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 http://www.behance.net/gallery/MACHEETE-Posters/4664583

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 http://zacharybrown.wordpress.com/category/abstract-paintings/18-x-24/#

Option 3: Wood Poster

I like this option because of the amazing texture combined with the personalized silhouettes. This idea comes from http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2012/03/pallet-art-silhouette.html, 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.)

(from http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2011/01/bold-striped-diy-drapes.html.

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

cornstarch fabric decals...

Toy Room decor  tree

http://sewingforscarlett.blogspot.com/2010/02/tutorial-fabric-wall-decal.htmlhttp://www.apartmenttherapy.com/cooper-campbells-cool-vintagek-139542http://ginnyphillipsphotography.com/blog/

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!

http://www.scenicoasis.com/portfolio/our-portfolio/scenery/general-interior-sets.html

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

http://www.spearmintbaby.com/2011/07/ten-creative-ways-to-display-childrens-art/

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!

http://www.spearmintbaby.com/2011/07/ten-creative-ways-to-display-childrens-art/

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

2011-06-20-boardgames.jpg

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/displaying-game-boardsinfarran-149687

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.

globes

http://jonesdesigncompany.com/

birdcages!

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?
HopscotchRug4x6AV2S10
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!

Making a Schmitty Bathroom Beautiful

As promised, here’s the bathroom I’ve been living with for over a year:

Maybe it doesn’t look so bad from that photo, but look closer…

That was our light fixture, bare flourescent, and our wall heavily spackled, but never sanded, and our peeling ceiling. Here you can see the outdated sink and the sheet linoleum floor, which squeaks so bad everybody on the second floor can hear your every move. Not to mention lack of storage.

I don’t think the pictures quite capture how miserable this space is. Trust me… it’s bad. We’ve lived here 5 years… how did it get so bad and why did it stay so bad for so long? Well until last year, I rarely stepped foot upstairs. We had roommates that lived up here, and Devin and I roomed in the master bedroom downstairs, which had it’s own bathroom. I don’t even remember what this bathroom looked like when we moved in, so I can’t blame the horrible condition on them. We played musical rooms just before the arrival of Baby Kennedy. Devin and I took over the two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, one roommate moved out and the other moved to the master suite. (Before you go thinking how weird that is, let me say that Devin and I were both in school when we got hitched, both roommates were around before we got married, and we saw no reason to change that because of a change in last name. Pierre, our still current roommate, is like family. If he could live with a crying newborn, we saw no reason why the arrangement couldn’t continue to work. And it does.) When we moved up stairs we got new carpet and fixed all the holes in the walls on the second floor. Somehow during to the sanding process, the bathroom got missed. And nine months prego me was in no mood to tackle a bathroom redo. So we’ve lived with it.

Until now….

I have put this little Inspiration Palette together to give you an idea of the direction the bathrooms is headed (and to keep me focused). Simple but fun. What do you think?

And a little more inspiration, found via Pinterest.

Pinned Image

from emilyfollowwill.com

Navy bathroom idea...

from hometodecor.com

black and white tile for bathroom

from houzz.com

I am hoping by tomorrow all the adhesive will be off the floor and the ceiling won’t need be a movie snack any longer. Stay tuned!

Any one else so a bathroom redo lately? I’d love to see pics!