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ok, i got lots of really fun questions, so i’m going to have to break them up into sections.
today i’m going to address all the q’s about my house – here we go!
Hi! I am trying to convince my husband to let me put a white couch in the family room – inspired by you! My question is where did you get yours?? I like the sectionals online at IKEA but am unsure of the quality and love your white couch, thanks!!!
– i have 2 white slipcovered couches – one in my living room and one in the playroom/craftroom/studio. our living room couch we have had for about 9 or 10 years and got it at larry st. john’s – they are like a pb knock-off place. and the couch in the playroom was given to us by my brother when they moved to maui (tough life, right?). that one is from ikea. ok let’s talk quality: the older couch is a good quality and it wasn’t cheap, but a decent price for what we got – i think we paid about $1100 for it and its a sleeper sofa. prices have most likely gone down since then. i bleach my slipcovers so most all stains come out. but the downside to bleaching is that the fabric starts to break down after awhile. so the older couch is showing signs of wear for sure. the ikea couch is fairly new. the quality is not bad, especially for the price – i think under $500. my only qualm is that the cushions don’t stay put – they kind of slip off the seat. but newer models may not have that issue anymore.
Hey! I also have a white couch question. Where and what tips if looking for a slipcovered couch?
– totally depends on your budget. for me, comfort is number one, then price. but in reality, i’m going to look for the cheapest and then see which if the cheapies is the most comfy. i think that ikea really is a great place to get a white slip covered couch, especially because if your cover eventually wears out, you can get a new one for about $100 for some couches! that is an amazing deal!
With small children, what is your cleaning schedule like? Do you do it all in one day or spread out tasks throughout the week ?
– i have to tell you that this question got an audible laugh out of me! if you know me at all, it probably made you chuckle, too! um, i don’t exactly have a cleaning schedule, per say. its more like an event schedule – if i plan an event (playdate, host dinner, host a boutique, birthday party), then i will clean my house. otherwise i try to pick up and the rest is just messy. the question i get the most often is, “how do you do it all?”. go back to this post and you’ll see that i just don’t. i don’t do it all! there is no way to get everything done in the day that i should, so i just prioritize. unfortunately, my house is waaaaay down towards the bottom of my priority list. but i do have the kids help out with lots of little things, so the burden doesn’t lie solely on me.
can we see your bedroom? did you ever finish it?? and have we seen all the other rooms? i’d love to see them! also – how do you organize your own and your children’s clothes?!
sure you can see my bedroom! just go back to this post and NOTHING has changed. nothing. so pathetic!
here are the other rooms:
dining room – see any party post!
i’m seeing that most of the links above are outdated, so i need to get some new shots for you!
as far as organizing our clothes – ooh fun question! but that may have to wait for another post. part of my husband’s business involves closets and storage, so we have pretty closets. well, not the girls – we somehow forgot to build a closet in their room (?how did that happen?), so they are crammed into a tiny armoire. definitely pics soon. now that will make me clean up!
How did you come up with the decor for your home? Did you start with things you already had, or did you base your design choices on what was already there in the house? Your color selections are so stunning–did you know right away that they were what you wanted to use in your home, or did it take some careful consideration?
we built our house 4 years ago, thinking we were doing a remodel, so we designed it to fit in the confines of the existing structure, plus some addition. we also wanted to keep some of the original character of the home since it was built pre 1920. but… we ended up having to tear the entire house down to the subfloor. we decided to add back in all that character that we love about old homes – paneling, subway tile, built-ins… all the fun stuff! i have long been an avid reader or design magazines, especially those of older homes.
i would say my style originated when i first got married. shabby chic was HUGE then and it just worked perfectly for me. since we had almost no money and very little furniture i went garage saling, estate saling, and flea marketing every chance i could get. almost all of our furniture was (and still is) used/vintage/thrifted. in fatc, the only furniture in our house that we bought new is our couch, our bed, and our dining room table. not too bad! so eventually, all the white and softness of the shabby chic style grew a little boring for me, so i started adding bits of color – first really mellow colors, like those from restoration hardware – hence many of my paint choices. but now, all that white, worn, vintage furniture is the perfect backdrop to my now punchier color scheme. and it is also perfect for kids. i don’t have any furniture in the house that would be worse for the wear if the kids we to crash into it or knock it over – not that that ever happens in my house ;)
Could you show a picture of the front of your house with the steps…I saw it on one of your party blogs and we are re-doing the front of our house…we need a serious cute character update!
yikes! i can show just one pic, but our front yard is one area that we have seriously neglected. even the people that love us most agree – its hideous! our poor neighbors have to see overgrown jasmine, gnarly neglected rose trees, dried weeds for a lawn, and now 3 dead trees – awesome. you’d all be so jealous, so i can’t even show the yard to you!
that took ridiculous amount of time!
more personal and business questions will be answered soon!