This summer it’s time to redesign my boys bedroom. Because he is a baseball fan and player he wants to go with a baseball trading cards theme.
We have picked out his favorite players, they include Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Daniel Santana. I found a store online that sells giant wall stickers of the players baseball cards. These are great decorations for the walls. I have also ordered a few wall plaques with the front and backs of some baseball greats cards including Jackie Robinson.
On the shelves around the top of his room we will display all of the autographed baseballs he has been collecting. My son and my husband go to all the meet and greets they can make it to. They bring brand new baseballs to the meet and greets to get signatures on them and put them in display cases.
It’s going to be fun to redecorate my son’s bedroom with him. I know he will really appreciate all the hard work we put into it when he can sit back and relax to enjoy the finished project. He has been very busy shopping for accessories to add to his wish list. He had a budget for this redecorating job and some of the items are putting him over budget so as an incentive for his behavior I am giving opportunities to earn these accessories.
I work from home a few days a week and I absolutely love my home office. It’s bright, clean and most importantly organized. It’s not a huge space, but it allows me to be creative, get inspired from both the natural world, with the influx of natural light coming in from lots of windows, to other inspirations that I can clip and post up on my wall for future design projects.
The key to a well designed office is to go with function first, then worry about look and decor. Make sure your work space is setup for how you work. If you solely do work on the computer, make sure you invest in a monitor that will be big enough to see your work. If you design like I do, make sure you give yourself enough space for drafting, sketching and laying out design boards. Be sure to include storage space and shelves to help keep your non-daily resources stowed away and organized yet still accessible.
Then add in your decor and color scheme. Include artwork, personal framed pictures or other items that remind you of those in your life who you are working for – you kids, husband or wife, partner, parents. Keeping those close to you in view while you work, will help keep it all in perspective.
I love having a general theme throughout a house that helps tie all the rooms together. You can certainly have different themes in each room, but there should always be an underlying theme that runs through, whether it is color, style or an actual theme.
In our house, the underlying theme is travel, since that is something we love to do. You wouldn’t notice that was our theme unless I pointed it out, but you would see a thread of paintings, framed artwork and other decor items that are inspired by places we have traveled to or would like to travel to.
One of our bathrooms is has a little Asian influence to it that ties in Japan, Bali, China and other areas of the Asia Pacific. I used actual kimonos that I framed in shadow boxes as the framed artwork on the walls. The toilet accessories are all in a Japanese style decor made of black iron and bamboo rope for an added touch. I found a lot of the decor for the bathroom at Cost Plus World Market, which always has a good supply of unique items from around the world.
Who says you can’t make your outside living as colorful and decorative as your indoor spaces? I just got back from a trip to Hobby Lobby and was inspired by all of the garden decor. I’m not talking gnomes and mushrooms that in my opinion are a bit on the tacky side, I’m talking beautiful pillows, table runners, rugs and other textiles that are made for the outdoors. I even saw a number of outdoor artwork, painted canvases designed to withstand the elements of moisture, direct sun and varied temperatures.
It got me thinking how I’d love to create a museum like feel in my backyard, complete with focal point art pieces, beautiful canvases of flowers along side beds of real flowers, colorful and bright pillows to spark up my pretty neutral outdoor furniture.
Next, I will add a few place settings, candles and colorful napkins and my backyard will be all set for my next garden party, book club reading or dinner al fresca!
A great way to maximize space in a small room is to utilize the corners. You can use corner book shelves like this one here:
from Pottery Barn Kids, which I love. It’s the perfect size for small spaces and while it is intended for a child’s room, it good work easily in a small office, a bathroom, a library or den. It has four shelves to display and stack objects – if you include the top which can hold a nice house plant or stuffed animals. Plus it has the bottom cabinet to stow away items that are needed for use but not necessarily needed for display.
I love the white that this piece comes in too. It’s not a bright white but a soft glow that works well with lots of other woods. Measuring in at 35″ wide x 12.5″ deep x 80″ high, this is ideal in size for any corner. Plus it is expertly crafted of kiln-dried hardwood so it is quality.
Remembering your corners will help make the most of empty spaces in your home that would otherwise be wasted space.