Wednesday, December 4, 2013

creative family home

Happy December!

This blog post has two purposes: share an update on the {s l o w} progress made on the boys' playroom/study room (see blogcountability) and tell you about a cool book called Creative Family Home.

Robot print source: Sandy MacDonald Studio
Taken on a rare tidy day, the room is coming along nicely. Let's see what's been done since I posted a list back in August:

a chalkboard wall: thinking of painting an accent wall instead framed artwork of the boys and of comics covers: check! paint or decoupage the wood bookcase: using the white piece (sans bins) instead more lighting: still to-do hooks! shelves!: need more add a window treatment to the existing white blinds: undecided did I say hooks? see above a sleep-sofa: check! TV or computer? stay tuned

Of course, the space isn't being utilized by the boys as much as I'd hoped and that's where Creative Family Home comes in ... inspiration!

Creative Family Home by designer, stylist and writer Ashlyn Gibson, is a lovely, hardcover book filled with brilliant photographs by Rachel Whiting (the 'tear sheets' section of Rachel's website is a GASPthology of favorite magazine covers).  

This book isn't just about decorating rooms for children but how their presence in a home can create a playful and cheerful vibe throughout. {I figure that line was worth highlighting!}

They had me a tee pees and Playmobil ... The vivid pages offer peeks of real homes that include please-touch accents such as ladders, hula hoops, an indoor swing and more.

Clever storage ideas are shown like this greeting card rack turned showcase for flat books, prints and post cards.

Pins, Pez dispensers, drawings and crafts are all on parade in this book sure to spark ideas on how family members can express themselves while keeping a home that is stylish and enjoyed by all.

Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson (photography by Rachel Whiting) is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available from



Melinda said...

Looks like the room is coming along but now sounds like it may go in a different direction.
The book sounds like a lot of fun.

M : )

Theresa said...

It is looking wonderful! Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing the book! HUGS!

Danielle said...

The boys craft room looks wonderful and so does that book. Looks filled with inspiration. x

Jen Kershner said...

Loved that tear sheet section! Very inspiring. It looks like you are making great progress on the room.