Floor pillows are perfect for movie night, fort building, and great for adding a bit of color to a room. My family room has been lacking color since I painted it white, added white drapes, and a few chocolate brown pieces of furniture. A little red for the winter is just what we needed.
Yesterday I shared the cute little gallery wall in my daughter’s room. Here’s the other area we’re finished with. This is her desk area, which she uses as a writing center and art area. (She does her homework downstairs, so this is more of an arts and crafts area.)
The furniture used to be in my son’s room. So, the desk is new to my daughter, by not new. I painted the peg board writing center that used to be downstairs. This is the perfect spot to keep writing supplies on hand. I loved having this in the kitchen because it encouraged writing every single day. My hubby got tired of running into it and politely asked if it could go somewhere else. He lets me do just about any hairbrained idea I have in our house, so when he says something bugs him, I try change it for him. He puts up with a lot of crazy ideas. It’s the least I can do.
With a few projects down, we only have a few left to go! Happy painting!
I still haven’t posted pictures of my daughter’s finished room because… well… the room isn’t exactly finished yet. The curtains are still hanging in puddles on the floor, waiting to be hemmed and embellished. The quilt is still at my long arm quilt lady’s house, being finished, and I haven’t even started on pillows or cute pillow cases.
I did finish up the gallery wall with some cute painted frames though!
I used frames I had around the house and painted them with colors that coordinate with my daughter’s quilt. I purchased four different colors of sample sized paints from Lowe’s. I knew we’d be doing a few projects in this room and paint seemed like a cheap and easy way to go.
I started pinning several different arrangements for gallery walls. My original idea was to include an old window or some sort of subway art, but this seemed like plenty. I had planned to let my daughter choose all of the pictures for the frames, but she was a bit overwhelmed when I started scrolling through options on the computer with her. So, I just picked photos I like instead. She was happy with the finished wall, even though there wasn’t a lot of ownership into the selection.
This wall is above the long part of my daughter’s bed, so I thought a reading lamp was a good idea. I found this one for about $12 at IKEA and my friend, Diane, picked up the wood block that the lamp is mounted on from Michael’s. I love that redish-pink color and wanted to add one more little accent with it on this wall.
Old picture frames and several paint colors make a pretty cool gallery wall, if I do say so myself!
I can’t wait to show you the finished room! Maybe I’ll get everything done by Spring Break! Now, I need to find more things to paint with those cute sample size paints!
I’ve been thinking about new quilts recently and the colors I’d love to use. I’m using the colors in the above pictures as my inspiration. I also found these color combinations on Pinterst and I’m kind of liking them too.
Here’s an idea I came up with. We’ll see how it goes.
That’s my color story, and I’m sticking to it.
I was talking to my mom tonight about the boxes in her garage. She’s a collector. No, not like those that you see on Hoarders, but she has a good amount of stuff. Now, I completely understand. I have a box in the garage labeled, “Special Things.” I’ll be honest, it has my cast from 5th grade, the tail I had for five whole minutes after a haircut, and probably some really important notes from junior high. You never know when you’re going to need treasures like that!
(Side story: If you lived through the 80’s, you know exactly what I’m talking about with the tail. Well, I really wanted a tail, so I rode my bike to get a haircut and had the stylist leave a tail. Then I had a friend dye it. It was supposed to be blond, but when you have dark hair, it just turns orange. I had my orange tail for about five minutes, and then my mom saw it. She said, “We’re going out to dinner. If you want to cut that tail off, you can come with us. Otherwise, you can eat out back with the rest of the animals with tails.” That was the end of the tail, but I saved it in my box of special things just for the memory.)
Now, back to my mom and her garage. She has a box labeled, “Nanie’s junky old jewelry nobody wants” and another labeled, “Really really really old old stuff.” The box labeled really old spices proved to be a nice little treasure. I love these little containers! They are no longer in my mom’s garage. They have a new home in my kitchen. I found a few at a vintage store and added to my collection too.
Happy treasure hunting!
A few weeks ago I went to our brand new Hobby Lobby and found some small glass bottles. My kids and I filled them with sand from my collection. This picture shows sand from two different beaches in Hawaii and one from the Bahamas.
On my way home from Hobby Lobby, I stopped by my favorite store, Goodwill. I found this shadow box. It was meant to be! I had the little bottles and a box full of shells waiting to fill this perfect little shadow box. My kids filled it up and we hung it in the family room.
Then, I moved onto other parts of the family room. I filled my wire basket with shells and pulled out a few of my Seaside photo books.
I saved a few of my big shells for the side table in the family room. The conch shell was a souvenir, brought back by my mom, from her honeymoon in the Bahamas. Another Seaside photo album and a few more shells finish off the beachy look.
See, mom, those collections I had as a kid really did come in handy!
What do you collect, friends? What do your kids collect?