Playroom Do-Over

I haven’t been blogging much at all this year. I’ve been focusing on some fun projects for my shop; and for my home. I’m so excited to finally share some of these projects with you! 

Our playroom has been a source of frustration ever since we moved in. The previous owners had used the room as a gym and had installed one of those modular black rubber floors. Initially, I thought it would be great for the kids. It was squishy and soft and virtually indestructible. Then the kids hated it. It felt weird on their feet; it was cold, and it held onto dust and gunk and was kind of gross. 

The other major problem with the playroom in its current condition is that it’s too full of stuff. Where does all the stuff come from? I have no idea. It’s always such a mess that there’s no room to play. Imagine my laundry room (pre-makeover) but with toys. It’s time to clean and simplify. 

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My goal with this space is to create a room that gives them plenty of room to play. I have every intention of donating and/or storing all of the toys they’ve outgrown or don’t use. Most of my kids’ playtime is spent drawing, building or crafting. I have no idea where they get it from. 😉 But if that’s how they like to play, let’s give them a good space for it. 

I started a couple weeks ago by installing a laminate wood floor. Laminate is never my first option from a quality standpoint, but this is a room for my kids to play in and make a mess in. I want something that is stress-free and inexpensive. Laminate does just the trick. I was able to install the entire floor in one Saturday. (And it doesn’t look terrible!) I love do-able DIY projects. 

Next, in order to free up floorspace, I’m going to mount everything on the walls that I can. A giant magnetic whiteboard will keep them busy playing school or restaurant or drawing elaborate escape plans for the zombie apocalypse. I’m going to make some sturdy wooden shelves to house art supplies and I’ll finish off the room with a big roll of kraft paper they can draw on/craft with. We’re installing taller legs on our old play table and adding larger, metal chairs so the furniture fits their growing bodies. Speaking of growing bodies, I’ve always wanted a ruler-style growth chart, and this black one is perfect.

I’m keeping the room really simple with natural wood tones, black, grays and white. The bright chairs and the kids’ artwork will add a pop of color. We’ve got one awkward wall that is begging for a wallpaper accent…and this is wallpaper they can draw on! So hooray for turning that awkward wall into useable space!

I’m thrilled with how things are coming along so far; and I hope this will be a space they can use for years to come. I can’t wait to show you the finished room! 

Here’s a source list: 

  1. Kraft Paper Roll
  2. Green Chairs
  3. Play Table
  4. Growth Chart
  5. Frames Wallpaper
  6. Raw Steel Shelf Brackets
  7. Paint Color – Driftwood
  8. Laminate Flooring
  9. White Board

I hope your weekend is filled with lots of spring cleaning and DIY projects! I know mine will be. xox



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Coffee Table Styling

For today’s blog post, I’ve been inspired by Chairish to style one of their great coffee tables. This challenge comes with a few problems: 1. I can never pick just one coffee table. So I picked three.  2., Coffee table styling is hard. Seriously, just search it on Pinterest. You’ll see tons of articles entitled, “12 Simple Steps for Styling Your Coffee Table” or “10 Essential Items You Need on Your Coffee Table”.  You’ll even find different diagrams of where to place everything, etc. My approach to coffee tables is more simple and less organized than anything in the official guides. I personally like to keep a little cluster of items in the center of the coffee table, leaving plenty of room on the edges for guests to place their drinks (or feet). 

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This style board reflects pretty closely what I have happening on my own coffee table at the moment. Start with a classic wood + metal coffee table. Add a stack of three beautiful books (I love Paris in Color, See San Francisco and The Perfectly Imperfect Home); throw in a couple novelty pots for your succulents and some sparkly coasters. There’s always room for fresh flowers in a pretty vase, and these hobnail candles are my current favorite…they come in so many fresh, springy scents and hobnail can do no wrong. I try to keep my little vignette interesting from every angle; so I’ll put one of the planters on top of the books, and the other one on the opposite side, directly on the table. I like this look because it’s pulled together without being too stuffy…which is perfect for my kid-filled lifestyle. 

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This look one is more polished than the first, but with the same cluster-styling concept. I love this glamorous coffee table. Add to the drama by keeping accessories to classic black, white and brass with a little bit of sparkle. Simple black candlesticks, fresh peonies, naturally (is it peony season yet?!?) a gorgeous brass vase, and finish off the look with some beautiful coffee table books – you can’t go wrong with Chanel or Vanity Fair

Coffee Table Styling-03 This third look is the easiest of all. I love the clean lines and the grey wooden texture of this simple coffee table. Sometimes the best styling of all is the easiest. Top this gorgeous table with a trio of unique vases and some fresh greenery. I’m in a major spring cleaning mood right now, so this look fits my current craving for clean and simple spaces. 
And there you have it – three very different looks for your coffee table.

Have a great day! 

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Cherry Sweet

Classic Cherry Recipe CardsMy friends at Wayfair are celebrating National Cherry Month with a challenge. They challenged a bunch of us to share our favorite cherry recipes. The only problem is that I don’t incorporate cherries into recipes often enough. Or ever. Probably because every time I buy them, the kids eat them up before I can even think about cooking with them. 

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There really is nothing better than sweet, fresh cherries. And since I don’t cook with them, I decided to celebrate them in printable form with some recipe cards and shopping lists.

Cherry Recipe CardsBecause I couldn’t decide, there are three different color ways for you to choose from. This one is called Cherry Blossom. I usually see cherries paired with a Swiss-dot pattern, so I tried to mix it up a bit and did a really light windowpane pattern in the background. Bonus: The gridlines will help keep your writing straight.

Chocolate Cherry Recipe CardsThis color is called Cherry Cola. P.S. How cute is that old Cherry Queen box? We found it in my Grandma’s house, and I just couldn’t throw it out. I love how the price is crossed out. It must have been a gift. 

Grocery List And this one is called Classic Cherry. Kind of your All-American cherry pairing sweet, red cherries and classic blue accents. Each color way comes with the recipe cards on one sheet and the meal planner/shopping list on the next. Just print what you want, and leave the other page(s) out. Download them here:

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Cola

Classic Cherry

Happy National Cherry Month!

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Colorful Kitchens

You guys know I’m not afraid of color by now, right?  So when my pals at Big Chill challenged me to design a kitchen around their fun, colorful kitchen appliances, I didn’t have to think twice. Naturally, I went overboard and did two kitchens instead of just one. 

When I think of colorful, retro-style kitchen appliances, the first thing that comes to mind are over-the-top retro kitchens that look like 50’s diners. I wanted to show that it’s possible incorporate a retro-styled appliance into a kitchen without it becoming a theme kitchen. Have a look at what I came up with:

Pink Lemonade KitchenThe first color I took on is pink lemonade. I don’t use much pink in my home, so I thought it would be fun to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. This perky pink range did just the trick. I combined it with a gorgeous rug, classic navy cabinets, recycled glass countertops and brass fixtures. I could feel right at home in this kitchen.

Here’s the complete source list for my pink kitchen:

Beach Blue KitchenFor my second kitchen design, I went with the Beach Blue range. Because it’s my favorite color. This time, I wanted to create a more neutral design. I don’t go super neutral very often, so this was a little uncomfortable for me; but I love the result!

My Beach Blue kitchen features a brick floor, a giant table for weekend brunches, a whitewashed shiplap wall treatment, and layers of neutral texture and color.  Here’s the complete list: 

And there you have it! Two different looks using colorful kitchen appliances. Thanks to the nice people at Big Chill for getting me back in the blogging saddle once again. Hopefully it won’t be months and months until my next post. 😉

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