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A tiny space

by Juliemara
08.6.13

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A little peak into our home.

My parents brought these new chairs for the girls, and from the looks of their excitement when they saw them for the first time they are going to have my same obsession for seating. They are a bit tall for the Ikea Lack table we are currently using but I knew they would grow out of this tiny bargain of a table quickly and it would need to be replaced with something larger as they grow. The lack table is a great size for the little tiny ones though and worth every penny of the $12.99.

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Home Improvement Weekend – Media Console

by Juliemara
11.20.12

Here’s a sample of my to do list for DIY projects to my home

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

ok you get the idea, my husband calls me a busy bee,and for good reason, I feel better when I am busy and creating something weather its something new or something neater, doing makes me feel good. So  this past weekend I finally found a few minutes and did something, lets take a look at that list again.

 

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

 

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

That’s right I added a back to the media console to hide all those ugly wires.

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It was easy really I took 1/4″ black foam core and cut it so that it would sit about an inch inside the outer edge of the back of the bookshelf.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

Then used wire nails to secure it into place.

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I had to make a hole for the wires from the speakers to come through, I did a very hack saw job of this but it’s ok because the hole is hidden by the speaker.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

It’s so calming to look at the TV wall now. I love not seeing all those messy wires. I’m sure some of you are thinking why did you buy that piece in the first place? Because I love the look of it, the square cubbies and the prices at IKEA are just right.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come. Do you spend your weekends doing home improvements or do you prefer to pay the professionals for up keep and improvements?

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The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come.

 

 

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A do-it-ourselves bookshelf project

by Juliemara
07.29.12

We have stuff, and lots of it. In our old place we had two three foot wide bookshelves built into the wall in our dinning room, in this new house we have no built in shelves, there isn’t even a linen closet. We have to be creative on how to create easy to access storage. Sure the giant basement is great but we think it’s about time to unpack those boxes of books that have been there for a year.

I’d like to introduce you to Kate, the woman behind Censational Girl Blog and all her DIY home improvement goodness. She also wanted a beautiful place to showcase her books and trinkets, but she didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for custom built ins. What a coincidence! Neither do we!20120726-100628.jpg
Instead she used billy bookcases from ikea, jazzed them up with some fancy trim and walla, what looks like professional built inns are actually easy to assemble MDF bookshelves with some painted trim glued on, check out her complete how to tutorial here.
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And here is our progress
Our big blank empty wall.
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Filled with billy bookcases.
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Ok it’s not much progress but we have been a little busy, we’ll get to it eventually.
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New Obsession!

by Juliemara
07.28.12

I’ve always been a little obsessed with the color orange, well at least since I started planning our wedding a few years ago, I wanted everyone in orange (except me, of course. But my toes were orange!)

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Then when I started planning the girls nursery I knew I wanted orange, it ended up more pink, but I do love the orange touches.
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Now that we are finally getting around to actually decorating our home I want orange! I have thought about orange pillows for the couch, orange chairs for the girl play table,
maybe orange paint on the back of the book cases, umm, probably not. Might be too much, but Yellow could work!
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(my orange obsession is turning into a yellow one). Plus the yellow fixes a little color issue we have. Remember Kate from Censational Girl and her fab fuax built-ins from ikea. She installed them next to grey walls so the fact that ikea white is actually cream didn’t matter, especially since she added true white trim and a deep turq background. In our living room we have white white walls, so next to them ikea white looks beige and I don’t like beige, its a non color in my world.

I am hoping that by painting the backs of the book shelves bright yellow it will trick the eye and give the illusion that the ikea white (cream) bookshelves are much whiter than they really are and we will add moldings in white white to help the trick along. Stay tuned!
Wait, there more to this story, I have in no way abandoned my love of orange, the other day I stumbled across this cute little ceramic pig available on Etsy by way of a beautiful mess blog
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Cute, is’t he.
I think he will look nice on the new shelves with a yellow background.

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I painted a picture

by Juliemara
06.14.12

I love original art, I do not love the cost of original art. A good large piece is minimum $300 and the sky’s the limit. One of my favorite pieces of original art that I have ever seen is this photo. Its from a home we rented with friends in the mountains a few years back. I don’t know who it is by, but if I ever do find out and I can afford it at the time, I would love to own this piece of art. I love our white walls, but I love them as a back drop for some color. I can’t go and buy a few thousand dollars worth of framed art right now so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I found this magazine tear a long time ago, the brightly colored wall hanging on the right caught my eye in the otherwise neutral room. I knew one day I would recreate a version of it for our home. I wasn’t exactly in any condition to paint back then so I tucked it away for the day when my fingers felt better and I had time to take on such a task. A few months ago I finally had an evening, once the babies were fast a sleep, I poured myself a glass of wine and a bowl of red paint and I got to painting. Next I added the black then the yellow. It’s not an exact replica, but the art in the photo is actually a woven textile and the yellow has much more green in it than my version. But I am happy with my end result and it adds a nice pop of color to the wall for now. I can always change it out or paint over it later.

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