getting sorted 1.01

I am on an organisation MISSION this week – sorting toys, paperwork, clothes, artwork … you name it! I’ll be blogging about it in detail when I get a second but in the meantime am just sharing some of my favourite ideas in a snapshot.

These hanging shoe storage pockets make a great home for all those ‘bitsy’ pieces – much better than the floor!

shoe storage

And a good ole dishwashing rack makes a great place to store favourite colouring books and pencils.

dish rack

fab christmas idea #23

A ‘novel’ idea I had to share with you. No time or space to put up a big tree?  How about this Christmas tree stack of books?  So cute and so simple.

christmas tree book stack

Styled by Phoebe McEvoy (courtesy of pinterest)

stuff we love – kast van een huis

I have admired these cupboards for some time now and thought you might all love them too.  They were designed by Marie-Louise Groot of The Ever-So-Stylish-Netherlands brand Kast Van Een Huis when she was decorating her nursery and could not find shelves or cupboards she liked.

Marie created unique facades that hide shelves and hanging space inside.

A room can be converted to a whimsical small town whilst remaining practical. You’ve got to love that!

Here’s where you can buy them in Australia.

not your average home makeover

When I was little, my sisters and I would create all kinds of teeny tiny dolly furniture from cotton reels and matchboxes.  If only we’d had one of these fab book shelf conversions to house them all in!


image courtesy of diaperstylememoirs.com

This one comes complete with carefully chosen wallpaper, wooden train track garden path and stacked books for stairs.  These home owners have also added a roof line and chimney using thumb tacks and string.  Oh the possibilities!

If you are thinking about taking on this project, check out the free printables and step-by-step guide on how to wallpaper a dollhouse by our friends at Ferm Living.

Here is another “house” project that could be added to whenever little ones feel creative.  Start saving your cardboard boxes now!

image courtesy of nessadeeart.blogspot.ca

 

 

fun stuff – crochet playground

I can’t crochet.  I can’t knit, and I can’t really sew unless we count the turtle cushion I made in Year 8 Home Economics class (yes, I am that old).

If I could crochet, this would totally (like, totally) be my next project.  A crochet playground!  How amazing is it?

images courtesy of playscapes.com

Terribly talented Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is the artist behind this incredible Rainbow Net playground at the Hakone Sculpture Park, Japan. The idea for the crochet playscape happened by accident, after Toshiko observed two little kids interacting with a crochet art installation she had on exhibit.

For the moment, I might just try a crochet square coaster … or maybe a scarf …

 

collections – wallpaper for kids

Wallpaper has well and truly made its comeback.  I’ve actually never stopped loving it since being surrounded by blue, lime green and yellow retro flowers in our family room in the seventies.

I’d love to feature some in our little home, particularly in the kids’ rooms.  Here are some of my favourites I have collected for “someday” …

Top left: courtesy of ferm-living.com
Top right: courtesy of ferm-living.com
Bottom left: courtesy of joannagoddard.blogspot.ca
Bottom right: courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com

Left: courtesy of nooshkids.blogspot.com
Middle: courtesy of pirouetteblog.com
Right: courtesy of blazetrey.com

And last, but not least, my all time favourite that I have coveted since I first laid eyes on it several years ago – love, love, love.

Courtesy of projectnursery.com

fabulous little houses

This week’s collection of fabulousness (it IS a word) is little houses, just because we like ’em.

Image

handmade cushions – source unknown

handmade quilt pattern – etsy.com

handmade pendants – etsy.com

you can buy all these little houses in our little store …

Top left: Paper craft “jolly little houses” $17.95
Top right: Design your own bird house $39.95
Bottom left: French purse $11.95
Bottom right: French notebook $8.95

 

for the love of letters

I love letters.  Typography is one of my ‘things’.  I have letters dotted around our house, including the kids initials on their bedroom walls, just like we had growing up.

There are so many fabulous options available to buy now – industrial, acrylic, fabric, or metal – you name it.

How about this cute DIY project made from some good ole sticks and paint.  Especially fab for those with ‘straight’ letters in their name (like lucky little ANNA!)

(photo source unknown)

Do any of you share my obsession with all things alphabet?