Archive for August, 2012

August 16, 2012

Little Sloan Leaning Desk

by Gillian

I love the open design of this new desk/wall unit from Land of Nod. This sleek desk and shelving unit is perfect for small spaces! It secures to the wall and can be used with or without the leaning bookcase. Each section costs $149 and is available in white or java.

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August 9, 2012

Back to School – Dorm Style

by Gillian

In a few short weeks kids around the country will be going back to school. For many this will be their first experience at college and what kid wouldn’t want some serious dorm room style to show off? It’s been quite a few years since my college days but I still remember my move in day and how excited I was to put together my room and make it my own. There are now amazing sites like Dormify which have everything any college kid would need to design the coolest space on campus. The best part is that they have already assembled all the pieces you would need for a cohesive look and prices are very reasonable. Here’s just a sample of their many options.

Butterfly Bliss Collection

Fall Into Fall Collection

Botanic Bliss Collection

Teen Dream Collection

August 1, 2012

Closet Nook

by Gillian

My daughters Grace and Charlotte share a bedroom at my parent’s weekend home and the closet that was in the 100-year-old house was not at all functional. There were 2 large sliding doors that were basically falling off the hinges and the doors were so heavy that it was very hard to open. So I decided to remove the doors, paint the interior a bright pink, and put the dresser and some hooks inside to turn the wasted space into a cute, functional nook.

My husband painted the interior walls and shelf in Benjamin Moore Strawberry Shortcake 2000-40

I found these really great antique looking wall hooks on Etsy, of course, and positioned them on either side of the dresser that I repainted a few months ago. I hung them low enough so the girls have a sense of independence and can hook up their wet swim suits and robes, or hooded sweatshirts by themselves.

I reused an antique mirror that we had hanging in a different spot and placed it at the right height for the girls and added a cute lamp that used to be in Grace’s nursery when she was a baby.

I also had these custom silhouettes created by a very talented vendor on Etsy, and also found these perfect shabby chic oval frames on Etsy and installed them just above each hook.  (I was really serious when I said I was addicted.)

I added a pink and white polka dot hamper, a few pink and white striped boxes and voila! I am so pleased with how it all turned out. I think removing the doors really helped to open up the small room and I love how the bold pink on the interior compliments the pale pink walls.