Live in it.....Love it.

I believe if you are going to live in it, you should LOVE it. You should be excited to come home to it everyday and be proud to show it off. I want to inspire you to make your home what you have always dreamed of. It doesn't matter how big or small the space is, it is what you do with that space that makes all the difference. I'll show you how I make our home something that we live in....and love it and I will show you how I do that on a budget.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'm Still Here....working mom

I'm still around but have been trying to find my grove with a six month old and working full time.  This working mom thing isn't as easy as I had hoped it would be.  I want to start blogging again, but I need to find/make the time for that.  I have to show you how cute my little girls room is now, but it still has lots of work to be done too.  I will post some updates soon.

Have a great day!!!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

De-Cluttering the Pantry/Kitchen

I'm following Mary Organizes De-Cluttering challenge.  I posted about it here.  This week was the kitchen/pantry areas.  I was able to get to the pantry so far.  It feels really good to de-clutter/organize this pantry.  It's been like this for months now and I needed something to kick me in the butt to make me finally do it.  I have more areas to get to in the kitchen, but wasn't able to completely follow Mary's schedule 100%.

I even have extra room to put more stuff from the Kitchen if I need to.  YAY!!!  It feels so good that the Pantry was reorganized.  I love opening the door now, because it makes me feel less stressed about one area in my home.  I have a lot of other reorganizing to do in my home and I plan to follow Mary Organizes as much as I can each week so hopefully I can get it all done.

De-cluttered/reorganized my corner cabinet in the kitchen too.  Sorry the before is blurry.  I needed to make room for my newborns stuff so I could get it off of my counter.  I will show you how I organized the rest of my counter in a future post.  I threw away most of the stuff in this cabinet.  There was some really old stuff in there.  I really don't like this corner cabinet, but I think it works for right now for my baby's stuff and for my tea's.  I'm sure it will change over time but for now this works for me.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  What did you de-clutter this week?  Love to hear all about it.  Leave a comment if you want to share with all of us.  Have a great day!!!


Monday, September 2, 2013

My Newborn and Joining a De-Cluttering Challenge

Hi everyone!!!  Sorry it's been such a long time since I have blogged, but between working and being pregnant and getting ready for our first just took over my life and I didn't blog.  But I'm going to try to blog more and show you how our house is going to change with our new little one in the house.

Here is our Baby Girl!!!  We are so in love with her.

I'm joining the 91 Day De-Clutter Challenge with Mary from Mary Organizes.  Well I will try my hardest to follow this challenge for 91 days.  I have a newborn in the house right now, so hopefully I will be able to "de-clutter" during nap times.  ;)

I don't have all of these same rooms, but I will try to do something for each of these 13 weeks.  Seems like a really great challenge that we should all do at least once a year to take back our homes.

I will be working on some kitchen cabinets, drawers and my pantry closet this week.  I can't wait to get rid of some stuff that has been sitting in those areas for way too long.

Are you going to join this challenge?  I would love to see what you de-clutter so leave a message here so I can check out what you de-clutter in your home.  Happy cleaning!!!  :)


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dresser Time

We bought a dresser from Ikea for the nursery.  I saw this dresser all over the internet in other nurseries and I knew I had to have it as well.  It really is a great size dresser for any bedroom, but putting it in the nursery was perfect.

We bought the Hemnes dresser from Ikea.  It has lots of parts, but it was pretty easy for us to put this dresser together.  I would like to change the drawer pulls but until I find something these are the ones that come with the dresser.  I would like to find pink or turquoise pulls.  Above the dresser I would like to put long mirror but haven't found anything I love yet.

This dresser will also serve as our little ones changing table.  I can't wait to put this all together.  We have some shopping to do still.

Look how fun the inside of the drawers are.  Yup Ikea gives you this bottom for the drawers.  It only comes in this yellow, but I thought it was fun.

Skubb boxes from Ikea.  They come in a couple of different colors too.  Here, here and here.  They also have these boxes.  I thought this was a great way to organize the babies drawers.  I can't wait to start to fill everything up with what our little one needs.  Diapers, clothes, etc.

The set comes with 3 different sizes {2 of each size} and you can fit them however you need them in your drawers.

You can check out this post to see what other details might be going into the nursery.  Lots of ideas.  We still have so much more to do but it will come together over the next 2.5 months.  

I'm looking for curtain rods still so wish me luck that I find something soon.  I really want to get the curtains up already.  Want to see the curtains I have picked?  They seem to be temporarily unavailable online right now.  Sorry.  But you can see a picture of them in the link.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nursery Before & After

Well it's more like Before & During, not really "After" yet.  But we are getting there.

We have gotten a lot done in the nursery.  We took everything out of this room, fixed the walls a little, primed, painted, added crown molding, added a closet organizer and painted the inside of the closet.  Now we are moving onto the furniture part of this make over.  I will post about that soon.

So here is what the 2nd bedroom...aka nursery looked liked for the last 6 years we have lived in our house.  It was a light sage green.  I always thought it was going to be the perfect color to go with a boy or girl when the time came.  Well 6 years later and my taste has changed.  Heck it was only half a wall that we would have to paint anyway, so what was the big deal.  ;) Well we painted the bottom half white again because it needed a new coat of paint.  So all the trim and the wainscotting was repainted white.  Valspar off the shelf Ultra White, no VOC, low order paint.  Love it.  It's actually a paint and primer in one.  Did a pretty good job!!!

So I wanted to go with a neutral color on the top half of the wall.  I wanted this room to be able to grow with our little girl.  So I was on the hunt for the perfect true grey.  I found it really quickly too.  I thought it was going to take weeks and I was going to drive my sweet husband crazy.  But we went and picked up Valspar samples and by the time the colors all dried, I knew which one I wanted.  The lighter grey on the left.  Valspar Bay Waves.  LOVE IT!!!  It was the perfect true grey for me.

So we painted all the walls and then started to put up the crown molding.  We did the same molding in our Family Room.  It makes it so much easier with the "blocks" in the corners then trying to miter all the corners.  At least for us, we think it's easier.  Plus we like how the blocks look.

Then you just have to install the crown.  Measure in between blocks and make  straight cuts.  Goes up a lot quicker.  We love how it turned out.  Now to get the rest of the rooms in our house done with crowning molding.  We just had to caulk all the seams and do touch up painting.  Then we were done.  Caulk is always your best friend with projects like this.  It fills in anything that is uneven or if you don't have straight walls.  It gives your crown molding that professional look.  I have some close up pictures of the caulking project, but I will save that for another post.

Let's take a look at the change the closet went through.  We were using this closest for our winter coats, dresses, curtains & my extra shoes.  There was also misc stuff up on the shelf above the rack of clothes.  We had to find room in the rest of the house for all this stuff.  So I purged first, made some donations and put the remainder in other closets.

So here is the closet emptied of our stuff.  We painted it a fun turquoise color on the inside.  Benjamin Moore "Spirit in the Sky" color matched to Valspar paint.  I will be bringing in Pink & Turquoise into the nursery in other ways with decor and bedding.

 To make the closet organizer we purchased different pieces from two different stores.  We bought the Ikea Expedit for the main piece of the organizer.  Then we went to Lowe's to buy one long metal clothes rod that my husband cut down to size for each four sections.  We also bought one large prefinished white shelf and cut that into three pieces.  One long shelf on top and two small shelves on the lower level of rods.

Let's check out some detailed pictures of the closet.   Awwwww look at all the cute girlie stuff I bought already.  I couldn't wait for my shower in June.  haha

Let's see some before and afters next to each other.  I love the grey instead of the green.  I could have done a green & pink nursery, but I just love grey right now and I'm so glad I made the decision to repaint.  The grey can be paired with any other color in the future as our little girl gets older and wants something different then pink or turquoise in her room.  It will be fun to play around with different colors in the future.

This is a view from the hallway.  I love seeing the grey instead of the green.

Next up we will be putting together the dresser we bought from Ikea.  I have seen so many nurseries with this dresser in it and it seems so functional for a nursery.  I can't wait to fill it up and organize it.

If you want to check out other posts about the nursery you can check them out here, here and here.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :-)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Small Nursery Update

Well it has been a crazy couple of weeks since I last wrote.  Things are moving along, but not 100%, with the nursery and office makeovers.  It's a lot of work and I can only help do so much around here lately.  I'm getting tired quicker and sometimes I just have to sit down for awhile and relax.  ;)

I took these two pictures with my cell phone, so I will have to get you better pictures and more pictures soon.

We used this bedroom as a storage room for the most part, so we had a lot of cleaning out to do.  This closet was full of our winter coats and extra shoes.  Plus a lot of other stuff.  We had a lot to purge or to find other space for it in the house.  So we have been hard at work for weeks now with this room and the office.  Trying to figure out what can fit where.  And we did it...well for the most part.  The office is a little messy now, but I will get to that at some point and show you what we did in there.  Hopefully before this baby is born.  ;)

The closet is actually finished now, but I didn't have a picture of that on my phone.  We did install a shelf on the top of the Expedit for extra storage.  Then we added four rods for clothes.  Two rods on either side on top and two rods about half way down on either side.

Top Half of Wall Color - Valspar Bay Waves
Bottom Half of Wall Color - Valspar Ultra White {off the shelf color}

Valspar Ultra paint is low order and no VOC.  The line we used is a Paint & Primer in one.  Two coats and everything looks great.  We had to go over a green wall on the top half of the wall.

We will hopefully have crown molding going in this weekend, so I will have better pictures soon of the whole room.  Then we can add in furniture.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Organizing the Nursery and Home Office

I've been hard at work at home trying to organize our 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.  Bedroom #2 will be the nursery and bedroom #3 is already the office.  I WILL have updates on both of these shortly.  I'm at 23 weeks now and working full time.  My weekends are full of cleaning, organizing, buying products we need to organize better and put those products together, and of course a lot of rest in between.  I have been taking some pictures along the way, so I will be able to show you where we started in all of this.  Sorry I just haven't had the time to post much lately.  I miss this little old blog.

So I will have updates about how we organized our office better.  We worked with what we had and then had to buy some other products because we just had too.  This is why I love Ikea.  ;)

Then I will have updates about the nursery.  That I should be able to take you week by week on.  We haven't started doing any of the work in that room yet to change it over.  We only have taken all of the stuff out of that room.  We will be on vacation for a week working on the nursery, so I should have lots of updates along the way.

Here are some pretty pictures of some of the things that we have bought or order for the nursery and the office.  I will review the homemade products after I have received them.  All vendors have been great to work with so far.  :)

I bought a similar crib skirt to this one.  I changed the fabrics around a little.

I bought a similar crib rail cover to this one, but with fabric that matches the crib skirt.  Can't wait to show you the whole thing together.
via the same vendor as above

Here are the fabrics that I chose for the skirt and the rail covers.

For the office we bought the following.

We needed more storage to accommodate all of our stuff.  Believe me, we purged hard too and we still needed extra storage.  We actually really love how our office looks right now.  We are questioning why we didn't do this years ago.  We finally feel like we have a proper office and proper storage.

We needed, well mostly I needed, extra shoe storage space.  All of my extra off season shoes were in the closet in the nursery, so I purged and then we found this lovely at Ikea and it fit where we wanted to put it and it fit all of our extra shoes.  :)

OK so hopefully this weekend I will finish up making the office look pretty so I can take all of my "after" pictures so I can show off this room to all of you.  There will still be work to be done in the office, but we need to move on to the nursery and start fixing walls, priming and painting already.  Lots to do and I hope you will come back for the journey!!!  :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)

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