6.3.14

3 Months Old (Preston's Monthly Photo)

I don't know how much you decor blog visitors care about seeing baby photos, but they sure are in high demand amongst family members. So in an effort to continue pleasing Preston's fans...

3 Months

3 Months

3 Months

3 Months

3 Month's Old (March 6, 2014)

14.2.14

Magazine Rack Turned Shoe Storage

Continuing on my quest for organizational peace of mind...I recently had to come to grips with an ugly little fact about myself. I might have inherited a teeny magazine hoarding trait. Never mind that it has been long contained in one corner of my home. I was still creating much too much clutter with a stack of papers that I hadn't bothered to look at since the year that I stacked them there. So off I went to take control of my corner(s) again.

Magazine Rack Shoe Storage

The corner pictured is actually from my bedroom which was filled with books I probably won't finish reading anytime soon, but the real (un-pictured) corner was in my living room accompanied by a different stack of books and a different magazine rack. Unfortunately I didn't think about photographing it before I started clearing the crud so you'll have to take my word for it that things were worse than what it pictured. Like random fabric scraps and old instruction manuals had also found there way over there worse.

So I stole some moments to peek through the mags for any powerful decorating/cleaning solutions I could find before tossing them and then I tossed them. The result...

Magazine Rack Shoe Storage

Magazine Rack Shoe Storage

I finally have a compact off-the-floor space to hold the pairs of shoes that find themselves blocking the entryway of my home, and a separate one for the shoes in my bedroom that I try on when looking for something to wear and then toss in the corner when they don't work.

Magazine Rack Shoe Storage

Bravo for free use-what-you've-got solutions. Now if I could only figure out how to clean my dusty floors in these pictures...

13.2.14

Baby Bottle Storage

So I've finally come back to show that simple baby bottle storage solution that I previously mentioned.

Baby Bottle Storage (1)

After acquiring a new self-imposed mission to make the abundance of storage in my home actually work for me instead of against me, I magically ran across this little dilemma solver that had been staring me in the face for far too long...Use the non-functioning nail supply storage container (that I've since replaced) as a functioning baby supply storage container.

Baby Bottle Storage (2)

Of course I cleaned it thoroughly before adding baby feeding items to it.

Baby Bottle Storage (3)

Baby Bottle Storage (4)

Baby Bottle Storage (6)

Baby Bottle Storage (7)

Hey look, I even found a use for those many receiving blankets. Turns out they work great as drying towels for dripping baby supplies.

Baby Bottle Storage (8)

And now there is a place for everything and everything in its place. Yay!

 

6.2.14

29.1.14

Polished Polish

One of my deepest darkest secrets happens to be the pile of organizational containers, shelves, trays, and baskets that I have in the corner of my dining room (which I dare not photograph and publicly show). Originally purchased at various points in my life to do some serious organizing, they have since been banished to the shadows to live a lifeless life of non-organized cluttered chaos. How sad.

Then while washing baby bottles for the millionth time one recent day I got to thinking...There has got to be something in this house that can make this piled baby mess a bit more visually appealing. Think, think, think, Ding! My nail polish holder.

Nail Supplies - Before

I'd long ago come to terms with the fact that my previous nail supply organization attempt was a bit of a disaster, but laziness kept me from looking for another solution. Luckily the need to use the container those supplies were in for my growing bottle mess made me put finger to idea. Here's the simple yet much neater result.

Nail Supplies - After

A (free) utensil tray! It's the little things...

Now the plan was of course to show both the revamped baby supply storage and the nail supplies but someone decided to start crying before all tasks were completed so...


28.1.14

The Man Chair

So the Man keeps talking to the Baby about getting a chair that they can party together in. Apparently this will be the "man's chair". Apparently it will need to be fairly manly. And apparently it is supposed to go somewhere visible in my home. With that in mind I've gone on the look out for suitable choices...ya know, just looking out for the men in my life.

Let's see...

Man Chairs

{ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 }

Manly enough for them, cute enough for me.

22.1.14

While I'm Dreaming...

I figured while I was perusing stair ideas for our (maybe) new home I'd keep it going and use the blog as a sort of public clip board for what I'd like to do with the entire house...over an extended period of time of course. This honey ain't made out of money after all.

Now let's talk doors...

Up until now there are certain architectural details that I haven't had to think about. While I did paint the interior doors of my apartment (without prior permission from my Co-Op I might add...because I'm a rebel), I've never had to think about exterior doors, and stair railings, and all that jazz because I didn't have the option to change those things before. So now that I do have options in those areas I am totally excited to look into some cute and perhaps wild & crazy maybes. Like these beauties:

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Door

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Door

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Door

Door


In my case it would only be the inside of the exterior door, but at least I can add a bit of pizazz...Excited!


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