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DIY: Tablecloth Play Tent

Monday, January 21st, 2013

My children have the day off from public school today (Happy Martin Luther King, Jr day!) and one of their favorite things to do is to make forts – what kid doesn’t?

Knowing how much they love them, I made them a play tent in our dining room in the shape of a white tablecloth, complete with delightfully sweet curtained windows and a door for access too.

kids at play tablecloth tent

 

Who says dining rooms are just for eating?  Not so at our house!

tablecloth play tent centsational girl

  

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Touches of Brass & Gold

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Hey y’all – I’m so glad it’s Friday – and a three day weekend!  Thanks for all the comments and pins on the new bookcases this week – many of you wrote to me asking where I found all the gold and brass accessories for the shelves.  Truth is I find them all over, some of them are many years old, some are newer.  I keep my eyes open for objects that are unique looking, shapely, functional, and ones I know I’ll love for years to come. 

Etsy and antique stores are fabulous sources for old brass objects, and a lot of retailers are now selling accessories in golden shades since these warmer metals are again in vogue.  If you’re on the hunt for accessories to bring a golden touch to your bookcase, wall, or tabletop, here are a few of my favorites found online.

gold accents for the home

 

From top left: gold leaf ampersandheart tree print / gilded dog print / golden glazed vase / starburst bowl / metal stand / wire sphere / scallop brass bookends / hammered brass bowl / gold leaf trim bowl / paper mache bowl / gift box / gold urchin / gourd vase / hammered pillar candle / crackle pot / monogram letter / geometric frame

 

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Besta, Billy, & Brass Bookcases

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Greetings all, thanks for the sweet words on the office upgrades from yesterday!  As promised, here’s more information on the library bookcase unit we put together with IKEA pieces – we added trim, hardware, and lights to customize it for my office.

I know the pink isn’t for everyone, but I was feeling the love this month but I may get a wild hair and paint the back something completely different soon – it happens, it’s just paint!  My point is the unit would look great with the back painted any color you love – or a stencil or wallpaper or fabric, the sky’s the limit!

ikea besta billy bookcase combo

 

We all know how expensive bookcases are from most retailers, and wall units like this add up quick to $1,000 or more but I didn’t want to pay that much for shelving.  We considered something more like the Billys to built ins project from 2011 but I wanted something that looked more like a freestanding three piece unit.

So I started hunting around on the IKEA website and I realized that some of the Besta pieces could be used and then I realized that three of their pieces added up to the same exact height as a 15” Billy bookcase, and an idea was born to combine them!

besta and billy

 

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