Before & After: Pete’s Biscuit Office

We were supposed to move into our new Biscuit offices at the beginning of December last year so that I would have a few months to transition the business and get things running smoothly before Harry arrived at the end of January, and I could take a little time off. But, best laid plans and all that, the offices weren’t ready until March which pretty much eliminated any hope I had of a “maternity leave”. Things was stressful, and Pete offered to take some of those things off of my plate and manage the business side during the transition so I could focus on the creative side/physical space- and, you know, breastfeeding/not losing my mind.

I set Pete up an office so he would have his own space when he worked from the store, which was a little sad and spare. Minimalist chic? We ended up enjoying sharing an office, working from the same space streamlined our family logistics, and it was especially nice to have him around when super helpful freight shippers would leave big furniture orders in the middle of our sidewalk. By summer Pete decided to license some of the technology he had been developing so he could focus on a smaller project that had recently turned into a dream opportunity- and he started looking for his own legit office space for he and his business partners. Unwilling to lose our man-power, I offered to properly fluff up his office and share our conference room with his business partners. We shook on it and got to work making his environment more hospitable, the results of which you may have seen in this instagram pic:

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But it’s not really a satisfying makeover until you can appreciate the full before & after and so I present:

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The Scary Before.

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We started the makeover by moving his desk chair from our home office, finding him a proper desk, and some comfortable chair for visitors…

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Pete’s office doesn’t have any windows, and the white cinderblocks are, erm, a little institutional? So we pulled some pictures and art from around our house to warm it up, and filled in with some finds at our neighborhood flea markets, but the real game changer was hanging that giant nautical scene behind his desk. IMG_8082

I am not super detail-oriented, and while I appreciate a good gallery wall, the idea of executing one makes me feel mostly just tired.

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I will say a little planning goes a long way to preserving sanity- but once we had the basic framework we decided to just keep it loose. Perfection was not the goal, but I am happy with how it came out. I think the key to an interesting gallery wall more than anything is a mix of mediums, photography, oil paintings, watercolor, sketches, and some textural/sculptural pieces.

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The chairs we found are super comfortable, and they swivel which is always enjoyable.

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People tend to avoid color in man spaces, and favor tough surfaces like wood, metal, and leather but you need a little softness and pops of color to keep things warm.10 Gallery
This was a quick fix, we found all of the furniture, lighting, art and accessories one day and hung the gallery wall/put it all together the next, but it is one of the biggest transformations in terms of feel I think I have ever done. Which is easier to do when the “before” is so bleak, but it really is such a pleasant place to work from now.

I put some selections for any of you looking to create a similar look on your own, and when I was sourcing items I was so impressed by the options West Elm is putting out these days, you could do an awesome version of this room straight from the store- so I included how I would do the look for less as well!Pete Office Pete OFfice art Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 11.08.44 AM

1. Burl & Lucite Console 2. Eames Executive Chair 3. Black Lacquer Campaign Desk 4. Velvet Armchairs

 Large Scenic Piece, Work Hard & Be Nice To People, Juju Headdress, Abstract Watercolor, Equestrian Oil Painting, National Park Map, Shield Mirror

West Elm: Console, Desk, Desk Chair, Armchairs

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.