I saw a great post at Blissfully Domestic¬†about displaying kids’ art. I’ve been working on doing some of that in our house….trying to take it beyond the fridge. I have some cute little flowers the kids made on a side table:

Another thing I’ve done is arranged a group of my son’s watercolors in the living room:

For art management (because it sure does get out of control), my new plan is to delegate each child a drawer in the dresser near our front door; we’ll collect the art in there and go through it every so often to try to select our favorites.

Any other ideas out there?

The tap-tob curtains in my son’s room always bugged me. They were o.k., but I regretted that I didn’t buy longer ones so that I could hang them even higher. And I felt like they needed…..something else. I got some ideas from The Nester’s mistreatments, and here’s what I came up with:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

I found some inexpensive fabric with blue and green stripes, added that to the bottom of each panel, and trimmed it with wide ribbon. All using iron-on hem tape and hot glue (I would love to learn how to sew one of these days, but for now, I make due)! Then, for the topper, I folded a piece of fabric, trimmed it with the same ribbon, and tacked it to the wall with upholstery tacks. Better, I hope! It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you hang those curtains nice and high.

O.k., here goes. My first question (and let’s start with a little one) is about the living room. Nester, if you’re out there, I queried you about this a while back. I loved your suggestions, but I’m still playing around with this room. We did some rearranging, and I’m not sure what to do with this one wall.

Living RoomO.k., so it’s not a perfect picture, but see the white armoire thingy? That houses the computer. I hide the ugly black office chair if we’re having people over. The t.v. situation is not ideal, but it will have to hang out for now. But what to do with the armoire area? Is that little grapevine wreath too country? Should I hang pictures on either side of the armoire? Above it? Do nothing? Here’s another shot of that room:

Living Room 2So if anyone stumbles upon this little baby blog, I want some ideas!

This is all The Nester’s fault. I’m sitting here wondering what in the world I’m doing starting a blog. A decorating blog, no less. This house stuff is a bit of an obsession for me. I get a huge sense of accomplishment when I complete a house project. And then I move on to the next. Over the course of the past month or two, I have discovered the world of homemaking, decorating, and design blogs. And now I’m addicted.¬†

The Nester is probably my favorite. Reading her stuff made me realize that I’m not the only decoration improviser out there. I’m not the only magazine hoarder, color obsessor, furniture shifter, and knick knack rearranger. And her loyal fans have been a great source of inspiration as well.

Another favorite? Mrs. Fussypants. Who wouldn’t love someone with a name like that? And while Mrs. F’s main focus is fighting the frump, which I totally support, I figure I’m just fighting house frump.

So I started wondering…..what would they say about that one bookself? How would The Nester top that window? And so on. So I thought maybe I’d throw my hat into the ring, see if I could get some feedback on my house, and maybe even provide an idea or two of my own once in a while.