Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas Storage & Organization Ideas

Hello everyone.  I have been a little busy bee these days.  I know it is almost the middle of January, but I have been working on getting Christmas decorations organized.  I am embarrassed to admit that our basement is a total mess.  It is starting to feel cluttered and I am starting to stress over it all. Has that happened to any of you?  I did not want to add extra chaos to the mess that was already in the basement so when we took down all of our Christmas decorations, it made sense to start with the the holiday items.  

It is not a fun task but one that certainly needed immediate attention.   I love the feel of a clean and fresh home and for that reason, I really have to start doing a better job storing all of my seasonal decor and china. 

As soon as January 7th arrived, Christmas decorations came down.  Our last two weekends were spent doing inventory, separating decorations by room and getting rid of unwanted items.  I am not an expert on the subject, but I will tell you that I am learning a few tricks through hands-on experience and plenty of nose-diving into those over-packed ornament bins.

The first thing I did was search on Pinterest and YouTube for organizing ideas.  One idea that stood out for me was storing the decorations in clear roll-out storage carts.  The idea is brilliant.  Everything is quickly accessible, no heavy lifting and no need to dive into messy bins.  

I just loved this idea of the roll carts.  I purchased a few of these carts from Walmart assigned one for each of the two trees in the house.  One large cart holds the ornaments for the tree in our living room and another holds the ornaments for the tree in our dining room.

We also bought the following supplies to help with the task:
  • Large Sharpie
  • Gift wrap Tissue Paper (Dollar Store)
  • Storage Bags (Target)
  • Small Garbage Bags (13 Gallon)

I began by labeling each storage bag and wrapping each ornament with tissue paper.

All of the Christmas arrangements were store in deep large clear storage bins.  I layered a few sheets of tissue paper on top of the arrangement for protection before covering.

Max always finds a way to get into the picture.  lol

Holiday art/pillows/stockings were also covered and placed in small garbage bags and then placed in clear storage bins also.

These are also perfect for storing those special wreaths.
This was another great idea I found on Pinterest for storing electrical extensions,

I have to be honest, this was not a small task at all.  Thank goodness I had the help of my husband through it all.  But I am so glad that we took the time to organize it all.  Another thing I found most helpful was labeling everything.  It will make your life so much easier.  

Well, Christmas goodies are finally in order.  Next year, decorating the trees will be a breeze.  Now is on to the rest of the basement ladies.  That is a scary thought and one that I am not looking forward to.  

I hope you can take some ideas from this post to use in your own home.  I will share my progress with the basement as I go along.

Thank you for stopping by today.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Creating A Room For Relaxation

I always look forward to decorating for the holidays but when New Year's roll around, I am eager to put all the decorations away and tidy up around the house.

But today, I decided to enjoy a few moments of solitude and catching up with my reading in one of our guest rooms. This room has a double purpose. A guest room for family and friends a place for me to enjoy a bit of privacy and relaxation. The room has plenty of charm and sweetness. A serene space that makes it easy for anyone to take a little breather.

And that is my focus today, creating a private space for yourself in your own home. We all have such busy lives that we forget to take a few minutes for ourselves. I am so guilty of that myself but this year, I have promised myself that I will dedicate a few minutes to unwind.

This is smaller guest room in our home. We gave it a makeover a few years ago. As you may have already noticed, I have a passion for florals and romantic decor. And this room has a bit of a cottage feel. It is so dreamy!!

This room is also very bright. My goal has been to unify the rooms. It has certainly been a labor of love for the past 9 years. The antique bed and nightstands were originally dark. We painted them beige and lightly distressed them. I do not like perfect pieces. I like things to have character and a worn feel.

We chose teal bedding for a pop of color. A rattan tray holds beloved collected items such as my pink floral tea cups and vintage ladies bust. And I always have to have fresh flowers. It is my weekly indulgence.  I have fun putting together room that is insta-dreamy.

I love adding personal details in every room. Pretty pieces for guest to enjoy but I too take the time to enjoy each room in our home. After all, it is a room worth admiring.

Details are everything when decorating and creating a space for total relaxation and bliss.  And candles are always a must. They add instant ambiance to any room.

 A comfy chair next to the fireplace is the perfect spot to curl up with a book and enjoy a warm cup of tea.

And every room needs a chandelier of course

So take the time to enjoy your home. It is our largest investment and should be enjoyed not only by your family and friends, but by the people that live in it. Create a room in which you can escape to. A room to gather your thoughts and re-connect. Large or small, you deserve it.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter White Tablescape

While the ground is covered in a blanket of sparkling snow, I cannot help feeling thankful by the warmth and comfort we enjoy indoors.  Home seems so much precious when freezing winter winds blow and early darkness settles in.  And after all the red and greens of the holiday season, crisp winter whites are especially lifting.

So I gathered a few vintage Spode plates with an abundance of creamy white tones to set my first tablescape of 2017.  A timeless go-to hue that brings a freshness to even the dullest winter days.  I also love mixing old and new pieces and with creamy whites, it becomes almost effortless

Here, I have mixed vintage china with modern stemware purchased from the dollar store and napkins from Pottery Barn.  I think collectively, they add a perfect balance to the table with texture, shape and tone.  The quiet cream tone and soft bursts of greens bring elegance and softness.  A table for contemplating and easy conversation.


I wish you ll a lovely week.


2017 Color Of The Year

It is January and with that comes putting away all of our holiday decorations and refreshing ours homes.  One of the things I enjoy doing at the beginning of the new year is checking out all the new home decor trends in magazines and on Pinterest.  It is always fun and inspiring to see what the designers predict will be the new trends in fashion and home decor for the new year and right now, everyone seems to be loving green.  

The Pantone Color Institute has chosen "greenery" as the color for 2017.  According to Pantone, the bright yellow-green color symbolizes the "reconnection we seek with nature and all"  The color company stated that the color seeks to "revive, restore, and renew"  I don't know how true this is, but I find the green shade to be a vibrant and happy color and look forward to finding ways to incorporate it into my own home decor this year.  

I am sure there will be a table or two using the "greenery" hue or perhaps a few home decor accessories  come spring and summer. Love it or hate it, the color will be everywhere this year including fashion and home decor.   Below are a few photos I found on Pinterest using the Pantone "greenery".  


What do you think?  Are you a fan?  Will you be influenced by the trend?

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a relaxing Sunday.