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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Things That Go Toddler Bedroom

With 2 boys in our family, we have an obsession with "things that go". So when it was time to convert our nursery into a "big boy" bedroom, that was the natural choice for a theme.

Bye, bye, cute nursery...

Hello Big Boy Room!
Little Brother has since become even more obsessed with trucks, cars, boats, get the picture, so this was indeed the perfect choice for him.

We, of course, had to get a big boy bed and went with one from Ikea (I can't find it online anymore, but these are similar to what we have). 

Wall decals are a great way to decorate and these bring so much color to the room without painting!

I got this idea from Pinterest and decided to make my own. I simply found transportation fonts, created pictures (jpegs) in Photoshop that I could print at Costco, and then framed them. It was relatively inexpensive and easy.

I created pictures for each letter of Little Brother's name with a road font and cars driving on the road from the other transportation fonts I used for the "things that go" wall art. Super cute!

And so we said goodbye to the nursery. What a fun way to transition into "big boy land"!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ideas for Small Spaces

Sharing our laundry and vanity area last week got me thinking about a couple other things we've done around our house to maximize space.

The first area is our oldest's bedroom:
We knew moving into the house that it was a small space, so from the beginning we made use of the vertical space by purchasing a loft bed and lots of storage for toys to go underneath.

We moved this stuffed animal storage from our apartment, and it's a great use of space! I think the footprint is only 1 foot by 2 feet, but since it's so tall, we can fit lots and lots of animal friends in our "zoo". 

Another idea that we've found really useful is hanging hooks.
There wasn't a good space to hang them on a wall by the front door, but we've found that the side of this wardrobe we use for a coat closet works great!

Make use of your vertical space wherever you can! Our master closet and laundry closet have as many shelves in them as we could fit. That gives us more storage and keeps it better organized since we use bins on the shelves. 

Hope these little tips help!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Laundry Sorter and Vanity Area

When you live in a smaller home like we do, every little bit of storage space is needed. Our master bedroom closet is shaped like an "L", but the lower part of the L didn't have any closet organizers in it when we moved into the house. Wasted space! 

Since we don't have much space for laundry and only one bathroom upstairs with the bedrooms, a laundry sorting and vanity combination area was a perfect use for the space.

For the laundry sorter, I used pieces from the ALGOT wall storage system from Ikea:
(it's just sitting on top of the brackets, so I can slide it backward and forward)

The BLASKA Laundry baskets fit perfectly.

We added the mirror above the laundry sorter, so I can do my hair and makeup even when the bathroom is in use. 

I needed a little extra organization for my makeup and hair supplies, and these ALGOT baskets work nicely.

No space is going  to be wasted in this project, so I used the small wall space above the right side of the laundry sorter for necklace and nail polish storage.

I used this Ikea spice rack for the nail polish shelf and this towel rail with these shower curtain rings for the necklace storage.

What once was wasted space is now a much used and valuable little area!


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Inexpensive Large Art

We have a large wall that runs the length of our living room that was just begging for something to fill it. Big pieces can get pricey, though, so I got creative. 

I printed a favorite photo that I took myself in the Colorado mountains and printed a 20x30 poster size of it at Costco for only $9.99. Next, I found a frame for the print at Ikea for $19.99. I had thought about doing 2 or 3 of the framed photos, but I came across the wall decals. I like how they add to the "footprint" on the wall but at a more reasonable price than 2 more photos would have cost. The decals were on clearance, because they were being discontinued. If I remember right, I paid around $10.

So, with the cost of the decals I filled the wall for a grand total of about $40-50. Not bad!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kids' Art Wall

Where do you put your kids' art? The refrigerator is a great place, right? In our house, though, the front of the refrigerator is not magnetic, so we needed another solution. Tape on the refrigerator would work, but I decided it'd been fun to use their art as decoration.

We use little clothes pins to attach their art to braided embossing thread which is attached to the wall with push pins. Simple.

I wanted a neat "Art" sign and was pinching pennies at the time, so I made these from items I had laying around the house. I printed each letter on paper for a template and then cut them out of a piece of cardboard.

The "A" is just embossing thread wrapped around and around and around...until I couldn't see cardboard anymore. There were a lot of layers, and I used tape as I needed it to hold them in place on the back. 

The "R" is wrapped in fabric which I attached and "sealed" with Mod Podge. 

I glued buttons onto the "T" and then painted them all the same color.

I attached push pins to the back of all the letters with super glue to attach them to the wall.

That's it!


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