Found: Great Ideas, Rooms that Inspire

Master Bedroom Nursery

So we all know that Maximus isn’t really sleeping,  but this is what my pre-baby imagination came up with.  Since my second bedroom serves so many roles as it is, making it the babies room wouldn’t work.  Also, I wanted to have him close to me for the first couple years for what has now turned into 1am screamfests. I’m a complete zombie when woken up in the middle of the night and making it across the room to check on him is already hard enough, so it’s probably better he’s not in another room.

The space between my closet door and bedroom door was freed up last year, after my closet renovation. I’ll post more about that later, but I no longer needed my armoire in the bedroom, leaving a perfect place for a crib.

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My problem was, that I didn’t want it to feel like there was a random crib just placed in my room.  My goal was to create an area that defined the space for the baby within the room, so I started looking on Houzz for nursery ideas and I came across this picture.


The idea of adding extra storage is a no-brainer in my small house.  I also love the idea of having books on display, since reading to the baby is so important to me.  The cabinets reminded me of the kids cabinets that I’ve seen at Ikea and who doesn’t looooove a good reason to go wondering around Ikea?  If you’re anything like me, you go to Ikea for one thing and after entering the rabbit hole, you leave with things you didn’t know you needed.  Ikea is slowly taking over every room in my house. So when I saw this cabinet, the wheels in my head started turning.

SILVERÅN High cabinet with mirror door IKEA

Now I know it’s a bathroom medicine cabinet, but hear me out. I originally wanted a mirror to put on that wall, so I thought this would be perfect to pull double duty. I was also looking for the ledge shelves that I have in my living room, for the books to go on, but for some reason my Ikea doesn’t seem to carry them anymore.  Thankfully Pinterest has a million ideas on how to make them on your own.  I don’t even remember what site I went to, but it was something like THIS.  I ended up using left over trim that I had from my closet renovation to create the same look. In case you were wondering, this does not impede the closet door. That would drive me nuts if it did.

I got lucky and found a random bassinet in the back of a TJ Maxx for $20.  Sometimes it pays to go wondering around stores for no reason.  It was perfect, since it had wheels to roll him from room to room as a newborn and it fit between my bed and the wall at night.

I also found a picture of crocheted jelly fish on pinterest, so my mom made me a couple to hang from the ceiling.  They still need eyes and a mouth MOM, but I think they are cute!


It took until he was 2 months old, to find a picture to hang over his bed.  I didn’t want anything that was too expected.  I think this has the perfect amount of child like whimsy with a coastal theme that still matches the rest of the room.  Now I wish I could find more animals to go with him.  Couldn’t you just picture Llama Llama red pajama, hanging out with Peter Rabbit on the beach?

This is what his section of the room looks like today.  It turns out, a regular size crib wouldn’t fit between the two doors, so I ordered this (affiliate link) Mini Crib on Amazon.  It fits perfect and he still has plenty of room to grow. I like how the natural wood matches the cabinet too.

This is my side of the room.  What do you think?  Do the two sides look cohesive?  I feel like the lighting in these pictures aren’t doing it justice.

What do you think?

Found: Great Ideas

Top Outdoor Etsy Finds

This weekend was not only spent watching movies, the rest of it was spent furnishing my back deck.  Pictures coming soon. I still have my work cut out for me.  So in honor of my deck, I’ve created a list of amazing Etsy finds for the outdoors.

Ceramic Outdoor Tentacle Sculpture

I think if I had an outdoor pond, I would have to get this!

Ceramic Outdoor Tentacle Sculpture with Magenta Glaze

Shark Art made of Recycled Fence

While bike riding yesterday we passed someone’s house that had parts of an old fence at the curb that they were throwing out.  I tried to talk my boyfriend into biking it home, but he wasn’t going for it.

Shark art, made of recycled fence wood. JAWS, Great White, outdoor art

24″ Gecko Outdoor Wall Hanging

I have a couple of these!  Well kind of, mine were a gift from my mom, so I’m not sure where she got them. These are from  “TropicAccents“, a company in Haiti that upcycles steel drums into Garden Art by hand cutting each design.

24" Gecko Outdoor Wall Hanging - Painted Upcycled Metal Garden Art- M402-TQ-24  24" Gecko Outdoor Wall Hanging - Painted Upcycled Metal Garden Art- M402-TQ-24

Rope Bench

This would be perfect seating around the pool.  They are made of ski ropes and can be designed in several different colors.

Indoor Rope Bench

Recycled Rope Rug

Here’s an outdoor rug, from another company, to go with the outdoor bench.  This one is made of Alaskan Fisherman Rope.

Recycled Rope Rug Outdoor Mat Handwoven Rope Rug Green Rope Doormat MADE IN USA

Outdoor Surfboard Shower

With a price tag of $5,465, I won’t be ordering this anytime soon, but a girl can dream.

Longboard outdoor surfboard shower with glass and starfish design. Ready for use

Outdoor Drink Holders

I’m not sure how well the fabric would hold up outside, but they are cute.

Outdoor Drink Holders

Outdoor Solar Light Copper Vine

Gorgeous and I love their description. “The fun Crackle Glass sprinkles moon light around like Fairy dust giving enough light to make the setting romantic.”  I’m sold!

Outdoor Solar Light, Copper Vine, Crackle Glass Ball 3 inch

Outdoor House Numbers

Although I’m partial to their anchor and fish design, you can’t deny how well this image shows off the attention to detail.

Outdoor House Numbers / Steel house numbers / Craftsman house number /Address / House Address

Fishing Rod Display Storage Rack

I actually know someone who loves fishing and has a pool table on his back porch that this would be perfect for.

Fishing Rod Display Storage Rack pole holder stand and pool cue stick holder

Outdoor Fairy House

Have your fairies been flying around without a home?  Don’t worry, “WhimsicalProperties” has designed some magical homes for you.  “Bring a little bit of fairy luck to your garden, but watch out they can be mischievous at times!”

Blossom House:  A OOAK Outdoor Fairy House

Recycled Plastic Wall Flowers

I love all these Upcycled ideas. I could imagine these on my back fence between the vines.  The pop of color would look like the flowers are actually growing out of vines.

Recycled Plastic Wall Flowers (set of 5), indoor or outdoor use, photo props

Flower Planter

I may not have a green thumb, but this is a great design to display spring flowers.

Flower planter, garden flower pot, wood, Mother's Day Gift, tabletop size, for indoor or outdoor flowers and plants:  "Pyramid"

Indoor/Outdoor Metal Wall Art

The colors in all of the artists designs are so vivid.  Plus, you can’t beat art that can withstand outdoor weather changes.

Original Metal Wall Art Modern Painting Sculpture Indoor Outdoor Decor "Rich tree" by Ning

Old and Board Outdoor Chair

More Recycled wood!  I love rustic looking furniture that is also comfortable, as these designers claim they are.

Old and Board Outdoor Chair

Custom Order House Numbers

How cute would this be to add some personality to an apartment front door.

CUSTOM ORDER, House Number, Wall Flower Vase, Outdoor Decor, Signage, Wedding Date, New Home, Antique Bottle, Copper Hanger, Housewarming

Last but not least………

Backyard Block Party-Outdoor Game

Try and tell me you don’t want one of these for your next party. I think this is a new backyard essential.  I mean look at that guy’s expression.  He has to be having fun, right?

Backyard Block Party - Outdoor Game - HUGE version of the wood block game you play inside

For more information about any of these items, click the titles for a direct link to their sites.

Leave me a comment and let me know which one is YOUR favorite.

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For Love of DIY

If you haven’t heard of P.S.- I made this, let me be the first to introduce you.  “The website features DIY projects, accompanied by bold inspiration collages and simple step-by-step how-to’s.”  I couldn’t explain it better myself.

This would be perfect for an outdoor party or wedding.

Erica Domesek takes DIY projects to another level. Her concept is simple “I see it.  I like it.  I make it.”

I love this strap and the idea of attaching it to whatever bag I want.  I think I may want to find a better option for the clip though.

“P.S.– I made this encourages followers to cultivate their inner-creativity and embrace the ever-growing DIY phenomenon.”

While I wouldn’t be interested in a clock of insects, this does make me want to take a trip to Party City and see what other plastic objects I can come up with.

These are just a few of my favorite projects, but then…. I haven’t read the book yet.   25 more unique and different ideas, Why am I just finding out about this?

Since I’m finally drinking the Kool-aid, err bought my first iphone this week, this project gives way to many possibilites.

What I’m not showing you is her amazing inspiration collages.  My brain just doesn’t think like that.  Check out her page and tell me what you think.

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"Little Free Libraries"

April’s issue of “O Magazine” had a small article I almost missed about Todd Bol, the creator of Little Free Libraries.

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Todd Bol placed his doll house sized Little Free Libraries in his Hudson, Wisconsin, front yard, back in 2009, as a tribute to his late, book-loving mother. He placed a sign inviting his neighbors to take one and then return one. Not long after, dozens of people were coming to his lawn, not just to read but to strike up conversation.  Some people would even read while standing in his yard.  He referred to it as his “magic little cottage.”

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Now with the help of Rick Brooks, a University of Wisconsin Madison outreach program manager, anyone can have one of these “LFLs” in their own front yard.  There are already more than 8,000 around the world.  “People who live near a LFL say they’re meeting more folks than they’ve met in 25 years,” says Brooks.

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 The great thing about their site is that anonymous donors are sometimes covering part of the cost to make it more affordable to own one yourself.  You just have to keep checking back to see what offers are available.  I have to say, this may be my first investment when I finally purchase my first home.