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JumpIn! An Adult Ball Pit

Would you visit an adult ball pit? When I first heard the U.K. exhibit was coming to NYC, I was thrilled and made a reservation immediately.


Then the date of our reservation rolled around and I started to wonder if it would be lame or if I’d find it boring. I was even feeling a bit embarrassed I dragged my up-for-anything friend to it.


But once I walked into Pearlfisher, the organization hosting the exhibit, I immediately realized this was going to be a blast. The pool was beautiful with 81,000 white balls meant to resemble snow.


Everyone in the pit was smiling and laughing, including my friend, who had the biggest grin on her face.


And that’s really what the exhibit is about – encouraging us to play and have fun without thinking about anything else, just being present and experiencing the pool. Experiencing something new changes your thinking and sparks creativity.

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So would you JumpIn?


DIY Geometric Pegboard Tutorial

When Ryan and I moved into our new apartment, we saw it was lacking kitchen storage, but couldn’t let that stop us from signing a lease on an otherwise great place.

As a solution to our storage problem, I finally got to set up a pegboard! It’s been a dream of mine to have a pegboard. I know, I fantasize about the weirdest things for my apartment. I immediately knew it had to have some gold or copper and geometric print, of course. Since I didn’t want to spend a lot of time, I decided to go with a simple geometric triangle pattern.

DIY Geometric Pegboard

The entire pegboard cost around $15, including the paint and mounting supplies. I guess most pegboards are a bit more expensive, but we bought ours used at a local hardware store, so we got them for $5. They were a bit banged up, but mostly just dirty, so I gave them a fresh coat of white paint.

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If you decided to do this tutorial, or any pattern on a white pegboard, I recommend giving it a base coat of paint. A coat white paint (I used some leftover semi-gloss) makes it much more vibrant.

You will need:
-two pegboard panels
-white paint (I used some leftover semi-gloss)
-paint brush
-spray paint (I used Copper Rust-Oleum)
-painter’s tape
-drop cloth
-triangle stencil (see instructions below for making your own)
-two pieces of 1-inch bracing wood, the length of your board
-mounting screws with anchors

For Triangle Stencil
-x-acto knife/box cutter

To Make the Stencil

Fold a piece of paper in half, lengthwise and draw a few half-triangles on the crease. I used a ruler to help with creating straight lines.

While the paper is still folded, cut out the half triangles. Select the size you want for the stencil.

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Trace the paper cut-out onto a piece of cardboard.

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Using an X-acto knife, cut out the triangle to create your stencil.

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Decorating the Pegboards

Decorate your pegboards before mounting them. Place some drop cloth on the ground in a well-ventilated area. Coat the pegboards with a layer or two of white paint, waiting for the paint to dry in between coats.

To create a more symmetrical look with your design, try to center your stencil one the same pattern of peg holes. I found that centering the triangle on these five holes created a good guide.

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Using the painter’s tape, secure your stencil to the board. Standing about a foot away, spray your paint with a consistent stream until you’ve filled the stencil.

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If it’s a particularly windy day, you might want to cover up more of your board with a few pieces of cardboard, to keep the spray paint from accidentally splashing over onto the white parts

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Continue with this strategy as you continue to put triangles around the board.

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Mounting the Pegboard

To mount the peg board, you’ll want to frame it on the top and bottom with a piece of bracing wood that’s the length of the combined boards. It’s important that you mount the pegboard onto this frame, instead of mounting it directly onto the wall, because you need space for the pegs behind the board.

We used this very helpful step-by-step tutorial.

I really love the way we can store our pots and pans on this pegboard. And boy, do we have a lot of them.

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Every time I see the geometric triangle pattern, I can’t help but smile at how fun and modern it is. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces in the kitchen.

the weekender 6/17/2011

Have a bright and sunny weekend!


Hopefully it won’t get too hot. Links to keep you cool:

I love the idea of making your own chocolate chips. She flavors them with green tea and lavender.

If you’re traveling to a beach this weekend, collect some salt water and make your own sea salt. What a unique souvenir.

Loving this Father’s Day planter idea, mostly because it’s a dinosaur!

Everything about this loft is absolutely dreamy.

What are your thoughts on reverse French manicures? You can give yourself one with this tutorial.

I thought I was over the grey and yellow color combination until I saw them used in this vintage-inspired bridal shower party.

Benoit Vieubled’s globe chandelier

This is spectacular.

It’s Benoit Vieuble’s globe chandelier.

It’s practically breathtaking. I am often stupefied by any type of cartographic art. Maps and globes are dazzling.

Couldn’t you stare at it for hours? They’re such tiny renderings of our planet – our tremendous planet, with vast oceans, places I’ve never seen, cultures and environments I probably will never have the chance to visit.

It’s good to feel just a little small sometimes.

images from benoit vieubled, via black*eiffel & recyclart


decorated sugar for Christmas

I came across these in a tea shop while searching for some Christmas gifts.

They’re sugars. How adorable.

They’re made from Sugars by Sharon.

She has all sorts of really great colors and designs. I’ve featured some Christmas ones, but she also has Valentine’s, wedding, baby shower, Easter, and Fourth of July. She also have a variety of beautiful flowers and sea shells.

I think this would make an affordable, luxurious gift for friends, especially tea and coffee enthusiasts.

all photos from Sugars by Sharon


the weekender 10/15/10

via Epicute

Good Morning. I’ve had a great couple of weeks. How about you? This week there has been a lot of socializing, a lot of beer, a lot of decadent food, and a lot of cuddling with kittens and a good book.

I wanted to share some things that I have been adoring in the blogosphere.

Anastassia Elias has discovered a way to make left over toilet paper rolls into an artistic piece of decor. This is her Roulex line.

Anastassia Elias via Indie Fixx

Aren’t these lovely fiber optic lights?

via Apartment Therapy

Kiera over at A Pretty Penny did a D.I.Y. Natural Deodorant that seems pretty legit. I’ve tried quite a few handmade deodorants, but none of them seem to stick – literally. She might have figured it out with the coconut oil. She gave it a “platinum seal of approval.” I think I may try it.

via A Pretty Penny

If you’re like me and pretty much missed out on all of the important lessons of being a girl, Cubicle Chic’s d.i.y. manicure might help you out.

via Cubicle Chic

Do you like candy corn? I don’t. I think it’s disgusting, but there always seems to be a surplus of it around this time of year. Here’s an idea of what to do with that horrendous treat.

from Jamali Garden via The Coterie Blog

Also, where did candy corn get its name? It doesn’t really look or taste like corn.

the weekender: 10/01/10

via AnnilyGreen

It’s the weekend. I’m very excited and relieved. I’m going home this weekend to spend some time with my parents and the beau’s family. Perhaps most importantly, I’m going to see Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba show. His parents are taking us. It has been something I’ve wanted to see since I was sixteen. Seven years later, I’m finally getting my chance, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to spend it with. Since I’ll be having a blast this weekend, I hope you will too. Here are a few fun things to remind you it’s the weekend. It’s time to have fun!

I absolutely adore these cute knitting-inspired cupcakes. It’s the time of the year to start knitting again. Also, any time of the year is the perfect time to have cupcakes.

The best part about these darlings? They’re vegan!
via Vegan Yum Yum

I’m certainly not claiming any originality on this next one, because these images have been all over the blogosphere. But you need to see the new ikea cookbook Homemade is Best.

Carl Kleiner is the photographer and Evelina Bratell is the stylist for this new style and design concept. Say goodbye to the text heavy books of the past.


makes this

I have a few gripes about this, because I’ve made cinnamon buns many times. My kitchen never looks like someone has set up my food for a photo shoot. It’s more like my food processor exploded. They’re gorgeous bits of food, sure. But the true test of any great cookbook is taste.

I stumbled across Helena Sundin’s paintings a while back and never mentioned them. How pretty, from her Antarctica Series.

via Helena Sundin

My friend Caitlin over at Hernando House made a cute lamp out of a vase she found at Target. It’s beautiful.

via Hernando House