{One Room Challenge} Garage Makeover Week 4: Let There Be Shelves

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I swear that there is some kind of One Room Challenge time warp that occurs because Thursdays seem to come too quickly! It's already time for the week 4 progress update, which means only two weeks left to get the garage makeover completely finished. Getting the "stuff" back in shouldn't be a problem, but it's yet to be seen if I'll be able to get all of the fun and creative projects done. 

That's a problem for tomorrow though... today let's celebrate what got done this past week. Be still my organizing loving heart...

Before I go on, let me remind you where we started just a few weeks ago.

In the first three weeks, we managed to empty the garage COMPLETELY, coat the cement in a gorgeous, shiny metallic floor finish, and wallboard the "storage wall." 

You can read the previous weekly updates here:  WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3

Here's where we left off last week...

Our new fridge and freezer had just been delivered and the rest of the wall was just begging for storage.

This past weekend, we were finally able to install all of the drawers and shelves that I've been dreaming about pretty much forever.

In the previous, disastrous version of our garage one of our biggest problems was that we had so much stuff filling the floor in front of our shelf units that we couldn't actually get to the shelves. To address this issue, I needed to figure our how to clear the floor space. So the old shelf units had to go in favor of a new system of hanging drawers and shelves with open space below them.

I measured all of the floor-hogging items and determine that our outdoor rolling cooler was the tallest, so it set the height for our lowest row of drawers.

Twelve drawers later, we started adding shelves...

If you're going to spend a weekend working in the garage, it might as well be a gorgeous fall day like this one...

Ok, back to work. It was all going great until we went to install the last section of shelving on the far right side of each row.

We had the shelves cut to 30 inches... turns out we only had 29 inches of space. And of course, our saw is in storage waiting to be brought back to the garage next week. So back to the store we went to ask them to cut ONE INCH off of each shelf. Not the most productive way to spend our limited time while the kids were with the grandparents, but an hour or two later we were able to install the final shelves.

I realize this seems like a pretty boring update to most normal people. But if the sight of all those shelves and drawers waiting to be filled up makes your heart go pitter patter, then we should be best friends! I can't wait to start filling them up. And I really can't wait to start labeling them!

While the major organization will happen this coming week, I did get a few small projects done that are starting to make this feel like a real garage again. We installed a storage rail for our brooms, rakes and shovels. And to maximize storage space, I also added a few magnetic hooks on the side of the fridge to hold even more.

And I also started playing around with our new pegboard. I'm sure it won't end up just like this once I have a chance to organize all the tools, but I needed to stage a photo for another post I was working on, so I got a little glimpse of how this peg board will allow us to keep the necessities within easy reach.

See those cute aqua boxes on the top shelf? They are solving one of our major workbench storage challenges, and I'll be sharing the details next week. In the meantime, can we just appreciate how pretty they look with the painted pegboard?

Finally, the garage "man door" got a smart new look this week. Last month I partnered with Schlage to give our front door a makeover with a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt {affiliate link} and new, modern handle {you can read all the details in this post}. The whole family is head over heels with our keyless front door {mom and dad for the convenience; boys for the cool factor of being able to tell Siri to unlock the door}.

So when Schlage asked if I'd like to work with them again to update the door hardware inside our house, as well as going keyless on the rest of our exterior doors, it was a no brainer!

Our garage is detached - separated from the house by the backyard. I make countless trips out to the garage every day, and at least half of the time I get out there only to realize I don't have the key and I have to run back in the house to get it. But not anymore! With the new fridge and freezer, our trips to the garage will become even more frequent, so keyless access couldn't have come at a better time!

That's it for this week, guys. I wish I had a bit more progress to report, but hopefully things will start cruising from here. 

Don't forget to stop by Calling it Home to see what all the other One Room Challenge rock stars have been up to in Week 4! 

{diy with style} Door Knobs are a Girl's Best Friend

You know how once you become familiar with something, you suddenly start seeing it or hearing about it everywhere you go? It's just that phenomenon that has had me be a bit obsessed with door knobs and door levers lately. The folks over at Schlage® are equally obsessed with door hardware, and I'm so grateful to them for sponsoring this post, but as always, all ideas and opinions are my own.

Last month, we replaced our old front door lock and handle with a smarter and more stylish, keyless version. Then, a couple of weeks later we toured a magazine show house, and immediately noticed that the front door had the same hardware that we had just installed. 

Once inside, Scott started pointing out the hardware on the interior doors and commented, "I really wish our house had door levers that better matched the style of our home." It was the first time I had really given a lot of thought to impact of door hardware on design, but as we walked around the house, I began to realize what a big difference it made and how it really helped to tie together the overall style and design of the house, giving it a more finished and cohesive feel.

{seasonal style} My Modern Glam Christmas Decor Wish List

Monday, October 24, 2016

I usually wait until Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but I start planning, scheming, and dreaming long before that! I am sure that I'm not the only one who walks around stores snapping pictures on my phone to create a photographic "wish list." Right?! Well, Hobby Lobby recently invited me to come and check out all of their new Christmas decor, and now my phone is full of photos of modern glam gold and white decor that I'm coveting.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby, which is one of my favorite places to shop for seasonal decor. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

Gold Glam Hobby Lobby Finds

If, like me, you are eager for the joy of the holiday season, then I thought you might like a peek at some of the photos I snapped on my recent "window shopping" excursion. The kind people at Hobby Lobby even humored me and my crazy blogger ways by letting me move around a few pieces of furniture to stage some of the decor items in vignettes so I could show you how they great they look together.

The first thing that caught my eye was an entire display of white and gold Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes, which are part of a Hobby Lobby Christmas collection called "Modern Gold." I gathered together a few of my favorites to see what they might look like along a mantle or an entry table.

Modern Glam Hobby Lobby Trees

I love the mixture of textures and dimensions. The tall gold tree has a hammered appearance, while the three-dimensional white trees are slick and modern. And of course, you can never go wrong with a pop of black and white stripes. The gold and white garland is also part of the Modern Gold collection, and I love that it's a bit of an unexpected addition to traditional Christmas decor.
By this point I was totally smitten with the idea of a gold and white Christmas wonderland, so I was thrilled to also find an entire section of gold and white art.

Gold and White Hobby Lobby Christmas Art

I picked out my favorite, the Merry & Bright canvas from the Aspen Cove collection, and paired it with three gold finials from the Home for Christmas collection. Scale is so important in decor, and these finials are the perfect way to add height on a table or mantle.

Modern Glam Hobby Lobby Christmas Stockings Decor

And what is Christmas without stockings? I'm a sucker for black and white stripes, and I can't get enough of fur these days!

When decorating for the holidays, one of my favorite ways to easily give a space a new look is by swapping out pillows. Fortunately, I found lots of modern glam pillow options tucked among the Christmas decor aisles.

Modern Glam Holiday Pillows

I fell in hard for that front pillow, with its gold leaf appearance and soft, white yarn Christmas trees. And those sequined pillows are so much more than just shiny and pretty. Run you hand across them and they change colors. It's magical! Watch this...

Seeing those glam pillows on the cow hide bench makes me almost giddy. I love that modern, eclectic mix, and now I'm pretty sure I'm going to need some cow hide in my house! I also added two tall candlesticks next to the bench to showcase a couple of Hobby Lobby's very pretty battery operated candle options {although the white-on-white quatrefoil pattern of the back candle proved hard to capture in my photo}.

Finally, I have to show you my very favorite of all the Christmas decor at Hobby Lobby this season. It was a bit hard to photograph in its box, but I still think you'll be able to appreciate this marquee star for all its gold fabulousness {yep, I did make up that word, but this star deserves it}.

Modern Glam Gold Marquee Star

Oh my gosh you guys. I just want to buy all things gold and white and glam this Christmas! I want to just start over in our with the holiday decor for our living room! I'm not sure yet which of these pieces will make their way into our house, but I'm hoping you have found a few things to inspire your holiday decor as well! If you see me at Hobby Lobby, I might have to fight you for that gold marquee star {#sorrynotsorry}!

Modern Glam Christmas Decor From Hobby Lobby

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

{One Room Challenge} Garage Makeover Week 3: The Halfway Point + A GIVEAWAY

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 3 marks the middle of the One Room Challenge. YIKES! We've been making good progress, but I have a lot left that I need to do {and even more that I want to do} in the final three weeks. This is the point in the project where the to do list starts to feel a bit overwhelming, but these weekly ORC update posts are great at helping me to appreciate all that has been accomplished.

To appreciate how far we've come, check out all the before photos and plans in the Week 1 and Week 2 One Room Challenge posts.

{seasonal style} Simple DIY Dia de los Muertos Wreath

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween is so much fun, but this year I decided to change things up a bit and decorate our front porch for Dia de los Muertos instead. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, this holiday is equal parts mourning and celebration. Dia de los Muertos is a colorful and joyful, laughter-filled tribute to the memory of family and friends that have passed away. 

Dia de los Muertos Wreath Supplies

You can see all the pictures of my Dia de los Muertos porch decor over on the Cost Plus World Market Discover blog, but today I wanted to share the quick tutorial for the simple wreaths that I made, using the wood skull masks provide to me by World Market.

{diy with style} RockSolid Metallic Garage Floor Finish + Win Your Own!

Monday, October 17, 2016

You guuuuuuys! I am so excited to show you our brand spanking new metallic garage floor! Isn't she stunning?! {Yep, I've decided she's a she.} We are well on our way to transforming the garage in to our very own DIY retreat!

how to paint garage floor

In this post, I have lots of photos and a full tutorial of this shiny, happy metallic floor finish. First though, I have to come clean and admit that this was one of those DIY projects that I really wanted to do, but I was so scared I'd mess it up! Now that it's done, the number one thing I want you to know right up front is that this is not hard! Time consuming, yes, but totally doableAt the end of the post, I have an awesome giveaway so you can create your own retreat as well!

{one room challenge} Garage Makeover Week 2: A Prettier Blank Slate

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. It has been really busy around here! Last week I showed what a disaster our garage was, but we have now cleared it out and transformed the raw studs and bare concrete to create a much prettier blank slate. The organization and colorful elements will be coming into the space in another week or two, but let me show you what what we've accomplished thus far!

Garage makeover moodboard

{diy with style} Easy Paw Patrol Halloween Costumes with DIY Details

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Do you have young kids that are Paw Patrol obsessed like mine? Then this post is for you! 

Last year my two sons {then ages 2 and 3.5} who requested to be Chase and Marshall for Halloween. As you may know, Chase is the police pup, and Marshall is the firefighter pup. Like a lot of little boys, my son's already had a police costume and a fireman costume that they use for dress up, so I wanted to find a way to work with what we already had, and today I'm sharing the simple DIY details for all the mom's out there whose kids have the same request this Halloween.

Easy Paw Patrol Halloween Costumes with DIY Details

{one room challenge} Week 1: Garage Makeover Plans

Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's time once again for the One Room Challenge - that twice annual, six week design challenge hosted by Calling it Home in which hundreds of design bloggers completely transform one room in their homes in a mere six weeks time. It takes a special kind of crazy to take on the One Room Challenge... especially six times in a row!

And this time around I'm even crazier than normal because I'm going head to head with my garage, and I'm determined to come out the winner. The One Room Challenge is a design challenge, and boy oh boy is our garage design challenged! It's a disaster of a space with no real redeeming qualities other than size - nothing but raw studs and concrete. Not exactly a dream blank canvas.

{seasonal style} Dia de los Muertos Front Porch Decor

Friday, September 30, 2016

I recently partnered with Cost Plus World Market to create a colorful and festive Dia de los Muertos inspired look for our front porch. Today I'm over on their blog sharing all the photos, along with four tips to help you capture the festive spirit of this joyful holiday!

Dia de los Muertos calacas and calaveras

{five minute friday} Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels

You guys, this year is flying by. It still feels like summer around here, and yet the kids are busy deciding what they want to dress as for Halloween {which of course changes by the hour - today its superheroes}. I've always enjoyed Halloween because it's a holiday that allows for so much creativity and imagination, but it's even more fun now that I have young kids. 

My boys love helping me decorate for Halloween and in true little boy fashion they find joy in anything that's a little bit ooey, gooey, or gross. This year, I'm adding a few new little-boy approved touches to our Halloween decor, including these quick and easy printable apothecary labels that I'm excited to share with you!

{seasonal style} Fall Hot Drink Station + 20 Hot Drink Recipes and a Giveaway

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I'm so ready for fall! Usually I'm sad to see the warm summer days coming to an end, but this year I'm really craving some crisp fall weather. In part because I can't wait to start jeans and sweaters again. And jackets! I'm a bit of a jacket hoarder - as evidenced by my coat closet

My other favorite part of fall is sipping on a hot drink on a cool day. It makes me feel all warm and cozy, and always seems like a special treat. I'm really not much of a coffee person, but give me an apple cider or maple flavored steamer and I'm a very happy girl! Especially if I can sip on it while taking a stroll around the neighborhood with the crunch of leaves underfoot.

A couple of years ago I created a hot chocolate station in our kitchen for the holidays and so enjoyed creating lots of tasty concoctions throughout the season. This year, I decided to create a hot drink station for all of my favorite fall drink flavors. My friends at Pastel Trail even custom designed an adorable sign for my beverage station that pulls the whole thing together! At the end of the post {after the recipes} you can enter to win an 8x10 poster print of your choice from their fabulous shop!

{organizing with style} Multitasking Tips that Create More Time For the Fun Things

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Apollo Box. As always, all opinions and text are 100% my own and I only recommend products to you that I use myself and truly love.

I get asked all the time how I manage to do everything. First of all... I don't! Not even close! That would imply that my house is always clean, the laundry is always done, and that I'm never writing blog posts at 2 a.m. to meet deadlines. None of those things are true. In fact, if you listen closely, you can probably hear my husband laughing from there!

I do manage to pack a lot into my days, and I've picked up a few tricks over the years that allow me to spend as much time as possible playing with the kids and working on decor and DIY projects, while still generally keeping the house running. And I've even found ways to keep up with things that are really important to me, like my book club, despite not having enough hours in the day to actually read books. 

Multi-tasking is the key. But I don't mean the kind of multi-tasking where your splitting you're attention between two important matters and not doing either of them well. I'm just talking about a few simple tricks that allow me to balance the things I enjoy with the chores I don't. I'll share three of my best multitasking tips with you, as well as one that's a bit more of a work in progress, shall we say.

{diy with style} A Smart Front Door Makeover

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I don't normally get that excited about tech-y stuff ... that's more my husband's territory. But a few weeks ago we gave our front doors a high tech makeover that I'm just over the moon about because it's already making our lives easier, our home safer, and dang if our doors don't look much prettier in the process! I am so grateful to Schlage® for sponsoring this post, but as always, all ideas and opinions are my own.

Front Door Makeover Schlage
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As I'm sure many of you have experienced, life with preschoolers is full of challenges, but getting locked out on the front porch while checking the mail shouldn't be one of them. Nonetheless, my two little superheros have managed to lock me out more than once, and then giggled like crazy as I begged them to unlock the door. Never again though, thanks to our new Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

{decorating with style} My Home Style: Before & After Edition

Monday, September 12, 2016

Last fall, I teamed up with a group of 20 bloggers to share our unique decorating styles. We were each challenged by our host, Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living, to come up with just three words to define our style. I debated a long time about what my three words should be - modern? urban? colorful? bold? Finally I settled on MODERN. GRAPHIC. FAMILY.

This week, we are revisiting our design definitions, but this time each participating blogger is sharing before and after photos that illustrate how our design style has evolved and changed over time, and sharing tips on how to bring our unique styles into your home.

Welcome to My Home Style: Before and After Edition!

My Home Style: Before & After Edition