During the last year, our sun room has slowly morphed into the room that holds all our kids' stuff. Toys, books, artwork, and other moppet accoutrements grace every surface of the room; the reality of living with active children. A leopard can't change its spots, and because we love this nook, we decided to swap out some of the artwork and create an accent wall that was a little more playful.
A few months ago, I used a metal shelving system from Sauder to tame some of the clutter in my workspace. Now that I've moved to a new place, I've found a couple new uses for this same exact shelf, and I'm happy to share the results.
Since moving to a new place, though, I've found that I'm needing storage outside of my workspace area. And since we now have super high ceilings, vertical shelving works perfectly to fill up empty wall space.
Here are the two new ways I've come up with for using my tower shelf...
1. Clutter-Free Bookcase:
This option is definitely functional, with storage for extra books, and a few decorative objects. It kind of teeters the line between form and function. If I really wanted to up the function factor, I would add more books. But ultimately, I like just having a select few of each shelf to keep things from getting too cluttery.
2. Decorative Shelving:
This option is purely decorative, and a great way to It's nice to have a place for extra odds and ends, and I like having it tucked away, behind seating.
Have an opinion on which one works better? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you checked out the Curbly House tour we posted last month, you might have though our house projects were all completed (we did use the words "It's Finished!" in the title, after all). Alas; we must confess to some wishful thinking/titling. There's still lots to do, and our side entryway was the worst offender:
The space is a little odd; it's a landing between two flights of...
It's not that DIYers don't like fancy items (I can assure you that we do), but chances are we'd rather find a way to make it for ourselves than pay for it. So what better gifts to get your DIYer, than those that will help them DIY? If you want to spoil the maker in your life this holiday season, here are ten great gift ideas that are sure to tug on their heartstrings:
Was it really just weeks ago we were basking in the front yard, watching the kids scuttling beneath the sprinkler? Oh, faded ghosts of summer! But seriously, for most of us, those days are long gone, and now it's time to hunker down in a warm house with fuzzy socks, steaming soups, and a borderline-dangerous supply of piping hot coffee.
At our house we have a seasonal routine we follow to get ourselves prepped for the long winter, and...
What I didn't see that...
There's nothing quite like sitting down to enjoy my morning coffee and hearing a blood-curdling screech coming from the kitchen. I flash back to my superhero daydreams of childhood and jump up, adrenaline pumping, rushing out of the sunroom to save the day. Sprinting into the kitchen, I see the perpetrator: A dark black cockroach in the middle of our kitchen floor. Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence in our home.
Now through May 31st, Lumber Liquidators and Family Handyman are running an awesome giveaway: a $1000 Lumber Liquidators gift card! All you have to do to enter is go to the giveaway Web site and choose your favorite style of flooring!
Here's the Bellawood, our favorite. The other options are "Virginia Mill Works Co." and "Casa De Color" (pictured below). Entering the giveaway is easy, just fill in your info and choose your favorite style (you...
For many of us, the next 8 weeks comprise that glorious time of year when you almost don't need a thermostat. The days aren't too warm, the nights aren't too cool. Life is good. And if you let that lull you into a complacent delusion that you'll never need a thermostat, well, you are just very, very wrong about that. Winter's ending, the heat is coming, you're going to need one again soon, and badly.
Well, we're stepping into this weird hypothemostatic limbo with a great giveaway; a Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from Honeywell. It has a customizable color touch screen, remote Wi-Fi access (think: setting your home's temperature from your smart phone), and it even learns from your heating and cooling preferences over time.
After much ado about color, we are finally finished with the Curbly House bathroom (for now). We thought we were ready to reveal the room months ago, but then I got cold feet and decided to re-paint the room. When our friends at Sherwin-Williams invited us to participate in their National Painting Week once again, I knew our bathroom was the room that was going to get a mini-makeover in preparation for its big debut.
For those of you who have been following our progress, you know that when we purchased our house, the 'loo' looked like the above photo. And this photo somehow managed to be the bathroom's equivalent of a Glamour Shot; it makes the room look one million times nicer than it was.
The problems weren't just aesthetic. There was a four inch step-up into the room (to accomodate outdated plumbing). And once the floor was torn up, we realized that there was a softball-sized hole in the sewage pipe, which was, um ... gross. The room was also smaller than it needed to be due to some weird built-ins that flanked the chimney. Basically, it was a mess.
So, we gutted it, dropped a cast iron tub out of the window (only becuase it was too tiny to keep), re-plumbed, tiled with stunning glass tiles, used gorgeous fixtures, and painted.
Initially we chose a paint color (Sherwin-Williams' Quietude) that was akin to the glass tiles. It was a gorgeous, airy color that I still love.
But after a few months of living with the color, I decided that we needed a change. We wanted more contrast between the walls and tiles, in order to let the both colors shine. Apparently you can have too much of a good thing. So, there was a very peaceful break-up, everyone stayed friends, and we decided to bring in a new color to complement the room: Sherwin-Williams' Alpaca. We'd already used this color in our son's nursery, so we thought it would be a perfect fit for the tiles, and we were right!
Initially, Bruno refused the change, fearing that he was only feeding my "addiction to repainting rooms that look great", but after the first roll went up, he was on board. We went with Sherwin-Williams' Emerald line in an eggshell finish. The Emerald paint is our favorite; it's thick like honey, which is a weird visual, but totally the way you want your paint to be. The coverage is amazing, and we only needed to use one coat to complete the whole project.
As is often the case, the prep work took a lot longer than the painting. I taped and Bruno draped, I cut in and Bruno rolled. The whole painting process was done in an hour (while our daughter was at preschool and our son took one of his record short naps).
Before we knew it, the room was done! The contrast between the glass tiles and the gray walls is perfect. The room feels much larger and the wall color really highlights the different tones in the glass floor. The room is still airy, and the best surprise was that the neutral walls combined with the shimmery tile made the whole room feel like a big, beautiful canvas. It allowed us to bring in several additional colors to give the room personality. Here are a few pictures of our new bathroom:
And, for those interested, here's a source list:
Paint: Sherwin-Williams' Emerald paint in Alpaca (finish: eggshell)
Shower Tiles: Modwalls' Lush 1x4 Cloud Tile
Floor Tile: Modwalls' Brio Blend White Linen
Vanity: Kohler Traverse (Color: Ostrich)
Sink: Kohler Traverse
Bathtub: Kohler Underscore Alcove Bath
Toilet: Kohler Cimmaron Two-Piece Elongated Toilet
Bidet: Kohler C3 Toilet Seat with Bidet (and yes, you need one of these)
Bathroom Fixtures: Kohler Purist Collection
Shower Curtain: West Elm's Nile Shower Curtain
Hamper: Ferm Living Spear Basket
Shower Shelf: Gatco Latitude II
Whale Art: Thomas Paul Whale Tray
Vase: West Elm's White Ceramic Vase + Wood Top
Succulent Vases: Arcadia Garden Products' Round Wall Planter
Coral: Nate Berkus for Target (not available on-line)
Wall Art: Ferm Living Harlequin Tea Towel (color copied and reduced)
Whale Bath Toy Holder: Boon Whale Pod
Wall Art Frames: Ikea Ribba
Cup: West Elm's Modern Stripe Tumbler
Every single time we paint a room, I am blown away by the way a coat of paint can transform a space. It can change things in the most dramatic ways and help you achieve the look and feel you want in a matter of hours. Thanks to Sherwin-Williams for inviting us to particiapte in National Painting Week. Be sure to check out the other 13 design bloggers' painting projects.
If you're curious, you can go back and see our whole bathroom remodel process:
- Week 4 - Bye Bye Bathtub (and Chimney Too)
- Week 7 - Plumbing Down the Tubes
- Week 8 - Grrr. Plumbing, Take Two
- Week 10 - Finishing the Bathroom and a Surprise!
- The Curbly House: Painting Like a Pro
- How To: Cut Tile at Home and Not Seriously Injure Yourself
Note: Thanks to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone.
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The windows are the best thing about our new house. They are old and many need some repair, but they're full of character and they bathe us in natural light all day long. I can't tell you how many people have told us the place feels like a tree house, with all the natural light. We totally agree.
But after we lived here for a few days, we realized there's one problem with tree house living ... there's no privacy. So after a few nights of...
Stuff like this always blows my mind. How does one actually make something so, well, amazing looking -- without breaking the bank and from scratch?! Fortunately, Jenny from Little Green Notebook knows the answer to that!
And this week, we put the finishing touches on the inside: light fixtures and switches. Read on to watch our weekly video update and find out how we chose lighting fixtures for each room.
In my house, white walls are de rigueur. Why? Well, mostly cause my landlord says so, but I also dig the fresh, clean Scandinavian vibe they lend. But, with pure white walls and lots of white furniture, I try to bring in pops of color with accessories whenever I can so I don't feel like I'm living in an art museum. So, I love to take store-bought materials and add a little extra color for a customized, handmade look. I've had these little...
I'm what you might call a pillow freak. I have an entire board dedicated to modern cushions on Pinterest. It's called "Pillow Power" because I'm a weirdo. So, spying not one but three awesome pillows that I can make myself, makes me very, very happy!
I spent a big part of June re-doing our backyard with a brand-new paver stone walkway and patio, sponsored by HouseLogic.com. Today, I'm happy to announce the big reveal! Go check it out on the HouseLogic blog, and get a video walkthrough of our finished project.
PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).
Click play to watch a timelapse of our patio and walkway coming together:
Yes, please! Who wouldn't want this technological delight waiting for them every morning? Inspired by the 1954 Philco Predicata television, an antique typewriter keyboard and a state of the art Windows 7 operating system, Schultzeworks' designed this citrus-y beauty titled 'Philco PC' for a recent design competiton sponsored by AGSVIS, makers of V-ray for Rhino. Lead designer Dave Schultze explains
This fun project sponsored by ApartmentTherapy was just what I needed to jolt me out of the winter blahs. For step by step instructions on how to turn a plain Salvation Army (I know, disloyal to my Goodwill) nightstand into an upholstered, colorful nightstand, check out www.apartmenttherapy.com January Jumpstart Midwest Project #14. The award post is under the East winners. For a few more before and after projects, check out my pictures on my...