Showing posts with label CGL townhouse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CGL townhouse. Show all posts

Monday, January 14, 2019

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter

I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor.

When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter.

This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

If your family doesn't do Christmas and just wants a pretty non-Christmas wreath for your door, this is great for this, too!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Step inside Carissa's cozy suburban townhome to see their kid friendly and eco-friendly decor! The rooms are a mix of traditional, eclectic and vintage. Get links to all the before and after makeovers and see how far you can really go on a real world budget!

Have you ever seen a blogger do a home tour? I totally have and you know what I thought?

I thought: I could never do one of those. 

Because the truth is that I'm a mom and I also work full time - and I have two tiny roommates (that would be my children) that make keeping my house tidy really really hard. So when you see pictures of a clean, neatly styled room in a post I wrote, it's probably because I cleaned that room only solely for the purpose of photographing it. In fact, a friend of mine came over one time and said "you know, from your website, you'd never know that your house actually looks like this." This, of course, meant like a 5 year old and a baby had "helped decorate" and several days of dishes were piled in my sink. Sigh.

But then we decided to sell our house

Monday, September 7, 2015

I have been working on this project for what feels like forever. Perhaps because I started it a year ago and then hung it on my wall (unfinished) to get it out of the way. And then I finished it this week. Finally. Two weeks before I move to a totally new house. Ha!

The move was my incentive to finally get this thing finished. Since I worked so hard on my dining room makeover and since I'm moving away from said dining room in two weeks I figured I had better actually finish it if I want nice pictures, eh? Ain't no minute like the very last minute.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop procrastinating, eh? When we bought our house more than 6 years ago, a really ugly cabinet that goes over the toilet came with the house. I vowed to get rid of it. And then one year passed. And two years. And three years. And, well, you get the picture. Cabinet was still there. Then last month, we decided we were really serious about selling our house so we needed to get serious about de-uglifying the bathroom!


Friday, February 13, 2015

When I made over my kids' bathroom, I wanted to replace the towel  bar with hooks they could hang their hooded towels on. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to put each child's initial over their hook. Plain monograms are so boring! I decided to dress them up a bit with washi tape to make them more fun!

The nice thing about these particular monograms is that they can stand up on their own (as pictured above) so you could also stand them on a shelf or dresser or hang them on the wall as part of a gallery display.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

All of us have areas of our home that have a tendency to get out of hand. Maybe yours is behind a closed door. One of mine is unfortunately right by my front door. Until recently it looked like this:


Saturday, January 10, 2015

If you're like me with little ones at home, you probably have your share of bottles and sippy cups. If you're not careful, it's easy for them to multiply like rabbits and get a bit out of control. Case in point?

Here is a before shot of the cabinet we store our baby bottles and sippy cups in. It's admittedly not as bad as it could be but still - it needed a lot of help. Especially since when things get crowded, my husband just starts shoving stuff place where is doesn't belong and the whole thing spirals out of control quickly. (ahem)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There have been several articles online lately about "Pinterest Anxiety." If you have not read these articles (or do not suffer from this condition), Pinterest Anxiety is caused when moms spend lots of time trolling Pinterest, reading articles and tutorials and noticing that the photos of other families' homes look clean and immaculate.

Moms are left feeling a sense of inadequacy. How do these bloggers have time to be moms while writing blogs, taking photos and making crafts with their kids all while keeping an immaculate house? Here's the answer:
They Don't!

Okay, well maybe some of them do. I certainly don't. And I know plenty of bloggers who have the same struggle as me. The truth is before I took that picture that is making you all sad, I spent 20 minutes de-cluttering that portion of my house and shoving everything behind me. True story.

Want proof? This, my friends, is about to get really real. And really ugly. (if you're the person who sent me a message chastising me for how I let my oven get so dirty, you may want to find a new post to go read.)

Until two weeks ago this was my drawer in my master bathroom:

I did not have to open this drawer to photograph it - it is so full of crap that it won't even close!


Aside from being so full of stuff I can't even close it all the way, there are several problems. Among them, it had things in I had not used in more than a year, it was unorganized and in general it was just a really hot mess. And I let it be this way for a month or more (I know!) because the longer I let it sit, the more intimidating it became to tackle.

But I got my mojo on and took some pictures and 30 minutes later I had a WAY more organized drawer that not only closes all the way but now I can find things easily. Hallelujah!

Have a bathroom drawer that needs organizing? I'm here to help!

I'm going to walk to step-by-step through organizing your master bathroom drawers and free you up to do way more exciting things than try to figure out where the heck your tweezers are. Ready? Let's go!

Monday, March 31, 2014

This post is brought to you by HomeRight.

I let you guys know last month that I'm working on re-doing my dining room. My main goal has been to make my dining room a more enjoyable, usable space. I'm doing this by:
  • Decluttering and increasing storage (see this post about how I turned an old dresser into a functional sideboard to provide pretty storage)
  • Making the space feel lighter and brighter with:
    • Fresh paint
    • Lighter furniture
    • Bright decorative accents
Here is a picture of my dining room before I got started:

Here is what it looks like now with fresh paint and my new sideboard for storage:

The paint changes it SO much! It feels like a completely different room and I'm not even done.

In tackling a big painting project like this I had two hugely important requirements:
  • I had to do it fast. My husband hates when I want to do big DIY projects. Hates it. To help make it less painful, I needed to be able to do it while he was gone at work. In fact, I didn't even tell him ahead of time I was going to be painting the dining room.
  • It had to be non-toxic. Traditional paint contains high levels of VOCs (VOC=volatile organic compounds). VOCs are toxins that are released into the air inside your home both while you are painting and for up to five years after the paint is dry. Luckily, there are now lots of options available for VOC free paints. These paints will be clearly labeled as being VOC free and usually cost a little more than high quality hardware store paint. Am I willing to spend a little extra money to help protect the health of my family? Absolutely!
To help make my project go quickly, I partnered with HomeRight to try some of their painting tools. 


I loved both of these - especially the PaintStick EZ Twist. Using both these tools together made it possible for me to pull off a huge DIY project by myself in a lot less time than if I'd used traditional tools like tape, paint brushes and standard rollers.

To avoid VOCs, I used paint from a company called ECOS. Their paint is not only VOC free but non-toxic, too. This made it possible for me to do this whole project while six months pregnant without worrying about poisoning myself or my baby with toxic paint fumes. It also will protect my family's health for years to come because it will not continue to off-gas VOCs like traditional paint. It's just as beautiful as traditional paint.

Supplies for Fast Painting

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Did you notice that my supply list does NOT include traditional painting supplies like paint trays or edge tape? That's because I didn't need them!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This post is brought to you by Annie Sloan Unfolded.
My current project at home is upgrading my dining room one small project at a time. In addition to being rather unremarkable, one of the big issues we struggle with in our open plan townhome is lack of storage space.

Here is what the dining room looked like last month:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm currently on a de-cluttering and organizing binge. This, of course, might have everything to do with it. After living in our home for almost 5 years, we've got some stuff to clean out. And I'm loving the results! 

The truth is, I've always struggled with decluttering in part because I felt like if an item still had some apparent use left to it, it was wasteful to discard it. If you struggle with this as well, let me tell you what really helped me:
If I'm not actually using it, keeping it is just as wasteful as getting rid of it.

If does not matter if an item could be used again later. Or if I could use it once I run out the stuff I like. If I'm not actually going to use it, it is better to give it to someone who can, or to just get rid of it all together.

So, in the spirit of making it easier to know where to get started, I'm going to walk to step-by-step through organizing the cabinet under your kitchen sink. Ready? Let's go!

Monday, September 16, 2013

This post is brought to you by HomeRight
I will admit it: until last week, deep cleaning my oven is something I never ever looked forward to. It took a long time and it's never as clean as I wish it were. Part of this is that we use non-toxic cleaning products and even though I think it might be possible to scrub it decently clean with a lemon, baking soda and vinegar - it would take a long time. Aint' no one got time for that!

So what changed?

This little beauty arrived on my door step:

In about 35 minutes, my oven was cleaner than I have ever seen it ever. EVER. And it was totally chemical free - all I needed was the steam that came out of this little miracle of modern cleaning technology. 

Does this sound a little over the top? It's honest. Ask my husband. I was giddy. GIDDY about how clean my oven and stove were when he got home for work and I blabbered at him about it for longer than it took to clean the thing. 

Once you see how awesome the SteamMachine is, you are going to want one, too! Keep reading after the tutorial to enter to win!



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I've mentioned before that I don't use paint containing VOCs (that would be most paint) inside my house. I'm not just talking about the walls - furniture has that rule, too. Using VOC-free paint is especially important for items that will be used around children as the toxins in regular paint can be breathed in for up to 5 years after the initial application - that's a long time to be breathing toxins!

I'm so thrilled I had the chance to work with Lullaby Paints last month to try not only their great chalkboard paints but some of their regular paint samples, too. I used them along with some of my favorite Martha Stewart stencils and have a table that is great for kids to color or practice writing on - but still sophisticated enough to look cute in my living room!



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We use a lot of cloth supplies in our kitchen and dining room. Between dish towels, cloth napkins, and dishcloths our kitchen can sometimes generate quite a bit of laundry - and some of it is rather wet or messy. Since we live in a two story townhouse - and of course our kitchen and dining room are not on the same floor - we sometimes end up with small piles of laundry either on a kitchen counter or at the base of the stairs to take up later. 

In addition to being kind of gross, having a pile of dirty laundry is not a good look. Using a dollar store plastic storage bin, I made a cute mini laundry basket perfect for containing sloppy kitchen messes. Ours stays on our bottom step but under your kitchen sink might make a good home as well.


*I really like my Cricut Mini and find it helpful for all kinds of crafts and projects around my home (check out some of my other cricut projects here). If you don't have a Cricut, though, you can follow this technique for vinyl lettering without a fancy machine.
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