Wednesday, January 28, 2009

neek! neek!

Here's how the living room is looking. I'm really digging the lighter, brighter color.

I'd ordered a green shag rug from Overstock but when I just checked the status it seems I made a mistake and really ordered a black shag rug. Needless to say, it's going back immediately. I was so looking forward to that shaggy, grass-like rug. I'm going to see if the price goes back down and order it again, this time making sure I'm ordering green.

Tomorrow the house gets inspected so we can renew our foster care licenses. I have so much to do...every room will get peeked into! Today I really need to tend to the craft room...

But all I really want to do is sip coffee and daydream.

OH! p.s. The three angels spent the day with me yesterday. It was so much fun! You should see how much these little ones can eat! Want to hear something so cute? The little girl (I'll have to think of what anonymous name to call her) has a word for when she really likes something (reminds me of Teresa's Foofala story!)...it's Neek! and it's said more like a little squeal like what you imagine a cartoon mouse might say. Neek! Neek!

p.p.s. I know you're going to want to know about the stuff in the living room picture, right? The house pillows were made by my amazing friend Catherine of Red Shoes... http://www.redshoeshomegoods.com (I think I'm going to grab one of her new pillows too so I'm watching her site like a hawk...a hawk, I tell you!) And the houses on the wall are by my sweet friends at Berries in the Meadow. Look here or contact the cottage. The cuckoo clock is my favorite gift from Rich for Christmas. It's from Pottery Barn Kids but I think they are sold out. And the mural? Also from Rich for Christmas from . here I overheard Rich telling my mother "You should see what Amy did in the living room...she put stickers all over the wall." That made me feel less excited about it. What do you think? Does it look like stickers? Is it silly?

57 comments:

kelly said...

very "neek" indeed! :) And those aren't stickers! They're wall art and they are artsy indeed! :)
Yeah for you... looks like you're successfully nesting to me!

doreen said...

I love the room! And the tree and houses look great! Very lucky little kids!

Anonymous said...

amy,
have never commented but looked and "read" you for along time :0)
your so inspiring,hence your name.
i looooove your living room. its so happy, and might i add, a lovely environment for learning, loving and discovering. we have 3 wonderful kiddos and i know they love bright , wonderful colors to live by. we have these very colors strewn about our nest as well.
happy home to you and your "to be" fam.
erika

Tammy said...

Amy, I have loved your site and blog for so long. I have twin almost 2 year old daughters and an almost 3 year old boy, you are in for FUN!!! The living room looks great and the little ones will love it. What a FUN new home for them! The art does not look like stickers!!!

Best wishes & good luck,
Tammy

Mary said...

absolutely precious! i've been waiting for the update pictures and assumed you weren't posting because you were hard at work...and you were! i think the "stickers" are wonderful, and as soon as i saw the picture i thought " she got the clock for christmas--YES!!!" did you get the fabric mouse house? we did after seeing it on this site and it's too cute. i got the fabric tea set too and we often put the mice in the cups...TOO FUN

we got "wallwords" for our daughter's nursery. i was nervous because they were basically a glorified sticker, but every time i'm feeding her and read "love you forever & forever, love you with all my heart" above her crib i get a little choked up! i love the "neek!' too. such happy times for your little family :)

Susan said...

I LOVE the wall. (Men just don't get it.) Don't change a thing!
I bet that little girl did a ton of "neeking" in your fabulous home! It probably looks like Heaven to her! I'm so excited for you!

Amy said...

What a lovely inviting space! Neek!!! Can't wait to see it with the green rug. You make me want to redo our living room and fill it with color!

-Amy from Petaluma

Anonymous said...

Not stickers! (Anyone who is anyone knows that someone who makes stickers would have NEVER put that much red on a tree!!) As soon as I saw the photo I wanted to drop into that floral chair, enjoy the view and read the day away! You get serious gold stars!

Anonymous said...

I agree this is a colorful and fun place for those children. A safe haven for them that's whimsical and fun. It's like they are getting to live in a magical and warm place which is what they probably need more then anything! Men don't know how to word things sometimes where they don't sound like they are questioning your judgement when it comes to decorating most of them think of white walls and a couch with a tv sitting on a box or something..lol He probably likes it and he is the one who bought you the stickers afterall! Stacey (mom to 4 wild crazy children, and babysitting fool to several more!)

mel said...

not silly at all! So FUN! i want to come over because it is soooo NEEK!

angela said...

i think it looks absolutely wonderful! the whimsy and lightness of the room is gorgeous:)

Leanne said...

it's perfect...those lucky littles...they are going to feel so at home with you two sweeties.xo

Tami said...

That looks like a very inviting room. How magical that all three get to have "their" very own house pillow to cuddle with on the couch. Hmm, the green shag rug will make a nice touch. But of course you could also get three colorful floor cushions instead. Great for lounging, reading, and snuggling about while working on games and puzzles. :-)

Jan said...

I think it is perfectly charming! Very NEEK!

Annette D said...

Lovin' that wall art. I got wall art for Christmas in my home, too, and yes, my husband too called them stickers!

Meredith said...

I think it looks "neek"...don't change a thing!

{Happy Homes} said...

It's absolutely A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.!!!
I love it, can you tell?!!
blessings,
tonyad

Alison Gibbs said...

Your room looks fabulous and a fun place to be

Lovie said...

Neek! how cute. maybe that should be her "code" name? As for the room re-do; love, love it. Such a fun happy place to be.
Lovey
p.s. kelli's baby is due in 10 days! I'll be there for at least a week. Maybe you can come to F. for a visit?

charlotte said...

totally u-neek! xoC

Kim G. said...

It is perfectly whimsical and charming Amy!! Love the cuckoo clock and those adorable houses from Berries in the Meadow. I don't think it is silly at all and your new little ones will love it. Three year old little girls are straight from heaven. And they do have all sorts of funny squeals to express themselves!!

Jill Elaine said...

Absolutely NOT silly. Looks just like you and will be so neat for kids, they will love the look. I think your husband probably meant it in a good way!!:-)
Jill

Claudia said...

It looks charming and so inviting. Perfect for the little ones. You've done an absolutely wonderful job!
Neek!

Jenn N said...

Love the living room; it's so fun but still beautiful.
And "neek" - so sweet. These little three are very fortunate to have you and Rich.

lauradodson said...

golly, this is the coolest room ever! how happy!

Anonymous said...

i think it's adorable, too, but i would probably put some sort of a long sofa table behind the couch and move everything forward a bit, so it's not all pushed up against the wall. just a thought.

Saucy said...

If neek means sweet, adorable, inviting, cute and thoughtful... why, then "neek" of course!

Jerusalem said...

I think Neek could be her code name too - so cute! And I ADORE the living room - too precious! I love the tree!

Louise said...

It is beautiful. Being a NYC nanny and a part time foster home worker (Good Shepherd) I think you are doing a fantastic thing for yourself and children in need. I have been on the in-home inspections before and your home looks better than all that I have ever seen...your home seems to be so conducive to learning and play. The only thing I would look out for is that huge mirror standing on the floor. Is it free standing? Wioth all those kids around, just be careful that they dont lean up agains it.
I cant wait to read all about your adventures.
Those children are blessed to have you and Rich...and the same goes for the two of you.

Jen said...

I think the room is wonderful, whimsical and magic.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

So whimsical and fun! What a great room to greet three little people!

Anonymous said...

What a happy room!

Why not call them Neek Nik and Nak, or something like that? We'll know the kids you mean, and it's anonymous too.

Love the happy, positive tone of your blog, and your courage and delight in the world and being alive.

Little Fragment Studio said...

I love the room and all the stickers! It is so bright and cheerful. I am so excited for you!
Just Wonderful

Jane said...

Not silly at all - cheerful and cosy too!
Jane

Nicole said...

Your room is so precious! Everything is just sweet as can be. Three very lucky children!
prayers are with you for your wonderful new adventure.
:) Nicole
ps what color is the paint on your walls?

Anita said...

My husband said the same thing when I placed tree on the wall in breakfast area! I tried to make it look like a garden room, a wall with brick showing through.(He helped me do the rub=on tree, he thought I had came up with rub-ons! "That could really catch on") When he walked in and saw my Wall Words (in two separate places)he just said, "you must have had to stand on the top of the ladder to do that?" I think wall art is great, for all ages. It really gives me a lift and a smile! Keep up the good work! Your house is wonderful and I think you are too! Anita

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are the kind of mother foster kids dream about. :)

I think when you received the correct green rug the room will be perfect!

Tara said...

first of all, you sound so very happy, and i am happy for you!

second of all, i think the kids are going to LOVE the room, and it just seems like the perfect place for them to feel special and loved and at home :)

ArtsyMama said...

Amy, everything looks wonderful. So inviting for those lucky kiddos. Can't wait to hear about your new adventures. You are amazing!!!
Kari

Gina said...

Tell him I love the stickers. It was one of the first things I noticed. And my first thoughts were someone fun, warm and happy lives there!
Hope all goes well with the little ones. I'm sure it will!

Sonja said...

Vinyl deco's are the new thang! I've been looking into some, too.It might just have caught Rich off guard. It looks so cheerful and inviting! Those babes are going to have a blast living there with such sweet folks!

Loraine said...

Happy ~ Happy ~ Joy ~ Joy!!!

So happy for your family, and the three sweet little ones.

The living room looks super. Can't wait to see and read more.

Daisy Cottage said...

I think it is absolutely
FABULOUS!!!
Huge smile and high-five on your brilliant creativity!
xo,
Kim
Daisy Cottage

bari said...

Ooh, I love the living room! Looks great. And, stickers? No. Not silly either. So sweet looking!
XO,
B

hazel said...

It looks great! Don't change a thing! I love Catherine's work too!
P.S. I was a foster child for a short time, my family "happened" to move 4 houses down from my foster parents a couple years later. Best experience of my life!

Susan said...

Love it! Wish I had the gift to give a room that touch!

Anonymous said...

No! I looks fabulous. Can I come be your kid, too?

The Happy Chappys said...

Dear AMY and RICH, We are so excited for you both! We saw Anne and Linda from the Cottage at the show today,they filled nus in on all the detail how exciting!!!! we love the room we haven't been on in a few days, getting ready for the show.We sent a little gift along for you all.those children are so blessed to have you and Rich. God Bless the Happy Chappys

Anonymous said...

I love your room. It's fresh and airy and says "loving home." It is so happy. That is what I want in my den and my husband says HAPPY???? I just want to create it with pinks and blues with a little yellow. Maybe I can...

Mary Sue

Secret Leaves said...

About Rich's comment: He was obviously proud of it or he wouldn't have been bragging about it to your mom. His choice of words? Ann and I have an expression we use when guys do something like this. We just look at each other and say: "Dudes."

They can't help it, it's just how they are. :)

Sharon

Anonymous said...

I want to come over and sit down and smile : ) I love your room; so warm and happy and great fun.
The green shag rug will be great.
Thanks for sharing. kathryn

Linda said...

you tell delightful stories! Have fun with the kids. The wall and couch with pillows looks very whimsical. I like it! Maybe you need more whimsy in the room but maybe you're not done yet or maybe I can's see more whimsy from this photo view. The green shaggy rug would be perfect!

Merci-Notes said...

"Neek" sounds like a wonderful word! I believe that your living room looks magical and welcoming for all, including your new little brood :)
Congratulations! I love that you are foster parents!!!!'

With Kindness,
Mary

Carolee said...

Just discovered your blog and site via last season's "Artful Blogging" (a bit late, I know - magazines tend to sit around here)...At any rate, I must tell you what an absolute DELIGHT it is! LOVE all the color, and what a blessing to read about the three little ones. :)

So happy to have found you....Off to add your link to my blog roll now! :)

~ Carolee

Bertie x said...

Hello Amy, I think your home looks so adorable, so much so that I've added a link to this post. I hope you don't mind. Of course if you do I'll remove it straight away. Thank you for the inspiration, it's always a delight to pop in and see you.
Bertie x

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It's wonderful! Just plain wonderful! I have the sudden urge to go change my house...completely! I think any foster child who walks into your home will think he's/she's walked into paradise!

Stephen Gardner said...

Ooh, I love the living room! Looks great. And, stickers? No. Not silly either. So sweet looking! XO, B