Thursday, September 3, 2015

Decorating in Denial: a Boy's Room Makeover

So, it's absolutely true that time flies.  My son, Grant, was only 12 when I started this blog.  I've shared with you his 13th Birthday Amazing Race Party from way back when, his Super 16 Superhero party, all the way up to his recent Graduation Party and more.  Some of you have been here so long you were around when I made over his room in the Vintage Academia Sports theme.  Remember how that turned out? 

Well, the day I've been dreading for so long has finally come and he's actually leaving for college. (Seriously, is this really happening?)  And I've decided to deal with it by making over his room again.  I've also done the college dorm decorating stint and come just short of ruining his life by making it look like it was PB Teen-perfect.  I had to stop somewhere.  

But, yes, I've also just put the finishing touches on his room at home...

We kept several elements of the room from before, but we did exchange the twin beds Santa brought when he was 5 years old for our old queen bed from the storage room.   Along with that came a new mattress and bedding.  I found a super deal on the duvet set here on Amazon.  (It comes in a ton of colors and it's super-soft!)  And the sheets are these from PB Teen.  The striped throw is from Crate and Barrel, but unfortunately no longer available.  The striped pillow covers are from Hobby Lobby, and the City Skyline pillow tutorial is the one I posted here!

The bookshelves are the Threshold Carson style in Midtone Cherry we found here at Target.  They turned out to be a great match with the bed and they're perfect for holding all his books and collectibles.

The gallery wall wood and metal shelf was a recent find from Hobby Lobby, as were a few other items on the wall.

And the USA chalkboard we made 5 years ago is still in its place over his desk.  Click here to see that original tutorial and download the pattern!

Okay. So there it is.  And, yes, there may be a little bit of denial going on here, but it's how this mom is dealing with a first child leaving home. Decorating is my love language.  And I love this kid very much.

I'll will make it. I will.  Who else is in my shoes right now and how are you coping?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY City Skyline Pillow

There's no going back.  I'm on the countdown I've been dreading for 18 years now.  My son is actually leaving for college in a matter of days.  {DAYS!}  And maybe I'm in a tad bit of denial, but I'd rather just call it decorating therapy.  I've been dealing with all this by re-decorating his room.  Not like the moms who transform the kids' rooms to a craft space or home gym.  I'm actually decorating it for him.  My goal is to make it awesome so he misses home even more.

I'll show you how it looks in a few days when we get all the college packing finished, but one of the little projects I did was this city skyline pillow.  It was super-simple and fun, too, so I'm sharing how I made it.

I started with some great neutral fabric that has a hint of shimmer running through it, some basic felt sheets, some piping for trim, and a zipper.  (All supplies from Hobby Lobby.)  I followed my basic instructions for this Easy Zippered Pillow, adding a basic piping.  You could also add a skyline to a pre-made pillow cover if you choose! 

You'll also need Heat N Bond or a similar iron-on adhesive (find it here on Amazon).  Following the directions on the package, iron this on to the back of the felt.

Then, find an image of the city skyline that you'd like to use, and print it off in the size you want to use as a pattern.

Then, using that pattern, cut the skyline from the felt, and then iron it onto the fabric that will become the pillow face.

If you want to add piping, do that next...

Then add the zipper and finish the pillow construction.  

So simple, yet I think it's just right in his room.  Fingers crossed that my plan will work on him.  Stay tuned for the room and the big trip to college.  Am I going to survive this? 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party August Features

It was another fabulous month for the Pretty Preppy Party and my fellow hostesses and I were thrilled to have Marty from A Stroll Thru Life guest host-ing with us!  There were a record number of inspirational projects, which always makes the decision of who to feature so hard!

Here are a few that caught my eye this month...

First of all, Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane did a fabulous makeover on an outdated patio set.  See the big transformation here.

And Kris from Junk Chic Cottage got a steal on an old cabinet for $20 and turned it into a gorgeous piece in her kitchen!  I love stories like this!  Read all about it here.

And this little girl's bedroom makeover by Lauren at Bless'er House is simply swoon-worthy!  Click here to see all the gorgeous details!

Don't forget!  Visit the other hostesses to see who else has been featured and be sure to come back and link up with us again next month on the third Thursday!