Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain


Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom
This beautiful renovated country house, surrounded by so many palm trees and other tropical foliage  evokes island living and seems like a wonderful getaway for the homeowners and guests alike. Decorated with pieces from places like Bali, the interior also has an ethnic flair and the natural wood finishes and materials add beautiful organic elements to the design. 

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom

A Luscious Space to entertain- design addict mom
such a beautiful outdoor space

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom

Succulents sitting on dried coconut gourds- design addict mom

Island Style in Ibiza, Spain- design addict mom
the perfect place to cool off in this summer heat

Can you believe Summer is nearing an end? Next week, the boys return to school- where did the time go? xx

Photos: Montse Garriga for Nuevo Estilo

Friday, August 18, 2017

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
       I am thrilled to be back participating in another segment of the Real Talk, Real Mom series and today, our topic focuses on chores and responsibility. How soon do you start to give your children chores? In my opinion, it's never too soon to start as long as your child is at an age where he/she comprehends simple instructions and can follow directions. Children who are given chores/responsibility tend to be more independent, responsible and go on to become self sufficient adults in the world.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
        Since they were much younger(about age 3), I started encouraging my boys to complete simple chores like picking up after themselves and replacing their toys in their bins after use in the playroom. There was no reward for completing the tasks, except the knowledge that they were helping their Mama to keep the house nice and tidy. I do praise them though when they complete their chores so they know that I appreciate what they are doing. I also find that singing while completing these tasks/chores make the activity fun.

As they've grown older, more chores have been added like self care ones; brushing their teeth, preparing for school, folding clothes, making the bed, taking care of the pets, etc.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom

I once printed these labels and placed them on my older son's dresser when he was learning how to put away his clothes and they helped tremendously to help him to place his clothes in the correct drawer.

Real Talk, Real Moms: Chores and Responsibility- design addict mom
Nowadays, he doesn't need the labels and knows exactly where the different items of clothing go.

Giving the boys chores not only helps to keep things running smoothly in the household but also gives them a sense of pride to be contributing to the family unit. They are willing to help and in fact sometimes even compete to complete a task:-). xx

Please do check out the other Moms' thoughts on this topic: The Effortless Chic, Avestyles, HeyMama, The Lifestyled, Design for Mankind

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)-design addict mom
I think I am taking this nesting thing next level, I mean no room is safe from my disapproving eyes or the relentless urge to have everything "just right" before baby number 3 comes. Recently, my disapproving glare decided it had enough of the Master bathroom bathed in cream. Seriously, cream walls do not belong in my home so I set to work diminishing all memory of these walls and embraced the dark side with my new paint color, Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)
Here's an iphone snap to show the before. It looks so dingy:(.  I chose the Iron Mountain because I love how it complemented the brushed nickel finishes that I currently have in here and it makes the white molding and marble tiles pop.

A Master Bathroom Update Embraces the Dark Side (Before and After)-design addict mom
I also love how the paint color picks up on the pretty wallpaper in the commode area.  Now when I come in here, my eyes are happy:-).  xx

first image: Lea Hartman, others by me.