Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Southwest Style

After spending ten days on vacation in the southwest, I was re-aquainted with its gorgeous style. Earthy colors, navajo blankets, copper and wood work together to create some amazing spaces. It is a warm and inviting style that, to me, says come on in and sit a spell.

Here are some beautiful rooms with gorgeous southwest style.

I love the lines and woodwork in this home. The lighter look of the dining room set nicely balances the more traditional Santa Fe pieces.
via Home & Decor

white hot southwestern decor and cozy fireplace at Bishop Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa | #travelocity #hotel #newmexico #ranch
via Pinterest

This fox-themed nursery features a chalkboard accent wall and a southwest-inspired rug that we just adore! Nursery Love! {Pick from PN's own Lauren}
via Project Nursery

Blue with a Southwestern Kick Southwestern with a touch of rustic charm, this kitchen boasts turquoise-painted cabinets with twig detailing. A deep red Mexican saltillo tile floor and rough-cut ceiling beams (known as vigas) add warmth underfoot and overhead. Butcher-block countertops, wood paneling, and wood chairs temper the cabinets� vibrant hue with their natural tones.
via BHG

Bring a truly Southwest feeling to your bathroom's d├ęcor with the Suba shower curtain. It has a classic, yet modern Southwestern design reminiscent of Native American rugs in warm desert shades all printed on richly textured cotton fabric.
via Bed Bath & Beyond

28 Stunning New Mexican Decor Ideas You Can Totally Copy ...
via All Women Stalk

Add some southwest style to your space and bring in warmth and easy going style. Wood beams, rough cut stone and simple lines are hallmarks of this design style.  Earthy colors mixed with southwest patterns and paired with rustic touches work together to complete this look.

Happy decorating!

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Beauty of Nature

Hello all! It is nice to be back again after a ten day vacation out west. It has been a jarring transition from near 100 degree temperatures back down 60 degrees to our current 30's. I definitely miss the sun, blue skies, shorts, flip flops and warm temps, not to mention my family. 

We spent most of our vacation in Mesa, Arizona visiting family and taking in a Chicago Cubs spring training game. The Cubs actually won against the White Sox, so maybe this will be the year they will win the World Series ("wink, wink"). We also ventured north and spent two days at the Grand Canyon. My husband and I had been years before however, neither of our children had ever been. I was surprised to find that they thought it was amazing, and will admit I had a few heart attacks when they got too close to the edge.

What struck me most about the canyon this time was truly how beautiful nature can be. It is a sight to behold to stand at the rim and look down into the canyon's rugged beauty. The way the rocks look as if someone carved them with a saw and their astounding array of colors that change throughout the day. Nature is truly a wonder and the Grand Canyon is a perfect example of that.

Here are a select few of my photos from our trip. No matter what stop we made along the way, there was always something amazing to see.

Well back to work, as well as the harsh cold reality that Spring has not yet sprung for good around here. 

See you again tomorrow!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Crafts

Yesterday I attended a Ladies Day Out event. This is the second event like this I have attended. It is a great way for my friends and I to get together and do some crafting. This time we made a candlestick and door hanger inspired by Spring. 

If you enjoy crafting, there are some really cute crafts you can do yourself that will bring the colors of Spring into your home. Here are a few of my favorites. Click on the images for tutorials and other information.

An umbrella and silk flowers in shades of pink shout spring. A coordinating ribbon holds the flowers and adds a sweet touch.

Awesome Spring And Easter Ideas to Spruce Up Your Porch
via Family Holiday

Dress up a spring bouquet with a glass jar and colored eggs. Painted wooden eggs would work the best.

 10 All Inspiring Home Decorating Tips for 2012
via Build Direct

Create a beautiful Spring wreath from craft paper. Great way to pass the time on a rainy day.

Make a paper daffodil wreath for mom or for yourself! Simple instructions to have the kids join in the fun | from ParsCaeli.com
via Pars Caeli

Use old jars to create a one of a kind display. Faux butterflies, some branches and store bought moss make a great display for a bookshelf or mantle.

A pretty gift or center piece to make from things you may already have around the house.
via Pinterest

Welcome Spring with this adorable block craft. Blocks of wood decorated with scrabook paper make an adorable addition to any space.
Banners like this are easy to make. Paint balsa wood bird cut outs in your favorite hue and string together with heavy twine. Alternatively use heavy cardstock for a similar effect.

Spring Mantel Ideas-01
via Just Destiny

Welcome spring with one, or all, of these cute crafts and before you know it the flowers will be bloom and warmer temperatures will be here.

Happy crafting!

P.S. I will be on vacation starting tomorrow so I may not be posting for a week or so. But, I will be back before you know it with more great tips.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Cleaning - 10 Genius Drawer Organization Ideas

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it is opening a drawer and finding a jumble of items inside. Not only do I have to root around to find what I am looking for but, invariably something is wrinkled, snagged (or in the case of the kitchen), bent or broken. Keeping drawers organized is a big challenge in my house. Without a plan, my children (and sometimes my husband), create such a disorganized mess that I literally can't even put things away. So, I am on a mission to get things organized around here. In my quest, I have found some great drawer organizing tips that I thought I would share.

1. Bras, socks and underwear. Take a tip from your local store and divide and conquer. Find, or make, a drawer divider and group items by color and size. Fold your bras in half, tuck in the straps and stack for a great way to keep them organized and easy to find. Get directions here to make your own drawer divider.

alHow to: Make Homemade Drawer Organizers. I will be doing this. Makes storage in a small apartment do easy
via Apartment Therapy

2. Fold t-shirts and tank tops and stack them sideways by color. This avoids rummaging around to find the shirt you want, and makes putting them away a whole lot easier. Find out how to fold your shirts here.

via I Heart Organizing

3. Use small boxes covered in paper to organize a junk or craft drawer. A great way to recycle those small boxes.

Desk Drawer Organization // Modish and Main
via Modish and Main

4. Use plastic containers to corral your makeup and other toiletries. The clear plastic allows you to easily see what is inside and makes clean up a snap.

Getting My Battlestation Organized | The Glamorous Housewife
via This Glamorous Housewife

5. Use a kitchen utensil organizer to keep your toothbrushes neat and organized and off the countertop.

50 Organizing Ideas For Every Room in Your House — JaMonkey - Atlanta Mom Blogger | Parenting & Lifestyle
via J@ Monkey

6. Make your own kitchen cabinet drawer organizers. Not only will they fit your cabinets perfectly but they also will allow you to customize them to fit your needs. Get the instructions here.

7. Use PVC pipe to corral your scarves. No more jumbled scarves in your drawers or falling off hangers in your closet.

40 Brilliant Closet and Drawer Organizing Projects, PVC pipe organizing drawers
via BHG

8. Are hair ties taking over your bathroom? Use small plastic containers to corral them. Organize by type or color for an easy way to locate what you are looking for. Use separate ones for brushes and headbands.

via The Organised Housewife

via The Organised Housewife

9. Get a spice rack to make finding your spices a whole lot easier. A narrow drawer works great for this. If you have extra room, store your measuring cups and spoons.

instead of shelves, keep ur spice jars in a drawer with elevations so that you can see all of them at once
via Buzz Feed

10.  Tame tupperware with pegboard cabinet inserts. Not only are they organized but you can rearrange it to fit whatever size container you have.

via The Kitchn

Happy organizing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Get inspired - Well Styled Bookcases

Bookcases not only provide storage but they can also be a source of great design. Whether they are built-in or freestanding, a well staged bookcase can really make a room. The trick to decorating a bookcase is to choose items that are interesting in color and form. Additionally, varying the height of the objects within and leaving space for the eye to rest are essential for creating a well designed bookcase.

I have rounded up some swoon worthy bookcases to get you inspired to redecorate yours.

Emily Henderson for Target. Styling with neutrals. Consider this for bookshelves!
via Style by Emily Henderson

design indulgence: BEFORE AND AFTER OF THE FOYER - love the grasscloth and bookcase styling
via Design Indulgence

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors : Feature Friday: Georgica Pond
via 6th Streen Design School
The art of bookcase styling - David Netto design - The "centerpiece" leather racehorse was found in London. Photo Johnathan Wallen.
via A Thoughtful Place

5 things every bookcase needs (thistlewood farm)
via Thistlewood Farms

bookcases behind a couch Or maybe the bedroom wall ---> 4 bookcases from Ikea, stacked... Great idea!!
via Style North

via Jenna Burger

Be inspired.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Decorate on top of Cabinets

In many homes today, the ceiling height has risen from 8 feet to 9 feet. While a taller ceiling can make a home appear larger by drawing the eye up, it can also create a difficult design challenge. Stand alone cabinets are usually six feet tall, creating a 2 to 3 foot gap between the cabinet and the ceiling. Also, in kitchens with nine foot ceilings, even with 42" upper cabinets will still have a significant gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Closing that gap can make the space above the cabinet less obvious. The trick however, is to choose the right items to fill that space. The goal is to enhance the cabinet, not detract from it.  

1.  Choose the right scale.  Larger items fill the space better than smaller ones.  Here the large wicker tray is the correct scale to fill both the height and width of the space. 

Carla Aston

2. Use objects with varying heights and textures. Choose objects with differing heights to add interest. The pottery urns and greenery add a pop of color and texture.

decorating above cabinets
Thrifty Decor Chick

3. Display a collection. Choose items that are similar in color or style to create impact. Varying the height of the objects keeps it from being monotonous.

Moroccan Maryam

4. Keep it simple. There can be too much of a good thing.  A uniform palette or leaving open space allows the eye to rest and the other objects to shine.

An open display cabinet above the refrigerator is perfect for showcasing special pieces.
Worthing Court

Stick to these basic principles and you will be happy with the results. Filling in the gaps above cabinets creates a finished look and gives your space a warm and inviting feel.

Happy decorating.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

5 Awesome Car Organization Hacks

With warmer temperatures on the way I am beginning to think about spring cleaning. Sunny skies highlight the beating my windows have taken over the winter. Nicer days make me want to clean and organize everything from my closets to cabinets, and even my car. All my taxiing my children around leaves my car a disaster. While there are plenty of organizing tips for your home, tips for keeping your car clean are in short supply. To remedy this, I have complied some of my favorites.

1. Use a cereal container as a trash can. Line it with a small trash bag and create a convenient place to put trash in your car.


2.  Use silicone cupcake liners in your cup holders to catch dirt, spills and coins. Pull them out and rinse them off for easy clean up.

On the go Organizing tips for parents of littles! Good stuff in here - like putting silicone cupcake liners in cup holders for easy cleaning!
Kids Activities
3. Use a gum container to keep loose change within easy reach. It fits perfectly in your cup holder and clicks shut for easy storage.

Use an empty gum container to keep loose change not so loose. | 21 Insanely Clever Tricks To Vastly Improve Your Car
Buzz Feed

4. Use zipper pouches and a basket, or lidded container, to create a road trip survival kit. Instructions can be found here.  Perfect for putting craft supplies, extra blankets, snacks or first aid kit items in one "easy to find" place. Store the basket between bucket seats or on the floor of the back seat to keep items within easy reach, but out of sight.

Brilliant storage idea for road trips or just everyday. Keep like item together and visible for easy access. I love how the colors make this project pop!
iHeart Organzing

iHeart Organzing

5. Use a dollar store shower caddy to make eating on the run less messy. Kids meals fit perfectly in the individual holes, even the drink.

I can't wait to try some of these out in my own car. Take control of clutter with these great ideas and not only make your car look better but more relaxing as well.

Happy organizing.

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Spring Color Trends for the Home

Spring is fast approaching, and home stores are staring to roll out their spring lines. A fresh assortment of new palettes are arriving daily. Navy is the dominant hue for spring, be it clothing, furnishings or home accessories. Check out ideas for navy and the other great hues for spring.

Think of navy as a neutral. It pairs beautifully with almost every color that is debuting this spring. White, coral, mint, yellow, pink all work well with this classic color.

Pottery Barn

A hue between pink and coral, blush is a flattering color. Pair it with navy, coral or aqua for a bold statement. For a softer look, use gray or beige as a backdrop.

West Elm

Expect to see plenty of pairings of aqua and navy, and aqua and coral this spring. If those aren't your style, aqua also works well with yellow or green.

Lanzo Aqua 18" Pillow
Crate & Barrel

Coral reef is Sherwin Williams color of the year so, it is no wonder this hue is cropping up everywhere. White, aqua and navy are natural color pairings. It looks great with neutrals too for a real pop of color.

A softer version of aqua, mint green is another hot hue for spring. Like aqua, it also works well with navy, blush and coral.


Pink is another popular color this spring and works well with coral, mint, chartreuse, black, navy, white and gray.

Yellow and gray have been hot for a while. But, if you want to change things up try it with navy, coral or aqua.

Threshold™ Windham Accent Cabinet

Try out one or several of this spring's hot hues. Whether on their own or used together, they all will give your space a lift out of the winter blues.

Happy decorating!