Monday, April 30, 2012

Reader Nursery Remodel: Guitars and Motorcycles

Happy Monday!  A few Weeks ago, My B.F.F Kisha, became an aunt ( again). After visiting sweet baby boy Dane, she called and raved over his perfect little nursery! I knew I had to interview her sister-in-law Angela, and get all the details to share with you!! The best part, Angela totally gets the idea behind having a space mean something! Here is her story, and how she decided to quit her job in the Fashion world, to be in the mommy world full time, and how she designed a Motorcycle/Guitar inspired, baby boys room ( that use to be an office)!! Angela now has 2 children, her daughter, James (3.5yrs) and her new son, Dane ( 6 weeks)
Thanks Angela, for sharing with us!!


 I had the opportunity to stay home with my daughter, James, until she
was 5 months old.  Then, a job opportunity in the fashion world, that I
left prior to having James, landed right in my lap.  My husband and I
just felt like something, or someone was telling me to take this I did.  I liked my job, but I always, always wanted to be at
home with James instead.  So, after 2 1/2 years and A LOT of
discussions and budgeting (I even started using coupons, gasp!) with
the hubs, I quit the fashion world for the mommy world...and I've
never once looked back!  Oh, and I was pregnant with our son Dane when
I quit too...we like high stress situations apparently! While being a
stay at home mom has its challenges (I have an almost 3 1/2 year old,
need I say more?), I wouldn't trade it for anything!

What inspired the color Scheme for your Nursery? 

I knew that I wanted my son's room to be bright and fun!  I was really
loving all the navy blue walls and rooms on Pinterest, but I knew his
room was too small to do the entire thing navy blue.  So, we went with
one navy blue focal wall, with the rest of the walls being Pure White.
We used Satin Finish for both colors.
The white is Martha Stewart paint (it was on clearance for $10.00 a
gallon!) color-matched to Behr's "white"
The navy is Behr paint color-matched to Benjamin Moore "hale navy"

  How did you decide on Motorcycles and Guitars?

Well, my hubs is a motorcycle man (but not in a leather wearing, long
hair way - in a hot and sexy way!) so you could say I have a thing for
them!  I knew that he wouldn't go for a cutesy boy room so when I saw
the black motorcycle art at Hobby Lobby, I was sold!  I also knew that
I didn't want it to be too theme-y so I mixed in guitars as well.
Again, the hubs (and my dad) both like and play guitar so you could
say I have a thing for them as well!

  Where did you find the artwork?

All the artwork is from Etsy (LOVE Etsy and am slightly obsessed with
it!).  I saw some of it on Pinterest and some of it was just due to me
stalking and searching Etsy until the wee hours of the morning!
Guitars above crib: N. Eve Designs - I loved this shop, and the artists
vision but there weren't any guitar listings - so I sent her a
conversation asking for acoustic guitars.  I love the simplicity of
them and how they turned out - her shop is amazing!
Keep Calm and Ride on: KeepCalmShop
Crying is for babies: Yourveryownartist - this shop has a listing for
custom artwork - I saw the saying on Pinterest but the original shop
wasn't able to alter the colors or font so I had this one created!
ABC I <3 U: ColorbeeLove
Guitar Art: Hobby Lobby

How do you spend most of your time in this space?

For now it is mostly getting Dane dressed since he is still sleeping
in our room.  To be honest, the poor kid didn't even see his room
until he was about 3 weeks old because his mama had a rough recovery
from his c-section

What was the easiest
part about designing this

I think the easiest part was that I was designing a space for a boy!
I think boys' rooms are so much easier than girls' rooms.  I struggled
with my daughter because everything was so girly and pink and pastel.
My style is modern and simple, which can have a masculine feel, so
designing a space for a boy was so fun and easy for me!

What was the hardest?

The hardest was that the room is small and I wanted to do bold color
on the wall....and that weird little nook where we put that grey
bookshelf.  It took me a long time to figure out what I could put
there that wouldn't look lost or overpowering - nothing a little trip
to Ikea couldn't solve!

 How was designing this nursery, different from Designing your daughter
 James' nursery?

SO much easier!  As I mentioned above, I am drawn to simple and clean design which has a
tendency to feel masculine...throw in some bold and bright colors and
you have the perfect boys room!  Girls stuff is's light and
pastel...just not my style.  I say this, but what colors are my
daughter's room - grey and pink :)

  What is your favorite thing about this space?

My favorite thing is that Dane's space represents his Daddy!  It's all
things that my husband loves,  and I'm hoping the things that he and Dane will bond
over, through the years.

  How is life with 2? is it what you expected?

It is crazy, busy, exhausting, amazing, and just plain funny
sometimes!  It is what I expected for the most part, but you can never
really imagine what it is like until you are in it.


Thank you, Angela for sharing your story with us!!! What I love most is the thought behind using Guitars and Motorcycles, and the meaning that they have for your husband!! LOVE a space that is more than just "Pretty"!!! 

To get more great ideas from Angela, follow her  Pinterest boards HERE !

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The indulgence continues!

I thought I would pop in quick on this beautiful, sunny Saturday ( well, in NY its sunny) and share with you how I made that $6.99 Gelato, go even further ! I used the container (  why isn't all ice cream in a screw off top container??) and used it as a Vase!! is that recycling? ( or is it Up cycling..I always get confused)

Enjoy your weekend!!
Next week..I hope to show you all a fun DIY with Sticks, and a great baby boys nursery done in Guitars and Motorcycles!!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thoughts on Stuff..and expensive Gelato

I almost wrote a post yesterday on being un-inspired, ya being in a rut? I have not been able to see inspiration lately...which really sucks, because I consider myself a creative person, and I KNOW that I am surrounded by a gajillion inspirational things every minute. Really. Its just that sometimes, I close my eyes to all of it..I'm not entirely sure why, maybe to take a break, but more than likely, its so I can wallow in a little sadness to get my creative self back. (does that even make sense?) Getting back to that "almost" at the beginning. I almost wrote a whole post about this, that is, until I dragged myself to my painting table, to complete a very sweet little phonetic "J" monster for a fellow blogger, ( which she will be featuring soon, its a biggie, so stay tuned:)  and as I was painting...inspiration struck. It was that fast. I had literally been playing the victim role in the movie called my life, which I do so profoundly, with a close girlfriend of mine, explaining how "I just felt UGH,and I don't think it was because my period was due" 
(oh please, I can talk about my period, I'm a and "I'm not sure about this and that..blah"...and then..poof..inspiration. As I was painting, I was can I serve? how can I give back ( A question on my mind a lot lately) and it hit me, I want to give back to hard working families who need beautiful spaces, to help get them out of a rut!! I began to think...I need to find a foundation that has been created, so i can donate a portion of my proceeds from my interiors jobs, and from my Design Thoughts Shoppe..then I started to think big, really BIG..What if..what if I STARTED A FOUNDATION myself?? 
What if? 
Anyway, my creative energy was back, and it felt so great!! I hate being in a rut, but I love coming out of one!! Sooooo......does anyone know how to start a Foundation?  :) 

SO this brings me to my next thought of the day... Indulgence!! Indulgence always helps me out of a rut!! I found the most Amazing, Scrumptious, Delicious, Outrageous Gelato EVER! and that's a bold statement, but I am willing to stand beside it until someone can prove me wrong..
Talenti Sea Salt Carmel!! 

Its is SO good..I cant even tell you the price of one of these little cuties,($6.99) because my husband reads this blog, and he would do a somersault right at his desk, since we are on a very strict budget lately. 
He will, however, be so excited to see I snagged him A pistachio! I don't even like pistachio!

Between thinking about being able to create a foundation..not caring about the how, but knowing the idea is the first step anyway, AND eating Sea Salt Carmel Gelato, I am feeling so much better :)

Last thought...Im home with a sick kiddo today, and it breaks my heart to see him like a limp biscuit. I hate it so much when he is sick, but on a selfish side note, I love the extra snuggles and kisses he needs.

Have a great Tuesday, and feel free to share some of YOUR indulgences, I love to see what people spend money on, or maybe its not even something you buy..maybe your indulgence is You time..if so, tell me your secret, do you schedule it?!!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

How an old Terra Cotta pot, brought me to tears

I have an old Terra Cotta pot that my mom and I planted "Hens and Chickens" in when I was 10 yrs old. Those little Hens and Chickens were hearty and alive and strong, (and I totally attribute my love of gardening to that very day) When I was 24, my mom died, and so did they (I stopped caring for them). I have had this old Terra Cotta pot on my front porch for 12 yrs, with dead, dried up hens and chickens and dusty dried up soil. It has gone through my college home on Stanley Terrace in Grand Rapids, our crappy apartment on Coachman drive in Detroit, our very first home, on Manatee and now, Washington Ave in NY. I held onto it all these years, because the memory I had of that specific day, of planting those plants with my mom, and watching her love them (water, care for them) was so close to me. I didn't want to throw it away. 
Monday, I decided to re-plant it. I thought, "This will be a good spring blog post, replanting an old pot"
(it really was that general, no biggie) until I started digging...before I knew it, my hands were wrist deep in old dried soil. I started remembering that day, and the warmth and excitement I felt being the presence of my mama, who loved doing things like this, and more importantly knowing in my bones, that more than anything, she loved being with me. I remembered the soft soil that was now dust, and how she taught me to plant each level separately, starting with the bottom. Tears were streaming down my face until I was in a full fledged sob. TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. I thought about the memory of that day, which I hadn't thought about in YEARS, and how amazing it was, that the exact dirt I was digging out, is the same dirt that the 10 yr old me, and my mama put into the pot with so much love...I never thought that re-planting this old Terra cotta pot, would be so significant to me. To bring such beautiful life into something that was just dust, really just solidified everything that I feel about design, surrounding yourself, with beautiful things that have meaning. I'm so grateful that I held onto this old pot for so many years. What a gift, that my mama gave me 26 yrs ago, and I didn't even realize it until now.

All emptied out, except for the bottom level, I decided to leave that, to enrich my new planting, with old memories :)

My hands after digging, looking oddly exactly like I remember my moms hands dirt in the creases of her hands, it made me really happy to see the similarity.


New Life, for an old pot, that has an old soul...a little fresh mint to really make things crazy!!


Isn't she beautiful!!! what a great way to start my spring. An old pot with new life. I Love that this is what I see now, every single day when I walk in my front door. I'm Happy.

I hope you all have an awesome Thursday!!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I'm so excited that my very good friend, Tracie, of  Tiny By Design and Souls By Design, asked if she could feature me and Design Thoughts Shoppe, as an up and coming artist!! ( its so crazy to have that title!!) I should add, that she has been asking me for a few weeks now, and I just kept telling her I wasn't ready, wasn't ready, wasn't ready..she called me and left a very simple message.."You're ready, I'm featuring you this week" :) She is an amazing artist and it meant so much to me! Thank you Tracie, for giving me a boost ;) Please hop over to her site and enter to win my  "Letters" painting :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

I heart Today!! SEEEYA!!

Hi Design Thoughts Readers. I love you...I really really love you. I dont say it to you enough...I kind of say it to everyone else.. A LOT...I even sign e-mails to people I dont reallly know, but I think we could be friends.."Love, Kim" Im one of those kind of girls. 

So, I think you will understand, that today is 85 degrees in New York, and I dont have time to give any love to my blog....I have sun to sit in, and a very small window of "nap time" to meditate, plant flowers, drink lemonade, and reply to emails...I'm planning on doing exactly 2 of those...and drinking Lemonade is figure out the other :)

Happy Monday to you!!! I hope you are enjoying sun wherever you really IS so good for the soul! oh, and those freckles I use to hate when I was a girl..I really really love them now..and I am so excited to see them again...that means I am getting a little light on this face of mine ( with at least 45 spf of course)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mommy Moments: Oil and water..literally

Last weekend, as we were coloring Easter Eggs, and trying to "marbleize" one of them using Oil and Lemon Juice...I was struck at how gross, and fun this mixture was, Liam loved the little "bubbles" that the oil made, and then adding in food coloring!! Fo-getta bout it!! He was crazy excited with this new weird mixture.. I decided to let him FEEL it!! I got out a cookie sheet, let him pour the water and the oil, and let him add the food coloring!! I'm telling you, it kept us busy for an entire 30 minutes..which, if you have a toddler, 30 minutes of doing just one thing, is like finding gold!! I asked him to explain how it felt, and what it looked like. I gave him utensils to stir it with, and just let him make a mess,(PS.. don't forget the towel underneath, I did until about half way through)  its always the messiest projects that are the most fun!!  All you need for this little sensory project is:

Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring
Cookie sheet or pan

That oil feels weird!!

Lets add food coloring!!!

"Look at the Bubbles Mama!!"

"Lets do it again Mama!!"

Here is a little video I took during the project. By the way, the "Smasher" that he is talking about in the video is a potato masher ;)!!!



I hope you are enjoying your Friday!! I have 2 super fun projects planned this weekend, One will turn out for sure( adding some succulents) and one, may be a disaster, or may turn out super cool, either way, you will be reading all about both next week...:)
Enjoy your weekend!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Enjoyables: Blog love!

What Am I enjoying this Fine Wednesday?? A new ( to me) blog!! I always love when someone "new" comments on a Design Thoughts post...I curiously follow their links back to their website or blog..and that's just what I did when Whitney, from  "A Cheery Disposition" Commented on Monday's post. I have since, been spending time stalking roaming her blog. Its full of great fashion, and real life..a must read!! ps. I should mention...Whitney, the author, is NOT new to blogging, she has a lot of followers, and many years of blogging under her belt. So glad she found Design thoughts, So I could find her!!

Here is a snippet from her blog, explaining a little bit about "A cheery Disposition" She had me at "We met in a music video" :) 


We live in Nashville,
met in a music video,
and are very happy!

Guitar hero
co-wrote the hit country song
"Livin' Our love Song"
He is one of the best guitar players around
but works VERY hard to get that title.
He is a gentleman
and ALWAYS opens every door for me.

I am his princess
who does whatever it takes
to support his dreams and mine.
I am easy going
and love living in the moment.

Nashville is our playground
and music is basically our life.

we might not live the "everyday life"
but it is still a "simple life".

Please take a sec to check out her site!!

Happy Hump Day!!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Not my style...except it is!!

I love it when I look at a picture, or an installation, and I think, I cant believe I love this, its not even MY style!! Then I remember..if it moves me, if it "calls" to me..then its totally MY STYLE ! It may not be a style that  I use in my home, but if I love it, I love it!!  This picture, helped me have one of "those" moments....before this pic, I would say I a was not a "Large Floral" girl....I think I just never saw it done well..or, more likely, as I get older, my likes, and interests are changing, and that includes what I am attracted to ( just in Interiors love, don't worry ;) ..take a look at a beautiful interior space, done right!! I Love the color,( mostly because I am obsessed with yellow right now!)  the floral, the response I have to it, AND the fact that the picture is actually being taken from a mirror!! 
PS...I am a guest Blogger over at Mod Design Guru today..check it out to see my latest find while antiquing!!

Happy Monday!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I hope you are all enjoying your holiday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mommy Moments: Toddler Independence

** A blog disclaimer...This may be a bit boring to some of you, but its been a rough few weeks, and I want to share a few tricks I have learned ..also note..this is working for my child, but it may not work for yours, in fact it may only work for mine for the next 5 minutes...we never really know, do we??**

For the last 2 months, the Salter family has been struggling. That is, until we began Operation "5 minute count down", and Operation "Choices", and began using them together. Let me explain. We have a lively, spirited, smart, energetic, hysterical, sweetie pie named Liam, he's 2 1/2 and he was, until 2 months ago, the answer to our prayers (I'M KIDDING!!! Especially if you just got offended ...)

Well, about 2 months ago, we began struggling with every single decision this poor child was involved, or actually NOT involved in. When I say struggle, I mean tortuous, screaming, crying, fighting battles over things like what plate he was using. Now, as a smart mama with lots of supportive smart mama's around me, I knew I needed to give him more choices. I knew he was beginning to struggle with finding his independence, so I began to make a few changes. We always gave him the biggies ( do you want to take a bath first, or brush teeth first) the things that had to be done, but it was now time to reaallllyyy  give him choices.  You know, become the PARENT, not just the person on the other side of an argument with a TODDLER for shits sake..( I'm not proud of myself, but its real life...I literally argued with a 2 yr old..).
SO we began letting him choose everything from the color of his diaper ( we had leftovers that were a different color) to his socks, shirt, undershirt, pants and shoes...each time showing him 2 things he could choose from. From clothes, we moved onto activities, breakfast first?, or vitamins first? ( and after a battle over the yellow vitamin, we began letting him choose the color vitamins as well) Let me give you an example of what this sounds like... Me: " Great choice on your shoes sweetie, okay, time for Breakfast and Vitamins, which would you like first..Breakfast? or Vitamins?"  Liam: Nussin!!! ( nothing) Me: "Well Sweet Love, "nothing" isn't one of the things you get to choose, YOU get to choose between Vitamins or breakfast, either one you want first, you pick" Liam: "bite-a-man" ( Vitamins) Me: "THAT is a GREAT choice! Which color Vitamins would you like, you get 2" Liam: "Blue"  Me: "Well, I would chose Blue also, I love Blue, but there is only Red, Orange and Yellow to choose from"

Anyway, you get the idea..its a lot of work, but it is SO worth it!! The crying and fighting and struggling became less, but at transitions from one thing to another ( examples, Bath to pajamas, or playing to Bath, or TV to Dinner) we were STRIKING OUT!! we were giving Liam 2 minute wasn't enough..So, one day I just decided to try a 5 minute THEN a 2 minute warning...holy Cats it worked! It used to sound like this: Me: "okay bugz...2 minutes until Bath" Liam : WAHHHHHHH ( while kicking and screaming and crying) I DON'T WANT BATTTHHHHH" Me: "Well too effing bad, I am the parent I say its bath time you take A bath when I say because I am the parent and you are 2.....okay it NEVER sounded like that..out
loud..but it might as well have, because thats what the struggles were its like this

( not always..but typically)
Me: "Okay Bugz 5 minute warning...pretty soon its going to be bath and brush time and we will have to put toys away"
Liam: "5 minutes?til bath?"
Me: "Yep, 5 minutes and we will have to put toys away so you can take a bath and brush teeth"
( I allow 3 minutes to pass)
Me: "Okay Liam, 2 minutes until pick up time, then its bath and brush time"
Liam: only 2 minutes left Mama? I don't want to take a bath!!!
Me: Yes, 2 minutes left until we pick up toys.
I let the 2 minutes pass, and typically, we begin picking up, and there is no struggle!! Then we repeat the whole thing over when its time to get out of the bath and into Pajamas...its a lot of work, but again, the struggles we were having were waaay was so frustrating not being able to enjoy our toddler, I'm serious, and he wasnt happy either, it was a bad mix for both of us, and since I am 32 yrs older than him, I decided to be the adult and take charge of the situation ;) Its working for now......Until the next phase.

PLEASE...add your toddler parenting tips in a comment..I would LOVE to read them!! :)

Happy Friday!

*ps. a special BFF shout out to Kish..who urged me to write this post ;)*