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Oh, Friday

Today is turning out to be kind of a mixed up day for me. Plans fell through, my work hours have changed, etc. I’m going to get as much done as I can, and as quickly as I can, and then I’m taking the rest of the day off. A good plan for a Friday, yes?

So… Have you been watching this season of Design Star? This year’s format has been odd but I’m glad that Emily, my favorite designer, is in the final two. Did you see her room from last week? It was the best one of the season.

I hope she wins the whole thing. Emily has a blog too; I just found out recently.

I’ll see you back here on Monday and I’ll have a pretty neat giveaway for you. If you’re at all crafty (or even if you just aspire to be), you’re definitely going to want to win.

Making Room for Baby

Among all of the congratulations (thank you!), one question is popping up repeatedly. How are we going to make room for another baby? After all, our hundred-year-old bungalow is just 1400 square feet, and I run my stationery business out of it.

My Studio

My sweet, colorful, lovely little studio is going to move into the scary basement. I’ll miss you, studio!

I’ll be honest. I’m pretty sensitive to my surroundings, so working in our unfinished basement is going to be a bit depressing. Plus I scare easily and I think my assistant Erika might too, and I can see us both being weirded out by spending time down there. It IS a little spooky, but we don’t have any other options.


Eventually Brandon and I would like to put up drywall and make the lower level feel like the rest of our home, but we don’t have the budget right now. We’ll clean it up and arrange things as best we can, but I fear it will still be icky.

I mentioned the basement walls in a couple of the comments below, but here is a photo. Unpaintable, bizarre crackled tiles. No ceiling either, and wires everywhere. Here’s a link to view the photo in a larger size.

Basement Walls

My studio will become Eleanor’s new room though, and that will make me happy. It’s going to be adorable! And the room (12×12) feels so much bigger than her current space (7×14 with sloped ceilings), so that will be nice for her. The nursery will stay a nursery since it works really well as such. I do plan to make at least a few changes though, regardless of gender. I want the new baby to have a look of his/her own.

Eleanor's Nursery

Now all of this puts greater urgency on #9 of my 30 Before Thirty list: Clean out the basement. All of this shuffling of space hinges on getting it ready, and I am SO not looking forward to that task.

The Farnsworth House

Number 18 on my 30 Before Thirty list: done. Visit The Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe.

The Farnsworth House

It was beautiful, but SO impractical. There was a lot of client/architect drama between Edith Farnsworth and Mies van der Rohe. Ms. Farnsworth claimed that the house was unlivable (it had almost no storage), and the price skyrocketed as work progressed. Mies took the stance that it was a getaway house and you should have little more with you than a change of clothes, therefore it doesn’t need to be practical.

The Farnsworth House

Still, The Farnsworth House was amazing. It’s constantly under threat of flooding, so go see it sooner than later if you’re able.

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