House Mix

Home office with photo wall

Home office photo wall

Here is our office space, adjacent to the kitchen and living room. (Talk about no phone call privacy!) I wanted to do a big photo wall somewhere in our house and it was my mom’s brilliant idea to put it here. I like that the corner adds dimension and that when I look up from my computer for inspiration I see so many people I love. I do like big photo walls with matching frames, but for all the sizes of photos we have, new and old, I felt mixed and matched frames would work best. I stuck to neutral frames of white, wood and black, but then added a just a few with bold colors for interest. It’s not done yet, though — I’ll probably use up all the space eventually.

My husband and I both essentially work from home, so until we buy a house with space for a much-dreamed-about office, we share this tiny little corner space for work. That means we have to find space for his files, my files, ink, paper, house files, stationary … In other words, it’s pretty hard to keep tidy! Here’s how I have it organized.

Marcello and I bought this Bedford Corner Desk Set from Pottery Barn a couple years a go and it has served us well. (The paint has started to wear on the corners from daily use, but I can handle that. Shabby chic is in, right?) You can’t see very well from this picture, but the desk takes up the entire wall space of that little corner. There’s not a quarter inch to spare. God’s little gift to us. There are three file drawers for paperwork, and the two drawers house envelopes, paperclips, stapler and such.

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Below the desk is this a small drawer unit on wheels that we bought at Ikea probably a year and a half ago. (I don’t see it on their site now, so they may have discontinued it.) What I like about it most is that the bottom drawer can hold cords so my 2-year-old can’t get to them. And the other drawers help with paper and CD/DVD storage.  housemix_homeoffice2

On top of the desk are a couple things that keep all those small pieces that junk things up in a hurry. The red drawers (probably 10 years old by now) hold batteries, cards I can’t quite throw away and cords. The two baskets behind the computer hide mess and keep things out of my toddler’s pudgy little hands. They also make it easy to grab a camera so I don’t miss something! I searched and searched for a white printer so it would kind of blend with the wall and desk. I found this Epson Artisan 725 All-in-One Printer – Arctic Edition housemix_homeoffice

That’s how we have things organized around here. Have any secret weapons against office clutter yourself?

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Jewelry organization

jewelry drawer I don’t know about you, but I think of accessories for an outfit as an afterthought, on my way out the door. It seems like we moms get everybody else ready first and then slap on an outfit and glob on some mascara last minute. Who has time for accessories?

I dedicated a shallow drawer in the top of a bedroom dresser so I could at least see my costume jewelry (yes, it’s all costume jewelry) laid out. I had this mossy green velvet left from reupholstering dining room chairs awhile back and cut it to fit the drawer. I found these inexpensive bowls at T.J. Maxx for two or three dollars a piece, and was crazy about the shell shape. I already had the ring dish from Anthropologie.

Then came the hard part, getting rid of about a quarter of my jewels — pieces that have seen better days or that I know I won’t wear. Then I set aside 10 pieces or so that had sentimental value (a charm bracelet from my mom, a heart necklace my husband bought at an Italian flea market …) so they could find a new home in a separate jewelry box. That frees up space for things I wear more frequently.

Now everything fits in the drawer nicely, and on a rare date night I won’t miss an opportunity to wear those dangly beaded earrings I can never wear around my 5-month-old!

What to do for really bad diaper rash

Diaper rash

A couple months ago my baby boy had horrible diaper rash. It was so bad I decided to call the pediatrician. (Warning: Too much information ahead.) I told her he had diarrhea and even an open sore. She advised me to come in for the doctor to take a look.

What the pediatrician recommended

  1. Alternate putting Lotrimin  (anti-fungal cream that the pharmacist said can also be marketed as athlete’s foot) and hydrocortozone ointment (to protect skin from more moisture) each diaper change. 
  2. Then on top of either of those, put diaper cream. The doctor recommended Butt Paste, which I bought to try, but my trusty old Burt’s Bees diaper ointment seemed to work better.

In other words, for one change put Lotrimin and then diaper cream on top of it. And the next diaper change, put hydrocortisone and then diaper cream on top of that.

The nurse also gave me a few helpful tips

  1. Change the baby’s diaper frequently to keep moisture away from baby’s poor little bum.
  2. Don’t use wipes if there is only urine. Wiping further injures the skin and the alcohol that most companies put in to preserve the wipes can be drying.
  3. If there is number two, still try to avoid wiping and rinse it off.

I’ve used these instructions a couple times since on both my boys and given them to a couple friends who found them useful. I hope you do too!

This helped my sweet boy feel better pretty quickly, but clearly I’m not a doctor. If your little one has open sores call your pediatrician so you don’t risk infection.

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