We like cork boards in my house. And when I say WE, I refer to the royal we. As in ME.
I like having somewhere to put things up, to make that drawer-full-of-random-papers a tiny bit lighter, somewhere to gather the kids’ invitations so I remember to bring them to parties and recipes that I rip from doctor’s waiting rooms while I pretend to cough (oh yeah, that’s me!).
When we updated our kitchen, we went for solid wood counters. We wanted a very white and neutral look for the kitchen and we knew that the wood would make it feel more welcoming and warm and it totally does. We are totally and utterly in love with our counter tops.
As kitchen counters come on pre-cut lengths, we had to get 2 full lengths for the long stretch along the window leaving us with plenty of wood left to do what we wanted with it. A big chunk of it was used to make a windowsill behind the sink and that left us with some off cuts of wood that would be no good for any other big project so we put the big pieces of wood left in the attic while we come up with projects for it and we left the small bits in the utility room.
After staring at them every time I did laundry or just passed by the utility room, I made a decision. I decided to make a couple of food boards out of them. It made perfect sense: I love food, my friends love food and I am always looking for ways to display the food in ways that looks pretty and it’s practical, and this would be yet another way to do it.
So once I united the boards, chalk paint and brushes I got on with it. Two hours later, a couple of magazines read, plenty of coffee drank and the paint dried, I gave the newly painted boards a rub with linseed oil to protect them and stuck some felt pads at the bottom to protect my counters from being accidentally scratched. Ready for using!
We have been using them a lot whenever we have had friends over. It makes everything look so pretty and yummy!
I have also being using them as a little personal tea station for one.
What do you think? Have you got any wood lying around your house? or are you coming to ours?
I love having photos of the family around the house. They are everywhere. In the kitchen, the hall, the bedrooms, the sitting room…
Photos are memories. Of course, we have all those memories stored somewhere at the back of our head but we are often too busy to be able to access them. Photos remind us of those memories, those silly moments, the family moments, different places, the fun we had on holidays, how the kids were so small at one point… As cheesy as it sounds (and it is going to sound cheesy) photos warm my heart.
For the sitting room, I knew I wanted to make a statement display with loads of photos. I was really inspired by Ashley’s one from TheHandMadeHome but it had to be smaller as my sitting room is not as big (or bright, or lovely, or have her couch, or…) as hers.
I knew I didn’t want a permanent fixture on my sitting room so it had to be a frame that could be moved, but where to find a frame so big without having to give up one of my organs at check-out? I had to think outside the box.
One day, I was walking around a furniture shop dreaming of a new kitchen when the light bulb when on!!! I could get a kitchen door glass cabinet as a frame! (like this one, or this one). It is always worth checking out the second-hand kitchen shops for these kind of items. As well as having second-hand kitchen furniture they also tend to buy the remains of stock from big companies or builders so you can get brand new kitchen counters, fab sinks and other bits and pieces for half the price. It is in my local shop that I found my one for only €10!! I think I danced in the shop!!
I wanted square photos but not too small so I decided to print the photos in 8×6 and cut them to fit the frame. I then cut a large piece of cardboard to fit in the frame and I attached the photos to it. Once everything is ready, fit it in and secure it at the back with some tape.
It is a lovely collage of memories that can be updated as often as you want, although I don’t think I will be updating my one anytime soon. The kids love looking at the photos, trying to remember when they were that small, listening to us telling them stories about the photos or making up their own one. It’s so sweet.
It is very personal, you made it yourself and for little money – that is officially categorized under Win/Win/Win… Totally!!!
If you want to go ahead and decorate it also, you can find the tutorials for the paper flowers and the colorful paper garland on the blog.
I hope you are now inspired to look at different ways to display your photos. They make you smile.They are good for the soul.
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As I mentioned recently, I moved every bed in my house before Christmas. I just woke up one morning and I had to do it.
The boys had been sharing a room since they were born but for different reasons (that will soon be revealed to you), the boys had to be separated and they now have their very own bedroom.
I have always tried to decorate their bedroom and playroom with different colors. I never liked the blue with soccer balls kind of decorations for the boy’s room. It is not them. It is not us.
As now I get to decorate 2 bedrooms, I have to take into consideration their ages, their tastes and their needs for their individual rooms, always within budget which means recycle, up-cycle, inherit, beg…. the usual!
For BIG MONKEY’S ROOM (age 8) I will need a nice desk to keep up with his drawing
And some shelving will also be neccesary for books and general stuff that they seem to get…
These walls are just gorgeous. Fun but sensible… right?
The bed is priority. It needs to be comfortable and inviting, not only to sleep but also to grab a book and read for a while.
Their little feet need to be warm, but stylish also… of course!
As for CHAOTIC MONKEY’S ROOM(age 6) I will also need some storage and this one looks not only affordable but fun!
I am totally in love with that Fantastic Mr Fox print and that rug here. Just. In. Love.
This kind of wall decoration is so Chaotic Monkey, it is scary.
There is so much I would take from here. From the cushions, to the wall, to the bed… so much…
How cool would it be to have this seat in your room? I mean Chaotic Monkey’s room… yes, that’s what I mean…
Food for thought.
I will be working hard at making those spaces as amazing, relaxing and inspiring as I can.
What about you?
Are you inspired yet?
Have an amazing weekend.
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Star Wars VII : The Force Awakens opens in Irish cinemas on Friday the 18th of December. We are so excited! We have been waiting for the film for, like, ever!!! no exaggeration!!
We have tickets booked for Saturday the 19th to go with the boys and I can’t tell you who is more excited, the boys or me! Well I can. It’s clearly me. I win the exciting competition. Me! Me! Me!
So yes, we are Star Wars nerds in my house and if, like me, you are looking for Star Wars presents that can complement any house decor and not look tacky, I have made up a little list here for you that I hope will help you:
I love looking around the web for handmade Christmas decorations.
Handmade decorations always make a house truly feel like a home and they add so much character to any space, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have made something yourself.
As you know, I love creating messes and making things. I like getting the kids involved. They get so excited! Chaotic Monkey starts with loads of energy and gets distracted about 5 minutes into it and runs off covered in material and glue. Big Monkey usually lasts 10 more minutes before he has the urge to draw something, so I tend to finish it on my own. I don’t mind. I find it therapeutic, except the cleaning. I don’t like the cleaning part…
MollyMooCrafts has an abundance of amazing craft projects to make with the kids but I find this tree garland particularly adorable, don’t you think?
I find the colors in these decorations by Picklebums very uplifting and they would bring an extra personal touch to any tree.
The amazing Martha Steward has the most beautiful place setting ever, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from her now, would we?
Pompoms. Who doesn’t love pompoms? They are so whimsical! And Northstory has a such fun way to make them look delightful for Christmas.
This wreath by That is My Letter would not only make you stand out from your neighbors but it would help you clear out all those fabric bits and pieces that you have in that basket somewhere in your house and you will then be able to buy more!!! or not… 😉
These beautiful trees by Beautiful Matters, are easy to make, beautiful and so versatile… a little forest in your house!
I love, love, love this simple and yet stunning center piece by InspireMeHeather. Did I mention that I love it?
If you are lucky enough to have pine cones in your area, you can make the cutest tree out of them. Yes, you heard me right. Just ask Tapelu2. So cute!!!
So, between all these amazing examples of beautiful and yet easy hand-made Christmas decorations, plus last year’s ones, plus the ones I’ve made on the blog(here, here, here), you have no excuse not to personalize your home-decor during this festive season with your very own hand-made Christmas decorations
Share your projects on #ChaoticChristmas so we can all see them and appreciate them.
Today is the 1st day of December. The 1st of December!!! Which means that there are 18 more sleeps until Star Wars: The Force Awakens!! I can’t wait!!!!
Oh yeah, and 24 sleeps to Christmas! This year I wanted to make an Advent Calendar to help with the countdown to Christmas at home, to build it up more and, to be honest, to blackmail the kids into being on their best behavior for the month. Oh yeah, mother of the year and all that… that’s me… I wanted to make something simple but pretty. I decided to use 4 different patterns with just a couple of materials. Nothing complicated. I made Christmas stockings and mittens from felt and I made parcels with toilet rolls and wrapping paper. Once I had all the parcels together, I added the numbers with washi tape and I hot-glued them to some red ribbon. It will definitely help with the build-up to Christmas.
24 sleeps. 24 treats. All waiting for them right there, on the wall. This month is going to fly.
Are you ready for it?
My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result. The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product. The prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy. The main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints. I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall. I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?