But Which Color?

Peter and I recently realized that we need a stool for our main floor bathroom, and soon… as in, yesterday would be good.  Alethea is no longer very interested in using her potty chair.  She wants to use the big toilet.  And as much as we applaud her potty training progress, when combined with her ‘do it myself’ attitude, it means that she is pulling herself chest first over the toilet multiple times every day.  Ick!

I’ll admit that my first thought was to add ‘bathroom stool’ to my Target shopping list.  But after another moment’s consideration, I decided to first check out Etsy to see if I could find something more unique and not made in China.  After all, accessories are the best way to give a small space a little pizazz.

After a brief search, I settled on this adorable Vintage Style Step Stool No 2 from Etsy seller CircleCreekHome:

I love the simple lines and distressed finish.  Picking the style was really easy.  Picking a color?  Not so much.

They’ve got a whole slew of gorgeous options, but I think I’ve finally got it narrowed down to two.

The first color option is aqua.  Anyone surprised?  I love aqua.  It’s serene, it’s sophisticated and yet, it’s still just a little bit sassy.  I could definitely be happy with aqua.

The second color is called ‘pencil’.  That’s right folks, it’s yellow!

‘But wait,’ you say, ‘Aren’t you the Elise who was eight months pregnant up on a step ladder in your dining room painting over a very similar shade of yellow just because you hated the color so much you couldn’t stand to look at it any longer?’

Yup, that’s me.

So what’s changed?  Well, tastes change for one thing.  And for another, I’m starting to be afraid that if I don’t break out soon, every room in my house is going to be some shade of blue, green or blue-green.  Because so far those are the main colors or primary accent colors in my living and dining rooms, the basement, my piano studio, the nursery and the girls’ bathroom.

What do you think?  Stick with tried and true, I’m sure to love it, never fails to make me happy aqua?  Or branch out, take a chance, be a little crazy and go for yellow?

Please help!  I have to make a decision very soon!  Alethea is probably just a day or two away from deciding that the toilet makes a perfect jungle gym.

Falling in Love with Etsy

So I’ve known about this website etsy.com for quite a while now.  It’s sort of like eBay, but the listings aren’t auctions and most people are selling vintage and handmade stuff.  Other bloggers I’ve seen post really cool stuff they find, but I’ve never had much success locating things to my taste when I’ve visited.  There’s just so much stuff and it’s pretty loosely organized.

Anyway, the past few days I’ve made a little more effort to plumb the depths of Etsy’s offerings and what do you know, I can find things that I’d love to spend money on.

Tonight, I give you my floral finds:

This Dahlia Clay Sculpture caught my eye just because of its incredible detail, but what I really love about it is that you can hang it on a wall.  So cool!

How cute would Lydia look in this Newsboy Hat?  Super adorable!

If I could go back and plan my wedding again, I would definitely find a place for these Birch Wood Roses.  Gorgeous!

So I think I’m quickly falling in love with Etsy, which is really unfortunate for our family budget.  Must resist impulse spending!  So hard!