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.


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?

Rooms that Inspire

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?

Rooms that Inspire

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. 


Livingroom Makeover

When I first moved into my house I was in a decorating frenzy to get everything done.  After a few months and some disappointing paint colors, I decided to live in the space for a while to see how I felt, before making any more changes.  While the whole house is still in a fluid state of decor rotation, I finally have it at a point where I feel comfortable enough to share.

Here is a look at where the living room started and where it is today.

IMG_3156Again, please disregard my realtor.

IMG_3515This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

IMG_3588I thought I liked the color, so curtains seemed like a good place to start.  Yet somehow, even though the curtains were beige linen, they blended right in with the mint walls.  It just looked blah.

IMG_5188 Enter Darker mint paint. “Malted Mint” to be exact.  I love it, but the window still needed something, so I added bamboo shades to fill in the wall between the windows and the curtains.

The other side of the living room has gone through multiple changes.  How do you decide what the best use of an extra couple feet of space should be?

IMG_3516The desk fit nicely, but reminded me of living in an apartment.

IMG_3756An extra sitting area seemed like a logical choice, but what to do with that wall.

IMG_5192At some point someone told me the turquoise had gone a little over board too.

Hey! It’s “Mint”……but I had to agree.

IMG_6114So I toned it down by painting the arch “Soft Cream”.

IMG_5713Still a work in progress.


 What do you think?

Rooms that Inspire

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?

Past Projects

Sleeping with the fishes

The results are in and everyone guessed wrong.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  On the one hand, I love my new bed, but on the other I’m second guessing my choice seeing how everyone would have chosen every bed except mine.  So here’s how I broke it down.

My favorite bed is #1 Captiva from Joss & Main, but it’s such a specific style. What if I want to buy a new duvet or paint the walls in the future?  I would have to make sure it doesn’t clash with my bed.


#2 Mid-Century from West Elm, seemed too simple and looked very similar to the bed I had for the past 12yrs.

Mid Century

As much as I loved #3 Morocco from West Elm, and thought it would allow extra light to shine through since the bed is in front of the window, someone reminded me how annoying it is to dust dark furniture.  With Down pillows and comforter, I already feel like I’m dusting all the time.


And while #5 Wilmington from Joss & Main, looked fun and beachy, reclaimed would doesn’t seem like the smoothest surface to park my pillow at night.  I kept imagining snags in my blankets or sheets.


Final answer….#4 Stria from West Elm

(I waited until all of their beds were 20% off)


and here it is



(Please disregard my poor photography.  Two cameras and these are still the best pictures I could get.)

So I still have more curtains and pictures to hang, but I’m happy to finally have the pink sand walls painted over.  They only look tan in pictures. Here’s a preview of where the room started.






So what do you think?

Past Projects, Rooms that Inspire

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.

Past Projects

Front Yard Makeover

This weekend my mom took the 3 hour drive over to help me get this yard back in shape.




4 hours into pulling weeds and raking, I started to think I was tricked into doing yard work that weekend.  My mom still wasn’t there and she just kept sending me pictures of different plants at the store.  I had to question whether she was really coming at all.



She did finally show up, but the truth is neither one of us could figure out what direction to take the front of the house.  It’s adorable like a little cottage, but at the same time it’s in Florida and could use a tropical punch.  So I took a trip over to Kathy’s Korner Nursery to get some ideas and that’s it, I was sold.  Look at this tropical paradise.  I would buy them all if I could.



So with the magic of the internet, sweat, dirt, sweat, bugs, sweat, shovel, sweat, mulch, and more sweat here we are all done.  Did I mention it was really hot this weekend? You can also see my first house warming present in this picture, my palm tree door knocker.

IMG_3742We went with the pygmy date palm, heliconia, and crotons. We also used a mix of black mulch and rubber mulch to give it a bit of a different look and switched out the broken concrete for pavers. The grass still needs some love, so we also spread some seed and watered.



I love how it looks and I can’t wait for them to grow a little taller.  The best part though, was when I woke up the next morning, this little guy was at my front door with a note.



He has since found a home near my side door, which also got a bit of a makeover.


from this…IMG_3688

to this


What do you think?  Have you updated your landscape lately?

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.