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Friday, February 26, 2010

Sharing a Room

I'm kinda partial to sharing a room. I did it with at least one other sister my whole life. Then I shared rooms with room mates until I got married. And now I share one with my husband. So I really like these examples of stylish shared rooms. I really like how this room has separate areas for the members who sleep in it. I also like the use of similar bedding just of different colors so they feel like their space is individual to them.
This is kind of a cool idea - to have a sitting area in the middle of the room.
I really love this room! I love the colors and the splashes of that awesome wallpaper. Anymore than what they used here would have been too much of that bold print. I love the headboards and how there's a pop of pink on the beds. Very cute and chic. This room could grow up with your girls.
In college I found that my room seemed twice as big when we would arrange our beds in the corners like this room.
The only problem was that we didn't have an awesome corner headboard like these from Potterybarn. It seems like it would be pretty easy to build.
And once again, I like the use of similar bedding in different colors. It brings the room together, but also gives the members individuality.
Ah, bunk beds. I'm pretty sure every kid loves them.
I like this bunk bed with a trundle bed underneath - great for guests as the picture suggests. This is also a great bright colored room!!
When my mom was growing up, they had a lot of girls, so they put in a room full of built in bunk beds. We still sleep on them! It's such a party and it doesn't take up too much room, either.
A Life's Design had this picture on their blog. Doesn't it look fun!? I like that each bunk has it's own lamp.
This image is from Skona and Hem. I like how these built-ins have such a wide ledge next to the mattress. This is a really cute boys room.
{Urban Grace Interiors} had this image on their blog. I love the curtains! And the mirrors at the head of each bed.
I LOVE the colors in this room! These bunk beds are clearly built to stay here, but not tucked away in the wall. That looks great too.
This room just reminds me of a ship. Maybe it's the colors or the floor or the ladders, but something reminds me of sailors. I think it's really cute and really well done.
And here are some built-ins that aren't bunk beds. Don't these look cute with the curtains and the beams on the ceiling. I love the beams!!
I like how this room has a lot of storage. The shelves look cute, don't they, and it looks like there are drawers built-in under the beds.
The built-ins in this room are a great use of space in a room with a slanted ceiling. I also love those cubbies in between the beds.
These images from Potterybarn made me decide that I want three girls and I want them to share a room and I want it to look just like this.
Especially this one, with the different colored bedding that all still matches and the names above the beds. And it would have to be upstairs in a gabled room just like the one below - because I love the way that looks.
I like these boys rooms, too.
Especially this one - very masculine bedding, but still with the different colors, and I really like how a different sport is above each bed - just giving them that individuality again.
And in case you ever need to have a boy and a girl share the same room, here is a little inspiration for how to make it work. This room is so cute! And it flows really well, but you can totally tell which is the boy bed and which is the girl bed. And I really like that.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Car Caddy

{Homemade By Jill} just made this amazing creation! Oh isn't it cute!!?
There is a tutorial, but she just used three peices of fabric like this and then put a car decal on the front with a velcro closure.
So cute~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homemade Gummie Yummies

{Skip to my Lou} used these supplies: to make these gummie candies.
Ingredients:
1 -3 oz box of flavored gelatin
2 - 1/4 oz packages of unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup water
candy molds

Directions:
Place 1/3 cup water in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the Jello and unflavored gelatin over the water. Let sit 5 - 10 minutes. (If you like chewier gummi candy add in another packet of unflavored gelatin.)
Place sauce pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2-5 minutes. When mixture is liquid and all gelatin has dissolved, remove from heat. Let cool a minute and then pour into a container that is easy to pour from. Fill molds. Allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes. They may be placed in a refrigerator for about 10 minutes if the kids are eager.
Once cool, the backs can be lightly dusted with corn starch, if desired. Peel the gummi candy out of the molds. Don't be shy, you won't hurt them when peeling them from the molds. No need to oil the molds! Enjoy!

Sounds fun, right? I'm sure the kids love it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nursery Shelf

As I finished decorating my son's nursery last year, I kept coming back to these pictures for nic nac ideas and placement inspiration. I really like what all of these shelves have on them.
This one from Project Nursery is probably my favorite. I love those suit cases, as I've already mentioned, and the little blocks are adorable.
Potterybarn has some winners too, as usual.
I like the use of different frames and both chrome and ceramic nic nacs.
I like the frames and the different containers. I also like the teddy bears.
I incorporated blocks and stuffed animals into my shelf, as well as the use of different materials. In my case I juxtaposed ceramic and wood together.
I got the airplanes at a craft store for a dollar each. The ceramic canister also came from a craft store for 2 dollars. I already had the teddy bear, and the blocks I bought in primary colors - like they usually come for 2 dollars for the set. I just painted over those bright colors so they would match my son's room. I sell these blocks in my Etsy store (on the left) and I can paint them any color you want!
And it all looks great together!
Happy Decorating!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fancy Party

Check out {The Pleated Poppy} for more details about this fancy event!

To Make A Fancy Party
Step 1. Send out invitations telling all the princesses to dress in their fanciest attire.
Step 2. Layer pretty much everything with feathers, beads, ribbons and lace.


especially the chandelier
Step 3. Great the princesses at the door, which is decorated of course.
Step 4. Color Fancy Nancy pictures and look at her books.
Step 5. Decorate a table in fancy settings and lots of pink.
Step 6. Eat fancy parfaits.
Step 7. Get a bunch of fancy things to gether to decorate hats with.
yes, that is her fancy hairdo
the finished hats - so cute! (Mom's helped with the glue guns)Step 8. When the birthday girl opens your present, you get a manicure.

I had to laugh at this party. Wouldn't I have loved this...in fact I think I did have a party like this one time. At least I vividly remember decorating a hat and dressing up in my fanciest attire.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Warm & Cozy Room

What does it take to make a room feel nice, and warm, and inviting? It can be done a number of different ways.
1. In this first room, warm colors - the reds and oranges - are hardly present. Where they are in the room, they are muted. But you still feel a warmth when looking at this space. It comes from the wooden furniture, the lanterns and other candles, and the throw tossed casually across the sofa. This room evokes warmth by making one feel at ease - like they are at home. It's very comfortable.

2. The architecture of this room is warm in and of itself. Arts and Crafts make a room feel handcrafted which gives this room a cozy feel. The use of red paint as a wainscoting - only on the lower part of the wall - is perfect here. Any more and it may have been over done. Mission style furniture brings in more of that handcrafted element. And the browns of the wood and leather make this room feel warm just looking at it.

3. This cozy chair is a perfect addition to any room. Warmth in a single piece of furniture. The deep red curtains, pillows, and rug bring that warmth in as well. And those flowers remind us of harvest and autumn which is a cozy time of year - adding that to this space.
4. The use of those chairs again just make you want to curl up and sit here for a while. The earthy tones in the pottery on the mantle add a nice, homemade feel. The candles bring warmth wherever they go. Subtle touches of red in the rug and those sparse autumnal flowers add warm color to the space.
5. Here is another room that has that warm feeling without so much of the warm colors. Where they are present, they are very subtle - in the pillows and in the rug - yet they are present and add that warm feeling to this space. The color of this sofa is reminiscent of autumn, and that brings out the cozy feeling that fills this room.

6. This space is very inviting and carries both a warm and a calming feeling which is sometimes hard to attain in a room. It's nice when a room carries this vibe, though because it means it will be comfortable in both the cold winter and the hot summer. The warmth comes from the red in the pillows and the rug, as well as the leather ottoman. The calming feeling comes from the couch and the walls, as well as from the windows and all that light spilling into the room. It's amazing how natural light can make a room always feel like summertime.

7. This cozy room carries all the traditional earth tones that bring warmth to a space. That tangerine colored sofa brings so much spice to this room. The green on the walls is a warm green so it adds to that feeling. The deep colors in this room make it feel so rich, and the coffered ceiling adds a richness to this space as well.
8. Everything about this space feels very rich, and warm, and inviting. The warm colors on the walls sets the tone for the space. The reds in the pillow and the wood add just enough color to make the luxurious furniture stand out.

9. Here is another space that has those warm colors, but still carries a cooling calm feeling. This space would feel comfortable all year long. The white built-ins behind the sofa bring a coolness to this space, especially since they are filled with light colors. I love the pops of red in the pillows and the flowers - just enough to add a punch of warmth. The rug which looks like a quilt has a nice homespun feel and is made up of muted warm colors. The light curtains flanking that huge wall of windows add a summer breeze to this room.
10. This space is warmed up by these cinnamon colored walls. They set the scene for this room, along with the wood floors. I like how most of the large pieces in this room are primarily white to calm down that wall color. If you're going to go dark on the walls, you have to go light on the furniture unless you want the room to feel heavy. The white curtains really lighten the space as well. But I love those pillows and other accessories - different versions of that wall color and they tie the room all together.

11. If you're looking for a warm color but want to go a little less bold than red, this tangerine color is for you. Those curtains bring so much spice into this room! And this color is repeated in slight variations throughout the room. This room also feels cozy because there are a lot of pieces of furniture in it. It is an eclectic room which gives it a homey feeling.

12. This room has a warm feeling that is sort of borrowed from the adjacent room back there. Those bold red curtains and that tangerine wall color add a lot to this space. The reds and oranges in this room are pretty muted, but they borrow from that other room and give this room the warmth. Once again, candles add a lot to the space and the wrought iron bring in a handmade feeling - which adds to the coziness.

13. Here is another room that has that warm and cozy feel without the deep dark warm colors. Warm tones are there in their muted form. The wall color is slightly warm and the pillows bring some of that warmth in. But, I think this space would feel cool in the winter as well. Most of this room is neutral, so change a few items and you've got a whole new feel to the room. Love rooms like that.
14. Here is another room that is primarily neutral. Little pops of warm colors in the wood armoir and pillow bring warmth in. It's not as much of a cozy room, because the furniture and accessories in it are so chic. However, I think it looks very comfortable to be in.

15. Here is a more modern room with that same warm and cozy feeling. The warmth coming from the warm colors in the pillows, ottoman, and throw. The neutral couches are a perfect setting for any kind of feeling in this room.

16. This room just reminds me of a typical family room. I would be willing to bet a big screen TV is on the wall behind this photographer. It's pretty clear that the warmth is emanated from the colors in the rug, that chair, and the pillows and other accessories. Large sectional sofas always bring a cozy feeling to a room. They beg you to come and sit on them.


17. And lastly, here is another room full of that tangerine color. Love the sea grass shades on the windows. Very beachy and warm feeling. Those drapes are so dramatic and are bringing so much color into this room. That large floral arrangement on the mantle is full of autumnal flowers and reeds and adds a lot of coziness. And all the accessories in this space are full of those warm colors.

So, to recap - if you want to bring warmth into your space, here are some guidelines:

1. The quickest way to change the feeling in a room is to paint the walls in a warm color.

2. If you don't want to change the walls, add in furniture or accessories in those warm fall colors, but remember that a little goes a long way.

3. If you don't want to go that bright, still use those colors, just in muted form.

4. Add handmade looking items.

5. Wood always brings warmth into a space.

6. Rugs make spaces feel grounded and cozy.

7. Autumn inspired floral arrangements bring the space instant cozy feelings.

8. Candles spread warmth everywhere they go whether they're lit or not.

9. Mixing up the furniture - instead of getting everything matchy matchy - makes the room feel more like home.

Happy Decorating!

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