Posts Tagged ‘kid spaces’

Lego Meets Lack

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Fellow parents, I have been to hell and back and it’s not a happy place. It’s what is known as Operation Lego Organization and it is torturous but I will say if you survive and come out on the other end, bright golden rays from the heavens shine down upon you and life resumes very pleasantly as it once was. 

My son is an average 7 year old boy – utterly and completely addicted to toy Legos. However, I prefer to live in a bubble and label his many hours spent building them as “future engineer slash architect”.

Over the past 18 months they’ve become a genuine nuisance in our home, so as I was browsing IKEA’s website I happened to notice the dimensions of their $30 Lack coffee table (with shelf!) measured 30 inches across and then I recalled that the road plates my son has been begging me for since autumn were 10 square inches each and then I did the math in my head and realized I could combine the two into an organized play table that would satisfy his desperate need for an airport/racetrack and my need for affordable organization. 

Lego meet Lack, Lack meet Lego, so nice you’ve finally met.

lego meets lack table

 

The road plates were on backorder for many months but they finally arrived last week so we took the school holiday on Monday to pull it all together which included organizing the Legos into plastic bins that would fit on the shelf and underneath the play table.

 

lego play table with storage

 

table + 2 sets curved road plates + 2 sets crossroad plates + bins from Target

 

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Study Complete!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Well I’m excited to announce I finally finished up the study space makeover we started way back in May.  I had every intention of finishing up this space before school started for the kids in August but life and other more important spaces kept me occupied.

Anyhoo.  Last weekend, I finally was able to tackle the final projects that remained – stitching up a cushion cover for the window seat and installing a window treatment above.  I decided to have a lot of fun with color in this space especially since it’s for the kids.  I stuck with a blue and green palette (predictable much Kate?) and mixed in a lot of pattern to keep it fun.

blue and green study with window seat

 

With a width of 9 ½ feet, the room is not gigantic, but but it’s just big enough for its intended purpose, as a creative zone for art and games, for reading or watching movies, and a place for the youngsters to hang out with each other and their buddies. 

kids doing art

 

Yeah that window seat we built from IKEA refrigerator cabinets over the summer sure looks great topped with a cushion and some fun pillows!  I’ve always wanted a true window seat similar to the built in nook I had when I was a kid. 

I sewed a cushion cover with a foam insert for the window seat, but let me tell you, it was the ultra lazy ‘sew the bare minimum’ method. I had lofty ambitions of a piped cushion cover with a perfect zipper enclosure but instead settled on a knife edge cushion, stitched up with some green canvas outdoor fabric I found on sale at Joann’s Fabrics.

window seat from ikea cabinets centsational girl

 

Hello beautiful modern oversized drum fixture!  I searched high and low for the right pendant, and even considered a DIY version, but when I saw the Finley fixture at Crate + Barrel, I decided it was the one.  Large in scale, clean lined and modern, and perfect for the space. 

new fixture in study

 

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Gigi’s Room + Nursery Essentials

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I love looking at baby nurseries, and I think they’re one of the most fun spaces to design.  My own children are babies no more, they’re in elementary school, but back in the day I did enjoy making their nursery special.  The only baby in my life right now is little Gigi, and she’s the daughter of one of my very good friends. Her mom asked me to photograph her nursery to preserve for the baby book, so I thought I’d also share a few images with you. 

Gigi’s nursery is filled with all the essentials for a wee one and her space is decorated in a classic color combination for a little girl’s nursery: pink and brown.  Here is the corner dedicated to reading and rocking to sleep.  A rocker or club chair is one of the smartest additions to any nursery and I always found having one in the same room as the crib makes the transition to bed an easy one.

gigis room cg

This mom chose a soft neutral tan for the wall color as a backdrop to her color scheme that includes classic pink and white.  I love the added texture of the seagrass trunk for toy and blanket storage.

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