This week, due to an unexpected health emergency, I took a trip to visit my parents home in North Carolina. Fortunately, all is going well now. But having something scary happen to a close member of your family has a way of putting life in perspective.
With the new school year, there is a whole new selection of classes and activities for kids to consider. Sports, music, art, horse back riding, dance, cooking; the list goes on and on. My kids tend to go for more of the musical and dramatic side of activities. With just musical instruments alone, we have gone through the violin, the ukulele, two guitars and the piano. Since kids do tend to be a bit fickle, we have chosen to rent a few of them. But with a piano, that can be a little more difficult.
Sherri Kuhn is a freelance writer who knows her stuff. A mom with teenage children, she has learned that one key to motherhood is not taking it all so seriously. Her blog, “Old Tweener…between changing diapers and wearing them” is chock full of humble lessons on the roller coaster ride of motherhood. In a recent freelance piece for SheKnows.com, Sherri took a look at the DIY design world and in doing so, kept it real for the people who might feel a little intimidated about giving it a go.
Home sick with 2 sick kids and a sick husband. I can't find time to write. So maybe I just post this for the other moms who are also home with new school year germs!
How can you not have a sense of humor when grabbing the knob on this bathroom door? I did suggest that we make it buzz and send a little shock through the hand of the visitor. But I was unfortunately out-voted on that one.
Board games, despite the digital revolution, are still a popular way to bring a family together. They are a universal language of sorts. Many of the classic game boards have such iconic imagery, no titles are even necessary. The inspirations for our eccentric bathroom were Monopoly, Chute & Ladders, Candyland & Operation.
This family of 5 with three kids under the age of seven wanted to renovate their kid’s bathroom. It was a large box with very little character; and some of the most boring tile I’ve seen in a while. The budget for such an overhaul just wasn’t available at the time. But they hated having a bathroom that felt more like a locker room at the town YMCA. So as Simon Doonan would suggest, we went for some eccentricity.
I wonder if kids would be more willing to take a shower if you offered them $200 for passing “Go!”
Well, it’s Friday the 13, a day that for some is considered unlucky. Most of us see it as a silly superstition. But, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.”
In our house it is considered to be our day of good fortune. I can’t explain it. But Friday the 13th is always a day where we receive good news or find a new cool thing to peak our interest. Maybe just believing it, we attract it. We will it to happen. It’s a force we can’t explain. (Twilight music here please)
Superstition is a great design tool. It spurs conversation and discovery of the unknown. It’s fantasy…magical, and a source of imagination.
To start us off, let’s take a look at the “8 Ball.” This toy has been around for 60 years! It’s derived from the phrase “behind the 8 ball” which implies testing you luck. Ask it a question. Shake it. And you will get your answer.
Break a mirror and it’s 7 years bad luck. Or you could just gather up the pieces, get some epoxy and make yourself a cool accessory. This is quite beautiful actually. Break enough mirrors and you could spell out your child’s whole name…fun.
These raven birdcage wall decals are a fun way to spruce up a wall for the more gothic teen. Beware. They are out there! The raven has a reputation for being very unlucky. Throughout history it has been associated with wartime. It has a reputation for being a trickster.
Finally, the queen of unlucky folklore…the black cat. Have one cross your path, and it’s an omen of doom! However, multiply them by three, and you are in business. The number three is highly promising. Three black cats together imply creativity, new ideas, new partnerships, AND new business ventures! Most importantly, black cat’s are the keepers of secrets. So if you have some to share, may be this little pillow would be a good nighttime companion.
Good luck out there, everyone.
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Honoring, my home, my skyline, my memories. Time will never erase the moment I watched you fall, the days I cried on my knees, the weeks I smelled the smoke, and the years of strength and courage you have given me.
Hug your babies a little closer today, because you can.
Having been so busy doing design concept work, I have laid off the blog for a few days. I’m awake half the night, take a few catnaps during the day…actually, I’ve barely showered all week! So it got me thinking, as I sit in my little funk, about some funky juvenile shower curtains. Now these weren’t specifically designed for kids. But they have a certain whimsy mixed with a bit of edge.
In all of the years I have designed rooms, designing a tree to cascade over a bed or crib is by far my most requested design. There is something really magical about the illusion of sleeping in the forest of a fairytale or magic garden. Breaking the boundaries of the interior by incorporating the walls and ceiling of a room is very powerful…especially when the child who sleeps under it is 3 feet tall.