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    January 27, 2015
    Closet Organization Ideas

    Over the past few years, I have worked very hard to change myself for the better. I don’t want to say that I used to be a hoarder- but I was extremely messy, and I just had too much stuff. Maybe “lazy” is a closer word. I’m still not a neat freak, but I work every day to clean and get rid of things I don’t need. My house just looks lived-in now, instead of like a tornado went through it. However, one area still escapes my cleaning and tends to accumulate all my crap- the closet. That’s why I love this post by Leonora Epstein at Buzzfeed! It has several creative and inspiring ways to organize your closet and get your home in tip-top shape:

    -Make the most of dead space with mini storage bins and hooks.

    -If you have metal shelving, a few hooks creates a hanging space for accessories.

    -Use old CD racks for shoe storage.

    Photo Credit: Rubbermaid Products Flickr 


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    January 23, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: IKEA Struggles
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2fkvp3

    If you’ve ever been to IKEA for a new home project, you know how it is.


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    January 22, 2015
    Home Features We Don’t Use Anymore…But Should

    I love old homes- I feel like they just have more character than newer ones built in the last 30 years or so. Part of it is in the history- you wonder who lived there before, and what their lives were like. Part of it is the craftsmanship- while homes today are built faster, there’s nothing like an older home made of brick or stone. Another part of the character of older homes is the features that modern homes have deemed obsolete. You know what I mean- laundry chutes, mail slots, dumbwaiters, etc. But why? I’d much rather toss my laundry into a chute in my room instead of lugging it all the way downstairs and across the entire house. For more old home features that are due for a comeback, check out this post at Bobvila.com:

    -Sleeping porches- for sleeping in the fresh air

    -Transom windows- They admitted natural light to front hallways and interior rooms before the advent of electricity

    -Intercoms-  If you’d prefer to avoid any hardwiring, opt instead for a phone system with built-in intercom functionality.

    Check out the full slide show here!

    Photo Credit: Henderer Design + Build 


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    January 21, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Built In Linen Closet

    Photo from Low Country Living


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    January 12, 2015
    Upcycling Idea: Ladder Shelf

    I absolutely love the whole “shabby chic” design trend. I think it just makes the home look cozy and lived in. But, my favorite décor style is bohemian! Flowy fabrics, rich colors, plants living in the house, mismatched throw pillows and rugs- it’s the absolute epitome of maximalism! Which I am all about. That’s why I love this project by Donna at Funky Junk. It incorporates the best of both worlds, while also upcycling an old piece. Check out her stepladder shelf tutorial here:

    -Select boards for shelves, wall supports, and something to connect the ladder to the wall.

    -Lean the full ladder against the wall at the desired angle. Attach ladder to the wall with top brackets. 

    -Mark how long you desire the boards to be, then cut to size.

    -Paint or stain boards if desired

    -Attach supports to wall, add boards.

    Photo Credit: My Latest Obesession 


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    January 6, 2015
    Don’t (Over)Do It! Home Improvements That Will Cost You

    First of all, if you are doing home improvements just because they make you happy and you want them, go right ahead. Living in your home and don’t plan to ever move? Install a water slide from your top floor to your swimming pool. Drill holes all over the walls. Cut out trap doors between rooms. Paint every room a different neon color. Spend millions on intricate landscaping and fountains. If you have the money, go crazy! But, if you are doing home improvements simply to add value to your home…some of those options might not pay off. Ok, all of them are terrible ideas. Most of the time, bigger (more expensive) is not always better. For the home improvements that will actually cost you in the long run, check out this post by Lindsey Schroeder at House Hunt:

    -Swimming pools-  Experts across the real estate industry agree that pools almost never add to a home’s value, and sometimes they actually decrease home prices.

    -Go with minor improvements over upscale remodels every time- It’s always a good idea to remodel a room that hasn’t seen attention in decades-add some new carpet and fresh paint. Research suggests, however, that you’ll lose big on additions and high-end remodels.

    -Don’t overdo the landscaping- A minor amount of landscaping is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value, especially if it adds a touch of much-needed curb appeal.

    Photo Credit: Prayitno 


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    December 31, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gem Mirror In Bathroom

    Photo from Washingtonian 


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    December 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Snowflake Door

    Photo from Everything Lovely tumblr


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    December 22, 2014
    Cool DIY Ideas For Your Home

    I’m always on the lookout for easy home upgrades that I can do- that don’t take more than five minutes. I love the idea of having a totally personalized, put together house, but I usually lack the skills to make all my DIY ideas a reality. I don’t know much about electricity, wiring, carpentry, plumbing, or even painting (I’d rather call a professional for those services) – but I’m all for throwing a little glitter on a dollar store item to make it look like a million bucks! That’s why I love this Buzzfeed article by Peggy Wang- it’s packed full of ideas that will make your home stand out, without having much technical knowledge on repairs:

    -Paint your old vinyl or linoleum floors

    -Make your own curtain tie backs

    -Hide television wires in a shower curtain rod

    -Add a large picture frame around your flatscreen TV- or add frames around light switch covers

    -Cover an air vent with a doormat

    Photo Credit: Curb Alert Blog 


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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Take Apart A Pallet Fast
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2cyuo7

    This is awesome! You can make so many great DIY projects with pallets.


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