Thursday, June 27, 2013


Do you have that place in your house that is just your favorite space to be in?  This is mine.  It's my craft room/record listening room/tv watching room/reading room. The huge windows let a ton of light in and overlook the backyard.  It's my happy place.
The first thing we did when we moved in was paint this room a nice calm bluey/turquois color.  It immediately made the room feel fresh and inviting. I wanted the room to feel like a 1950s Florida bungalow, so I could pretend I'm next to the ocean even though I'm in the Midwest.  We covered an old couch with a neutral khaki slip cover, and my mom made a cover for the ottoman that has a coral design on a peach background.
The desk was the find of the century.  It's actually the second desk I've had in this space.  The first desk was a little kid's desk that had been painted a soft pink color.  It was cute, but didn't give me the space I needed.  I was going to make it work, but when we went back to the same antique store a few weeks later, we found this desk.  It was so perfect!  I mean it looks like it has bamboo edging, and the knobs look like coconut halves.  It was as if it had been made for my beachy room.  The drawers are offer a lot of storage,  but as you can see, I still have supplies stacked all around it.  At first I didn't want to cover this window at all, but I love how I can sit and craft here now and look outside at the same time.
This typewriter is one of my favorite possessions.  On our first anniversary, Wade took me to a huge antique store downtown and said I could pick out anything I want.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  Grabbing anything I could get my hands on that looked cool.  I wasn't sure how I was going to decide what to get when I saw this beauty.  I immediately knew that this was the item I wanted to commemorate our first year of wedded bliss.  It was only $30 and still worked!  I love the dark green paint that is chipping on the edges, and the stickers that the previous owner put on the case.  Sometimes I wonder about all the stories that were written on this typewriter by its past owners.  
My desk is usually not this clean.  Normally it's got fabric and ribbon strewn about.  
I just put up this shelf a few months ago.  I was debating putting too much on the walls, but I really love the fun addition this has become.  I found the shelf at Target on sale for $7.  I really love the contrast of the blue walls with the dark green.  Kind of tones things down a bit.  I added the bulletin board before the shelf to pin craft ideas and things that I wanted to make sure I kept.  It's become a nice way to store pictures and things I would normally put in a drawer and probably never see again.
Next to my desk is a bookcase that houses all my most favorite books.  I'm an avid reader and really love collecting first editions of my favorite books.  My sister got me a first edition of my favorite Ernest Hemingway book "For Whom the Bell Tolls" for my birthday a few years ago.  It's in the #1 spot.  As an added bonus, if you open the little doors on the bottom, there's a TV there:)
I found this old traveling case at a thrift store a few years ago.  I use it to bring my crafts along on car trips and to craft fairs.  
I found this old radio at a thrift store and was surprised that it actually worked when I brought it home.  When I bought it, I didn't think it worked, so I had lofty ideas to tear out the guts of it and replace them with an ipod jack to make this into a cool ipod jukebox.  But now I know it works, I don't have the heart to change it.  It takes a long time to warm up, but it just amazes me how that old technology still works today.  Minus the TV, this is my throwback room, I guess, since I have an old radio and record player.  Oh, and you can play that conch shell on the table there.  That's the sweetest music of all:)
 I love taking pictures with my Hipstamatic app, but never know what to do with the prints.  I thought this was a cute way to store some of them.  They're contained, but out so that people can peruse them at their leisure.  It's also easy to switch them out when I get a new batch.  (See my photo tree DIY for other ways to share your Hipstamtic/Instagram prints.)  
The blue marlin on the wall in the corner was a present from Wade that I found on our doorstep the morning of our housewarming party.  The only thing better would be if I had caught that fish myself.
This may be my favorite corner of the room.  My record player sits on an old table that was my great grandmother's below an old map of the West Indies.  
Whew!  That was a lot of pictures.  Thanks for sharing my happy place! I'm off to Chicago, so have a great weekend everyone!!


  1. Ok this might be the cutest room I have ever seen! I love the typewriter and the bulletin board. The colors are so pretty! I hope to have a room as dreamy as this when I get my own place.

  2. Wow, this is all absolutely wonderful. It would definitely be my happy place too. Love the typewriter; I have an old one too that I treasure, and the maps are wonderful. The room is so light and the colour is perfect. Best of all I think are the windows and that lovely open view. Beautiful, you have made a really lovely space.

  3. I love all of your pictures, especially the last one with your feet propped up! Made me smile. :) Most people pay for vacation homes, but you have one within your own home!

  4. I love it! It's absolutely the most perfect little beach room. Looks like something right out of Coastal Living. We have a similar wall color in our house; it makes me feel relaxed :)

  5. Ah! Kari!!!! I love this room! It's so pretty and really does look relaxing. My happy room is also my studio but after seeing your room ( LOVING your new camera btw) I realize that I need a bit more decor in my room. I have shelves and storage containers to keep everything tidy and contained but I don't have those "things" that make the room feel "nice", if that makes any sense. Lol.

    You really did a good job with this room. I love everything about it especially all the little knick knacks and antiques. Can we switch please. haha

  6. Woooow! I love your perfect little beach room! Lovely colours and atmosphere!!! I wish I was sipping a cocktail near the gorgeous record player :)))


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