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Today’s waffle: making the bed

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My son, Will, asked me the inevitable question last week…

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“Mom, why do I have to make the bed everyday if I’m just going to get into it and mess it up again every night?”  

Did you think his question was going to be about where babies come from?  Actually, I think I did better answering that one a few years back than I did with the bed question.  He just wasn’t buying my response of, “Well, when I walk into a room with a made bed it just makes me feel happy and organized and ready to start the day.”

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It’s true — I just feel better when the bed is made.  Even if I don’t have time to make it in the morning I’ll do it when I come home, even if it’s late in the afternoon.  Then again, I do tend towards the OCD…

What about you?  What’s your relationship to bed-making?

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my waffle: fabric for Tessa’s table skirt

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Okay, guys, I really had trouble writing the words ‘table skirt’ for today’s title. Doesn’t ‘table skirt’ just conjure up images of overly-floral bed-and-breakfast rooms, lace doilies and granny’s house? This is not what I’m after. Instead, my goal is to make a fun table skirt that brings in more pattern and texture to my four-year-old’s rather plain room.

Here’s the Ikea table I’d like to transform with fabric and ribbons:

And here’s my initial inspiration for the table skirt/ribbon idea:

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I started by checking out a local fabric store. I played around with ribbons on a bold pattern:

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and on a solid color:

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Now here’s the hard part: choosing the actual fabric. The room’s walls are light purple and Tessa’s duvet is white with green polka dots. I don’t want the fabric to be too matchy-matchy, but not too attention-getting either. Here are my current favorites:

Kamal in Moss

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Wildflowers in Multi

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Daisies in Spring

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Sweet Organic Stripe in Blue

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Wallflower Pink:

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Floral in Cool:

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Medallion in Orange:
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Damask in Yellow:

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Pink Jersey:

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White jersey:

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Basic solid in Sunshine:

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There’s a lot of choices, so for this poll you can vote for your top three. Once the list is narrowed down, I’ll let Tessa choose her favorite. Here’s her room again so you can use it for context.

What have you been waffling about these days? I’d love to hear about it!

today’s waffle: toilet paper over or under?

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I think I’ve gone over to the dark side.  I may need a 12 step program.  Someone is this house who shall remain nameless (Ken says it was me, I say it was him) put the toilet paper in our main floor half bath so it unwinds under the spool rather than over it.  And it…didn’t bother me.  In fact, I kind of like how tidy it looks with the end hidden.  I’ve always been a pretty die-hard over the spool fan, so this is kind of rocking my world.

Now stop mocking me.  Just stop it right now.  This is serious stuff.  The toilet paper over or under debate is the topic of many (seriously, many) academic studies.  Our preference for over or under may be an indicator of our personality, economic status, design aesthetic, and whether we own a cat (too tempting for felines when it hangs over).  Ann Landers said that the toilet paper question was the most controversial issue in her column’s history.

Over the spool:

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Or under the spool:

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So what about you?  Admit it, you have a preference.

Alright, I’m betting you haven’t been waffling about toilet paper these days. But if you are having a tough time making a choice about something, click on the button below to send me a waffle and get help.

My waffle: mirror or print over the mantel?

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A few months ago I posted a waffle about what to put over the mantel in our living room. I’d love to find a wonderful piece of art, but so far I haven’t found anything I love (or at least love enough to shell out the big bucks for). Out of all the options I offered, readers liked this display of items I found around my house:

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Recently, a friend asked if I would like to try a piece of art that she is not currently using. It’s a lithograph by Anne Dykmans, and it reminded her of my “quasi-beachy” living room:

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I think I need to rehang the picture a few inches higher. I can also swap out the green vase and starfish for other items — these were just on hand.

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Here’s the mirror, picture, vase combination. I could hang the mirror and paint it a fun color.

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Until I find a great piece of art, these are both good options. Which do you think works best?

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Today’s waffle: Cloy’s mantel

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When my kids were newborns the biggest waffle my brain could handle was whether to wear pajama bottoms or sweat pants, so I’ve got to hand it to Cloy. She and her husband have a new house, a new baby and a three year old, and she’s able to think about what to put over her mantel.

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Here’s the situation: Cloy’s house has a back wall that is windows from the horizontal midline up (see above). She usually places a large vase full of flowers on the mantel but has not been out and about getting fresh flowers with a new baby.

Cloy currently has two glass framed photos there. She is now wondering whether she should go back to buying fresh flowers, hang up both photos, or find something else to put above the mantel.

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Although she didn’t request it, I did a little digging in search of more options. Here’s what I came up with:

A set of 6 or 9 separate, smaller images that share a common theme or color, something like this

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or this.

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Or Cloy could find one large, horizontal piece of art to balance the 2 stories of windows, maybe something like the print over this bureau.

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Another idea is to go with a less traditional material. Perhaps a great Marimekko print stretched tight like this

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or a large, square piece made from reclaimed wood, like this.

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Finally, I thought I should add something round into the mix to break up all those straight lines.   Perhaps this mirror?

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Art is personal and there is so much to choose from. With that in mind, let’s think about what shape would work best in this space. For this poll you can choose your top 2 options.

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Today’s waffle: New purse for Kirsten

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Ah, modern technology. Doctors use it to save lives, politicians debate how to regulate it, and the everyday Joe and Jane use it to stay connected. But are we as a society really asking the right question about technology? Indeed, aren’t we ignoring the most essential question? More specifically, how does it fit in one’s purse?

Kirsten is running into the style vs. technology problem. She says, I’m looking for a new purse. I tend to like smaller bags with some structure (last fall’s purchase was the Kate Spade Darcy–love it!) but I’m finding I’m carrying my iPad more and more, and it’s too big for my current bags. So I’m looking for something stylish–not too big, so things don’t get lost in it–that will comfortably fit my iPad.

Here are the candidates:

1.   Marc Jacobs’ Classic Q- Hillier Hobo in Bright Grape.  Kirsten says, I love the color. I saw the purse in person first, and even tried fitting my iPad in, so I know it works.

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2. Tory Burch City Messenger Bag in Blue  (click on link to see a larger picture).  Kirsten explains,  I think it looks like it would both do the job and stand out a little bit, but in a good way, not a flashy way.

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3. Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag in Cement.  Kirsten clarifies, I like this one because the strap pulls through, so you can wear it doubled up as a shoulder bag, or pull it through to make it a messenger bag.

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Decisions, decisions.  Which one is your favorite for holding Kirsten’s iPad and other purse needs?

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My waffle: fireplace mantel

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I’ve made a lot of changes to my house over the past three years, but the fireplace mantel has remained vacant. I’ve hung my kids’ art on the wall and used the mantel as a place to display holiday cards or the occasional vase of fresh flowers, but it’s usually a big old blank. Unfortunately, it’s right off the front hall, so the nothingness over the mantel hits you immediately.

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I’ve been searching for a great piece of art to hang there, but finding something that I love (that’s also not too expensive) has been difficult. So last week I finally decided to create a temporary fix. I dug some framed photographs out of the basement, located an unhung mirror from our previous house, and made some paper flowers to put in a vase I received for my last birthday. I was feeling pretty good about my almost-no-cost display.

Then came the waffling. I would like something interesting and aesthetically pleasing, but not fussy or “over-designed” (you know, like a Pottery Barn stylist broke into my house and arranged the display). Here are four options I came up with.

First is the more minimalist look: our old mirror which I painted white, a lovely vase by Annie Hancock and some paper poppies I made from a flower kit.

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For the next option I added two black and white pictures — on the left, a picture of my mother when she was in her twenties and on the right a picture of the French novelist, Colette.

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The only thing I did differently with the next look is lean some dried starfish against the mirror and picture of my mother. Fun or weird? Hmmm…

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Finally, I added a small family picture and placed a long, purple tray in front of it. On the right I placed the three dried starfish in a silver tray.

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Here’s how the first option looks from more of a distance:

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Option two from a distance:

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Option three:

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And option four from a distance:

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Which mantel display do YOU like the best? It’s only temporary, until I find a piece of art I love, though with me that could take a while…Click on one of the circles and the hit vote at the bottom of the poll.

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