One perfect picture & a hug from mom

{Windsor Smith's LA Home, photo by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful}

I wanted to get a beautiful photo up to replace the house dropped on the Wicked Witch of the East from the previous post.  ;)   I'm pretty sure this space is one of the most incredible I've ever seen.  Windsor Smith is amazing.  I'm not going to go over all of the details, but in short, I think it's perfect.

Thanks everyone so much for the kind words yesterday & I know so many of you are in the exact same boat.  I hate to get all mushy, but I will because I realized something and I think it's worth mentioning,  My mom came over yesterday to help with the kids (like she does twice a week) and she could tell I was feeling overwhelmed.  She was sitting on the sofa and said, "Aw, come here" and I did and she just hugged me like a kid and I got a little teary and felt better.  I have to say I definitely thought I was past that "mom-makes-it-all-better-with-a-hug-thing," but I'm not.  It still works.

She helped clean the (terribly-messy/ trashed) house and stayed late to babysit the kids so I could take Dave out for his birthday dinner.  It's pretty amazing what moms can do and I'm so thankful for mine.  She swooped in and fixed me just when I needed her. 


{thanks mom}

And since I've already gone down the emo-road today, I have to mention that my husband does the all-better-with-a-hug-thing and it always seems to work too.

xoxo,
lauren

34 comments:

Jenny at LGN said...

Amen to your last post and this one too. What would we do with out those magic hugs?? You are really lucky to have your mom nearby. What I would give! Actually, my parents are coming to visit for a week and a half starting this weekend and I couldn't be more excited!!
Good luck with everything you have going on. I'm pretty sure I've said this all over blog land, but my motto is 'I can't do it all, but I can do a lot' and for some reason, it makes the to do list feel shorter and more manageable! (says the girl still in her pjs with a sink full of dishes) ;)

xx

Mariska Meijers said...

Mothers are like that. A mother will always be a mother, the lioness, protecting her young ones even when they have grown up! What a lovely picture, so warm..

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

Moms are the best, my mom can make me feel better even from far away. My biggest supporter. Sounds like yours is too.

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

Very nice post, Lauren. Lucky you to have good huggers on hand. My daughter is moving up the coast to college in a month or so and I wonder who's going to hug her when she's looking overwhelmed just to make her feel better? Sometimes, I even make her sit on my lap still for that hug (but that might be more for me than for her!)
Loving those cute kids... especially that dangling baby!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

all I have to say is YEAH for family, there's nothing better. glad you have the support! xo

Janette Mallory Interior Design, Inc said...

I agree that is one of my favorite rooms I have ever seen. I pulled it out of magazine when I saw it and I still have it up on my bulletin board so I look at it everyday. Thanks for sharing
xo janette

Fiona said...

Wow, your mom looks so young! I am 40, and I feel like she looks like she is around my age, which scares me because I guess theoretically I could have a grown daughter instead of a toddler!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Love the lines of the ceiling outcropping at the right of the photo...it would be great to see this room in person.

Glad your mom is nearby, it does make all the difference!!

Danielle Sigwalt said...

How sweet! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom and husband...you deserve it! xxDanielle

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I don't know what I would do without Mom. I'm glad to hear that yours was so close at hand just when you needed her. Love your picture!

Gypsy Heart said...

A mom will always be a mom...and we will always want to make it better! :-) I totally understand where you were...I was in a totally different city from any family with 2 little ones and no one to help, even their dad. :-( One of the most difficult times of my life.

I am so happy that your mom can stop by and help...I know that is her great pleasure to do so. Hang in there!

Blessings,
Pat

Kathysue said...

We all need a soft place to land sometimes, Moms are always available for that. Someday you will be that for your grown boys too. Your babies are so adorable I just want to hug them myself. You just needed a break, every new Mommy does. It is a 24/7 job. A wonderful job, a rewarding job, but a very tiring sometimes overwhelming job. It is good that you recognized it and re-grouped. Relax and get some rest when you can, Hugs Kathysue

Peggy and Fritz said...

I love that entry way - what magazine was that in? I get every home one, maybe I haven't seen it yet. Does anyone know.

That's so sweet of your mom. What a beautiful family. Ann

SogniSorrisi said...

Sometimes a warm hug from the right person does wonders. Please don't stress yourself trying to do everything for everyone. I think you are doing an amazing job with your business while also be a mother and wife. You should be proud of yourself.

P.S. I've always loved that entrance. Just divine.

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Yes, mom's and sister's do that! We need them and it's wonderful that you are able to tell her and thank her!

Ruthie

Averill said...

A hug from mom can make almost anything better, even if you're an adult or even mom yourself. Glad yours was there to help out yesterday.

And yes, that Windsor Smith entrway is STUNNING. Love the blue-gray marble.

Lauren said...

Ann- It's from House Beautiful
xoxo,
lauren

Melissa said...

Hang in there, you are in a really hard phase right now (mine are exactly the same distance apart as yours, both boys, too.) It gets easier and harder then easier-- but you are lucky to have family to lean on. No more getting squished by houses for you!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Lauren,
You are so lucky to have your Mom nearby. Hubby hugs are always a good thing too (Mike gives me bear hugs - with sound effects!) but Mom hugs make you feel like you're ten again.
xoxoTrina

Hamptontoes said...

Lauren,
What a lovely post. I have tears in my eyes. I know for me I have many interests (career, working out, goals for myself) but my greatest passion is being my children and husband. So I find life can be a little overwhelming at times when my desires to be good at some many things overpower my ability to do it all and do it all well. Sounds like you too...maybe? Beautiful photo of you, your mother and your children...that is a captured treasured moment!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Beautiful post....and totally agree about moms making it all better. Mine lives about 2 miles from us....and it makes me sick to think about moving so far away later this year. My Dad already thinks she'll abandon him to be with her grandchildren! Glad you are feeling better and were able to get out sans kiddos last night.

Lynn said...

What a beautiul picture of you and your mom and family! Most Mom's are always willing to be there and be of help whenever they can...That's us just being a ~MOM~..

Blessings,
~Lynn

Privet and Holly said...

HOORAY for moms! You and yours are so cute and what a blessing that she was there to help you out. You are SO LUCKY to have her nearby. Mine retired on the West coast and though we are still very close in spirit, I would have loved having her close by when my kids were little. Be sure to appreciate it! Love the picture of the beautiful entry, especially the seating piece, which has a name I can't recollect, at the moment. Glad you are feeling a bit less "under the house!" xx P&H

Debra Phillips said...

all of us that have our moms are so blessed. and, no matter what age they will always still be MOM

PS; TELL YOUR MOM LAUREN THAT SHE LOOKS TOO YOUNG TO BE YOUR MOM!

debra

Haven and Home said...

This made me cry....and miss my Mom so bad it hurts. Luckily she is only 3 hours away. Such a great post, as always!!!

xx,

Marianne

Leah Moss said...

Lauren, you're the sweetest! Love this post, and totally empathize about your last one. Life is overwhelming sometimes, but you have a beautiful and inspiring one. Keep at it girl, you're awesome!

pretty pink tulips said...

A hug a day keeps the gray away! So happy your mom was there for you.

pve design said...

Ahh, a Mom can make things all better (no offense to the husband folk!)
"if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" Glad you
slithered out from under that shed...in style!
pve

tarheel said...

you're so sweet. And you're lucky to have your mom in town with you! And you all look too cute- how can that be your mom?!!

Courtney @ Project Pretty said...

Aw, such a sweet post. That's exactly what moms are for. So glad yours was there for you when you needed her! Hang in there, girl!

Semi Expat said...

Your mother sounds like the kind that we all wish we had... and I hope that I am and always will be to my daughter. What a gorgeous photograph too... - just beautiful.x

Zuniga Interiors Design Studio said...

Hi Lauren-
I visit your blog and think it's great! I am a designer and mother of two, though mine are early teens now! I know how you feel to be overwhelmed with family, work, friends and even e-mails! Life just seems to get busier- but keep your pure style philosophy...it will help! xo- Michelle

Cote de Texas said...

hehe. my husband who is 55 STILL leans into his mom - then she scratches his back softly while he is all mushed up in her spacious busom. truth. after she is done, he has this sleepy eyed grin on his face. gah. you never get over a mom's hug.

your mother is adorable.

Windlost said...

So sweet - your Mom is a doll. So happy she fixed you and yes, Mom hugs fix almost everything. Happy birthday to Dave too. xo Terri