Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ilse Crawford and Ett Hem Hotel

My mind is blown by Ilse Crawford and her design of boutique hotel Ett Hem.
Located in Stockholm, Sweden,
Ett Hem Hotel is designed with multiple common rooms centered around a kitchen
and twelve bedrooms.
"The idea is a comfortable, cultured house you can enjoy as if it is a friend's." said Ilse Crawford.

 {images via}

For more about the hotel, go here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

Lately I've felt dead inside because summer has taken over.
By summer I mean kids schedules and the never ending cycle of activity.

My summer jobs include:
greater area water park tour guide, lifeguard, social coordinator, sleepover consultant,
ice cream social director and meteorologist.

All of which are add-ons to my regular duties:
driver, mediator, cook, house cleaner, therapist, and cheerleader.

Don't get me wrong.
I love staying home with my three kids...really.

But summer with kids home has me so busy running around
I don't have time/energy to bother with what I like.
Even reading others blogs seems like such a chore in the summertime.
I partly blame the humidity. It brings out my foul side.

Yesterday though, I had an epiphany.
My oldest girl asked me to play tennis with her.
And it was fun.
A great time, no place I'd rather be, fun.
We talked and laughed and chased tennis balls and acted stupid together.
I really saw her.

The years spent with loss of identity, personal time, personal space...they're for a reason.
I've helped grow a person I want to talk to and be with.
A girl who's funny and kind and wants to play tennis with her mom on a Wednesday night.
I mean, she sucked, but that's not the point.

I'm trying to stay focused on a bigger picture--raising confident, self sufficient, non-assholes.
So far so good.

More about this gorgeous room tomorrow.
{via Pinterest}