If you find my mind, you can keep it. And some pretty pics, too!

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The above bathroom depicts where I’d like to be at the moment.  Fill that tub with bubbles and add a glass of sparkling water, garnish with a lemon wedge and I’m there.  Luke and Madeleine are tearing apart the house, and I’m letting them.  Sure beats the alternative – me on the floor, head in hands, sniffling and trying to contain sobs.  Is it that frustrating to continuously try to maintain a home up to some kind of standard of neat and organized while you watch two small creatures reverse those efforts daily?

YES.

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re in the painfully slow process of obtaining building permits so that we can renovate our home.  Our one-story, 2 bed, 1 bath cottage would be a delight for a couple with grown children.  Children who have moved out.  And since I don’t want my little darlings to leave the nest just yet, the choice was to either buy a bigger house or renovate.  We chose the latter.  The new plans will afford us 3 bedrooms in the soon-to-be upstairs, another full bath, and a laundry room/office.  We also figured in a dreamy walk-in closet (that’s large enough to be another room, really) in the master bedroom.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.

I’m not an interior designer.  I can look at beautifully composed magazine pages and say I want to live there! but when I go to implement the ideas I get a little stuck.  A bit overwhelmed. I wanted to share with you some of what I think is beautiful, livable, and desirable in a home.  When will it all come together?  I’m not really sure, but you’re welcome to come along for the ride.

Shall we begin with bathrooms?

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The contrast between white and dark is beautiful.

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Pedestal sink, wood floor, skylight and that terrific tile!

Now onto other rooms…

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The banquette, the stools along the island…love, love

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Once again, I really do enjoy the contrast of light and dark. And the mismatched chairs.

love the open shelving

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Dreamy sunroom, great table (is it zinc?) and seagrass rug.

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I’m partial to white cabinets over stained, but the floor in there calls to me.

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Wonderfully fun kids room. Books along the windows make them visible, reachable and attractive so kids will want to read.

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I can’t say enough about designer Lauren Liess’ fresh style. This bedroom is romantic without being too fancy. The ceiling light fixture, funky area rug and brass headboard pair well with the simple palette.

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Lauren Liess
This boys room makes me swoon. The color/texture choices call to me – stripe, mustard, dark wood, natural fiber rug.

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Leah Moss’ style is clean and organic yet funky. But not too funky.

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I like how she doesn’t crowd the room. There’s breathing space.

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Wood tones, cream and fresh green make for a calming living area.

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While the darkness of this room surprised me, I actually dig it. It’s like putting baby to bed under a starry sky.

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All that shelf space could be overwhelming and busy, but here it works. The two simple chairs keep it easy-going.

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I guess you have to have an amazing old tree in your yard to mimic this one, but otherwise it’s all about simplicity here. Provence, is it?

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How lovely is this patio? The pavers, the greenery, the double doors leading out to an oasis on which to have a delicious, summery dinner.

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This could easily be my secret hideout.

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If you live here please invite me for lunch. Thank you.

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This may be le piéce de résistance. A pool that you can throw yourself into from your living room?

I aspire to bring our home to the level of beauty that is shown in these homes.  Slowly, I’m sure we’ll get there.  But I’m talking turtle-slow.

A fun addition is coming soon to the blog called T.M.I. Tuesdays.  In this column I’ll be offending readers (but hopefully in an irresistable way?) with things that people don’t like to talk about.  In my family of medical professionals, it’s all about bodily functions and fluids.  Want to come over for Thanksgiving?  Be prepared to here vagina, scrotum and/or rectum about 217 times.  Before dessert.

Tomorrow I have a recipe to share with you.  It’s late, the Olympics are on and my eyes are closing.  That’ll do for now.  Hope you all had a nice day.

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This entry was published on August 3, 2012 at 2:34 am. It’s filed under Home design, Kids and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “If you find my mind, you can keep it. And some pretty pics, too!

  1. Love your taste! Eclectic, clean, rustic…wow. So glad we met online:) –Beth

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