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Friday, August 1, 2014

Installing FLOR Carpet Tiles for Lea's New Playroom

Happy Friday and August!! I've been working on transforming our "Sitting Nook" area into Lea's new playroom. It hasn't been a room that we've really used, and lately it's been more of a storage room..hence the exercise ball, the swing she no longer uses, and the vacuum. It will be a great space for baby Lea to play and keep all her toys in! It's crazy how toys can accumulate so quickly!

{Sitting Nook Before}

To begin, I did some searching around and I found these great carpet tiles at FLOR. They are perfect for kids! They are individual, carpet tiles and if one gets dirty, they are easily replaceable and easy to clean. Just hose the individual tile down if it's really bad or spot clean. Can't get easier than that. I bought enough tiles plus a few extra to make an 8' x 10' rug, and the installation was super quick and easy. You have the option of cutting these to fit your room, but I opted to create an area rug and keep it simple.

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I loved designing the rug and picking out the colors. On their website, you're able to design the carpet and see how it will look. I'm a visual person, so this was very helpful. We have a store in Dallas and I was able to bring some samples home with me to make sure I liked the colors in the space. I tried a couple options before deciding on this design layout and colors.

{Flor design program allows you to design your carpet and visually see how it will look.}

{Program will calculate the number of tiles you need for the size you want. Takes the guess work out for you.}

{Count your tiles to make sure you have the correct amount.}

{Find the center of the room and work out from there.}

{Start laying out your tiles and wait to adhere the stickers until you have the tiles placed. Hubby makes a good helper!}

{You'll want to purchase a couple extra tiles just to have for an emergency.}

Once you have placed the tiles exactly where you want them, it's now time to start sticking the tiles down to the floor using these stickers. Nothing is permanent in this process (unless you are cutting your carpet tiles) so don't worry. You can adjust the tiles if need be and move pieces around.

{Registration marks help make lining pieces up easy.}

{Lea says, "Let's play daddy!!"}

I'm so happy we went this direction. The whole process was really fun and allows you to get creative. It's the start to a fun, cheerful room we can all enjoy playing in!

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Say Good-bye to Stinky Kitchen Towels and Sponges

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Lea and I were suppose to start our swim class today, but the weather is pretty crummy. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer for swimming.

I wanted to share with you a product that I found that I absolutely love! They're called Skoy Eco Cleaning Cloths and they are wonderful. I was tired of using sponges and rags to wipe down my counters and searched to find a product out there that could replace these.

I found them on and they are currently on sale for a pack of 4 for $6.95. They're very sturdy and thick and you're able to throw them in the dishwasher when need be. The best part is they'll never get smelly!!

Also, if you haven't checked this website out before, definitely stop by when you have a quick second. It's a great website to find eco-friendly products for your home and has tons of information on they're as well about sustainable living.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Laundry Room Update

Well, I admit I didn't get too far with my laundry room makeover. It's all good though... priorities shift pretty quickly when you have a little one. I got as far as painting and replacing the light fixture, but that's the extent of it. We got rid of the dreariness with a coat of paint and the ho-hum fixture went bye-bye.

For the paint, I decided to go with Ryegrass from Sherwin Williams. I didn't realize it when I selected the color that it's the same color that's in our breakfast nook. It's a vibrant color and the room needed it. It looks great anywhere! I added the piece of art we already had that worked great with the color and fills up the wall pretty nicely.

I know..not too exciting, but I didn't want to leave you hanging. I had high hopes to find something for the wall to hang our jackets and bags, but just opted to use an over the door coat hanger. Also, I can still see painting the door maybe and the cabinets, but I'm moving on. With Lea now crawling, I've moved onto other priorities. We had the idea of changing up the sitting area off the kitchen and creating a little playroom for her. Now I'm working on that and we'll see how far I get:) At the rate I'm going, I'll give you an update in 5 months or so!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Next project please!

I have been itching for my next project and have some ideas on things I want to tackle. Lea is now four months and I'm so enjoying being home with her. Being home is a blessing, but it can also be a challenge for me. I LOVE to change things up!! Simple ways of doing that for me is painting, but that can depend on how big the room is. Other ways may be rearranging furniture, redecorating and changing up accessories, or adding a new piece here and there. After four months of hibernation and taking it easy, I'm ready for my next project!

I've been dying to spruce up our laundry room. When we come into our home through the garage, it's the first room you see. You want it to feel welcoming when you walk in, and this room definitely needs some perking up. I would take any of these beautiful laundry rooms. I love the idea of having the built in area for coats and then a nice, big surface to fold clothes on. A utility sink would be great too! I also love the idea of painting the door an accent color.

So this is what I'm working with. When we originally bought the house, our laundry room looked like this. It's a very dark (no windows) and narrow room, and I've been racking my brain as to how I can make it more functional for us without spending much.

After moving in, I had to slap on a new coat of paint. I had a white chest that I stuck in there and ended up hanging several pictures on the large wall. It's been like this and it hasn't been too functional for us. We throw our coats, bags, and all things random on the washer and dryer and the small chest you see. I've got this great wall and I'd love to make some use of it.

I originally was thinking board and batten look, but figured it's too much work I can take on right now. I like the functionality of the hooks and thought this would be pretty inexpensive to do. I would love to replace the lighting fixture. These new energy efficient light bulbs don't let off the best light. A brighter rug would be lovely and eventually would love to add some family photos in here.

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I think I will decide on paint and go from there. I'm thinking of painting it a green. Any thoughts or suggestions as to what I can do in there?? How would you make it more functional?

Have a great weekend!! 


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