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Kids Domains - Let Them Experiment

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When my boys were small, I got VERY creative with their shared room. A jungle theme, a castle with rock (painted) walls, a ship/pirate theme. Once they got older, I let them decide what they wanted their rooms to look like. Around the time we were quarantined in March, my younger son, who was almost 15, asked for a green room. Frog green. He showed me a color that I could not even handle. But I totally believe in kids' rooms being their domain, especially when it comes to paint. Rooms can ALWAYS be repainted, usually in less than a day. So I found a color I was willing to live with - Behr's Pleasant Grove.  However, I still couldn't do four green walls. To bring a little balance to the space, I did this large triangle graphic on one wall. You'll notice the triangles are not the same size down the wall, and that's because the middle two sections were previously a blue stripe, while the top and bottom rows were white. Keeping the lines where the stripe was meant a lot

Natural Elements in the Home - Plants

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To be very frank up front, other than succulents, I am not an indoor plant person. I think some of it is that I haven't lived in a house for over a decade that would support indoor plants, and prior to that I had two toddlers to take care of - who had time for plant care?  My current home is also not plant-friendly. We have some great windows in our open kitchen/dining/living, but they don't get great sun. They face west, which means some low light in the evenings in the winter. In the summer, we have twelve trees in the back yard that hog all the light.  However, I had a friend move a couple years ago, and she gifted all her indoor plants to me. I have been able to keep most of them alive (I killed the orchids almost right away, but enough of that). Additionally, we have always had a few outdoor plants that have to come live indoors during the winter, and I hate them indoors. They are LARGE. In fact, one of them got so large I finally got rid of it last month. I just couldn

Our IKEA Kitchen Remodel

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Our house is stucco on the exterior. It has a Tuscan-style courtyard that you walk through to get to the front door. And when we bought the house, the kitchen was VERY Tuscan feeling, as you will see in these before photos.  The main thing I knew I couldn't live with long-term were the tile countertops. I make pizza a lot. Rolling out dough on tile is just plain annoying. If I want to do that, I can put it on the floor (or, in our case, the hearth or the front courtyard). Plus, the gunk that gets into grout is just plain nasty for where you're always prepping food.  The color scheme, however, was also not my style. That's much more easily fixed, of course, because painting cabinets is fairly easy - and I did do that in the interim between moving in and putting in a new kitchen. The whole project started one day when my husband asked if he could cut a small hole in the soffit above the sink. The thing he did right was ask. ;-) The thing I did wrong was say yes. That hole did

Recovering Poufs

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I got these two poufs around a year ago. They are sturdy, comfortable to sit on or put your feet on, and the price wasn't bad ($70 each at a local "global" store). They were also quite orange, which, at the time, was great because our living room/dining room/kitchen also had a lot of orange accents. Plus, being the world traveler I am (covid is seriously putting a damper on that, although my husband and I got away to Alaska in August, so that was awesome), I loved the global vibe of the Indian design.  But then I had to (HAD to) get rid of the orange in the room(s). It was tired, and with autumn coming on - my least favorite season - I needed some softness for the holidays, so everything went pale pink (more on that in a coming post). So with throw pillows going pink on the couch and a few other accessories being traded out, the poufs stood out like two sore orange thumbs. I certainly didn't want to get rid of them, so it was time to recover them. The search was on fo