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{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 22

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! Kathy and I so appreciate you coming to party with us each week, and we love visiting your blogs to see your latest creations.

Happy 4th of July weekend, friends! It's been a busy week around here...last Saturday, I gave a presentation at my local IKEA with lots of tips for stylish organization, and on Tuesday I posted all of those ideas on the blog, including one new one that is making mornings at our house run much more smoothly. We also have a big landscaping project going on {it's not a DIY project, we brought in the professionals}, so I decided it would be fun to do a series about the evolution of our small, urban backyard, and Part 1 hit the blog yesterday. 

With all of that going on, it was so much fun to take a break from the busyness to look through the fabulous projects you all linked up last week! As always, it was hard to pick just three to showcase, but you'll find the details of my featured picks below, and be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which projects she featured this week.

The Creative Circle Link Party Week 22 Features

{outdoor style} Backyard Evolution Part 1 - The Before Photos & Initial Plans

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Those of you that follow me on Instagram have probably seen a few photos lately of the work we are currently doing in our backyard. But this current landscaping work is just one step in what has been a six year long process to make our small, city backyard work for us - first as a couple of DINKs, and now as a family with two young boys. 

I thought it might be fun to go back in time to when we first moved into our home in 2008, and walk you through each stage of the process, starting today with some photos of what the backyard looked like when we moved in, and the initials plans we made.

{organizing with style} Days of the Week Clothing Organization, Free Printable, and More Stylish Organizing with IKEA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of presenting a "how to" seminar at IKEA Centennial where I shared lots of stylish organizing ideas during their big IKEA FAMILY event. And today, all of the ideas from Saturday's seminar are right here on the blog, including the new days of the week clothing organization system I created to make mornings with a preschooler run more smoothly.

Stylish and creative organizing with IKEA

{five minute friday} Decorating with a Reusable Fabric Chalkboard Banner

Friday, June 26, 2015

A while back, my mom made me a chalkboard fabric banner to use in decorating for holidays and special occasions. If you've been following my blog for a while, then you've probably seen this banner show up in quite a few different posts, including, most recently, in our backyard for the 4th of July along side my DIY Stars and Stripes candle holders!

4th of July Chalkboard Fabric Banner

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 21

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! Kathy and I so appreciate you coming to party with us each week, and we love visiting your blogs to see your latest creations.

It's officially summer and I am loving all of the fun, colorful projects you all have to share for both indoors and out! Each of my featured picks this week are full of cheerful color, and I'm feeling inspired to add a few more touches of summer to my decor! You'll find the details of my featured picks below, and be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which projects she featured this week.

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{diy with style} Summer Fun with DIY Wooden Yard Dice

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A few weeks back I was browsing my local Crate & Barrel's extensive line of stylish outdoor furniture and summer entertaining accessories. I was scoping out their outdoor games when I spotted a set of five Wooden Yard Dice. I have many fond memories of playing Yahtzee with my grandparents, so I love the idea of introducing my kids to some fun dice games while playing in the yard this summer - but the $60 price tag of the Crate & Barrel dice made me do a double take! Hello DIY project inspiration!

DIY Wooden Yard Dice

{featured} Organizing with IKEA Centennial: Join Me on Saturday for a How To Seminar

Monday, June 22, 2015

You all know that I'm a huge fan of IKEA, so imagine my excitement when IKEA Centennial asked me to lead a How To seminar during the IKEA FAMILY Appreciation Day this coming Saturday, June 27th!!

Join Blue i Style at Ikea Centennial

In the four years since IKEA Centennial opened in the suburbs south of Denver, I've become a regular there. I love both the affordability and versatility of their products, and I've managed to incorporate them throughout both my decor and my organizing. 

This Saturday at 2 pm in the IKEA Restaurant, I'll be leading a How To seminar where I'll share some of my favorite tips and tricks for an organized life with kids using IKEA products! If you're in the Denver area, I'd love for you to stop by and say hello!

Additionally, there will be fantastic events happening throughout the store from 9:30 am - 4 pm on Saturday, including one day only deals, crafts for the whole family, and chances to win IKEA gift cards! You'll find more details about IKEA Family Appreciation Day on the IKEA Centennial website, and by following IKEA Centennial on Twitter.

I hope to see you there!
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{five minute friday} 6 Quick Ways to Add Color to a Front Porch

Friday, June 19, 2015

Two years ago, when I was nine months pregnant with Cooper, I decided that the one thing I absolutely had to do before he was born was to freshen up our front porch. Imagine me on the porch with my giant belly painting the doorbell... of wait, you don't have to imagine it because I have the photos.

The changes we made a couple years really did have a big impact on the front porch, but something was still missing. Our front porch is very tall, so we really needed something to add just a bit of height as well as color. Last week, I finally added a plant stand and some colorful potted flowers, and now our porch feels like a much happier, more welcoming spot! Best of all, each one of these changes only took about 5 minutes!

Pops of Color on the Front Porch

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 20

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! Kathy and I so appreciate you coming to party with us each week, and we love visiting your blogs to see your latest creations.

Holy cow you guys! I was blown away by all the awesome projects linked up last week, and it was so hard to pick just three! Hosting this party is such an fun way to be introduced to new-to-me bloggers, and to showcase their talent! You'll find the details of my featured picks below, and be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which projects she featured this week.

The Creative Circle Link Party

{seasonal style} Stars & Stripes Candle Holder Centerpiece

Monday, June 15, 2015

I've never before made any 4th of July decor - it's just not a holiday I decorate for. But recently I found some long thin tealight holders and I just couldn't get the thought out of my head that three of these together would be perfect for creating a patriotic centerpiece.

4th of July Centerpiece