Friday, November 13, 2015

Mudroom Mood Board and Floorplan

I hinted in this post last week that we have started on a new project around here lately. Today, I thought I would share my mood board and the floor plan design for the project. 

At first I was super excited that we even had a back entry/mudroom in this house. Our previous house did not have one which was a challenge, especially in the winter when we had to deal with wet boots, snow pants, etc. 

But the design of the mudroom was less than ideal as you can see here.

This picture from before we moved in will show you the main reason for changing the floor plan of the mudroom...see that weird little jut-out by the door to the back entry? I wanted it out of there (along with that lovely railing) ASAP. 

It drove me crazy...partially because I couldn't figure out why they did it that way. After LOTS of measuring and re-measuring and investigating, discussions, etc. we figured out we had JUST enough room to move the door over to where the closet was. 

But this created yet another problem...where to put a closet? Or lockers/cubbies?

This required a bit more space in the back entry so we measured and re-measured again and figured out we could steal two feet from the garage and bump the back wall out to give us the space we needed.

Phew! Hopefully I haven't completely confused anybody yet! 

Now onto the fun part! What is this room going to look like when it's done? Well, here is the mood board (finally) that I created to give you a general idea. The cubbies and cabinet between them will be a DIY project so they won't look exactly like what is on the board.

What do you think? 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One Word Wednesday: Barnwood

I love barnwood projects. I might have an addiction. To date, the only barnwood project I've done myself is the barn door wall art I did a few months ago for our front entry, but after finding these projects I just might have to do a few more! 












Is anyone else inspired?


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

One Word Wednesday: Mudrooms

This week's word is "mudroom" which just may or may not be the next be project in our house ;)  So this really serves as the inspiration post for the project :) I'll go into more details about our plans in a future post...but for now, some of the best mudrooms I could find on Pinterest and Houzz. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One Word Wednesday: Squash

I am going to try something new on here. Each Wednesday I will share a collection of tutorials, recipes, etc. that I have collected based on one word.

This week I am going with the word "Squash" because I have oodles of squash after we visited family on the farm recently. I perused Pinterest for some fun and interesting sounding recipes and came up with 11 to try.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Barley and Candied Bacon from The Cafe Sucre Farine

Butternut Squash Fries from My Fussy Eater

Roasted Salt and Pepper Delicata Squash from Vegan Insanity

The Best Delicata Squash Recipe from Dishing Up The Dirt

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin from Betty Crocker

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas from Skinnytaste

Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from Spark Recipes

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash from Prevention RD

Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza from Bev Cooks

Apple Cider Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash from The Lemon Bowl

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna  Rolls from Skinnytaste
I'm getting hungry! Are you? Which one looks best to you?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Three Season Playroom

Yes, you read the title right....a three season playroom. Just after the 4th of July, we finished our sun room and moved all of the kids' toys out there. Oh, happy day!! No more toys in the family room...or so I thought. :) The kids frequently bring toys in from the sun room and play with them in the family room but at least they are all stored out there. For a few more weeks. Until the weather gets too cold to play out there. Then I'll have to figure out where to store them in the main part of the house. They are NOT all going back in the family room, I know that for sure!

To refresh your memory, here is a "before" post about the room.

I really had a tough time deciding on flooring. Wood was out due to the extreme temperatures. Tile was too hard and cold for a playroom. So that pretty much left carpet. We found a nice, super soft carpet and had it installed. I picked out the carpet before we decided to take the paint off of the brick, so I got totally lucky in how well they matched once the carpet was installed.

We also gave the entire room a fresh coat of paint using our paint sprayer and installed new roman shades.

We replaced the old, dated ceiling with a new one that brings back memories of fans on porches in Hawaii :)

After the room was done, I made a kid-free trip to IKEA and went crazy buying shelves and storage bins for all the toys! I actually ended up buying too many shelves and took one KALLAX unit back. 

Every square inch of wall space has either a big toy or shelving against it. Seriously, where do all these toys come from!?

This quilt is one of my absolute favorite pieces of the room. When my mom found out I was making the sun room a playroom, she asked if I wanted her to make this quilt. Of course I said yes! I worked hard to arrange the room so that it wouldn't have to be hidden behind a shelf. And the little table and chairs? Someday I plan to paint them.

I also worked hard not to cover up too much of my brick wall. There was already 4 holes in the brick that were placed perfectly for two DIGNITET picture hanging wires. I might freshen up up this cute little kitchen cabinet some day. I still haven't quite decided. It was my sister-in-law's when she was young and then her daughter used it until she got too old for it. 

As you can see I glued some bookplates onto the DRONA boxes. I printed and laminated labels for all of them but half of them are missing already so I will probably be changing my bin-labeling method in the near future :)

This fabric cardboard table "house"  is also a creation of my talent mother :) She made it for our son's birthday one year. The kids love to pile pillows and blankets in there and sit on them.

I had so much fun putting this room together. Maybe because it meant an end to our family room looking like a toy store exploded in it. :)  Now I just need to figure out where to put them all in a few weeks...ugh! I was hoping I could set up an area in the basement, but I have a feeling that the kids wouldn't like being down there by themselves so I think I have to come up with a new plan. Any suggestions?