Bye-Bye Coral

Craftivity Designs | July 29, 2014 | 4 Comments so far
I like coral as an accent color and have seen it used beautifully in some dining rooms. Like this:

via Remodelaholic // via Tracey Interiors

But I just don't feel the same way about the coral walls in our dining room {and hallway... and stairwell}.



We're just more of a neutrals, blues and greens type of family.

I switched the floral valences out for grey curtains earlier this spring.


Then, just yesterday, tested out a soft grey from Porter Paint, called Dover Gray.


The GISLEV Rug from IKEA may not stay; but there will be plenty of grey and other neutrals in this room. I'm not huge into seasonal decorating; but I do like to be able to decorate the dining room... or fix it up for a birthday party.


A neutral color palette gives us that flexibility.


Besides a new light fixture, some paint and the curtains, much of what we'll be using in this room are items we already own. Last night we moved in one of my favorite pieces of furniture {which was bought second-hand, of course!} and today we've got some more painting on the agenda.


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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | July 18, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
Welcome to Kick-Off Friday! Let's check out this week's collection of project ideas:



1. I love vintage fabric and this fabric wrapped ampersand created by Bev from Flamingo Toes is too cute!  Go here to see more details.

2. Planning on organizing your kitchen this weekend? If so, stop by All Things Thrifty to see how Kenz created a DIY utensil holder using PVC pipe.

3. This DIY wooden toy crate is adorable-I love the painted stars! Check out the blog, Addicted 2 DIY to see how to make your own.

4. Monorgrams are such a fun way to personalize items in your home. Visit Oh My Creative to see how you can make a monogrammed cutting board for your kitchen.

I hope everyone enjoyed their week--now go relax and enjoy the weekend!

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Working with a Small Closet

Craftivity Designs | July 16, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Our Master Bedroom has a pretty small closet -- it is only 2' deep and 4.5' wide. When we moved in, there was a single clothing rod and one shelf. Within a few months we purchased some pieces of Closetmaid from Lowes and installed a double clothing rod system.


This was a HUGE improvement and allowed us to focus on the rest of the room. We've struggled with furniture placement in this space. It's a long, skinny room with 3 windows and 2 doors {plus the closet doors}. Here's a visual of our current layout:



Even though it looks like the furniture is blocking the window, it's actually not. The windows are small and on the upper half of the wall, above the furniture. You can see the real deal {with wallpaper, tiny window and the floral valence in all it's glory} in the before photo on our home tour.

Besides my husband's suits and some of my rarely used accessories {like heels -- I'm a flats and flip-flops girl}, most of our clothing is now in our bedroom. Though, we did do a lot of sorting and purging as well.

Here's how we are using the space:
  • The double dressers, one for each of us, hold most of our folded items like t-shirts, underwear and shorts.
  • The ottoman holds items like pajamas that don't require careful folding and don't need to stay wrinkle-free.
  • The under-bed storage is all of our off-season items and specialty clothing {like ski clothes and athletic wear}.
The great thing about this solution is that we are able to use items that we already own. It's cheap! But what if you can't fit several dressers in your bedroom? Or, even if you can, is there a way to gain more storage with a different type of furniture?

Lonny
I've never owned a wardrobe. But the concept is simple right? Less floor space, but more vertical space. The one above is from IKEA, it's the PAX Wardrobe with Bergsbo doors. Here's why I like it for a small room, or paired with a small closet.

  • It's just over 93" tall. In other words, for a standard 8ft ceiling, this piece of furniture nearly spans floor to ceiling.
  • The amount of hanging storage in the room is increased. In our case, 2 PAX wardrobes would essentially double our hanging storage without reducing our folded {or drawer} storage.
  • The PAX is highly customizable. 
Ikea
Now, let's consider our bedroom with a couple PAX wardrobes instead of two long dressers.


It feels roomier around the bed and it actually is -- in this option we could actually move up to a king bed eventually if we'd like. Our current layout would not allow for a king bed.


So, we are definitely contemplating this wardrobe idea that offers more floor space, more hanging space and equivalent folded space -- plus we keep our hidden storage under the bed and in the ottoman.

Do any of you have a small closet in your Master Bedroom? What solutions have you come up with? Are you a dresser person or a wardrobe person? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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How To // A Deck Rail Herb Garden

Craftivity Designs | July 8, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
How was your long weekend? Did you work on any home projects or simply relax? We were on a Mission Trip with our church and it was a great week {& holiday weekend} to serve together and celebrate together. 

It's been a little quiet around the blog as Erica and I have been enjoying these summer months and special activities, from Vacation Bible School, to camps and weekend trips. The bathroom progress has been slow going the last month {which is kind of a bummer, because it's only the finishing touches left!}; but hopefully we'll get back to it over the next few weeks and I can share it with you all.

For today, I'm sharing a quick project I tackled in about a half hour.


Last summer I painted large planters and filled them with our herbs. The planters sat right on our deck outside the kitchen and it was sooo convenient when I needed fresh herbs for cooking.

Our Patio Makeover // see more here


In our new home we don't have quite as much room on the deck so I thought it'd be a smart use  of space to add some planters on the deck railing instead.

Now, this could definitely be a pretty simple DIY... and I've seen plenty like these lovely planter boxes. However, we've got a list a mile long of projects and I was already late getting started on an herb garden for this season -- so store-bought was the best option in this case.

Here's what we purchased:


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The installation is pretty straightforward; but I want to share a few tips.


  1. The holder is adjustable for various widths of deck railing.
  2. However, it should go on very snug! So tighten it up and maneuver it onto the rail. If the round lip is sitting atop the railing, you've installed it correctly.
  3. If the round lip isn't on top of the railing, everything will be slanted once you get the plants in place {see the window box in the background of the photo}.
  4. I added deck screws for some added support. The directions didn't call for that; but it gave me some peace of mind to know it is anchored to the railing.
Even though I had to re-install my first railing box, this project was still a quick one. I'd love to add my herb markers when we find them {they are still lost in moving box abyss, haha}. For now, though, I'm just excited to have handy access to fresh herbs and some green on our deck!

Do you like to have fresh herbs on hand? Which ones do you cook with most often? I find myself using basil and sage the most.


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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | July 4, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
Happy Friday and Happy 4th of July!  I hope everyone has plans to celebrate Independence Day this weekend along with completing some great home projects!  Let's check out this week's set of inspirational ideas:



1. Heading to IKEA this weekend?  If so pick up a Bekvam stool and give it a makeover just like Jen from IHeart Organizing did.  Go here to see the details.

2. I love these DIY string bowls that Amy from Homey Oh My! made. Stop by her blog to follow her simple steps for making your own bowls.

3. This wooden summer banner from The Crafted Sparrow is adorable--love the summery colors!  See tips on making a banner for your home here.

4. Celebrate the 4th by creating your own framed flag using old book pages and watercolor paints.  Visit Becky's blog, Beyond the Picket Fence for more pictures and details.

That wrap's up this week's collection, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend full of fun and creativity!

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