Random DIY, Design & Christmas Takeaways

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Have you all sent out your holiday cards? I haven’t but I will soon.

Useless knowledge: I have never had a gingerbread cookie in my life before, that I remember.

Do you put presents under the tree through out the month of December or wait until Christmas Eve?

I have a confession. I dislike real trees. I prefer artificial xmas trees anyday. It’s not the maintenance that’s an issue, I prefer the fullness of branches that artificial trees have. Which do you prefer?

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When I see this bakers rack, it really makes me want to spray paint mine gold. I currently use mine as a “bar cart”. All of my wine glasses, wine bottle holder, alcohol and decanters are on it against a black wall. I think ifnit were gold, it would bring new life to it.

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What a cool idea for those that have kids. It will look especially nice on black appliances.

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In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: restoration hardware baby and child

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The crown canopies make the rooms of Restoration Hardware‘s baby & child. Just the right amount of charm for baby royalties. The collection uses classic elements found in adult spaces like chandeliers and tufted upholstery and some industrial styled decor.

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Not only are tufted cribs visually beautiful but the extra upholstery is sort of like baby proofing as it would soften the blow if a child falls against it.

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I like the army styled teepee. Teepees are just so much fun. They literally bring out the kid in you.

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Some items are quite pricey because it’s a luxury indulgence but the pieces of furniture are beautiful enough to pass down generations or continue to grow with the child. Some items have a historical aged appearance that are timeless and truly a refreshing classic take on children room designs.


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Tuesday’s Tips: chic toy storage

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I like the neat look of the basket in Lena Corwin’s nursery. It’s big enough to store a lot of small toys and lug from room to room. The basket can easily transition in an adult room as well without compromising style…

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Multiple baskets in a modular setting or bookcase can keep related items together. Separating crafts, with legos and sporting goods will make the cleanup easy for kids. Keeping the basket neutral as possible will save money in the long run as the style can grow with the child.


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Tiny Tot Thursday 3.27.14 a space a child can grow in

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This playroom designed by Nina Farmer is ideal because the bones of the room can easily transition for a more grown up feel when the child becomes a teen or college student. Books can eventually replace toys in the built-ins.


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Celeb Homes: Kourtney Kardashian

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If you been following me long enough, you know I been loved the homes of the Kardashians especially Khloe’s just from watching their show. In InStyle Mag Kourt shares her beautiful home that was also designed by Jeff Andrews who is one of my favorite designers. I love his portfolio of work and the mix and many uses of texture in a space. He manages to make homes and rooms glamorous but comfortable. It’s what I call a liveable aesthetic.

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Kourtney has pieces that has been in her family for years to make it feel like a home filled with memories and sentimental things. Take this desk that was Kourtney’s father’s.

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Even I want to play in Mason’s room. The surfboard light “medallions” are clever…

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Kourtney, who loves interior design, decorated the baby room by herself…

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I love the wallpaper in her space. It gives the room a modern warmth that a solid color wouldn’t do. I like the dresser for tv stand. Using credenzas and buffets are other stylish pieces of furniture to sit a tv on top or hang over…

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Pastel floral tea party decor perfect for a shower, brunch or Easter…

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Being that Easter is in a few weeks, which seems odd for some reason, I decided to do a pastel tea party post since those are the same colors used to decorate for Easter time… Get more bang for your … Continue reading

Tee pees and tents that makes me want to be a kid again…

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Did you have a tent growing up? I was over my sis n law’s watching the Beyonce specials on tv this Saturday when I decided to lounge in my niece’s tent. Hers wasn’t quite a teepee but it was fun. There is just something about fabric enveloping you. Your own little secluded spot. Of course my niece loved it. So here is a roundup of tents and teepees to buy as well as several diy tutorials…

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{my growing home}

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Stylish Kids Toy Storage Solutions

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One of the most inevitable truths for parents with kids is that they will always have lots of stuff all over the house. Kids are collectors. With birthday parties, holidays and showers they receive a lot and pile up a lot of stuff into the house. Kids always leave their toys anywhere. This can lead into a huge mess in your house if not well stored or taken care of. However, kids need the toys for play and development. Many parents find themselves wrestled down by the issue of storing kids things while at the same time maintaining a stylish space.

You can control all the mess by gathering it up after the kids, as you train them to do it by themselves, and organizing toy storage. There is actually a wide variety of kids storage solutions. Some of these solutions are much easier than you think.

 
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Cardboard boxes present one of the simplest ideal ways for kids’ storage. In this case go for the tougher ones that will last longer. Since they are for kids, you must make them look attractive. You can for instance cover the boxes in gift wrapping paper to make them attractive. Alternatively use other colourful paper. Remember to also label the boxes so that the kids get to know which item goes where. Colour coding can be an interesting option too. In addition to the cardboard boxes, you can use plastic containers; which are even longer lasting. Such containers are ideal for storing small toys and tiny trinkets, which need easy accessibility. You can also try exploring with bags like those you carry to the market.

 

Shelving is also necessary as a way of neatly keeping the storage containers, boxes and bags. The shelf should be of a comfortable height for your kids, to enable them easily remove the containers and bags and put them back. You can even utilize the empty space around the windows with some built-in storage complete with drawers. Another perfect kids’ storage solution here is a chest of drawers. You can also have under the bed storage for your kids’ stuff. You can check this website for more information.

 
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