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One of the first things I did when Andy and I moved into our home 2 and a half years ago was paint. The whole house was this really blah beige and frankly it was depressing. I like color, I always have. These days, since Andy has to live in our home too, my color choices are more along the lines of sages and blue-greys vs. the kelly green and tropical turquoise I picked for my college apartments. Shade and vibrancy aside, the moral of the story is I like color in my living spaces. Or I thought I did, lately I’ve found myself drawn to home decor images that feature lots of bright whites that are then accented by brightly colored furniture. Maybe it’s just a phase?
It would take a lot of coats of paint to combat the current wall colors.
Images from here.
I am an inadvertent collector. I regularly pick up random objects that catch my fancy, and whenever Andy and I moved into the house two years ago I realized as I was packing things, how many little collections I have. And it isn’t just things that I’ve bought, my family and friends know that I like certain things like quirky mugs or long scarves, and they give them to me for holidays and birthdays. I like the idea of being able to showcase and share my collections, instead of keeping them packed away, and I was delighted to find this post on integrating your collections into your home decor. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas.
Images from here.
Andy and I have been in our house for a little under two years now. It’s wonderful knowing that every mortgage payment we make brings us one month closer to making this place 100% ours. When we moved in, we painted the “important” rooms like the living room, kitchen, bedroom and office; and we bought the “important” furniture like a bed, dining room table and couch, but since that initial flurry of unpacking/decorating, things have sort of petered out. There has been the occasional bookshelf here, a futon for the guestroom, a mirror for the mantel there, but decor-wise our house is largely unfinished. Part of the delay is our desire to find unique good quality pieces, part is because unique good quality pieces tend to be a little expensive, and then there is the fact that we have very different opinions on what is “good” decor. I think this beautiful home featured on Design Sponge (full post can be viewed here) may be kind of what we end up with, minus the neon pink. 9 times out of 10 I get to make the final purchase call, but I feel like the husband might put his foot down in this case.
Images from Design Sponge.
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The first time I ever went into an H&M store was when I was visiting my friend Marie in NYC. I decided it was a the perfect place to try out new trends and find things I went through rather quickly like inexpensive ballet flats. Since we don’t have a store in or even near Tallahassee I do my best to visit any store I come across when traveling. To my delight I recently discovered that H&M is now offering online shopping! The cherry on top is the new H&M Home section. Cute home goods and ballet flats with a click of a button?! What more could a girl ask for?
All images from H&M.
My house is a mess. For a few weeks it seemed like Andy and I had gotten the cleaning routine down pat, but one lazy weekend and two days into a crazy work week and we’re back to rifling through the “clean” laundry basket for something to wear to work. I know houses don’t magically clean themselves, but my roommate in college was a stress cleaner and I got really spoiled. Obviously, I still had to keep my room cleaned and help out with the dishes, but the floor was always vacuumed and cabinets were always orderly. In all honesty I used to tease her something fierce about all the compulsive cleaning, but I have my own deep dark cleaning compulsion, the bathroom. I hate messy bathrooms. I even remember scrubbing the the bathroom floor at 3am in my party clothes because we’d had people over and I couldn’t sleep until the bathroom was clean again. Don’t even get me started on public restrooms! Now that that is out of my system, back to the messy house. I’ve been trying to find some organizational tips to help me get our house under control (you know procrastinating instead of actually cleaning). These are a couple of my favorites.
1. Store Sheets in Matching Pillowcase
To keep matching bed linens together, fold the top sheet, bottom sheet and tuck them into the matching pillowcase. This also makes for easier storing and stacking in your linen closet.
2. Spices at your Fingertips
This is a trick I picked up a few years back, put your most commonly used spices in magnetic spice tins and keep them on the side of your refrigerator. It frees up cabinet space and you’ll never have to frantically dig through your pantry while cooking dinner again. I use these.
3. Aesthetic Jewelry Storage
Glue glass bottles to the bottom of a decorative crate and then mount it on the wall. It’ll be a lovely showcase for bracelets and a convenient way to keep track of them.
4. Taking Storage to New Heights
Mount a shelf above your bathroom or closet doors to provide extra storage for rarely used items. Don’t forget to keep a step stool or taller friend handy.
To see more great organizing and storage options click here.
Images from here.