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

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22 October 2007

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?



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!



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!!

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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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 :)

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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.





Video

Jane's Color Advice

Jane's Color Advice 2



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

Teal:

Brown:
Green:
Neutrals:
Pastels:
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

Color 101

Pin It

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.





Video

Jane's Color Advice

Jane's Color Advice 2



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

Teal:

Brown:
Green:
Neutrals:
Pastels:
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

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