Mi Casa est Mi Casa

IMG_4149 IMG_4150 IMG_4151 IMG_5132 IMG_5133 IMG_5139 IMG_5140We are homeowners. Like whoa. We've owned a home for nearly 4 months and that's just crazy. We live in what some most would consider the middle of nowhere, but our house is simply the best. The walls are already lovingly destroyed thanks to our wild child. Seriously, forget pet deposits when renting, where are the toddler deposits?!  But as we design our space to fit the lives of parents with 2 kiddos AND 2 dogs, we've tried to keep a few things in mind. Kids will destroy it. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to just give up and have a bleh space! I think it requires just a little bit of planning, a touch of creativity, and a whole lot of not worrying about stuff. It’s just stuff. My thoughts on design with a kid are not much different from my thoughts on interior design in general. Do it. Just do it. If it's something you like, go for it. Rarely have the weird design decisions I've chosen to make turned out poorly! Seriously! People always make comments about my design aesthetic, which I lovingly refer to as Tacky Chic, but truthfully it's so easy, it's about loving your space. YOUR space, so if you want crazy mismatched pillows and a bright overdyed rug and mexican blankets, then go for it! Hang pictures and hang them well out of reach from prying baby hands. I've made that mistake. Print and hang ALL. THE. PICTURES. Canvas on Demand, the app Parabo Press, and Mpix are my go to's for photo printing, but also don't be afraid of finding cool pieces in unexpected places. I look for artwork everywhere and don't believe in rules, so if I like it, I go for it. I found an amazing gold shelf in the kid's Pillowfort section of Target, but I don't need any rules how to rock, so it's in our living room. And vice-versa the kid's rooms have almost no decor that was intended for a nursery [with exception of their cribs]. Basically, don't bring yourself down with the don't and rules of design, have fun, spend lots of time on Pinterest figuring out what you like, and be realistic about your lifestyle. Boom. Design Wisdom.

Our living room is probably our most utilized room in the house. We love it.  Nothing is too fancy that we worry about Sir Peanut Butter Hands destroying it, but still feels pulled together and fun! We started with a sectional from good ole IKEA. It’s comfy, hides stains well, and easy to clean! We had our eye on a more expensive option, but ended up choosing practicality. Our pillows are a collection of West Elm and Target. I think the piece de resistance is most definitely our RugsUSA over-dyed rug. It’s a synthetic fiber rug, that looks great and is so super easy to clean making it a major yes. So while I would've loved a antique overdid Persian wool rug, the price point makes our rug well worth the damage my boys will inflict upon it. We don't have any fancy silk pillows or a expensive antiques, but our home is kid friendly all without sacrificing style!

It's still a work in process. We will probably add more art, fill up the gold shelf, and we are having a table made for the boys that mimics our own dining table to use with the play chairs!

rug | sofa | hustling pillow | mexican blanket | shelf | oh joy pillow - similar | fluffy pillow | | kids chairs | pillowfort shelflamp | coffee table | black n white throw

Moving Like a Boss

IMG_3939The Captain and I have moved exactly 2.5 million times. Lie. Okay, but we have actually moved 8 times in 8 years. I hate/love moving. I hate it because it's moving. The packing and boxes and dust. I love it because it's a new start, cleansing, and a damn good excuse to decorate. With The Captain's job we have moved around a decent amount and sometimes, like now, into a place for 6 months or less so it's hard to imagine decorating and unpacking only to have to pack it back up in a few months... Which is why we waste no time. My living space is usually unpacked within a few days and sort of decorated within a week, within 2 we are finished. This isn't bragging, this is simply letting you in on the secret. Power through. The quicker you are feeling settled the better you feel and the more enjoyable your temporary time is! Here are a few of my handy dandy  moving tips!!

i love lists1. Make a solid checklist of every credit card/subscription/magazine etc etc that needs to be moved to the new address on one piece of paper. I also include the utilities to be shut off and utilities to be turned on with room to write any notes. Write your new address on the list so you will never be caught without it when making these changes. And dude, be a grown up. Forward your mail. It costs 1.05 and you can sign up to get Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and Lowes coupons. Score.
2. Try your best to organize boxes by room and be super descriptive about their contents. I mean, come on, if you are gonna toss random crap into boxes you want to know what's in them. There is nothing worse than running around thinking, where the hell is the one thing that I need to put the other thing together… oh, but that definitely won't be an issue if you follow number 3, below.
3. Tape any loose hardware or unique hanging gadgets to the item. This will make life so much easier. With our platform bed, Mohawk's crib, etc we seriously stuffed the hardware in a ziplock and taped that son-a-bitch right to the furniture. GooGone can take care of any sticky residue.
2. Unpack the Kitchen and the kiddos room first. I would think that this is pretty common sense, but the kitchen is by far the worst room to unpack, so much paper and breakable junk. It's also super important to eat and drink during a move and if your kitchen is all set you will feel better sitting down to have a meal of food. Now transitioning a kid, especially a bambino, is hard enough to do, so having their room set up as close to, if not exactly as it was in the last house gives them some normalcy and sets you up for success.
3. Contain the disaster to 1 or 2 spaces. If your entire house is chaos you are gonna lose your mind! So we always reserve a few spaces to be the hot damn mess of our house, usually the guest room and the garage. You put whatever you need to in these rooms and slowly, on your own time, clean up and empty out the rooms. If you do a little each day they will be cleaned up quickly and you will still get to live in somewhat normal conditions.
FullSizeRender-34. Hang shit up, quick. The reason is two fold.  [1]Pictures and art work take up precious storage space ANNNDDD [2] once pictures are up your house will feel more like home. BOOM. And not to worry, I'm working to have a post on hanging gallery walls soon!!
FullSizeRender-2[shaggy pillows, etsy | throw pillow, urban | comforter, urban]
5. Buy yourself something pretty. Seriously, buy yourself something for the new place, a fresh start of sorts. I decided to start our bedroom revamp with a few pieces of new bedding. And whether it's big or small it will make you feel better.
Have any moving tips to share!? I know a bunch of you readers are seasoned movers comment with your advice for any newbies!!!!!

Picture This…

Blissful Happenings - Shoot 3 - 024Sooooooooo first let me apologize for being an incredibly unreliable blogger over the past few weeks. Sigh. I know, I know. All 13 of you have been super stressed not getting your BH fix. I'm so verrrrryyyy sorry, but damn, sometimes life is busy and crazy and busy. Over the span of 2 weeks we had 10 house guests. 7 people and 3 dogs, in case you were wondering. It was wonderful getting to spend time with family, but boy-oh-boy I was wrecked!!! I hate that the blog had to suffer, but I'm back and we are ready to roll… like rollin' with my homies. Ya dig? Moving on. I love pictures. I fill my house with them. Nothing makes me sadder than when you walk in someone's house and only a lonely wedding photo and their college diplomas grace the walls. Yuck. I want life! I want pizazz. I want to know you just by looking at the pics on your wall!! This is your home where you live!!!! Make it uniquely you, filled with photos and pieces that matter!

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This is our formal living area. I love this wall. Simple, yet a little funky. As you will notice, I sorta hate symmetry but I also love balance. I think one thing people are afraid to do is print massive pictures! 8x10's are so small!!! Give me a 16x20 any day!! They are perfect for anchoring a photo wall and really make an impact. Also, never underestimate the power of a pair of antlers, they never get old. Blissful Happenings - Shoot 3 - 023Probably my favorite wall in my house! Full of my boys, my favorite kid, The Captain, and weird "art" work. I have a mix of pro-photography, home pics, and magazine clippings. I have been obsessed with my Kate Spade t-rex ad and my Alexander McQueen top hung in the meat packing distract since college, both are torn from magazines. So a super fun magazine ad paired with a killer cool off center mat looks baller… in my own wacky opinion. I 'm not so much a fan of matching frames… clearly, but if you are that can work too!! It's all about what most suites you and the photos you want to hang!!

Blissful Happenings - Shoot 3 - 025So this wall is in my super girlie guest room. Loooove that room. I like how organized and clean this one is. The shelves are good ole Ikea and they do the trick nicely. I love how the Made By Girl print balances the shorter shelf. I tried to keep these frames simple, doing only black, silver, and white. I love using photo shelves and think it's super fun to stack and arrange the photos like you have amassed this huge collection over the years that has organically grown.

I think that's the trick with any kind of decorating… You never want to look like you bought the mannequin… Ya know, you don't need  everything to match! You want your home to look like you've spent years collecting pieces that give your space character! Have fun and don't put pressure on yourself to have that house you saw on Pinterest, instead create your own pin worthy home!!! How's that for inspirational!?!? Boom. Drop microphone. But then pick it up because it's probably expensive…