPIN’
TO THE TOP OF THE ATTIC! TO THE TOP OF THE WALL!
NOW HAUL AWAY! HAUL AWAY! HAUL AWAY ALL!”

BACK AND FORTH, DOWN AND UP THE STAIRS THEY DO CLIMB
WHEN THEY MEET WITH AN OBSTACLE, THEY TAKE THEIR SWEET TIME
‘TIL UP TO THEIR BALD HEADS THEY GLISTEN WITH SWEAT
WHILE FORTY’S OUT BACK ON HIS NINTH CIGARETTE

AND THEN FROM THE HOUSETOP, MY SWEETHEART, HE SAID.
“I FOUND SHERIFF WOODY’S HAT UNDER THE BED!”
IF ONLY THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR MY GLASSES
FOR P90X AND THOSE FREE MOVIE PASSES

I CLEARED EVERY SHELF, EVERY DRAWER, EVERY CLOSET
I THREW AWAY CORN FLAKES FROM WHEN BUSH WAS IN OFFICE
AND A BOX FULL OF CABLES THAT BELONGED TO MY SPOUSE
AND A FEW KNIVES I “BORROWED” FROM OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

A BUNDLE OF TOYS, BLAZE JUST FLUNG ON HIS BACK
HE LOOKED LIKE A GANGSTA THAT JUST BUSTED A CAP
HIS EYES– HOW THEY SHIFTED! HIS T-SHIRT HOW RED!
IF YOU SEE DA POLICE, WARN A BROTHER!“, IT SAID

THE STUMP OF A PIPE HE HELD IN HIS GOLD TEETH
AND THE SMOKE IT ENCIRCLED HIS HEAD LIKE A WREATH
HE HAD A BROAD FACE AND A MUCH BROAD-ER BELLY
THAT SHOOK WHEN HE HAULED LIKE A BOWL FULL OF JELLY

HE REACHED FOR THE CHINA ON TOP OF THE SHELF
I BELLOWED, “DON’T BREAK THAT!”, IN SPITE OF MYSELF
A WINK OF HIS EYE AND A DARK LOOK THAT SAID,
“BACK OFF OR I’LL SHRINK WRAP YOUR PIE HOLE INSTEAD”

HE SPOKE NOT A WORD, BUT WENT STRAIGHT TO HIS WORK
FOR DOUBTING HIS MAD SKILLS, I FELT LIKE A JERK
THESE GUYS ARE ALL PRO’S, NOW I AM SURE OF THIS
THEY’VE STACKED EVERY BOX LIKE A GAME OF TETRIS

HE SPRANG TO HIS TRUCK, TO HIS TEAM GAVE A WHISTLE
WHEN I NOTICED THAT FORTY WAS PACKING A PISTLE
BUT I HEARD HIM EXCLAIM, ‘ERE HE DROVE OUT OF SIGHT
HAPPY MOVING TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

{Image via Silke Cruz’ Pinterest}

Deck the Deck


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We are 99.9% sure we’ve secured our new rental! The interior has already been completely renovated and will suit our needs just fine, but unlike our current residence, there are not a lot of cozy nooks for reading, writing, or enjoying a hot cup of tea. The house has a small deck space but it needs a little TLC… okay, a LOT of TLC. Better Homes and Gardens recently featured 14 ways to improve your deck which has inspired me to create a more relaxing outdoor space. I’m thinking of some lantern lighting, accent pillows, and herb containers for a relatively inexpensive start. {Of course, if I happened to splurge, it would be on these hanging brass planters.}

How do you enjoy your outdoor space?

PS. A clever way to organize your planted herbs

The Great Outdoors

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It’s June– the most wonderful time of year for outdoor parties and weddings, picnics and grilling out!! I am so excited about it that I am dedicating this entire month to celebrating the great outdoors.

I love a good party, so when I saw the pictures from this outdoor baby shower, it was almost enough to make me want to get pregnant again.

Almost.

And then I felt a deep pang of sympathy for those of you ladies who are pregnant during the summer months. For me it was a TORTURE! You get a free pass to celebrate the great outdoors under the shade with a cold beverage.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

{Image via Monica Wang for Emily Henderson}

Removable Wallpaper Mural

I have our new home {location TBD} on the brain today and most likely every day for the next 60 days. That’s how long we have until we have to be out of our current space. A look on the bright side– as many times as we’ve moved in the last 3 years, I now feel more excited about decorating the new than I feel bummed about leaving the old.

Removable wallpaper is a housing commitment-phobe’s best friend, don’t you think? I want to experiment with some in the bathroom or on a wall in the new kitchen. One New York City family transformed a favorite digital image into a removable wallpaper mural.

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Curious– is there a family photo or a vacation snapshot that you love enough to cover an entire wall?

PS. It’s Elvis

{Image via Seth Smoot for A CUP OF JO}

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