Tuesday’s Tips: fun ideas for toddler parties

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Here is a small round up of cute 1 year old and toddler birthday party ideas. 

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The lemon theme is so cute with wood crates and mason jars, beverage dispensers and pretty straws…

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Make sure you have activities for small children that makes sense to them. An inflatable pool filled with balls is sure to be a hit…

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My DIY collabo with MagnaMagic magnetic paints

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I recently collaborated with USA manufactured MagnaMagic to jazz up a piece of furniture my client had. Some may know but since January I’ve been working with an old client on her new home. It will be a 6 month project and multiple rooms. So far I’ve completed the little girls room which I will share soon and the teen boy’s room. We’ve made progress in living room purchases and finally got the rec room in order but I’m not quite finished with the rec room. There are some odd areas that expose some unsightly things like water heaters, etc that I want to hide. The rec room will be used  by the kids primarily and I wanted to inject color without painting the walls. This is where fabric choices and décor comes in play. When my client showed me this picture frame divider, she asked me was there anything I could use it for. I knew I was going to paint it so when MagnaMagic reached out to me, I was thrilled.
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I used regular acrylic paints for the different colors of the frame but I used MagnaMagic’s magnetic primer paint for the frame inserts. I figured the kids could post things and write stuff on it as opposed of having actual pictures. Plus the divider will act as a way of closing off one of those eyesores.

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My honest opinion of the paint is it’s definitely great quality. I could tell because I used cheap acrylics to paint the frame and had a difficult time having a decent coat when using some colors. However the magnetic chalkboard paint was rich and creamy. It almost has a clay like texture when going on if that makes sense. It coated the areas very easily and thick. I could tell when I used less of the primer paint, because some of the magnets didn’t stick to those but majority of them stuck. I guess I would suggest ensuring you use the exact same coats on all surfaces. Also the paint did not have much of a stench at all. I didn’t even need to open the door to keep the room ventilated (though I did just to be on the safe side). The paints are low odor and non-toxic and completely safe for kids.

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I still have a lot of paint leftover and plan to show u another project with it later on. It’s for my own home and I feel my idea is so clever so I can’t wait to share that one soon. In the mean time, check out their DIY project gallery of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
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I recieved a complimentary can of MagnaMagic magnetic chalkboard paint but all opinions are honest. I will continue to support this brand especially because it was made here in he U.S. Thank you for supporting brands that help me run this blog.


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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