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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Barrett's Office

The picture above is one from a tv show that used to come on HGTV called "Debbie Travis: Facelift".  Barrett and I both loved the "colored geometry" on the wall and that became the inspiration for the decor in his office.

I modified the design concept since he had just painted his office and purchased an 8ftx4ft sheet of peg board from the Home Depot and some hardware to mount it.

I taped off the boarder and then the boxes, the holes in the peg board served as a chalk line would have to keep the boxes squared and even, then painted over with a coat or two of white paint.

After peeling off the tape, we mounted it to the wall with 6 washers and 6 screws.

Monday, April 13, 2009


This drum lamp shade from Serena & Lily I desperately wanted to buy and use for a ceiling fixture shade, but it's $238 price tag wasn't going to cut it.
I searched everywhere for an affordable drum shade in the nursery's color palette and had no success for any amount I was willing to pay, but I did find this shade at Pottery Barn that had sage green trim around the top and bottom and happened to be on clearance for $13.99.
I purchased more of the dark brown grosgrain ribbon from JoAnn's and some fabric glue, a light kit from the Home Depot turned the shade upside down and was able t achieve a  similar look to what I wanted at a fraction of the cost.

Harper's Nursery

This crib bedding by Serena & Lily inspired me to make Harper's bedding, one because I needed it in a different color palette, two because of the $500 price tag for a  crib sheet, bumper and crib skirt!

The damask print fabric was actually part of a  California King sheet set I ordered from for $39 plus $2 shipping, the large and small gingham fabric from, and ribbon from JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby.  I made the changing pad cover from towels I purchased at WalMart- one matching the wall color, the other a dark brown.

I had actually intended only to use the large gingham, but mistakenly order the small by mistake, so I used both of them to create the bedskirt, an additional crib sheet, the duvet cover for the comforter I purchased at Ikea and for the top of the curtain panel.

The shade came out of desperate search for a cheaper alternative to the original inspiration.

I was able to make a pillow case and a few throw pillows from the leftover fabric and ribbon.


The crib above was one that Barrett and I fell in love with while searching for crib bedding for Whittaker.  We had located a favorite online store with some great bedding and most of the pictures used this crib.  I contacted the store and found out it was a NettoCollection crib, found a store in Dallas with it's then $1500 price tag, got all the measurements and Barrett made our crib to look like the designer one for about $100.

One of the coolest things about this crib is the shelf on the bottom slides out on gliders and gives additional storage.  The crib is now priced at $1690, we spent $100 and have used it for 2 kids, I think we got the better deal.
Let me know what you think or if one of these ideas has inspired
you to try something out for your space or someone else's.