Fun Ways To Organize Your Jewelry

I am a simple jewelry wearing kinda gal. I don’t wear a lot of bracelets other than my Fit Bit with my everyday attire {which is pretty casual – yoga pants and jeans are my jam}. I will wear them if I am dressing up for something special though. I do wear a necklace and earrings every single day. I have quite a few simple pieces in both gold and silver. These cuties are around $12 each and are available at a lot of boutique stores. Mine usually come from Ambiance in Placerville. Ambiance is a super fun store with lots of amazing jewelry, yummy smelling candles and the cutest boho clothes. It is a great store for birthday and Christmas gifts if you are in the area.

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A few years ago, my husband crafted this fun jewelry holder using a sheet of radiator metal and an old frame. He added cup hooks for my necklaces. It’s awesome and holds a lot but I was starting to gather too many necklaces and they were getting tangled. I decided I was tired of untangling necklaces so I purchased this necklace holder at HomeGoods for a whopping $14.99. I heart HomeGoods and the price point is perfect! I will keep my dainty necklaces on the new jewelry stand but still utilize the framed holder for my other pieces and earrings. It lives in my closet … with my clothes 😉

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The jewelry stand was originally white but with off white cabinets, it felt blah. I wanted it to pop and this pretty blue is a fave around here. It is called Secluded Garden by Valspar. It’s a bit of a robin’s egg blue which is sprinkled throughout my home.

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At the end of this project, I was able to purge and organize my jewelry which gave things a bit of a much-needed facelift. Everything has a place and hopefully, I have eliminated the necklace ‘tangling’ issue that I have been battling for awhile now.

How do you organize your jewelry?

My Addiction …. To Fixer Upper

First off, Hello! My Mac Book was on the fritz for months. It was sloooooow which made me very unmotivated to use it and then it just broke. But I was too busy to deal with it. I hosted my annual craft fair, my sister got married, I was in charge of the wedding decor {which was so much fun}, then the holidays and having houseguests plus hosting the holidays came around. I put the very idea of fixing my computer on the back burner. I knew it needed a new hard drive. Thankfully the stuff was salvaged on my old one. Replacing the hard drive and backing up the old one cost me 1/3 of what a new one would have cost and this thing is running like a dream. I am thrilled. Big thanks to Cody at Staples for making it happen. Seriously. I had a crush on him for a day cause he was so awesome. Now on to more important things.

I have a confession, I might be addicted to Fixer Upper. I am guessing most of you that read this will know exactly what that means but in case you are a little out of the loop, Fixer Upper is the hit HGTV show featuring the power couple, Chip & Joanna Gaines. They are this super team that redo old houses in Waco, Texas. They also have 4 young children, own a farm, a store, a bed and breakfast and are opening a bakery. The list seriously keeps growing {I am convinced that they never sleep} but if you watch their show, you will love them. They are adorable. They are artists. So I love them. I have an addiction. My Magnolia t-shirt and hat have been ordered. The addiction is real people.

So why has this show become such a hit? Well first off, they do a lot of remodeling at a super good price point. Obviously a lot of this is location and availibility. They are super talented in how they rework old homes and make them new again. Joanna also has the ability to decorate using old and new but without anything feeling overly fussy. The homes look clean, simple and homey when they are done. All of these are features that suck me right in.

Over the years, I have painted. A LOT {that is a whole other addiction – I don’t have time to count the amount of layers of paint in my house right now. I’ll save that for another post}. What I always come back to is neutral colors. I love adding color but I like to do it via accessories and not paint. I think because I have really realized that with my own style, I am especially drawn to the show. Another design element that I am loving as of late is the rustic/farmhouse/industrial look. I love how all of these elements can be pulled together and look like they actually belong together.

Our house is 11.5 years old. We are the original owners. We picked decent upgrades BUT I would love a refresh. Of course what I want and what we need are two very different things but hey, I’m a thinker so I have ideas. We have hardwood throughout most of the downstairs. It’s a light maple. I don’t like it but there is nothing wrong with it so it stays. We have cream cabinets and granite that is on the darker side. I want white cabinets with a much lighter granite. I want hardwood that is a very different color and style. I want to paint everything grey. Again, it’s a want. I’d completely reconfigure my kitchen. Seriously. But financially it doesn’t make sense and we have other priorities.

What I do get to do is a room redo. We have a small front room. It was shown in the model as a formal living room. That’s how it started for us but we really didn’t utilize it as that. Then it was an office that was more for looks and I didn’t use it as I have a thing with doing all crafts and computer work at my kitchen island. I like to be in the hub of the house. About 18 months ago, we converted it to a kids space. We used to have a play room but the kids out grew the space and we wanted a guest room. Well, now it’s a game room of sorts for the kids. They have a TV and an X Box but it’s open to the rest of the house. Its become my project now that the holidays have passed {I always need a project to pull me through the after Christmas let down when I am sad cause my family all goes back home.}

I worked hard to condense my craft supplies and sold a large bookcase as I launched myself into this redo. This space currently holds a tv stand, small bookcase, cheap futon and 2 large dog crates. It has carpet that we hate and the next project is to install hardwood which will match our existing hardwood. I painted the room over the weekend. The color that I have in most of my house is called Faded Burlap by Valspar. I love this color. It’s a creamy beige that doesn’t seem to have pink or yellow undertones. It’s perfect. Click here to see a sample. The dog crates are there to stay as we have 2 big dogs that sleep inside but they have to be crated at night. I’d like to add a couch and a chair or two but I want to hide the crates behind the couch. I will probably repaint the TV stand as we need that for storage for the game console and TV. I also hope to repaint the bookcase and steal a matching bookcase from my son’s room. I am thinking of putting them together and adding a top to make them look like they are one piece. Another thing I’d LOVE to do is install barn doors going into the space. It’s wide open and loud when the kids are playing, especially when they have friends over. I also want to encourage them to have friends over as they get older so I am hoping that by giving this space some privacy, they kids will want to be here, Does that make sense? Also, if we have friends over, the kids can have a hang out space while the grown ups hang in the family room and kitchen. We don’t want them to have TV’s in their room so this is the solution.

Now on to the fun stuff .. the style I have in mind is very much Fixer Upper. I guess I should tell my husband that I want barn doors now eh? 😉 At least I am not asking for shiplap.

My inspiration mostly comes from HGTV and Pinterest. I also find myself drooling over Instagram photos.

 

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barn doors – source

 

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color scheme – source

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Jenga on display – source

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giant dominos – source

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sign and gallery wall – source

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So long story long, I {heart} Fixer Upper.

For the Love of Decorating

Yep, I am on a new color obsession kick. Which means that I find things in this color and decorate! Woo hoo!! My husband loves when I fall in love with a new color {insert sarcasm}. I have always been drawn to navy but after using it in some mantel decor before July 4th and then of course for July 4th when I went all red, white and blue, I decided that I wanted navy to stick around for awhile. So I did what I do, I became obsessed with finding things to change up my decor.

Read on for my favorite and quikest ways to change decor on the cheap. Click on the links for photos.

Throw pillows: I recommend either using pillow covers or scouring places like Marshall’s, Ross, HomeGoods, Stein Mart, etc. for pillows. Target often has cute ones but they are usually a bit more expensive. I actually picked up this cutie at Kirkland’s. I am {in love} with arrows and this saying so it had to come home with me. Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond have cute pillow covers for a reasonable price. I have also found some on Very Jane and Etsy. Someday I might let you peak at my linen closet. I could start a rental business for throw pillows. I’m both proud and embarrassed by this admission. Pillow covers will free up your linen closet.

Printables: I am all about quotes. They make me happy. They add a touch of whimsy. They are a cheap way to spice up your decor. I almost always have a few of them framed in my house. Guests always comment on them. One of my go to spots for printables is of course Pinterest. Click here to be redirected to my Pinterest boards. This is one of my recent finds. It is over at Etsy. It’s an instant download for cheap! Click here to buy it. Also, I often times download prints to my computer but then upload them to Costco for printing. Ink is pricey and some of these take a lot of ink. I’d rather pay a couple of bucks for one then use all of my own ink. The quality is usually better as well.

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Shop your home: Yep, just like I said. You’d be surprised at what you will find around the house that can be re-homed to change up a different space. I do this with vases, candle holders, frames, plants, flowers. You name it, I’ve moved it.

Paint: OK, this is a semi cheap way to change up space or even to give a refresh but it can be time consuming.

Rugs: I love the small rugs that go in front of a door. I don’t do large area rugs personally. Not because I don’t love them because I really do. I wish I could have them but I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I sweep often and it looks like I could make a whole new animal with the amount of hair. So rugs don’t do super well in my house. They become dirty and often times my cat decides to throw up on them. Seriously. #catsmakemecrazy The small rugs are easier to throw in the wash.

Curtains: These can add up but if you search, you can find them at a decent price or if you are super crafty, you can sew your own. I am not ‘sew crafty’. Ha ha. I am witty though 🙂 I recently found a deal at West Elm. I wanted these curtains. They are not cheap and I need the 96′ length which is not standard. Warning – Long story ahead: I decided I wanted to see them in person so I went to West Elm. They had the mustard chevron ones on display and on clearance. I asked if they had the blue in the back. The had one panel but called another store and had a second one shipped to me. They cost me a total of $30 for the two {which included the shipping of the one} when they would have cost me $100 on-line. For whatever reason, they cost more on-line and were on clearance in the store. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I got them for a phenomenal price. Another place that I have shopped for curtains because they have the size I need and the price is right is Ikea. I’ve also found some lovely prints at World Market.

So there you have it, my personal tips on redecorating. Also, a can of spray paint can change up things you already have.

Here is a peak of what I used in my re-do.

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Rug – Marshalls – $10.00
Table Runner – HomeGoods – $9.99
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby – it was a gift
Frame – Michaels – $7.99
Flowers – Michaels – $6.99
Curtains – West Elm – $11.97/each + $6 shipping

Happy re-decorating 🙂

 

My Latest Color Obsession

It started with this fabulous bedroom decor over at Life in Grace. And then it pretty much just snowballed from there. Turquoise and coral. Oh how I love thee. The blue ranges from a true turquoise to a minty greenish blue. The coral ranges from pinky to orange. I love it all. So I’d like a scoop of pretty blue with a scoop of coral on top please. Do you get my point? If I have not convinced you yet, let me try with photos.

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Mason JarsSource – The Shabby Chic Wedding on Etsy

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bedroomSource – Unknown via Pinterest

 FramesSource Etsy, The Speckeld Egg

WreathSource, Etsy Redesign Accessories

braceletsSource, Etsy AlaGoods

Now I should go. I am getting all caught up on Pinterest and Etsy finding these amazing things to share with you. Before I know it, I will be repainting my house and shopping for accessories in this lovely color scheme. Do you have a favorite color? Does your decor change or stay the same? I could change mine often if it wasn’t for the lack of moolah. Not that I don’t do a bit here or there on a budget. Reshopping my own home is a great way to decorate too.

Hello Pumpkin! Fun ways to decorate with pumpkins.

I {heart} pumpkins. Orange ones, white ones, green ones, fabric ones, sparkly ones and even painted ones!! I thought I’d share some fun pumpkins with you since October is rapidly approaching. The first official day of Fall is September 22nd Not that I am counting down or anything 😉

I spotted these velvet pumpkins last year at The Antique Gardener in Sutter Creek. They are sold on-line at LoveFeast Table.

Feeling Lovesome used some paint to make her pumpkins stand out. I love the idea of chevron but using chalkboard paint for a pumpkin hadn’t even crossed my mind. I LOVE It!!

The Autocrat used some fun ribbon to add bling to basic orange pumpkins.

Of course I had to do a little search over at Etsy and I found this b&w decoupage pumpkin at Catnip Studio Too.

Brown Eyed Cuties sells vinyl for your pumpkin decorating. Cute sayings like, “boo” await you!!

Happy Thoughts Gifts creates vinyl to customize your pumpkin. What a fun addition to a porch!

 

I love burlap. It is messy to work with but I love the outcome. It feels like a bit of nature and adds texture to the simplest of decor. These burlap pumpkins at D. Reyne on Etsy are FAB!!

I love simple grapevine pumpkins. I have some big ones that I got from Target a few years back. I also found a cute one that looks like this at Target last week. It was a whopping $2.50 in the bargain section.

These swirly glittered Fall pumpkins over at Kevin and Amanda are so fun!!

Country Living added some spooky with a beetle and a web pumpkin complete with a BIG spider.

Front Porch Ideas showcased a metallic painted pumpkin.

I love these polka dot pumpkins at BH&G.

I hope you enjoyed my little “Hello Pumpkin” post!!

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Hello there lovelies 🙂

Hope you are all doing well today. I just had to share a recent “makeover” that occurred in my kitchen. I saw the idea on Pinterest and also in my friend Amy’s kitchen. I love our kitchen cabinets. That are maple with an ivory glaze and we picked them out when we bought the house. We have received many compliments on them but being the quick change artist that I am, I wanted to add something else to them {it has been 8 years since we moved in — a change was due}. So I painted the inside a chocolatey brown. I love how they turned out. My plan it to eventually add glass shelves as I think this will make the brown pop even more plus I just don’t want to paint the shelves. So for now they are left as is.

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There you have it. A little change for well, a little bit of change! I think I paid $8 for the paint.