Home Design Adventures

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HOME DESIGN ADVENTURES

Have you been wanting to make changes in your house or to a specific room, but feel overwhelmed or don't know where to start? Or maybe you start making changes only to become disappointed because it's not turning out the way you had hoped?

This was me, but now I have an awesome resource that walks me through the entire design process so I can create the home I love and I am excited to share this resource with you today.

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Choose Adventure

We moved into our house a year and a half ago with all the hand-me-downs and Ikea furniture from our 2-bedroom condo. The furniture is mismatched, doesn't fit our desired style and most of it isn't the right size for the space.

In addition, I have learned that with two little kids who constantly receive new toys and struggle to clean up after themselves, organization and room layout is extremely important in keeping a mama's sanity. Am I right, mamas?  😉

I have a lot of work to do to design and create the home we deeply desire and love!

So, today I choose adventure!

I choose adventure to explore the new area (to me) of interior designing and fully experience the home design process.

Do you want to join me in choosing adventure today and having your own home design adventures?

Designer in a Binder

If your answer is yes, then I am really excited to let you know about Designer in a Binder because I think it will be a great fit for you and your home design adventures.

Designer in a Binder is an interior design guide that walks you through the entire design process from start to finish, one room at a time. No matter what your style is, this will guide you through the process of designing the home you love, without the cost of a professional.


 

What's Included?

  • Loads of interior design tips anyone can follow
  • Tools for getting started without feeling overwhelmed
  • Tools for setting and using a budget
  • Tools for staying on task and on schedule
  • Ideas for raising money to fund your design plans
  • Tools for staying organized long-term
  • And more if you choose the Plus package

Start Your Home Design Adventures Today!

Designer in a Binder is exactly what I have been looking for to design the home I love, so you can imagine how excited I was to learn about it and why I am sharing it with you.

This detailed resource and guide will walk you through designing your entire house so you NO longer:

  • feel overwhelmed when decorating your house
  • feel your house doesn't reflect your style and personality
  • make spontaneous purchases for your home only to find out they don't work as hoped
  • waste time and money trying to figure out interior designing on your own only to be disappointed

I purchased my Designer in a Binder this week and plan to use it to design every room in my house, starting with my son's outdoor adventure room. I will share all my home design adventures with you here at Leavenworth Adventures if you want to follow along.

In addition to following along, I hope you decide to join me, buy Designer in a Binder and start your own home design adventures today!

BUY DESIGNER IN A BINDER TODAY TO RECEIVE THE SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICING!

(Special pricing ends Friday, Feb. 23)

Join me and choose adventure today to design the home you love!

Corene at Leavenworth Adventures

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DIY Mountain Mural

Boy's Outdoor Adventure Bedroom with text overlay "DIY Mountain Mural"

BOY'S OUTDOOR ADVENTURE NURSERY

What DIY project have you been wanting to do or have been considering doing for a while now? What is stopping you? Not knowing where to start? Fear of messing up? Fear of it not turning out the way you had hoped?

I chose adventure to paint to my son's mountain mural and I am so glad I did!

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Part 2: DIY Mountain Mural

We moved into our house almost a year-and-a-half ago. During the building process, I searched for paint colors and room ideas for my son's room on Pinterest (my #1 search tool for home ideas) and came across this picture. I instantly fell in love with the mountain mural and knew I wanted this in my son's outdoor adventure room.

Paint Colors

When ordering paint for our new house, I made sure to select and order the colors I would use for this mountain mural. I used the following Behr paint colors from Home Depot.

Room Wall Color - Subtle Touch

White Snow Peaks - Ultra Pure White

Mountains - Pewter Mug

Hills - Evening Hush

Step 1: Visualize the Layout

Before you start, make sure you know what you want your mountains and hills to look like on the wall. You can either copy a design you see online or design your own. I used the picture I found on Pinterest as my guide but changed it a little bit.

Do what you want and have fun with it!

Step 2: Tape + Paint Snow Peaks

Paint the snow peaks first. This way you start with the lightest color in case you make a mistake and you paint top to bottom in case of drips.

Knowing you will paint the peaks first, tape accordingly. The straight lines of the mountains and the use of painter's tape make this part of the process pretty easy. It's more time consuming than anything else. 

Painters taped mountain mural peaks

Now it's time to paint the peaks.

Painted mountain mural snow peaks in process

When you are done painting, remove the tape soon after and before the paint completely dries. Only remove the tape around the recently painted peaks. Leave the tape outlining the mountain slopes for the next step.

Wait for the paint to dry before moving on to next step.

Step 3: Tape + Paint Mountains

After the snow peaks dry, tape the bottom of the peaks so the mountain paint color goes right up to the white snow peaks. Since the peaks are a lighter color than the mountains, make sure the tape is either perfectly lined up or leaves a little bit of the white showing to paint over it with the darker color if needed.

If you haven't already, tape the side wall corners. Now you are ready to paint the mountains.

Taped and painted mountain mural in process

Use a roller to paint this section and a Paint Edger for the corners. Knowing the hills are coming next, make a quick outline where you want the hills to be, as seen in the above picture. Don't paint further than necessary.

When you are done painting, remove the tape soon after and before the paint completely dries.

Wait for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Tape + Paint Hills

After the mountains dry, tape the corners if you previously removed the tape or didn't tape all the way to the floor, and tape the floor trim. The top of the hills will be painted freehand so I put these short pieces of tape on the wall to make sure I stayed in the desired area.

Mountain Mural Painting in Process

Roll the bottom section and use a Paint Edger along the corners and floor trim. Roll as close as you can to where you want the top of the hills to be. Finish the top of the hills using a brush moving slowly and carefully along the top for a smooth and rounded finish.

Make sure you have a good brush, like the Shur-Line Premium Paint Brush.

DIY mountain mural paint supplies.

 

Here is the what the mountain mural looks. I love the way it turned out!

Mountain mural nursery room

 

If you are looking for additional inspiration for your son's room, take a look at my Boy's Room Inspiration board on Pinterest. And stay tuned for the next post about my son's outdoor adventure nursery.

 

Choose Adventure at Home

How are you going to choose adventure at home? Are you going to paint a mountain mural? Or is there another project you have been wanting to do?

If you wish you were more adventurous when it comes to decorating your home or a specific room in your house, take a look at Designer in a Binder, a new resource being released Monday, Feb. 19. I am really excited about this because decorating my home is one area I am choosing adventure in and I need a resource like this to help me do a good job. Check it out!

 
I invite you to join me today and choose adventure to create the home you deeply desire and love.

Here's to choosing adventure,

Corene at Leavenworth Adventures

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Boy’s Outdoor Adventure Nursery

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BOY'S OUTDOOR ADVENTURE NURSERY, PART 1

Do you wish you had a little more courage to decorate or redecorate your house or even a specific room? But when you think about getting started you shut down due to overwhelm or fear of it not turning out the way you envisioned it?

I understand!

But now that I choose adventure, the overwhelm and fear has become less frequent and easier to manage. Here is my most recent home adventure, where I choose adventure to decorate my son's outdoor adventure nursery and create a room for him that I love and am excited about.

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Find Your Inspiration

We moved into our house almost a year-and-a-half ago. During the building process, I started planning the rooms, including paint colors. While I was searching paint colors and room ideas for my son's room on Pinterest (my #1 search tool for home ideas), I came across this picture and the vision of my son's room was born.

 

I instantly fell in love with the mountain mural and knew I wanted this in my son's room. When ordering paint for our new house, I made sure to select and order the paint colors I would use for this mountain mural.

This mural is my inspiration for his outdoor adventure nursery. Is it obvious yet how much I love this adventure lifestyle?  😉

Now that I have found my inspiration and chosen a theme, it is time to start pinning ideas on Pinterest and creating a mood board.

Create a Mood Board

I'm going to walk you through the items I included on my mood board.

  1. Theme Inspiration: This tent reminds me of the mountain mural in my son's room, and it also reminds me of outdoors, adventures, exploring and camping.
  2. Son-Approved: I love this Pillowfort Bear Pillow and bought it for my son the first time I saw it. He LOVES it; It is his favorite stuffed animal and he sleeps with it, using it as his pillow every night. This adorable bear reminds me that not only do I want to create a room I love, I also want a room that fits with my son.
  3. Print/Colors/Design Inspiration: I like throw pillows; Not sure if I will put throw pillows in my son's room, but these pillows give me an idea for a color scheme in his room and the use of arrows.
  4. Furniture: I will be using the same furniture I used in my daughter's nursery. This includes a dark espresso colored crib, dresser changing table and a TV unit we use for storage.
  5. Bedding: When I think about bedding for this theme, I think trees, mountains, and wild mountain animals.
  6. Storage: This is really important to me. I am looking for quality, sturdy (able to withstand constant abuse from little kids) and functional storage that will complement the outdoor adventure theme.
  7. Rustic Wood: I love the rustic wood look and plan to have plenty throughout the room.
  8. Wall Art: I plan to have rustic wood wall art that includes mountains, wild animals, and words of wisdom and reminders of what I want for my son's life. In addition to rustic wood, I will include some metal or wire to mix it up.

Follow This Home Adventure

Take a look at my Boy's Room Inspiration board on Pinterest for more outdoor adventure nursery ideas.

I invite you to join me today and choose adventure to create the home you deeply desire and love.

Here's to choosing adventure,

Corene at Leavenworth Adventures

 

 

 

 

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Kid’s Holiday Gift Guide

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I am so excited to share this gift guide with you.

I've had a lot of conversations with friends about what type of gifts to buy our kids this holiday season. So I decided to put this gift guide together for you. I hope this makes your holiday shopping easier.

This guide is for kids ages 2-6.

Enjoy!

 

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Little Passports

Give the gift of Adventure! I am really excited about this one. We just received the first month's travel kit and we (My daughter and I) are already looking forward to next month's package. This is such a fun activity for the kids and it's the gift that keeps on giving as it is a monthly program. This is a great way to encourage kids to learn about the world in a fun and exciting way. Click on the link or picture to learn more.

Mountain Explorer

This book/map is awesome. We borrowed it from the library and instantly fell in love. It takes your kids, and yourself for that matter, on a journey through the Rocky Mountains of Canada's West. Not only did we love looking through it, we now want to go on this trip as a family.

Green Toys

Green Toys are the best. They are so cute, the kids love them, and you can wash them in the dishwasher. Win! They are also made from 100% recycled plastic, are made 100% in the USA, they go above and beyond safety standards for plastic kid toys and they are packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard. Win, Win, Win!

Unique + Creative

Seedling is a company I just recently heard about, and haven't yet ordered from. Visit Seedling.com and you will see they have unique and creative toys, dress up pieces, arts and crafts, and stocking stuffer items for the kids. Even if you don't buy something from them, they are worth checking out.

Stars + Planets

Explore the wonders of the night sky from inside your home. Included are the 12 zodiac constellations, the sun, moon, 8 planets, and the big and little dipper. It also comes with a full-color guide. I think this looks pretty awesome. As a star lover, I want one for myself.

Little Explorers Books

The Little Explorers Books are a series of interactive nonfiction children books. They cover the following topics: My Amazing Body, Outer Space, The Animal World, Dinosaurs, and On The Move. Fun and informative books to read with your kids before bed.

Wood Toys

I love Melissa and Doug Wood Toys. I love that they are wood, not plastic, and they last forever. Take a look here at their toy options.

Wood Building Blocks

If you don't already have a set of Wood Building Blocks then I highly recommend buying a set. Kids of all ages enjoy these blocks and they will last forever. Totally worth it!

Wood Train Set

If you don't have a nice Wood Train Set, I highly recommend buying one. Great for all ages and will last forever. My kids have spent the last three weeks playing with their set, and I love getting down and building a big track with them.
save the planet, wear alpaca!

Alpaca Gear

Looking for usable stocking stuffers? This site has kid socks, hats, and gloves made out of Alpaca. They also have cute Alpaca stuffed animals and ornaments.

Coloring + Drawing

If you kids like to draw or color, this is worth checking out. It is a Drawing + Coloring Book you do with your child. It combines the fun of art with a way to connect further. Or any coloring book, paint set or drawing paper is fun to have around the house and your kids will use them on an off throughout the year. My kids, especially my daughter, colors and draws at least once a day.

Town Playmat Rug

I love the town playmat rugs. I loved them when I was a kid. So much fun and imagination driving your cars and trains, and flying planes. When not in use, you can leave them on the floor or roll it up and store in the closet.

I hope this gift guide gave you some great ideas for gifts for your kiddos. Putting this gift guide together stimulated my creative juices and the gift ideas kept flowing, so if the ideas above don't work for you, let me know. I would be happy to share some more ideas with you based on your individual needs.

Also, feel free to share this gift guide with friends and family, and don't forget to Pin it for later.

Happy Holiday Shopping Adventures,

Corene at Leavenworth Adventures

 

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