DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

Long before we moved into this house, when Ollie was still in a crib, I knew I had already put this DIY on “my list.” While visiting a friend’s house I complimented the pair of upholstered twin beds in his guest room and he informed me that they were DIY Ikea hacks. I was so impressed that I insisted that he send me the tutorial. So this project is based on that tutorial, it’s not completely original, but I did improvise as they did not have the bed frame in stock that I wanted to use, so instead I had to use the cheaper Nieden Frame. Seeing the before and after of this project proves what an anchor a headboard can be. This beautiful green-grey upholstered bed frame really makes the room.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

BEFORE


DIY Upholstered Bed

AFTER


Ikea Hack Upholstered bed

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

SUPPLIES


STEP 1. Screw plywood to front of existing headboard.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 2. use the 1”x3” lumber to build a “box as shown below.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 3. Cut batting and wrap side rails and foot of bed. Use the staple gun to secure in place. Careful to keep the corners and edges as clean as possible. I took several photos below to best show my wrapping technique.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 4. Cut and wrap the headboard with batting. I used the remainder of batting to wrap the top edge and corners with an extra layer. Use the staple gun to secure in place.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 5. Cut and wrap the head board with fabric or blanket. Fold the corners and trim to keep as clean as possible. Again, I added detailed shots to try and show how I folded and tucked the fabric.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
  • I did not finish the back of the headboard, since I knew it would be hidden.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 7. Cut and wrap the side rails and foot. Secure in place with staple gun. Again, play around with folding and tucking at the corners to get the cleanest look.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
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Dream Home 2.0 // Big Boy Room

The e-design of my dream home series continues, this time I’m sharing Ollie’s big boy room. When we left New York, our little dude was still in a crib. The crib will stay in storage when we get to our new home and Ollie will get his very own big boy bed! I have big plans to whip up this Ikea hack to give my boy the upholstered bed he’s never dreamed of. I’m feeling inspired to use a lot more pattern, and of course, a lot more color in a little boy’s room, than in the other rooms I’ve shared. I am just in love with the mud cloth wallpaper pattern in the photo below on the right, by Spoonflower, it’s in consideration once we see a space. I also love how the room on the left incorporated the pattern into the headboard. I also want to upgrade his kiddo art work (check out his nursery here) and incorporate more photography. And of course, some really fun elements like the dinosaur lamp pictured below.

Big Boy Bedroom Inspiration

photos: 1 / 2 / 3


Big Boy Bedroom e-design

DIY Cut Out Kids Art

If you've been following along this summer, you know that Ollie and I have been hanging out and doing a lot more activities than usual. It has been so fun seeing his creative side come out, and watching him gain fine motor skills. Last DIY project I shared with you was a color block painting, this project was definitely less involved and less messy, we created art inspired by Henri Matisse's cut out art. 

During the last decade of his life Henri Matisse deployed two simple materials—white paper and gouache—to create works of wide-ranging color and complexity. An unorthodox implement, a pair of scissors, was the tool Matisse used to transform paint and paper into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes.

You can read more about Matisse's methods here

DIY Cut Out Kids Art

DIY Kids Art

SUPPLIES: 

  • colored paper
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1: I did the prep work and cut out the shapes, in completely random sizes and colors. Do not cut white paper.

Matisse Inspired Kids Art Project
DIY Kids Art

Step 2. Lay out your shapes on white paper 

DIY Matisse-Inspired Kids Art

Step 3: Glue shapes on to paper. That's it!

DIY Matisse Inspired Kids Art

Summer Picnic

Do you know about my love for picnics? It is one of my absolute favorite family activities. I love that we are outside, sharing and passing. Our entertainment is usually the people or the dogs walking by, not our screens or the TV in the restaurant bar. Picnics are generally much more budget friendly than going out to dinner, but you're still away from your everyday dining situation, which is probably our favorite part. 

Summer Picnic

Picnics can be as simple as filling your water bottle and making a few PB&Js, or one of our go-tos, stopping by the prepared food section in the grocery store on the way to "the spot." This particular picnic was a little more involved. We were at my family's "cottage," so we were able to utilize the grill, which you could also do at many parks, if you're okay with putting in a little leg work.

Summer Picnic

The menu I cooked up for the perfect summer picnic was a combo of pre-made and freshly grilled items, all kid-friendly, utilizing seasonal summer items and available at the tiny little town grocery store.

PERFECT SUMMER PICNIC MENU

  • grilled peach and fresh mozzarella on prepared flatbread
  • Tortellini salad with pesto (pre-made)
  • grilled corn
  • watermelon
  • no-bake cheese cake topped with berries
Summer Picnic
Summer Picnic

What's on your perfect summer picnic menu? 

Color Blocked Kids Art Project

I never quite understood what parents were talking about when they complained about finding activities for their kids to do during summer vacation, but now that I'm in transition and home with Oliver all day, I totally get it. I can't say I've been Martha Stewart mom, but I have done a few activities I'm proud of and I'm pretty excited to share this DIY color block art project with you. It was a team effort between my son and I, and a lovely way to spend a three afternoons.

DIY Kids Color Block Art Project

I am in love with this color block art trend I've been seeing around the internet. I am in no way claiming that our work of art is as good as Jesslyn Brooks or Ines Longevial, but I am very happy with the way it turned out. I may have inadvertently promised our son it would hang in house "forever." These are a inspiration pieces for this project.

color block art

art clockwise from top left: 1 / 23 / 4

SUPPLIES: 

  • paint, I ised acrylic 
  • paint brushes
  • canvas
  • pencil

NOTE: I chose the paint colors

DIY Color Block Art

STEP 1: Have your little draw shapes on the canvas

Color Block art project with kids
Color Block art project with kids

STEP 2: He picked the placement for the colors, then I painted the outline of the shapes.

Color Block art project with kids

STEP 3: Ollie painted the inside of the shapes.

Color Block art project with kids

STEP 4: I cleaned it up and painted the sides. 

DIY COLOR BLOCK ART

Rainbow Round-up

I just love that rainbows are having a moment right now. When I was in second grade, my teacher played a song for us called, "The World is A Rainbow." Do you know it? It became kind of a classroom anthem, with a beautiful message about different kinds of people living together in harmony. That song sealed my life long love for the symbol. It makes me happy that for so many people the rainbow symbolizes love and acceptance of all people no matter who they choose to be or who they choose to love. This being my first post of pride month, it seemed like perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite rainbow decor from around the web. 

Rainbow Print
Rainbow decor
Rainbow Wallhanging

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 


Rainbow Decor round-up

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Ollie's Trolls 3rd Birthday

Last month we celebrated Ollie's 3rd birthday. I went a little crazy and turned our house into a Trolls wonderland. I didn't want to hit Party City and buy everything in the Poppy section, so I decided to get creative. Do you remember my mood board? I cut yards and yards and yards felt garlands and made my first ever balloon installation and even paper mached a cloud balloon. Anika Fatouros captured the wild party.  

Trolls Birthday Party

I set up a little picnic table for the kids with a paper mache Trolls hill centerpiece. 

Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party

I DIYed troll hair and I gathered goodies for the kiddos to decorate Trolls masks using the pattern I found here

Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party
Trolls Birthday Party

A big thank you to Meghan for making the cake. 

Trolls Birthday Party

Thank you also to Anika for the photos! 

Mood Board // Trolls Birthday Party

When you love planning kid parties, but you HATE planning character themed kids birthdays, what do you do? My little has requested a Trolls themed third birthday. Upon his request, I only cringed a little, because I knew there was so much other magic in that movie I could pull without pasting Princess Poppy everywhere. I am planning to play up the rainbows, magic plants, flowers and bugs, and incorporating actual Trolls sporadically throughout the decor.  This technique can easily be translated to other parties as well, if your little wants a Superhero Party, consider playing up the city skyline, or a Minnie Mouse party, polka-dots could be the dominating element. What do you think? Do you head to Party City and buy up the section, or do you like to take a character theme to another level?  

Trolls Party Inspiration