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Friday, April 29

Our Final Day

Today is the final day of the installation process at the Nicholas House.  I have to say that this is an experience I will never forget...  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED!! WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU....

Remember this is...
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...And the After

The family has recieved tons of storage: Armoire, Dresser, under the bed storage, carts, baskets, and additional tubs.....

And this...

.... And Now..

Throughout the next week I will be posting some before and after pics of several different spaces.  You will get to see some of the volunteers and designers/bloggers that made the Nicholas House a Home to the families who live there.  Thanks again for all the Love that you have shown!!

Thursday, April 28

Last Chance Thrift Store

interior designer niki mcneill iida associate memberYesterday I had the chance to work with designer Nikki McNeil over at Single Bubble PoP the Nicholas House.  It was her 1st day working on her room so I decided to lend her a helping hand. 

Nikki is very energetic and thrilled to be working on her 6x9 ish room.  It contains one bunk bed for a mother and child of course who needs plenty of storage solutions.

After our work day was completed we had a great time at lunch.  Once we were stuffed we tagged teamed and headed in different directions to find some last minute finds.  I ventured across a new thrift store for me called Last Chance Thrift Store.

Last Chance Thrift Store Web Site
You can visit them online and print your coupon from here.

Well I was able to find a great credenza....

Minus the stuff on top and bottom..

 5'7L X 29"H X 22"D

with sliding doors

 Yep you guessed it.... sold to the fastest thrifter...Me..for a whopping $24.99...

I also found another gorgeous piece... this desk

The hardware is beautiful.. don't you think!
BUT yes there's a but.... I left it.. However,
I;m going back today with my coupon to snag this little beauty up....

Not only that... I also found a twin comforter for $24.99...

But with the help on my yellow tag giving me an additional 50% off I only paid $12.50.. I'll take it!

 And last but what certainly not least.. I bought a king size navy blue duvet cover for only $4.99...but once again I had help from my little friend Mr. Yellow Tag it to was 50% off..$2.50!!!  My plans are to make a couple of alterations so this little friend will meet the comforter!!

I'll post updates on all of the transformations show above.

Tuesday, April 26

Ideas for the Nicholas House

Hi guys I just wanted to let you know that we have worked on the room for 2 days now.  Yesterday we were able to get half the room primed for paint today.  So I wanted to talk about some of the suggestions that I made to help with the storage solutions for the room.  Now remember that you can also try many of this ideas yourself!!  All you need is a little elbow grease.

Before we begin keep in mind that many of these ideas were created before I even stepped foot into room.  So I was mainly going from the pictures I received last week!! 

So lets get started!  The room of course is very small and occupies a mother and four children.  Between all of them they actually have lots of stuff... This would include just about everything they own such as clothes, toys, shoes, etc. and they are all packed in 30 gallon plastic bags, boxes and laundry baskets.  Everything else is well.... you can see everywhere.

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The biggest issue for this space is that they need plenty of storage!!  My initial thought was to incorporate permanent storage solutions such as:

an entire wall of built-ins...

a dresser or two....

a storage bed similar to this one...

and even a bookshelf that could also be used as a desk... 

Now I no I no you're thinking that's alot of storage .. "will all of it fit?"..... And my answer would be Yes..   The suggested storage solutions would not only help with the current families storage issue but also be there for the next family.


Another part of me thought that this small space is their home maybe for the next 6-12 months!  They are more than likely at their lowest points and anything if just a coat of paint would cheer them up!  So my thoughts were to create a hotel like space under these circumstances..

Ok now maybe the room will not look like the rooms above;  but this is how I create by being inspired!! 

So lets see if I can create a visual for you.  Here is a sample floor plan that was created over the weekend....

At this point we have separated the room and the furniture layout for the beds mirror the floor plan above.  The bottom left wall could occupy the closet wall unit which would be all white similar to this one (attaching doors to it would hide the items inside)


LaKeitha and I agreed that her original color in the navy blue family would be perfect for the space because there are two large windows that allow for plenty of light....

The headboard for the full size be could be fully upholstered from floor to ceiling in a white vinyl.... like this one...

A platform storage bed like so....And a nice dresser could be placed opposite the closet unit in front of the window..(like floor plan)

A bookshelf could also be place in the room on the wall the bed originally occupied (allowing an extension to be used a desk as shown on the floor plan.)

Now to complete the layout of the room with the bunk beds opposite the moms (full size) bed.  This would also allow the kids to have their space and the mom to have hers.  As you can see most of the storage would be on the moms side of the room so she can manage it....

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Other solutions such as under bed storage can be placed under the bunks beds..

And or a shelf above the bunk bed for books, dolls or toys for the youngins!! 

As you can see I have plenty of ideas for storage solutions and some or maybe all maybe utilized... you just have to stick around to see the reveal on Friday:). 

Do you have any storage solutions for a small space?

PS... Thanks Again for everyone who has donated to the families at the Nicholas House!!

Nicholas House

Hi There!
The week has started in bloom!  We started working on our room at the Nicholas House yesterday.  We were able to finalize the design and do a little organizing!!  Here is a sneek peek.. 
 Wall 1 Before

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Wall 1 After
Now I guess you're wondering "where did everything go"... well .... mmmmm.  ok .... LOL...
Here it is... We still have a ways to go BUT it's going to be great!  Here's the thing the room is so small and with no where else to place the families belongings we had to divide the space in half.  By doing this it will allow us to work on the room one half at time.

....And I have to say that I was well prepared... remember this..LOL Picture
.....went a long way...
So anywho.....After I left the shelter I visited Home Depot and Lowe's.

 I finally found the right wood, had it cut to size (big THANKS to James F.), loaded up the cart with nails,screws, glue and square and finally made the purchase after countless hours of wondering up and down aisle 8 thru aisle 52..... 
Anywho the wood is for the storage bed that we're going to Diy!!  Similar to this one..
 This is the actual diagram...... You can view the plans at
Yea.. I must say that by the end of the day I was exhausted!!  I finally made it home a little after 10pm!!  And yes the wood is still in the Truck!
Do you have any great storage solutions?
I would love to hear your thoughts!!

PS....Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to helping us at the Nicholas House.  It's not to late to contribute.. For more information click here or visit the My Contribution Tab.

UI Featured!!! Yea...

Craft Critique: Craft product reviews, crafty news and crafting events!Just wanted to let you kiddos know that I was featured over at today!! Yeah.. Drop by and say hello.. Today she is featuring her Favorite Earth Day Crafters and Crafts!!

Easter Weekend

Earth Day...Easter!!!
Hope you had a great weekend!!

I had a chance to spend some time with my mom and my new blog friend Lakeitha. We met up at Atlantic Station and low and behold they were having an Earth Day Fair. We were able to see some very creative designs. Like these chairs:


Neat HUH!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Yolanda at IWI.. That means "it is what it is"..
Yolanda makes all natural body sprays, facial creams and soaps!!

This is her squash face cream...

I also bought some all natural soap made from oatmeal, grits and honey!!

I couldn't resist... It smells soooo good!!!

I also found a vendor who made jewelry from vintage soda pops.

 I couldn't resist and bought a ring!! Lalala..

I also racked up on a couple plants, reuseable bags, a new recipe for Turkey Noodles and a nice lunch at Copeland's. We definitely had to stop by Zgallery, Garden Ridge and Ikea before my mom left. We had a great time.

Did your enjoy your Easter Weekend?


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