January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
It's hard to believe that we've been in our house for over two years. It kind of feels like we just moved in, but memories of living elsewhere also feel so distant at this point.
Both the house, and the apartment that we had lived in before we bought ours had one thing in common – big kitchens with tons of storage! It was a luxury that's easy to take advantage. Then we moved into our house which originally had the teeny tiniest kitchen. It was oddly set up, but thankfully we were able to knock out a few walls that completely opened it up! It was great, but since we have so many projects we're working on with the house, the actual remodeling of the kitchen has been on the back burner. So when it comes to storage our kitchen has a total of one cabinet. It's the lovely built-in that's original to the kitchen, but the top half has glass doors, which means that our storage space for all of those not so pretty things that we all have in our kitchen, is basically nothing. Over the last few years I've learned some tricks to making a kitchen with no storage (or counter space!) work, that have really helped me from going crazy over the lack of hiding places.
ROLLING CARTS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Seriously, I love a cute little cart with wheels. Not only can you stick them in any little corner you might have, but I've really loved that I can roll them out of the way whenever we do any construction work in the kitchen and I don't have to worry about totally unloading everything to move it!
I have both a large utility cart, and this one I thrifted a while back both in my kitchen housing appliances, dry foods, and cleaning products. I also am totally smitten with the cart in the picture above that I bought from Demi-Brooke, that I've turned into my coffee cart! Each cart has a specific purpose and I try to keep them super organized to keep things from getting messy.
My favorite places to find carts are thrift stores (see this post for the before and after of mine) and garage sales. I also love places like Ikea and Target to find them cute, and at good prices (this one is a total steal, and this one is totally stealing my heart).
MAKE YOUR STORAGE DECORATIVE
If your tight on hidden storage space make whatever you need to store out on your counters (or carts) cute! I am obsessed with pretty glass storage containers. I keep almost all of my dry food goods in them. These are super easy to find at almost any thrift store for cheap, but if you're looking for matching ones, places like The Container Store and Home Goods are great places to find them too.
KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED
This may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but I can't stress how important it is for everything to have it's "own space" especially in tiny kitchens. When every square inch of storage is packed, you don't want to have to pull everything apart just to try to find your favorite spatula. Part of keeping things organized for me, has been going through my kitchen once every couple months and seeing what I really need handy. Do I need that specialty baking pan ready to grab, when I've only used it once in the last five years? Probably not. I always walk away with a new bag to donate, as well as a little box to put into long term storage in my basement.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE REST OF YOUR HOME
When things are tight, expand! I was so happy once I brought my coffee cart into my dining room. Not only does it free up a lot of space in the kitchen for more important things, but it looks so cute! Even if we didn't have a dining room, I think a coffee cart would be cute in a living room or office. Think outside the box and take a look around to see if there's anything that's taking up space in that little kitchen of yours that could find a home in another part of your house. Use your imagination, and don't be afraid to experiment and see what works!
October 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of year to get my hands dirty and make something pretty. Evey year I always seem to have a list a mile long of things I want to make and do during autumn, and this year isn't any different. I also love looking back on some of projects from years past, a lot of which I still pull out every fall!
Who doesn't love adding a little glitter here and there? I still use these glitter dipped feathers to decorate the house. I love the little bit of sparkle they add!
Every year I am always begging my mom to knit me up a new scarf. She makes the prettiest knits, so I was so excited to have her do a little tutorial on how to make your own infinity scarf for the knitters out there last year!
Preserving and showing off fall leaves in your home is super easy, and is an awesome way to bring some of that fall beauty into your home.
When the sun starts to set earlier and earlier I love adding extra candles around the house. I still love the rustic element that this tree branch candle hanger that I made gives a room!
Halloween is actually one of my favorite holidays. It's just plain fun, and I love that! And what's more fun than adding a little holiday spirit to your home with a little bat bunting?
These super simple coasters are still one of my favorite DIYs! They're easy to make and are such a cute addition to a coffee table, or even Thanksgiving table setting.
What's on your fall to-make list?
May 12, 2014 § 2 Comments
Thrift shops and flea markets are great for finding unloved treasures that just need a little makeover. I still am in love with my little tea cart I rescued. But whether you save an old piece or buy one new, having a little cart dedicated to your love of tea is always fun:)
Decorative pillows can be so expensive, but it can be fun and cheap to make your own! Whether you make your own stamp or buy one, it’s a pretty simple project to do.
Pajaki chandliers are a great little decoration for a window, or can be adorable used as a mobile over a crib! You can choose to make it completely from scrach or buy some of the materials pre-made. Whatever way you choose to do it, they’re fun to put together, and really lovely!
Old tin trays are another one of those things that tend to always be at thrift store, and it’s so easy to give them a little makeover. Adding a little herringbone pattern to one is quick and simple – you can check out the tuturial here!
Celebrate your love for your own little furball with some silhouette art! I cherish my little version of Krammer even more since we lost him – it’s nice to have a little reminder of our favorite guy.
It’s no secret that I love reusing things, and even an old desk that’s been sitting in a basement for years can be turned into something cute and usable again! Check out my little makeover of an old ikea desk.
Looking for some fun, usable decorations? Make a map of the world (or just one country, if you like) out of some corkboard. You can even paint it to give it a little extra pop, and then use it to pinpoint places you’ve been, or just pin up some notes!
Another great alternative to spending a small fortune on cute pillows is to sew your own. I made a pair of these swiss cross pillows a while back and we still use them on our couch! You only need to know the basics of a sewing machine to make them.
I love this candle holder I made using a tree branch and some twine. It’s pretty simple, and just plain lovely, in my own oppinion!
April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last week it crawled up to the 70s, which had me dreaming of summer, and pulling out my sandals! I LOVE sandals. Especially strappy leather ones. I tend to wear mine until they are literally falling apart, and last summer I wore one pair completely out, so it's definitely time for some new ones. I've been looking all over for a good pair that doesn't totally break the bank, and have came across some really cute ones, all under a hundred bucks (and most under $50)!
1. Sam Edelman Gilda Sandals
2. ModCloth Stained Glass Supplies Sandals
3. Target Lavina Sandals
4. PacSun Poppy Strappy Sandals
5. Target Lakita Sandals
6. Madewell Slingback Sightseer Sandals
7. Old Navy Cross-Front Faux Leather Sandals
8. Gap Leather Sandals
9. ShopRuche Stella Woven Sandals
10. AE Tie Front Sandals
November 8, 2013 § 3 Comments
I know som people are all ready to jump right into Christmas, but it's still fall, and I plan on taking full advantage of that fact as long as I can! I'm a total pumpkin addict, so I thuoght I'd share a few of my favorite recipes…
A week or two ago I really wanted to try my hand at making bagels and decided I had to start with Seasons and Suppers Pumpkin Pie Bagels – they are a bit of work, but boy are they worth it! I froze most of them so I can just pull them right out whenever I need one! (photo from my instagram)
Pumpkin Pie Granola – I really need ot make some soon!
I really would love to try making these again, this time maybe a little cuter and more dressed up! Either way, Pumpkin Cup Pies are delicious (and just another way to celebrate my never-ending love for Pushing Daisies).
I've also made these Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls twice this year, and thanks to my family they haven't even lasted long enough to snap a picture. Do you guys have any good fall recipes? Please share! I'm always looking for new ones to try out:)