Sunday, January 31, 2016

Before and After: Shared Kids Room


Just a quick before and after of the kids room.  Find more on decor: Click Here



Monday, January 18, 2016

Three Sample Illustrations

Here are a few illustrations that I had hanging around.  They were a sample illustrations for a potential client.  The story behind the pictures is proprietary but the drawings seemed like too much fun not to post.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gold Polka Dots & Decals

Everyone's doing it.
Everyone's getting dottie. ♥

Polka dot decals are so much fun for a kids room.  While looking for nursery decor, it was everywhere. I was especially drawn to the metallic ones, but there are so many options out there right now.

Project Nursery

Trendy Peas

Hayes Etc.


Polka Dot Wall Stickers

Aren't they just fabulous?  Whimsical with a strong presence.  Perfectly paired with bright or soft colors, just ideal.  I love that they can be placed perfectly spaced or with abandon, in a random pattern.  Either way works great.

When trying to figure out my younger kids shared room, I struggled trying to tie the themes together. She is an 8 year old girl and he is a baby boy.  She likes horses and pink and he likes...well, blue and boy stuff to be determined.  One thing that I found in common was the light, seafoam blue that they each had in their bed spreads. 

Painting one wall light blue and keeping the others a khaki color, we added some Ikea leaf decals and printed some gold dottie decals on our sticker machine.  (I know, not everyone has a vinyl cutter but ours was leftover from our skate shop owning days and it comes in handy now and then.  You can easily buy the dotted decals right now, they are all over the web.) The gold decals we placed in a free form pattern.  Keeping them about 6" apart, eyeballed of course, at the top and gradually ending with them spaced about 12" apart at the bottom.  I wanted to have them look like they were falling and mingling with the leaves on the wall.

The furnishings are a mix of pieces.  Curtain rod is a piece of conduit and the curtains are paint drop clothes, making them a super cheap and airy window covering.  The crib was gifted and is on it's third, yes third, life. Headboard and side table are vintage; used by myself, my mother and also my grandmother.  Small shelves are IKEA, rug is from Hobby Lobby (don't forget to use the 40% off coupon).  Green cabinet on opposite wall is a scratch and dent from Sundance Outlet and little chair is IKEA.  My daughters bedding set is from Target and my son's crib bedding from The Land of Nod, making it the most expensive thing in the room.  

The result is magical and gender friendly.  A perfect place for a princess to grow or a royal prince to gaze upon.  It is my new favorite place in the house. ♥

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Playroom Cabinet Redo

While creating a play space for the kids, I ran into the above shaker door beauty at our local Habit for Humanity Store, which I love by the way.  It really is a hit or miss shopping experience, but I have run into some gorgeous rehab-able things there.  From some Anthropologie inspired lamps (I should've bought them when I saw them) to modern cubes or even our gorgeous drum light find. It has some incredible finds underneath piles of junk...all it takes is a little imagination and a good eye.

This cabinet had layers of contact paper attached that had to be sanded off and we added an extra sheet of wood over the laminate top to make it easier to paint.  After all the wood filling, refilling and sanding, I was able to try my first Annie Sloan project.  I had previously mixed my own chalk paint and although the finished result was good, the Annie Sloan paint is hands down worth the price difference for ease of use.  There are tons of tutorials online so I won't go into all that, but I must say that it is as fabulous as everyone says.  

I used the Old Violet Chalk Paint color and added both the light and dark wax on this piece.  I have come to love this solid wood cabinet and it can surely handle anything that three kids and all their friends can throw at it!


My sisters and I live away from each other and we feel the distance daily.  My favorite times are when we all get together and luckily, we succeed a few times a year. These times are crucial for me.
I cherish the moments that we have spent together with children running at our feet as we giggled the time away, talking and sharing what else, recipes and sisterly advice.  We have shared, among other things, what has cultivated our home lives, each so different from the other.  These days, with bigger kids and what seems like more distance apart, there are some of the same constants in our visits, the children, the giggling and the sharing.
With that thought in mind, I created a recipe site,  The site was designed for us to collaborate with each other but I also wanted a place where people who know us could find the recipes so very much requested.  What has really surprised me though, was the interest that the older kids have shown toward the site.  It seems that they have cherished memories of our time spent together and the food that accompanied it as well.
My heart swells when my 14 year old son (who has had little interest in cooking, other than eating it) asks his Auntie to post her apple dip recipe or when he asks to add his grill cheese recipe to the site, so his cousins can enjoy it as well.   It continues to swell when my eight year old daughter talks proudly of the crepe recipe she contributed that was able to impress the Aunties during their last visit.
It seems this site was a long time coming and will hopefully continue to nurture those who have come to love what cooking has become for us.  It is more than just bodily nourishment, but also nourishment of our families love for each other.
So, I share with you now,, where only the best family approved recipes are shared, with each other and now...with you.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Illustration on Photographs

I have a great project that I am working on.  I'm so excited.  It's something that I have been wanting to do for a while and I found the perfect medium/process for it.  A visual playground that mixes the real with the imagination.  
Inspired by the artist behind, Johan Thornquist, I have been re infused with creative drive.
While I continue to be elusive about the project, please enjoy my inspiration and his work!

The above photo is obviously after the filter has been added and the illustration too.  I ♥ them.  So moody and whimsical.  Just the inspiration that I need for my project! Here are some more of the creatively enticing before and after's. 

Here are a few more artists who are using this process to bring their photographs to life. 

Doodle Mosters by Ryan Boyle

Friday, January 8, 2016

Milenium Falcon Artwork

I don't know about you, but we are big Star Wars fans in this house.  This year, for DH birthday, I surprised him with this beauty.
Star Wars 
"12 Parsecs" by Jeremiah Kille 

His childhood friend, Jeremiah Kille, painted this and it is hanging in a famous gallery, White Walls in SF.  I loved it so much, I ordered a print for Rob.  Here it is at home on our wall.

Funny thing, he ordered this one for the house earlier this December, also in the SF White Walls showing.  I can't wait for this one to be framed and displayed next to the "12 Parsecs" print.

Star Wars 
"The Great Migration" by Jeremiah Kille 

Did I tell you that we loved Star Wars?  Yep, big fans.  So fun to honor the "inner nerd" that creates our family dynamic.  Hey, didn't you know?  Geek is Chic!

Disney World 2015

Disney World 2015

I highlighted Jeremiah previously on this blog, find more of his art here:
Jeremiah Kille Post