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Laundry Room Reno Plans

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I have something to admit to you guys.  I’ve been totally holding out on you.  I’ve posted so many updates to my house, including a full house tour, but I’ve never shown you the most terrible, embarrassing room to exist – my laundry room.

Now, this room is just a little half-flight of steps off the kitchen, basically under our stairs that lead to the second floor. With the age of the house, a space to retrofit laundry is a total afterthought and it’s evident with how tiny and ill-fitted this room is.  It’s seriously terrible, and we’ve been living like this for 6 years.  The floors are 30 year old (yellowing) linoleum, the paint is builder grade beige, and the light is an exposed bulb.  That’s it.  No good storage, no shelves, no hanging or folding space.

I’m finished ignoring this space.  I’d like to have a laundry room that isn’t terrible to be in and isn’t crazy embarrassing when I open the door to grab something from the pantry.

I’ll admit, I was mostly inspired by the recent laundry room reno done by Jenny of Little Green Notebook, so I’m making quick plans to make the most of this forlorn space.

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Here is the plan:

 

Now, everything in an ancient house is much harder than it should be, so although my plans are pretty simple, I’m hoping to get started asap to give myself enough time.  I’ve been challenged by the same brands behind Jenny’s reno (Maytag and Tide) to do my own renovation story and have already committed to a complete date of August 6th.  Scary, right? We’ll see!

I hope you see you back here on the 6th for the big reveal!

 

p.s.  We have something else (big) going on this week! 12 other bloggers and I are engaged in a craft challenge that we will be showing off this Wednesday.  I cannot wait to show you what I’m making!

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Friday Faves 7.26

Friday faves 7.26

 

ONE Raza lace plate and zig zag platter are the perfect hint of cool blue for a summer night dinner, $13 and  $25 from Crate & Barrel. TWO named for clouds, the cumulus and stratus double old fashion glasses would be just as beautiful in Christmas as in summer. $6.95 each from CB2. THREE I love this more natural update to the starburst – a woven mirror would look great along with some wall baskets from yesterday’s post! $148 each from Serena & Lily.  FOUR black and white blocked stripe napkins look just like a rug I used to have and still love.  Maybe these napkins from A Sunny Afternoon Co. will be a good temporary replacement at $26 compared to the cost of a new rug. FIVE I’ve been eyeing these monogram boxes from C. Wonder for a few months now.  I might have to break down this weekend and spend the $78. SIX this iphone case reminds me of mexican hand painted tile and I think I need that in my life.  $18 from CocoLake.

 

It’s finally Friday!  With the 4th of July holiday, my personal vacation, and the Chicago trip last weekend, this was my first full week in the office for July and it’s felt like it. I’m ready to finally have a weekend at home to get caught up.  I’ll be making my Trade & Made creation this weekend to share with you all next Wednesday and I’m SO excited to see what the 12 other bloggers create as well.

What is on your weekend plan list?

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Buy or DIY: Basket Case

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I saved this photo of a little breakfast nook a while ago and keep looking back at it and what I focus on every time are those baskets.  I love how simple they are and how they add just enough pattern to a serene space in simple black and white.  There have been a lot of photos lately in both catalog and magazines featuring this trend, and I’m totally on board.  Maybe up the stairwell?

You can buy some really awesome african baskets and do a similar thing, but I have a few plain baskets sitting around and have been thinking about painting them.  So it’s here that I ask you – would you buy? or DIY?

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To buy three baskets will run you around $100 total, but the DIY is under $20 (probably cheaper if you can find some baskets at thrift shops). This is a simple one for me, I think I’ll do a little of both!  Some of my creations mixed in with some African originals.  What would you do?  Do you even like the trend as much as I do?

Please share!

*See the ‘BUY’ baskets on my Keep board, black and white, purchase the ‘DIY’ supplies: Basket, tapepaint.

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It’s Back! The Trade & Made Challenge

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It’s baaaack!  I’m sure you guys remember the craft challenge that Laura from A Girl Who Makes and I created last year, trading boxes of supplies with the proposition to create something out of the contents – using only the contents – and share the tutorial with our readers.

Well, the response from both readers and other bloggers was astounding, so this year, we’ve invited a group of fabulously creative bloggers to join us in the second annual Trade & Made . All of their ingenious projects (with tutorials) will be connected to a central Trade & Made website (which was created by the super talented Gloria from Little White Whale Studio) which you can utilize as a central place to check in on all of the projects.

Today, across the web, participants are revealing the contents of their boxes, all of which have been kindly donated by some amazing sponsors: Michaels, For the Makers, Clear & Simple Stamps, Specialty Bottle, and DecoArt.

Take a moment, head to Trade & Made.com and familiarize yourself with each participant, because in one week, on Wednesday, July 31st, they’ll each be debuting a project for you!  Exciting, isn’t it? Ok, here’s what we’ve included in each box:

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What do you think I’ll create from these pieces?  What would you create?

I suppose you’ll have to come back next Wednesday to find out what me and 12 other talented bloggers are creating!

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DIY Secret weapon

perfect gold spray paint

The questions I get emailed and asked the absolute most aren’t about the camera I use or decor in my home… it’s about the gold spray paint that I prefer.  It’s no secret that I use it in a fair amount of projects because a little shine never hurt anyone and I love neutrals.

I will admit that I bought 6-7 different gold spray paints and sprayed them all next to some gold foil to fill in gaps on a table project I was working on.  I choose the variety that matched best to the foil and started using that color exclusively.  For me, it’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint.  It’s not too yellow, not too green, it’s the perfect match to real gold I can find.

So, I wanted to share it with you all today.  I use it so much and reference it even more, so if you’re looking for the perfect coat, here you are! And after you’ve got your secret weapon in hand, here are some favorite projects to make with your gold paint.

ONE magnetic office organization is perfect for a small space. TWO angled candlesticks are a little rustic and a little glam. THREE don’t throw out your avocado seeds.  Instead, dry them and transform them. FOUR a party isn’t a party without some confetti (on your champagne glass). FIVE this one doesn’t use gold spray paint, but the gold inspiration art is still one of my faves.

Have a GLEAMING Tuesday!

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By The Seaside

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I spent the weekend in Chicago and whenever I’m there (or New York, or San Francisco) I remember how much I love being by the water. I’m not a huge water activity person – I don’t love swimming or boats – but being near the water makes a noticable difference in the atmosphere, doesn’t it?

Although I am back in Columbus today, I am still inspired by the sea, with its mix of greens, blues, and specked darkness. There is a sense of peacefulness that comes with the water and I’m aiming to carry it with me through the busy work week.

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These three beautiful images just popped out at me as being very sea inspired.  Obviously the top one IS a body of water, but the bottom two might give someone a sense of being on the water even while being landlocked.

I hope you have a serene, peaceful week ahead!

 

Photos: Laura Murray Photography | New Ravenna Tile | Leif bowls

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Friday Faves 7.19

friday faves 7.19

 

ONE this pretty mint soap dish from Ross Labs brought a smile to my face, $32. TWO a cottony and cool summer blanket from Terrain is just perfect for warm evenings or picnics, and the pattern is pretty awesome too! $68. THREE octagon cutting board is the right bit of whimsey for a minimal kitchen.  $65 from Douglas + Bec. FOUR colorful, but not too crazy, floral mugs from Idyll Home are ideal at £6.50. FIVE I’ve been eyeing this brushed gold sconce forever now, I might just need to get it for something.  What that something is, I don’t know yet! $149 from Crate & Barrel. SIX back and white napkins will go with everything and the cool design will amp up dinnertime. $20 for the set of four from CB2.

This weekend, I’m headed off to Chicago on my first ever trip for the big adventure.  I’m excited and nervous and cannot wait to tell you guys about it all so soon!  I’m hoping to squeeze in a bit of fun and maybe some shopping as well.

Have a phenomenal weekend and let me know what fun you have planned!

 

p.s.  You can shop all of these faves in one place and take a look at the other things I’ve been ‘keeping’ at Keep.com!

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Simple Happiness

the simple things

Each day, I come here and I post about projects, tutorials, inspiring homes, and beautiful products.  In the work I do for the blog, both in planning for the posts and in planning projects for my own home, I look at the big picture a lot.  I’m a big picture kind of girl.  I can see happiness in my future with my husband and our goals, but I don’t always see happiness in the present. I’d say this is my biggest downfall. I’m always looking forward, but not always right in front of me.

Last week, my husband, Matt, shared an amazing article with me Continue Reading…

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Mats Make The Difference

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For years I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made my framed photos and gallery walls look, well, bad. I thought that blowing up the photos themselves to be bigger was the answer, but that just resulted in some poor resolution photos and they still looked so cheap hanging on the wall or in a focal place like on the mantle.

It was recently, I’ll admit, that I bought some frames with BIG mats and realized this was the solution.  Even a very small photo, like the two 4 x 6′s above, look great surrounded by clean white mats. And the size of the frames take up more wall real-estate!

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It’s easy to see after the fact, but I struggled for a long time with how to make family photos not look so dinky.  I got a few of these gallery frames on the cheap from Target, and they make all of the difference in the world.  Even with handmade art or children’s art, they upgrade the look from tchotchke to gallery ready.

Do you have some photos in need of an upgrade?

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Simple Party Pattern

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Sometimes, all it takes is a split second to take a regular dinner and make it into a party.  Maybe more people popped by than what you’d planned, or maybe there is just a festive feeling in the air.  Either way, you can take an everyday moment and make it party perfect in the blink of an eye with this little trick.

Just sandwich some fabric, a napkin, paper, or anything between a drinking class and a vase to give your centerpieces some patterned gusto.

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Custom vase party DIY

ONE fold your fabric to the proper height and circumference of the exterior vase. TWO roll up a drinking glass which easily fits inside the vase with room to spare. THREE insert the glass into the vase.

You now have a vessel to fill with water for your perfect arrangement and a clean look from the exterior.

Perfect, huh?

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