Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Designing With Ikea

With measurements, a shopping list of items needed for Max's room and a serious budget restriction the only place to shop at was Ikea. I crossed my fingers that some good finds would be waiting for me and headed out.

First on the list, a small desk to fit between the two beds. After seeing Isabella's desk in her room Max really was hoping for one in his. So much for making do with a little table that had been brought in as a temporary solution when we moved into the house.

I was very happy when I came across this desk. Right price, right size, though not crazy about the color. But upon looking at the tag I saw it also came in black. Perfect. (Hopefully he won't notice the slightly girly turn of the leg!)

I'll have to find a small stool or ottoman to slide under the desk for seating. Perhaps something in a fun color. A chair would be too big for the spot, blocking access into and out of the beds. But I'll look for that another day.

Next, drapes. (The ones currently in the room are not wide enough for the window, having been purchased for his first room which had a smaller window.)

After considering a couple of different styles I decided on this panel with its gray and yellow stripes. I thought the gray would work nicely against the chalkboard stripe that runs around the room, so into the cart a couple packages went. (I'm hanging two panels on each side of the window for enough fullness.)

I then decided on more gray for the bedding, more stripes for pillows and an accent green found on a couple of throws.

Back home I only had time to lay out the pillows, but tomorrow I hope to hang the drapes and build the desk. There is a somewhat big instruction pamphlet that came in the box filled with more pieces than I expected.

Max was very excited when he saw the additions to the room, but wanted to know how long he would have to wait to have the desk built...hum. Well see.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

So Good To Be Home

Isn't it true? When you live in a home you love returning from a trip is as good as leaving for the trip in the first place.

As we drove up to the house Sunday night Isabella said, "Next year, let's just stay home." Interesting comment given the wonderful experiences she enjoyed on the trip, including swimming with a dolphin on her birthday! Perhaps she was just very tired or had simply missed Roscoe, but she knew that home is the place to be.

What spot am I happiest returning to in my house? The bath! Even if there is a decent tub in the accommodations during a trip, a nice soak just doesn't seem that appealing. The tub is usually too shallow or the tile just doesn't seem clean I alone on this one?

So for me, the best luxury is returning home to enjoy all the comforts of a well loved home.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Visit To The Brooklyn Limestone & The Inspiring Colors Of Mexico

Is there anyone who doesn't enjoy reading the Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone? When I first discovered this blog I went back to its first post to read how this beautiful home was taken from a neglected state to gorgeous in high style. I'm thrilled to be featured in her series "Favorite Nook" today. Check it out here.

Also, I just returned from my trip to Mexico late last night, where the colors truly did inspire. Here are some examples of how color is used in bright abundance on the exterior of buildings. These sights left me wishing the exterior of my home could handle a bit more color. Perhaps with the arrival of Spring some gorgeous blooming flowers will have to do.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ceilings To Inspire

While wandering around Old Mazatlan today my eyes kept being drawn upwards as I stepped through various buildings.

There has been a lot written recently about not forgetting to consider the ceiling while designing a room.

These worn and colorful examples beautifully illustrate the potential ceilings have to define a space.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Don't Try This At Home

What could be the possible explanation for the concept behind the interior design of this ship?

I even hesitated to post such pictures on my blog. I've kept them small for just this reason, knowing if anyone really needed to see more they would know to just click on the images.

The decor even surprises Max, and if you read this you know he does not care for plain walls.

Dots and more dots with pink stained wood.

A ceiling relief that one must have realized resembled sunny side up eggs.

And many variations on the theme.

Despite the decor, we are having a fabulous time. I try to keep to the more tamely designed areas of the ship...with my sunglasses on hand at all times.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Movie Under The Stars

A movie under the stars and moon on the open seas. I confess, I must be a bit of a romantic.

But does it get much better than this?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sailing Away...

After a couple days in Los Angles we boarded a ship...

and this is the result when I ask for a photo of Max and I! At least my cute sandals are showing.

This is better, thanks Isabella. Luckily she knows how to take a decent photo or there would never be proof of my existence.

The ship leaves the port...

...and we are off to Mexico!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Big Pile Of Magazines And Some R&R

There is a stack of magazines that has been growing in my house. Most have not even been opened. But that is about to change. I'm off for a few days of fun R&R and plan to read through each and every page!

Our family has not been on a 'real' vacation in a few years...instead enjoying little trips to the beach in Oregon. I'm laughing at myself over the choice of this trip, it is one I never imagined myself to be taking. Hopefully it will include a great mix of family time, husband time and time by myself. I'll let you know if the plan works! Regardless, look at how cute my feet will be in these sandals found at Target this past week...LOVE for $17.99!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Home Office Redesign Updates

Look at what was just unloaded into my garage. The newly lead free cabinet, which will soon be put back into the Home Office Redesign. I can't believe how great it looks. Even the hardware has been stripped of old paint.

Seeing it in this state I know my decision to have the professionals strip it of lead paint was the right one. I can now bring it into the home knowing it is safe, while a bit of family history has been preserved. A big thanks to the guys at Houck's!

Now I need to decide how to finish the job...stain, paint or attempt to recreate the worn patina?

While I think about that decision, let me show you the completed chair for this room. See the start of the project here. Nailhead trim has been applied, running up the outer lines of the Atwood wingback chair. I am loving this accent. Should it come as a surprise that I've noticed a couple other pieces around the house that could benefit from a similar treatment?

Is there an item you'd like to add nailhead trim to?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guest Blogging At Pure Style Home + Map Painting Progress

I always enjoy reading Lauren's blog, Pure Style Home, and what fun to be her guest blogger today. Check out her blog and my post here! Thanks for inviting me Lauren!

And as for the map painting progress in Max's bedroom...who is inspiring who?

"The Globe"

Outlines of Australia, New Zealand and surrounding islands were quickly painted.

I left to get some work done, returning an hour later to fill the areas in with paint.

Next, the states. I have a feeling this one is going to be a bit harder...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Painting Maps In The Big Boy's Bedroom

During my interview with Max I learned that high on his list of priorities for his bedroom was to rid the room of its plain walls and bring in a map. I decided to do more than bring in just one. Now that the chalkboard stripe is done, the next project for this room is to paint sections of the globe throughout the room.

I printed several maps depicting areas of the globe and showed them to Max. He selected his favorites and I pulled out the paint brushes.

Using a dark paint Alaska was outlined with a small painters brush.

Then Canada was added.

Followed by Greenland and Iceland. Max's reaction after arriving home from school: "Greenland is icy and Iceland is not." Okay...smarty pants.

After the outlines were complete the land areas were painted a couple shades darker than the wall color.

Next, on to another wall and Australia. I hope to finish this project quickly, otherwise I'll have one disappointed boy!