Thursday, February 26, 2015

Basement Built Ins (A DIY of Sorts)

Hello, hello! Here's a DIY kind of project I thought you might be interested in. We're talking about some serious book storage happening in our newly finished basement. Drywall built ins with rustic, wood shelves. 

When we started work on our basement I knew we needed to make room for my husband's ever growing book collection. We opted to create two "built ins" in the family room to flank his office door. (He didn't really have room for all the books in his office - it's not a big room.) 

I was inspired by Lauren Liess' library in her family home.

And found this tutorial by The Wood Grain Cottage to be helpful as well. 

Here's a look at our process. It's pretty self explanatory so I won't get into too many details. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves if you're ok with that.  

Sorry for the poor iphone photos. 

We ended up using MDF strips painted white (to blend in with the wall) as supports for the shelves. Kudos to by husband for sanding, staining, painting, etc. and our friend Scott (of S+S Developments) for doing the finishing work.

We got the shelves up and the last bit of painting done late one night. The next morning my husband was up early unpacking his books and arranging them by genre and alphabetical order. We managed to come up with an arrangement that doesn't mess with his ordered system but still looks pretty good. AND all the books fit! (For Now).

I'm pretty pleased with how this corner of the basement came together. I think it was certainly worth the effort, and it was quite budget friendly. You could totally do this. 

I promise there will be more to show you as we finish things up. Catch little bits over at my instagram too. 



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DIY Watercolour Valentines Cards

Well, wouldn't you know?! I'm back with another blog post. I can hardly believe it myself. Anyway, my kids needed some valentines cards for a V-Day party later this week so I pulled out my watercolours last night and got to painting. The results are very simple but pretty. Thought I'd share them with you. 

A closer look. 

As you can see, I just cut out some small pieces of watercolour paper and stuck to a simple red, pink and black scheme. I used a fine tip permanent marker to add some details too. Easy, easy. The kids will address the cards on the back and that will be it! 

Hope your week is going well. 



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Instagramin' It

Hello, friends! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I've joined instagram (finally), and you can catch bits of my decorating obsession there. I don't find much free time to sit down to the blog these days. Hopefully that will change in the future, but for now, instagram is happening and it's way too much fun! 

Some recent activity. 

Let's meet up on instagram! Find me here



Monday, February 2, 2015

Project Baby. Final Four.

Hello, hello! My baby girl's nursery is coming together nicely. We're down to the final four things on the to do list (as we should be since she's growing through this baby stage all too quickly). 

Final Four:

Switch out the Crib. (This sounds like a big deal but it really isn't. We know where it's coming from - just waiting on it. Of course we have a temporary hand-me-down in place for the time being).  

Paint the inside of the armoire. It's kind of ugly in there, and things get lost in the brown, cavernous innards.  

Hang the last of the art. We're waiting on two large pieces to arrive and then the big, bare wall will be made beautiful!  

Install wall-mounted lighting beside the sofa. It's on order and I can't wait! 

Of course there will be some styling and zhushing that takes place, but we're pretty much there. I plan to have the room photographed by someone who knows what they're doing, and then I can show you! I know I've been so slow at getting this project done. Here are at least a few little bits to give you an idea of what's going down. 

It's really the sweetest, most darling little room. I love it in there! Baby's at the age where she's noticing my efforts now too. She looks around her pretty room and seems to be taking it all in. She smiles and waves her arms around; I just know she approves. 

I hope things are well with you.