Fun Grandfather Clock

We must find a fun space in our house for this Grandfather clock.
I wonder what color we should choose...

Check it out at blik.

found on Oprah.com


Personalized Word Art

I first saw these cool photos of letters at our local farmer's market. Maybe I can find a place for one after our remodel. I'm thinking maybe our last name or the entire alphabet for our playroom.

They are $7 per small letter or $9 per large letter. More options can be viewed at CelesteWhitney.com.


Six-Word Memoirs

I'm fascinated by the idea of this book. I need to get my hands on it.

Check out this description from SMITHMag.net:

Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Last year, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”).

Hmmmmm.... I wonder what my Six-Word Memoir would be...


A True Woman's Heart

“There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” -Washington Irving

(found on c jane)


Toys for my Boys

Max and Simon love anything with wheels. Simon's favorite vehicles include anything that pulls something else. And, Jeremy and I love the look and feel of wooden toys.

These toys from Craftbury Kids would be perfect.Car Carrier $34


We're moving!

As if our lives weren't crazy enough with twins due to arrive in about 10 weeks, we've decided to move! This week, we closed on our new house and put our current house on the market. If you know of anyone looking for homes in our area, please forward this link to them:

So, here are the details:
2464 square feet
4 (or 5) bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
.19 acre
2 car garage
remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops

We love our home and have mixed emotions about leaving it. We love the neighborhood so much!


Fun Posters

We must have a few new decor items for our new house. I love these three posters.
Maybe a Christmas gift for JJ?
Can be purchased here for $100.
The story behind this makes it even cooler. You can read about it here and purchase it here for about $20. After the twins are born, I should really wear it on one of their t-shirts (about $40). I'll need the reminder. :)
Love this poster by Made By Girl. Comes in a variety of fun colors. $25



Oh Martha! I can always count on her to inspire me with beautiful rooms. I just received an email about space-saving ideas for bathrooms and loved all three bathrooms they had designed.
Love the pedestal sink, beautiful cabinet and three towel bars on the back of the door. Brilliant!
This tile is cool and I love this sink as well.
I'd probably use a wider mirror but love it with those sconces.
I'm not a tub person but this gorgeous tub and bathroom makes me feel relaxed just by looking at it. (I think this image is from Desire To Inspire).
Stunning. Love the rock wall and concrete flooring. (desire to inspire)
I love simple modern spaces. And without anything touching the floor, mopping would be a breeze. :) (desire to inspire)
This rug from Pottery Barn Kids is fine but the circle tiles in stripes underneath it is so fun!
Love the tile and beadboard from this home at last year's home show.
Love the tile again.
Love the beadboard tub enclosure, subway tile, and the fun green color on the wall.
This is from Hyrum Bates' home at the home show last year. (Sorry for the pathetically crooked photo). It's from Restoration Hardware.
This sink would be really fun but hard for the kids to reach.


White Kitchens

I know I've posted about them in the past but I just love, love, love white kitchens right now. Here are a few images that inspire me.
I fell in love with the designs throughout this home when I toured it during the Parade of Homes last summer. It is the home of Hyrum Bates, who is an amazing designer. My photos don't do it justice so visit his website to see the kitchen in full view.
Love this door off of Hyrum's kitchen to the backyard.
This is one of my favorites too. Feels like a little bit traditional but a little bit modern too.
Love the bold color, the monogrammed chair covers, and the whimsical details. So inviting and fun. via DesignMom.
Gorgeous. And, it has a mobile from my old high school friend, Matt Richards.

I love little nooks and this toile patterned one from last year's home show was beautiful.
Love the combo of chairs and benches along the gorgeous windows. I'd want to eat breakfast here every day.
Love the laboratory feeling of this kitchen.

Love the light blue color paired with the white and gray.
via A Room Somewhere.

Horribly, I can't source all of these photos and ideas. Some I've had for months. I'll try to source the ones I remember.

Projects on my list

When will I make the time to create these cute, useful things?Belle has the perfect pair of jeans that are too worn out in the knees but would be perfect in a skirt.
I'm hoping to make a few of these nursing covers for me and a few moms-to-be.

Two-Story Houses

Maybe it's my East Coast and Midwest upbringing, but I have a love for two-story houses. My dream home definitely has a second floor.

Here are a few beauties I saw recently while in the Harvard-Yale area of SLC.

Sugar City Journal

I've got design on the mind so be prepared for a plethora of my favorites that I've been meaning to post for quite some time.

The ladies over at Sugar City Journal are full of ideas. Here are a few that I love:
Really fun idea for a stairway. Can't tell in the photo above but the design on the steps includes small photos of members of the woman's family.
I love the little cafe curtain on the cabinet. It inspires me for my kids' small kitchen remodel that has been put on the back burner with the pregnancy.
I really can't ever get enough of Amy Butler's Full Moon Polka fabric in every color. It's featured here on the table runner. I love the simple centerpiece. The kids would love to put it together and would get a kick out of the miniature things in it.
Green is my favorite color. I love it in this room. The bed has been transformed into art using Little Red Riding Hood artwork.Love the drama of this headboard.
I am always drawn to polka dots and this bench is no exception. Beautiful!


Road Play Rugs

Wow! Almost a month since my last post. Pathetic, but inconsistency is probably what to expect from me for at least the rest of this pregnancy. Once the twins arrive, blogging as I know it will probably be even more inconsistent for a loooooong while.

We are planning to rearrange our bedroom situation so I've been thinking about Simon and Max's new shared room. They both love cars, trucks, motorcycles, or anything else that transports people or stuff. I think we're going to buy them one of these play rugs for their new room.
This one is probably my favorite (sorry about the white space around the images - don't know how to fix it). The 3'x5'ish rug is sold for $49 on JustKidsRugs.com. I love the parking spaces, many intersections, etc. The possibilities seem endless.Max's favorite thing is Cars (as in the movie, Cars). This one would be fun too. It's around 3.5'x4.5' and is $22 on Walmart.com.
This 3'x7' rug is $48 at HodgePodgeGames.com.
This Giant Road Carpet seems fun too and could fit easily into different spaces since it is the size of a runner. It is 2'x7' and is $55 (but comes with the vehicles and signs shown) on Highlights.com.


A Birthday Bag

My lifelong friend, Corey, sent me this amazing new bag made out of Amy Butler fabrics for my birthday. Does Corey know me or what!?! I was just thinking today that I didn't have the perfect bag for our Hawaii trip and then UPS delivered this cute new purse today, the day before we leave!

I LOVE Amy Butler fabrics and the bag is the perfect size for so many occasions. I love handmade things. I just absolutely love them.

This beautiful bag was made by anadeau and you can visit her Simply Handmade shop on Etsy.


A Better View

When we bought our house over 5 years ago, we swore that these hideous ceiling fans with the short blades would be the first thing to go.

Instead, we looked at them every day and did many other things around our house. I didn't love most ceiling fans in stores and wanted ones that had a modern feel to them. Finally, I bought fans at Costco and we had them installed last week. I love the new look and they have a great remote that attaches to our lightswitch. Our new view. (It looks better in person but I took this photo at night.)