Biscuit Picks

Over the past few months I have been working hard getting things running smoothly at our new Biscuit location. Moving from 1,200 to 10,000 square feet has made life soooo much easier- we have a proper warehouse and office space now! HIGH FIVES! But it also took a lot to fill out the floor space and have it looking as fresh as we wanted it to be.

We have also built a team at the store I am very proud of, everyone works so hard and brings a lot of extras to the table. I never properly shared what we have going on in the new space, and we have a lot of exciting new things to unveil in the coming months, so I thought it might be fun to start a series touring the store and introducing you to the fine people who inhabit it. Today I’m slangin’ one of the 5 bedroom setups we have, and some of our favorite items within:

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Tangier’s Pillow, Places To Go Book, Avocado Soap, Travel Calendar, Ombre Stripe Throw Blanket, Frida Kahlo Candle, Sal de Margarita

Welcome to The Shmamptons!

If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably noticed my Country Mouse board. I am in a constant city mouse vs. country mouse debate with myself, and I started it two years ago as a place to house all of my bucolic fantasies. Though he loves some time in the country, Pete is a tried and true city mouse so the conversation has really never been about moving full time, but finding a place where we can get away from our hectic work schedules and be with our family.

When we got Harry’s diagnosis, one of the things we learned about his care is that regardless of where he fell on the spectrum and how long he was under medical supervision, flying and altitudes would always be an issue for him. Airports are tough on families, and adding oxygen equipment, and the government regulations that go with the gear, made traveling as a family even less of a reality for us. We started thinking more seriously about finding a place within driving distance that we could get away together- there are tons of great towns and wide open spaces outside of Houston- but we were still pretty shocked to find our little country home within a few months of starting to look!

We wanted some land where the kids could run around, enough space for a few animals and a vegetable garden, and a charming old farmhouse that we could renovate over time. The 1,400 sqft house, which we bought in August, is super charming, and old, but had been recently renovated by the previous owners. That normally would be a plus- they did a really nice job- but I love a project and had a very specific fantasy of what this country house should look like. I talked to our contractors about gutting the kitchen (which was really nice but looked a little newer than what I had in mind), adding on a bedroom and converting another bedroom into two bathrooms (the downstairs has only one full bath you have to walk through the master bedroom and a little nursery to get through), reconfiguring the existing bathroom, and some other fixes throughout. After pricing everything out I finally got a grip and decided on the final project list:

  • Add door to front parlor to create fourth downstairs bedroom
  • Remove built ins in Master ante-room to make room for bunk beds/crib
  • Remove shower in Master, add shower plumbing to tub, larger vanity
  • Take space from existing 2nd bedroom and add full bath with hallway access
  • Paint kitchen, remove island, replace countertops

 

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We started construction a few weeks ago with the goal of being out there for Thanksgiving.  I’ll update y’all on the progress as we go along, I hope everyone had a good weekend!

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Molly’s ORC, #ProjectLex Master Bedroom, #ProjectMovinOnUp, #ProjectPerfection, Scheming for #welcometotheshmamptons, #ProjectLex Den

Lot’s of new work in various states of done-ness.

Just wanted to say “hi” and thanks for the kindness.

I hope all is well with y’all.

xo

Love & Thanks

If you follow me on Instagram you know we had a really shit week.

It’s too long a story, but Harry has been having issues with sleep, feeding, etc for awhile. I went to the pediatrician six weeks ago and told him I really felt something was wrong, and he sent us to occupational therapy to help with his feedings. At each of those appointments I reiterated I felt this was a breathing problem, not a feeding issue, but nada. Then finally last week I asked to see another Doctor in the practice and after a few basic tests we were sent to Texas Childrens Hospital where we were checked in for two days while more intensive tests were run. We have a diagnosis, and the good news is that it is something they think he will grow out of in 2-12 years. The bad news is, well, the whole thing is bullshit bad news really.

I just can’t believe we are going through this again. When we found out about Grace, it sent our life into complete upheaval. Pete quit his job, we sold our house, moved from Chicago to Texas, and a lot of the past three years has been spent trying to put the pieces back again. I am trying to keep a positive attitude, we are so lucky in so many ways, but if I am honest I am feeling a little defeated right now.

And I would love to be able to share more about what we are dealing with. With children’s health issues I have seen a lot of times the hopeful cases move on and don’t share their stories, and the tragedies try to find a community of support- often online. When Grace was diagnosed I spent hours on the internet looking for hope, and all I found were the saddest stories imaginable. Googling your childs health issues is dark and lonely enough, it would be nice if some positivity was in the mix.

When we decided to share what we were going through with Grace my intention was to spread awareness, and also provide a hopeful testimonial amidst all of the heartbreak. And that did happen, I have spent the past few years emailing with moms going through what we went through. It made me feel productive during a time when all I could really do was wait and see.

And I wish we could do that again- I have already had someone reach out based on our Instagram who is a few years ahead of us in the diagnosis and it has meant everything, but I just can’t. For a lot of reasons- this blog isn’t the same environment it was three years ago, and I am not the same parent I was then either.

So what now? I have been working at an unrealistic pace for the past two years, and I have to take better care of myself so I can take better care of my family. I am overextended, and I can do whatever it takes to keep up with my responsibilities day to day, but I am left with no extra bandwidth to cope when things go wrong. I need to simplify, and unfortunately that means taking a break from this blog place that has meant so much to me. I am so grateful for everything this blog and all of you have given me, but I need to focus on my family.

I don’t want to leave anyone hanging or be disrespectful to the tremendous support y’all have so generously given me, so I wanted to sign off properly.  When I started this blog I had moved to a new city and was starting to work as the assistant to an interior designer- I didn’t have much direction or ambition, nor did I ever consider that I had the talent to actually do design work on my own. Through all of our transitions the encouragement from all of you inspired me to work harder and dream bigger and I cannot believe all of the goodness that has brought. I am so grateful for all of you, and I will check back in here if/when I have any great work to share, but I have to focus on my private life.

So for now, I gotta go. So much love and thanks.

xoxo

Bailey

***Update***

I have received several emails from moms worried their children/babies might have Harry’s condition based on the things I have posted previously about his development. Harry’s primary issue isn’t sleep- it has to do with his breathing and I have always thought- and now have confirmed- that his sleeping and feeding issues are related to his breathing. When Harry breathes the area around his clavicle at the base of his neck collapses, and his whole body looks like it is retracting/working hard. That isn’t always what his condition looks like, but that is what clued us in to this as a breathing issue.

If you feel like your babies/children might have the same condition or similar symptoms, email me any time and I am more than happy to discuss privately what led us to his diagnosis. On a really general level if you are concerned about your child and our situation is raising red flags, have your pediatrician do a pulse oximetry test- it is completely non invasive and measures their blood oxygen saturation levels. That was the first thing the doctor we went to for our second opinion did that indicated something was off. The second is to have your doctor listen to their lungs, and if either of those two things are abnormal, a chest x-ray would be the next step. Again- email me if you want to discuss further, I would be more than happy to share what got us here privately. From what we have learned so far his condition is often misdiagnosed, and is likely not as rare as has been reported.

Thank you all so much for the kind comments and emails, I am humbled by all of your support.

xoxo

Before & After: Harry’s Nursery

Y’all, Harry is four months old.

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Looks just like his Daddy. So handsome, my HarrBear Magoo.

And I still haven’t shown the “after” on his nursery- but luckily Molly was in town this past weekend and generously lent her skills so I can finally show all of you good people what we have going on in there.

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So what to say about Harry’s nursery? I love it so so much. I have had my baby boys room in my head since we first found out we were pregnant with Grace and were convinced she was a boy. This post was over three years ago, that’s a long time to hold on to a decorating vision when you are surrounded by this stuff day in day out. The wallpaper on the ceiling has always been the glue of the concept- and was the reason why we named our constellation print at Biscuit the “Harold”.

I did a version of this room at our house in Austin, and still wanted to give it another go here. Because we already had so many of the big elements in place- the wall color, ceiling wallpaper, ceiling fixture and rug it didn’t take a lot to bring the room together. The plan changed from my first dream of it years ago, but came together surprisingly easily.  Except for the daybed- ugh the daybed. Dumb pregnant me forgot to measure to see if it would fit through the door, which it then did not, and highly emotional pregnant me was more than displeased.

But! It ended up being a happy accident, the old daybed lives at Biscuit now in our “children’s” section, and the Restoration Hardware piece we ended up choosing actually lightens up the space in a way I think we would have been missing with my original design.

What else do we have going on here? The crib is RHBaby- I reupholstered the side panels- and I SUPERHATE this crib. The highest setting is way too low and the side rails are way too high and it has been clumsy at best getting him in and out all the time, especially after my c-section. Thanks a lot, RH!

The bookcases on either side are these, and are bolted to the wall, dontcha worry. We have some fun treasures on them, but I have to say all of the precious nursery styling takes a hit on baby number 2. Harry has our Marfa crib sheet, and bedding on his bed, paired with a serape and some throw pillows.

I wanted to have an area for Grace to play in here, and she loves “her” teepee and Big Bear. The rug is vintage and was in our living room in Chicago and family room in Austin, the glider is one from the pair we had in Grace’s nursery recovered in a Scalamandre fabric. The pouf, lamp, and changing table are all reused from Grace’s nursery as well, and the antique shelves over the changing table were in our other guest room, I just repainted the back panel.

I really love and am proud of how all of the different textiles and recycled elements came together, it is such a happy little boy room that will grow with our guy.

I hope you like, and let me know if I can answer any questions!

**UPDATE**

I just got a very nice and sincere email from a concerned reader suggesting we remove the Warhol Custer print, another comment on here politely referenced the issue as well so I thought I should address it.

The reason we chose the print is because of our favorite quote from Royal Tenenbaums: “Everyone knows that General Custer died at The Battle of Little Bighorn, what this book pre-supposes is…Maybe he didn’t”? It is one of Pete’s and my silly couple things, and Pete gave me the print as a baby present after seeing my design for the room. That said, I know art can be divisive and while I don’t always think that is a bad thing- I don’t want anyone to be hurt or offended thinking we are glorifying such a controversial historical figure. I think context is important, and in this case I should have realized not everyone would be familiar with this particular piece of art.

“Warhol interspersed recognizable portraits of well-known American “heroes”–John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer–with less familiar Native American images and motifs in his ironic commentary on Americans’ collective mythologizing of the historic West. Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape or Cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol chose to portray a popular, romanticized version of the American West. The West that he chose to represent is familiar to everyone and can be seen in novels, films, TV series. Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians Suite is an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West.
Andy Warhol created the Cowboys and Indians series during the mid-1980s, arguably his most prolific period. During this time, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life.” -via

If you still don’t think we should have the piece in there, that is ok. It’s not for everyone. But please know I’m not being willfully ignorant or coming from a bad place.

All photos by MBM for Peppermint Bliss