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A while back, we set up this little office nook in our already tiny bedroom. Sometimes, this ends up being the dump station before we have company, which is unfortunate and makes the space unusable. I’ve been keeping it clear though for the last couple months and it has been a nice space for getting away from the rest of the household chaos. Our 5yo has been using it when she wants to make little iPad video episodes of her toys.

The desk, which you can’t really see in the photos, is L-shaped and quite small. We cut it out of plywood to the exact size that we were looking for, used brackets to hold it up on the wall side and used a couple table legs we found in the magic alley for support in the front. I painted the desk a distressed muted green and I love how that turned out (I’ll have to get photos of that for another post sometime).

The curtains are from Overstock and they are an ivory velvet with blackout material on the inside. The blackout material is great for getting late night projects done without the light disturbing whoever is trying to sleep.

The floating shelves are from Ikea and this “tieback” is from Ikea. It is actually a hanger for things like scarves and other accessories  but flipped on its side, it makes a nice wide tieback, which is just what I was looking for for this curtain.

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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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I love the shape of my state. It makes me happy and I’ve commemorated it.

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So, I know I am way behind the curve (maybe you’re already sick of seeing chevron), but I finally did it! And, I am happy with it.

The whole project, for which of course I don’t have any in-progress or before pictures, took a couple afternoons. It clogged up our courtyard (everyone had to scoot themselves around the project to get to the front door) and smelled up the house (paint and wood stain fumes drifted in through the giant draft space under our front door).

I think I want to keep orange or red flowers up there on a regular basis. The bottles were collected and painted over a few weeks. It was a great excuse to clean out the fridge and empty out old salad dressing and hot sauce bottles, oh and wine bottles, can’t forget those. I dripped, as sparingly as I could manage, my favorite Annie Sloan paint inside and rolled them around until the paint covered the insides sufficiently.

I found a few insulators at a flee market once and my mother-in-law gave me a small collection of them that had belonged to her dad. It has saved me from climbing over barbed wire and stealing them from the tops of unused power line poles.

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My husband has been getting into watercolor recently. He’s been learning about and buying brushes (his favorite, he actually has a favorite already, is his Siberian Kolinsky red sable hair, the hairs of which were rather specifically selected from the winter tails of male animals) and paper and paint (I’ll spare you all the details on the specificity of these items, but trust me…yeah) and almost every night after the girls are in bed he gets all these supplies out and tries something new.

This means that our girls, especially our 5 year old, have been interested in watercolor too. Our oldest has her own water pen and enjoys experimenting with different angles. If you’ve never seen one of these water pens, check them out sometime. Pretty cool. My husband tells me she is very good at rinsing it after each color and not leaving it in the water. Apparently, that is bad.

So, because of all this, I keep noticing watercolor art that we have put up around the house and what has been showing up on the boards of people I follow on Pinterest. I don’t know if everyone else has been noticing the watercolor current or if this is how it always is, but there’s been a lot up there lately.

Dallas Shaw is one of my new favorites (above) and I love this wallpaper (below) that you can find at Black Crow Studios.

As a gift, my husband recently hired an artist to draw and paint our 18-month old. I can’t wait to get it framed and up on the wall. See…

What’s catching your eye lately?

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