Toy Room Organization

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Remember that little closet in our playroom? I’ve been meaning to tackle the space for a couple of years now.

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It had become this sort of catch-all space that made it easy for the girls to “clean up” the playroom, but it also felt sort of pointless from an organizational standpoint. They would throw all their toys in there and shut the door. Ta-da!! Clean playroom! But I’m not sure what I expected without giving them a good system for organizing. The biggest problem is we had too many toys, so we first went through and donated a lot of what we had and never used. Some of the toys went upstairs to the girls bedrooms, but much of what we kept was the toddler age stuff for Margot.

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I patched the walls with drywall mud where we had taken down the too-big and busted up shelving, and I primed and painted the walls Chantilly Lace (my all-time favorite white). And then it was time for the fun part – the organizing and decorating!

The girls and I went shopping together and we were thrilled to finally have a reason to pick up some of the Pillowfort products at Target. I’m sure you’ve seen the adorable displays in the stores! SO many cute, cute products. The coral pink, neon yellow, mint green and happy lilac colors paired so well with the vintage rug I put in the closet and the bright white walls.

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There are a ton of beautiful patterned fabric bins and cute wire metal bins from the Pillowfort line that made it easy to sort the small toys into categories like Legos and wooden blocks and animal figurines.

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I LOVE these metal wire ones with the drop fronts that make it easy to put away items without even moving the basket! They are stackable too! I thought about grabbing a few more of these to mount directly to the wall for dress ups storage.

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pink touch on/off task light

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On the window wall, the girls chose a panda and a unicorn to hang up (they had to make them pipe cleaner tiaras and necklaces first though, naturally!)

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I also hung up a vintage pastel and a heart marquee sign (that has an auto shut-off after 3-4 hours! High fives.)

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We have some blue bookshelves in the playroom that work really well for the big girls books since they can easily reach them. But I picked up two of these tiny kid bookshelves to mount down low to put Margot’s favorite books out on rotation.

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white hanging bookshelves  //  GIRLS RULE wire sign

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The light filtering curtains were another fun addition! I love the sweet butterfly pattern and that they are basically black-out curtains (makes nap time about a million times easier!)

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I love that this little space works and feels SO much better now, but my very favorite part has been how much the girls love being in here! And cleaning up has been a breeze for them, now that everything has a place.

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flamingo  //  tassel pillow

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Here are a couple of other favorites from Target‘s Pillowfort line that my girls have been saving up allowance money for. They really want to put a little activity table in the playhouse and we’ve been eyeing these adorable little mint chairs!!

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Metal Kids Table  //  Green Glass Table Lamp  // Squiggle Canvas Bin  //  Lilac Teepee  //  Mint Kids Chairs

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Lilac Striped Rug  //  Tufted Ottoman  //  Scallop Side Table  //  Panda Lamp  //  Aqua Wire Basket

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LGN Hashtags!

Greetings from NYC! Michael and I both have work events/projects here and we thought it would be fun to come back with the kids for a couple of weeks. We got here on Monday and have been going non-stop since with meetings and play dates with old friends. Lots of productive fun! It’s turning out to be pretty much the perfect vacation for us, though we have plans to try and slow down a bit while we’re here and do some life evaluating. (**dramatic music!!**)
The past few months especially have been good, but completely, completely nuts. We spent a ton of time doing some filming for a fun project and of course we had quite a few big design installs out of state and locally. I also got to help put on girls camp for my church and not to mention Heather’s wedding reception at our house! I’m getting winded just writing out this list. :) The craziest part of the summer is over at this point though and we’re starting to get some of the photos back from the installs and the wedding, which is pretty much the best cherry on top and makes it all worth it. It’s like going through labor and while you’re in the middle of it, you’re like, WHAT HAVE I DONE. NEVER AGAIN. And then as soon as the baby is in your arms, you’re like, hey, that wasn’t so bad! I’m a freaking champion. Let’s do it again! (j/k about that last part – too soon)
All that to say, I’m proud of the work we’ve done the past few months and I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, there are a few sneak peaks on my Instagram!
Speaking of Instagram, I think it’s HIGH TIME that we have a couple of LGN hashtags!!
Instagram
#heyLGN – pretty self explanatory- I just want to see your pretty photos! I’ll be reposting and doing mini round ups here on the blog. So if you have a post or see a post that feels like something we all would love, hashtag that baby!
#LGNprojects – I want to see your DIY! I get to see a few when people tag me, but sometimes that gets lost in the mix and I want the chance to see and share these projects!
You can also shoot me an email with photos. I’m hoping to do a few round ups a month with some awesome reader projects. Hello at littlegreennotebook dot com.
Sending all sorts of virtual hugs and high fives to you all. Thanks for sticking with me through all the craziness! xo

DIY Kitchen Backsplash

Kate and I have been working together for a few years now. She has a beautiful baby girl, who is just a few weeks older than Margot, so Kate mostly works from home now, but she still does a ton for me and my design business. She is just the best there is – she makes any project more beautiful and infinitely more FUN! Kate and her husband recently were ready to take on some kitchen projects and they were kind enough to document some of the process for our viewing pleasure. I love the cheerful results! Enjoy!

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Hi! Kate here. We moved into our house 18 months ago and have been systematically tackling the renovations, room by room. Floors, popcorn ceilings, new fixtures, and a few walls knocked down. The kitchen was in pretty rough shape as you can tell, but a full-blown renovation wasn’t in the budget or timeframe.

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We raised the ceiling, painted walls and cupboards, ripped out one set of cupboards, painted our countertops (a post in itself!), laid a super inexpensive gray floor tile and there you have it- livable and neutral until we checked a few more pressing things off our to-do list. This is where we landed: READ MORE »

Room Vibes : Powder Blue

Move over, mint green! Everywhere I turn lately, I’m seeing icy, powder blue – and I’m loving it! We’ve been using the color a lot in some of the client installs we’ve been working on the past couple weeks. (I can’t wait to get the photos back from the photographers to share with you! :) Here are a few of my recent favorite rooms with pops of this pretty powder blue.
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And since it’s on the brain, everything I’ve bought for myself lately seems to be some shade of light blue! Here is a round up of my recent favorites…
FOR YOU:
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1: This swimming suit! I saw it on another woman at the beach a few weeks ago and it is SO cute in person.
2: Sunglasses. The shape, the color, YES PLEASE. (On sale for under $10!)
3: I may have ordered 3 of these hats last week. The perfect summer baseball cap for under $5! (Even though they aren’t prime, the came within the week!)
7: Hat, to wear at the pool all summer!
FOR YOUR HOME…
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1: Chair, I love this shape.
2: Society6 print– blurry, beautiful, and blue.
3: I love the pop of color in this sconce. Eyeing it for an upcoming client project, can’t beat that price.
4: Pillow, reminding me of LGN of old!
5: Fun colored Eiffel chair
6: Pretty planter (under $20!)
Have you seen any great powder blue spaces or pieces lately? Doesn’t it feel like such a fresh color?!