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Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

I took some time a couple of weeks ago to put some finishing touches on Calvin's room and, while I did that, I added a few Christmas decorations. I finally swapped out the brass curtain rod with this matte black single curtain rod from Birch Lane.  This one is pretty heavy duty just in case someone thinks it's a good idea to hang on the drapes.  My boys generally don't do that sort of thing,  (read more …)

“Created by Dreamers”

A few months ago, I reviewed a mattress from Leesa.  It was a foam mattress that comes in a box, delivered to your door.  I'm a big fan of a foam mattress, but not everyone is, so Leesa figured out a way to get springs inside a mattress that can still be compressed, fit in a box, and delivered to your door. Their new luxury mattress is called Sapira. The box was sitting in the living room for  (read more …)

DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)

Furniture for the Family Room & Calvin’s Room

A few days ago, I shared the new arrangement in our family room as well as the progress on Calvin's room.  I said I would give all of the details on the new pieces of furniture and this post is making good on that promise! Now, I admit, furniture stores have never been my thing.  Give me a flea market, antique store, thrift shop or yard sale!  That's where most of my pieces have been found and  (read more …)

progress in Calvin’s room…

We made some real progress in Calvin's room the past couple of weeks.  As a reminder, we're transitioning our guest room into a room for our youngest son, Calvin.  He's ready to have everything done right now, but I've been trying to teach him that good rooms aren't rushed together.  It's about collecting just the right items and that can take time. With the addition of a desk, bean bag chair,  (read more …)

The trials of decorating for an 8-year-old boy

Decorating for kids is hard.  I'm learning that as I'm working with my eight-year-old on transforming the guest room into his room.  We have conversations about it that go something like this... "So, let's talk about your room, bud, and how you would like it to look." "Okay." "What colors would you like?" "Ummm... Red, green, black, gray, orange, blue.  And some yellow." "Hmm.  Okay.  How  (read more …)

artwork for Calvin’s room

I remember a conversation I had with Jeanne Oliver a few years ago.  We were talking about art and the classes she offers through her website.  At the time, she was offering a painting class that was based on copying the work of masters.  I remember not knowing quite how to feel about that...a class that is encouraging a student of art to copy the work of someone else.  Isn't that a no-no? Well,  (read more …)

guest room to boy’s room

My boys have been sharing a room from the point when my youngest, Calvin, was sleeping through the night.  They are 19 months apart and both boys, so it's just made sense to have them share a room. Now that they are nine and almost eight, I'm seeing that they are both craving their own space.  Since they have the same interests and are so close in age they pretty much share everything.  While  (read more …)