Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

So this year I wanted to sprinkle a little Christmas cheer throughout our home. I wanted to make something quick, fast, and in a hurry for little cost. So I thought about what I love most about Christmas decorations and what I love seeing this time of year and of course it's the Christmas tree!!

I knew that I could buy some styrofoam cones, but when I went to purchase them I ended up with over $50 worth and still needed to buy trim!! YIKES!!!! Ummm, no thank you. Even with my 40% and 50% off coupons I would still end up paying way more than what I wanted. So I thought, what could I use that would give me the same look for little money and the lightbulb went off - Poster Board!! I picked the heaviest weight they had that still had enough flexibility to roll. I purchased three sheets for less than $12 total. I also picked up some sparkly and fluffy trim to wrap around my soon to be Christmas rolls.

Folks let me tell you, for less than $30 for all my supplies I ended up with nine lovely little trees in varying heights, textures, and colors. Just makes my heart sing.So if you are looking for some quick and easy decorations to liven up your home or to serve as table centerpieces for this holiday season, please consider making these. They take less than 10 minutes each to make.

What You Need  Poster Board Trim Hot Glue Gun Scissors

How To Make Cut triangle shapes using your poster board. Cut the bottom of the triangles in a curved shape instead of flat and straight. Roll the poster board until you have a point at the top. Hot glue or tape along the seam. From the bottom up, wrap your trim around your cone shape. Use hot glue at the beginning and end of your trim wrap.

There you have it folks!! I am sure it will turn out to be something PURTTTYYYYY like the ones below.

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From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Making Home, Home! Kathleen

DIY: Ottoman UpDo

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A few days back I revealed my latest design, Project: Children's Playroom, that had the little storage ottomans shown above. What you may not know, is that when I purchased those little babies they were not made with storage at all. When I first saw them, I knew they were the perfect size and shape for the playroom, but they needed to be overhauled just a bit.They had a pretty solid body, but when I flipped them over I noticed they were hollow on the inside. I thought...hmmm, what a waste. So Instantly my mind ran with the idea to not only reupholster them, but to knock off the legs, turn them over, make new tops and wala...new storage ottomans. So...that's just what I did!

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Before Ottomans

 

Tools you will possibly need to do something like this yourself.

 

I began by knocking off the little peg legs and removing the existing fabric. The fabric was attached by nailheads all around the bottom of the ottomans (such a waste of nailheads, but I knew I could use them for another project). After removing a gajillion nailheads, the fabric (for the most part) easily pulled off leaving what you see below - a super thin layer of batting and a fabric covered top.

So what is batting? Thanks for asking...Basically batting is a thin layer of cotton, polyester, or wool that goes between layers of fabric. It can come in different thicknesses and is usually sold by the yard. Most fabric stores or shops that specialize in upholstery products carry batting you can purchase.

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Next, I cut off the aztec fabric to expose the perfectly shaped foam you see below glued to the top. I used a butter knife - a great household tool =)) - to score around the edges to loosen up the foam topper for removal.

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I then used the foam topper to trace out the exact size the new wooden tops needed to be. I knew that the little kiddies and their friends would be pouncing on these tops so I selected two small squares of a pretty sturdy wood (ohhh....I can't remember) to cut from. After tracing the shape onto the wood, I used my handy jigsaw to cut the wood into rounds. I then glued the foam toppers onto the new wooden tops and wrapped batting around them (sorry, I forgot to take a pic).

 

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 After adding the batting to the tops and sides of the ottomans, I stapled a canvas dropcloth to the tops to create a super smooth surface for my fabric. You would be amazed with what you can do with regular old painting dropcloths from the hardware store.

Notice also that the batting here is much thicker than what was originally on the ottoman. I selected a thicker batting because little kiddies would be running around and I wanted it to be a little more plush and soft just in case one of them bumped their little noggins against it while playing ultimate warrior or something. =)) You'd be surprised!!

 

Lastly, I wrapped the toppers and the sides with my fabric. I stapled the heck out of it to make sure that all fabric was secure enough to stand up to the wear and tear of little kids and then glued the little peg legs back onto the bottom with gorilla glue. That glue holds up like a champ!

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So there you have it folks!! This is something that you can easily do yourself! It doesn't have to be perfect, just perfect enough for you!! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below!! Until next time, happy decorating!!

Making Home,

Kathleen

The Reveal, Project: Children's Playroom

Part 3 So I've yapped about the beginning and the middle of this project. Now it's time for the reveal! Just to bring you up to speed in case you've missed out on the happenings - the space lacked everything - color, organization, style, extra seating, and storage. You name it, it was missing. So after interviewing my young clients I came up with a plan to dramatically change the look, feel, and storage issues this space had.

 

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When I tell you I absolutely love and adore this space. I love the neutral vanilla cream walls around the space anchored by the charcoal chalkboard wall. I love the crispness of the white media console and bookshelf directly across from the gallery wall filled with wonderful art created by the kiddies. The bright white lamps and white side tables also help to keep things light and fresh. I love how the room is filled with color from top, to bottom, to the middle, but balanced with the creamy walls and tan carpet. And the light...let there be light in a space that was dark and dreary.This space is happy, creative, bright, airy, organized, comfortable...just plain ol' fun!! And I must tell you, the kiddies absolutely loved it!! The chalkboard wall stole the show. They LOVED seeing all their art displayed and loved all the color. They even said it makes them feel happy being in there!

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I design a space that's right on and everybody loves it not only because of it's beauty, but it's function!! It makes making home, home - just right!!

I hope you all love the space just as much as we all do...so...here you go!!

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Before & After: TV Wall - Besta bookshelf and media console (removed doors) to create open storage, and added baskets for easy to reach games, videos, remotes, legos, and a few other everyday play items. Custom storage ottomans also helps to hide clutter, toys, and even a kid!! =))
Added custom box sofa backs, an orange and white mini-chevron fleece sheet draped across the back, orange throw, and a ton of custom pillows to break up the color of the massive brown sofa and add some visual interest.
Gallery wall displaying the most beautiful artwork ever! Helps to fill up the massive wall space and add much needed interest, color, and fun!
Around the room

 

Lerberg bookshelf to display books. Added acrylic magazine holders to store books. Used clear acrylic to keep open, airy feel on bookshelf. Yarn letters above.

Need design help? Please email me at kaydehimdesign@gmail.com. To my readers, Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the reveal. I would love for you to leave a message, a question, or share something you've done to spruce up a kid's space in the comments section below. Again, thank you and have an awesome day!!

Making Home, Home

Kathleen