friday’s five minute fix: make the switch!

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!  

kate spade + west elm launches

A new collaboration is always fun, n’est pas?  West Elm’s new introductions with Kate Spade Saturday launched online yesterday!  West Elm is one of my go-to shops for quick, affordable accessories and accent pieces, so I’m always excited to see what they introduce next.  Here’s what scored the tops on my list.

Kate Spade Saturday Galaxy Sheet SetMy twins often ask me to create new products using my Bubbly pattern (based on their artwork).  Perhaps the Galaxy Sheet Set would satisfy them for a bit?  I’m a white-sheets-only kind of a girl, but this splatter print — reminiscent of Harry Hinson — might convince me otherwise!

Kate Spade Saturday Abstract Art PrintI’m crazy for the colors in this abstract art print, especially because the scheme works for both boys and girls.  Decorating shared bathrooms is not a feat for the faint-of-heart.  Quick Aside:  “Sprite Twins” occur when the parents don’t find out the babies’ gender beforehand.  The result?  All things green and yellow!

Kate Spade Saturday No Alarm Clock Art PrintI look at this print and think, “those were the days.”  It’s really going to hurt my feelings when Monday rolls around and school starts again.  Two weeks sans alarm clock and school lunches = Best Mommy Vacation Ever.  Yes, my standards are low.        

Kate Spade Saturday Globe Floor LampI’d use the Globe Floor Lamp in a playroom or modern nursery.  The glass globes are reminiscent of those at NYC subway entrances, which would thrill my city-loving buddies.  The table lamp version is fun, too!

West Elm Pouf with Kate Spade Floral PrintFor a limited time, West Elm is offering three Kate Spade Saturday prints as options for their special-order upholstery.  I’m crazy for the floral print, shown here on the 22″ Pouf.   To me, it has the same spirit and energy of Paule Marrot’s art, which I adore.

Kate Spade Saturday Neon Diamond Wool PoufPoufs serve “double duty” — haha, twin joke — as foot stools and extra seating, so you might as well get a fun one!  Neon is not my thing — I’m experiencing a bad fashion flashback at this very moment — but something about the Neon Diamond Wool Pouf has my heart.

Anything strike your fancy?  Head over to West Elm and bring on the good Saturday vibes!

All product images via West Elm.  This post was not sponsored by West Elm or Kate Spade Saturday in any way. 

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