Okay, so I finally sat down to answer some of your questions from this recent post. Quite frankly, I’d rather talk about DIY or design instead of myself, so I’m going to answer a few questions now and perhaps some more later. Because I’d rather focus on some of my upcoming projects. So here goes:
Q from Jen and Maman Tattoo, Your girl’s room is so beautiful. What does your little boy’s room look like?
For now, my boy’s room is very plain. It has a bed, dresser, armoire, a train table, and light blue paint on the walls. Nothing to photograph. But I’ll be tackling his room sometime this fall.
Here’s my inspiration photo for what I want his room to look like when I’m done.
Q from Jen, If you could have anyone design a room for you, who would it be?
My current favorite designer is Barbara Barry, for her simple elegance, use of clean lines, a lot of white, and traditional style with modern flair.
Q from Pickles and Cheese Twerp, What is your favorite holiday? Which is the holiday you most like to decorate your home for?
I deck the halls at Christmas, big time.
Q from several, How do you occupy your children while you’re doing all of your projects? Do you have a nanny?
No nanny. No way. I’ve been a SAHM since the day my daughter was born. But my children (who are 3 and 5) do attend preschool three mornings a week. That’s when I shop for my supplies and run errands. And quite frankly, my children are pretty good at playing independently. I start them on a project, and then they play for 20 or 30 minutes by themselves. That is, until they argue, and then I become the referee.
Q from Lindsay, NIkki, and Southern Mom, When do you sleep? How many hours do you get? Do you drink a lot of coffee?
I sleep 8 hours a day. 11 pm to 7 am. And if I don’t have a cup of Peet’s coffee first thing in the morning, I am useless to the world and a complete grouch.
Q from Amanda, What is your favorite color to wear?
Whatever matches my date night cocktail. Dirty martini? Gray sweater.
Q from Callipygian Chronicle, Something has to give in this busy, crafty DIY life you lead. What don’t you do to make room for all that you get done?
1) I watch very little TV. A few HGTV shows and some news programs are really all I watch. My TV is always off from 9 am to 4 pm. I prefer soft music or talk radio during the day. And we only have one cable TV in our family room. The kids sometimes watch videos on their VCR in their playroom while I make dinner in the evening.
2) I fail miserably at folding the laundry. I try to do two loads a day, but folding laundry is my true nemesis. The kids are always climbing up and down my piles. It’s embarrassing. But at least it’s upstairs so no visitors can see my Mt. Vesuvius of laundry in the hall outside my bedroom.
Q from Jessica, What is your favorite go-to relaxing snack?
A bag of MnMs. If I don’t have one bag a week, I’ll implode.
Q from several, Do you have a design/architecture/building background? Do you have any formal design training, or is it trial and error?
My formal education is in the legal profession. My passion is design. I’ve been through the building process twice. I designed the entire floor plan for my home and I’ve chosen every detail, from paint colors to finishes. When asked, I’ve given plenty of decorating advice to friends and family. And I have some experience in home staging. My husband is a real estate broker and appraiser, so architecture and design are a common topic in our home, and a common interest we share.
I’ve invested as much in design books as I have in legal treatises. Any free time I have, I spend educating myself in the history of design and how to improve other’s lives with creative and interesting spaces. I like the law, but I love creating beautiful things, especially with my own hands. It’s exciting to reinvent oneself.
Q from several, How did you make the switch from full time law to part time? How does your husband feel about all of your projects?
I used to be a prosecutor. It was a very stressful job, but rewarding too. When I left my full time position, I didn’t look back. I wanted to be home with my babies. I didn’t even practice law the first few years my kids were infants. It was a Sippy Cup Sabbatical. But now that they’re older, I take on a few clients now and then, doing some criminal defense work in minor misdemeanor cases.
I don’t make very much money. Mr. CG truly pays the bills around here. When I was employed full time, I used to be fabulous, for more. Now, I am forced to be fabulous, for less. No more fancy vacations, handbags, suits, jewelry or fine furnishings. I shop at Target and thrift stores. But you know, I prefer it that way. I value my family more, and things less. It keeps me real.
And I have the most amazing supportive husband on the planet.
Q from Natascha, What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is a saying that hangs in my kitchen: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”
By the way, you’ll notice my lovely 17 year old stepdaughter in the photo collage. I’ve also raised her since she was 3 years old.
I think the greatest impact I’ll ever have on the world is raising my children to be good contributing compassionate human beings. I wanted to quote Jackie and say “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much”, but I’m convinced I’ll bungle something in some way. And when they’re grown up, they’ll remind me of it, I’m sure. So I’m just trying to be there for them as best I can before they fly from my nest.
So there is your glimpse. And perhaps your cure for insomnia too. :-)
My twin tower transformation coming soon !