Shameless Inspiration| IKEA

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of going to IKEA with my husband.  I’ve done IKEA a million times.  I don’t go through the showroom area, I come with a list of exactly what I need and cut through the checkout line section directly to the shopping area.  Believe it or not, I can get in and out of there in under 20 min. IF the checkout lines move quickly.

This was not the case on this particular visit.

I had my list and I knew exactly what I wanted but when I started to cut through the checkout area, Jason was like, wait!  why are we going THAT way?  Let’s go this way.  So, on this visit I had a drink in the cafeteria, sat on some sofas, checked out the finish on different entertainment centers, felt some of the rugs, and even played with some of the toys in the children’s department.  I think we were there for 2 hours….

Even though I would’ve been happy to avoid the entire upstairs all together, I was glad I didn’t.  IKEA has some great stuff.  And it’s not like I don’t know that, but seeing it in person rather than online is always a good refresher.  Now don’t get me wrong, IKEA isn’t always quality, but it’s like Target, you still love it because it’s fun…and sometimes fun beats out quality because it’s not necessarily junk either.

While we were in the kids section, I spotted this great mobile that is actually a new item.

mobileIt’s adorable!…the balloons and little animals.  You can’t go wrong!  Plus, it’s only like $10!  Thank you, IKEA!

It totally inspired me to design a fun gender-neutral nursery to share with you and see if you were inspired as much as I was.  What do you think?!

Nursery Design Board with labels

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Some of the items I used for the design are from IKEA but the rest vary.  I love it!

Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is how the end of the trip to IKEA played out…my husband standing on the cart, holding onto the hood of my jacket and letting me pull him around.  Classy, right. 🙂

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Quick Tips| How High To Hang Pictures, Part 2

Here is the second installment of correct picture hanging height.  This post relates to hanging pictures over furniture. If you missed part 1 on how high to hang pictures when they are the focal point on a wall, you’ll want to check that out!

For part 2, how high to hang pictures when they are over a standard height [30″-36″, most seating types and tables types] piece of furniture, the best rule to follow is to hang it 6″ above the piece of furniture.

hanging artwork over sofa 1[6″ from the top of the back of the sofa to the bottom of the art]

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hanging artwork over console or sideboard

[6″ from the top of the table to the bottom of the art]

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For a gallery wall or asymmetrical composition that is over a piece of furniture, the rule is 6″ from the bottom of the lowest piece to the top of the piece of furniture (sofa, table, etc)

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Of course, there can always be a little tweaking…an inch up or down depending on the art piece or the furniture piece, but something in that range is always a safe number.

The goal is for the furniture and the art to look connected within the space.  If the art is hung too high, it appears to be floating.  Remember, you’re not trying to fill the whole wall with the art by hanging it right in the middle, you’re trying to bring the eye down to the vignette you’ve created with your furniture and art.

Happy hanging!

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Challenges | Wal-Mart

So I was walking through Wal-Mart last night and little things kept catching my eye…things that were pretty cute!…which was quite unexpected in Wal-Mart.  I don’t typically shop at Wal-Mart for home decor items but as I walked and looked I thought, I wonder if I could design an entire room using products only from Wal-Mart.

Challenge accepted!

I have to say, the process was surprisingly less difficult than I expected!  I definitely had to do some sorting, but was overall happy with the look of the products that Wal-Mart had to offer and I really like the way the design turned out.  A couple of disclaimers, though….

1. I have NO idea how much this space would cost if you actually purchased every item.  I wasn’t paying attention to price (or quality, for that matter), just the look.

2. I found all of these items on Wal-Mart.com, so if you see something you like but can’t find it at your local Wal-Mart, that’s why!

Anyway, here it is!  What do you think?!  Does it look like a “Wal-Mart” room?

WalMart Design

I have to say, my favorite element of the room is definitely the art– a “curious cat” and a kiss (“x”) are always display-worthy in my book.

asa’s big boy room–revealed!

This weekend, Melody and I installed {almost all of} Asa’s new big boy room!  I posted the idea boards HERE back in October.  We switched up some of the product for pricing purposes but kept the theme and it turned out great!

Here are some pictures of the finished product.

Play Corner

{in case you’re wondering…yes!  those 26  frames took FOREVER to hang!}

Magnet Wall!

This was Asa’s mommy’s favorite part of the room!  Their fridge isn’t magnetic so he will finally be able to play with all of those fun magnets!

Asa’s new “big boy” bed–it has stairs and he LOVES climbing up and down.

Since the bed didn’t have a headboard, we added a subtle stripe to the wall behind the behind using the same color paint in two different finishes–satin & gloss.

We are still waiting on the rug:

…and the second slipcover for the bean bag chair.

The fabric company shipped the wrong fabric…

the current fabric

the fabric we ordered

I love all of the playful elements in the room–I’m sure Asa will have lots of fun in here!

Have a great weekend!