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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Glamour Organization

Part of my New Year's resolution (as I am sure many of you feel the same way) is to get organized! I feel that the past year has been taken over by so many wonderful life changes, but has left our physical world around us in unorganized chaos. A baby brings many new items to your home and leaves you with little time to organize your own belongings. So....with the hour that my princess gets her beauty rest, I get to some beauty organization. I'm going to call it Glamour Organization.

I have organization ADD, just as bad as I have decorating ADD. When I think of where to begin, I jump from room to room and closet to closet and unable to focus on one area at a time. I thought it would be best to categorize my organization strategy. I began with my earrings that I wear on a daily basis. I purchased this old worn bowl from Brimfield Flea Market years ago. I found it hiding in my closet and I thought it would be the perfect size to hold my earrings and wedding rings.



Next, I turned to my sunglass collection. Do you think I have a problem here??? I have about 5 more pairs in my car! This glass box used to house my jewelry and now the perfect space for my shades.



The next organization project was my baby Brie's headbands. I found that by the end of the week, there were headbands everywhere....in every drawer, on the floor, and tangled in a ball. I had another jewelry holder that would be perfect for her room. Here is how the headband arrangement turned out.



Here is some Glamour Organization  at its best...or at least my best :)
Next category is my paint/paintbrushes organization! I found these glass jars in our storage closet and have the perfect pile of mess to organize with these gems.



I have the itch to tackle a really great piece of furniture with some new MMS milk paint. I think some organization will give me some great motivation.
Enjoy this day.
xo
Alison

Partying over at The Dedicated House & The Scoop: Cedar Hill Farmhouse


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Living Room Makeover: A Peg Board with a Story

Happy 2015!!! I may be a little late but I have a good excuse being a new Mommy of a 2 month year old. : ) Our hearts are filled with joy and a new type of love this year with our new little one but I will save that for another post ; )

I have had enough sleep to get my creative itch back! I'm so ready to take on our home with new projects and style in 2015. I started with a small makeover in our living room as my first project. I wanted to stick with a neutral color palette with a splash of green for a hint of color. I love green and could have it in every room, but really enjoy it in the living room since that is where we spend most of our time.


When I start to think about projects, I overwhelm my brain. I start writing the list of shopping items to buy, the old items I need to look for at a thrift store, and the pieces of furniture I can give a quick makeover....but this chaotic mind is not my reality anymore after having a baby. Getting the store in this freezing cold weather with a tiny infant is not a smart choice for our family, so I decided to shop my closet. Once I opened the door to shelves of stored vintage items and décor, I was smacked in the face with the most perfect item to begin the living room makeover. A peg board. It was not JUST a peg board, but my Poppa's peg board. A board that was once filled with beat up old tools that were used every day by a talented skilled carpenter who happened to be my grandfather.

Poppa lived to work. His creativity was seen in many of his projects he tackled and loved to tell stories of all his accomplishments. I think I was lucky to get a portion of his "creativity gene." After Poppa passed away, I wanted a piece of him with me. I wanted a small item from his workshop that would remind me of him at every glance. The peg board where his tools hung stood out to me. I knew I can come up with somewhere in our apartment to incorporate this special piece.

The color was perfect for the living room. The rough texture, the perfect imperfections, and the white splash of paint (done by Poppa) is the perfect arrangement for the focal point of our living room. The room is coming together slowly, but I am happy with the way it is unfolding.

Stay tuned for the completion of the room (is it every really completed?) Thank you for letting me share my story of Poppa with you.

Cheers to a year full of inspiration and memories!
~Alison~



**You can find our BEFORE pictures of the living room HERE

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our Home Feels Like Fall

This is the first Fall season in a while that I actually unpacked my favorite Fall decorations and put them to use. I have moved three times in the past two years and finally feel settled enough to make our current place "our home". Nothing beats the smell of an Autumn Spice candle, the look of all different types of pumpkins, and a great vignette with an old DIY wreath project.




The smell of this candle is like heaven.

DIY wreath project...may have even been my first Pinterest project.

Apartment living is tough when you are used to decorating a yard. Make the best use of the hallway space leading to your home.

Great Fall mat from Christmas Tree Shoppe for $3.99!

Caddy cornered some Fall garland and gifted pumpkins in our stairway. My favorite part of decorating this Fall.
Happy October!
xo
Alison

Friday, September 19, 2014

Project Nursery

Joe and I are blessed to say that we are 33 1/2 weeks pregnant with a girl. This is more than a blessing. It's a miracle and my best DIY project yet :)

I could not wait to start thinking of how we were going to decorate the nursery. I'm not into pink EVERYWHERE but a blush pink, ivory, and a hint of rustic would do the trick.

Our first purchase was the armoire that I am obsessed with and still need to organize. This was bought from a local furniture store in Nyack that I am in love with. Very pricey, but I know we will have this piece of goodness for a lifetime.

Next, was the rug. I wanted something with a pattern and Land of Nod had the perfect pattern of stripes and the perfect blush pink color.

A new light fixture was next on our checklist of nursery items to purchase. I never changed a light fixture before but I know how it makes such an impact in a light colored room. I went ahead and made our first purchase with Joss & Main. Besides receiving the wrong instructions on how to install, we were very pleased with the final product. Can't beat the price too!

The dresser and crib add the perfect shade of neutral to the room. The crib transforms into a toddler bed so one less thing to have to purchase for her a few years down the road. (Will send pics of the room fully done once the furniture is delivered)

Loving This Furniture! Can't Wait For It To Arrive!
Joss & Main Light Fixture

Land of Nod 8 x 10 Rug

DIY Wall Art
I Already Arranged A Little Vignette Of Pretty Things


They Are Waiting For Her Arrival!

Just One Angle of Her Room Full Of Gifts For Her :)

Obsessed With This Blanket (Got 2...1 As A Back-up If It Gets Ruined)
The Amazing Hutch That I Would Live In If I Fit!
Can't wait to share more projects & stories with you.
Enjoy this beautiful day!

Partying over at Organized 31



Friday, September 12, 2014

Past Fall Home Decor Projects & Inspiration

 
Who doesn't think Fall is the best time of year? Pretty much..no one. Warm apple cider, a faux fur blanket, and baking are some of what I love about Fall. Fall decorating blows every other season in NY away. The neutral colors and the pops of natural earthy elements are my obsessions with decorating in Fall. I wanted to share some past Fall decorating projects with you and some inspiration via Pinterest. I have not started to decorate for Fall yet (will explain why in post to follow) but can't wait to get creative for this season. Happy Early Fall and can't wait to see all your fall projects!
 
Wreath found in thrift store for $1.
 
One of my favorite white pitchers from a thrift store for $1.50. Dried hydrangeas from my old garden.
 
Faux pumpkin and garland from Homegoods.
 

I would live in this little home : ) How amazing are the surrounding gardens and pumpkin patches???


I am so looking forward to painting and getting crafty with some pumpkins! (last 3 pictures were found via pinterest)

Enjoy this day,
Alison