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Weekly Inspiration

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Weekly Inspiration | 0 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I thought it would be appropriate since I’ve been feeling inspired this week. I got a little burnt out after all the holiday crafting, but now I’m ready for a new project. It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally determined to finish Lex’s room. For some reason when I was pregnant, I didn’t really nest a lot, and I blame that for his room not getting done before he was born. Plus we were broke. And I had a soul-sucking job which caused me to be constantly tired. And I was pregnant. Anyway, now that Lex can sort of entertain himself for short periods of time, I have hope again that I can finally get it done!

So, I’ve been dreaming up a storm and have a vision of what it’s going to look like.

First and foremost, I was dying to get some cubbies like this for Lex’s room. I don’t have a dresser for his room, but there are built-in drawers. I thought a cubbie unit would be great because it can be bookshelves or, if you add some baskets, it can also hold clothing. Thanks to Ana White, woodworking goddess, I am going to build them myself. These exact cubbies:

On Saturday I went and got my supplies and have already started cutting, with help from my talented husband. (He’s making sure I don’t cut my hands off.) I’m a little worried about how it’s going to turn out but I’m also very excited to actually be building something with real wood from scratch.

Above the cubbies I want to hang some art and photos on the wall in a sort of montage. Along those  lines, here are some things I’ve seen around and may want to replicate:

 

 

Source: craftster.org via Ashley on Pinterest

 

I want to get some of those paper machê letters from Hobby Lobby, cover them with moss and use them to spell “LEX”

 

The next big thing I’ve been wanting to get for Lex’s room is a big comfy chair. At first I wanted a rocker, but Lex doesn’t need to be rocked to fall asleep. Then I wanted an oversized armchair, but then I thought of a papasan chair. I have always wanted one of these chairs but was afraid it would get torn up. When I found one on Craigslist for $30, though, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s from Pier1, and the cushion is micro suede ochre. Here’s a photo from Pier1’s website:

Papasan Chair & Frame - Brown

The reason mine was so cheap is that part of the bowl is a little broken. I’m planning on using some sugru to patch it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

When I went to visit my mom last spring, we went to the IKEA in Tampa, and I got this fabulous leaf canopy for Lex.

LÖVA Bed canopy IKEA Can be mounted on the wall above a bed, an armchair etc. Filters the light, creates an atmosphere without blacking out.

Originally I was planning on just putting it over his crib, but now I’m thinking it would be great to use as a cover for a reading nook. Then there’s this idea for a giant leaf planetarium:

 

Giant Leaf Planetarium

I love the idea of twinkling stars above Lex as he falls asleep. Plus his daddy has been messing around with arduino lately, and I’m sure he could make this happen.

At Lex’s daycare in each room they have something called a “cozy corner” with pillows and stuffed animals. I really want to have something like that in his room, too, where he can snuggle up and look through books. I really love these:

 

 

 

He’s probably too little for the little canopy just yet (in that he would probably just tear it down all the time), but eventually it would be lovely.

Here’s where I’m a little stuck. Remember these great shelves that came with the house?

What should I put on those shelves? It would need to be items that are only decorative. I’m working toward a double theme of dinosaurs/nature and astronomy/space, but I don’t want to get too matchy with everything. I got a little T-Rex 3-D puzzle and I think I’m going to copy my talented sister’s idea and do it up like this:

So he’ll go up there once finished. But what else?

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My Grown-up House {Lex’s Room}

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Feature, My Grown-up House | 0 comments

This is the second post in my series “My Grown-up House.”

The first room I’m making over belongs to my sweet baby Lex. When we first moved in, his room needed the most work. It had a lot of issues but also a lot of potential.

Don’t you just love these windows?
See the icky fake wood paneling?
  Lots of built-in storage, which is great.

See what I mean? Lots of work but lots of potential. I pleaded with my landlord to let me paint over the paneling. Being the awesome guy that he is, he agreed, as long as I painted it the same color as the rest of the house. He even provided the primer and the paint! After several weeks of painting while very pregnant and with help from friends, the kids and the husband, we finally got it done. Ta-da!

And yes, I also repainted the trim and built-ins. It was a big fat pain in the butt but completely necessary. Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake and bought the cheapest possible paint. It was way too thin and I ended up doing three coats even after priming! And the worst part is that the tape pulled some big chunks off when I was removing it, and you can tell that it’s not going to hold up very well to wear and tear. I may end up having to sand and repaint all the trim again, but I really really hope not.

Overall, I think it turned out pretty great. One thing I’ve heard over and over from decorating shows is that paint gives you the biggest bang for your buck. I think this little transformation proves that quite well.

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My Grown-up House

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Feature, My Grown-up House | 1 comment

 

It may seem strange to say, but I feel myself slowly realizing that I am, in fact, a grown up. With a real house and family of my own and a car and everything. It’s strange because until recently I have always looked at certain things and said to myself “Someday…”  As in, “Someday I will have a house of my own with a yard and I can do all this cool stuff.” And someday is here, has been here for a little while now. So I think I’m going to start concentrating on making my home the way I have dreamed it would be.

Most of my craft efforts have been focused on making gifts for other people. While I love doing that, it occurred to me that I can also make things for myself and my home (duh!). I have started doing some actual decorating from scratch with Lex’s room and am very pleased with it so far. I think my first order of business will be to finish his room up. Here are some pictures of it when we first moved in.

When we first looked at the place, I fell in love with all these windows! Aren’t they great? I’ve done a lot with his room, but I’ll save those pictures for another post.

The rest of my house is another story. See, most of my furniture is inherited and is kind of a hodge podge of different styles and woods. Likewise, most of my decorative pieces have been acquired piecemeal over the years with no real design in mind. As I look around, I see things I have had since high school and I’m thinking it’s time for a change. It’s time for some design. Here’s a look at my living room when we first moved in.

There have been some changes (like getting rid of that sad chair), but it’s still very similar.

So, I’ve decided to start a new series called “My Grown-up House.” I am going to room-by-room redecorating on a very small budget. I’m basically going to be transitioning from a college apartment to a more grown-up, cohesive space.

There are still other somedays like “Someday when I own my own house…” or “Someday when Lex is bigger…” but I can still wait for those.

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