ana white storage bed
ikea playroom

The PLAYROOM is done!!!!!!!!!!!  HOORAY!!!!!!!!  Here is the finished playroom!  The storage bed still needs some wood filler and a coat of poly but the trim is on and we are calling the playroom done for now.

Ikea Trofast organizers

DIY Trofast cushions

DIY Storage Bed from plans by Ana White

Ikea Ravnso Rug

DIY Pillows

Wooden wall ruler by my brother:-)

IKEA Sewing area

My sewing area!  Finally my etsy shop has a home:-)  I still have a few projects like fabric storage solutions and mounting my sewing machine into the tabletop, but for now this is done:-)

Ikea Alex drawer unit on casters

Ikea Melltorp table

Ikea Alrik Swivel Rolling Chair

Vinyl wall decals by Wild Eyes Signs

The barn door is a little hard to see in this picture but I’ll do a separate post on that as we saved a mint and made it exactly how we liked:-)  Through the door is our new laundry room/full bath (but that’s a post for another day) and that lovely light is pouring through our amazing egress window which you’ve heard all about.  So happy to finally be able to enjoy this space!


DIY Restoration Hardware Balustrade Coffee Table Inspired by Ana White

I’ve been holding out on you:-)  I first saw the Restoration Hardware Balustrade coffee table last summer and I fell hard.  The curvy legs, the chunky top…it was at once elegant and sturdy…pretty for me, functional for Adrian, and durable for the boys….plus, I have a soft spot for balustrades. They always remind me of the “summer cottages” in the Berkshires, the Hudson Valley, and Newport, RI.  This was a win on all fronts, but at nearly $2000…for a coffee table…no way, no how, would that gorgeous balustrade coffee table be coming into my house.  Ever. Continue Reading

Ana White Twin Storage Bed Captains Bed by mamabeemakes

Ana White is my fave!  Her DIY plans are amazing, practical, easy to follow, empowering, and effective.  We wanted to build a twin storage bed for the “boy cave” aka the “reading nook” in our new basement playroom.  Ana has great plans for a double storage bed and she offers a tutorial for a twin storage bed, but I found myself having to toggle back and forth between the two pages to try and finalize a shopping list and cut list.  So, here’s a handy shopping and cut list guide.   Continue Reading

Wellcraft Egress Window

Since I spilled the beans on facebook, here’s a more detailed update on installing a basement egress window.  This involved excavating a giant hole, cutting into the FOUNDATION OF OUR HOUSE, installing a gigantic well that sat on the side of my house looking like a very fancy dog condo or mini spaceship, and tying into the foundation drain system (did you even know that was a thing? I didn’t!)  To say that I was nervous was a HUGE understatement.   Continue Reading

Our contractor’s work should basically be done this weekend (the first big lesson of owning an older home is that the job is never done:-) and I can finally take a step back to see the crazy enormous renovation that has been accomplished since we moved here.  It has been just about a year since my whirlwind one day house hunting trip that ended with us putting in an offer on this house.

From the moment we saw the Cape online, Adrian and I both thought it felt like home and seeing it in person definitely solidified that for me; but, Continue Reading