Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Paint Stick Wall Art

Every time I go into Home Depot, I grab a few paint sticks.  I figure I can never have enough.  My stash was pretty good so I decided it was time to do something with them.  I wanted to make some kind of wall art.  I saw this one a while back and was inspired to create my own using different materials.


I started out with a piece of foam board I had in the closet.  It was the perfect size for the wall I was using.  I had some regular paint sticks and four of the larger ones.


I placed them around the outside of my board to figure out the cuts I needed to make.


I cut the rounded sides off using my miter box.
 

After my frame was cut using the larger paint sticks, I began cutting the smaller ones.  I cut random lengths to fit into the frame.  I wanted a staggered look so there really was no measuring.
 

After all my cuts were made, I painted the pieces.  I used blue and green craft paint for my color scheme to match the decor already in the house.  Some of the pieces I left natural.  I painted the frame white for simpleness.  I used regular glue to attach the pieces to the board.
 


I hung it on the wall coming in from the garage.  I just used hot glue to attach a picture hanger to the back.


It's a nice pop of color when you walk in.  Have you done any art with paint sticks?



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Stylish Toy Storage

Sometimes it feels as though the kids' toys are taking over the house.  When my daughter was born, I told myself we would never had toys downstairs.  They would stay upstairs in their rooms.  Yeah well, fast forward to today with two kids.  Toys are downstairs and taking over.  It should have been obvious from the start their toys would end up in our living spaces.  I try to keep them corralled in one spot of the family room once the kids are done playing with them, but the bright green dinosaur doesn't exactly go with our decor.  I've come to the point where I need to store them in stylish ways.  I don't mind having the toys downstairs now, I just want to put away.  Some of the smaller toys are now in the leather ottoman that I hope to replace one day with a real coffee table.

Here are some toy storage solutions for keeping those toys put away but still having the family room, or any part of the house, look presentable.


 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HGTV Smart Home 2014

I'm a big of HGTV.  Who isn't?  Every year they come out with homes that are designed to the max and this year they are featuring a Smart Home.  It boasts the latest in technology with eco-friendly features and is energy efficient.  This new home was built in Nashville, TN.


Exterior - Beautiful!


Foyer - The hallway opens up to the dining room, great room, and master bedroom.


I love the blue door.


Dining Room - A big pop of red when you walk in the house.  The color red is supposed to increase the appetite.  Remember that next time you go to dinner at your favorite restaurant.



The sliding barn doors are a neat touch.  I like that you can shut the doors for privacy if you need to.




Butler's Pantry - I don't have a butler but this little nook is really nice.  It sits between the kitchen and the dining room.  It also has a built in stainless steel wine cooler.  I really like the light gray cabinets.


Kitchen - Very blue but very pretty.


Check out the breakfast bar with TV.  I could watch my favorite cooking shows while preparing our meals.  Yeah right! The shelves are so neatly organized.


Laundry Room - Again, I like the light gray cabinets.  I wish I had a sink in our laundry room.


Great Room - I like the blues around the room with the green accents thrown in.



Master Bedroom - Very neutral and pretty but a little too much of the same pattern for me.


I do like the sitting area at the foot of the bed.


Master Bathroom - It has the same color palette as the bedroom.


I do like the tile surround shower.


Basement Rec Room - I absolutely could live in this space.  I love the dark, open ceiling and bright accent colors.


It has a projector screen that retracts from the ceiling for movie watching.  I'll take two of those gray chevron chairs please.


Kid's Bedroom - They used warmer tones and woods to make it a more teen room.


The daybed against the window is a cool feature.  It provides extra sleeping for those overnight guests.


Kid's Bathroom


Kid's Den - Every kid needs this space right?  It's perfect for keeping the kids and their friends contained in one room.  I love the blue board and batten wall treatment.  It's the same blue as the kitchen cabinets.  There is also blue piping on the sofa.  The painting brings all the colors in the room together.  Hmmm, maybe we could pull this off in our loft.  Oh, honey...


Guest Bedroom - This room definitely has a calmer vibe than any other room in the house yet it is still fun and colorful.

 
Guest Bathroom - It has the same floor to ceiling black subway tiles as the kid's bathroom.


I think the designers did an awesome job with this house.  They came up with some great designs that I would have never thought to do.  My only concern is that the house only has three bedrooms.  With us having two kids, we are already out of space for an office or guest room. 

Could you see yourself living here?  Would you move if you won?  One lucky person wins the house, a Lincoln MKZ, and $100,000 cash.  A prize valued over $1,000,000!  What a nice vacation house it would be.

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