Often I have things I’d like to share with you all, but they don’t necessarily constitute a whole blog post by themselves. I’ve always been more of a “meaty” blogger, meaning I prefer my posts to be more in depth then a simple image and a few sentences, but some topics don’t require that much explanation. Or maybe it’s a random thought that isn’t relative to design what I know most of you come here for. Let’s call this Bullet Points.
⋅TRADITIONALISM: I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for about a year now, but sometimes you just don’t get around to things. I’ve talked about it several times on the blog before, but trends are one of my absolute favorite things to study. I used to do it with fashion and now I do it with design. Trendy can be a negative term for me because it comes with the idea that everyone is doing it and it will someday be a thing of the past but I love to find those things that are just peeking their head out from behind the curtain. I am a traditionalist, and I think that’s pretty apparent in my interiors, but traditionalism is trending. It’s been a slow creep, starting with the popularity of Downton Abbey, catapulted further forward with the musical Hamilton, and now even Emily Henderson the queen of Midcentury Modern is moving into a tudor home and going all traditional in her design. Whether it’s simple and country or detailed and stately, there’s something for everyone when you look toward classic design.
⋅STRANGER THINGS: Have you seen this show on Netflix? I’m not usually one to hop on the TV bandwagon, but I started watching last month and finished it in a day and a half. Sci-fi isn’t anything I’m typically interested in, but this show captivated me. As strange as the subject matter was, the show felt very nostalgic. It takes place in the 80’s, and it’s not trying to push any envelopes or agendas within the plot…maybe that’s what felt so refreshing about it. If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
⋅TAXIDERMY: Speaking of trends AND strange things, I’ve been weirdly interested in something most people find pretty creepy. I’ve always associated taxidermy with proud hunters and people who enjoy rustic decor not my thing. But a few years back I remember seeing Ryan Korban’s apartment in Domino and being blown away by the animals he had. They were breathtaking. Then this summer I took Milly to the old soda shop in town that also sells secondhand things. There are a lot of “interesting” items, but what totally caught my eye was a stuffed zebra head hanging amongst the clutter. The retired man running the shop said it was his wife’s, that zebras are her favorite, and it’s not for sale. I hate when stores display items that aren’t for sale! I can’t get that thing out of my head and have been back for root beer floats more than I normally would just to admire him.
A few months ago I came across Fine Taxidermy and then I was really hooked. This is not your uncle’s prize-winning bass, this stuff is incredible…
Unlike the local taxidermist, stuffing things hunters have killed, these men are bringing new life to animals that were usually found after they had died. The colors and attention to detail are incredible, and whether you’re into it or not, it’s hard not to acknowledge their talent and artistry.
⋅BACK TO SCHOOL COOL: This summer we kept extra-curiccular activities kind of low to enjoy more time with family and friends. School has started back up and while we had things several nights a week last year, we intentionally signed the kids up for activities that didn’t take place on week nights. Xander’s trying soccer but the practicing and games both happen on Saturday mornings, and Milly’s gymnastics is on a weekday. They’ll have church on Wednesday nights soon, but I have to say, this not rushing around after school has felt amazing! I can tell a difference in my own attitude, and Xander seems so much happier to have time to come home and relax, play, do his reading when he’s ready. I know it won’t be this way forever, but I’m going to enjoy it while we can. I’ve read a lot about kids who aren’t over scheduled being happier adults, and though I don’t think you can lump all kids into that ideology, I do think it’s be great for us. Do you try to limit your evening activities?
⋅McMANSIONS: I stumbled across this tumbler and spent way too much time laughing. I shared it on Facebook if you follow along there. I had this thought so many times when we were looking at houses ourselves…”why can’t they just make a rectangular room with symmetrical features?!” Oftentimes “special features” and details in homes are just builders covering up mistakes or trying to save a buck. Just because you’re spending a lot on a home doesn’t mean it’s quality. Do you live in an area with McMansions?
⋅BABY: It’s hard to believe, but I’m about 10 weeks out from having another human to take care of. Yikes! Milly and I spent the beginning of the week going through every single baby item, article of clothing, toy we have in storage. We divided it up between all of the nephews I have and organizing the girl things (there are four nephews younger to pass things to but no little girls). I now have 3 boxes ready to go: one gender neutral box, one girl box, and one boy box. When the baby is born I’ll open up two and sell everything in the other box. There is something to be said about preparing for your last baby and knowing you will get some of your storage space back. More room to hoard chairs and lamps!
I thought I had everything I needed for this little one, but I’m realizing there are so many new and wonderful things I should probably get beforehand. The Rock N Play was my favorite thing with Milly and now it rocks on its own…wha?!? Newer moms, what are your must have products? And any favorite new clothing or blanket lines out there? I’m totally into these moses baskets with the stand, and the changing basket is on my list of wants for this new babe.