First, thanks for all the love on Munch's previous and current bedroom so far! I am so glad you guys are so supportive and positive :)
I've mentioned the overpriced and pointless, yet tiny and cute, toys popular among young girls called Shopkins. I've also mentioned how Munchface loves them. Well, once we finalized the paint and developed an inspiration board, I wanted to continue with incorporating the kid's design ideas into her room. As we unpacked, the kid was excited to pull out her Shopkins toys. I know what you're thinking and yes, that is all she does when she "plays" with the toys. I watched as she pulled them out and lined them up. After about 10 minutes of talking about them, she tossed them into a pile and walked away. Annoyed, I returned to my bedroom, vowed I'd never spend a dollar on another silly Shopkin and (almost on queue) the kid came in and plopped on the bed with a request.
"Mom, can you make me something to put my Shopkins up on the wall. They're so cute and I like seeing how many I have."
I reminded myself of the commitment to incorporate her ideas so I (reluctantly) agreed and, despite rolling my eyes at the thought of tacky toys as decor, I set out to find cute storage options. All of the super cute storage options were also super expensive. I already pay more than I'd prefer for the tiny toys, I was not about to spend a lot trying to display them. On a shopping trip to Goodwill, I saw a buffet drawer liner. A buffet is usually kept in or around the dining room table; the top drawer holds the fancy silverware. The best part? The drawer insert was priced at a whopping $2! It was cheap and its solid wood construction made it a go for me.
I bought it and Z was convinced I was crazy until I explained that we would use the same neutral color to create an affordable Shopkins shelf for her room. She was so excited that she insisted we hurry home and get to work.
The rain didn't stop her; she painted inside!
You can see the coverage. It took two coats to get the coverage I wanted.
Munch was focused and did a great job painting. Once it dried, I used Command strips to hang it. Once on the wall, we sorted her Shopkins by color and fell in love with the look. I thought seeing the toys would make it more likely Munch would play with them. NOPE.
She still had little desire to actually play with the toys. Months later, I realized I was super excited when Lea played with the toys. Seriously, it was so cute and exciting to see them get some use. Can you see in the photo above how the shelf appears to blend into the wall? Can you also see the horizontal stripes painted on the wall?
Here are some tips for creating a faux built-in or Shopkins display shelf.
1. Use the same wall color to paint the shelf. Collections pop more when the display mechanism is able to disappear into the wall.
2. If you decided to paint the piece and you decide to use the same color, consider using a different gloss.
3. If the collection is not a feature item for the room, consider the use (type, frequency, etc.) and adjust its location accordingly. I placed the Shopkins shelf low enough for Mumch to access her toys quickly. I also provided a fur stool for her to sit and play beside the shelf.
We love how it turned out and Munch loves how she is able to see some of her favorite things everyday. Allowing the kid to have a say in the overall design gave her ownership and appreciation for the space.
To clarify, when I say style, I mean the kid has the nerve to have an opinion on the clothes I buy to put on her body. For example, she chose that outfit in the photos above all by herself. She matched the tank underneath with the laces on her Converse. She added the cheetah print headband all by herself... it wasn't one of the planned outfits for the photo shoot but it accurately documents her style at the moment so I wasn't annoyed when the photographer snapped these on our way out. Islanders, as hard as it was to face that she no longer wears *gasp* bows and doesn't care to wear dresses to school, I have learned to appreciate her style.
When we were preparing to move, Munch didn't want to leave her beautiful and large bedroom.
She chose a Paris theme for her room after falling in love with a pair of lamps at Hobby Lobby. I went with the flow and created a space we both were happy with. You can read more about here.
With a move to a smaller room upon her, Munch wasn't nearly as upset as I thought she would be. She told me often that she loved her old house and that she will miss her old room but as the date neared, she grew excited. We finished packing her decor for her room and we were headed to Target for some popcorn and packing tape. Suddenly, Munch grew very serious and asked if she could tell me the truth about something.
"Mom, I just want a kid room. I like my other room but I just want a fun room. I want it to be colorful and fun and filled with kid stuff."
Girl. If you say kid or fun one more time... I'm sorry, Islanders. What did this chick just say? Did she not recall the fabulosity that was her bedroom? Did she not know how long I searched for each piece? My mind was foggy and I was unable to focus as she excitedly strolled the aisles of the kid bedding section in Target. She squealed and reached for something as I felt myself waking up out of my shock... the fog faded.
"MOM! This is it! I want THIS in my room!"
She reached for a sheet set. It was covered in flamingos. FLAMINGOS?! Could this be any more opposite from our previous design? Flamingos? Whatever. I bought the sheets. Consider it a commitment to myself to make this happen. In less than a year from its completion, the big girl room would be completely redesigned... to be filled with kid stuff. Kid stuff?!
We sat down and we discussed her ideas. I listened to her main points for the design:
I let her rattle off the colors she wanted and I set out to make it chic in the room inspiration board:
Gold fun accents, bold colors, the flamingo prints, I wanted the space to feel like a tropical escape while meeting her requirements to be filled with kid stuff. I would allow her to showcase some of her favorite things but first I needed her approval because I won't be doing this ish again in a few months.
I was finished. I showed my little client and she told me it was perfect... that I got it just right. Next step was settling on the paint color for the top floor and then came the room layout.
Maybe I was going to like this kid stuff after all...
Munch's new room is fabulous. I've shared a few images here and there but I am very excited to finally share some of the details. We have started 2017 with a mission to update Munch's wardrobe because she has grown so much... in all areas. Yo, nobody warned me about the things that grow on little girls... nobody... I know what you're thinking and I know I was once a little girl but still. I'm struggling to remain composed but every time I look at her, I notice something else has 'sprouted.' It's frikkin' awkward and I will prob wind up sharing the roller coaster of emotions that comes with a pre-pre-teen and with being the mom of a pre-pre-teen. Anyhoo, I digress. My kid is ten years old and she wears a size 12. Her legs are longer than I planned for them to be so donating clothes and refreshing her wardrobe and telling her to wear boots with certain short pants and purchasing under garments... and purchasing NEW under garments and deodorant and then STRONGER deodorant... UGH. I need a moment.
You get my point. Sorting clothes means I've spent some time in her new room. I realize the space, while it is much smaller than her old room, functions very well. She loves her space. Heck, I love her space. We both enjoy it but it hasn't always been that way.
Normally, I share all the details leading up to and through the holiday. Normally, I share decor and gifts and games and everything. This year was different. This year, I sat back and enjoyed my holiday break. It was refreshing and relaxing and, as much as it was the same, it was different... in a great way. We spent Christmas morning with family. I gave MaseFace his gifts and they were a hit. LITERALLY!
Christmas morning turned to afternoon at my brother's house and folks made plans to head to my place for the annual spaghetti dinner. Oh, I decorated. The entire house was beautiful.
The decor started outdoors where my lovely wreath made its debut. I made the wreath using flocked greenery (the term used to describe the faux snow look on artificial garland or greenery) as the base for the design and I loved it so much I decided to bring the flocked look inside in the form of garlands.
We had some awesome ideas and crafts this year.
Speaking of crafts, the craft room tree? It was gorgeous!
Nobody has a moment to spare this time of year. We've all got never-ending lists of things to do before the holiday and the new year. Today, I'm sharing a few decor ideas that take about 5 minutes to pull together.
1. Make Gift Wrap Frames
I didn't get a good picture of the wall and I'm sorry but the photo above doesn't do it justice. For the youth holiday fellowship, I used Dollar Tree frames and scrap pieces of wrapping paper to create easy artwork.
You can replace photos with wrapping for the Christmas season or any special occasion!
2. Hang Printed Gift Boxes
Yep, the boxes that come in packs of 2 or 3 make great wall decor. I found, individually, I preferred certain designs over others but, when hung altogether, they all look great in a gallery wall design.
I taped the ready-made clothing boxes to the wall to continue the overall feel of gift boxes in the space. It adds dimension and with a simple strip of tape across the top, it will hang securely and fabulously.
3. Hang a Wreath in an Unexpected Manner or Location
You can buy a ready-made wreath or keep it simple with a plain wreath. Whatever you do, get one and hang it. It's easy to do and provides instant 'spirit.' If you're looking to spruce things up, consider hanging your wreath in unexpected places or in a unique way. Remember when Munch made the Halloween B-O-O wreath using Dollar Tree wreath forms and foam core board?
What if you hung J-O-Y using the same technique? Also, try hanging wreaths over mirrors or cabinets for added texture and visual interest.
4. Use Peppermint
Add peppermint to a dish, buy a pack of candy canes and place them in a jar or.
Voila. You're holiday festive on a budget and with minimal effort.
These ideas are great for anyone. They work for the person who has a house full of over-the-top decor but is looking to fill a specific space with some unique decor. They work for the host of a holiday event on a budget. They especially work for the person who doesn't have interest or time to decorate but who would like to spruce up their front door or entry area. If this is you, consider taking 5 minutes and a few bucks to bring some holiday cheer into your home!