Monday Mash-up


I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like my mind is just bursting with ideas, yet totally scattered at the same time.  Lots of items on the to-do list, and lots of ideas thrown in for good measure.  And many times my house reflects that very concept.

Here are few things that we’re working on around here, and some other goodies that have caught my eye.

For starters, my list of 2014 goals is growing.  Our basement is a walk-out, which I love and it was a huge selling point when we bought our house.  That said, I don’t know what brain child thought it would be a good idea to have very light beige carpet as the first thing you step on when coming inside.  Bad idea.

In my desperation, I put an office mat down in front of the door (since rugs just get caught when you open the door) to tame any dirt that may come traipsing inside.  This photo doesn’t even do it justice.

After I lost my mind over the holidays allowed my teen son to have 20+ kids over for a Christmas party, it got worse.  

There we go – now let’s just lay it all out there, shall we?  The dirt line.  Again, I seriously have to question who thought such light carpet would be a good idea – not only by the door, but in the basement, period.  It shows everything.  Fortunately, I have a carpet cleaner guy who is a miracle worker.

In an effort to clean this area up for good, we’re going to lay tile down here so that the mud zone is easier to maintain.  We lucked out, in that there was leftover tile in our storage room, and we’ll have enough to make a bit of a landing area.

We laid it all out to see if it would work, and I think we’re in luck!

We told the kids not to walk on the tile, so they don’t break anything.

They’re such great listeners.

I think I need to investigate another couple of dependents for our tax returns this year, because apparently a couple of individuals named “Not Me” and “I Don’t Know” live here and are the culprits when anything gets broken.

(This is why we can’t have nice things.)

I’m also working on my teen son’s room, which is akin to brushing your teeth and eating a box of Oreos at the same time.

Here it is before I got to work (and after I emptied it out with the help of a shovel).

If it were up to him, it would be painted as dark as possible, making it a complete cave and even more difficult for him to get up in the mornings.

I think he has something like this in mind:

Or a color like this (which I really kind of love in this context), but his room is already low on natural light, and this would only feed his desire for a Batcave.

We settled on “Thunder” by Benjamin Moore.

It’s a great gray, but not so dark that my son will forget that the sun does come out during the day, and he needs to be awake to see it.
Here is the color in action:

I have found some great items in the hopes of bringing some much-needed organization and teen style to this space.  IKEA makes this all too easy (and inexpensive!).
We’re going with this duvet cover.  $40 for a queen, with pillowcases included.  Yes, please.
IKEA’s “Lack” wall shelving is another favorite that is going to be added as well.  You can’t beat it!  $14.99 each, and we bought two of them.
And since he needs to check his look in the morning, a full length mirror to hang on the wall.  I love this one – the Stave Mirror – $49.99 for this big boy:
I’m thinking about adding some pops of orange in here too – love these Target pillows and the cute little stool.

Although they’re not orange, these smart storage items caught my eye as well.  Blue and gray are a good combo too you know…

So, that’s where I am right now.  There are more ideas floating around in my head, but I won’t overwhelm you with them on a Monday. 🙂


  • Reply
    Nicole Gilbride
    January 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Hey Jenny!

    check out Pam's transformation of her son's bedroom – she did a ton of posts on it, but she also used gray paint and some great ikea finds :


  • Reply
    Cyndy Aldred
    January 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Oh, the plan sounds awesome! I laughed all the way through your post and can relate to mysteries of broken things! Ha! Can't wait to see it all come together!

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    pam {simple details}
    January 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oh Jenny, I was dying at the broken tile! I think one of them is 15, right? It all sounds SO familiar! Have fun with his makeover, cant wait for the adventures!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I love the direction you're taking your son's room! The wall color is great and the pop of orange will be fun!

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Love your plans for your son's room – that paint color is great! And I think you will love having that tile entry once it's done – my friend did that in her basement and she's so happy with how much less dirt gets on the rest of her basement carpet!

  • Reply
    January 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Yep, I'm right there with you. Too many ideas, not enough time. I love the idea of a tile landing in your basement. I can't imagine what my kids would have done to that carpet by now. Your son's room is going to be "The Boss", as my nine year old would say.

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    Blair Berdusco
    January 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    And what a selling point indeed. Time will tell if the purchase stands strong, but so far so good. Visually, it's certain. It's really quite an effort to get a good bead on real estates. But always, it is worth it.

    Blair @ Creb Now

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    Chad Hovde
    March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    The batcave idea doesn't look half bad if the sample pictures were to be judged, but knowing teenagers, they probably would exagerate the idea too much. It's good that you've found common ground on this though. The plans for the room sound good, and I'm pretty sure he'll forget about the batcave idea by the time you're finished. As for the carpet problem, the tile landing idea was great! I hope you'll have fewer problems with your new home as you begin to settle in completely. Good luck with raising the teens!

    Chad Hovde @

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