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Monday, March 30, 2015

6 Ways to Transform Your Entryway

By: Kelly Obbink from InHouz

The moment you open your front door and step in, you want to feel welcome and happy to be home. A well-lit, neat and attractive entryway is enticing, creates warmth and speaks volumes about the residents. You can add your personality and taste to your home at the entryway itself.    

Here are a few unique and innovative ways to transform your entryway:

1. Create a Styled Side Table Area

While designing and choosing the elements for an entryway table, you must consider the design elements of balance, harmony and color. 

If the table has a large picture or mirror as its backdrop, it feels well grounded as if it belongs there and is not merely hanging around. 

A piece of fabric, tapestry or even wallpaper in an attractive frame works well. You could let it sit on the table or have it hanging just behind it, depending on the look you want to create. 

Place a carpet or rug under the table. Accessorize with books, a tray for keys or mail, a lamp, a vase or a flowering plant to dress the table adequately. 

2. Create Storage Solutions
However small your entryway, you can use your creativity and add simple and functional storage solutions. Matching or similar buckets, baskets and bins add storage space at the entryway while ensuring these accessories also add aesthetic appeal to the space. 

Alternatively, you can be innovative and let your imagination soar. For instance, you can use milk crates and give them a fresh coat of paint. Then, mount them on the wall and have baskets that fit inside them to serve as storage bins. If you have kids and want to create storage space for them, a low-fixed rod with hooks to hang up jackets, bags and everything else they come home with is a great solution. A drip station for shoes is also a good choice, especially during winters or when it’s raining.   

3. Decorative Door Glass 
An entrance filled with natural light is attractive and beckoning. You can achieve this and give your front door a distinctive look by installing decorative door glass. Depending on the style of your home and the surrounding d├ęcor, you can find door glass that coordinates well. Contemporary, eclectic, and old world are just a few of the style options to choose from. For a classic look, clear door glass will do the trick. You’ll be amazed by the amount of light that will flow through your front door and give the rest of your foyer a more open feel. Even the neighbors strolling by outside will be in awe of the transformation.

4. Add a Unique Chandelier
Chandeliers spell panache, elegance and sophistication. So, if that is the look you want, a chandelier will achieve this. If your entryway is large, an opulent chandelier hanging from the ceiling will become the focal point of your foyer. Otherwise, opt for less grandeur, which will still add style but won’t steal the show.

Besides making the entryway look stunning, a chandelier also serves the purpose of lighting up the entrance and surrounding areas -- you can never have too much light! 

5. Add a Decorative Rug
Rugs and carpets in any shape or size are always welcome in homes. When used in the entranceway they add to the warmth and make a home more inviting. 

If your entranceway is decorated in muted colors, brighten it up with a bold rug, and conversely, a neutral rug can be the perfect way to tie various patterns and styles together. 

6. Bring Nature to Your Doorstep with Plants and Flowers 
The entryway is a transition area – you leave the outside world behind and enter the warmth and comfort of your home. Adding potted and flowering plants will allow you to make this area fresh and welcoming. Just don’t go overboard with the greenery. You should have just enough greenery and vibrantly colored flowers to make the doorway look warm, welcoming and rejuvenated. 

A put together entryway gives visitors a warm welcome and will make you smile every time you walk through your own front door. This central area of the home can be transformed by trying even just one of the ideas above. What else have you done to decorate your entryway? I’d love to hear new ideas!

These are some great ideas on creating a wonderful entryway.   I want to thank Kelly for guest posting today!  Kelly currently serves as Marketing Manager at InHouz, and enjoys sharing both fun and practical ideas about doors, natural lighting, and DIY through the Get Inspired with InHouz blog.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Decorations...

I love spring!  
Our front porch is decorated for Easter...
I just hung a wooden carrot from my wreath.
Here is my living room...
 I finally found furniture that works in this room!  
I will do a final reveal and list where I purchased everything soon!
I kept it really simple this year with a bunny & some carrots!
I put an Easter welcome sign by the front door.

I placed my four bunnies on the piano...One for each kid!
I hung a grass bunny on the door in the hallway...
I didn't feel like putting up too much in my great room, so I just added some grass and a little bunny on the fireplace.
It's simple, but it makes me smile!
Here is our kitchen...
 I added an egg wreath to my oven hood...
 I placed a bunny that I've had for years in a tray with some potted flowers...
 I put a wreath in the window with a Happy Easter sign...

 Here is the whole corner of my kitchen...
 Happy Easter!!
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Office Inspiration...

We have an area at the end of our hallway that has changed over the years.
It used to be the place for our kids' dresser.
It was a good location between their rooms and made their bedrooms more spacious.
When we had another baby, our office got moved to the loft.
My husband's desk was too big, so we moved a small portion of it to the end of the hall and put two computers for the kids there.  
This is how it looks now...
My boys have sure grown up too!
They are funny and tried to reenact the old picture for me!
Here is the space now...
These computers rarely get used because they are old and SLOW.
The side of the desk also seems to be a place for junk to pile up.
I'm ready to make this space a little more functional.  
Here is the LINK to my Pinterest "office" board.  It is filled with inspiration!

Here are a few of my favorite "inspiration" pictures:

This first one is from the blog: House Of Rose 
I love the little bench in the corner and the shelving.

This is such a pretty space from the blog The Little Cottage On The Pond.
I love the storage on the side.  
The chicken wire over the cupboard doors is also unique.  I love the whole space, including the corbels on the desk!
This photo is from the website Houzz...
I love how it has the drawers for storage on the bottom of the shelves.  This is such a great use of space!
One of my favorite office spaces is from the blog: Whimages.
I think this space is perfect!  
It has a desk, a bench, storage and charm!
I love the molding and the beadboard that is behind the shelving!

Now the tricky part...What will actually fit in my space?
I'm hoping for something that will look nice and still be functional.
Which office space is your favorite?
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Switching Around My Furniture...

When we moved our sectional from our living room to our great room, it caused quite the switch up throughout the whole house!
You can see the post about that HERE.

When we first remodeled our kitchen, I found this bench and little green table.  
I really liked how they added a little color to our white kitchen.  
Then we painted our living room and I was trying to lighten up the couch with new pillows and this bench looked really good in the bay window...
You can see how our living room has transformed over the years HERE.
The new couch I got for the living room clashes with the bench.
 I thought about selling the bench, but decided to move it to the upstairs hallway.
Here is my hallway before...
Here it is now....
It's a nice change and a great place for my little girl to sit while we put on her socks and shoes.
The pillow use to be on my sectional in the living room...
The other three pillows found a new home on the bench in my kitchen...
The black shelf got moved from my great room, you can see the shelf at the end of our couch in this picture...
Here is our black shelf now...
I really like how it looks in our kitchen and it matches our table better.
This picture didn't have the pillows yet, but I love how they cozied up the bench!

I ended up selling my green table, it was so cute, but I couldn't seem to find a place for it.
I was able to buy a chair with the money I made from selling it, but that's a whole other post.

This table lamp in the bay window use to be in our living room...
Now I've placed it behind our couch in the corner...

The bird picture that use to be in the kitchen, got moved up to my daughter's "big girl" room.
As soon as I hang this, I'll be able to show you her room.  It's so cute!
Here is a sneak peek of her bedding...
I love the ruffles!

Who knew switching a couch from one room to another would cause this domino effect on the rest of my house!
I actually love the changes and it's a fun way to freshen up your home.
It has also changed my sister's house too!  The leather set from our great room looks great in her living room!

Now I have been working on my living room and I've been buying and returning chairs for a few weeks now.
I'm pretty sure TJ Maxx knows me on a first name basis.
It has been so hard to get chairs to match our couch.
 I was so close to just returning the couch!
  It is finally coming together and I'll show you soon.
This is one of the chairs that finally worked...

This is literally the fourth set of chairs I have tried!
Do you shop around your own house and rearrange your furniture?
This was one of the biggest switch arounds I've experienced!
Sharing with these blogs:
Home Stories A to Z
The Dedicated House
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The 36th Avenue
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Chic On A Shoestring

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

This quote is so true:
Keep in mind we all have bad days, weeks, months or even years. 
 Last year, when we were remodeling this quote really hit home! It was a mess everywhere!
  I did a whole post about the chaos HERE. 
We finished our remodel at the beginning of July, but my husband is just now (6 months later) able to park his car in the garage.  Our basement has been a disaster (see the pic above) until I was putting the Christmas away and did a major de-junk.  So with that said, sometimes it takes baby steps, but eventually you'll get there.

I think starting off the New Year with a schedule is a great idea.  
This has been my cleaning schedule for years and it really works.
You do a few specific chores each day and this helps cleaning from becoming completely overwhelming.
You can rearrange the days for what works best for you and your schedule.
Start a load of laundry
Mop main floor 
Grocery shopping for the week

Dust main floor: living room, great room, hallway, entryway
More laundry

Vacuum main floor: living room, great room, stairs
Clean main floor bathroom

My kids clean their bathroom
Dust upstairs: loft, bedrooms and railings to the staircase

Clean master bath
Vacuum upstairs: loft, hallways & bedrooms

Most of the main chores are done to enjoy the day!
Or if you had a day you missed, do it today.
Usually there is more's never ending around here!

Take the day off!

Make beds, clear/wipe counters, fill/empty dishwasher, put away coats & shoes etc. 
 I did another post on making your house a home HERE .  It explains how we have designated areas where we put our "stuff", which is key in helping keep things organized.

Here are a few more helpful tips:
*I usually do most of my "chores" listed after I get my older kids off to school, some days it's 15-20 minutes and other days it might take over an hour.

*I try to avoid the computer or other things that suck away my time until I'm done with my chore of the day. 

* When I cook dinner,  I usually clean up while it's baking.  That way dinner clean up is just the table and maybe a few pots or pans.

*My kids also put away any toys that are in their rooms every night before bed.  If all of their toys have a "home" it makes it SO much easier!

Twice a year:
*Every spring and fall I clean the blinds and baseboards.  Click the link below for instructions:

*Clean out bedroom and coat closets.

If all else fails you could try this:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rearranging Furniture...

It's sometimes crazy what triggers me to change things around in our home.  
Over Christmas break, we had a few family movie nights.
 It was after midnight when we finished,
"The Christmas Story"(one of our kids' favorite Christmas traditions).
I kept looking over at our sectional in our living room.  My mind started churning and I looked over at my husband and asked if he was ready to help me move some furniture? He looked at me like I was a little crazy, but luckily we are both night owls & we started moving things around.
  We moved our sectional into the great room, which makes more sense for watching movies...we all fit comfortably and actually have some space to lounge out.
Here it is in the living room.
It is a perfect fit in here, but it will definitely be used more in the great room.
The material always felt like it would be a better fit for a TV room.
Here it is in the great room now...
 At first, I thought it might be too big, but we are really enjoying it there.
It's weird, but when you are sitting in there, it actually makes the room feel a lot bigger than it did before.
 Now I have opened a can of worms figuring out where to put everything else.
I moved our black shelf into the kitchen...
I  really like how it matches our table...
My sister is going to buy my leather set.
Then I found my couch at Ashley Furniture for a great deal!
I actually found it in the classifieds from a wholesale store that was about an hour away.  
We went into the Ashley store closer to our house and they had the same set.
They price matched it and I saved another $250.00.
 I love a good deal.
I love tufted furniture!  
Now we have to find two chairs and a coffee table to complete the room.
Here are a few of my "inspiration" rooms:
Source  and Pinterest

They are both beautiful rooms and I like how this is going to look more "formal" for our living room.

When I started putting away our Christmas decor it started me on a major "clean out"!
It feels so good to get rid of junk.  I actually tackled this storage area we call the "pit".
It took me ALL day, but I had a whole car full of stuff for goodwill.
While I was unloading, the kid asked me like three times, "Is that everything?"
I know how to fill up my car... Lets just say it was a good de-junk!  
We hadn't touched that area in almost 10 years.  It was the space you'd feel with "stuff" and shut the door.  
I love getting organized for the New Year!
 We are off to a good start!
Today, my mom & I started on my sister's house to make room for her to take our old leather set.
She gave us treat on our way out and said not to come back ;).
Unfortunately, we don't listen too well...see you in the morning Clarece!

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