Pink and Monkeys and Owls…

Yup…pink, monkeys, and owls pretty much explain my little girls’ tastes at the moment. But, hey, if that is what they love, why shouldn’t they be able to be surrounded by it in their own room?

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Now for the break down…no I am not going to embarrass myself and do some break dancing…let’s just stick with a little review of how this room came together. Shall we?

The bunk beds were given to Ava and Kyra by Jason’s dad. He actually made them for me when I lived in the dorm in college. They have been working great, but I am hoping he can make them something a little more like this…

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You can find more about this bed here
Both bedding sets are from Pottery Barn. Let’s just leave it at one cost a bit more than the other because I was hasty. I should have waited to find it on sale, but, alas, it was too late.

The small table is a garage sale find from this past summer. Refinishing the table top has been on my to-do list for about, oh, 6 months now. Guess I should start thinking about trying to get around to that project. The table, chairs, and fabric for seat cover cost a whopping $12.

The small chair in the corner came from my mom-in-law. She is a garage sale queen and I am sure she found it at an absolute steal.

The stickers mural above the dresser was on clearance at Pier 1. Now that I look back, I wonder if it was marked wrong because it rang up $2. All I can say is that I was shocked. The package had about 50 stickers plus the bird cage! Not a bad deal for $2!

The personalized wall decal beside the closet door was a gift from my mom. It semi-matches the bird decals so it isn’t TOO mis-matchy (new word…you like?) looking.

As soon as I can carve out a significant amount of time, I would also live to refinish that old dresser. Thanksgiving break is coming up fast. Could it be a possibility? I am thinking it could!

Alrighty then! Another room down! Why don’t we just stick to the whole bedroom theme? Right now I am planning on completing just a little more work on our master bedroom. As soon as it is finished, we will be making that the next stop.

FYI, I am looking for a couple of clients to help me start a home decor portfolio. The consultation service will be completely free for 2 people. You do not have to live nearby. We can always work through email and such! If you are interested in seeing how it works, just leave a comment and I can get in touch! More information on this later…

(You will, however, be responsible for purchasing any items you wish to use for your redecorating project.)

A “Tangled” Party Count-Down: Pascal Party Blowers

In two weeks, my oldest daughter turns five. Oh…my… I remember thinking the days of kindergarten and loose teeth were in the unforeseeable future. Well, the unforeseeable future is a little too clear now.

Both of the girls absolutely love the movie Tangled. I mean, seriously, what little girl doesn’t want to be the princess with the beautiful blonde hair? That made it easy enough to pick out a birthday party theme! So, over the next 2 weeks I’ll periodically be sharing some of the ideas and preparations for her big day!

Alright then! Preparation number one: Pascal Party Blowers

I actually found this idea on Pinterest. Cute little Pascal and, of course, that long tongue that he used to snap Rider out of his Rapunzel-induced sleeping spell (hopefully you’ve seen the movie so you’ll at least have some idea of what I’m talking about!)


To make little Pascal here, you’ll need sheets of craft foam in green, yellow, and black, as well as a party blower. I’ve provided the template I drew at the bottom of this post. Feel free to print it and use it! The only part I feel I might need to explain is the eyelids. Simply cut out a crescent moon shape that is a tad bit bigger than the white part of Pascal’s eye. Put hot glue all over the crescent shape. When you attach it to the eye, be sure to put half of it on the green foam (of the head) and half on the white foam (of the eye). Besides that, it is fairly self explanatory. Planning your own Tangled party? Be sure to stop back in for more ideas over the next 2 weeks and for the big party reveal!

Pascal blower template:

 

Drab to Fab: The Story Of A Bedroom Makeover

There has been one room in our home that I have not attempted to tackle… until now.

Ava and Kyra’s bedroom wasn’t exactly my idea of a refreshing place to wake up in the mornings. It lacked imagination and just looked… well, dull.

See for yourself:

Not the type of room that inspires a lot of imagination, right? Those brown walls don’t really suit two little girls, so once again I rolled up the sleeves and went to work. The big drawback of repainting this room is that I had to remove the cute vinyl tree wall decal. I really wanted to try to salvage as much of it as possible and I did really well. I managed to save all of the branches, the leaves, and the birds but not the truck. I thought the branches might look really “growing” out the window. Our dog, Maggie, had other plans; plans that involved laying on the wall decal and getting it all matted up in her fur. I managed to save the leaves and one lone bird. Anywho, ready to see the new look?

The green color used on the wall surrounding the closet doors is called “Shallow Valley” from Valspar. The color used for the remaining walls is “Bayside” by Valspar. Did you notice the lonely little bird sitting on top of the window in the top picture? That is the single surviving bird from the wall decal. Not to worry, he’ll soon have a happy new home.

See the tree with the red circle? Ava has been asking me to paint a tree on her wall like this one.

Hmmmm… doesn’t look too daunting. I am planning to paint a similar one in between the two beds on the wall at the back of the room. I also saved some of the leaves and plan to use them as “free-floating” leaves around the tree.

So there ya have it. With just a little new color and a new light fixture, this room has begun it’s transformation from dark and dull to imaginative and refreshing. You can check back in to see how this room is coming along as we fine-tune the look.

Have you recently taken a room from drab to fab? Leave a comment and let us know! Better yet, send on over a few pics for sharing!