Remember the faux-door moulding we created in our New York apartment? We used used a combination of crown moulding and miter cuts to add a little architecture. (You can see the “after” behind Hudson in this photo, and the “before” here.)
R and R Designworks, on Etsy, has created an inexpensive DIY kit that seems like a terrific, alternative solution.
They’ll work with you on walls, too. I’d love to see someone with the proper style of home go all out and do something like this…
P.S. More photos of our NY apartment; and our current bedroom and kitchen.
[Photos from top: HitherandThither/RandRDesignWorks/West Elm/West Elm/Ewering/ArchiExpo]
I knew as soon as we moved into our house that I wanted to track Hudson’s growth on a wall or door-frame. But I’m not 100% positive that this will be the home we live in all of the years he’s under our roof. I looked at a lot of options for wall-mounted growth charts, thought of making my own, and landed on Baum-Kuchen’s Life’s Journey Measuring Stick. We’ve tacked it up on the inside of his closet door, so that it hangs vertically, but you could even lay it out on the floor to measure each month or year and then fold it back up to safely store.
Yesterday, when I told Hudson “You’re 21 months old today!” he knew just what to do. I couldn’t believe it! He ran over to the door-frame, backed up against it, and waited for me to place a book on his head. He tried to steal my Sharpie (frightening thought), which made me think I must have let my hand slip. But no, in fact he grew roughly another inch last month!
Slow down, kiddo!
[top photos via Baum-Kuchen; bottom from my iPhone]
We just potted our Snake plant and I love how easy-to-grow and architectural it is. I just saw that West Elm’s blog, Front & Main, featured one the other day.
What are your favorite houseplants? Also, we just picked up these beautiful Case Study planters by Modernica from Room & Board. Does anybody have a good source for straight-sided black and white pots like these (or like these ones by Architectural Pottery)? We keep getting outbid on Ebay—it’s incredible how expensive they can be!
No Friday links, but here are some travel posts I wrote for Babble this week, if you’re interested:
Just Say “NO” to Pre-boarding!
Crewcuts Vacation Shop
Inspiring Wanderlust and Global-awareness in Your Kids
The Worst Aged Child to Fly With?
Maptote for Kids
Also, our Ikea Chair-hack was featured on iVillage!
Have a great weekend!
We’re starting to hang more things on the walls. (Very, very slowly. I tend to prefer lean decoration and it takes me a long time to commit.) It would easier if gorgeous, large-scale photographs–like those ones above–weren’t so darned out of reach.
I’ve been noticing a trend toward natural wood frames these past few years; the fashion seems to have gone from black to white to, now, light wood. Have you noticed this, too?
I asked Victoria where she got hers (pictured on those amazing, custom shelves above) and of course Ikea has discontinued them. Anyone know a good source?
[Photos: (top) Chinese Jesus; (bottom left) SF Girl By Bay (bottom right) Apartment Therapy]
I swore I wasn’t going to buy an Ikea office chair. I was going to scour the web for some vintage Eames beauty or something like that. But darnit if that Ikea siren song didn’t call: “simple, comfortable, modern… affordable…” And you can walk out the door with it the day you need it.
I really do think the Patrik Swivel chair is all of those things. Up top, at least. But its base could look better.
Rustoleum’s Metallic spray paint in Brass is the best gold. I love how it turned out, and it couldn’t have been easier: because it’s Ikea, the base is already apart from the chair and ready for painting!
I can’t wait to show you how our Vitsoe-inspired office shelves turned out.
P.S. Other home improvement posts you may have missed: house numbers, a fresh bed, and new lighting.