Cute and Functional Study Spaces

Cute and Functional Study Spaces

My daughter needed a quiet, well-lit and organized place to study and do homework. We bought her this desk off Craigslist some time ago, but we never really decorated or did anything to make it inviting.

It wasn’t bad, but it was missing some key elements. Check this post for elements of an effective study space.

We decided to purchase a lamp

And we repurposed an old towel bar, S-hooks, and decorative buckets to store writing utensils.

Just $16 made a huge impact on her study space.

Her desk is far less cluttered and much cleaner now.

What small change has made a big impact at your house?

Girls’ rooms: how a simple change can change the look of the entire room

Girls’ rooms: how a simple change can change the look of the entire room

My daughter has had the same cute PBKids comforter and sheets since she was two.

I loved this comforter and so did Emorie, for awhile. Lately she’s gotten into mermaids and for her seventh birthday, she asked for a mermaid room. I reluctantly agreed.

We ordered this comforter, sheets and duvet from Target. I was relieved that the color matched her walls so well, because I didn’t want to paint them.

I also grabbed some fuchsia craft paint and some teal craft paint so I could paint these papier-mâché letters. Now she has a cute monogram above her bed that matches her comforter.

Her bookshelf didn’t really change much, except for this marquee letter from Justice.

Her dresser area didn’t change much either.

I didn’t even have to change the artwork.

And finally, we swapped out my childhood vanity for this lovely desk, where she can do her homework.

We decorated it with the memo board I made last fall, some cute boxes, and a few of her favorite things.

With just a little craft paint and some new bedding, Emorie’s room looks completely and totally different.

I still like the old bedding, but I’m quickly learning that my kid’s rooms aren’t mine, and if they’re happy with their rooms, I should let it be. And this mermaid loves her room.

Have a good Wednesday!

Kids’ Reading nooks: a Pinterest Roundup

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Reading nooks are all the rage, for both kids and adults. After all, we as adults love cozy places, and kids are no exception.  Why not give the little kiddos in your life somewhere to kick back with a good book? Today, I’m sharing my favorite reading nooks for kids.

  1. I love the one pictured above. The patterns and colors work together perfectly, and those wall-mounted shelves are actually picture ledges. They’re inexpensive to purchase or DIY, and they’re such a nice, decluttered look. The wall decals and that little garland are too cute for words!

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2. I just really love this teepee with its cozy pillows, rug and cute little star lights. You could always add picture ledge shelves to the wall behind it if you wanted.

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3. Here’s a reading nook for the smallest of readers. This toddler reading nook features low shelves for little hands to choose their own books, and a comfy bean bag.

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4. Have a dormer in your kiddo’s room? Why not stretch a curtain across it and make a “reading room?” I love these curtains and the idea of a “private” reading area. My kids would absolutely love this.

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5.  Repurpose a Billy bookcase into a handy window seat in your reading nook. Add a long cushion and lots of pillows, and you’ll surely want to curl up with a good book and stay there. I love the colors, the extra storage and the cuteness of this reading nook.

I hope you have truly enjoyed our Pinterest roundup today! Come back Friday for summer home decor tips.

 

 

How to successfully purge your playroom

How to successfully purge your playroom

Right after Christmas, our playroom looked like this:

I had no idea where we’d put all this stuff! I knew it was time to do a “playroom purge.” A playroom purge sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. You will need three laundry baskets or boxes. Label one of them “donate,” label one “keep,” and the label other one “trash.”

Afterwards, continue with the next few steps.

1. Start by going through every bin, box and basket, and removing the broken toys or toys with missing parts.

Then, you’ll need to put the broken toys or toys with missing pieces in the trash box.

2. Designate a place for everything.

Take any toys that are in the wrong place/ sitting around and put them where they belong.

3. Then, donate any toys that are duplicates, outgrown or no longer played with.

When I finished our playroom purge, our donate pile looked like this:

And our trash pile looked like this:

Our playroom now looks like this, which is quite an improvement.

4. And lastly, purge your playroom at least twice a year.

We like to clean out our playroom right before Christmas and in the summer. How do you handle toy clutter at your house?

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

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Our sweet youngest daughter turned two, and as a result, she is no longer a baby. Her nursery was adorable, but it really didn’t meet the needs of our growing girl.

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Our girl had begun to climb out of her bed, and even though she’s still tiny, the room almost felt too baby-ish for a toddler.

You may recall before my dad passed away, he built these adorable headboards for my little girls. Our oldest has been using her bed for some time, but our youngest daughter’s bed has been patiently waiting at my mom’s house for her to grow into it.  We decided to save money and continue our shabby chic theme, so we could reuse many items we already had in her nursery.

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I found this adorable twin bedding at Target, and purchased these papier-mache letters from Hobby Lobby, which I promptly painted to match her bedroom. I also purchased the night stand from Christmas Tree Shops- it was grey when I bought it, so I chalk painted it white and added glass knobs to match her dressers.

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The lamp, rug, and picture frame are re-used from the nursery.

The changing table, while still needed, is no longer safe as she is too squirmy for it! Instead, I bought these cute little shelves from JoAnn Fabric’s clearance section and repurposed some art and florals from her nursery. The baskets are also left overs from the nursery.

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IKEA Bekvam spice racks, painted to match her furniture, make perfect bookshelves.

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I painted this shelf, which once occupied my childhood bedroom, with the intent of adding baskets for toy storage. I also repurposed and even painted some of the picture frames from her nursery. The US map is a framed piece of scrapbook paper.

I hope you have enjoyed our girls’ big girl room as much as she does.