The Treehouse: Family Room Redesign

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Are you ready? It’s before and after time! I could not be more excited to share this Family Room redesign with you. I worked with Room & Board to transform the space and I am absolutely joyful about how it turned out. The room is full of light and color. It’s comfortable and inviting. It’s practical and useful. And now we spend at least 70% more time in the room than we used to. Not joking. And more on that in a bit. 

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But first, let’s watch this time lapse video and then go see some pictures and details. The video was captured on the day that the big Room & Board delivery came to our house:

A full tour, a floorplan, and lots of before pics too!

Is This Long-Standing Scouting Tradition Ruined?

Trump Scout Speech: Did he ruin a long-standing tradition?

I’m getting lots of emails from Design Mom readers who want to discuss the President’s remarks at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. I’d like to discuss this topic too. For those who aren’t sure what I’m referring to, it’s this: The Boy Scouts of America organization has a long-standing tradition of inviting the President of the United States to speak at their National Jamboree — 10-day gathering of approximately 25,000 Boy Scouts aged 11 to 17 that happens once every 4 years. Sometimes, the President is unavailable, and perhaps the Vice President, or someone else entirely, attends. But sometimes, the President does attend, and this year was one of those years.

That’s not really something to discuss, but his speech definitely is. He went off script, and in my opinion, it got pretty bad. If you don’t want to hear the whole speech, here are the highlights that people found most troubling.

The responses I’ve seen, read and heard have mostly been from families who are currently involved in Scouting, or were involved when their kids were younger. Additionally, the responses have mostly been appalled at the President’s remarks. The big complaints:

Our own family’s experience with Scouting, straight ahead.

Living With Kids: Khrista Cornista

I’m excited today to introduce you to this week’s Living With Kids family, the Cornistas. Khrista and her husband are both immigrants from the Philippines and work in the medical profession. When they started their family, they wanted to stay in Los Angeles, but they were priced-out of real estate there, and ended up settling down in Santa Clarita — which is still in Los Angeles county, but about 30 miles north of the city. Their home has a calming and classic color palette and a lot of fun details that I think you’ll really enjoy.

Come say hello! Here’s Khrista:And if you love that custom plank wall, you’re not going to want to miss the matching outdoor dining table!

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you doing? Are you looking forward to the weekend? We’re headed to a Sufjan Stevens concert tonight, and we’re planning to put in some hours over at Color Factory too. And one more big thing we want to accomplish this weekend: we’re helping Maude register for her first semester classes at Berkeley. So exciting!

How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’m off to run some errands, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

12 really good links. Just for you.

Will My Kids Ever Own A Car? Or A House? Will They Even Want To?

There was an article in The Atlantic a few weeks ago called The Cheapest Generation, Did you get a chance to read it? It talks about the shift in spending habits between Generation X (my generation), and Generation Y (Millennials). I feel like the title is misleading — it sounds like it’s going to paint Millennials as some sort of cheapskates, but it doesn’t do that — and thank goodness, because I’m definitely over articles that drag Millennials. Geez. They get blamed for everything.

Instead of the cheapskate angle, the article is really more about how Generation Y is making different spending choices than their predecessors. Which personally, I don’t see as a bad thing, even though I realize it could have major repercussions on our economy as we’ve known it.

Basically, it turns out Millennials are not buying houses or cars, and it goes into some of the strategies car companies have been using to try and reverse that trend.

Full discussion straight ahead.



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