Best of April, Etc.

May 2nd, 2012

Hi everyone, I want to say thanks for all the kind compliments on the kids playroom makeover, we appreciate your support so much!!  It’s time to say hello to May and so long to April so here’s a roundup of the top ten not to miss articles from last month! 

april 1

1. Organized Paints for the Home; 2.  DIY Makeup Brush Holder;  3. Easter Table  4.  Gold Leaf Desk Chair;  5. Mirrored Cabinet Makeover  6.  Interview with My Children

april 2

7.  Resurfaced Courtyard;  8.  Container Gardening: Thriller Filler Spiller,  9.  Wood Shim Window Box Planter;  10.  Paint Swirl Vases

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There are several new articles over at Centsational Style, including these four, click on the button below to read them!

12 sources for wallpaper  statement chandeliers
stylish bookcases color spotlight yellow

swirl

For the local readers interested in attending the Home Depot gardening workshop tomorrow evening in Roseville, California, I learned it’s at the Stanford Ranch store on Fairway Drive and it starts at 6:30, hope to see you there!  I’ll be sharing lots of creative ideas for container gardening. 

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The winners for The Vintage Pearl giveaway were announced here and both winners received an email from me! 

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Next Tuesday May 8th is the ‘Look What I Planted’ Link Party about all things garden, so if you’ve got seedlings or annuals or a little garden growing, be sure to link it up!

fwf planted

 

Coming up next, the behind the scenes look at the kids playroom makeover and all the little projects that make up that super cool budget friendly space!

 

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Alma Project: Playroom Transformed

May 1st, 2012

Hi all, it’s time to share what we accomplished during our weekend at the Alma Project, and I’m so excited about this space!  We started with this room which is dedicated to the kids but was acting more like a storage space than a playroom, and in need of practical kid friendly solutions.  Over the course of three days, the team took this room from totally drab to completely fab!   We had to work with the existing navy carpet and ceiling, but every thing else was fair game so we started with a fresh coat of paint on the walls on Friday (painted baseboards too) and then installed all the elements from the design plan on Saturday and Sunday.

A month ago, Cristin and I got on the phone together to brainstorm ideas to reinvent this space.  It had to be a gender neutral playroom to serve kids ages 2 to 10, and we wanted to make it as inspiring as we could within our budget of $1,000.  We started with the giant wall map in shades of blue and green, then found a modern wavy stripe for the curtains, and I sourced everything else after that, with various online purchases and trips to IKEA, Target, etc.

All of the families who reside share a bedroom (mom plus kids in one room, up to four families in this home) so there was a real need for a community space for kids to be inspired to create and play.  The kids playroom sits right off the kitchen and is also a place for parents to relax and interact with their little ones.

Here’s a look at the room before we began:

alma kids room

And how it now looks after our three day makeover:

alma project kids playroom

Wow, right?   So fresh, so fun, so filled with color! Here’s the grand tour of the new kids playroom at our Alma Project. 

 

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