Manic Monday (a few house updates)

Well y'all, insane pregnancy nesting mode has reached full capacity.  I feel a little bit like a robot with a single mission: get my house in order at all costs. Only problem is, well, costs, and my own physical limitations i.e. bending over to get things off the floor - not easy when you're almost 6 months pregnant. Oh and kids, they can quickly undo anything I've done in terms of cleaning and organizing.  Good thing I like them ;) So please pardon my extreme A.D.D. as my brain is firing off millions of ideas a mile a minute. 

Here are some of the things: 

pay no attention to the unfinished tile situation, they'll be back to finish tomorrow

Our bathroom is getting the final touches and as I try to move our stuff back in, I realize some of our stuff doesn't quite belong anymore (ahem old towels, things with unattractive labels, my kids after their "pool party" in the plastic tupperware bins in our backyard).  Suddenly the room has standards and while I'm not afraid to live in it, I want it to stay pretty.  

I definitely want to slipcover that chair in the picture above.   I'm suddenly all about slipcovers again.   I think I forgot how pretty they can be.  There's so much opportunity for beautiful, unique details when it comes to slipcovering furniture - scallops, ruffles, buttons, pleats, bows - just so many fun things that can be done with a simple piece of white fabric.  I'll definitely be posting more on this topic.  In the meantime, I need to befriend a skilled seamstress.  

Or I need to learn how to sew because I have 500 additional projects swimming around in my head.  

I have fabric.  I'm still narrowing down the paint color, but I'm 90% sure I'm going to go with the color on the left, Sherwin William's Faint Coral (Thank you, Kerry Steele, artist extraordinaire for the recommendation!)

Since we have to make the guest room into the nursery, I want the Honey Bear's big boy room to be nice enough for guests to stay in.  He's probably my tidier child and prefers to sleep in his brother's room so that seems like the best solution for now.  

So here's my little collection of things in the corner of his room: 

It's hard to get a good picture of the colors in the fabrics here.  Just think lots of greenish blue.  The leafy fabric is an old Schumacher print I took from The Suze's house and the bottom fabric is a roll of ivory faux bois I found for $20 at the local antique mall.  I'm thinking roman shades, pillows with trim, a headboard, a leather chair (to make it boyish) and some blue and white mixed in. 

Speaking of pretty labels (yes, way back at the beginning the post), I have a slight obsession with The Laundress products.  The packaging is perfect with quality products to back it up - their Stain Solution is one of my favorites.  I use it a lot with great results!  

And this

It. Smells. Amazing.  Let me tell you what this smells like: 
- Downton Abby 
- a rich bachelor's home on the Upper East Side. He has mild OCD and a cleaning lady who has ties to Buckingham Palace 
- every Paris apartment with beautiful millwork and an abundance of crystal chandeliers
- probably Patricia Altschul's home 
- fancy people's homes

Now I have to go clean everything and play with my fabrics.  Have a lovely afternoon! 


  1. Ha! Thanks for the mention. I totally forgot that I had mentioned it. Looks great when up.

  2. I now have another item I didn't know I need but now I am positive I can't live without. All purpose cleaner. It better smell as good as you say, thanks not thanks. MB

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