Cool Tween Boy Room

Oh wow! I did not realize that a whole year has gone by since our oldest moved into his own room. This was formerly J’s nursery, so it is a small space. The bed I built out of IKEA Expedit shelves has been one of the most popular projects on the blog. I’m finally getting around to showing you the rest of the room, now that its occupant is away on a school trip.  He’s actually pretty neat for a fifth grader, but I still needed a little uninterrupted time to make the room blog-worthy.  Of course, this means I will be showing you the younger boys’ room in approximately… never?!

Because I wanted to make the most of this small space, I did buy a lot of the furniture new.  But when I look at the room, I realize there are also a lot of personal home-made touches.  I’ll list the projects at the end of this post.  Meanwhile, go ahead and enjoy looking at K’s room, which will look like this for exactly 13 more days, until he gets home.  I did update a few things, and I hope he’ll think they are a good “welcome home” surprise!

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

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Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at Home

Cool and compact tween boy's room | Jewels at HomeSome of the fun projects in K’s room include:

Boy, I miss my boy!

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Foyer Table Design Solution

We’re in the early stages of planning a kitchen remodel, and we interviewed several architects. One, whom we didn’t end up hiring, became somewhat fixated with this large picture window in our living room. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into our house, and admittedly, the view is mixed. You can glimpse the western sky at the top, which is often stunning at sunset, but much of the view looks out on our neighbors and also on our own cracked concrete driveway, including parked cars and a basketball hoop. This particular architect couldn’t help himself from repeatedly bemoaning this “tragic” window. He coyly promised a solution, but I guess he’ll never get the chance to tell us about it.

Meanwhile, here’s my decorating solution. I love how this table makes a pretty focal point that screens and distracts from the less picturesque parts of this view.  I realize it’s not technically in our foyer, but the table serves a similar purpose of dressing up our entry.

A vignette with pretty table and chairs | Jewels at Home

 

 

The table is actually a small dining table we had.  Without the leaves, it works as a large display table in this space and doubles as a serving area for parties.  The Craftsman style pedestal looks pretty standing in front of the window.  The chairs are made over from a craigslist find and deserve their own post!

Pretty table and chairs vignette in a Chinoiserie style | Jewels at Home

I can’t say I’m not a little curious what our sassy visiting architect had in mind, but for now, I’m very happy with the way this little vignette dresses up our living room while screening the less attractive parts of our view.

Table and chairs vignette in a sunny window | Jewels at Home

 

More on those dreamy chairs soon!

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Chippendale Chair Makeover

I’m a little crazy for these chairs. As in, I told Steve that if I go before him, he should feel free to get rid of most of my stuff, but could he please consider keeping these chairs?

I have a faux bamboo fetish that includes these Chippendale chairs. They are a good match for the chinoiserie theme in our living room. I had been scanning craigslist for a while when I scored these great chairs. They weren’t exactly cheap, definitely not free like the Queen Anne chairs I found, but they were still a good deal for well-made pieces in this classic style.

I still have four side chairs waiting for their Cinderella moment, but the three armchairs in this set are ready for the ball:

Sharp-looking Chippendale chair makeover with glossy black paint and a geometric seat fabric | Jewels at Home

Sharp-looking Chippendale chair makeover with glossy black paint and a geometric seat fabric | Jewels at Home

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Sharp-looking Chippendale chair makeover with glossy black paint and a geometric seat fabric | Jewels at Home

Are you looking for your own chairs to transform? I’m excited to share that my friend Ari launched a slick new furniture re-sale site over at www.revolvingdecor.com. Check it out to participate in a curated online marketplace for great furniture finds!

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Easy DIY Lined Tray

This project was so quick and easy that I almost didn’t post it… And then I thought, if something is so quick and easy, and I love it, that’s all the more reason to share!

I was in a rush, so I forgot to take a “before” picture, but just imagine a plain wooden tray. And then look at this!

Easy DIY Lined Tray | Jewels at Home

The inside of this tray had a few water stains, and I was trying to think of an easy way to make it pretty and also more water-resistant for serving drinks. I remembered I had some of this Laura Ashley Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner leftover from laminating recipe cards at Christmas, and ta-da!!

Easy DIY lined tray | Jewels at Home

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Easy DIY lined tray | Jewels at Home

 

That’s all – except now I want to do a dozen more trays with a dozen other pretty patterns. I should add it to my collection of ideas for decorating trays. It may have taken longer to write this post than it took to line my tray!

Get to it, fellow DIY friends!

“Jewels”

 

Big Fleece Blankets for Little Superheroes

My little guy, L, just turned eight, and he’s been planning his first sleepover party for most of the past year! I like to make a special gift for our birthday boy and guests, and L requested a reprise of the fleece blankets I made for his big brother’s party a year and a half ago. He calls his “super,” and sleeps with it every night. I wanted to grant his birthday wish, but I didn’t want to make the exact same project, so here’s this year’s superhero version of our fleece blankets.

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Instead of fringed blankets, I trimmed the fleece in binding. L loves the superhero action words on his original blanket, and that’s no surprise, given he’s such a bundle of energy. I found the same print in a cotton fabric, so I used that for the binding. For each large blanket (60″x72″), you’ll need:

After prewashing the trim fabric, I ironed it and cut 8″ wide strips. I joined the strips and ironed it to make 2″ wide double-fold binding.  I then sewed this to the edges of the fleece blankets that were each 2 yards long.  L requested this longer blanket, since he sleeps with his, but you could use  1.5 yards of fleece for a throw blanket.

To add the monograms, I sketched each boy’s first initial and a large circle (I traced a plate) onto Heat’n Bond, ironed on to some other and bright and superhero-themed fabrics, cut them and appliqued onto the blankets (instructions in the post from our onesie decorating party).

Here are some more pictures of how they turned out.  The boys love them!

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Superhero-themed monogrammed fleece blankets for a boys' sleepover party | Jewels at Home

Hope you are staying warm as winter warms into spring!

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