Monday, June 28, 2010

Play Fridge Makeover

Here's a shot of the updated fridge....I just removed the doors, painted them white and added new handles ($4.99 from Ikea).

I also sewed fabric pennants/bunting with leftover scraps from Miles' nursery makeover.

Kris thinks I should paint the whole fridge white, but I sort of like the exposed wood...what do you think? Comments welcome.

To see earlier posts about the homemade play kitchen and decorating process, click on DIY under Labels to the right...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

DIY Play Kitchen, Part II: Building a fridge

You may recall I converted an old nightstand into a play kitchen for B about a year ago. (see the post HERE). I thought I was finished with it...until today, that is. I stopped in a local antique shop and saw this little cabinet and had a hunch it might be the perfect size to become a fridge for B's kitchen. It was super cheap, so I took a chance and bought it, brought it home....and just LOOK how perfectly it fits next to her kitchen!

I can't wait to paint it and change out the knobs so that it looks like a real refrigerator.

UPDATE: Play kitchen is complete! To see the finished fridge, click HERE

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Miles' Mod Map Room

Ok, so here's the before and after...and a few notes at the end about where everything came from.

BEFORE (this is how the previous owners decorated the room. I wasn't a fan of the putty-colored walls. So glad they took the teen glam posters with them, too...)


Isn't it amazing what painting alone can do for a room?? We think this is a space Miles can enjoy now as well as grow into and customize as he gets older and has his own adventures. I'm still looking for a few finishing touches, like an area rug (suggestions welcome!).

The whole room cost less than $1000--furniture, art, textiles and all. We have a whole house to decorate, and wanted to pace ourselves budget-wise.

Wall Color: Gray Timber Wolf by Benjamin Moore

Maps and postcards: These are souvenirs from Kris' and my travel. There's a map of the Pennsylvania mountain bike trail where Kris proposed to me, plus maps and photos of Rocky Mountain National Park, keepsakes from New Zealand, Vietnam, Siberia, and more.

Maps above the rocking chair: These were a going-away gift from our dear friend Jes. She mapped our old house and our new house and framed them for us. A great reminder for Miles of where he was born.

Crib & Dresser: Walmart's BabyMod Park Lane collection (I usually avoid Walmart, but I just couldn't resist the bargain price for this set...just over $500 for both pieces. The crib converts to a toddler bed, which is a bonus. And we can remove the changing table top from the dresser when Miles is older).

Bookshelf: Something Kris acquired in college, reclaimed and repainted white by me.

Hanging Globes: These were part of a (very cool, very large) mobile that we received as a gift. I took it apart so that I could arrange and hang them separately above the crib.

Wooden rocking horse: Handmade for Kris when he was a babe.

Bedding: Custom sewn by a dear friend using Lizzy House's "Red Letter Day" fabric. I used the leftover scraps to make the throw pillows and framed art.

50s French owl wood money box & vintage weather educational poster: Three Potato Four (

Rocking Chair: Ikea

Monday, June 21, 2010

Miles' Mod Map Room: Sneak Peek

At our old (small) house, Miles bunked with us in the master bedroom, and then graduated to sleeping in the hallway (OK, it was really a loft, but it had no door). So, at our new (bigger) house, I'm giving him the room that he deserves, as well as a space that's deserving of his name. As much as we love the jazz legend, our Miles' name was inspired more by our passion for travel, hiking, biking and adventure. Oh, yes, and maps.

His room has those elements, as well as some mid-century modern pieces and heirlooms from Kris' and my childhood.

Here's a sneak peek.... (update: See completed room HERE)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

8 months

Friday, June 18, 2010

Swinger (a.k.a. making our new house a home)

Sometimes it's the little a $14.99 swing from Ikea.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blessed Containment

B's favorite place to be lately is in Miles' crib. Usually, he doesn't mind the company, and it's afforded me some freedom to decorate Miles' new nursery while they're both contained. More on that soon....

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Goodbye Rockies

A few parting shots of our last day in Colorado...
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