Inspiring inside spaces

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

All of this time hiding inside from the cold weather gets me dreaming about nesting in our house. I spend way to much time finding inspiring ideas on other blogs. Here are a few of my favorites.

writing center from Modern Parents Messy Kids

this is such a lovely set up for encouraging and fostering a love of writing. Check out the post on Modern Parents Messy Kids to read more about the set up. This is a given for our household. Little Bug already “knows” how to hold a pencil, or at least her proud parents think so when it happens by chance.

Montessori water station from Sew Liberated

I love this idea. Little Bug has been drinking out of a glass since she was 7 or 8 months old and water is one of her favorite signs. However, sometimes there is a long trial and error of which glass she wants to drink out of. Little Bugs glass? or her mug? or mamas glass? or the one in the dish drainer? I’m all for giving kiddos more choices and control. Meg has a great explanation in her post of the set up and why it’s not so crazy to give your toddler free access to glass cups and water. Be prepared for spills and an exuberant drinker until the novelty wears off. We might still be a few months away from this one. It will give us time to get all of the bathroom fixtures out of our kitchen and into the newly remodeled bathroom, cross your fingers.

Nature corner from Sew Liberated

These last two of both from Sew Liberated. I originally found Meg’s blog when she shared her son Finn’s Montessori inspire room, just one of the many beautiful and thoughtful spaces in her house.


reading canopy from Jani Photography

I can’t remember where I first saw this, or maybe I heard about it and made up a picture in my head. This is a cute shot of photographer and mama Jani‘s daughter at home enjoying a book. Hoe doesn’t like a cozy space? This would be the easiest of the spaces to create. Ikea sells a couple of different canopies. The Himmel canopy is so cute with the clouds dangling, no? Or a couple of yards of tulle and a cross stitch hoop (there are soooo many of these at the thrift stores every time I go) would make a fast and easy canopy. I just haven’t decided where to put it. Little Bugs room is quite small and we mostly spend time up there for diapering, sleeping, and laundry. So perhaps a corner of the living room would be more accessible for the burgeoning bibliophile.



March 23, 2009 § Leave a comment


This is the after result of organizing my art/ sewing nook in the bedroom.

I added EKBY VALTER brackets with the EKBY TRYGGVE shelf (x3). I also put up a BYGEL rail with ASKER containers- the while bulbus containers haninging from the rail. I love them and have coveted them since IKEA started selling them. The clear boxes on the top shelf are fabric scraps organized by color. The yarn shelf actually looked better before the magazines and books inturupted the spectrum, but I was afraid of putting to much weight on the bottom shelf. It would be nice for the yarn to actually be in baskets by color too so that there would be less of the clutter factor visually, and so that they wouldn’t tumble off the shelf when I put something down.

Below is the before. Clearly I have more work space and better access to my supplies (ie the fabric isn’t under the bed). It’s nice to have a workspace that I can use too. Some of the art stuff is still in very hard to reach places in the closet, but this is about the best use of the space so far.


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