Izzy's bedroom

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Izzy's room has been "done" (done as in I'm not actively thinking about what to do next) for a while.  She was with me the other day as I was adding images to the Home Tour page when she asked, "Sam has pictures of his room up?  Why aren't there any of mine?!!"  Well dear, it's because your room is trashed, and Mommy isn't going to clean it for you just for some pictures.  It's a matter of principle.  She decided it was time to pick up :)

There is no reinventing the wheel here.  We worked with the furniture we had, I DIY'd my heart out, and added what she likes: bunnies and giraffes.  I'll link to my DIY tutorials and sources at the bottom of the post.

The headboard was a DIY I made when she first transitioned from a converted crib to a bed.  You can see it in her old room here.  I made the polka dot and floral pillows.  Those sheets!  How great are those sheets?!!  She about had a fit when she saw them for the first time :D  They're Martha Stewart's Whim line at Macy's and they have all kinds of fun animals to choose from.  

The polka dot decals are a DIY.  They were the first thing Izzy wanted to do to her new room after moving in two years ago :)

I painted this desk I found at a thrift store years ago.  I had no place for it in this house so it sat in our closet for a while.  Izzy thought it would be perfect in her room, and boy was she right.  The large pin board is an inexpensive DIY.  Nothing makes a little girl happy like a massive pin board.  Trust me.

These book ledges were another DIY.  I don't have a tutorial but they were simple to build with a 1x4 and then 1x2 for the lip.  They're attached to the wall with "L" brackets.  I had two from her first room and then built a third as this room has much higher ceilings and a ton more books (I'm thrilled with her love of reading so I have a hard time saying no to a new book).  It's hard to tell, but these ledges are pretty deep which allows for more books to be stacked behind. 

The hanging stars were a craft project we did together.   The head of her bed used to sit on the wall where the book ledges now are.  She said she wanted to sleep under the stars so we made some out of scrapbook paper and hung them from the ceiling with fishing wire.  We moved her bed, but the stars stayed put. 

Truth time: I did have to haul out an obnoxious amount of stuffed animals before taking photos.  Two of them are practically the same size she is.  It's a real problem.   So, the pom pom curtains are probably my favorite thing in here.  They were another DIY using my super secret drape source and pom pom trim.  Easy peasy.  I sewed mine on, but you could fabric glue those puppies right on as well.  

I just lied to you.  I said the curtains were my favorite, but actually, I think the mirror is.  It's another DIY!!!  The dresser was purchased for Izzy's nursery from an antique market.  I used it as a changing table in her nursery as well as Sam's nursery.  It made it's way back into her room when I transitioned Sam to his big boy room.  I cleaned up the dresser by giving it and the handles a coat of Annie Sloan's Pure White and finishing with clear wax. 

Phew, that's it!  She loves her space and really that's all I can ask for :)

SOURCES:  DIY polka dot decals // DIY tufted headboard // giraffe sheets // polka dot pillow fabric // floral pillow fabric // wall sconces // round nightstand - TJ Maxx (similar here and here) // bunny vase // giraffe art prints // DIY pin board // desk - thrifted, painted Annie Sloan Pure White (similar here and here) // ghost chair // DIY pom pom drapes (no tutorial, but used my super secret drape source) // baskets - Homegoods // dresser - antique market, painted Annie Sloan Pure White (similar here and here) // DIY inlay mirror // bunny lamp // silver bunny bank // bunny alarm clock


my house paint colors

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We all know how hard it can be to find the right color of paint for our house.  You bring home a trunk full of samples, but then they all suck once you hold them up.  Ugh.  I lucked out when I chose the color in this house.  I absolutely love it.  And, thank God for that because it covers every wall and ceiling in here.  The overall feel is white, but against the bright white trim you can tell it's a light gray.

The walls and ceilings throughout are all PPG (Pittsburgh Paints) Palomino Gray.  Trim is PPG White Chip.  I've included a lot of pictures so you can see how it changes depending on the time of day and amount/type of light it gets.  You can click on the titles to visit the rooms for more info and photos.

Kitchen cabinets are Sherwin-Williams Snowbound.  I'm sorry, but I don't know the black used on the kitchen island and master vanities, but it is another Sherwin-Williams color.

Shiplap in the kids' bathrooms is Benjamin Moore Simply White.  It's almost identical to the Sherwin-Williams Snowbound used on the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities.

The mudroom and laundry built-ins are also Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Remind me how in love with it I am should I get a wild hair 10 years from now ;)

8 ceiling fans that aren't ugly

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ceiling fans.  Practical, but not always pretty.  The one in our master died during the insane storm the other night that dumped 16 inches of rain on Houston in 24 hours.  Power being knocked off over and over again must have fried it.  By the way, we are dry at our house.  So many surrounding us aren't.  Please keep those families in your prayers.

Since we were going to have to replace ours, I thought I might go a different route this time around.  In my search for a non-ugly ceiling fan with a light (which is much harder than it should be) I ended up finding a few that looked pretty darn good!  I even threw in one without a light because a) it's gorgeous, and b) not everyone needs the extra light in their space.  The best part of this round up is that a number of them are under $250.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Here are a couple of these fans in real homes, showing off how pretty the actually are.

I've already got the fan, just need to find the time to get it up.  Which one do you think I went with?  I think you'll be surprised ;)


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