All posts tagged: Ikea

Before and After: A Laundry Room Reveal

Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful.  That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic? I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room. It really was this bad all by itself. With a pretty useless corner. And minimal storage. Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make. It was not a nice place to be. Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space.  A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside. Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference.  Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets.  I decided …

Before and After: A Happy Home Office

There’s really not much “before” to show in this room.  Just a very blah, small bedroom that was a toy dumping ground and hamster bedroom when we first moved into our house 4 years ago. When I started working from home, this seemed like the perfect spot for my  office.  My house is generally pretty neutral, but I wanted this room to be more fun and colorful – a really happy place to be. Here’s the space before. Awful, I know! But I knew this little nook had great potential as the perfect spot for a desk.  It’s a wonderful, sunny spot for work now. To help fill the space above the desk I sprayed the frames of some thrift shop cork boards white and covered the cork with handmade paper found at Luckett’s Store, an awesome, funky antique shop with lots of vintage treasures. Kitchen spice holders from Ikea (attached to a magnetic knife holder) are great for keeping small items contained and helping keep the desktop clear. These jade calendar blocks were always on my …

Have your window treatments expired?

Have you checked the expiration date on your window treatments lately? If you would use the words “swag”,  “jabot” or “balloon” to describe them, it’s probably time for them to go. Do they look anything like this: or this: or this: Did you move in and put some of these “temporary” shades on your windows for privacy and never get around to replacing them? Do you have mini blinds that look like this? Or vertical blinds that look like this? If so, then you are in need of new window treatments if you want to keep your home looking fresh and up to date. This is a really tough issue for a lot of people.  If you had draperies custom made for your windows you may have spent thousands of dollars.  The thought of taking them down is pretty painful.  But this is one of those things that can really make your home look dated and worn. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost thousands to replace old with new. Here are …