During our family trip to Seattle last weekend, my heroic husband took the kids so I could go shopping at University Village all by myself. I usually shop with kids-in-tow, which only exacerbates my indecision paralysis. Thus I leave the store sweating and swearing, empty-handed, sheepishly dragging misbehaving kids out with me.
But this time I was able to try things on alone. I bought things. I had conversations with the salespeople that didn’t revolve around my kids. For those two hours, I saw a glimmer of hope for regaining my identity.
You see, I’ve spent the past few (six) years changing diapers, rationing Goldfish crackers, and communicating in mommy-voice, and it took a toll on my identity. So the afternoon to shop alone was like therapy.
I went into the Jonathan Adler Home Store. Check out his Shelter Island Home (right). Adler does a great job of making rooms fun! Walking through the store was something I wouldn’t dare do while managing kids alone. Too much liability and not enough time to enjoy the sights.
And the next store I went into was The Land of Nod. I enjoy getting their catalogs in the mail, but going inside the store took our relationship to the next level. The Land of Nod is Crate & Barrel’s kid company. The magicians behind Crate & Barrel have taken the same stylish, modern, casual approach and applied it to kids’ rooms, but with more color and whimsy.
It’s like a mix of Crate & Barrel and Jonathan Adler. At Land of Nod, the colors pop, accessories are witty, the inner artist is embraced. Both for parents and children. They create kids’s rooms that even adults would love to live in. See a small sampling below.
Our poor third child will get a decorated nursery someday soon, and I swear to Nod it will be worth the wait. Completing this project will be another step in the right direction for regaining my identity.