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{five minute friday} Coat Closet Rod Dividers

Friday, February 5, 2016

A few weeks ago we finished the organized makeover of our coat closet. It's went from a sad combination of overstuffed and underutilized, to a super functional space with room for the whole family, plus a lot of bonus storage. 

And now, thanks to one final, quick tweak, I can officially call this closet organizing project complete!

Coat Closet Rod Dividers

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 51

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! 

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? We got hit with quite the snow storm here in Denver this week, which makes these Winter White features seem extra cozy to me...

Creative Circle Week 51

You'll find the the details of each featured project below, and be sure to link up for a chance to be featured next week!

{organizing with style} Stylish & Functional Linen Closet

This post is sponsored by IKEA, but, as always, all opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Last fall, when I decided to give the laundry closet a major makeover to make it brighter and more functional, I knew that meant the linen closet would need a makeover as well. The linen closet is adjacent to the laundry closet in our second floor hallway, and while each is accessed by its own set of doors, internally there is no division between the two spaces. But beyond just getting a new, coordinating look, this was the perfect excuse for me to finally achieve a more organized and functional linen closet! 

Today I'm sharing 7 tips to help you create a linen closet that is functional, stylish, and easy to maintain! And all on a budget, of course!

Linen Closet Organization

{entertaining with style} The Best Pomegranate Guacamole

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I love to cook, but I'm typically more of a recipe follower than a recipe maker. About a decade ago, I tried pomegranate guacamole for the first time - made by none other than Dean Martin's youngest daughter, Gina. I asked her for the recipe, but when she sent it over to me, it was for her regular guac, not the pomegranate version. I tried simply adding pomegranate seeds to the recipe she gave me, but it wasn't right. I couldn't bring myself to bug her for the recipe for a second time, so I decided to play around with different combinations of ingredients on my own.

Pomegranate Guacamole

After years of tweaking, pomegranate guac has become one of my go to recipes. My friends are constantly asking me to bring it to any gathering! With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, it seemed like the perfect time to share it with all of you. {If you're hosting a party for the big game, be sure to also check out these Super Bowl party decorating ideas.}

{five minute friday} Gifts Your Valentine Will Love

Friday, January 29, 2016

All you need is love! But that doesn't mean that the special person in your life wouldn't appreciate a token of your affection this Valentine's Day. I know we are all busy, but giving a gift that comes straight from the heart doesn't have to take a lot of time!

DIY Valentine's Gift Ideas

One of my very favorite DIY projects - these super simple LOVE Scrabble Tile Coasters - make a perfect gift for Valentine's Day. And of course, you can spell out anything you want. How about your last name, or even the name of your hometown?

{style inspiration} The Farm to Table Concept Meets Interior Design

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Last fall, I had the opportunity to attend the HGTV Blogger Block Party in NYC where one of the guest speakers was Genevieve Gorder. I used to rush home from law school to watch Genevieve on Trading Spaces every afternoon wishing that I was studying interior design rather than contracts and torts, so it was a total full circle moment for me to meet her in my role as a design blogger!

Genevieve's presentation focused on her trend predictions for 2016 and 2017, and today I wanted to give you a little glimpse into where she believes interior design is headed this year. This year, Genevieve believes we'll start seeing the farm to table concept translated into the interior design world.

Farm to table translated to interior design

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 50

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! 

Can you believe that it's also almost Valentine's Day too? Where has the time gone so quickly? Thankfully we still have a few weeks to go, and these lovely features for this week will make the perfect addition to your Valentine's Day home decor this year. 

The Creative Circle link party

You'll find the the details of each featured project below, and be sure to link up for a chance to be featured next week!

{entertaining with style} 13 Super Cute Super Bowl Party Ideas

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Here in Denver, we have the Super Bowl on the brain! GO BRONCOS! But even if you're not a Broncos fan {or a fan of that other team}, I know that many of you will be watching the big game in two weeks.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

Whether you love football, can't get enough of the commercials, or just enjoying the company of friends and family... the Super Bowl is a great opportunity to throw a party! And if you are planning a gathering, then you'll definitely want to check out these 13 super cute Super Bowl party ideas that I've rounded up!

{five minute friday} An Easy Way to Create Durable & Pretty BasketLabels

Friday, January 22, 2016

Did you guys have a chance to check out our newly organized coat closet? I'm still grinning from ear to ear about how it turned out, and as usual, I added a few different types of DIY labels to help keep it organized. Labeling is so important because it allows every person in the family to know where to find things, and makes it much easier to put things back in the right place. 

But labels are no good if they can't hold up to some wear and tear, and simple paper labels are not up to that challenge. That's why I've come up with a favorite way to create durable labels that I use time and again in my organizing projects! They only take a few minutes to make, but they can stand the test of time. I used this method on the labels in my pantry, and after two years of daily use, they still look as good as new.


{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 49

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! 

How is 2016 treating you so far? I know most of us start the year with lots of goals and plans, and I hope that you're off to a good start. I'm feeling pretty good about what we've accomplished around here so far - especially with the completion of our new coat closet which has been a major project on my to do list for a long time.

If you 2016 goals also involve organizing, functional and stylish shelving might be just what you need! This week we are featuring some beautiful DIY shelving designs that are not only smart and creative, they are also so stunning!

DIY Shelves


You'll find the the details of each featured project below, and be sure to link up for a chance to be featured next week!

{organizing with style} Organized Coat Closet Makeover

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

This post is sponsored by Closet Factory, but, as always, all opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Is it normal to want to sit on the couch and stare at your coat closet all day? Probably not...but that's what I want to do! I just love a pretty and organized space, and for the very first time, our coat closet is both of those things! Best of all, it now serves the needs of our entire family, and I have seven tips to help you make your coat closet function better for your family as well!

Organized Coat Closet

{organizing with style} Restaurant Kit Update: Dining Out with Kids

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

You've spoken, and I finally listened! For quite a while I've been receiving requests for an updated post on our restaurant kit now that the boys are a little bit older, so today I give you Restaurant Kit Version 2.0 - The Preschooler Edition.

Restaurant kit for dining out with kids

If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me quickly fill you in. A couple of years ago, when Beckett was 2 and Cooper was just 6 months old, I was that mom with the overstuffed diaper bag who still managed to not have everything I needed when we went out to a restaurant. I had diapers and wipes, but always managed to forget a bib, or a small spoon for the baby food. Never mind actually having a way to keep the kids entertained and on their best behavior.

{five minute friday} Pretty Painted Hangers

Friday, January 15, 2016

If you've been following along with my coat closet series, then you know that our brand new coat closet system was installed last week and I'm in the process of organizing all of our coats and winter gear.

I believe strongly in the idea that making an organized space pretty motivates you to keep it organized, so I bet you won't be surprised to learn that I've also been working on some pretty DIY projects for the new coat closet - like these cheerful painted hangers.

pretty painted wood hangers

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 48

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! 

We've seen so many great posts this week with tips and tricks for those New Year's resolutions! Today features not only include cleaning, organizing, and blogging tips, but also free printables to help you achieve those goals!

Cleaning Organizing Printables


You'll find the the details of each featured project below, and be sure to link up for a chance to be featured next week!

{organizing with style} Toy Storage Baskets With Grown Up Style

I was recently asked to define my home style in just three words, and my answer was Modern, Graphic & Family. Is "family" a style?! To me, having kids means incorporating them into every room of the house. But that doesn't mean that every space has to look like a playroom. Instead, it's all about finding ways to maintain your own personal style while still creating a home that's kid-friendly.

To help you do just that, I've compiled a list of 12 of my favorite baskets perfect for toy storage with grown up style.

Baskets for Toy Storage with Grown Up Style