Friday, February 14, 2014

...on eating your dessert first and painting whatever you want.

Raise your hand if you love this day.  Valentine's day is one of my very favorite holidays of all time.  (Alongside Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and the 4th of July of course.)  Life is short people, you should celebrate the heck out of it and eat your dessert first on Valentine's Day.  (Not sure when we started that tradition but there's no way these hoodlums would let me forget it now.  This year it's going to be creme brulee.  There is nothing quite like eating your dessert first!  It's just fun on every level.)

Speaking of fun, I'm going on a lunch date with my man for Valentine's day.  And can I just say that we are in the weirdest stage of parenting when it comes to date nights?  Our kids are old enough that they don't want a babysitter... which I get.  Joe will be a teenager in just a few weeks.  (I might have just fallen on the floor.) But they aren't big enough kids that they want to be left alone when it's dark, and they also fight like crazy so I'm never sure if running to the grocery store for a few minutes will end in tragic drama.  So I suppose for right now, a lunch date is pretty much our only option.  Is anyone else in this same stage? 

Also, speaking of stages.  My daughter is hooked on Downton Abbey with me, and I could not be more thrilled to have an in-house viewing partner now.  More and more I'm getting these crazy glimpses of what it will be like as our relationship actually develops in mutual friendship under that parenting umbrella. I'm loving watching her grow up and want to go shopping with me and do those fun girly activities together. 

Now.  I've been house tweaking all week, and I'm pretty sure it's the spring-itch-fever.  I just can't wait for warmer temps, sunshine and relaxed days.  That said, I had one of those one-thing-leads-to-twenty-others moments this week.  I painted our kitchen island, recovered the two guest room pillows, painted an old piece of art with ombre pink paint (seriously can't stop looking at it, Iloveitsomuch.), moved my bedroom furniture all around because our bed really needed to be on a different wall for traffic flow which in turn sent me hunting for a new space for my night stand and lamp since the new configuration didn't allow for it beside my bed anymore, rehung bedroom pictures on the new walls, spray painted a lantern gold just for fun, and finished five new spring prints for my shop (coming next week.) It was crazy around here. Like, crazy-fun-productive.  

 I needed a week like that.


Canvas sold here

towel sold here.

Now about the island repaint... I had been wanting to change our island color for months to a soft creamy gray color, but kept thinking, "People will make fun of me (I know you wouldn't of course but some of my real life people might) for "always changing things" which sometimes (I dare admit) hurts my feelings because it's so often said like it's a bad quality to possess, even though I do it because my mind and taste and ideas change. And so then I had this thought, "Does everyone eat the exact same thing every night for dinner? Of course not!!  Change can be refreshing, dog-gone-it!" (So even though we are still undecided about the exterior house painting color (summer project) (but narrowing down our choices) and our ceiling/wall color repaint (spring project?) I knew just what I wanted to do with my island.)  I showed my man a picture from Pinterest, and he nailed the color, as always.  (We used Sherwin Williams, Light French Gray with 200% tint)

As soon as it was painted I loved it and kicked myself for holding back all those months.  Why do I not live my life like this?  Being bold and brave and just doing it... and eating my dessert first! 

On that note, Happy Valentine's day to all of you.  You sure make my life sweeter.  

P.S. The winner of My Favorite Things giveaway was Erin Williams.  (Erin give me a shout at to claim your prize.)


Lorraine and Jessica said...

I love, love, love that you change things all of the dang time!!! Don't ever be afraid to change something!! You have such fabulous ideas and your home is just gorgeous!!! I think your kitchen/dining area looks so wide open now! I love it! I can't believe you tackled so many things in one week!! You are my hero!!! We've been battling sickness here all week...the only one who has managed to escape the clutches is my hubby -guess because he's at work all day and I'm the one here with the monkies all day!!! Oh well, I will live vicariously through you and your awesomeness!! On the parenting stage, I am past that, since I have a 17year old in the house, but remember it well. We would just about get out of the drive before the cell would ring and I'd have to try to discipline over the phone. They eventually learned to see the oldest as an authority figure in those situations but it took some time. They will work it out!! Keep trying!!!! My Joe is 14 today!!! Can't believe they have grown so quickly!! Happy Early Birthday to your Joe <3

Ange said...

I just painted our master bedroom light french gray and I love it! Your island looks fabulous and I change things often too. And yes people do make comments like it is a bad thing but shouldn't they be thankful I change my underwear everyday too? ;) My daughter has watched downton with me as well and I love sharing it together. She just turned 13, where did the time go? I don't comment often bug love your blog! Happiest of Valentines Day to you!

Victoria said...

I LOVE productive weeks! Unfortunately, I'm coming out of one that doesn't feel all that productive. Oops!

If the gold lantern by the bed is the one you painted, it's perfect! And as for the island? I like that too! I completely understand your enjoyment of changing things big and small on the regular! I am constantly dreaming up things to make different. :)

Happy Valentine's, dessert first, lunch date day! :)

Lindsey said...

The pink and the new pillows in your guest bedroom are divine. I love every little rearranged nook and cranny of your home. Change is an excellent thing sometimes...It helps us have a fresh view of things and that can't be bad! :)

LittleMuses said...

Sasha, we lead such similar lives! My kids are 12 and 8, don't want a babysitter, either. But I don't feel comfortable leaving them alone at night. My husband and I have lunch dates, too! My daughter likes Downton Abbey, also...but we don't watch it together much as I usually watch it when everyone goes to bed for some "me" time! I may have to let her stay up later more to watch with me. Loving your pops of pink in your guest room/ office. That is my favorite shade of pink...LOVE it with gold! If you're making the crème brulee from scratch (oh, I'm drooling!) can you please share your recipe?! Going to a great bakery to get some cupcakes, no time to bake today. If you want some sunshine come on down to So Cal and I'll share some with you...but I may put you to work helping me with my master bedroom redo, LOL! Hope you have a really lovely Valentine's Day. Sounds like you are making it wonderful for your family! :)

Christina said...

I think we will eat our dessert first tonight! The kids will love that. Goodness it took every ounce of us not to cut into the cake last night! I love that you change things so much. I get tired of things left the same for too long but don't always know how to change them up. As a home schooling mom of 6 we are always home so I try to keep things fresh. I did love the old color on the island but the new color looks awesome as well. And as for the pink pillow on the guest bed... I recovered lamps in the same fabric but aqua colored. Happy Valentines Day!!!

Jill said...

I love the island and so glad you decided to do it - my in-laws and husband's siblings are always, always, always commenting on me changing things and it really gets to me. Even though I love them, I just have to realize that we are not at all alike - and I love to change things! Sometimes that is easier said than done but the older I get the more I just try to go for it!

Deanna said...

THE Erin Williams? From back in book club days. Congrats!

D said...

Loooooovvveeeee it!!! Hello, that's what makes me come back all the time, you just do it. I admire that of you. As for me, I still haven't painted my kitchen. I have a lot of cabinets and I'm afraid to mess them up, yikes. So there, you inspire me.

Barbara said...

It all looks great, you are a machine girl Happy Valentines day!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

haha no different one. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

hahaha yes we should all change our underwear every day. LOL Ya never know when you'll be in an accident -or something like that is what my grandmother always said.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

creme brulee is the EASIEST thing in the whole world to make. Will try and share the recipe!! :)

Jackie at Roots and Wings said...

I love your creative productivity and the fact that you're not afraid to change things up! It's a great quality to have. :) And all the changes look wonderful.
As is your ability to have fun with your kiddos, always baking fun things and eating dessert first. I think we'll have to do that sometime soon. Just for the fun of it! xoxo

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Love how you redecorated the guest room! Do you mind sharing where you purchased the curtain over your sink? Love your taste!

Between You and Me said...

I don't know that I've ever given my kids dessert first.
I'd win some kind of award in their minds!! I think this might need to happen this very week.

The changes around the house look great….the pinks in that ombre painting are so pretty!!!! I can see why you can't stop looking at it!

I remember being in that stage with our kids…old enough not to want babysitters but not old enough to leave at home. Sometime last year, after Luke turned 13, the shift just happened…now they stay by themselves while we grab a date night in every week.

We give them very strict boundaries, so it works great. I bet you'll be able to leave them for a date night sometime this next year.

Melodee said...

I love the freshness of your style and how it's always the same bones but you change things up all the time! your kitchen is my go-to inspiration (actually we are finally starting to paint our cabinets like yours!). your office is darling!!! ah, so much inspiration!

paige said...

sasha! i love all your new changes, new canvases, new art...all of it! so pretty!!

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