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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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Kids like to collect rocks. Well, people like to collect rocks. From my experience, its not a boy thing or a girl thing or a kid thing, it really is more of a human thing. Look at a rock, really take a good look at it, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to take it home and look at it longer. From granite countertops, to travertine floors and marble topped tables, we like to surround ourselves with stone.

Our personal rock collection seems to grow on a weekly basis. Many end up in the garden, but the favorites end up here…

…in a square wood box (originally containing our wedding centerpieces so many years ago) on a living room side table.

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When we moved into this place, three and a half years ago, we had significantly less kitchen storage space than our last home. So, finding alternatives to free up some of the cupboard space was necessary. We decided to get the pots up on the ceiling. We couldn’t actually put it above the oven/stovetop because we would have hit our heads on it, but there was a perfect spot for it above a counter within easy reach.
I decided to look at an architectural salvage place for ideas. We ended up with this small gate, which was an oxidized gray, pretty, but not what I was picturing in my head. We painted it and my husband went up in the attic to make sure we were hanging it in in the joists. I didn’t want this thing coming down on my head!

I found hooks online and the whole thing has served us extremely well and the overall cost was still cheaper than the pot racks I was seeing online.

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This little project took all of ten minutes. I had been contemplating drawing on these little guys with a marker, but as I was thinking about what to draw and how to keep the lines straight, I decided to just use some of our washi tape and leave it at that.

Happy October!

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These bins were from Target a while ago. They were $2.50 and located in that section in the front of the store where most things are $1. They came in a few bright colors, mine were pink, and I knew from the time I bought them that I wanted them to be gold. They are just the right size to sit on the floating Lack Ikea shelves in our bedroom office.

My husband was busy painting a thrift store bike for our oldest daughter (from black to sparkly periwinkle) so, I figured it was as good a time as any to do some painting myself. I’m looking forward to trying these in a few different ways and places to see what I like best.

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Okay, so I thought I subscribed to enough of those if-you-sign-up-your-friends-you-get-credit shopping sites, but someone just got me hooked on another one. These are some of my favorites items from today.

This is way beyond my budget ($375) and I am sensitive to cashmere, but I can dream…

These are pretty darn cool. They look like they’re made out of thick paper. The details say they are made of 30% recycled content. For a pad of 50 placemats you pay $22. Oh, and you can write on them with chalk!

My mom has been looking for these for a while. I have to say that I’ve been tempted on a number of occasions and this is another one of those. These guys have a few different colors and patterns available. $84 its a bit steep in my opinion, but with some credit it might become more of an option.

Now, I really love Aden and Anais blankets. Target has 4-packs for about $35, but the local store has never had these patterns. I saw them in person in a little boutique selling individually once (maybe they were knockoffs) but they were priced at a ridiculous $20/blanket! It didn’t stop me from coveting the striped pink and red (the close-up makes it look pink, but from my memory the dark pink reads more red in person). Open Sky is selling this 4-pack for $50, which is good I guess if you want these 4 (I really only want that striped one) and can’t find them elsewhere.

Now this is pretty cool and affordable. I would love to receive something like this for Christmas. Grow your own mushrooms! Now, I probably wouldn’t be 100% successful, but I would enjoy trying and every time I attempt to garden I think I get a little better at it. This pack is $20. To be honest I have no idea it this is a good price.

Now this is pretty cool. For $25 you can get a cutting board with precise measurements. I’ve always wondered how far off I’ve been from a perfect julienne.

Anyway, you can find all of these things (well, whatever’s not sold out) and more here at Open Sky.

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When we got home from our trip, I decided it was time to redo the bathroom. It was in need of some fresh white paint and some serious organizing.

Unfortunately, I am horrible at getting before shots. Here it is though after 12 days of work.

The towel and magazine bar is from Ikea (painted white) and it is resting on basic white hooks from Home Depot.

The toilet paper basket is from Cost Plus World Market. I’m liking this new system for toilet paper storage. It has freed up some space in the cupboard and now guests don’t have to guess where to look if we run out.

This mirror has actually been there since the day we moved in.The main, large mirror is to the left when you enter the bathroom, but its nice to have a little mirror over the sink too. This little green beaded mirror is from Anthropologie (several years ago).

This cabinet seems a little blah to me still, but if you could magically see a before picture of that medicine cabinet, you would be very happy that it looks like this now. This cabinet was here before we moved in so I am not responsible for the funny placement. I could have moved it down a bit, but I wasn’t motivated to do that at the time and I think its better to have it more out of the childrens’ reach. They are all climbers now.

This shelf (in the background of the photo below) was the large straw that drove me to actually get the bathroom done. My mom was getting rid of it before our trip and I grabbed it from her garage sale pile. My dad built it, so I know its sturdy. There wasn’t time to put it up before we left on our trip, so its been sitting there in my mind for a couple months.

The large apothecary jar belonged to my mother-in-law. It may have actually belonged to her paternal grandma if I am remembering correctly. I should probably double check on that.

I added the swan brackets to my dad’s shelf unit. They are another old Anthropologie find.

The motel sign is something I had originally picked up for our RV. I had it leaning up against the mirror as I worked in here and liked it so much in this room that I decided to use it in here instead.

These jewelry shadow boxes have actually been in that spot since before we moved in, so I guess this is kind of a before shot. They came with us when we moved here two and a half years ago. 

The green knobs on the black cabinet were a local craigslist find (by local, I mean, a couple blocks away) about a year ago. There were about 20 of them in a bag. I keep changing out knobs all over our house for these because I love them so. 

The black cabinet used to be periwinkle. I was tired of that the first time I saw it, but it wasn’t so hideous that it had to be changed immediately. Even if it had been though, I can’t say I wouldn’t have procrastinated until now anyway.

I added some little 4 inch furniture feet to make it look like a found dresser. A really shallow dresser. Maybe I will get a photo of that sometime.

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