Room Redos

And Now We’re Back From Outer Space | Akira’s Room Makeover

January 28, 2016

Just kidding. We weren’t really in outer space, but you knew that. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I think about being gone / coming back, that song always pops into my head. Annd those aren’t even the correct lyrics.

It has been over a month since our last post, and while that wasn’t intentional, there was good reason for the hiatus. We were recovering. I’m not sure what possessed us to think after lamenting about a twelve week half bathroom remodel that we should attempt to completely makeover our daughter’s room; as a surprise; five days before Christmas. If I had to guess, I’d say it was probably the caffeine. Caffeine makes you think you can do things. Nonetheless, I can tell you that we did do it, and it’s probably our favorite makeover to date!

BEFORE:

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If you recall, back in May we switched Akira and Eleanor’s rooms, and shared our makeover plan for Akira’s room via a little mood board action. (Missed it? Catch up here.) Well, we didn’t even follow the mood board. Go figure. I ended up putting the lamp that I created for the mystery box challenge in Akira’s room, and it pretty much led the way for the direction of the room: Pinks, corals, navy + a bit of a boho (for me) and a little glam (for her). To keep the whole thing a surprise we sent her to my parent’s house in Louisiana and then proceeded to stay up way past our bedtime every night to get it finished by the time she came back.

AFTER:

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(I told her that her dress reminded me of Audrey Hepburn, so we played dress up – hence, the shades.)

Whoa, right?! Michael has wanted to replace Akira’s bed with a loft bed for a while now, but I haven’t been on board. I really liked the bed that she had (it was actually Michael and I’s first bed), and I figured she would grow out of wanting a loft bed in a few years and that would mean needing to redo her room again. Then I saw this picture and I was completely sold. The seating area under the bed with the shelves for books is what really won me over. And actually, we were able to create 5 separate zones in her room just by raising the bed off the floor!

There’s the entry:

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The furry bench was originally intended to go in the closet, but was moved to this spot when our closet plans changed. If you follow us on instagram you might recognize the 3D coat rack. I picked it up at Hobby Lobby. It was originally black and intended to be decorative, 3D wall art, but when I saw it I knew it would make an awesome place to hang her personal effects. I spray painted it Blue Ocean Breeze by Krylon, added some gold details with a paint marker, and attached picture hangers (just by unbending them and then rebending them around the piece) to use as hooks.

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On the left side of the bed is the reading / music area:

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I had hoped to hang the Ikea bookshelves under the bed near the hammock, but when they were too long for the wall, rather than adjust the bed to fit the shelves, we just adjusted our plan. We hung them vertically – and by we I mean Michael, because I had made ginormous holes in the closet while trying to hang things, and I was no longer allowed to touch the drill.  In the space below the shelves we leaned her guitar and keyboard, and we added her pouf for a comfy place to sit. The sheer curtains (from Ikea), also help to visually separate the space, without completely closing it off.

Sitting area:

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(Pillow from Society 6.)

For the sitting area under her bed, I ordered a hammock chair from Etsy (found here), picked up some battery powered, jewel-shaped lights, and painted her Ikea RAST dresser and changed out the knobs. The dresser doubles as an accent table and still holds her folding clothes.

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Originally, the knobs were all the same, but I had to replace the top knobs when they broke after only 3 days of use. She wasn’t being rough with them, either. So just something to consider if you’d like to purchase the same knobs from Hobby Lobby.

Toy area:

(To the right of the hammock in this photo.)

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On the right side of the bed, a skinnier space (the bed is centered on the window not the wall) is where we’re keeping her ridiculous amount of stuffed animals and other small toys. I would still like to add a shelf or two on the wall for a few more of her trinkets, but at the moment everything seems to have a home, so I’m just going to celebrate that miracle and only add the shelves if need be later.

Desk / study area:

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The desk area was a big must for this room makeover. As she is getting older a dedicated place for homework and studying has become necessary. We knew we wanted to get a smaller desk for our room, so we took the drawer cabinet from that desk and just added a new top and leg from Ikea. (The top to the desk in our room was too long, so unfortunately, we couldn’t reuse it.) The leg (on the left) was originally black.  I spray painted it gold to add some interest. The chair is also from Ikea.

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(Forgive the color in this photo. It’s way off. Her walls are certainly not yellow!)

The bulletin board is from Hobby Lobby, as is the letter A. I originally passed on the bulletin board, but then couldn’t stop thinking about it. I rushed back to Hobby Lobby the next day, crossing my fingers that it was still there. I may or may not have danced in the aisle after putting it in my cart.

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She’s into Taylor Swift lately, although she only wanted to hang that picture of her after she asked me who it was. She’s heard a few of her songs, but we don’t have cable, so she had no idea what Taylor Swift actually looked like. #parentingwin

So this is actually just part one of her room makeover! Yep, we went all over-achiever and made over her closet, too. Stay tuned for the next post where we’ll share all of those details, as well as paint colors and more sources. I’m hoping that we’ll have that post up in less than a month. 😉

 

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Take a Seat: This is Going to Blow Your Mind!

December 19, 2015

About 3 years ago, we made our first grown-up purchase: our couch.

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We loved that couch! It was more money than we’d ever spent on any piece of furniture, but we truly believe that some things in your home, especially items that will be used everyday, should be an investment and be able to stand the test of time. We’ve never been big fans of “in the meantime” purchases. For us it just seems like a waste of money, we would rather save our pennies and be able to afford things that we really love and can see ourselves continuing to use in the long run, than buying things just for now. (I’m looking at you, 5-year-empty-spots where there should be dining room chairs!) You may have noticed the past tense in the previous sentence. We loved that couch… We had spent years saving up to get our Dunham couch, and we would even occasionally go into West Elm just to sit on that couch and pretend it was ours. However, what we weren’t told and didn’t realize until the couch was sitting in our living room was that the fabric we chose (brushed heathered cotton) was not suitable for cleaning with water-based products and the covers weren’t removable, either. Not ideal for a family with 3 small children and a cat. Honestly, I spent so much time telling the kids not to put their feet on the couch, or having a mini-heart attack if they would get up from the table before I could wipe their hands. Finally, I told Michael I couldn’t live like that anymore. I wanted to be able to relax, to have a people over, and not have to worry about what might get spilled on the couch.

Enter Lovesac. We first heard about Lovesac when we saw the sign for the store as we were going to dinner one night. I mean, it’s certainly an attention grabbing name. Michael and I were all like, “Lovesac? What’s that?” We walked by the window, and realized it was a furniture store. Well, alright then. Still intrigued, I looked them up online when we got home. Initially known for their giant, unbelievably comfortable bean bag like sacs (hence, the name), they’ve also gotten in on the sectional / modular furniture market. I can tell you, I was immediately smitten by their Sactionals. It was as if someone hit the play button on the Hallelujah Chorus. A couch that has covers that can be thrown in the washing machine? Yes! The covers on the sides and backs can be removed and washed, too? Yes!! You can change the look of your couch anytime just by buying new covers, and you can rearrange the couch to make it bigger, smaller, or whatever to fit your ever-changing life? Take my money!!!

So, we sold the couch we thought we loved, for our one true love, our Sacational:

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(Ignore Akira’s sock on the floor. We do real life here.)

Yes, it does look pretty similar to our other couch. What can I say? We have a type. But this couch is all separate pieces, that can be rearranged to everything from a loveseat to a queen guest bed! Did I mention the covers come off and can be thrown in the washing machine? All the covers. Including the bottoms and sides. Eeep! As if that weren’t enough, Lovesac also offers FREE shipping whether you buy the item in store or online. The day our Sactional came in was beautiful chaos.

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Boxes! Boxes as far as the eye can see! And Louie, our resident supervisor, of course. I don’t remember how many boxes there were exactly – what’s pictured was probably only half of them – but for reference, we order the 5 sides + 4 seats combo. I can tell you, however, that Lovesac’s packing skills could give Ikea a run for their money! An entire couch fit into those skinny boxes! The seat cushions were packed into the bases and the hardware was packed under the seats.

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This is what the bases look like without the covers:

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Those slits that you see there are where the steel clamps (included in the hardware) fit to secure all the pieces together. Also included in the hardware is: wooden bases called shoes, 4 legs for each base that fit into the shoes (packaged already sitting in the shoe in the photo below), and adhesive felt pads to keep the shoes from scuffing up your floor.

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After everything was unboxed (and the kids were in bed), we started putting the covers on the sides and bases. The seats and pillow covers have zippers, while the sides and bases covers are secured with the strongest Velcro that I have ever encountered.

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The covers, especially the ones for the sides, fit pretty snugly, but that’s the dream, friends. I’m so happy that they fit snugly, and that it took both Michael and I to fit the seat cushions in the covers, because I wouldn’t want them to start looking all baggy and loose like 1998. We actually got the Sactional back in October (we’ve been testing it out so that we could write a thorough review) and I can tell you, the covers still look great! I even took one seat cover off and washed it after Eleanor decided to get all artsy on it with a marker. Not only did the marker come out, but it went back on the cushion just as tight and crisp as the day we got it!

Now the downside, if you can even call it that, is that the back pillows are a little bulky. And that is really only an issue because the back of the couch is straight, there is no recline to it. Obviously this is great for the long run, because it means the cushions will stay plush longer, but for the sake of comfort at the moment, we’ve thrown the pillows on the floor and told the kids to jump on them. They think it’s the greatest thing in the world, I think it depletes some of their energy (wishful thinking, I know) and I don’t have to worry about the cushions getting dirty, because I can just wash the covers! Or Heaven forbid, something awful happens that can’t be washed out, we can just replace the one cushion rather than the entire couch! I’ve heard a few people say, “Oh, yeh. Couch from XYZ has removable covers that can be changed.” Sure. But can XYZ couch be made bigger or smaller when you move into a new home with a different sized living space? Or turned into 4 separate chairs for game night? Or a queen bed for overnight guests?

Can your couch do this?

Seriously, the thing is like Legos: The Furniture Addition. You can find out more information on Lovesac’s Sactionals by clicking here, or visiting your local store. And FYI, they currently have a lot of promotions going on, so if you’re thinking of taking the plunge, do it while they still have things like 48 months no interest financing going on!