Illuminating Stella

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Grey Offices

We went to Ikea to check out some storage solutions for our home office, which we not so affectionately refer to as Grey Offices (a nod to the movie Grey Gardens). It’s basically a complete cuckoo mess of things. This room kind of becomes the dumping ground for our clutter, baby supplies we buy in bulk, John’s laundry and wardrobe (he was moved into a wardrobe in there when Stella took over the guest bedroom and closet), art supplies, gifts, gift wrap, photo albums, office supplies, tons of computer equipment and piles of mail, memorabilia and paperwork to be sorted. There is also a wine refrigerator. It’s a hodge podge, I can’t even bring myself to show a picture. Anyway we found a few possible solutions, but just started with some boxes for sorting photographs. We still got a cart full of things we did not even know we needed, the way you do at places like Ikea and Target. I must say Ikea is infinitely more palatable on a weekday, so much so we were there longer than we planned. We were cutting into Stella’s lunchtime, so we also stopped in the cafe for some lunch. Stella had a great time flirting with other people and was so cute when John went to the counter to get lunch, she kept turning around looking for him to come back. That stuff just melts my heart, she just adores him so much, definitely a Daddy’s Girl. The best purchase we made was probably a green tunnel for Stella. Since she loves the one at gym class, I had a feeling it would be a hit.

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Living Room AND Play Room

It was only a matter of time before we had to get around to this. Our place is not too big and Stella is about to start crawling and a baby on the move needs a place to go. Since her nursery is upstairs and we pretty much live downstairs, we decided to give her about a third of the living space in our Living Room. Unfortunately, I don’t have before pictures to post as John has been revamping our photo storage which has rendered me unable to upload or pull any photos off the computers we have for over a week. Hopefully soon we will be all set there and I can post regularly again. Our budget for this project was smally small. What started us off was a Christmas present from Joy and Sophie, the adorable Puppy Dog 3 Sprouts Storage Box. We ordered two more, the Peacock and Kangaroo. I love them! Then we got the shelving from Ikea and also the cute rug. John went to a carpet store and got extra padding to put underneath it, so it’s extra cush. The rocking chair in the corner is an heirloom handed down from My Mother to me and now Stella. Next we brought down the Graco Pack and Play, which now serves as a great “contained” play station for her. We also replaced our wood coffee table and end table with two upholstered storage ottomans from Target. I wanted upholstered after reading bonking heads on the coffee table was the number one reason babies end up in the ER. Ours was super big, taking up tons of crawl space and it was heavy wood. It had to go. We got one end table at a consignment shop, also with storage below. We are still on the hunt for another for the other side of the couch. We also got rid of a large, white chair that used to take up one corner. The final touch was curtains from Target. The windows are super sunny and we did not want to use the shades to protect her as they are also a hazard. I am learning that pretty much everything is a hazard to a baby. We still have a lot of baby proofing to do. The gates are ordered! All in all, we are both really pleased with the changes. We’d like to add some art work that goes with her space as a final touch. She is pretty content to play here as you can see from the photos. Cat also content :)

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Illuminating Thom Filicia

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Last Thursday night my friend Mollee, Stella and I went to a book signing for Thom Filicia. The event was at Harbinger on La Cienega in West Hollywood, which happens to be the storefront for my friends Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat’s design studio, Lucas Studio. The new book is American Beauty:Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat. You may recall Thom from his stint on the television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where he was the Interior Design Pro. Mollee and I had a great time. I’m not so sure bringing Stella was the best call, but it was GREAT to get out for a night. The store is incredible, it’s a Candy Land of gorgeous fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and sometimes an open bar.

I’m going to start with this photo I’m captioning “Illuminating Thom Filicia”. I thought of a few other captions, but Christmas is no time for blasphemy. I love when accidents like this happen in photography. What is behind his head is actually a supercool light fixture, sadly not a crown.

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Parrish and Joe.

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Handsome men, JP and David.

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Mollee and Thom Filicia. He was really nice and posed with her. You can’t really tell from my pictures but there were tons of people there.

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Some shots of the store.

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Final picture, Stella and Mollee under a star light fixture which literally sold two minutes after I snapped this.

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