Ikea Desk Hack in Tween Room

Hi there!

It’s been awhile since I had checked out Savannah’s room, so last Friday I popped by to drop off a few things for her and surprise her with a quick desk hack!

You guys, these are my favorite projects!  Easy and foolproof!!

Last year I had picked up this Ikea desk for the foot of her bed.  Because of the way the room was laid out, this made the most sense for her.  She could sit on the edge of the bed and study or plop down on one of the cute stools – there was even plenty of room for some of her squad to hang out!

I’m sure you don’t remember, but I had found these stool for $15 at the Pierce College Flea market eons ago…

The chipped paint and shape really spoke to the boho vibe I was going for.

Well, now the space looks like this!!

I had some multi-color thin washi tape, and used it to make a bunch of sprinkles!  Like a yummy donut.  Homer likie.  The stools got a face-lift with 3″ foam and fluffy hot pink fabric (that was cut up from a pillow I bought at HomeGoods)!

I used spray adhesive to mount the foam to the existing seat, then glued and covered it in batting and lastly, I stapled the fluff to the base.  Then the stool got these cute feet added to make sure that they never scratched the new wood floors.

You even get a glimpse of the mural I painted…and why didn’t I take more pictures of it?  I dunno, beats me.  This picture below is waaaay over exposed.  Whoops.

I’m happy to see that she’s still using some of the pieces I created for her and it’s interesting to see how the room has evolved.  Kids just have their own style and seriously, some things that I thought were amazing she hated.  The good thing is that if she’s not a fan of donuts, confetti or washi she can quickly just peel it right off!

A Unique (and easy and cheap) Way to Hang Art!

Got 5 minutes and a bunch of scraps lying around?  Then you can literally do this project right now!

Okay, wait.  Before you run off to forage and gather, this project is best for an art piece that isn’t too heavy.  In my case, I had found this paint-by-numbers sunset at the Rose Bowl for $5.  I loved it, but I didn’t know how to hang it without either framing it (boring) or gluing the back of it with brackets (weird).  Enter my genius solution (if I do say so myself!!) – This wood brace that will allow me to easily hang my art and then CHANGE IT WHENEVER MY LITTLE HEART SO DESIRES.  Ahhhh, I love flexibility.  And no holes in the wall.  Fist pump!

Alright.  Why are you sitting there?  Go gather!!

  • 2 Command velcro hanging strips
  • One thick piece of wood for the base
  • One thin piece of wood slightly longer on the top, to hold the art piece
  • Wood glue
  • A clamp or rubber band

Take the two wood pieces, ugly sides together and glue like so…

Let it dry.  Easy, right?  Once my wood thingie was dried I actually used my saw to cut the ends so they were perfectly straight.  You do not have to do this.  I’m just lettin’ ya know, k.  Then I took a sanding block to it for roughly 12 seconds. Not a lot, cause I’m lazy like that.  Attach your command velcros to themselves, put one side on the wood small piece and then stick it to the wall.  (I eyeballed the levelness, but a small level could be useful for a longer brace.)

You. Are. DONE.

You will place your art right on top so that it leans on the wall slightly.

I hung it as part of a gallery wall in Arrow’s room.  Those seagulls just kill me.  And would you believe there were 4 of these and I only bought 1??  I’m kicking myself right now.

It’s coming along!  I’m not sure I’ll keep it there, but hey, I can simply pull the darn thing right off.  Love it!

I have this vision of a wall of birds sitting on wood pedestals.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  Or what about 50 polaroids in rows?  Or for party decor?  Gah!  Game changer.

Designer Secret – Hiding Flaws with Paint!

Color is a powerful decorating tool.  The colors you choose and where you use them can have such a dramatic effect on a room.   Like duh, right?!  I know, so obvious Jessica, but hear me out!!  Beyond having the power to elicit emotions,  using color can highlight things you love, AND it can even disguise thing you don’t.  You can help imperfections fade into the background!  It’s a teensy little trick that designers use all the time.

Now, when you scroll through a magazine you will start to see the thought process behind some color decisions.  This will be a new trick that you can use in your own home!  Which is totally what I’m going to do in my master bathroom refresh!!  Okay, let me show you and then we can convo at the end!

Let’s say, that you’ve got a door in a weird spot?  Consider this…

By painting the walls, trim, door all the same color the door completely fades into the background.  Like magic…

Let’s say, that you’ve got an oddly shaped room.  Yup, color can help you there too!

And that trick works for rooms with low ceilings, too!  When there are no “lines” differentiating the walls and ceiling it all becomes one mass of color!  Your eye doesn’t focus on sloping walls or where the ceiling is – the room appears larger!

Don’t see what I’m talking about?  Check out his room above.  Those ceilings a llloooowww, but it still looks open because they have kept most of the room the same color!  Imagine the same room with the moulding or beams painted out.  Yikes!!

Here’s a peek at the reverse… The higher the color contrast, the more the feature is highlighted.  Um, yes I see you high ceiling and gorgeous windows!

This hallway’s all like, Look at all my pretty details!

Whereas this one is saying, Feel my grandeur!  For such a long hallway, it doesn’t feel long or restrictive, and damn, that floor!

I’m totally not saying that one is better than the other. At. All.  These are just ideas to plant in that pretty little head of yours.

Now there is one bit of trickery that we haven’t gotten into, and it’s the 3/4 painted wall, bringing the ceiling color down onto the walls.  This most certainly gives the impression of a higher ceiling and visual interest for just the cost of paint.  It also hides imperfections where the ceiling and wall meet – if you have wonky seams this trick is for you!!

In my master bath I have tile that I don’t love and a door that stands out a bit more than I’d like.  I can totally paint the whole room the same color as the tile (door too) to make those imperfections not so noticeable.  My hope is to trick the eye into seeing beautiful new mirrors, an updated vanity and lighting, vs the yuck stuff!

A plan is forming… I’m getting excited!

White doors, Blue Paneled Door, Grey Loft, Attic Loft, Teal Bedroom, Beamed Living Room, Grey Ceiling, Grey Hallway, White hallway, Bedroom, Double Blue Room, Black Header Bathroom

Moulding in a Bathroom

I know you’ve seen moulding.  It’s beautiful, amiright?!  But you may not have considered adding it to a bathroom.

Since I’ve got a budget master bath make-over on my mind, I’m thinking that moulding may be a way to add some architectural interest and texture to the room.  Right now it feels like the whole room is covered in the same material.  And let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the nicest material to cover a room in.  I need a way to make it, kind of, disappear.

One way I could do that?  Add interest to the walls – move the attention ova’dere!

Oh, la, la!  The inspiration pictures are VERY tempting!!

Jas Design Build

Tim Barber

Kelly Hoppen

House of Jade

Quarter Design Studio

So far, my progress in the room has been some wall patching, paint testing and I’ve sold the mini chandelier!  You may have noticed that I added a Chairish badge to my homepage – feel free to check out the other things I have listed!!  I don’t have a light fixture yet, but now the space is ready!!

Progress!  Whoot!

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My Current Favorite Gifts and a Few Things on My Wishlist!

Hi there!

I just love when I get a good buying tip from a friend – Don’t you?!  It’s like, thanks for testing out the terrifying waters of new jeans and uncomfortable shoes, so I DON’T HAVE TO.  Yes and More please.

So, to be an equally good friend, here are a few items that I’ve been loving for the last month or three.  And if you have seen me recently, then you have literally witnessed my love of these things.  Phone?  Check.  Uggs?  Double check!!  You guys, would you believe that my husband’s work friend, who’s daughter works at Uggs, got me the boots?  Like as a gift.  You hate me?  I’d say I feel bad, but thank you so much!!  (It’s all I’ve ever wanted, really.)  Plus, I love dem boots!!  Perfection for just about any outfit.

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Threshold Izon Flatware, Ugg Simmens Boots, DeWalt Oscillating Tool, Lace Tank, iPhone 7 Plus, Clinique SerumHug Dealer Sweater, Cricut Machine, Invisibobble Hair Tie

The hair tie is just fun.  And will make you feel old – I should add that warning.  My kids asked me what it was and I said, “It’s a telephone cord.” To which they replied (to my horror), “What’s a telephone cord?”  Damn spoiled kids these days can talk on the phone wherever their little butts can go.  No tangled cords or hiding in the closet.

The thing you might have seen at Joanne’s is the Cricut and has been the one truly envy inducing buy.  Simply put, it cuts stuff.  But it cuts and writes WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO.  It’s been a complete diy game changer.  You’ll see.

This week also marks a bday for muah, which kinda lunged me into action on this post.  My kids want to get me a gift (or maybe I’ve made it abundantly clear that they have to get me one, not sure) and I’m offering the males in the house a bit of a direction.  Here are bunch of things, I would be VERY happy opening up.

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Double Strap Sandals, Branch ChandelierFlutter Shirt, Philips Dimmer Kit, Metal Planters, Glass Boxes, Rose Oil, iMac

Could this branch chandelier be the one?  It’s definitely close.  It could be…???  The new switches are something that’s happening soon whether I get it as a gift or not.  I’m really playing with the whole idea of “smarting” up the house – First the Rachio, then the Nest, and now the lights… The block heels are cute and cheap – I’m seeing the style everywhere and for that price I could rock those this summer and destroy them.  The shirt?  I saw it in the window and it called to me.  It would be my “I’m feeling like an artist today” blouse.  I like to feel like an artist.

Of course, this all spurned an internal debate of what I really want.  (A winning lotto ticket!)  I’m sure even you know what’s at the top of the list… I want a new sofa.  My husband says that’s insane with little guy turning 3 in a few months – This kid totally took a sharpie to my ugly sofa no less than 3 weeks ago.  But I’m feeling like I’ve waited SO long.  I feel like normal people get new sofas every 5 years and this one just turned 9.  It’s a tough call – what we have is comfortable, not precious in the least, and is fine.  It’s fine.  But as a person that loves beautiful interiors, it hurts my eyes.  And my soul.

Anyway you may hear more about this sofa issue as things progress.  But I may be nearing the trigger.  I have found the perfect option.  It’s hard to say no to intense research and years of obsessing… at least that’s what I’m banking on.

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