During his single days, Ethan would literally swing from the chandeliers. Elves are crazy! Just to prove my point, I have searched high and low to find out what some of the boldest and most playful elves have been up to. And let me just say, shelves are almost never where you find them. This is my top 20 favorites…the finale of which is our own, reliable guy, Ethan. Twinkle, you’ve made him a new man.
You know that crazy house in the neighborhood that goes all out with the Halloween decorations? The one that everyone going by in his or her car slows down to look at? The one that must have taken days to assemble? The one where you wonder, “Where do they find the time? Don’t they work?” Well, that’s my house. (Much to my husband’s grief.) And lucky for me, that IS my work!
I just can’t help myself!
What is there to say?
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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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.