Sometimes a single piece jumps from the computer and grabs you by the eyeballs. You go back to it throughout the week just to say hi. It might even be good enough to build an entire room around. And since it costs me no money to do that in blogland, why don’t we? Introducing “Inspired By…” – the post where I feature the can’t-live-without piece and the room that should house said piece.

While shopping for dining chairs for my actual dining room, I came across the Peekaboo Chair. It’s gold. It’s got a white leather wrap. It’s called Peekaboo. This chair is the furniture version of Marilyn Monroe. 

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And while it may be a dining chair, I think she should be the guest chair for your most fabulous clients in your new office! This room was a little painful to create considering the state of our actual downstairs office. (No pictures of this available. You’re welcome.) Someday…

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  • OksanaSeptember 30, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    So I couldn’t possibly resist commenting on this post due to my obsession with all things gold and the fact that I’m currently in the oh-so-exciting process of redecorating my own home office. In the event that you’re in the market for something similar but budget-friendly, I Just bought the Tobias chair at IKEA. A few coats of gold paint on the legs, a faux sheepskin on top, and voila!

    I’m loving the other items on this mood board and just may be purchasing a few.

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    • AlysaSeptember 30, 2014 - 4:11 pm

      Totally awesome idea! I actually decided to go less glam for the actual room. It’s a farm table and I have a bench on one side and metal tub chairs on the end and finally decided on the new Windsor chair from Target in grey for the other side. 2 for $100! ReplyCancel

The first section of the Pantone Spring color forecast is several shades of watery blues. Where as last week’s was like a calming spring rain, this one is like ocean waters in an exotic island. Are you for scuba?

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Spring Color Forecast - Scuba Blue | westofgrey.com
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You may have read on my Facebook page that we’ve entered a new chapter of struggles for our little knight. Two weeks ago, he started having a new type of seizure that we’d been warned about since the beginning. “Don’t worry too much,” they said, “They’re pretty rare.” Oliver can’t help himself but to rise to that challenge. So we found ourselves checked into the hotel a la children’s hospital for an unexpected three-day stay as we learned how to give the injections that he would need to attempt to control them. The other reason we had to stay is that the hospital will not allow us to leave with any amount of the drug and we have to have confirmation that it was delivered to the designated address to an actual person so that we could administer the evening dose. Each vial costs $28,000 and they send us two at a time.

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Oliver’s current daily medication regimen (most of them twice a day)

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Injections of steroids twice daily has left my smiley, relaxed, snuggly boy so angry, stiff and unhappy. But yesterday we got to cut that dose to ONCE per day and will begin tapering off the quantity every week from here. And we’ve seen improvement in his mood even in this first two days. I had not seen one silly smile since he started. And I’ve been blessed with about three today, including this one, which he insisted on hiding behind his paci. (Apologies for the hideous quality but beggars can’t be choosers.)

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And let me tell you, while no parent should have to give their baby injections, the lack of smiles is worse. Oliver has a lot of challenges, but he’s happy. I pray this is always his lot in life. I’m not sure I wouldn’t take a few seizures with a happy boy than an unhappy drugged, seizure-free one.

I won’t lie – it has been a crappy two weeks. And there are four more to go. And we don’t know if it will work 100%. And we on top of a PCP, pediatric neurologist, gastroenterologist, interventionist and physical therapist, we’ve now been referred to a cardiologist to monitor his heart and blood pressure through the steroid use. But there are high points – like the family and friends that have rallied to watch Oliver one day at a time since his immune system is down and he can’t be at daycare. And the anonymous care package of goodies for me and Margot I got in the mail yesterday from another mom who said she’s praying for me. Thank you. I need it. And if each of you reading has it in you to join her these next few weeks, I’d be much obliged as well.

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  • Emilie DeVasherSeptember 26, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Oh, Alysa. I’m so sorry, but happy for his smiles! Steroids are just awful, and I’ve thought some of those same thoughts about them. And care packages are so wonderful! You’re really in it, now, and even though Oliver’s situation and medication regimen and side-effects are far beyond Edward’s already, I have a faint idea of what you’re going through and my heart aches for you. You sound pod in spite of the misery, and it’s heartening to see you take joy in the happy things with everything else that’s going on. I’m praying for you! Hugs.ReplyCancel

    • AlysaSeptember 28, 2014 - 5:13 pm

      Thanks, Emily! It always means more when other moms who’ve been there can relate. Praying for Edward!ReplyCancel

A little over a week ago, we found ourselves stuck in the children’s hospital again (watch for Wednesday’s update) and we were about to cancel our grown-up getaway trip to Atlanta. We needed this trip. Aside from the aforementioned new health issues, I am fortunate to have been promoted at work to a team leader position on the most high-profile product BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee carries. Alan has taken on a new side job that will one day be full-time in financial planning (investments, debt, retirement planning, insurance, wills and trusts, etc.). *Message me if you don’t have an active plan in any of these areas – you can’t protect your family enough!* And we’ve come to another big family decision that has taken a lot of mental energy. Vacation necessary. So our family and friends rallied and jumped in to help and got us the heck out of dodge.

Thanks to Priceline‘s fantastic Name Your Own Price (I am not getting paid to say that), we got to stay at the swank W Buckhead. Here’s the pictures. Disclaimer: We were too busy being on vacation and did not take pictures. These are from the Starwood website.

who3167ex.140858_xxLobbywho3167lo.140860_xxP1020386This was the mural inside the elevators.who3167gr.110063_xxOur room. who3167gb.110070_xxW_Atlanta_Buckhead-Cook_HallThe in-house restaurant. who3167re.131508_xxNow for the fun part. I’m using this to start a new series called “Hotel to Home.” This is for anyone who’s ever walked into a hotel or restaurant and thought, how can I do this look in my house? I scour the interwebs for affordable pieces that mimic the look and feel of the hotel in question. So if the swank, sophisticated, dramatic, deer stag and Carrera marble look is speaking to you, here’s one way to take the W Buckhead home. 

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Friday Color Forecasts are back! Pantone recently released their 2015 Spring color forecast and it is BEAUTIFUL. I’ll be featuring a different color every week as a countdown through the fall and winter months to spring.

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The whole palette is meant to be ethereal, watery and fresh, so it makes sense that the lead color is Aquamarine, a dreamy watercolor blue. I love the dreamy nature of this robin’s egg, cloudy sky tone. Someone please buy me everything on this board. *sigh* 

Spring Color Watch - Aquamarine | westofgrey.com
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