{seasonal style} Hello Spring Front Porch Decor

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I am so excited to officially welcome spring! Warmer weather, longer days, and...pink! 

The first signs of leaves and blossoms are just starting to appear in our yard... but spring has officially sprung on my front porch, thanks to my friends at Hobby Lobby who are sponsoring my "April Showers Bring May Flowers" inspired front door decor. 

I went shopping for craft supplies to create some sort of wreath or front door display, but I came out away with a whole lot more. I'm not going to lie...I tend to have that problem pretty much every time I walk in to Hobby Lobby. In the end, not only did my front doors get a makeover, the whole porch is sporting a cheery new spring vibe.

Before we get to the whole porch, though, let's start with the front door decor that I created. I originally envisioned making a wreath of some sort, but when I spotted an end cap full of brightly colored umbrellas, I immediately knew I needed to fill them with flowers!

I chose two turquoise and blue umbrellas, eight bunches of pink tulips, two bunches of mini pink flowers, and one roll of pink satin and sheer wire edged ribbon.

You guys, turning umbrellas into "wreaths" could not be easier. I love a good 5 minute project... but this is more like a two minute project!

In order to keep the umbrellas upright while I filled them with flowers, I started by propping them up between the cushions of the couch.

I placed four bunches of pink tulips in each umbrella, as well as one bunch of pink mini flowers for a bit of extra height.

Finally, I added a ribbon about half way down each umbrella. I double-knotted the ribbon to hold it securely in place, then tied a simple bow. And that's it!

I hung my umbrella wreaths on my front doors using two large white Command hooks.

April Showers May Flowers Umbrella Wreath

Our front doors are extra tall, making regular wreaths often look a bit small. But these bold and bright umbrella wreaths are just the perfect scale!

April Showers Bring May Flowers Front Porch Umbrella Wreaths

As you can see, I didn't stop at the doors! The lawn may still be brown, and the trees may not have leaves yet, but one look at our porch and you know that spring has officially arrived!

Our mailbox shouts "Mail!" and now our front door shouts a warm "Hello!" thanks to an adorable turquoise doormat.

Umbrella Wreaths Full of Tulips

I'm always drawn to the unique furniture at Hobby Lobby, and these white metal plant stands were one of the first things I spotted when I walked through the doors of the store a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted to use them on the porch, but since things always work better in threes, I decided to add this cute white metal chair to complete the grouping {the chair is also from Hobby Lobby, as is the pretty watercolor rose pillow}.

Pink and Aqua Spring Porch Decor

I filled my glass flower pot with a collection of silk flowers left over from a variety of past projects. As the weather gets warmer, I'll probably swap them out for real flowers, but for now, the faux version have a better chance of surviving the unpredictable Colorado spring weather.  And I couldn't pass up the pink chalkboard easel, which I'll be able to use over and over again.

Spring Porch Decor Plant Stands

There's one last thing I have to show you, because sometimes it's the little details that bring a whole space together! The stone planter boxes on either side of our front stairs look pretty sad this time of year. As I was walking through the floral aisles of Hobby Lobby, a variety of green grass spheres and boxwood spheres caught my eye. I realized I could simply sit a few of each size inside the planter boxes to fake the look of spring until things start growing for real.

Faux Planter Box Filler

Just that little pop of spring green in the planter boxes makes such a big difference, don't you think?!

Faux planter box fill with grass and boxwood spheres

Are you ready to welcome spring to your home as well? Whether you're looking for some seasonal decor for inside or out, Hobby Lobby has got you covered. Be sure to grab this 40% off coupon to help your stretch you budget!

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.

{diy with style} DIY Wood Plank Laundry Room Countertop

Monday, March 13, 2017

When we started planning our laundry closet makeover, I had my heart set on adding a countetop over the washer and dryer, and I found a laminate counter option I loved that looked like wood planks. But when I got the quote back, the price was WAY more than I wanted to spend, so I came up with a very budget friendly option to create the look of a wood plank countertop for under $100! 

Today I'm sharing the tutorial for this easy and affordable DIY countertop, which would also make a great desktop or work surface in an office or craft room!

{style inspiration} How to Add Some Mid-Mod Style to Your Home

Monday, March 6, 2017

When I was a kid my parents used to like to "go for a drive" - just an afternoon in the car driving and looking around. As a kid, I didn't get this at all. So we are just going to sit in the car all day? And look at stuff? Boring! But now as an adult I totally get it! One of Scott's and my favorite things to do is to drive around Denver neighborhoods {especially when the kids fall asleep in the car} and look at houses - big houses, small house, old, new... we just love seeing all the styles and talking about what we would do with each one.

One of our favorite new neighborhoods to drive through is called Wilder Lane. It's a small pocket of new homes being built near my parents' house, and each one is an updated take on mid-century modern architecture. Every time we drive by, it gets me thinking about how I would decorate one of these houses if I lived there, so today that's just the question I want to answer.

I've been spotting more and more mid-century modern inspired furniture in stores lately, and some of my favorite mid-century finds are at Cost Plus World Market. Today I've partnered with my friends at World Market to show you how I would decorate my mid-mod dream home {and how I'd save money doing it - because all of the furniture and decor is 30% off during the Friends & Family Event at Cost Plus World Market!}.

But first, let me show you renderings of some of the "new century modern" homes in the Wilder Lane neighborhood to get you in the right frame of mind, and then I'll show you how you can bring some mid-century modern style to your own home, no matter where you live!

These are renderings of two of my favorite houses in the neighborhood...

So fun, right?! I love all the angles and the giant windows! But you don't have to live in a home with mid century modern architecture to have some mid-mod style in your life. You can add one or two pieces of period-inspired decor to freshen up your current style, or really go for it and decorate a whole room! 

I've put together some of my favorite mid-mod inspired pieces from Cost Plus World Market to get you started in your living room, dining room, or home office. Click on the "Shop This Look" links at below inspiration board to check out each of these pieces on the Cost Plus World Market site, and if you find something you love, be sure to grab it during the Friends & Family Event from March 9-13 when furniture and decor is 30% off. GRAB YOUR COUPON HERE!
Mid-Century Modern Decorating Inspiration

What do you think? Does mid-century modern decor speak to you? If any of these pieces caught your eye, you can get the details right here...





{decorating with style} Client Family Room Makeover Plans

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This post is sponsored by Carpet One Floor & Home®

I've been working on a few different clients projects lately - some decor and some organization - and I'm having the time of my life. I just love helping someone take a room or closet that isn't working well for them and transforming it into a space that they can be proud of and that improves the way they live in their home. And of course, just like in all the projects I tackle in my own home, finding the right balance of style and function is always key!

Gray Carpet Selection for Family Room Design
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One of the clients I am working with is a family with two young daughters, and I am currently helping them redecorate their entire main floor - including the entry, living room, dining room, family room, and kitchen. Today I want to give you a sneak peek at what we're working on in the family room.

{seasonal style} 100+ Spring & Easter DIY Ideas

It may be cold and wintry outside right now, but inside spring has already sprung. I broke out my pink pillows and flowers as soon as the Christmas decor was put away, and I've been slowly adding more touches of spring ever since. 

If you're as ready for spring as I am, then you're in luck, because today I've joined the All Things Creative team to bring you more than 100 fabulous DIY ideas for spring and Easter.

{five minute friday} How to Remove Set-In Grease Stains

Friday, February 24, 2017

Have I mentioned that I hate doing laundry? I HATE doing laundry! Even my pretty laundry room can't make me like it. I tried, I really did! And my absolutely least favorite part of doing laundry used to be trying to get out grease stains. I would wash and rewash my husband's shirts using different sprays and stain sticks, but the grease stains would still be there. Finally a friend of my mom recommended a solutions ... and OMG, it worked!

{style inspiration} Dare to Go Bold: Volume 2

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last month, I joined a few of my Instagram friends in starting a new hashtag, #MyBoldHues. We put out the call for everyone to tag spaces, projects, and moments full of color, and we've been ooohing and aaahing every since!

Each month, I'll be rounding up some of my favorite photos from the #MyBoldHues feed. Whether it's a vibrant paint or graphic wallpaper, a colorful rug or piece of furniture, or just one vivid accent in an otherwise neutral space... I hope these photos inspire you to go bold!

I have every color in the rainbow in my home decor... except purple. I'll admit that I've never been a big fan of purple, but this stunning library space designed by @lchinteriors (and tagged with #myboldhues by @maggieoverbystudios) is totally making me change my tune!

I'm crushing on every detail of this fun girl's room from @maggieoverbystudios - from the black and white stripes to the bold colors and the typewriter art! 

I've been itching to paint a room black, so this black bedroom from @patirobins had me at hello! All of the textures on the bed really bring this dark space to life, and it looks like the perfect space for a long and restful sleep!

And while we're talking about dark wall, how pretty is this space from #MyBoldHues co-host @pmqfortwo?! I love that she's contrasted the deep wall color with such light and feminine colors and patterns on the furniture and bedding. 

I love a sweet pastel nursery as much as the next girl, but a bold and vibrant space for baby really makes me smile. After all, bold colors and graphic patterns are much easier for baby to focus on in those early months. I love this graphic and colorful wall that @ariellesgoldman created for her little one who should be arriving any day now!

I'm constantly in awe of the gorgeous interiors that @pinkhouseliving shares on her Instagram feed, and this photo of her living room with its gold leafed cocktail cabinet is one of my favorites. Her pink house is for sale right now, so if you happen to be in the market in Edinburgh all of this fabulousness could be yours!

No one ever said that you can't have white walls AND be bold! And @tati.woj proves just that. That art above her couch and her fireplace is all sorts of a amazing and makes such a huge statement in the room!

Black and gold and pink, oh my! This bedroom by @sincerelysweetpea just screams glam! She recently moved into a new house, and after seeing what she did in her last space, I am so looking forward to following along on Instagram to see what she has in store for her new digs!

Thank you for joining me for another round of #MyBoldHues! My co-hosts and I would love to see your colorful images, so please use the hashtag on Instagram for all your colorful spaces, projects, and moments! We'll each be picking our favorites to feature on the last Wednesday of every month.

Be sure to follow each of my co-hosts on Instagram, and then click over to their blogs to see their favorite bold photos from the past month:

PMQ for Two: Instagram | This Month's Favorites
Copper Dot Interiors: Instagram | This Month's Favorites
StyleMutt Home: Instagram | This Month's Favorites
Semigloss Design: Instagram | This Month's Favorites
Jest Cafe Blog: Instagram | This Month's Favorites

Bold Interior Decor Inspiration from #MyBoldHues

{organizing with style} 20 Ways to Organize With an Ikea Shoe Cabinet

Monday, February 13, 2017

I don't think I've ever met anyone who said they have too much storage in their home. Quite the opposite! No matter the size of your home, I am willing to bet you have at least a few problem items that are a constant source of clutter or that you just can't find a good place to store. 

We recently bought an IKEA shoe cabinet to organize the piles of shoes that are constantly piling up in our kitchen. But after assembling the cabinet for our entry way, it occurred to me that it could also provide a perfect storage solution for tons of other items as well. 

At only 11 inches deep, and with two tilt-out doors, a shoe cabinet like this could fit just about anywhere from the entry way or mudroom to the office or even a kids room. The organizing potential is pretty much limitless! I came up with a crazy long list of ideas, and I managed to photograph 20 of them. So today I give you 20 Ways to Organize With a Shoe Cabinet that Don't Involve Shoes...

{five minute friday} Paint Chip Labels

Friday, February 3, 2017

I often have friends laugh at my love of labeling, but you guys, labeling makes me SO HAPPY! And if that's wrong, I don't want to be right! 

But seriously, I can't emphasize enough how important labeling is in the organizing process. It allows everyone in the house to quickly find what they need, and makes it so easy to put things away when you're done. 

I also love that labels allow me to add some personal style to all of my organized spaces. The key to finding the balance between style and function is to keep your labels flexible enough to suit your changing needs. 

Take our newly organized garage for example. I know with certainty that the items stored in our rows of matching white bins will change over time. That's why it was important to me to create labels for these bins that would be quick and easy to update over time. But I also wanted the labels to look pretty, so here's what I came up with...

{gifts with style} DIY Photo Transfer Tray

Thursday, February 2, 2017

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to show you how easy it is to transfer one of your favorite photos to an acrylic serving tray! It makes a meaningful gift for your significant other, or even your best friend, and the possibilities are endless!

For my tray, I chose a photo from our honeymoon in Santorini, Greece, and overlaid the quote, "It's not where you travel...It's who you travel with!"

{organizing with style} Cord & Charger Organization with Custom Icon Labels

Monday, January 30, 2017

Technology has become such an essential part of our every day lives that I feel like I'm totally drowning in cords, cables, and chargers lately! The kitchen is the heart of our home, and I typically wind up working at the kitchen table rather than my home office in order to be closer to the kids, so I was desperately in need of a way to contain and organize all of our cords and chargers in this space.

I finally came up with a solution that is not only functional, but also stylish enough that I don't mind having it on display on my kitchen counter!

{style inspiration} Dare to Go Bold: Volume 1

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Earlier this month, I joined a few of my Instagram friends in starting a new hashtag, #MyBoldHues. We put out the call for everyone to tag spaces, projects, and moments full of color, and Instagram did not disappoint! In these first few weeks, nearly 300 bold and beautiful photos have been shared using the hashtag. 

Each month, I'll be rounding up some of my favorite photos from the #MyBoldHues feed. Whether it's a vibrant paint or graphic wallpaper on your walls, a colorful rug or piece of furniture, or just one vivid accent in an otherwise neutral space... I hope these photos inspire you to go bold!

{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...