SPRING CLEANING

March 20, 2021

It is officially Spring!  Even though most tackled more projects than usual last year, the list is never ending!  The pantry is an easy starting place because most of the contents are contained in the same category and do not trickle into another room.  Do you ever organize a space but then it just creates another mess somewhere else?! 

The least fun part is taking everything out, yes everything! Discard expired or questionable items and set up categories. Look at the bones of the space, can the shelving be rearranged, extended or even sometimes removing helps make a space more functional.  Now for the real fun, containers!! Sometimes it takes more than one trip to the store to find the perfect size and you always end of needing more than you thought! Be realistic in choosing containers to set yourself up for easy maintenance. Yes, clear air tight containers look great, but if you know you will not unpackage items consistently then larger baskets or trays are a better option. Consider large deep baskets on the floors  or top shelves for the more season items, or back stock of bulk purchases.

 

The final touches are what make a space inviting. Yes, it is just a pantry but making functional spaces beautiful will be the motivation to keep the space organized all year long! In this space, the cutting boards and cookbooks serve as decor.  And the Show Stopper is the woven light fixture that is visible from the kitchen thanks to a full glass door. 

 

HOME OFFICE GOALS

January 12, 2021

Still tempted to update the home office?  As home work life is still evolving, there is still time for a space that keeps you motivated! And what better time than January for a fresh new look to go along with your goal setting!

 

If you are creating a new space or just carving out the perfect corner, here are some items to consider for creating a productive environment:

 

Natural Light- the corner office with a view at home too

Fresh Flowers- bring the outside in even if just greenery clippings in a vase or two

Builtins- this floating unit gives a modern feel, maximize vertical space when able

Dark Accents- not ready to go all in, this Iron Ore painted unit gives the best of both worlds 

Comfort- no need for an industrial looking chair at home

Neutrals- layer in natural accents and soft tones for a tranquil space

Cozy Corner- if space permits, add a cozy reading nook

Paint: Sherwin Williams Pure White and Iron Ore

 

The most important thing is to make your home office “work” for you depending on the needs of your daily routine in the space.  

 

With so many inspiration photos of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the hardest part is deciding on a theme! 

 

For this look, it all started from the top with a wood carved star from Studio McGee but then what from there? After stumbling on the adorable faux ski boots, everything else in the shopping cart was returned to the shelves, and the theme fell into place! Flocking, faux fur, ski boots, bells, wooden skis, glitter and sparkle, she got it all, and we named her ASPEN!

 

TREE DECORATING TIPS

 

  • Always remember to put your tree basket or collar as you put up the base. Trust us, trying to pick up a fully decorated tree never ends well! If using a basket, line with cardboard for a more even surface.

 

  • Do not pass on the fluffing! Avoid those gaps by spreading the branches out as much as possible.

 

  • Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon- easier then you think-  Depending on the height of the tree, use a combination of single long strands (about 5 feet) and shorter cut pieces (about a foot each). Start from the top with the longer stands and stagger down.  Then fill in gaps or rotate color combinations with the short cut pieces. Wired or textured ribbon work best and just tuck the ends in far enough toward the center not to see the edges.

 

  • Sprinkle in some garland.  Concentrate on the focal areas so it does not get lost in the mix.

 

  • Ornaments- go oversized- the tree can hold more than you think and some statement pieces will give it a pop.  For this tree, oversized sets of ski boots, hanging bells, and knit white ornament balls, all play off each other and are substantial enough not to compete. 

 

  • Stems- another great filler that adds depth, texture and color- place sporadically throughout from top to bottom

 

  • The final touch, a beautifully wooden carved star that started it all!

 

 

SOURCE GUIDE

 

Most items are linked to shop directly. For the items that were unable to link, see source information below:

 

 

 

THE SPLURGES

 

Star- Click SHOP OUR POST above 

An elegant, timeless piece

 

Faux set of ski boots- Hobby Lobby 

Worth the spurge to carry out the theme

Oversized ski ornaments- Balsam Hill

Oversized and packed with detail 

 

Garland- Click SHOP OUR POST above

Worth the splurge and can be used all year long, draped over a decorative bowl or alone.

 

 

 

 

SAVE WORTHY

 

Tree- Click SHOP OUR POST above for this exact tree

Great option at under $200 for a 7.5 foot prelit flocked tree.

 

Basket- Click SHOP OUR POST above for similar styles, just make sure to measure your actual tree stand to see what the best fit will be. 

Tip- look around your house, you might have one already that is large enough. Add cardboard to the bottom for a sturdier surface.

 

Ribbon- (Grey)-  found in holiday section at Walmart, in store only. (White)- At Home, in store only.

For this 7.5 foot tree, two spools of grey and one spool of white were used. 

Unless you are splurging on a jeweled decorative roll, there are two many great options that will fit in to almost any color scheme to break the bank

 

Stems- (Sparkle eucalyptus)- Dollar Store, (Round glitter)- Hobby Lobby, (White berries)- Hobby Lobby

Try your local dollar store to save on these pieces. For quanties, around of 5-7 of each depending on tree size

 

Pinecones- Great DIY pieces to add in a low cost filler. 

These were hand picked and spray painted with white texture paint to give a flocked look. 

You can also add them natural or paint the ends with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

 

White fabric balls- Hobby Lobby 

Also, consider the large plastic sets of your base theme color. Another great way to fill in and then just add a few specialty items in focal areas

 

Matte grey ornaments- Click SHOP OUR POST above

 

Faux fur reindeer ornaments- Walmart, in store only

Adorable and under $2

 

O CHRISTMAS TREE

November 6, 2020

 

OUTDOOR ESCAPE

October 23, 2020

 

Most likely your backyard saw you this year more than ever and creating an outdoor living space lets you enjoy your home beyond just the four walls! From an apartment balcony to acreage living, the ideas are endless for a true staycation!

 

If you are starting from scratch or updating your current look, the first step is to map out your desired uses.  What is important for you and your family will determine which areas get prime real estate.

 

The WISH List:

Lounge area

Covered dining

Play area

Pet park

Summer kitchen

Fire pit

Gardening

 

Things to consider: What will your view be from inside? If your living room overlooks the backyard, centering your furniture outside will give a balanced look inside as well. Which areas will need cover?  Do you have space for a pergola? A pergola can add additional “rooms” for a lounge or dining area. A great way to define a space is with an outdoor rug. Add one to each designated area to give a warmer feel and the best part is most you can power wash clean! Outdoor furniture and accessories also make the space feel more inviting.  Add throws and pillows for a lush, relaxing vibe! Lanterns are also always a great look on the patio and layer in greenery (real or faux, depending on your watering skills) to incorporate your garden.

 

Design tip: add clear panels to the pergola roof to protect your furniture and keep you dry!  

 

Like with any project, it does not have to be overwhelming and completed all at once.  Even rearranging current outdoor furniture to change it up, can give you a fresh new look! Decorating for the season is also another way to add to your existing space. BRING ON the fall pumpkin patch and winter wonderland! And do not forget the importance of lighting for the perfect ambiance! Think string lights, chandeliers, uplighting and lanterns scattered throughout your space for the ideal evening out!

 

Even if you don’t own a single pot in the kitchen, a luxurious fall table scape has Entertainer of the Year written all over it!  Depending on your home, most dining rooms are just collecting dust, so why not pull out the china and give your table a decor makeover!  The key to table scapes is all about the LAYERS.  The layers provide texture, height and color to achieve the desired theme.  It is the one time that more is less, does not apply! 

 

Start with the center and work your way out. Layer one, a table runner (or even two).  For this table a sheer gauze runner drapes over the entire length and then some.  Want an even more dramatic effect? Go longer, cascading to the floor.   You can even add an additional shorter runner on top of the first one if desired.  

 

Next, the centerpiece. This is going to be your tallest point, most likely a vase or two dispersed evenly.  Add fresh or faux flowers in your color palette to soften the feel. Now work to the ends from the centerpiece.  This is where you can add some fun!  It seems a little overkill, but as long as you stay with similar seasonal pieces or monotone, everything will work together in harmony. The flowers, leaf garland, berries, pumpkins, and candle holders here are all in muted fall tones that compliment each other.

 

Lastly, time for the actual place settings, which are layered of course! Charger, plate or two and a decorative fall accent complete the look!  Style tip: Crisp white plates, usually work best to balance out the variety of elements. All that is left, is to plan a dinner party or just have a beautiful table to stare at, either way, you will have a whole new view of your dining room! 

October 7, 2020

 

TABLESCAPES

September 24, 2020

 

FALL FRONT PORCH

 

There is nothing more welcoming than a beautifully decorated Fall porch! You can feel the warmth in the colors as you enter.  Layers of flowers, lanterns, pumpkins, pillows and throws complete the look!  The key to seasonal porch decor not breaking the bank is to invest in the basics for all year long.  This way you will have a starting point of what to add for each holiday or season. THINK LITTLE BLACK DRESS! On this porch the planters, rugs and bench are out year round.  For Fall, we have added a harvest wreath to the door and a hello fall decal. Then flanked the door with two tall dried cornstalks from the local nursery, changed out the planters to fresh mums and filled the lanterns with white faux pumpkins. On the opposite side, simply added a warm throw to match the mums draped over the bench with a crisp white outdoor pillow that can be reused throughout the year. The non guilt part of fall decor is that you get a solid two months of display time!

Where to start? Plan your layout according to the size of your porch.  Narrow porch? Think about going up instead of out.  Fall garland to frame out the front door would be a good option. Even more space? Add conversational furniture and a table for your morning coffee. Then layer with more throws, pillows and pumpkins in a consistent theme.  From DIY decor to a full on pumpkin patch at your doorstep, the options are endless!