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Operation Organization

The time has come for me to take action and organize my girls’ play room. Every time I step into that room, I’m so subconsciously overwhelmed by it’s frenzied appearance that I usually have to step away and close the door in denial. Ms. Bean goes back to school in 2 weeks which will allow me a little extra time to take on a project. Their play room is what we call the “sun room” because it sits off Ms. Bean’s bedroom and it’s the sunniest, and warmest, room in the house. It’s a long & narrow room, so a tricky space to design; however, not impossible.





Here are my goals:

1. Get rid of the clutter! Less is more!
2. More utilitarian cubbies to organize books, baskets with art supplies, etc.
3. Make the current reading area more useful and inviting
4. Creative way to display the girls’ artwork
5. Keep costs to a minimum
6. Paint the room (it’s the same, boring beige color from when we purchased the house)

So, with these goals in mind, it’s time for me to begin my mission in organizing this space to maximize it’s potential. I will continue to keep a journal of my process…wish me luck!


August 23, 2007 at 5:45 am Leave a comment

Yoshitomo Nara drinking glasses

Plastic cups are practically extinct around our house these days as Ms. Bean insists on using glasses for her milk and juice. It’s all part of her movement to prove that she’s not a baby anymore. Sigh…fine. I simply purchased a few cheap glasses from Crate & Barrel that would keep her away from the expensive ones as she exercises her independence. As soon as we’re feeling confident, I think this little set of drinking glasses designed by the renowned Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara, would be a nice congratulatory gift for Ms. Bean.


August 22, 2007 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Count the Birdies

Local Seattle artist and BlueBottle gallery owner, Matthew Porter, has recently published his second children’s book Count the Birdies, geared to teach children to count and recognize colors. The illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodcuts which include house sparrows perched on white pear blossoms, tiny hummingbirds flitting among pink cherry blossoms and other common birds and flowers. I haven’t read it yet but the illustrations look just as lovely as his first book, ABC, which was a Winner of Child Magazine 2006 Best Children’s Books and was chosen by the American Association of Booksellers for Children as one of the Best Books for Children in 2006! Both of my girls love this book where Matthew has illustrated animals for each letter — for instance, “N” is for “Nuthatch” (a bird) and “Q” is for “Quokka” (an Australian marsupial).


If you fancy decorating your child’s room with uniquely painted pieces of the Quokka, Vole or Nuthatch, Matthew sells them in limited edition format at BlueBottle gallery.


August 20, 2007 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Grace Table

Every kid needs a solid utilitarian table to draw, play and snack on. Designer Jennifer Delonge, the same creator of the Ava chair, has come up with the Grace Table made of formaldehyde free wood and low VOC paint (I love that!). The stools can be tucked under the table to maximize your space and you can mix & match the Grace Stools for a complete set (color swatches below).



August 20, 2007 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Zid Zid Kids

I was tickled to see these adorable ZZK cushions from Zid Zid Kids because I could just imagine the Bean using it as a her pal-around stuffy or as a pillow to snuggle up with. Imported from Morocco and designed by Moulay Essakalli and Julie Klear whose illustrations have been showcased in museums and galleries nationwide. They’re whimsical, illustrative quality are really sweet. I’m partial to the owl with his floral patch pocket…



The same designers have created the Mini Poof. What a great spin on the traditional Moroccan poof. With such a beautiful array of illustrations and colors, it’s tempting to collect all of them. They’re made of 100% brushed flannel cotton and are washable!


August 20, 2007 at 1:35 pm 1 comment

The best seat in the house

I love our Svan chairs! Plain and simple. After the Bean outgrew her high chair, we needed to find a seat that she could comfortably sit in at our dinner table. I wasn’t happy with the plastic booster seats — they would topple and were ultimately uncomfortable. The Bean would have been happier eating off the floor. Thankfully, after some research, I found the Svan chair and the rest is history. The Bean has had her Svan for the last 3 years and continues to grow with it. The story doesn’t end here because we bought a second one for our infant, whom I’ll nickname the Mini for now. The minute Mini was tall enough to peek over the tray, we popped her in.

The fantastic thing about the Svan is it’s compact size. We’ve got a narrow kitchen and I can tuck the Svan in a corner without the fridge door bumping into it. I only mention this because our big Graco high chair was like an elephant in the corner. It was a daily battle between the fridge and the high chair.


Let me make this easy and list out the Svan’s pros and cons:

– The seat and footrest are easily adjustable using the supplied Allen key
– Very space conscious design
– The design blends well with modern or traditional decor
– Several different wood stains to choose from
– Several different colored seat cushions to choose from
– The seat cushions are machine washable!
– The baby tray can be purchased as an extra option
– Plastic tray cover that easily snaps on and off for washing
– Lightweight and easy to drag around

– No wheels, so dragging could scratch floor (I added felt pads to mine)
– A little pricier than most high chairs but, think about it, you will use it for years. My 5.5 year old is still using hers
– I’m out of cons. It’s a great chair!


August 18, 2007 at 4:14 am 1 comment

Trish Grantham

Trish Grantham is having an online art sale today. Unfortunately, at the moment, she’s having technical problems but the images should be up by today sometime. Keep checking back…


August 17, 2007 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

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