Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rosie’s Room – The Source List

Thanks for all the sweet comments here and on Facebook yesterday about Rosie’s room.  You guys are awesome.  I really had a lot of fun doing it, and I can’t wait to share some of the DIY tutorials in the coming weeks.  If you missed the room reveal yesterday, you can check out the full post here.

Here’s a source list for most of the decorative items in her room.  If you want to know about something not listed, just leave a question in the comments, and I’ll get right back to ya.

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Eiffel Tower – Target (no longer available).  It was hot pink and I spray painted it with Krylon “Metallic Gold.”

Framed dress – This was the dress Rosie wore to her 1st birthday party.  The frame is from Joann Fabric, but I made a few adjustments to it so that the dress wasn’t smashed in there.  Tutorial coming soon.

Japanese doll – My sister brought it home for Rosie from Japan.  Here are some like it on Etsy.

White vase – IKEA (no longer available)

Painting – One of Rosie’s finger paintings from when she was two years old.  I love the colors in this one and her little handprint in the middle.

Frames – Target,  white,  cork,  pink  

Wall shelves – IKEA, LACK shelf

Dress hooks – Land of Nod, Multiplayer Wall Hook

Elephant purse – Handmade from Afghanistan.  A gift from my sister to Rosie.

Wall mirror – Belonged to my grandmother and I spray painted it pink.

Toy cradle – purchased from outdoor antique market here in Louisville.

Bird fabric boxes–  Homegoods, recovered in fabric from Joann Fabrics.  Tutorial coming soon.


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Polka Dot Wall Decals –  Mini Polka Dots from Urban Walls.

Oyster Shell Box – Marshall’s

Globe – Hobby Lobby (with 50% off coupon)

“La La Love You” printable –  Etsy, Sparkle Power.

“Delightful Doggie” print – Etsy, Dog Pop Art

Dresser – Estate sale purchase.  Marbled paper DIY here.

Hanging display box – purchased from Tickled Pink.  Tutorial coming soon.

Large Canvas Tote – Homegoods


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“I Believe Happy Girls…” printable – Etsy, Mrs. Mateer Design

Clear Glass Lamp – IKEA, Bran Table Lamp 

Lamp shade – IKEA, Jara.  Fabric covered, tutorial coming soon.

Tiara – The Disney Store, Elsa’s Tiara


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Guitar –, Kid Guitar

Guitar Hanger –, String Swing

Deer Print – The Animal Print Shop,  “Baby Deer”

Rosie on the Beach frame – CB2, (no longer available)


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Pom Pom garland – DIY, tutorial here

Gold faceted bookends – DIY, tutorial coming soon.

Vase – IKEA, (no longer available)

Antique fireplace surround – Jeff had it laying around from one of his remodeling jobs.

Heart throw pillow – Target, (no longer available)

Gold satin pillow – DIY

Fabric doll – Land of Nod, Hello Doll

Herringbone quilt – Jeff’s aunt made it with her quilting machine, following this pattern from Crafty Blossom blog.

Side table – Target, (no longer available)


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Hanging glass terrariums – CB2, this exact one is no longer available, but this one is close.

Pink lined drapes– DIY


Be sure to stop by next week for the Gold Bookends tutorial!




Rosie’s Room Reveal!

Ok you guys, here it is as promised.  Yesterday, I talked about the progression of Rosie’s room (you can find that story here), and today I present the completely finished room.  Well, 99% finished.  I still want to add a couple of throw pillows and a cute rug, and do some kind of decoration on that shelf above her mirror.  Oh, who am I kidding?  You are never truly “finished” with house stuff.  Everybody knows that.  Anyway, I think Rosie is ecstatic to finally have me out of there.  This exact exchange happened many times.

Rosie:  What? You’re moving that picture again?

Me:  I’m almost done, I swear.

I’m going to shut up now and let you peruse the photos.  I mean, that’s what you came here for, right?  Tomorrow I’ll bring you all a full source list and in the coming weeks, I’ll share some tutorials for the DIY items in her room.  Please let me know what you think in the comments.  Good or bad.  I can handle it yo.

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Planning Rosie’s “Big Girl” Room

I’m back y’all.  I wish I could say I was on vay-cay or something fun like that, but we’ve just had a bunch of stuff going on and unfortunately blogging got pushed to the back burner.   When we last left off,  I was finishing up Rosie’s room and I’m so happy to report that it is now finished.  Whew.  It’s really a strange feeling, because in 7 years (7 years!) at this house, I have never felt like any room was truly “finished.”  Ever.

So tomorrow I’m going to post all the photos, but I thought today we would take a look back and see what the room looked like before all the lovely, pink girly-ness, and go over with you some of the planning and construction that went into it.  When we first walked through the house, (more photos here), the room looked liked this:

Rosie's Cowboy room

Not really my style, but you know, it works for a couple of tween boys, which is who lived in this room before we moved in.  It was the biggest bedroom in the house, and where Jeff and I cohabited for a little more than year, while we focused on remodeling the kitchen and turning the other two bedrooms into a master suite. We didn’t do much to it before we moved in, just cleaned up a little and hung some cheap-o mini blinds.  The previous owners did leave that awesome, heavy cabinet, which (Yee-haw!), still made it feel like the “cowboy room.”  It held our TV and random clothing for the interim, and now sits on our back screened porch, holding even more random stuff.  Jeff is so tired of moving that thing, but hey, at least it’s getting closer to the curb.

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Since we converted one of the bedrooms into our master bath, we were left with only two bedrooms upstairs.  For resale purposes, and because we were planning to expand our family, we needed three bedrooms up there.

Rosie's floor plan before

Solution: Cowboy room was actually quite large, so we built a wall and added another door, making it two bedrooms.  We also put down carpet over the hardwood floors.  Yeah, I know.  I heard you gasp from all the way over here, but we have hardwood everywhere, and Jeff and I both agreed that carpet just feels warmer and cozier in the bedroom.  So there.  One of the bedrooms is super tiny (about 10′ x 9′),  but it’s fine for a nursery/office, and where Rosie lived for the first 3 1/2 years of her life.

Rosie's floor plan now

The larger of the two, we called a “guest room”, but in fact only had two guests sleep there in three years.  It was really where we kept random junk, like the ironing board and office supplies.

Oops, and there’s a “before” of the dresser I refinished for her new room.  I lied and said I didn’t have one in this post about her dresser re-do.

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So when Rosie started to grow out of her crib/toddler bed, and toys started making their way out into the hall, we decided it was time for her to move on up to the larger room.  Jeff had an old fireplace surround leftover from one of his remodeling gigs that we planned on using for her headboard, (like this one here), and we had the dresser and a few accessories, but besides those things, we were pretty much starting from scratch. The room was already painted a light grey, and Rosie had said she wanted her colors to be pink and “golden” , so with that, I threw together a “design board” on the website Olio Board.

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Olioboard is great for pulling together images for inspiration, establishing color combos, and to take with you on shopping trips for your space.  The website is free and has thousands of images loaded by category, and gives you the option to upload your own, like I did with the Japanese doll Rosie received as a gift from her aunt and the “La La” print from Etsy I had already framed.

Creating an inspiration/design/mood board is one of those crucial, often overlooked steps in the room design process.  I always hear people say, “I just can’t see it” or “how am going to pull it all together?”  Very few people, including professional designers, can just go out and buy a bunch of stuff, throw it together and make it work.  So unless you’re Nate Berkus, use Olioboard, cut out magazine pictures, or sketch up some ideas to help you through the process.

Remember, come back tomorrow for Rosie’s room reveal, and please be sure to leave some comments and questions.  I really want to know what you guys think.

Did you have a kid “grow out” of their room?  Any major construction going on at your house? Adding walls, tearing them down, etc.  Where do you find design inspiration?



Tuesday Etsy Roundup-Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year 2014

I realize we’re already four months into 2014, so I’m little late with this, but hey, if you know me personally, you shouldn’t be surprised.  Unfortunately, being prompt has never been one of my strong suits.  In December, Pantone released their “Color of the Year,” a bold, purplish hue called Radiant Orchid.  Here’s how the company describes it:  “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  Didn’t know you could get all that from a little pigment did ya?

Well, I happen to love it.  I think it would be a gorgeous wall color for a smallish bathroom, (like our half bath on the first floor), or as an accent wall in a super modern home.  I know that most people don’t have the courage to paint an entire room purple-lish pink though, so here are some accessories to add just a little pop of this brilliant color.


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1.  Wood Flower Planter, by Deco Box Ro – $19.90

2.  Elephant Paperweight, by Shop Fierce 27 – $11

3.  Vintage Train Case, by Atty’s Vintage – $39

4.  Hand Painted Wood Spoons (set of 3), by Reinvent Home  – $10

5. Trellis Design Pillow Cover, by Senay Studio – $36.17

6.  Abstract Art Painting, by Art by Heroux – $89.97

What do you think of this year’s color? Is a little too bold for your decor? What is your guess for next year’s color? You can see previous year’s colors here.