{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... 

{worth a second look} Top 10 Most Popular Decorating & DIY Posts of 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's been a very busy year here at Blue i Style with more than 120 blog posts and some major accomplishments! I can't wait to see what 2017 holds... But first, I wanted to take a minute to look back at the most popular posts of 2016, as determined by you, the readers! Today I've rounded up the top 10 decorating and DIY posts. You might just find something here that you missed the first time around, or something worth a second look!

{organizing with style} 10 Genius Wrapping Paper Organizing Ideas

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I don't do a lot of shopping right after the holidays, but I always try to hit a few of my favorite stores for clearance wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows to restock for the next year. I especially like choosing wrapping paper with non-traditional Christmas colors and classic patterns, like stripes and plaids, that are versatile enough to be used for birthdays and other holidays as well. 

This also makes this the perfect time to get all of those gift wrap supplies organized! Today I've rounded up some of my favorite gift wrap and greeting card organizing ideas to help you find the one that best fits your needs, starting with how I transformed a part of my guest room closet into gift wrap central, followed my lots of other creative organizing solutions.

{seasonal style} Ornament Magnets for a Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas is right around the corner, and in between the hectic last minute shopping and present wrapping, I found time for one more fun project for my boys to enjoy in this final week of the season. The magnetic chalkboard wall in our kitchen is a family favorite, and we often incorporate it into our seasonal decor by adding chalk drawings and countdown calendars, but this week we've stepped it up a notch by adding magnets as well!  

Last week I talked a bit about my favorite DIY tool - my Cricut electronic cutter, and today I've got a quick tutorial to show you how I used my newly upgraded machine to create these glittery ornament magnets for my boys to decorate our simple chalkboard Christmas tree. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always all opinions are my own. This post contains also affiliate links.

{five minute friday} Snowflake Tic Tac Toe

Friday, December 16, 2016

With Christmas just a week away, I am excited about today's Five Minute Friday tip, because it's one that we'll be able to enjoy throughout the winter season. As you may have noticed in past posts, we have a large tic tac toe board on our living room coffee table - a favorite of my boys - that is filled with the standard Xs and Os throughout much of the year. But I also enjoy switching things up for the holidays...

{diy with style} Upgrading My Favorite DIY Tool: Cricut Explore Air

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post, and thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always all opinions are my own. This post contains also affiliate links.

People often ask me for advice about DIY supplies and crafting tools, and hands down, one of my very favorites is my Cricut electronic cutting machine. My mom bought be the original model Cricut back when I was in law school {more than a decade ago}, and I've been using the heck out of that thing ever since, including for lots and lots of organization projects featured here on the blog. 

I've been thinking about getting an updated Cricut machine for a long time, but I was so comfortable with the one I had that I just never got around to buying a new one. But when my friends at Cricut offered to send me the Explore Air to try out, how could I say no?! 
Favorite DIY Tool Cricut