Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Room Challenge: Spring 2014 - Week 6

The big day is finally here! It's reveal day for the One Room Challenge!!!

First let me say a big thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge. This is so much fun! Plus, once again I was actually able to finish a room in my house. Yipee!!!

So without further adieu here is my Mudroom....

To see how the mud room was all put together, check out the past five weeks here.
And go over to Calling It Home, and see what the other linking participant's rooms look like. There is a lot of talent out there!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Write for Tipsaholic

I am now a writer for Be sure to check it out.

I am so excited! Today is my first post for Tipsaholic. I will be a regular writer for the blog, so there will be more to come....

For those of you who have not yet checked out Tipsaholic, you should. It was started by Cassity over at Remodelaholic. She wanted to move beyond decorating into other areas of interests. The blog has grown into a great spot to get ideas and guidance for a variety of things from cleaning, gardening, and organizing, to reading suggestions, beauty tips, and a few suggestions for the kids. The blog is right up this Improvement minded girls alley, and I am so excited to be a part of it.

So check out my first post, 4 Tips for Using Binder Clips. Then be sure to look around the Tipsaholic blog a bit to see what else you can learn.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blue and White Stripes

Stripes are very in right now. I see them everywhere. Such a classic yet chic pattern. Normally you will find them in Black and White, but since blue is my favorite color, I am often drawn to Blue and White as the main parts of the stripes. 

I put together a few eye candy pictures using the Blue and White stripes in a table cloth. A great, and a little unique way, to use the pattern. That color combination looks so light, calm,  and a little nautical to me. Great for decorating your Spring table for both inside and outside dining.

A navy blue and white striped table is set with a matching table number, menus and monogrammed napkins. See more #wedding decor inspiration:
The head table featured navy blue and white striped linens and an antique mirrored top.
Navy Blue and white stripe nautical table runners :  wedding nautical navy table runners reception A 0395
love the blue and white striped rag rug used as a table runner
And for more Blue and White goodness. Check out the Pink Pagoda. Today is the Blue and White Bash.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

One Room Challenge - Spring 2014: Week Five

Now that we are one week away from the end of the One Room Challenge , I am reflecting on what is actually going to get done in my mudroom.

Some of the things I originally planned, I am finding are not really needed in the room.

Several weeks ago, I was inspired by this colorful triangle filled accent walls

I thought I would use a similar pattern to decorate the doors of my storage cabinets that I put together in Week Two.
Since paint and I have not been getting along so well lately, I tried it out first with colored paper that I temporarily taped to the door fronts. I used a few different sized triangles and different colored patterns, but it just didn't look right. Frankly, it made the space too "busy" feeling. I decided to scrap the idea. I will just add in color with other accessories.
I also planned on making these cute maps. We have lived in a few different states now, and I thought it would be fun to display in the mud room the locations of all our previous homes.

And how great would they look hung with pant hangers like this art work.
Oh Joy / Whimsy Pop Office
But once again, it just would not fit in the room. Too many windows and not enough wall space to make a cluster of art not look too cramped. I will make these maps for another place in our house though. They are just too cute to completely pass up.

It seems like somehow this post became about what I am NOT going to do in my mudroom for the ORC. But that is something that I find happens often in decorating. It sometimes comes down to editing, and keeping just what looks "right" for the room.
Do you ever have big plans that end up not "fitting" with a room in the end?
Can't wait to reveal the finished mudroom next week. Be sure to stop back soon!
And check out my other fellow linking participants for the One Room Challenge.

Also linking up with Remodelholic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Make Preppy Storage Boxes for the Mud Room

I needed boxes to put in the storage cubby unit that is in my mudroom. I looked at the typical cloth bins that are normally used. While they were okay, but  I wanted to keep the costs as low as possible. Plus I needed to add a little more style that the plain colored bins just weren't giving me.

canvas bins from landofnod Containers That Conquer Clutter
 I just could not find what I was looking for, so I decided to make them instead.
First, I got some boxes from my work that were going to be thrown away.
Next, up was gathering my supplies: Wrapping paper, Duct tape, and scissors.  What more do you need?

I covered each box with the wrapping paper and then I eyeballed the placement of  the Duct tape.
To make them all look similar, I did the totally unscientific method of putting a completed box beside the one I was working on, and lining up the tape.

 A couple hours, and 9 boxes later, I ended up with this.

Just the kind of preppy look I was going for. Plus there was now the addition of a lot of needed storage. Overall, it was a great improvement to the space.

Check out other high end inspiration recreated on a budget over at I Heart Organized High Low Monthly Organizing Challenge

And stop back next Thursday when I reveal the finished mudroom for the One Room Challenge.
Linking Up:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

One Room Challenge - Spring 2014: Week Four

With Spring Break and the holidays this past week, I feel a little behind with my mud room. I had such ideas and plans when I was putting together my ORC Pinterest Board. But I am halfway through now, and I realize I need to get cracking if I want to get all the details of the room in place before the end of the One Room Challenge.

I have gotten the big things done, such as finding the direction the room will go in Week One.  Also, I added storage shelves in Week Two. Making pretty box to help further organize the space were done in Week Three

Now it is time to think about accessorizing. First thing I need to do is make a decision on the rug. I know I want the color to be yellow. Plus it has to stand up to heavy traffic.

Here are the ones I am considering:

Rugs USA Tuscan Moroccan Trellis Flatwoven Yellow Rug
Oh decisions, decisions...Which do you all like best?
Be sure to head on over to Calling It Home today to check out the other linking participants. And I will be back tomorrow with my favorite pics to pin from those participating in the ORC.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Room Challenge-Sping 2014: Week Three

So it is now Week Three of the One Room Challenge! Here we go....
I got a little done in the area of organization. I wanted storage boxes for the navy shelf in the mudroom. After looking around, I decided that most of the options were just a little too plain. Not finding the perfect thing, I decided to just make them.
This was my first attempt. I hated it...

It looked like I just wrapped a bunch of duct tape around a box...which is what I did, but the goal was to look like a classy DIY, not a dumpy box with wrinkled tape lines all over it.
So it was time to try, try again...
Next up was this...

This was more what I was going for with the look of these storage boxes. Such an improvement. Now just 8 more to make. I will post soon with a tutorial.

Be sure to check out my fellow link participants over at Calling It Home.
And if you celebrate it, Happy Easter and/or Passover!