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Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 | 6 comments

Pretty in IKEA-Hacked Pink

Pretty in IKEA-Hacked Pink

IKEA’s signature clean lines and simple designs make it easy to transform their furniture into something uniquely yours. In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to people who like to reinvent IKEA called IKEA Hackers. That’s exactly what I my friend Mary did when she needed a new bed for her 4-year-old daughter. Mary’s requirements were simple: The bed must be low to the ground and must have drawers underneath. When Mary saw the ODDA bed, it met both criteria, but there was one major flaw: The black drawers would not work in the bedroom of her pink-loving girl. Not afraid of a DIY project, Mary decided there was an easy fix: She would recover the drawers in decorative paper (from Paper Source in Old Town) using Mod Podge. Here are the steps Mary took: Step 1: Cut out the paper to fit exactly the same size as the drawers. Step 2: Apply Mod Podge adhesive (available at Michael’s) to entire outside face of drawer. Step 3: Very carefully attach paper to the drawers...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 | 1 comment

A Bungalow Attic Becomes a Sanctuary for Work and Play

A Bungalow Attic Becomes a Sanctuary for Work and Play

Kimberly and Todd felt that they could put their bungalow attic to much better use. Kimberly envisioned having her own creative space, a desk for paying bills and working at home occasionally, a guest bed, and a play area for her 3-year-old daughter, Quinn, plus more storage. A tall order for their 1,300 (livable) square-foot Del Ray bungalow, but they were able to pull it off with help from Jan Catton of J&J Designs, LLC. Jan, Kimberly, and Todd collaborated on every aspect of the design even though Kimberly paid Jan for the detailed design plan. The service Jan provided is what she calls a Plan in a Can© in which she provides a scaled floor plan and lists the furnishings, paint colors, and fabric.  She lets the client then execute the plan according to their budget and time constrains. The result gave Kimberly “a sanctuary for me to work and for Quinn to play and read. I’m a morning person and I go up there early and have...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 | 4 comments

The Perfect Fit – A Shared Bedroom for Two Sisters

The Perfect Fit – A Shared Bedroom for Two Sisters

My daughters’ shared bedroom has been through many phases. I enjoy the creative DIY challenge of making this small, 8×10 bedroom with two windows work for my two growing girls. Our space saving solutions so far have been to remove the closet door, put one dresser inside the closet for Nadja (age 3), and store Ana’s (age 7) clothes in baskets under her bed. We hang their dresses together in the closet too. We’re using the maple bunk beds my husband and his brother used as children, but we decided to take them apart and put them side by side. Ana hated sleeping in the upper bunk. She felt it was too hot even with a fan blowing on her. This was a counterintuitive choice because even though the beds take up more floor area now, and one sits higher than the other, we no longer block a window and the room has more natural light. We can put more storage bins under the beds, and showing more of...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 | 3 comments

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

A Toddler, an Infant and One Tiny Bedroom

When my husband and I bought our two bedroom row house in the Del Ray area we were pregnant with our first son. We assumed we would stay in the house for three years max and then move to a bigger house when we decided to have a second baby.  Well, we fell in love with the neighborhood and our house and then we got pregnant with boy #2.  When we made the final decision to stay for a while longer, we realized we were really going to have to use our creative juices to make our house work for our growing family, most importantly, how to make the small second bedroom work for two boys. Here was my list of things a shared bedroom needed: 1) Closet space for two sizes of clothes 2) Furniture that didn’t take a lot of space but also offered ample storage 3) Space for the boys to play cars or trains on the floor 4) Room for our favorite reading chair 5) Crib, toddler bed and changing table...

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