Tour Magnolia's RoomWhat was your inspiration? I knew I wanted to stick with a vintage circus meets Little House on the Prairie with a touch of my grandmother's house in the 70s theme, you know, like if Laura Ingalls married into a Bavarian traveling circus family instead of marrying Almanzo and then retired and drove a big yellow Oldsmobile and ate tea sandwiches at bridge club parties. I tried to explain that to the salesgirl at BabiesRUs, and she had no idea what I was talking about. That's when I knew I was going to have to make everything myself. What's your favorite element in the room? I guess the crib mobile is my favorite, because I struggled with the color palette so much, and then I ended up using those colors all over the room. It's sort of like the design vortex.
What is your proudest DIY in the room? That's a tough one. I made so much of the stuff in this room that it's hard to pick out my favorite. I like the stove because it's so rock solid sturdy but all the sides and top slide apart and lie flat for storage. I'm pretty proud of that. I love the wall of stuffed frames because I was shooting for giving the twin bed a snug daybed sort of feel. The frames are mounted really flat to the wall and then secured all the way around with heavy duty velcro so they don't bang around. Maggie loves to get in there with lots of books. Oh yeah, and that spinning merry-go-round book caddy. That was fun to make, although Maggie pulls off all the books and puts plastic animals on there and spins them. And the little lamp next to the bed that's full of plastic toys. That was inspired by my older sister's collection of gumball machine toys that she had when we were kids. And the lion door knockers are made out of plastic lions that I found in the dollar section at Target. I can't believe how much they really look like door knockers. And the toys. Lots and lots of toys I made. And the floating log shelves. I love how those turned out. So easy to make, too. Oh, oh, okay, last one...the wood veneer fox wall hook. I was so happy with how that turned out that I carried it around for a week. What was your biggest challenge? The oak-colored bi-fold closet doors. Those things drove me nuts. I stared at them for hours trying to figure out what to do with them. So finally I painted them and added the lion knockers. What is your dream source? Home Depot.
Tour Magnolia's RoomResources: crib: cheapest Jenny Lind I could find on Amazon lingerie chest: Craigslist Humpty Dumpty lamp: Ebay rug: $15 from Home Depot, dala horse motif added with this tutorial stove: see it lie flat here lion door knockers: see decapitated plastic lion bodies here Tutorials: little yellow kid chair faux birch log table merry-go-round book caddy electric fox lamp Easter egg music box Other stuff I made: crib mobile, curtains, gold square pillows, lion pillow, ruffled plush hedgehog (free pattern here), floating log shelves, swan boat, red riding hood car, toys in the wall crates, carnival toy lamp, ruffled ceiling light shade (to cover the awful brass thing up there), card catalog wall shelf, stuffed picture frame wall, crib quilt, plush squirrel, fabric and buttons clock, wood veneer fox wall hook, Hey Diddle wall plaques I hope these projects light a DIY fire in you. They sure were fun to make and none of them require special, expensive tools or crazy advanced skills. And just so you know, out of all the toys I've made, Maggie's favorite is an empty Gatorade bottle filled with Froot Loops. (Images: Katie Steuernagle)
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