Monday, March 2, 2015

(Still) Winter in Rock Creek

Yes, technically we posted winter at our Rock Creek spot already. But that was when it still seemed like it should be cold and snowy. Not this Narnian Age of Winter business. I mean, at the risk of joining all the complaining folk, what the H!? We did decide to take advantage of the frozen tundra we now call home to snap some pics in Rock Creek that actually look more like proper winter. All the snow and ice actually prevented us from getting us to our usual spot, but we were just about .5 mile upstream. I had a really difficult time keeping these two a comfortable-for-me distance from the frozen choppy creek, but we all made it. Cam insisted on pretending she was a snow leopard, crawling around and eating snow. Kane decided snow leopards play fetch, so he threw sticks for her. A close range coordinated snow ball fight rounded things out. Perhaps we'll head out today to capture what our spot looks like post-ice storm. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Makes

I've lined up a whole bunch of weekend makes that incorporate something I luuuurve: black + white geometric designs. It makes me feel happy. Like things are all in order. And in the midst of a hot mess of unpacking, I need that. I'm tired, I'm cranky. I'm tired of being cranky. So here's to getting things in order around this joint! 

1 / Perhaps my love of all things black + white geometric stem from these New York gems. My favorite. 

2 / The kids are very into decorating their rooms and bathrooms. We're in need of jazzing up some existing bathroom accessories and I love this DIY redux.

3 / These are technically to make an Advent Calendar, but my kiddos would love these Mr. Printables buildings. Free download!

4 / We need to make some wall art and I love this.

5 / Cam is very into jewelry making right now. I'd love to try making the beads ourselves sort of like these.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Project 52 -- Week 8

Winter! Oh, winter. In anticipation of more snow today, we took a hike in Rock Creek Park yesterday to check out the frozen scene. More on that next week. Until then, these two yahoos.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chairish Color Challenge

As you might imagine, we've been in the throes of designing and decorating our new home for a few months now. And while we're still in the process of getting all of the furniture in (why, WHY does it take so long to make furniture?!), it's so fun seeing it all come together. Our new house finally has a real family room, but thus far we haven't really designated a kid-space in it. And there's the perfect nook for one. So I was super excited when Chairish asked if I'd be interested in participating in their Color Challenge and design a room full of color based on one of their rugs. It was the perfect opportunity to give some thought to what would be fun for the kids while fitting into the rest of our family room.

In case you aren't familiar with Chairish, it's a great online curated shop that features vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories. We are big fans of mid-century modern design in our home, but it can be hard to swallow those prices when it comes to purchasing new furniture for our young kids who I know will thrash them. So vintage can be a good choice, including options that are inspired by classic designers (Chairish offers plenty of designer furniture as well!). Plus, no 16-week lead times! 

In any event, Chairish challenged me to create a styleboard around a vintage rug while making the room pop with color. Our family room already has several bright pieces of furniture, so I want to be careful about how I add more. Here's what I'm thinking for a kids nook that will tie in to the rest of our family room! 

1 / I actually picked a mid-century neutral colored rug to start. The shape fits our nook really well and since the rug in our family room is already really bright, I wanted to use other accessories to pop up the color in the kids section.  

2 / At the top of my list for the kids is a good arts/crafts table. I love Saarinen, but wouldn't throw that cash around for a table that's going to see the kind of use I'm anticipating. This Saarinen-inspired set fits the bill. 

3 / Our family room actually gets great natural light, but a floor lamp is a must during these long winter months when the kids are up early while it's still dark and the sun goes down before dinner. 

4 / I love this bright orange-striped, oversized box for holding art supplies. 

5 / In addition to hanging their own artwork, I'd love to add this vintage school map of Rome. My history-loving kids would go gaga for it.

6 / You can't get enough storage for kids and a lucite cube is the perfect way to keep even your storage neat and tidy. 

7 / Pillows are a great way to add color without a huge commitment. I love this combo of Turkish and Moroccan pillows. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Interview with Bar Rucci of Art Bar Blog!

Our interview last month with Absolutely Mindy was such a big hit that I thought it would be super fun to expand on that idea and feature one person each month who inspires us! One of the things I value most about blogging is the community of people with whom we get to connect -- even if it's only via the inter webs. And I thought it would be great to expose the kids to that and have them get a sense of one bit of how and why we do all these nutty family activities we do. So I showed the kids one of my favorite kiddo art bloggers: Art Bar Blog! Art Bar Blog is written by Bar Rucci, a graphic designer, mom of three, and an art teacher who teaches in her lovely home. I'm constantly inspired by Bar's projects -- the beautiful colors, the simple techniques she uses that produce amazing results, the enthusiasm she has for working with kids. I could go on and on. Instead, I'll share our interview with Bar ....

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Monday, February 23, 2015

On the Move with Munchkin!

Does anyone else feel like we've been moving for about a hundred years? I know our kids do. It's been a long haul, but we're finally in the new house! Kane and Cam were actually total troopers. Moving has been painful, but I've been able to keep some perspective throughout -- knowing that at the end, we'd be in a bigger space with real green room to run, more light, and less noise. The kids were excited, but I could tell that it was hard for them to see much past the fact that I was again picking them up from school, explaining that we had to "run by the new house for just a few minutes," only to find themselves hungry and sitting on a floor covered with construction dust for an hour or so while I attended to whatever needed attending to there.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Makes

This weekend is all about making our family feel comfortable and happy in our new home. It doesn't take a lot, but we do like to be festive. Here's what's on my list for this weekend (although if someone else could please, pretty please, make us that rainbow cookie cake, we'd be thrilled).

1 / Nothing kicks off a weekend for our family more than pancakes from scratch, cooked with the kids. These yogurt pancakes with pomegranate are the perfect fit for my bunch.

2 / We love to make garlands together and this DIY from Oh Happy Day looks like such fun. Plus new walls need new art!

3 / Our family loves to be silly and our home is constantly filled with the tinkling sound of our kids' laughter (even when they're in trouble!). These DIY Mad Libs are technically for Valentine's Day, but they would be so much fun to do together.

4 / I've got several bottles of several things chilling in anticipation of the weekend. Our kids loved our sparkling pomegranate mocktails, plus we'll have poms in the house already.

5 / Italian rainbow cookies have become a family thing, so I can just imagine how huge this cake from My Name is Yeh would go over. But, I wasn't kidding. Can someone else please make this for us!?