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October 15, 2009

project inspiration

I was trolling blogs yesterday for a bit and came across this awesome office re-do by Pearl Street Interiors on Abbey’s cute blog. I probably wouldn’t have reposted was it not for the wealth of DIY tutorials that came along with it. Mega inspiration.

She gives a tutorial on how to refinish two pieces of furniture in an extremely cost effective way. And, I’m more interested in these others, how to cover bulletin boards and how to make fabric window shades from your existing mini-blinds. I think I’ve gone to redecorating heaven.

We have mini blinds on every window in our house. They drive me insane but for whatever reason I’ve be able to live with them for the last 7 years. Look out mini-blinds. You’re about to be stripped to your skeleton and covered with fabric. Possibly this weekend.

And then there’s the bright red credenza/dresser thing and patterned cork boards. The credenza I’ll probably skip, but appreciate. Corkboards… you will be mine.

Also, I’ve always liked that Ikea rug… might be cute for baby’s room? I had a mini meltdown last night about our lack of space, our insane amount of stuff, and the impending introduction of lots more stuff into our life. Does everybody go through this when they’re about to have a baby? Brock reminded me that we could live in New York in a one bedroom apartment. True.

I’m desperately clinging to the idea that our house will remain and adult house, even with a baby. Tell me it’s possible.


  1. jora said on October 15, 2009

    Yes! It's possible to still have a grown up house with a babe! Just don't buy everything Babies R Us makes you think you need to buy. Get stuff as needed and as your baby likes (not every baby likes swings, for example). Also, try to only buy beautiful things that you won't hate looking at (wooden toys v. plastic, etc.) Buy "real" furniture too — it will go a long way in keeping you from feeling like you got lost in a Disney movie. :)

  2. Laura B. Mann said on October 15, 2009

    having a babe is a perfect excuse to redo everything about ur house u dont want to look at while nursing 12 hours a day. happy nesting.

  3. Noellen said on October 15, 2009

    Oh lord I hope it's possible to keep an adult house. I'm in the same situation as you and had EXACTLY the same freak out last weekend re: space (i'm 20 wks along w/ first and only 7 months married!). We are taking the approach of keeping things multi-functional. Like not getting a rocker/glide, but another comfy chair that we can eventually use in the living room later. etc etc. keep the crap at bay and you'll be fine (saying that as much for you as myself).

  4. Joslyn said on October 19, 2009

    i'm with Jora. it's possible, for sure…and yes, there are so many well made baby things out there that are also beautiful that they can actually add to the character of your house.

    the best thing we did in lieu of a traditional shower was ask for one big item from all our friends, they all pitched in toward our rocker rather than giving us lots of little things…

    simplicity is key…

  5. Mica Perez said on October 19, 2009

    Keep the faith, girlie! My mother had a VERY nice house of adult things. She made sure there were place mats that were for us kids and she bought a few more sturdy plates and bowls once my brother came along. And NEVER underestimate a child's reverence at an opportunity to use mommy's good china for a tea party. Best of luck!

  6. Sarah said on October 20, 2009

    That rug is adorable! Ikea? Hmm… I need a new rug… Do you happen to know what it's called? Thanks!

  7. A. said on October 20, 2009

    thanks for the link! I loved that re-do!

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