Reader Vote: What looks best?

When this little blog started there was a corner of my living room that I am ashamed to say it looked this:

Now I am pleased to say it looks like this:

It’s not fabulous (yet!), but this little corner has definitely (finally!) graduated out of eyesore category. We’ve painted and paired down and cleaned up. We’ve also pulled some furniture switcheroos  (That dresser lived in our bedroom until last Saturday.)  It’s time to add a little pizzazz!. A little art to fill the space above the electronics. Nothing too flashy, after all, it can’t compete with the TV  or the new gallery on the staircase (will be posting about that soon!)

Another current. Full frontal this time.

Now here’s where I need your help. I’ve scoured the web for inspiration. And I’ve got a bunch of ideas. Problem is, I’m having trouble picking a direction. I played around in Photoshop to see what looks best. (Please excuse my mediocre Photoshop skills.) What do you think?

Option 1: Graphic Art

I love the idea of a pretty little message to remind me of the little things that are really important. This one comes from

Option 2: Abstract Art

I’m not sure, but I think the abstract art might be my favorite. A pop of color. This brilliant piece was found at

Option 3: Wood Poster

I like this option because of the amazing texture combined with the personalized silhouettes. This idea comes from, along with a tutorial!

So, tell me, which one, if any, makes your spine tingle?

Option 1: Graphic Art.

Option 2: Abstract Art

Option 3: Wood Poster

Feel free to offer any other suggestions too! And thanks for your help! I can’t wait to see the results!


Playroom Inspiration: Brain Dump

We’ve had our playroom slash guest room for over a month and I still haven’t shared my plans for it. And believe me, I have plans. Too many plans. I’ve got so many ideas that I haven’t gotten very far. And now that we’ve been temporarily transplanted to Chicago, all I can do is think about the playroom’s untapped potential. So here’s a post full of playroom inspiration.Can’t wait to tackle some of these projects!

 Where should I start? How about the color palette:

I’m going for lots of pattern. And a bit texture. And fun!

And lots of color. Perhaps a smidge girly, but mostly gender nuetral. I’m going for primarily orange, purple, green and navy. Those other colors will be there, just less. (This color palette was created with Adobe Kuler, btw.)

From there, the vision gets a lot less vivid. What would you think of an ombre accent wall?

Laundry Room

I saw this laundry room in Lowes Creative Ideas and thought a blended paint treatment would be brilliant for a playroom. Then again… maybe it’s too much. especially if I go ahead and make these awesome horizontal striped curtains (which I’ve already purchased the fabric for.)


Speaking of fabric… I am super inspired by these diy fabric wall decals. The possibilities are endless!

cornstarch fabric decals...

Toy Room decor  tree

But would that compete with brightly painted doors? Look at that yellow door (from this toy story inspired room!) It’s delicious!

hello yellow doors!

Let’s talk art. I definitely want a place to display my progeny’s works of art. I could go with something like this:

kids gallery wall

or something less formal… Like this:

childs gallery wall

or this:

toy room project

Or I could go another dirction and to this (which is just about the coolest gallery wall I’ve ever seen!)

Art Gallery Wall!

But then again, I saw this image and kind of fell in love with the idea of framing old school game boards.


And what about the cieling? No playroom is complete without something special hanging from the cieling.

I love, love, love(, love!) The idea of hanging a few globes or birdcages from the ceiling.



Or maybe just a simple paper chandy will do.
Ombre paint chip chandelier DIY tutorial
And then there is this ah-maz-ing rug (from CB2) for the floor. And it’s totally diy-able, no?
Now lets talk playroom content. We’ve already got a toy shelf and an in-need-of-a-bit-of-sandpaper-and paint-love play table, but what else? How about a swing? Or a slide?
swing for play room, yes please!
And, of course, no modern playroom is complete without a teepee!
Flags: I think yes!
summer reading teepee
Ahh, my brain is buzzing with excitement! So many possibilities! Believe or not, there’s a few more ideas, but I’m not sure this post can handle anymore. All this and more is on my Inspired: Playroom board on Pinterest if you want to be inspired yourself, in a less wordy format.

Some projects I’ve already started, others won’t make the cut. Some I’ll plan for but just won’t get around to getting done. Some may get started and but never finished. We’ll just see where this party goes…. What are your favorites? I think I am in love with that rug! What do you think gives playroom that slightly over the top magical feeling? Help me out!

Our Nursery

Even 18 months in, there are a few things I’d like to do before I consider it complete, Little things, like the curtains that resemble high waters, and the naked wall to the left when you walk in. Still, the nursery is my favorite room in the house. It’s so peaceful in there, I swear it even smells better than the rest of the house. I thought I’d share it with you.

If I had to describe the “theme,” it would be color palette, which was taken from the crib bedding, this pattern:

Over time, stuffed animals were added into the mix, like in every nook and cranny of the room.

We got the dresser from Goodwill for 20 dollars. We painted it and bought new hardware and now it’s the perfect pop of color, aka dresser, aka changing table. The shelves hold an assortment of her, (well, truthfully, my) favorite toys, knick knacks, and a few photos.

Gotta love Mr. Potato Head.

Over her crib, her name is proudly displayed in flowery letters.

I got the letters and the backings from Micheal’s and painted them with acrylic paint.

The French Doors let a lot of light into the room. First thing in the morning, when the curtains are still pulled shut, the whole room glows in pink light. It’s amazing. You feel like your inside a girly sunset.

The rocking chair is really comfortable. I’ve logged a lot of hours on that thing. (Yes, that is Kennedy playing with the diaper pail, it’s now the toy pail.)

This corner of the room needs help.

Yep, that’s a bed, a full size one. Until recently, Kennedy’s room has had to double as a guest room on the rare occasion that we have had overnighters.

On the upside, a giant cuddly puppy lives on the bed.

But now that we have a playroom that can serve as guest bedroom, so that mattress is on it’s way out. We’ll be replacing it with some much needed custom store toy storage.No promises, but I’m hoping to share on Monday!

Oh, Happy Room!

Ahhh… my living room… it drives me nuts. And now that I am staying home, I am in there constantly, looking at it constantly.(That was not bad grammar, it’s meant to emphasize, that I am in fact staring at the walls in this room constantly.) I know decor should not be one life’s greatest stresses, but it is.

Our living room is the first room you see when you walk in the house. I want the room to beckon you in, beg you to take off your coat and shoes and get cozy. I want the room to glow bright. Be charming, Ooze with happy sensations.Be eclectic in a put together sort of way.

But it currently doesn’t.

(Before I go any further, I want to warn you, I spend the next part of this post detailing what I don’t like about the room. After reading it, I believe It sounds a little like whining. Sorry. I know it could be worse, all the issues are issues born out of vanity. But truth be told, that’s part of what drives me crazy. A million little things that just take a little time and a bit of focus. And a little money, unfortunately.)

Currently, the walls are a grey that I am fairly sure that you would find in a prison cell. We have one bright red wall (which to be honest, I love, but my hubby doesn’t.) And here and there there are gouges. The paint is peeling  in two spots and there is chaos were the wall color ends and the trim color starts. Never knew I was OCD, but, at this point, I think I might kill for a clean line.

Currently we have a random assortment of furniture and decor. No, let me correct that… We have a couch, a couch that is so big that  no other furniture fits in the room, and, by decor, I mostly mean stacks of DVD’s and piles of toys.When we moved in, I started to decorate the room with all the colors of the rainbow. Over the years, that color palette got lost… and the room was filled with randomness.

But words don’t quite describe it.

Let me give you a tour.

The room was really hard to photograph and I see now that I missed a few spots. but you get the idea. I took these back in the beginning of November. That’s how long I’ve been pondering a solution to this mess.

Above is the front door. I love it, except it (and it’s frame) is desperately in need of a fresh paint job. The framed watercolors are from a trip to Italy while I was in college. They are ok, but as we’ve become a family, I’d rather replace them with something that is meaningful to all of us. The curtains are red.. the problem? The couch is red and the wall is red (I went through a red phase) There is insulation that expanded out of the window. The couch needs new cushions (the damask ones are so old that the pattern is fading. The British-esque ones were purchased because I love a good turquiose- red color combo, and it is so hard to find.I saw those pillows and though maybe the living room could be filled with red and turquoise Somehow I missed Big Ben… And I didn’t realize the small one says London until about two weeks ago.

Our accent wall. Problems:There’s a dartboard. Enough said. I painted those paintings years and I’d like to replaced them with something a little more…Modern… Abstract… Not sure what the right words to describe what I want. I am envisioning something Jackson Pollock-esque.

Not so bad so far, right? The other side is really where the chaos is begins.

What a mess. The DVD’s, the toys, The staircase. There used to be a more size appropriate (and colorful) painting at the foot of the stairs, but my hubby needed it to cover a blunder on another wall and replaced it with that. No, I never took that grey all the way up the wall.

The mantle in my opinion was the worst. But, hopefully will be easy so fix. I got the mirror when I was prego. I decided that since we were having kids, the place needs to look more ‘adult.’ For whatever reason, I translated adult into less bright colors and more wood tones. The whole thing makes no sense. I blame the hormones. The sticks in glass was an attempt at Halloween decor. I thought that if I spray painted them black and put them in a case they might look cool and spooky.After completing the left side, I wasn’t too sure, so I filled the right side with unpainted sticks to see how it looked. It looked like sticks in a vase. They stayed up there for months.  The rug was chosen because it was the brightest one I could find on the cheap. The rocking horse is a family heirloom on my husbands side.It looks cool neat, but I just don’t know what to do with it.

Final stop on this tour. Just another view. I think I have already covered most of what drives me crazy here.

End of the whining.

Also back in November, I put together this inspiration board for, well, inspiration and direction.

That’s right. Full circle. Back to bright colors. I just can’t keep away from them. They make me so happy!

I have a board on Pinterest exclusively dedicated to my soon-to-be-rainbow room. It’s filled with images like these:

Pinned ImageBright Rooms: Good Cheer


The problem is we’ll be moving in a year or two, so that dark grey is out. I’ve been trying for months to find a grey that isn’t to bold that I could accept. I just couldn’t find the right one.

Then I saw this loft in Paris.



I pretty much fell head over heels in love. I am obsess with this apartment. Now, I obviously don’t live in an old factory that has amazing architectural features, high ceilings and natural light pouring into every room, but I can take this style and make it my own. I’m sure of it. I am so inspired! So excited!

Step 1. Find tan wall color. I was under the impression that the tan/ beige gravy train departed about ten years ago, but now I see it everywhere. It’s definitely ‘in’ again. (I don’t really care about trends…. but the sake of resale.)

I got the 4 samples above. The colors aren’t quite right in the photo. The two left colors are a little two orange, so I eliminated them. That leaves the two on the right. The upper center one in is Sherwin Williams 7532 Khaki Shade and the lower right is Sherwin Williams 7534 Outerbanks. If you happen to have a paint deck handy, let me know what you think. Khaki Shade is a little lighter, more neutral, which I like, but in some lights, it kind of looks like the color of skin, which creeps me out. I naturally gravitate towards bolder colors. Outer Banks is a little more robust, it’s presence is less suble. What so you think? I guess I really don’t have to decide until all the prep work is done (i.e. spackling and caulking, maybe even priming.

I am also contemplating painting the wall behind the TV a bright turquoise. I know, I keep mentioning resale, but what’s one little wall? It’s little more than six feet wide and would make me endlessly happy. But that’s another post for another time.

I am hoping a week… Maybe two weeks? And on to the fun stuff, I absolutely can’t wait to flick paint on to a giant piece of plywood!

Stay with me as this decorating journey unfolds!