Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Five Favorites - Home Organization Tips

Happy New Year, friends and welcome to the first My Five Favorites of 2017!
Everything organized and in its place makes me ridiculously happy! I'm good at
 keeping things in order that I see or use everyday, but the out-of-sight areas, like 
our basement...not so OCD about that. Come January I'm always ready to tackle it, so
 that's first on my project list this month. I'm anxious to check out my pals' favorite
 organizing tips they're sharing today too:    

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

We have an organizer extraordinaire as our guest this month, you're going to love Erin @
  The Sunny Side Up and her awesome ideas! Be sure to check out the Organize Category 
        on her blog for tons of tips, including how she keeps her gorgeous kitchen looking so fab!       

Onto my favorites: 

#1 Baking Center

Three drawers in my kitchen island are dedicated to a baking center. Having everything I
 need in one spot makes it so functional and super simple to keep organized. You don't
 need an island with drawers, slide out shelves in a cabinet or pantry could easily work. 

The top drawer is pretty self explanatory, except for my collection of measuring cups
 and spoons. I just don't like to stop and wash them out while I'm cooking.  Haha! 

The large glass containers each hold a 4 pound bag of sugar and flour, the two smaller
 ones in the back contain brown sugar and the necessary staple - chocolate chips. :)  

The bottom drawer holds a huge metal bowl, stacked inside is a cheesecake pan, 9" cake pans,
 metal pie plates, 3 glass pie plates and a bundt pan that I removed to give you a better visual. 

Next to the drawers is a triangular shaped sliver of a cabinet just large enough
for my mixer and food processor.  

#2 Billy Bookcase

I've used this cabinet for clients numerous times, the glass doors add style and the
 option of solid panels to hide the not-so-pretty make it a favorite. Its narrow 11" depth,
 adjustable shelves, and reasonable price always win out, it's from IKEA here.  

#3 Budget Storage Boxes

This cabinet reorganization is an oldie from 2012 when I first started blogging.
I'm happy to say that it looks almost the same today (as the after!) except I've
accumulated a few more of my favorite FREE storage boxes ~ orange Nike shoe boxes.
 The other orange boxes are from IKEA here.

(Excuse the old dark pics from my 1938 basement)



#4 Filing System

This is actually inspiration for a January project. Our files could use a clean out and
reorganization. I liked the pretty color coded zone system and her list of categories and
sub-categories seemed functional and easy to maintain. 

#5 Purge 
By far the biggest impact in keeping me organized is purging what I don't use.
I read the book The Magic of Tidying Up about a year and a half ago and her perspective 
and concept of organizing resonated with me, I LOVE not having stuff. 

My Five Favorite Organization Tips from last year HERE.

Be sure to stop by and check out these talented friends' tips:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simple Ideas to Steal from the Tours & Link up YOUR Holiday Home!

I hope you had a chance to soak up all the fabulous Christmas decor
from the 12 Days of Holiday Homes tours!
Now it's your turn ~ we'd love to see your home, and 
Jenny @ Evolution of Style and Amy & Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
are both hosting a link up party, just pop over to either of their blogs to join in
beginning at 9am EST.   

Here are a few of my favorite simple ideas from the amazing tours.

Simply stunning ~ tree decorated with lights and a banner garland...

Simply silly ~ a favorite Christmas movie poster... 

Simply serene ~ collection of white churches adorn the hood...

Simply striped ~ greenery and black and white ribbon table setting... 

Simply classic ~ iron urn filled with greenery... 

Simply sentimental ~ heirloom snowshoes... 

Simply stylish ~ rustic and glam mix... 

Simply charming ~ wreaths with pink bows...

Simply fun ~ advent stocking decor...

Hope you've enjoyed all the tours, friends!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Christmas Home Tour 2016 - Part 2

Have you all been following along with all the amazing Christmas Tours ~ I've already
 started a collection of ideas for next year! As promised I'm back with the rest our
 Christmas tour, if you missed Part 1 our Living & Dining Room tour is here.
 Today I'll be sharing our Family Room and Kitchen.

Welcome if you're coming over from Vel's @ Life & Home at 2102 she always does
a beautiful job, this year her stunning tree is one of my favs! 
Next up on the tour is Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick, she is a gem and crazy talented,
she was one of the very first blogs I read, I would've never dreamed I'd be on a home tour
 with her and I can't wait to pop over and see what she has for us!      

Thank you to the lovely ladies hosting the 12 Days of Holiday Homes!!
Jenny @ Evolution of Style & Christy & Amy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

~ Family Room ~

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my tour, I'm drawn to more simple Christmas
decor these days and foregoing all the stuff in lieu of mostly fresh greens from 
our yard and a few special items. I like to keep the colors cohesive throughout
the rooms and added a few larger blush colored ornaments to our tree.    

I loved the colors in this pillow from HomeGoods and gave in to my addiction.
How could I not, look how perfect it is with the floral artwork I found thrifting a
 couple years ago. I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it, but my friend and I were at
an antique store and came across a pair of huge brass lamps, and we each took one. 
The oversized pinecones are from a fun vacation in Lake Tahoe, I filled my suitcase. 

I added eucalyptus to the garland on on our mantel this year. 
I made the fur trimmed stockings a few years ago because we needed some that were
 larger ~ we love our stocking tradition! Santa always spoiled us with all kinds of fun surprises
 when I was growing up, and the tradition continues. 

Did you guys notice my BIG mirror was missing from my living room tour?
I (not really me!) moved it to our family room and love it. 

~ Kitchen ~

 The gorgeous Blended Bay wreath on my hood is from Lynch Creek Farms, and
  I couldn't be more impressed! I'd never ordered a wreath before, only purchased them
from a big box store, but I'm sold. It's full, lush and so fresh! 
I've had it on my hood for two and a half weeks and it's just as fresh as the day it was
 delivered. It would be a wonderful gift!      
I accidentally spritzed mine with cleaning solution instead of water one day
 (actually the only day I spritzed) :(  So, the bay leaves on the bottom left are a tad
wilted - 100% my fault! I felt so badly that I wasn't going to represent their gorgeous 
wreath well that I tried to find replacement bay leaf sprigs - no luck, so I'm
 coming clean. I'm so sorry Lynch Creek Farms, it doesn't look bad to me at all but 
I was afraid you'd notice! I truly love it, thank you!  

This simple corner has my grandma's vintage ornaments and the framed needlepoint
florals were done by Mr. Simple's grandma.  

I like keeping a few essentials corralled on this brass tray on our counter, and added
some striped wrapping and a floral pick to a candle to give it a festive touch.   

My sweet girl, Rio!

That's it for our tour friends, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.
 I love sharing our home with you, and always appreciate you reading and your
sweet comments!

If you missed it, our Living Room & Dining Room tour is here

You can keep up with Simple Details on Pinterest or Instagram

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Our Christmas Home Tour 2016 - Part 1

The Christmas tours are in full swing this week, and I'm happy you've made your
 way to ours, thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm sharing our living room and
 dining room, then on Friday I'll be joining another group and sharing our kitchen
 and family room.
A huge thank you to sweet Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for organizing another fun
 group this year and taking care of all the behind the scenes work to pull it all together.
 Welcome if you're coming over from Christina's @ Remodelando la Casa, she is darling
 and her home decked out for Christmas is always a favorite tour!  

After years of decorating with a lot of stuff, I've come to appreciate a more simple
style. Using fresh greenery from our yard is my favorite go to decor, and moving
our furniture, artwork and accessories around gives our rooms enough of a new
 look for me.  

~ Living Room ~

I painted our living room blush (Benjamin Moore - Queen Anne Pink) a few months
 ago and still love it! A pretty blush poinsettia was perfect with my favorite pillow
I found last fall and my Pottery Barn knock off pillow I made a few years ago.

A little holiday detail adds a festive touch to a piece of artwork.

I brought together a few pieces of milk glass for a simple vignette on my campaign chest. 

Do you guys remember this cabinet was an ugly brown Craigslist find that
I DIYed to replicate a pricey one that I loved!
I always hang over our fence and borrow a few pieces of chopped wood from our
 neighbor's pile and return them after the holidays. :)

~ Dining Room ~

You guys, I'm so done with the green in my dining room, it seemed like a good idea
 last spring. It's a south facing room with french doors and a ton of natural light, for a
good part of the day it's a tad bright. Haha! And, it photographs neon!  
It's project #1 for the New Year.

I found these fun gold pineapple pots on the clearance rack at H & M,
and added evergreen sprigs and eucalyptus. They make a great low centerpiece
lined up down the center of our table. 

My paperwhites are going strong.
 I love the statement they make when they're so tall, these are 30" high from the top of
 the pot. I do baby them to keep them from flopping over, turning them every day to
 keep them even as they lean toward the sun.
Oh my, that paint!!
Let's focus on the peek of my tree, I'll be sharing it with the rest of our tour on Friday.

My sweet friend Jennifer @ Decorating Delirium, is up next and her style never
 disappoints! She's a Craigslist fan too, and always shares her amazing finds!

Thanks again for stopping by, don't miss the other fabulous tours today!

Cuckoo4Design - Julia 
Remodelando La Casa - Christina 

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