homegoods

We made a trip to Homegoods today.  Gotta love Homegoods.  Here are some of the cool things that we found.

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I loved this lamp, loved.

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And I loved this lamp.  I love lamp.

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There were a ton of cute notecards like this…

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…and like this.

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Thought this was pretty nifty, but what would you use it for?  I don’t know.

As far as what we ended up getting…2 pillows (ours are getting flat and I’m not a fan of a flat pillow), a cutting board (our two small ones weren’t cutting it), and this pretty box:

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It’d be easy to burn too much money at good ole Homegoods, but we did pretty good.  It was hard to leave those lamps behind though, I’m not going to lie.  And it was REALLY hard to leave this guy behind:

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hey y’all

A couple days ago I was on a mission to mix up our built-in shelves in the kitchen, pictured here:

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Although I like the framed Arkansas I thought it’d be cool to switch that up and have something more simple.  I’m loving this print from Etsy, so I decided to do a DIY version.

First I did my best to sketch out the letters with pencil onto a piece of white cardstock.  I had some shiny gold paint that I began to paint with inside the letters, pictured here:

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But I realized quickly that it was going to be tricky and I wasn’t sure if I’d get the result I wanted.  So I used pen to outline the letters and painted over the entire page.

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The pen allowed me to see through the paint, so that once the paint dried I was able to cut out the letters.  Once that was complete I put them on a fresh piece of white cardstock.

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And then I used a glue stick to adhere them to the piece of paper.

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I also repainted the original frame white.  So it went from this:

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To this:

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It helped to simplify that area some and I thought it turned out pretty cute for a DIY!

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Easy peasy.  🙂

painting the bookcase

Painting the back of our built-in bookcase has been on my to-do list for a while, so I decided to knock it out yesterday.  The color I selected was Benjamin Moore, cobblestone path.  This color is a gray with a hint of blue.  I was planning on going even darker, like a navy, but I decided I didn’t want it to contrast too much with the white shelves.

Lucky for me Mike was able to help.  We did two coats and it took us 2 hours from start to finish.  If you paint periodically it probably wouldn’t take as long.  Mike used the roller while I cut-in.  I didn’t use tape instead I just watched this video and went for it.

Here is a shot of the shelf before any work:

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Here is a picture after the two coats, but with nothing on the shelf:

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And here is our final product:

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Turned out pretty good.  A little paint can definitely make a big difference.  For tips on bookcase styling click here.

inspiring organization

It’s that time of year – Spring cleaning!  Let these pics inspire you to take on organization projects around your home.

9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional Organizers – Real Simple

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3 Great Garage Makeovers – Real Simple

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Make a Family Binder – 30 Handmade Days

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17 Ways to Make Organizing Fun – Better Homes

closet organing

Clever Closets Around the House – Better Homes

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Wrap It Up – I Heart Organizing

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24 Smart Organzing Ideas for Your Kitchen – Real Simple

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Frugal Kitchen Organizing Ideas – Ask Anna

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For more ideas check out my Organinization.Cleaning board on Pinterest!

how to create a gallery wall

Gallery walls are a great way to fill a big empty wall and add interest to your home.  Right now we have a very small “gallery” above a console table in our living room.

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Step 1 – First I ordered some prints, most of these are from Society 6.

Step 2 – I ordered frames to fit the prints from here.

Step 3 – Decide on a layout.  I wanted some balance so I made sure to put the smaller ones on the same side as the larger print, and went from there.

Step 4 – Decide on spacing.  Notice that the outside edges don’t all line up.  Instead I made sure that the spacing between all the frames was about equal.  It’s easiest to lay your frames on a bed or the ground to figure out how you want them to be configured first.

Step 5 – Hang them up!  I started with the larger one in the corner.  I like to put them up against the wall where I want them and then make a small mark with a pencil at the corner of the frame.  Then I measure the back of the frame from the corner to the middle of the hanger.  Then I can just use a ruler to measure over from my small pencil mark to mark where the nail should go.

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We have lots of room to grow on the wall we selected; it’ll be easy to add a couple every now and then.  Next I think we’ll do some DIY art so we’ll just need to buy some frames – easy and affordable!

home offices

Some of my favorite home offices:

Classic Casual Home

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Be True Image Design

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House Tour of Jesse Loraas

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Houzz

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Young House Love

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Source Unknown

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Flickr – Hip Home Offices

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Things I prefer in a good home office:

1)  White – offices can have multiple elements to them, and the white simplifies, unifies, and lightens things up.

2)  Enclosed Storage – file cabinets, drawers, boxes, etc.  Out of sight, out of mind.

3)  Genorous Workspace Area – minimal objects on a desk surface is a must.

One day we plan on re-vamping our office area.  Until then I’ll peruse other people’s offices on Pinterest – almost just as good!  😉

easter decorations

I only have a couple decorations up currently.  One of the decorations is this egg garland:

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I was going to make my own.  Similar to something like this (from Eclectically Vintage).

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But these strands were on sale at Hobby Lobby and I thought they’d look better than the shiny plastic.  I bought 2 strands and I believe they were around $5 each.

I also got these guys:

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They are super tiny.

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They’re from Hobby Lobby too.

 

Here are some other Easter decor/craft ideas:

wooden eggs

Painted Wooden Egg Centerpiece – Better Homes & Garden

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Some Bunny Loves You Gift Print – Lil’ Luna

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Loom Band Easter Eggs – El Hada de Papel

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Jesus with Eggs – source unknown – I’m guessing they put letter stickers on the eggs or used a wax crayon before dying

bunny silhouette

Bunny Silhouette – Just a Girl

robins egg wreath

Robin’s Egg Easter Wreath – Uncommon Designs

 

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until Easter!?!?!  …April fools!  It’s 3.  Lame, I know.