Yes it is true. The Design Confidential is taking over Joss & Main, the sale site with crazy good prices on products you love and need for your home. It will happen tomorrow night, 9/23 at 9 PM and I will be regularly stalking and lurking around over there for about a week. I actually feel pretty excited about joining up with them because I frequent their site in real life.
I will be sharing a bit more about a collection of pieces they have curated for all of you, tomorrow, and sharing the gorgeous write-up they have done on me and this site. It feels pretty special and I hope you will check it out when it is live. You will need to sign up for their site to gain access to view the sale, items, and story about this little lady. No purchase is necessary for membership and you can set your preferences for email contact so you will never feel like you have suffer through something you do not want!
If you do not already have access to their flash sales, I urge you to sign up and get the scoop on heavily discounted items you would be paying full price for elsewhere, anyhow, and to view the details of this fun collaboration. It is fleeting and will only be accessible for a short period of time so you should not wait to check things out. Plus, I always love the company when I am flying in uncharted territory. Let's get lost in retail paradise together, shall we?
My oldest little guy is starting first grade in just a couple of weeks. To say that we all have mixed emotions about this would be an understatement. If you follow me on instagram, you might remember this from earlier in the year. Well this year will officially mark the first time he is away at school all day, for five days of the week.
1 // Backpack 2 // Name Labels 3 // Reusable Sandwich Bags 4 // Binder 5 // Incredible Ideas Notebook 6 // Lunchbox 7 // Stapler 8 // Pencils 9 // Notebook 10 // Address Labels 11 // Glue Sticks 12 // Backpack 13 // Cute Notes 14 // Mommy Contact Card // Hanging File Folder 16 // Let’s Get Together 17 // Post-It 18 // Mesh Sorter 19 // Backpack
Aside from getting him all of the typical things that are necessary for school - like cool pencils and binders - this school year I plan to super-size the idea of back to school shopping and not only round up some fun items for him to sport to class, but to make sure these things are unique and personal just for him.
For those of you who have boys, I know you feel my pain when it comes to finding items for them - once they are elementary age - that are deemed ‘cool’ in their eyes, are fashion forward without being too trendy and still boyish by nature without having superheroes or weaponry all over them. So in my quest to make this experience extra special for him, I online shopped my heart out and managed to find some fabulous supplies that fill these requirements. From special notebooks that inspire him to cute notes I can sneak into his lunch, I hope to remind him that I adore him and that I am thinking of him while he is away for the day, without completely embarrassing him with uncool or babyish things, of course. I gathered up some gorgeous gear in blues and reds to keep things tough and boyish and then made it interesting by breaking that up with greens, yellows, and the uber-fab black, gray and neutral as a base.
1 // Brilliant Thoughts 2 // Glue Sticks 3 // Lunchbox 4 // Colorful Comic Thank you 5 // Pencils 6 // 7 // Sharpie Gel Highlighter 8 // Red Backpack 9 // Desktop Organizer 10 // Eraser 11 // Reusable Sandwich Bags 12 // Slide Into Fun 13 // Worthwhile Notebook 14 // Backpack 15 // Hanging File 16 // Red + Yellow Notepad 17 // Post-Its 18 // Binder 19 // Tape
While he is certainly growing up right before my eyes, he is still very young and because of this there are a few things I can do to make both of our lives easier and also more fun at the same time – especially since most of his free time at this age involves his social life and school itself isn’t particularly homework heavy yet.
// I created a mommy contact card that he can carry with him, just in case he needs to get ahold of me while he is out and about.
// To help him during his pre-phone calling years, I ordered a series of ‘let’s get together’ playdate cards. He can give these to his friends and they can pass them along to their parents so we can set something up for them. Otherwise, it’s fairly difficult to arrange for playdates once the parents no longer need to pick their kids up and drop them off at their classroom. Six and seven year olds aren’t really able to coordinate this on their own yet.
// I made a gorgeous ornament from Tiny Prints to use as a backpack marker and I’m hoping it will help him to know which is his. It’s no fun to come home with the wrong one when there are several that look similar, and these little guys don’t pay much attention to what they are grabbing. I can’t tell you how often this happened last year, eek.
// Cute name labels should help him keep track of his supplies.
// Personalized address labels should make it easy to keep in touch with his friends and family who have recently moved – there are quite a few, and having his playmates become his pen pals definitely makes the loss less difficult.
By helping my cutest guy get all stocked up on school supplies, whether he truly needs them or not, I think it’s made him feel like a big kid who actually does need them and it seems like he is beginning to get excited about joining the ‘big kid club’ of school-goers! He may still be a tad nervous about the whole thing, but I know once he is there and settled in on his first day, he will be just fine.I just hope my attempt at creating some fun around an otherwise not so fun series of events and new situations helps ease his transition a bit, because it is breaking my heart to see my independent little guy, prefer to be home with his family. He normally dives right in with gusto and loves every second of anything that involves other kids. Apparently even he has a limit on his fun meter.
This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints, where every choice is a stylish choice.
For this look I channeled my global granny self, added a bit of that hipster handmade vibe with a dash of Copacabana thrown in, for a Beachy Brazilian touch. Yep, totally random, but oh how happy I would be in this space.
We will call the gal who lives here “Babs,” and she is a veritable 'Girl from Ipanema' (World Famous Brazilian Bossa Nova song)and boy she has lived quite the life. She loves to reminisce about all of the memories she has made along the way and throughout her travels. She could sure tell you a tale or two about her go-go dancing days, but your mother probably wouldn’t like that much. But now she is settling down a bit and prefers to stay closer to home where she can sip her hot cocoa in her big cozy chair and knit blankets for her grandkids – or the new neighbors down the street.
I channeled my inner 80’s glam girl self, with a punch of black lacquer and brass, and then threw in some beachy natural texture to the mix for the perfect 'Barbie and the Rockers' goes to Big Sur design moment. Ya, I kinda love a look that is equal parts chic and yet still totally weird.
I call this gal Gemma and she is a true downtown girl who loves the art scene and can be found at every hip new spot in the city. From art gallery openings to coffee shops, she is constantly on the move and never stays in one place too long. She wears black like it’s her uniform and loves the way her red lipstick pops against her pale skin, especially when her hair is pulled back in a sleek low slung ponytail.
Meet Zoe, my inner flower child babe with a quirky fun loving outlook on life. This gal is a bit more feminine, and fresh out of college with her first real world job. She loves to hit up the flea market when she isn’t driving down to visit her parents in Connecticut, for the weekend.
She’s a single gal who loves her nephews and can’t wait to start a family of her own one day. For now she is content with her two cats, though she thinks she may have over done it in the mothering department, since they are a bit on the bratty side. They absolutely never do as they are told. Zoe loves to listen to music and sing along with the broom handle as her microphone, but of course she always sounds better in the shower… who doesn’t?
So which look resonates with you most? Are you more of a downtown girl or a flea market vintage loving gal? Maybe you love to knit and travel is your favorite pastime!
It’s no secret that I have something of an eclectic style. I love a mix of old and new, both vintage and modern, and I of course I can’t help but interject a bit of handmade wherever possible. I might even go so far as to say I have a slight obsession with the hunt that comes with finding the perfect unique pieces that fit together like beautifully choreographed moves in a dance.
Let’s not forget the importance of function. If you haven’t provided the functional staples your inhabitant needs to get through the day and night comfortably, then that cute person will inevitably take the room apart every time life happens. That is a constant battle I don’t care to partake in so I do my best to include a place for everything that is easy to use and helps keep the space looking good all the livelong day. I choose bedding that is easily washable yet bold, storage bins and bags for toys or laundry that make a statement all on their own, and accessories that are both stylish and serve a purpose or sit well out of the way of the actual living area in use.
If I can choose these stylish functional staples to be budget friendly and bold with a bit of classic geometry to liven up the place while grounding it to pull the look together, I’m a happy gal.
I know I have been a horrible, no good, downright rotten blogger for the past few weeks, but life is kicking me in the pants these days. Aside from my little seesters wedding, which is tomorrow (yahoo), and all of the duties that come with that, I have had some rather major projects going on behind the scenes here at the House of TDC.
Likewise, this gal loves a good set of DIY supplies. How about these pretties? I won't let the cat out of the bag on what these gorgeous materials are actually for, but I am a sucker for the amazing aisles of 'stuff' at Home Depot that I can imagine as becoming something great. Hopefully you guys share my nerdy love for all things home improvement store related because I know for sure you will share my love for what these babies become. So so good! Promise!
In the meantime, I have quite a few other fun things to share with you and I will be back shortly to do exactly that! Yahoo!