Post from Apartment Therapy with a sneak peek of the kids rooms from the new catalog. Features some pretty cool (cheap and easy) DIY projects.
When we moved in our Swiss chalet the bedroom was the first room I put together and it stayed my favorite room in the house for quite a bit.
Then this summer I became displeased with it and decided I needed to lighten it up a bit. It was too dark, formal and cave-like.
Someone please take the gold contact paper away from me!
This is a little embarrassing. I’m afraid my husband will think I’ve gone bonkers (he certainly knows better than saying that to a woman three days away from her due date, but it doesn’t mean he’s not thinking something along those lines.)
Still there’s nothing better than a little creative project to spend an afternoon, and I liked this picture I found on Pinterest so much (originally from the awesome finnish blog pinjacolada) that I had to make it my own.
Same as the polka-dot door project, but this time I just measured the length of the drawer, then calculated how many circles I needed and simply cut them in half to achieve the scalloped effect.
Sorry for the lame explanation. I’m sure you could have figured this out just as well just by looking at the first picture!
As of yesterday, the nursery is all finished. A good thing, since my due date is only 5 days away.
So I thought I’d put together the trends that inspired me the most and got me all excited in the making of.
Here we go!
3. Reading nooks: is there anything more inviting? Ikea shelves.
A while ago I bought some gold contact paper. I didn’t know what to do with it until yesterday.
Here is the result!
I didn’t have a circle cutter so I just traced a 3 inch circle on the back of the contact paper using a glass, and hand-cut the circles. It was very relaxing. Then I randomly stuck the contact paper circles on the door and smoothed them over using a credit card. Et voilà!
Yesterday we went on a little Ikea trip to buy a few things we needed for baby.
I’m not an Ikea nut for nothing: you can’t beat their prices on basic items. For example why does a baby bathtub cost 10 francs (about 10 dollars) at Ikea and 40 at the baby store?
We also don’t have all those great stores you find in the US here: no Crate & Barrel, no Pottery Barn. Nope. It’s just us and good old Ikea, where at least you can always count on finding some cute, cheap stuff. You also can’t beat some of their genius solutions, like the Ribba shelves to create a reading nook or that Portis hanger if you don’t have a closet.
Anyways, spring has been a bit of a stranger around here, but I still wanted to give a little jolt to our interiors. Nothing drastic, but just switching textiles can be a big help in lightening up, especially if you live in a loft/mountain chalet like we do.
I loved the cozy feel we had through the winter, achieved by using warm and nordic colors and textures such as velvet and knit wool.
But now I’m ready to introduce lighter colors and materials and playful, modern prints for spring and summer. Here is what I bought. Hope it all works together!
As always I’ve collected images that inspire me in decorating a room, and then let things take their course. I don’t ever really have the energy, budget or concentration necessary to stick to a precise project. Plus, I firmly believe that each house/room in the house has a personality of its own. My goal is just to let it emerge.
That said, we all need guidance! Here are some of my favorite images. The central inspiration board is from lay baby lay.
Since posting the last pictures of the nursery I’ve started to add some gold touches: pillows, knobs, a picture frame. I can’t wait for this scalloped gold glitter garland from Etsy to arrive…
Oh, and one last project was reusing the “just married” banner from our wedding and turning it into the word “dream”.