I will never forget the feeling I had when I discovered I was expecting my first child, Ella Grace (yes.. the namesake for this very blog). As you can imagine, my "nesting" instinct was STRONG and Ella's first bedroom was a small expression of my love and need to care for her. Since then, I have decorated many more kid's bedrooms. In that process, I have learned so much about what works well in kids bedrooms! Can you relate? Do you want to create a mini haven for your child? An escape from the world where they can feel safe, loved and free to be entirely themselves? Everyone wants a ... Read More
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Inside our Kitchen Cabinets- Organizing Ideas
We added about 125 square feet to our kitchen. It is now full of glorious storage for plates and dishes and food! However, sometimes when we get more space (whether from moving or de-cluttering or renovating), it can be tempting to start filling that space right back up with things. Anyone else? I have learned so much from living in our small home about staying on top of the "stuff" that we have and keeping things organized and tidy, that I was determined to put our kitchen back together in an organized and efficient way. We didn't add more- just can now put things in cupboards that was spread ... Read More
Nestle Down Ideas- When you are Stuck at Home!
I have 13 things you could do right now while we are all nestled in at home. If you are like me achieving things gives me energy and boosts my mood. Do one small thing a day, especially if you have kids at home and you are trying to be a teacher too (praise to all the teachers!!!). Don't get overwhelmed but I think we could all benefit if we do something. We have rain in our forecast and rather than cry (which I might do too) I am going to have the kids help us get the house ready, so when the sun shines we can head out and enjoy it. Focus on what we CAN do not what we can't do! 13 Nestle Down ... Read More
Favorite Wall Sconces from Amazon and Magic Light Trick Round-Up!
I did a recap of the magic light trick on my instagram and I received a lot of requests to share my favorite sconces. I actually go to Amazon first, because free shipping and so many affordable options! If you are are new to the magic light trick, it is a trick I came up with over 2 years ago!!! Basically the magic light trick opens up the possibility to put a light anywhere in your home. You don't have to hard-wire anything and you do not need an outlet! You just need three things to create the magic light- Magic puck light HERE (these are my favorite and last 100 hours- plus comes with a ... Read More
How Design Style and Fashion Style Meet- 10 Bloggers Weigh In
When the weather changes, I always reassess my wardrobe for the new season. I have limited space, so I I have to be thoughtful about what I carry in my closet. I have written about the way I manage my clothes and how I systematically clear out what I am no longer wearing in this post. As I was sifting through what I want to keep and what I want to donate to make room for cozier sweaters and wintry colors, I began to notice a theme-- I tend to like solid basics and fun pops of pattern. I am not a fashion blogger, but I DO buy clothes and dress myself. I know what I like to ... Read More
Back to School Homework Desk Spaces
Sometimes all it takes to get motivated is a cute new space to create and work in!! Who's with me? Last Spring when I made a desk space for my girls, they spent countless hours there coloring, writing notes and being creative! So worth the small investment of time and money it took to create it for them. Sometimes you just need a dedicated space! Especially when the task isn't one you are looking forward to (homework, bills, etc). Today I have three desk looks to inspire you to create or revamp a work space in your home, too! Whether you have a lot of space, or feel like you don't ... Read More
Weekend Entry Makeover with Painted Cement Tile
When asked, I always recommend to decorate the rooms in your home you spend the most time first. And I personally like to always try to decorate the entry first as well. Often that is the only space that guests see. And not to mention, it greets YOU everyday, so why not make it a welcoming place! We did a weekend entry makeover to show you that it does not have to take a lot of money or time to totally transform your entry into a welcoming and organized space. Painting your front door, hanging some hooks and a place for shoes. We also painted the tile to look like painted cement (first time). ... Read More
Bang For Your Buck- Waterlogue App and Under Cabinet Lights!
I have two Bang for your Buck Ideas in the Kitchen! These are both things that will add a lot to your home for not a lot of money at all. I am a believer that the magic is in the details. Not just in our homes but in life. It is the small things that count and add up to big things. One of my favorite church talks is titled "A matter of a few degrees". The talk is given by a church leader, who is also a pilot. He says that steering the plan a matter of a few degrees in the wrong direction will get you to an entirely different place in the world! Not just a town over. That goes with ... Read More
Connecticut Kitchen Remodel
Are you ready for picture overload? I am pretty excited about this new kitchen remodel! But first you need to see these before pictures of what it looked like right before we moved in January this year. You can also read about the remodel process HERE and where we have come from the past five weeks on this six week design challenge. It was pretty depressing being in that old kitchen. It felt dark, dated and dirty. I was already going through a big adjustment moving 2,000 miles away from family and friends that I love so much, so this kitchen didn't help ... Read More