Dreams do come true in La Jolla

My husband and I spent the past few days in sunny San Diego.  Sans kids.  A small miracle, if you ask me.  (BIG thanks to grandmas and grandpas who were willing to care for our kiddos while we spent some time out of town.)

The main purpose for the trip was the yearly National Art Education Association convention (held this year in San Diego) that my husband attended.  With him in conferences all day, that gave me some much-needed solo free time.  Believe me, as a mom, I rarely enjoy solo time, wherein I have the freedom to do whatever I please, so this opportunity that came with the trip was most certainly welcomed and appreciated.

On a particularly fine morning, I ventured from San Diego to La Jolla, a gorgeous area of southern California to which I would gladly return.  My mission in La Jolla: visit the world-renowned Salk Institute, designed by famous architect Louis Kahn.  The Salk Institute has been on my bucket list of “buildings to visit before I die” ever since I learned about this iconic building in architecture school.  I signed up for the guided architectural tour (I highly recommend it), and I was so happy I did.  I learned so much about the Salk Institute’s architecture that I never would have, and I gained a wonderful understanding and an even greater appreciation for the building.  With all of the anticipation that I carried with me before actually experiencing the building, let me tell you, that this place did not disappoint.

For some experiences, there are no words.  The fewer words I use to describe my experience at the Salk Institute, the better.  So I leave you with some photographs.  Enjoy!

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Small spaces require creativity

With baby #3 (a girl) on the way, I’ve been rethinking the children’s bedroom.  Currently, my two girls (ages 3 and 20 months) share a room (toddler bed + crib).  Thinking ahead to when we’ll add girl #3 to the same bedroom, I’ve been researching bunk beds to find something that will fit their compact space.  With 1700 square feet to work with in our home, I need to use our space creatively to fit the needs of our growing family.  I’m also picky when it comes to furniture, having a predisposition to clean, modern-looking furniture, and preferring sustainably sourced items, although I’m not opposed to acquiring second-hand pieces.

In doing some research (thanks to Pinterest), here are some amazingly creative bunk bed designs.  I really love the designs featuring stairs and incorporating additional storage somewhere around the bunk beds.

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What do you think?