Decorative Knobs: Save vs Splurge

Add an upgrade! Deciding to revamp an old dresser or purchasing a simple and inexpensive dresser seems to be the trend among expectant mamas decorating a nursery on a budget — but that doesn’t mean that the end results we’ve seen don’t look like a million bucks!!!

Decorative knobs are the upgrade of choice for most — and they can turn an ordinary dresser into a fabulous one in the blink of an eye!

Save: Hobby Lobby carries a great selection of decorative knobs for an affordable price. All of the knobs shown here are just $3! {And yes! You can shop Hobby Lobby online!}

Splurge: I’ve been drooling for years over Anthropologie’s hardware, and their decorative knob collection is fabulous — but a bit pricey. The average price of a decorative knobs is $10.

* Big thanks to our Facebook fan Jill M. for the tip!

Keeping Things Organized in a Small Space {Guest Post}

The littlest people in the world have the most stuff! And whether you live in a tiny apartment or a large mansion, having kids leads to serious space issues and storage problems. So how do we keep all of their stuff from taking over the nursery and our homes?

I sought out advice from someone who knows a thing or two about living in small spaces with children. And who better than Peggy from Paul & Paula? She lives with her husband and 2 small children in Amsterdam, a city notorious for it’s small spaces.

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Hello everyone!

This is Peggy from Paul & Paula and I am very excited to be here today.

I am a mother of a 1 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. Together with my husband we live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Nicole asked me if I could write something about storage and how to keep things tidy.

The first thing I can tell you is that it is nice to have storage boxes or baskets however, the more you have or the bigger they are, they will always be full.

How this happens I have no idea! But the moment you buy a new storage box – it will be full in a matter of seconds.

We live in Amsterdam, a city famous for small houses and even though we are lucky to live in a big apartment I am careful to not let the toys take over.

So how do I keep things organized? Here are my tips for keeping the clutter at bay.

  • Do not tidy up once a day but all the time. We finished with one game; we bring it back to its place. The train set goes back into its box when not being played with and when little brother pulls out all the books from the shelf I put them back as soon as I can.
  • Get the kids to help. Your kids have a “special request” like watching a DVD or having a cookie? Take the opportunity to ask them to tidy up first. Normally that works very well.
  • Go through the toys frequently. We have 2 kids who play with different toys and just recently I got rid of all the baby toys because nobody plays with them anymore. If anything is broken, it’s gone.
  • Limit soft toys. You might not agree with me but soft toys can take a very good amount of space and somehow you end up with tons of them as soon as you have your first child. We did not keep them all. No, we did not. They never get played with. We donate them.
  • Keep small toys in closed containers. I keep things like marbles and Playmobil pieces in extra containers and boxes so I’m sure they do not end up in baby’s mouth and we do not lose them.
  • Everything has it’s place. We do have assigned boxes for baby toys, dressing up gowns, blocks and the like… and the books always go back on the shelf, all craft supplies back into their box. It really helps to have things on hand when needed (especially when your child is demanding something particular at THAT moment) and things don’t break so quick as well.
  • Storage should be accessible to the kids. Make sure these boxes are easy to reach for the children so they can help you keep things organized. If you put them up high you will be the only one to tidy up.
  • Keep shoes in a box. We have a shoe box just for the kids. First thing when we come home, shoes off and in the box. Works really good and even the little one knows where to find his shoes. {we do this too and it REALLY helps}
  • Keep things off of the floor. Behind the kids’ room door we installed hooks to hang coats and backpacks. Everybody knows where to put and find their jacket.
  • Categorize clothing. Kids clothes are arranged by items. And for little things like socks and underwear I use boxes from kids shoes to keep everything in place.
  • Maximize storage. Of course, we have a unit under the bed used for extra bedding and blankets.

Storage solutions we use in our house:

1. INBYN from Ikea. Nice looking storage box that fits perfectly in our living room.

2. LIDAN  from Ikea. Normally designed for bathroom storage but I like the light colour, soft and flexible texture and that you can wash it.

3.Giant LEGO Brick Storage Boxes {Made by LEGO exclusively for STORE}. They’re fun and really encourage the kids to help me pick up. Read more about them here.

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Thank you so much for reading and having me over. I hope you liked my little “tidy with kids” moment.

Happy day everyone!

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Design Dilemma: Choosing a Color Scheme for Boy/Girl Twins Nurs

Kirsty, a Facebook fan, expressed some difficulty choosing a color scheme for her nursery. She’s having mixed gender twins and can’t settle on a color for the walls.

I offered to help.

* I’ve also put together this Boy and Girl Twin Nursery design board using the same color scheme.

Details below.Read More...

Design Dilemma: Painting Not Allowed

If you are or have ever been a renter you know that many landlords prohibit painting the walls of their apartments.

And if you’re anything like me, you can’t stand the sight of white walls for too long.

As a life-long renter, I’ve discovered ways to get around this.

1- Decals.

Large scale wall stickers or smaller decals that form a bigger picture have definitely been my go-to resources in the past. You can stick them up and peel them off whenever you need to. No glue. Hassle-free repositioning.

The wall stickers in the image above are fabric decals by Pop & Lolli.

2- Temporary Wallpaper.

That’s right!

TEMPORARY WALLPAPER!

Tempaper is a vinyl coated self adhesive wallpaper. Printed using the traditional technique of intaglio copper plate engraving brings a classic look and feel to the finished product.

I’m in love.

3- Fabric.

You can’t paint…

But no one said anything about upholstered walls.

No drills necessary.

Pick a beautiful fabric (or tablecloth or bed sheets) and cover your walls without damaging them. All you need is starch and a paint roller.

Wash your fabric beforehand in order to prevent the color from bleeding all over the walls. Roll starch on the walls. Place fabric. Roll over fabric with starch.

Complete details here.

wall decals, nursery decor, wall stickers

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Design Advice: Reader Q & A

From time to time, our readers reach out to us with design questions. And we can’t tell you enough how flattered we are when we receive your emails!

Today’s design conundrum is from Candace. She writes:

I love your site and look at it often for ideas.

Here’s my problem.  I do not have much decorating sense and am trying to put together a gender neutral nursery that we will add to after baby is here.  I have a dark walnut stained crib and have the green elephant bedding that is shown in Ean’s Modern Nursery (May 30th). I am planning to paint the walls green or at least one accent wall, but am hoping to find a soothing green that will complement as opposed to a green that is bright.

I also am hoping to update a 3-drawer dresser that was in my husband’s house as he was growing up.  It has some character and is currently stained a yellowish color.  I would like to paint it so I don’t have to sand  it completely, but am wondering what color to go with.  I am not sure that I want to do white, but don’t necessarily feel I need to match the crib either.  Any suggestions?

Thank you so much,
Candace

Picking a paint color for your nursery is always the hardest part, in my opinion. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in there and you need a color that is going to make you feel comfortable.

I’ve selected three different greens that would be perfect for an accent wall in Candace’s nursery. She mentions that she is looking for a green that’s soothing but not bright and I think all three of these fit the bill.

  1. Marsh Fern 420D-4 by Behr.
  2. Hidden Meadow 410B-5 by Behr.
  3. Bamboo Leaf 410B-7 by Behr.

As for painting the dresser, go bold! When you have multiple pieces of furniture that don’t match, don’t waste your time trying to make them match. Embrace the mismatch and make it work for you!

I found these three colorful dressers for some inspiration.

  1. Paint the exterior of the dresser white and paint the front of the dresser drawers blue. The color blue is not just for boys anymore! It’s soothing and it goes well with most colors. The dresser pictured here was a DIY project over at A Blog of Inspiration by Tanya Wood.
  2. I love the lacquered finish of this dresser! This piece has a mirror finish and an extremely hard clear coat that makes it practical for every day use. A bold green, a bright blue or a muted yellow would be excellent color choices for this paint job.
  3. Paint your dresser brown and add a splash of color on the faces of the drawers. You could also choose to cover the faces of the drawers with decorative paper and some Mod Podge {Take a look at this tutorial. It’s not for a dresser but it will give you a basic idea of what you need to do}.

Hopefully Candace will find these tips helpful!

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