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My Baby Sleeps On The Floor: Our Montessori-ish Baby Room

Heston's Room

Let me first qualify this post by saying, I know nothing about babies.  Really.  I’ve never been a baby person, nor have I spent any substantial time with them.  We’re totally winging it over here.

We didn’t set out to be all Montessori-ish in our approach to raising Heston, but the more we engage with this life-learning method, the more I’m a convert.  Thus, our baby sleeps on the floor.

We originally bought a two bedroom house (albeit a tiny one) because we envisioned having a guest/baby’s room (and in that order).  I remember being pretty self-righteous and saying things like “Elch, why in the world do people dedicate an entire room to ‘kid-stuff’?!”  I said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, I know nothing.

Our approach to the monkey’s sleeping situation was not guided by any particular method, it was simply that we couldn’t decide on a crib.  Between cost, design and our tiny space, I remember throwing my hands up in frustration and saying, “Why do we even need a crib?!” I was thinking about having just a day bed so that my mother (and other guests) could have an actual bed to sleep in.  But again cost, design, and space were not intersecting.  And I felt like I had time to decide since I knew he’d be sharing our room for the first part of his life.

I wasn’t sure how we would establish our family sleeping situation; I didn’t even know how I felt about it other than the extreme stereotypes represented in RomComs everywhere: Hippy-Dippy Family Beds whilst shunning vaccinations vs. ice-cold, detached robot parents who farm our raising their kids to a staff.  Surely there were more options than this?!  I implored the same approach we had with Heston’s impending arrival: we would just figure it out.  We started by RENTING the most beautiful (and functional) bassinet, but my little guy didn’t do much sleeping in it (much to my disappointment.)  And really, if I could have had my way, I think I would have preferred co-sleeping with H until he was in college old enough. But by 7 months when we knew H could lay on his back without choking (and sort of roll over) we knew it was time to fish or cut bait.  I felt like I had this window to transition him and this was it.  Armed with some research and my sleep bible, we put Heston on a mattress on the floor.

H Room

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An Overdue Apartment Update

The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation.  And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here.  We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country.  Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!

During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!)  And eat we did!  We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new…  from the comfort of our own home.  And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures.  But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home.  (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.)  The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!).  So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already!  So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement.  But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.

Apartment Update

Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things! 

DIY pendant light (step by step photos)

It starts like this…

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Materials

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Drill (forever without a diamond tip — only 5 minutes with!) | Run the cord through new hole.

DIY Pendant Light How To

Wire the socket.

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Test said socket.  (Yeah — it worked!)

(9)-Testing

Pull electrical cord to the top and start to wrap with favorite colored twine/thread/etc. (I just glued the end)

Pendant Light Materials

Hang and admire.

DIY Pendant Light How To

a bright idea — DIY pendant light

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A few weeks ago at a quick pop into High Fashion Home, I spotted a pendant light that I thought I could hack.  A few craft stores later, we have a light. Ok, so it wasn’t that easy, but it wasn’t as difficult as we I thought it might be.  We the hubs just needed to have a lot of patience using a drill bit for glass and tile that was NOT a diamond tip.  (Have I ever mentioned just how cheap we can be?!)  But instead of taking 5 minutes to drill through the glass it took just over an hour.  No kidding.  (So maybe it would have worth my his time to pay the $25 difference?!)

Regardless, it’s done and it was relatively cheap.  The glass jar was $10 (with a Michaels coupon), the light socket was $4, the (extra thick) cord was $8, and I already had the hot pink construction cord.  We also spent $6 on the now-questionable drill bit.  So for around $30 we made ourselves a pretty niffty knock-off.

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo step-by-step.

i spy: herringbone

Pattern

[wood & cement photos, mine | marble photo here]

This weekend while out and about I spotted a repeating pattern.  I used to not be a big fan of herringbone, but as of recently I find myself drawn to it.  I was particularly impressed with the new exterior facade of our anthropologie.  The brass looks like it’s the exact size and shape of the thing you put on a commercial door to push it open. (I’m sure there is a technical name for it, but “flat brass push thingy” will have to work!) A clever combo indeed.  The interior of the store had a space with cement floor in said pattern and again I was surprised how much I liked it.  I then remembered that I had recently pinned and image of marble herringbone and my conclusion is that in the right space, with the right material, this is a sophisticated pattern that works!

sweet dreams

I love that I have vivid dreams.  I had another really weird dream last night.  It involved a variety of folks: friends from my past, present, and a few TV shows!  My sister’s childhood bedroom, where I was sleeping, had the window open and people were walking by like it was a drive through — on foot — to go into a movie theater.  It keeps getting more and more strange, but it doesn’t compare to some I’ve had in the past.  Some of those include it RAINING ANIMALS (alligators and hippos specifically) and another dream I remember from my adolescence was that I turned my sister into a snickers bar and then days later I was hungry and ate said bar only to realize it was her after the fact!  I recently dreamed I was pregnant and my water broke after having to mitigate a situation with two neighbor girls who had someone after them.  I used to have a reoccurring dream as a child too, but I can’t remember many details now.  I find dreams fascinating and particularly dream interpretation, but I haven’t found a consistent resource for it.  I tend to just google dream interpretation and go from there.  I really love the idea that my subconscious can communicate with my conscious mind; here’s hoping it reveals something good and interesting!

my side your side pillows

Love these pillow cases (for sale here) because this is definitely the rule in our bed!

what the hex?

So I was perusing my Pinterest boards the other day and I saw a *bit* of a trend.  Do you think I’m into hexagons or what?!  Clearly geometric shapes are the “in” thing right now; I just didn’t realize how ubiquitous they were on my boards.  But what’s not to love about all these dreamy objects?  The links can be found below…

What the HEX

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architecture of the object

So this is where I’ll be this Thursday night.

One of B’s classes this semester is called “Architecture of the Object.”  The short of the long: create a beautifully designed object, pitch it to a store for purchase.  And that he did.   He and his fellow classmates are showcasing their projects at one of Houston’s finest shops, Ph Design Shop.  Basically Ph Design Shop is my pinterest boards come to life (sans clothing).  There you will find the likes of Kinfolk & Anthology, Rifle Paper Co goods, Herschel Bags, and any other beautiful object trending at the moment.  (If you can’t make it into the shop you can see some of their on-line offerings here.)  I’m holding off on posting the hubs’ project until after Christmas as several will be sent out as gifts.  But if you’re in Houston on Thursday, go see the manifestation of a semester’s worth of creativity and sweat equity.

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(Kudos to Michael for such a well crafted flyer!)

concrete planter DIY

This had to be one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve done in a long time.  We actually made it over two weekends though, instead of just one.  We mixed and poured two weekends ago, and then finally pulled it apart this past weekend.

Step 1. Mix the concrete.  We used one of these Quikrete products (the hubs would have to specify  which one– who knew they had so many?!)

Step 2. Pour wet mixture into a form.  For this we used a milk carton and a smaller whipping creme carton.  We used tape to help hold the shape.

Step 3. Once it dries (times will vary depending on the mixture) pull it apart.

Step 4 (and 4 1/2).  Admire your work.  I honestly had no idea it wasn’t going to have a level top.  I thought we did enough banging and shaking to have everything level off.  But oh well.

Step 5. Give those rough edges a quick rub with some sandpaper.

Step 6. Fill with your desired contents.  This little gem was going to be home for a succulent the hubs brought home some weeks ago.

This was so easy to make I can see giving these out as gifts, especially a housewarming gift.  (Here is another succulent container I made for my sis.)

simple succulents

I am totally smitten with succulents right now.  I have mentioned before my inability to sustain anything green beyond a week; thus succulents are right in my wheelhouse as they can survive longer than most of my attempts at killing nurturing them.  But these little guys went to my sister for her new office space and she kindly placed them out front for all to see.  But I think I really enjoyed most hunting for the perfect vessel to house those little green guys.  The silver was an antique bowl I picked up at a local antique store for $5 and the white one was part of a broken sugar-bowl set from Target.  I like how they contrast nicely with the black console table as well as with the other modern/antique elements she has working in her office.  I guess I’ll have to take some photos of that space some time soon…