Sometimes when I’m bored I create cutout families and the wardrobes they would wear using catalogue photos. But this time I thought I’d create my dream room out of a Crate & Barrel catalogue.
I cut out all of the things I liked and then I used one regular piece of paper for each wall, layering the photos and gluing them into place with a glue stick.
The lamp comes in 2 forms — desk and floor. Its base is clever: it resembles a telescope. The bed is called an “Arlon Bed”. It comes with an assortment of blue and green sheets, quilts, and pillows. The storage bench matches the bed and opens up with enough space to hold toys, games, seasonal clothing, and much more. Shell pictures hang on the wall and the rug is an “eclipse rug”. On the rug, I placed a pretty blue tote bag with a blue and white scarf with thin, white fringe on the ends. The antique alarm clock on the bed post is just an accessory that I thought fitted.
This simple white desk set is perfect if you have either a cluttered room, to make it feel cleaner, or a simple room, to finish the look. I cut out a scarf to hang on the chair to make this room more colorful. These beige curtains can cover the window/doors or be pulled back. They also come in light green. The candle light is good for any place and comes in all sizes from as big as a desk lamp, to as small as an orange. It’s great to hang outside for parties, or inside just to be festive. The picture frame is made completely out of seashells. It looked too empty without a picture inside, so I cut out a flower from the rug and pasted it inside the frame. The flowery rug is colorful but that is balanced by the neutral background.
This dresser is simple yet elegant and I thought it added to the chicness of the room. I thought these flowers would give that corner of the room a little touch of color, and the laptop is just a finishing touch. The chandelier has an intricate beading detail on the outside and not-too-bright light inside, and I think the mirror goes perfectly with it and the dresser. Its sort of stained frame is just the right mix of black and white to be really pretty. The red, white, black, and green clock comes in all different sizes from really big to small, and the picture really captures the essence of the boats in a canal during the day. The comfy chair is very suitable for reading especially with the added pillow which was not originally on this chair, but I thought I should add it to make it look ever more comfy. This reading lamp is perfect if you just want to curl up and read for a couple hours. The plant is just an accessory to make the room more natural.
The TV console holds all the stuff and the T.V. is very big, and I decided that it will have Fios on Demand. And a Wii and an X-box. The wine shelf above the TV is for when Bossy and Bossy’s Mom come for a visit. Don’t worry, the cheese and crackers are in the fridge, Bossy! I thought the candle wall fixture was the perfect accessory. It just brings me back to the nature concept. The simple black table will act as a place to put a snack or drink while you watch television, and the lamp is very elegant yet simple. These cushions can be moved anywhere, at any point of the day. They can provide extra comfort on any chair, the bed, or they can be used on their own. Hanging above are an assorted bunch of paintings chosen because they all had something in common: nature. The empty frames will eventually be filled with family memories.
This wall was supposed to have a door but there are
a bunch NO DOORS IN CATALOGUES! Ever! You should try to find one sometime. The sign above the door just makes sense, and the dog: awwwwwwwwwwww!
The Domstic Goddess saysJuly 10, 2009 at 8:39 am
Bossy’s daughter has many talents. She could be an interior designer!
Dharmamama saysJuly 10, 2009 at 8:41 am
Wow! Such an eye you have! It all fits beautifully. I never noticed the no door thing in catalogs – maybe you should try a hardware store catalog? Since they sell doors.
All that being said, I’m most impressed by the trash bag tied around the table leg. That has never, in all my years, occurred to me to do.
Momo Fali saysJuly 10, 2009 at 8:43 am
Oh, Bossy’s daughter, I need your help! Please come redecorate my house…but don’t bring whatever mush is in that cup. M’kay?
Amity saysJuly 10, 2009 at 8:44 am
Bossy’s daughter is adorable, and has great talents as an interior decorator. LOVING the flowered pillow that you put on the white chair; Crate and Barrel you say?
Hokie Deb (www.WebSavyMom.com) saysJuly 10, 2009 at 8:49 am
–>Bossy’s daughter has a good eye for color and design.
I tell myself, if I had the money, I’d have a good eye for design too.
Deb saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:02 am
Bossy, please enter Bossy’s daughter in the next HGTV Design Star contest – sure bet to be the winner.
BOSSY saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
Thanks Bossy’s daughter for a great post! Too bad Bossy didn’t use the day to sleep late, and about that? Who does Bossy see about her ridiculous insomnia?
BOSSY saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:06 am
Oh, and you gotta love a kid who never says, “I’m bored!” and can make a whole weekend out of a pair of scissors and some glue.
Margie saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:06 am
Awesome. And when I was a little girl, I used to get the old Sears and Montgomery Ward’s catalogue’s and make “paper dolls” too. 🙂
carson saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:10 am
Perhaps it’s time for Bossy’s daughter to have her own ask-Bossy’s-daughter-for-design-advice blog?
bossy's friend amy saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:17 am
Oh Doodle, won’t you please come over and take care of Uncle Wally and Aunt Amy’s house…
BossysMom saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:21 am
And I’ve been looking for a partner for my interior design business? While right under my nose is a great talent?
I always knew you had the eye, but now the whole presentation? Wait a minute…too brilliant!
KM saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:24 am
Bossy’s daughter, that looks awesome! I want to live in your cutout room.
anne marie in philly saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:29 am
my house looks like crap compared to your beautifully designed rooms. guess I have no sense of style…but YOU DO!
I see a career in the decorative arts for you, pretty girl!
sherry saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:34 am
Bossy’s daughter has design talent! Loving rooms #1 and #2. Please come over and re-do my house? And Bossy? A whole built-in shelf for wine? Maybe it’s time to dial it back a notch…
Kaitlin saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:39 am
Bossy’s daughter: you are so talented! Such a creative mind and great eye for detail! You should be a graphic designer. But until then can you come decorate my house?!
Carol M saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:45 am
A budding interior designer. I agree with carson (#10). Bossy needs to make a category here for Bossy’s daughter to give us design tips!
MariaV saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:51 am
Bossy’s daughter is talented. How much would you charge to come decorate my house?
Also, why is there a trash bag tied to the table?
Bossy's Daughter saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:00 am
MariaV- for trash from cutting!
Dharmamama- I tried restoration hardware and even this olf house, but still no doors.
Bossy's Daughter saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:00 am
And that is This OLD house
BOSSY saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:02 am
judy saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:11 am
Love them all, especially the bedroom!
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:11 am
I think Bossy’s Daughter is an adult trapped in a 7th grader’s body. A++
Also, I spit out my coffee at the wine shelf.
Elisa Delbonis saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:13 am
Bossy’s daughter is WICKED AWESOME!
pkzcass saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:23 am
It pains me terribly that a 12-year-old is more talented than this 45-year-old at interior design. Please 12-year-old, come redo my bedroom. I’ll even let you put a wine rack in there.
Lizzy saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:27 am
Bossy’s daughter? Is there anything you CAN’T do, and may I grow up to be you? Thankyouverymuch, cutie patootie.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:29 am
Wall D sings out to me! Bossy’s daughter is a keen judge of human nature; she put together big screen TV, candles, and most importantly a wine shelf. And she wisely reminded us the food is in the fridge.
Ungirdled saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:30 am
Bossy’s daughter has a real future! Love her eye and style, but I am not surprised!
RuthWells saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:31 am
L’il Bossy, you can decorate my house ANY TIME. Good stuff!
Grandma J saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:35 am
Can Bossy’s daughter come to Texas and decorate Grandma J’s spare room. It has nothing but four walls and three windows, and double door entry.
The pay is good, and she can drive Grandma J’s car, and swim in the pool.
alwyn saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:36 am
Bossy’s daughter, you simply amaze me. And, like my own children, your thoughtfulness about things like a wine shelf and cheese for me is heartwarming. You are already Alwyn’s daughter’s idol. Wait until she sees this! I have a feeling I know what she’ll be doing this weekend.
Enrico saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:56 am
My room is sooo boring. Please cut up catalogues and make me a fake room. Then ship me the furniture 😀
BossysMom saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:00 am
oh no….this OLF house…..I thought it was a Swedish catalog, I was about to look it up!!!
the cheap chick saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:09 am
Wow! How much does the Daughter of Bossy charge? My bedroom could use redoing.
And is she available to fly out to MN for a consultation?
BOSSY saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:14 am
Bossy’s Mom: This Olf House, a swedish catalogue… hahahahahahahahaha.
Joie saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:22 am
Heather B. saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:33 am
Does she want to come do my apartment? Upstate NY is lovely this time of year.
Reeb saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:37 am
1. I like how floral rug, wall B, coordinates so nicely with floral cushion, wall C, so they go together to make a very nice sitting room.
2. This should go on the Poverty Party section, as a way to “shop” and dream and play without spending beaucoup bucks on the real things.
3. From the hilarity over “olf” above, sounds like Bossy and Bossy’s Mom have already been visiting BD’s wine shelf. (BD, are you sure one single shelf is sufficient? Oh yeah, there’s probably more in the garage…)
Reeb saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:38 am
PS. Sorry about the never-ending insomnia thing, Bossy.
Bri saysJuly 10, 2009 at 11:43 am
Bossy’s Daughter is so pretty and very very talented.
I would hire you to do my house if I wasn’t already a hard-core poverty party member right now.
Stacey Ball saysJuly 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Man if I ever win the lotto I’m having Bossy’s daughter come out to decorate my house.
debbie saysJuly 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Bossy’s Daughter is very very thoughtful to keep a wine rack in her room for visits by Bossy Family members. And Bossy’s Daughter designs a beautiful room. If it were my beautiful room, I’d think twice about inviting my family members in for a visit – wine or not.
Ms. Cranky Pants saysJuly 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm
This is awesome! Did you know there are blogs out there solely dedicated to creating rooms, in this exact manner? I spend hours visiting them every day. I think its time Bossy’s adorable daughter has her own blog. Yes, that’s the ticket.
kerry saysJuly 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Omigosh. Bossy’s daughter is totally holding up OTC crackers and horse radish. I grew up near Philly and we used to eat them at a place called Kellys on Mole Street! Thanks for the memories!
Kathy from NJ saysJuly 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Bossy’s daughter – Please print this entry and send it to Crate & Barrel.
Carroll saysJuly 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Bossy’s Daughter = TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!
My favorite part is how you carefully “wound” the scarf through the chair back in the Wall B photo. Such attention to detail at your age? Mark my word, you will go far in life whatever career path you choose.
Nice work, BD 🙂
Audubon Ron saysJuly 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Wall A: Very Rooms-to-Go’ish.
Wall B: Clean, but potentially problematic for Daddy with boyfriend easy access when Dad isn’t looking French doors. Dads think of these things.
Wall C: Kinda of a grandma something about this room.
Wall D: Love it. Guy room. Guy room. Love it.
Wall E: Looks exactly like where my Zelda the dog sleeps.
Table A: I thought everyone has a trash bag tied to their coffee table leg. That’s where I flip my buggers when watching TV. (OH NO HE DID SAY THAT!)
Say listen, Little Bossy doesn’t have Bossy’s friend Martha’s number that she can get me from Bossy’s phone book does she? Please slip it under the door with the puppy and tell Bossy’s friend Martha to meet me at the French doors. 🙂
txsjewels saysJuly 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm
what is bossy’s daughter holding up in the picture? cream puff balls sans cream?… and a dish of …dough? gotta know.
Caroline saysJuly 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm
The wine nook is brilliant and oh-so-functional, but Bossy’s Daughter seems to have forgotten to include a nook for all those Oscars, Emmys and Tonys in her bright and shining future. ;o)
lindylou saysJuly 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Oh Bossy’s daughter…you are something great!
I need you to come and decorate my house…even if you just glue pictures on the walls…anything would help!
Melissa saysJuly 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Bossy’s daughter is simply amazing. =)
reen saysJuly 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Wow! There really is no end to the list of Bossy’s family’s talents. Nicely done, Bossy’s Daughter! And well written too. I second (third, eighth…) the call for BD to have a section of the blog for her creative ideas! “Ask Bossy’s Daughter!” I have so many problem areas to ask you about…well, the whole place is hopeless, nevermind.
MariaV saysJuly 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm
I like your efficiency with the trash bag, Bossy’s Daughter.
Here are a few sites with doors. They might not meet your specs, but it might be worth a look.
Maria saysJuly 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Well, Bossy’s daughter, I must tell my own daughter to give this a try! She’s a creative thing and her cousin is a designer in NYC, and her Aunt is also handy with the home decor…and well, I fail miserably….so I’m thinking this could be a jump start to my daughters interior design career and then I would never be out of a interior decorator…for FREE!! I’m sorry…this was about you, wasn’t it? It looks like you have a ton of fun designing….and a good eye too! Thanks for sharing!
Maureen in IL saysJuly 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm
So many talents in one so young. You will go far Bossy’s Daughter. Your clever project makes me miss cut & paste from my youth. Bossy is lucky to have such cool offspring.
sugarpie saysJuly 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm
Great job Bossy’s Daughter! I am so jealous. I wasn’t allowed near scissors or glue till I went off to college. ( I, too, keep a trash bag tied to the table leg-Lord knows the trouble and time it’s saved me over the years.)
dandy saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm
What a brilliant idea.
Now I have to go look for doors…
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm
Bossy’s Daughter isn’t just great, she needs her own HGTV show.
dgm saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:52 pm
Bravo, Bossy’s Daughter!
My 11 y.o. daughter also has a “workstation” (a lap desk near her bed) where she sits for hours on end cutting words and pictures from magazines.(I did that, too, when I was a kid.) Perhaps you can join Bossy on another roadtrip out west. Then you can stop by and cut up magazines with my daughter.
Avitable saysJuly 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm
Does Bossy’s daughter want to come redo my office? I pay cash.
Linda saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm
What a fabulous room! I love your thoughtful, reflective comments. Bossy’s daughter rocks my world:).
Cactus Petunia saysJuly 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm
Bossy’s daughter could have a great career as a photo stylist…she can come work with me doing catalogs anytime!
Amy saysJuly 11, 2009 at 10:01 am
Dear Bossy’s Daughter,
Come over. I have glue sticks and magazines and a house that needs your eye. Help!
V. saysJuly 11, 2009 at 10:40 am
Not only does Bossy’s daughter have a genuine gift for design, she can write. Give the girl a blog!
AnnP saysJuly 11, 2009 at 11:37 am
Darling! What a great idea! My daughter will like this one.
feefifoto saysJuly 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Well done, Bossy’s Daughter! Well done. You deserve a nap or a sundae or something equally as tempting.
Liz saysJuly 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm
The dog was an awesome touch at the end. That, and the wine for BOSSY and BOSSY’s mom!
Sparx saysJuly 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm
Hello Bossy’s daughter – I’m glad you put in wall E, I was worried you’d never get out!
Victoria saysJuly 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm
Wild applause Bossy’s daughter!
Jill saysJuly 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm
If my daughter includes a wine shelf for me in her made-up paper bedroom, I will know I have done my job, and can die a happy woman. Kudos, Bossy.
confused saysJuly 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm
To Bossy’s daughter, you might really like this website http://www.polyvore.com. You can design and create sets (clothes and stuff) Also download your own pics. It’s fun.
Well Read Hostess saysJuly 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Watch out, BOSSY! Bossy’s daughter is a-creepin’ up on you! I can just see the masthead now…”IamBossy’sDaughter…for now grape juice is fine.”
cynthiagirl saysJuly 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Bossy’s daughter has inherited Bossy’s fearsome creativity. Nice work.
LeahBear saysJuly 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm
What a beautiful and creative girl!
Jana saysJuly 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm
what a great idea! wow fun blog!! super cite girl ya got there!
mrs. g. saysJuly 13, 2009 at 4:21 am
Bossy’s daughter has impeccable taste. And a good heart for keeping her boozing mom in wine.
Meg saysJuly 13, 2009 at 11:52 am
Super-cute and I love that she remembered the wine rack for Bossy’s wine. Girl’s got her mama’s back.
Shannon Taylor saysJuly 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Bossy’s daughter, you have excellent taste!
Adorablegirlfriend saysJuly 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm
What, no Stella in this home? Just some rental doggie?
B’s.D. I know you didn’t mean to do Stella like that. She just wasn’t in the Crate and Barrel or Ikea catalogs, righ?!
BabyFavorite saysJuly 16, 2009 at 2:50 am
Wow, not only are you creative and artsy like your mother, you write really well, too!
Very impressive. 🙂
Rita saysAugust 6, 2011 at 10:52 am
Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good infmroation.