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08.30.14 / Made Me Smile

nursery lights

First full week of both boys back in school + a bully incident + potty-training a certain toddler = VERY. LONG. WEEK. It’s funny how the context of poop can make or break your day. Poop in the potty? Good day. Poop on a shirt? Less so. Also, bullies suck. Anyway, I shouldn’t complain. Everyone here is happy and healthy and that’s all that really matters.

A few goodies that got me through the week…

*A local midcentury gem in need of a good family. (The virtual tour is lengthy but totally worth it! I’ve watched it no less than three times.)

*Feeling the love in this nursery.

*In collaboration with LG, Nate designed a kitchen almost as handsome as himself. He also created a bunch of short videos that cover a range of kitchen-related topics. My favorites? Layering in the kitchen and a well-appointed kitchen. Seriously. Can’t he just stop being so good for one minute?!

*A reader suggested The Not So Big Life. I can’t wait to read it.

*I love seeing cool people making cool things in Ohio. Especially when it involves leatha.

*My kids are obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes. OBSESSED. Have you seen Dear Mr. Watterson? I think it’s going to be the feature of our next family movie night.

Enjoy the long weekend! We’re sticking close to home (ahem, we’re in throes of potty-training) and surprising the boys with a DIY project inspired by their love of Calvin & Hobbes. If it turns out half as good as the image in my mind, they are going to flip. Also, I gave Steve homework ;) He’s coming up with a list of the top 10 features of his dream home. I’ll share it next week. I’m curious to see how our lists compare.

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

30 Comments

How I love Calvin & Hobbes. Enjoy the long weekend and good luck with the potty training. ;)

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31.August.2014

I am obsessed with that nursery. It is kind of EXACTLY what I am going to try for.

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31.August.2014

that nursery is AMAZING! and that midcentury house is a dream! a house like that would be well over 500k around here, probably much more! maybe i need to move to ohio!

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31.August.2014

That photo of Mabrey with the lights is frame-worthy (such a cutie!). What are your thoughts about potty training with boys vs. a girl?
Also, nice to see your recent pillow project with Hmong fabric featured on Remodelista.

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replied on August 31st, 2014

By far, my older boy was the most difficult of my three to potty-train. My middle child (boy) was the easiest. One day when he was two years old he just told me he wasn’t wearing diapers anymore and that was the end of it. I was flabbergasted. Mabrey falls somewhere in the middle – although probably on the easier side. From my experience, I can’t really say one gender is easier / more difficult than the other. It depends on the child, I think. The one difference I have noticed is that my boys were very comfortable using a regular toilet from the start while Mabrey (at least in the beginning stages) prefers her own pint-sized portable potty. I don’t know if it has to do with the different (sitting) position or what?? It might just be her preference regardless of gender.

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31.August.2014

I hope that you post about your Calvin & Hobbes DIY project!

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31.August.2014

Stumbled on to your blog and fell in love! Can you tell me where you got those lights from? They’re absolutely beautiful!

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

They are the 48-count Party Girl lights from Bright Lab Lights seen here…

http://www.brightlablights.com/product/product?product_id=98

Hope that helps!

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replied on September 3rd, 2014

Awesome. Thanks :)

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31.August.2014

Ugh. Bullying is the worst. I hope that the school and teacher were cooperative and that it’s taken care of. The first week of school is pretty early to see that kind of stuff. That kid must be ballsy. I teach 5th grade and we start next week. It’s all the mean girl/boy stuff I dread the most.
But can we talk about that house?! Oh. My. Word. If I didn’t love the PNW so much I might try to convince my husband to move to Ohio. I bet it gets snatched up right quick.

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

Bullying is the worst. Fortunately, the staff handled it beautifully and the kids were able to come to a resolution. They’re friends now!

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31.August.2014

Love the nursery! ♥

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31.August.2014

I live in San Diego and don’t really want to move, but after looking at the MCM house, I kind of want to move. Right now. Just out of curiosity, did you start thinking about what you would keep and what you would change?
Good luck with the potty training!

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

Oh yes! I wouldn’t change much. It’s just SO GOOD.

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Funny you mention that book. I was just looking at buying The Not So Big House book on Friday.
Did you buy it yet?

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

I haven’t yet! I have two books sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read. Once I finish them, I’ll be buying The Not So Big House.

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31.August.2014

AH! so excited you mentioned my nursery thank you!!!! I’ve been a long time follower of your blog :)

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01.September.2014

Sarah Susanka’s book The Not So Big House was the first book on home design I was ever given. Definitely fed my developing mind for simple and practical design.

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01.September.2014

My brother has obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes as a child. It brings back such memories for me. We have been struggling with potty training. So much so that we took a step back for a time. Decided to focus on readiness. Do you have any particular resource that you have found helpful?

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

Patience? Haha.

This is my third go-around with potty-training. Each experience has been completely different. I’ve never used a certain approach or method. But training when each child seems ready has been the key to success for me.

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01.September.2014

Love that MCM house tour. While watching, I realized that you probably play the same game in your head that I do: “What would I do to this house if I owned it?”. I wondered if you could turn that into a blog series – taking old (and likely MCM!) houses and telling us what you would update/change? I for one would love to hear your thoughts.

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replied on September 2nd, 2014

I have thought about that (sharing what I would change about houses other than mine) but wasn’t sure if it would be of interest to readers. Maybe so? And, yes!, I totally studied that house and figured out what I would do to it. It wouldn’t be much. It has such good bones!

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01.September.2014

That house is just, wow. I’ll go to bed dreaming of it. It is the total embodiment of my dream house. So frustrating to be somewhere were all that price gets you is a one bedroom condo!

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01.September.2014

I just can’t believe that house is $225000. It would be more like 2.5 million where I live. Have you thought about buying? So light, spacious, practical, and beautiful!

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01.September.2014

Yes thats exactly what I was thinking! Great price for that house. I LOVE IT! In Austin it would be going for minimum 600k on a non desirable side of town.

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02.September.2014

Ok, I’m obsessed with that house. Windows in the kitchen=happiness. I live in Oklahoma City and thought we had some good deals – but that sq footage beats anything mid-mod I’ve ever seen here!

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02.September.2014

Oh, so glad to hear of a new generation of C&H lovers! I made a piece for my son’s nursery before he was born, by projecting one of my favorite images (C&H riding downhill in their wagon like my cousins and I used to do) onto a white-painted board, tracing the image with a pencil and filling in with black paint. I hadn’t even entertained the notion at the time I made the art, but we ended up naming our son Calvin! It turned out quite by accident that the name Calvin was in both of our families two or three generations back, too. I hope he grows up to enjoy the comic as much as we do.

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02.September.2014

OMG I’ve died and gone to heaven with the MCM. that would be more than a million $$ here in the bay area. I need to tell my husband we need to move to Ohio just so we can have that house!

btw, I LOVE your blog. It’s one of the few I check up on, on a daily basis.

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03.September.2014

oh, that house! I would love it forever and ever!!

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07.September.2014

Did you ever watch Dear Mr. Watterson? Did your children enjoy it or is it more of a grownup thing?

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