there is this conversation going on that i’m really interested in. the subject happens to be on parenting and fatherhood, specifically. i find, myself thinking about my childhood often and how it has shaped me. my parents are dear to my heart and often on my mind. in raising me they did so many amazing things (and stil do) and yet they fell short (because we all do) at times. i think about being a parent, now, myself and how who i am will play a great part in who my kids become. scary and amazing. do you wonder about these things too?
my very good friend corbyn is a filmaker (he is the talent behind all the videos you see on this blog) and he just released THE FATHERHOOD PROJECT with soulpancake.
he’s asking the simple questions:
what did your parents do right? and what did they do wrong?
simple questions with probably not so simple answers.
the thing i love about this project is the conversation that is being started. many of us, as we mature, are coming to find out that our parents only did what they knew and many did the best they could.
please watch and would you help me spread this video and keep the conversation going? if the the episode does well than more will be made! there are so many more stories to be told and conversations to be had.
you can follow corbyn and his work at :
blog : corbyn tyson
twitter : @corbyntyson
instagram : @corbyntyson
you can see more of corbyn’s work at frank and harvey
image : corbyn tyson
you may remember that i recently re-decorated my family room? well, the biggest item i deliberated on was the couch. to ikea or not to ikea? i’m going to be totally honest, (because why wouldn’t i be?) i really didn’t want to get an ikea couch. i had a much grandeur idea. kirsten, kept convincing me otherwise. the truth is ,i wanted a white couch, i wanted a sectional and i didn’t want to stress over a brood of 4 kids living on the piece. so ikea it was. and specifically, the karlstad sofa and chaise.
but, i wasn’t about to settle for the regular block legs. so we jazzed it up a bit by changing out the legs in a very inexpensive way.
here is what you need :
6″ round taper legs and straight top plates (with screws). i ordered mine from hardware world. you could even stain the legs if you prefer dark wood or a richer look. i was going for a natural scandinavian feel so it felt best to leave the legs as is.
what do you think? have you ever updated ikea furniture?
more photos here. and be sure to watch the video too!
image 1 : white shutter photography
how about a giveaway to start off the week? i’ve partnered with imm living for their choo choo chooses holiday edition and picked out a few of my favorite pieces from their collection, which you can see styled in my home above. i wish i could tell you which piece is my favorite, but i love them all.
i’m excited to announce that one winner will recieve the very same beautiful items ( a $246 value).
YOU COULD WIN /
1. meagerie collection plates $59
2. lucky break wishbone wall hook $26
3. rabbit bell jar ring holder $26
4. the socialites porcelien container $76
5. earl the squirrel stacking game $59
TO ENTER /
a Rafflecopter giveaway
congratulations to winner tania weibel!
be sure to follow imm living on facebook for an entry and for updates.
*you can shop these itmes and more at burke decor who is also offering a 15% off discount code: IMMLIVING15
giveaway open to US residents only
how was your week, lovelies? i’m made a quick trip to new york to attend a conference, on story telling with Q Ideas, and to visit one of my besties. I really can’t get into the details of it because there are just too many details to sort through and process at this point. you know when you are so full that you almost feel empty? i know it doesn’t make any sense, and yet it makes all the sense in the world, at least to me.
new york is always stimulation overload. the bigness. the style. the engery. the stark visual contrast of my normal everyday. i’m always engergized in an instant and spent, almost, just as quickly. but, nevertheless i love the shock to my system.
and, funny enough, i’m cuddled up in this room (do you remember?) that i helped design last year. i still love this space in a big way.
what are you plans this weekend? i have a busy but exciting week…. i’m co-hosting a kids baking workshop with trophy cupcakes at the land of nod in chicago on saturday…. if you are in the area, you sould come! then saturday evenging is a party for the soul pancake fatherhood premiere, that my friend corbyn is producing. oh, and i’m hoping to get some rest this weekend too . . .
and speaking of, i’m sharing a few tips and ideas on creating a calming bedroom over on euro style lighting this week.
p. s. did you watch the la la and grove family room makeover video? it’s super fun!
A FEW OF MY FAVES THIS WEEK +
01 / this kids room is bananas. the bee’s knee’s. it’s all that and more.
02 / this is on my must visit restuarant list. i’m pretty sure it will go on yours too.
03 / need an easy weeknight meal? or ten? me too.
04 / this new girl group has me wanting to grab skates + head to the rink (thanks christina!)
05 / did you see this movie? i did + i feel like i need to go see it again. it’s on my fave list.
LOVELY Pictures : INSTAGRAM / Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter : TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK
boots / sweater / madwell dress /earrings / nail polish
i’m traveling this week (and next) and thought i’d share a few items that are making it into my suitcase. while, i’d love to wear the sweater with the dress it just doesn’t look right on my short frame. however, the sweater….it is from the kids section at target. and guess what? it is major cozy. i bought one for myself and one for la la. we are going to be matchy matchy and i love it. the boots are an all time, fave. i’m a huge frye fan. when it comes comfy boots that only get better with age, frye is the way to go. the dress is great for dressing up or down and the earrings by ija designs are a new fave (such gorgeous jewelry over there). i pretty much either wear diamond studs or hoops (what can i say, i’m a creature of habit) so i love the idea of a lotus shaped hoop for a little more interest.
i’m going with carry on, only, luggage this time (which, confession: i’ve never done – ahem) so i’m hoping to pack smart and stretch outfits. what is your travel staple when it comes to fashion?
p.s. you can follow my travels over on instagram and more on packing here.
a shared room that looks like this. p.s. it’s also an ikea hack.
this little tea party set up by rosie winstead’s daughter for her Borrower friends. i used to stuff notes in our vents for the Little’s when i was little. so naturaly, i love this and have a sudden urge to set up house in our vents.
these words that every child should live by.
a DIY constellation flashlight. brilliant.
these mittens (for me or my littles). and these too.
colorful donuts. while i’m about healthy snacks. lets be honest. this is what the kids want.
what are you loving for your littles lately?
here is the truth . . . i’m not a fan of leather couches (and speaking of, do you call it a sofa or couch? i usually say couch but sofa somehow seems better in written form. maybe?!). ok, back to the leather. maybe it has to do with having a black leather sofa in the basement growing up. or, perhaps it has to do with my dislike of brown? or maybe, i’ve always felt they were too masculine? really, i’ve just always found them cold. literally. but, lately, i seem to be warming up to them. i’m really taking to the look of white walls and chocolate brown leather warmed up with cozy cushions and blankets.
how do you feel about leather?
for more beautiful leather inpiration :
how about a simple DIY for your weekend?
do you remember the trophy cupcakes and parties book i blogged about? i’m still loving it. the cupcakes, the crafts and all of the cuteness.
this week we made the cupcake liner garlands featured in the book. i’m kind of excited about all of the crafty things you can do with cupcakes liners.
all you need to make the garland is:
+cupcake liners (the pattern options are endless)
+string / twine
the string goes through the needle and the needle (with string) through the liners. be sure to leave about 12 inches on each end for hanging. you can hang the garland in a traditional swag but i think i may hang ours from the ceiling straight down.
and while we are chatting cupcakes and crafts and all things sweet . . .
if you are in the chicagoland area, i’m co-hosting a kids baking workshop and book signing with trophy cupcakes at the land of nod on november 16th.
it’s going to be a super fun event for kids + grownies a like. i’d love meet you!
for jennifer shea (trophy cupcakes author) 10 top craft essentials keep reading . . .