Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boxing Up Counter Clutter

 Counter Organization

We don't have an office (or a junk drawer for that matter) in our home. I am working on creating an office space in our basement, but at the moment it is buried in painting supplies, fabric and actually some random office supplies. 

Even if I ever do get the office space finished, we would still need to have a space to keep a few supplies within easy reach. I keep extra pens, post-its and clips neatly corralled on the kitchen counter, near our command center.

Pens in a jar and office supplies in a box

I keep pens and pencils in a clear jar, and I used my favorite washi tape to pretty up a few small boxes. One of the boxes holds post-its, notepads and extra binder clips.

Notepads and post-its in a decorative box

The other boxes keep box tops and soup labels neatly concealed until the boys are ready to turn them in at school. Those little things used to be all over the counter in piles and various plastic bags, now they are all organized in one spot and hidden away too.

Box top and soup label organization

Here is the space in action. I love that it is all tidy looking and it doesn't take up very much space at all.

Countertop office supply storage and organization

Do you hide all of your office supplies in a junk drawer, or do have to get crafty with your storage?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Pinspirations

With Easter right around the corner, I figured it was about time I put together a Pinspirations list of Easter ideas I have pinned. 

Here are a few of the goodies from my Easter board:

I printed these great little Easter Egg Coupons from Kari at U Create. I love these! They are a perfect little something to put in eggs for the kids instead of candy. (Trust me, they are getting some candy, I just like to mix it up a bit.)
Easter Egg Coupons - Free Printable
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Speaking of Easter candy, how cute are these little Peeps houses? These would be a fun little project with the kids, and would be a good use of those Peeps that never seem to disappear.
Peeps Houses
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This project looks super easy, I think it would make a really cute centerpiece, or even used as place cards on your Easter table.
rockin-peeps
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This last one is one of my Easter decorations, and one of my favorites too. Turning brightly colored paint chips into an Easter Tree, super easy and super festive!
One Mile {Home Style}: Paint Chip Easter Tree
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What are your favorite Easter crafts or decorations?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Springtime Decorating

Daffodils - Spring is in the air

Hooray! I think spring may have finally decided to stick around for a while. I am so over the snow and cold weather, I am a warm weather girl. I took the picture above a couple of weeks ago, right as my daffodils where beginning to bloom (if you look closely on the right side of the picture you can see the remnants of our last snow).

Once my outdoor flowers start blooming and I begin to see the starts of green on the trees I can't wait to start opening my windows and get some spring updates going on. The first thing on my list for spring updates is changing out the curtains in the living room. In the fall and winter I put up heavier, lined curtain panels (you can get a peek of them in this post), and for spring and summer I put up my lighter linen curtains. (Our living room windows face the east so, I don't have to worry about keeping out the hot summer sun, otherwise I would use lined curtains.) And, since we have been battling snow, I was desperate for some plants in our space, so I picked up a couple of stems of greenery and a faux succulent from Michaels a few weeks back.

Green linen curtains and spring greenery


Once I finally put away the pinecones and winter decor, the piano was looking a little bare. I broke out my paints and whipped up a bright and springy painting to hang on the barnboard display, and filled an oversized vase with yarn balls in complimentary colors.

Green and blue painting

Yarn ball display in an oversized vase

I tend to not really go all out with Easter decorations. I put up my DIY Paintchip Easter Tree, see how I made it here, and I filled my green basket with a few bright plastic eggs. Not super flashy, but it does add a fun little dash of color to the entryway.

Paintchip Easter Tree and basket of Easter eggs

 Do you change up your home decor for the seasons, or do you just go all out for the holidays?


Friday, April 4, 2014

Vintage Printer's Tray Turned Lego Storage

Lego mini-figure storage in a vintage printer's tray

Happy Friday! It's been a while since I posted on a Friday, but I couldn't wait to share this fun idea with you. If you follow me along on Instagram, you have already seen my auction finds from last weekend, if you don't follow me, you should here.

Auctions and garage sales are at the top of the list for reasons why I like spring. Auctions in particular, are a great way to score amazing items for your home super inexpensively. Case in point, I came home with two vintage printer's trays for less than $20 total! A quick look on ebay will list similar trays for $30, $45 and higher for one, so these were a steal!

Vintage printer's tray with ornate handles

As soon as I saw these I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. First things first, they were a little rough and needed some cleaning, and I had to add picture hooks and wire on the back. Then all those little cubbies were ready to be filled.

Lego mini-figure storage in a vintage printer's tray

Lego mini-figures are the perfect fit! I love that these trays work double duty as display cases and organizers. (Thankfully there is plenty of room to grow too!)

Lego mini-figure storage in a vintage printer's tray

Lego mini-figure storage in a vintage printer's tray

I hung these on the boys' walls over their lego building tables, keeping them low enough on the wall that they can easily access all their mini-figures. I am hoping at one of these sales I can find them each a small desk that will fit nicely along the wall below the tray. Then they will have an even better workspace for all those serious lego projects.

Lego mini-figure storage in a vintage printer's tray

Lego building space in kids room

 It seems like I am constantly updating how we store the crazy amount of legos these boys own. This one is definitely my favorite; it is a great way for them to store a few out in the open, and I love that it brings a vintage touch to their space.

Do you get out in the the spring weather and search for amazing deals at garage sales and auctions? 



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Month In Review - February and March


Apparently, I forgot to do a Month In Review post for February. So, you are getting a 2-for-1 deal this month, you're welcome!

So here's what went on around here in February:

I shared my trick for creating a gallery wall in your home.
Gallery wall how-to -  paper templates

We found an amazing deal on outdoor lighting and made a quick update to our deck lighting.
Outdoor Lighting - After  Mission Light  Black Finish

To wrap up the month, I overhauled the kids art supply area, making it more organized and pretty to look at too.
Kids art corner using a side table

And, here is what happened in March:

I made a sweet little gift for the boys' teachers for St. Patrick's Day.
St Patrick's Day Teacher Gift

I gave our little shelving unit yet another coat of paint, this time in my new favorite navy blue.
Navy blue side table with spring decor

March ended with bit more spring color making an appearance with an easy to make yarn vase filler.
Spring vase filler

I am so excited for the month of April. The weather will (hopefully) stay warmer, which means I can get outside more and get some of the projects I have been putting off completed. I can't wait to get more of my projects done and start sharing them all with you.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Pinspirations

So, last week I discussed re-organizing my Pinterest boards to make them a little easier to work with. I didn't work through all my boards, but I did get a few of them cleaned up. I changed up my DIY board into 3 separate boards: DIY Home Improvement, DIY Home Decor & Accessories and DIY Furniture Updates. I can more easily locate ideas for future projects ,and hopefully if you follow me on Pinterest you can more easily find inspiration as well.

Here are a few of the treasures from my reorganization:

I am really liking the possibility of doing this for our basement flooring. Jenny at Little Green Notebook does a great job showing off how she created this awesome floors in her home.
DIY Wide-Plank Floors (Made from Plywood!) - Little Green Notebook
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These are so fun, and they are a super easy way to bring in a fun dash of color to your space! Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog shows you how easy it is make these and save yourself some money in the process.
Anthropologie-Inspired Geometric Coasters at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com
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I have been tempted to possibly paint the cabinets in our bathroom (like the decisiveness there?). Thanks to Laura at The Turquoise Home, it doesn't seem like such an intimidating process.
The Average DIY Girl’s Guide to Painting Cabinets
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It's fun to go through my boards once in a while. It's a great way to find things you have forgotten about, re-find new inspiration and sometimes toss out things that just don't fit with my style anymore. How about you, do you ever clean-up your Pinterest boards, or are you an idea hoarder?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easy Yarn Vase Filler

I am very slowly transitioning my winter decor over to spring decor, although the snow that keeps showing up is making the transition difficult. Come on Spring! I need some sunny, warm weather!

Back to the post, I finally decided it was time for the pinecones to be boxed up and stored away until next fall. This left my large vase in need of something pretty and springy (that's a thing, right?). I picked up 3 different colors of yarn at Michael's when it was on sale not long ago, and decided to make yarn balls as a vase filler.

I had to get creative and find a way to make enough yarn balls to fill my vase, without buying multiple skeins of each color of yarn. I wanted this to be an easy and budget friendly update to my living room decor.

Making Yarn Ball Vase Filler

Navy, Cream and Light Green Yarn Ball Vase Filler

 Easy as 1, 2, 3. 
1. Make a newspaper ball.
2. Wrap your yarn around the newspaper ball until you can no longer see any of the paper.
3. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until your vase is full or you run out of yarn

Making Yarn Ball Vase Filler with Newspaper

 I filled my entire vase with only the 3 skeins of yarn I purchased. There is no way I would have been able to get this many balls of yarn without creating a "filler" in the center of each one.

Navy, cream and light green yarn ball decor

I love this combination of colors. They are all colors that I already use throughout our home, but they bring a nice dose of lighter spring colors into the space. The navy blue brings a nice added depth to to the otherwise very light colors. And it goes nicely next to my new artwork that is displayed on my DIY faux barn wood display.

Spring vase filler

Spring art display - blue and green painting

I have a feeling I will be doing some more spring cleaning a decorating in the next couple of weeks, now, if only Mother Nature would do the same and stop with this silly winter weather. Do you bring out brighter, fresher colors in your home when the weather starts to warm up?