9.04.2009

dearest friday....

I have a small warning for you.



what you are about to view....are not pretty pictures........at least the first few are not.



I dare you to enter......... something happens in this room on a weekly basis. no lie.



i finally opened the closet and low and behold......everything that i had ever imagined not possible...was possible.



Every time i sent lola up to clean her room...i used to applaud her for being like her mother....so organized and thoughtful when it came to her room.



NOT SO.



Everything you see on the floor was stuffed in her closet.



I found things i thought were lost and gone forever....



all hiding in this closet.....




oh.....let me tell you.....Fin had a ball in there....why is it that little boys love this sort of stuff? I swear he ate



a half eaten candy bar from 2 years ago.



I also swear that if he gets an upset stomach tonight....that he will NOT be staying home tomorrow.



because it's his last full day of all day school and i have plans....



big plans....



it's his last day of daycare before he starts pre-k.



why is pre-k only 2.5 hours?



now i'm re-thinking taking him out of daycare to save a few bucks....



so...he better not vomit tonight.





This is what i spent the day doing on Thursday.......cleaning a room that should be done by it's own occupant.



I also found out that lola is a hoarder. {why does it sound like the word 'order'...because it's the furthest thing from that}



she hoards.



now...me...myself.....i collect.........



lola hoards.



i ended up with a few large bags that are headed to goodwill and a large bag that is just headed to the garbage.



enter clean closet....







her room was such that you couldn't even see her new duvet cover......






sweet posie love.



This duvet cover is not from Anthro.....nope.....



it's from Homegoods of all places.



and it was NOT expensive.



under $60.

















I'm all over the board today.....



have you seen this ladder in the new Country Living mag {sept issue}???



What a wonderfully fabulous idea......








...and here is my version.......it's a good thing it's not bigger...because then i would feel the need to fill it full.













What do you have lined up for the three day weekend girls? I'm heading to the flea market again on Saturday with a friend.....then a party with some neighbors in the eve...and hopefully....just hopefully....the weather is warm enough that we can enjoy the last weekend that our pool is open.



oh....don't forget to comment for a starbucks gift card here.....



and my dear friend is having an uber cool giveaway here....[make sure you tell her lola b's sent ya..}



xo











58 comments:

Beach Vintage said...

Oh my goodness what an ordeal. But what a beautiful result and I love the ladder thing.

Allegra said...

LOVE the ladder. Don't have cute enough shoes for it. I want to be you. Even if you DO have to clean up another occupant's room :)

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Wow - what an amazing mess. My daughter is almost the same way. If I didn't have to look at her room to get to my room, or if I'm in the hallway - I think I'd let you live in a messy room. Ok, i wouldn't - but seriously - how hard is it to take off shoes, put on shoe rack? (especially if they're as easy, but not as cute as your shoe rack!?)

Send your fab weather my way, will ya? I'm MELTING in this heat. ENOUGH ALREADY!

MMMWWWAAAA -
T.

mandiegirl said...

Love the ladder and the duvet! So sweet! We're driving to Arizona tomorrow morning bright and early!

The Little Red Shop said...

Yes, I did see the ladder idea. Yours is very cute, too! I, however, will not be trying that idea because I am such a klutz that I would either end up pulling the heals off of my shoes whilst trying to remove them...or would miscalculate and...not lift a shoe high enough and pull the entire ladder full of shoes...into my face..and bonk myself on the head. It is true.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

ps Many years ago, my young charge, the son of a family friend, told me that he was not feeling well on a morning that I was to take him to daycare. I didn't believe him. I signed him in and was about to leave...when he literally tossed his Fruit Loops on the shiny ecru linoleum floor. Good times... I hope that Fin's tummy and the candy bar do not disagree with each other.

b. said...

what would we do without homegoods.. i love that anthro look alike duvet. do you mind telling me the brand/name on the duvet.. it is a beauty!!!!

also, i looved that ladder too when i saw it in the mag... yours looks so cute!

Me & My House said...

I love this post...so random...so lovely...so cool. Love the ladder thing and thought about trying it but then thought I couldn't pull it off until I saw your version...I love it! Anyhow, thanks for the post...crossing my fingers with you for the pool! Have an awesome weekend!

Simone said...

Hoarding....collecting....hmmmm?! Your post made me smile as always :)

The white duvet cover is gorgeous as is the ladder idea....although I know my husband would HATE it....he doesn't understand why things have to be out on display -that's what cupboards are for??!! Beautiful things need to be seen, I say!

I thought of you yesterday....was out searching for black winter boots with a wedge heel.....nothing doing but I did find some gorgeous knee high plum boots....thought of you immediately....not that it's any help I know!!

Happy Friday!

paige said...

don't you love a good ole' clean out of the closets to make you feel all great about your day & your role as the glorified cheerleading housekeeping cutedressed mom!!
the shoe ladder--love it!!

hope you have a fab weekend friend.

ps-i wanted to grab a nonfat pumpkin spice latte 86 the whip yesterday but things were too crazy & i knew i couldn't enjoy it especially since it felt like it was 100 degrees. cooler calmer days coming soon, i just know it!

susan said...

I must have a ladder.
I must have that duvet.
I must have.....
thanks for making my friday.
Susan

Leah C said...

At least she contained her clutter in the closet;) My oldest daughter is exactly the same way when it comes to cleaning her room...so I really feel your "pain"! Love the duvet & the ladder:)

Tracey said...

The duvet photographs beautifully. Hate to tell ya though, it's unlikely that closet will stay so clean. Just being honest. But, it does look so lovely in that sweet room of Lola's!!! Thanks for the mention :)

T

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Lola, Love that duvet. I am in the market for a new master bed covering and can't find what I am looking for but I'll know it when I see it. Happy Labor Day weekend. Like you one of the days will be spent exploring a new to me town for old goodies. We are having a gourmet pizza party with the neighbors and working on the new Romantic Roost. xo

Jill said...

I live with a hoarder named Abigail - she and Lola would get along famously! I have plans to do the same sort of room clean out next week my hoarder heads to second grade.

Have a great weekend Kasey! Any luck finding THE boots??

Jill

truly blessed said...

beautiful duvet!!!♥♥♥ and the shoe ladder. have you ever seen the movie 'confessions of a shopaholic'? the scene where her friend opens up her closet and it explodes with all of the stuff she's crammed in it? hilarious.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!! I'm in LOVE with that duvet. And there isn't a home goods within miles of where I live. Sigh. Aargh. Etc. And even though you think I stink, I still love your ladder (ha!) I saw the same image and thought it was so cute.

And my oldest is a hoarder as well. Drives me nuts! Good thing he's cute!

Martha said...

You know I love random posts since I tend to do those unintentially quite enough anyway myself...

my husband is a hoarder as well...drives me crazy...

LOVE LOVE that duvet cover...and a great price too...cannot beat that...

Have a great weekend!!!! Hope you'll share some great finds again:)

Preppy Mama said...

Oh My what beautiful things I love tablecloth and the mercury glass cloche.
Lots of luck!!!

Simply Colette said...

Love Lola's room! What a charming and serene bedroom. :)

P.S. I'm also excited the Pumpkin Latte is back! xoxo

Paddywack Designs said...

wow, it never gets easier does it... I have a 2 year old, so basically you're telling me I have nothing to look forward to on the clean room front! (:

Love the ladder, I might have to give that a shot, if I could keep the aforementioned 2 year old from trying to climb it.

littlebyrd said...

lol! I love Lola :0 What a crack up that lil one is.
Enjoy your long weekend - it sounds wonderful!!

Brandie said...

I hadn't seen that yet. What a fabulous idea!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love your ladder. I've been looking for just the right one for years with no luck. Have a great long weekend:)

gabrielle said...

Yes, I have a hoarder also... she's 5, hoards what most would throw away.
Love, love that duvet cover!!
I like your take on the ladder too!

Jackie said...

My daughter hoards too - I find the weirdest stuff when we clean in there. We're off to San Luis Obispo this weekend with a bunch of other families...shopping and Avila Beach!

Holly said...

Love the ladder idea:) Also love the white bedding-how in the world ya keep it so white??? lol

LuLu said...

I'm suppose to have that ladder!!! :) Fin must have been in heaven in his sister's closet! My girls scream when my little guy digs through their things!!! LOL
he and I get to do it today in fact!
I'm on my seconde venti from all the wine i had last night! still laughing over the emails and how ditzy I was!!!
xo,
Lulu

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

I LOVE THAT IDEA!!! I BOUGHT AN OLD LADDER RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE AND I OFTEN LOOK AT IT AND WONDER, "WOW, WHY DID I MAKE SUCH A RANDOM PURCHASE?!". NOW I KNOW THAT I BOUGHT IT WAITING FOR THIS AMAZING IDEA!!!!! LOV EIT!
OH, AND I LOVE LOVE MY NEW GRAIN SACKS! I AM GOING TO MAKE CUSHIONS FOR MY PATIO FURNITURE. (STRANGE THAT I GET EXCITED ABOUT USING PATIO IN WINTER...BUT IT IS TOO HOT HERE IN THE SUMMER TO ENJOY IT)

Julie said...

My kids rooms get like that too. :) I always feel like I'm the only one whose house gets messy.

Love the ladder.

Happy long weekend!
xo

Carmen said...

Lola's bed looks so pretty!!! My younger two kids share a room and their closet is a DISASTER! I haven't felt like tackling that yet.

Chez Zizi said...

Kasey, I have a hoarder too only her name is Maya. I have to put some order to her room this week as well. The we will move onto Sam the Hoarder's room. Lucky me, I have 2. And like you I collect things. Have a great weekend and I am very happy to know that I am not the only one.
Zizette

NicNacManiac said...

So so in love with the whole bedroom....the duvet cover is really pretty!! Girls...my daughter was the same way with her room, then she goes on a whirlwind clean up...that lasts a couple of days...then...disaster again. The ladder looks fabulous, saw it as well...love it...the husband..not so much!! Enjoy your weekend!!

It' an Evolution said...

Good Will must have had a busy week. I cleaned all the closets, attic and basement...can you just say I am completely nuts. Exhausted now but 3 full days of non stop organizing is good for the soul :)
Have a wonderful weekend...and relax now that you are organized :)
Janet

B said...

Wow, Lola's bedroom was looking a little bit like my house for a moment there :O) Glad to see it's all back to beautiful. Have a great time at the flea market; I'm off to the Heritage Reclamation Yard tomorrow.

Have a fab weekend,

B x

Jeanneoli said...

So funny that we are going through the same thing. I took a photo of Maddy's room too....there may be an after photo if we get this accomplished. Maddy doesn't even TRY to fool me into thinking she can keep her room clean...you will see the photo...BAD!!!!

Tamara said...

Loving the new shoe rack! Thank you for the inspiration! Hey , which Beautiful Blog friend of your is the one with many children having another and needs baby names?? I can't find her and my mind is full of ideas...

Alicia said...

that closet reminds me of myself when i was little...that ladder on the other hand...is FABULOUS!!! seriously so cute!!

♥Aubrey said...

Amazing mess!!! So bright & white...and that duvet i covet. Luv the ladder for your shoes.
Have a wonderful weekend ♥

a little bit vintage said...

Hey Kasey! LOVE Lola's duvet cover...absolutely beautiful! Also, love your shoe ladder. :) This weekend I will be putting the finishing touches on my daughter's new "big girl" room...so be sure to stop by my blog on Monday for the big reveal. Have a great weekend!

Smiles,
Rachel

Joyce said...

A funny post. Will it help to say there is still hope for your daughter? My room growing up was reallllly bad. My family tease me all the time because today I'm the opposite and start cleaning even while they are still here!!

I stopped off at an garage sale after a walk around the forest preserves and picked up some old books a couple of kid's books too, so that was my great find this weekend.

Have a golden one! xoxo

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love Lola's room, Kasey! She and I are both collectors, we're just not that organized about it, that's all ;) I ADORE the duvet cover on her bed- my best buddy and I were swooning over it (and its price) at work today!

Suzy said...

Lola's room is stunning!

Jacqueline said...

I just love the shoe ladder and the shoes ( great shoes )
I think that a rest on this Labor Weekend is called for. XXXX

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

You will feel soooo much better about your little hoarder when I share the current destruction that is my daughter's room with you. I decided to rearrange and tidy up her room while she was off at the grandparents. You would not believe what I found under her bed! Apparently that's where she stashes everything when I ask her to clean her room. It's turned into a 3 day project and I'm not even close to being done. :)

P.S. LOVE the new duvet!

krys kirkpatrick said...

It never end, I hate to lay that on you. My kids are grown and gone and I find I am just as messy! It is creative chaos...but chaos it is, can't deny it. It is a blast, making your own messes and cleaning up when you want!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I think Lola and Madison are soul sista's....love her spread!

Tiffany said...

Yes, it would be such a shame to hide such a beautiful duvet!

Also, your ladder and shoes are way cooler than the ones pictured in the magazine. Love it! Looks great! I really want your closet! : )

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Lissa said...

It's like you're describing my life with emma! I find garbage, cherries, bags of chips, junk... I'm surprised there wasn't a rat in there!

Love the ladder!!! lucky girl.

PS~Erin said...

Oh, I bet you feel so great after that clean out session. Hope Lola doesn't miss any of it! I need to attack my gal's room/closet just like this!

Great ladder!

Amanda @ Bits and Pieces said...

I would just DIE to find a duvet like that at Home Goods!! WOW! How long ago did you find it? I love the shoe rack idea on a distressed ladder as well, very chic.

Hope you are having a great long weekend!

chandelier magic beach house said...

Hi -

Love your blog, I'm a follower now. I can see I have a lot of back reading to catch up and that's what I'm doing this holiday weekend. Ahhhh - heaven.

Marsha

Alicia said...

Yes messy girls do just materialize one day & leave you in awe. My Hailey became a slob overnight & through editing & threats of giving her precious stuff to poor children we managed to get a tad better.
Got to love Finn...he's the cutest quirky pre K little guy in the blogosphere. The candy bar made me giggle...its chocolate mom mentality really never leaves guys does it???

PamperingBeki said...

Ohmyword, I love you!

You're *normal*!!

Mwah.

Casey said...

Love the duvet and love the iron bed. How did you get so lucky tofind such a beauty like that??
If I hold my hand up to the computer screen will you rub it for good luck for finding treasure like you do?? :) You name the time!! lol

ashley said...

love the ladder! just read the issue the other night. super cute.

KJ said...

genius!! i'll be stealing my antque ladder back from mom's living room and putting some shoes on it tonight

KJ said...

genius!! i'll be stealing my antque ladder back from mom's living room and putting some shoes on it tonight