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Today’s No-Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric in Tessa’s Room

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Tessa’s room used to look like this:
The mattress was on the floor, the walls were bare and there was no bedside table. It was a lackluster room.

In the fall I posted a bedframe waffle and you encouraged me to purchase Land of Nod’s Simple bed. Then I posted another waffle about where to position the bed and you helped me decide to put it across from the window instead of under it. land-of-nod-real-simple-bed The room was improving, but it needed some color. I posted a waffle about whether or not to cover this plain Jane Ikea bedside table in fabric and ribbons and readers voted with an enthusiastic “yes!” My friend, Sarah, and her mother did a lovely job.
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The walls were still screaming for attention. I posted yet another waffle, this time about whether I should try putting fabric on embroidery hoops and hanging them up around the room. Readers encouraged me to try it and I’m so glad I did. Here are the results:

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This is what you see when you first enter the room:

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I think the circles provide a nice balance to the straight lines of the bed frame.

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Tessa loves the new fabric art; when she saw the finished look she gave me a humongous hug.  Yes, it’s a very pastel, easter-eggy, girly-girl kind of room.  But you know what? Tessa thinks it’s the bee’s knees.  And anyway, deciding on the actual fabric, sizes of the different hoops, and where to place them on the wall was a total breeze. Yep, I completed the task without any waffling. And if you believe that I have a very nice bridge to sell you…

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My Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric for Tessa’s Room

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I have a theory about the term “cute” when used to describe design elements: there’s good cute and there’s bad cute.  Good cute is whimsical, youthful and fun.  Bad cute is cutesy and overly precious.  Think toddler beauty pageants.  Scratch that.  Those are just tacky.

Okay, so I have a theory.  But I’m having trouble figuring out if hanging up embroidery hoops with fabric is good cute or bad cute.

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They’re kind of cool, right? Or am I just reaching for something — anything — because Tessa’s walls look so freaking bare, as you can see below.

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At first I was thinking of decal-ing, or stenciling a tree on the wall above, but I’ve seen so much tree decor in kids’ room lately…I don’t know, maybe this embroidery hoop idea will be just as trendy.

I don’t like the idea of putting glass frames or anything heavy above Tessa’s head and this would definitely bring some color into the room.  On the other hand, it might read as random, weird, or — you knew it was coming — bad cute.

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So what do you think? Cool or cutesy? Should I try DIYing some embroidery hoops with fun fabric on Tessa’s walls, or figure out something else?

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my waffle: fabric for Tessa’s table skirt

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Okay, guys, I really had trouble writing the words ‘table skirt’ for today’s title. Doesn’t ‘table skirt’ just conjure up images of overly-floral bed-and-breakfast rooms, lace doilies and granny’s house? This is not what I’m after. Instead, my goal is to make a fun table skirt that brings in more pattern and texture to my four-year-old’s rather plain room.

Here’s the Ikea table I’d like to transform with fabric and ribbons:

And here’s my initial inspiration for the table skirt/ribbon idea:

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I started by checking out a local fabric store. I played around with ribbons on a bold pattern:

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and on a solid color:

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Now here’s the hard part: choosing the actual fabric. The room’s walls are light purple and Tessa’s duvet is white with green polka dots. I don’t want the fabric to be too matchy-matchy, but not too attention-getting either. Here are my current favorites:

Kamal in Moss

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Wildflowers in Multi

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Daisies in Spring

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Sweet Organic Stripe in Blue

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Wallflower Pink:

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Floral in Cool:

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Medallion in Orange:
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Damask in Yellow:

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Pink Jersey:

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White jersey:

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Basic solid in Sunshine:

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There’s a lot of choices, so for this poll you can vote for your top three. Once the list is narrowed down, I’ll let Tessa choose her favorite. Here’s her room again so you can use it for context.

What have you been waffling about these days? I’d love to hear about it!

Waffler wrap-up and recent poll results

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Remember my waffle about what to put over my mantel?  I was trying to decide whether to use a collection of items from around my house (a large mirror, some black and white photos and a vase of paper flowers) or this lithograph borrowed from a friend.  57% of voters chose the lithograph, with the caveat from some readers that I add chunkier accessories.  The lithograph is staying…the hunt for better accessories is ongoing.

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In toilet paper news (sorry, the third grader in me had to write that) my waffle about which way you prefer the TP to hang on the spool had a clear winner: over the spool won with 71% of the vote.  Some readers identify themselves as “fanatical” ‘over’ people while others claimed they’re just happy if there’s toilet paper on the roll. Carol from The Design Pages describes herself as a recent ‘over’ convert; she didn’t care about this issue until 2 years ago.  Now it drives her crazy if the toilet paper hangs under.

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Another clear winner emerged from my waffle about which nightstand to use in Tessa’s room.  I recently bought the Land of Nod Real Simple bed for her room.  It was on sale, but I still am eager to do a very low-cost nightstand.  This Ikea table was in our guest bedroom.

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75% of voters liked my idea of putting some fabric over the table and making a ribbon skirt around it as in the image below:

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I think Tessa will love it, though I don’t want it to look over-the-top princessy. The girl already begs to wear her tiara to bed…

Have a wonderful weekend!

Molly

Waffler wrap-up: poll results

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Today The Waffler is officially 6 weeks old.  Blogging is a lot more work than I anticipated but it’s also a lot more fun, in large part due to your kind words, encouragement, and great design and fashion advice — thank you! Also, a big thank you to those who have sent in waffles.  If you are waffling about something (or know someone who is) please don’t be shy about contacting me.  I’m neurotic, but fairly nice.

Okay.  Down to business.  With 55% of the vote, Land of Nod’s Simple Bed was the clear winner in Tessa’s  big girl bed waffle.  I love this option,  so I was quite happy with the results.

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And then Monica over at idazzle and Holiday from holidayhouserules suggested an upholstered headboard.  Soft to lean up against, a great way to bring in interesting fabric, an upholstered or slipcovered headboard is a great idea.  I just wish I had thought of it first…especially seeing as how after years of waffling I bought one for my own bedroom. Hello, Molly? You’re a big dork.

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The slipcovered headboard in our master

So it’s down to the Simple Bed or an upholstered or slipcovered headboard.  I’ll keep you posted.

And now on to car-waffling.  Remember how Chessie and Robert were looking for a good car-with-a-third-row alternative to a mini-van?  There was no clear winner in this waffle; results were pretty evenly divided between the Toyota, Mazda, Volvo and Acura.  I checked in with Chessie and here’s what she said:

We are holding off at least till spring, but we are going to test drive the Acura over Thanksgiving. We lean toward the look of the Volvo, but the agility of the Mazda, so maybe the Acura is a good combo of those two.  For now though we are sticking with the Subaru and trying to convince ourselves not to get a minivan (however futile that may end up being).

Good luck, Chessie and Robert!

When asked about favorite laundry rooms, readers preferred  rooms with a cottage and modern vibe, but the “huge” laundry room garnered the most votes.  Interestingly, the research I did for this post indicates that laundry rooms might soon become a thing of the past.  Take a look at this conceptual washing machine: it doesn’t require water or detergent and it doubles as a seat!  Now there’s a conversation starter for your living room.

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If you want to see  more futuristic washing machines, check out this list from EcoFriend.  I think the Swirlis particularly cool.

Have a great weekend!

My waffle: Tessa’s big girl bed

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This is my daughter Tessa. What’s that you say? She’s all blurry? Yep, it’s hard to take a clear picture of Tessa because most of her waking day is spent twirling, leaping and dancing. Hence the blur of pink.

Tessa has been asking for a “big girl bed” for two years now. No, I’m not so deranged that she’s still sleeping in a crib at age four…I’ve just been waffling so long over what bed to get that she’s sleeping on a mattress and box spring. Here is Tessa’s current bed situation (the toe shoes were mine during my brief and painful year on pointe):

View from the doorway

Here’s the rest of her room, just for kicks.

The other side of the window

Bookcase and reading chair are to next to the doorway. I know, I know, I should hang the pictures already.

But let’s get back to Tessa’s’s bed, or rather, the lack thereof.

See that window? It’s great, but as the top of the sill is 36″ from the floor, it means that most headboards (most of which are 42″ to 54″ tall) are going to stick up higher than the window sill. The green polka dotted drapes might act as a visual “wall” for the headboard, but I wonder if a tall headboard will look funny. What to do? I’ve tried the bed on the far wall, but trust me — it looks best diagonally across from the door.

I also want a bed that lasts. That means choosing something solidly constructed as well as something Tessa will enjoy for many years to come.

Ikea’s Malm Bed is one option that will fit under the window sill. My son actually has the Malm in his room. It’s fine, but a bit difficult to make, plus it sticks out and I’m always stubbing my toe on it — though that might just be due to my klutzyness and not the bed.

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The Kendall Bed from Pottery Barn Kids looks nice, but the one I’ve seen in the store is pretty banged up so I wonder how durable it will be. Tessa’s room is also on the small side — will that footboard make the room feel more chopped up?

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I also love both of the Land of Nod’s Simple and Jenny Lind beds. They would both stick up past the window sill a bit, but I like how the slats and spindles would also allow you to see the green drapes.

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Another idea is to go the custom route. This would mean I could specify the height and look of the headboard. On the other hand, the non-returnability of this option gives me heart palpitations.

So what do YOU think?

PS — if you are wondering why I didn’t include a Craigslist choice, I actually did buy a used be for $25 a few months ago.  It had a beautiful carved headboard, but the side slats were warped and didn’t fit into the head and foot slots anymore.  I returned it, got my money back and resumed waffling.

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