Friday, August 18, 2017

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
       I am thrilled to be back participating in another segment of the Real Talk, Real Mom series and today, our topic focuses on chores and responsibility. How soon do you start to give your children chores? In my opinion, it's never too soon to start as long as your child is at an age where he/she comprehends simple instructions and can follow directions. Children who are given chores/responsibility tend to be more independent, responsible and go on to become self sufficient adults in the world.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
        Since they were much younger(about age 3), I started encouraging my boys to complete simple chores like picking up after themselves and replacing their toys in their bins after use in the playroom. There was no reward for completing the tasks, except the knowledge that they were helping their Mama to keep the house nice and tidy. I do praise them though when they complete their chores so they know that I appreciate what they are doing. I also find that singing while completing these tasks/chores make the activity fun.

As they've grown older, more chores have been added like self care ones; brushing their teeth, preparing for school, folding clothes, making the bed, taking care of the pets, etc.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom

I once printed these labels and placed them on my older son's dresser when he was learning how to put away his clothes and they helped tremendously to help him to place his clothes in the correct drawer.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
Nowadays, he doesn't need the labels and knows exactly where the different items of clothing go.

Giving the boys chores not only helps to keep things running smoothly in the household but also gives them a sense of pride to be contributing to the family unit. They are willing to help and in fact sometimes even compete to complete a task:-). xx

Please do check out the other Moms' thoughts on this topic: The Effortless Chic, Avestyles, HeyMama, The Lifestyled, Design for Mankind

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)-design addict mom
I think I am taking this nesting thing next level, I mean no room is safe from my disapproving eyes or the relentless urge to have everything "just right" before baby number 3 comes. Recently, my disapproving glare decided it had enough of the Master bathroom bathed in cream. Seriously, cream walls do not belong in my home so I set to work diminishing all memory of these walls and embraced the dark side with my new paint color, Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)
Here's an iphone snap to show the before. It looks so dingy:(.  I chose the Iron Mountain because I love how it complemented the brushed nickel finishes that I currently have in here and it makes the white molding and marble tiles pop.

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)-design addict mom
I also love how the paint color picks up on the pretty wallpaper in the commode area.  Now when I come in here, my eyes are happy:-).  xx

first image: Lea Hartman, others by me.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This Artist's Home Does Not Disappoint

That pink wall is the perfect backdrop for the gallery wall- design addict mom

           'The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,' says Beata Heuman, the interior designer of this wondrous home.  'I was told by the wife that her childhood dream was to have a house with a series of rooms each with its own distinct personality - Chinese, Japanese, American and so on. That would have been too much, but I did want to give the house variation and changes of mood.' This inversion of the usual dynamic - clients requiring encouragement to embrace bold decorative concepts - was an early characteristic of the project. 'It is one thing looking at something and thinking it is cool. It is very different living with it,' says Beata. 'I wanted the house to be fun and uplifting, but also comfortable and not too "full on".'

          I would say mission accomplished! This home is such a visual delight...


Such a cozy spot to relax- design addict mom

Charming foyer with beautiful architectural features- design addict mom

A moody portrait is always a great idea! - design addict mom

Such a delightful dining room- design addict mom

This Artist's Home Does Not Disappoint- design addict mom

A Moody and Enchanting Sitting Room - design addict mom

This Artist's Home Does Not Disappoint- design addict mom

Lovely colors in the bedroom - design addict mom

Chinoiserie chic and bold in the bathroom- design addict mom

Go bold with color in the bathroom- design addict mom

Blue and white in bathroom- design addict mom

Happy Wednesday everyone. xx

images: photographer Rachel Whiting for House and Garden