Friday, February 27, 2009

I WANT THIS TINY HOUSE

This is a tiny house from the Tumbleweed Company, its square footage is between 743-837 sq. feet (the larger is if you add a 3rd bedroom on the first level). I am in mad desperate love with this house. First, it's gorgeous! Secondly, it's eco-friendly!

The plans are $695 and they approximate building costs for a home affixed to a permanent foundation range from $100-$200 per square foot.

So all I need to do is buy some land!

Here are some more details:
Footprint: (L x W) 24′ x 16′ Master Bedroom: 12′ x 10 ½’
Living Room: 9 ½’ x 15 ½’ 2nd Bedroom: 9 ½’ x 10′
Kitchen: 7 ½’ x 9 ½’ Top Bathroom: 5 ½’ x 5 ½’
Booth: 6′ x 5 ½’ Porch: 6′ x 16′
Down Bathroom: 4 ½’ x 4 ½’ 1st floor ceiling height: 7′ 6″
all measurements are approximate 2nd floor ceiling height: 7′ 6″

I WANT THIS TINY HOUSE

This is a tiny house from the Tumbleweed Company, its square footage is between 743-837 sq. feet (the larger is if you add a 3rd bedroom on the first level). I am in mad desperate love with this house. First, it's gorgeous! Secondly, it's eco-friendly!

The plans are $695 and they approximate building costs for a home affixed to a permanent foundation range from $100-$200 per square foot.

So all I need to do is buy some land!

Here are some more details:
Footprint: (L x W) 24′ x 16′ Master Bedroom: 12′ x 10 ½’
Living Room: 9 ½’ x 15 ½’ 2nd Bedroom: 9 ½’ x 10′
Kitchen: 7 ½’ x 9 ½’ Top Bathroom: 5 ½’ x 5 ½’
Booth: 6′ x 5 ½’ Porch: 6′ x 16′
Down Bathroom: 4 ½’ x 4 ½’ 1st floor ceiling height: 7′ 6″
all measurements are approximate 2nd floor ceiling height: 7′ 6″

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jenny Lind Bed for Big Boy Room

Thanks to Making It Lovely, I am now obsessed with a Jenny Lind bed for the Big Boy Room! And guess what! It's on sale at Walmart; I will be purchasing the Jenny Lind Dream On Me toddler bed in Espresso!

Here are some more Jenny Lind beds to peruse:
Marie’s Memphis Apartment

Sunrise Ruffalo’s Home

Jenny Lind Bed for Big Boy Room

Thanks to Making It Lovely, I am now obsessed with a Jenny Lind bed for the Big Boy Room! And guess what! It's on sale at Walmart; I will be purchasing the Jenny Lind Dream On Me toddler bed in Espresso!

Here are some more Jenny Lind beds to peruse:
Marie’s Memphis Apartment

Sunrise Ruffalo’s Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Combining childhood and design...

I am currently trying to successfully blend my living room decor with my toddler's things. Here's a look at someone who has succeeded (found through Ohdeedoh)



Combining childhood and design...

I am currently trying to successfully blend my living room decor with my toddler's things. Here's a look at someone who has succeeded (found through Ohdeedoh)



Monday, February 23, 2009

Do this...

THe Hyper Homemaker says:

#1 - EVERY DAY before you go to bed, go around your house and put away all the accumulated clutter.

#2 - Pick three days a week to complete a room full of tasks from your new weekly checklist.


#3 - Make your bed every day when you get up.

Sounds easy enough, right? And if you already do it, great! You are ahead of the game! but if you don't, don't worry it's very easy. And your mom was right - it's needed. If you start your day and end your day on a clean and organized note you are much more likely to be more clean and organized all day! So if it's one little thing you can do; do it!

Do this...

THe Hyper Homemaker says:

#1 - EVERY DAY before you go to bed, go around your house and put away all the accumulated clutter.

#2 - Pick three days a week to complete a room full of tasks from your new weekly checklist.


#3 - Make your bed every day when you get up.

Sounds easy enough, right? And if you already do it, great! You are ahead of the game! but if you don't, don't worry it's very easy. And your mom was right - it's needed. If you start your day and end your day on a clean and organized note you are much more likely to be more clean and organized all day! So if it's one little thing you can do; do it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feathering My Nest...

Inspired by this interior, created by Jason Martin:


I am in a nesting mood. The home really is where the heart is and I am tired of the clutter and melee that surrounds me when I enter my home, so bit by bit I am transforming my haven. If I were an organized woman I would start in one room and finish that, but instead I am randomly attacking areas that cause me the most grief. Last week I was home all week, nursing my son back to health, and during that time I was able to FINALLY organize my closet. Well, at least most of my side of the closet, my husband's side is a different story and I'd just rather pretend it doesn't exist. Now, I did not take before pictures because it was really too shameful for any eyes other than my own, but thankfully one can now walk on the actual floor of the closet. Using my previously posted closet inspiration I moved most of my shoes to my top shelf in the closet, who knew I had so many pairs of black shoes (all except 3)! My clothes are arranged in the following order: jackets, hanging storage, skirts, pants, dresses, shirts, suits!

Getting my closet in order has made me want to tackle the rest of my bedroom as it should be the most relaxing space in your home and CLUTTER AND MESS are NOT RELAXING. I am still trying to take it one step at a time so I don't get overwhelmed, tackling disorder corner by corner. One issue that I have is that I tend to take off my clothes and just lay them down either on a storage bin near my bookshelf or on the ironing board. I know that it is a habit that I will probably not break, so instead I want to make myself a makeshift clothes butler/valet using a chair (that I will lovingly paint and upholster of course). Then I will vow to clean off the butler every weekend to keep it from being overwhelmed by my clothing. Now, the ironing board is another source of frustration! Why is it always set-up? The temptation to throw things on it would disappear if it weren't out and available all the time, but my dear husband is too busy (read lazy) to fold and unfold it to iron (I rarely iron). The compromise might be getting a mini ironing board that attaches to the closet door, that way I can shut it out of site!

I'm also thinking about making the bed in the morning. You see my bed is NEVER made, maybe it's rebellion against the repeated refrains of "MAKE YOUR BED!" from my mother or maybe it's because it always seemed nonsensical to do so since I was getting right back into it, but I think doing so will impose a kind of calm in my bedroom.

So what's reorganizing without a little re-decorating? Here are some decor ideas:

These curtains (IKEA STOCKHOLM BLAD $59.99):


I need to get to work on my upholstered headboard, here is the fabric that I've bought for it; I'm hoping that the contrasting nature patterns will work well together. I am also hunting for a solid comforter to round out this "bedscape".



Feathering My Nest...

Inspired by this interior, created by Jason Martin:


I am in a nesting mood. The home really is where the heart is and I am tired of the clutter and melee that surrounds me when I enter my home, so bit by bit I am transforming my haven. If I were an organized woman I would start in one room and finish that, but instead I am randomly attacking areas that cause me the most grief. Last week I was home all week, nursing my son back to health, and during that time I was able to FINALLY organize my closet. Well, at least most of my side of the closet, my husband's side is a different story and I'd just rather pretend it doesn't exist. Now, I did not take before pictures because it was really too shameful for any eyes other than my own, but thankfully one can now walk on the actual floor of the closet. Using my previously posted closet inspiration I moved most of my shoes to my top shelf in the closet, who knew I had so many pairs of black shoes (all except 3)! My clothes are arranged in the following order: jackets, hanging storage, skirts, pants, dresses, shirts, suits!

Getting my closet in order has made me want to tackle the rest of my bedroom as it should be the most relaxing space in your home and CLUTTER AND MESS are NOT RELAXING. I am still trying to take it one step at a time so I don't get overwhelmed, tackling disorder corner by corner. One issue that I have is that I tend to take off my clothes and just lay them down either on a storage bin near my bookshelf or on the ironing board. I know that it is a habit that I will probably not break, so instead I want to make myself a makeshift clothes butler/valet using a chair (that I will lovingly paint and upholster of course). Then I will vow to clean off the butler every weekend to keep it from being overwhelmed by my clothing. Now, the ironing board is another source of frustration! Why is it always set-up? The temptation to throw things on it would disappear if it weren't out and available all the time, but my dear husband is too busy (read lazy) to fold and unfold it to iron (I rarely iron). The compromise might be getting a mini ironing board that attaches to the closet door, that way I can shut it out of site!

I'm also thinking about making the bed in the morning. You see my bed is NEVER made, maybe it's rebellion against the repeated refrains of "MAKE YOUR BED!" from my mother or maybe it's because it always seemed nonsensical to do so since I was getting right back into it, but I think doing so will impose a kind of calm in my bedroom.

So what's reorganizing without a little re-decorating? Here are some decor ideas:

These curtains (IKEA STOCKHOLM BLAD $59.99):


I need to get to work on my upholstered headboard, here is the fabric that I've bought for it; I'm hoping that the contrasting nature patterns will work well together. I am also hunting for a solid comforter to round out this "bedscape".



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Damn You, You Inner Recessionista!

I had been admiring this beautiful server on my local craigslist for about two weeks. I even emailed a picture to my husband, his response: "Where are we supposed to put it?". Which, as you know, is not a "No, don't get it". But I hesitated, yes I even hesitated when the price plummeted from $150 to $100 (WITH SHIPPING INCL.)!!! And now when I go to CL today to call the seller, it is GONE!!!

So, alas I must find another buffet, server, or credenza. I am obsessed, especially since I have the perfect spot for it now that I've rearranged my living/dining room. I have found two that may be an option. Option #1 is actually from a seller I've bought from before, my beautiful tiered side table that I use as a nightstand. It's a "Stanley" and is very cute, but I don't think the storage is cut out for what I hope to store inside. The other's maker is unknown, but I love the stain and the lines.

What is a girl to do?


OPTION 1:


OPTION 2:

Damn You, You Inner Recessionista!

I had been admiring this beautiful server on my local craigslist for about two weeks. I even emailed a picture to my husband, his response: "Where are we supposed to put it?". Which, as you know, is not a "No, don't get it". But I hesitated, yes I even hesitated when the price plummeted from $150 to $100 (WITH SHIPPING INCL.)!!! And now when I go to CL today to call the seller, it is GONE!!!

So, alas I must find another buffet, server, or credenza. I am obsessed, especially since I have the perfect spot for it now that I've rearranged my living/dining room. I have found two that may be an option. Option #1 is actually from a seller I've bought from before, my beautiful tiered side table that I use as a nightstand. It's a "Stanley" and is very cute, but I don't think the storage is cut out for what I hope to store inside. The other's maker is unknown, but I love the stain and the lines.

What is a girl to do?


OPTION 1:


OPTION 2:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Upcoming Project Tutorials

Some of my projects for the Big Boy Room include:

  • five fitted sheets (One in each fabric: Rockets in Orange, Stripes in Red, Robots, rockets and planets in blue, Rockets in Natural, Robots in Natural)
  • pillowcase
  • quilt (Quilts are better for naptime at nursery school)
  • comforter (Using Rockets in natural on one side and Rockets in Orange on the other)
  • floor cushion
  • bean bag *maybe
Here are the resources for my projects:

fitted sheet

pillowcase (I'm debating on whether I should buy the kit for it, since it will have exact measurements of the fabric)

quilt (quilt binding instructions)

bean bag (This seems kind of tricky, I have to work my way up to it)

As, I've said I am a visual learner so I like tutorials/patterns that have pictures at best, diagrams at least.

My Upcoming Project Tutorials

Some of my projects for the Big Boy Room include:

  • five fitted sheets (One in each fabric: Rockets in Orange, Stripes in Red, Robots, rockets and planets in blue, Rockets in Natural, Robots in Natural)
  • pillowcase
  • quilt (Quilts are better for naptime at nursery school)
  • comforter (Using Rockets in natural on one side and Rockets in Orange on the other)
  • floor cushion
  • bean bag *maybe
Here are the resources for my projects:

fitted sheet

pillowcase (I'm debating on whether I should buy the kit for it, since it will have exact measurements of the fabric)

quilt (quilt binding instructions)

bean bag (This seems kind of tricky, I have to work my way up to it)

As, I've said I am a visual learner so I like tutorials/patterns that have pictures at best, diagrams at least.

Gorgeous, but creepy...


There is a home in St. Louis that is preserved in time with wonderful mid-century furnishings and appliances. It's preserved so beautifuly because the family spent their time living on the lower level. This brings to mind all kinds of potentially creepy scenarios, maybe because I've read too much Steven King and watched too many scary movies. I don't think I could live in the house because my imagination would be running wild, but I would love to buy most of the furnishings.


Please view the slideshow for authentic mid-century living (or rather not living).

Gorgeous, but creepy...


There is a home in St. Louis that is preserved in time with wonderful mid-century furnishings and appliances. It's preserved so beautifuly because the family spent their time living on the lower level. This brings to mind all kinds of potentially creepy scenarios, maybe because I've read too much Steven King and watched too many scary movies. I don't think I could live in the house because my imagination would be running wild, but I would love to buy most of the furnishings.


Please view the slideshow for authentic mid-century living (or rather not living).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Closet Makeover

I do not even want to show you all what the inside of my closet looks like. I have a nice size walk in that my husband and I share and we have both let it get out of control! Moreso him than me, of course. It is so out of control that I've thought about having a professional organizer come in and handle it, but in this economy I believe that's a waste (unlike a monthly housekeeper which I keep saying I'm going to hire and haven't).

So, today I'm blog browsing and I find a new fun blog (Cupcakes & Cashmere) and then BAM! she takes a picture of her closet and I am swooning. One thing I love about it is here use of a dresser in her closet, which I had done at my previous apartment (when I lived ALONE) and I loved. Secondly, the layout of her closet is similar to mine with the wooden shelf at the top and I had never thought of using it as a place for my shoes. I also like her use of the same type of hangers, which every organizing book/article I've ever read says to do. I am working on this, currently I am transitioning to the black ultra slim flocked hangers.

I would like to reorganize my closet pronto, my only issue is that currently our dresser also serves as our television stand, so I would need to get a replacement for that in order to place it in the closet. My other issue is getting my husband to actually participate in this reorganizing process, because heaven forbid I reorganize and my husband can't find something of his. THE HORROR!!!

So swoon with me and get inspired:

Pic source: http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/california-closet/

Closet Makeover

I do not even want to show you all what the inside of my closet looks like. I have a nice size walk in that my husband and I share and we have both let it get out of control! Moreso him than me, of course. It is so out of control that I've thought about having a professional organizer come in and handle it, but in this economy I believe that's a waste (unlike a monthly housekeeper which I keep saying I'm going to hire and haven't).

So, today I'm blog browsing and I find a new fun blog (Cupcakes & Cashmere) and then BAM! she takes a picture of her closet and I am swooning. One thing I love about it is here use of a dresser in her closet, which I had done at my previous apartment (when I lived ALONE) and I loved. Secondly, the layout of her closet is similar to mine with the wooden shelf at the top and I had never thought of using it as a place for my shoes. I also like her use of the same type of hangers, which every organizing book/article I've ever read says to do. I am working on this, currently I am transitioning to the black ultra slim flocked hangers.

I would like to reorganize my closet pronto, my only issue is that currently our dresser also serves as our television stand, so I would need to get a replacement for that in order to place it in the closet. My other issue is getting my husband to actually participate in this reorganizing process, because heaven forbid I reorganize and my husband can't find something of his. THE HORROR!!!

So swoon with me and get inspired:

Pic source: http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/california-closet/

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What I'm Reading and New Projects...

*Pics are a before and after from Design*Sponge.













Here is what I'm reading in the world of design and decor right now.

I have some new projects on the horizon and I figured if I put it out here in a public format, I would be more likely to actually get them done:

  • Fabric headboard for bedroom
  • Big boy's pillows/comforter
  • Pillows for SALE at my Etsy shop

I haven't been completely lazy though. I've rearranged my dining/living room. It is amazing how big of a change that can make in a place. I wish I had taken before pics (I may have some on my camera I'll check), but I will definitely post some after shots. I am currently waiting to purchase a Mid-Century console to use as my TV stand/Media Storage or something like that. Rearranging your furniture is also a green way to redecorate. If you're thinking about rearranging your own, here are some tips from AT:

  • •Have a friend help. It makes moving heavy pieces a lot easier, it provides you with a second opinion, and it gives you the energy to keep going.

  • Map out ideas with a sketch or a free online program. *I like to make sketches before I start any new project. My husband makes fun of my sketches, but they become my road map for recreating a room.

  • Have a plan, but don't be afraid to change it. We never know what something's going to look like until we see it in place.

  • Use your largest pieces as anchors for the space. Move sofas, large tables, and large storage pieces first and rearrange your smaller furniture around them.

  • Clear out space. If an arrangement isn't working, try removing one or two pieces of furniture. Many people have too much furniture, and by taking a big item out of the equation you can open up a whole new set of possibilities.

  • Don't be afraid of empty space. If you really need a new piece to make your furniture arrangement work, leave that space empty for a little while, and take some time to find the right item.

What I'm Reading and New Projects...

*Pics are a before and after from Design*Sponge.













Here is what I'm reading in the world of design and decor right now.

I have some new projects on the horizon and I figured if I put it out here in a public format, I would be more likely to actually get them done:

  • Fabric headboard for bedroom
  • Big boy's pillows/comforter
  • Pillows for SALE at my Etsy shop

I haven't been completely lazy though. I've rearranged my dining/living room. It is amazing how big of a change that can make in a place. I wish I had taken before pics (I may have some on my camera I'll check), but I will definitely post some after shots. I am currently waiting to purchase a Mid-Century console to use as my TV stand/Media Storage or something like that. Rearranging your furniture is also a green way to redecorate. If you're thinking about rearranging your own, here are some tips from AT:

  • •Have a friend help. It makes moving heavy pieces a lot easier, it provides you with a second opinion, and it gives you the energy to keep going.

  • Map out ideas with a sketch or a free online program. *I like to make sketches before I start any new project. My husband makes fun of my sketches, but they become my road map for recreating a room.

  • Have a plan, but don't be afraid to change it. We never know what something's going to look like until we see it in place.

  • Use your largest pieces as anchors for the space. Move sofas, large tables, and large storage pieces first and rearrange your smaller furniture around them.

  • Clear out space. If an arrangement isn't working, try removing one or two pieces of furniture. Many people have too much furniture, and by taking a big item out of the equation you can open up a whole new set of possibilities.

  • Don't be afraid of empty space. If you really need a new piece to make your furniture arrangement work, leave that space empty for a little while, and take some time to find the right item.


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