Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm Still Here

I am sure you have realized by now that I am not very consistent with my posting. Being a mom keeps me busy, and I only have one kid!! I can't imagine what it's going to be like with more. I also have started working on a little project. I am in the process of decorating a model home, and I am so excited! It is going to be in our local parade of homes. I only have three weeks and a very small budget, so my mind has been going crazy trying to figure out the best options. Here are a few of my inspiration photos:

Living Room:
Dark wood tones and navy blue drapes.

Always love a beautiful tufted chair.

Master Bedroom:
The room has wainscoting and windows just like this.

(via pinterest)

Kids Room:
Loving striped drapes these days.

Great color.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Kitchen Blues Could Use a Little Color

I have been seeing a lot of interiors lately with the combination of light blue and orange...

Cute right?! Well, these got me thinking about my kitchen. My light blue countertops have always been a design issue. When I chose my wall color for the kitchen I tried to think of a color that would not clash with the blue but still flow with the living and dining room colors. I came up with dark brown and I felt good with my decision, but the countertops still just don't go away like I want them to. So, what if I added orange accents to my kitchen?!! Like a cute orange patterned shade or valance in the window and some orange dish towels. Here is what I came up with on photoshop.

I don't have a lot of bright colors in the rest of my house, but the kitchen could be a fun place to start!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simple and Inexpensive DIY Art

I mentioned in my last post that I would tell you how I did my DIY art for the craft room, and here it is! I made the pictures of the iconic chairs using magazines. I got the idea from my friend, Andrea, over at Strawberry Chic.
First, I went through my old magazines and cut out different pages with similar colors.

Then, I printed out two copies of a picture of the chair in black and white.

One of the copies I cut apart. I cut out the different pieces of the chair by it's lightness and darkness.

Then, I took those pieces and found similar shades of color and traced the shape onto the magazine page and cut it out.

I used the other black and white print out to lay the pieces on so I didn't get the different pieces mixed up as I went. I just kept cutting out all the pieces until I had the whole chair, and then I glued it all on a piece of cardstock. I had some old frames I wasn't using, so I painted them white, cut out some mats from some left over mat board I had, and that was it! This project didn't cost me a dime!

I loved the way they turned out. They're a little abstract and artsy, and it was super fun to do!
I did something similar to this in my baby girl's room, except I used scrapbook paper.

Super inexpensive and cute! This little collage cost less than $20. The frames I found on sale at Michael's for $3 each, and the paper cost me $5. I love it when I can do stuff for that cheap!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Craft Room

I finally am posting pictures of the craft room! Most of the room has been done for a month or so now. I was just adding the finishing touches and making sure it looked perfect. So here it is...

The shelves are just some boards purchased at Home Depot that I stained. Calvin hung them with inexpensive metal brackets. The total cost for the shelving was less than $35. The boxes are from Ikea and hold all of my stuff perfectly.

I went with the green for the dresser. I love it! I had some old knobs from my bedroom dresser that I painted white, so I didn't have to puchase any. Always love it when that happens!

My DIY art. I will explain how I did it in a later post.

I love the way it turned out! I'm not a huge crafter, so it's the perfect size. I love knowing where everything is now and having a place where I can leave my sewing machine out. Also, I would like to give a big shout out to my wonderful and very talented husband who made it all happen. Love you!

My First Feature

I am so excited! Today my house is being featured over at Danielle Oakey Interiors. Go check it out!!
You also get to see pics of the craft room for the first time, since I scrambled to to get it completely finished for this. I will hopefully post more pics of it on here later.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paint Colors

I often get asked about the paint colors in my house, especially in the nursery and the living/dining room, so I thought I would share a few.
In the nursery I used Martha Stewart  "Flagstone" from Home Depot.

I recently had someone ask about my bedroom. I used Glidden "China Rain," but it was a couple years ago when I painted so I'm not sure if they still have that color available.

The living room was a color I found while I was still in school in a really old Benjamin Moore swatch book that was in our sample library. I think the date on it was from sometime in the 80's. Anyway, the paint swatch only had a number on the back so I never new the name. I had Columbia match it. Well, just a couple weeks ago I stumbled upon the swatch and guess what! I just googled the number, and Benjamin Moore still carries the paint color!! It's called Antique Pewter.

There you have it! And thanks for the questions. I love that people are stumbling upon my blog.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Finally Have A Dresser!

Finally, after 6 months of stalking craigslist, I got a dresser for the craft room. AND I only paid $30! My goal was to find one for $50 or less. So, here she is...

I think she's a cutie! It needs a little love, but it's the perfect size for that tiny room and it will give me a lot of storage. the question is, how do I want to paint it?  Here are some ideas I have come up with.
I LOVE this adorable green dresser. So bright and fun!

Or, do I go with a blue color like this cute changing table?

But I also still like the idea of keeping the colors simple but adding a fun pattern like stripes or chevron.

What is your favorite? I need your help....please!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

This little beauty mysteriously showed up in my craft room this morning.

A fabulous b-day gift from my wonderful in-laws! I am in love! My first time using it will be to sew a seat cushion for it so it doesn't get all scratched up. :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Desk

Calvin built the desk in the craft room last weekend. It looks amazing! I love it. I can't wait to use it.

Don't I have an awesome husband?!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Craft Room Progress

Here is an update on the craft room. Calvin laid the wood floors, but we wanted to wait to stain them until we got some nice weather so we could open the windows for ventilation. Well, Idaho weather has been SUPER crappy, so Calvin was just able to do the staining last week. Here is what it looks like now:

We still need to polyurethane the floors, and then add some trim. I patched and painted the walls. It is coming together and I am getting really excited for it! So... I am an interior designer which means I had to put together an inspiration board and some plans of what I dream the room to look like.

A. Wall color - Glidden "China Rain." Same color that's in my bedroom. I had some extra, so that was the deciding factor. The rest of the color palette is blues and greens.
B. Lighting - The lighting in the room is awful, so I plan to find a cute lamp to put on the desk for some task lighting. This lamp is amazing! I just found in on some random website. I will see if I can find something similar.
C. Cork Board - This is an actual picture of the one I have already made for the room. The frame is from my work. A loooooong time ago my boss gave it to me because the mirror inside it was shattered to pieces, so I bought some cork board and glued a piece of fabric on it. A beautiful yet functional art piece.
D. Chair - So, this is a Louis Ghost Chair and sadly it won't be going in the room. It is a VERY big dream of mine to own one of these, but I just don't have $400 to buy one right now, or even $140 to buy a knockoff. Some day I will own one. Wouldn't it look so amazing in my craft room though?!! I do need a chair, so I will probably just find a cute old wooden one that I can paint.
E. Wall Art - I saw this online in a craft room. So cute!
F. Storage - Super cheap and colorful boxes from Ikea. I actually have these already. I got them two weekends ago when I was in Utah visiting my two favorite interior design friends.
G. Dresser - I plan to find a cheap dresser on Craigslist that I can paint really fun, like this one. I will use it to store my fabrics and other items.

And here is a floor plan of how is is all going to be laid out:

And here is an elevation of the shelving, so you can see what I am thinking.

Anyways, you probably think I am crazy but I like doing stuff like this. It is like I am in school again, which I miss. I can't wait for it all to come together. Hopefully it won't be much longer. :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Weekend Project....yeah right.

We started another project where I thought, "This will be simple. Throw up some paint. Calvin will build a quick desk. Easy, right?" Well, it's now almost three in the afternoon and the room is at a standstill looking like this...

You would think I would learn my lesson. (I apologize for the shadowy pictures. The lighting is horrible.)
For my Christmas present I decided I wanted to fix up the tiny room in our basement as a craft room. A place where I can do my sewing and have all my fabric and craft supplies organized. The room was beginning to be a disaster. With no real place to put everything, it was all ending up in piles on the floor. So far today, after taking everything out, we realized how bad the walls are. They aren't plaster or drywall. They are horizontal wood slats that are all warped and covered with nails. So, instead of just painting them, like I originally thought, we need to put some mud/texture on them. The carpet smelled like cat pee from the previous owners, so we decied to take that out too. I am excited for it to be done, and even though I always complain about these projects you know I still LOVE them. It's an addiction. :)