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ENTRY / MUDROOM / HOOK-NOOK, REFRESH

There is a lot of “dump and go” that goes on during our days. We come home, dump all the stuff from the car in a pile, grab new stuff and go to the next activity, errand, or adventure. I feel super lucky to have a space full of hooks and storage that’s also hidden enough to keep the piles from being eyesores most of the time. But for a room that we use all day everyday, it was starting to feel a little blah and cluttered and in need of refreshing. So that’s what we did and here is how it turned out!

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1. HELLO MOOSE — The space shares a wall with our very gray and navy family room so I wanted to keep things simple enough to coordinate but  whimsical enough to mesh with all the kid accessories and tote bags in the hook side of the pony wall. A white moose head seemed like a good idea, simple solution and was (and is) on sale!

2. PRAY HARD sign — Inspired by a dislike for the thermostat and desire to hide it, a DIY by my talented friend at HEN & CO and a old sign my little brother had hanging in his room years ago that I loved… the phrase just never seems to leave my mind. I’ll share a full DIY and template, what to do if you don’t have contact paper, and how to add a frame and hinges, next week.

3. INDIGO BENCH — With all the storage, drawers and hooks we were still in need of a hiding place for blankets and towels. I was hesitant to add something that blocked hooks and took up space, but its so incredibly functional and pretty and easily my favorite addition.

Needless to say, I am now addicted to benches and painting wood signs!!!

*For a before, before of the nook from a couple years ago, head HERE!

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By now you guys know I’m a sucker for lifestyle pics so here are a few of the girls doing their thang! I told Tilly to pretend she heard the ice cream truck and wanted to buy a treat. Naturally, cute purses, sunnies, blankets and the correct shoes were necessary even though they would have missed the truck long before they were ready. LOLs. I should really learn something from this and give us 15 minutes more than my usual 5 to get out the door!

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What do you think?

XO, Rae

kids-bathroom-refresh-sourcesland of nod bench + apple pillow (similar option), west elm moose head, adorable swankaroo fabric purses, ikea wall file divider, god’s eye kids craft, target small rug by door, etsy shop “all mine” tote, “pray hard” sign inspired by hen & co (full diy coming soon so sign up for emails).

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EASY POM-POM BASKET DIY

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Baskets, in my opinion, fall into the same category  as shoes. There is no such thing as too many. Especially when running a household. So when I walked past this cute woven basket at target I thought, “I have some shoes that could use that basket.” And threw it in my cart. (Tell me you do the same thing!?) Griffin even reminded me, “That’s not what we came for, mOm.” He was so right and doing a good job of using my own words against me. I must say that to the kids every time we are at target! But the cute basket won and stayed in the cart.

As adorable as it looked in the hook-nook, once we were home, it got lost against the white wall full of backpacks and coats. A pop of color and playful whimsy was just what it needed to standout a bit and I know one really easy way to accomplish both. Pom-poms!

So yesterday I used 30 minutes of nap time to throw it together and thought it was worth sharing. Although it hardly needs a tutorial I know how nice it is to have a guide to take out the guesswork so included a supply list and how-to below!

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You’ll Need –

  • a basket (like this one)
  • yarn
  • pom-pom makers or template (I used the big size from this set)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss and needle (small zip-ties would work too!)

Here’s How –

  1. Make your pom-poms and decide where on the basket and in what order you would like them.
  2. Using a needle and embroidery floss, start from the inside of the basket and leaving enough of a tail, thread through to the outside of the basket and the middle yarn of the pom-pom (the one that holds all the pieces together) then back through the basket to the inside. Secure with a knot.
  3. Repeat with the remaining pom-poms. Then find a place and use for your spruced up basket!

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Makes a cute planter too. Thinking there may be more pom-pom embellished baskets in my future.

Happy Thursday you guys!

XO, Rae

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OH, HI! (ENTRY REVEAL + ROLLING WOOD CRATE DIY)

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Remember the entry refresh I briefly mentioned awhile ago? Well my home dec savvy friend, Emily, stopped by to help me add a couple finishing touches (like that cute watercolor she made!) and take pics. For more of the back story, here’s the original post she did.

As much as I love interiors and styling spaces, home dec can get me feeling a little intimidated. While I’ve been getting more and more comfortable piecing together different areas of the house, having a friend that knows what she’s doing is a lifesaver.

Here’s a quick look at all the changes….

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Our entry is long and narrow, and felt slightly awkward. It was also dark and I had a difficult time making it feel welcoming.

A painted yellow door, black and white wall hooks, pendant light, patterned runner, wood crate, old mirror, framed art and pictures later and it’s a bright and cheery space for my little tribe and guests to walk into. The best part? I spent no more than $150.

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Head to Emily’s blog (you’ll love it!) for more details, sources and her take on the process. Thanks Em, for all your help!

Keep reading for a quick tutorial on how to make the wood shoe and catch-all crate pictured. It’s been so handy and adds a nice handmade touch to the entry.

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ROLLING WOOD CRATE:

You’ll Need:

  • Wood crate, approx. size 18x14x9 (like this one)
  • 4 casters
  • Drill or screw driver
  • 16 small screws (short enough to not poke through the wood)
  • Small can of wood stain (I used one with a gray tone)
  • Small paint brush
  • Small vinyl sheet
  • White paint

Here’s How:

  1. Brush wood crate with stain and let dry. Repeat until its as dark as you would like.
  2. For stenciled bottom, measure wood slats in the bottom of the crate. Type out a phrase that will fit. Lay vinyl face up on work surface, trace phrase and cutout. Peel backing, arrange on wood and paint over with white paint. Let dry and add a second coat if needed. Once dry, peel off vinyl.
  3. Using a drill or screw driver and some elbow grease, secure a caster to each corner of the crate.

That’s it! Let me know what you guys think of the entry refresh and if you have any questions.

If you are visiting from JDC, welcome! I have lots of fun projects to share over the next couple weeks so be sure to check back or sign up for emails.

Mi blog es su blog :)

XO, Rae

For a couple more house pics, head here: GIRL’S SHARED ROOM / MUDROOM + STAIRS

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home tour (entry + stairs)

i’ve had some requests lately to see the inside of our home but since we moved in a few months ago, i’m super indecisive when it comes to decorating and most of our rooms aren’t “finished” (not that there is such a thing – we’re already talking about moving poppy in with tilly!) i thought it would be fun to share a different area or room each month, starting today!

welcome to our entryway off the garage and stairs…

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the hooks and clever drawers under the stairs were here when we moved in (and are the brainchild of our friend KC!) so i can really only take credit for how things are set up and organized. there are three drawers that work and (at the moment) hold our flip flops, beach towels and random things such as sunnies, sunscreen and the girls’ hair stuff. as the weather continues to cool off i’m sure they will be replaced with slippers, beanies and umbrellas!

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in theory, after school the kids are supposed to take their shoes off in the garage, hang their bags up, take out their schoolwork and lunch bags, and sit down at the craft table for snack and homework time (audible eye rolling at myself). most days however they ditch their backpacks in the garage, grab a snack from the outside fridge and hop on their bikes before i can even ask them about their day… their way is better i think.

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the other side of the stairs has 4 working drawers that hold all of the kids’ craft supplies with one drawer for them to put their favorite creations and save-worthy schoolwork. oh, and i did swap out the hardware for random knob i found at anthropology. it was a simple and playful way to change things up and works well with my indecisiveness since i got to pick 8 different styles!

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(another look without the kids)

if you have any questions about sources or how things are put together, let me know! also, what space would you like to see next? i was thinking family room or dinning and kitchen…

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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