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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!

The transformation of red velvet

Hi y’all!

Remember waaaay back in the day when I picked up this little cutie for Savannah’s room?


I immediately dubbed her red velvet, since well, she was covered in (what else?!) red velvet.  The small scale of the frame and charming details sold me immediately and I thought, yes, Savannah would look oh, so lovely perched here putting on her shoes.

But as is?  Way too Victorian and not enough Taylor Swift…if ya catch my drift.

Enter two yards of fabric and about 5 yards of trim.

Oh, and just a few hours of brow furrowing over how the heck to actually accomplish it all.  Needless to say, it got worked out.





I think it turned out super rad!  I’m in love with the colorful heart fabric!  It’s a little bit country, it’s a little bit rock n’ roll.

More to come!!  Happy Friday and

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Shelves for Savannah!

Hola Amigos!!

Progress is being made in Savannah’s room and it’s finally, FINALLY starting to look kinda done.  Yes, it’s true!  We are still tweaking a bit (since she’s 9 and doesn’t die over all my flea market finds) but I know that we’ll get there ’cause girl’s got style, taste and more than a few opinions!

In her room, after putting in the bed against one wall and adding in a necessary bedside table, we were left with a narrowish space that could have become unless, or GASP! boring.  Of course, I couldn’t have that!!

In case you need a refresher check out a few of my other (12, 3, 4) Savannah posts.

Here’s the space I’m talking about…See that little corner by the window??


Maybe you have an awkward space too?  SHELVES!!  And for less than $20 bucks – Um, hell ya!

A few cuts and viola, styled with things I found around my uncles house.  (That seems like it should have been easy, but it kinda wasn’t.)


It’s so moody, isn’t it?!  That lavender is pretty dreamy in real life too.

Shall we make some super easy shelves??

I purchased a 6″ pine board, 10 ft long.  I then cut 5 pieces 20″ long.  Sand these and set em aside for now.

Then grab a 2×4 piece of lumber you have lying around… hopefully you do have some since you really don’t need all that much – maybe 2ft.  Seriously, you don’t even have to measure!  Make a straight cut across, and then 90 degree cuts from the corners.  Like so,

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You will just keep cutting like this until you have 10 total brackets.  Now grab your drill and drill bits – Time to make those holes.  **Make sure that you are prepared to drill into the “meatiest” part of the bracket at the top.  Not the middle, not the bottom.  Even though these shelves are narrow, you’re still going to want support.


First go in straight, to give yourself a base, and then drill in straight down.  Super straight, nice and steady.


You can even have your screw inset into the bracket.  It’s more finished that way.


Sand the brackets and stain all your pieces.  I bought this stain that looks like a deep purple, Olympic Stain and Sealant in Blue Sapphire.  You have to get it mixed like paint, but the color is pretty cool.

While you’re at the store grabbing stain, grab some long screws and anchors.  I had to get 3″ screws and those blue anchors (two different packages).  You’ll also need 3/4″ screws to attach the shelf to the bracket unless you are a hoarder of screws like someone I know.  Hint, it’s me.

Stain them – that was Captain Obvious.

Attaching the shelves to the wall is not hard at all, just put a level on top of the shelf and use your drill to mark where the holes in the brackets are onto the wall.  Then move the shelf away, put in your anchors and screw to your little hearts content.

This project is all kinds of fun.

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I found this lovely lady at Lamps Plus for $30.  Yes, she’s mass produced, but I’m still so pleased with that find.

And that’s it!  Raid your uncle’s house for treasures or hey, maybe just check out your own stuff, just a thought.  I’m curious to see how Savannah makes it her own, but she’s got plenty of room to play with and collect treasures of her own.


Cute and EASY!  My favorite kind of project!!

I think next week I can finally show you the rest of the room!

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Bette Davis Eyes Pillow

I’m totally smitten with the quirky Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows!  Aren’t we all?!

They just spell fun!  Well, actually some spell Acapulco and Anger and Sparkle.

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But the one I really fell hard for is the Eyes Pillow or let’s call her, Bette Davis Eyes.  And I totally thought that Savannah would get a kick out of having such a unique pillow in her room.  She’s fresh like that.


But $100 buckeroo price tag?  Hmm… I figured that I could whip something up for less and not get all cray on her for actually using the pillow.  Not that I ever get cray or even know what cray means.  Wink.

So first things first… I printed out the actual copy of Jonathan’s eye pillow design.  (Is it ok if I call you Jonathan?  Especially if I’m literally ripping off your fabulous design???)  And I cut out the eye portions, keeping them whole so that I could “transfer” the design to my pillow.

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Using a pencil, I simply marked the areas that would be stitched in black.

Make sure it’s straight!  Well, unless you like that sorta thing.

Grab your embroidery floss, an embroidery needle and check out this brick stitch.


Brick Stitch

That’s all I did.  For like a million hours… ok, not a million, but maybe 3 in all.


You can see where my marks were and how my brick stitch was… not perfect in the least, but it was fine!  It made it look like the design was drawn in pencil.

Once I finished up, I pulled the pillow inside out and put some fabric glue on the stitches so they would hold up in the wash.  Although I’d probably still wash it in a mesh bag.


And then for fun, I put in a few tassels on the ends.  You can find the ones I used here… they’re leather and truly adorable.  They say I love you in teenager.

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So cute!  So easy!  (Especially if you are like me and found the pillow already made on clearance.  Damn, I’m good.)

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And yes those are a peek at Savannah’s polka dot sheets which I found at Kohl’s and can’t find on-line for the life of me!  They were $40 and super perfect.  They say, I like to party but only after I do my homework… also in teenager.

How do I know?  Well, even though my body has aged my brain hasn’t.  It comes in handy.

The pillow is so cute that I’m seriously thinking about making one for myself.  A few ideas that have crossed my mind… “Vogue,” for my favorite song, or “Just Don’t,” cause that would be hilarious with my boys, or maybe just a bottle of tequila…

Got any ideas?

Happy Creating!  Tootles, Jessica

Savannah’s Room 2.0 – Finds!

Seriously.  It’s Thursday?!

I have about 10 projects mid-stream and I can’t seem to make any traction to finish.  Aye.  Hopefully next week I’ll be able to show you something cool.  Cool?

But for today, I wanted to share a few fun things that I’ve been hoarding for Savannah’s room.  Remember that one?  She’s my 10 year old cousin and a super cutie, diva, athletic homegirl… all around a pretty amazing preteen.  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything about this room, but trust me, I’ve been diligently working on getting things ready for a massive install next week, perhaps?!  So exciting!!

Anyhoo, without further ado… my fun thrift shopping has yielded some sweet steals!

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These are brass butterflies!  I’m so crazy about it!IMG_2761

These are 3 curtain tie backs and I bought all 3 just in case I wanted an extra… maybe in the closet as a coat hanger??  And they are solid!!  Like, could they be cuter?IMG_2647

Oh, I have big plans for these stools… I’m foreseeing A LOT of gossip going on around these.IMG_2722 IMG_2547

Okay, so these are birds made of, what else?, bird feathers!!  They are too much!IMG_2459 IMG_2764A midcentury inspired side table!  Perfect as a book shelf in a small room!!  Yes please.

And a few of my finds from my $15 thrifting day may also find their way over there… namely those flower needlepoint pictures.  Well, that’s if Savannah is as obsessed with them as I am!!

All these fun art pieces will make their way into one fabulous gallery wall.  At least, that’s the plan.

And red velvet is getting a makeover, too!!  Here she is before Tim Gunn has perked up her confidence.  I’m gonna teen-ify her.

IMG_2522Lots to do, but I think it’s going to be tweenie-licious!!

Happy Creating!  Jessica