7th House on the Left

Play Date: Part 1

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This weekend, we have a really fun project lined up that’s something we’ve never tackled before. However, before I get into the details, let’s back up a bit. As you may know, Greg and I are lucky enough to be a part of Target Inner Circle. We love working with the Target family. We’ve had opportunities to go to fun places, been able to work on some super fun projects and get a look “behind the brand.” Well, a month or so ago, the folks at Target asked us if we had any project ideas for Spring. We rolled a few ideas back and forth and thought it would be really fun to switch it up a bit lot, stretch our brains and spread the Target love. We ended up with something that would be completely different than anything we’ve ever tackled before… We’re decorating a playroom, people!

Playroom Before & After // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Meet Josh, Tiffany, Brayden and Judah. (Brayden is the big guy and Judah is the little guy.) If you’ve been reading for a while, you might recall me mentioning my “BFF Tiff” whom I tried to convince she should paint her nursery navy blue, is married to “Mr. Christmas” (Josh is obsessed with Christmas), hates Miracle Whip and helps me generally stay sane. Well, this is that Tiffany. We’ve known each other since I was about 9, and she’s been my best friend since freshman year of college. Actually, Josh, Tiff, Greg and I all “grew up” in the same church and went to the same college together. Fast forward a few years, Josh and Tiff have been married for eight years and have two absolutely adorable – I mean, handsome, sorry Josh - boys.

So, here’s what we’re doing: Josh is a pastor (our pastor, actually), and he often works from home. As a result, Tiff and Josh are in the process of reassigning a few rooms in their house so he can have a designated office space. One project they’re tackling is turning their rarely-used formal dining room into a playroom. That’s where we come in! Right now, the playroom basically consists of a bunch of toys lined up against the walls with a train table in the middle of it all. Seeing as how Greg and I don’t have kids, we’re really excited about helping them out with this project, and we hope it will be a nice change of pace. Here’s a quick iPhone photo of what it looks like now…

Playroom Before // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Brayden and Judah are currently 3 years and 7 months old, respectively, so this really needs to be a room they can grow into. The playroom is open to the living area, so Tiff and Josh want a space that “cleans up nicely” when people come over, meshes well with the style of the rest of the house, and functions as an area where they can spend time as a family.

Ordinarily, I’d suggest removing the chair railing so it would look less like a dining room and more like a playroom. However, since this room might become a dining room again sometime down the road or if they ever decide to sell, we’re going to work with it. Another thing we’re going to keep is the wall color. They recently had it painted, and they love the color (it’s Valspar’s Winter Flannel in case you’re wondering). It’s a nice “greige” blue color and I think it will serve as a perfect starting point for the room.

For starters, we needed to come up with a “room plan.” Here’s what we came up with:

Playroom Layout // 7thhouseontheleft.com

First off, the layout. Since Brayden plays with the train table a lot, it needs to stay in the middle of the room. It and the toy storage pieces we’ll be bringing in are narrow enough to still offer enough walking (and running, hopping, skipping, jumping) space around the table. Speaking of toy storage, we’ll be bringing in two short storage pieces as well as a toy basket or two. We needed to keep the path between the two doors pretty open, so we decided to put a reading chair in the corner to the left of the doorway and tuck the arts & crafts into the corner on the right since the easel will take up less floor space than the chair.

Now for my favorite part… decorating! I put together the initial mood board, asked Tiff what she thought, and then we tweaked it here and there until we came up with a solid plan (Greg and Josh will join in when it’s time to put furniture together and hang curtain rods, haha). Here’s what we came up with…

Playroom Makeover // 7thhouseontheleft.com // #targetinnercircle

Pieces of the mood board might look a tad “grown up” for a playroom, but once we add all of the toys and fun stuff, I think it will be perfect. Also, as I mentioned earlier, Tiff and Josh want a room that will mesh well with the rest of the house and “clean up” nicely when people come over, so it needed a slightly more “grown up” vibe. Here’s the breakdown of the mood board…

1 // The moment I saw this chair online, I knew it would be the perfect reading chair. In person, it’s like a small adult/large child sized chair – perfect for a playroom. The fabric is also pretty durable, so it will be easy to clean up if necessary.

2 // This pillow looks a lot cooler in person than it does online. It’s the perfect mixture of fun, trendy and traditional. The touches of yellow in the design will go nicely with the curtains.

3 // Speaking of the curtains, I love these. The design is kind of like a “rustic paisley” – if that makes any sense. Tiff & Josh have some touches of yellow in the adjoining living room, so these will be a perfect way to marry the two spaces.

4 // As I mentioned earlier, they recently had their walls painted Winter Flannel by Valspar. In some lighting, it looks blue, in others, gray. It’s a really nice color and will be a great backdrop for the punches of color we’re bringing in.

5 // I’m so excited about this. We’re going to be DIYing a marquee letter (just like the one we did for our carport-turned-patio). Only this time, it’ll be a bit smaller, and we’ll be doing a letter “P” for their last name.

6 // These baskets have always been a Target favorite of mine; they’re perfect for so many things. We’re going to grab one (maybe two) of these to store some toys.

7 // Poufs are all the rage these days, and this playroom has the perfect space for them in front of one of the windows. Not only are they the perfect size for the kids to romp around on, they’re also large enough to serve as extra seating for mom and dad while the kids are playing. Plus, the burlap covers are super durable and will be easy to clean if needed.

8 // We’re going to be taking their existing art easel (which is a natural wood color) and giving it a mini makeover with some spray paint to help it tie in with the black/brown storage units we’re bringing in.

9 // I love this clock because it will bring a fun schoolhouse chic look to the room. The large, clear numbers will come in handy when Brayden is learning to tell time in the next year or two.

10 // These are the baskets we’ll be using for the bottom rows of the Expedit Kallax storage units. We might be adding some toy labels a la iHeart Organizing - she’s a genius – but the jury is still out on that one until we get all of the stuff in the room. Update: since making this mood board, we’ve switched to these baskets.

11 // Pretty much every kid at our church is between Brayden and Judah’s ages (yes, something is in the water over there), so they will have many many friends to play with in the space. Hence why I love this plaque for a playroom.

12 // We’re planning on filling up the “arts & crafts” corner with a bunch of toddler-friendly craft items and repurposing plastic jars and such to store art supplies.

So, that’s the plan, Stan. A lot of the mood board items are sitting here in our living room waiting to be taken over to Tiff & Josh’s house this weekend (and a few things are still on the way). We’ll have the finished room for you guys next week with before and after photos (and a really fun Target giveaway!). In the mean time, make sure you follow us on Instagram to see playroom updates over the weekend!

Now I have the sudden urge to watch Disney Channel (which, actually, I do all the time anyway) and color in a coloring book… anyone else?

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I love putting together random mood boards as the mood strikes (pun totally intended). It’s fun to play around with styles you normally wouldn’t go with, be able to pull off in your own house or would love to have in your dream house someday. I haven’t put together a random board in almost a year. So, needless to say, it’s high time I post another one. This particular one was inspired by two things…

The first: Malibu. In general, I really miss California. I haven’t been out there since August, though it seems like it wasn’t that long ago. We’re planning another trip out there this fall, but it can’t come soon enough. I miss the perfect weather (and how everyone treats rainy days like snow days), being able to walk pretty much anywhere from the apartment in downtown Burbank, the quaintness of Disneyland, the place I get my hair done (haha)… Well, the list goes on and on. I also miss the laid back and relaxed atmosphere of Malibu – and the fact it’s only a short drive away. Shopping at the Lumberyard and dinner at Gladstone’s is definitely on our list of things to do as soon as we get into town.

The second: When I was a teenager, I really really wanted a surfboard. Not to actually use – no, no – to hang in my room. I thought it would be “like the coolest thing like ever” and was determined to find one. I ended up compromising for a working traffic light and then all was right with the world. Nevertheless, my inner teen still yearns for a vintage surfboard. Seeing as how that wouldn’t really jive in our 1970′s brick ranch, I’ll just express my surfboard love by way of a mood board…

Mood Board: Malibu Living // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Finishes: White walls, touches of blue, rustic wood accents and splashes of gold. // Club Spray Sofa // York Pendant // California Love Print // The World is Your Oyster Print // Claude Walnut Dresser (Look for Less: Take a Craigslist dresser and update the hardware with chunky brass knobs) // Seagrass Baskets (Look for Less: HomeGoods and World Market) // Pappelina Lisa Rug // Moroccan Gold Metallic Pouf // Taylor Chair // Wynne Coffee Table // 72″ Fiddle Leaf Tree // Reversible Cross Pillow // Triangle Cushion // Metallic Velvet Pillow Cover // Metallic Chevron Pillow Cover // Aztec Pillow Cover // Vintage Surfboards

So, what is everyone’s plans for the weekend? One of the things on our To-Do List is to hang a light fixture above the new dining room table. We have to cut/wire a whole new “socket” (actually, what is that called?), so it’s a little more involved than just hanging a new light fixture. Thankfully, we have my dad near by to help us with the wiring and all that jazz.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Richmonders, enjoy the weather because they’re calling for snow again on Tuesday – I know, right?! Happy weekend, everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a random mood board. Last time around, I put together a tween boy’s room (inspired by the 12-year-old version of my little brother). Since then, I’ve had a few email requests for a tween girl’s room, so I thought it would be fun to dig into my inner-tween (Oh yes, I have one. I watch the Disney Channel) and put together a fun, fresh and girly mood board…

Mood Board: Fresh + Girly / 7th House on the Left

What I love about this room is that is can easily grow up. Just take away the One Direction poster and switch out the owl side table and you’ve got yourself an airy feminine room. Okay, keep the owl side table. I love it too. Now, for the 411…

Finishes // Barely there “greige” walls, dark walnut wood furniture with simple lines and navy blue and coral accents.

1 //  Charles White Round Mirror // I’m in love with this mirror. The simple lines will tie in with the furniture but the round shape will add some needed curves to pull off the girly vibe. Look for Less: Try out a DIY version by cutting small white PVC and gluing the pieces onto round, white-framed mirror.

2 // Wyatt Bed with Storage // This simple bed brings a nice streamlined style and soft upholstery to the bedroom and even has a hidden drawer that pulls out from the foot of the bed for extra storage space – something every tween girl can use.

3 // Bulldog Pillow & Ikat Pillow // These two pillows are the perfect mix of fun and class. The bulldog shows a bit of modern personality, while the Ikat brings in a little class that moms will love, too. Look for Less: Search Etsy for affordable and stylish pillow covers.

4 // Mercury Glass Lamp // I switched out the lampshade that comes on this lamp with a plain white drum shade to tie in with the crisp white bedding. The base will add some fun metallic texture and be a nice contrast against the dark wood side table.

5 // Modern Chair // I’m such a big fan of this chair (in every color!). The gray version is soothing and plays as a great backdrop for the bright accent colors throughout the room. Oh, and I “stained” the legs darker to tie in to the side table (thanks to some Photoshop magic). It would be pretty easy for any DIYer to sand the legs down, stain them, and re-apply a thin coat of polyurethane.

6 // Owl Garden Side Table // This little garden side table adds a touch of whimsy and is perfect for a classy tween girly girl.

7 // Heirloom Rug // Adding yet another big pop of color, this yellow rug is kind of like adding fresh tomatoes to a pesto pizza – it adds the perfect amount of acidity to balance everything out. Is it lunch time?

8 // Steppe Nightstand // The solid wood construction of this night stand is made to last through the teen years. Look for Less: This nightstand is made from less durable material, but it has the same lines at a fraction of the price.

9 // Bodega Storage Box Set // These storage boxes tie in well with the color scheme and are a perfect place to stash notes from friends and important keepsakes. Look for Less: Paint a set of unfinished wooden boxes (found at Michaels) with high gloss coral paint and embellish with silver nail heads or thumb tacks.

10 // Be You Print // Fun, modern art and a great motto for a tween girl to live by. The metallic gold text will bring in some glam that every girl needs.

11 // Fetco Cork Board // What’s a tween room without a memo board? A few of these little cork boards lined up over a desk will be great for reminders, photos and notes from mom. And they’re on sale for $6!

So, what’s the verdict? If you were a Tween again, would this room be your cup of tea?