DIY Greek Key Trim Adds Appeal to Garage Update

Posted by: on February 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chic and Organized Garage Update

 

The garage is generally the last part of the home to get a little love in terms of storage and organization. That’s a real shame since your garage represents a lot of space–space that can become a clutter magnet, or with a little planning, can become a storage solution for your home. Imagine turning your garage into a place where you can actually do projects, or even host a party!

Courtney Fernman, who writes the blog A Thoughtful Place, decided to take action to turn her garage into an orderly, attractive and useful part of the house. The results of her garage makeover are impressive. She even included a brilliant artistic touch by adding her own Greek key detailing to the countertop. 

Here’s how she did it.

The side of our garage has been a constant source of frustration. Like most people, we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. With two small children, a handy husband, and a blog, I have more than enough toys, tools, and craft supplies than will fit in our garage. I had always swooned over spaces that had cabinets but never dreamed that they would actually afford us so much more storage.

The real problem is that I lacked a place to work on my blog and decorating projects. I do not have a dedicated home office or basement and really needed to carve out a spot that could be just for me.

While I am relegated to the garage for my projects, I don’t really mind as it’s so lovely now.

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Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

Posted by: on February 12th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Color Schemes: An Orchid-Inspired Palette

There’s always one room at home that needs a little extra love. Whether it’s the guest bedroom or the bathroom downstairs, you know it’s time for an upgrade when that space has left you feeling underwhelmed.

But even if you love paint as much as we do, deciding between color schemes can leave you puzzled. If you long for colorful rooms but don’t know where to begin, bring color into your home with this orchid-inspired palette. This purple color scheme is guaranteed to enliven any room in your home.

While adding color can give your home the boost it needs, bold hues aren’t the easiest to incorporate in décor. But not to fear, we’re here to help inspire you with the perfect palette for your room.

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Laundry Room Makeover That’s Easy and Inexpensive

Posted by: on February 11th, 2014 | 6 Comments

Easy and Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

There is no need to suffer with a disorganized laundry room. And who said the laundry space couldn’t have a little style, too?

Monica and Jess co-author the East Coast Creative Blog, where they dispense advice and ideas for do-it-yourself projects, home decorating and more.

Monica’s laundry room is more of a laundry closet– tiny, with no frills, but it’s functional. The problem was that it was chronically a mess. She needed to bring some order to the space, so it was time for a laundry room makeover. As you’ll see, with some paint and wooden crates, she created a laundry space that’s organized, stylish and a pleasure to work in.

She also has some clever tips on what to do with the solo socks and random change you find in the washing machine.

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Unique DIY Valentine Card

Posted by: on February 6th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Surprise your Valentine with a really creative card this year. This pegboard card will be a one-of-a-kind gift, and it’s cleverly devious! Your Valentine has to do some work to open it! Once open, it will reveal a gift card inside.

Of course, this would also make a terrific Christmas card idea or a clever way to present a birthday gift– just decorate it accordingly.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own DIY gift card holder. There are lots of photos, too, to show you what to do.

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DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

Posted by: on February 5th, 2014 | 9 Comments

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

 

Given a bright, well-organized area with plenty of laundry room storage space, folding and sorting clothes can be a pleasure.

That’s what Jen Jones was thinking when she and her husband took on a project to create extra laundry room storage in their home. She ought to know a thing or two about storage and organization, too, considering she writes a popular blog called IHeart Organizing.  

Here, she shows us, step-by-step, how she designed and built her gorgeous laundry room storage area.

For years now, I have been dreaming up a laundry station where I can sort out delicate pieces and linens, quickly fold clothes for our boys, hang important blouses to dry and even do a little sewing. The Home Depot is always our one stop shop for home improvement projects, and they really came through for us in making this little dream of mine a reality.

 

DIY Laundry Room Storage Unit

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Gift Idea: DIY Hinged Valentine Card

Posted by: on February 4th, 2014 | One Comment

Gift Idea: DIY Hinged Valentine Card

 

Traditional holiday cards are great, but they can lack a personal touch. So here’s a unique gift idea for Valentine’s Day– create a card made of wood and hinges, and include a gift card. This is a great gift idea for any holiday, actually, including birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas.

Here’s how to make your own hinged wooden Valentine.

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Install a Closet Organizer to Tame Clutter

Posted by: on February 3rd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Taming Clutter with a Closet Organizer System

We ask our bedroom closets to do so much, but give them so little love. We want our clothes, shoes and random sundries to be kept out of sight, but easy to access. But a closet is merely a disorganized space with a bunch of stuff in it if you don’t tame the clutter. Installing a good closet organizer is the key to making your closet work for you. 

That’s what Toni Hammersley did recently for a closet needing some attention. She writes about what she calls “home management” on her blog A Bowl Full of Lemons. Here she shows us how she and her husband installed a ClosetMaid closet system to bring order to a boy’s bedroom closet.

 

Since moving into our new home over a year ago, we had put off “updating” the closets. They were “builders grade” wire shelving closet systems, and all were in major need of some change. So we went shopping at The Home Depot in search of a functional closet system that would organize our things, yet be easy enough for my husband and me to install ourselves.

Since all of the closets in the house needed updating, which one did we begin with? The messiest one in the house–  my son’s closet. There are so many problems with the picture below.

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How to Build a Closet to Give You More Storage

Posted by: on January 28th, 2014 | 25 Comments

How to Build a Closet to Give You More Storage

The need to maximize storage space is a fact of life in the 21st century. That’s especially true for anyone living in a small home, where having enough closet space is a big part of staying sane.

Stacy Risenmay can attest to that based on personal experience. She writes about home improvement on her blog Not JUST a Housewife. She certainly knows a thing or two about storage and organization.

She built a whole new closet in her home recently, and here she shows the basic steps in how to build a closet. Read on for her closet building tips.

I live in a 1580-square-foot home that was built in 1938. And I share this home with five boys! My husband, four little guys and I not only share this small space but half of the basement is not even finished! To say that storage can be a problem is a bit of an understatement. So I built a new closet!

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DIY Art Project: Painted Terra-Cotta Flower Pot

Posted by: on January 24th, 2014 | One Comment

DIY Art Project: Painted Terra-Cotta Flower Pot

 

In this DIY art project, we show you how to create an eye-catching painted terra-cotta pot with a harlequin pattern. Here are the steps and downloadable instructions.

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Organized Gift Wrapping Station

Posted by: on January 23rd, 2014 | 8 Comments

Organized Gift Wrapping Station

 

When it comes to storage and organization, gift wrapping supplies can be headache. You have to keep lots of little items of various sizes and shapes in order, and you don’t want anything to be crushed or creased. 

Megan Ardoin of the blog Honey, I’m Home is a gift wrapping maven, and so it was important that she create a gift wrapping station that’s well organized and easy to access. She also wanted her gift wrapping station to look attractive, too. 

She came up with what just might be the perfectly organized gift station, ever, and as you’ll see, it’s pretty enough to put on display.

It’s so refreshing to have spaces that are not only functional, but also beautiful. You don’t have to overhaul a whole room to facilitate a major change in your house. Organizing a small area can have a dramatic impact and be less overwhelming than tackling a big project. I recently cleaned out and organized my wrapping paper and supplies and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. 

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