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The Girls' Room: Inspiration

With the baby girl coming in September, it was clear that we'd need to do some shuffling around in order to make everyone fit in our 3 bedroom condo.  The most logical solultion was to have the girls share the big bedroom & A go to the smaller room.  Girls room!  Fun!  If it was up to me alone, the nursery would be pink & girly & ruffles...but it isn't, we have a very opinionated Mini Quiche J involved as well!  Who happens to hate anything pink and girly and ruffles.

This is more like it - turquoise blue & lemonade stand posters depicting dragons & dinosaurs (which she drew all by herself).  So clearly, a frilly room is out of the picture!  Which actually makes for a fun design dilemma for me.  Add in the fact that it's a shared nursery/big girl pre-teen room & I think I have my work cut out for me.

I've been pinning & saving different fabrics and color schemes for quite awhile now and am to the point where I am tired of it.  I need to order samples and go from there.

One thing I do know is that turquoise is going to play a big role in the space, likely through the wall color.  I'm going to get a few samples to test out, but right now I'm leaning towards Benjamin Moore Copper Patina.  A pale turquoise that leans more towards green & has an almost gray cast underneath as well.  

I would love to pair it with corals and yellow, so I think I'm going to try to "sell" it to J as Under the Sea - not a theme, mind you (no fishies to be found) - Caribbean Sea blue, coral reef, sunshine, palm tree, etc, etc.  Think it will work??

If the coral doesn't fly with J, I think I'll swap it for orange, which I do love with turquoise.  This duvet from Urban Outfitters could end up being a great starting point for the rest of the room/fabrics/colors.

I'm then going to group the various fabrics together and let her pick her favorite grouping & go from there!  I want her to be excited about the room & feel involved in the decorating.  We're having a painting party in a couple of weeks and she is ready to get started!


Hail, Hail - the Rug is Here!

My steal of a rug arrived!  It only took me over a year to make a decision.  I unrolled it to check colors and they are perfect.  We need some muscles to come over & help us get it positioned - perhaps tomorrow when we have a contractor come over to fix some minor things that we've been meaning to finish for years.  Yes, years.

Things like fixing the constantly running toilet, the constantly dripping shower(S), the mosaic tile around all outlets in the kitchen, smooth drywall patch & touch-up paint.  We've accepted the fact that we're never going to do these things, so having someone come over to help is much needed.

Have a great weekend!


Finally, a Living Room Rug!

On March 29th, 2011 I posted about wanting a new living room rug.  Yes, over one year ago!  I've touched on it a couple of times since then & even considered painting a rug.  I know it seems like I sometimes don't follow up on posts like this, but it is almost always because I still haven't made a decision!  I like all of the rugs from that first post, but the ones I LOVED were all too expensive.  I've had a basic off-white shag rug in place for about 9 months.


One day while shopping in Lincoln Park with my mom & sister, I came upon this rug in the entry at Francesca's Collection (funny that the rug is also called Francesca!).  I made sure to snap a picture of the details as well so that I could look it up later.

It led me to google "Francesca Rugs" which I then learned is part of Loloi Rugs.  I ultimately decided that this rug has too much brown in it for me (dark brown floors, brown chaise, tan couch), but was drawn to this bright, fun number.  I love the orange accents!

But I've been hemming and hawing over the $500+ price tag for over a month...which typically means I won't buy it.  I almost bought it last week but cancelled the order at the last minute.  Sigh.  The search went on.

Today's sales on Joss & Main featured bright rugs that I figured I'd click through and give it a try.  First, I found this Tamara rug.  I immediately liked it & the $300 price tag.  The 5x7 rug we have now just isn't cutting it anymore (& especially with the baby coming, we need more soft surfaces), and a 7x9 is what I've been looking for!

I was ready to purchase this when I scrolled down a bit further and saw this rug, which I just so happen to have had my eye on for months over at RugsUSA.  Again, the $600 price tag scared me off from clicking "buy", but it didn't stop me from checking it out every week or so.  & trying to work it into a design for a client!  :)

Check out that price!  $219 for a 7'6" x 9'6" 100% wool rug!  The reviews on the other site say that the gray is more of a blue gray (perfectly fine with me) & that the green is more vibrant (perfect again!).

I bought it.  It arrives in a couple of weeks!  Finally, I can put the search to rest!

Have you found any great deals on Joss & Main or other daily sales sites lately?


DIY Kitchen Remodel: Catching Up

Well, I really dropped the ball on finishing up our DIY Kitchen Renovation posts!  I've decided to finish them & thought I'd get everyone caught back up to speed before the final couple posts.  I do have YHL to thank, as their new kitchen remodel is very similar to ours & reminded me to finish these!


We then moved on to demolition & wall repair:

Then installed countertop-to-ceiling mosaic tile and a new, modern range hood:

And finally, installed open shelving:

What's up next?  Our $22 stainless steel cooktop, painting countertops & a final reveal!

Thanks for bearing with me!  I promise not to let this happen with our bathroom project :)


Master Bedroom Curtain Makeover

A month ago, I finally got around to switching out our fall/winter bedroom for our spring/summer version.  I always love the dramatic change that occurs when simply swapping out a duvet & lampshades!

Fall/Winter SpreadThe things I never really loved about our summer look were the curtains.  They were a basic, light khaki, linen-esque fabric that hang from tab tops.  Nothing glaringly wrong with them, but just kind of blah.  They blended in with the walls and I really wanted something with a bit more impact.  

I always thought crisp white curtains would look great as well, but since I've been having so much fun with pattern lately I decided to go bold. I ordered this gorgeous chevron fabric from for under $8/yd.  

Since our balcony doors face east, we get a ton of early morning light.  I wanted to make sure we had a bit more light coverage so I used the old curtains as a backing & the chevron on the front.  I sewed them inside out like a giant duvet, straight lines made easy by the zig zags.  

I had some puckering/gathering issues which MADE ME CRAZY, but you can't see them unless you inspect each seam.  No biggie (I need a new sewing machine or perhaps a walking foot?) I hung them with dark clips to match the current rod and love the results! 

Then I hemmed them in place so that they just touch the floor.  I like the look of curtains that softly gather on the ground, but the two layers were pretty thick and didn't pool very well.  Plus, we are regularly in and out of these doors and the fabric sweeping back and forth would get dirty.

In all, I spent under $50 for the new window treatments (fabric, clips).  We have really tall ceilings & doors so buying curtains would have been a lot more expensive! I am happy that I took the effort to DIY.



I absolutely love the new window treatments.  It's darker in the morning & more visually interesting all day.  Now I need to get working on those pesky living room curtains, of which I have narrowed it down to approximately 47 fabrics.  Give or take a few.