Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Decorating With My Daughter

I am having so much fun watching my creative daughter decorate her new home.

KC runs circles around me.

She arrived at 6 p.m. on Sunday, sushi reservations were for 6:30 and by 8:00 she was in her new home.

Steve and I took Lulu on her walk and by the time I arrived to help, she was nearly finished with her night's work.

By 10:30 every single box was empty, her bedroom was organized, and excess furniture was stored in the garage.

Monday we shopped at IKEA and Anthropologie.


Yesterday morning, KC hung a gallery wall while she waited for the IKEA delivery man.


She screen printed these pieces at a work "play day" when she started at her former company.


The Firestone poster is one of Steve's paintings and is one of many different pieces KC has of her dad's artwork.


 KC had nothing to put into this frame so she cut a scrap of wrapping paper to fit the frame.


The IKEA Ektorp sofa arrived in boxes and KC insisted on building it herself with no help.


Two nights after arriving in town, this was the look of the little living room.


This view from the bedroom shows the Ektorp sofa with chaise that is the only piece of furniture for sitting in her little house.


This view from the dining room shows a photograph of Pierpont Beach in 1936.


An eclectic grouping of pillows on the white sofa bring color to the white room.

The embroidered San Francisco pillow was a gift from special friends at KC's going away party.


An IKEA 2 X 2 Expedit holds the TV and the eye continues up the wall to a San Francisco painting "borrowed" from Steve's studio.


KC has a fun collection of anchors and other nautical pieces so I brought over the little sailboat doorstop made by my sister in elementary school.


The basket, lamp and green chair are just a few of the items KC has "removed" from our house - there are more in other rooms.


Originally the plan was for turquoise chevron patterned curtains, but white blinds provide privacy and curtains would be overwhelming in the small space.

The little wooden bench is a possible project - to paint or not to paint? - that is the question.

KC starts her new job on Monday so her plan is to finish decorating tomorrow so she has 3 full days to play.

I titled the post Decorating With My Daughter, but I am really just her assistant.

Either way, I am loving the time with her.

Wait 'til you see what she made today.

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45 comments:

cynthia lee designs said...

Your daughter's living looks great. Love the sofa from Ikea. How fun that she lives so close...I'm so happy for you that the two of you can spend time together.
hugs,
Cindy

Phyllis @Around the House said...

what a wonderful job on such a sweet little room, love the couch and love what she had done with the pictures and the pillows and throw, she sure has a knack for decorating and i love her wonderful fresh style....

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Magic!

Poppy said...

Beautiful! My goodness, it must be so cozy in KC's little house by the sea. Her craftiness is evident everywhere! From the creative artwork, (and savvy searches at her parents' place!), to the cheery pillows and nautical nods, I'm sure KC's new house instantly felt like home.

Carol, I wouldn't paint the bench in this case. Its warm wood complements the rugs, and the shade on the floor lamp so nicely, subtly grounding the space, but that's just my opinion.

Can't wait to see what the talented KC dreamed up next!

xo
Poppy

Traci Creel said...

You must be in 7th Heaven with the daughter living so close. I keep hoping that my daughter will live closer some day. You guys did a wonderful job on her new home. Love the couch with the chaise.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING CAROL !

I love Ikea; it gives anyone the chance to decorate in a fabulous way in an affordable manner, and their look is so clean and fresh. And look what she's done....so quickly! You can tell this girl is ready for action! There's also nothing like a little California cottage; I can remember the feel by just looking at the white walls, the simple windows, and the imaged space. This is home. BLESS YOU BOTH! Anita

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It looks so nice! I want to stretch out under that blanket! I like the bright light streaming in from the windows...blinds are just right there !

She's done a wonderful job ; this was fun :)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Wow! I've been thinking of doing a gallery wall over my sofa for months and she did it in an afternoon! KC's place is looking so welcoming already, and she's lucky to have artist parents to "borrow" from. One of my favorite things is the cute doorstop!

Debbie Lynne Malison said...

I envy that energy!!!

francis said...

I have a lot of catching-up to do
I missed a lot of posts from you
Amazing what can happen .....
Your daughter moved and now lives nearby ?
Oh what joy for you !
I am now off to read all your other posts ......
Happy days to you from Holland

podso said...

She looks so settled already! And what a cozy and beautiful corner there. I know you are having fun!

Mary Clark said...

Wow, she put together a great room so fast! Her taste reminds me of you somewhat, and I'm so glad she's living there near y'all. Enjoy!

Mary

chateau chic said...

Hmmm...KC sounds just like her mother...getting so much done in such little time!! Her living room is darling! She definitely has your knack for creativity.
Mary Alice

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love her style, but she has good genes doesn't she!! What a fun and eclectic room! Enjoying the process and I know you are so glad to have her home.

Patty Antle said...

She's like you, Carol. It's just beautiful. Love all of her anchor pictures and the wall she put together of her framed prints. I didn't know a couch needed to be put together. It looks great with all the colorful pillows. Whenever my kids want something from the house, how can you say "no"? Your things look great there, especially the chair - love it!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, KC sure knows how to get things done with no time wasted. Her home is so charming and I love all the art!

Acorn to Oak said...

What fun! It's looking so cozy, warm, inviting and lived in so quickly! Enjoy the day!

20 North Ora said...

WOW!! Looks like she's lived there forever. Great job!

Judy

Paula said...

She obviously inherited her Mom's talent!

Ricki Treleaven said...

KC's living room is so cozy! I love her style, and I really love the embroidered San Francisco pillow. What a thoughtful going away gift!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

She's amazing to have so much done already! It all looks great! We have that configuration of Ikea sofa in our family room with the striped slipcover - the chaise is my daughter's favorite spot for watching TV - I usually have to fight her for it. Love the gallery wall and the pillows - everything looks just beautiful!

My Garden Diaries said...

Spot on!!! Tell her I love her style! The crisp white with the eclectic wall of art is fantastic!!! She rocked it...and I see Janis in that grouping! I can't wait to see more! Hmmmmm.... She sounds a little like someone else we know?!?!?! HA! Love Love Love her space!!!

Connie said...

Hello Carol, It is easy to see that your daughter has inherited your talent for creating a lovely home. What is most amazing is how fast she works, WOW!!! Most people would still be looking at the boxes and wondering what to do. Everything about her living-room is perfect, it looks so comfortable and beachy. That photo of Janis is just the perfect touch of whimsy :)
I delight in the fact that your daughter is including you in her decorating project and that you are building happy memories together.
Keep Smiling,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Betty W said...

WOW she did a great job decorating, it looks beautiful. I wished I had that much energy to get it done in such a short time.

fiona anderson said...

Wow, she's super fast. Her living room is so cosy and welcoming. I love the gallery wall and the gorgeous sofa and especially the cushion with the blue spots !

Leslie Harris said...

I have one question.

Can I adopt KC?

Sarah said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I'd say KC got the double dose creative design gene from both her parents. What a charming abode. Love the white sofa with the mix of colorful pillows. Wonderful place to enjoy life!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol KC's living room looks great. The apple does not fall far from the tree!!! She has her mom's decorating talent. I love the sofa and how comfy it looks. Hope she enjoys her new job and home.
Kris

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh, I love the gallery wall.
I assuming your daughter listens to great music?!
Love the black and whites of Janis and Tom!!!!
Cute little living set up.
Pat

Vicky Hunt said...

What a fabulous little home! Looks like KC inherited the decorating gene from her mom! I love her style...especially the nautical touches. All the color on the white background is so pretty. I know you are enjoying having her so close now. Have a wonderful Friday...Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Cozy Little House said...

I love her gallery wall! I'm about to start one and am kind of apprehensive where to start. Her living room already looks lovely!
Brenda

Debby said...

How cute is her little place. I like the little sectional. She doesn't need more. Love the wall art and that she is using some of her dad's art work. Everything is so beachy and adorable. I know that you are beyond excited being so close. Enjoy.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, how fast KC got things in place. I love her style and everything looks terrific. How wonderful to have her so close.
The picture wall is stunning and I like all the pictures.
Have a great weekend with KC and can hardly wait to see what's next.....
Mary

Melanie said...

It is obvious that your daughter gets her ambition and creativeness for decorating from her mom! Her little living room looks so fresh and airy and inviting...love the gallery wall. I can't believe IKEA delivered her furniture that quickly. My stuff took almost 2 weeks!

Renee said...

Love the sofa. The gallery wall and pillows look great.

Dewena Callis said...

It's easy to see that lots of artistic talent runs in the whole family! She's made a charming space and I can tell Mom has had so much fun helping!

Down by the sea said...

Amazing how quickly you have turned it into a home. I love the nautical touches and of course Steve's pictures.
Sarah x

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I can see a lot of you in her decor, but she added her own personality and it makes a great living-room!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, Can your daughter come help me move? It would take me forever to do everything she did. Here living room is pretty and I especially like all the nautical touches.
xx,
Sherry

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Your daughter is a quick decorator! Everything looks so well put together and I can see she has your sense of style. Thanks for giving us a peek. Blessings, Patti

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How fun...she is certainly the blessed one to have a mom and dad like you two. I love her style of decorating, just adorable!

Jann Olson said...

Oh Carol, it is all so cute! She has a bit of her mother's natural decorating talent. I love the little hand made sailboat and I am drooling over the 17th sign. Just happens to be my birthday and one of my favorite numbers. KC did a great job on the gallery wall. Love the eclectic feel! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

CatieAn said...

what a very sweet room. I love the way KC has decorated this. It is very obvious that she has inherited her parents artistic genes!

Patty from Lemon Lane said...

I am so glad I stopped over. Your daughter has quite the talent for display. I love her gallery wall and the fact that she did while she waited for the delivery man is amazing. Enjoy your time together.

Carla said...

Impressive. Can't believe how much y'all got done and how she plans on finishing over the weekend. A girl with a mission