Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mommy Moments: To all the new mama's!!

I would like you to sing along to the tune of  Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies"  okay here we go ..."All you brand new mama's, all you brand new mama's, All you brand new mama's, All you brand new Mama's, now put your hands UP, now put your hands UP"..if you are now feeling like all you do is sit topless while your little bundle of love drinks away your energy ;) trust me, this time will pass, and before you know it, these babes will be like my almost 3 yr old!! ( my throat literally tightened when I just wrote that..sigh)..anyway, you will blink, as everyone tells you, and this little babe, will be a person!! Like, a walking talking, throwing, hitting, biting, kicking .. that just my little guy??  What I am trying to say is...the beginning can feel tough, insurmountable even, but you WILL get through it, I promise. I am writing this post,(and think it might be a new weekly addition)  to give you a little glimpse into a few things/ideas/ways/products, that can enhance your new life, after getting the golden crown, queen title of  MAMMA!! (ohhh and just wait until that word is squeaked through those precious lips...I swear to god, you heart swells bigger than you thought it already was).

Today I want to show you how you can spend very little money, and still create great little spaces in baby's room, for all of those moments we spend in there!!

1. Turn his or her favorite book, into framed art!!

Okay, so if you are a brand new mama, your new babe doesn't quite have a fav. book yet, but you probably do!! Buy an extra, or use an extra that you have gotten from your shower(s) ( I think we got 3 "Guess How Much I love You" books!!)  This is a project I just recently did actually, because we are in the process of turning Liams nursery, into a big boy bedroom ( again, throat tightening, and possibly a tear forming) The book I chose was one that he has always loved, called "Wherever you are, my love will find you" by Nancy Tillman. SO,  at Christmas, when I saw it for $5 at Kohls!! are you kidding!! $5!!  I bought another, knowing I would cut it up. It may take you a moment to get past the fact that you are about to ( GASP!!) cut the pages of a book!! Isn't that illegal or something? haha..I assure you , it isnt. And for me, it only took about 2 seconds, to remember that Liam LOVES this book, and I LOVE the illustrations, so what better, then to surround him with things he loves!!

Frames were from Ikea...$1.99 Ea
Background paper from Michaels $.79 EA
Book $5
Total cost of Project..About $30
(and for the record, you could totally use construction paper, which is so cheap, but I didnt have any Orange left)

EEEK..You can do it..:) I suggests getting a metal scale or ruler if you don't already have one, and use an Exacto knife, it just makes the cuts more precise. I am terrible at cutting straight with scissors, but that would work too!
(ps. in case your interested, THIS is where we are going with the walls in Liams Big Boy Room!)

2. Line those Drawers!!

Buy some super cheap, super cute drawer liners for babies drawers..this is one of those things that is totally NOT a necessity by any means, but its  a tiny detail that doesnt cost much, just to add a little something :) Or think about adding it to the back of bookshelves! (the Designer Shelf and drawer liners below are $11.99 at The Container Store!)


3. Keep track of this baby's growing parts!!

I prefer feet or hands haha!! but whatever works for YOUR family ;)
This is something that we didnt do, and I SO wish I would have!!
Take a look at the pictures below.

If any of you are on Pinterest, you have probably seen this idea already, it's sighted on Pinterest, as being from a blog called Inspire M.E and I think its SUCH a great idea!! You could do this with white canvas and colored paint, or A linen covered board with white paint.

4. And Growing Moments!!

I actually just added this one, I saw this pic on Pinterest,  and thought..How stinking cute would it be, if you collect rocks, and each time your baby does something for the first time ( rolls over, sleeps through the night, first tooth) you add it to a rock, and put it in the vase, or bowl. When he or she is a toddler, they will LOVE dumping out the rocks and sorting/playing with them!!

Just a few fun, cheap easy projects, that don't take too much time!! Stay tuned for more Mommy moments in the future!!  See Mommy Moments tab above :)

Happy Sunday!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Design Thoughts!! You are "1" today!!

Oh my goodness!! I can't believe that it was One year ago today, that a beautiful little candle in Target, on clearance, inspired me to start this blog! I mean, we all know the power of Target, but WOW!! who could have imagined!! Like any other 1st year, of anything really, I have had some growing pains, and lots of changes, mostly for the better, I have made some amazing connections, and I have never felt more grateful to the people who are closest to me, who have supported, and shared, and shared, and facebooked, and tweeted, about Design Thoughts. THANK YOU!!

Here are some of my fav. highlights from this past year of being a blogger :) ( I still loving saying that)!!

My Favorite "This is my home" post ( Warmth, chaos, a red
or THIS one
My Favotite Personal Post (sharing our journey of Infertility)

My Favorite DIY post ( Turning a candle holder into a light)


( and out of that great gathering, I have formed "friendships" with so many! like Her, and her, and him, oh, and him!!OH, and Her! BTW when the word "friendships" is in quotes, it means I think we are friends, okay, it means that I follow their blogs, and maybe we have tweeted back and forth ahaha!! and I think we really would be friends in real life, if we had the chance..well, and then a few really ARE friends..Im just not going to tell you which respect their privacy of course! :))

 I want to take a quick second to also thank all of the bloggers who were already established in the "blogger" world, who have been so awesome! It really is a community, where people want to help eachother, and truly realize that there is "enough" for all of us!!  I cant wait to see what this next year brings,  look back a year from today, and list everything that has happened, just because I followed an idea/ a thought...and made it a reality! I have ENDLESS gratitude, really!!

I want to find out what you guys like the if you wouldnt mind..can you take a little poll for me? Since, Design Thoughts, stays current because YOU all read it :)

My Favorite type of Post from Design Thoughts is:
 Mommy Posts
 My Fave's
 Recipe Design
 Real Life(money) free polls     

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mommy Post: A whole bunch of Toddler fun!!

SO, Liam's newest phrase is" "Whats Next Mama" as in, I'm super bored, and I need MORE!!  SO Yesterday, I made a promise to  myself, that I would get back to getting creative with Liam, I hate to admit to this, but as holidays came and went, and so did traveling, and family visits, we have become that family, that lets their toddler watch waaay too  much TV!! (and drink too much juice, and make too many messes..whatev.) Unfortunately for us..he is only content for about 20 minutes in front of the TV.  That's right, I said Unfortunately, don't get all judgy on me now, if you only knew the things G and I swore we would never do, before we were parents..the list, is too long to even start, but lets just say, we will not be winning parents of the year..unless the award goes to the parents with the most LOVE ( awwwww hahaha!)  Anyway, in the summer, and even into the fall, I did an art project with Liam everyday we were home together, even if it was something little, like building bugs with pipe cleaners, so yesterday, I went back through my mental list of fun things for toddlers!!

We spent the morning making delicious, brown rice, pretzel, goldfish, animal cracker, honey nut Cheerio "Muffins".  I let Liam choose 5 ingredients,  pour each thing into the bowl, and "mix" it all together! I then brought out the muffin tins and let him scoop, and dump and refill!! He was IN LOVE with this idea! we sat at the table for an HOUR!! it was a huge hit, AND, I just dumped it all into a large ziploc for later!

Next super duper, fun toddler project?? Shaving cream and food, I have done this with him before, when he was much smaller, and he didn't love it so much. THIS time, he played for over an hour and had a blast!! he was very serious about his dino's and shaving cream :) I layed a towel out on his art table, with a bowl of clean water, and a cookie sheet. I used almost a whole can of shaving cream, and let him pick the colors, I think I had as much fun as he did!!

I love that Liam is "eating" shaving cream in the background !

It's NO joke, when your Triceratops needs a "save" as Liam calls it ( shave) Verrrry serious business around here!!

 I love this age so much, I wish I could bottle it up and keep it forever, then I remember what its like to witness a 2.5 yr old melt down, and i gently just tuck these memories in a safe mommy spot :)

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Snippet : New Cards!

What is it about getting new cards in the mail, that is SO exciting?? Maybe its the thought of whose hands these little cards will reach this coming year, or maybe its the narcissist side of me that loves seeing my name in print :) ( I mean, doesn't everyone?) whatever the reason, I am beyond happy with how they turned out! Thank you to Erin Bradley, of Erin Bradley Designs! They look great!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Laguna Beach Client

About 4 months ago, I was honored to be a part of an online auction held by Sam,  of Vintage is for Lovers, and Mindful Octopus..  to raise money for Brita of
(click on her blog to see her story). Through that auction, I met "M" who bid on my design time!! I am sooo excited to be working with her!! Her home/ Studio space, is in Laguna Beach, CA...SOOO,  We are doing everything over e-mail, skype, and the Internet!! Its been great so far!! I started by sending her my Flip video camera, so she could video, not only the spaces she needs guidance with, but also a few objects that she loves, or that inspire her. So I can really get a sense of who she is. She has so many great pieces already, and a view of the Catalina islands that is so breath taking, and beautiful, that I have re-watched her videos JUST to see the sunset!! haha!! ( I'm so happy that was one of the things that inspire her!!). So I want to share this story as it unfolds, as we move forward, and as we create a space together that she loves!
"M" really wants enough seating in her home for a book club she meets with, as well as a new Ribbon fireplace, and floors re-done. A new Sofa, and just a general re-organization of pieces she already has. After we complete that, we will move onto her studio space!!
So here are a few still shots from the videos she sent!! ( thank you, "M" for allowing me to share ;))

The beautiful view..sigh...

The wall you are looking at, will have a built in Ribbon Fireplace, we still
need to decide between a few styles, check my Pinterest board here, to see some of the options!
I also have on that board, a few Sofa options. She wants a sectional with a Chaise, in light colored leather.

Have I mentioned the VIEW!!!!!

Replacing this chandelier, because its not functional, but always love a capise shell ;)

A piece she may keep, but would like to paint!! I think it could look amazing with a high gloss grey maybe??!

Keeping this leather sofa, replacing pillows.

A few objects we will be keeping.

Her studio space!! DO you LOVE the Chandy?? I do!!
P.s all of the beautiful colorful art is hers! talk about inspiration! look at those COLORS!!

The deck off her studio

Looking through her studio to her garden/deck

oh..and look at that SUN!!!..THIS is what I love, its projects like THIS, working with creative people like"M" that makes me tick...I am so grateful, and happy to be part of the design world, helping people make their homes a little more meaningful! talk about a dream job!!

SO that's where we are at for now, stay tuned to lots of updates along the way :)  Happy Friday to you!!

Lots of Love

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Unexpected time...

As I drove into work this morning, it occurred to me that I really do not take the time to look at all the beautiful things I pass by every single day.  The truth is, I love beauty. I am great at selecting beautiful things for people, and for myself, and I do really try to breath in the beauty that surrounds me. But lately, it seems I have been so caught up in creating my Design Thoughts Empire ( too dramatic? haha) that I have taken for granted some of the every day things. So, today as I waited in an incredibly looong line of New York traffic, I took a minute to look around, I was right in front of a beautiful church, the sun was shining SO brightly on the stained glass window, that I was literally in aww....let me just interject a bit of my vulnerability here, I always get nervous when I share THIS type of story, worried that people are going to judge me, or think that I am making it up..its part of my journey...getting over my insecurities, so I needed to share...okay moving on...after seeing this intense beauty, I got to my office, and found that NO ONE was there! I had just given my key to a "full timer", so,  I no longer had mine. This meant, I was given, a gift of 30 minutes. 30 minutes to do with what I want!! ( the next employee gets in at 9am) So, here I am, at Starbucks, writing a blog post from my phone, enjoying my skinny, extra hot, caramel Macchiato, breathing in this pocket of time, to be doing EXACTLY what I want.  Understanding, the message the Universe is telling me, "To get time, you have to give time" :) so, I will be giving a lot more time, the rewards are unbelievable :)

Enjoy your Hump Day..I mean, its HUMP day, how can you NOT? ;)


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Staircase wall + chalkboard paint= SUPERFUN!!

I was so excited when my friend, Amy, posted a quick picture on Facebook, to show the new project she had started!! Also so happy when she said I could share with YOU! Chalkboard paint, of course, has been making its way around the Internet/blogger/DIY world, and I have always loved the idea of it, just haven't had a chance to tackle it!! I was even MORE excited when she told me it was a super easy project!! Take a look at Amy's chalkboard paint wall, it turned out GREAT and I am so excited to feature it so you can see too :)

Here is the "before" wall, just your regular, staircase partial wall. (NOT ANYMORE!!) This is a typical spot that gets forgotten in people's homes!! Chalkboard Paint is a great, creative solution!

Amy said, "Directions on the paint can said 2 coats but I did 4 because I wanted a deeper finish. The paint dries to the touch in 30-minutes, and you can reapply after 4 hours. Not a time-consuming project. It also coats pretty easily with a roller. I decided against using a magnetic paint primer because, while it would be cool to have the wall double-duty for magnets, I read bad things about the safety of that paint, and that it can mess up your wifi! No thanks.
The second picture is a conditioning pic. Basically you have to let the wall cure for 4 days before you condition and use it. By condition, you have to cover the wall in chalk and then erase. Then it's ready! So there is also a testing-it-out pic of Jackson :)
From my research I learned that it's better to wipe the surface down with a damp cloth vs. using an eraser, so that's what we've been doing each night. It looks neater too.There was hardly any odor when I painted, which surprised me, pleasantly. I did ventilate anyway just in case. I have done a lot of painting and this ranks high on the easy meter, the directions did say to sand rough surfaces prior to painting, but mine wasn't rough, so I skipped that step"

LOVE to hear things like "Ranks HIGH on the easy meter"!! YAY!!
It looks AWESOME Amy!! Thank you for sharing!

P.S Has anyone tried the magnetic paint?? I would love to hear from an actual reader who tried you like it??

Happy Monday!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


This is a quickie post!! I just want to share my super great deal I got today. I ran into Target on my way to work this morning, just needing one card. Well, I got the card, but I also walked out with THIS!! Its so soft and I'm loving the zebra stripes..which actually usually isn't my thing..but I got it on clearance for $17!!

Fransis loves it too :) I just love a good deal, even if only at Target!!

Happy Hump day..well evening now.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Some of my GREAT finds from Yesterday!!

HAAAPPPPPYYY SUNDAY!!!  I have had such an amazing Birthday weekend!! Surrounded by LOVE, and friends, and Magnolia cupcakes..I mean, does it get any better? I was woken up Friday morning, by a tiny little whisper in my ear saying, "Mama..Happpy Birfday..I get cupcake today??" heehee!! And once again, I was swimming in Gratitude!! 
On top of all of that, My girlfriend, who I will refer to as, T-Digz, flew in to visit. Huzb, took L for the morning, and T and I enjoyed a beautiful morning in Nyack, NY, sipping coffe at Arte Cafe, walking the streets, and antique shopping!! It was A DREAM!! 36 is going to be MY year!! ;)
Here are a few of the AWESOME finds from yesterday!!!

A beautiful little tray $28

An amazing old gate, $128, good price, but didn't buy it..I'm still thinking about it though!

Sweet little mixing bowls!! I am so excited about the colors.!!

Loved this little clock..$49, didn't buy it, but love it!

T-Digz found this one, and I totally loved it too, there is something so beautiful and creepy, about it!!

A cool little Store called ML...Upstairs full of unique gifts, downstairs antique furnishings! LOVE

These pics inspired me to do a DIY ;)

Next, we left Nyack, and headed to my serious vintage "Go To" My Saturday Junk Shop ;) T-Digz
was just as enamored as I am!! We spent 1 1/2 hours going around and around, creating piles of things we love! it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday!! Here are a few of our finds!!

Sigh..I'm so excited about this nickel and brass lamp!!

Espresso cups, circa 1970

This little Nugget, is super special, it symbolizes a big part of my husband life this year ( will have to tell more later) This is my next DIY, sanding, painting, refinishing..SO.EXCITED about it..You will be too, when I fill in the blanks,,right now, it will have to remain a MYSTERY ;)

Brass Candlesticks

This beautiful Tapestry was T's the moment she saw it !! :) Cant wait to see it in her home!!

A vintage set of playing cards!! and a few torn pages out of a book!Love them!!

I just had to say good bye to T, thanks for such a GREAT weekend!! I will miss you!! MUAH!!

Enjoy Your Sunday!!