Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Boys' Room

A project update! 
I think I shared this design plan a few weeks ago on the blog. I know I talked about it some on Instagram. This is a shared boys' bedroom! The client wanted a vintage baseball theme. So away we go! 

I started out with this plan to show her. I started out by jotting down different elements that came to mind when thinking about "vintage" and "baseball". Rugged, rustic, texture, antique. 

But, it's also got to function as a boys' room and have plenty of storage. 
So, here goes.

METAL: industrial letters, metal bed
LEATHER: leather benches at the end of the bed serve double purpose as storage and a place to sit and play video games, read books, etc.
COTTON: sheets, also in a pinstripe!
RECLAIMED WOOD: dresser and nightstand

The client has several Cubs pennants that we will have framed and use as art in the room. For the curtains, I wanted something boyish but not too themed (for example, I didn't want an actual baseball print). I found these at West Elm and thought they'd be perfect. They sort of read as a stripe, but it's abstract enough to keep the room feeling modern.

The rustic nightstand and dresser just feel like an old school dugout and baseball stadium to me. You know like League Of Their Own, but for boys.  Can you tell I'm a GIRL mom? :)

And here's the plan in action today! The furniture has all arrived along with the curtains and bedding! 

We've got to get a curtain rod to install the curtains yet, and still need to accessorize and frame the art. 
However, isn't this so cute! My client said her boys slept in here on their new beds for the first time last night and slept THROUGH THE NIGHT. 


I decided not to do a literal baseball theme. Without the art and accessories that are to come, this could easily be a teen room or even a neutral guest bedroom. That's the key to kid spaces!! 
Be sure to choose items that they can grow with, not grow out of

I can't wait to share more when this project is complete! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dear Mae Caroline (2)

Dear Mae Caroline,

Happy second birthday to our Mae-Mae. Sweet Baby Mae, a name so fitting of your smiley personality. What a year you have had! Last year this time you weren't quite walking ye, and you were mostly just babbling rather than talking. Now you run full speed ahead and know so many words. You've recently tried to string together small sentences. Your favorite is "chew it up" and "eat eat please" and "go outside please" and "me too" (because you have to do EVERYTHING big sister Evans does)   :)

This year has brought on changes for all of us. Moving cities, yet again, and getting to be back at home. You started going to 2 year old preschool! I'm so glad you love it the way that you do. No tears at drop offs, no clinging to my leg, no separate anxiety. You love life and everyone in it. I'm so proud of you!

I've had a hard time admitting to myself that you are my last baby. The last chubby hands I'll hold, the last baby I'll rock, the last sweet curls I'll twirl through my fingers. Maybe it's because you've been such an easy baby that makes it that much harder. I know that our family is complete, and I know I definitely could not handle the logistics, the time, the total chaos that a third would bring, and yet my heart still aches knowing that you are turning 2. We'll be saying goodbye to diapers, goodbye to the crib, and goodbye to all things baby this year.

I'll have to say goodbye to a part of myself this year as well. For the last 5 years, I've been carrying a growing child or caring for a little one. I've been pregnant or had a baby on my hip all that time. I'm surprised at how hard this stage is to let go.

When I was pregnant, I was counting down the days. When I had a newborn at home, I was counting down the days. When you were crawling, I was counting down the days. Before you started preschool, I was counting down the days.

During one of our many games of hide and seek, Evans is always telling me "Mama, count slower, count slower!" so that she can find you girls the perfect hiding spot to where I won't find you. A place you girls can hunker down and giggle to yourselves, trying hopelessly to remain quiet as the numbers wind down "5-4-3-2..."  

"Mama, count slower!!"

And now, somehow my counting through this busy and difficult baby phase of life is complete.

And I feel like I counted too fast.

I wish so much that I could find a hiding spot to put you and your sister's childhood. A spot to keep your precious giggles. All of your smiles. The moment you were placed on my chest. The moment I heard your first coo. Your first hiccup. Your first yawn. All of it.

I'd count as slow as I possibly could.

And while it's bittersweet, there is something that will never change. You will always be the baby. My baby. Sweet Baby Mae-Mae.

Happy birthday, Mae Caroline!

Mama loves you.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Our Weekend

Saturday we went to the zoo for some family fun to celebrate Mae Caroline's birthday (which is on Tuesday)! I cannot believe that she turns two tomorrow. My last baby turning two. I don't know whether to cry in a pillow or shout for joy that we are nearing the end of diapers and cribs forever. Eek. So many emotions!

The zoo was so great but it was packed! An 80 degree day in February, of course it was slammed. But the kids had a great time. Papa, Dma and Granddaddy came with us. The girls had a great time, MC LOVES animals. We had to leave before seeing everything though, the girls were DONE. Evans was getting tired and grumpy and MC was beginning to get overheated and tired as well. When we got back home, both girls napped until almost 5:00, ha!

Sunday was church and lunch at Papa and Dma's. Then a lazy, rainy day of naps (and fort building) for everyone!

My kind of Sunday!