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July 24, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we find ourselves this morning. Yesterday, I talked about celebrating 10 years of marriage with Michael. In that post and on our About page I mention being from Louisiana.  While I didn’t live in Lafayette, I do have family and close friends who live there. I also frequented The Grand where the shooting occurred, and if Michael and I had been in Louisiana for our anniversary, we probably would have been at that theater last night.



Our hearts and prayers are with all of those effected and involved. We are grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and first responders.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” Fred Rogers


Playroom Reveal (Jack Sparrow Approved)

May 7, 2015

Hey there! It’s finally the day! It’s week six of the One Room Challenge. If you missed it, the One Room Challenge is hosted by Linda of The challenge: Makeover one room in six, short weeks. Bloggers from around the interwebs have been sharing their progress for the last five weeks, and now it’s finally time for the big reveal!

Psst! Need to catch up? Check out our plans and progress here:
Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 / Pipe Shelves on a Budget

We decided to convert our office into a playroom. I never once thought I would have a playroom. The concept has always seemed a bit absurd to me. Kids having an entire room just for their stuff – in addition to their bedroom?! Certainly, not something I had growing up. However, our office wasn’t getting much use, and our living room constantly had toys every where. (We have a two story home, so we’ve allowed the kids to keep some of their toys downstairs.) Nonetheless, now that it’s finished, I freaking love that playroom! The kids actually do play in there – something I worried might not happen. Moreover, since instituting the “toys stay in the playroom” rule, the house is a whole lot tidier.

Enough talking, onto the photos!

If you recall we started here:


Well loved, but not well used.

The plan looked a little something like this:

mood board

And here is our big reveal: (Eeek!)

We DIYed so many things in this room. So. Many. Things. Most of the pillows were made from scrap fabric. I swallowed my fears and made the poufs. (Really not that bad!) I even used a potato and hand stamped the pattern on them.

A grown-up but fun playroom from


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You can see our tutorial on how to do pipe shelves for under $200 here.


We made the light fixture from a decorative fixture that we found at Hobby Lobby for $15. You can see all the details on that here.


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The rotary phone belonged to my late grandmother. The kids like to play with it, although, they don’t really understand how to use the dial.  We used decorative boxes (the two on the right look like books) to conceal the smaller toys (e.g. cars, dinosaurs, etc).

shelves detail

The white baskets are used to store Legos and an extensive train set collection. I really tried to keep the toy storage simplified. I wanted it to look good, but I also know that the kids aren’t going to follow some elaborate organizational system when putting their toys away. In our experience, baskets work really well. Not only can they just toss a toy back in its designated basket, but they can also find what they are looking for when things are generally separated.


The chalkboard is also magnetic. I painted it with chalkboard paint and attached a string with a piece of chalk to it. I’m assuming this will keep Emerson or Eleanor from taking the chalk and drawing on the walls or the furniture. I’ll let you know how that one works out. Directly to the right of the chalkboard, we hung a few hooks for dress up clothes.

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On the other side of the room we put together a space for drawing, painting, and general creating. The desk is from Target. The chair is a folding chair we already owned. We spray painted it navy and recovered the seat.


I attached some mini-clothespins to the cork board, so the kids can easily hang their art without having to use tacks.

art akira

We also moved the bird clips back to the doors. It’s another place for the kids to hang their art. I embellished the bird clips by adding red hearts to a few of the birds.

We talked about putting together the gallery wall in this post. I didn’t map out the frames or even measure the spaces between the frames, so I’m really pleased with how it turned out. (Side note: I’ve concluded that this is the most difficult room in the house to photograph. The giant window, which I love, does me no favors when it comes to taking photos. Try as I may, I could not get around the glare on the gallery wall – even using a polarized lens! So, unfortunately, I don’t have any straight-on images of it.)


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Whew! This last six weeks has been full of up and downs. I’m grateful to Linda for putting on the challenge and for being able to participate. It was just the kick we needed to buckle down and get this room finished. I’m pretty sure Captain Jack would approve.


Now, if you need me, I’ll be tending to the house work that got neglected for the last six weeks – right after I take a nap or ten.

*With the One Room Challenge now over, we will be returning to our regular M-W-F posting schedule.