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Girl’s Room Changes

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We decided two months ago to take the set of bunk beds from my daughter’s room to the Nevada house since I’m doing a combined kid room there that will sleep two and both my daughter and son will share when we’re living there. That left me with a decision about what to do to replace the bed in her room. She loved her bunk beds but we decided to substitute with a daybed this time, one with a trundle underneath for a second mattress or for storage. 

Birch Lane contacted me several months ago and asked if I’d like to feature any of their products in our home. Great timing since they happened to carry the perfect solution for our ten year old daughter in the form of the white Hampton Daybed.

lavender and white girls room

So many of the same decorative accents from when I featured the room last year are still present: the dresser, the bedding, etc. We did swap out some of the pillows and the artwork to arrange a new gallery above her bed, and also brought in a few touches of cheerful yellow. 

I think it’s important to let a child personalize their own space so we arranged a collection of artwork that she loves in a colorful gallery for her to admire. Kittens, puppies, horses, butterflies … oh to be 10 again.

wall gallery girls room

Little Miss Coco our kitty cat took an interest in the watercolor painting I found on Etsy, perhaps she sees herself? Which is why we bought it, it reminded us of when she was little!

coco and painting

 

girls room wall gallery

The remaining artwork is from a combination of sources, two prints from Minted (animal map / wreath print),  the butterflies are from IKEA bought years ago, the horse is my daughter’s own painting, and we framed the puppy and kitten prints from her old calendar.   

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Decorative Box Charging Station

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Oh technology, we love you so, but you require constant maintenance! The cords, the charging, it cannot be escaped. I’ve been so frustrated with all the cords all over the house and I was looking for a sensible way to corral them all in one place. There are many charging stations you can buy online but I was looking for a solution that was cheap and easy.

We needed two in our household, one upstairs in the studio above the garage where our 22 year old now resides, and one downstairs in the family room to charge our devices when not in use. For the first version in the studio, I bought a faux snakeskin box at HomeGoods for $20. There are plenty of similar uses for boxes as charging stations around the web, an internet search will turn up variations on this idea, but here’s how I turned two decorative boxes into charging stations with a few power tools, some scraps of painted wood, and hot glue.

diy decorative box charging station

 

charging station in a box

 

charging station not in use

Supplies: decorative box at least 2 ½” deep and long enough to fit your devices, in this case it was 1 tablet plus 2 phones; paint to match interior of box; circular saw; power screwdriver with drill bits; 4 strips of ¾ x ¾” wood cut to width of box; 1½ x ¾” wood cut to length of box; hot glue.

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