So many bloggers are getting a head start on St. Patrick’s Day! My goodness was there an explosion of green in the blogshpere this week! And all the crafts with the word LUCKY. Super cute but I can’t help but read them all in the Napoleon Dynamite voice. “Luuck-iieee!” Anyways, here are some pretties that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy!
- This St. Patty’s project is one I could get behind. The Glitter Guide posted this Pot of Gold Punch for those of you not partial to Guinness.
- I am so impressed with this furniture makeover from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs! Proof that slapping a coat of paint on something isn’t always the best route. It’s those fine details that make a DIY project truly spectacular.
- Show me a barn door and I’m as happy as a pig in mud. Michael from Inspired by Charm installed his long awaited barn doors this week. I’d say they were worth the wait!
- Rachel Hollis from The Chic Home shares some great ways to store blankets. I’m a big fan of the dangling throw in a crate or basket. Chic and so practical during this frigid winter!
- Cottage and Vine showed off reader Tracy’s beautiful bathroom with gorgeous wood tiles. Plus, do I even have to say it… white subway tile! Love it!
Back for more? Woo hoo! Let’s clean!
Yesterday I told you about my Purge & Merge method. Getting rid of unwanted items and grouping like things together. I use it when approaching any project from packing up a whole house for a move to tackling the pantry. Let’s use the latter as a for instance.
Does your pantry look like this? By the way, you have no idea how much anxiety this photo gives me.
Start with the purge. This should be easy. Expired food? Gone! Unhealthy choices? Chucked. Cans with the labels off? No one likes surprises when hungry.
OK, that was easy right? On to the merge. Think of your pantry as your very own grocery store. Baking aisle, canned goods, snacks, international foods, etc. Group like items together and you’ll never have to wonder just how many jars of peanut butter may be lurking.
And while you’re grouping, baskets are great tools to corral loose packaged items like granola bars or oatmeal packets. I like to put the small containers like baking powder, vanilla extract, and food coloring together. The basket comes with me to the counter when I’m ready to bake! And I love all the snack tips from the Mommy Blogs. Kids can basically pack their own lunches when the options are there for them!
There’s really every canister and container under the sun for pantry items. Have fun with labels or colors but in the end, when organizing the pantry the Purge & Merge works every time. Happy cleaning!
It’s no secret that I love to clean. And I know I’m not alone in wanting this damn winter to be over. I know it’s not quite spring, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get a jump start on spring cleaning. Any takers? Eh?
Well even if you don’t love cleaning and organizing as much as I do, it’s a necessary evil. So I’m starting a two week series on arguably the thing that I do best… cleaning. From cutting clutter to scrubbing stains, follow my lead and we’ll have spring cleaning done before the vernal equinox!
I start every cleaning project large or small with my patented (not really, but please don’t steal my idea and make millions) Purge & Merge. Tossing or donating unwanted/unloved items and moving like things together. It’s the basics of organizing. It’s Cutting Clutter 101.
People have such an attachment to things. I once worked for a professional organizer in Richmond, Virginia and on one job, a woman had enough craft supplies to fill two rooms. Trying to get her to toss a scrap of fabric was like getting her to give up her first born. I don’t understand it (and thus, I never committed to the professional organizer business). If something is in your home- it just has to have a purpose. Especially since most of us don’t live in thousands upon thousands of square feet of living space. So please, look at your things and ask yourself these three questions:
- Do I use it? (actually pick it up and use it within the last month or seasonally!)
- Do I love it? (does it make you happy? a piece of art or a pin that your grandmother owned)
- Will someone else love it or use it more than me? (be selfless people! yes, that third black handbag is cute but you have two others that you use (see question 1) and love (see question 2) so why not send that third bag off to Goodwill and free up closet space for say, a green one!?)
It really doesn’t have to be that difficult. Man yourself with black and white trash bags. Black for the garbage and white for the donations. And make the decision in one minute. That’s right- sixty seconds of decision-making. Use it? Love it? Will someone else? Done.
Good job! You’ll be cutting clutter in no time!
Apologies for the lack of posts recently. It’s been such a busy week for me but a fantastic one. I hope all of you had wonderful weeks as well! Unbelievable but true- I’ve been so busy that I have not read my usual blogroll. So alas, there will be no Week in Review but rather, here’s an inspirational quote from the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Happy weekend!
I learned from Downton Abbey.
Last night was the American Season Finale of Downton Abbey Season Four. I hope you have all been watching and loving it as much as I have. Thinking of a great one-liner from Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) can always brighten my day. I hope these make you smile. Until next time Downton! Cheerio!
Well hello there! Happy Friday to you! I have some gorgeous rooms for you this week. Filled with warmth and texture to lift your spirits after hearing that next week means the return of the Polar Vortex! Brrrr!
- Daily Dream Decor introduces us to this preppy spring home office! Yes, spring will come… just maybe not tomorrow.
- Coco + Kelley‘s room of the week is this simple, modern, minimal, textural, ethnic, organic, classic. bedroom because yes, all those things can exist in one space!
- I am slightly jealous of the gorgeous foyers featured on Centsational Girl this week. With just three more feet of space, maybe we could have had this welcoming table in our front hall. Although, that floor looks familiar!
- One thing I miss about loft living is levels! This stunning kitchen remodel over at Hooked on Houses really stepped it up! Get it? And oh those beams!
- And finally, Erin at Elements of Style takes a look at the Windsor Chair. With so many variations since it’s development in the 16th century, I’m still a big fan of the traditional look in this sunny porch.
The Olympics are always so exciting- and even more so when you have an office full of skating fans (figure and hockey) and a husband constantly checking the medal count! In honor of those medals, this post is devoted to the athletes’ bling!
Gold, silver, or bronze- it’s got to be amazing having one of those around your neck. But in case you’re like me and more focused on your home decor than your triple salchows, let’s cheer for some of these metallic winners!
1. Gold Gilt Sunburst Art Mirror | 2. Threshold Iron Wire Table | 3. Gold Flatware | 4. Hammered Brass Bowl | 5. Stockholm Work Pendant Lamp | 6. Gilded Mod Dog Print | 7. Brass Lion Door Knocker
1. Resin Deer Head Wall Art | 2. Silver Garden Stool | 3. Silver Lobby Desk Phone | 4. Nautical Steel & Glass Patio Pillar Candle Holder Lanterns | 5. Nautical Wall Light | 6. Jewelry Tree
1. Seaside Outdoor Pendant | 2. Redsmith Dining Chair | 3. Rubbed Bronze Bathroom Sink Faucet | 4. Envelope Mailbox | 5. KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 6. Kartell Plastic Lamp
Tell me you’ve heard of this fabulous app by now! Waterlogue allows you to take any photo and turn it into a work of art. No paint brush required! Just upload a pic- like this one of our home- and turn it into a fluid, vibrant watercolor.
Just visit the App Store and download Waterlogue.
And just like Instagram, you can take a photo or choose from your photo gallery. I snapped a quick pick of the hydrangeas on my dining room table.
Then choose your filter from the selections. You can even zoom, add a border, or adjust the brightness.
Then you just export your masterpiece or share it through social media.
And voilà! You’re a regular Monet!
People have been coming up with some interesting Waterlogues all over social media. It’s amazing how great a rusty bike looks as a watercolor. Or the shoes at the bottom of your closet!
Happy painting to you… and the best part- no clean up!
Did you know that Valentine was a Roman priest that married young lovers in secret after the emperor decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives? When Valentine’s actions were discovered, the emperor ordered that he be put to death and we celebrate the day of his burial. Yaaay! Sweet story, eh?
Traditions are weird. But hey, flowers and chocolate are always a good thing. So let’s take a look at some fabulous Valentine’s posts from around the interwebs. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
- There were plenty of recipes for baking heart shaped anything out there but I thought this Candy Cane Valentine was particularly cute! It was created by Mary Beth Johnson from the lifestyle blog Annapolis & Company and featured on Casey Leigh this week.
- Hostess with the Mostess showcased a minty fresh kitchen themed bridal shower where this Recipe for a Happy Marriage was prominently displayed. It includes such ingredients as 3 cups of understanding, 3 spoonfuls of hope, 1 barrel of laughter, and a small pinch of in laws.
- Style at Home blog featured five Valentine’s Day prints from Etsy. I love this Love is All We Need print from TheDigitalStudio. And such a deal at $9.06!
- Who wouldn’t want to dawn some sequin for an English garden tea party with their girlfriends this Valentine’s? The Glitter Guide makes it look so fun and pretty!
- And if you need some jam with your crumpets at your tea party, just check out this recipe from The Chalkboard. Valerie Confection’s Blushing Berry Jam is packed full of raspberries, rhubarb, and rose petals! How romantic!
Tell me you’ve seen this year’s HGTV Dream Home by now? No? Well allow me to show you around!
Every year, HGTV builds an incredible dream home from the ground up. This year’s house is a modern mountain vacation home located in the Truckee, California community of Schaffer’s Mill. A perfect blend of sleek industrial and rustic coziness, I would gladly curl up with some cocoa through the winter in this dream home.
The giant trusses with sturdy bolts can be seen from almost anywhere inside or outside the house and act as both a structural and a design element.
Just inside the front door, it’s obvious that this house was designed to bring the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling views and nature-inspired materials. You know I’m loving the slate! I wonder why they didn’t call Jared to lay that tile?
The foyer leads you straight outside to this back eating area. Or you can take a right to the living area or a left to the bedrooms. Let’s swing to the right and into the kitchen/dining area.
Here you can really see those big beautiful trusses and the iron beams that support them. More natural elements in the countertops and rich hardwood floors.
And obviously, those views are on display!
The living area warms up with more fall colors and fantastic lighting. Hmmm… that orb sure looks familiar.
More fall colors perk up a guest room and a Muppet themed kids room!
Kermit looks right at home!
The master bedroom is quite sophisticated and I’m in love with this master bath tub and river rock shower.
And all of this could be yours! Just visit HGTV Dream Home and register to win! Tomorrow’s the last day for entries so sign up quick! Fingers crossed!