The Design Confidential Family Room Edit // Trim It / Dress It / Cut the Cord

I have a little story to tell you guys. Like many stories, even those with happy endings, this one begins with a tragedy that would only later become a near miss and a lesson learned the hard way.

You see, when we moved to the house we live in currently, Blake had just turned 5 and Penn was just 5 months old, and while both were obviously quite young, Blake was already a very conscious, forward thinking, and reasonably aware child. Unlike the other homes we have lived in over the years, this new home had honeycomb cellular shades on all of the windows. Considered an upgrade by most standards, with heat blocking characteristics and light filtering capabilities. But for me, they were cumbersome because I need the natural light and to see the view, which means I have to pull them up entirely and can no longer simply tilt open to let the light in.

A unique combination of things, including the age of this home, the ridiculously tall height of each and every window, and my obsession with having the shades open, means that a sturdy unyielding cord hangs down from each of those blinds that is no less than 90 inches, in total. Hanging as if to lure children in with the temptation of something fun to swing from. I think you can probably see where I am going with this... This home is not old, by any means, yet apparently it is old enough that the window treatments don't have child safety features built into them - just in case. Many blinds have a safety release that will pop the blind out of the mount, or a portion of the cord that snaps off when weight is applied to them, and all of mine had some form of this over the last 10 years. Brand new window treatments now have a completely cordless option or a continuous loop to help keep your kiddos from strangulation. I learned that mine don't have this - the hard way - one quiet afternoon shortly after we moved in.

The Design Confidential Family Room Edit // Trim It / Dress It / Cut the Cord

You can see the window line in my family room in the image above. There isn't a window in this entire house that doesn't sit below a standard height piece of furniture. On the one hand, this is dreamy, but on the other...

Let me preface this by saying that never having ever had to pull the blinds up on a single window in my entire life, never having windows this tall (long? whatever), having Blake be the age that he was, and my assuption that every house built in the mid 2000's or later had fixtures with these safety features I mentioned earlier built into them (especially the high end fixtures)... the danger of that dangling cord never even occured to me. Literally - not a single thought. If you know me in real life, you know that I tend to be a worrier. Inside, I am the crazy, fearful, terrified of the 'what-if', stupid accident happening and harming my children type of gal. So needless to say that if I thought there was something to worry about, I definitely would have. Not to mention Blake and I had the 'talk' many times in his life prior to this, about never touching the cords and what could happen. He could never even come close to reaching them anyhow, unless he was standing on something.

And then my sweet blue-eyed boy was playing with the cord, swinging it wildly back and forth and letting it wrap around his neck like a tether ball. I had no idea he was doing this mind you, because at the time I was putting Penn down for a nap upstairs. Several minutes later, Blake wandered up and was telling me his neck hurt. I asked him to show me where it was hurting and he got a little tearful as he typically does when he is trying to be tough but is actually a bit hurt. He pointed to the side of his neck which appeared fine from where I was sitting and he said he thought he scraped it. That might have been a red flag if it were any other kid, but my kids in particular inherited their weirdness from me and so mention of a scrape on the neck wouldn't have been the oddest thing to ever have happened. Though I can usually tell when an odd claim such as that is more of a reference to how it feels than to what actually happened and that is what I figured here. He was describing that stinging, burning sensation that happens when you get rug burn or a scrape on the knee. When he got a little closer to me I could see that a line was starting to show. It did indeed look a bit like a scrape and even more like he had been running with a stick in his hand and it hadn't ended well. Over the course of the next 20 minutes a full burn mark appeared and wrapped around the front of his neck from ear to ear. When I pressed him further about what happened he finally managed to tell me that he was jumping off the furniture and surfing the sofas as he often does and that the cord from the blinds got wrapped around his neck and choked him.

I started to cry, finally realizing what he was attempting to tell me and seeing the complete situation unfold in my mind. Running through the horrific details and what he must have just experienced - what he could have experienced. He was frightened and while I still don't know to this day exactly how things actually unfolded, I know enough to know just how scary this almost was. The mark on his neck was so severe that I kept him out of school for an entire week while it healed. You see, until you experience seeing the unmistakable appearance of a rope burn around the neck of a little kid, you honestly can't know the horror and I honestly can't even put it to words. This goes for any child, not just your own. Had I seen this on someone else's child, I wouldn't have been able to shake that image from my mind, and may have burst into tears at the sight of it. It was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen or experienced as a mom so far. My worst nightmare - and I am one of the lucky ones. I didn't have to experience the loss of my child to understand the danger and to figure out that everything I thought I knew, wasn't actually true.

The Design Confidential Family Room Edit // Trim It / Dress It / Cut the Cord

They say ignorance is bliss, and I suppose in this case it was, until that terrible day. Having never had a reason to raise the blinds before living here, all of the cords were up and out of the way, even when they were danging down, so this was unique for him as well. Maybe my warnings didn't resonate since the circumstances were different here, or maybe he was young and the power of temptation was too great to heed my words. And maybe he simply forgot - kids do that. There is nothing that will draw a child in like a dangling cord. Since then I have rigged make-shift cord wraps at every window to wrap the cord up and out of the way. But children will always find a way if they really want to. Luckily he doesn't, and may never touch another cord like these ever again in his life, but now Penn is 3 and a force to be reckoned with. So rather than live in this fear I have, I am ready to replace these death-traps and upgrade the window situation altogether. For safety and for style.

We have no molding or trim around our windows, just a simple drywall return. And while the shades are relatively high end, they match the wall color so closely that they somehow look dingy and undeniably blah. With furniture that rubs against the drywall thanks to those low lying windows, the paint is beginning to wear and with curtains that are never left alone by my boys and the dogs and that spend most of their time tied up in a knot and off of the floor... let's just say everything is ready for a major update and refresh. I want to streamline and I would love to replace the shades with something that looks beautiful on it's own - curtains or not - and is lasting and classic. No more temporary solutions.

I had a lovely gal from Smith + Noble come out for a design consult. We settled on a gorgeous neutral linen in a classic roman shade. They have a cordless option available for this, which is incredible, though with the height of my windows, it maybe be hard for me to reach. They also have a continuous loop option that is perfect for putting my mind at ease and would still allow me to reach the pulley to raise and lower easily. Even their standard cords can be locked in place so they don't dangle. Of course we are now talking about an upgrade that will take many years to do all throughout this house, but hopefully I can tackle this one room at a time. I will try to make this a priority as I refresh paint, add trim and update other general fixtures as well.

These mock-ups are what I envision the roman shades will look like and what I hope to work toward over the next several months (years probably). If I trim out the windows themselves, then I should have the option to do away with the fussy curtains altogether if I like. In the spaces where we spend a lot of time, and the boys do a lot of playing, no dangling curtains sounds amazing. The dust and dog hair they pick up is unreal.

If you have kids, and you need to upgrade your #WindowSafety -do it in style - #SafeandStylish. Smith + Noble is hosting a giveaway for $1000 toward new window treatments, so go forth and enter (I did)! If you have existing shades or blinds in place, they will give you $50 trade-in value for every blind you trade in. They also have a handy little guide to help you child-proof your existing window treatments. A must if you aren't looking to replace or install new blinds or shades any time soon. With no less than 8 million windows in this house, I should rack up the discounts, no? Fingers crossed because this little mama bird is terrified of what my younger daredevil child will attempt. He is a definite hazard.



Easy Halloween DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

There is nothing I love more than a project that takes me so far out of my comfort zone that I literally stress for weeks, brainstorming and then scrapping most of my ideas. Probably sounds weird, but that process is often crucial for me to arrive at the magical spot that lives smack in the middle between awesome and simple. When my monthly challenge as a Michaels Maker rolled through with the ask being for us to create a costume, I seriously panicked because as many of you know - I don't do clothing... I can buy clothing with the best of them, but make or even embellish clothing - not my strong suit.

But I think I found that sweet spot because this costume is super easy to create and is equal parts spooky and adorable. It has the feel of the costumes from long ago without the complicated construction of those intricate paper maché masks. Yahoo for that.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

So let's get at it. Here is what you will need

MATERIALS // I recommend black clothing with this costume. You can choose either black pants and a shirt or if you want to get precise, a black pants with a formal suit jacket that has longer tails would be appropriate.

Half Craft Pumpkin

Craft Knife

Ribbon or Elastic Band

Copper Wire

Needle Nose Pliers or small jewelry pliers

Face Paint

Spooky Cloth

Horse Stick

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

The half pumpkins come in a few sizes so you can choose the appropriate size for the person this costume is intended for. You are going to start by lightly drawing a face on your half pumpkin, then carefully carve it out using a sharp craft knife.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Once your face is carved, you will create the strap with ribbon or elastic bands. I used elastic bands since I am making this for smaller kiddos. You will need to create a small hole about the size of a pea using your craft knife. Place it about 1/2 inch in from the sides and up near the top about even with the top of your eyes.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Cut a 5 inch piece of copper wire and fold it into a figure 8. It helps if you start at what will be the middle and create a small loop, then the opposite loop and continue wrapping into a figure 8 shape until you have about 1/2 inch remaining. With that remaining section, wrap the center and using your needle nose pliers, crimp in the center so that the end is around the backside along with your starting end.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Pull one end of your elastic band through the hole and slide your copper bow tie through the loop with the sharp edges against the pumpkin.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

If this costume is for a little one, you can probably use one band like you see here. If your kiddo is bigger, use two straps like you see two images up. Create your second strap hole if you haven't already and a second copper wire bow tie. Pull the other end of your band, or one end of your second band, through you hole. Use something to help you poke it through if need be.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

This is what it will look like when you have it finished if you are using one strap for a smaller kiddo. For a double strap, you can simply tie them together for your big kid or adult.

Easy Halloween DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Super simple and super fast to whip this together. Now finish things off by using a bit of black face paint so it looks hollow inside and drape a bit of spooky cloth over their heads and around their shoulders. This isn't required of course, but certainly adds to the tattered clothing look. Wear black pants and a black top and grab your horse stick for a wild night of trick or treating. An orange pumpkin basket would be a good accessory for this too!

This project was created in partnership with Michaels as part of my ongoing series of projects as a Michaels Maker! All crazy and opinions are 100% my own.

Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween-- they’re to die for! Whether you’re into spooky sights, playful pumpkins or giggling ghouls, the Michaels.com Halloween project page has tons of ideas for DIY Halloween costumes and décor

An InLinkz Link-up

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Every now and then I get a fabulous idea in my head about something I want to create, and I can literally imagine how it will play out every step of the way. When the folks from Casper wanted to see what I might make from their gorgeous mattress boxes, that is exactly how the planning process went down. It will be so simple, and look amazing, and I will skip, and dance, and root myself on along the way. And then… I actually dove into it and gave it a go, and that sucker went terribly, horribly awry. Like off the charts, accidentally demolished your chandelier that hangs 30 feet in the air, on another planet – awry. Ya, that would pretty much sum up this project the first five times I tried it. It just seemed so simple in my mind - and ultimately on attempt number six that you see here today - it was! But oh em gee you guys… those first five times I not only completely failed at making it work, but I managed to utterly destroy a major fixture in my home along the way, eek. So… yay for that. So it goes for life in the DIY lane. There is always collateral damage – always – it’s just usually a little more painful and a lot less costly for me, but it’s totally a thing in this line of biz.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

You have to be able to laugh at yourself when you are experimenting and things don’t go as planned, don’t you think? I mean… things rarely go as planned anyhow so what’s a little failure along the way but a great tool for solidifying your plans and working out the kinks before I pass it on to you guys, am I right? And naturally by laugh I often mean cry, but this time it was truly so insane that there was nothing but laughter and occasional hair pulling.  It just seemed so simple?!? Today, I bring you the truly and completely simple version of this project that doesn’t involve trying to work over an existing fixture and is instead a completely independent fixture that stands on its own looking fabulous and made from one of the most gorgeous boxes of all time and housing one of the most amazing mattresses of all time.  Let’s get into it, shall we?


Cardboard – I used the boxes that these came in.



Exacto Knife or Craft Blade

Keyless Socket

Swag Kit

Bulb – This should be a bulb that is cool to the touch when on so there is no fire hazard.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Start by cutting out 8 of the same shape. You will be gluing these into pairs for a total of four arms. Mine is approximately 18” high by 12” wide at the widest point and 2” wide at the shortest point. You can do this with a long triangle shape or a shape along the lines of mine, this is entirely up to you but just be sure that the inside edge of your shape is vertical and straight and it will save you a lot of time in the end.

I decided on this shape when I was trying to work over my existing chandelier and wanted to disguise the arms and shades of the fixture. I reduced the size in my final attempt at this as well as the number of arms overall. I glued the arms into pairs with the natural sides glued together and the white and blue striped sides showing. If you are working with natural colored cardboard, you will still want to glue to pieces together so you have a very sturdy arm when you are ready to string.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Once your pairs are glued together trim away any areas that are uneven so the sides are perfectly paired. You will cut a 1 inch slot near the top and bottom of your flat inside edge, preferably around 4 inches or so from the top edge and bottom edge. You don’t want to be too close to the ends or this won’t stay put as you are stringing your fixture. // You will want your slots to be in the same place on each of your arms so I created the slots in one arm and then used that to mark out the slot location in my other arms.

At this point you can also cut out your circles. You will need two, exactly the same size with a 10 inch diameter on the outside and an inside diameter of around 8 inches. You can see these two images up if you need an example.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

You will cut smalls slits along the outside edges. These can be about 3/8 of an inch apart and need to go all the way through your arm, front to back. Avoid placing slits at the very top and very bottom since this is where things get a bit crazy. I skipped the top altogether as you can see and my slits around about 1/4 of an inch in length. This seems to be the sweet spot so your string doesn’t slip out and your slits don’t get shaggy. Just like for your slots, you will want the same number of slits on each arm and you will want them in about the same spot, so create your slits on one arm then use that to create the slits on your other arms.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Once you have your slits and your slots, you will piece this together a bit like a puzzle. You will want to glue these in place to keep them from moving and you should have an arm at each of the four corners of your circle, which has no corners… but I think you know what I mean. North, south, east and west, yes? 

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

After your glue has set up you are ready for the fun part – the stringing! I started at the top slit of one arm and tied off the end of my string (you can this two images down). Then just like when you were young and at summer camp or art class and you made awesome string art, you will head down to the bottom slit on the next arm and slip it through. Keep your string nice and tight throughout, without pulling too hard that you tear your cardboard or pull it through your previous arms.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

And then you go back up to the top slit of the arm next to that one, and so on and so forth around and around your fixture.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

This is probably obvious to any of you who have done this before, but for those that haven’t, once you make it full circle through your slits at the very top and very bottom, you will move to the next slit down and continue on around.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Eventually your strings will begin to cross in the middle as you begin to make your way down the arms where you started at the top and up the arms that were on the down swing and they will flip. This is when you really see the magic happen.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Yay, if you are finished with the stringing you can string together your light kit. You are going to want to weave your cord through your chain to give it some extra strength. I strung the cord in and out of the chain through every other link and skipping a link in the middle of those each time. You will wire your cord to your socket according to the directions on the package but you will need to have the nipple and the ring cap threaded onto your cord prior to actually wiring your socket. Your cord will slide down into the center of the ring cap and nipple, then you will wire it and secure the socket back together. 

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

It will look like this when you are finished. Hang your chain from a sturdy hook in your ceiling. You will want it to sit about midway in the center of your pendant so hang the chain and cord on the hook leaving it to dangle about 30 inches or so from your ceiling. Then you will use some of your string and secure the pendant to the hook by looping your string around the top circle. Your light kit will sit down inside of it at about the halfway point. You can secure the light kit to the pendant if you wish, but it’s not entirely necessary.

The Design Confidential DIY // String Pendant Light Fixture

Yahoo… that is it, so totally easy right? A fabulous upcycle project and just a fun way to add a bit of light to your life! 

A huge over the moon and back thank you to Casper for partnering with me on this project. It took much longer than anticipated and I couldn't have done it without them - literally - and getting a good night sleep after working my fingers to the bone was much needed. Btw, their mattresses are out of this world amazing and I will share all about my experience and my good night's sleep research in the next few weeks so stay tuned. And a big thank you to all of you who help support the brands that challenge me to create new content like this for The Design Confidential. I love to use my brain and my skill set in completely new and exciting ways, it makes my world go round and I couldn't do it without your support. You rock my world friends! Heart you guys...

Casper is an award winning sleep startup that launched with an outrageously comfortable mattress sold directly to consumers — eliminating commission driven, inflated prices. The critically acclaimed sleep surface was developed in-house by a team of product engineers with experience from IDEO, has a sleek design, and is delivered right to your door in a small, “how did they do that?” sized box

The Design Confidential Building a Better Bed // It's all in the Details

They say building a better bed begins with a good mattress, and that is certainly true... and here at TDC, many of us know that long before that, building a better bed begins with actually building a better bed. What makes a bed better depends entirely on who will be sleeping in the bed and how much time will be spent in that bed each day. Will you watch movies, work, or snuggle with your kiddos in your bed? Do your kiddos still crawl in bed with you in the wee hours of the night and put their feet in your face? Let's just say that a great many things will be considered as you lay the foundation for your best night sleep. But how do you build a better bed once you have already built a better bed? Because there is nothing worse than having an amazing bed and a fabulous mattress that live in chaos. It will hang like a dark cloud above your head, nagging and reminding you that you never got around to making your bed that day. Let's be real, making the bed is a pain in the neck and no one wants to do it. Yet it's this one little task that sets the tone for your day and is the difference between your space feeling calm and uncluttered or chaotic and stressful.

So how can we make this easier, less of a chore, and something that doesn't require a PhD to reconstruct each morning with 8,000 pillows and crazy sheets tangled up everywhere?

The Design Confidential Building a Better Bed // It's all in the Details

In honor of National Make Your Bed Week, I thought I would fill you in on a few of the recent changes I have made that absolutely make this process easier for me and way more likely to happen - because this little mama loves a nicely made bed, but never has the patience to fuss with it. Who's with me?

First and foremost, I got rid of the top sheet. I actually like sleeping with a top sheet since I tend to sleep hot yet still need to be covered, so that top sheet comes in handy. But, I love not fussing with that top sheet so much more than I love having it, so this is a change I will gladly keep forever! Crane & Canopy sells 'No Top Sheet' Sheet Sets which is rather genius.

Then I switched my comforter for a Duvet and Nova Duvet Cover which has an easy insert zipper (instead of those buttons) and a two-tone design that mimics the designer look of a beautifully folded over top sheet - minus the actual top sheet and any of the work that comes along with that. Yahoo, right?

I also eliminated all of the excessive throw pillows and opted for a simply body pillow to sit against my headboard and two medium sized throw pillows in front. This gives us the most comfortable setup for sitting upright, which we do constantly since we spend a lot of time working or relaxing in this space. It turns out this setup is not only easier for me but Mike too since he doesn't have to worry about putting the pillows on the bed 'just the way I like them' which makes him so much more likely to actually make the bed on occasion. That my dear friends is true love! Anything that is so easy that I am not the only one who can do it is amazing in my book.

So while this doesn't have the over the top styled out look of a catalog perfect bed, it does have the look of clean and tidy with the added bonus of being easy to recreate each morning. That is the most beautiful thing ever, to me...

The Design Confidential Building a Better Bed // It's all in the Details


The Hayes Nova Duvet Set - Gray

Porcelain Green 400 Thread Count Sheet Set

Striped Pillows

Lavender Almond Linen Spray

Lavender Vanilla Linen Spray

You can see this process in action below. If the hardest part of making the bed is getting the Duvet into the Duvet cover, then this couldn't be any easier because that is not hard at all. Not to mention you only do that once after you wash your bedding and you don't have to do it again for a bit!

All I have to do is sit my pillows upright, pull the duvet up, give it a little fluff, and away I can go on my day.

I happen to be a bit obsessed with smells which means I really dislike anything that doesn't smell fresh and clean. There are a lot of things that get washed in this house that don't normally get washed by most people because of this little tidbit. Obviously washing my bedding every single day isn't an option so I love the idea of a linen spray. I ordered this one and this one and every time I walk in my room I'm greeted with the most wonderful smell.

Are you sensitive to smells? How about making your bed... is it crucial, frustrating, or not high on your list? I would love to know how other feel about this hot topic - do tell.

A big huge thank you to Crane & Canopy for partnering with us on this post and an enormous thank you to all of you for supporting the companies that help bring fresh new content like this to The Design Confidential! I heart you guys...

The Sound of My Mornings // A Few of My Favorite Podcasts

With school back in session, my mornings just got a little more chaotic and a lot more difficult. Why is it so hard to get out the door with young children? Is it just as difficult with girls as it is for boys, and is it difficult with most boys or just my boys? I haven't a clue... but I can tell you that where my little men are concerned, it is next to impossible to make it out of the house without being completely and utterly frustrated with one or both of them at least 1800 times. This is of course a mild exaggeration, but the circumstances are not and it leaves the potential for us to begin our day on something of a bad note, which is not my fave. Those of you who are expert in the mom guilt department like I am, can probably relate.

Blake is an early riser and so am I, which means that we don't have to worry about an alarm to wake us or having to get out of bed when all we really want to do is sleep. I would say these are likely the more common things that most kids and adults have to contend with each day, so realistically we should have that going for us. You would think that having plenty of time to wake up at your leisure and get ready for the day would be a great recipe for success and yet somehow it doesn't seem to be. So I started to think about what happens in the course of our mornings and where things tend to go awry. While I still don't completely understand my gorgeous babe, I did manage to come up with a few things that I know make him happy and energized so I set out to change the sound of our mornings and this gorgeous and smarty arty Aether Cone has been a major help.

The Sound of My Mornings // A Few of My Favorite Podcasts

While music may seem like an obvious choice for changing the mood of our mornings, it is helpful only to set the initial tone of things. After we hear some of the boys faves, which seem to revolve around Minecraft themed remakes at the moment, music seems to become a bit too exciting and keeps us from getting through our morning tasks in any kind of reasonable way... and so it's then that we switch gears and venture into the world of Podcasts. This has become the perfect way to get those wheels turning and keep their attention just enough to keep them from straying into the danger zone of crazy that is always lurking around every turn, but not so much that they aren't able to get fed, dressed, washed and out the door. Those of you with kids know what I mean...

These are some of my current faves to listen to with the boys //

STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS // I happen to love history, but it wasn't always so.. I think this is true for many kids and this podcast gives interesting tidbits about topics you never learned in school about the people and places you did. A great way to get your kiddos interested in subjects that might otherwise seem blah.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE // A weekly public radio show and a staple on our list of 'must listen' podcasts. From Investigations to Storytelling, this show never disappoints. The House on Loon Lake is wonderful and a great one to start with.

THE NAKED SCIENTISTS // The name alone is an attention grabber for my boys and the subjects are perfect for young kiddos who are serious thinkers. With topics like 'Do Dogs Understand People' and 'Does a Frozen Body Shatter', this is bound to teach you something new about the things you always wonder in your head but don't usually say out loud.

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW // Exploring everything from Stonehenge to Earwax and what's the deal with crop circles.... Awesome!

RADIO LAB // A wildly diverse series of topics covered in a way that makes snake poop interesting to someone other than an 8 year old boy. Fascinating! My recent fave is Patient Zero

TED RADIO HOUR // I love to watch the TED Talks, and this is equally riveting even without the visual portion.

The Sound of My Mornings // A Few of My Favorite Podcasts

Once my day actually begins, which is usually after Blake is out the door for school, I like to listen to music or podcasts while I work and dabble at playing the role of Mama Bird. Since Penn still has a few more years before he starts to have an opinion on things like this, I can listen to some of the more adult podcasts when he is present - which I love. My days are so varied and might have me in the office, or a particular room that is the focus of one project or another, but the one thing that is constant is that I juggle many things at once - always. I love the fact that I can set a timer on the Aether Cone so that even if I am completely caught up in a project or a story, I won't forget about something I put in the oven and I don't have to stay within earshot of the kitchen to know when that something is finished. I even bring my Aether Cone in while I soak in the bath so I can listen in relative silence to whatever I want!

These are a few of my current faves //

THE MOTH // Wildly entertaining and I can't recommend this enough. With thousands of true stories told live in front of a live audience, ranging from emotional and heartfelt to wondrous and hysterical, all of them are entirely relatable and so completely interesting.

THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR // Brilliant and funny - this is done in the format of an old timey radio show and has different guests that you know and love become part of the show each week. Love.

SERIAL // If you didn't jump on the Serial bandwagon - you missed the boat my friends. Luckily the boat never actually left the dock so you can jump on board anytime you like and trust when I say - you should run not walk to your phone and search for this podcast. Compelling and will keep you hanging every step of the way. You will be sad when you get to the end... not to worry though it will be back with a new season this fall.

UNDISCLOSED // A continuation of the case covered in Serial and one I am just now checking out - this aims to be pretty interesting and for those of you who were left with emptiness after Serial, perhaps a great place to pick up the trail.

I have been dabbling with a few others, but I won't give you a report back on those just yet... What have you been listening too? Anything you love so very much?

I was provided with an Aether Cone as part of my maniacal plan to reign in these crazy children of mine... but all opinions and this new found obsession are entirely my own! Thank you cute people for tuning in and supporting the brands that help bring fresh new content like this to The Design Confidential.


We are officially back in school around here and I don't know about you but am already mourning the death of summer vacation. When Blake is in school - I might as well be in school because it's a full time job getting him out the door and ready for each new day. While I don't have to sit in class all day, I do have a much busier schedule during the school year and I am finding myself in major need of some personal organization that will help me stay excited about each day... Otherwise you just might find me under the covers hiding from the world and everything I need to do.

This new line of products is giving me some major creative motivation and has my inner office supply hoarder going bananas for the simple beautiful style. Love.

I managed to grab one of these beauties the last time I was at Target... I haven't opened it yet, eek.

I absolutely love the bag I got for Christmas, and this one is a little less sporty but just as versatile with the option to carry it as a tote or a backpack. That is soooo helpful when you have your bag stuffed full and totally heavy.

I want this oh so badly, but that damn thing is way too pricey. I will probably get this one instead and then buy this to get the look for a lot less.

I need this... for so many reasons.

Pretty from beginning to end and filled with utter goodness in between. I never thought I would enjoy a book like this, ever - but it's my current fave!

Coming soon... and so so fabulous!

I have super dry sensitive skin so I adore oil based products for their amazing moisturizing ability and delicate cleanse. Besides doesn't love a little pick me up to their beauty regimen at the start of a new school year?

My fridge is a hot mess right now with all kinds of chaos stuck to the front and sides. These have me dreaming of a stress free and organized space.

If your summer has ended like mine has... you can still get a bit of that beachy look with this.



drupal counter