Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Place For Everything and Everything In It's Place- In The Kitchen

Is your Spring Cleaning finished yet?

Nope, mine's not finished either. 

I did wash a lot of pollen off the front porch today, but I think that's about it for me.
I do love to keep organized and clean things out, but I tend to do an area at a time, rather than 
the whole house. 
The kitchen is one area that I like to keep organized. Being organized helps you keep things clean and makes it easy to find things when you need them.

For being organized, my motto is " a place for everything, and everything in it's place"



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Table For Two for Easter

This year it may be just the two of us- Mr. DIY and I. Our daughter made plans  to go to Charleston this weekend without realizing it was Easter. She may be back in time for dinner and than we'll add another place setting.




Friday, March 31, 2017

Mountain Cottage Reno - Kitchen Update

Renovating a kitchen takes a lot of time, especially if there are a lot of little projects in the design . That's definitely the case with our project. 


The kitchen at our Mountain Cottage has come a long way since it first look like this...
and the above photo was taken after work began! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How To Store Spices When You Have Open Shelves In Your Kitchen


Since we will have open shelves instead of cabinets on the range side of the kitchen at the Mountain Cottage, I needed to come up with a pretty solution to store spices.  I  thought cottage/farmhouse style tiered tray would be perfect, so I looked high and low for a tiered tray that would fit on the counter without taking up too much space and fit easily under the open shelves. Here's what I found...


Friday, March 17, 2017

Starting From Scratch In The Garden



January 1st of any year

Moving to a new city, apartment or house

Starting a new job

Beginning  a new school year


All these things have one thing in common...

They are new starts- filled with hope for good things to come. Of course you know there's some work ahead, but new beginnings are always exciting.


That's how I feel about the backyard at our new house.

It's raw and the previous owners didn't do anything to it.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Zhushing Up A Corner Of The Laundry Room


Can your laundry room use a little zhushing?

It has been a pleasure folding laundry in our laundry room ever since it was transformed from builder basic to pretty and functional. Lighting really made a difference too. This angle looked great, but there was a corner that still needed zhushing up...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Change Up Your Family Room With New Pillow Covers




Can you ever have enough pillows or pillow covers?

I don't think so, but maybe that's just me.
The biggest problem with buying pillows is that they take up too much space. 
The great thing about pillow covers is that they take up so little space when stored and they cost less to 
make (or buy) than if you buy a whole new pillow. For less $60 if you make pillow covers or $60-$100 if you purchase them, you can give your Family room a whole new look.

I probably have a couple/three dozen pillows and just change out the covers seasonally. 
In January, I ordered 3 different blue fabrics and some zippers from Fabric.com and made 8 pillow covers 
for the Family Room. I found the faux Mongolian fur pillow from TJMaxx.com



Monday, February 20, 2017

How We Store Our Stuff (Now)


How To Store Your Stuff is my number one post that is shared everywhere. It shows our storage room in the basement of our last home. A basement is great for storage and that house had no lack of it. Mr. DIY built 2 of these super easy and relatively inexpensive with OSB and 2 x 4s. You can find that post HERE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Table For Two


Happy Valentine's Day Friends!


I get nostalgic around Valentine's Day and remember little things we did to make it special for our girls when they were little. I always made a heart shaped meatloaf with a red pasta sauce on top.
Simple and tasty- a winning combination for busy moms.
Of course there's always lots of red, flowers and hearts in the Foyer and on the table.
This year is no different, but the table is only set for two.

The chest in the Foyer is topped off with a Valentine's vignette. It's always fun to get out the Vintage Valentine Hearts. This year I added the wedding photos of the newly married group that graduated last year. The heart shaped candy dish was a gift from my sister and brother in law.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

I'm really happy to show you how far our laundry room has come since we've moved in. I was really excited to have a larger laundry room than our previous house, especially because this house is a lot smaller. Our current laundry room is also a separate room and we don't have to enter walk through it to get into house from the garage. The main problem was that it didn't have any cabinets to store things in, which was a BIG problem, but easy to solve.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Coat Rack For The Laundry Room

I really liked the coat rack we had in our oldest daughter's room at the last house and it had some nice bronze hooks on it. Before we put our house on the market, we swapped it out with one that was made out of reclaimed wood from our mountain cottage and some inexpensive hooks. You can see that post HERE if you missed it. 






Thursday, January 19, 2017

Warmer Days Mean It's Time For Painting!

Hello friends!

We live in a community with an HOA, so we put in an ARC request to change the color of our front door back in October. We received the ok in November, but by then it was too cold  to paint outside. I like to paint when the temp is between 55 and 85 degrees and the humidity isn't too high, so I was resigned to the fact that this project wasn't going to get done until Spring.

Or so I thought!...

The weather was calling for a couple of 70+ degree days, so I got out the paint I purchased a few months ago and got to it. I took off the door handle and the wreath  hook and gave the door a good sanding.

The door was a rusty brown or brownish rust (haha) that I didn't like the minute I laid eyes on it. Whatever color it was, it really limited the wreaths I could put on the door. I had a green basket that looked great on the black door at our last house, but looked hideous on this door.





The color is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, but I had Home Depot color it in the Behr Marquee line.

Here's the before again:


And the after:


I'm not sure if I should paint the transom and sidelights white, leaving the frame around them the taupe color. What do you think? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Hope you have a great day!

Pam

Thursday, January 5, 2017

'Tis The Season To Get Organized


Happy New Year Friends!


Now that the new year has begun, I'm working on getting things back in order and getting Christmas put away and organized.

It would be so much faster and easier to just throw things behind closed doors, but doing that would just come back to haunt me later when I'm looking for something.

If you've been following me for awhile, y'all know I love armoires. Now that TVs are so big and don't fit in armoires anymore, you can pick one up for a song (ok, maybe a few dollars more than that) on Craigslist and yard sales. 

Remember, we had 2 of these in our Great Room at our previous house and one held a TV and the other one held books, pillows, etc. They didn't look right in our new Great Room and we needed storage in our Office/Craft Room, so that's where we have it now. We originally purchased 1 full retail for about $800 and found one on Craigslist about 8 years later (the same one) for $350. I've seen them for as little as $150.



In the top of the armoire, we keep craft supplies and the printer and paper. The bottom is the perfect spot to hold most of our gift wrapping supplies. 
In the bin on the left side, top shelf there is curling ribbon, some misc ribbon and Christmas package tape. Center bin holds krinkle paper and cellophane bags. The right bin holds gift tags. 

There's space on the bottom shelf for boxes, bags, tissue paper...

The bin holds gift bags and tissue paper. Below the bin are a few priority boxes and envelopes and on top are new, folded boxes and a few padded envelopes.


The drawer on the bottom of the armoire holds wrapping paper. I keep the Christmas wrapping paper up in the attic since it takes up a lot of space and we only need it once a year.






Since the armoire is in the office/craft room, I also have lots of other ribbon to
choose from in the bookcases on the other side of the room.  Don't hate me.


Now that the gift wrapping supplies are put away neatly and organized, I can get on to the rest of the house where there's lots of organizing left to do.

Pam

If you'd like to see another Organized Armoire, click HERE.