Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Model Home Inspiration

I wanted to share a recent home finding with you.  Most of the rooms of this house I could live with.

The family room has natural tones.  Although I would love to see some color here, the room is still pretty.  I really like the clock over the fireplace.

It's open to this beautiful white kitchen.  They brought the wood tones over in the island and bar stools and it breaks up the white nicely.  The hardwoods floors are wide planked and rustic looking.  The pendants are beautiful.  The color of the chain brings in more brown and takes your eyes up.  Looks like speakers are in the ceiling for a sound system.  It would be nice to have music playing in the background while cooking dinner.  Notice the open shelves on the left.  Open shelving is trending now and really does open up a space.  My only concern is my shelves would never look neat.

Next to the kitchen is the breakfast room.  Nice little nook and the large window allows for a view out.  The chandelier is the perfect piece to bring a little elegance to this room.  Again this room is neutral and airy with the simple, white drapes.

The master bedroom is a bit too much for me.  I prefer lighter colors in the bedroom with some blues and grays.  The floral wallpaper is busy and the black bedding on the black bed feels heavy.  I would have gone with lighter bedding since the furniture is darker.  I do like the light fixture though.

There is a definite yes to the master closet.  It's like a small boutique in there.  I don't think I would ever want to leave and I'd try to fill every space.  There's plenty of room for both hanging and folded clothes and an island in the middle for accessories.

But then you zoom out and see the closet is literally in the master bathroom.  I would like a door between the tub and the closet.

This is a cute boys room.  Even though my son is still young, his room is never this clean.  This room is almost too neat for it to be real.  I love the neutral walls with the bright blues and oranges.  Hmmmm...a painted bed.

The girls room is really sweet.  With model homes you have to remember it's for show so there are little accessories.  Picture the room with your photos and art.
It's always fun to see how others decorate a space and gain a few ideas in the process.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Paint Stick Wall Art

Every time I go into Home Depot, I grab a few paint sticks.  I figure I can never have enough.  My stash was pretty good so I decided it was time to do something with them.  I wanted to make some kind of wall art.  I saw this one a while back and was inspired to create my own using different materials.

I started out with a piece of foam board I had in the closet.  It was the perfect size for the wall I was using.  I had some regular paint sticks and four of the larger ones.

I placed them around the outside of my board to figure out the cuts I needed to make.

I cut the rounded sides off using my miter box.

After my frame was cut using the larger paint sticks, I began cutting the smaller ones.  I cut random lengths to fit into the frame.  I wanted a staggered look so there really was no measuring.

After all my cuts were made, I painted the pieces.  I used blue and green craft paint for my color scheme to match the decor already in the house.  Some of the pieces I left natural.  I painted the frame white for simpleness.  I used regular glue to attach the pieces to the board.

I hung it on the wall coming in from the garage.  I just used hot glue to attach a picture hanger to the back.

It's a nice pop of color when you walk in.  Have you done any art with paint sticks?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Stylish Toy Storage

Sometimes it feels as though the kids' toys are taking over the house.  When my daughter was born, I told myself we would never had toys downstairs.  They would stay upstairs in their rooms.  Yeah well, fast forward to today with two kids.  Toys are downstairs and taking over.  It should have been obvious from the start their toys would end up in our living spaces.  I try to keep them corralled in one spot of the family room once the kids are done playing with them, but the bright green dinosaur doesn't exactly go with our decor.  I've come to the point where I need to store them in stylish ways.  I don't mind having the toys downstairs now, I just want to put away.  Some of the smaller toys are now in the leather ottoman that I hope to replace one day with a real coffee table.

Here are some toy storage solutions for keeping those toys put away but still having the family room, or any part of the house, look presentable.


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