Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Incorporate Kid's Likes in a Classic Way

After collecting art for Xander's room, my next step was to decide on a paint color.  I gave Xander a few options using things he would appreciate and understand.  "Do you want red like Spiderman? Green like Hulk?  Blue like Captain America?"  

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Green it was.  He was thrilled to be repping Hulk AND the Ninja Turtles.  I began pulling some images of spaces I liked to confirm my vision and be further inspired.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quick Tip: How to Hide Outside Utilities

I keep trying to remind myself that all of this concrete with a pool is a good thing, but there are certain limitations it sets that don't make me all that convinced.  Take, for instance, the utilities.  To my knowledge utilities are typically on the side of the house: easier for meter men to get to and out of the way of the usual dweller spaces.  But lucky us, an air conditioning unit and the meters are on the back of our house, right next to the door we use the most often and surrounded by decking and concrete.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Design in the Details...all 72 of them.

You hear it all the time - design is in the details.  And it's true.  The details are what push a space over the top and make it something truly special, but honestly, sometimes I'm barely functional after getting the bones of a room finished.  The details can often end up as afterthoughts, but with this house I'm really trying to avoid that.  In the past we've come down to the nitty gritty and just picked up whatever was available at the closest hardware store.  This go around I want to be intentional with every single decision.  Because if this is going to be our forever home we've got plenty of time to get it right.

While this house was built in the 80's, it has a surprising amount of character and quirk: multiple pairs of french doors, a plethora of windows, unexpected pocket doors, and 72 light switches.  You heard that right.  I only know that because one day I counted.  It seemed like a ridiculous amount for the size of our house, and my counting only confirmed my presumption.  72.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Desks as Nightstands and When You Shouldn't Thrift

Xander's room is starting to come together, but one element I'm still missing is a desk/nightstand.  I absolutely love the look of a writing desk next to a bed.



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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Starting with Art: Designing a Boy's Room

The upstairs of our house hasn't really been touched since we moved in, but as we approach the school year we've got a boy who will be turning six and heading to kindergarden.  It feels like the right time to give him a space to call his own, and I'm really excited to be tackling Xander's room. Kid's spaces are my favorite!

They're a place to have fun, take chances and be bold with color and quirk.  We'll use a lot from his last room, but I'm ready to put a spin on that space and make it feel like a new, bit more grown up room.


The first thing I've done is gather up art.  A lot of people think of art last, but I say it can and sometimes should be your first thought.  We had quite a bit of art in Xander's last room, but on top of that I've been collecting things along the way see, sometimes hoarding pays off.  I can rarely pass up an original painting at a thrift store, and I've got several scenes of men outdoors - the perfect addition of rough and tumble to a boy's space for virtually no money.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Little Girls' Swan Party

Milly and her cousin Lainey turned three the end of June, and we always love the chance to celebrate their big days together.  My sister-in-law and I like to divide and conquer: I do what I love decor while she does what she enjoys food.  


The girls were a bit cranky getting ready for the party, and they kept feeding off each other's grumblings.  At one point I might have threatened to call the whole thing off, but they managed to get it together and had a wonderful time once they were dressed.  The drama of girls!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Two Years

It seems hard to believe, but I realized the other day that I've been posting to this little blog for two years this month.  I remember starting The Makerista and thinking 'how in the world will I have something to talk about every week?  Who will even care?'  For those of you who've been coming here since the beginning (mom and dad) thank you so much for your support and encouragement. For those of you who are newer, thanks for finding me and following along.  Without you I wouldn't have purpose in this.

I started The Makerista as a place to journal the things I make, and it has turned into so much more than that.  It's not only an outlet, this blog is something that allows me to feel connected and fulfilled as a stay-at-home mom living in the suburbs.  Today I thought it would be fun to look back at my most visited posts.

#5 Our black dining room is a space that is still in the works (I need to find a few more pieces) but I couldn't be happier with how far it has come.