Today I’m finally giving you a glimpse at how the twins ‘big boy bedroom’ turned out. No, I haven’t fallen in a deep dark hole or been abducted by aliens. (Although you might see an alien or two in the post – just sayin’.) But it’s been forever since I’ve been on a regular blogging schedule. Let’s just say there’s… Read More
Bonjour friends! Well, if you’ve opened a decorating magazine in the past year, you’ve certainly noticed that graphic wallpaper is all the rage. Despite my past wallpaper aversion (created by our first fixer upper), I’ve been so wooed by these new wallpapers that I even decided to create a wallpaper accent in our master bedroom which I shared awhile back. (Picture posted below.) I absolutely love the visual interest and style statement that geometric wallpaper like this makes, but the best wallpaper for creating warmth doesn’t come in a bold pattern. READ MORE
OK, so here’s two words I never thought I’d say again: I wallpapered. (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have snuck a sneaky peaky.)
And, let me tell you, it’s no small miracle.
Fifteen years ago, I swore I would never-ever, ever-never, use wallpaper again. That’s what happens when you strip and scrape four decade’s worth of wallpaper with your own hands. By the time I tore the last piece of velvet flocked paper off the walls of our first home, I had developed a disease known to all owners of 1960s fixer uppers: Wallpaper Aversion Disorder. (It’s real, I swear.) READ MORE…
A couple of posts ago (in Beauty & The Beast: Decorating with a Sectional Sofa – 5 Fab Examples) I talked about how we recently put a big sectional in our TV room, and how it’s been a bit of a challenge to decorate around.
After searching for some inspiration on how to decorate with a sectional sofa, I decided to create a gallery wall behind the sectional to help balance out it’s huge presence.
If you follow me here, you might know that I’m already a big fan of the eclectic and ‘collected’ style that a gallery wall gives a room. I’ve created small collections of wall art throughout our home, like in our foyer (yellow and gray Sunshine-Inspired gallery wall) and our basement stairway (Colorful, Alphabet-Inspired gallery wall).
The largest one I attempted was in our living room a couple of years ago, but after we re-painted the wall, I decided not to put the gallery wall back up. I’ve missed it ever since! (See: I Miss My Living Room Gallery Wall (The great debate: Simplicity vs Eclectic/Collected Decor?).
So I was excited about the idea of creating a similar wall in the TV Room. I don’t talk about this room much around here, mainly because it’s, ahem, “well-lived-in”, which essentially means it’s never fit for photographs, lol.
I can never seem to get a handle on it! It’s the magnet on our main floor for toys and crafts and craziness. The kids have a playroom / family room in the basement, but for whatever reason, this main floor room seems to be their favorite! It’s small in square footage, but has high cathedral ceilings (16ft), which helps provide the illusion of more breathing room!
Here you can see how the kids use READ MORE
Sectional sofas. It seems that in the world of decorating and design, you either love ’em or hate ’em! Perhaps that’s because decorating with a sectional can be a design dilemma. But say what you will about their aesthetic non-appeal, sectionals have their advantages.
Back in the Fall, when our 13-year old sofa set could no longer withstand the antics of our 3-year old boys, we gave in and purchased a big leather sectional for our upstairs family room. Since it has enough seating for all 5 of us, it meant we could get rid of the other seating in the room to free up more floor space for the kids to play. So, oddly, a sectional can actually free up space!
Not to mention, that chaise lounge thingy (is that what you call it?) on the corner is super comfortable! So we seem to use the room more often as as a family now too. Here’s a quick pic I took before the holidays when I was still trying to figure out that wall behind the sectional. I’m still working on getting it ‘right’! More photos soon! ===>
I have to admit, decorating with a sectional is indeed a little tricky! They’re huge and awkward. It’s like decorating around an elephant. So I went looking for some inspiration on Houzz, Pinterest and blogs.
I found that all of the rooms with sectionals that I liked the best had two things in common:
Let’s face it: We spend a lot of time (and money) decorating babies’ nurseries for the amount of time they’ll use it! Funny isn’t it? When you’re pregnant, it seems like ‘The Nursery’ is going to be a permanent thing. Every little detail is planned out with the precision of shuttle launch, and we easily justify dropping more cash on it than our own bedrooms (“because they’ll only be a baby once” :-))
But time flies, and within just a couple of years, Mr. Monkeypants is climbing out the crib that you just put together (or so it seems) and he now wants a Lightning McQueen bed, and the whole room needs re-thinking. I learned this lesson on my first child (now 8). So when the time came to decorate our twin boys’ nursery just over 3 years ago, I tried to choose nursery decor that would work well in a toddler room too. It just seemed like such a waste to have to start from scratch again within 2 years.
Well, recently, the time came when we could no longer keep the boys in their cribs. When Noah greeted me one morning holding a large bolt to Jack’s crib, I figured that it was probably time ;-).
First things first. I had to do something about that chocolate wall! OMG, what a mess. You can’t even imagine. I swear some nights they’d throw their bottles at the wall just to see who could splat more milk. But I was still much too sentimental about that large ‘elephants’ wall quote (which I’ve talked about here a few times, most recently in the post Elephants, spiders and the ’80s) to paint over it yet. So, instead, I decided to re-paint only the part of the wall that was the messiest with large horizontal aqua and white stripes. This gave the room a fun punch of new color, but allowed me to salvage the wall quote.
Want to know a great trick for making a pretty fabric-covered, large-scale bulletin board (i.e., cork board) inexpensively?
Fabric shower curtains are great for large-scale projects like this because buying designer fabric by the yard can get really expensive. And, let’s face it, you don’t need upholstery-quality fabric on a bulletin board! A cotton shower curtain will yield a lot of fabric for a decent price, and you can find them in some really great patterns these days.
I first used this trick last summer, when I pretty-ed up some regular old cork bulletin boards for my craft room-office by covering them with a black-and-white gingham fabric shower curtain that I found for just $20. In one shower curtain, there was enough fabric to cover.. Click to read more
Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue won me over the very first time I saw it used in a Pinterest photo! So when it was time to re-paint our sage green living room, it’s the color we chose. We painted it about 5 months ago, and I’ve been slowly re-decorating the room over the past few months. Using Benjamin Moore Woodlawn… Read More
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that this weekend I was hunting for ideas on painted dressers / desks for kids’ rooms. If you’re like me, your kids’ rooms probably have a hand-me-down (aka ‘vintage’, lol) dresser or desk from your own childhood. I think most of us hang on to those pieces out of nostalgia and because… Read More