Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DIY WEDNESDAY: DRUMS, ROBOTS, & MORE

I'm making an effort to do more DIY posts. Everybody loves a good cheap DIY and Lord knows I have enough of them going at one time.

Ruby's interest in princesses seems to be waning (thank the freakin Lord) and she is asking all kinds of questions about the world. She suddenly has a huge interest in the human body, robots, art, and music.

Creative outburst at her desk. She made about fifty of these drawings at once.



This a picture of our friend Sara..with a baby in her belly and her dog Bastien. Clearly.

I'm working on a dollhouse project for her (me) with this old broken record player case. 

She was fascinated by the guts, so we made robots.  


A girl robot and a boy robot. Clearly. Some googly eyes would have killed it but we were fresh out. There's a dog somewhere too.

And her new drum kit. 

Tin cans leftover from chili night. I put rice in one to change the pitch.

Balloons with the stem cut off, stretched over the tops and a rubber band to help hold it. 

Chopsticks from takeout night make instant drum sticks.  

Easy and cheap.
Enjoy!
Rachel




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SIMPLE SPACES?


I think my extreme case of gestational minimalism is fading. Phew.. I still have a burning desire for clutter-free, zen-like spaces, in fact, I'm still transitioning many of our home basics to white, but I just can't deny my deep need for color, texture, pattern and comfort. It's who I am.

I'm aiming for a neutral white and gray background, with lots of wood and natural wicker/rattan/jute, some plants and loads of richly textured, patterned, colorful textiles that can be switched out with all of my decorating whims and seasons.

I'm also finding myself attracted to red as of late--a shade that has been completely phased out of our home for a few years.  Rather than the traditional brick shade I find myself drawn to pops of cherry, coral, and vermilion. I'm trying to introduce some small pops of it amidst all of this blue that has taken over our space. I'm slowly finding my palette again.



I'm also rearranging my living room furniture off the walls to a more cozy seating arrangement around the fireplace. It is less spacious but more inviting to actually sit in. Before and Afters coming next week.. Some more inspiration images in the meantime:






















Stay tuned!
Rachel 
All images can be sourced here

Monday, April 28, 2014

BLUE MONDAYS

I can't help but feel a little blue this Monday. Such a glorious weekend of gardening, grilling, creating, and celebrating the start of summer in Austin with my three favorite people.  

But its okay because blue is...

Graphic



Painterly

Patternful




Restful

Natural


Abstract

Rustic

Elegant

Traditional

Tribal

Punk

Pretty

Simple

Complex


Ahh how I love blue..
R