{organizing with style} Organized Car Kit for Families On the Go

Monday, July 25, 2016

This post is sponsored by Creative Options, but all opinions and the love of organizing all the things are completely my own!

I've had good intentions to get our car organized, well, pretty much forever! But month after month {and year after year} it always got passed up on my to do list. Ironically, the other things that kept me too busy to organize the car often resulted in me spending most of my time in the car running from one "to do" list item to the next.

This summer, my husband {who is an actor as one of his two careers} has been performing at a theater in the mountain town of Breckenridge. In order to be with him, the kids and I were away from home five out of seven days each week for the past two months. Spending our summer constantly on the road turned out to be an excellent motivator to finally get the car organized once and for all.

Creative Options Organized Car Kit

One afternoon, I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up some craft projects to keep the kids entertained during our summer in the mountains, and while I was there I spotted a wall of Creative Options craft organizers. My mind first went to how great it would be for storing all the kids' art supplies, but then I realized that it would also be the perfect solution to create an organized car kit!

{outdoor style} Garden Party Outdoor Tour

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer seems to be flying by, and we are trying to soak up every minute of it! And our backyard is pretty much our favorite place to be these day!

This week, I'm joining a phenomenal group of bloggers for tours of our outdoor spaces! This Garden Party blog hop is hosted by the fabulous Ursula of Home Made by Carmona, and I'm excited to help kick things off today. At the end of the post, you'll find links to the other outdoor tours, and I promise you are not going to want to miss these {I'll be adding more links as the week goes on}!

Some of you may have seen my early summer backyard tour a couple of months ago, but I'm excited to share some updated photos. The last time around, I had just planted everything. Now the plants have had time to grow, and the backyard looks much more the way it's meant to be {a little more green}.

{five minute friday} How to Weatherproof Art for the Outdoors

Friday, July 15, 2016

When I shared some photos of our backyard in the spring, you may have noticed that I hung a large, canvas photo on the exterior wall of our white stucco garage. For years, I had been wanting something decorative for this space to break up the sea of stucco, but I had never been able to find any outdoor art that I really liked. So this year, I created my own weatherproof, outdoor art, and today I've got the super easy, five minute tutorial for you. 

DIY make outdoor art water repellant

{family} Our Annivesary: The Story of His Proposal

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hi friends! Today Scott and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary, so in honor of that, I thought I'd take a little departure from the normal decor, DIY, and organizing talk to share the story of how he proposed. 

If grand gestures and lovey-dovey stories make you want to gag, feel free to avert your eyes now and come back tomorrow for another great Five Minute Friday DIY project. But if Hallmark Channel-worthy love stories are your jam, then read on!


{organizing with style} Create an Organized Travel Binder + Free Printable Planning Pages

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

You all know I love to organize all the things! But did you know I also LOVE to travel? Now that you know, I bet it won't come as any surprise that I spend a lot of time planning and organizing our trips before we ever step out of the front door.

If there is one thing that I have learned in all of our travels - especially our international travels - it's that it is inevitable that something will go wrong on any trip. It might be a lost bag, it might be a reservation snafu, it might be a technology failure. But it's bound to be something.

I've also learned, however, that a little bit of planning and preparation in advance can ensure that whatever challenge arises can be more easily dealt with and you can be back to enjoying your vacation with much less stress!  That's where my organized travel binders and my free printable planning pages come in...

{five minute friday} Linen Closet Organizing Hack

Friday, July 8, 2016

We've been spending a lot of time in Breckenridge this summer, and it's a beautiful place to be! We are very fortunate that my parent's have a house there, and it provides a great place to escape to cooler weather and relaxed days.

But even when were are in Breckenridge on semi-vacation {both working remotely much of the time}, the day to day stuff still has to get done. Meals cooked, dishes cleaned, laundry washed. 

The other day, when I opened the linen closet to grab out the broom to sweep after the kids finished dinner, I realized that I should share my mom's super smart, five minute solution for making the very most of the limited space in that closet! 

{diy with style} How to Paint Faster with a PaintStick EZ-Twist Roller

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I used to hate painting bathrooms! There are so many nooks and crannies, and places that are really awkward to reach. If you've ever tried wedging a step ladder {unsteadily} into your bath tub, and then nearly tripped over the edge of the tub as you climb down to reload your paint roller, then you know just what I mean. 

Nonetheless, I was so eager to banish the beige in our master bathroom that I was willing to once again endure bathroom painting. But when my friends at HomeRight learned what I was working on, they offered to send me a tool that they promised would make the process much quicker and easier. 

It did - and I've got the video to prove it!

HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist Paint Roller Video Tutorial

I was able to paint my entire master bathroom without having to climb up and down a ladder, and I only had to refill my paint roller once in the entire process. Talk about a game changer!

{five minute friday} Washi Tape Canisters Three Ways

Friday, July 1, 2016

I love fun and fast projects! There was a time when I used to think some of my quick project weren't worth sharing on the blog because they were too simple, but a couple of years ago I shared a super fast update I made to my bathroom canisters, and people went crazy for it! 

I think that was the first time I realized that everyone loves a quick and easy project. Duh! Of course you do! We don't always have a lot of free time, let alone a big budget, but we can all squeeze out five minutes while we wait for water to boil or while we chat on the phone with mom. That's why Five Minute Friday was born - to help you find ways to make the most of those few spare moments, whether it be to make something a little prettier or a little more function... or better yet, both!

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun today to look back at that first five minute project that started it all, as well a couple more ways that I've updated other canisters in our house with washi tape for stylish and functional organization.

{diy with style} How to Child-Proof Horizontal Railings

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It seems like kids can find a way to make just about anything dangerous! Am I right?! Deciding what to child-proof, and what not to, in your house is challenging, but the ultimate goal is to strike a good balance for your family somewhere between "bubble wrap all the things" and "fingers crossed they survive."

Obviously baby-proofing is no substitution for good parental supervision, but there are some dangers that are just too great to overlook. In our house - that danger is the horizontal railing in our second floor hallway, right between our boys' bedrooms. 

Make horizontal railings safer

When we bought the house, this railing seemed innocent enough, but the moment we had kids, I realized it was really nothing more than a ladder begging little boys to climb it... and then fall to the first floor. 

Not only is this a serious danger, it's also one the kids won't outgrow quickly. I can see this railing being just as much a climbing temptation to an 8 year old as it is to a 2 year old. Which is why we knew that we HAD to find a way to child-proof this railing in a manner that we could easily live with for many years to come.

{five minute friday} Stylish Storage with an Anthropologie Inspired Gold Basket

Friday, June 24, 2016

As you may recall, a few months ago I turned an old printer stand into a rolling bar cart - it was one of four furniture flips I did for my Drab to Fab feature at the Denver Home Show. I installed several wine glass racks below the painted "counter top," but still had space to fill on the shallow shelf next to the glasses. 

Dollar Tree plastic basket makeover spray paint

The goal was to complete my furniture makeovers on a tight budget, so I wanted to accessorize on the cheap as well.  I immediately envisioned a gold wire basket on the bar cart shelf, like this one from Anthropolgie (affiliate link), but obviously the price wasn't right. Fortunately I was able to get the look for less with a quick and easy DIY. 

{diy with style} How to Make a Reusable Chalkboard Pennant Banner

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A while back, my mom made me a set of chalkboard fabric pennants that I string together create banners for lots of holidays and celebrations.  If you've been following my blog for a while, then you've probably seen my chalkboard banner show up in quite a few different posts - from my 4th of July backyard, to my Halloween and Christmas home tours.

For all of the artsy and craftsy things that I’m pretty good at, my sewing skills are very basic! But when my mom showed me how easy it is to make chalkboard fabric pennants, I thought, “now that’s a sewing project simple enough that even I could do it!” And if I can do it, then anyone can!

Easy DIY Chalkboard Pennant Banner

I love these chalkboard fabric pennants for many reasons - because they are reusable and versatile, because I can string together as many or as few as I want, and most of all, because it takes just a few minutes to write on them and hang them up to create a banner for any celebration!

So today I'm excited to show you just how easy it is to make your own reusable chalkboard pennants that you can write on and wipe off over and over to decorate for any special occasion or season!

{diy with style} The No-Sew Way to Reupholster Outdoor Cushions

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

'Out of sight, out of mind' is a real thing! Last fall, I had good intentions to get our outdoor cushions reupholstered so they'd be ready for this spring. But then we packed everything away, covered the furniture for the winter. I totally forgot about the cushions right up to the moment we uncovered them last month and I remembered that we couldn't use them in their current condition.

I made a few phone calls and quickly learned that getting the cushions professionally reupholstered would require dropping them off and waiting months {basically until the end of summer}, and it would cost much more than I wanted to spend! 

But I also knew that my basic sewing skills weren't going to cut it when it came to making completely new cushion covers. Instead I came up with a no-sew alternative that cost me less than $30 and took only an hour or so of time.

How to recover outdoor cushions

{gifts with style} Dad, I Wanted to Tell You...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"I need to call Dad to tell him something!" are words I hear many times each day. At ages 3 and 4.5, both of my sons are daddy's boys, and are eager to share with him every interesting tidbit of their days. We do call Dad at work from time to time so they can share a funny story or something they've just learned, but often times I have to disappoint the boys with a, "Daddy's really busy, maybe we can call him later."

And when Dad is doing a show {he's also a professional actor} it's hard to explain to the boys that Dad can't answer the phone when he's at rehearsal. Especially when rehearsals and shows sometimes keep him away until after bedtime.

But the boys and I have come up with a brilliant solution just in time for Father's Day!  

Notes for Dad

{Denver style} Mid Century Modern Architecture for a New Century

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Like many cities, Denver has well preserved pockets of mid century modern homes built between 1935 and the mid-1950s, including Arapahoe Acres, the first mid-mod neighborhood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But if you think mid-mod is just a thing of the past, think again! A brand new Denver neighborhood is bringing an updated version of mid century modern to a new generation.

Last month I shared a photo from one of these homes on Instagram.  You guys loved it and requested to see more! So that's just what I'm bringing you today...

{five minute friday} 14 Everyday Items That Can Be Repurposed as Flower Vases

Friday, June 3, 2016

Adding flowers to any room immediately brightens up the space {fresh or fake, I don't discriminate}. For even more interest, get creative with your vases. Rather than grabbing that clear glass vase from the top shelf of the cabinet, why not look around the house for some other items that can be repurposed to create unique and colorful vases to add an unexpected touch to your decor?!

San Pellegrino Bottles Upcycled as Flower Vases

I like to add a lot of cheerful color to our home for spring and summer, and this year I created a simple centerpiece with a line of San Pellegrino bottles filled with faux cherry blossom stems.