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April 2017

of course she did

i should have known. two weeks ago, when i was super pumped that harp had officially landed on and committed to a look for her new, more grown-up room, i should have known it wouldn't stick.

i mean, i've known this kid for 12 years. changing her mind is kind of her thing.

this was the plan that she was all, "yes! that's it!" about:

 

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she wanted blue-gray. she wanted to make off with the guest room bedding. she wanted a metal bed.

well, guess what?

we went to the furniture store to order the bed, flipped to the ones i had thought she might like, and she was suddenly as cold-footed as playboy on his wedding day.

"i think i want an upholstered bed instead."

**headdesk**

so we left. and i told her that was it; no more planning, no more room. i was out until she was fully on board with something.

about a week later, while walking through target, she spotted a pillow that was a blushy-peach geometric design with gray tassels ...

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"i really like this peach color. and the gray. that's really pretty."

we walked a little more and saw a gray quilt, and she oohed and aahhed over it, and said, "peach and gray. i like that."

i found some blush-peach sheets, put them next to the gray quilt and the pillow, and she was all, "yup: that."

(seriously: i'm trying so hard to not simmer at this point. do you know how many "yes!"es i've heard from her in the past year about this room?!)

i put the quilt and sheets and pillow in the cart and told her that they would stay there while we walked around the store. if she hadn't changed her mind by the time we were ready to go, i would buy them and we would fully commit to her room. she agreed, then said, "and if i change my mind again, you can slap me in the face!"

that seemed a little dramatic, but ... this IS harper we're talking about.

we wandered another half an hour or so, getting what we needed, and by the time we were done, she said that she really liked the peach and gray.

so: great. but that still doesn't solve the bed issue.

yesterday, i told her to go sit on henry's metal bed, and then go to the basement to sit on the upholstered bed. and take the new pillow with her. she did, and looked at the new pillow with each bed, and stated that she was 100% sure about a metal bed. 100%. and to make sure she couldn't change her mind again, we went to the furniture store, looked at the metal beds in their book, she picked one out as her favorite, and we ordered the damn thing.

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while she did her homework, i played around with the design board i'd made for her. while talking about the new pillow, i said the peach and gray would still look nice with the gray-blue color she said she wanted on the walls, and she told me that she really liked the peach, and might like that for her walls instead. so that was the first thing i changed. then i removed the woodland bedding and replaced it with the gray quilt and peach sheets. after that, a few other options no longer felt right. i swapped out the idea of a print tray for her little knickknacks and clay creations for a gray hexagon shelf that she already has. then i looked for some sort of fabric or curtain for her windows that would tie it all together, and found what i think will be the perfect one at tonic living. the colors in the fabric inspired a change to the paint color for the desk - from the deep coral/peach in the previous plan to a more golden tone. then i found a nightstand at world market that has a similar lotus flower shape as the flowers in the fabric, and i had an a-ha moment of my own.

and then the design board looked complete.

 

 

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we will also keep the copper and wood shelf idea from the previous plan ...

 

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after looking at it all together, i told harper that the bed she picked was going to look great in the room because if you use the creative side of your brain, it kind of resembles a fox/wolf face. the serendipity of it makes me feel like this room is going to stick.

i'm still going to hurry up and paint before she can change her mind again, again.

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mother's day wish list

it's that time of year again, when i list all the fantastic things that could be a mother's day gift!

this year, i'll be sitting in the bleachers at a swim meet on mother's day, so i should really wish for something like this ...

 

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but since when is a mother's day gift about practicality??

so, without further ado:

first up ...

the are you kidding me with this?? cuteness of le creuset's special fleur dutch oven ...

 

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i feel like i would wear these daily ...

 

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this feels like a no brainer, because mother's day ...

 

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 but also, what mom doesn't love jewelry that speaks to her heart?

 

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one of these days, i'm gonna buy one of everything from jill rosenwald's studio. but we could start with this for mother's day ...

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brandi carlile put together an album of covers of "the story" and it's amazing. beyond amazing, in fact. i'm putting the vinyl version on my mother's day list cuz i may have already ordered the cd version. go listen to the tracks on npr, then put it on your list, too. (bonus: all proceeds benefit war child uk)

 

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and hey ... who doesn't want a print of a dub flag commemorating game seven of the world series, and bill murray crying on the field after the cubbies won?!

 

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truthfully, all i ever really want on mother's day is a walk around the lake with my family, a meal at one of my favorite places, and maybe a bouquet of my favorite flower ...

 

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and that bleacher seat. i mean seriously ... i spend a lot of time sitting on bleachers ...

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