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there is one room in my house that i’ve been hiding for quite awhile.  it’s the room on the other side of the mouse hole; rocco’s room.  originally it was my brother’s room.  then half of my sister’s room (my parents let her tear down a wall to make her room bigger) and then, when we moved in it became the nursery.  3 boy have graced this beige baby room.  oh, how i’ve been wanting to update this room, but just kept closing the door (literally) on it.

recently, Valspar Paint asked me to try their new Valspar Reserve paint on a project in my home.  i knew right away that it was time to turn the nursery into a big boy room for rocco.  and, after i learned about the durability, washability and unsurpassed stain + scrub resistance of Valspar Reserve i was convinced it would be the perfect paint for a toddler’s room.

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now, it’s no secret that when it comes to paint, white tends to be my favorite.  it’s cohesive and dependable.  i’m great at picking colors on pinterest, but when i do an actual project in my house i get a little nervous.  i clam up when it comes to commitment and decisions. so, i decided to start how i start with any design related project, which is to gather inspiration.  i found concepts online and color shades that i loved in a worn old old storybook.

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while inspiration was high, and i had a direction, i started thumbing through the gorgeous Valspar fan deck (their full library boasts over 3,000 colors) to get my mind creating in color and to try to match up colors i found in my old fairy tale book.

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for the first time in my decorating life i didn’t stress over making a color choice because of the Valspar Love Your Color Guarentee.  if you don’t love the color you picked, you can choose another color on them.  bye bye pressure!  i usually deliberate for days and involve about 10 friends.  this time i literally went with my gut and got going.  want to see the colors i chose?

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i’m loving the colors and can’t wait to show you how the room turned out!  stay tuned!

this post is in collaboration with Valspar.  Valspar Reserve is available at Lowe’s nationwide.  find your nearest retailer here.

inspiration images via : weekday carnival / aura home / the animal print shop / sian zeng

September 10, 2014

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today i’m inspired by walls that are a little wacky.  wacky or wonderful.  you decide.  and that is the thing about design, it can be so subjective.  what i love someone else may not.  but, if you don’t try you’ll never know.

i’ve done polka dot stickers on my wall before (DIY here), but the idea of taking it down to the table and chairs too would have never occurred to me.  it think it’s pretty fabulous.  not a forever look, but one to try for fun.

and, what about uneven paint lines?  i’m all about this.  i see this as a creatives space. someone who doesn’t want to be constricted to lines and thinks outside of the box.  and, hey this would make painting pretty simple, yes?

what do you think?  would you try either of these looks?  or have you ever done anything wacky with your walls?

you can see more wonderful wall designs on my wall love pinterest board.

apartment therapy / vtwonen

September 9, 2014

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lovelane costumes.  halloween is next month.  what what.

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detailed ceilings.  who wouldn’t want to have this view when they look up?

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cookie face snacks.  so cute + more cute faces over on 100 layer cakelete.

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lets make great art fingerprint book by marion deuchars.  so darling and so do-able.

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sophisticated outfits on little ones, as seen on porridge with milk.  i’d like to wear this outfit myself. 

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what are you loving this week?

September 8, 2014

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i had been waiting weeks, minutes, a whole year to take my little guys to ride thomas the train.  as in a real train.  somehow i missed that there was this thomas the train festival deal only 40 minutes my from my home that happened every year.  my youngest have never been on a train and who wouldn’t want to have their first voyage train ride on thomas?  i wanted this moment so bad that i paid $20 per person.  but, soon after we got there, i began to wonder if it was the memory or the moment that i was really wanting.

big surprise, but the day started to unfold slightly different then i had pre-packed it in my mind.  two hands held by two toddlers.  no squirming only sweetness.  thankfulness beyond their years and a dramatic dent made in their hearts for all their lives.  i wanted the moment for me and the memory for them.  we got there and thankfully no melt downs (because it was just me and them), but it was hot and crowded and already i was starting to wish this wouldn’t take forever.  i was more interested in the antiquated trains then they were and when thomas wouldn’t talk back to them as they shouted “hi thomas, hi thomas” (my favorite moment of the day) they were a little confused.  and so the day went.

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could it be possible that some memories are sweeter than the actual moments?  i think yes.  as much as i’m trying to be in each moment more then ever before, taking in the pitch of the giggle, the shape of bubbles at bath, the sweet smell of sunshine, the layers of color coloring the sky, the way each curl curves around chubby chipmunk cheeks, i also am finding that as we look back sometimes colors get brighter and moments more magic.  that’s the magic of memories.  they are blurred and bright.  fuzzy and clear.  loud and whispering moments that are lost and ever lingering.  blurred into crystal clear comfort.  permanently imprinted into that cataloging space in our hearts that holds who we are.   each memory an index card of information and insight into the us we’ve always been.  always available and ready for the researching when we get a little unsure of the present.

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so work your moments as they become your memories.  live in it.  the good, the bad, the rainbows and the rain.  inscribe that clarity in your catalog.  the colors will only get blurry and brighter.

September 5, 2014

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happy friday.

so i saw this over on the jealous curator’s insta (do you read her blog? i get lost in all the art, like this), and had to re-post it myself.  it’s actually a t-shirt (you can get it here).  i know some of you are going to want this.  i do.  i love a good unicorn.  because who doesn’t love a magical horse.  i like to use them in rooms i design (it’s like my where’s waldo) and i way freaked out when i saw one outside my hotel in london this spring.  and, then freaked even more when i learned it is part of the british coat of arms.

well, besides talk of unicorns i’m a little low on words, but high on links this week.  some weeks it’s just the opposite.

don’t forget the discount w/ lulu + georgia if you are doing a little shopping!

see you next week!

xo . t

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / this, “lets make fun of anthropologie furniture” post is so hilarious.  i still love you anthro!

02 / so maybe i might be putting dry shampoo on my eyebrows this weekend.

03 /  small spaces are sometimes the sweetest.

04 /  more app obsessions (i always love to see what others love).

05 /  i’ve been wanting a iron skillet, + this skillet pizza recipe is going to make me bite the bullet.

06 / office envy.

07 / confession, i can’t stop singing this.  confession #2 i want the gold get up.

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