The lazy days of summer are good for a family. Seasons of rest and spontaneity are good for all of us. One thing I have realized in these long days is when I set a purpose behind what I am doing, there is joy in the journey. Whether you are working, designing a room, or home with your kiddos all day... define the purpose behind the task set before you. This will be the strength that makes your days full of life and full of intention.
Friday, July 13, 2012
photo by Molly
The increase in social media is such a good tool for ideas and also for keeping up with friends and the latest trends. I have a feeling, however, that women these days are struggling more than ever with comparison and inadequacy on every level of the spectrum. Sometimes we just have to turn it off and find ourselves again. This weekend, let your mind rest. Believe that who God made you to be is genuinely enough for your purpose here on this earth.
I saw this today on a random piece of paper and felt like I was supposed to share:
"Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people. This produces feelings of pride and inferiority; sometimes, a mixture of both. He leads each of his children along a path that is uniquely tailor-made for him or her. Comparing is not only wrong, it is also meaningless."
Be you. Be happy with you. Be a blessing. Here you will find rest.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
My friend Becki is an amazing mother to one year old triplets. She has a personality and charisma that is addicting to be around. Now that her babies are starting to crawl around and explore more, the space in her house wasn't working for her needs. What I love about Becki is that she wanted to make her home practical for her family, she doesn't care about what's expected for the space, rather, what is neccesary for her babies.
When I first met with her, I wanted to make sure she knew what she was getting herself into. I wondered if when she needed to entertain or serve a lot of people, would she miss her dining room? She was very clear that she wanted a practical space for her babies to crawl around in and play. Becki wanted something fun and unique so that when her guests walk into the house, their first thought wouldn't be, "Why is there a playroom where the dining room should be?", instead, "Oh my goodness, what a cute playroom!"
I was excited to take on the challenge...
Who really needs a dining room anyways?!
This is a pic of the last celebration they had in the dining room before the transformation. You can kind of get a feel for the darling little dining room Becki used for entertaining.
A week later, it's now the playroom!
The idea of black and white stripes came to me because it seemed to match Becki's personality and the feel of the rest of her home. It's bold, fun, and different.
The galvanized awnings were a good material to help tone all the colors down. I feel the awnings brought balance to the space, it was a good blend of old material with bright, fun color.
Becki made this adorable DIY bookshelf out of an old electrical spindle. It's the cutest thing ever!
We added two sets of french doors to the space so the trips knew their playtime boundaries. This great green rug is from Ikea, it is 2, 5x7 rugs put together to make one big rug for crawling space.
We backed the mantle with a metal board for magnets. When the children get older, Becki will paint it for use not only as magnet board, but a chalkboard as well. They painted this fun "S" red to make a bold statement on their walls.
This was such a fun project for me. I always love when the finished product resembles the life and personality of the family. The black and white style is timeless so it won't have to change as the triplets get older. Enjoy your room sweet babies!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This tiny little tea cup makes me happy everytime I look at it. My younger sister and I found a pair of these at a cute little antique shop in Alabama. We both kept one as a simple little reminder of happy thoughts and good times together.
This simple little tea cup brings me joy everytime I look at it. Invest in small things for your home that make a big impact on your heart. May you find joy today in the simple blessings that are before you.