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As my daughter’s first birthday is coming up, I’m in a hurry to try to finally finish her room! She was born 6 weeks early, so I feel like I didn’t get a chance to properly put it all together like most nesting moms-to-be would. It is a very cute room, but with a newborn I didn’t get to finish all of the projects that I had in mind! The paint on the upper half of the room was all that was done when I left for the hospital, so it has been a slow project, but I finally got a few projects done this week so here I am to share what I’ve been up to!!
First of all, I am no way being compensated to promote this product. I just found something that interested me and I wanted to share! I discovered the company “Way Basics” a couple months ago, and have been going back to their site all the time ever since, but I haven’t bought anything until now. They sell modular storage furniture, which is made of recycled paper in the form of “Z Boards” that you can put together how they intend, or you can be creative and have fun with them! They are having an awesome Summer Sale, and I saw their Rectangle Plus 3 in pink on sale for 50% off (for $33!! As of today…), so I decided that it was such a bargain I would try it for Harper’s room. I would love the white, or even the “Kraft” series for my office, but I wanted to try it before I make a bigger commitment. The cool thing about Way Basics furniture, is that it is held together with peel-and-stick industrial strength tape! No screws or nails, just peel the strip off and stick it together — sooo simple!! And it is super strong, plus the way it is put together keeps it strong; it rests on the horizontal boards, and there is a backing board to keep it all together. Anyway, I love Harper’s new shelf.
I taped a little video of me putting the shelf together so you can see how easy or difficult it would be, which took less than 10 minutes. The video, though, is only 43 seconds long because I used Gawker, which is in timelapse. 🙂 Enjoy!!
And here is the shelf, put together and filled with some of Harper’s stuff, except when she decides to play with the toys I carefully placed on it. That is why the books and breakables are on the top 2 shelves!!
And there she goes…
By the way, Way Basics is holding a “Messy Room Contest” on Facebook, and I submitted a photo of my office/craft room — a room that I haven’t gotten to organizing yet — and guess what?!?!?! They picked me as one of the contestants!!!!!! Come to think of it, I don’t know if that is good or bad, ha! But anyway, I need lots more votes to win so I need your help! You have to become a fan of Way Basics, but as you can see from the video, they make some pretty cool products, and they don’t post a lot so come on, help a girl out!! The prize is $250, which I could put to really good use for shelving in my office…and by shopping at Way Basics, I could buy a ton of organizing products!!
I hope you enjoyed my video — have a good week!!!
Because every home needs a pet, and every blog needs a dog, I thought I would take some time to introduce you to the rest of the Christensen family — meet Keno and Molly, our adopted mutts that we love so much and think of as our oldest children!
First is Keno, our eldest. We adopted him from the local animal shelter when he was 4 months old. A small little puppy…if we would have only known HOW HUGE he was going to get! I kid…but he is really a big (GIANT) teddy bear.
He was born in January of 2002, and we adopted him in May of that year. We told the animal shelter we wanted a puppy, so they brought us to where they kept the puppies. There were 5 of them; 4 girls (all sisters) who were gorgeous gray hound-looking dogs, and then this little awkward male with big feet. I was gawking at these shiny-coated sisters, who were huddling with eachother in the corner of the pen they were in, when I felt something on my leg. I look down and this little black puppy with big feet and even bigger brown eyes was up on his hind legs with his front paws on my shins saying “Pick me, pick me!” So we did. We took him home and he immediately took over our bed and has been there ever since. He is part lab, maybe part Rottweiler, and who knows what else, but he is a sweetheart who loves to spoon (seriously!) and loves to get his butt scratched. He can eat chocolate and rat poison and live through it, and will eat anything else that you give him — can’t you tell? Yes, he outweighs me at 140 pounds!
Next is our middle child, Molly. By the way, these are not original names. My husband has had 2 other Kenos and 1 other Molly. We originally named them Rocky and Maggie, but it just didn’t fit, and I guess we’re not that original, ha! Or at least his family isn’t. 🙂 Anyway, Molly’s birthday is October of 2002, and we adopted her over Superbowl weekend in 2003. Nobody wanted Molly because she had a fungus on her face, but we saw through the skin spots to see what a sweetie she was, plus she was on medication and it was supposed to go away (which it did!).
We got her from the same animal shelter that we found Keno at, and when we arrived she had just gotten a bath because she had been rolling in cow manure. She still likes to do that. We told them we wanted a little dog that likes to play with big dogs, and the first time we saw her she was standing on a big sleepy dog and biting his ears. Keno and Molly became instant best buddies and I am scared for them for the day either one of them goes because the other one might die of a broken heart.
Molly is part Sharpei, maybe part Border Collie and who knows what else! She sleeps a foot away from the heater while panting like she’s going to pass out and she trims her own nails. She will also lick you to death, so we have to watch her around Harper! Especially because Harper will lean into the dogs, open her mouth and let Molly go to town. Gross! But a funny story to tell when Harper’s in high school.
And as the headline says, these two are the main reason that I cannot allow myself to buy white furniture, or even a white slipcover! Especially now when it’s hot and they shed like crazy…you can tell by the discolored fur on Keno’s back leg. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Young House Love and decor8 look, but I just CAN’T. Between the mud and the fur and the drool, my furniture would look like a New York City sidewalk. I need some colored camoflauge, people!
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the dogs, plus some for scale to see how giant he is!
We have this one framed in our “reading nook” in our living room.
And here we are circa Christmas 2005 in our old rental house, before Harper! Our original children. 🙂 There were a lot of funny outtakes trying to get this shot since we used a timer. Pretty funny!! And why did we leave the TV on in the background?? Haha!
I hope you enjoyed meeting the rest of the Christensen family! They would love to meet you…and let you take them on a walk! 🙂
My dining room is finally a room that makes me happy. It started out as a tiny little bright nook with an ugly light, and now with a hand-me-down table and chairs, an eBay find, a marked-down pendant lamp, lots of wedding and Christmas gifts, a little paint and a new $50 antique store score (yippee!) it has turned into a lovely little room in our house.
And here is what it looks like today! We picked up that sideboard at the antique store the other day for $50! We inherited the table and chairs from my husband’s parents after the table couldn’t withstand being outdoors in the winter here. They originally purchased it for their deck but the grout started to crack when it froze (yay for us!). The chairs go with a wood and green vinyl card table that they weren’t using, but we thought they went nicely with the table.
If you’ve been reading recently you know that the pendant light was a Pottery Barn markdown, and I am so happy to get the old light out of there! The bamboo sliding panels in the background cover our sliding glass door – I found those on eBay! I despise vertical blinds and didn’t want curtains there so I looked to eBay. We painted the stripes on the wall back in December and love the look. The best part is the paints are different finishes so it gives it a wallpaper feel (the green is a semi-gloss and the ivory is a satin – a great trick for painting stripes!).
I also picked some lilacs from my backyard for some fragrance…I love fresh flowers! Especially free ones from my own yard!
Almost everything else (except the sideboard itself) was a wedding or Christmas gift so this room was made-over for about $200! And that includes the cheap wine in the wine rack. It sure was yummy, though! We filled it with our wedding china, table linens, serving platters and specialty glassware. I don’t have a lot of white in my house, but I have an abundance of white dishes. It’s a great base for entertaining, plus it doesn’t compete with the colors of the food! And it never goes out of style!
And last night my sister-in-law told me she saw a big truck being unloaded into our local antique store…I guess I have to make another trip this week to see what else I can score!
I love this, The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection.