Teaser

She’ll tease you
She’ll unease you
Just to please you
She’s got Bette Davis eyes

We are back in our house. YEAH!!! We have been super busy unpacking and implementing all of the plans that we made sooooo many months ago.

I have to say, it is all coming together even better than I planned. As each room gets finished(-ish) I will give a full room tour. We are waiting on hanging artwork until absolute last. I’m not sure if I will be able to wait that long to share.

I want to give you a quick tease of a tour!

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I’m Going Home

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Well, I’m going home, back to the place where I belong And where your love has always been enough for me I’m not running from, no, I think you got me all wrong I don’t regret this life I chose for me But these places and these faces are getting old So I’m going home, … Continue reading

The Final Countdown

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Ohh It’s the final countdown We’re leaving together The final countdown We’ll all miss her so It’s the final countdown (The final countdown) Ohh, it’s the final countdown Yea You know you were singing along. We are T-10 days from occupation of our “new” old house. Could not be more excited. Things are moving and … Continue reading

Bah Humbug

Scrooge

I honestly don’t mean to be a Scrooge, and I actually think that ultimately I’m not… Truly. Remember that as you read this. I do love the holidays, I love it brings out the best in people, I love tasteful decorations, and I love that my kids believe in all of it. Not just Santa, but in the miracle of Channukah, the birth of Jesus and all of it. (I swear one of these days I’m going to start reading them Siddhartha as a bedtime story just to add a theological wrinkle.)

Here is something I don’t love…

Seriously?!?!

I will be the first to admit that I don’t understand a lot of things about Christmas. I am Jewish, and have always have a love/hate and love to hate relationship with a lot of things Christmas. I won’t get into it in detail but I spent one Christmas break at probably the worst.temp.job.ever where I was putting samples of gum into little packets and then heat sealing the packages. All while wearing a hair net, gloves, lab coat (yup I looked like Laverne and Shirley) and listening to Christmas music on CBS-FM for EIGHT HOURS A DAY!!!!!!  I’m sorry but that is just too many times to listen to anything holly jolly. I also don’t understand inflatables but I get that my kids like them. And I get that how as a kid I would have wanted one too… but really, parents you have the purse strings, you can say NO!

Back to my original soap box….  CARS DECORATED TO LOOK LIKE REINDEER!

SERIOUSLY?! I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?!??!?!

I’m going to apologize now for any of my friends who may have in fact decorated their cars as reindeer, you might want to stop reading, or by all means defend your choices. Was it a momentary state of holiday adrenaline rush? A drunk Amazon purchase? A gift you feel obligated to display? Are you really a 17-23 year old girl?

It is impossible to take anyone with this on their car seriously while driving. I’m not going to let you merge, because I will laugh at you every time you honk your horn. Seeing you does not put a smile on my face, it puts a scowl. Just keepin’ it real here. It is like the teddy bear on the front of the Mac truck. It just doesn’t work. It looks stupid. No one is going to tell you that to your face because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. But really, if someone at your office saw you get out of your car in the parking lot whatever clout you have, it will drop.

I’ll give a pass to the wreath on the front of the car, although honestly isn’t it enough to just have one on your house. Or 10, because heaven knows you need one on every window…. pushing it down… the every window thing doesn’t bother me all that much.

Let’s just all take a pact. STOP DECORATING YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU’RE IN A PARADE OR BEING PAID TO ADVERTISE SOMETHING.

 

Thank you that is all… I’m going to go see what that Ghost of Christmas Past wants with me.

 

Oh and Happy Holidays.

Miss Princess Boobah

Someday my prince will come
Someday we’ll meet again
And away to his castle we’ll go
To be happy forever I know
Someday when spring is here
We’ll find our love anew
And the birds will sing and weddingbells will ring
Someday when my dreams come true

My little girl is a full on princess. To the point where when asked what her name was, she’d say princess… granted she was just learning her name but you get my point. IN fact the other day, she told me she was going to live in a castle. I asked her who she was going to live with and she pointed to her friend Bobby and said… with BOBBY, he’s my prince.  Poor Bobby, didn’t even see it coming.

Since it became a reality that my kids would actually get their own rooms and therefore I would have to decorate a GIRLS room I started Pinning like CRAZY.

At first, I was thinking super girlie:

Source: bhg.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Then I got my PotteryBarn Kids catalog:

Then she started taking ballet, and I remembered my own love of impressionists and Degas:

Source: art.com via Debbie on Pinterest

And my inspiration started…. What goes with black and white charcoal????? Why Tiffany Blue of course?!

Do you know HOW many different Tiffany Blues there are out there?  A LOT! And of course none of them are CALLED Tiffany Blue, they are all more Robins Egg. Then do you want to go more teal, more bright, more blue, subtle, green-ish, etc etc etc.
G was ready to kill me because I was so scared to pull the trigger.  After two trips to two paint stores, plus ENDLESS hours on the internet. I settled on Benjamin Moore, Spectra Blue.

Benjamin Moore, Spectra Blue

Gorge, right?
She is keeping all the furniture from her and her brother’s room. So the crib and dresser that match, both are a deep mahogany almost espresso color.  She’ll also have the Cameron Bookshelves from PBK… We have two of the cubbies, I haven’t decided if I’m going to stack them or get the drawer base for extra storage. Or if D will get them after all; that will be a decision for after we move in anyway.

I also went ahead and ordered some prints for the walls… I.AM.SO.EXCITED about them I think they are just LOVELY. And I know she is going to love them too.

Edgar Degas, Dancers in Blue

Seated Dancer Adjusting Her Shoes

A Dancer Seen in Profile

Three Dancers

None of the prints are huge, so I will have to decide how to group them, as well as what color frames, etc. LOVE IT

What i REALLY love is the light we got for her room. It is SO PRINCESS!!!!  But a cool princess, not a fru-fru princess.

DISCO

Can you believe that is from Home Depot?! It’s not super big, it’s more on the precious side. Just lovely.

I have also been toying with the idea of a stencil on one of the walls to break up the blue. What do you think? Maybe something like…..

Trellis – either in white or a darker shade of blue

More graphic… again tone on tone or white.

or maybe something more magical….

Such as Castles or Fairies

 

So what do you think of Little Miss Princess Boobah’s room?  I can’t wait to show everyone the AFTER, not just the mood boards for all these rooms. We’re getting to the finish line. Hopefully only another month of the “summer” rental.

You’re so vain-ity

Well, last time, we went over the tile situation. After hubs and I picked out the tiles, the next weekend we went vanity/fixture shopping. It was eye opening. I have always enjoyed looking at furniture and bathroom set ups. I go gaga over super modern spaces, especially in hotels and in magazines. However, I also don’t find these to be very practical and livable.

G and I have a similar aesthetic. We appreciate the super modern but want the traditional. I’ve discovered it’s called transitional. We headed to the lovely Lily at Kitchen & Bathworks in North Plainfield. She had been recommended to us by Maria at Garden State Tile as well as our contractor, architect, and neighbors. That’s pretty solid if you ask me. She let us wander the showroom for a bit then get down to it. I will be honest, as much research as I’d done. I had NO frame of reference for what these things cost.

We started with our bathroom vanity. G and I knew we wanted to try to get a double vanity in the space. We had about 60″ to work with. We walked in with some pictures as well, this was the one we liked the most so walked around looking to see something similar.

Source: overstock.com via Debbie on Pinterest

 

We ended up with this awesome vanity from Vanico. It’s called Tradition. We might add the above toilet cabinet at some point but our builder and I reconfigured the bathroom so we’re going to have an awesome built-in linen closet. So happy!

 

We really wanted an Espresso wood, we thought it would play against the sand colored tile so nicely. Second most important was storage. Third was quality/price. This covered all three. Solidly manufactured and gorgeous wood, plenty of storage. WHEEEE And for the price, we got the vanity top and mirrors thrown in. Which covers value. NICE.

When it came to the faucets and shower head it had to be Moen… G kept quoting some Howard Stern call in or Larry David or something, I can’t remember but he just kept muttering “It’s Moen, bitch.” So of course now that’s all I can think of when I hear it. Cracks me up.

Source: moen.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: moen.com via Debbie on Pinterest

 

So that is our bathroom.

 


 

The kids bathroom is another story. We have their tub, and their faucets all set… the vanity is a whole other story.

The fixtures are all going to be chromed out. Which rocks. THEN we have some decisions to make for the vanity. We decided that we were going to just go Home Depot, nothing fancy, something that could get beat up because lets face it. They are 5 and 2 there is a lot of maturing that needs to happen before an expensive vanity goes in there. So we were originally going to get this:

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

 

But then I was poking around online and didn’t love it as much.

So I found these couple:

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

 

 

But then I also happened upon this one:

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

 

Clearly a completely different scheme. Now if you remember, the game plan for their bathroom was white on white and classic. Subway tiles in the tub area, hex tiles on the floor, wainscoting on the walls. I was trying to convince myself that the tempured glass would look fine with the white, but it wouldn’t. And I also tried to convince myself that the lines of the espresso vanity would look fine with the wainscoting, but I don’t think it will.

So now the question is do we go for modern or traditional?

Any thoughts???? Please feel free to share.

Summer Rental – Part 3 another twofer!

What’s that you say???? What happened to the house tour?!

Well nothing, I just added a couple more touches to D’s room so I was waiting until I photographed them before blogging it. This is the last stop on our tour, I told ya the house is small! Now you get to see the powder pink bathroom as well as the big one’s bedroom.

If you’ll remember, D got the biggest room for two reasons, we wanted to really separate him from E, and the only other room had a door out to the main street as well as the bathroom… So G and I wanted it! We’d NEVER HAD A MASTER BATH!!!! We technically have had our own bathroom, when we were in Hoboken and before the big one was born…. but that was different.

Anyhoo….

Here was the room when we looked at the place:

And then we put most of the kids furniture in here since we took the little one’s closet for our things, they continue to share the closet as well as a dresser. the little one’s changing table as well stayed in here because there was no room in her room for it.

Then because I couldn’t wait until we moved back into our other house I HAD to get D some of the best SuperHero Art I’ve seen. I found it on Society 6 by TheLinC

flash, superman, and the capt above the bed

from D’s point of view

WonderWoman, Batman and the Hulk

Clearly I didn’t clean before taking these picture. Lesson learned!

Next stop, the kids bathroom. And it’s…. PINK! PeptoBismo Pink at that!

I’ll say this, the kids LOVE brushing their teeth.

I love these built in shelves. they’re not very deep but obviously placed between the studs on the wall. very helpful.

So that’s all of it I believe. Hopefully I’ll be able to contain myself and not do too much more and we’ll be back in the other house in no time.

They’ve started the demolition!

BIG…BOLD…COLOR

Something that I’ve noticed as a trend on Pinterest (follow me!) is that everything is BIG.BOLD.COLORFUL.

Like:

Either that or its Benjamin Moore [something esoteric] Grey.

 

 

Now I want to be clear. I think all of that is BEAUTIFUL. Just not for my house. Maybe I can hop on the “Gray” family bandwagon, I would be lying if I said my bedroom wasn’t gray; however it was a very light blue gray. I just couldn’t see going jewel toned in any room in my house.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been there and done that? See when we lived in Hoboken, I had every room painted a different color. They were bright colors too! I would love to share, but they seem to be on my Kodak Gallery account and they haven’t yet been migrated to shutterfly.  The living room was deep orange, with a brick fireplace accent wall (yes that is what sold me on the apartment to begin with). One bedroom was yellow, the other was supposed to be sage green but turned out to be a bit more minty and the bathroom was purple with gray tile. My future husband wanted to kill me when we were painting it!!!!

When we moved into the house, it was move in ready and looked like a Pottery Barn catalog. So he lucked out, no painting! However, everything is beige on the first floor. But of course not all of the beige’s match?! I honestly don’t understand but whatever. I’m looking forward to refreshing but also nervous about it. I really liked the color of our bedroom so I think we’ll do it again. It’s honestly like floating on a cloud. So lovely.

Our empty (former) bedroom

And the kids room, I also LOVED. It was their ROOM!!!!  I painstakingly marked where the stripes that no one could see would be, my father in law did a great job hanging a chair rail and they were able to personalize it with stickers!

the little one’s side

the big one’s side

 

So you see, I’m not color adverse, or even trend adverse (did you see my closet!!!)…. just a little in awe of people who put such BOLD BRIGHT COLORS in their homes!

Summer Rental – Part 3 twofer

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It’s two… two for the price of one! A little gallery for your perusal. First up the bedroom… you can see the before and after there. It’s pretty straightforward. you might have noticed that in our bedroom there isn’t a closet. we actually use the one in E’s bedroom. this is just my side of … Continue reading