Monday, March 28, 2011


We live in Bethesda, Maryland, in a red brick house. An asymmetrical colonial on the outside, it's been opened up inside, with lots of natural light and cool colors on the walls. I like uncluttered surfaces, clean lines and midcentury furniture:

Clean kitchen island, DWR Kyoto counter stools
Saarinen tulip table, knockoff Jacobsen chairs from Room & Board, hyacinth
Same table, a pretty platter, some apples

 warmed up with delicate or ethnic or cute touches like this

Pillows from West Elm, an alpaca blanket from Peru
or this

On my dresser: perfume bottles, an old teacup, and a painting Charlie did in preschool
or this
Supposedly dogs, but my kids call them lions
or this
Hearts and cherry blossoms
And though I can get antsy about those clean lines and neat arrangements, my kids mess up their rooms like crazy. I'm trying not to be too much of a design snob or control freak. The folks on crack me up, but I sure don't want to be one of them. Plus I'm not nearly neat, or hip, enough myself.

What Charlie's floor usually looks like
Taped-up drawings added to framed pieces
Paint-your-own pottery guy and shiny things
Some of Tessa's beloved animal art
More animal art and small treasures
Through the mirror: "Fishy," a dollhouse, my mother-in-law''s vintage rocking chair

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