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Update A Room on ANY Budget!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sarah’s family room was feeling a little blah.

Her room has cream walls, a dark brown leather sectional and just felt a little dated.

With a next-to-nothing budget we brightened things up by adding more contrast by pulling black and white items from around the house.

Take a look:

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce


Change Throw Pillows
Sarah’s pillows were all monotone so it was a great start, all the couch needed was a little ‘punch’. These ones worked out perfectly, see HERE and  HERE. Adding pattern and contrast is always a breath of fresh air!

Switch up Artwork
We created the mini gallery wall by collecting unused black and white pieces from storage. Sarah had the silhouettes of the twins done at Disneyland and we popped them into $3 frames (HERE). To help bring the look together we painted basic circles onto a piece of card stock and hung with a skirt hanger. All these were attached with command strips, so they’ll be no nail holes when she’s ready to switch it up again!

Other existing frames got a fresh look by repositioning them. The brown frame in the entry, got a buddy by adding a one above it. This really made more of a feature and elevates the eye upward!

Add White!
White is essential to brightening up any space. A simple $8 lack table HERE worked great next to the couch.

.The room is the main living area in the house and doubles as family room and formal living room. We feel we mastered the art of living with kids, without sacrificing design and feeling like a grown ups!

Paint is next, we’re just meditating over color. Any thoughts on what would look good?

Organization: Sarah’s Pantry Overhaul!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

About 2 months ago I woke up to find a nightmare in my pantry. BUGS!!!

Warehouse bugs.

It was traumatic.

It look a while to get rid of them.

But now we’re bug-free and neater than ever, as this was a great excuse to have a pantry overhaul.

Ooooh pretty!!!

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One of the things I learned, was that I really needed plastic containers to prevent it happening again.

(The bugs were in a box of cereal. Yuck.)

Containers can keep the food air-tight, fresher for longer…and just feels clean!

We’d been wanting these OXO (click HERE) containers for years but they are pricey. We were thrilled with our find at Costco, a pack of 8 containers for $48. Which is great because usually they are about $15 each!

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For smaller prepackaged items our favorite $1 bins (link HERE) are perfection.

They keep things in their place, and also protect from those ‘lil pests.

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To finish it off we added wrapping paper to the shelves. Much cuter and cheaper than liners, but will probably have to be replaced every other year or so.

And just because we couldn’t get enough stripes we added a notice board to match!

Since we removed ours in the hallway for the peg rail (see HERE) I’ve been desperate for a place for invitations and such.

We simply covered a notice board in fabric and hung with command strips.

So handy, and cute.

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We’d been eating out a ton and keeping what little food we had on the other side of the kitchen, so it’s nice to finally feel back to normal.

Relaxed and clean again!

A New Way to Pack with Kids

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of our favorite clients introduced us to this amazing idea…packing family style for vacation.

Instead of each having individual bags to lug in and out of the car and hotels…packing one family bag per day instead.

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We laminated THESE tags from Ikea, to make it easy to identify each bag.

This idea is genius and makes traveling SO much easier!

Do you have a summer vacay planned? Give this method a try!

DVD Organization

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

This week we’ve done some major DVD sorting. Some movies went straight into the ‘donate’ pile, but even in our day of Netflix and Redbox there are still a few favorites we want to keep…

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Ikea has these perfect DVD boxes that inspired our project (HERE).

At only $1.49 a box how could we refuse?

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We divided movies into genres and labeled each box accordingly and gave them all a home in our storage cubes.

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We are loving this system of having movies divided by category. We’re already noticing a pattern…kid movies and chick flicks!

Do you need help organizing your home?
Please email mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com!

Quiet Bag

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Church, meetings or special events…there are those special times we need to keep the little ones quiet.

It’s all about the art of distraction and a designated ‘quiet bag’ ready to grab works wonders.

Here’s what we’re towing around…

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1. Snacks and water. We know how it feels to be cranky pants when thirsty or hungry. A snack bag of cheerios and our fave lollacups keep the girlies amused for a while when meetings run long.

2. Links. The best toy ever!

3. A cute tote to carry it all.

4. Plastic photo album. The girls love flipping through these and looking at pics of the family.

5. Mini board books. THESE ones are a family favorite…those illustrations!

6. A diaper or two + wipes.

7. Finger puppets. These ones are hand-me-downs, but THESE are an amazing deal.

8. Straws and plastic utensils can double as a toy to keep the babies occupied for a few minutes.

Do you have any great tips for keeping babies amused on the go?
Please share!!!