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so I have an idea… | Loft Makeover

These words never quite get the response I want them to in my house. See, I say them with great enthusiasm and excitement. My husband reacts with an eye-roll and a prompt “how much is this going to cost” attitude. Just once it might be fun if he jumped up & down and said ‘YES LET’S GO GET PAINT RIGHT NOW!’ But, I get it. I have ideas that never stop. Lord knows one trip to the Pottery Barn Outlet could easily blow our monthly income. Especially since it sits next to a Restoration Hardware Outlet. And don’t forget the Crate & Barrel Outlet right across the parking lot. But it’s fun to brainstorm, right??!?

One of the things I love to do is challenge myself to make a beautiful room using as little money as possible, yet make it look expensive. I gave up my job making the big bucks, so I have had to learn to start stretching the dollars. The truth is, I love the challenge. It would be kind of boring to walk into a store and be able to afford everything you want. Plus, then your home would look like a catalog. Pretty blah. Time to get creative!

Any room I decorate in my home spends months bouncing around my head. It’s walls get a different color every day of the week. Then eventually I make a decision. I always carry swatches in my bag, with key fabrics & colors, so I can constantly hunt for just the right pieces at just the right price. As more time passes, my taste continues to change and I am beginning to bring more fun & color into my home. I have been planning our loft-turned-playroom in my head for a year now, and finally have some starting pieces. I have very grand plans for this room…and I cannot wait to introduce an energizing, bright color palette here. It will have a giant chalkboard wall, that will feature a unique way to showcase important family photographs. I have always wanted a lime green room…so I will finally have that. It will be a place for all the bright toys to look at home. Kids need a place to grow, be inspired and learn. It can be pretty too. Boy, I have come a long way from my old matchy matchy self. More to come as the project gets underway, but here’s a peek at the palette!

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  • Christa - Amazing so far, can’t wait to see the room come to life! I would also like to add (without sounding too stalkerish) that I came across your blog after the cloth diaper post and have been following/catching up ever since. I was very pleasantly surprised to see you on my other favorite blog this past weekend. You have a gorgeous family!ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - Thanks, Christa! Isn’t Pinkletoes fab??!? I was so excited to finally have her shoot my family. Thank you for the compliments!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn - What a great color combination! I am making a baby quilt out of similar fabric to the one on the left. Have you checked out Moda fabrics? I think you’d love their designers. Have fun crafting and dreaming up the new space =)ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - oooh! I have not! I just learned today, that rosenberry rooms sells fabric by the yard too. You will DIE looking at some of that, Kristyn!ReplyCancel

  • Shibahn - LOVE those colors!!! How I wish I had a Pottery Barn Outlet near me!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I found your blog the other day, and I’m a little obsessed! This post really resonates with me… overflowing ideas, color swatches, Pottery Barn, and “how much will it cost me” hubby :)ReplyCancel

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