Ideas for an (Almost) Tween Boy’s Room

When my now 8-year old son was just two, he had one giant obsession: cars.  That kid woke up talking about cars, went to sleep talking about cars, and he spent every moment in between either playing with cars or talking about how he wanted to play with cars.  He was a fun little man, and Lightening McQueen was his hero.  And if we are being totally honest, Lightening McQueen was my hero, too, because he helped get me through some rough moments as a first time mother.

So, I did what any crazy, DIY loving mom would do and painted a car mural on every wall of his room.  The cars were cartoon styled to match his (then popular) bedding from Target.  The delight on his face when he saw the room for the first time is one of those moments that, as a mother, I will never forget.

In the past few years, Zack’s obsessions have changed. Although he does still like to play cars with his 3-year old sister and has never turned down a chance to watch his buddy McQueen, Zack’s primary obsessions are now Lego, Minecraft, and sharks.  When I brought up the thought that we needed to redecorate his room since he had outgrown the toddler car theme, I was met with a lot of resistance.  Zack is a very sentimental kid (a trait that he doesn’t get from me), so the thought of his car room going away brought out the tears.

I gave him about six months to get used to the idea.  One day, he came to me and said, “I’d like to have a shark room.”  He wants to be a marine biologist – which is funny to me, because that’s what I entered college to be but I had never shared that with him. “Yep, we can do that!” I replied. “But, with a little mid century modern twist.”

“Huh?” he said.

Mid Century Modern boy's room moodboard

Using Photoshop Elements, I put together a mood board using my ideas for his room.  Since he outgrew his car room so quickly, I don’t want to go down the themed room route again (I should have listened to my friend Melissa back then).  I want to make it “feel” sharky while having very few actual sharks in the room.  Zack loves the above image, so I think we are headed in the right direction.  This is really the first time I’ve ever done a mood board for one of my rooms, but I’m already thrilled that I put it together.

Sunday Pinterest Party Featuring You {Week 8}

Sometimes the AMAZING holiday weekend gets away from you, and a Sunday Pinterest Party becomes a Monday Pinterest Party.  Hate me.

Weekly Pinterest Link Up Party

Meet our team:
Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage~Pinterest, Adrianne from Dream Book Design~Pinterest, Jenelle from Nelle Creations~Pinterest, Sarah from Creative Ramblings~Pinterest, and Aimee from Captivating Corner~Pinterest.

If you missed the last few weeks, be sure to click here to find out what’s going on.

I’m sorry to be such a loser and to miss posting the linky party yesterday! Well, actually, I’m not sorry because I was having a blast with my friends and neighbors and never wanting the holiday weekend to end. In fact, this is the first time that I’ve turned on my computer since Thursday…I hope you had an awesome time yourself!

Even with everyone being in holiday mode last week (or was that just me?) there were still some great pins linked up to the party!  One of my favorites is this DIY Mini Hanging Planter pinned by Leigh Anne at Houseologie.  I am obsessed with little wooden bowls, so I’m sure I have enough on hand to make this today.

DIY Mini Hanging Planter

Jumpstart June {The Finale}

Woah.  Did June just fly right by us or what?  And just as quickly, we are finished with Jumpstart June.

Jumpstart June: Pick one project that you want to get finished this month and get it done!

Since today is actually July 2nd, I should have posted my final project yesterday.  But, sometimes summer fun gets in the way of my blog’s editorial calendar, and you guys have to wait a day or two for a post.  The good news, though, is that I got finished with my Jumpstart June project.

Mary Blair Inspired Wall

YES!  I actually didn’t finish it until about 10pm on June 30th.  I went down to the wire, but I got it completed.

Sunday Pinterest Party Featuring You {Week 7}

Happy Sunday, my friends!  It’s time for the Pinterest Link Up Party!

Weekly Pinterest Link Up Party

Meet our team:
Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage~Pinterest, Adrianne from Dream Book Design~Pinterest, Jenelle from Nelle Creations~Pinterest, Sarah from Creative Ramblings~Pinterest, and Aimee from Captivating Corner~Pinterest.

If you missed the last few weeks, be sure to click here to find out what’s going on.

There were so many good pins from last week’s Pinterest Link Up Party that I ended up choosing three to feature!  The first is this DIY Clamshell Bowl that was pinned by Monica at Craftberry Bush.  My love of organically shaped bowls and trays is on super obsession high alert mode thanks to a webinar I watched last week from my friend Jackie, so this bowl caught my eye immediately.

clamshell bowl

Next up are these delicious indoor smores, pinned by Monica at Creative Gator.  I seriously want to try these out at the 4th of July BBQ that we are hosting next week for our friends and neighbors.

How to Clean Windows Without Chemicals + a HomeRight Steam Machine Plus Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified.

I can never seem to keep my windows clean. Between the pollen and the rain and the kids’ dirty handprints, the glass gets dirty about 10 seconds after I clean it.

But, have you ever noticed how much brighter your home is with clean windows?  It makes a world of difference!

So, with that in mind, I do try to clean my windows when I am bored enough or trying to avoid something else enough to actually do it (you feel me on that, don’t you?).  I try to avoid using chemical filled cleaning supplies where possible, but it’s been difficult finding something non-toxic that works as well as Windex does on my windows.

Well, until now.

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

I have started using the handheld portion of my HomeRight Steam Machine Plus (Amazon affiliate link) and a clean microfiber cloth to clean my windows, and the results are amazing.

How to Decorate With Color and Not Feel Like You Live Under the Big Top

Earlier this year, I got an email from one of my sweet readers.  She told me about her love/hate relationship with color.  Sara said that she has a series of different colors throughout her house and she loves them all, but she was having a difficult time focusing on pulling it all together.  As she put it, “How do I focus and not make it look like [I live in] a circus?”

I have been thinking about that question ever since then.  Sara isn’t the first person who’s approached me with questions about using color effectively in a room, but she is the first one who phrased the question in that particular way…and I loved it.

So, as part of the blog hop series on “How to Decorate” that is being hosted by my friend Beth from Home Stories A to Z, I am finally sharing my thoughts on putting together a colorful homr that doesn’t look like it belongs under the Big Top.  And welcome if you are joining me for the first time as part of this blog hop from Rhoda’s blog, Southern Hospitality.  I’m glad you are here!

How to decorate with color and not feel like you live in a circus tent

I use color in a lot of big ways around my home.  My creativity thrives when I am surrounded by saturated hues, so I made it a point to bring that saturation into my home.  You will find a lot of bold patterns and bright colors in every room.  I always sort of feel like my color combinations and styling just sort of come to me.  But, as I took some time to really consider Sara’s question to me, I realized that there were some key guidelines that I subconsciously follow when putting together a room.