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Monday, October 6, 2014

my simple & organized nightstand

I haven't shown our master bedroom very much on here, but today I thought I would share how I keep my nightstand simple and organized.  Our nightstands are actually small dressers from Ikea (the Kullen).  They're a great size, and a steal at about $40.00/each.
Just like the other spaces in our home, I like to keep very little on my nightstand.  I love the look of nightstands that are styled in magazines with a million accessories, flowers and all that goodness, but that's just not for me.  I like to be able to have space for a glass of water at night, and regular dusting is so much easier without a lot of clutter.
 One of my favorite things in this space is this curved glass print from Tiny Prints.  It's one of my favorite engagement pictures, and I love this unique way to display it.  During the day, the natural light behind it illuminates the photo, and at night, the lamp brightens it up and makes me smile every time I see it.  It is truly a special piece.
Here's a look inside the top drawer.  The liner is actually fabric leftover from our living room throw pillows.  I created it using this tutorial from Nalle's House.
 My glasses case is the perfect place to store them when they're not on my face and I've got some of my favorite lotion here.  These two small dishes are perfect for a place to stash a pair of earrings I may have forgotten to take off before bed, some chapstick and a few hair accessories.  I often wake up in the middle of the night needing to throw my hair up into a messy bun, or pin my bangs up, so it's nice to have them close by.
I also love to have these two books nearby.  The first is an old book that Matthew's Grandparents gave us as a wedding gift.  It was actually the book that their pastor gave them when they got married 50 years ago, and we feel incredibly honored that they passed it on to us.  I cherish the wisdom in this book, and love to read a few pages every once in awhile. 
 The other is a sweet little photo album that I've had for years, that I keep of just pictures of Matthew and myself.  It's fun to look back at all the different photos we've taken over the last 7 years and talk about all the wonderful memories we have.
 On the other side of this drawer, I have a few dollar store bins for my nail polish and tools.  It's nice to keep them all corralled in the same space, but have smaller sections to keep them even more organized. 
 The second drawer is where I keep some beautiful girly items that you certainly don't need to see! :-)

And in the third drawer, I have a spare blanket to grab when I wake up in the middle of the night in January and I'm freezing.  It's also a good place to stash my slippers to slide into on those cold mornings.
 So there it is...my simply organized nightstand!

Friday, October 3, 2014

9 ways to tile a shower

In late August we toured over 20 homes in the Denver parade of homes, and I got oodles of inspiration.  I posted about the common spaces and bedrooms & bathrooms already.  But, one thing I noticed in these homes is all the different approaches to add a little bit of flair to a shower/tub tile surround.  Check out these awesome ideas.
I love all the great uses of simple/plain tile with beautiful accent tiles!  Hopefully one of these ideas will inspire you for your shower/bathroom renovation, if you're working/dreaming of one!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

couple costume ideas

Can you believe it's October?!  I'm so glad we're heading into cooler weather, and the holiday season.

One thing Matt and I have always loved to do at Halloween is come up with a fun couple costume idea.  With Halloween coming up in just 30 days, I thought it would be fun to share the costumes we've done the last few years
Pilot & a Stewardess in 2008
This was our first Halloween together and we were just 19 years old.  We bought both of our costumes...
Charlie Brown & Lucy in 2009
This was one of my very first sewing projects, when I sewed this dress by hand, and Matt's costume was easy with black shorts, a cheap yellow polo and some black paint.
Fred & Daphne from Scooby Doo in 2011
Matt's outfit was simply blue scrub pants, a basic white sweatshirt from Walmart, and a blue polo he already had.  I found this purple sweater dress in the girl's department for like $8 and paired it with bright pink tights (not shown).  The orange, purple, and green sashes and my headband were all made from plain quilters cotton.
Edward & Bella from Twilight in 2012
This was really a last minute thing, so don't make fun of us!.We already owned our clothes, so we picked up some white face makeup to make ourselves look a little less alive (it didn't take much)...
Nick & Jess from New Girl in 2013
Again, we already owned everything here.  My glasses are actually sunglasses that we temporarily popped the lenses out of.  The key for Matt is comfort, which we always seem to achieve.
 Here are a few of my favorites from around the web...

Mary Poppins & Bert
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Johnny Cash & June Carter
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Sheldon & Amy from The Big Bang Theory
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Ariel & Prince Eric
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Monday, September 29, 2014

my {not so} fall mantel

Over the last few weeks, I have shared a number of ideas for DIY fall projects and ways to decorate your home for the season.  So today, I thought I would share my mantel for fall...
It looks a lot like how it did a few months ago, doesn't it?
I already put out a number of fall decorations this year, and decided that I didn't want to take more time and money to decorate the mantel (or any other spaces in the house), when I already love the way it looks.  

Now, would I love to have my mantel look like this?
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Yes! Of course I would, wouldn't most of us?  But, here's the thing about decorating: it takes time.  It doesn't need to be an overnight accomplishment, especially since all those little purchases throughout the home add up quite a bit.  Perhaps next year I will purchase/make a lovely new wreath for above my mantel, but for now I'm content with what I have here.  
This is the time of year where Pinterest starts (well, continues actually) becoming overwhelming to many, as the blogosphere turns into a sea of seasonal/holiday decorations for every nook and cranny of our homes.  I'm here to tell you, don't get overwhelmed!!

Our not-so-fall bedroom...
I have been told many times that Pinterest and blogs (like my own), make a lot of people self conscious about their decor (or, lack there of).  But the thing to remember is that we all have different lives and different priorities.  Maybe one of these scenarios rings a bell?

You have a house full of kids running around, and getting the house clean and dinner on the table is work enough.
  
Work is extremely busy for you and when you get home, you just want to kick your feet up instead of messing around with fall craft supplies.

You  feel like you should keep up with all your friends and their "perfect" houses, but to be honest, you don't give a hoot about vignettes, throw pillows and accent decor.

Right now, I have a good amount of free time, I don't have kids, and I really enjoy decorating.  However, that may not always be the case.  In a few years, I may not want to put the time/energy/money into all these efforts and the decor may stay the same, or be simplified.  You may already be feeling this same way!

Our not-so-fall kitchen...
I'm not saying that decorating for fall is a bad thing, as I do it myself.  I'm not even saying that decorating every nook and cranny for a specific season is a bad thing; not if you love it! I'm simply saying to so many of you (including dear friends of mine), don't stress about it! Because honestly, it's really not that important.

But, if you are interested and want to implement one idea into your house, or take off and decorate the whole place, that's great! That's what we're here for.  As bloggers, we want to inspire people, and show them that they can do so many things, if they want to!  That's why I shared this post last week with a few simple and inexpensive updates I made in our home for the fall season.
I hope that this has been encouraging to someone out there feeling overwhelmed by the perfect Pinterest photos we are all surrounded by! xoxo

{yet another} diy sunglasses & key holder

Could I make more of these, honestly? This is the 4th sunglasses and/or key holder I've made in the last few years.  But I know that everyone's organizing needs are different, so maybe this will be the best fit for you.

I actually shared this sunglasses & key holder last year as a guest post, but completely forgot to share it here.  If you look at this first picture, you can see our old floors, and even the old oak doors showing on the pantry.  Whew! Glad that's all gone!!
This project was super simple and inexpensive.  I actually had everything I needed, and it took  me about 20 minutes to complete.  Here's what you need:

1. Piece of Wood
I used a scrap piece of 1x8, but you could do any size you want, depending on how much you want to store.

2. Fabric of Choice
I chose a duck cloth in green chevron from Hobby Lobby.  This is leftover from the barstools I re-covered a few years ago.

3. Piece of Ribbon
The length should be the width of the board, plus a little bit extra to wrap around.  For instance, I used about 14" of ribbon for this board.

4. Cup Hooks
As many as you want, to hang up keys.

5. Cup Pull
This is a drawer pull that you can get for about $5.

6. Tools: 
Staple Gun, Staples, Power Drill/Screw Driver

To get started, cut your fabric to size and wrap it around the board like you would a present.  Staple the fabric down so it is tight.
Then, wrap your ribbon around the board at the top, and staple in the back.  I also stapled it once on each side to keep the ribbon tight when the sunglasses are hanging from it.
Measure where you want each cup hook, and make a small cut in the fabric on that spot and drill a hole a little bit.  Then, screw your cup hooks in.
Finally, drill holes for your cup pull, and screw it in place.  I love this addition to the board, because it's a great place to stash your chapstick, or even some loose change.  Depending on the size of your board, you could even add a few cup pulls for more storage.
Keep this next to the door, either hung on the wall or sitting on a table and everything is right where you need it for when you leave the house.
 Here are some of the other sunglasses & key holders I mentioned...

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