28 November 2009
The plan of attack is complete! The home front is decorated and all glitzed out for Christmas!
and here are some bigger versions...
Merry Christmas! :D
27 November 2009
It's certainly nothing fancy, but I'm really loving our little laundry makeover. We moved the utility sink, re-arranged the bi-folding doors, installed some Ikea grundtal shelves, and of course- got the new machines! So far we love them- thank goodness for pre-black friday sales! They're also our anniversary present to ourselves (even though it isn't 'till Dec 22). 2nd anniversary is 'cotton,' so it seems appropriate to have a washer/dryer for this one lol...
24 November 2009
So, many of you probably know of our high-maintenance, adorable chinchilla Skitch. "The Boo" as we like to call him, is a very social fellow, and so he has a smaller cage in our gameroom/studio- that way he can hang out with us if we're down there. Remember the basement/studio? Where I just did all that painting and zig zagging? Well guess how great a cheesy plastic rodent cage looks amid my thought-out design....
Blerg. See? Even the boo is perturbed by it.
SO- here's a nifty trick to fix up any unsightly pet abodes you might have lying around. We call it "the boo box." Basically, we (and by we I mean my wonderful husband Jesse) built a simple wood box for the cage to sit in- covering the plastic base. Then, simply nail or tack down a cute fabric (you could just as easily paint a neat design- but I was too tired after those zig zags). Super simple- but a big visual improvement IMHO. :) Here's the after...
16 November 2009
The basement houses both the family room and my studio- it works out well because I usually have old movies on when I paint & if the studio gets messy it's not in the center of things. I'm really happy with what I've done with it so far- although, this room more than others is more of a work in progress. I already have some little projects in mind for the future down here, but for now, it's done & I'm a happy camper!
One more room to go! But for now, I'm enjoying the fun, colorful basement! :D
12 November 2009
I love it!! The studio is done! The wall treatment took quite a while & was not for the impatient, but it was so worth it! I didn't want wallpaper, so I measured and taped out the zig zags with painters tape. Having an uneven floor/ceiling/wall combo made it more forgiving- I had to fudge the angles here & there to make it work without looking totally off. It feels so much more cheerful! The dehumidifier is a necessary eyesore- the chinchilla cage is as well (not pictured here), but I have an idea in the works to fix that! More pictures of the basement to come.... :D
03 November 2009
The guest bedroom is done! The room was designed around my grandfather's wedding gift to us- a beautiful, colorful quilt made my grandmother who passed away when I was a baby. I wish she was still alive today- she was an amazing quilter, weaver, and crafter, and I have no doubt she could have taught me quite a lot. I mainly worked with what I already had (as you can see, the bed is still an air bed lol), but I did replace the brown duvet cover with something a little more bright & fun that I found at Ikea, and I also grabbed a couple of new frames there as well. Wall color was a beige, which I of course replaced with Behr Frost.