Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Four For The Fourth

Here's four simple ideas to decorate for the Fourth of July.
DISPLAY IT!
Nothing shows your patriotism more than displaying the American flag.
So hang it in a window.
Drill one hole, or more, in a finial and stick in a flag.Place a bunch of flags in a vase or urn.

FRAME IT!

A simple idea---put a flag in a frame.Frame a flag in an old window.

GROUP IT!

Display your patriotic collections in a group for more visual punch.
Like these Uncle Sams
or these barn stars.

DECLARE IT!

Find yourself a piece of wood, some paint and a brush (or scrapbook paper and vinyl) and paint a flagor a word.

Four For The Fourth

Here's four simple ideas to decorate for the Fourth of July.
DISPLAY IT!
Nothing shows your patriotism more than displaying the American flag.
So hang it in a window.
Drill one hole, or more, in a finial and stick in a flag.Place a bunch of flags in a vase or urn.

FRAME IT!

A simple idea---put a flag in a frame.Frame a flag in an old window.

GROUP IT!

Display your patriotic collections in a group for more visual punch.
Like these Uncle Sams
or these barn stars.

DECLARE IT!

Find yourself a piece of wood, some paint and a brush (or scrapbook paper and vinyl) and paint a flagor a word.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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It's All About the Kids...





It is isn't it?

I mean, that could be said with a smile or a scowl, depending on the day, the mood or the moment.
And I have experienced the gamut in just the short week since summer break started.
I have discovered that working from home, surrounded by kids and the noises of summer, is REALLY hard. That I may have to shift my thinking and my schedule: working only at night, after everyone is in bed. Because writing creative thoughts for two magazines, while fielding endless questions, supervising swimming, and running a taxi service and an ice-cream stand really doesn't mesh.

Not that I'm complaining (well, maybe a little...). Because if anyone writes me and tries to tell me that there aren't growing pains associated with having the kids home for summer, well, they are too organized or saintly to be my pal. Just being honest...

And because the internet can be a very bad influence on me (for example, I cleaned my oven the other day just because a Facebook friend said she was cleaning hers), I decided to take inspiration from the lovable Meg (who has really set the bar on being a fun mother, hasn't she?) and made this with my girlie:

(and yes, there is a spelling error: Sunday should read Sundae)

Only you just know that making this list is going to come back and bite me...
As in, "Mummy, we need to do something on the list, so let's have a water balloon fight and make a campfire to make spider hotdogs, K?"
And I will grimace while entertaining thoughts of using that list to start the campfire...

And then, magically, I will get in a groove and loosen up and things will get done and I will reap the reward of all that late night working: sleeping in!

Because that's a summer activity, right?

Must go add it to "The List!"

(Sophie's class picnic...we can scratch that off The List, too!)


Client Project: Sneakity Peek

I've been remiss about getting "afters" of my finished projects for clients.  It's on my list of things to do and so this week, since I'll be wrapping up a client's living & dining rooms, I'll be sure to get photos.   Here's a shot I took today of the pen shell coffee table in the living room:



I'm slightly obsessed. 


xoxo, Lauren

Monday, June 28, 2010

Album Fiksimini ( Part 1)

Aslm...

Hoho...
Senangnya...
Beberapa fikisimini yang saya tulis di Twitter dan FB banyak yang suka...
Padahal saya masih sangat teramat pemula...
[Pamer?]  Hehe... nggak gitu juga...

Nah...
Bukannya mau sombong atau gimana, tapi saya rasa boleh lah di post di blog...
hoho...
Semoga lebih banyak lagi yang suka...

---------------Aul's Fikismini Album Part 1---------------

~Bunuh Diri~ 
Manakala mobil itu melintas, ia segera melompat, lalu terpental dan berdarah. Hanya karena pagi tadi dimarahi Ayah.

~Peniru Payah~ 
Ia berdiri, Aku berdiri. Ia berteriak, Aku berteriak. Ia melompat ke jurang, Aku melambaikan tangan.


~Selingkuh~ 
Dan aku hanya bisa menatap dengan sesak di dada saat orang yang ku kasihi beradu dahi dengan pria berbaju coklat itu.

~Ternyata~ 
Ia tersenyum, manis sekali. Semanis madu. Dan dengan lembut ia menyapaku, "Kau tampak lucu dengan baju terbalik itu,"

~Hadiah~ 
Ia berkata, "aku akan menghadiahkan kalung permata mahal untuk ulangtahunmu besok,". Dan sore harinya, ia gantung diri.

~Janji~ 
Pagi ini pria itu berjanji, akan menghadiahkan rumah mewah kepada kekasihnya. Dan kekasihnya histeris menangis di sore harinya, karena pria itu mati ditabrak truk kemarin malam.

~Demi Cinta~ 
Aku mau melakukan apapun demi cintaku padamu," Ujarnya sambil menatap mata gadisnya dalam. Gadisnya menjawab mantap dengan senyum penuh kemenangan, "Baiklah. Kalau begitu carikan aku pacar yang lebih baik darimu,"

~Pengantin Baru~ 
Dan saat ia membuka matanya serta menoleh, ia menjerit dan berlari turun dari tempat tidurnya sampai terpeleset jatuh dan kepalanya berdarah, hanya karena kaget ada pria bertelanjang dada di sebelahnya. Padahal hiasan kamar pengantin baru pun masih terpasang dimana-mana.

~Diskon~ 
Dan ia pulang dengan wajah kecewa. Esoknya ia kembali ke warung itu dan berkata, "Nasi bungkus kemarin sudah turun harga?". Dan penjualnya menjawab, "Ya. Gratis!".


~Korupsi~ 
Seorang pegawai disidang gara-gara memotong gaji bawahannya. Hakim bertanya, "Kenapa kau melakukannya?". Dengan nada membela ia mejawab, "Atasan saya yang duluan memotong gaji saya"
--------------- The End ---------------


P.S.
Mohon kritik dan sarannya, agar menjadi lebih baik.

Fox News.com

Today on Fox News' imagazine, I was featured in an article about decorating for young families and also in another little slideshow/ article with photos & tips.  I was interviewed by Brooke Eaton of Fox News and she's a very sweet, savvy writer and can't thank her enough for the article.   I was a bit nervous to be interviewed, but it was a lot of fun and Brooke made me feel instantly at ease. 

The focus of the article was on decorating for young families, particularly those with kids.  As you know, I haven't given up the fight for a pretty house even though I have two little boys.  (Although at times it feels like a losing battle ;)  It's funny to see yourself quoted in an article and I had to laugh out loud when one of my quotes when asked about design tips for parents with young children was, "It's your life, not your kids'."  hahahah oh boy...  But as harsh as that may sound, (as far as decorating / designing in concerned ;) I believe it 100%.  Design a house that still feels adult/ beautiful by keeping kids' toys to a minimum and providing attractive, accessible storage for them.  Kids' toys can be in every room of the house without taking over.   A running joke in the family is that one of the first things you say to your newborn baby when he arrives is "welcome to our world."



BUT- All joking aside, we love our little dudes- we just think they should keep their primary-colored toys hidden ;) ;)


xoxo, Lauren

To read both articles go:
1) here (decorating for young families) and
2) here (for the Pure Style Home article/ slideshow.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Paint Colors: In Photos vs 'Real Life'

I've gotten lots of emails asking for paint colors used in various rooms/ specific projects.  And I've been so terrible about answering them.  (I'm sorry!!)  My first excuse is that when I don't remember them off of the top of my head, I put off going down to where our paint is stored or opening a client's file and finding the name of color.  It ends up being one of those things that just gets pushed to the end of the list of things I mean to do... 

{Justin's nursery}

One of the rooms I never mentioned a paint color for was Justin's nursery.  I didn't do this on purpose (and never purposely withhold paint colors or sources) but the truth is that we used every last drop of the paint on the walls, ditched the empty gallon, and I don't remember the name of color!!!!  It was a crazy time for us and that's really all I can say.  If I got out the deck & went & matched it, I could figure it out, but my #2 reason/excuse for not being so dilligent about supplying paint colors (and the reason it gets pushed very low on the list of things 'to do') is because paint color look different in different spaces.  Light changes everything and although it will probably look close, it might not match exactly so the "perfect navy blue" in my house might be very different from the perfect navy in your house.  

I learned this lesson first-hand when I used this color as inspiration for my family room: 



{Design by Ruthie Sommers, photo by Don Freeman for House Beautiful}

When I got out the paint chip (Blue Seafoam by Benjamin Moore) it was so much more intense than it looked in the photos and I knew that it would look way darker on my walls than it did in the Ruthie Sommers house.  Here's a sample:


It was not what I wanted and I was shocked at how dark the swatch was.  I went a couple of shades lighter with a tad more yellow (in another brand- Freshaire Choice Color: "Midwest Springs") and got a very similar-looking color for my walls & exactly what I wanted:

{Our family room}

And here's the Ruthie Sommers room again for reference:


The paint swatches look very different when compared next to one another in person, but the wall colors in the photos of the rooms look really similar.  Photography, lighting, time of day, etc. all come into play when selecting a paint color and that's one of the reasons exact paint colors aren't very important to me when trying to duplicate the look of a room.  Knowing paint colors is useful for points of reference, but in the end, the color chosen on a wall needs to be specifically chosen for that room.    (I.e., knowing a paint color will get you close/ in the ballpark, but in the end go with what works best in your space.)  I can take a photo in a room of my house- morning, noon and night - and the color will look different in each photo.

I never mind getting questions about colors so of course keep them coming but if I don't answer you, please know that I've put it on my list of colors to check!!  Hope you had a great weekend & yay for summer!!!

xoxo, Lauren

Update-  Just to clarify:  I should mention that I don't do "trial & error" painting & you can train yourself to properly visualize the colors before they go up on the walls.  (Clearly trial and error would not work for clients, and it's years of experience and knowing how colors will look once they are actually painted on a wall as opposed to how they look on a sample that will get you the right color choices...  Because I knew how the Blue Seafoam sample would look if actually painted on my wall, I knew right away it wasn't the color for me.  What was shocking to me was how it translated in the photo...  As a much lighter color. :)  Hope that makes sense!     Check out Colour Me Happy for expert color advice & prefessional training!