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

OHay.

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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

I feel like Joey Potter.

Which normally would be an excellent thing, and the achievement of the central goal in my life from 2000-2004, but right now- not so much. Because I feel like Joey in episode 315: Crime & Punishment.

What? You don’t remember the plot summary off the top of your head? Ok. Fine.

It was the one where Joey was commissioned by Principal Green to paint a mural that represented her high school experience, and she obviously took it SUPER seriously because, like me, Joey is a total TryHard (when did that become a bad thing? was it the OC?) and before the unveiling she gives this highly emotional speech about the importance of possibility and how that is what her mural represents:

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And she is full on baby voiced, side mouth talking, lovable Joey, so you know she is about to get kicked in her optimistic little puppy face. And then…

Ruined.

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And Dawson is like…

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And everyone else is like…

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And Joey is like…

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And then she runs away.

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Pretty much exactly like Joey- complete with the weird talking out of the side of my mouth thing.

Such a bummer, but not to worry. We are already back to work repainting it and will take steps to prevent it from happening again.

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Because sometimes you just have to be the Pacey to your Joey and save your own damn day.

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I was up bright and early this morning so that our local Fox station could broadcast live from our wall!

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This beautiful little idea Sebastien and I had has blown up, and I honestly can’t believe it.

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Over 100 people have shared their #biscuitpaintwall pictures on Instagram, and we are so happy that everyone loves it as much as we do.

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Amidst all of the excitement on the store opening we have been working away at a new batch of client projects. One of our clients we are calling Project Lex is coming together pretty quickly. The couple came to us having already purchased most of the big pieces in their home, but needed help pulling it all together. Projects like this can be tricky, we work with existing furnishings all the time, but when items are newly purchased you don’t want to suggest something be recovered or moved out. It can be hard to create something cohesive when so much is already established, but luckily in this case all of the pieces they had chosen were on point and it’s a treat to add another layer of pretty onto a good base.

And it occurred to me that more than our more full makeovers- this is a project that would be the most relatable to most of your situations. So here is what we are working with:

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The had just purchased the chartreuse velvet couch and hot pink chair- and I love both pieces individually. Together, without much else going on in the room, that is a lot of solid velvet. So the challenge becomes bringing in pattern and texture that will tie these together, working with the colors already in the room.

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They already have some pieces of art, and these chairs that we will be recovering. On one hand it is nice that the major things are in place, we can focus more on layering and decorative touches- but on the other it is a challenge to make sure that whatever we bring in enhances the choices already made by the client and doesn’t fight with anything.

So how do we do that, and where do we start?

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Everyone does things a little differently. I have heard Miles Redd say he starts the design for a room with the rug and everything else flows from there. I am a decorator who relies on textiles to inspire me, so usually my first step in the design process is finding a fabric or wallpaper that will guide me on everything from the paint color to the furniture choices. That initial fabric isn’t always an obvious star in the end result of the room- sometimes it ends up being an accent pillow rather than an entire upholstered piece- but for me that is almost always the jumping off point.

Here, we had to backtrack to find something that tied the green and pink of the couch and chair together, while also bringing in some new colors, and fitting within the vibe of the clients inspiration pictures.

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Two inspiration rooms sent over by the client

While the furniture choices in the family room are more traditional, the rest of the house reflects a mid-century eclectic vibe that they wanted to carry through. Looking at the hot pink and chartreuse, I immediately thought of Chaing Mai Dragon- a print that was nearly killed by over saturation a few years ago, but that I now love again after taking a breather. It fit their eclectic vibe, and offered no shortage of new colors to pull in. We presented that along with several other options, and they loved it to. We decided to use it on the shades, and started layering in rugs, and other textiles for pillows, the window bench, and the two white chairs at the entry.

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The next step will be choosing some accent furniture, art, and lighting and this space is going to come together pretty quickly. I can’t wait!

ALSO!

Don’t forget this is the last day to receive 20% off everything online at Biscuit to celebrate our re-opening! The code is “biscuit20″ at checkout.