We’ve been FLOR’d

We are soooooo almost done with my son’s big boy bedroom and I can’t wait to show you the big reveal…unfortunately, you’re just going to have to hold on a bit longer.  You see, the final piece that will go in there is a train table that he is inheriting from his cousin…but my mom can’t bring it up from PA until we call to tell her the baby is on the way.  So that means early November.  Sorry all…you’ll just have to be patient!

In the meantime, his new FLOR tiles arrived the other day and I took some time to put them together.

If you’ll recall from my original mood board, I had designed something with different shades of gray and pops of orange.

Here’s a better view of the screenshot of what I originally proposed by utilizing the FLOR builder.

I liked it…but it wasn’t exactly screaming awesome to me.  I wanted to keep the orange pieces towards the middle of the rug, but couldn’t figure out exactly how to do it without having any of them touch…so I kept designing until I came up with this plan:

This was composed of Toy Poodle squares in Cloud, Titanium, Sterling and Fog with pops of Rake Me Over in Clementine.  If you’ll recall from this post, I planned on having each square represented in the picture below actually be a quarter square.  Even though I have lots of experience with trimming FLOR tiles, and even though it is really easy, I decided to give my ultra-preggo self a break and had FLOR custom cut them for me for a nominal fee.  TOTALLY worth it in my humble opinion!

The tiles arrived on Friday around 2:00pm and by 2:45 this was the scene in his bedroom:

The kid is IN. LOVE. with his new FLOR tiles.  Every day he gets out of bed and immediately lies down on the rug with his head on one of the orange squares and insists that we join him…a proposition that is none too easy for me at this point in my pregnancy.  But how can you resist that face?


We’re so excited that the design worked out and totally tickled that our son loves it as much as we do.

Have you designed your FLOR lately?

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More Ikea Curtain Upgrading

Yup…I’m back on a Thursday to chat, once again, about curtains.  You’d think making tab-top curtains into grommet-top curtains would be enough DIY crazy-ness for me, but I had one more trick up my sleeve.

You see…when I first pulled together the inspiration board for my son’s big-boy room, I was in. love. with those green Mimosa Curtains from Zgallerie

…so bold, so the perfect green, so graphic, so statement making…so way too expensive for a kids room.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that while they were totally awesome in their bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…they were a bit too grown-up for my son’s room.  I wanted something with a touch of bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…the key was figuring out how to get it.

Not long after I gave up on my beloved Mimosa curtains, I became transfixed with the idea of wide stripes incorporated into curtains.  There were several gorgeous examples of this around the web for inspiration but the one that really held my heart was this one found over at Sarah Macklem’s blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.  They were bold and graphic and fun and totally awesome…

…but I was still smitten with those Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie.

Then, one night while I was flipping through my Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts book, I came across a tutorial for these amazing color block shower curtains:

EUREKA!!!  I thought.  I love the linen.  And I love the wiiiiiiide blocks of color.  What if I did a wide block of the Mimosa curtains at the bottom of standard, linen curtains?  I immediately headed to Pinterest to look up some wide stripe curtain inspiration and came across these lovely examples:

(found on Song of Style and credited to Lonny Magazine, but without any further linkage)

I will admit…when I came across the above picture of a playspace designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise, an LA based design firm, I was smitten.  It is the perfect amount of whimsey, not to mention, the perfect ratio of linen to pattern.  So…I found myself a great set of halfway-decent, relatively-inexpensive linen drapes from Ikea, cut off the tab tops and made it a grommet top, and then went about adding about a third to the length by way of a pair of the Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie  (using the block shower curtain instructions from the Sewing Book) and here’s the final result:

I’m so in love with how these came out and even more in love with the fact that I got to have a fun, graphic drape in my son’s room without having to shell out for four panels of the too-expensive-for-my-blood Mimosa panels.

Have you ever modified store-bought curtains to further customize them?

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Ikea curtain upgrade

I’m still diligently working on my son’s big-boy bedroom, although I am proud to say that now that his room darkening shades are installed, he has been sleeping in his new room in his new bed for over a week now.  He was ready.

The next project up my sleeve was curtains.  I found a great set of fairly inexpensive linen curtains at Ikea and loved that they were 1) linen and 2) cheap.  But I didn’t love the tab tops for the curtain rod.  I wanted something a bit more modern looking and the tab tops were H-U-G-E…as in, you could fit a bazooka through the space they allotted for the curtain rod, making the curtain hang down an odd length from the rod.

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Reverse Stencil Dresser

I did it!!

Remember that craaaaaZZy pants idea I had about reverse stenciling a ship onto a Craigslist-dresser-find?  Well…I did it…so I have now gone from this:

to THIS!!


Now…you can stop reading here and just admire the pretty reverse stenciling (pardon my complete lack of modesty…I’m ridiculously proud of this dresser)  OR you can read on for the step-by-step process…

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