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it’s tuesday night… and i have lots of creative energy that my body can’t keep up with. and i always feel so boring if i don’t have pictures to share… and… well, i could walk downstairs and take a photo of something that is really exciting me at the moment… but that woudl involve stairs and walking… so maybe tomorrow! the light will be better anyway!
i am nesting i guess. LOL. not making a nursery, because… a: i don’t know what it is, and well, that is no fun to be generic. and b: well, frankly, quincy is throwing a fit about being moved downstairs. last night she cried for an hour. and i could hear her in her room talking to herself about all the reasons that she doesn’t want to move downstairs and that she will NOT be moved from her room.  i was not expecting that. i thought she’d be so excited. maybe if i paint the room downstairs pink, she won’t be able to resist it.  anyway… i am instead, nesting in my family room.  i spend most my time in the scrapbook room… i share it as an ‘office’ with eric, and we just hang here all the time. the kids hang in the family room and watch disney channel… but we have never had a couch in the family room. there are "love sacs", and a rocker… and ever since we moved in here (4 years ago) there have been these terrible out-of-balance distracting, ugly niches on the back wall… 8 of them. because of them, nothing fit in the room and it was just too depressing to try to make it look cute. SO- long story short… i have been boycotting the room for 4 years.  so, i finally decided with a baby on the way… you have to have a couch. not a love sac. you have to be able to sit and hold the baby, feed the baby, let the kids hold the baby, somethign for the baby to throw up on… and family rooms should be for families… and  you should like the family room.
so today. the sheetrock guy came and covered the niches up.
you have no idea how happy that made me. i know, so dumb… but i am LOVING the flat wall…
i have had this page torn out of the pottery barn cat. for months… and now… i am doing it.


so.. I ordered 2 couches from Jennifer Convertibles… they are slip cover couches and delightfully comfortable. I ordered them in ‘celery’… down-side is that they won’t be in for 8-10 weeks… baby will be here before that. Sigh. Typical of me to procrastinate.
I got a really awesome ottoman at Costco home, and at this very moment, my husband is installing new ceiling fans with nicer, brighter light kits… so they won’t rattle, and there will be more light in that room! All these things… (except for the 8-10 week delivery on the couches) are making me VERY happy… and clucky!
I have to pick paint… pick photos… get frames…
I think I am going to love it.
I can’t wait!

In other news, I have selected finalists for the water contest, and they have been notified… I will be selecting the winner winner… and announcing it in the newsletter that I think will go out on July7th or SO! … there were SO many to choose from! that really was sooo fun to do… so watch for more opps! 

Also, i noticed that the sneak peeks for the creative escape classes are up on the CE website.  So check them out! We’ll be putting up the photo requirements and class descriptions very soon!  We are almost sold out… so cool!!


  • Shawnna / flipflopmom

    28 June, 2006 at 12:21 am Reply

    WOW — sounds like you have been busy — can’t wait to see pics of the family room stuff — don’t cha just love pottery barn — i wish that the catalog people could just come and do my WHOLE HOUSE — for FREE of course — it wouldn’t be as much fun if i had to pay for it — RIGHT???

  • Breanne

    28 June, 2006 at 3:53 am Reply

    that room sounds like it’s going to be GORGEOUS!
    and just checked out the details for the creative escape. i wish things had worked out like i was hoping and I could afford it! It looks FABULOUS! You must do it again!

  • kristy

    28 June, 2006 at 3:54 am Reply

    Well… no email in my mail… but I’m excited for the others… I think in all my excitement I actually forgot to include background info with mine!!! lol…
    your room sounds like it will be delightful! LOVE the picture wall!

  • Grace

    28 June, 2006 at 4:10 am Reply

    You are amazing beyond belief!My Cousin just recently had a baby girl and big sister Isabella who is now 3 wanted to stay in her baby room..she was mommies baby!So they had a project and made the perfect Princes and Fairies and definately pink room. She fought it for weeks…but as baby arrived Isabella showed Francesca her big girl room!I am sure you will go wild and she will LOVE her new room…and Quincy can show her baby sister (hehehe) her Pink Pretty Room! good luck…I almost forgot…what happened Jennifer didn’t have “Pink” couch? I am in shock! LOL! Have a blast

  • Vee

    28 June, 2006 at 4:14 am Reply

    you family room is going to be awesome!
    love that you are nesting and still finding the time to be creative
    love that and need it as well
    i hope quincy will be able to adjust in her new room downstairs….hope the pink idea works

  • scrapfreak1

    28 June, 2006 at 5:02 am Reply

    energy.. that is key run with it heidi.. awesome color choices.. can’t wait to see more

  • Louise

    28 June, 2006 at 5:11 am Reply

    Oh Heidi, This is exactly the look I want to do in my LR over my old singer sewing machine. This is so cool. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Good luck on all your nesting…The precious little one will be here soon!

  • deb munn

    28 June, 2006 at 7:12 am Reply

    LOVE the Pottery Barn cat! Just got the kids one yesterday. Super cute! Your family room is going to be so inviting and of course gorgeous. It will make you happy happy happy!!
    Can’t wait to see the water pictures you picked!!

  • Krista Henson

    28 June, 2006 at 7:57 am Reply

    I just love it when things finally come together creatively. I have a hard time with the house too, and I love the green couches they look so comfy.

  • Alyson Dudek

    28 June, 2006 at 8:43 am Reply

    No email notice for me… I cant wait to see the pictures that were chosen, maybe you could post some pictures from the finalists. I was stalking this site yesterday all day to see if the announcement would be here. Congrats to the finalists!!!

  • April

    28 June, 2006 at 9:32 am Reply

    LOL…I’ve had this same page ripped out of my PB catalog and taped to my wall since January…been planning it myself! But, I’m only about 2 1/2 weeks away from delivering #3 so it’s going to have to wait another month I guess… OH! and please show us your finished project! I can’t wait to see how you do it! 🙂

  • anam

    28 June, 2006 at 9:33 am Reply

    slip covers rule with children 🙂

  • Suzanne

    28 June, 2006 at 9:59 am Reply

    Happy Hesting, Heidi.
    You’re so clever getting slipcover couches. LOVE them! And word to the wise, Toddler Time Air freshner from Wal-Mart ROCKS!
    Also, I think that you guys should have a LOTTERY for some poor scrapper (literally poor) to go to the Creative Escapes. This year my husband actually encouraged me to go to one of the BIG events. But we are a military family with three special needs kids so the money just isn’t there this year….Maybe next year.
    if not for me (i am never that lucky! I used up all my luck meeting my husband) then for some scrapper….you should consider a lottery….

  • Tammy

    28 June, 2006 at 10:46 am Reply

    I love that look. It has a timeless feel to it. I understand the impatience…when i buy new furniutre, i want it the same day! 🙂

  • Talia

    28 June, 2006 at 1:36 pm Reply

    i think there is something about a baby coming that actually makes you get things DONE…i am the same way right now…desperatley trying to switch rooms around, clean out closets and organize…aahhh! can i get it all done in 4 weeks?? we’ll see!

  • LenaS

    28 June, 2006 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Please DO TELL how many water photo entries you rec’d.? Curious. Thx. Best of Luck to all finalists!
    Beautiful room–inspiring…and I’m sure you have the perfect photos for the shelf!

  • kris

    28 June, 2006 at 4:01 pm Reply

    oh, my gosh! i tore that page out and had it forever. just moved from az to tn and put it in my office. same deal…b/w non-posed photos in black frames…awesome look! will be fun to change them out. ley Q get involved in all the nursery decisions and she will be a little more eager to move…worked for mine (both times). good luck

  • vicki

    28 June, 2006 at 5:08 pm Reply

    poor “q”. i wouldn’t like to give up a room i loved so much either. but making it special for her will make not even want her old room. i would have laughed so hard at her while i heard her talk to herself. love the new family room idea. that is beautiful. love the photos. i can’t even imagine what your house looks like. with all the pixes we have seen thus far, i would imagine it could be on a parade of homes. i sure would pay to see how creative you are. just those trees at xmas. maybe the babies room would be a start. you could make money to pay for the dream baby palace. just looked at the sneak peaks. some really awesome things. i can’t wait for it to get here. those are going to be marvelous projects.

  • Sharon

    28 June, 2006 at 7:06 pm Reply

    LOVE that couch!!

  • joanna

    28 June, 2006 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I love that display of photos on the shelf!!

  • Karalynn Tyler

    29 June, 2006 at 5:00 am Reply

    Heidi, I have that couch from Pottery Barn and I LOVE it! It’s nice and deep and comfy. Ours is a burgundy velvet color (can’t say velvet is going to be great for spit-up, but we weren’t exactly thinking along those lines when we were first getting married and furnishing our house two years ago). I think though, that my husband would prefer the love sacks over a couch! Ha! Anyway, I understand about the “going up and down stairs” thing- I’m about to hit week 37 and I’m quite ready for this baby to arrive. We also didn’t find out the baby’s gender so I’m very anxious to hear “It’s a __!__”. Have fun with the family room remodeling fun and stay as comfy as possible for the remainder of your pregnancy!

  • Tonya

    29 June, 2006 at 7:50 am Reply
  • candi

    29 June, 2006 at 12:52 pm Reply

    i have that frame set up in my family room too!! 🙂 I adored it. I changed mine up a bit and added a graffiti quote (www.wonderfulgraffiti.com) to finish it off…my most favorite design yet in our home. 🙂 have fun with your room!!

  • Rebecca Foxworth

    29 June, 2006 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Okay, you’ve gotta run, not walk, to your local bookstore and and get the book Wendy Bellissimo Nesting (or, hey, just get it online at http://tinyurl.com/qwo9e)! The gender-neutral rooms here are awesome! I love how nothing is over-the-top and everything is practical. Good luck with creating the nursery, whenever you are able to do so.

  • Michelle

    3 July, 2006 at 1:43 pm Reply

    LOL! I’ve had a similar picture from Pottery Barn catalog torn out for months too! I know it will inspire me to something…just haven’t figured out what yet! Have fun decorating and nesting!

  • Marie

    7 July, 2006 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I heart pottery barn! I love that couch so pretty. I cant wait to see ur family room sounds fab!!

  • Melissa :)

    7 July, 2006 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I am LOVING this! Gorgeous! I think I’ll steal some ideas too. And I’m finding a lot of people who also adore Pottery Barn! 🙂

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