{organizing with style} Easy Ways to Organize Jewelry

Monday, January 9, 2017

My love for inexpensive jewelry knows no bounds! If it's colorful, or sparkly, or chunky, I can't pass it up. And jewelry is always my favorite souvenir from my travels. I love that every time I wear the necklace Scott bought on our honeymoon in Greece, the ring I bought at a Christmas market in Madrid, or the elephant bracelet I got on our safari in South Africa, they are tangible reminders that keep the memories of those adventures alive.

But I've learned that jewelry, like many other things in life, can become out of sight, out of mind. Which is why I like to keep my jewelry organized and on display so that it's easy for me to find just the right piece to wear each day. Plus, even if I am just in t-shirt and jeans, putting on a pretty necklace or pair of earring can improve how I feel when I start my day. 

{annual report} What Got Done in 2016, What Didn't, and What's On the List for 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I'm not the best at formal goal setting, but I am a big list maker. Ever since we moved into our current home {8 years ago}, Scott and I have had a running list of household projects we want to tackle. It's a long and daunting list, but looking over it helps us determine what we want to save and budget for. 

A couple of years ago, we decided to break down our massive, long term list, and start mapping out priorities one year at a time. And I thought, why not document it on the blog to hold us accountable. So in early January of 2016, I shared a very ambitious list of projects I wanted to tackle during the year. Not surprisingly, I didn't come close to crossing off each item, but I am very proud of what we did get done! Each success, however, comes with the reality of projects left unfinished.

As promised, today I'm giving you a full report of what gone done and what didn't in 2016. I've also re-prioritized and updated the list with a few new projects I want to accomplish in 2017.

{worth a second look} Top 5 Most Popular Organizing Posts of 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

I used to think I was alone in my love of organizing all the things. That was before I started blogging. Now I know for you sure that you all love to organize just as much as I do, and there were a few organizing projects this year that really stood out as your favorites, so I thought they would be worth a second look... 

{worth a second look} Top 10 Most Popular Decorating & DIY Posts of 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's been a very busy year here at Blue i Style with more than 120 blog posts and some major accomplishments! I can't wait to see what 2017 holds... But first, I wanted to take a minute to look back at the most popular posts of 2016, as determined by you, the readers! Today I've rounded up the top 10 decorating and DIY posts. You might just find something here that you missed the first time around, or something worth a second look!

{organizing with style} 10 Genius Wrapping Paper Organizing Ideas

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I don't do a lot of shopping right after the holidays, but I always try to hit a few of my favorite stores for clearance wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows to restock for the next year. I especially like choosing wrapping paper with non-traditional Christmas colors and classic patterns, like stripes and plaids, that are versatile enough to be used for birthdays and other holidays as well. 

This also makes this the perfect time to get all of those gift wrap supplies organized! Today I've rounded up some of my favorite gift wrap and greeting card organizing ideas to help you find the one that best fits your needs, starting with how I transformed a part of my guest room closet into gift wrap central, followed my lots of other creative organizing solutions.

{seasonal style} Ornament Magnets for a Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas is right around the corner, and in between the hectic last minute shopping and present wrapping, I found time for one more fun project for my boys to enjoy in this final week of the season. The magnetic chalkboard wall in our kitchen is a family favorite, and we often incorporate it into our seasonal decor by adding chalk drawings and countdown calendars, but this week we've stepped it up a notch by adding magnets as well!  

Last week I talked a bit about my favorite DIY tool - my Cricut electronic cutter, and today I've got a quick tutorial to show you how I used my newly upgraded machine to create these glittery ornament magnets for my boys to decorate our simple chalkboard Christmas tree. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always all opinions are my own. This post contains also affiliate links.

{five minute friday} Snowflake Tic Tac Toe

Friday, December 16, 2016

With Christmas just a week away, I am excited about today's Five Minute Friday tip, because it's one that we'll be able to enjoy throughout the winter season. As you may have noticed in past posts, we have a large tic tac toe board on our living room coffee table - a favorite of my boys - that is filled with the standard Xs and Os throughout much of the year. But I also enjoy switching things up for the holidays...

{diy with style} Upgrading My Favorite DIY Tool: Cricut Explore Air

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always all opinions are my own. This post contains also affiliate links.

People often ask me for advice about DIY supplies and crafting tools, and hands down, one of my very favorites is my Cricut electronic cutting machine. My mom bought be the original model Cricut back when I was in law school {more than a decade ago}, and I've been using the heck out of that thing ever since, including for lots and lots of organization projects featured here on the blog. 

I've been thinking about getting an updated Cricut machine for a long time, but I was so comfortable with the one I had that I just never got around to buying a new one. But when my friends at Cricut offered to send me the Explore Air to try out, how could I say no?! 
Favorite DIY Tool Cricut

{five minute friday} Why You Need a Five Minute To Do List

Friday, December 9, 2016

Around this time I always start thinking about my goals for the upcoming new year. I'm not really one for specific New Years Resolutions, but I do like to sit down and think about what I'd like to accomplish and how I can be more productive. The conclusion I always come to... I need more hours in the day! Who can relate?! Today I've got a tip that can help us all find a little extra time in our days, and I want to thank Pilot Corporation of America for sponsoring this post.

Five Minute To Do ListTracking Pixel

{seasonal style} Our Christmas Book Tradition

The countdown to Christmas is on, and we are filling our days with all of our favorite Christmas activities and traditions. We've been baking cookies, looking at Christmas lights, listening to carolers sing downtown, and reading our favorite Christmas books! 

My boys love books, and I love that! Which is why we books play an important role in one of our favorite family traditions! Today I'm excited to join with a fun group of bloggers to talk about creating Christmas traditions, and we've each teamed with At Home stores to give our traditions some stylish upgrades! At Home wants to help you make your holiday traditions extra special as well, so be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

{decorating with style} Christmas Home Tour: Part 2

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Is anyone else dreaming of a white Christmas? What about an orange and white Christmas?! It's definitely not a traditional color combo for the holidays, but then again, I've never been accused of being traditional.

Today I'm teaming up with some of my favorite modern and eclectic home decor bloggers for the Winter Eclectic Home Tour, hosted by Domicile 37. Last week, I gave you a peek at the red and teal decor on our main level, but for today's tour, I'm thrilled to show you how a color traditional associated with Halloween can make for a very fun twist on Christmas decor!

{seasonal style} Retro Christmas Front Porch

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Tiny tots, with their eyes all aglow"... I've always loved that line in Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song, and I'll admit that I'm a total sucker when it comes to fulfilling my kids' requests for Christmas decorations. 

A few years back, I bought two small Christmas trees for our front steps, and I usually hang a wreath on each door, but this year the kids asked for some colored lights and decorations for the trees, so I knew it was time to step up my porch decor game a bit. 

Candle lanterns on front porch for Christmas

{seasonal style} My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition

Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome to another addition of "My Home Style." Today we're talking Christmas trees. As you may already know, I describe my personal style as MODERN. GRAPHIC. FAMILY.  Last year I showed you how the big Christmas tree in our basement {the one where Santa leaves the loot} reflects this style, but today I'm excited to show you the new ornaments I made for the skinny tree in our living room.

Special thanks to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for coordinating today's My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition blog! If you've just stopped by from her site, I'm thrilled to have you here! At the end of this post, you'll find links to all of the other bloggers sharing their Christmas tree styles today.

{seasonal style} Eclectic Ornaments of Christmas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What is your favorite Christmas ornament? Is it a special family heirloom passed down through the generations? Pom poms and glue made my your kids at school? Or maybe a new ornament that was just too pretty to pass up? Today I've joined with 14 of my home decor blogging friends to share the story behind some of the most meaningful ornaments in our eclectic collections. My pick comes from over 9,000 miles away...

{style inspiration} Apartment Style Three Ways, Without Buying Furniture

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband is a real estate appraiser specializing in commercial properties, so he spends a lot of time touring and inspecting apartment communities. When he visits new, or newly renovated, properties, he often snaps pictures of unique design and decorating ideas that he thinks I'll like {yep, he's a keeper}. Recently he picked up a CORT Furniture Rental catalog in the lobby an apartment and brought it home to show me. I was amazed! I had no idea that furniture rental offered such stylish options, and I thought some of you might be surprised by this as well. 

I talk a lot about decorating in a way that makes your home both stylish and functional, but when you are a renter, the process can be more challenging. Especially if you know that your rental is temporary - whether that be a couple of months or a couple of years. When you are going back to grad school, relocating for a job, renting while you save up for your first home, or starting over, it often doesn't make sense to invest in buying an entire apartment worth of furniture if you know you won't be living in that space place for long. But there is another way...

Stylish Apartment living with furniture rental