This week was all about bedding updates. Simple changes yet they made a big difference. I stayed with the neutrals but added lots of texture with the tufted throw pillows and throw blanket. I can finally see my original mood board coming together as we head into the final stretch of the ORC! Head over to the one room challenge blog to check out all the amazing progress other folks are making on their journeys!
Master closet reorganization! A beast of a project to say the least. We are pretty good at decluttering and sorting through our stuff, but over time, things just build up! I admit we used our closet as a storage for all kinds of things. The first step was to eliminate anything we hadn't used in a while because if we hadn't used it, it meant we didn't need it. We also sorted through clothes that didn't fit anymore, containers holding old documents, etc. Took some time and so week 4 was all about cleaning up!
Once we decided what we were keeping, I spent week 5 swapping out these bulky hangers for the sleek, non-slip velvet hangers. These were perfect for creating a cleaner look and preventing clothes from falling. Next came organizing clothes using the filing method in a new organizer purchased from Amazon. Finally, the addition of storage baskets is a must. One for aesthetics, and two it's a great way to store other smaller items that don't necessarily belong in drawers. I'm super proud of how this turned out!
The struggle was real this week! It wasn't easy finding time. Let me clarify. It's never easy finding time to do much of anything outside of taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, maintaining order, and working full time., let alone make progress on my ORC bedroom update My goal for this week's ORC challenge was to build my vanity. I've always wanted a vanity, but somehow, couldn't envision where it would fit. Our bedroom isn't huge. I managed to move some things around and found the perfect spot! I love the two toned natural/white color as it's neutral and matches pretty much anything. Check out my LikeToKnow.it tab to get details on this vanity! So happy that it finally came to fruition. What do you think?! Check out all the fabulous progress folks are making on the One room challenge blog!
This is what the space looked like before. It held just one little ottoman and was pretty much blank. I'd say it's been quite the transformation!
One of the tasks I set out for week 2 was to change the artwork in the bedroom. Quite honestly, what I had before were empty frames (ha!) When I purchased them, I fully intended to insert some pics in them, but then time passed and I let them be. So needless to say, having a change there was good. Abstract and geometric wall art have always been my thing and I decided to create my own DIY wall art! I mixed my kid's paint, and just started painting. The good thing is that you cannot mess this up. It's geometric art and it's abstract so just paint shapes of all kinds and use a color palette that matches your décor. I stuck to the neutral colors as that is the mood I am looking to create as you can see from my mood board in the previous blog post. Take a look at the pics and let me know what you think! Please visit the one room challenge website here to witness all the beautiful creations everyone is doing!
I've been wanting to do something with my bedroom for some time now and while I've made some changes here and there, I'm really hoping to kick things up a notch. This is my first time participating in One Room Challenge (ORC) and I must admit, I'm nervous! What is the ORC you ask? It is an 8-week challenge where featured designers and guest participants select a room/space they want to re-design. I'm not sure what I got myself into, but what I do know is that I'm most looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous transformations from everyone participating, as well as connecting with new people. I decided to work on my bedroom for this 8-week challenge.
We don't have a huge bedroom, but I am most looking forward to creating something special in each corner. I've been wanting to swap out the bed itself and I'm not sure if I'll end up doing so, but it's one option to make a difference in the room. I have some things planned out for this 8-week challenge, but I'm also going with the flow and will assess the vibes as we go. Hope you will follow along on my journey and those of the others who are participating! www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog
FTC Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Birch Lane
Last week I shared a mood board with you all and today I'm excited to finally reveal my updated living room! Simple changes truly go a long way when it comes to refreshing a space as the seasons change. With the temps warming up, I wanted to give my living room a brighter feel and my partnership with Birch Lane made it happen! Here are a few tips that are sure to brighten up any space.
Pillows and throw blankets
A sure way to change things up quickly are swapping out your pillow covers and/or adding new pillows to the mix. Pillow covers are a great way to save both money and space as you can keep your existing pillows and change the covers as the seasons change. Layering the pillows under a throw blanket gives an even more cozier feel. I love the lumbar pillow (see link below) from Birch lane that I used to complement the solid, square throw pillows. The yellow is a perfect shade and not so overwhelming. Adds a nice, bright touch that speaks summer!
Greenery is my favorite way to add life to any living space. The options with house plants are endless, and whether real of faux, you really cannot go wrong. I personally love faux as the maintenance and upkeep is so much simpler. For my refresh, I went with Birch Lane's palm leaf planter (see link below) It complements the yellow and cream tones in my living room so nicely and really do bring on those summer vibes!
Storage/Décor Straw Baskets
One of my favorite decor pieces to add are storage baskets. They have so many uses and come in very handy for hiding the many kids toys I usually have laying around. If you're a parent or pet owner you can probably relate. These tea-stained baskets from Birch Lane are gorgeous (see link below)! I absolutely love the natural color. They came in a set of 3, all different sizes. I used a couple of them as plant holders, and another is currently hiding the many things we have laying around the house. You can't tell from this picture, but I have tons of items in the large storage basket that's sitting on the book shelf! Storage baskets are functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time, and a great way to decorate corners.
FTC Disclosure - This post is in partnership with Birch Lane.
We are now well into spring season and with temps warming up, I am itching to change things up in my living room again. With summer being right around the corner, I'm looking to refresh my living room with new and bright pieces that will give that warm glow. I've put together a mood board with items from Birch Lane to help me get my creative juices flowing. I've previously shared some tips for refreshing spaces so I will be focusing on swapping out pillows, changing my plants around, and I'm also considering some new storage baskets to add. Simple changes truly go a long way when it comes to decorating and refreshing spaces. I love rearranging so I cannot wait to show you all the progress and final outcome!
This was such a fun craft to make and the end product turned out beautifully! I purchased the pom pom makers from Amazon and they were about $10 for 4 different sizes. I opted to use different shades of pink and beige for the yarn to create the rainbow. This is something that can be tailored to your liking and you can choose any color you'd like. The instructions for the pom pom makers are included in the package and so from there you can create pom poms, and arrange them to form a rainbow. I glued the pom poms onto a canvas as the final step. A very simple easy craft that can be used to decorate your kids' rooms!
This pot roast already seasoned and purchased from Trader Joe's is simply the best. No other way to put it. Because it's pre-seasoned it was very easy to make. All it took was browning some vegetables in a hot cast pot or dutch oven, and then transferring into an oven to cook at 350 degrees for 2 hours. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth, delicious pot roast!
4 cloves of garlic
beef broth 1-2 cups.
pot roast (seasoned from Trader Joe’s)
canola oil (2-3 tablespoons)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the oil in a cast iron skillet and heat on medium high. Brown the halved onions and garlic and set aside. Next brown the carrots and set aside. Place the pot roast in skillet and brown very well on all sides. Set aside. Place the beef broth in skillet along with 2 sprigs of Rosemary and scrape all the little brown bits. Add all the browned vegetables, pot roast and beef broth in a Dutch oven and cook for about 2 hours. Enjoy!
Easter has come and gone, but I would be remiss if I didn't share my gorgeous tablescape with you all! I used this table set up for Easter, but the colors really could be utilized throughout spring and summer! In order to create a beautiful floral arrangement, I recommend mixing and matching different types of flower types. Using different fillers is also a great way to make the bouquet appear nice and full. I purchased the table cloth from Home Goods and the napkins were a last minute find from Michael's. A very simple set up to be enjoyed by all! Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend!