Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ikea - 10 for under $20

I thought it would be fun to do a little series showing products I love from several stores.  Some are inexpensive and some are more of a wish list.  Today I'm showing some items from Ikea.  Who doesn't love Ikea, right?

Let’s say you only have $100 to spend and you wanted to get a bunch of stuff to decorate a room.  I love Ikea and they have a ton of great pieces that can work well for multiple uses. 

1. SMÅNATE cover $6 I have been loving buffalo check, especially in gray.  

2. SOCKERÄRT vase $19.99  This would be great to put flowers in and set on your dining room table or kitchen counter.

3. VITEMÖLLA Wall lamp $19.99  This lamp is simple enough to use as a bedside light or in an office for extra lighting.

4. SPRALLIS wall clock $16.99  This clock is very simple and clean but I love the umbre look.

5. ORMHASSEL Throw $17.99  The cooler months are coming and this throw would be great to keep at the end of a bed or next to the couch.

6. DRUVFLÄDER Bowl $12.99  Add this to an entry table to throw keys and stuff in the keep your space neat and tidy.

7. KVARNVIK Box with Lid $16.99  I love this one!  I have a couple of smaller ones that work great to store CD's.  Plus they have a nice spot for labels.  These big ones also look really great in the Kallax shelving units.  

8. LAPPLJUNG RUTA Cushion Cover $10  Another great print that I'm loving.  This would look great anywhere to add a punch of bold pattern.

9. BILD Poster $5  Just grab a cheap, garage sale frame and paint it a bright green to liven up this print.

10. KEJSARKRONA Candlestick $9.99  These have a vintage vibe to them, grab a bunch and arrange them on your mantle or a dresser in the bedroom.

As you can see these are just a couple of great options.  Would you use any of these in your home?

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gallery Wall

Wow!  It's been a busy weekend.  The highlight was a great street party last night.  It was so fun to meet a lot of our neighbors.  We have a really great community here and I love that.

On to the big subject of the day.  This is one of those projects that have been on my to-do list for a while.  In one corner of our living room we have had 2 walls that have been empty since we moved in.  Normally there is a rug in the corner for Teddy to sit when we have company and need him to stay in one spot.  Since there isn't usually furniture there I really wanted to add some artwork to the walls to dress them up.  I knew I wanted to do a gallery wall but really didn't know where to start.

The 2 key pieces that finally got me ready to plan this wall out was the print from Target with the quote "Don't count the days, make the days count" and a photo of Rex and I from our spring photo session.  When we got our photos printed we apparently got some really crazy sizes and I have struggled to find frames to put them in.  Seriously, I've been searching for frames that are 6 x 9 for months.  I had no idea that was such an odd size.This frame (it's a 12 x 16) I found at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3!  It was the exact size I needed but the color was ugly!  I grabbed a can of spray chalk paint and gave it a couple coats of paint.  Then I went to Lowes and had them cut me a piece of glass to fit into the frame.  Finally, about 2 weeks ago I started taping out the layout on the wall to visualize the pieces that I wanted to go up on the wall.

This afternoon I decided I was going to start/finish this wall by the end of the night.  The two main pieces I actually used nails to hang them on the wall but everything else I used Command hooks.  I love using these to hang stuff.  We have plaster walls and banging nails in them is not something I like to do a whole lot.  It took me a couple hours to get it all up but I'm really happy with how it turned out.  The great thing is that if I want to change anything up, I can just pull them down and put something else up.

I'm so glad I was able to get this finished!  I love starting my week with a completed project.  And, no more bare walls!  What do you think? Hope you all have a great week!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Problem with Blogs and Pinterest

I know what you are going to say about that title.  Yes, I write a blog and I love pinning stuff on Pinterest.  Hear me out.  If there is one thing I have learned in the last year and a half of owning my home is that my house will never be perfect.  That is something I struggle with  Like, some days I can't even deal with it.  We still have boxes that haven't been touched since we moved in.  People always tell me that it took them a long time to unpack and get this just the way they want it.  But I just feel like I'm moving at a snail's pace.

Along with that, I feel like I haven't gotten near as far along as I would like to on decorating my house.  My guest room has become the store all the things room for decorating.  I have piles of pictures in one corner, a closet full of uninstalled curtains and unused vases as well as a catch all for my half done projects.

Source: Young House Love

So, here's the thing.  Everyday I see pictures on other bloggers pages and scroll Pinterest and the photos all show the best.  No clutter, no mess.  Everything organized and in the rightful place.  Magazine worthy photos.  And I think to myself, now, why can't my house be like that?  Why can't all my mess disappear and find homes so that my house can be perfect.  Do you find yourself feeling the same way?  I'm sure I'm not the only one.  Can I be honest?  I actually feel like I'm failing as a homeowner and as a wife when my house is a disaster.  I want my home to be a peaceful, relaxing place for both myself and my husband.  I want him to walk into the house after working hard all day to a clean house and not have to trip over stuff or move a pile of papers off the table.

Source: Nest of Bliss

I realize I probably sound like I'm complaining and that's not what this is about.  It's about the fact that we have lost our realistic expectations on our homes.  Our homes don't have to be perfect to be peaceful and relaxing places of rest.  Believe me, if you could see beyond the camera lens, I'm sure you would see piles of things that they moved out of the way before they took to photo.  They have dust bunnies and dirty windows like the rest of us.  They have bad days when there are piles of papers on the dining room table.  Don't think that their homes are immaculate every single minute of the day.   They aren't.  And it's ok if you and I have less than perfect houses.  That is what we have to remember when looking at blogs and scrolling through Pinterest.  No one is perfect and no one has the perfect house.   I'm not saying stop reading blogs or stop looking at Pinterest.  I'll still do both, probably every day. Just make sure you stop beating yourself up over comparing your house with theirs.  I know, practice what you preach, and I do try.  Maybe someday my house will be just enough organized and clean.  But until then, I'll keep reminding myself that it's ok to have a messy house.

Source: Ecards

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