Friday’s Five Minute Fix

friday’s five minute fix: make the switch!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Ooooooh, it’s been a long time since I posted a Friday’s Five Minute Fix. I’m not sure if I was bored with it … or if it felt a little bit trite. After all, there’s only so much you can do in five minutes … even with my streeeeeeeetched interpretation. Random aside: It was sooooooo very convenient when my twins couldn’t tell time. I could turn ten or so minutes into whatever I wanted it to be.

Adorne by Legrand Wall Light SwitchMost of you realize that interior design projects almost always take so very much longer than that. I think all designers are bothered by the illusion often created on television that a room can be renovated and finished in a day or two. Ahem. The room might be “done” … but I can promise you that short-cuts were taken and touch-ups (or major repairs!) will need to be made. And heaven knows — at least according to Twin B — that a “promise” (interpreted by him as any type of affirmative statement) is not to be broken. Ever.

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Ronald McDonald Home OfficeBut today’s Five Minute Fix really and truly takes only Five Minutes. And that’s measuring with official atomic clock time, not “Mommy-trying-to-hold-off-her-twins” time.

Adorne by Legrand Wall Electrical Outlet ClosedEspecially when your room has a dramatic wall covering or paint color, the last thing you want to distract the eye is a pesky light switch or electrical outlet. What an eyesore! In the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Lisa Mende and I used Thibaut’s “Minerals” faux shagreen wallpaper. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Adorne by Legrand Wall Electrical Outlet OpenThankfully, the Adorne collection by Legrand came to our rescue with their beautifully designed switches and wall plates. The Adorne products are so sleek and streamlined on their own, and the decorative option lets you customize the switches and wall plates with your own paper or other wall treatment.

Think about it — light switches are something we touch Every. Single. Day. Doesn’t it make sense that they would start to look a little bit dingy over time? When the trusty ol’ Magic Eraser won’t get those things clean and bright no matter how hard you scrub, it’s time to replace and refresh! Of course, you could certainly use an ordinary switch — but more streamlined or otherwise decorative switches are one easy way to step up your design game. In five minutes.

Multiplicity Fall 2014 CoverThanks to Multiplicity magazine for sharing this Five Minute Fix with their fabulous readers! You can check out their fall 2014 issue here.

Oh, and this was a long-winded way of saying that — I think I’ll keep the Friday’s Five Minute Fix feature … although I’ll only share it when I have a really good “fix.” Other weeks, you might see Friday’s Find or even Friday Favorites. Darn, I must have an affinity for “F” words. But certainly NOT that “F” word, thank you very much.  

Should I “switch up” the Five Minute Fix?

Photos by Marco Ricca Studio for Lisa Mende Design and Traci Zeller, Inc. Cover courtesy of Multiplicity magazine. A huge thank you to Adorne by Legrand for donating product to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!  

friday’s five minute fix: endless camp and school forms

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Can you believe I signed my twinks up for a summer camp already?  And I’m not talking those camps that last 6+ weeks.  This is one of those garden-variety camps that every museum, recreation center, arts facility, and little theater hold over the summer … knowing that MOMs like me need to give their kiddos some structured activity!

Twin A at Field DayAs fun as camps are, however, there’s one thing that is totally not fun … and that is completing those endless forms.  I mean, seriously.  As if school forms aren’t bad enough.  Camp forms are school forms on steroids — because, of course, it’s not just one camp.   It’s two.  Or three.  Or six.   And it’s not just one form.   It’s a registration form, a medical form, an emergency contact form, a what-to-do-with-your-kid-in-case-of-nuclear-apocalypse form.

Easy Way to Fill Out Camp FormsEspecially with twins, you are filling out the same durn information over and over again!   Same parents.  Same address.  Same birthday.  Same vaccination dates.  I’m tired just thinking about it.

Copy Paste Twin Onesies by Twin Market on Etsy

So here’s how I solve … or at least minimize … that little problem.  Strategic photo-copying!

Have you started camp sign-ups?

Oldie-but-goodie photo by moi of Twin A at Field Day.  Copy and Paste twin onesies via Twins Market on Etsy.