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Showing posts with label pottery barn teen. Show all posts

Monday, October 7, 2013

Coolest Desk Chair Ever!

My son is in his junior year of high school.  It feels like a minute ago he was just starting Kindergarten!  As I'm sure so many of you know already, junior year is the most work intensive year.  Tons of class work in addition to preparing to take the SAT/ACT exam.   I have heard about it from friends with older kids, but underestimated just how much work my son would have to do this year.  I am all about organization, so when I saw the work-load, I came up with a plan.

  He has had a desk in this bonus room space for years.  It was my husband's desk from when he was growing up.  It's a solid wood desk in perfect condition with a leather top.  
Up until now, this is what his desk usually looked like.  He was a fan of doing his homework at the kitchen table and pretty much boycotted using his desk.  After the first week of school and my son attempting to do his work at the kitchen table (and disrupting the entire household by us all having to be quiet), it was time for him to start using his desk!
I started by cleaning up his desk.  Giving him a clean, inviting workspace was the first step in my plan.
For the first time that night he did all of his homework at his desk.  He was amazed how quiet it was in his bonus room and how he was able to focus so much better.  The chair is my husband's original desk chair as well.  Not exactly the most comfortable chair.  Now that my son was actually using his desk, I wanted to do whatever I could to encourage him to continue to use this space.  So I splurged...
Introducing the coolest desk chair ever.  What a perfect chair for my son's sports-themed room.  This chair is reminiscent of a baseball glove.  The desk chair is from Pottery Barn Teen, and yes, it was a bit expensive.  But I had looked at so many other chairs at local stores, and any of the comfortable ones were way too wide and oversized, and honestly not that much less than this one.  It's called the Trailblazer Glove Swivel Chair.
It's comfortable, it's a great size and my son loves it.  It's helping make the 3-6 hours of homework a night more palatable.  
So happy he is actually using his desk now!

-Judy

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Teen Lounge Space Revealed

Saturday rained, which made it a perfect day for me to work on the bonus room off of my son's room.  The room has been a playroom for the kids since they were little.  For the past few years it has become more of a tween/teen hangout and lounge space.  
I'll skip ahead and show you the after photo first:


One of the biggest things accomplished by this makeover, is the creation of display space for my son's many, many completed Lego sets.  If you have a child who builds Legos and then likes to display them, you know it can quickly take over so much space in your home.  So many of these sets were relegated to the closet and didn't really get to be displayed at all.  
Here's the before of this wall.  I had bought the Itso system years ago from Target.  The best part of this system is that it is modular and has the ability to be separated and changed up...which is exactly what I did.
I moved some of the boxes and created a second row, raising the television, X-Box and cable box.
Once I moved four of the boxes, I was still left with other boxes, which would be moved to the other side of the room as I'll show you below.  Then I went to Ikea and purchased two of the Billy bookcases in the 15" depth.  They don't even show this bookcase online (unless you know the item number, then it does actually come up).  It was perfect because otherwise the normal depth Billy would not have been able to display these bulky Lego sets.

Talk about fitting perfectly.  The exact width and depth.  A half inch more and it wouldn't have fit.  Once I put together the bookcases I tried adding this green wrapping paper to the back.  I liked the color, but not all wrapping paper is created equal.  I bought this at Target, but it was fairly thin and showed each and every wrinkle.  So I removed it.
Instead, I went to Home Goods and bought two rolls of this chevron red and white wrapping paper.  Home Goods gift wrap is typically very thick which makes it very easy to work with, especially covering the back of these bookcases.  I adhered it to the top and bottom with double-sided heavy duty tape.  No wrinkles and only $3 per roll...double YAY!!
The red and white picks up on the seat cushion on the bench/toy box on the other side of the room.
This room is split into many zones.  The watching television zone and Lego side (more of my son's side) and the girly side of the room with my daughter's dollhouses (the third dollhouse I packed up and have it stored in the attic for her daughter someday).  I stacked four boxes together and put them caddy corner and have the dollhouse on a lazy-susan so it can spin around and be easily played with.

Then there's my son's study and desk area.
This is the before photo.  He hasn't been able to use his desk in a while because it had become a storage zone for Legos and other stuff.  It took me hours to go through the desk and organize/purge, but now it's ready for actual studying and work.
The bean bag chairs stay for now in the room because my kids love them, plus they can easily be moved around the room to make more space in the room.

My son painted these for my husband a few years ago, and after the basement was renovated, they didn't make it back on the walls.  This is such a better location for the pictures.
My son is so happy to have all of his Lego sets displayed.  
Can't wait to hear what you think.

Have a great day.

-Judy

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Teen Lounge Space Finally Started

I've been talking about this for a while, but I finally have gotten around to starting to work on the bonus room off of my son's room. It's a tough room because it has to fill so many needs.
I rarely share this room because it always looks like a mess to me when I walk by the room.
When my son was little we called it the "train room" since it was where we had all of his Thomas the Tank Engine trains and the room's theme was trains.  As my kids have grown the room has evolved.  Although it's a part of my son's room, it's a play room that they share.  These days there is not so much playing with toys going on as there is playing with X-Box.  
The room needs an update.  I was on the right track with the storage I created using Itso products I bought a Target several years ago.  However, my son builds Legos...and lots of them.  
He has built Legos all over the place.  
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I need something more like this so that I can display more of his Legos rather than have them scattered all over the house. But, I still need storage for everything else in the room.

Part of the reason this project has taken so long to get started is that the bookcases I wanted to purchase from Ikea that are the perfect width, didn't seem to be the perfect height.  The height of the ceiling before the ceiling slopes is 78 1/2".  The Billy bookcases I was considering are 79 1/2" high.  Then it hit me on the plane ride back from Michigan last week.  The ceiling slopes up so I only gain height if I pull it away from the wall a little, which I would have to do anyhow to get it even with the existing piece that holds the television in the room.  Did I lose you??  I think it will all make sense once I'm done.


So I spent hours the other day going through the toys and figuring out what could stay and what could go.  I started the rearranging process and went to Ikea and purchased the two bookcases.  This weekend I hope to start to put it all together.   I can't wait to share it with you.  Have a great weekend.
-Judy

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Teen Lounge Space

There's one room in my home that I don't think I have ever shared with you.
It's the bonus room off of my son's room.
I don't think I have ever shared it because it always looks like a mess to me when I walk by the room.
When my son was little we called it the "train room" since it was where we had all of his Thomas the Tank Engine trains and the room's theme was trains.  As my kids have grown the room has evolved.  Although it's a part of my son's room, it's a play room that they share.  These days there is not so much playing with toys going on as there is playing with X-Box.  
The room needs an update.  I was on the right track with the storage I created using Itso products I bought a Target several years ago.  However, my son builds Legos...and lots of them.  
He has built Legos all over the place.  
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I need something more like this so that I can display more of his Legos rather than have them scattered all over the house. But, I still need storage for everything else in the room.
Then I saw this masterpiece that Centsational Girl created and though maybe I could use similar pieces from Ikea to create something custom looking for the room.  Instead of the bookshelves in the center, I could have the television in the middle.  
There's also the mural on the far wall that needs to be addressed.  I think it's time for it to go.
My kids still like the tree, but maybe everything else can go.  I made the window treatments (both the cornice and the roller shade) years ago.  Probably time for an update on that as well.
Although I haven't created an official goals for 2013 post, this one is going to be near the top of the list.

On a separate note...apparently an Turkish blog has been stealing my content.  I found out over the weekend and just yesterday they stole another two blog posts.  Does anybody know if it is possible to truncate posts in blogger?  This might be the push I need to change to WP.  
-Judy

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Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY Gift Idea - Pottery Barn Teen Inspired Style Tile Board

With Christmas getting closer and closer, I thought I would share a DIY project I did last year that would make a perfect gift for any tween or teen in your life.  I've made a few of these since the first one I made my daughter and the possibilities are endless as to the look you can create.

As you know, I recently updated my daughter's bedroom, at her request. 

Her new tween look is really coming together.  For a while now, she has wanted a memo board like the style tile boards Pottery Barn Teen sells.  

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I love them, however, they sell them at a very steep price (prices range from $179-$349...YIKES).


 I knew I could do something similar for so much less.

I started by purchasing four cork boards from Walmart.  They were $5 each and were 14"x14".  I then purchased two sets of frames, 28" long each,  on clearance from Michaels for $10 each.  I couldn't find white, so I painted the frames with the trim paint I used in her room.
I went to JoAnn's and picked out this fabric.   In total I spent just under $5 for all of the fabric.
Using duct tape I wrapped each of the cork boards in different fabric.

After all four were wrapped, I turned them over.

I then used duct tape to attach them all together.
The frame went together easily with a little wood glue and the L brackets that hold it all together.
It was that simple.
The calendar and memo board used to be on my daughter's wall.  They are vinyl adhesive and stick to anything, including these fabric covered tiles.  
You can see that we have my daughter's Pottery Barn Teen bean bag on the floor in the corner under the memo board.  It's actually a great place to hang out for her.  I think this wall is done now too.
My daughter was thrilled when she got home from school and saw what I had made for her.

Here's the cost breakdown:
4 corkboards at $5 each - $20
Fabric - $5
Frame - $20
Total cost - $45

The whole project took me under an hour. 
 It would have taken even less time if I didn't have to paint the frame.  

I can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

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