This baby needs to come soon because my house is under attack.  (by me)

{Most recently, I went after the lower level family room.  It’s now cream/ white instead of blue.}

The room has gone through a few different phases over the 3 years we’ve lived here…

{I had an old ship painting from my son’s nursery when we first moved in so hanging it made the place feel sort of coastal – which it isn’t.}

At first I went with blues & orangey-golds & beiges, using the things from our old house.

Later I added in some more little coastal paintings I already owned and a crazy faux bois lamp.  ( I love this lamp & realize it’s one of those pieces that doesn’t appeal to most people but that I just have this strange kitcshy love for.)  ….

The room never really sat right with me, mostly because the fact that the coastal things in it didn’t fit the house.  One day about a year ago, craving a change, I brought in one of my favorite rugs & tried out some teal curtains & it was just very wrong.  Totally not the fun happy space I wanted.  I think it only stayed like this for a few hours before I changed it…


…To this:

{I was getting there with the green addittion.  Green’s my favorite color & more than that, to me it fits my house because we’re surrounded by trees and have lots of windows in our house.  The outside is the backdrop for the interiors.}

In this pic below, you can see a couple of the windows in the family room’s workspace during the Winter:

{photo by Helen Norman}

For a while now, I’ve been ready to say goodbye to the blue & bring in more white & green.  We just haven’t had the get-up-and-go to actually do it… Until I neared 9 months of pregnancy.  OF COURSE that’s the perfect time to attack the basement!  (I really love my husband for humoring me.)  We finished adding shelves to a little built-in book area…

Getting the book situation under control has helped immensely. Our family loves to read & not only read, but keep & collect the books we love. So… that’s a major storage issue for us. We have books crammed everywhere. Adding the additional shelves in the nook has been life-saving (for now 😉
I’d like to make some botanicals with the kids out of the plants in our yard for the two frames above.
{Maybe something like the ones we made for the playhouse}
SIDENOTE: Another thing I should probably explain is my obsession with botanicals & plants in general.  I’ve always loved them, and as a little girl, I had flower presses & enjoyed collecting pretty things to press.  When I was a little older (maybe around 12 or 13) I got very into researching herbs & flowers & plants.  I collected (still do 😉  books on them & the various medicinal uses for plants along with the folklore & & legends that surround them.  I actually have an “Herb journal” where I’ve collected all of the different information from various sources about the herbs I had access to complete with my own photos.  (Yes, I’m weird, I know this.)   Remember my zit cure, here? (pic below)
{Please don’t be scurred.}
In high school I began making (and selling!) things I made out of herbs & oils.  (Lip balms, lotions, teas, natural body sprays, etc…  In college, my best friend & I sold more of the same things & expanded into pillows & clothing.  SO…  the reason you see lots of botanical artwork & nature-inspired spaces in my work is because it’s something I’m really passionate about & it comes out, especially in my personal spaces & textile line.
And now back to the family room….  It’s finally getting to where I’m happy with it.  It just feels so much more in keeping with our house:

{While we have lots of vintage educational charts around the house, these two are actually reproductions from The Evolution Store.  I went with cowslip & anemone.  I’d gotten it narrowed down to five options and let my 4-year old pick.  (What 4 year old can resist the name “cowslip?” …And we have peonies (from the anemone family) in the backyard.)

And for the rest of the space…
I want to add some BRNO chairs around the table & I’m looking for the perfect ones with old-looking brown leather… Similar to this but not quite: (This pic looks like suede to me.)

My Gustavian desk is going black (it’s a few pics up & is currently pale aqua)  & I’m slipcovering my Madhatter Chairs in a natural linen & flanking the hutch with them:
{Madhatter Chair}
Everything else just got a bit restyled & of course that’ll sort of continue.  I’ll take more pics when I can.
On the pregnancy front:  Having contractions but nothing strong enough to constitute labor yet.  With my past two pregnancies, my water just broke with no warning, so that was fairly straight-forward.  This contraction thing is a little different for me so I’m wondering how this one will be.  Here, our  whole family saying hurry up! hi!! 😉 to the new baby:
And it’s bigger than it looks here.  my husband & I have big hands 😉

xoxo, Lauren

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