10.29.2012

Psychology of a Child's Room

Tonight as we prepared for the coming hurricane tonight, I somehow started talking to my 6 year old daughter about her room.  And how she doesn't like it. {Sigh} Her room is one of my favorite rooms in our house and a quintessential girl's room - pink and green with white and yellow accents.  {Sigh}





Totally adorable, in my mind anyway.  Exactly what I picture myself having wanted when I was 6 years old, and not that different from my own room at that age.  The problem?  My daughter's favorite color is blue. Has been for more than a year.  She really doesn't like pink any more.  

Now what to do?  Do I paint it?  If we paint her walls blue or a pale turquoise, some things would probably have to change - rug, quilt, throw pillows, and maybe some accessories.  We could keep a few of the pink things such as her nightstand (which could be painted again) and her bean bag chair.  I could recover her pink ottoman.  Fortunately the rest of her furniture is white - thank goodness!

But, I still love this pink haven.  I love pink and it's the only place in the house where I can freely use it.  So, it's a battle between what I love and what she loves... Keeping in mind that it's her room.  So hard.  At the same time, it would be a fun challenge to see how much I could keep and make it work... and also how much I could sell - anyone need a pink, green, and yellow 5x7 rug in great condition?

What would you do?

Stay safe east coasters!

10.23.2012

Spooky (and Fun!) Halloween Bathroom Decor

I have a minor obsession with the fake spider webs.  Cheap and easy with a great effect.  Doesn't get much better than that.   I have used them out front last year and again this year but I also decided they could be fun inside as well.  My kids love that I spooked up the mirror in our powder room.


And a few glittery spiders for good measure.  Not sure that Handy Hubby has used this bathroom since I decorated - he is not a fan of spiders!

10.15.2012

Nick & Jolaine's House: Divided light windows

I had to share some before and after pictures of my brother and sister-in-law's house in the Philadelphia suburbs.  Long story short, they bought this house in Ambler, Pennsylvania late last spring. This is their 3rd house in about 6 years and they have really moved up!  Their last two houses were very cute but this house is really a forever house...or at least a house for the next 3 years!  

Here's how it looked when they moved in early this summer...


And here's how it looked a few weeks ago.  

Thanks to some new window dividers, painting out the trim in a slightly contrasting color, and some major bush trimming, their house is really on its way out of the early '90s and into a classic.  (Although it looks different, they haven't painted the stucco... yet.  Just a different time of day).

They have a lot of plans for this house and I'll be sure to keep sharing (so long as they share with me!).

10.01.2012

Party: Backyard Movie Night

We threw a neighborhood movie night in our backyard on Saturday night.  Yes, outside.  Yes, it was soooo much fun.  The weather was dry and cool - just like fall should be. Everyone bundled up in their blankets and sleeping bags to enjoy the evening. I may have had more fun than the kids!!  Honestly, it was probably one of the easier parties we have ever thrown in terms of food but the technical set up was the hardest part the first time around.  Next time (and there will be a next time), it will be super easy because we'll know what to do.

Here's the set-up a few hours before showtime.

We borrowed a projector from my office which hails from an era when you had to bring your own projector for presentations.  Laptops also weighed 10 lbs so fortunately those days are gone and fortunately my office had one gathering dust in a storage room.  I think you can rent these from some office supplies stores or you can buy your own for less than $400.  It is similar to this but much, much older.  It still worked well.  We hooked it up to an old table top stereo Handy Hubby uses in his workshop and added an extra set of speakers and a subwoofer compliments of one of generous neighbors.  

The screen was a queen size sheet that we hung from the garage gutter with some clamps.  Handy Hubby clamped a lightweight piece of wood across the bottom and then steamed the sheet to take out more of the wrinkles (after this picture was taken - it was too dark by then!). 


We used plastic toy cones to warn people about the wires.  The speakers above are sitting on Little League T's with a homemade speaker stand attachment compliments of Handy Hubby!

We set up a movie theater style snack bar complete with four types of popcorn from Trader Joe's and array of movie theater candy - M&Ms, Twizzlers, Dots, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Junior Mints (my personal fav).  In a bid to the season, I added some candy corn mix in a bowl.


Much to Handy Hubby's chagrin I made a late attempt to add signage. I think he was hoping for a sign free party :)  Here is the party table before I poured the popcorn in the bowls. I was worried that birds would try to eat it before everyone arrived!

I found these popcorn containers at a yard sale last week - perfect timing!  I bought four for a dollar.  They added the perfect flare for the table.  


The kids settled themselves in to watch a double feature.

We started with the Berenstein Bears Trick or Treat at 7:15 and then "Big" with Tom Hanks at about 7:40 when it was really dark. Some families with very young kids went home after the first flick, but many remained through most of Big.  Next time I think we'll show Shrek, or something along those lines.


Best part for the parents may have been that beer was readily available... and of course the piano playing scene in FAO Schwartz!

The kids had a blast and every last piece of popcorn and candy was devoured!!  

Probably one of the best parties we have ever thrown - probably because I was able to fully enjoy it.  The only thing I did during the movie was refill the popcorn bowls a few times!  We love our neighborhood and we are so happy to be able to throw fun little parties like this which make everyone want to never leave!!