How to Lay Out A Room Design On Paper

We’re doing a completely new room design right now in our home study, and I’m having so much fun, I have to share.  You can follow the behind-the-scenes here on Petit Elefant’s Instagram, but here’s the real skivvy on the new design.

study sketches

The study is the first room you see when you come in our front door, and so far it’s been a bit of a hodgepodge of furniture and random design.  You know how that happens sometimes?  A room just sort of gathers cast off furniture and picture frames as they come to you?  Maybe this doesn’t happen at your house, but it does at mine.

We’ve done a lot of redecorating and remodeling in the 12+ years we’ve lived in our house, including our huge master bathroom remodel and redesign, an overhaul of our laundry room, an office remodel, a new room design for our family room, a kitchen remodel, and a kids bathroom remodel.  And we’re just getting started.  Haaaaa, haaa.  Oh, now I want to cry just thinking about it, it’s been so much work.

study design layout

Anyhow, we’re finally getting to a new room design for the study and we’re having … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

How An E-Bike Is Getting Me Outside More

// Thank you for your support of Petit Elefant sponsors!  This post is brought to you in partnership with eSpokes Electric Bikes, the largest electric bike retailer in Utah. As always, all opinions are my own. //

Are you an outside kind of person?  I love being outside as much as the next girl, maybe even more.  I’ve lived in the Wasatch mountain range in Utah my whole life, camping and fishing, biking and hiking in the mountains and desert the better part of 40 years.  Outside is a great place to be, especially in Utah.  Truly, if you haven’t ever visited Utah, make it happen ASAP-like.  I’m super lucky to live in a truly gorgeous, versatile state with everything from world class skiing, to climbing in the red rock canyons of Zion, and biking and camping in Moab.  It’s an astonishingly beautiful (and fun!) place to be.

electric bikes

I used to spend a great deal of time outside.  My family was an outdoorsy bunch; we camped for two weeks every summer, all tents and Dutch oven stoves over fires, hammocks in the trees, hiking during the day with my siblings.  My mom made a special granola once … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

5 Netflix Shows You Should Be Binge-Watching ASAP

Netflix shows are where it’s aaaaaaaaaaaaat.  Actually, I hate ending sentences in a preposition so let’s restate that:  you need Netflix in your life, and I have 5 binge-worthy TV shows I recommend you binge-watch immediately.

Netflix

If you’re just getting started with my favorite Netflix shows / recommendations, you can start here:

 

Let’s get onto more of the good stuff now.

House of Cards

If you haven’t seen House of Cards by now, it’s time to get started.  Fasten your seat-belt and prep your living room for the apocalypse because you won’t be going anywhere for awhile.  It’s a show about American politics and the minutia of the daily life of a senator climbing to the top of the political game one person at a time. The writing is SO good you can’t believe it.  It’s such an enormous leap up from your standard TV fare, never-mind the terrific acting and twist and turn plot, it’s no wonder people crashed the Netflix server when season 3 … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Mid-Century Modern Family Room House Tour

My family room is on tour today, just for you.  It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a room tour, any home decor, really, so I thought I’d show you a peek into my house.  It has a little mid-century modern flair, using inexpensive furniture and decor, and it’s one of my favorite rooms in my house – a little slice of heaven.

house tour

Our house is an early 1990’s builders kit that the previous owners built from scratch.  There are so many weird idiosyncrasies, I don’t even have enough space to share them all here.  It has taken us the better part of 13 years getting this house up to speed, and we still have so much work to do.

One of the weirdnesses of our house is how narrow it is – the family room being the perfect showcase of bad proportions.  It doesn’t look super odd here but I promise you, getting this family room usable has been a trick of using the right furniture and design layout.  The width of the room is unusual, and it’s been super hard to furnish.

midcentury modern end table

In the end, after trying a whole bunch of different configurations and types of furniture, … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Summer Sandals I’m Loving Right Now

Right now we need to talk about summer sandals.  I know it’s only March, but we all need to start our shoe shopping ASAP-like.  Mostly because it’s March and it’s ugly outside and I’m dying to go on a good Spring Break trip, but I’ll probably be doing yard work and laundry instead. It’s a pretty glamorous life I lead.

 

Summer Sandals

Do you have your eye on anything special right now?  I’m super loving high heeled sandals, that little peep toe adds a whole other level of sexy, especially in gorgeous muted shades like pale grey and soft pinks and gold.

I think when you have gentle, soft colors on shoes you can go a little more daring with the style.  Imagine those gold spiky little Michael Kors numbers in hot pink or yellow – you might think twice before buying those.  But in gold, or light blue, or grey?  Totally gorgeous.

What’s in your line of sight right now?  Are you more of a flat sandals kind of girl or do you wear only heels, all the time?  I can only wear heels for so long before I start to cry a little, but I do love a … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Best Book Ever About Hipster Kids

Today, a review of the best book ever.

best book ever

A couple of years ago my friend Tiffany Beveridge wrote a book based on her popular Pinterest board, called How to Quinoa: Life Lessons From My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter.

I’d been following Tiffany’s Pinterest board with absolute delight, being the lover of snark that I am, and maybe even harassed her a little bit about putting together a book with all the delightful romps of Quinoa, her imaginary well-dressed toddler.

Tiffany is a great writer, and her observation of ridiculous hipster child photo shoots tickles my every fancy.

 

well dressed children

The whole book is filled with gorgeous photos of fantasy children, whom I’m sure were full of tantrums and sticky hands behind the scenes of these photo shoots, dressed in ridiculously expensive, grown-up clothes.  Along with captions like this one, “Believing that there is no freedom in free range, Quinoa is proud to have started the first underground chicken railroad.”

I die.

free range chicken

And this little gem about fancy, organic, all-natural foods?  Come on.  It’s the best.

hipster kid

 

kid models

I really just laughed out loud at every single page.  “As the saying goes, the friends who faux-hawk together stay together.”

The poor hairdresser … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

I Found Joy At The Dump

Joy At The Dump

Last month I was in Kenya. Nestled along the borders of Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania, I find this part of East Africa to be inhabited by some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. It’s as if smiles are a permanent part of their facial features. It’s beautiful, really.

On last month’s excursion to this land of kindness, I went to a dump in Nakuru. I wasn’t scavenging for some trash to treasure pieces to craft a Pinterest masterpiece. No, I went to visit the people that dwelled there. You heard me right. There’s a whole community of people who call this dump “home.” Shocking as it sounds, I wish you could have witnessed it with me.

Happy-Kids

The wind was a blowing that day, and so the debris wafting about in the air caught my eye as did the pungent odors that reached my nose. It was a sensory explosion before I even left the confines of the van we were traveling in. Those marabou storks, though. They were everywhere, perched atop the piles of trash like they owned the place. Perhaps it actually was their territory seeing as how carrion and feces are their delicacy. … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Powerful Michael Phelps Video

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so perhaps your wearing a bit o’ green or downing a Guinness or enjoying some Irish soda bread and corned beef. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. Several members of our Team Petit Elefant, though, are swimming their hearts out at swim meets. Lots and lots of swim meets, today, tomorrow, and what feels like forever. It’s really something quite amazing, to witness all the hard work, time, sacrifices, physical strain, discipline and pancakes that are shaping these kids. They are developing a skill, a talent, for sure, but also character and stamina and wisdom. And we are tremendously proud of them. Parents who stand by and support these crazy kids? We are proud of them, too. Heck, we are them. Or they. Or, whatever.

swim meet In case you didn’t know before now, swimming is some gosh dang hard work. And in case you haven’t yet seen the new Under Armour ad featuring Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, we are sharing it with you today. Not just for the swimmers in your life, but for all the athletes, musicians, scholars, caregivers and loved ones you know that work their guts out (literally, in this case) to do their very very best, every single … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

DIY Make It: Clay Mask Recipe

Make it: your own detoxifying red clay mask recipe and DIY!

make it clay mask recipe
// This post is sponsored by Lionsgate to celebrate the opening of the movie The Divergent Series: Allegiant which opens this weekend in theaters.   As always thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that Petit Elefant running. //

Red Morrocan Clay mask
Have you read the Divergent Series?  It’s a collection of 4 books, young adult dystopian novels, based in post-apocalyptic Chicago, wherein individual personality and free will are rather heavily discouraged, (read: the leaders of the society will kill you dead if you make your own choices or exhibit a personality other than the one you were assigned).   The heroine, Beatrice Prior, or Tris (played by Shalene Woodley in the movies) likes making her own choices thankyouverymuch, and as a result spends her life on the run from the baddies.  In the 3rd movie in the series, Allegiant, Tris heads out the city of Chicago beyond the wall, to this place.
allegiant movie
Which looks suspiciously like beautiful Southern Utah to me.  Maybe the San Rafael Swell, which is known for its gorgeous red rock mountains.  And where there’s red rock, there’s red clay, and where there’s clay . … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!