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Last April, my college aged son was displaced for a short time by the tornado that came through Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I wrote about that day HERE. Fortunately he was safe and his apartment was spared, despite the close proximity in which the tornado came to his place. It was by the grace of God, and nothing less. However, there was no power and roads around his placed closed. School ended up closing early, sending students home. When my son came home, he discovered that his bedroom and his den had a major leak in it, leaving the ceiling and walls wet, falling and molded.
Our insurance company deemed his room unliveable. Dangerous because of the mold.
"Bama" couldn't come home either. It was tough. He ended up moving in with my parents, his grandparents. But after a year away at school , he wanted to be with his family as much as we wanted him home. Eventually the room was repaired and he actually came home for a couple months, before returning to school last weekend.
Because he is home less often, my husband proposed we make Bama's den into a children's playroom. (Bama still has a bedroom to come home to)
Needless to say the idea went over "swimmingly" by our two younger children.
And when I found out that Big Daddy intended to move all electronic games downstairs, well I jumped on board too. I could actually watch a tv show, and not have to compete with children who wanted their Wii.
We needed to do it on a budget.
We needed to be thrifty.
Big Daddy wanted himself and the children to design the room. I'm not going to lie. I had the issues with it.
No, control. No say.
It was tough, but I caved.
And this is how it came out:
They decided on a futon, so children could have sleep overs.
When they mentioned the futon, I did get involved though.
(I have control issues)
We chose a white leather futon, one that didn't "look" like a futon.
It was modern, with no arms. And I liked the steel legs, lending to the modern feel.
They decided on a black, white and chartreuse green color scheme.
They insisted on beanbags for gaming chairs.
They DID ask me to help with the artwork.I pondered and pondered about "FUN" and "FAMILY"
And then it came to me.....
(Left to right, top to bottom) Charlotte, Jeffery, Miley, Lucy and Jane.
I used a "Andy Warhol" approach and used wild colors for the ink.
I did this by uploading my dogs photos to the website, PICNIK
Click create, then effects. I chose the "Heat Map 2.0" and played with that, until I got the effects I wanted. I chose a three different effects.
Click SAVE &amp; Share and save them onto a folder onto your computer, this is where I later uploaded them onto a photo processing site.
I used Walgreens for printing services. And printed them in a 12x16 size.
We love them.
Almost as much as we love our dogs!
The Total Cost:
Our Dogs Photo Poster: (5) total $ 65.00
Frames from Walmart online: $ 20.00 (it came with 6 frames)
Walmart Futon: $147.
Walmart &amp;amp;amp; Target Blankets, pillows:$ 60.00
Beanbags (2) Walmart $200.
Lava Lamp Target $30, and we inherited an authentic one
Floor Lamp Walmart: $20.00
Chartreuse rug: $10
Big Daddy and the children did well.
Now, onto to Tablescape Thursday, which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.
An individual place setting this week. This is the last full week of summer as my children know it and we have stayed on the go.....no elaborate place settings, just family time, mostly consisting of paper plates and grilled burgers. But...life is good!
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What is a tablescape without the food? I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES &amp;amp;amp;amp; PLACES, tomorrow for Foodie Friday!
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