Friday, December 23, 2011

Home Works//Pipe Shelf Unit in Boy's Room

I think it's safe to assume that anyone who visits the Ace hotel walks away feeling a little inspired. Sparse, mod decor, cool canvas and pipe contraptions everywhere. And the overall relaxed vibe the hotel has so perfectly mastered is sort of intoxicating. Plus they have an amazing pool and a great cafe.

Needless to say, I was impressed. Especially by their lobby pipe/wood shelf unit. I had seen images of Morgan's version over at The Brick House floating around the web and decided it would be the perfect solution for that big empty wall in the boy's newly redone master room we had been trying to figure out how to fill within practical means. In other words, we wanted something cool but also a place to store toys and supplies. There are LOTS of them attached to 3 little ones.

Because Mike happens to a union pipe fitter by trade, all the material came free and he was actually really excited about this particular project. A few things we changed to suit our likes were the size of the pipe (Mike insisted we use 1 inch pipe because the wood width we choose was thicker) reclaimed wood planks that had to be sealed multiple times to ensure a smooth surface, as well extending the base of the entire unit to allow room for a desk (designated homework spot!) and then left space beneath the last shelf for two wooden carts we plan to put on casters to store their favorite toys. Blocks and Lego's that are easily accessible & they can roll around the room. But first things first.

Here is the finished version to date. I've had fun rearranging their stuff and figuring out what belongs and what doesn't. Also what they need (art utensils/school supplies) and what makes for a visually interesting centerpiece. Not as easy as it seems. I'm sure I'll be messing with it forever. But so far, I am super happy with how it turned out. Seems perfect for a little boy's space.

Now on to the next thing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Christmas Party, a Photograph

Our annual Christmas party happened this past Saturday. And the sad part is, I don't think I picked up my camera more than twice during the entire event, so there are no pictures to tell just lovely it was. To my defense, my "real" camera has become increasingly disappointing in non flash settings (possibly time to make the jump & buy a real adult camera to feed my immature photography wants? Maybe so) and my phone - my second option - was playing dj, busy throwing songs from a party playlist instead of capturing all the lovely dresses and old faces that came to celebrate the season with us. 

My dress, above, is the only proof I have. 
You can't tell by the picture. But she had a fabulous time. 

Hope everyone else did too.

Cheers to holiday festivities and plenty of handsome friends to toast them with,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Keeping Up

Seems every year, somehow, we manage to add more to our plate.

Trying to keep up with the December babies in our family & the celebrations attached to the fact.

Scouring to finish Christmas shopping, which grows harder as the weeks pass seeing that certain little boys frequently switch up the "want" list.

Preparing for our annual Christmas party. Lots of work but more than worth the effort and chaos involved. One beautiful night to spend with old friends and fancy dresses.

Wondering how long this cold streak will last. Loving the big gray clouds we wake to, but hoping it all passes by Saturday. In time for the party.

Watching lots of holiday movies.

Visiting Arlo's class on a regular basis. Getting familiar with all those sweet little kindergarten faces.

Building things for the house of habit etsy orders, as well as the random word of mouth requests that roll in.

All in all, doing our best to keep up with this wild season.

Hope you are all merry & well. I'm afraid I've missed out on lots here lately. Hopefully getting back in the swing of things soon,

Thursday, December 1, 2011