Bedroom Round Two

pinkroom{Before picture : The pink room}

When we moved into our house, our son’s bedroom had pink walls and rose colored carpet. He had just turned one and none of us were big fans of the color choices in this room. This was the easiest painting job since we didn’t care about the carpet and finished within a few hours. The image below is what happened after we painted the pink walls and replaced the rose carpet.

IMG_5719{Before picture: The baby room}

Over the years, the furniture moved around and we replaced the crib with a bed. As I came to terms that my kid is going to start elementary school this year, I decided that we needed to de-baby-fy his room. I kept some of the baby stuff, like the stuffed elephant from his first birthday made by his grandma, his baby book, and maybe a few other things that I snuck in there to ease my “my kid is growing up so fast” mind. I realized that with my crickety body, the thought of repainting his room in a few years was not an option. We wanted to choose a neutral color, and ended up painting it the same color as our wall in our dining room.

bed-corner{After picture}

I still need to hang the curtains and find a bed frame for him, but wanted to snap a few pictures before he destroyed it. It only takes minutes for the Lego’s to be thrown all over the floor making it a safety hazard for all grown adults. Even though I said in an earlier post that I wanted to stay away from gray, I ended up with it anyway. Mostly because we had the color in our house already, and we didn’t want to fuss around between that color and white. I used Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. We just had an earthquake in our area, so I tacked everything down securely and also added adhesive putty to all the hanging pictures. Our son’s painting and Boba Fett are hung without frames with putty and washi tape.

bed1My son was on board with me most of the time as long as I had a picture of Boba Fett on the wall. The only thing he wouldn’t let me change, was his lamp. Since we got rid of most of the green in his room, he wanted to keep the one thing that had his dad’s favorite color on it. I grudgingly complied. For now. (Tapping my fingers together like Mr. Burns moment.)




IMG_8927{All images by Nancy Cho for Uncle Owly}


Animal Print Shop Nursery Project

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

When we were little, my dad had a landscaping business in the California wine country. We lived in a cute suburban neighborhood of 1950’s ranch style homes, and our house had the ugliest front yard on the block. The last thing that our dad wanted to do when he got home from work, was to design and work on our yard. Lucky for him, we were not under a home owner’s association. Not so lucky for our neighbors.

I am far from being an interior decorator, but I do love researching and looking up beautiful interiors. Now that I’m trying to figure out what to do with my son’s big-boy room, I am running into many amazing kid’s spaces. (Oh god Pinterest, what have you done to the internet and my life?) Things aren’t that pretty in my home as it is not all glitz and glam around here. I have a tough time making my home into anything Pinterest worthy as I live in the real world with a tight budget. I oftentimes become paralyzed with fear with every decision I make, and that my friends, don’t look so good.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

My son’s room is no where near the size of this one, but my face turned green with envy as I scrolled through these pictures by The Animal Print Shop. How I wish I could have been a part of Animal Print Shop Nursery Project, but alas, the inspiration drawn from these pictures will have to suffice!

Currently, his room is a sage-y green color, and I was thinking about painting his room white. It was bright pink when we moved in, so bringing it to white will require multiple coats of paint. I’m tempted to go with this Caldwell Green color from Benjamin Moore, with the camp/outdoors theme. This color can go with any age, and is a nice change from all of the gray that I have in my home and have been seeing everywhere. Can I manage? Will it happen? Well, August is my target month, so let’s see what comes out from this petrified brain of mine.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

{All images by Laure Joilet for The Animal Print Shop}



I love the idea of putting up wallpaper in my home. I do not love the idea of installing wallpaper in my home. The task seems overwhelming, and I do not like the idea of having to paste, cut, and align wallpaper perfectly. Hopefully, I will get over this phobia because there are some gorgeous wallpaper out there that I drool over.

Until then, I found MUR, a fun company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They design cute and modern wall decals to spruce up any room in the house. These affordable decals are also not permanent, so it’s perfect for the renter or the decorator that loves to change things up.


I first discovered MUR when I ran into this blog Chasing Sunshine.  I’ve been searching for decorating ideas for my little dude, to transform him baby room into a big boy room. I’ve been leaning towards the whole white/black + wood trend, and love how she added pops of color to tie everything together. Ever wish you could buy a room and have it just magically appear in your home? Poof! … darn, it didn’t work.

Jack-Room{Top two images by MUR; Bottom image by Chasing Sunshine}


Aqua, Pink, Grey, and Black Nursery

One of my favorite colors is aqua/turquoise. I went nuts when the turquoise and brown color combination hit years ago, but then it went on to other color combo’s and it was difficult for me to let go of aqua. I was so excited to see this nursery by Lay Baby Lay, using aqua with splashes of pink, grey, black and white. My new favorite color combo right now is peach and gray, so I was excited to see the colors in this nursery using that with my old time love, aqua. Baby or not, Vivi Charles’ nursery is a room that I wish I could be my bedroom.

Lemonade Anyone?

I can’t wait to have a lemonade stand with the little guy. I want to make him the most bomb-a** lemonade stand ever. I think these vintage looking beverage dispensers from Victorian Trading Co. are perfect for any party, wedding, and yes, the bomb-a** lemonade stand. It will be totally, (in higher pitch voice), awesoooome.

What to do with Mirrored Doors and Walls

When we moved into our 80’s house, we knew that the house was due for an upgrade to present day. Our master bedroom has three sliding doors that were gi-normous. Not only that, they were mirrored closet doors, boo! I searched and searched for a solution that did not involved installing custom doors because of our budget. Plus, custom closet doors can run you thousands of dollars, especially the size that we needed. So, the handy hubby decided to take the mirrors out and replace it with plywood. We painted it and thought, “Hey, we can put wallpaper up!” Did you know that wallpaper is expensive? Well, at least the kind that I liked. I actually did know about this amazing vinyl wallpaper that can hang over mirrored walls and doors, but since the price wasn’t right, I nixed that too. So, I decided to go with stenciling. UNTIL, I found this awesome deal at ModCloth for temporary wallpaper made out of vinyl. It’s from a company called, Tempaper. I guess we could have kept the mirrors in the end, but if we ever get sick of this wallpaper, at least we know that there won’t be mirrors underneath. Think of it as high end contact paper. Yup, contact paper. But it’s a lot sturdier, nicer, and the patterns are great.

It took about a roll and a half to finish the doors. Now I want to line my cupboards with them. Not really kid related entry, but hey, Tempaper has some very cute wallpaper patterns for kids rooms too! So when your kid decides that he or she is not two years old anymore, you can rip that sucker off in no time.

Here’s the AFTER:

De-80-fying Our Home: Part II


The living room was not that big of a deal to de-80-fy. In fact, I really loved the furniture that the previous owner had. She had this amazing formal dining table set that was mid-century danish. Her coffee table and dresser was as well, and I just love that style. Unfortunately, the house didn’t come with it so we worked with what we had. In the “Old Living room” picture, you can see the 80’s chandelier peeking through on the left. That was taken down immediately. We also had a 80’s globe light in the entryway that I replaced with a pendant lamp. I think I will re-furbish the 80’s globe and have it re-surface somewhere else. But right now, the old globe light needs a lot of TLC.




De-80-fying Our 80’s Home

Remember I said that I have lots of projects going on? How do I do this with my one year old, you ask? Well, I have to admit that he’s a pretty awesome kid. I know that it is a possibility that that could change when the “terrible twos” hit, but I’m soaking in every moment with him now! I make it up to him by taking him to the park everyday.

We moved into our 1985 home a couple months ago and we are so happy we’re finally here. We have a lot more space and a yard for the little one and our dog to run around and get into trouble. With a very limited budget, we have the challenge now of DE-80-fying our home. I appreciate some of the music that came out of the 80’s, but other than that, I don’t appreciate anything else that came out of the 80’s. The clothing, the hair, and most of all, the architecture!! Why did we choose a 1980’s house? Because we live in the SF Bay Area, and it’s ridiculously expensive out here. We didn’t want to compromise on space and location to the city, so here we are. But we’re hopeful, because this home and neighborhood have a great vibe.

What we can afford… Paint. We immediately started with the kitchen cabinets. Let me tell you, it was a big pain to paint these, but in the end, I’m so glad we did. You MUST use oil-based paints for kitchen cabinets. It’s a horrid paint to work with, but you’ll be sorry if you don’t. Next up, we took down the grandma window curtains and left the blinds. We are still trying to figure out what to put up in its place. Lastly, we bought Ikea flooring and installed it over the ugly laminate. Still have to put in the trim around the floor and work out some minor details, but voila! A kitchen that is slowly leaving the 80’s for $700 bucks.


and one more BEFORE, just in case you didn’t get the idea. A great shot of the floors…

And NOW…

Work in Progress

Remember the pink room I had to tackle? Well, it’s still a work in progress, but I tackled it. Uncle Owly has been very busy these days cooking up new ideas and projects. It’s even busier when you’re running after a one year old boy. But the room is almost done. It’s a little messy and I can’t seem to keep it clean all the time… i wonder why? hrngh! I will be putting up two picture shelves above the dresser, and hang up paper balloons from the ceiling. Oh, and I still haven’t decided on the wallpaper for the closet doors. Once those little details are done, I will tackle the rest of the house. Don’t even ask me about my bedroom. It’s a disaster.

Pink Room had pink walls, dark rose colored carpeting, and a pink closet. Here’s one last picture of the BEFORE….

….and AFTER:

Ink + Wit

Sometimes, I wish I was fast and witty. I often find myself saying, “I should have said this!” an hour after a conversation. This stamp set from Ink + Wit is one I wish I had found for the first birthday party. Oh well. But, I looked around and found these adorable tea towels. Super cute, well, almost too cute for tea towels. I think I’d rather hang these up on my walls!

Munaluna :: last of Renegade… i think…

I am a nerd. I was in band and jazz band when I was in elementary, middle, and high school. When I saw Munaluna’s booth, I thought, “Those are cute tea towels.” The paper is cute too… HALT. WHAT? Plushy robots?! I don’t care what you say, but robots are awesome. And now that Meredith Cheng has made them plushy, they can be cuddly, huggable robots. Hewoooo wobot fwend!

Read: Anthology Magazine

Currently, I am at home most of the time. I watch my little one, I work in my studio, and I bum around at home. If I’m not here, then I’m at the park. I get inspiration from my friends who are A LOT more design savvy than I am when it comes to decorating my home. One of them came out with a new magazine, Anthology. It is beautiful, it is fun, and it inspires the home decorator in all of us! My home is being taken over by baby stuff, but I have reserved one room for me. The living room. Let the decorating begin.
And by the way, Meg… get some sleep!

More Wallpaper!

I’m just gonna load up a whole bunch of pictures in this post!



Aimee Wilder

Aimee Wilder

How about wall decals?


Petit Collage



Hunt for Wallpaper

I am excited to tackle the Pink Room at the new place next week. Another thing that bothers me about this room are these closet doors.   I don’t want to paint them, and I don’t want to rip them out. So, I’m thinking about putting wallpaper over them. Now that I’ve decided what I want to do, I have to do the hard part and find a wallpaper pattern. Here are a couple that I’ve ran into. Any faves? Any suggestions?

One of my faves…

and remember this?

No commitment yet.  I have a whole other list of wallpaper coming up!  I am also packing away the computer soon, so we’ll reaalllly be absent for a while.  I have one more post going up before then.  See you all soon!  I still have Renegade posts to load!

Late in the Game

I went to the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend and it was to be expected…. awesome. I’ll be loading up pictures soon! Meanwhile, I may be a little late in the game with this cute little pendant lamp from Ikea, but had to post it anyway. My trips to Ikea have been a bit infrequent lately, but in this last trip, I found Solig. I have problems bringing it up on the US website, but I found them at the Emeryville store. I thought that the red one would be cool to hang over the baby’s bookshelf. But, then I found out it is a solar light for outdoors. Bad news is, I’ll have to figure out a way to still put this in the baby room. Good news is, I’ll have a cute back patio with lighting.

Makeover Time

We’re moving in a month and the woman who lives there now is the sweetest grandma. She decorated one of the rooms in pink with pink carpet and this room will be our son’s room. So, you see the dilemma, right? The first thing we will be doing is painting and putting new carpet in this room. Then, we will tackle the rest of the house to bring it into this era and out of the dreaded… yes folks… it’s total 80’s up in there.

A challenge? YES. But worth it to be in a bigger house in a better neighborhood? Yup.
I’ve got ideas brewing, so stay tuned!

Desperate Need of Toy Bin

I repeat, I am in desperate need of a LARGE toy bin. After this little guy’s first birthday, the toy situation in our house is a little out of control. The cute little bins I bought are now lame and being crushed by the mountain of “toy-dom”. Would I love to be able to shell out hundreds of dollars to buy these beautiful storage solutions from Argington, (pictured above), and Ecotots and Mod Mom, (pictured below)? Yes, yes I would. But should I or WILL I? No, no I won’t! Unless of course, I win the lotto soon… which is highly doubtful.

UNLESS, it is something that I will use after the baby grows out of. Something like the Storage Bushel from Hable Construction, (below), is still pricey, but at least I can use it for other things.  I still hesitate and don’t think I’ll go that route just yet. Must fine something else…..

So, maybe IKEA? Ok, so here’s a dilemma I’m having. After seeing all these toys, clothes, and feeding stuff for baby, I see that the little guy outgrows all of these things so quickly. Some of them I can sell, but some we just have to throw out. What a complete waste!! So, should I find something at IKEA that is cheap and will do for now, but we’ll add it to the pile of trash later? Or, do we get something that costs more and make more use out of it?  Am I making any sense? Has Berkeley gone to my head? Ok, ok, ok…. let’s look around for some more bins. I think I’m just going nuts seeing all this clutter of toys around my house.  Sorry, first-time-mom-freak-out.

In the meantime, let me know if you have a nice and LARGE storage solution for your kid’s stuff!!!

Smiling Planet

My baby, I mean toddler, is starting to eat off his plate. Well, I don’t know if he knows that he’s really doing that. If your kids is like mine, he needs to be extremely distracted in order to eat. The kid won’t eat if he is too concentrated on just the food. Distract him, and he will open wide. So we’re going for the plates with cute little designs on them. For some reason, the smaller the design, the more he focuses and zero’s in on the image. Amazing. Moral of the story? It doesn’t have to be loud to be distracting.

These cute plates from Smiling Planet are BPA free, earth friendly, and non toxic. I love the illustrations and the cute little messages.

Shinzi Katoh

I first fell in love with Shinzi Katoh when I saw their tote bags. But now that I have a little kid, I am going bonkers over their stuff for kids. Well, it’s either stuff for kids or for adults who are a kid at heart. The pop up laundry basket is adorable, practical, space saving, and I would actually use it for toys instead of laundry. Their lunch boxes are very cute as well! Take a look-see at their website. Yeah, they’re in Japan, but I’ve seen their stuff sold around here in the states!

Eco Greenhouse

This beautiful greenhouse from Hape is made of birch plywood and bamboo. For kids 3+, your little gardener can plant herbs or plants in this mini greenhouse and watch their plants grow. Maybe we can teach our kids that our food grows from the earth instead of at the supermarket. What a concept, huh?

Mini Town

So I’m kinda doing a garden week for the ol’ blog. I guess it’s my way of having a green thumb instead of a brown one. These miniature houses and trees are not for the little babies, but maybe the bigger ones can enjoy making a village from Says the Tree in their pot or planter box.


You all know the Chia Pet. Well, here comes a waaaaaaaaay cuter version from Eggling. I can’t grow anything and practically kill every plant I get :( But these are pretty fool proof. I think that they’re even fool proof for me. Well, in all honesty, I think that plants should be made of titanium to survive under my brown thumb.


Ok, ok, I’m totally on a food kick, but HOW can I help it? This is so darn cute! I had to show you this bamboo place setting by FUNFAM. Funny thing is, is that I would learn how to eat properly as well. Yeah, yeah, you too, just admit it. Remember that part in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts’ character had to learn how to use silverware? I’d be just like her (except for the hooker part, of course), being all clueless and flinging escargot everywhere.

Deadly Squire

Ok, I’m being lazy, hence the small pictures, but you must check out the marvelous husband and wife team that make up Deadly Squire. You may find some stuff here for baby, (like the place mat and the changing pad), but you might find stuff for you too. I find their stuff all over my house!