Interior Design Tips: From My Home to Yours

Tip #6: It all comes together in the details.

Pretty simple topic here. Each of these living spaces have mixed color, pattern, and texture well. Yes, they started with good bones. Meaning the sofas have nice shape, tufting, colors and patterns. But I want to draw your attention to the details. The accent pillows, the framed art with objects mixed in (second to last photo), books, bowls, trays, flowers, driftwood, that little bronze squirrel you found at the flea market…the details…ya know?

I would encourage you to do this. Take a photo of your own living room. Then examine the photo. What do you think? Could it use a few more details? Think pattern, texture, color. Does it need a shiny object, a textured pillow, or a patterned rug?

P.S. I am helping a friend redo our “Mama’s Sofa,” the nursing mom’s room at our church. This weekend we are on the hunt for a sofa, and hopefully some of the details to make the room feel like home.


Tegegne: Remember This

You are at school right now. I am writing some emails, but also have a screen up for Hensley to watch old home videos. Remember this day? You learned to ride your bike and  Daddy was so proud. Love you today. Love that you are at school with the sweetest teacher and fun kids. When I dropped you off you ran right over and started building the large train track with your friends. At 3:15 you will jump in the car and enthusiastically share details of your day. On nice days you immediately ask what park we’re going to. 

Interior Design: Small Bathroom Solution

What do you think of these open shower concepts? If you’re modest, I’m guessing you may feel too exposed and much prefer to be more enclosed when washing those 2000 parts. I think I’m into them. Shower curtains are lame-o, in my opinion, and shower walls are just there for squeegee-ing. When using this concept, the whole bathroom would need to be more water resistant. It is a nice solution for a small bathroom, via the first and third photos. These narrow spaces don’t feel so cramped when the shower is open. 

Whatever shower solution you’ve got, the important thing is to use it. Hygiene is very important for your health and well being. The real question is how often. This article suggests that showering too often can have a potentially damaging effect on your skin. They also say that if you’ve got the time, it’s best for your skin if you air dry. Go ahead and give it a read. And don’t forget to light a candle. Especially you hardworking mothers with small children. I’ve realized that anytime I can create a “spa-like” atmosphere for myself, I’m more calm and relaxed. 


P.S. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle has become our most recent go-to body wash. It’s quite nice.

Kid Stuff: Artwork

Tegegne, Hensley, and I have enjoyed coloring lately. Even when I get out three coloring books, they end up migrating to my book and all three of us color on the same page, bumping hands and all. I was thinking that we should pull out more than our coloring books this week and found these ideas from 2 creative friends. The last image is a sweet collection of kids artwork.  

(ideas from Sam. ideas from Katie.)

A Lovely Must See Space: In Kansas City

My cousin just introduced me to this lovely event space here in Kansas City. The Guild…have you been? 

We got to see our friend Tyler compete in the final round of the Regional Barista Competition yesterday at The Guild.  He did a fantastic job. It has been neat for Michael and I to learn more and appreciate coffee through him. Stop by Oddly Correct and he’ll brew you up a lovely cup of coffee!

Dear Children: Remembering Every Last Drop

Dear Children,

You’ll all be big eventually, right? Are you going to grow up? I mean, it’s fine if you choose not to. You’re dad and I will be thirty in a month. Maybe we should hit pause on life. Okay, never mind. Keep growing, and we will too. But let’s not miss out on a single moment together. 

Will you remember your childhood…our back yard bon fires, cranking out the homemade pasta noodles, dancing in the kitchen?  Will you share stories together, these memories with your children? Of course you won’t remember it all. My prayer is that you’ll at least remember this. “Our parents cared for us, and wanted the very best for us. Our childhood was sweet, and adventurous, and full of love.” 

Your dad and I will grow old too. In order to not forget…here’s what I’d say about today…
Fields, you turned over! It’s January 19th. You are 4 months old and 5 days and you figured out that you can push your momentum to one side and turn over onto your stomach. A true life skill, and we saw you do it for the first time! What will it be next, baby boy?

Hensley, tonight at our bon fire you said, “Sing, sing!” You love to sing and sway your little body. You are charming us with your facial expressions and are a true ham. Your personality is really coming out and it’s been seriously fun to watch.

Tegegne you chimed in responding Hensley’s request around the bon fire with this dear song…”I will draw a ring around the moon. I will draw a line from star to star. I will sing a pennies worth of song, just to tell you how in love we are.” Earlier today you swept the floor (so well!), soothed Fields with kind words and his pacifier, and you and I had this joke going about a king and a dinosaur and my King Jesus. 

And Michael. I loved laughing with you tonight. Over how I fluff my bangs all the time. You always catch me doing it and were teasing me. I was so embarrassed. We couldn’t quit laughing. Giggling like children, really. Thanks for that. 

If only we could remember every last drop of sweetness. I’ll go to sleep with gratitude…

(Ha! Or I’ll write a few more blog posts, because I don’t have a lot of time in the day to do this sorta thing.) 


Conversations: With Tegegne

My feet and yours.

Tegegne: Mom, I can’t fall  asleep because Hensley is talking to her dolls. (Hensley wanted all 5 of her dolls in bed with her.)
M: Okay, you can take your nap in our bed.
T: Wow, your and dad’s bed is the coziest.
M: Yeah, parents usually have the coziest bed…because they’re the parents.

T: Mom, can we do a play date with Ella?

T: Mom, I didn’t get to sit by Ella for snack. Mrs. Donna had us sit by other people.

T: Mom, I had a dream that a bunch of friends were over playing cars in the basement. Ella was here but she didn’t know I was here. I didn’t want to wake up yet, but I did.

I have heard lots about Ella in recent months. Pretty sure you, (and several other boys in your class) have developed your first crush! Can I be honest and say I have felt jealous?! It feels so silly. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like when you introduce me to your first girlfriend like in 10 years! Oh man.

My friend was telling me this story about when she first met her high school son’s girlfriend. “Mom, you were nice to her…like too nice. You kept staring at her with this odd smile on your face.” She replied, “I’m sorry…it’s just so weird for me!”

Lord, have mercy on Tegegne and his dating relationships! And have mercy on me, holy cow. Remind me that I am still the one who sings him to sleep at night and spreads his peanut butter.

You also have developed a crush on this Ipad game. We have a new rule. It’s not so new, but you act like every time I remind you of it! Anyway, it’s that book time comes before Ipad time. You earn the time by “reading” like 4 books. And some days there is no Ipad or TV. It’s crazy how much you ask for it. Can’t wait for warmer days. With this said, we have had fun playing baseball indoors and playing games recently.

I love you, Tegegne. You’re 5 going on 15…but please don’t grow up too fast. 


P.S. I was just thinking that I might get in big trouble if I share about a crush you have when you are 15. What will I ever write about then?!