I was going to skip today’s task in the Organized Home in 30 Days challenge. The task was to organize your extra home decor and organizing stuff. I don’t really have a lot of decor stuff that I’m not actually using, so I thought it would be a bore. I told myself to do it for 15 minutes and see where I ended up. Here’s where I ended up after 15 minutes of digging up decor stuff that was stashed randomly through out the house:
I didn’t even make it through the whole house and I found all of that. There is some really awesome stuff in there!
I love these colorful tea light holders. I bought those literally more than a dozen years ago when we bought our first house. I think a couple of them have passed on to the great mosaic of smashed glass in the sky, sadly. The crystal (ish?) ones are cool, too, but I have no idea where those came from.
Uh, hello, 7 vases? Stashed away? Bring me some cut flowers, stat!
This is a stunner. This is my mom’s. She gave it to me. I hope she doesn’t read this and ask for it back. Also, the fabric underneath it is half of a pair of curtains that I forgot I had. I don’t really have a spot for the curtains, but I think for photos like this one it will be a great back drop. If I iron it.
This is two of about 47 frames that I found. I think I put a bunch of frames away at Christmas time and then never took them back out. What? Who does that?
I love these two fabrics. The bottom one is another thing that has been with me since my first home. I see pillows in the future.
I get a spontaneous drooling problem when I visit Anthropologie’s website. There are so many beautiful things that I, a. can’t afford and b. don’t feel properly equipped, design wise, to incorporate the gorgeousness into my humble home. I do see lots of things that are diy-able or that I’ve seen elsewhere for less. Which makes Anthropologie the perfect candidate for Buy It, Spy It or DIY It.
Buy It – This is one of those special little somethings that I would buy for myself if I found a little cash laying around, or that I would ask for for a special holiday. At $68.00 it is definitely a splurge, but it’s the right thing to splurge on.
Spy It – This is another beautiful necklace. However, it doesn’t give me that sort of uniqueness that the one above does. I’ve seen others that are similar enough at discount stores like Kohl’s and Target. This particular style doesn’t seem as timeless or versatile as the first necklace. Very pretty, but not for $48.00
DIY It – Guys, this is totally DIY-able, right??? A scarf, a chunky head band and a glue gun and BOOM, chic glamour. It’s $32.00 which is probably my hair accessory budget for the next five years.
Buy It – I know what you’re thinking. This chick just said her hair accessory budget for the next 5 years is $32.00 and she wants me to go buy a nearly $4000.00 couch. This couch is the reason my hair accessory budget is $32.00. This is the type of thing you save your pennies for.
Spy It – I could write some fantastic blog posts at this desk, I swear. However, it is almost $1300.00 and I’ve seen sort of similar ones on Craigslist and at consignment shops for a lot less. Still more than I would shell out right now, but less than $1300.00
DIY It – Duh. I’ve seen this DIY’ed all over the interwebs. Sorry Anthropologie, no self respecting DIYer is spending $298.00 on this.
Buy It: I love these. My daughter would definitely love one of these in her room. For $20.00, this is special and unique.
DIY It – I definitely think these could be DIY-ed. And I really love them. For little trinkets and what nots. They are $32.00 a bowl, a little extravagant for a what not holder.
Buy It, Buy It, Buy It – Three buy its because you want at least three of these beautiful melamine plates. They are $10.00 each and I can tell you that in this house neither fork, nor spoon, nor knife would ever touch their magnificent painted surfaces. These are art people! Hang them on the wall!
Buy It – These measuring spoons and cups are awesome. They are so pretty, I would never lose them. For $18.00 for the spoons and $36.00 for the cups, a set of either would be a great hostess gift. Or a gift for your favorite blogger.
Spy It: This is just, striking. It was going to be a save your pennies and buy it, but, I really do think you can find similar for a far better price than $548. An example would be the mural I have in my dining room that I spent way, way less on. If this is your ultimate, one and only favorite wallpaper in all of the universe,then save up and buy it. But, there are other options.
Buy It – These are only $14.00 each. I’ll bet you anything that they smell great, but I really love the little tins they come in. Those tins would be great as little containers for doodads when the candle has burned. Also another great option for a hostess or teacher gift.
Buy It – I want this desperately and for $18.00, I may just get it for myself. The Imagined Desks of Historical Women. I adore it. And, I would totally frame those desks at the end of the year. Yup, totally buying this for myself.
I had about 47 more things I could have put in this post. Seriously. Maybe I’ll just go camp out in the store. What do you love from Anthro?
It has been replaced with something that shall be dubbed, “Buy It, Spy It or DIY It”. I got a little Crate & Barrel catalog today and as I was flipping through, I saw lots of things I liked. Some of them made me think, “I would drop that amount of money on that right now!”. That’s a “Buy It”. Then there were the one’s that I said, “I like that, but I bet I could find something similar enough at ___________ (fill in the blank… thrift store, Target, Marshalls, yard sale). That is a “Spy It”. Lastly, there are the one’s that made me think, “I could totally make that!”. That my friends, is a “DIY It”. Sound like fun? Good! Let’s get to it.
Ok, we’re starting with an easy one. DIY It. No brainer. A little elbow grease and some vibrant paint on a chair you probably have in your basement or attic right now and this one is done, son. And you can find sets of these at every thrift store or yard sale worth it’s salt.
I want to call this one a DIY it. I really do. But, honestly, I don’t have those skills. This is a Buy It. Obviously they are beautiful, so that makes me want to buy them. And all three make a pretty dynamic statement for $139. The largest one is 22″ in diameter. You can also purchase these separately.
This is what inspired the Spy It category. I put down the Crate & Barrel catalog and picked up the Bed Bath and Beyond flyer and there was a nearly identical table for $39.99. It wasn’t quite as sleek, but you can sacrifice a little sleek for $250.
Buy it. Now. Get out your wallet and buy it. I think that is a good price for a pretty rug from a reputable retailer who generally offers quality products. Definitely worth 25 bucks. There are larger sizes that are also well priced.
Buy It. If you love it and it speaks to you, like it does to me, save your pennies and buy it. This is unique and if you love it, you will walk into the room you hang it in every day and smile at it. People will make remarks about it. Some might say, “I love that light fixture” and others may say “What an interesting light fixture” with a furrowed brow. And you will love both remarks equally. Promise.
DIY It! I mean, you’re not going to get this exact look unless you are a metal working genius, but I think with some piping from the hardware store and a light kit and a metal shade you could whip this up. Not me, but you could. Send me a pic if you do.
Spy It… I had this in my hands at the flea market last week. In fact there was one about this size and a smaller one. It wasn’t exactly this one, but it was close. Why did I put it down? Why? They were decidedly less than $20, but more importantly, they were old and had that certain personality that old things have and that this one lacks.
Trick question! Buy It.. AND DIY It! The dishtowels from Crate & Barrel are way to cute for wiping dishes. I can see them framed for a pop of color, or I’m sure you could DIY some cafe curtains with these. Too cute, right??
I know you guys love this dress! It is sadly not available for purchase anymore. I’ve linked to some that are similar below. (These are affiliate links, if you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a commission, at no cost to you!)
This is my 100th Post! I thought it would be fun to get started on a House Tour. Whenever I find a new blog, the first thing I look for is their house tour. It gives me a quick idea of whether or not the blogger’s style is one that will capture my imagination. I also love seeing before and after photos, so I’m including those here as well. I’m going to try to keep a running list of to do’s here, too. This page will change, often, so consider this the first draft of many.
So, as promised, the real before pictures. I took this picture over the weekend while I was working on the front yard. I haven’t taken an after picture of the work I did, which was mostly just a little mulch and some tidying up, because it’s been rainy and cold since I finished that day. So, there is a small bit of improvement to the outside, aesthetically, but for the most part, this is how the exterior of the house looks now. There are many things that I want to do out here:
1. New siding
2. New windows
3. New garage door
4. New stairs, porch?
5. New deck (out back)
6. Numbers for garage and house
7. Outdoor lighting
8. New roof
Pretty major list. We’re saving now for the “big three”; siding, windows and roof and hope to do that next spring.
The “Roku Room”
This room, which is just to the right of the entry area, has been through a big transformation. It was originally the dining room (hence the awkward light!). It works much better as sort of a sitting room. We do have a tv in here and it has a Roku attached to it, and that is why we came up with the name “the roku room”. It was either that or “the room that used to be the dining room”. This room also has a little built in hutch that I’ve transformed to make it look less dining room and more sitting room.
I don’t have too many things on the to do list for this room at the moment:
2. Switch out the light
3. Restyle the side tables
4. New shades for the lamps
And here’s the before, when it was a dining room and before we lived here. I have to admit, while it’s obviously another person’s taste, I can appreciate this dining room. I love the big mirror on that wall and the furniture was very pretty. It definitely had a specific look that I think the woman that lived in this house loved.
I’m in love with my kitchen. I don’t know if that is weird, but it is true. It was a labor of love (not literally labor, as my carpenter brother did the heavy lifting). I picked out every fixture, sat for hours with the designer at Home Depot, compared countertops and layouts and floor tile. I loved, passionately loved finding the things I wanted in this room. It feels so personal to me. I actually get a little emotional thinking about it. That is probably weird, but I’m ok with that.
Just a few things to do in here:
1. Add missing molding (Can you find the missing molding?)
2. Window coverings
3. Light above sink
And you gotta love this before:
I think the dining room is the best expression of my personal style. It’s a little quirky, but grounded with a traditionalism (word? not a word?). The wallpaper is my favorite thing in the house. It’s one of those things I’m proud of not because I think it’s beautiful, but because I loved it when I saw it on-line and I bought it even though I was petrified that other people would think I was insane for hanging it. I was wrong, everyone that sees it compliments it. And while I know it’s obviously not for everyone, it is 100% for me and that is why I’m proud of it. It took a little bit of courage to put it up and I want to infuse more of those courageous decisions into the rest of the house.
So, I wish I had one or two nice photos to show you of this room. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to kick people out of this room long enough to take said pictures. I’m going to have to wake up early one of these mornings and do a photo shoot in peace! This room has a long way to go, but there are glimpses of what I’m working towards. I love bright, primary colors, and I want to have those in here. It’s a very cozy room with plenty of seating, a place to play games or do crafts and of course the television is in here. Lots do in here, however:
1. Curtains or other window treatment
2. Fireplace makeover
3. Area rugs
5. More or better storage
6. Window seat (some day!)
And a before for your viewing pleasure:
Alright, that’s almost all of the first floor. I’ll add the upstairs next week! There is one before picture that I don’t have an after for that I want to share with you, though. It’s the before of our 1/2 bath.