Wrap It!

The holiday buzz is in the air which got me thinking about gift wrap…

The holidays are crazy enough so I like to keep my gifts super simple.

We usually buy our favorite books and wrap them well in advance for the little ones.

Cozy blankets and warm socks are my go-to for grown ups.

If I shop at a nice boutique I always have them gift wrap there to save myself the trouble.

For everything else I am sticking with brown butcher paper, baker’s twine and cute labels from Lotta Jansdotter.

As my daughter would say, “Easy peasy, apple squeezie!”

How will you simplify your holiday season this year?

Books

There are a million ways to organize your books: By title, by author, by subject…

Recently I have been organizing ours by color. It makes the bookshelf look more interesting and I am still able to find things when I need them.

How do you organize your books?

It’s Workin’ For Us: Art Storage

As our family grows, our space is feeling smaller and smaller and we have to be super resourceful with storage solutions.

My daughter loves art, but since we don’t have a play room we needed a place to tuck away our supplies.

I ended up finding a simple crate from Target and these galvanized planter pots from IKEA.

At 99 cents a pop I snatched up five and filled them with our favorite supplies.

I popped a stack of paper and a zip bag full of stickers into the crate and created an easy and functional art kit.

We keep ours on top of the fridge so our little one can’t get her paws on the markers.

How do you store your art supplies?

It’s Workin’ For Us: Project Closet Nursery!

We have two kids now. Soooo…we decided we needed a three bedroom. But we have a two bedroom. We needed to make our space work for us and fast! It only took three days and under one hundred dollars to transform a spare closet into a nursery for Baby Emilie! I must say we are pretty pleased with the results and did everything on a dime. Our fabulous friend, Mahnee, sewed the quilt and curtains faster than a speeding bullet and all we bought was a cozy rug and some fabric. We are feeling very New York-y and industrious. Hooray!! PS. Please don’t judge me for putting my kid in the closet. It is only a temporary solution. She sleeps really well in there. And there’s a window…

BEFORE: A large utility closet used to be a catch all for the vacuum cleaner, kid stuff, and to-dos. We had to relocate everything to prepare for the new nursery!

AFTER: A cozy rug, new lighting and some hand-made curtains did the trick on a dime!

We added a few toys and dolls to make it a bit cozier.

Amazing what a carpet can do to warm up a space!

Any creative uses for your closets? Share, please!

The Perfect Bag

I am always on the hunt for the perfect handbag.

I am convinced that you really only need three bags: A great black bag, a light camel or tan bag, and one large mom/gym/carry-all tote.

My stylish pal, Hedy, alerted me to the glory of Oppelle bags and now I have got bag fever!

They are the perfect mix of soft buttery leather, gold hardware and super chic designs. Yes, please!

Project Home (On A Dime)

All of us have things we would change about our homes, but most of us are operating on a budget that limits our design choices.I am always restless so I find myself brainstorming little things I can do to freshen up my home without spending a dime. Here you go!

1. Rearrange the furniture. I spent last weekend dragging furniture from one room to another. I was shocked to learn that switching the placement of our chairs, side table and dining room buffet made a huge difference!

2. Switch out your framed pictures. Most people have framed photos in their homes and lots of extra pics, postcards or even art. Pop out the old images and start over with your favorite pictures and images.

3. Change the lighting. Whether you move one lamp to a different part of the house, change a lightbulb, or invest in a new overhead light fixture, this one will pack a huge punch.

4. Rotate throws and pillows. I generally buy furniture in muted tones like grey or beige so I can switch out textured or patterned throw pillows and cozy blankets when I want a new look. Etsy.com has an incredible and affordable collection of pillow covers.

5. Lighten up. You heard me. Getting rid of things is the best way to reclaim your space and start fresh. Create a clean, clutter free space so when time and budget allow you are ready to decorate your heart out!

What do you do to reinvent your home on a dime?