Archives for January 2013

A little bit of Valentine’s Day {and Chalkboard Art}

I still have some winter decor around my house {some might even say I just left up my Christmas decorations!}…


But I did indeed put away my Christmas decor, leaving out only the items that transition into winter and/or Valentine’s Day.  The red ribbon on these lanterns works great as we approach February!

I also updated my little chalkboard….

love is patient chalkboard art... at home in the northwest blog

I can’t believe we’re halfway through January!  February is right around the corner!!


Piper’s Playground: Frame Wall

Earlier this week, I blogged about one of my clients,  Piper’s Plaground.  And today, I get to give you a quick glimpse at their progress.

In the toddler area of this indoor playground, the owners wanted to create a frame wall with empty, brightly painted frames in different sizes and shapes.

Here are a few inspiration photo’s…





Let’s look at a before picture of Piper’s Playground very early on in the process…..


Kim and Katie, the owners, purchased some great play equipment and couches for this particular area.  After some furniture placement and painting, the room looked like this….


And here is the frame wall after….


Do you want to create a similar look in your home?

1. start collecting frames of different shapes and sizes

2. remove glass and backs of frames

2. gather spray paint in a variety of colors that coordinate with your room {I selected 5 colors for this room}.

3. start spray painting

{Spray painting can be very tedious and time consuming.  Make sure you spray thin layers so the paint doesn’t run or drip.  Therefore several coats of paint may be necessary.}

Once you’re spray painting is complete, d-rings or other hardware may need to be attached to the backs of the frames. {Remember you just removed the backs of the frames, and that’s often where the hanging hardware is attached.}

When the frames were ready, I laid them on the floor to create a look that worked best with the wall.  Once I was satisfied with the layout, I started hanging them on the wall!

I created a much smaller version of the open frames in another room at Piper’s Playground as well.  The owners had a bird painting, but the wall needed a bit more.  So I bought eight frames and painted them colors that coordinated with the painting.


It’s a more simple look but equally as fun!

Do you think this is a look that would work in your space?!

* * * For those that live in the greater Olympia area, Piper’s Playground opens up this Friday, January 18th, 2013!!! * * *


Client Project: Pipers Playground

A few months ago, I was asked to help do a bit of decorating at an indoor playground that is opening up later this month called Piper’s Playground.

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The owners wanted to create an inviting area, complete with a coffee bar and couches for the adults, as well as a safe play area for toddlers.  A place where parents can comfortably sit and chat while keeping an eye on their kiddos.

At the beginning of the process, I put together these design boards as a jumping off point…

Pipers Playground 1

The couch, table and chairs above are for the adults…..

Pipers Playground 2

pipers playground 4

And of course, the play kitchen and construction zone are for the little ones…

Pipers Playground 3

This last design board is for a classroom… One wall will have 18 inch wooden letters and numbers painted in bright colors.  And the opposite wall will have this simple canvas map.

Things have really come along at Piper’s Playground.  And before we know it, they’ll be open for business!

Stay tuned for more Piper’s Playground posts soon!


Guest Post: What to do with Old Christmas Cards

Things have been quiet here on my blog! We’ve been busy settling into the new year and celebrating a big birthday….


Emmie turned 7!!

We’re a week into January and I’m still trying to get 2012 all packed up and put away.  So today I’m over at Lori May Interiors with a guest post that should help us all achieve that!

Confession time….my Christmas cards are in a paper bag, sitting on my kitchen floor.   Do you still have your Christmas cards lingering around your kitchen or living room like me?  Pop over to Lori’s blog today for some creative ideas on what to do with them!


I hope you get inspired today!


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