Monday, May 1, 2017

Tips for Spring Cleaning

With the nasty rain last weekend I took the opportunity to completely overhaul of our master bedroom closet. This was one part of our new house we definitely compromised on, because for a single family home it’s on the smaller side. And for people that love clothes, we have had to be practical and inventive on space options. I was so embarrassed with the dysfunction and overflowing of clothes, a spring cleaning was definitely needed! So with Willie away at a bachelor party and the rainy weather keeping us in, Hartley watched me take almost every SINGLE piece of or clothing out of the closet in order to orangize into piles and re-order the hanging items for more practicality.

In some ways this was a present for Willie and selfishly for my sanity because almost all the loose items were his. The pants I neatly folded and put into stacks of jeans, “specialty pants”, and shorts. All the hanging stuff was easy to shift around and getting rid of all the extra hangers and plastic dry cleaning wrap helped significantly. I put the long dresses in the far back which opened room for the laundry basket and better shoe grabbing. For scarfs and belts I just looped over a hanger and made them easily accessible towards the front of the closet.

Then for the monumental task of Willie’s shirts…I made a thrift pile, questionable pile (those clothes that I hated, but for some reason thought Willie would kill me if I threw them out), and then a t-shirt pile, gym shirt pile, tank top pile, long sleeve pile, sweater pile, and a red shirt pile. Yes…a red shirt pile?!? This reference guide for spring cleaning from Tommy John was SUPER helpful when deciding on both mine and his items. I know as a frugal person it can be especially hard to throw away clothes and shoes because all your thinking of is the money it cost you and if you had to replace it, more money comes out of your pocket. So setting an intention and using the flowchart was my lifesaver. Sometimes quality over quantity is the answer, and something like a well-made pair of underwear can go a long way to help declutter.

I also knew if I put his shirts back up in neat stacks, he would destroy them in…oh about 1 day. So I went on the hunt for some cute storage options, but why are bins/crates/baskets so darn expensive?!? I settled on these white Target crates that were only $3.49 each, but they were a good size and cohesive, and honestly as long as it does its job, who is going to really judge I didn’t by the adorable $12 wire baskets I really wanted. I made them more fancy by using these adorable chalkboards signs I found and just used a chalk marker pen to write labels for each crate.

I also found a great Target shoe rack for Willie’s shoes. Which I proudly put together all by myself on Saturday night when the baby fell asleep. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve had to read directions! Ohhhh and just one little last piece…this stunning chandelier for a little closet bling.

Good luck with your spring cleaning! I’m happy that we get to take 3 full bags of clothes to the donation center. Always a nice feeling to de-clutter and give back to the community.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dream Living Room Inspiration

Ok guys, this is my first design inspiration mood board post! I was so excited when Arhaus reached out to me for a their Dream Living Room project. Creating a beautiful room with ANY pieces I want…ummmm heck yes!

So what inspired me?

First off, tufted furniture…vintage glam at it’s finest. I would include a beautiful tufted sectional sofa complimented with gorgeous accent chairs. A faux fur throw, rug, and stunning pillows would finish off seating to welcome family and friends with comfort and style.

I would love to have antique sliding barn doors or custom built-ins (my favorite Joanna Gaines moment were these chapel-isc built-ins) and have a rustic antique coffee table with adorable scalloped details.

For the walls I would do white shiplap or a light grey paint. Then for a pop of color and unexpectedness amongst the neutral palette, I would paint the ceiling a light blue with thick beautiful white crown molding around the room. The contrast would be stunning!

For some drama I would either pick an extravagant chandelier or a more modest farmhouse style chandelier to center the room. Can I just drool over both these options for a second…deep sigh…ok wiped my mouth.

For wall art, I would include this metal sign and a horse painting canvas. If you know me at all, horses are EVERYWHERE in my home. It’s a part of me and what makes my home mine. I am also a sucker for hand-carved mirrors like the one above. It’s the perfect statement piece for a shabby chic living room.

Finishing off my room would be metallic candle sticks and white vases filled with tons of white flowers.

What do you think? What would you include in your dream living room? For more design inspiration, check out Arhaus Instagram!

Photo credits: Arhaus, Magnolia Market, HGTV, Aidan Grey, Google Images

Monday, April 10, 2017

5 Ways to Create a Space for Living Well

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I drink tea everyday! I love how easy it is to incorporate tea into your daily beauty, fitness, and nighttime rountine to fuel your body with good for you ingredients. Here is my daily tea rountine, along with how to create a space for yourself to support well-being.

My Daily Tea Routine:

Bigelow Benefits is a new line consisting of 6 herbal teas and 1 green tea that is designed to support everyday wellness that fuel your body with good for you ingredients. Bigelow Tea’s have been delighting tea lovers for over 70 years with inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients that are non-GMO, gluten-free, blended and produced in the USA that are so imaginative with exceptional flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them all day. Bigelow believes their Benefits teas, as part of your everyday routine, can help you define the life you want to live and support clean eating and a healthy balanced lifestyle. It’s perfect for the everyday person who is looking to do little things to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle just like me!

How to Create a Space for Well Being:

My outdoor gazebo space has been transformed into a place for meditation and relaxation (aka my Zen Garden). I’ve used bright colors and surrounded myself with an fresh herbs, motivational yoga space, and an inspiration journal. This space is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea and “disconnect and reconnect with life”. Creating an individual space that you can indulge in a Benefits tea will help you carve a path in living well everyday!

#1 Creative Colors

I went opposite of what I am normally drawn to. I have a muted color pallette within my home, so having bright bold colors in my creative thinking space was a way to inspire me. Oh and these papasan chairs I found…most comfortable things EVER.

#2 Fresh Surroundings

Fill your space with flowers, plants, or herbs. Having bright beautiful flowers always makes you smile. And growing something yourself in a special space will make you feel motivated and ready to try new things.

#3 Inspirational Quotes or Journal

I feel in love with this “disconnect and reconnect with life” journal because it was exactly what I wanted my well-being space to be used for. I also love the sound of chimes, so including one in my space was part of my inspiration.

#4 Meditation/Yoga Area

Now that the weather is nice again, I can’t wait to take yoga practice back outside. I enjoy doing some “homework” when I can’t make it to the studio and sometimes it’s just nice to have 5 minutes of stretching and quite time after a long day. If you do not enjoy yoga, just set a goal to have at least 30 seconds of your own mind meditation a day within your space. You can work up to longer durations, but start giving your mind a break!

#5 Have a Meal or Drink Alone

This is your space. Enjoy a cup of tea, glass of wine, or breakfast ALL alone. Having these alone moments are so important in our hectic environment. Set out a commitment to take yourself on a date every once in awhile. I try to take myself out once per week and it is such a treat!

I hope you are inspired to create your own LIVE WELL space. What would you include in your space? Share some ideas in the comments to help encourage each other to LIVE WELL. I also hope you try this fabulous new line of support tea. I found my Bigelow Benefits tea at my local Safeway. It is sold at numberous distributers, so it should be easy to find and enjoy!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring is Here!

Happy Thrift Thursday!

Who doesn’t love a spring morning? The crispness of the air, smells of trees and flowers blooming, and the sound of the birds rejoicing that it is finally warm. Last weekend we embraced the spring kick-off with a full revamp of our front porch area. I have wanted a new front door color since we bought the house in July. I went back and forth between doing a bright red, pale yellow or black. I finally settled on black because I thought it was a good neutral that worked well with the white house and black accents we already had. I painted the door with a bristle brush on the first layer, but realized that a foam brush was probably better. The black color shows everything, so trying to go with the grain while defensing a sneaky cat, rambunctious dog, and a curious toddler was a little challenging to say the least, but it turned out good and had no black paint spills (major success). Then it was off to the new wall lanterns. Ohhhhh these lanterns. I took a few years off Willie over these things because it was just one of those weekends were you have to go back-and-forth to the store a 100 times to get anything done. But…how amazing are they?!?! I thought they were going to be a bit large, but they are just fabulous statement pieces. We are going to replace the ones mounted on either side of the garage for extra drama. Then the new front door hardware. Again something that should normally be a quick change, wasn’t. So that remains on our living room floor until Willie’s blood pressure returns to normal.

I finished our front porch revamp by painting the white brick with a clearance $5 gallon of white brick paint which is super easy and made a huge change. I also spray painted the gold house numbers and doorbell to black. Then I used the $11 pots and got a bag of river rock to fill the bottom so they were more sturdy and filled with soil and an assortment of flowers. The same pots in the heavy clay were $45 each, so for half I got two plastic pots to use. For the spring wreath, I just used my grapevine wreath with two long floral stems and added a black and white bow to compliment the new door color. Attempting a 6 loop bow for the first time watching YouTube, was an experience 😉 Finally I weeded and mulched the front beds with Hartley wheelbarrow rides included. It was a loonnngg weekend, but I’m loving the spring overhaul and makes me excited of all the spring events to come!

Anyways…to the dress and shoes. The perfect spring look. A super soft lightweight stretch dress with fabulous heels. This dress was brand new from the thrift store for $7.99 and is Hawthron brand bought through Stitch Fix (I only know this because of the tags). The snakeskin Vince Camuto heels (similar) were brand new condition for $8.99. My amazing Chicos jacket is the same one I wore in this post which was only $5 from the thrift store. Luckily I have a fabulous friend help me snap some of these photos because my self-timer practice was not working. Spring in Washington DC is just stunning!

Happy Spring!