Tuesday, June 26, 2012

People in white houses shouldn't throw dirty stones.... well actually they shouldn't throw anything.

Life with little people. As they say, it's a full time job! A really fun one, but also a busy, happy, messy, tiring, exciting one. 

Many of my friends 'get' my love of white, most don't. Not in a judge-y way, just in a 'you must really like to keep yourself busy with all that cleaning' way. Probably because a lot of them have kids too! I actually probably do clean a lot by most standards, but not enough by others. It's one of those things that never seems to be done, but I think that is just about finally being a grown up. Once a pile of dirty clothes on the floor bugs you it's safe to say you've arrived in adult territory. 

Despite numerous stains, marks and messes I have never once questioned my love of white (specifically upholstered) furniture. But more importantly I don't think I've made it a big issue in our house, a burden on Wren or her friends. If it ever gets to that I will know it is time to let it go. But so far so good!

The beauty of blogging and reading blogs is to gain and share inspiration, but at the same time it is easy to assume life is perfect in the home of a blogger thanks to beautiful interiors, wonderful photography and angelic children. Of course! I would be kidding myself if I told you that was my reality. True, Wren is a little angel. But there are times, many times daily actually, that this white house of ours is the scene of real childhood Oops moments. 

Take this photo for example. Peaceful, right? 

What you don't see is that while Mommy was unloading laundry Wren decided to use yogurt as glue in her latest craft session. Miraculously none got on the sofa! 

Smudges on stainless steel appliances? We've got 'em. LOT's of them. Feel free to help yourself to some next time your around.


Furniture repurposed into a gymnastics apparatus? check! ALL THE TIME. The cushions actually function as cave building materials more frequently than they do as cushions. Gotta love Ikea furniture for that reason alone (the new couch smell wore off long before it got to us! we got our sectional on craigslist for $300 and the previous owner allowed their dog to chew it slightly).

The lesson I've learned in this white house of ours is that if you have to choose to laugh or cry when something gets ruined, you have to be know you will laugh. And I almost always do (nobody's perfect!). Because none of it is worth a face like this.

PS: thanks to one of my besties, Rebecca, for making Wren such a beautiful headband!!! I can't get her to take it off her head this week. Hugs and kisses!


Haley {A Dash of Kennedy} said...

You just read my mind! I just commented on the last post about wanting to white wash my house but being too nervous. Its so true when you say you can either laugh or cry over it but in the end its not really worth it to cry.

P.S. Does your friend sell her headbands? Wren is tooo cute!

Holly and Sean said...

I JUST saw your comment as I hit publish Haley! Such perfect timing. It isn't worth a tear, but most importantly it is worth it for us because every time we walk in the door and we are SO HAPPY TO BE HOME. I think it is really special to love your home, and feel like yourself there.

As for the headbands, maybe if enough of us bother her she will! She used to, but just had a beautiful baby last fall and has her hands full.

MAKE MORE HEADBANDs Rebecca!!! We love them~

Ann said...

Oh she looks so adorable...

I love whites too,
my slipcovers are all white.

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful smile, Wren!

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Love this post. Love all white. Love all the pictures of precious Wren! I too have way to many smudges on stainless steel appliances, oh well!

Lesley said...

Sweet post. I really enjoyed reading every word. My kids are teens and almost out of the house. I am in the middle of a living and dining room design that is all whites. I always wanted it, but wasn't lucky enough to have a girl play with yogurt. Instead, I had a boy throwing chocolate pudding!!!!! lol

Paint Me White said...

Holly, Wren is looking more and more like yourself. x

The Treeces said...

I love your white house! My husband and I are about to build a new home and I am trying to convince him to go lighter and white. It is so hard to convince him. We have three (small) children and he feels that it will be difficult to keep clean. I feel like I want the house to reflect my personality too. Was it hard to convince your husband of going white?

BTW your daughter is precious. I have an Amelia Wren. :)

Holly and Sean said...

Lesley, oh I feel ya! We've never had throwing, but I have had rogue pudding. I keep it high up now and it is our 'park snack' LOL.

The Treeces, LOVELY, Amelia was one of my favorite choices besides Wren!! Such a small world, but not many Wren's out there. Sean was a little curious and hesitant at the same time. But I showed him LOTS of pictures of what I was going for (which he didn't mind but wasn't in love with). He is a dark wood lover so we compromised with dark wood floors and light upholstery. Everything else has snuck in over time thanks to WhiteBerry LOL. He LOVES it now, which I find really cute.

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aminos lahragui said...

Love this post. Love all white. Love all the pictures of precious Wren! I too have way to many smudges on stainless steel appliances, oh well!

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