Archive for February, 2013

Holler Dollar: Dust Pan & Brush Cleaning Tip

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Did you guys ever watch Jon & Kate plus 8? We did, and loved it for quite a while (until things started heading south).

Anyhow, Kate used a dust pan and brush to sweep her counters before wiping then down. I think it’s pretty much one of the best ideas ever, and have adopted it into my cleaning routine.

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Of course you need a designated set for the job, mine is from the dollar section at Target, but they have them all over the place for about a $1. Mine hangs on a hook at the side of my bar, and everyone knows it’s strictly for counters only!

3 Steps to Simple Design

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A few rays of sunshine this weekend was enough to get me excited for spring, and in the mood to simplify things around here…

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These designs are simple, deliberate and stunning. Here are 3 steps to create a similar look:

#1 Clean Slate: Remove everything you don’t love or need from the room. Organize and store accessories you’ve removed so you can change them out seasonally.

#2 Add staple furniture. Now is the perfect time to re-arrange the furniture. Don’t stop rearranging until it’s both functional and pleasing to you.

#3 Add minimal accessories. Lots of times over-accessorizing can overwhelm and destroy a room. Remember: Less is more! Minimal accessories in earthy, wood tones add zen and warmth to a space. Baskets to store small items, as well as sisal rugs are great for this look, and don’t forget to add a living plant or fresh flowers for the finishing touch.

Breath and enjoy your simplified space all ready for spring!

Sarah’s Organization Project: Hanging Scarfs

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE to wear scarfs. However they created quite a problem in my closet until last week when I finally tacked the issue, and I feel much better!

Before, I would hang my scarfs on hangers, which worked ok, but caused a few problems (like when you take a scarf off and the others become off-balanced and sometimes fall down). Plus, it’s not the best looking option.

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Then on a recent trip to Ikea these hooks (see HERE) caught my eye, and they were on clearance from $3.99 to $1.99, not bad for 5 hooks!
boxwood clippings_ikea hooksAnd so I had the hubs hang two behind the closet door, and voila! I’m a happy lady.

Here’s one:

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Project cost: About $4

Project time: 15 minutes

Project reward: Prettier closet, and easier access to each scarf…whoot whoot!


Happy Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 18th, 2013
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Today we’re enjoying a much needed long weekend with our hubbies. Good food, a little shopping, a little relaxing and a few sunny days… A big thank you to those who have, and those who still do try to make the country a better place.

We hope you are enjoying the holiday too!

Little Beauties: Anthro Mini Bowls

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Don’t you love a little beauty?

These mini latte bowls at Anthropologie have been catching my eye for quite a while, and finally on my last visit I decided I couldn’t resist any longer and at $2.50 each I didn’t have to!

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I just adore the milky colours together, and makes me happy everytime I catch a glimpse of them sitting happy on my kitchen shelf.

What little beauties make you guys smile?