A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: October 2007
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22 October 2007

Guest Room Project and Studio Loft

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This is an old post from our previous home BECAUSE we don't really have a guest room now.  We have more space than we have ever had, but it functions more openly and more for the needs of three crazy boys that need to play, so a guest room was not part of the equation.  When guests stay, they stay in our basement play area or in the studio loft that I use for photography.  Here's a photo from my latest shoot in our new loft studio!  For more photos, check out ALLENAIM

 In our previous home, we only had 1 baby at the time, so we DID have a dedicated guest room!  You can check out the project and pics below to see it and check out KELLY'S KORNER for MANY more ideas on how to design and decorate guest rooms!
I found these sheets of sheetrock maybe? I'm not sure what they are, but found them down the street in a "free" pile, took some sketches of Lincoln and made a little display to fill this empty wall in our guest room. The sheets already had holes drilled into them, so I just strung raffia through them and attached them to a piece of scrap wood with those little metal cord hooks on it. The paint was leftover from the hallway floor paint, so the total project cost about $3 for the pictures, a bit of glue, etc. E-mail me for more project details :)

By the way, the brick in this room was covered in plaster when we moved in. I was in the attic one day and looking at the chimney and wondering where the thing went to...so I measured and found this section in the guest bedroom, started hammering and found some cool brick, so I had Alex keep chipping away at it until it looked nice and crumbly...I wonder what the fireplace looked like that it led to...I guess we'll probably never know...unless it's hanging out behind some other wall! Oh the adventures of an old house!

Squash, Before and After

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I saw this fantastic project in the latest Martha Stewart Living where they painted squash to look like bowling pins and used a pumpkin as the ball...my attempt did not turn out quite as expected (picture 1), so I just dunked them whole into the orange paint (making a very big mess), but a much better result I think :) What do you think?

Weed? Vegetable?

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I'm still not quite sure what this plant is, but it's so pretty, don't you think? I hope it comes back next year!!

21 October 2007

Halloween is upon us....

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20 October 2007

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These are some pictures of our trip to Roca Berry Farm (coupons here)- a much better choice than the larger establishments around us. This place was perfect for an 18 month old...tons of safe things to do and lots of pumpkins to try to eat raw :)

03 October 2007

Color 101

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Get Color!

1. What is your inspiration?

2. Think of 12 items in your inspiration that fit the twelve slots of the color wheel.

3. Think of a room in your house. What type of atmosphere do you want in that room?

4. Pick a warm or cool color depending on the mood you want to create for your wall color.

5. Consider a second color for flooring, cabinets, ceiling or furniture. Consider where this second color is in relation to the first on the wheel. Does it suit your mood? You can pick two colors in this group. Remember that if the color is opposite on the color wheel (from any of your choices), it will stand out and if it is near your choices on the wheel, it will blend in.

6. Finish with a fun color to accent.

For example...in this room the wall color is a soft but deep green evoking a feel of calm, cool green plants. The second and third colors are seen on the floor and wall panels. The floor introduces a brown which is fairly close to the green, while the white adds a nice contrast and compliments the tub, toilet and sink. The accent in this room is the silver hardware. While at first it seems there is really only one color (green), there is actually a whole color scheme in this simple room.


Jane's Color Advice

Jane's Color Advice 2

Check out these examples of color taken from HGTV's "Rate my Space".


Purple and Brown:

*Review these pictures and see if you can find the 60-30-10 rule in action (Explanation by Mark McCauley, ASID)
When decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color
When you think about it, this color breakdown is similar to a man’s business suit:
60% of the outfit's color is the slacks and jacket
30% of the outfit's color is the shirt
10% of the outfit's color is the tie

Translated to a room setting, it typically means:
60% of the room's color is the walls
30% of the room's color is the upholstery
10% of the room's color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement

02 October 2007

Cheap Projects

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Welcome to the cheapie side of the site!

This is one of my most recent projects. I found these scrap pieces of wood in a "Free" pile, so I scooped them up, painted them with leftover paint (see the painted wood floors) and decoupaged (my homemade kind) sepia pictures onto them. This whole project cost about $2...for the film developing...

The concrete walkway in front of our house was quite dreary, but we didn't have the budget to rip it up and replace it with flagstone or slate or even brick...so I painted a little stone pathway. All of it was completed with Oops paint, so total cost was around $15.

I found this old ad from an extinct department store in Lincoln for $1, and retouched the sketch. I love the character of this piece and it was super cheap!

The upstairs floor needed to be refinished, but we didn't have the budget or the energy to do it, so I just got some OOps paint, mixed the color myself and painted out the floors. It gives an updated look for about $10 and when we do refinish the floors, we have to sand them anyway, so it will be just a bit more work, but in the meantime, the floors look a sight better! Also notice the two chalkboards, one in the stairwell and the other on the desktop. Super easy and costs pennies!

Everything in this room worked together except the ironing board. It was white with bright purple and blue polka dots...so I covered it in a tablecloth that I found at a yard sale. Now before you say "I can't sew!"....neither can I....I simply hot glued it to the frame of the board and pulled taut. Now, it's not the best job in the world and the lines get a bit wavy at the end...but it looks a whole lot better than blue and purple polka dots!!

The little bulletin board on the 4th shelf up was a plain corkboard. I added ribbon as trim and then added house numbers to create small individual space to store business cards for my husband and I.

This frame was in the trash and the hooks were 50 cents...so a home for our keys for only a dollar!

I found the wedding "autograph" frame on clearance for $15. I framed a piece of fabric (25 cents) and have guests sign when they come to visit.

I found these bulletin boards at a garage sale for $3 each which is a bit more than I would normally pay, but they were perfect for this room. I surrounded it with a large frame I found for $1, stained it, put in pictures I had taken and I had a large piece of work to balance the room.

These are two of my favorite new cheap projects. The branch "hardware" was free...I found the sticks bundled in someones trash, cut them down to size, put on some hot glue and voila...they fit the "branches" theme of our cabin perfectly. The second project only costs "pennies" and you can see a portion of the project on the back splash above the sink. I am planning on extending the pennies into branch shapes on either side of the sink on the wall space there. Again, hot glue does the job!

The Thai prints on the wall were super cheap...$20 for all of them at a street market. they are simply held up by upholstery tacks and "framed" by shelves (that were 90% off) on the bottom. Shelves serve a function as well by acting as In/Out boxes.

Here are some more of those super clearance shelves, this time used to display rocks from various places around Israel. The labels are just two colored papers glued together and then laminated. Total project cost...about $10 for 8.

I was never able to find a mobile I liked, so instead of buying a mobile for the crib I ended up making some other things for my baby to look at while he was in bed. The first is in the upper right hand side of the top picture. I bought wooden stars, painted them and attached them to string stapled to the ceiling. This way, the baby can watch the stars move around in the wind without compromising the color scheme of the room. The other project was simple as well. I took leftover Kraft paper from another project (see the books below) and cut out star shapes that I pasted on the ceiling of the room with a decoupage mixture. You can see the beginning of the star in the corner of the bottom picture. Also in this picture is a little old toolbox ($1) painted in the red color, with a little star chalkboard (5 cents) attached with sticky tac. Footballs are from the dollar store and the blocks were being thrown out of a classroom.

To give the room more color, I painted a star on the wall behind the crib. It cost nothing because it was all leftover paint. Talk about an impact for cheap!

These little hooks came from the local Kraft store for about a dollar each and are "Velcro-ed" onto the door which provides a place to hang towels and hots, but also is a great little game for Red ripping them off and putting them back on again.

I wanted to add a little "husker" flare to Red's room, so I stenciled these footballs onto the edges of the existing carpet. The carpet wasn't in the greatest of shape, so I figured if it turned out terribly, we could just trash the whole thing :)

I wanted to have tons of books in the nursery, but the colors were all across the board from baby blue to crazy bright orange, so I found this postal Kraft paper at the dollar store with little stars all over it and covered all of the books so that they would coordinate together. The letters were on clearance at a discount store and I just painted them up with leftover paint, and leaned them up against some more covered books to keep them from falling over.

It's a bit hard to see in this photograph, but if you look at the top of the shutters, there is a very cheap valance up there. I made it out of some napkins I had around the house, added a bit of ribbon (with hot glue) on the edge, and hung them to a cheap curtain rod with baby clothespins.

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