Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Feathers! {Etsy Round Up}

I have been bonkers for feathers this Fall.  I've been trying to find ways to slip them in to client projects left and right.  I was especially excited when a good friend announced her new Fall line of handmade block printing items had a series of...can you guess?   Feathers!  See the Rincon Road tea towels (top left) and her other great stationary & kids tee's coming soon!
What is your favorite Fall feather trend?
I did rock a pair of long feather earrings the other day and I was feeling very hipster cool. 

I am always happy to support local artists.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

girls room decorating tricks! {guest post: ROOMS interior design}

  I'm thrilled to have Melissa from ROOMS, interior design blogging with me today.   She is sweet to share this great kids room design with us!   Be sure to check out her fantastic Blog!!  I'm loving the purple tones and the fabric backing the inexpensive bookcase.  Great ideas girl!
Today, I am sharing some of my favorite kid's room design ideas/tricks.

In the past year,  I designed a client's little girl's room that illustrates some of these ideas.

I am not big on doing themed rooms - kids just grow out of liking princesses and transformers too quickly, and often times themed rooms are simply cheesy.  So,  I prefer to design children's rooms on a little more 'mature' level so that the room can grow with the child.

Add personalized touches (refer to above photo):

*Tie/glue ribbon around the base of a lamp to add character.

*Incorporate the letter the child's name begins with.  In this case 'K'.  This letter was purchased at Joann's and comes in a couple of different sizes to be painted in any color.

*Use ribbon to embellish a vase with artificial flowers, as shown.  This tactic camouflaged the flower stems and made it so I didn't have to use those glass bead fillers that would get all over if spilled.

*Use a runner to protect the top of a dresser.  This also is any easy way to add color.

* Use stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, etc. to find awesome/inexpensive prices (who doesn't want awesome prices to decorate a kids room?)

* Use blogs to find great ideas for wall hangings (& a zillion other things).  The white sunburst mirror is made out of poster board.  I wish I could take credit for this fabulous idea, but I can't.  I got this idea from here.

Make your art interesting:
*Vary the frames.  These were purchased on sale at Michaels.
*Find unique and interesting art.  Most of the time I go to Etsy to achieve this.  These prints were purchased on Etsy.  From here and here.  
*Use dimensional wall embellishments.  These butterfly embellishments are paper and purchased from this etsy shop.  They are attached to the wall with putty, so with a little bit of work, they can be removed if needed.
*Putty is awesome for a kid's room!  I also placed some on the back of the frames to make sure they didn't get knocked off their nails.  This idea can also be used for accessories sitting on surfaces that you would like to keep in place.

*If you don't want to spend a ton of money, buy inexpensive furniture and dress it up.  For this boring, black Wal-Mart bookcase I glued fabric to the back panel.

Those are just a few of my favorite design ideas/tricks for a decorating a kid's room. 
Thanks Emily, for letting me be apart of your fabulous blog!