Robert and Sol Living Room Inspiration

Grace and Frankie is one of my favorite shows to binge-watch. It is funny and endearing and the acting is fantastic. Also, the set design is so, so, good! I may have had to re-watch a few episodes that took place in Robert and Sol’s new house because I was so obsessed with the decor and missed important parts of the story. I thought it would be fun to design a space inspired by Robert and Sol’s new living room. Awesome, right? It gets even better. Since budgets are different for everyone, I also included a look for less version. On Friday I will share with you some of my favorite coffee table books that would be great included in these rooms. Have a great Wednesday!

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My Favorite Spring 2019 One Room Challenge Spaces

Did you have a chance to check out the final reveals for the One Room Challenge? I love following the six week transformations every spring and fall. Last fall was the first time I participated (you can see the final reveal here) and it was such a fun experience. I had hoped to participate in the spring challenge, but it just didn’t fit into my schedule. Today I want to share some of my favorite 2019 spring orc spaces. They are so good! The designers all did an amazing job.

This bright and cheerful space is a far cry from the dingy basements I’m used to. I love how the use of bright colors and fun artwork makes this an inviting space for all ages. The patterned tile in the bathroom is just enough to keep it interesting without being chaotic. I can’t get enough of this transformation!

This may just be my favorite gallery wall ever. Seriously. Everything about this space is farmhouse perfection. The stenciled floor is lovely and I love the green paint choice.

Outdoor spaces tend to be difficult to finish in the six week deadline, but this garden is finished and it’s GOOD. I’m a design nerd, so the space planning of this garden is my favorite part. It is laid out beautifully and every inch of space is put to good use. I’m also a sucker for a good looking sliding barn door.

This room is all about the correct use of pattern and texture. I love that it’s calm and soothing while still being visually interesting. A great room for two very adorable girls!

This space should get the award for most original and inspiring. It is magical and unforgettable. The lamps in the music room and the trees in the forest are my favorite parts.

You can check out all the featured designers in the ORC here.

You can check out all the guest participants in the ORC here.

Take Five: Breakfast Nook

I love a good breakfast nook. I am all about casual and comfortable so a breakfast nook is right up my alley. They conjure up images of slow mornings reading the newspaper while sipping orange juice and enjoying a good bagel or scone. The kitchen really does seem to be the heart of the home and I find that the best conversations and impromptu gatherings happen there. Here are a few that inspired today’s Take Five.

Don’t they look so cozy and inviting? Below are five very affordable pieces you can use to create or update your own breakfast nook.

I also chose pillows just in case you are lucky enough to have bench seating.

A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week 6

It’s reveal time! The six weeks flew by. There were a few hiccups along the way, but guess what? The room is officially done!

I wanted to turn an unused bedroom into a library/reading room for my three boys. The room had some undesirable aspects to it. It is 9 feet by 16 feet with a nonworking fireplace and a low ceiling. There was also a weird little unused space that wrapped around the chimney. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.

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Here is the finished room.

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Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

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There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked    last week    about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked last week about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

You may remember from    last week    that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

You may remember from last week that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

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There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

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All of the final reveal photos were taken by Megan from One Blue Eye Photography. She is amazing to work with and takes such beautiful photos. Thank you so much Megan!

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bookcase-made by Brady, billy the bass-vintage, marine figurines, wallpaper, lacing shoe, canvas baskets, chair-past season from Target, blanket, book ledges-made by Brady, rug, coffee table, stacking game, ceiling light, yellow recliner, wall hooks, rolling bin-made by Brady, police costume, superhero cape, sardine towel-H&M no longer available, sheepskin rug, sardina pillow H&M no longer available, denim cushions-made by me, wall lights, throw pillows-Home goods, dragon, fire, Narnia print, wood box-similar, jack-similar, hippo-TJ Maxx, reindeer, Copenhagen print, fairy door

paint colors: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Sherwin Williams Retreat for the walls and Sherwin Williams Cherry Tomato for the reading nook

Here are the links to all of the past weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5

Please check out all the other amazing transformations for the One Room Challenge over here.

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2018 Room Design for Kirsten

I received my first Pleasant Company (later became American Girl) catalog in 1986. I must have spent hours looking at that catalog over and over again. My favorite of the three dolls was Kirsten. Her name was similar to mine and she too had a Swedish heritage. I knew Kirsten and I were destined to be together. The dolls were $68 back then not including the beginning accessories, but I asked for her the following Christmas anyway. No such luck. I tried again the next year with the same outcome. I was not giving up though, and the following year I wrote out my list to Santa and made sure that the Kirsten doll was the cheapest thing I asked for. I knew Santa would have a hard time bringing me a horse and I was right. Kirsten and I were finally together. I loved that doll.

I thought it would be fun to show you how I would design a modern day bedroom inspired by the all-time best American Girl doll, Kirsten. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the next ORC post. It’s really starting to come together!

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