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{five minute friday} Washi Tape Gift Tassel

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Friday! I'm in Salt Lake City at the SNAP Conference hanging out with hundreds of other crafty bloggers. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented and creative group of women! And it's so fun to be able to spend time 'in real life' with the blogging friends whose projects I admire on a daily basis. One of those friends is Corey from TinySidekick

TinySidekick is filled with fantastic DIY and decor projects, but there was one particular quick and easy project that recently caught my eye for its sheer adorableness, and I knew I had to share it with you for Five Minute Friday.

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 12

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Creative Circle Link Party
Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! I am currently in Salt Lake City for the SNAP blogging conference, which means that this weekend I'll be hanging out with many of the lovely ladies that we have featured right here at The Creative Circle! It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented and creative group of gals!

{one room challenge} I've Been Hangin' Around...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's week four of the One Room Challenge and things are getting real! Real stressful that is. As you read this, I am in Salt Lake City attending the SNAP conference - catching up with some of my best blogging friends, making lots of new friend, and learning more information than my brain can possibly hold. I'm having a fabulous time, but I can't stop thinking about the long list of things still to be done in the under stair playroom in the next two weeks… or what will really be only a week and a half by the time I get home.

But rather than dwelling on what I won't be getting done this weekend, let me give you a quick overview of the progress we've made since my last update. We are working fast and furious to transform our under stair storage area into a fun music-themed play space for our boys {you'll find the plans for the room and the back story here}. 

This past week, it was all about hanging... The records started going up on the ceiling and the gallery wall frames are empty, but hung.

Under Stair Playroom Progress

{gifts with style} Teacher Appreciation Chalkboard Mason Jar Vases

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teacher appreciation week is just around the corner, the week of May 4–8! Today I've got a really cute and easy gift that you can make to say thank you to all the wonderful teachers in your children's lives.

Chalkboard Mason Jar Teacher Appreciation Week gift

When I think teachers I think chalkboards {yes, I'm old school like that}, so I added chalkboard paint to the bottom half of mason jars to create adorable vases that can be filled with just about anything... from flowers to candy, or even classroom supplies. The size of the jars would also be perfect to tuck a gift card or two inside since we all know the teachers always appreciate those!

{decorating with style} Client Master Bedroom: Design Plans

Monday, April 20, 2015

A while back I received a call from a college friend asking for help giving her master bedroom a new, more sophisticated look. You can read the full back story in last week's post, where you'll find all of the before pictures of the room as well as some gorgeous inspiration photos that the couple found on Houzz to show me the style they were after.

Today, I'm going to show you the design plans and alternatives I came up with, and talk through the design process a bit. Then next week, I'll share the final photos of the completed room!

{five minute friday} Reclaimed Wood Photo Clipboard

Friday, April 17, 2015

When I saw the wood photo clipboard that Emmie, from My Someday in May, created in just five minutes, I knew I had to share it with you for Five Minute Friday!

Reclaimed Wood Photo Clipboard

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 11

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Creative Circle Link Party
Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! Does it feel like winter or spring in your neck of the woods? It was in the 70's yesterday, but this morning I woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground. I can't complain, because we can definitely use the moisture, but I was really loving the warm weather and the spring decor I'm seeing all over blogland is so cheerful and happy! In fact, my featured picks from last weeks party all feature one of my favorite springy colors...check them out below!

{one room challenge} Week 3 - The Rock & Roll Playroom Got a Dose of Not-So-Heavy Metal

Another week of the One Room Challenge has come and gone, and I'm definitely starting to feel the pressure, especially since I'll be out of town for five days next week traveling to and attending the SNAP blogging conference. I am so excited to be headed to SNAP for the first time and for the opportunity to catch up with some of by blogging girlfriends, and to make lots of new friends. But the timing of the conference - during week 4 of a 6 week design challenge - is, shall we say, less than ideal!

The good news, however, is that we had a very productive week 3 and I'm feeling pretty good about where we are at right now!

{decorating with style} Client Master Bedroom: Before Photos & Inspiration

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A while back I got a call from a college friend asking if I could help give her master bedroom a makeover. She had recently undergone knee surgery, and after spending a long period of time largely confined to bed {i.e., a lot of time staring at the four walls of her bedroom}, she had a long list of things about the room that weren't working for her.

More than once her husband even came home to discover that she'd ripped down drapes or removed some other element of the room that she just couldn't stand looking at any longer {all against doctor's orders, of course}! She was ready for a new, more sophisticated look, but she needed help coming up with a plan to refresh the space without starting over.

The day that I met with her to see the bedroom, she was apologetic that the room was a bit of a mess, but I assured her there was no need to be sorry! In fact, I find it helpful to see how someone really lives in a space in order to ensure that we create a design plan that is realistic and livable for the family.

Client Master Bedroom Before

{five minute friday} Organizing & Storing Kids' Artwork

Friday, April 10, 2015

Both of my boys go to preschool two days a week, and they do an art project every day. We also do a lot of art projects at home, so all the creativity was starting to pile up.

Organize and store kids' art

I used to put all of the art in a basket in our entry way table, but I knew I needed a better long term solution.

I have fun long term plans for documenting our boys' art work in books so that we don't have to keep every individual piece of paper. I want to make one book for their toddler/preschool years art, one for their early elementary school years, etc. But since my older son is only three, we aren't quite ready to print the first book yet. In the meantime, I needed to find a way to keep the art safe and make it easy to store.