Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reader Nursery Remodel: Guitars and Motorcycles

Happy Monday!  A few Weeks ago, My B.F.F Kisha, became an aunt ( again). After visiting sweet baby boy Dane, she called and raved over his perfect little nursery! I knew I had to interview her sister-in-law Angela, and get all the details to share with you!! The best part, Angela totally gets the idea behind having a space mean something! Here is her story, and how she decided to quit her job in the Fashion world, to be in the mommy world full time, and how she designed a Motorcycle/Guitar inspired, baby boys room ( that use to be an office)!! Angela now has 2 children, her daughter, James (3.5yrs) and her new son, Dane ( 6 weeks)
Thanks Angela, for sharing with us!!
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 I had the opportunity to stay home with my daughter, James, until she
was 5 months old.  Then, a job opportunity in the fashion world, that I
left prior to having James, landed right in my lap.  My husband and I
just felt like something, or someone was telling me to take this
job…so I did.  I liked my job, but I always, always wanted to be at
home with James instead.  So, after 2 1/2 years and A LOT of
discussions and budgeting (I even started using coupons, gasp!) with
the hubs, I quit the fashion world for the mommy world…and I’ve
never once looked back!  Oh, and I was pregnant with our son Dane when
I quit too…we like high stress situations apparently! While being a
stay at home mom has its challenges (I have an almost 3 1/2 year old,
need I say more?), I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
What inspired the color Scheme for your Nursery? 
I knew that I wanted my son’s room to be bright and fun!  I was really
loving all the navy blue walls and rooms on Pinterest, but I knew his
room was too small to do the entire thing navy blue.  So, we went with
one navy blue focal wall, with the rest of the walls being Pure White.
We used Satin Finish for both colors.
The white is Martha Stewart paint (it was on clearance for $10.00 a
gallon!) color-matched to Behr’s “white”
The navy is Behr paint color-matched to Benjamin Moore “hale navy”
  How did you decide on Motorcycles and Guitars?
Well, my hubs is a motorcycle man (but not in a leather wearing, long
hair way – in a hot and sexy way!) so you could say I have a thing for
them!  I knew that he wouldn’t go for a cutesy boy room so when I saw
the black motorcycle art at Hobby Lobby, I was sold!  I also knew that
I didn’t want it to be too theme-y so I mixed in guitars as well.
Again, the hubs (and my dad) both like and play guitar so you could
say I have a thing for them as well!
  Where did you find the artwork?
All the artwork is from Etsy (LOVE Etsy and am slightly obsessed with
it!).  I saw some of it on Pinterest and some of it was just due to me
stalking and searching Etsy until the wee hours of the morning!
Guitars above crib: N. Eve Designs – I loved this shop, and the artists
vision but there weren’t any guitar listings – so I sent her a
conversation asking for acoustic guitars.  I love the simplicity of
them and how they turned out – her shop is amazing!
Keep Calm and Ride on: KeepCalmShop
Crying is for babies: Yourveryownartist – this shop has a listing for
custom artwork – I saw the saying on Pinterest but the original shop
wasn’t able to alter the colors or font so I had this one created!
ABC I <3 U: ColorbeeLove
Guitar Art: Hobby Lobby

   
How do you spend most of your time in this space?

For now it is mostly getting Dane dressed since he is still sleeping
in our room.  To be honest, the poor kid didn’t even see his room
until he was about 3 weeks old because his mama had a rough recovery
from his c-section


What was the easiest
part about designing this
Space?
I think the easiest part was that I was designing a space for a boy!
I think boys’ rooms are so much easier than girls’ rooms.  I struggled
with my daughter because everything was so girly and pink and pastel.
My style is modern and simple, which can have a masculine feel, so
designing a space for a boy was so fun and easy for me!


What was the hardest?

The hardest was that the room is small and I wanted to do bold color

on the wall….and that weird little nook where we put that grey
bookshelf.  It took me a long time to figure out what I could put
there that wouldn’t look lost or overpowering – nothing a little trip
to Ikea couldn’t solve!
 How was designing this nursery, different from Designing your daughter
 James’ nursery?
SO much easier!  As I mentioned above, I am drawn to simple and clean design which has a
tendency to feel masculine…throw in some bold and bright colors and
you have the perfect boys room!  Girls stuff is hard…it’s light and
pastel…just not my style.  I say this, but what colors are my
daughter’s room – grey and pink 🙂
  What is your favorite thing about this space?
My favorite thing is that Dane’s space represents his Daddy!  It’s all
things that my husband loves,  and I’m hoping the things that he and Dane will bond
over, through the years.
  How is life with 2? is it what you expected?
It is crazy, busy, exhausting, amazing, and just plain funny
sometimes!  It is what I expected for the most part, but you can never
really imagine what it is like until you are in it.

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Thank you, Angela for sharing your story with us!!! What I love most is the thought behind using Guitars and Motorcycles, and the meaning that they have for your husband!! LOVE a space that is more than just “Pretty”!!! 
To get more great ideas from Angela, follow her  Pinterest boards HERE !

The indulgence continues!

I thought I would pop in quick on this beautiful, sunny Saturday ( well, in NY its sunny) and share with you how I made that $6.99 Gelato, go even further ! I used the container (  why isn’t all ice cream in a screw off top container??) and used it as a Vase!! is that recycling? ( or is it Up cycling..I always get confused)
Enjoy your weekend!!
Next week..I hope to show you all a fun DIY with Sticks, and a great baby boys nursery done in Guitars and Motorcycles!!
~K

Thoughts on Stuff..and expensive Gelato

I almost wrote a post yesterday on being un-inspired, ya know…like being in a rut? I have not been able to see inspiration lately…which really sucks, because I consider myself a creative person, and I KNOW that I am surrounded by a gajillion inspirational things every minute. Really. Its just that sometimes, I close my eyes to all of it..I’m not entirely sure why, maybe to take a break, but more than likely, its so I can wallow in a little sadness to get my creative self back. (does that even make sense?) Getting back to that “almost” at the beginning. I almost wrote a whole post about this, that is, until I dragged myself to my painting table, to complete a very sweet little phonetic “J” monster for a fellow blogger, ( which she will be featuring soon, its a biggie, so stay tuned:)  and as I was painting…inspiration struck. It was that fast. I had literally been playing the victim role in the movie called my life, which I do so profoundly, with a close girlfriend of mine, explaining how “I just felt UGH,and I don’t think it was because my period was due” 
(oh please, I can talk about my period, I’m a mom..lol) and “I’m not sure about this and that..blah”…and then..poof..inspiration. As I was painting, I was thinking..how can I serve? how can I give back ( A question on my mind a lot lately) and it hit me, I want to give back to hard working families who need beautiful spaces, to help get them out of a rut!! I began to think…I need to find a foundation that has been created, so i can donate a portion of my proceeds from my interiors jobs, and from my Design Thoughts Shoppe..then I started to think big, really BIG..What if..what if I STARTED A FOUNDATION myself?? 
What if? 
Anyway, my creative energy was back, and it felt so great!! I hate being in a rut, but I love coming out of one!! Sooooo……does anyone know how to start a Foundation?  🙂 
SO this brings me to my next thought of the day… Indulgence!! Indulgence always helps me out of a rut!! I found the most Amazing, Scrumptious, Delicious, Outrageous Gelato EVER! and that’s a bold statement, but I am willing to stand beside it until someone can prove me wrong..
Talenti Sea Salt Carmel!! 
Its is SO good..I cant even tell you the price of one of these little cuties,($6.99) because my husband reads this blog, and he would do a somersault right at his desk, since we are on a very strict budget lately. 
He will, however, be so excited to see I snagged him A pistachio! I don’t even like pistachio!
Between thinking about being able to create a foundation..not caring about the how, but knowing the idea is the first step anyway, AND eating Sea Salt Carmel Gelato, I am feeling so much better 🙂
Last thought…Im home with a sick kiddo today, and it breaks my heart to see him like a limp biscuit. I hate it so much when he is sick, but on a selfish side note, I love the extra snuggles and kisses he needs.
Have a great Tuesday, and feel free to share some of YOUR indulgences, I love to see what people spend money on, or maybe its not even something you buy..maybe your indulgence is You time..if so, tell me your secret, do you schedule it?!!
~Kim