Damage Report

From the first moments of racing through the house to make the water stop overflowing, to the heart-dropping-to-the-pit-of-your-stomach call with the insurance company, to the search for a remediation company that could come over right away to start drying things out, to updating a husband on his way home from an appointment, the discovery and…

Prologue

“Mommy, it’s raining in the house!” Six words, delivered with a mixture of “that’s not normal around here,” and “is this really cool or really scary? I can’t tell just yet,” perfectly framed what would become the next months of home life. Swinging the door open that summery Monday afternoon first revealed a wet floor…

Good manners: gifts for your care team

Upfront, let me just say that this is in no way a “must do.” Everyone has different care experiences, and some believe this is going too far. This is intended to share what I did without turning it into a “should” for you, dear reader. Unless you think it doesn’t go far enough. I’m not…

Moving on from Square One

You know something? That baby’s room won’t be so empty again for a long, long time. And that’s why, before we filled it up with stuff, we wanted to do a little something that we tried out in the Big Boy Room. Crown moulding: We liked the finished product so much, we went right across…

Square One

Back when we prepared for the arrival of our firstborn, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl until the baby was out, screaming to be put back in, and the doctor was shouting “it’s a boy!” We heard plenty from people who thought that would make decorating a baby’s room next…

Curtains!

Well, not “curtains” for this project – but curtains for the windows! Now, if you go way back to when I was struggling with finding the right curtain design for the living room windows, you’ll remember how the lovely trim posed a design dilemma: wanting to let in as much light as possible and wanting…

He Couldn’t Wait Any More.

You know how it is when you see progress on a big project, and you’re excited to jump to the happy ending, right? That was the pickle our son presented to us after the curtain rods were hung and the carpet had been cleaned: as soon as the carpet was dry enough for furniture, he…

Into the Woods We Go…

(Apologies to all Sondheim fans out there.) One of those first “this tiny thing really does have his own likes and dislikes” moment with our son came about one week after his debut to the world. At home, we were doing everything we could to soothe a fussy baby. We even borrowed from Mr. Maslow…

Bring on the purple!

We’ve made progress on that punch list for the Big Boy Room: Wash down walls and trim Fill/patch any nail holes, wall dings; sand down Paint ceiling (This was a thirsty ceiling; it took two gallons to coat!) Replace ceiling light fixture Prime walls Paint main color on north, west, south walls Determine if chimney…

Understanding and Nurturing a Little Boy’s Style

(Okay, while we’re talking Big Boy Room, let’s be honest: he’s four. Definitely not a baby, and certainly not Big…yet. He keeps growing, so odds are he’ll be walking a Big Boy swagger by the time he hits the Kindergarten classroom later this year.) That our son does not totally identify with some cartoon character…

The Big Boy Room Punch List

There’s both benefits and pitfalls to the luxury of redecorating a spare room. Benefit: you can leave the room in a pretty sad state while working on it, and not be too concerned that it look habitable or be all that hospitable because there’s no one waiting to get back into the room to sleep…

The Color Purple

No, not the Alice Walker novel. Just the color. Purple. Our boy is enamored of the color purple. If there’s a purple shirt in his clean pile of clothes to wear, he will pick that one. Whenever we browse the paint chips displays at the local home improvement store, he’ll find the deepest, most saturated,…