My husband is a genius designer and I can prove it. First, let me explain what brought this on… Ten years ago we were in a 1 1/2 bedroom apartment in Iceland. (yes, that’s a 1/2 bedroom available only in the land of Fire And Ice) We moved up to a 2 1/2 and finally a three bedroom townhouse. From Iceland, Ray accepted a fellowship that put us in Maryland. We left our stuff in storage and moved into a little apartment thinking I wouldn’t want a lawn to deal with and we would only be there less than one year.

During those four years I became obsessed with house plans. I found what I thought would be perfect at the time. Ray could retire from the navy, we would move back to our tiny little town and build this gaudy, grandiose monster of a house. I dreamed of ponds and willow trees and lots and lots of land. Ray would look them over, shake his head and say that’s not right. Cut to real life, three kids and no plans to retire from military life anytime soon. I’ve since had a reality check. The one thing in all the years that has stayed constant is that every time I mention building a house Ray says, “I don’t care how big it is, the laundry room will be part of the master closet or attached to it.” He has been saying that quite literally for the last 10 years.

About two weeks after we moved here, my mom and step-dad came out to look at some of the new homes. We happened upon one that was for sale. I fell immediately and forever in love with that house. It has old fashioned wainscoting in the dining room, an outdoor kitchen, the indoor kitchen had everything I could ever want and looked out into a large hearth room. The master bath was larger than Bria’s bedroom and walked into a huge his and hers closet. The closet was accessable from both the master bath and from the…LAUNDRY ROOM! It was literally the layout Ray had been talking about forever. That house could be a whole blog post. Yes, I drove by the house today as I’ve been known to do a couple of times just so you could see it. My heart broke a little bit when I saw the sold sign. Ray has always said that house was too rich for our blood anyway. But a girl can dream!

So not only does this house have the laundry/master closet but this weekend I was reading a back issue of Southern Living. Do you know there was an article in that issue about the trend to put laundry rooms at least near if not inside the master closet. Ray is irritated. He says it was his idea first. I think it’s that architects and designers are starting to use a little common sense to the way most families live. I looked for a link to the article but I couldn’t find it. I think it was in last month’s issue if you’re interested.

So, remember the wonderful idea of saving the window and attaching the canvas to the back? Ray found the cheapest canvas he could find, saved us tons and since we bought such a large canvas, they offered to give us a free 16×20 canvas!

We’ve talked about using a collage of the canvases in the living room. I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Instead, I decided to get another room completely finished. The girls bathroom is DONE! It makes me so happy to feel like another room is complete and looks nice.

So, let me tell you about it. Everything in this house is either gold or beige. It starts to make me feel a little pasty. I was determined to put some color in the room and make it a bit beachy because we all miss our beach so much. So I picked a very bright shower curtain, mixed in rugs with the same color…Then I found some colorful glass bottles. I stole (okay she gave it to me) a shell from my mom. I picked up some star fish from the local craft store and piece of corral from a going out of business Pottery Barn. I got some mismatched hand towels from Target, and recycled a shelf from Bria’s room. Finally, the canvas came this weekend. It was a picture I took on one of my lone trips to the beach with the girls. I love it and I’ve been wondering what I could do with it since the day that I took it. Ray uploaded it to the site and got our free canvas. When it got here, he made a frame, wrapped the canvas and stapled it. Here is the finished product… I love it!


Now could someone explain to Hanan why hanging stuffed animals from the top bunk doesn’t go with my design theme? Please? I told Ray it looks like a slaughter house with stuffed animals hanging to bleed out all over the bed. See what I mean?

Hmmm, I think I’m going to have to find a way to channel her decorating. Wish me luck!