{home & garden} an update for a friend

Oh Hi!!  How are ya!?!?  Been while, hasn’t it….

You may wonder if the photo above is our house. It’s not.

I’ll fill you in in the next couple days about all that’s been happening, but in the mean time, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss out on one of the MAJOR things I’ve been doing and had SUCH FUN while doing it!!

You all know Jen at Tiny Oranges?  I’ve talked about her loads in the past. And thankfully for me, I’ve also gotten to know her in real life over the past couple of years.  Jen’s blog was the first blog I ever read…and truthfully, I didn’t even really know what blogs were.  But I knew I loved hers!

So here’s the FUN… Jen has been talking about choosing a new mattress.  The things you should think about when deciding to do so, what to look for in a mattress, etc. But here’s the thing, there’s always a domino effect when you tackle things like this. You know, when you find a cute pair of shoes, you HAVE to get a new outfit to go with them!! Right??!

And that is EXACTLY what happened with Jen. Deep in the desicion process of what mattresses to get her girls, she felt slightly overwhelmed with the overall switch in her bedroom situation she felt needed to take place. A quick phone call and meeting later and we were brainstorming ideas on what to do with her Guest Room, and 2 daughters’ rooms….and I have got to tell ya, these little girls’ rooms might just be the most fun rooms I’ve ever worked on!!!!  I can’t wait to share them!  For now I have a few before shots to show you, along with a suggestion to go check out Jen’s post on how they selected their mattresses.

Stay tuned for the fun reveal!!!

{Home & Garden} Addie’s & Hay’s Room and Toddler Bunk Bed

So you saw Piper’s Room (though a week after showing you, I got the itch to rearrange…there will be another post soon…).  This is Addie & Hay’s room.  I wish I had taken photos when it was just Addie’s Nursery. Actually, I’m sure I did, it’s just they would have been taken prior to my writing this blog, therefore WHO KNOWS where they are….

The thing to know is that the furniture is the same. I’m big on rearranging and reusing everything and anything. I like to buy once and use it an infinite amount of times.

The table (orginaly purchased for my college kitchen table) was the changing table for Addie’s nursery (after I had it cut down to a narrow depth).  The skirt hides large plastic toys that I can’t bear to see daily. The pillows were all made for the queen bed that used to be in the nursery.  We had the new twin bed made for Addie by a dear friend.  I used existing Pottery Barn storage baskets to slide under the bed with toys.

There are a pair of bookcases that we found at a second hand store. The rug is from Ikea. Super cozy and soft.

The photos were all taken by Sandy Heit. They are from Addie’s 2 week photo shoot. Her crib used to sit directly below them, so they are a bit off center for the current setup….and um, kinda need to be updated now that it’s both Hay’s and Addie’s room.

This is a small little room, 10′ x 10′ so it’s definitely always had to be a perfect puzzle to make it all fit. Not that many inches to spare.

This is Hay’s side of the room.  The crib used to be Addie’s, but when Piper was born, Hayden became the new resident when she moved in with Addie. The stuffed animal collection is not my favorite, but it is the girls’ and each has a special meaning to them. The tissue poufs were leftover from their birthday party….we went for extra mileaege weeks with them!

Hayden is 2 years & 3 months.  She has been able to climb out of her crib for about 5 months. But she never really does, only if she really, really, really wants out and doesn’t want to wait (until after you’ve gone to the bathroom.) Then a few weeks ago, while Hay and Addie were playing “baby” in her crib, THIS happens.  Guessing she was trying to tell us she’s not a baby anymore.

So I did a bunch of research on beds. My problem was 2 twin beds would swallow the room. But my little girls are 2 and 3 years old!!  HOW could I put them in full bunk beds?? Then I found this toddler size bunk bed at Ikea. And it occurred to me I could paint it black. It was perfect.

So I bought it.

My mom and I partially assembled it. My husband handed me his electric sander, and then I painted it.

It took me about a week of 20 minute windows. But it wasn’t too hard. I used a Behr paint and primer combo to try and minimize steps. Then Hay helped us carry it all into their room.

We dismantled their old room.

And we put the puzzle together.

And now they have a bunk bed (please don’t look too closely at my paint job….we had a bit of a rain storm while it was out on the driveway…I kinda have a few touch ups.)

I’ve reused all the same pillows again. The bedding on the top was Addie’s twin bedding. And the comforter on the bottom is from Addie’s nursery queen bed.

Now both bookcases flank the window again as they did when it was Addie’s nursery.

And here’s their little bunk bed.

The room actually has sooo much more play space now.  We all pile on their rug and read books and watch them play dress up.

Hay (our 2 year old) sleeps in the top bunk.  She is good at climbing the ladder which is not tall at all.  The sides are perfect since she still moves around quite a bit when she’s sleeping and I think it reminds her just enough of her crib, but also let’s her feel like a big girl. Addie (our 3 year old) sleeps on the bottom bunk (basically the mattress is on the floor). She is awesome about getting up in the middle of the night to go potty when she needs to, but she is normally half asleep….love that there is no fear of hurting herself.

I think it’s working for Hayden.

And Addie is pretty cozy too!

oh my goodness!

I can’t even write a post today, I’m so excited about Lonny Magazine introducing their new “Kids’ Rooms” section on their site. HELLO!!!  Can we all say “amazing”??

Say it with me, 1, 2, 3…..

AMAZING!!!

I was a huge fan of Domino Magazine…I adore Lonny Magazine….and we of course all know that I’m a huge advocate that having kids does not mean you need to lose your style. Please check out the kids section and see what I mean….beautiful rooms, wonderful spaces. Thank you Lonny!

incorporating good design into family living

Let’s go with a little design today.  I meant to share this article AGES ago.  The back log of posts I need to write is overwhelming to say the least, but I’m trucking through one day at a time.  Today I thought I would share a space I saw in House Beautiful in their August issue I believe (And BTW, I love when the article is also online!  So easy to refer back to).  While the home isn’t my exact style, it is still impressively decorated.

I really love 2 things about it…

  1. They have made a small space EXTREMELY FUNCTIONAL for a family of 3.
  2. They have kept their style while incorporating a place for their child to feel at home too.

I’ve said it before, and I will stand by this until the day I roll over and stop breathing, it IS possible to have a comfortable home, that is family friendly, without losing your sense style and design.  I’m not saying it’s easy to do, just that with a little thought, it is more than possible.

The use of the Stokke Tripp Trapp® Highchair in their dining area is brilliant.  While not an inexpensive chair, it’s many lives make the investment worth it.  It can go from high chair, to child’s chair / booster chair, even an adult chair.  I personally LOVE the red color.  And though I love our Phil and Ted’s MeToo Chair to keep a modern look around the table, had I seen the Stokke Chair when my 2 yo was a babe, I would have purchased for sure.  The chair can work in a traditional or modern home.  Great design, great function.  Perfect choice for this home!

Coat racks are always helpful and great use of space.  Love the little coat hanging there as well as the little chair.  My daughters LOVE to hang their coats up.  I think it gives them a feeling of belonging to this house too.  The yellow chair is darling, and again my 2 yo and 1 yo LOVE having their own little chairs.  Ikea has a lot of great options for kids chairs, here (could be painted too), and here (could add small throw pillow).  Also, the critter chair very similar to the chair in this home (we have them in black in ours).  Can’t beat $12.99

But this.

This is just awesome!

I’ve lived in some small spaces.  I’ve prided myself on the ability of being able to make almost anything fit and still remain functional.

But this tops anything I’ve ever tried to do.  For the record this bedroom is 8′ x 8′

Where oh where do you think their daughter sleeps???

But in a darling little trundle bed of course! Awesome!

Be sure to check out the article online for more fabulous photos from this fantastic LITTLE home!

(Disclosure: House Beautiful doesn’t know me, nor does this designer, nor does Stokke.  Just a cool Favorite space that I wanted to share.)

ashley ann…a wonderful new favorite!

I’ve said it before, that I love using Google Reader as it pulls the RSS Feeds from all my favorite blogs to one nice neat place.  This made is easy for me to read in the middle of the night from bed while I was giving Piper her bottle, and now read when I wake up and can’t for some unknown horrid reason, go back to sleep.  But when I look down the list of feeds that have been pulled for each blog, I’m always a little overwhelmed by Apartment Therapy.  Along with Apartment Therapy (blog ~ awesome design tips), I also subscribe to a few of their other blogs…The Kitchen (great kitchen and cooking tips), Re-Nest (green inspired & style), and Ohdeedoh (kids). I LOVE all of them!

But when I scan my reader and see that I have 100+ posts in each to catch up on, I start to sweat a little. If you miss a day, you’re pretty much 10 feet under water with no ability to tread….this is when I think I’ll unsubscribe to alleviate the anxiety.

But then I read a post that leads me to a new wonderfully inspiring and amazing find, and once again they continue to hold my heart strings.

Pretty much sure I will never unsubscribe.

They just introduce you to too many good things!

If I HAD unsubscribed a few months ago, then I never would have seen Ashley’s Boys’ Bedroom on Ohdeedoh

That would be BOYS, as in a 6, 4 and 2 years old!

I love the orange and steel, and I’m always a sucker for black and white.

(Be sure to check out the post for sourcing…)

Who knew such a simple thing as pencils could add so much…

Did you see the ruler on the wall as a pin up for keepsakes?

Or the cute orange chair?

And if I hadn’t read the post on her boys’ bedroom and been so impressed, then I wouldn’t have clicked through to see her new baby girl’s nursery. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I’m a HUGE fan of kid spaces that are practical and kid friendly, but are beautfuly and creatively designed as well. Having kids, does not mean you have to lose your style!

Check out Ashley’s site for the DIY on the fabulous reading pallet bed….

I’ve always been a fan of this chair.  Almost used it in Addie’s room.

This was my favorite photo from the nursery series. It’s like waking up to a party everyday!!  It is OK to hang things besides mobiles in your baby’s room.  I promise.

The nursery post led me to Ashley’s blog, Under the Sycamore. Where I saw she had been featured as well on Apartment Therapy for her Kitchen Remodel. Love the mixed chairs.

Throwing in a little vintage always gives a space character.

What a fun idea!  Rulers for the backsplash! Ha!!

Then her blog led me to her photography site, Ashley Ann Photography

You have to love this woman if not for her design sense, then for her 3 boys and a little lady!

So glad that I did not unsubscibe!  I love to find things and people as fabulous as Ashley Ann!

Enjoy this new favorite!

(Photo Credits: All images are Ashley Ann Photography from Apartment Therapy or Under the Sycamore).