Organizational guru. Nope, not me. Not by a long shot. I have learned, however, that when you spend a little bit of time up front to create a functional, organized space in your home, it pays off in the long run. Today, I’m sharing a simple method I came up with to use when I muster up the courage to tackle an organization project. Because it sure does take courage, doesn’t it?! I’m calling it The 4 C’s Method for Organizing Any Space in your Home. Brenna from Domestic Charm rounded up a fabulous group of bloggers who’ve been spilling their tips and tricks all week to help us get and STAY organized this year, so be sure to stick around until the end to check out what everyone has up their sleeve this January! Continue reading
Good morning! It’s hard to believe that January is half over and what’s even more difficult for me to grasp is the fact that our playroom is supposed to be done in 2 weeks AHHH! Nothin’ like a deadline to kick you into high gear! Having a hard end-date assigned to a project is one of the main reasons I enjoy participating in these types of challenges. Without a deadline, projects can go on and on over the course of a year or more and not just that, but the cost of the project tends to be never-ending as well. You’re never truly “finished” so the ideas keep coming and more and more items are purchased. So, working on our Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom for the 4 week New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge hosted by Casa Watkins Living can feel slightly overwhelming, but it’s also a breath of fresh air at the same time. One more room almost checked off the new house projects list! Continue reading
It’s not easy to literally start over in January when the calendar flips to the new year. It is easy, however to make tweaks and changes to things you already do, schedules and systems you have in place or the semi-executed plans for that one room in your house. You know we all have them! That room, that cupboard, that stack of paper or that linen closet that all sort of operate, but not reaaaaally. Those spaces could all be better-functioning, more organized and certainly more pleasing to the eye! When the planning began for this year’s New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, I originally wanted to tackle our main floor powder room. It is in DIRE need of a makeover, but when I got to thinking about a practical space to not just make “look” good, but one that really needed an overhaul, I landed on another option — the playroom!
The New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge is hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living and is made up of a group of 13 bloggers who are going to rally together to spruce up a room in our home over the course of the month of January. Yes, it’s like a mini One Room Challenge! However we’re not gutting any spaces or pouring the blood, sweat and tears into our spaces like we do for the ORC, well, I mean maybe a tiny bit will be shed, but for the most-part, it’s simply updating. Giving our spaces the much-needed facelift that it deserves for the new year! After all, its refreshing to check a project off the list right away in January, right?! We’ll be sharing our progress and updates on our blogs each Tuesday this month so be sure to keep up with how our spaces transform!
Today I’m going to share the before photos of the playroom, my inspiration / design board for the space and tell you a little bit about what my plans are to make this a more stylish and sophisticated space. Not to mention, much for functional and organized, too! With 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys running wild in this house, it’s nice to have a spot to corral all their things as well as allow for T and I to hang out in there with them as well!
Here is what we’re currently working with:
I’m telling you…it’s a HOT MESS in there! The good and the bad about this space is that it has double doors. It’s great because the doors help keep noise IN and when people are coming over, all I have to do is close the doors and poof! The mess is bye-bye. The doors, have allowed me to sort of ignore the room and not keep it organized. Notice I didn’t say clean or picked up, I said organized. We do have the boys pick up their toys when they are finished playing in here, but if there isn’t a designated spot to put each thing, it becomes difficult to teach how everything has a home and we have to put everything back where it belongs! Anyone else struggle with this notion?! I strongly, strongly believe that if you have an organized space with a “home” for everything, it becomes a much easier task to tidy up. Labels help a ton and cute storage containers don’t hurt either 😉
To see how we kept the littlest’s closet organized, check out the post I wrote on closet organization bins and labels that helped keep this nook looking in tip top shape day-in and day-out. Seriously!
Ok, back to the playroom. One component, other than a half-organized wall unit [yes, with some labels — see when I made them in our last playroom here], that I wanted to address was the lack of adult seating or a spot to sit period. We have 2 large clunky pieces of furniture along with the bench from the old reading nook, a train table, misshapen beanbag chair and a couple of floor bins for toys, but the space isn’t utilized well. In fact, I want to utilize more wall space and less floor space so that we can add some seating…for the kids, for us or for other moms to use during playdates. Yeah, to be able to sip our coffee and chat while the littles play!
Want to see what I have in mind?
[check back soon for clickable links for all the sources seen above!]
couch | rug | curtains | bamboo shades | storage bin | large art print | be bold art | animal art | ceiling light fixture | acrylic bookshelves | side table | green pillow | gold pillow | “high five” pillow | striped pillow | nesting tables
THE PLAYROOM CHECKLIST
clean out toys to toss or donate [broken, missing pieces, no longer interested, outgrown, unused, etc.]
remove furniture [will probably have a use for them in the basement]
get new window coverings
lengthen existing curtain panels
buy storage unit
attach unit to wall to create “built-in” storage system
decide on coffee table / play table
order light and find lamps
replace ceiling fixture [quickly!!]
find new storage bins
come up with new labels
determine other organizational /toy storage pieces for the walls
feature wall / accent wall?
Misc. DIY projects:
We painted the room after we moved in last summer so the wall color is staying, but I would like to do some sort of an accent wall or ceiling feature like I did in the dining room. I haven’t fully determined this piece yet, but I’ve got some ideas brewing!
So, what do you think? Can I pull this off in 4 weeks?!
Now that the boys are back to school this week and I can hopefully make some headway on the space so I have an update for you next Tuesday! Wish me luck! Be sure to head over to the other participant’s sites to see what spaces they’ll be tackling for the challenge!
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Thanks for hanging out here with me today! See you back soon!
What space in your home are you planning to refresh or tackle this year?
I’m ba-ack! Happy New Year, guys! While I missed being here with you all over the holidays, I truly needed that nearly 3 week break to step away from projects, posting, etc. and just BE. We enjoyed an awesome holiday season with our friends and family and I hope you did the same! 8 days away split between my in-laws’ and my parents’ home was a nice getaway, but unfortunately we were still in the Midwest with freezing temps. Maybe next year we get smart and actually get AWAY from the cold! We arrived back home before New Year’s so we were able to spend a nice long weekend at home unpacking, relaxing and cooking a yummy NYE dinner IN! The boys were off all last week AND sick, so by the return of school today, you can bet this mama was READY for it! Here’s to hoping those nasty coughs and colds stay away for awhile, right?! Continue reading
Christmas is 1 week away! To kick off the countdown this week, I decided to share a recap of our Merry & Metallic Christmas Home with you all AND offer a chance to win $500 cash! Who couldn’t use that this time of the year!? I participated in 3 separate Holiday Tour blog hops this year spotlighting an individual room in the house, so today you’ll be able to see them all in one place! If you click on the name of the room, you will be directed to that room’s tour which includes more details on the decor in the space and a list of sources. Be sure to click over and see all the goods!
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Let’s peek at our 2016 Christmas home!
And there you have our entire Merry & Metallic Christmas Home! Or at least the parts that were decorated. After seeing so many inspiring Holiday spaces throughout blogland this year, I feel super tempted to decorate the bedrooms next year. I mean twinkling Christmas tree lights before you fall asleep at night or one of the first things you see when you wake up in the morning?! Sounds like a dream! However, that would require a little bit more work and I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to that. I guess you’ll have to wait until next year to see if I muster up the energy or not. For now, I’m planning to take the rest of the year off from the blog, spend time with family and eat and drink to my heart’s desire!
The boys literally can’t contain their excitement for Christmas and watching their joy has to be one of the greatest parts of each day this time of the year.
After another week [or more] of Christmas music, Christmas movies, snuggles by the fire, wrapping and unwrapping, plus alllll of the indulging, I’ll be back here with a fresh start in January. I have plans for another New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge in the works, so stay tuned for the next space I’ll be transforming!
Happy Holidays, friends, from my family to yours! Thank you so very much for your constant support. I certainly couldn’t do this without all of you!
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I’m signing off until 2017! Cheers and good luck!!
Hey, all! I want to take a second to thank you for all your sweet notes and comments about our Merry & Metallic Christmas Home over the past few weeks! It was nice to have the house all gussied up early, so I could relax and enjoy some time as a family before the hustle and bustle starts back up again. And that time is now! Since I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who still has some shopping and wrapping to do, I thought I would share a gift guide today that I’ve been working on for a little while. I’m calling this one The Glam Girl Gift Guide and it’s filled with items I’ve been eyeing lately and have even picked some up as gifts. Truthfully, I wouldn’t mind it if any one of these things were wrapped up with my name on the tag! T are you reading?! Continue reading
There is so much joy [and Chicago wind and coldness!] in the air at this time of the year. One of the things I find the most joy in, is the tradition of exchanging holiday cards with family and friends. When I sit down to create our holiday card each year, I look forward to a seamless experience without any stress or hassle. Who has time for that?!! From art prints and curtains, to ornaments [and even the bright & shiny table runner you saw in our Merry & Metallic Christmas Dining Room tour!] and Holiday cards, Minted will ALWAYS be at the top of my go-to list for such items! Their selection is amazing and their curated collection is full of pieces created by talented and aspiring independent artists. Last year, I posted about Minted’s beautiful holiday card collection, but this year, while I am ooohing and ahhhing about how wonderful Minted is, I thought I would share a peek of our family’s actual Christmas card with you! Continue reading
Woo hoo! The 3rd and final part of my Merry and Metallic Christmas Home Tour today and while I know you’ve seen A LOT of this space over the last couple of months, I still can’t wait to show it you all dressed up for Christmas! The Dining Room is blinging, ringing and singing with Christmas cheer! Today I’m sharing my Merry and Metallic Christmas Dining Room as part of the Winter Eclectic Home Tour 2016 hosted by Jess of Domicile 37. If you’re joining me today from Foxy Oxie, welcome and be sure to head over to Monica Wants It next! The rest of the tour schedule is posted at the end. Right after all of the Christmas and decor sources you see in my space. Yep, I’ve linked to many of the things you’ll see here today.
Alright, let’s get to it!
Hi out there! I have to say, this week is one of the most jam-packed, hustle bustle weeks on the blog and staying up at night to work on fresh Christmas posts and perusing blogland filled with so many show-stopper Holiday tours has me feeling tired! That’s on top of chasing the littles and trying to get a handle on my Christmas shopping, buuuut, I still have some steam in my engine so I’ve got even more Christmas goodness to share! Today I’m sharing the details of our Bold Neutral Glam Christmas Tree in the Living Room as part of the My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins Living. If you’re joining me here today from Designing Vibes, then welcome. Aren’t her fun pops of teal gorgeous?! The entire hop schedule is at the bottom of this post so be sure to head on to Iris Nacole next! You’re in for a real treat with her magical white winter wonderland!
You already caught a glimpse of this tree in my Merry & Metallic Christmas Living Room Tour yesterday, but today I’m going to be sharing even more photos plus sources for the ornaments, gift wrap and more! Continue reading
Hello and welcome to Part 2 of my Merry and Metallic Christmas Home Tour! Today, I’m sharing our Christmas Family Room as part of the Pink Door Holiday Tour hosted by All Things Big and Small. I’m going to refer to this part of our Christmas home as the cozy and warm side!
If you joined me here yesterday, you viewed our Merry & Metallic Christmas Living Room — filled with bright metallics, light whites, dark blacks and an overall blingy and festive space. Like a party room! Well, today, I’m cranking up the heat to show you the warm and cozy space where we truly do “FAMILY” all day, all night in here. From Paw Patrol marathons, to snack-time on a “picnic blanket” to movie nights and Netflix binges or just settling in after dinner with friends and family to hang out. We dance, we play, we sing and snuggle in this space.
At Christmastime, this is the room where are stockings are hung, the main Christmas tree stands and the fire crackles. The hot cocoa is always flowing [or a merry cocktail!] and the boys’ Christmas visions of Santa Claus coming down the chimney come to life. Continue reading