16 January 2017

Farmhouse Dining Room

I know I'm not the only one who likes that farmhouse vibe. I'm pretty sure I could live with full on farmhouse style. However, since I enjoy various design elements from different styles, I always like to incorporate different styles together. Mix and match, if you will.

Here's a farmhouse dining room design I recently made that incorporates a few different design styles, all while giving off that farmhouse vibe.

While the majority of this dining room design is traditional farmhouse, I added a few elements that are a bit more modern & contemporary such as: the table, the light fixture & the art. And on a side note, don't be afraid of mixing the chairs at your table. I love the mix here. Even the straight up wooden chairs are a bit more contemporary than the slipcovered ones.

A chair like this would even be a great mix to add in. It would add a lovely contrast to the table and the two slipcovered chairs.

I quite like this space and the farmhouse vibe. There's something about the farmhouse feel that's cozy & inviting. All things I want our home to be. Definitely tucking this design away for a later time when we can do some updates.

You can find more design boards & inspiration here.

13 January 2017

Three Things to do This Weekend

It's Friday! You may remember this post from last week: 3 Things to do This Weekend. I mentioned that for the month of January I'd help us all out a little by posting some of those dreaded new year organization/cleaning tasks we all try to accomplish.

The key is not to try and tackle everything all at once. Remember, like anything, getting your home set for a new season, organizing, purging, and even decorating, is a process!

Here's what I'm working on this weekend:

1. Tackle the bathroom cabinets. Ok, if you have more than one bathroom, just do one. Unless you're feeling extra ambitious and/or your bathrooms are different levels of cluttered. One may be easier/smaller than the other, so it may be a quick task to do all. Only you know what's going to overwhelm you.

Go through the cabinets & drawers in your bathroom one by one. Empty them out, trash what needs to be trashed & only place back them items you need and use. Be sure to dispose of expired products & medicine properly. If you keep your towels in the bathroom (and not in a linen closet) go through them. Have some of them lived their life span? Do you need to rip some up to use as rags? If that's the case do so; and if you need to replace the ones you get rid of, make a note on the fridge or your phone to keep an eye out for sales. That way you can pick some up when they're on for a good deal. Like always, when you're putting the items back into the cabinets, place like things in the same cabinets. It'll make things a bit easier to find and little more uniform.

2. Clean the microwave. I can't be the only person that had food splatter & blow up in there over the holidays. It really doesn't take long to clean, so let's just get it over with. I generally get a microwave safe glass bowl (pyrex) and fill it halfway with water. Add approx. 1/4 cup of vinegar to the water and then microwave for about 3 min (maybe check on it every min or so...you may need to do a couple extra minutes). Once you notice it get steamy in there, just let the bowl of water sit in there for a few minutes with the door closed. Remove the bowl (careful, it might be hot!) and proceed to wipe down the inside of the microwave. I usually use a damp dish cloth with some water & dish soap. The caked on food comes off much easier thanks to the steamy vinegar bath.

3. De-Scale & clean the coffee maker. So I guess this one only applies to those of you who drink coffee and/or still have a coffee maker. The coffee maker often gets neglected when it comes to cleaning. In order to descale I always fill the coffee pot mostly full of cold water then add apporx. 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour the mixture into the coffee maker like you would if you were going to brew a pot, then turn it on and let it run. After it goes through, let it sit for a bit and cool down. Then run another pot of water (just water) through as if you were going to make more coffee. After it runs and cools, wash the carafe and filters in warm soapy water. Then wipe down the rest of the coffee maker. Done.

Lastly, here's a nice little thought about clutter:

Happy Weekending!

09 January 2017

2017 New Year Goals

Last year was the first year that I actually took the time to write out my goals for the new year (I made some home goals too!). I'm not really a resolution maker, but I do like the idea of setting some goals for the year to come.

So, much like last year, I've decided to do the same this year. I've combined life & home goals this year. Mainly because we're still living in limbo (aka: going to be moving sometime soon-ish), but partially because home & life go hand-in-hand.

So here's what I'm hoping to work away at this year:

06 January 2017

Three Things to do This Weekend

Alright, we all know the new year is full of organization/cleaning/purging rituals/resolutions/tasks. Phew. Don't worry, my 2017 goal post should be up sometime next week (I know you're waiting on the edge of your seat). Anyways, getting organized etc. is a task that many of us tackle this time of year; and lots if times, once we get the list made it can be extremely overwhelming.

We start out with our lists & great ambitions to "organize all the things!". I get it. I do it too. So, in order to avoid getting completely overwhelmed, I thought each weekend this month I'd give a little list of tasks to complete. Do them, don't do them, pick 3 specifics off your own "to-do list", whatever. But, I thought it might help us all breathe a little easier, and help keep us a tiny bit accountable/give us a kick in the pants to get some things done (namely, me). Not ALL the things at once, just a few.

So, this weekend, here's what I'm planning to tackle:

1. Clean out the fridge. And while I'm at it, the freezer. Seriously. Give it a good cleaning. Take everything out. Throw out those things that may have expired (whoops!), and those bottles of sauces that only have a tbsp left in it. You know the drill. Sift through the stuff to chuck & the stuff to keep. Wipe down the inside (the walls, the ceiling, the drawers, the shelves). Then put everything back in, in a nice orderly fashion. Feels better, doesn't it?

2. Clean out & organize ONE closet/cupboard or drawer that desperately needs it. Only you know what this is in your home. You probably have more than one. I know I do. BUT, this weekend just choose one. It'll feel so much better.

3. Clean all of the paper & junk of your counters. This. This one I so need right now. Papers & random junk have collected for the past month or so on the end of my counter. It's not good. I hate looking at it and it needs.to.be.gone. So this weekend it's happening.

4. Do Something Fun. Surprise! There's a #4. Don't forget to do something fun this weekend. Relax, rest, have a good time. Because, if your weekend is FULL of tasks you more than likely won't start your next week off well. Remember, all the things can't get clean & organized in the span of 2 days! It's a process.

To make your 3 tasks a bit more enjoyable, make a coffee, turn on some music or a podcast, and then get to work. And the most important thing to remember, if you don't get your tasks all complete this weekend, don't beat yourself up. Try completing one of them in an evening next week. Plus, you always have next weekend ;)

If you join me (with these tasks or your own) I'd love to hear about your accomplishments in the comments below, or share the results over on my FB page.

Happy Weekending!

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