{organizing with style} 24 Tips to Organize Your Kids' Rooms to Perfection

Monday, August 31, 2015

Recently, Hometalk featured a couple of my kids' organization ideas, and then they contacted me to ask if I would create a roundup of other fabulous tips for organizing kids' rooms. Nothing puts a giant smile on my face like stylish organization that makes life with kids a little less stressful and leaves more time for fun, so of course, I said yes! Hometalk will be sharing this collection of tips with their readers, but I wanted to share it with all of you as well!

Tips for Organizing Kids' Rooms

{five minute friday} A Pretty & Easy Way to Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fall is just around the corner, and I'm excited to start swapping out some of my summer colors for fall decor in the next week or two. Last year, I found some gorgeous peacock feather wreaths and I can't wait to hang them on our front doors again this year!

Our front doors are quite tall and have frosted glass panels, and as a result, a lot of standard wreath hanging methods don't work well for us. I don't want to put any nail holes in the front of the doors, and those over door metal wreath hangers look silly because wreathes end up positioned unnaturally high on our tall doors. But a couple of years ago my mom showed me a really smart wreath hanging method that works perfectly for most doors and is damage free!

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

Don't those wreaths look pretty hanging from the wide ribbons?! But how are the ribbons attached? I'm glad you asked.

Many wreathes will have a hook or loop on the back that you can tie the ribbon to, but my peacock feather wreaths did not, so I simply pressed thumbtacks into the styrofoam back of the wreaths to hold the ribbons securely in place.

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

Then we used additional thumbtacks to attach the ribbon to the top edge of the front doors.

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

This is an ideal solution, because the tiny hole you are creating is in the top of the door where no one will ever be able to see it! Pretty tricky right?!

Many thumbtacks have rounded heads, but for the purpose of hanging a wreath from the top edge of a door, you must find thumbtacks that are totally flat on top.  We found ours at Home Depot. If the thumbtack does not have a flat head, the tack will hit the door frame and stop the door from closing.

Depending on the thickness of the ribbon you are using,  you may want to fold the top of the ribbon and hammer the tack through two layers of ribbon. With thinner ribbon, this will prevent the ribbon from tearing. The orange ribbon I used for our fall wreaths was thick enough that folding the ribbon was not necessary.

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

This is best accomplished as a two person job - especially if you have double front doors. One person can be up on the ladder ready to hammer the tack into the top of the door, and the other person can be standing on the front porch ensuring that the wreaths are centered and positioned at the right height. This can be hard for the person on the ladder to judge.

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

Not only is this an easy, damage free way to hang a wreaths the front doors, I also love the way the ribbon looks! 

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

The ribbon allows you an opportunity to add another color to your front door display. The contrast of the teal feathers against the orange ribbon gives a hint at the fall color scheme inside the house.

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

And speaking of the fall decor inside...

Hang Wreaths on Front Doors

If you'd like to see how I decorate for fall, you can see my full Fall Home Tour from last year right here!

Modern Fall Home Tour

In the next week or so I'll start adding our fall decor throughout the house again, and I'll probably have a few new fall-inspired projects to share as well!

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{diy with style} Damage Free Rock & Roll Collage Wall + Free Printable Song Lyrics Posters

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Remember that rock & roll themed playroom that I created for my boys in the former storage space under our basement stairs?! I hope you do, because it's one of my favorite spaces! We covered the ceiling in records, so when you stand at the door looking into the playroom, you see 45s as far as the eye can see - which is a pretty cool view {if I do say so myself}. But my favorite is actually the one you get if you walk into the playroom and look up above the door! 

Rock & Roll collage wall

That's where you see the sheet music collage wall! I had a vision of this collage for months before it finally became reality, and it actually turned out even better than I had hoped. Best off all, it's totally non-permanent, so it will be easy to remove totally damage free when the time comes to update this space. And today I'm going to show you how easy it is to create your own collage wall! And with back to school upon us, I can't help but think how fun this would be in a dorm room?!

Let me start by reminding you what space looked like before. After we cleared out the Christmas decorations and other items that we used to store in this under stair room, I was able to actually walk in {for the first time in forever} and look up at the highest part of the ceiling.

Under stair playroom BEFORE

I already had plans for the side walls of the playroom, but when I saw how much space was up there above the door, I realized that it needed something special all it's own!

My boys LOVE the Pharrell Williams song "Happy," and my three year old has even declared it our family song! Insisting that we all stop what ever we are doing to have a family dance party any time it comes on. Here's an idea of what those dance parties look like...

We're pretty good, don't you think?!

Since the boys love "Happy" so much, and since the rock & roll playroom is meant to be there happy place, the sheet music to this song seemed like the perfect choice to create the collage on the top of the walls. I purchased a digital download of the sheet music from Sheet Music Plus for a whopping $2.07 {talk about an affordable project}. And then I printed out lots of copies of it on my home printer.

The margins on the sheet music were pretty wide, and I didn't want that much white space on the collage wall, so I used my paper cutter to trim off the edges of the paper.

I wanted to completely cover the upper portions of the walls in sheet music, but didn't want to use glue or any kind of adhesive that might damage the wall. I decide to try washi tape and see if it would stick well enough. I picked up a cute roll of black and white thin striped washi tape from Michaels. The stripes somehow reminded me of the grooves in a record and had a rock and roll vibe.

To test out my washi tape idea, I tore off some strips of tape and stuck them to the door frame, then climbed up my step ladder and tapped up a handful of pages of sheet music.

Installing collage wall

Then I walked away for a few hours and came back to see if any of the sheet music had fallen down. Fortunately the washi tape was holding strong, so I was ready to proceed with covering the top of all three walls!

Since the side walls are angled at the ceiling line, I needed to cut the sheet music to fit. To do this, I took a piece of blank paper, held it against the wall, and folded it to fit the slant of the ceiling. {I'm sorry I don't have any photos of that step - but I couldn't manage to hold the camera while standing on the ladder and folding the paper.} Then I got down off the ladder and cut my paper along the fold line - thereby creating a template of the angle of the ceiling that I used to cut my sheet music to fit.

Templates for collage wall

I began lining sheet music up along the ceiling line, again taping it in place with my striped washi tape.

Installing collage wall

I didn't want all of the paper to be positioned perfectly straight, so I angled the sheet music to the left and right to give the collage more interest.

Installing collage wall

I continued adding paper on top of paper on top of paper until I was happy with the look.

Installing collage wall

Finally I had covered all of the wall space expect around the light fixture. Fortunately, I had the forethought to trace the base of the fixture before we installed in on the wall, so I was able to create another template.

Collage wall template

I cut half a dozen pieces of sheet music to fit around the light fixture base, and then fit them in place.

Installing collage wall

At last, the sheet music collage was complete!

Sheet music collage

Sheet music collage

I stepped back to admire the space, and immediately decided it needed something else - some color to tie in with all of the other color in the playroom. I decided to create some simple song lyrics posts - primarily in black and white with pops of color. I chose lyrics that related to happiness and to music, and designed the posters in Photoshop. Good news - I'm sharing those posters with you! You'll find a link to download them at the bottom of this post!

After creating the posters, I was eager to add them to the collage, but since I also planned to add a shelf right above the door to display marquee letters, as well as rope lighting around the edges, I realized it would be easier to choose the positioning of the song lyrics posters after everything else was complete. So I patiently waited to complete the collage until after we installed the rest of the records on the ceiling, the shelf above the door, and the string lights.

Finally I was able to selecting the positioning for the song lyrics posters and add them to the collage!

Sheet music collage wall

Rather than hanging the lyric posters with the same black and white striped washi tape, I instead used this super fun skinny washi tape that I found at Michaels.

I matched the color of the tape to the color in each poster, and taped across all four corners to attach each poster to the collage wall.

Rock & Roll Collage Wall

Rock & Roll Collage Wall

I could not be happier with how this fun rock & roll collage turned out! It's now been up for nearly four months, and the washi tape is still holding strong! 

Rock & Roll Sheet Music Collage Wall

The bright colors on the song lyrics posters tie in perfectly with the colors of the record labels, and really give the same a cohesive feel. I could seriously lay on the pillows at the back of the playroom and stare up at this collage all day long! 

Rock and Roll Playroom Sheet Music Collage Wall

So what kind of a collage wall would you create? And where would you put it? The possibilities are really endless. I think it would be amazing to use this same method to cover an entire wall in maps! And how fun would it be to cover a ceiling in a kid's room rather than a wall?!

Ok, finally - here are those song lyrics posters that I created, ready for you to download for free! All nine posters are in the same PDF file, and each sized to fit a standard 8.5"x11" piece of paper. Have fun with them, and send me pictures if you use them {or tag me on Instagram}!

If you missed the full playroom reveal, be sure to check it out. There are still a few more DIYs from the room that I'll be sharing in the coming month, so keep an eye out for the DIY Dutch door tutorial, as well as the how to on the magnetic ping pong wall coaster!

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{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 30

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.

You guys totally bring it every week, and this week there were some amazing upcycling projects going on! I picked three of my favorites to feature, and you'll find the details below. Be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which fantastic projects she featured this week.

Featured at The Creative Circle

{organizing with style} 12 Ideas for Organizing in the Bathroom

Monday, August 24, 2015

The last three weeks, my friend Melissa, from A Prudent Life, and I have been asking you to share your organized spaces with us on Instagram using the hashtag #organizingwithstyle. Week 1 was all about baskets and bins, week 2 we tackled laundry room organization, and this week, we are concluding with stylish organization tips for the bathroom! 

We've rounded up some of our favorite bathroom organization ideas, and we hope you'll be inspired!

Bathroom Organization Tips

{five minute friday} Washi Tape iPad Cover

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday, friends! I almost skipped Five Minute Friday this week because I was in NYC all week scoping out new trends and finding style inspiration, and not at home working on projects. But as I was unpacking my bag I remembered that one of the exhibitors at NY Now {a trade show of the latest innovations in home decor} had given me a large roll of "interior masking tape," so I decided to use it to give my iPad a really quick makeover.

Washi Tape iPad Cover

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 29

Thursday, August 20, 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.

I spent the last week in New York City with one of my good bloggy-friends! Our husbands joined us for a weekend of sightseeing, theater, and good food. Then we attended the HGTV Blogger Block Party, NY Now, and a launch party for the very first Cost Plus World Market in Manhattan. I'll be sharing more details from the trip soon, and I came home with lots of inspiration that will be making its way to the blog!

After my week in NYC scoping out the latest in interior design, I can confirm that black and white stripes are as hot as ever... but you didn't need me to tell you that, did you?! This week, my three featured picks are sporting those ever popular stripes! You'll find the details of my fabulous featured picks below, but be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which projects she featured this week.

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{organizing with style} 12 Ways to Organize the Laundry Room

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My friend Melissa, from A Prudent Life, and I share a passion for creating stylish organizing solutions, and we recently started a hashtag challenge on Instagram where we are asking you to play along by tagging photos on a weekly organizing topic using #organizingwithstyle - and you don't have to be a blogger to participate! For week 2 of the challenge, we asked to see photos of how you use stylishly organize your laundry room, and today, we've rounded up some of our very favorites. 

Melissa and I are in NYC this week to attend an HGTV Magazine event {as well as a handful of other fun events that I'll be dishing on later}, but before we head out for another busy day in the city, I wanted to share these organized and pretty laundry rooms with you! 

Laundry Room Organization

{five minute friday} Tick Tock: A Chalk Wall Clock

Friday, August 14, 2015

I rely on the cell phone in my pocket to know what time it is, completely ignoring all the clocks in our house most of the time. My boys on the other hand are fascinated by clocks - and not the digital ones on the appliances, but the real ones! 

So while they were at preschool the other day, I added a quick and easy clock to their chalkboard wall in the kitchen. They spotted it the second we came through the door after school, and man were they excited!

Chalkboard clock

{link party} The Creative Circle Link Party - Week 28

Thursday, August 13, 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.

What's better than a great upcycle project? Three! And that's just what I've got for you this week. You'll find the details of my fabulous featured picks below, but be sure to also hop over to Kathy's blog to see which projects she featured this week.

Featured at The Creative Circle