adventures in heatherland

Delivering Good News.

Life is full of twists, turns, ups, downs, and memorable moments.  And this is one of ours: We are expanding our cast from two to three, and come October we will be elbows deep in baby gear.

 

Our pregnancy announcement to our parents was on Easter Sunday.  Since my parents live in California and Mr. Heatherland’s mom lives in Pennsylvania we were delivering our news over the phone.  I searched for the perfect prop to help deliver the good news, I found the The Original Quail Egg on Etsy.  What’s a better symbol of Easter (and fertility) than an egg? Here’s what we shipped to them:

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A tiny little box.

 

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Follow the instructions and crack the egg.

 

Unfold and read the note inside.

Unfold and read the note inside.

 

We made our phone calls and there was joy all around.  This is fun news to deliver to our parents. As a bonus, we were lucky enough to be able to FaceTime with my Mother-In-Law as she cracked her egg open and snapped a few screen shots of her reaction.  It was priceless!

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It is safe to say that we are feeling very fortunate, and our lives will never be the same. This is when our true adventure begins!

The Beat Goes On.

I was reading an article the other day about how the new Sonos logo went viral.   The new design has a cool optical illusion: when you scroll up or down while looking at it, it looks like it’s moving to a beat.  Apparently this was nobody’s creative genius, this was a “happy accident”.

 

See, look at the logo while you scroll:

scoll up and down

scoll up and down

Ironically when I was reading that, I was listening to our Sonos.  And now that I’m writing this, I am listening to our Sonos.  Are you sensing a theme?  Let me scream it from the rooftop:  I LOVE OUR SONOS!

 

sonos Wireless Sound System

 

In case you don’t know, Sonos is a sound system that can be controlled wirelessly.  It is made of component parts that you purchase separately so you can equip your house/office/love den/whatever with some serious beats.

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I love listening to music when I’m working on a project, or in the kitchen cooking, or blogging.  I stream Pandora, which Sonos supports (along with Spotify and other sources).  Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and Goyte are my stations of choice.  Those stations always start out awesome, and then the magic of Pandora starts setting in and they start to get weird.  Why do Pandora stations always get weird?  I’m vigilant with my thumbs up and thumbs down, but they always take a turn for the obscure.  I like to blame Mr. Heatherland for this phenomenon.

 

 Sonos Play:1

 

I was taking to one of my friends about our Sonos, especially the cost, and here’s what I told her:

 

Even with the most minimal purchase, you are buying the Bridge ($49) and a least one speaker of your choice.

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We went with the SONOS PLAY:1, it is the most affordable option, at $199.

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It’s the smallest most unobtrusive option as well.  Plus, if I have to be honest, I am not enough of a music snob to really tell the difference in sound between PLAY:1 and the PLAY:3, especially not enough to merit an additional 100 bucks.  But, that’s just me.

 

You can sample Sonos at Best Buy, but Amazon has the best prices.

 

 

Sonos Controller

 

The biggest selling feature for me was the simple fact that the Sonos Remote is my iPhone, iPad, smart device, etc.  It gets looped into your home network, so you never have to get up to do anything.  You just have to download the free Sonos Controller App.  The setup was really easy, which pleased me.  The app was originally a little unreliable, but I’ve noticed with each update it’s getting better.

 

Other Fun Facts

 

  • They are aesthetically pleasing and you barely notice them in a room.
  • The bridge can be hidden in a cabinet and works wirelessly with your phone and the speaker(s).
  • Each Sonos speaker can play something different, so all of your rooms can be separately controlled, or linked together.
  • We stole one.

 

Yes, you read that right. We did intact steal one, but we didn’t really mean to, it started more as a “borrow”…

 

You see, before our wedding last year, one of our guests was flying in from Europe.  He is one of Mr. Heatherland’s closest friends and he bought the most amazing Sonos Playbar from Amazon and had it shipped to our house with the intention of taking it back to Europe with him.  But then there was an airline strike so he never actually made it to our wedding.

 

His unopened box sat in our dining room for awhile (a day) and we then decided to open it.  Well, one thing led to another and we ended up keeping it to raise it as our own.  It has been a wonderful addition to our life and decor.

 

Our "borrowed" playbar

Our “borrowed” playbar

If he’s reading this right now, I promise we will pay you back for it.  Someday.  This is actually the same friend that sent me a year’s supply of my favorite German Nivea Cream, which I am remembering I haven’t paid him for that either…

Paint It Black.

Happy (Almost) Valentines Day!!!  Let’s talk about something dark on this wonderful weekend of love…

 

I’ve been captivated and charmed by ultra-dark paint lately.  Like, almost black.  And although this look may not be for everyone, painting a ceiling dark will give the room a real sense of space, and enclose it in a warm, sophisticated, comforting way.

photo credit: Lincoln Barbour for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

photo credit: Lincoln Barbour for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

 

Recently, I have been able to act on these dark urges for our own low basement ceilings.  For this project, we opted not to do a drop ceiling with drywall, instead we left the joists overhead exposed and carefully re-routed the electrical wires and plumbing (thank you, Mr. Heatherland) to make everything neater.  Then I got to paint them black!

 

Why Dark Ceilings Work

 

For low ceilings, the instinct is to brighten them up with light colors to “lift them” and give your more visual height.  But instead, if you opt for a color with a lot of depth, the effect will “recess them” out of your sight line so when you’re standing in the room with a dark ceiling you won’t really notice them as much.

photo credit: Elle Decor

photo credit: Elle Decor

 

This is especially important for our basement.  Since we were painting existing floor joists from the living space above, there’s a lot of imperfections in that wood.  If the color was light, every shadow cast on them would highlight the flaws, but the dark color will hide everything.  Imagine this:  Let’s say you have a little cellulite on you backside (no judgment), if you wear a tight white dress you will see all those imperfections, but if you wear a tight black dress, the little bumps and lumps get hidden.  Same idea for paint. 

 

Creating Balance

One more notable mention: In order to make this look work, I’m a big believer in balance.  When you have a dark ceiling, you should consider pairing it with a dark floor too.  Otherwise the room might look a little top heavy.

 

Photo Source: Pinterest

Photo Source: Pinterest

Also, this is a wonderful opportunity to decorate with light furnishings and items with reflection to cultivate brightness in the room alongside with the depth.

 

As for Me…

Well, I got to put on my favorite tyvek suit agin, rented an industrial paint sprayer, and plowed through 17 gallons on Primer (Dark Tinted Kilz) and Paint (Behr Cracked Pepper) for our basement ceiling.  And honestly, I loved them from the moment the first coat went on.

 

Not convinced yet?  Just wait till we finish it up, trust me, this one will be good!

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