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California (Closet) Dreaming

I’ve been scheming up dressing room and closet ideas for a while now.  I talked about this about a year ago in my house tour when I showed off the room that we have flanking our Master. If you were a fly on my wall, you’d hear this repetitive conversation between me and my husband, Matt, where he asks me for my plans and I ask him for some room measurements to work with.  This has been going back a forth for a little while now, and in my mind neither of us have really made a move because it’s hard to figure out where to start.

In my mind, I want a light, bright, airy space like above which isn’t too traditional of a walk in closet where my stuff can all be visible and beautifully styled.  I know that this isn’t really that practical.  Firstly because the space I’m working with is just about 10ft by 10ft and second because there is only one small little window (and no charming little fireplace).

So I did what any normal person would do and get to researching my options.  I snooped around at custom closets from California Closets, decided which features were a necessity and which were just a dream.  Although the spaces I’m drawn toward all have a different end look, I’m able to see which reoccurring elements I keep choosing over and over again.  It’s clear that organization is big, and while my dream of a totally custom, open concept might be beautiful in theory, my space is a bit small, and I need to look at some closet organization systems that work well with the space I’ve got, but still give me the flexibility to have the things that are important to us.

All in all, I think narrowing down the few things  know I want helps to give me the guidance I need to get started. Looking at the pieces as individuals – vanity, dressers and hanging, shoe organization – help me to visualize an end product.

It’s a big project, but I think I have a little clarity now and can maybe get those plans to Matt soon! Have you designed your own closet?  If so, where did you start and what tools helped you?

Photos: Apartment Therapy | Houzz | California Closets | Houzz | Houzz


Friday Faves 11.2

ONE Kate Spade card case prompting, ‘Let’s do Lunch’ to hold all of your namecards from other lunchmates. $20 from Bloomingdales. TWO Orange cinnamon candle where the wick is actually a piece of cinnamon! It’s bound to smell amazing. $30 from You Organic. THREE dip twig pencils are too cute to use… almost. $13 from Inkkit. FOUR mini milk creamers makes me smile and are the perfect touch when having a friend over for coffee.  $8.75 from Room for Emptiness. FIVE Bonjour retro art $17.25 from Edubarba; SIX pretty patterned woodgrain iphone skin, $12 from Field Trip; SEVEN letters and numbers stamps are almost as darling as the sweet box they come in.  $36 from Pink Olive.

I rounded up a few of my favorite things from the week, and did I ever tell you that every Friday morning when I put this post together I sing ‘These are a Few of my Favorite Things’ to myself.  Every Friday.  It didn’t help that I was listening to Christmas music this week as I finished up my Home Depot Style Challenge which involves me decorating my dining room using the latest and greatest from Home Depot.  I am prepared to show you a little sneak peak next week and will be doing a few DIYs that I did for the shoot throughout the next two months!  I’m excited to share, and I hope you’re excited to see it all!

Have a FABULOUS Friday out there, guys.


Give Thanks Banner

Happy November, guys!  I really just cannot believe it.  It seems like we were just talking about letting summer go and now we’re really in full swing fall.  I know Halloween was just yesterday, but I feel like after the 31st things start to really speed toward Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This banner is so easy and tailoring the message to your occasion is so simple.  Don’t this project on burlap not only adds to the rustic harvesty feeling of fall, but also makes it easy to stitch together and makes the iron on letters a little more forgiving if they’re not perfect.

ONE print out your message on transfer paper (don’t forget to flip it to a mirror image). TWO Iron each letter onto your pieces of cut-out burlap. THREE while the paper is still hot, carefully peel back a corner of your letter.  If you feel any resistance or don’t see the image properly coming off, stick it back down and iron some more. FOUR using jute or hemp cording and a darning needle, stitch through the top of the banner letters to form a bunting.

It’s pretty easy, the hardest part is getting the letters just the right size and flipping the text, but I’ll take care of that for you!  Here is the give thanks printable document for you to just print out on your paper!

I’ve got mine hanging in the dining room, but it would be darling on a front door or mantle.


Have a wonderful Thursday!  Let me know if you try the project, I’d love to see photos!


p.s. I’m excited to announce two new November sponsors – Curious Home and Ella Lou!  I’m so excited to have both of these shops on board and I know you can’t wait to check them out!


Take Two! Mini Decanters and Bud Vase Perfection

I can be known to collect all sorts of odds and ends for entertaining, and I’m always so happy to find a really great item which serves two functions.

While looking for bud vases for a wedding I was doing this summer, I was irritated by how old they all looked.  I could just envision them with a long stem red rose and some baby’s breath jutting out the top.  I came across these mini 3 oz decanters for just $1.50 each and was so happy by how they made just a couple springs of anything look great.  I used them just as vases at weddings and around my entire house for a while before actually deciding to use them for their intended purpose – wine!
It’s amazing how much more willing someone is to try a new flavor if they’re only committing to a little splash rather than pouring for themselves from the bottle.

So host a party, or adorn your tabletop with a flurry of vases (strength in numbers!).  Either way, these darling little pieces of glassware will come in quite handy!


What’s Your Halloween Style?

When it comes to dressing up for All Hallows Eve, I usually go the sweet route.  In past years I’ve been a loofah, a mermaid, a figure skater, a geisha, the list could go on, but all of the ideas were fun and festive.  I was never one to go the scary route.

That is until this year.  We’re planning to go to a friend’s house to help pass out candy and they’re transforming their garage into a haunted den of scares.  I am to dress as something a little more sinister than my usual and I’m finding it hard to land on a direction.


This got me to thinking about what you guys do!  Do you usually go the scary?  Or sweet?




photo credit: scary | sweet 


The Devil’s in the Details

This idiom is quite straight forward, reminding us not to overlook the details.  I use this phrase a lot and I got to thinking this morning that I need the reminder for a different reason – to slow down.

I run around a bunch, bouncing from project to project and pushing to get things done before the deadline, but I don’t think I’m being as thoughtful as I should.  The devil’s in the details. I know the details are there, and I do look at them, but I need to look beyond just seeing the details and let them soak in.

I was planning to blog about something else completely, but I came across this tile floor this morning from The Style Files and it just hit me.  This is so much more than a tile floor.  My projects are so much more than the sum of their parts.

So this Monday morning, I’m setting off the week promising to myself to slow down, enjoy the process, and not just look at the details, but relish in them.



Friday Faves 10.26

ONE Spicy apple tea lights from Terrain are definitely on their way to my house.  A little hint of spice in each room is perfect for fall. $12 for six; TWO I’ve always wanted an antler chandelier and this one is particularly appealing with its smooth lacquered finish.  It’s modern meets rustic at its finest. $1550 from Shop Horne; THREE Bright walnut botanical print drawing is finished with a scroll style frame made of ash and is just $20 from Ikea; FOUR I fell in love with this bar cart about two months ago and still cannot stop thinking about it.  I think it needs to find a home in my home! Libations bar cart is $599 from Crate and BarrelFIVE I love a cute pitcher that can double as a simple, modern vase. $25 from House and Hold by Design House Stockholm; SIX I love the look of this ‘Man-orah’ made by Frick and Frack Scraps for just $27.


I’ve never been so happy it’s Friday.  I got in from China at around midnight on Monday night and went right into work on Tuesday morning for a full week of crazy.  Matty and I have deliberately put nothing on the schedule for this weekend to recover and I couldn’t be more happy about it.  I’m planning to unpack, do laundry, get caught up on a few projects that have been put off, and possibly relax.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in our area and I cannot wait to take advantage.  What’s on your short list for the weekend?


Have a FABULOUS Friday and weekend, guys!


Creepy Halloween Candy Printables

I love labeling things.  I don’t think that comes as a surprise to those who know me, my labeler has been at my side since college and running out of label tape mid-print is among my biggest pet peeves (how about a warning?).  Anyway, when it comes to fun decorative labels for holiday candy, wine, or the like, I like to make my own.  Stuck on with double-sided tape, they’re easier to remove from a bottle than the sticker variety and don’t cost a mound for something so simple.

I whipped up these fun candy labels that fit perfectly on a little bottle and print out on plain paper (nothing complicated!).  I find that these bottles from Specialty bottle are the perfect size, but you could even use cleaned out pickle jars or jams jars.

Click here for the free printable labels!  They come in three varieties: Spider Fangs, for which I used candy corn; Goblin Eggs, which are yellow M&M’s; and Eye of Newt, not pictured, but for which I used some brown M&M’s. You don’t even have to buy multiple candies if you don’t wish, just purchase one bag of M&Ms and separate by color like I did! That’s easy enough?  Right?!

I hope you have a SWEET Thursday!


p.s. I’m also over on A Piece of Toast later today featured in Molly and Sally’s regular column ‘She Wishes She Was Wearing’ sharing a little about me and my fashion preferences! Check it out!



Illuminated Heart Pumpkin

The light of day doesn’t do this pumpkin project justice, but as soon as the sun goes down, the illuminated heart pumpkin shines a sweet shape into the fall night.

Aside from my photo being a tad blurry (I really haven’t mastered low light photos yet), I think it’s easy to see what a perfect addition this pumpkin is to a front porch.  The heart pattern could easily be switched out for any other simple shape, or maybe even a letter, so the possibilities of how to customize this project are vast.

Interested in lighting up the night with your plain pumpkin? Keep reading for the full instructions!

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Stay Warm and Cozy with Etsy


I’m baaack! It felt so good last night to drive up to my house, smell that fall was still in the air, and step into a warm house.  This got me thinking about two things – firstly, how thankful I am for being blessed with a warm home, and secondly how excited I am that I didn’t completely miss fall! I still have  few weekends of true fall left to enjoy the football, leaves, and warm days turning to cool nights before the season shifts over to the holidays (which are awesome too).

Aside from being ecstatic to be home, I’m happy to have a warm and cozy post today over on Etsy’s blog featuring the most cozy items for a truly warm and comfortable fall.  I have just a sampling of the amazing items here, but much more await – check out the full post on Etsy and make sure to come back and let me know which one is your favorite!

Firepail from Leftover StuffPeach Candle by Evo LuxeBirch Logs from Maine Garden ShedCutting Board by Gray Works Design, Fire Starter by Remington’s TreasuresRobe by Linum Studio, Soap by Soapy Sweet Treats, Sheepskin Rug from Redrope Farm.

Have a COZY Tuesday!