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Organized Baby Closet

The hardest and possible longest project in my house, turned out to be the hallway closet.  It was the last thing in the house that still had a musky mildew smell. In other words, still smelled like the old 1952 house that it is.  Two of the walls inside had wood paneling and it looked like there might have been water damage at one point, from the shower on the opposite side of the wall.  I wasn’t sure if it had mold behind the walls, but I didn’t want to take any chances with putting the babies cloths and things in there.  Also, the awkward placement of the different size pieces of wood holding up the shelves made the whole closet inefficient. You can’t really see in this picture, but the ceiling was lower than the rest of the house and the light was on the outside in the hallway.

The whole thing became a gut job.  The ceiling was raised up and the electrical was moved over for the light to be inside of the closet. If you look, the ceiling used to start at the top of the door frames.

Luckily, the wall backing up to the shower didn’t have mold damage like I thought.  And we were able to reuse the same shelves, but gave them a facelift and better placement.  They were measured to fit adult cloths for later use, whenever I decide to sell the house. My favorite part though, is trim we added on the shelves. I feel like it gives it a clean look.

Here is what it looks like with all of his things inside.  Having everything out in the open isn’t for everyone, but I find it so convenient.  I can’t tell you how many people told me they bought a changing table and never used it. They just ended up changing their baby on the floor or wherever.  I couldn’t imagine not having my changing table. I actually find it easier, so he isn’t all over the place. We are in the phase of flipping over and trying to get away while getting changed, so here he’s contained.  In the morning, it’s great to be able to change him and dress him all in one shot. Especially when he grows out of things and I can just grab another outfit.  Then when we’re done, he loves to play in the mirror.

What do you think? Do you love or hate it?  Does it make you cringe to see everything out in the open?

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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.


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?

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Making Room for a Baby

I’ve been in my house now for 3yrs and the number one question I received over and over again when I was pregnant was, “Are you going to move?” And give up an affordable mortgage in St. Petersburg? Not to mention an affordable mortgage close to down town? Are you crazy?  “But where are you going to put the baby?” Most people would think that living in a 624 sq ft house doesn’t leave much room for a baby.  To give you an idea, this is the layout of my house.

First, I started thinking about how the living room would work. While I loved the Mid-Century design of my couches, they were less then comfortable during my pregnancy.  The idea of sleepless nights and mornings, nursing my newborn on them became less and less appealing.  So, I posted them on craigslist to see what kind of interest I would get. I couldn’t believe it, after 1 week posted, I was offered $700.  They were 6 years old!  SOLD!!


My desk was the hardest to part with, but I was going to need space for his toys and activity centers.  My grandfather made the desk and the chair, so I’m storing them in the garage until I can find a home in the future.  That meant that everything that was stored in it, would have to find a new home.


This craigslist dresser has become my entertainment center and storage for my crafts, board games, and now everything from my desk.  I ran the power cords up the back of the dresser and into the top drawer to hide my laptop and tablet.


Another thing that had to go was the coffee table and rug. Just as I suspected, we spend most of the day playing on the floor and while the coffee table took up too much space, the rug was just old and dirty.  I replaced the table with an ottoman for toy storage and found a new rug online.

Here is what it looks like today.

It’s still a work in progress, but I love having a sectional.  It’s great having extra seating when people are over.  I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find one that would fit between the wall and the front door.  All of the smaller sectionals seem to be loveseat & chase combos.  I ended of finding this one at Havertys.

I miss the coffee table. The ottoman is not exactly what I had in mind.  I bought it online at Target during Black Friday sales last year. It works great for quick clean up after he goes to bed and it doesn’t close on its own, so no worries about injuries for my little man.  It’s just not the right color or size and it doesn’t slide around as easily as I hoped it would.
The rug on the other hand, was a great find from Joss & Main.  Did I mention the other rug was dirty and old? I thought it would probably be a good idea for the baby to have a clean one to play on.

This is what the other side of the room looks like these days.  I figure this area will be changed out quite a bit as he gets older.


What do you think? Do you have a suggestions or tips?  What would you do differently?

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Halloween Inspiration

This one Halloween decoration had me like 😯 this year…

So of course, I had to go get my own. Sure I could have made some myself, but why go through the trouble when JoAnn’s was already marking them down? 


I’ll tell you why you should probably go through the trouble. While they are supposed to look like they are flying out from behind the couch, instead, they are actually falling one by one behind the couch. It looks pretty creepy down there now. There are only about 4-5 left on the wall that may make it to Halloween. I’m going to have to take it up a notch next year. 

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What is this Room?

Is it a bedroom? Is it a Dining Room?  Is it an Office? Well it’s all three of course!


That’s what happens when you live in 700 sq ft of space!

This is how it started out and  yes that door does lead to the garage.  This room does it all!

IMG_3608What it doesn’t do well, is fit a queen size bed and still leave room for anything else.  Sadly it was the first thing to go.  Sorry guests.  Now on to more important things like paint colors.  Did I mention there were a lot of disappointing paint colors?

IMG_4234Current color?  No.  Yellow? No.

IMG_4233How about a Carribean turquise?  Or “Backstroke” to be exact?  Stealing from the living room tv stand and tying the rooms together.  Yes!

I’m just not sure where that name came from.

IMG_4239The entire room though? NO!

IMG_4379Saved again by “Soft Cream”.

IMG_4941But where are the guests supposed to sleep you ask?

IMG_5185No worries, Ikea has a fix for that. How about a Breakfast Nook, by day.  I’m still working a new table that won’t break the bank, but for now I like how this one works.

IMG_5178Then I’ll turn it into a full Size bed, by night.  Sure it’s not a queen, but it’s not like my guests are moving in. Plus the room is only 9′ x 11′.  That leaves just enough room left for my desk.

IMG_6104I’m working on another space for my office, but for now I love the light in this room.


What do you think?  Sure it would be nice to have three diffrent rooms, but where is the imagination in that?

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Bathroom Facelift

The first room I had to tackle before I even moved in, was this bathroom.


I didn’t like the blue paint and the fixtures were not very appealing either.  The mirror/medicine cabinet was chipping and too small for the space and they painted the light fixture blue along with the walls.


My first idea was to just re-paint the light fixture black, so I went to Home Depot and found a little container of Martha Stewart black paint.  It had a little shimmer to it, but I thought it would work anyway.



IMG_3460I was wrong!  It was like Jem And The Holograms sparkly nail polish with the consistency of sand paper.  It had to go just like the mirror and the paint color.


So I took another trip back to Home Depot for a new light fixture and used a mirror I already had.



While it looked ten times better, it wasn’t the look I really wanted.  Neither was the storage shelf I was using.


So I went back to the internet and started looking up every bathroom storage cabinet I could find and mirrors.  While the mirror I really wanted was a capiz mirror, they all started at $199 and went up from there, so I was happy to compromise for this one for $40 from Home Goods.


I loved the new mirror, but now the light fixture didn’t match.  After uninstalling another fixture, I went back to the store and found this.


I think it gives a hint of the coastal look I’m going for, but also a touch of sparkle with the prismatic style glass.  Then I was lucky enough to find this shelving unit at Ikea for only $35.  All of the others I had found were $100 and up.  Even the one at Home Goods was $150 and wasn’t as tall as this one.  I will trade the hour it took me to put this thing together due to their non-descriptive directions any day over spending extra money.


Just a few more added details…





and I’m almost done.  I just need to find a set of roman shades for the window. In the end this bathroom ended up getting new paint, a new mirror, new light fixture, new shower head, new curtain rod, and a new toilet because the other one was like a micro toilet. Now if I could only make up my mind the first time around, I may not have to keep redoing things.

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A Room for a Princess: Part 2

Thanks for tuning in for part two.  So far the ideas I’ve shared have been fun, but I don’t know about winning the best aunt ever award.  That would come from making her feel like a real princess.

Near West End traditional-kids

25,000 SF of Luxury traditional-kids

Little Girl's Bedroom traditional-kids

Traditional Kids traditional-kids

Silverado - Jayman MasterBUILT eclectic-kids

Architectural photography eclectic-kids

She would also need a way to work out all of that extra energy she has.

Peninsula Point Residence transitional-kids

Contemporary Kids contemporary-kids

Bohemian Apartment Girl's Playhouse eclectic-kids

Bohemian Apartment Indoor Playhouse eclectic-kids

Beach Style Kids beach-style-kids

Peace, Love, Rock 'N' Roll By Susan Subbotin Interiors eclectic

Eclectic Kids eclectic-kids

The Summer Cottage eclectic-kids

Since all of this  has gone in a larger then life direction, why stop with her room.  If I’m going to get the best aunt ever award, I may need to take it outside too.

Mod Tree House contemporary-landscape

The Most Incredible Kids' Tree House You'll Ever See? eclectic-landscape

Traditional Kids traditional-landscape

So what do you think? Did I accomplish my goal?  Which one is your favorite?  Of course most of this is way more then I could ever do, but it was fun to day dream in candy land for a bit.

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A Room for a Princess

In honor of my sweet little niece finally sleeping in her own room

I put together a few ideas of what I would do to her room that would make me the best aunt ever.  That is… if I had the chance.  Now I said a few, but really I found so many cute ideas that this is actually a two-part post.

First I would start with a DIY project that we could do together.  

Fun twin girl's bedroom eclectic-kids

She loves My Little Pony, so I thought this was so fun.

My Houzz: Colorful Hand Painting Bedecks a Creative Home eclectic-kids

And what little girl wouldn’t want a canopy.

Park Estates Residence transitional-kids

By far this is the cutest idea I’ve seen for paper lanterns.

A Treehouse in an Enchanted Forest eclectic-kids

All she really needs though, is a fun bedroom that’s as colorful as she is.

Union Square Loft contemporary-kids

Children room contemporary-kids


Stockholm, Sweden scandinavian-kids

I’ve seen these toad stools at Winn Dixie and thought they were a great idea for the back yard, but what an even better idea for a nightstand. 

Vintage Elegance eclectic-kids

Jill Litner Kaplan traditional-kids

Twin Girls Bedroom eclectic-kids

Eclectic Kids eclectic-kids

photo-073.jpg contemporary-kids

Of course the water chick that I am could not get enough of this room.

This way to the beach! contemporary-kids

One thing this little girl loves to do is sing, so she would definitely need a stage to perform on.

camengo eclectic-kids

Playroom traditional-kids

Playful Playroom traditional-kids

Casa MoRo modern-kids

But, she also loves to dance so a mirror to watch herself in is a must.

Children's Bedrooms traditional-kids

To be continued…..

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Bar Stool Mania

While I love the bar stools I have at my house, even though they are shorter than they should be for the height of the kitchen counter, I’ve found myself zooming in on bar stools in images lately.

 Here are my stools.  Like I said, way too short for the counter, but not bad for a T.J.Maxx find.


 I think my fascination may have something to do with the fact that I spend more time sitting on my bar stools than I do on my actual sofa.  It’s just so much easier to use a laptop, eat, and watch tv from the bar.  That and I feel like I’m giving up for the day if I get to comfortable on the couch.  Either way, I have to share with you some of the styles I’ve scoped out lately.

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I love anything that combines industrial and natural materials together and these bar stools do just that.

Great Neighborhood Homes transitional-home-bar

The Cliffs at Mountain Park: Private Residence rustic-kitchen

Robins Way contemporary-kitchen

Modern Farm House farmhouse-kitchen

Rustic Redux rustic-kitchen

I like that these stools can be used inside and outside and look great in both.  However, for $454 they better!

Lo-Hi Residence transitional-kitchen

Serota Home (For South Bay Magazine HOME Edition contemporary-deck

My Houzz: The Richards' Re-build contemporary-kitchen

As much as I use mine, I think I would like the higher back for comfort.

JAUREGUI Architecture mediterranean-kitchen

New Country French Cottage rustic-kitchen

ROMABIO Limewash used by Stanley Dixon and Betty Burgess in Atlanta Home transitional-kitchen

For the coastal side of me, I like the mix of wicker and wood too.

Jax Intracostal contemporary-home-bar

Kitchen Remodeling transitional-kitchen

But if you’re looking for something different, I think the barrel stools or cowhide really changes things up.

Coeur D’Alene Residence on Lake Coeur D’Alene contemporary-deck

Sag Harbor beach-style-kitchen

I can’t even tell you which ones are my favorite, because I want them all.  Actually, I could pass on the barrel stools.  Which ones do you like?  Click on any of the images for more information from Houzz on these designs.

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Office Inspiration

Every now then I like to fantasize about what my office will look like when I’m finally able to have a dedicated work space. With offices like these, I may never want to come out.

I never imagined putting this much detail into designing my office.  The arched bookcase and detailing in the cabinets really sets the tone for this space.

Southampton Moroccan mediterranean-home-office

I love the idea of using laundry drying racks for fabric storage.  Plus this basket chandelier looks like it was made for this room.

The Tamarisk Plan at Villages at Val Vista | Phoenix, AZ traditional-home-office

Globus Builder contemporary-home-office

The amount of grey rooms that are piling up in my inspiration file is out of hand, but they look so elegant.  Especially paired up with earth tone tiles like these.  I swoon!

100108 traditional-home-office

 You can never have enough storage space.

Lisa Geisler Design traditional-home-office

I think I could put this wallpaper all over my house and I would die to have the famous Eames Chair in my office.

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Writing yourself notes on the back of the door with chalk, where no one will see them, is a great way to keep your desk clear of clutter.

Traditional Kids traditional-home-office

An added reading corner would be a great bonus for the office.  Though, I would probably end up napping on it between internet surfing.

Carriage House traditional-home-office

With this office I wouldn’t have to give up additional guest space, but again there would be napping going on.

Siena Collection White Home Office With Wall Bed by Valet Custom Cabinets & Clos traditional-home-office

Richmond Hill home contemporary-home-office

These DIY jars are too cute.

Craft Room traditional-home-office

I can’t get enough of these shelves.

Hollywood Regency Home Office/Study transitional-home-office

The yellow walls make this office a bright and happy room to work in.  Plus I would love to have a built-in window bench.  I do my best thinking sitting on the couch and looking out the window.

Craft Room traditional-home-office

This rug looks kind of like the one I have in my bedroom now.  That would be one less thing I would have to buy.

Coastal Living Holiday Home - Sunbury, GA traditional-home-office

If only I could be so lucky to find a house with dark wood floors, dark wood ceiling beams, and a fireplace.

Olympia Hills contemporary-home-office

These offices don’t have the space I’m dreaming about, but are still super cute.

Williams-Sonoma Home traditional-home-office

Library Wallpaper would be a cute accent wall.  Plus this is the style chair I have been hunting down for my desk.  I refuse to pay retail for it.

Olimpic Village Condo traditional-home-office

Adding a nail head trim even makes a cork board look more elegant.

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 Of course, I can’t leave out an office with the famous Louis Ghost Chair.  Personally they are not my favorite , but the design world loves these things.

A Enlightening Home Office traditional-home-office

I would love a pull down door to hide my office when I don’t want to look at it.

Colorful Mid Century Modern Residence midcentury-home-office

 Inspiration boards are a must.

Contemporary Home Office contemporary-home-office

Two Story Addition eclectic-home-office

After looking through these again, I think it’s clear I may have a minor obsession with white furniture, contrasting against a pop of color.  The funny thing is that I always steer away from white whenever I’m looking at furniture.

So, which office is your favorite?

 Office pictures are courtesy of  For more information on any of these spaces, click on the image to be redirected to Houzz.