Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Humility Before Honor

Last week was an infection and this week it's the stomach flu.  As someone who isn't sick very often, it's amazing how much I take my health for granted.  The bug has spread rapidly through our house and has three of us down at the moment: Milly, me and Xander.  The only thing worse than being a sick mom is being a sick mom with two sick kids.

Needless to say, I feel really behind.  The house is a mess, the laundry isn't done and I haven't cooked in what feels like forever this one I'm not totally sad about - not to mention the list of projects I had hoped to finish.  It's been one of those times where you just have to humble your list-checking self and put things on the back-burner.  All of this can (must) wait. 

Yesterday, in the midst of it all: loads of laundry not folded, cups and puke bowls strewn about, a little one peeking out from under my sheets, I received a tweet saying that I had won the Better Homes and Gardens editors' pick for top decorating blog.  "Have they seem my house lately?"

Sometimes receiving honor in the midst of humility is the most humbling thing of all. 

To those of you who have voted for me over the last several weeks, I can't thank you enough.  Your support of this blog and my sometimes out-there decor decisions means more to me than you could know. 


Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's Another Few Inches?

For several months I've contemplated cutting my hair.  It's been kind of ridiculously long for a while now, and while I liked the way it looked right after I styled it, that never lasted very long.  It easily became a tangled mess and loved to get into things like paint, food, car doors, loved ones faces...you get the gist.  So I had decided that Wednesday was D-day.  The plan was to cut 6" off, but as I got to thinking about it, I knew that 10" could be donated.  What was another few inches?

Locks of Love won't take bleached hair, but since I don't color the bottom half of my hair I was able to donate that underneath portion.  I know there will be times I'll miss having really long hair, but I figured it would be much easier to get over that knowing I was giving it to someone else.

It just so happened that my friend, Justin, was in town and he was nice enough to drive out to the suburbs and snap a few shots.  While I share my home with you weekly, it's rare for me to give you a glimpse of these spaces with people in them.  I think it makes a world of difference to really understand the scope and the scale of a space and what it's filled with.

I may have lost a foot of hair this week, but I thought I had gained a kidney stone.  It all started Saturday morning when I awoke with intense pain in my left back.  When I say intense, I mean worse than drug-free labor intense.  The pain and uncomfortableness finally led to an urgent care visit on Sunday, a doctor appointment on Monday and a CT scan on Tuesday.  All of which showed no sign of anything wrong.  They think it may have been an infection, and I'm starting to feel like myself again, so hopefully I'll be back in the renovation saddle this weekend.


All photos by Justin Meyer.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Big Dose of Happy.

The one thing I think all playrooms should feel is happy.  The red couch was bringing that, but it needed a partner in crime.  Many of you on Instagram thought I had painted a door a cheery yellow (Behr's Lemon Zest) but I actually decided to go bold elsewhere.

The before and after are up on Domino now.  Have a happy weekend!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Inspiration for Clients While They Inspire Me

This blog didn't start out as a decor blog, and never did I dream that I'd spend most of my time talking about decorating.  I started The Makerista as a way to document things I make, but I thought that would mostly include simple DIY's and inspiration: a dress for Milly, party decor for Xander's birthday or the final piece of art for a gallery wall.

Professional I am not, but I often have readers (or referrals from readers) reach out in the hopes that I can help them with their home.  To be honest, I say no a lot.  I have enough trouble keeping up with domestication, motherhood and blogging, but once in a while I have some time or feel a tug to work with someone.

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I don't consider it design because I'm not a designer, but rather consulting.  I work closely with clients to put together a space, and it's a definite team effort.  From paint colors to accessories, I help guide them along and hopefully teach them a few of my techniques and ideas along the way.  More so than leaving them with a pretty space at the end, I hope to equip them so they can make better design decisions on their own.

I'm currently working with an amazing couple in San Fransisco, and they totally have an eye for it - it's just that extra help that will take their house to the next level.  I would call their style neutrally minimal modern with a touch of traditional.  Did you watch Secrets From a Stylist?  I always feel like Emily Henderson when I describe someone's style like that.  I know, in my dreams...

Joannie and Evan appreciate quality and great bones, and I've been incredibly inspired by them and the things we've been putting together.  They love a clean look and prefer quality finishes over quantity.  I look forward to showing you more of their home in the coming months, but for now I thought I'd leave you with some pieces we've been inspired by.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Some Updated Chairs and Some That Need It.

I feel like I've been trapped in the Bermuda Triangle.  The Bermuda Triangle of painting.  Last week I spent 5 days in a row Micah pointed that out in my Christmas pajama pants and painted practically from sunup to sundown.  The kid's playroom seemed like a simple enough task, but the 10' ceilings, fireplace, 2 doors and 10 windows quickly reminded me otherwise.  We're in the final stretch, and I look forward to showing you a bit more soon.  Today I thought we'd talk chairs: some befores and some afters.

I found these kids chairs on craigslist (surprise, surprise) right before Christmas, and while they didn't appear to be have much wear, they were rusty and one had a rip in the seat.

So I mixed up some Bar Keeper's Friend and water and scrubbed off the rust.

And then I took Xander to JoAnn's to pick out some fabric.  He loves black and thinks crocodiles are cool, making this faux leather the perfect choice.  Plus, it doesn't get more kid-friendly.  With cousins galore and hopes of lots of entertaining we can never have enough pint-sized seating.

So, on to another pair of chairs it's really hard for me to pass up a pair of anything that has caused quite the ruckus in this house.  It's another craigslist score...one that my husband would call a craigslist sore.  He may or may not have called these the "ugliest chairs he's ever seen" and he may or may not have google image searched "ugly chair" and came up with several similar looking chairs to plead his case.  But I did not waver.  I knew they would be perfect.

When Micah thinks I'm crazy sometimes greatness happens. You see, if he had agreed with me I would have paid nearly asking price and skipped on my merry way, but when he doesn't like something he tells me he doesn't care if I can get it for "x" amount, which is always dirt cheap.  I see it as a total challenge and usually come out on top.

So, these chairs.  I haven't shown you a picture yet because I feel like I have to make my case first - give you all the details and disclaimers.  Our wood paneled living room is a tough space.  The layout is really difficult with 6 doors and a fireplace that sits on a corner.  My plan is to float the furniture in the center, but I don't want to ignore the fireplace completely.  A pair of swivel chairs would take care of the desire to have a conversational area that also allows for intimate moments by the fire. The sofa will be very traditional, so I wanted something modern.  And boy did I find it.

Obviously that fabric is a little loud a little?! and none of this is going together right now - lots of placeholder pieces - but these chairs will be getting outfitted in something soft and feminine, and I know they will be beautiful.

They may smell like cheap vanilla air freshener at the moment, but they are the most comfortable chairs (they rock too) and once they're reupholstered we're sure to be spending lots of time in them.

This room has a ways to go, and I think these chairs are going to be one of the stars of the show. I've proven my husband wrong before, I can do it again, right?