steal this idea: installing a screen door for kid’s room

We spotted a few great ideas in the Houzz home tour of Brian Gibb and photographer Misty Keasler, a creative Texas couple who have figured out how to have little ones and show off their love of quirky art. The one we loved the most is putting a screen door on a kid’s room. As anyone who has ever tried to get a little one to sleep knows, sometimes the lights go off, sometimes they stay on. Sometimes the door is closed, sometimes it stays open a crack. In our house, this latter option never works, because our puppy Cupcake takes that as invitation to enter, and he doesn’t go to sleep quite as early as our girl. Solution? Interior screen door. Pretty wooden ones like the one in the photo above are available at Home Depot. They’re affordable, lightweight, and paintable. What’s best is that they allow you to keep the room contained — no unwelcome pets or siblings wondering in — while allowing light and air to circulate. Genius!

What do you think: Would you install an interior screen door anywhere in your house? Kid’s room? A home office?

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not just for college kids: umbra turns any table into a ping pong table

When we bought our house there was a ping pong table in the attic. It was assembled up there and the only way to get it down was to saw it in half. I knew we had to remove it make use of the potential third floor space, but I was sad to see it go. Something about table tennis brings out the kid in me. I always wanted a table of my own and was jealous of kids who had them in their basements. That is why I’m so excited by the Umbra’s Pongo Portable Ping Pong set. It turns any smooth surface into a ping pong table — no mounting required. Its weighted net can be propped up on any table up to 72″ — anywhere you may want to have an impromptu match! Designed by Stephan Copeland, it comes with ping pong paddles with retractable handles, portable net, two ping pong balls (though you know you’ll want more) and drawstring pouch for storage and transport. Available at, $40.00.

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pretty crafty: todd oldham’s kids craft projects at target

I had been reading about Todd Oldham’s new craft kits at Target on some of my favorite moms’ blogs, and finally decided to pick one up the other day for Isadora and me to try. They’re by his new line, called Kid Made Modern, and I think I’m in love. True, you could hit up Michael’s and piece these kits together on your own, but the Kid Made Modern ones save you time, come with cool ideas, and are packaged so smartly you’ll want to save the box to make something else. We picked up a DIY board book kit, and even though the age on the front said six years and up, our four year old had no problem getting the hang of it. I stayed close to assist in any scissoring that needed to be done, but we quickly created two books on our own. Inside the kit is fun sticky paper in sparkly and photo patterns. You can cut out a night sky, clouds, crazy, woodland creatures… anything that floats your boat. It also as a set of markers and three blank board books. The price was $15, and the fun lasted a couple of days. I’m definitely going to make this our go-to kids birthday gift now. What’s not to love about them!

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esty find: whale tissue box holder

Not sure what it’s like in your house, but summer means allergy season where I live. Sneezes pop up in long sequences that can rattle the house. That means you’ll find a box of tissues in just about every room. We buy them in bulk at Costco, so they’re not the prettiest things you’ve ever seen. I spotted this adorable marine buddy over at yesterday and it instantly made me smile. Perfect for Isadora room’s, this chartreuse whale has a tissue spout and is always in a good mood. $40 at from Etsy via Gnome Sweet Gnome.

More smart design ideas:
Looking for something to hide those toilet paper rolls? Check out our post on Jonathan Adler’s designs.

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steal this idea: counting stairs

The staircase is one of our favorite decorating spots. Whether a place to hang a collection of art or photographs or experiment with paint, its contained space is perfect to let your imagination run free. Look at this wonderful idea we spotted on Houzz the other day. It is the home of Jennifer and Trevor Scott in Vancouver. Filled with vintage pieces that have been lovingly repurposed by Jennifer, the founder of interior design fashion consulting studio A Good Chick To Know, it is filled with clever ideas. We love this awesome staircase! Jennifer used wallpaper from projects to liven up the stair risers. Then, she added vintage address numbers on each to inspire their daughter Sienna, who is learning to count. Can’t you imagine bounding up these stairs counting off? We can .. though by the time we get to 15, we might be out of breath.

Photo by Megan Buchanan via Houzz

More playful stair ideas:
Stairs with slides

Serena & Lily stairs

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