Category Archives: My Home
One of the areas that I want to focus on this year is making our home work better for us. Right now, we have an empty room that we have meant to have as Billy’s big boy room in a few years. That room, however, has become kind of a catch all storage room. Having a small living room with a fair amount of toys is starting to make it a bit claustrophobic. Having an area that Billy can have as much fun as he wants and keeps the living room adultish is a win win for all. I’m also thinking that getting used to the area he will sleep in at night will make it less scary once we do make that transition.
I’m thinking of doing Jetstream Blue as a wall color, and doing an accent wall in a temporary wallpaper will make the playroom youthful and fun without being juvenile . I came across the transportation artwork on Easy, and I like bringing a bit of an international influence into the room that can perhaps inspire him about all the places he can go. We got the Kallax bookshelf at our last IKEA visit, which we are hoping to use for toy and book storage. I’ve found on Pinterest the idea of using the bookshelf as a reading bench that would add additional seating. The teepee is currently in our living room and loved by Bo, but we are hoping that as Billy gets older, he will enjoy using it with friends as much as our dog loves it.
What do you guys think? I’m so excited to get started on this and will keep you updated as this progresses.
While the last year seemed to be a year full of travels and wedding activities, this year we are hoping to focus on a bit more on our little Cape Cod. The big ticket item that we are super excited to start with is our kitchen. While it’s not the worst kitchen, the cabinets have seen better days, and we could certainly use some more storage. Plus, would love a beautiful workplace for cooking and crafting with Billy.
Our current kitchen
We knew that since we consider this our starter home, we wanted to get as much bang for our buck that we can get. And who does that better than anyone else but IKEA? But just going an hour on their home planner is enough to knock some of the excitement out of you. After some Google searching, I came across Inspired Kitchen Design and immediately got excited. Virtual kitchen designers that help optimize our space and putting to paper what we have in mind, I could not be more excited. Bill was a good sport being pulled away from the Eagles and helped get all the measurements that were needed to start the process. I have some ideas for the overall look, so I’ll keep you guys posted as the kitchen progresses.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been working on trying to make our sweet turn of the century rental by the sea a bit more homey and personalized. The home came furnished for the most part, which was great coming from a one bedroom apartment in Forest Hills. Looking at Etsy for artwork, I came across this and this, which are amazeballs, but more than I would like to spend on art at the moment. I decided to bite the bullet and going for it on my own. Kind of intimidating since I haven’t taken an art class since freshman year of high school. Worst that can happen is I’m out 30 bucks or so, right? So off to Michael’s it was.
After getting some supplies, it was time to sit down and get creative. Mixing paint to get the colors that I wanted was probably the most difficult thing about this project, but it ended up being really soothing to just dab away at the canvas and change colors when it struck me. The most fun part was utilizing the gold paint that I picked up, randomly accenting the canvas.
It’s now sitting in the kitchen, above the sink. Not bad for a first try, and a good lesson on getting out of your comfort zone.