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April 30, 2012

A 'little' detour in decorating!

fleaChic is taking a 'little' detour this week to feature posts that might
appeal to a 'small'er segment of the audience.  That's right - babies, 
infants, young children! 

Yes, I said babies.  More to the point, baby abodes, i.e., nurseries.  
And not just your run-of-the-mill nurseries.  I'm talking about nurseries 
with imagination, flare, panache and color:

color + color + color = imagination and stimulation

6th Street Design School
An old, painted buffet is great for organizing and
storing the million+ items you need in a nursery.

Desdem Ventana
That's right - teach them early to love romantic, shabby vintage.

Number Nineteen
What child wouldn't love wallpaper that they could color?
I can hear it now, "Why aren't you coloring on the walls?!"

 Borderline Genius
One of the most ingenious dressers I've ever seen.
My husband needs one of these.

Need more room in the nursery?  No problem.  Remove the closet doors:

Useless fact:  The British refer to a child's room as a nursery until they're old enough to start school.

The nursery below was featured on Visual Eye Candy and is
completely realistic, completely "do-able", and completely cute:
The room actually started with a crib but easily converted 
into a "big boy's room" with the addition of a twin bed:

How cool is the vintage credenza?  Talk about storage.  It's timeless.

Little Green Notebook
The design scheme for this nursery is so versatile - remove
the crib, bring in a bed and the room is ready for a 'tween.

Yes, a nursery can be sophisticated and dramatic:

offbeat mama

House and Home

Stella & Henry

The Decorista

Design Crisis

Heart Beat Oz 
I would love to have a teepee in my bedroom.  Wouldn't you?

 Pottery Barn
Giggles galore in this fairy tale setting.

A little bird told me that Annabel wanted a pastel room.
LOVE the chandelier - truly fit for a princess!

The Marion House Book
Got a little NASCAR fan in your house?
Encourage that budding sense of mechanical excitement 
with decor accessories from Auto Zone.  How ingenious
is the chair rail to hold his little Hot Wheels?  

First time parents can be overwhelmed by the whole decorating-the-nursery process so here
      are a few thoughts that might help:
  • Safety is the number one consideration.  If your home is old, check for lead-based paint residue.  Aunt Edna may offer to give you a used crib but does it meet Federal safety standards? You can go online to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here to see what baby equipment and furnishings have been recalled.
  • Paint is one of the cheapest and most versatile decorating tools in your belt.  Take a chance with an unusual color.  If it's not working, just paint over it.
  • Often the nursery isn't just for a newborn - he or she might have to share with an older sibling.  Discuss redecorating, color choices and decor with your other child.  It will ease the stress of having to share their room and make them feel that they have a voice in the situation.  After all, it was their territory first!
  • Budget, budget, budget.  It's so easy to get carried away when you're in Babies 'R Us and Pottery Barn for Kids.  Yes, the more expensive bassinet is precious but remember that your baby will only use it for about 2 months. 
Children are never too young to learn about repurposing, upcycling, and DIYing.  Join me tomorrow for more charming and unusual nurseries that were created on 'small' budgets!  

April 27, 2012

Repurposeful Friday

While I may be basking on the Emerald Coast, I would never be negligent in my repurposing duties. 

Vintage TV cabinets make awesome aquariums.

How cool is this wall of old dresser drawers?

Vintage wood crates are so versatile and are sources for great storage.

Yes, you can make a lamp out of just about anything.

Ceramic cereal bowls can be used to make darling lamps.

And how can I end the week without some beach repurposing?!
The pelican (above) was created out of old discarded skateboards.  Truly.

Thank you, Completely Coastal, for these ingenious repurposing beach ideas:

How darling are these copper wire stars?
Not only do they make precious beach decor,
they'd be great at Christmas, too. 

It's so easy to make your own:

Never would have thought to use little beach pebbles so cleverly. 

Jars, candles, sand, rope - instant beach gifts! 

Yes it is!
Have a great weekend.

April 26, 2012

Our busy vacation schedule

So much to do, so little time.  The Grumpy Ole Man and I have a full day of activities:

We'll start the morning with a little surf bathing . . . . 

. . . then, after breakfast, take a stroll along the beach promenade . . . .

. . . . have our photograph taken with the local wildlife . . . .

 . . . . pause for a delicious picnic on the beach before . . . . . 

 . . . . a vigorous bout of wind surfing . . . . .

. . . go into town to explore the local scenery from a horse-drawn trolley . . . . 

 . . . . . and do a bit of souvenir shopping . . . . .
 . . . . . return to the beach for an afternoon constitutional . . . . .
 . . . and watch children hunt seashells before dressing for dinner.
Yes, it's been a full day at the beach. 

These delightful old black and white photographs
were found at Shorpy's, the largest source
for vintage photographs on the internet.  Gotta go!

April 25, 2012

Ahhhh........the beautiful beach

Road trip mystery solved.  We're at the beach!  And
when I say beach, of course I mean the most beautiful
beach in the U.S. - Panama City Beach, FL.

In case you might have wondered, the vintage photo on
the left is not of us.  It was taken in 1905 at Atlantic City.
Like I could get Bob to wear stripes. 

Whenever I'm at the coast I assume that everyone is
interested in beach decor.  (Kind of like I assume that
everyone loves Jane Austen.)  Completely Coastal is
one of the best sites on the web for unique and charming
beach accessories and furniture, especially driftwood accent pieces.

Like sea glass, driftwood is so hard to find.  Completely Coastal saves you hours
of scavaging the beach and frees up your time to enjoy other vacation activities
(i.e., sipping margaritas on the beach.) 

The surf calls so I must sign off.  I'm sure I'll get lucky and find
either some elusive old driftwood or a drink with an umbrella in it!