February 24, 2015

New Front Door Paint

Hooray, we are finally able to check off addressing our ugly front door from our to-do list.  It was on our yearly list of goals for our home.  From 2014.  Better late than never!
Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  Color: Elegant.

February 22, 2015

Craving Spring

Spring flowers on galvanized
We have had a bitter cold winter here in the Northeast.  It hasn't been nearly as snowy here in the NY area as it has been up in Boston, but it has been freezing cold.  And I am over it.  So, on a recent sunny day, I took a trip to Trader Joe's and bought some pretty flowers to remind me that spring will get here.  Eventually.

February 18, 2015

My Corner Office

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a few pictures of my office space.  Our house has four bedrooms and we have three kids.  That means my "office" is actually a corner of our family room.  It works well most days.  Except when all the kids are home from school and I have work to get done.  I repeatedly tell Billy (my husband), "our next house will definitely have an office/craft room!",  but the fact of the matter is, our next house will probably have all of those things because the bedrooms won't be full of kids.  And I realize that maybe this little corner in the family room isn't so bad after all.
Office organization

February 13, 2015

Kitchen Command Center

Kitchen Command Center with wire basket and Ikea magnetic message
Like in most families, the kitchen is the hardest working room in our house.  Sometimes it feels like a full time job just to keep up with everyone else's schedules in my house, let alone my own schedule.  As my family's needs change as my boys get older, I try to pause and consider what is working for us in the house and what isn't.  I decided to remove our kitchen desk because no one ever actually sat at it anymore.  My kids tend to do their homework at the kitchen island.  However,  I still needed a place to keep some of the important things that had been on the desk.  I ended up creating a kitchen command center on the cabinet side of our refrigerator.

February 10, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Photo Mobile

We have been getting our fair share of cold and snow in the northeast the last couple of weeks.   On a recent snow day, I was feeling some major cabin fever and decided a fun project was just the remedy.  I had seen the idea on Pinterest to make a photo mobile from embroidery hoops a few months back and I bought all the supplies needed on a trip to Michaels.  And then the bag from the store got stuffed in my closet and forgotten about.  Does that happen to you too?  So when I found the bag during my big January push to organize everything in my house, I was happy to have everything I needed.

February 8, 2015

Weekend Thoughts

This week, the winter doldrums have hit me hard.  I am so ready for warmer weather, and yet we still have a ways to go before we can even hope for higher temperatures.  I think fresh flowers in the house help.  I picked up these deep blue hydrangeas at Trader Joe's this week.

February 3, 2015

Make It Organized

An exciting part of January for us was seeing our master bathroom featured in the latest issue of Make It Organized magazine.  Yet, it felt somewhat ironic because our house has been feeling anything but organized these last few months.  I sat down with that magazine and read it until I was inspired to make some changes in our home.
Make it Organized magazine
So, I have been on a mission to organize everything the last few weeks.  There is no closet safe from me, armed with a garbage bag or two.  Living in a busy house, staying organized is a constant struggle.  I know things run so much more smoothly when I plan out how we can currently best use a space.  As kids grow, their needs change.  For us, with 2 teens and a 9 year old who thinks he is a teen, it isn't about organizing legos and trucks anymore.  Rather, we need to keep track of phone chargers.  And laptop chargers.  And earbuds.  I recently took the time to remove the rarely used coats from our front entryway closet.  Our most used jackets hang in our mudroom.  I learned long ago that kids (& husbands) are much better with hooks to hang jackets on rather than a hanger in a closet.  So I moved our extra coats to the basement.  And then I thought about ways to put our front closet to better use.  My main goal was to make room for our vacuum.  With 2 big hairy dogs, I need to keep a vacuum readily accessible on every floor of our house.