February 26, 2010

Crib Crashers Part 1

Graham's Crib
Y'all have heard me brag countless times about having the world's cutest nephew. Ever.
Well his nursery is just as cute as him.
There was no art on the walls or keepsakes on display when my sister took these pics but you can still see how she transformed an uber-girly space left by the previous owners into a precious room she created just for her baby boy.


BEFORE

AFTER





The soft green and blue are heavenly!
Even the closet is organized and color coordinated!

*Those yummy cookies in the first picture were a sweet treat my sister's law school friends sent to the hospital. What a beautiful and fun twist from sending flowers!


Items in the Room

Paint color: Serena & Lily -- Chambray

Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Crib & Dresser: USA Baby -- Bonavita

Moses basket: HooHobbers (though the fish print may no longer be available)

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Changing table: A yard sale find ($15 and from the next door neighbors) that we spray painted white

Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids -- Eli Elephant

Accessories: Baskets and boxes under the changing table are all from Home Goods, the books are from Richard E. (our dad and Graham's namesake)

Closet organization: Babies R Us

Chair: KiddieKastle -- Best Chairs Storytime Series (run, don't walk to get these nursery chairs, they are great and significantly less expensive than their counterparts at Pottery Barn Kids and Serena & Lily)


Now a chat with my sister Elizabeth, Graham's mama!

I knew I wanted Chambray walls the minute I found out I was having a boy. My inspiration came from Serena & Lily's Henry bedding. The Henry collection remained tops on my list for a while (and Graham’s name was almost Henry Thompson), but I found the Eli print on a shopping trip with my mom and grandmother, Nonnie, and knew immediately it was the one. Nonnie was so impressed that Edmund would allow elephants in our house that she generously treated us to almost everything in the collection! We gladly accepted the gifts, but also assured her that Graham would have plenty of Democratic gear and Obamababy onesies to make up for it.*

*The rest of our entire family is very republican and still gives Elizabeth a hard time for marrying a Democrat. You know, as in, Edmund is awesome and we love him, even though he's a democrat.

The pictures above don't show the personal touches we've made since Graham arrived. We added gifts and sentimental items, including a Tiffany & Co. silver rattle, picture frames and a honey colored train Graham affectionately calls his "choochoo." I had also planned to add a horizontal stripe to the wall (or possibly even white letters with a touching quote) hitting slightly above all of the furniture, but haven't found the time -- note to Mamas to finish as much as possible before your baby arrives!

I love the honey colored basket, train and vintage children's books as a warm contrast to the blue, green and white. I was worried that there might be too many elephants and wanted to avoid creating a Pottery Barn Kids replica, but I think the accents are different enough to pull the room together. I hope to have shown that you can select mass-produced staples, and add your own personal touches to create a distinct nursery that's still warm and inviting.


Well said Elizabeth! And thanks for sharing your room and your ideas!
We can't wait to get ahold of an updated picture of the room with all Graham's toys and accessories on display as well! And I really can't wait to get ahold of that sweet boy Graham!

February 25, 2010

You are enough

Say it out aloud. Repeat.

photo uploaded by jenlemen via Kind over Matter

Wouldn't this be the easiest project? You can buy bags of river rocks at any craft store. Most likely you can even clean some off that you find in your own back yard. Color it using some leftover spray paint and grab a paint pen. Voila! I think it would look really pretty to make a whole bag full of these using your favorite colors and then display them in a glass vase or jar. Place it in your entryway or kitchen or bathroom or bedside table. Somewhere you will see it often. Make one for your daughter when she's had a rough day and sneak it on to her bedside table near her alarm clock or under your husband's washcloth to find first thing in the morning. What an easy and inexpensive pick-me-up. You could even make a larger one and place in on your best friend or neighbors front porch. It would be even better if they didn't know it was from you.

Although I'm guessing anyone reading this post who lives in Pawleys Island will now know I'm the source of the anonymous tokens!

February 24, 2010

Let's talk dirty

My house is dirty. I blame my vacuum. And my dog. Before you get all, "eww gross she's a hoarder with a nasty house-carried away, let me clarify. My house is actually not really that dirty. I straighten up. I dust. I clean the kitchen daily with Clorox spray. I sweep. I vacuum. Yet every day I find dog hairs and dust bunnies lurking all over my floors. We were fore-warned of this debacle when we selected the darker colored oak flooring. I choose it anyway. Design over practicality. I'm learning my lesson.

Since a cleaning lady of the hired sort is out of the question for now I need to enlist your help. What products do you swear by?

I'd really like a new vacuum. Mine is several years old, uses bags and was cheap. I'm getting what I paid for it. All of my friends have Dysons and swear they are better than chocolate. I know they are. My friend Amanda let me borrow hers. I wanted to take pictures of the amount of filth collecting in that clear bin. It was amazing. I had to empty it three times just to finish my whole house. Again, I blame my vacuum. I just know my house would be all sparkly and eat-off-the-floor clean if I had the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball-Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner. But it's $549.00 on Amazon.com and even though it includes FREE 2-day SHIPPING it's still out of my budget. By a lot at this point. But, I know I can find something for much less that works just as well. Even almost as well.


I've been planning this post for a while now so imagine my delight when I went over to YHL the other day and saw that they'd already done some posting and homework for me here!

They have a whole long post about what they were looking for in a vacuum, how they came across and researched the perfect fit, how they made the right selection for them, etc. etc. etc.

Personally, I'm just too busy, or just bored with the idea of researching vacuums, to bother with all that. So I'll just take their word for it. They went with the Bissell 82H1 Cleanview Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner and I'm happy to let their research and struggle be my guide. You can purchase it on Amazon for $79.99 with FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING.

I'm not rushing out until I hear their personal testimony on it's perfornance first. Lucky for us, I know they'll blog about it soon!



What vacuum do you recommend?

February 23, 2010

GIVEAWAY

Pretty, right?

It's a Lisa Leonard Design original and it can be yours.

Okay, so y'all know I can't pass up an opportunity to win something cool. And I love to share these finds because if one of y'all wins I just know you'll let me borrow it so it's kind of like getting an extra chance! I read about this freebie over at Short Southern Mama. You may recognize her as the blonde who always leaves sweet comments.


To enter, go to Kitchen Belleicious and follow the directions here. The winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to use toward a custom Lisa Leonard piece. How fabulous!!!
And if that's not fantastic enough...
How about a second chance to win, this time with a $100.00 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Design. Apparently YHL is offering the same giveaway ending tomorrow.
Just go here for another chance to win.
And you can never accuse me of not sharing the love!

February 22, 2010

Nursery Mood Board 3

Modern Preppy Nursery
Girl

So here's my favorite! I'd like to keep it mostly white with one or two touches of pink and green. As she gets older, the more color I'll introduce.

Y'all didn't really think I could get too far away from pink and green, did you? Me neither!

Images and items found via Polyvore

The Land Of Nod - Curtains shopping and more from Land of Nod
$25 -
landofnod.com, auto - missoni - PILLOWS & POUFS - Javea Cushion 23.5x23.5
$315 -
thisisauto.com, Amazon.com: Hot Pink Chinese/Japanese Paper Lantern/Lamp 12" Diameter - Jus...amazon.com, Side tables South of Market $895 - southofmarket.biz, Anna Swivel Glider Chair, Adult Gliders at RosenberryRooms.com $850 - rosenberryrooms.com, Green Chippendale Chair Pieces $695 - piecesinc.com, Lilac Desk, Antique White $400 -pbteen.com, Geometric Hanging Shade Overstock.com $170 - overstock.com, Robert Abbey Genie Bronze and Green Ceramic Table Lamp LampsPlus.com
$150 -
lampsplus.com, 2 Slat Rocking Chair in Pink $60 - sweetretreatkids.com, Large Green Vase. 5.25"dia.x8"H $13 crateandbarrel.com, Lamps and Bedroom Lighting Serena & Lily serenaandlily.com, sutton canopy crib - white. Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. $79 - rhbabyandchild.com, Silver Loop Rattle $90 - vivre.com, Silhouette of a Woman Reading While Standing clipartguide.com, pink picture frame, impressionen.de, Walmart.com: Huggies, HUGGIES® Pure and Natural Diapers Step 1

The Plan

Walls
All White
Paint-Designer White from Sherwin-Williams on all four walls plus ceiling
Custom paneling that matches the downstairs on the bottom half

Furniture
White crib
White desk-with changing table topper added on top
White glider/recliner found here
Chinese chippendale chair in lime green with white cushion

Flooring
Oak hardwood to match the downstairs (I wish)
In reality, cream wall to wall burber carpet

Accesories
Pink, green, black and white accesories with clean lines
Silver picture frames
White and green baskets for toys and laundry
Pink and Green wall art/prints in modern black frames
Wall decal-black silhouette

Lighting
Two green table lamps in a gourd or candlestick shape with white drum shades. I'm thinking about painting the yellow lamps I posted about here.
Chandelier with graphic drum shade in green and white

Windows
Two floor to ceiling panels flanking each windown with sheers on the inside. I'm thinking of using the curtains from Land of Nod pictured above if I can't find a fabric I love in a price I like.
Scalloped cornice above windows

Linens
Green & white and pink & white polka dots or other print

White bumpers with green trim and green grosgain ribbon ties

Bedskirt option 1-white flat panel, maybe with a pintuck pleat, with green trim to match bumpers

Bedskirt option 2-flat panel with the same fabric as the curtains

Throw pillow for the chair-either a fun print or a solid green with a white monogram

February 19, 2010

Sow your seeds

photo by crosshatchling.co.uk via Kind over matter
GREAT thing to think about as we kick off the weekend!
I have been completely obsessed with baby decor of late and this is a good reminder that looking good, you or your house, isn't everything. There are much more important places I can place my energy. Not all of it of course, no one said you can't look good being a Christian.
Ashley and Mary-Catherine, if you're reading this, can you help but think of a certain"sowing oats" speech from high school/first semester of college? Please tell me you remember!
For everyone else, it reminds me to think twice about what I'm involved in. What am doing today to serve God or my community? Sadly, it makes me realize my current answer is not my ideal. I need to make an effort to go to Church more. To be more involved. To give more to others. To help those in need.
To not obsess over my unborn baby's name and clothes and room!! But rather on what kind of world I'm creating for her!

February 18, 2010

Nursery Mood Board 2

Colorful Nursery
Girl
All items and images found via polyvore

IKEA Belysning Taklampor KNAPPA Taklampa $30 - ikea.com, Walmart.com: Little Bedding by NoJo - Huntington 4-Piece Crib Bedding Set:...$55 - walmart.com, LuLu Rug, 8x10', Pool $500 - pbteen.com, Stray Dog - Artichoke Lamp $625 - straydogdesigns.com, Dorel Fine Furnishings and babyGap home Signature Dresser dorelfinefurnishings.com, Baby Toys, Building Blocks, Play Vehicles, Musical Toys, Rocking Toys allchildrensfurniture.com, My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Fancy Baby-stroller die cut: Scrapbooking...
$0.41 -
blackberrypaper.com, Nottingham Floral Rug, 3X5, Ivory $130 $99 - pbteen.com, Canvas Roman Shade, 26x63, Navy $70 - pbteen.com, Fuchsia Pink Rice Paper Wave Print Votive Holder(Only $3.00 each for 24+) -... $3.50 - lunabazaar.com, Green Depot Sleigh Crib at Green Depot: Green Building Supplies greendepot.com
Keep in mind, these are really mood boards that help a create a vibe for the room and not a specific list of items I'd purchase. For instance, I'm not planning on buying a changing table. I've heard from countless moms that a dresser top works just as well in the beginning and is easier to keep neat after the babies are crawling and getting into things. Also, I don't remotely look at prices or think of my budget when I'm putting these together. Although, if anyone wants to gift me that PB Teen rug or the artichoke lamp I'd be more than happy to accept!
The colorful rooms are a pretty big change from the previous nursery ideas I posted about right? Did anyone else feel totally schizo when it came to decorating a room in their house, nursery or other?

February 17, 2010

Nursery Idea 2

Colorful Nusery





Images found via Decor pad


Well I certainly love the blue and green in this room!

No, not a neutral, but still calming and soothing! And gender neutral.

I especially like the few modern touches like the graphic drum shade, modern print fabrics and the simple wall mural. I think the built-in wall storage is awesome! We've decided to use the back bedroom for our nursery so we don't have any weird eaves to work around but this would have been a perfect solution for our front bedroom.

February 16, 2010

PREPPY NAPKIN GIVEAWAY!!

While I usually don't post twice in one day. I'm just trying to stick to my new year's resolution of posting 3-5 days a week. I couldn't let y'all miss this opportunity.

Mrs. Sippycups just posted a link to a fantastic giveaway at Preppy Napkin. To enter go here and leave a comment. You can of course share the love and tell her I sent you! The contest for this super cute pink and green napkin holder ends on February 20th.

I'm pretty sure this would look fantastic in any of my friends' homes!

Nursery Mood Board 1

Neutral Nursery
Girl

Items and image courtesy of Polyvore

*Hand Painted Chandeliers LampsPlus.com
$300
lampsplus.com *Lajobi Graco Kendal Convertible Crib : Target $180 target.com*Art for Kids Furniture Cherubini Crib with Caning in Versailles Blue - Layla Grayce $3,450 laylagrayce.com *Elegant Dots for a Modern Crib Tiny D├ęcor Blogtinydecorblog.com *Victorian trading Co. - www.victoriantradingco.com - Rennaissance Aubusson Rugvictoriantradingco.com *Olivia Changing Table $700 potterybarnkids.com *Frame USA, Inc. - Wood Picture Frames, Print Frames, Art Pictures, Artwork, Photos, Awardsframeusa.com *Silver Loop Rattle$90 vivre.com *Pier 1 Imports - Willow Shelf Baskets $8 pier1.com *Large Baroque Acanthus Mirror in Crossroads Rosa - Layla Grayce $555 laylagrayce.com

I like that this mood board captures the spirit of yesterday's inspiration pictures. It's elegant with a side of shabby chic to keep it from being too fussy. I think I'd paint the walls a really soft cream and the ceiling a barely there pink. Reminiscent of a ballet shoe. I'm going to try and stay away from pink walls and think outside the box a little bit. What do you think?
I'm going to focus on girly nursery ideas this week but I promise to switch gears and post some boy nursery ideas in the coming weeks. I'd like to get some real life pictures on here too. My sister and some friends of mine have fabulous boy nurseries I'm hoping they'll share for an upcoming post.

February 15, 2010

Nursery Idea 1

Neutral Nursery
So as I mentioned on Friday, I have baby nurseries on the brain. Long before I knew I was housing a baby girl, I was scouring for pictures to help inspire the perfect space for my child. Okay, truth be told, I as looking at these rooms long before I was housing anything more permanent than my lunch.
But, I figured that if I eventually wanted the perfect space then I would have to start early.
It's such a big decision!
She's going to be born with her own personality full of likes and dislikes and I am in charge of providing her first taste of personal style in the space. And I really want it to reflect her and not just my dream for who she is going to be. I know, I know, it's just a room and I'm reading way too much into it. She has plenty of years to cover my design choice with lime green paint and posters and collages of her friends. Image via Apartment Therapy Image via Things that Inspire


Image via Atlanta Homes Magazine

Source unknown
As I also mentioned on Friday, my first thought was to go with something pale and soothing. Lots of white and cream with lots of softness and not too much fuss. I think these pictures demonstrate that style well. They're all fairly gender neutral and work especially well for those of you who wait for B-day for the big reveal. Which I find insanely hard seeing as I could only wait 15 weeks. You can always go and add some soft blue or pink touches to make it more specific after the baby is born.
Have any of y'all done a neutral or all-white nursery? Or maybe traditional pink or blue was your thing? Let me know what you chose or even send pictures that we can share here for others to gain inspiration. Seriously, email your nursery pictures or send links to your blogs! Do you like themes? Certain color combos? For those of y'all who are currently preggars and trying to decide on your nursery, what are your thoughts?

February 12, 2010

Tips for White Rooms

All White Rooms
What a perfect day for this all white post because we're supposed to get some white flurries tonight. Unheard of here in Pawleys Island, but I dare not complain. So many of y'all have been bombarded with snow this winter and may be entirely over WHITE all together. I hope you still enjoy this post and your weekend!
Image courtesy of Laura Casey Interiors

I am really considering doing a white nursery for Baby Girl. Am I crazy? I have seen so many pictures I love but am a little worried about the practicality. And I don't want it to look too boring in person or in pictures or look like I just haven't gotten around to painting yet. I've found lots of advice in the bloggy world and I'll pass some on to you in case you're considering a white room somewhere in your house too.

The article below, written by Laura Casey, offers some really sound advice. I'm not planning on following it to a tee, however, because I have some ideas of my own.

I'll share more on that later!

Please go to Laura Casey Interiors to read the full article and see more of her fantastic designs.


LCI Ten Tips for Kids + White Rooms
by laura on July 20, 2009
Last week I received this email from a reader: ”I keep reading about designers picking sturdy, stain resistant fabric, but without more detail. In other words can I have a white room that is child proof? “ I feel that the best room is one that is great looking, but simultaneously meets your current lifestyle. This reader has a 3.5 year old boy and almost 2 year old girl? My bottom line answer to her is yes with conditions….Here is my top list of ten ways to have kids + white rooms.
1. Use a few pieces of white furniture (consoles, side tables, etc), all in varying shades of white. This will give variety and depth to the space. White furniture is easy to clean and touch up if it gets scratched.

2. Zippers and Scotch Gaurd on seat cushions. When I need fabrics pre-treated I send them to a company (Proseal Plus) who specializes in this before sending them on to my upholsterer. They also sell a special cleaner to be used on fabrics that have been treated. I tell you that this stuff works miracles. Zippers allow for cushions to come off easily and be spot cleaned or partially replaced.

3. Slipcovers are also a good way to get longevity out of a fabric. If there is a spill or damage to one part of it a seamstress or workroom can replace that section. Make sure to buy a few yards extra in case your fabric gets discontinued or runs out of stock. Slipcovers can be very fitted and tailored, using them does not mean you have to do the shabby chic look.

4. Skirt around all white, this is where I fake it a little yet still achieving the look of all white. Some of the upholstery should be a khaki or neutral color that will wear a little better. The upholstery is going to get the dirtiest. You can always add white throw pillows on it as well.

5. Durable fabrics to me mean a workhorse fabric. It can get pulled, jumped on, spilled on, and still last a long time. In order for a fabric to be considered really durable it has to pass the Wyzenbeek Test. The Association for Contract Textiles uses this guideline for heavy duty fabrics intended for general upholstery. Contract fabrics are stronger than residential upholstery fabrics and many companies make fabrics that are contract grade and still comfortable.
There are many residential grade upholstery fabrics that meet these standards. If you are shopping for fabric the information card about the fabric would say exceeds 15,000 double rubs (or something similar). I call it the tushie test. You can sit on the fabric 15,000 up and downs before it starts to fray. Strong Cottons, Linens, Twills and Velvets fall into this fabric category. This Robert Allen fabric (Chevalier) is a cotton and viscose blend. It has passed the Wyzenbeek test and comes in a bright white too but it is too hard to see here on the white background, so here it is in Pearl. Keeping the price of the fabric reasonable will also help to prevent a complete breakdown should #10 happen…

6. Mix in light and dark wood. It may not be white, but I feel as though our senses need some differentiation.

7. Be open in your rug choice- We have an Oriental rug in our LR and it hides every fleck of dirt that comes through there. Rugs with white in them show dirt immediately and and sisals can be a good alternative but aren’t always as comfy on bare feet. I know I have posted this picture before but it is quite applicable. Mariette Himes Gomez achieves the look of a fresh and bright white room while still using an Oriental rug.

8. Top White Paints: My favorites are BM (Benjamin Moore)- Super White, Cloud White, Linen White and China White. Use it in an Eggshell finish which is more easily cleanable than a flat paint. It is more expensive but for a very high performance, cleanable and durable paint ask for a BM Aura.
9. Colorful accessories also help to give some dimension to the room.

10. A good and realistic attitude. Stuff gets dirty to begin with, with kids it gets dirtier and white shows it the most. But if you can and want to constantly keep children somewhat clean, no crayons, no shoes (if you can), no food or drinks (at least for the kids), no pets on the furniture and pre-treat your upholstery you can do it. Life happens and you should enjoy your home as much as possible. If it is going to make life too hard on you and your family to have a white room right now, wait until your kids are older."


Do you have a white room in your house or plans for one? Any advice?

February 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!!!


Happy Birthday Mom!!
I hope you are having a fabulous day!
I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful and talented mother. I only hope that I can take care of my baby girl half as well as you have taken care of me. I am so blessed to have you for a mother and as a grandmother to my growing daughter. I only wish you lived closer so that our target trips and fabric store trips didn't have to always be over the phone. If you can ever convince Dad to move here I know of several fantastic realtors and the house next door to us is for sale, as well as the one next door to the in-laws. We could all just take over the circle!
P.S.-You share a birthday with Jennifer Aniston! How did we not know this?
P.S.S.-I am planning on posting some fantastic mood boards soon!

February 10, 2010

PRAY

Image uploaded by contented sparrow via Kind over Matter

PRAY. It never looked so good.
***You may have noticed (if you're a loyal follower anyway) that this post came a day early this week. That's because something special is reserved for tomorrow!

February 9, 2010

Graham update

Remember last fall when I did a post here about my sweet nephew Graham's photoshoot for his FIRST BIRTHDAY? I promised I would post an update with more pics and I'm sorry it took so long. Josh at RedTree Photography did an amazing job capturing my sister and brother-in-law with their gorgeous baby on his big day.
















WE LOVE YOU GRAHAM!!!

February 8, 2010

The Big Reveal

PINK IS THE NEW BABY!!!


Most of y'all probably already saw our BIG REVEAL on Facebook. But I thought I better follow up on here too for my bloggy friends!

February 5, 2010

Create Yourself

uploaded by .naa via Kind over Matter
This definitely has me craving a good crafty project weekend.
Anyone want to partake with me?

February 4, 2010

Oh baby!


Yes. You read that correctly.

I'll know in about an hour.


I'm not sure when you'll know yet.


So while the rest of y'all are dieting and hitting the gym in preparation for swimsuit season I'll be helping myself to an extra bowl or two of icecream!


I think it might be fun to keep it a secret for a while. In the meantime, leave me a comment with your predictions and we'll see who's right!

February 3, 2010

Tomato Soup Weather


It's freezing again! Time to stay in and cook yummy things to warm your body and soul, perfect for tomato soup!
To be honest, I think it's always tomato soup weather.
My favorite to cook at home is the old stand-by Campbell's tomoto soup.
My Campbell's tomato Soup
I cook it on the stove top with a can of milk or
1/2 can half and half or cream and 1/2 can of water.
I stir in some garlic and shredded parmesan cheese.
Not the shaken kind that comes in the green can. Never. Ever.
You might like to season with a bit of pepper.
I never add salt to anything store bought because typically its already loaded with sodium.
Heat on medium high heat to a simmer to until it gets good and frothy.
Go to the Campbell's website to find even more fun recipes with tomoto soup.
My favorite restaurant tomato soup is from Nordsrom Cafe. Every time I go to Richmond, I end up at Nordstrom within the first 24 hours and most every trip involves lunch at the Nordstrom Cafe. I'm obsessed with their salad dressings and tomoto soup.
I got really lucky today when I found this fantastic recipe for it at over cocktails.
I can't wait to try out the recipe! If you get to it before I do, please let me know what you think!
Nordstrom Cafe Tomato Soup
4 Tbsp olive oil
6 medium sized carrots, sliced
3/4 large onion, chopped
1 small shallot, chopped
15 tomatoes (or 3 28oz cans whole peeled roma tomatoes)
1 quart chicken broth
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1-2 T fresh basil, minced
Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add carrot and saute for 5 minutes. Add shallots and saute for a few minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Puree soup in batches in a food processor until smooth.
* If you want to freeze the soup then stop here before adding cream. When you're ready to eat, thaw soup and continue with recipe.
When ready to eat, return to saucepan and place over low heat. Stir in basil and cream. Heat until just heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
What's your favorite tomato soup recipe?
**DISCLAIMER**
I usually spend some time on the weekends doing several posts ahead of time and obviously this was one of those! It's beautiful and sunny and warming up here today so the "freezing today" weather I mentioned doesn't really fit. But the tomato soup is still yummy!

February 2, 2010

Dirty Laundry

How do you hide your dirty laundry?

I currently use wicker hampers, like this one here to hide and contain my dirty clothes until I'm ready to wash them. I'm ready for an upgrade but I'm really not interested in the utilitarian look of these here pictured below. I have no problem with these in a laundry room, but typically, once I make it to the laundry room I've already sorted and am ready to wash.
I need something that can go upstairs to discreetly corral our dirty things until laundry day. I've never been a big fan of laundry baskets/hampers in the closets and our bathrooms are just too small so this needs to be a seen but not heard type of solution.
This pretty laundry hamper found here is FANTASTIC! I love hidden storage!!! This would look really great in your bedroom, bathroom, closet or hallway (which is where most of our dirty clothes end up on laundry day anyway). I love that you could set some pretty baskets on top to add even more laundry sorting capabilities.

It's not exactly the cheapest option either. I wonder if my fantastic husband is looking for a good project to occupy his time.

These laundry totes from Dransfield & Ross at Neiman Marcus are my favorite! They are so adorable. They're a laundry hamper and basket all in one, bu at $98.00 a pop I'm pretty sure I won't be seeing these in my house any time soon. For $500.00 I'd expect someone to come actually wash the clothes as well. It would be so easy to stamp those useful sorting words onto a burlap tote for all the effect at a fraction of the cost.

Let me know if you've found any clever solutions to your laundry problems!