I’ve done countless IKEA DIY projects in my house because look what the results can yield!! Plus, I’m cheap. And kind of proud of it? Yes, I am. I’m CHEAP! Here are some amazing projects for your home with minimal dollar dollar bills required.
I’ve scoured the inter-webs and found my six faves. Pretty genius.
Clockwise starting with the top left: Spartan desk, Utility shelving, Rustic side console, Floating cabinetry, Styled bar cart, Mid-century modern nursery dresser
I dont know why, but decorating the nursery was one of the hardest rooms I’ve encountered. It felt like everything I picked, purchased, placed really mattered because it was going to be Magoo’s first room. In hindsight he sleeps in a bassinet next to my bed, so I should have splurged on fancy bedding and cute mom PJs since that’s what he looks at on the nightly.
Regardless, I love the nursery. It’s where we read books, do our bedtime routine, and change the poop machine’s diapers. It is by far the most relaxing room in the house. A little baby sanctuary, if you will.
These are DIY pom pom curtains I made in this post. And you can see in all its glory the finished product from my quest for the perfect wallpaper. Wallpaper, by the way, takes 15 years to put up.
Hanging out as we do with a fisheye lense.Ikea shelves made into floating bookshelves.
Animal art prints with target frames. These were on my must have list for the nursery.He’s so happy in his little jail!
The topic of this post makes me feel old. But I will own it. I’m a woman in my thirties and I want a place for my manolos to rest. Ok, back pillow and over-sized cardigan, but if I had manolos, they would be oh so happy in my closet. In full transparency, I just googled how to spell manolos…that’s how far off they are from being a part of my life.
In our house we seriously lack storage space. Like, we don’t even have a hall closet! Who builds a home without somewhere to put the broom? We used the Container Store’s Elfa system (this post is not sponsored) and it was the best grown-up cash money I’ve ever spent. I can’t get over how organized things feel when your shoes have an actual place they belong.
We did four closets in total: Master bedroom, Magoo’s two closets, and the office closet. I’m covering the transition in our master and one of the nursery closets. In Magoo’s room he has two weirdly shaped closets. We affectionately titled them the hobbit closets, which the lady at the Container Store laughed (perhaps a little too hard?) at.
Hobbit closet before
I am wearing shorts here, I swear. They are just riding up a wee bit much. I’m going to blame the fourth month baby bump (not pictured) pulling them up up and away.
Magoo’s final closet! (Both are fairly similar on each side of the room)
Master bedroom closet before
This dude was the real deal. Also, our room is no longer this washed out poop color.
And the final master bedroom closet…this is not staged, I left it how it is to show you what an overstuffed, but awesomely organized closet looks like in my house 🙂
Perhaps my favorite part. Organized jewelry storage!
My mom threw me the most amazing baby shower; it’s crowning jewel was a “Momosa bar”. She hosted at her house in Northern California, but I have such amazing people in my life that LA friends and family flew up for the day! I (and my baby) are pretty lucky.
For those throwing a baby shower the things I most appreciated (people excluded since they are obviously #1) included:
The cheekiest “bar” I’ve ever seen.
Bite-sized everything. From fruit kabobs to mini sandwiches wrapped in green onions, no one left hungry.
Games, games, and more games. My idea of a party is people coming together as a group and having a bit of a giggle fest. Mission accomplished with my Mom’s version of Price is Right and the Name Game.
A party isn’t complete without a theme. My mom used soft blues, whites, with pops of yellow. As well as Mom and baby elephants! I lurv everything with animals, so that theme won my heart.
And if that wasn’t enough, my grad school girlfriends in LA threw me a surprise baby shower when we did a ladies trip to Lake Arrowhead!
Baby celebrating is fun, guys.
When the camera man and I packed up our bags and left California for the East Coast I was incredibly excited to see what a season really is (translation: lots of effing snow), but at the same time was pretty bummed out about having to leave my friends and family. The people I love are everything to me. I wanted to pack them up and take them with me. Short of being able to uproot all these people and install them in a little house down the street, I took a little souvenir from each of them and created a California “art” wall in my new home.
At a going away bbq, amidst the eating and libations, we put together a painting station where friends could create anything their little hearts desired. I discovered that I have some talented friends! People really got into it! And now when I look at my California wall and see my friends’ individual paintings I get to remember sixteen little pieces of California. Also, the nugget looooooves staring at it.
Please note: Red solo cups. Keeping it classy.
Process to hang – I traced one of the canvases on top of a grocery bag and cut 16 squares based on this shape. I didn’t do any measuring when hanging, just eyeballed it to get an idea of where I wanted the display in my home. The level and ruler were busted out in the hanging stage.
And just cause I love them so much – all my painters!