Monday, December 19, 2011

family room coffee table update

    If you remember a few weeks ago I posted about choices for coffee tables I loved! Well, this weekend we finally got our new table. The winner was the wood table from World Market!  We already had the matching end table and I scored this table used for a fraction of the price! Who doesn't love a good deal!

Here is the room now with our new table.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Living room gallery wall

Yesterday I posted some gallery walls that inspired me, and today I am sharing the gallery wall I put together in my living room! The living room is the first room you see when you enter our front door so I wanted the focal wall to make a statement! I looked and looked at ideas for stenciled walls, but I totally loved the painted wall treatment I found at Jonesdesigncompany .  It took me about a week to complete the wall, but it was so worth it.
  Then it was time for the fun part arranging and rearranging the gallery wall. I reused frames I already had, and black and white pics of my precious children!

I didn't have enough photos to fill all the frames so I used pages from an old dictionary I had laying around. To add a little more detail I used some burlap hearts that are actually from my scrapbooking stash.

The rest of the room is still a work in progress. The couch is old and is need of a white slipcover and maybe some new colorful pillows! At least for now I am happy looking at my completed wall!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Gallery wall

Today I have gallery walls on the brain! I have an empty wall in my family room between the window and kitchen slider that is in need of something. It's not a huge space, but it's definitely lacking pizazz! I've been thinking of arranging some mismatch picture frames there, but I just haven't got around to it yet. Here are a few that caught my eye!




I just might get inspired to try one sometime soon!

Friday, December 9, 2011

More kids room ideas

Since I shared my daughter's rooms this week I thought it would be fun to post some other inspirational kids rooms I found online.

I love the yellow, black and red color scheme in this room. The canopy over the bed is such a fun idea. Having a soccer player myself I thought the soccer ball pillow was the perfect touch to the room!


This photo speaks for itself! The colors are so much fun and it could suit a little girl or teen!

I heart the aqua and pink color combo here! Plus the wall treatment makes this room one of a kind.

This one makes me almost want to paint my daughters room navy.

So glad it's finally Friday! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My oldest daughter's art room

Today I am posting pics of my oldest daughter's bedroom. When we moved in her only requirements were navy blue and nothing girly! She also enjoys drawing so I wanted to incorporate some of her own artwork into the room.

We saved a bundle by reusing all of her existing furniture from our old house. I painted the walls with a mistint paint in a light blue/gray color. The bedding was inexpensive from Target and the decorative pillows were all on clearance. I painted random picture frames that I just had sitting around in black and matted some of her drawings. On the wall by her closet we decided to paint a large chalkboard with chalkboard paint. When we went to Home Depot to get the paint we discovered they actually make tintable chalkboard paint. Of course she wanted a blue chalkboard wall! I have to say that I've used regular black chalkboard paint several times and had no problems, but this blue paint was very streaky. I actually had to use about ten coats of paint to get the color right! Lastly I had my husband build a frame around the chalkboard to finish it off.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My daughter's hot pink haven

When we first moved to our new home my daughter's room was a blank slate. She's eight years old and had a clear vision on how she wanted her room decorated! Her list included hot pink walls, zebra bedding, and Paris themed artwork. Below are the before pictures I took when we first toured our house.

Here are the after pics

I was actually really excited to get to decorate a girly bedroom! I was a little worried about the paint, but once the whole room was painted it looks great! I reused an unwanted dresser and simply painted it black (sorry no knobs in the pics, we recently found some cute black and white dresser knobs at Michael's craft store for $1.00 each).  We added a few zebra accessories, but I didn't want the room to feel to themey (if that's a word). The white baskets under her bed and on the shelves are perfect for holding her large collection of Webkinz and small toys like Polly Pockets, etc. We also painted plain wood letters from the craft store and hung with Velcro over her bookcases. She wanted Paris artwork in her room but I couldn't find anything I really liked in our budget so I ordered a Paris wall calendar off of ebay and then let my daughter pick out three of her favorite pics from it. We simply framed the calendar pages with inexpensive frames and it looks perfect over her bed. Lastly we needed a little bling in her room. We debated taking down the ceiling fan and replacing it with a much prettier chandelier, but decided we really need the fan in the summer. I had a string of glass crystals from some Christmas decorations that we simply hooked to globe on the ceiling light. In the end we love her room and it didn't cost a fortune to decorate!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Area rugs

I've been keeping my eyes open for an area rug for our family room. Here are a few that I really love...


pottery barn teen
ballard designs
ballard designs

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY glue gun window valance

I am back today to show you what I did with my beautiful fabric! I had several ideas, but decided to address that empty sad looking window over our kitchen sink.

Sorry the picture is so dark, the sun was so bright in the window I just couldn't get a good pic. I might try to take another one when it gets darker.
This window treatment was so easy and fast to make (remember I don't sew). First I simply measured how wide and what depth I wanted it to be. I doubled the depth because I simply folded the fabric over a tension rod so the light wouldn't shine through the fabric. I then just folded the edges over and ironed them for a crisp line.

For the last step you could use no sew hem tape that you iron on, but I didn't have any so I decided to use one of my favorite tools the HOT GLUE GUN! I just put a thin line of glue all along my folded edges. So easy and it only took me about 45 minutes to complete!

I then just hung the fabric over a tension rod I placed between my kitchen cabinets. Please don't mind those ugly oak cabinets they are on my future to do list!
I'm hoping to go back to Hobby Lobby tomorrow and purchase some more of this fabric. I have a couple chairs that could stand to be recovered in it!