Sunday, August 3, 2014

Chalkboard Wall and Yellow Bunk Bed


I totally forgot to post about these two things I finished a long time ago in my children's room! Hooray for progress that I didn't even remember I hadn't acknowledged. Or something. 

I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall somewhere, and I'm not even convinced this is the best somewhere. But it's somewhere, and it's not going anywhere. 

And I'm actually really happy with the way it turned out.

I bought the Mydal bunk bed from IKEA and painted it Egg Yolk from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot. It's the exact yellow I was wanting, so I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

I put that sucker together mostly by myself, too, which I am openly proud about. It required lots of elbow grease and some acrobatics.

 Isn't that a happy bed?! The kids love it, I love it. We're all loving on that thing.


I added this little picture group, yo. Those white walls are such a breath of fresh air.

 Here's what the chalkboard wall looks like at the moment.

Our babysitter did some fun artwork at the top. It's been fun to have the chalkboard in use as my daughter learns to write her name by herself. Such a fun milestone!


I have some more ideas for the chalkboard to make it feel finished, so stay tuned for that.

What's left for the room to feel complete? I'm glad you asked!

Here's the check list:
- take down crummy shelves in closet
- paint closet white
- build my own shelves and hanging rod in closet (which entails about 50 steps too laborious to write down)
- buy bins for closet
- get rid of brown chair
- make teepee (!!!!)
- buy real bedding for beds
- hang hooks for dress ups

Seattle Eating Part 6

Umi Sake House - Belltown -We had sushi here. It was really good and affordable. We still like our regular place in Ballard better (O'Shan Sushi) just because we like simple sushi and this had a lot of sauce and a bit of weirdness. But I'd go there again. The ambiance was fun.

A La Mode - Phinney Ridge - My guy likes pie, so we went here after sushi. He got apple, I got chocolate silk. Mine was awesome. His was pretty good. I can't believe they didn't ask us if we wanted it a la mode, though! Hello! That's the name of your shop. Dur. Apple definitely needs to be hot plus ice cream. It's the only way.

Hot Cakes - Ballard - It's always kind of amazing to me when someone turns something simple (a molten lava cake) into something hip and gotta-haveable (still a molten lava cake). There was about a 20 minute (or maybe more) wait in a line outside the front door. And we waited! Crazy. But I've gotta say, I can't wait to go again. Or I guess I'll probably have to wait. I tried the peanut butter lava cake and it was super, duper rich. That's coming from someone who loves rich. My husband got the dark chocolate one. Loved it, more bitter. I vow to try everything on this menu that doesn't involve alcohol. They have some intriguing shakes and also a chocolate sandwich.

Bloom - Ballard - I wanted ramen, and this place gave me some very intriguing ramen. I chose the Kasu Ramen. It's hard to explain, but I would definitely recommend it. Not sure I'd go back, though, because the menu is tiny and Kasu seemed to be the top choice of the waiter. So, maybe Bloom is over for me?

Shiku Sushi - Ballard - We had a heartbreaking revelation on this evening. We were headed to our favorite quiet, intimate sushi place, O'Shan, when - gasp - it was no longer there! In its place was Kimchi House. Oh the mourning that commenced. Then we pulled up Yelp and found another sushi place nearby because we didn't want to re-park the car, and we didn't want to go somewhere and NOT have sushi. So, we found Shiku Sushi. It was actually pretty dang good. The only downside was it was loud. Extra loud because of a certain table in which a bunch of guys kept yelling SEAHAWKS. Yeah, the Super Bowl is over....and yelling SEAHAWKS can go ahead and be over. Thanks. We might be back...but even without the SEAHAWKS table, it was loud. Quiet dining is hard to find....we'll miss you deeply, O'Shan.

Ruzhen Mongolian Grill - U District - We have fond memories of our favorite Mongolian Grill in Phoenix, YC's. We have wanted to find its equivalent here in Seattle, starting with Ruzhen. It....it wasn't YC's. (Insert sad face.) It will never be YC's. (Insert weep face.) But it was pretty okay. I had hoped to type pretty good, but "okay" just came out. It's true, I was ravenous, and I ate every bite of Mongolian Grilled-ness on my giant bowl-plate. But it just made me miss YC's all the more. (Weeeeep face.)

Local 360 - Belltown - We met some old friends here for brunch one Saturday morning. It was good but not that good. And we waited forever for our food. I got the kids the morning scramble and the French toast and the PB & J bon bons. Adam got pork belly and baked beans. It was all pretty good, and I pigged out because I had just run seven miles, but I wouldn't really gush about it to anyone. Plus, I don't know how they get away with selling those hockey puck biscuits. Not okay.

Radici - Pioneer Square - I may have covered this one already? Used to be called Tinnello? Anyway, we've been here several times and we like it. We'll go again. It's pretty simple pasta dishes and a quiet, small dining room, which we always love.

Marination Station - Capitol Hill -  This is like Korean-Hawaiian fusion? I think. I had kimchi rice with kalbi beef and an egg on top. Everything is better with an egg on top. It has like five items on the menu so I guess we'll probably try everything at least once. My husband really liked his sandwich, so we'll be back. But I won't get that rice next time. Too spicy/weird. But I liked the egg. I always like the egg.

Boom - U District - It's a noodle place. I got a bento box and I enjoyed it. I have a feeling the best stuff is their hot noodle soups, for which I will have to come back for in the winter. I love that they just embraced the fact there are no really good dessert choices when it comes to Asian cuisine, so they just straight up offer crepes. Really good ones at that. I ordered the dark chocolate raspberry one. Good stuff.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dot Wall DIY

I have wanted to do a version of this dot wall from Oh Happy Day in my kids' room for a long time. I was intimidated by all the measuring, though. 
So..... I didn't measure. And what follows is the result. 

Here are my paints.
 I put tin foil on a serving tray and squeezed out my paint. I ended up using probably 20 different colors, many I lightened up with a lot of white.
 I used a regular old russet potato, sliced at the fattest, most circular section.
 And then we got to stampin'. "Mom, can I help?" - Nobers. I stamped each color 10 times. I used a brush to fill in where the potato failed to stamp. Then I washed and dried the potato and brush between colors. It took me a couple days to finish and I just used the same old potatoes from the day before. No harm there. I didn't stress about perfect edges. Each circle is different, just like every snowflake, and just like every beautiful child of God. #inspirational #symbolic

 I used this ghetto ladder system because my neighbor wanted her ladder back too soon. What, I can't just keep your ladder for a year without you noticing?


More dots! More dots! More dots!


DOTS! DOTS! DOTS! DOTS!

 Aaaaand, I decided we were done.
I planned to put up more of a gallery wall here, but put these two up and decided I was done. At least for now. 



 Tah-dah! I love it. And my daughter exclaimed, "It's a BEAUTIFUL wall," about three times, so it's a win in her book, too.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kids' Bedroom Inspiration + Progress

I only WISH the kids' room looked this good right now. As of this typing it looks like a bomb went off atomic style in their bedroom. But I have to remind myself that it is all for the best. Mess means progress. Hey, I just made that up. Good rhyming by me. Thank you.

So, yes, here are the BEFORE pictures of my children's bedroom. 

What's that tiny li'l thing on the ground in the corner you ask? Ummm.....that's where my two-year-old son has been sleeping for the past, ummmmm, four months. His toddler bed was a flimsy old thing that was converted from a flimsy old crib and therefore broke within moments of setting it up in their new room last November-ish.
Whatevs, though, he is happy there. You should see how hard he sleeps in it.

This room is long and skinny and therefore creates a bit of head-scratching when considering the bedding situation.
Since my kids are ages four and two, bunk beds seemed really scary....

But, we decided to go for it anyway. How else would we use all that amazing ceiling space?
Bunk beds will really open up the room for playing, which is essential because there's no other designated play room in the house.
I've started painting the walls and ceiling white. This is me taking a stand against beige. If I don't do it, who will?

I really want these hooks for their room, as found in the bathroom at Old Navy. I asked the manager to look into it and she said she would. But who are we kidding? She won't. 

Oh well. Here are some inspiration pictures for their room.
Taza's kids' room is so playful and happy and bright.

I've got my eye on that love seat. I need something like that (not necessarily that same style) for sitting together and reading books. We've outgrown the big, brown rocking chair and story time is all elbows and wiggly bums. I've been looking for the perfect love seat but haven't found it yet.
Kirsten Krason's playroom is loads of fun. Teepee, chalkboard wall, bean bags. I might just steal every single one of those ideas. I've already painted a chalkboard wall, so I'm on my way!
Here's mine....a tad bit on the smaller side...
 I debated a lot about where to put the chalkboard wall. I'm still not convinced this is going to work well because there's a limited amount of it the kids will even be able to reach, but so far they seem pretty pumped about it. I have some ideas about sprucing it up, too, so it doesn't just look like a black hole that leads to the closet, which I believe will be white? Will that be weird? I guess we'll find out.

This dot wall from Oh Happy Day is pure delight. I think I'm going to do it on one of my really big walls.
This bunk bed from IKEA (also by Oh Happy Day), caught my eye. I ordered it and now I'm painting it yellow.
I would love to get these star bedspreads, I think they are from Pottery Barn.
And finally, this apple. I have a couple fruit pieces that I think are going in the kids' room.
Here's rough mood board I've been piecing together...


And now, back to painting the bunk bed, which I think might be done by Saturday? It needs to happen ASAP so I can get a better handle on the crime scene that is currently my children's bedroom.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Living Room / Dining Room Progress

We have some progress happening in the living room and dining room area and it feels so good. Here are some before pictures to remind you of what it looked like BEFORE...






Now here are the progress pictures. It's all been painted, which I think I shared before, but not very many pictures. I started putting up these decals above the piano but.....

...Adam hated them. He said it looked like a teenage girl's room. Fair enough. I couldn't disagree with him. I do believe he is right on this one. Sigh. Sometimes I forget that I am decorating a house that other people live in. It's so fun to do what I want to do but this decal diversion was not in keeping with Adam's one request which is: "Please make it look like a guy lives here, too." It is the ultimate challenge because I've become more girly as the years go by. Weird, right? I only started liking pink a couple years ago... strangely, about the time my daughter was born...there is a definite correlation. 

Anyway, I took the decals down and put this mirror up as a place holder. While the mirror is fun, it's not the right scale (it looks even smaller than it is in this picture) and I'm planning to make or buy a bigger piece of sophisticated, yay, even manly-ish, type of abstract art for the space. That wall is so weird, it kinda baffles me. 
We just got our new dining table that we ordered in, ahem, October from West Elm. Ha! I asked for a discount since they'd delayed the shipping about three times. They gave it to me, so that helped ease the pain a bit.
We really love this table. It's beefy and solid. I like that. I look at it sometimes and think, "conference table," and other times I think it fits perfectly. It has a way of looking big but also fitting the space pretty well. Ideally, I'd take out that bar counter and make it an island without the overhang because that's what gets in the way when you try to sit down on the side next to the counter, but we probably won't get that ambitious with this house. You can see the hodge podge chair look which isn't exactly what I'm going for but it somehow happened anyway. One of the white chairs broke and we had guests for dinner last night so this is how we seated everyone. It was fun to finally have space for six (plus four kids coming back and forth)! It's supposed to fit eight, but we shall see.
We've had our couch for a month or two. It feels so good to have a couch instead of the chair and settee we lived on for a long time.


This couch is probably my most favorite possession in the whole entire world. It's from West Elm and the fabric is ink blue performance velvet. It is a thing of beauty. The chaise can either be attached or not. We haven't attached it, so sometimes there's a little space, but it hasn't bothered us.
The rug is also from West Elm. It's wool and sheds like a cat. It is NOT a good complement to the fabric on the couch. Duly noted. Next time, don't get a velvet couch and a shedding wool rug. The couch looks like it has been rolled over on by a cat daily.

I got rid of my TV stand and got a couple new baskets, one for blankets, one for toys.
I need some kind of art on the wall to the left of the TV. I'd really like to paint the book shelf a different color, too, but we'll see.

Some of these other walls need some colorful art to liven them up. I don't really have a plan for that yet, so we'll see what happens.

This is my kitchen wall which currently hosts all the preschool art projects.
I'm not exactly sure what I should do with the wall in the long term. I've considered even putting a small desk here.
But I don't want to feel like this room, which is the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one, feel like it has too much furniture. It's important to me to have some uninterrupted running space for the kids, and this spot gets run over a million times a day, especially since it's on the way to the pantry, which is their favorite cave in which to hoard toys and make a huge mess. :)
If you have thoughts or ideas or solutions, especially for this puzzling kitchen wall, I'd love to hear them.