I want to take a brief moment to thank the following people for leaving a comment for the Miracle Makeover Fundraising drive posted earlier this month. You can read about it here.
Kelee Katillac from Design Gives Back is the mastermind behind Miracle Makeovers. Your comments here combined with thousands at several other blogs, includingBetween Naps On The Porch, helped raise $5503. These funds will be split evenly to Friends of Kids with Cancer and to the materials fund for the next Miracle Makeover. So a BIG THANK YOU to my Playful Decor readers!! This award goes to all of you!!
I must be the last person on earth to go into Ikea. It's like knowing Google is around but using a different search engine. I had seen the minimalist Poang chairs before and honestly don't care for them so I guessed all their furniture was like that. So wrong! Here are my picks that will someday soon be in my house....
I want new sofas and given the prices I will now consider these, but for those of you who have these sofas, how well do Ikea's slip covered sofas hold their shape?
Hosting a garage or yard sale can be both a fun and daunting task. Fun that you meet new people, chat with your neighbors and yet you spend the prior days pricing and then an entire day(s) waiting for people to come and buy everything so you can make money. Anyone will tell you it's a lot of work and they did 'ok' making money, but they didn't sell as much as they thought they would.
This has to be the ultimate for a decorating dilemma!
How can you decorate a shared bedroom for two boys with a larger age gap? Possible? Yes! Even if they have different interests, which they likely will, there is always a way to combine or at least meld the two into a seamless theme.
Decorating a bedroom for a teen-aged boy could be an oxymoron, but not in my book! Teen boy rooms will just be approached differently. When kids are young, we do the "super cute" thing, then we do the big boy or big girl tween rooms. Still cute, but a little more refined. I recently had a comment from a reader who needs ideas for a 15 year old boy whose hobbies include camping, hiking and water skiing.
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How long does it take you to choose a paint color?
I admit that, for me, sometimes it is very quick and correct. Other times it takes a while and I still don't get it right. So I've come up with a fool proof plan that works for me and hopefully it will work for you. And this works best for the lighter colors. I don't know why but I've spent more time trying to get to right lighter shade then choosing a stronger color.
I'm so pleased to introduce you to the Miracle Makeover Program by Design Gives Back! Kelee Katillac is an Interior Designer and founded the makeover program to brighten the lives of cancer patients. Each year she, along with a truckload of volunteers, creates knock-out, fun and inspiring bedroom re-do's.
PLEASE pass this on via all your social networks - we have ONLY 4 DAYS to help!
Have you been cheated or royally burned by a craigslist seller?
I have. I paid too much for the desk below and bought a scale-covered sink because I forgot to remember simple things. But thanks to many transactions, I now have a checklist of must-do's before I buy. It's not going to be foolproof, but it helps when my mommy-brain is turned on.
I prefer to go to them rather than host them, but I've done both enough times that I've learned some things and hopefully you will to. Frequently, when I go to one I find myself critiquing what the host did well or not so well; and how they could have sold more to me or made it safer.
I've made some progress in the past several days in my soon-to-be workspace. Yesterday, I ordered the desk above. It is the Naples Executive Desk from Target. No, I don't consider myself "executive" and I did not go searching for it but instead made a quick decision on a craigslist desk!
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To-Do For Our Re-Do!
Paint Master Bath Cabinets Spackle Boys Bath Paint & Design Boys Bath Move Weight Bench to basement Seal Open Spaces in Blue Room Move Boys into Blue room Paint & Design Blue room Move office things out of blue room Wallpaper off master room Paint master room Wallpaper off hall walls Paint Living room> Buy mantle Design living room Make cornices in LR Make matching pillows Re-build half bath Move door in half bath Seal crawl spaces in basement Paint kitchen cabinets Paint front room Wallpaper off kitchen Paint kitchen Paint red-pink room Wallpaper off boys room Paint room Order new windows Wallpaper off laundry room Paint laundry room Paint laundry cabinets Install new main door Buy new storm door Paint screened porch