Tuesday, February 15, 2011

British Invasion Room- Update and a feature.

Howdy peeps,

I am still working on some projects for the {British} Invasion themed bedroom. My biggest obstacle has been narrowing down all of the fun ideas and projects to just a select few. There are so many great ideas out there and I have had a heck of a time deciding. I can hardly wait to show you them.

I will be posting a few pics later on today, hopefully, if I can run away from the kids long enough to post...so, check back later.

I also wanted to give Cassity, over at Remodelaholic, a shout out for featuring my lamp revamp post. I love's me some funky fresh lamps and if you're in the market for some you should check it out.

Peace out.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

{10} minute curtain rod revamp...and a $3 treasure

Howdy peeps. Life seems to have caught up with me and I haven't had time to post much, so I apologize.

Even on crazy days, though, I try to fit in some kind of project whether it be organizing the silverware drawer or changing out some throw pillows. It just helps me feel like I'm still in control and allows me a little creative outlet for the day...sometimes it's all about the small things, ya know.

Today I've already primed an old picture frame for some turqoise paint and I'm feeling like I still have it together. Granted it's only 11:00a.m. so there's plenty of time for things to still fall apart.

BUT..I also squoze in a little curtain rod revamp in the girls room.

Some of you may remember my mantle/swag made of willow sticks that I gathered from my backyard. As I was dismantling the mantle I was sick at the thought of tossing all of the perfectly useful sticks and then the light bulb went off. I could use them as a curtain rod in the girlie's bedroom. The white rod I was currently using just seemed to get lost on the pink wall. It was the perfect fix...quick and cheap, just the way I like it.

I used two willow sticks that were about the same length and attatched them together using twine.

I don't know about you, but I love willow sticks. I have them all over my house. There's just something about their whispy, curly branches. I love them even more now that I have tree in my backyard and they are free.

I actually left the rod holders up and used them to support the branches. Here's the end result. Not to shabby for a ten minute job. I really like the pop of color and texture.
Doesn't that little bird look right at home in the branches.
It looks better when you can see the room as a whole.

And, in other news, I am still working on the {British Invasion} Bedroom. It's a little slow going, but hopefully it won't be too much longer. I forget that I had this little gem when I posted about the room earlier.

I found this wall decal awhile ago at Target for $3 and completely forgot I had it. I am trying to come up with a new way to utilize it. I don't want to just stick it on the wall. I would love suggestions if you have any.

Stay tuned. I have some awesome projects planned if the kids will let me alone long enough to get to them.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Knock Yourself Out

Okay peeps, I'm giddy right now, giddy I tell ya.

I just came across a cool new blog, via a comment that was left under my zebra bust post. You all know that I am a sucker for a good knock off, right. Well, this blog is all about knock-off decor. That's why it's called Knock Off Decor. If you love a good knock as much as I do, you won't be disappointed. Besides, it featured my funky zebra and even posted that it is better than Anthro's version. What? I don't know about that, but...

So, if you've got some time to kill head on over to Knock Off Decor and prepare to be amazed and inspired.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pre-Teen Bedroom Revamp-It's in the works

Okay, so on to my next project...my pre-teen son's bedroom revamp.

Here's what it currently looks like. It's a little lacking and disorganized, especially since moving the little guy out and into the {his&her} bedroom .

Pretty sad, huh?...just like the dark side.

But before I go into it, let me take you on a little journey back to the year 1987. I was in the sixth grade and had the raddest {and rattiest} bangs. I was in Mrs. Wright's class and she had just assigned each student a different country for an upcoming oral report. I had been assigned England.


Needless to say, I was a little disappointed cause England is pretty much America, except with slightly more proper grammer, right? {consequently when I hear a true Brit speak now, it melts me like butta}.

I never woulda thunk that a 6th grade report would result in a lifelong fascination with the place. My life's dream is to someday visit the {mother country} and see all of the sites: Big Ben, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Abbey Road... And, if time allows, perhaps I'll don a period gown and run through the purple heath pretending to be Elizabeth Bennett...perhaps.

Then, afterwards, I will probably do a little family history work and see if I can't track down the graves of some deceased ancestors...and hopefully trace my line back to nobility.

After that I will treat myself to some authentic, English fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper of course. And please don't forget the vinegar. I think my taste for vinegar is an English trait passed down genetically...just like my nose.

Finally, the trip will conclude with an unexpected run in with Chris Martin {of Coldplay fame}. We will hit it of instantly. And after a few minutes of chatting he will invite me and Studly to a delicious {vegan} dinner with him and Gwynnie...and we will become fast friends...and...

Uh-hum, my apologies. Sometimes when I start thinking about it my imagination takes over. Back to the topic at hand...my pre-teens bedroom.

Not that I'm trying to force my interests on him or anything, but when I pitched the idea of a British Invasion themed room to him I made sure to talk it up real big. Plus when I told him we could incorporate some Beatles into the space he was sold. Yay!!! I don't know who's more excited, him or me? But it's going to be awesome!!!

Here are some ideas we've talked about as well as some fun inspiration pictures.

*Painting the bunk beds red...so as to emulate the red double decker buses you see all over London. I shall call it...a double decker bed.

*The Union Jack flag. Did any of you happen to see Miss Mustard Seed's union jack dresser. I {heart} that lady so much. I really wanted to incorporate the British flag somehow into the room, but wanted to make it more functional and interesting than displaying the actual flag. Her project was super inspiring.

*A Rock & Roll hall of fame...complete with all of my...I mean...the boy's, favorite British musicians: The Beatles, Coldplay, Muse, Morrisey, The Clash...

*Abby Road wall. The boy and I both love the Beatles. The idea is to paint only the silhouette's of John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing Abby Road. Now if I can just track down an overhead projector.

*An iconic red telephone booth. I have a couple of ideas rattling around the old noggin inspired by ths phonebooth. If I can figure out a way to translate them to real life it will be freaking AWESOME. Now if I could just convince Studly of the awesomeness.

And a few random pics just for inspiration's sake.

Picture from housetohome.co.uk

Picture from housetohome.co.uk

Check out this awesome 10 x 3 foot decal of the london bridge.I'm still not sure which ideas I will incorporate into the space yet, but I can hardly wait to get started.

And, as always, this project will be governed by a budget. Maybe I should leave that up to you guys. How much do you think I can complete this project for?

I guess we will see soon enough. Til then, seeya later. Or shall I say...pip, pip Cheerio?