Friday, August 29, 2014

Tiny Houses

A few months back my husband made a comment about down sizing.  Huh?  What?  It's funny he said this because I'm always joking about packing up and moving into a bigger house.  You can imagine the confused look on my face when he said this though.  Sure, we did buy a house a little larger than we really needed but we figured we could grow into it.  At the time we purchased it, we only had one kid but knew we were planning on having one more.  Our house is fairly big and on a day to day basis, we don't use every square inch of our house.  Sometimes it is frustrating cleaning four toilets knowing they hadn't even been used over the past week.  He mentioned downsizing because he figures it would be easier to maintain and our expenses would decrease.  Yeah I get it but not going to happen.  We have come to call this place home.

After this conversation, I thought about an episode of HGTV Star where they had to design and decorate an 86 sq ft house.  In this house they had to fit a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living area.  The results were amazing.  This really got me thinking, do people really live in houses this small?  Why, yes they do.


They are called tiny houses.  Tiny houses are pretty small, ranging from 100 sq ft to 500 sq ft.  This is perfect for someone seeking financial freedom and doesn't need a lot of space to live.  In actuality, living in a tiny house decreases your financial obligations because there are minimal expenses with their small footprint.
 


 


Even though these houses are small, owners are still packing a lot of style and custom features in them.  After seeing these, you have to ask yourself how much space does a person really need to live?

It's a simple life.  Is bigger really better or are we forced to think that living in today's society?

 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get The Look: Modern Traditional Living Room

I love seeing pretty spaces and like most people, I want to know where the pieces in the room come from.  I love the grays and yellows in this living room.  The room is modern but still very classic.  It's a space I wouldn't mind kicking my feet up in.

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I've found some affordable decor items you could use to re-create this room.

Gray Geometric Pillow
Yellow Trellis Pillow
Ikat Pillow
Yellow Pillow
   
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Easy DIY Clipboard

I've been wanting to do this project for a while but never got around to it.  I can't believe it took me so long because it's super easy.  This is a fun and colorful clipboard that you can customize to any style with scrapbook paper.


I picked up a clipboard from the Dollar Tree.  I also used: 
scrapbook paper
mod podge
foam brush
scissors


I first traced the outside of the clipboard and cut it out.  I traced on the back of the paper so my pencil line wouldn't be seen on the pretty side of the paper.  I cut it out a tiny bit smaller than the actual shape of the clipboard to it wouldn't hang over the edge.  I also had to cut out space for the metal clip at the top.


I then brushed on a layer of mod podge on the clipboard.  I carefully placed my scrapbook paper on the clipboard and smoothed out any bubbles in the paper.  I wanted the final product to be smooth and bumpless.  Next, I brushed a layer of mod podge on top of the paper.  This layer went on top to bottom.  After this layer dried, I did another but this time I painted left to right.  I think this method makes the appearance of lines less noticeable when it dries.


Just the start of the accessories on my daughter's desk.  Yeah, we finally bought her a desk.  I'll show you soon.  A few more things I want to add first.
 

The clipboard is a good way for her to be able to write without destroying the finish on the top of the desk.  I was also thinking about a desk pad but they're never that attractive and tend to be bulky.  Using the scrapbook paper allowed her to choose a color and pattern she wanted.  Of course it was pink that day but tomorrow could be blue.
 


I'm working on styling her desk.  Not like it will stay that way though.  She's requested another clipboard with a different pattern and I think I may do one for myself.  

Such an easy project right?  With all the paper patterns out there, the possibilities are endless.

  
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Modern Leather Sofas

I used to not like leather sofas, a lot.  They stick to your legs and I could always see myself puncturing the upholstery.  Well, leather sofas have some a long way.  I especially like those with modern lines and straight lines and legs.  I've also learned that leather is durable, can last forever, and cleans easily.  I prefer brown and gray leather sofas opposed to black ones but that's me.

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Here are some examples of spaces using modern leather sofas.
 

 
 

What's your take on leather sofas?  Love them or leave them?


 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fun Play Room

I love looking at play rooms.  I tell my husband all the time how we need one.  Of course he doesn't agree.  I just think it would be nice to have a dedicated space for all the toys.  Here's a fun and colorful play room for the kiddies.  

I've chosen bright pieces that provide function, like the table and chairs for art activities or puzzles and the wardrobe for storage (all from Ikea).  The striped tent from Land of Nod provides an area for the kiddies to play hide and seek or just to crawl in and take a break.  The crate and striped basket allow small toys to be gathered and stored while still looking nice in the room.  I love the bean bag chair from Bean Bag Boss.  It's a good spot to relax and read a book.


*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Board and Batten in the Back Entry

The back entry from the garage has been a sore spot for me for the last year.  The kids' back packs always ended up here.  That's fine but they were always hanging on the closet door knobs.  I knew at some point I would have to do something about it.  The door knobs would only take so much.  I told my husband about my plan and he was on board.

 

Using the same technique as the front entry board and batten, I created this in the back entry.  It was fairly simple since I knew what to expect from the last time around.

Here's where things started on Friday night.


 And now...

 



I knew I wanted hooks here.  That was the main goal of adding the molding.  I wanted the hooks to be modern and simple.  I searched several places but ended up with these sleek nickel hooks from Ikea.  They were small and exactly what I needed.  I didn't want anything too big and stick out too far from the wall since this was a hallway.  The open door to the right is the laundry room and facing this wall is a closet.



Now this back hallway has function and looks good.  The kids can take off their back packs now and throw them on a hook.  They are no longer in the floor or hanging on my door knobs.  I love walking in and seeing this wall.

 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday ya'll!!

With my little man running free, it's been hard to get into the groove of home projects.  Just when I put him down for a nap, he awakens.  He doesn't stay asleep long enough to get anything done.
 
1) This rug has me inspired to do a little painting this weekend.

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2) My baby girl starts up dance again which means getting up on Saturday mornings.  I love seeing her dance.
 
3) My daughter is spending more time in her room drawing lately and I think it's time for a big girl desk.  I'm thinking about heading to Ikea to look at theirs.  They have lots of affordable options.
 

4) If you follow me on facebook, you may have seen we've added a new piece of furniture to our office.  It will come in handy when we have guests staying over.


5) I've been following Parade Craze and I love their drool worthy pictures.  Such inspiration!  I love seeing them in my newsfeed.


Have a great weekend!  Any big plans?  Hopefully some painting for me and a little shopping.

 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gray and Yellow Bedroom

I think gray is one of those colors that looks good with any color paired with it.  Gray and yellow is a popular color combo.  Since our master bedroom isn't done yet, I decided to put together a bedroom with these two colors.


My room started with this Cookes beautiful tufted headboard.  I'm aiming for more grays in our home and this one caught my eye.


I love the classic hotel bedding from Target.  It's simple and can be styled up easily.


The rug was next.  I loved the graphic pattern and the colors were perfect together.


I added more accessories to bring more pops of yellow in the room.  Putting this bedroom together makes me realize how much I want my master bedroom to be finished.

*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  
 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Organizing The Kitchen


For many families, the kitchen is the room of the house where they spend the most time.  Whether it is eating breakfast and getting lunches ready or making dinner and talking about each other’s day, the kitchen is often a common gathering spot.
Just as it’s often full of people, it can also be one of the most cluttered places in a home.  From pots and pans to dishes and silverware, it always seems like there isn’t enough room in the kitchen.


Organizing your kitchen can help it act as a focal point of your home by freeing up space for everyone and everything in it.  Check out these easy organization tips for your kitchen to keep it clean and spacious:


Wrap dispensers and sandwich baggies

There never is enough drawer or cabinet space in a kitchen, and there is an easy way to store things like tin foil, plastic wrap, sandwich bags and wax paper.  Tape magnets to the bottoms of the boxes and put them against the side of your refrigerator.  This way, they are easily accessible and don’t take up drawer space. 


Spice Jars

Who hasn’t taken everything out of their spice cabinet to realize what they were looking for was the first thing they pulled out?  To avoid this hassle, put all of your spices in a plastic storage bin and put that in the cabinet.  This way, when you need something, pull the bin out and put it all back at once.

 


Wire shelves and turn tables
To maximize space in your fridge or pantry, use wire shelves to take advantage of extra height.

You can also use turn tables in the fridge or pantry to avoid having to pull everything out to get to things that are at the back.



Hanging

If you’re short on cabinet and drawer space, hanging things can be an excellent alternative.  Things like measuring spoons and cups can be hung on the inside of cabinet doors.  Pots, which take up a lot of space, can be hung above the stove in many creative ways.  Oven mitts and similar items can hang inside cabinets as well.  Brooms and mops can be hung on the inside of a pantry door.  The more creative you get with hanging, the more space you can save.


Cleaning Supplies

These usually end up beneath the sink taking up valuable cabinet space.  Instead, try hanging a shoe rack on the back of a door and storing them there.  The rack can also be used to store other kitchen necessities.


Chalk or dry-erase board

Instead of putting post it notes and lists all over your kitchen to remind you of what you need from the store and what is going on, use a chalk board.  Write your lists and reminders here instead of cluttering your kitchen with notes.



Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit www.hefty.com to find products like trash bags and more that can help you out with your busy life.

Thanks Katie for these great ideas!

 
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