Aiden’s Room: Wall Decals and Bookcase

Have you ever used wall decals or stencils in your decorating?
Before Aiden was born, I saw found these Alphabet Zoo Re-Stik Wall Decals from Blik.
I fell in love with the animals and the blue color.
I bought them and decorated Aiden’s nursery with them. {no clue where pictures of his nursery went.}

Because they are the Re-Stik kind of wall decals, I was able to take them down and move them with us to Florida.
I finally got around to putting them in his new room.  {View the empty house tour here.}
In our old house, the wall was painted blue, but here the bedroom walls are just white.
I wasn’t up for painting yet, so I just put the wall decals up.

The Re-Stik decals went on just as easily the second time around.
You should really keep the plastic backing they come on,
but somehow I neglected to do so.
All that was available {and not packed} was wax paper,
so we {and by we I really mean one of my nice friends} carefully placed the decals on the wax paper.
I was a little worried the decals wouldn’t come of the wax paper and I wouldn’t be able to reuse them.
Thankfully, they came off easily.

What do you think?

I like placing the decals above the bed because I’m a little paranoid about hanging something on that wall.  Will it fall down on top of Aiden?  Yeah, probably an unfounded fear, but still…the decals make me feel better.

Also on this wall is a bookcase {securely attached to the wall}.

When we sold our house in Missouri, my friend helped me stage it.  {It sold in 4 days btw.}
One thing she taught me was staging a bookcase.
Do you see what I’ve done?

Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t pack the bookshelf with books from edge to edge.
  • Vary the way you stack books.  Stack some shelves horizontally and some vertically.
  • Place objects {toys in my case} on top of books or in the empty spaces next to the books.
  • If you’re not staging to sell, do whatever is pleasing to you.
  • If you are staging to sell, do whatever is pleasing to most.

I’ll share more of Aiden’s room another day.

Thanks for dropping by!
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Living Room Design

I need help with my living room.  The room is an odd shape.  It has a sliding glass door {which I hate and will add a window treatment asap} and doors everywhere.  The only electrical outlets are along the wall where the TV is.  I have taken nearly everything out of the room and arranged it two different ways.  Then, I have added back what it currently looks like.  I still have art to add.  The living room of my old house was inspired by Kenya.  I had a giant piece of art entitled Kenya by Lazlo Emmerich as well as picture of Masai (I’ll show you those in a bit).  My new living room will not accommodate the large Kenya art piece.  The only place it will work is in the dining room I think.

Arrangement 1 {table by the red chair}

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Please ignore the mess in the background – the kitchen and dining room are still works in progress.

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Bookcase against this wall? I currently have a 5 shelf 30 inch wide bookcase (about half the width of the wall)…

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Arrangement 2 {table by the yellow chair}

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My dog decided she needed to be in the picture.

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Add a lamp here?

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Place a lamp here? No outlet on that wall though…

The lamp is here.

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Or leave the lamp here? {Or get rid of it all together?}

Current look

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Basket in the little alcove?

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Please help.  Which look do you like best?  What should I add?  A bookcase or two?  A table?

Here’s the Masai art I have to add some where, but where?  In case you’re wondering…my friend Maggie painted these for me from pictures I took in Kenya.  She painted them exactly how I imagined them.  She’s awesome.  Check out her art.

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At my previous house, I had these four paintings grouped in a 2 x 2 square evenly spaced.  Should I frame them, paint the edges (currently white), or add some kind of trim?

Last thing — I want to share with you how I brought these painting across country without damaging them.  I have no idea how the pros do it, but this is what I did.

I taped the bottom of 4 paint sticks to the walls of the box.  My paintings have a wire across the back, so I hung the wire on the paint sticks and taped the top of the paint sticks to the box.  Last measure of protection:  these babies traveled in my car not in the moving truck.

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Close up of the box behind the paintings.

Thanks for your help!!
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