Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Five Favorites - Home Basics I Can't Live Without

Hi friends - it's time for this month's My Five Favorites, we're sharing our favorite
 Home Basics. If you've read my blog for anytime at all you've probably heard me
 mention a time or two (or twenty!) how much I love my neutral sofas and that they can't
be beat for the flexibility they allow in changing up your decor. Now that we have that out
 of the way, I'll be sharing my other Five Favorite Basics that I use over and over again! I can't
wait to see what inspiration my pals have for us today, be sure and pop over to
check them out: 

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

We're thrilled to welcome Annie @ Most Lovely Things as our guest host this month.
She's as kind as they come, and just as talented. I've followed her blog for years, her
 stylish decor and photography always draw me in. She makes her unique, edited style look
 effortless! How charming is her kitchen nook?!!
 And, she loves coffee and searching out charming coffee houses - a girl after my own heart!

Most Lovely Things

Let's get to my favorites...

#1 - swing arm lighting

Swing arm lighting is an easy addition to create an eclectic mix of styles.
There are a multitude of options - wall mounted, floor lamps, table lamps. I love
mixing the modern style with more formal pieces. Here are three I have -
kitchen, living room and bedroom.




#2 - white comforter

There's nothing like crisp white bedding. I love the reasonably priced Hotel Collection
 from HomeGoods.
My tip for keeping it fresh looking - I fold mine down and remove it every night.
 I've taught Mr. Simple my system (three folds, then fold in half and lay on our chair) :)
it takes about 30 seconds to remove it and put it back on in the morning.
   


#3 - original artwork

I think original artwork adds so much personality to your decor, and it doesn't
have to be pricey. I love buying pieces during our travels, I found the floral on the
 bottom left at a thrift store in Copenhagen, it's 28" long and barely fit in my suitcase.
It's one of my favorites, and we all have fond memories of me digging through boxes
while my boys waited patiently, rolling their eyes. Haha! 
    Most of mine are all thrift store or antique store finds, a special piece
from an art show, or something a friend or family member created.



#4 - an antique

I don't know who said it, some smart designer along the way,
"Every room needs an antique."
I couldn't agree more, although I'd add, "A reproduction works too!"




#5 - gold mirror

I should say 'ornate' gold mirror.
It's another basic that I love using because of the ease of achieving an interesting eclectic
 mix. Simply add a couple modern elements and you've got it!




Be sure to stop by and check out my friends' ideas:

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles


You might like these previous My Five Favorites too:

Biggest Bang for the Buck Home Projects
Organization Room by Room
 Christmas Wish List 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Five Favorites - Biggest Bang for the Buck Home Projects

Hey friends! This could be my all-time favorite topic of the 'My Five Favorites' series!
Biggest bang for the buck projects, without compromising style, are my #1 choice. I
love the challenge of creating high end looks that are easy on the budget. My blogging
 pals and I are sharing some of our best ideas today.

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

BIG congrats to our guest this month, Brooke @ Nesting with Grace, is featured in the
March issue of HGTV magazine!! She has created the most charming home for her
 sweet family. It's filled with personality and beautiful budget friendly projects. You'll love
her inspiring Instagram feed too! @nestingwithgrace

Nesting with Grace

Here are the biggest bang for the buck projects around our home...

#1 - formica countertop

Our Formica 180FX Calacatta Marble countertop still fools our guests! We've had it
 for a little over three years now, I still love it and would definitely give it a thumbs up
recommendation. I gave you all the scoop and my reasons for choosing it in my
 Formica Countertop Review.


#2 - stenciled wallpaper

For a fraction of the cost, inexpensive stencils gave me the look of a couple pricey
 wallpapers that I loved.  
I used this Alexa pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils to emulate 
David Hicks La Fiorentina wallpaper for the One Room Challenge makeover
of our master bedroom. 



I tweaked the Cheetah Spots Stencil from Royal Design Studio to create a
Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper look-alike for our Foyer Makeover.




#3 - furniture makeovers

Craigslist Hutch + Annie Sloan Chalk Paint = Big Bang for the Buck!
 You all know I couldn't do a post about budget friendly projects without mentioning
Craigslist! I love how paint can breathe new life into an old piece of furniture, and
make a unique one-of-a-kind statement. See tutorial for the changes I made to this
hutch here.     


HUTCH BEFORE


#4 - chair reupholster

Chair makeovers are not only inexpensive, because you need such a small amount
 of fabric, but they're super easy, too! Simply unscrew the seats and attach the new
 fabric using your staple gun. Seriously, it gives you a completely fresh look for
 your dining room!  Btw, I purchased these chairs along with the hutch above.  


CRAIGSLIST CHAIRS BEFORE



#5 -  painted cabinets, tile,
chandeliers

My kitchen makeover for the One Room Challenge is hands down one of my
favorite budget makeovers I've done. The power of paint is undeniably the biggest
bang for the buck in my book!  This Spring Home Tour shows what a difference a
 a good dose of white paint can make.  





BEFORE PAINTING TILE, CABINETS, HOOD, CHANDELIERS



Be sure to stop by and check out my friends' ideas:

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Brooke @ Nesting with Grace

You might like these previous My Five Favorites too:

Organization Room by Room
 Christmas Wish List 

  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Five Favorites - Organization Room by Room

Happy New Year friends!
Welcome to our first edition of My Five Favorites for 2018, we're kicking off the year
with organization ideas! I'm always all over any great ideas to make my life easier
and more organized and I can't wait to see what my pals are sharing:  

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

We have the best of the best, organizing guru joining us this month, and I know you'll
 love her fabulous ideas as much as I do! 
Jen @ IHeart Organizing
 is as sweet and genuine as she is on top of her organizing game!
 I'm smitten with her laundry room and this paint cabinet of my dreams.
Jen also has an Etsy shop where you can find great organization charts and planners.

IHeart Organizing

On to my favorites...

#1 - Kitchen
Organized Refrigerator

I can't believe it's been two years since I shared a 'new' refrigerator organization system
At the time I mentioned I'd let you know how my bins worked out
 and if they encouraged my boys to return items to their place. I loved the new uncluttered 
look and was hopefully optimistic, but still skeptical that when in a hurry items would
get shoved front and center. 
You guys, it totally worked and is just as organized as the day I first shared it!! 
  Here it is today, and all it took were the 
$2 Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes from the Container Store!  
Since then I've also added some to our extra refrigerator in the basement, I love using
one to corral all of our ingredients for Asian recipes instead of having them all in our
kitchen fridge. 


    
Basement refrigerator - storage bin for Asian recipe ingredients. 


#2 - Foyer
Coat Closet

I can't even imagine what a mess our coat closet would be without my shoe organizer
 to keep our gloves, beanies, dog leashes, and miscellaneous items contained. We have a
 separate bag dedicated to only ski equipment that we can easily grab when we head out. 
I've had this one for years, I think I found it at TJ Maxx. It simply hangs from a couple
 small nails. It's easy to change out for the seasons, in the summer it's great for pool and
 outdoor activity items too.




#3 - Basement
Accessory Storage

 I'm showing you a little corner of my 1938 basement laundry room ONLY because I can
 crop it in so close and I love this idea! A few years ago when I read The Magic of Tidying Up,
 one of the tips that resonated with me was to 'organize by category.' I didn't even realize how 
many different areas I had vases stored (basement, kitchen, dining room) or how
 inefficient it was. It was the first idea I implemented after reading the book, now I keep
 all of them (other than what I'm currently using to decorate) on an IKEA Billy Bookcase 
in my basement. The reason I love it is because it's 11" deep, and can squeeze into a corner,
 our 1938 ceilings are about 7' in the laundry room and it fits!
Add adjustable shelves, $69 (but they're always available on our Craigslist) and it holds a
 boatload of accessories!  




 #4 - Kitchen
Never (almost) Re-Fill your Under Counter Soap Container Again

This is my all time #1 pinned and viewed organization idea! I'm always amazed, but every
 time I share it there are readers that are so surprised and thankful! After all these years I've
 forgotten how annoying it is standing on your head to re-fill that little soap container!

Use a large container of liquid dish detergent instead of re-filling your small bottle. 
They sell kits for $10, but you don't need one. Buy a piece of plastic tubing from the
hardware store and attach it to the end of the pump at your counter.
Be patient it will take a few pumps to get the air out of the tube at first.  




#5 - Purge!

Fingers crossed you didn't notice, but I didn't quite follow the
'Organization - Room by Room" theme for the month.
 The truth is I have nothing to organize in my living room, family room, or dining room - all
 of my dressers and cabinets are almost completely empty! I have a few cookbooks and
 photos in one, some trays in one, and some candles, but that's it! And, I love not having all
 of that stuff that I was saving for 'a day when I might need it.'
Disclaimer: I do have a basement for storage that's mostly for entertaining items
 (dishes, glasses, linens) and my overflow Craigslist scores that I'm attached to. :)
Today when I was taking photos of my coat closet I noticed coats that we hadn't worn,
and out they went. The first time I purged, a few years ago after reading Marie Kondo's
 book, I was still hesitant with some items - you know the sentimental or expensive ones -
not anymore! Purging is hands down my BEST organization idea - it feels so good not
to have all the stuff we'd acquired and didn't even use or like anymore!   
  

Be sure to stop by and check out my friends' ideas:



You might like these previous My Five Favorites too:

Christmas Wish List 



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Eclectic Christmas Home Tour 2017

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my tour friends, and welcome if you're
new to Simple Details! A huge thank you to
Jenny @ Evolution of Style and Amy & Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
for rounding up a wonderful group of bloggers to share their Christmas decor for the
 12 Days of Holiday Homes! 

Over the past couple years I've embraced the 'less is more' philosophy and ditched all the
bins of stuff in favor of using greenery from our yard. It's a great motivator to be creative
and rearrange all of my Craigslist finds for a new look. I've been holding out on you,
 I have a couple new pieces! :) If you're not familiar, everything in my living room and
 dining room are Craigslist or thrifting finds. 
    
Come take a peek and see how I've changed it up from last year's tour, it's a total
different vibe and color scheme, but you'll no doubt recognize some of the pieces. 

Living Room


I decided to bring out all of my blue and white pottery and pair it with black, white
 and pops of chartreuse.    


I love the tiny boxwood from the big box garden centers. They're a steal on sale and 
easy to trim up for a topiary look. The NOEL pillow was a gift a few years ago, I 
love it, and it always makes an appearance, as does my DIY Pottery Barn knock


Here's a tease of my newest Craigslist score - can you even believe I bought a chair?!

  
Before I tell you about the chairs, how fun is this whimsical guy? 
He was a 'meant to be' find because I used the same print for invitations to my
Annual Girlfriend Favorite Things party coming up on Tuesday. I promise to fill
 you in on all the details and favorite things! The abstract above was a quick diy
to pull the blue into my gallery wall.  


Oh my goodness, I didn't buy one, I bought two!!! I know I have a problem, but seriously
I would have been crazier not to buy them, they were $25 each! They're unique, tall,
 amazing quality and comfortable! If you happen to be new to Simple Details, it's a little
joke ~ I have a LOT of chairs! 


I wanted to keep the decor to a minimum because I did a big glam-up job
on my oversized mirror. It would be easy to do with any mirror, I used beads,
 pearls, ornaments and crystals that I had for tree decorations.  



Check out that chair and don't pay attention to my sad paperwhites!
This is the first year ever they haven't gone gangbusters. I think I planted thirteen.
The chair backs are 48" high, kind of cool!  
I like the mix of chippy old columns and urns with the modern geometric pattern.  


Dining Room
  


Another quick DIY abstract, with layered artwork in front. I have a canvas I just
 keep re-painting when I want to change up colors. No tutorial needed, ha! 


One of my favorite decor items this year is the Three Cedars fresh wreath from
 Lynch Creek Farms. It adds a gorgeous classic style to my dining room, and smells amazing,
 can you believe how full and lush it is. Their finished wreaths are 26" and have a beautiful
three dimensional style. I think they'd make a wonderful gift!
Thank you to Lynch Creek Farms for generously sponsoring our holiday tours!



Family Room


Since our tree is in the family room, I keep the rest simple, our cozy fur throw and fur
 trimmed stockings are pretty touches. More blue and white pottery to tie the rooms
 together.   




My favorite girl, Rio for her annual Christmas photo. :)

Hope you all enjoyed the tour, thanks so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a wonderful season and the Merriest Christmas! 

I'm lucky to get to share the day with my blogging bestie,
 Lisa @ Shine Your Light is sharing her beautiful tour today, too.
 It's one you won't want to miss!
My jaw always drops when I see her classic New England Christmas porch!  



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