nooks of our nest

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One frustration of home improvement projects is starting one task, getting distracted by another, and then having partially completed projects strewn everywhere!  And, then, if you’re not careful, those uncompleted projects can remain unattended for a long time, the motivation fizzles, and poof!  Despite your good intentions, the house is still a mess and has no mojo, no vibe, or atmosphere.

We finally finished our tiniest Sprout’s room yesterday!  Needless to say, it feels great to have a completed room (and the boys’ room is next).  I think she is quite pleased with it.  I am too, except that the closet curtain (a shower curtain from Garnett Hill) is too short.  In our last house, it fit but I’d used a shower tension rod instead of hanging a curtain rod.  The tension rod kept falling in this house early on ( a day, maybe!) and so we opted for something more permanent.  I’d like to perhaps add more fabric or even beads to the end in order to extend the length, but anticipate those being stepped on by tiny feet.  So, for now, it will remain as is.

I love that the farm print I made when M was a baby is "growing" with her and still works in her big girl room.
I love that the farm print I made when M was a baby is “growing” with her and still works in her big girl room.
We used a mobile garment rack to economically add a lower clothes bar so that she can get her clothes out by herself.  (Now we just have to work on having her put them back!)
We used a mobile garment rack to economically add a lower clothes bar so that she can get her clothes out by herself. (Now we just have to work on having her put them back!)

Out here in the high desert, a lot of people use cellular blinds for window coverings.  To be honest, I used to associate them with old people’s houses and didn’t really care for them.  I’m changing my tune now, though.  They are energy efficient, the new ones are made from eco-friendly materials, and I am smitten with the “bottom up” and “top down” options.  You can even completely collapse the shade and get a full uninhibited view out the window!  And, out here most homes use swamp coolers instead of AC to curb the summer heat.  Which means that windows have to stay open (I love not having recycled air!)  So, the cellular shades are a great fit to say the least.  I ordered this one from Smith and Noble.  I checked the Shade Store, too, but they didn’t have the cordless option.  We are really pleased with the quality and it was cheaper than ordering from a big box home improvement store.  The ivory is nice because its not as glaring as white.  The plan is to slowly but surely replace all of the mismatched window coverings throughout the house with these.  Because, you know, consistency is key!

We are loving the "top down" and "bottom up" options with the cellular shades.
We are loving the “top down” and “bottom up” options with the cellular shades.

Finally, the opposite corner of the room is the play zone.  We left lots of floor space for creative play.  The cabinet is one we have had since our oldest was a babe.  It has been a changing table and toy cabinet for all of the Sprouts at one time or another.  I have changed the knobs throughout the years to suit the child.  What I love most about it is that its easy to clean (it has a laminate covering) and that the toys are behind closed doors!

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