Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Area rug trick

This post might not hit home for many people. If you are very particular and border on perfectionist about your "stuff" then read on. If not, read on to get a good laugh and see just how crazy I am.

So, I might be a little over the top when it comes to my "stuff". And by "stuff" I mean home, floors, rugs, clothes, shoes, etc. Everything. All my stuff. I just want things to look clean, perfect and new all the time. Some people think that's insane but that's okay. There is nothing wrong with wanting to take care of my stuff! (This could turn into a drinking game... "Anytime Cyndi says 'stuff' take a shot!")

See those white fibers being pulled onto the blue fibers of the rug? Well that drives me INSANE. 
                

I use a Dyson vacuum and it has hard floor settings and carpet settings. I realized the carpet setting is much too strong for this area rug and always use the hard floor setting. That helps with the white fibers pulling onto the blue. But sometimes it happens anyway, when entertaining or if the dog plays in the living room, and I'm not going to be SO crazy that I block it off (although I've definitely thought about doing that)

So my trick, you ask?!?!?!

A RAZOR!!!


I gently shave the surface of the area rug to remove the fibers and BOOM. Brand new. Then, I use an attachment to vacuum up the lifted fibers. Simple and quick!


It's good as new!!!! Now, here is my disclaimer... I have NO IDEA how good this is for the rug. I spent $150 on this Safavieh area rug 4 years ago so I don't care if I'm slowly destroying it because it was a great deal and after 4 years, it owes me nothing. All I care about is not seeing those white fibers. ;)


Here is the Dyson I use. I LOVE this vacuum so much. It pulls up everything and makes the carpets feel and look new. There are TONS of models that Dyson makes so before you purchase, do your research. Here is a link for the one we have Dyson DC33 

Listen, we all have tips and tricks that we use in our home to subside our little bits of OCD. Share some of yours in the comments below. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Flash Back Friday!

One of the fun things about this virtual journal is being able to look back on our home over the years. Today, I went back to my very first post and wanted to share a Flash Back Friday to showcase the changes made over the years. 

February 2014



Aside from the colorful print, this room was very bland. This was a late winter picture and I had a busy table scape! I also had WAY too much on the dining room server. Candle sticks galore! 

(I also became a better photographer, although I still need a lot of practice!)


Spring 2017

I flipped the lay out because I liked having the large print anchored above the sofa vs. floating between the chair and the chaise lounge. I also took away the beaded lumbar pillow and added 2 damask printed pillows. I love the contrast against the navy pillows! I went with a stack of coffee tables books on the side table and did away with small chotchkies! 


Having the chair and chaise lounge by the window makes more sense.
I also pulled the curtains back to allow for more light. The sun rises behind the house so this room doesn't have much natural light until late afternoon. Pulling the curtains back really helps.


Added a pop of pink with these faux peonies and then placed some reading material and a gold metal urchin on a mirrored accent table! Simpleeeeee! 

The dining room has completely transformed and just recently, to be honest. I stenciled an accent wall- check it out here and added pink accents to blend the living room and dining room together. 



Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Project- A friend's Gallery Wall

So, this blog started as a little virtual diary of how I made, and continue to make, our house into a home. I started sharing on various social media outlets and then tracking my views on blogger. It's exciting to share something I have become passionate about with other people! I have learned a lot from reading design blogs and to think that I might inspire someone is WILDLY awesome! 

A friend of mine, whom I work with, shared with me her interest in creating a gallery wall. She had NO idea where to begin but knew the frames and pictures she wanted to use. Another dear friend/co-worker has a great eye and was up for tackling this project with me.  So a few days ago, we had a little girls night filled with wine, snacks, laughter and projects!!!! 

Mindy was so organized, it made this project so much easier. She had all of the frames ready to go, with the proper hardware in ziplock bags taped to the backs of each frame. Brilliant! 




If I have all of the frames picked out already, I always begin by arranging on the floor. It takes time to move and place the frames and items in order to get the right combination. 

(If you don't have frames, make cut outs with paper bags and tape on the wall. That guides you with purchasing the right sizes and shapes. I'm working on a project with another friend and we used the cut out method to guide in the purchasing process. It's a breeze! I'll share more details about this project soon!)

Mindy had a nice size wall to work with. It was 118 inches wide and 56 inches tall. (from the server table to the crown moulding)

TOOLS NEEDED:

Nails
Hammer
Level
Command velcro strips
Measuring tape
Step stool/small ladder

Here is the before!

I was given direction to pull anything from the room to include in the gallery wall. I included these sunburst mirrors, a metal "P" and 2 cute wooden signs.

Here is what I put together. Kim, the girl with the good eye, suggested using the center picture as the focal point (hence why it's in the center) and then I worked around it. 

Gallery walls can either be scattered placements or in a defined shape. Here, we made it a rectangle. The gallery wall itself was 96 inches wide and 46 inches tall... so I centered the glass server table, then left 11 inches on either side of the wall and roughly 4 inches on the top and bottom. (these measurements are never exact... actually, I bet someone like my perfectionist husband could get them exact but I can NOT lol) Measuring is important though... and I ended up being close to accurate. 

TIP: When arranging your gallery wall, you want to balance each item. The long, rectangular frames are opposite of each other. The sunburst mirrors are grouped in 3 and in sort of a zig-zag pattern. Always work in odd numbered groups. 3 is best. 5 works, too! Balance... can't stress it enough. 

Always start in the middle. I decided to work on the left side first. (Originally, the lamp was in the middle but after completion, it looked best on the side. Photo below shows final placement.)

Can you peep the ziplock bag on the server??? Sooooo organized and smart! Also, how GORGEOUS is that piece of furniture? I have always talked about my secret weapon, Bob's Discount Furniture, and Mindy snagged this piece at Bob's. Find it here. (My most viewed blog post talks about getting deals at Bob's... Check out my post on Bob's here


 haha This action shot is hilarious to me. All we did was walk around, back and forth, blurry and crazy, making sure everything was as close to perfect as we could get it. 
 Brian and I were texting while I was mid-project. He asked if I was only using Command Velcro strips to hang the gallery items and I said, "NOPE! I get to use nails and a hammer, too!" To which he replied, "Wow, that's a good husband letting you ladies put holes in the wall." For those of you tuning in for the first time, I have written about how my hubs won't dare let me nail a single thing into our walls. OFF LIMITS! That's his domain so this was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. 


Kim has a great method to line up nails with the holes on the frames. 

She places masking tape on the back of the frame, marks where the hooks/holes are, then places the tape on the wall to mark exactly on the wall where we needed to nail. SO SMART! 

Worked like a charm!

 Always use a level. If you don't have one at home, there are apps you can download on your phone! iHandy Level is one of them!
Tape method!

Ready for the reveal??????

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We moved the lamp to the side and then rearranged the server top a little. She has that gorgeous punch bowl handed down from a family member which was the perfect accent. The gallery wall is large so keeping the server top minimal was key. We want the eye to focus on those gorgeous memories hanging up on the wall.

I love it SO much but most importantly... Mindy and her family love it!!!

Thanks for letting me tackle this project. I enjoyed every second!!!! 



Monday, July 10, 2017

Get Organized- The Makeup Drawer

Ladies who love their makeup know how quickly it can become a disorganized mess. Whether you have a makeup drawer, cabinet or container, the endless amounts of eye shadows, lipsticks and brushes can give even the most organized person a headache!

Some new, gorgeous, must have product is always coming on the market and with each passing month, my makeup collection continues to grow YET my makeup drawer remains the same size! Riddle me that!

So today, I'd like to share how I keep my makeup organized while remaining on a budget. 

My DREAM would be to have one of those huge, lucite makeup organizers like the one here at Sephora. But if I'm spending $200, it's not on a plastic makeup container. (shoes or a bag? different story) Also, if I really think about it, keeping all of my makeup in those giant, clear organizers could be overwhelming. Plus, I'm not a fan of a cluttered counter top. 

So, here is my current set up. 



Bri installed these floating shelves in our master. I keep my most used facial treatments, creams and serums here on the bottom shelf. Inside that mercury glass jar, I store cotton rounds. 

Inside that white, 3 drawer container, I keep travel size creams, masks, etc. I am forever getting samples in travel sizes and I can't always use them as quickly as I receive them. Storing them in this container keeps them organized and my actual makeup drawer less cluttered. 

 Various eye creams, masks and balms. 
Travel size samples of serums and masks. 

Now, on to the fun stuff! ;)

MAKEUP!
 The drawer is big, which is good. I love using Acrylic Cosmetic Trays to keep things organized in groups. They are not expensive and they are shallow. Shallow containers allow for more ease when actually applying your makeup. No one wants to dig through bins at 6am when they are trying to get ready for work. No thanks! 

On the left, Brian keeps his grooming items. All of my items are in acrylic trays as well as sturdy cardboard boxes (that I reused from my Glossy Box subscription... the boxes they pack the Glossy box in are amazing!!! 

The center tray is organized based on things I use the most... mascara, eyeliner, small eye shadows, etc. 

On the far right, I have a deeper tray where I keep some lip products and bronzer/primer. 

The nitty gritty of placement is going to depend on the individuals needs. My advice is to keep things in groups that make sense.


Pictured above are my shadow palettes. They are so frustrating to store one on top of the other because of the digging that occurs when I'm looking for a specific palette. So, I stand them up and organize them in this reused Glossy Box (That's one of those make up subscriptions I used to get monthly and the boxes are amazing!) These palettes are not used on a daily basis so this little box sits in the back of my drawer and I pull it out when I need it. 

Well, there ya have it! I hope this has inspired you to get your makeup organized! 

Have any comments, questions or ideas? Please leave them in the comments below!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Get Organized- The JUNK drawer

The lazy days of summer are finally here and to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Sunshine, pool time and PROJECTS are among the many things I look forward to doing during my 10 week hiatus from life. (I'm being dramatic... I don't really take a hiatus from life. ;)

I have a few projects planned (master bedroom accent wall, possible basement refinishing and working on an office space in one of the bedrooms) but I would like to consistently share tips and tricks for getting organized. 

This post, I'd like to focus on that one drawer we ALL have... typically in the kitchen. It's home to the most random crap ever... batteries, tooth picks, keys, screw drivers, check books, chap stick, rubber bands, thank you cards, coins, gum, cords, chargers, old phones... you know exactly what I'm talking about. THE JUNK DRAWER. 



If you don't have one, then I salute you because you're one in a million. If you have one and you're embarrassed by it, then join the club and read on because today, I am sharing some of my tips on organizing my junk drawer. 

It got to the point where I couldn't even open the drawer... then I knew something had to be done.



I started by emptying everything out and just staring at the pile of crap. Staring lasted a good 5 minutes before I decided to drag my garbage can over and throw away as much as possible. I was still left with a significantly overwhelming amount of crap (that I needed). (I had before pictures but I can't find them... maybe I was subconsciously so embarrassed that I "accidentally" deleted them all.) 

I began by making piles... spare keys, batteries, post-its, pens/markers, little tiny metal tools (like eye glasses repair kits and such), etc. After I made my piles, I sifted through my Tupperware drawer and found OXO good grips containers I wasn't using. (These are expensive to use for a junk drawer however, I wasn't using the small ones in my pantry so I figured rather than buy something at the dollar store, I'd put these to good use.) 

***ALWAYS search around your home before you buy new containers. Chances are you have something that can be used. (more on re-purposing containers later) I used the containers to organize, that way everything stays in its own area verses rolling around in a drawer. 



You don't have to limit yourself to traditional containers... think outside the box! I used this tiny pot to hold paper clips. (How cute is this little pot, btw? My brother got it for me from Japan!) 


Again, don't get caught up in finding the most attractive containers. I re-used this battery box to keep (you guessed it) extra batteries in. Remember, the purpose of a junk drawer is to store stuff that doesn't really have a place in your home. 

 If you want to get REALLY fancy, wrap this little box in wrapping paper! Takes seconds and looks really cute. 


^ Here is one of those OXO containers I mentioned. If you have them and aren't using them, they make great containers for pens, markers and other misc. items. 

You can get REALLY creative with your containers:

- 6 hole cupcake tin
- egg carton
- old boxes wrapped in wrapping paper (to make them look pretty)

Here are some images I found while surfing the web:



^ Found this from the Shabby Grace Blog 

I also found this GREAT link called 13 Brilliant Ways to Re-purpose a Muffin Tin I love this idea...


Arts and crafts supplies can be so hard to store... sometimes the craft drawer looks just like a junk drawer. Using plastic cups and a muffin tin is quick and easy. Plus, you probably already have these items in your home. 

Be sure to comment below and let me know the ways you organize your junk drawer. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more organizing!!!