{decorating with style} How to Decorate a Boy's Room That Will Grow with Him

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Design a Boy's Room that Will Grow With Him

Before I share my tips for decorating a room that will grow with a boy, I first have to fill you in on a very exciting event happening all week long! In honor of March Madness, 15 boy moms (including yours truly) have teamed up to bring you five days of blog posts related to all things boy. Each day this week has a new theme - beginning today with boys' rooms, and wrapping up on Friday with an "All Things Boy" link party and a huge giveaway of the Ultimate Boy Mom Bundle {worth over $500}!

{five minute friday} Rolling Storage Bin - No Tools Required

Friday, March 27, 2015

As soon as I saw this rolling storage bin project from the Heathered Nest, I immediately asked her if I could feature it here for Five Minute Friday!

You all know that I love pretty storage solutions, but you aren't going to believe how Heather attached the casters to this basket to make the storage even more funcional for her kids! 

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 8

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! It was a really busy week around here, and if you follow me on Instagram you've seen a bit of what I've been up to. Over the weekend, I spoke at the Denver Home Show - on the same stage as HGTV's Matt Muenster! And this week I've been working like crazy behind the scenes to get ready for next week's jam packed blog schedule! But enough about me ... today is about you and your creative genius! Check out this weeks fab features and link up your latest and greatest!

The Creative Circle Link Party

{decorating with style} It's Almost One Room Challenge Time Again!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hi all! I'm sorry it's been a little quiet around here this past week! I spent most of last week preparing to speak at the Denver Home Show, which happened over the weekend, and this week I'm working like crazy behind the scenes because I have so many exciting things coming up in the next few weeks - including the return of the One Room Challenge! But I'll get back to that in a minute.


{featured} Denver Home Show Wrap Up

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I had such a fun weekend as a guest speaker at the Denver Home Show! Thank you all for your kind comments and words of encouragement this weekend via social media! Lots of you asked how it went, so I thought I'd post a quick wrap up and a few photos from the weekend.

{five minute friday} 5 Minute Organizing Projects

Friday, March 20, 2015

Today (Fri. 2pm) and tomorrow (Sat.11 am), I'm speaking at the Denver Home Show discussing my 10 Steps to Get Organized and Stay Organized. So, this week, it's all organizing, all the time!

On Wednesday, I answered a common reader question by compiling a list of my favorite, go-to organizing products. And today, for Five Minute Friday, I've rounded up all of the five minute organizing projects that have previously been featured on this blog {links below}.

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 7

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! It's been a really busy week around here as I prepare to speak at the Denver Home Show this weekend! It doesn't matter how many presentations I give, I still get really nervous, but I'm also looking forward to it. If you have any good tips for getting over public speaking jitters, lay them on me...after you link up of course, because it's party time!

The Creative Circle Link Party
Bloggers, show us what you've got! We are eager to share your DIY, decor and design projects! Our favorites will be showcased at next week's party, via our social media platforms and pinned to numerous Pinterest group boards and to a special board for maximum exposure.

{organizing with style} The BEST Products to Help You Get Organized & Stay Organized

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A few months ago I shared my 10 Steps to Get Organized & Stay Organized, and it prompted a lot of questions from readers. You all wanted to know where I like to shop for organizing products and which are my favorite products. So today I've put together a list of my go-to organizing products!

This list certainly doesn't cover every bin, basket or container I've used in our house, but these are my favorite products - the ones I always think of first when I get ready to organize a new space!

The Best Organizing Products

{five minute friday} DIY Acrylic Trays Styled Two Ways

Friday, March 13, 2015

I have longed for a clear acrylic tray for quite some time! Every time I see them in the West Elm and CB2 catalogs, I flag the page thinking that some day I'll treat myself to one. But at between $30-40, I've just never been willing to spend the money.

And then last week I had an epiphany! While I was framing a rainbow photo for a quick and easy St. Patricks' Day project, I looked at the acrylic box frame that I was using and realized that, laying down, it looked exactly like an acrylic tray. So, on my next trip to Michaels, I picked up two more acrylic box frames - an 8x10 for $3.99 and an 8.5x11 for $4.99. I added a quick detail to each and now I have two fabulous acrylic trays for a fraction of the designer price!

DIY acrylic or lucite trays styled with scrapbook paper and decals

The acrylic box frames are intended to stand up right with a photo inside, but with the photo removed, laying down, the frame becomes a great knock-off for a high dollar acrylic tray.

Picture Frame Becomes Acrylic Tray

I've been wanting a tray to hold our tv remote and coasters on the shelf of our living room coffee table, and the 8x10 frame turned out to be just the right size. While shopping at Target a couple of days ago, I spotted some polka dot wall decals on clearance for $5, and I immediately knew that the gold and teal dots would be a perfect addition to the tray.

Picture Frame Becomes Decorative Acrylic Tray

I spread out the sheets of polka dots to get an idea of how many would fit on the tray.

Picture Frame Becomes Acrylic Tray

I also realized that the sheet of polka dots worked great as a template for perfectly spacing the dots on my tray. I laid the tray on top of the teal polka dots and placed the gold polka dots on the tray in line with the dots below.

Add adhesive decals to diy acrylic tray

I mixed in just a few teal polka dots here and there among the gold, and I love the way the tray turned out. 

Gold Polka Dotted Acrylic Tray

The tray tucks neatly on the shelf of the coffee table, in between our stacks of art books. {My real art books, collected from museums around the world, have been temporarily replaced with kid-friendly board books about famous artists}.

DIY Acrylic Tray for TV Remotes and Coasters

The kids love reading their art books and take them on and off of the coffee table shelf frequently, but as a result, I often had to move around stacks of books searching for the remote and coasters. Now the tray will keep them together and make them easier to find.

DIY gold polka dot acrylic tray for remotes and coasters

And when I'm watching tv in the living room, I can easily pull out the tray and sit it on top of the coffee table, where it looks oh-so-cute!

DIY gold polka dot acrylic tray for tv remotes and coasters

For the other tray (the 8.5x11), I wanted to do something temporary that would allow the tray to be reimagined for each season or holiday. Since spring and Easter are right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to style the tray accordingly, so I grabbed a brightly colored piece of scrapbook paper from my craft stash.

DIY acrylic tray from photo frame styled with scrapbook paper

I laid the tray on top of the paper so that I could decide what portion of the design I wanted to use. Once I had it positioned where I wanted it, I used a pencil to trace the outside of the tray on to the paper and cut it out. {Note that if you want to place paper inside the tray, you should instead trace the cardboard insert that comes with the frame, rather than the tracing the outside of the tray, in order make the paper fit in correctly.}

DIY acrylic tray lined with scrapbook paper

Because I want to be able to frequently restyle this tray, I decided to simply affix the paper to the bottom of the tray using a few strips of double sided Scotch tape {one in each corner}. By placing the paper on the underside of the tray, the paper is protected and will stay looking nice no matter what I put inside the tray. And when I'm ready to change it up, I can simply pull the paper and tape off of the bottom of the tray and affix a new piece of scrapbook or wrapping paper.

DIY acrylic tray lined with scrapbook paper

The pink and teal of that gorgeous scrapbook paper are a perfect match for the colors of my living room and entry way, so I placed the tray on our entry table and with a vase of happy spring blooms.

DIY acrylic tray lined with scrapbook paper

Since this was really my first spring or Easter decor project of the year, I thought I should add a little more seasonal charm by filling the base of our lamp with plastic Easter eggs.

DIY acrylic tray Lamp filled with Easter Eggs

I love the way this tray turned out, and I am excited to find new ways to restyle it for each holiday! Talk about $5 well spent! 

DIY acrylic frame and Easter egg decor

I am pretty excited about my two new acrylic trays, and I'm especially excited that I spent less than $10 for both of them - a fraction of the cost of the high end versions I had been drooling over! AND each tray took me less than 5 minutes to make! This might be my favorite Five Minute Friday project yet!

Picture frame becomes diy decorative acrylic or lucite tray

How would you style a DIY acrylic tray? I'd love to hear your ideas!

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 6

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find inspiration for your home! I hope you've all had a great week! I think today marks the first day in nearly three weeks that everyone in our house is healthy at the same time and the weather feels like spring... so we are all really looking forward to the weekend. But first, it's time to party!

The Creative Circle Link Party
Bloggers, show us what you've got! We are eager to share your DIY, decor and design projects! Our favorites will be showcased at next week's party, via our social media platforms and pinned to numerous Pinterest group boards and to a special board for maximum exposure.

{organizing with style} Small Sewing Space Inspiration

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

When I was in elementary school and junior high, I took sewing lessons and learned all the basics, but until last year, I never owned a sewing machine of my own. Over the years, my mom {who is a very talented sewer} asked me many times if I would like a machine, but I always said no because I had no where to put it and knew that I wouldn't really use it if I had to drag it out to the kitchen table and then put it away each time.

I knew that in order to justify owning a sewing machine, I needed to have a dedicated space where I could leave it set up all the time. Last year, I finally came up with a plan to steal a little space in our house to create a sewing station, so I asked for and received a sewing machine for my birthday.

{featured} Join Me at the Denver Home Show + Discounted Tickets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I announced last month that I was asked to be a guest speak at the Denver Home Show the weekend of March 20th, and since the show is now rapidly approaching, I wanted to extend an official invitation for all of you to join me there!

I'll be speaking on Friday, March 20th at 2 pm, and on Saturday, March 21st at 11 am.
Come join me for some great tips on how to get organized and stay organized!

And as a speaker, I am able to offer a special discounted ticket rate to all of my readers! Use this link to receive $4 off the normal ticket price {promo code: SAVINGS}! 

Denver Home Show