Articles written in the category : Nursery

Create your pennant banner in 4 easy steps!

The most enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers work on a new DIY project every weekend for their children’s bedroom or playroom. But others appreciate a simple project that can be used for a long time (so they don’t have to start over every weekend). I have a really quick little project that may satisfy both seasoned and part-time do-it-yourselfers: a pennant banner!

The project can be summed up in 4 very simple steps and only requires the following material:

  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbooking paper or cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • 2 small finishing nails or thumb tacks
  • #1 : Start by choosing a few sheets of scrapbooking paper or solid coloured cardboard. I suggest you mix colours or textures for a more interesting effect. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Be daring and you’ll achieve extraordinary results! ;)

    #2 : Cut sheets of scrapbooking paper or cardboard in triangles. I recommend a format of about 4.5’’ X 6.5’’ X 6.5’’, depending on the wall to which you’ll attach your banner.

    #3 : Determine the desired length of the banner and cut the ribbon you have chosen in advance. (For better results, it should match the paper you used for the pennants). Don’t forget that the banner will be curved, so you must provide for more ribbon.

    For a touch of summer in your home!

    Summer is probably the season that passes the fastest – I’m never in a hurry for it to end, and I’m always impatient for it to arrive! I try to make the most of this season of sunshine, heat and ice cream by being outdoors as much as possible. I have found THE solution to get the most out of summer: integrate outdoor elements into the home (outside in), and vice versa! Here are a few tips and inspirations:

    Outside in:

    In your home, add the following decorative elements in your common areas and bedrooms:

  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Brightly coloured decorative elements
  • For even more ambiance, change the pictures in your frames to brightly coloured photos and summer landscapes.

    Inside out:

    For more comfort outdoors, incorporate some objects from your home on your balcony, on your deck or in your backyard!

  • Cushions, banquettes
  • More intimate lighting
  • An outdoor carpet
  • Follow these tips and you can make your deck as comfortable as your living room, and have a touch of sunlight in your home, even on the greyest days. In conclusion, I wish you a very sunny summer! :)

    Complete Pinterest board:

    Follow South Shore Furniture’s board Deer ? By South Shore on Pinterest

    Try daring contrasts!

    For some, daring means colorful. But this isn’t always the case! As I often say, a successful decor is a decor with contrasts! I have always found that contrasts highlight the items in a room, whether these are accent items, items of sentimental value, or simply items you find beautiful.

    If you believe you can achieve contrasts only with colors, think again! There are also contrasting textures, which open up a world of possibilities.

    Here are some interesting examples:

    Contrasting textures

    Bare brick wall with a divan covered in very fine fabric and luxuriously silky cushions.

    Combining a very industrial steel chair with fur.

    Color contrasts

    You can opt for very pale walls and darker accents.

    You can also use dark walls in contrast with pale furniture.

    You can even dare to try such contrasts in your baby’s room!

    Or in other rooms, regardless of the occupants’ age!

    Don’t feel obliged to paint all the walls in pale or dark colours. Sometimes, just one wall is more than enough!

    Finally, always bear in mind that you have to like your decor and always feel at home with it. Trust yourself and be daring!

    Add a soft, woolly touch to your little darling’s room

    Looking for something original and personalized for your little one’s décor? Texture contrasts are becoming the new “in” thing – so why not go bold and put a mix of materials together for a great-looking effect? Today, I’ll show you a decorative piece that’s easy to create at a very low cost, which can blend in nicely with the existing décor: a homemade mobile fashioned from balls of knitting yarn.

    Materials needed…

  • Styrofoam balls (choose the sizes and quantity you want)
  • Approximately half a ball of yarn per Styrofoam ball, depending on the size of the ball (color choices are up to you)
  • Small finishing nails
  • The process…

    1.To start off, I wound the yarn once around the Styrofoam ball, then tied a knot.

    2.I then wound the yarn around the ball until it was covered completely.

    3.Once I was done, I tied a firm knot to hold the yarn in place.

    4.To hang the balls, I used yarn of the same color (a piece of fishing line could also have done the trick), which I tied into a knot around the ball. Finally, I attached the length of yarn to the ceiling with a finishing nail (you’ll find that it’s easier to hang the ball if you tie a small knot at the end of the piece of yarn or fishing line).

    Find another use for your changing station

    Your little cherub is now older, so you don’t need a changing station anymore. Here’s an original way to reuse this part of the changing table – by converting it into an attractive bookcase that you can attach to a wall. Choose the spot carefully, so you can keep your child’s favourite books close at hand. For some decorative touches, head out to any supplier of good scrapbooking materials, where you can choose some attractive pieces that will make this little bookcase irresistible – to both you and your child.

    Here are the materials and tools you’ll need to do the transformation:

    • 2 pieces of wood, 1¼” x ¾” (the length will depend on the size of your changing station).
    • Paint or stain – the same colour as your changing station.
    • 4 small plastic or metal brackets, and 5/8” screws.
    • Patterned adhesive tape, self-sticking letters and whatever else inspires you.
    • A drill with a 3/16″ bit, a paintbrush, a hot glue gun, a tape measure and a screwdriver.
    • Screws for driving into studs.
    • Recommended: Stud finder and level.

    The process:

    1. Remove the changing station from the changing table.
    2. Drill two 3/16″ holes, 16″ on centre, into your changing station. These holes will be used to attach your bookcase to the wall.