A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: …

A Graphic Light Box and a Mid-Century Dresser: Turning the Kids’ Shared Bedroom into a Boy’s Room

I’ve made a few updates to the kids’ room I made over last Spring. We had them sharing the space for a year or so, but now we’ve moved the wee one into her own room and this room is inhabited solely by our seven-year-old son. It didn’t take much to make it his rather than theirs. The first thing was to move one of the beds out. That wall felt really unbalanced once it was gone, but moving the bookcase over there totally fixed the problem. I’ll probably change out… View Post

How to DIY a Waney/Live Edge Desk

How to DIY a Waney/Live Edge Desk

Our bedroom has built-in cabinets either side of a Velux window. They’re handy for storage, but they were a catch-all for clutter. I felt like they were crying out to be better utilised. I wanted to add a big piece of wood to the top and turn it into a desk and vanity area, ideally with a live edge (also called a waney edge), where the natural edge of the wood slab isn’t squared off. Naively, I thought it would be pretty straightforward – find wood, put on top. Done. Where… View Post

#LDF16: Decorex Discoveries

#LDF16: Decorex Discoveries

I spent most of last week exploring London Design Festival. It was a tad overwhelming but incredibly inspirational. I didn’t get to half the stuff I wanted to see, but I will share the highlights for the bits I did see. Decorex is first up. If you’re not familiar, Decorex is a huge design show with a focus on luxury interiors. I spent four hours there and was practically running around at the end trying to squeeze it all in before I had to leave. I listened to a panel… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 3: DIY Upholstered Beds with …

One Room Challenge Week 3: DIY Upholstered Beds with Nail Head Trim

We’re in week three of the One Room Challenge, and I have finally finished off the kids’ beds that I started upholstering months ago. See my progress so far here: Week 1 // Week 2 This is not my first rodeo with upholstering beds – I hacked an Ikea one here too. These are a little more technical than that one, but still pretty straightforward. I spent a while searching for bed frames that had straight lines and no foot board, and were cheap (we’re on a budget here, people).… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 2: Wall Decals in Shared …

One Room Challenge Week 2: Wall Decals in Shared Kids Room

I’m an overly-excited linking participant in the One Room Challenge. Last week I shared my mood board for the kids’ room and a couple of ‘before’ photos: I actually put the decals and the shelves up a couple of months ago, which I shared when I made this DIY poster frame (which will definitely get rehung – it’s too low but the nail was already in the annoyingly dense brick wall). I bought the decals from this Etsy seller, but when they arrived they were bigger than I was expecting, so I cut… View Post