It’s been awhile since I’ve done an organizational post–and you can tell if you take a peek inside my house. I always think summer will be when I get myself together. You know: clean out the basement, organize the closets, get rid of kids toys that never get played with. But this seldom happens. Who wants to stay inside when we can be at the pool or running around in the sunshine? Who wants to do manual labor when you’re sweating just sitting on the couch? Not this girl!
Still, I need to find some way to wrangle the mess that is my house. Since I’m both cheap and always looking for ways to be eco-friendly, I love the idea of organizational pieces that can easily be made from things I already own (or things that would only cost me a few dollars).
So off to Pinterest I go…
Hello lovelies! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA of late. I haven’t commented on your blogs as much as I’d like to (but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been squealing over them!) and I haven’t had as much content on this blog as I’d like but that’s because I’ve been working obsessively on my new bridal blog and magazine, Bijou. It’s incredibly exciting and terrifying all at once and I can’t wait to share it with all of you at the end of this month (eeee!).
In the meantime, I wanted to share another current obsession of mine. I’m totally in love with all things bezel set at the moment. It’s so classic and clean! So when Anjolee offered to send me some diamond stud earrings, my interest was immediately piqued.
When I looked into the company a little bit closer and realized you can basically customize your own pieces and I learned that they’re committed to being eco-friendly, I was sold! I got my pretties in the mail about a week ago and I haven’t taken them out since (OK, so they didn’t send me actual diamonds, but they sent me a pretty sweet cubic zirconia version).
Aside from diamond earrings, Anjolee also has some gorgeous options for anniversary rings for women.
What do you think? Are you with me on clean, classic jewelry? Or are you more of a trendy statement piece kind of girl? I like to mix and match and as soon as I get myself together, I’ll do a few outfit posts so you can see both my new sparkly earrings and the cobalt pants that I finally bought in action!
* I received a pair of Anjolee studs for review, but the opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own.
- FEED 1 water bottle via Pottery Barn
- Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket
- Seedling create your own superhero cape via Momtrends
- West Elm Charity Mugs
- Gretchen Jones for Piperlime necklace
- Mud Love bracelet
- A school meal program for one child via Oxfam America
- Earthentree Organic Bibbo Stacker Toy
- Klappar Elefant via Real Simple
- TOMS shoes
I’ve been thinking about storage solutions a lot lately– specifically a solution to hide Samantha’s ever-growing pyramid of toys. While Barbie legs and My Little Ponies peeking out of every corner of the house might be somewhat expected when you have two girls, I’d love it if my living room didn’t look like a volcano erupted in it, spewing pink lava as far as the eye can see.
So like I said. I’ve been trying to think of creative (inexpensive) ways to store her mess that doesn’t involve buying more plastic bins. My hunt has led me to the wonderful world of vintage trunks and suitcases.
via Country Living
It’s perfect! Cheap, eco-friendly, and interesting–which is always a winning combo in my book. Better yet, they’re the perfect size to hold dolls and tea sets while keeping them all together and out of sight.
Plus, she and my nephew love to pretend they’re going on trips whenever he comes over to play (usually Africa by boat or train but sometimes they take a plane to California). When they inevitably dump all the toys on the floor, they can use the suitcases as toys too (I’ll just have to bribe them with chocolate to make sure all the toys end up back in the suitcases in the end).
Suitcases also happen to be a perfect big girl storage solution. I love the idea of stacking them to make a bedside table like in the photo below.
via Elements of Style
It’s a great place to store extra blankets (lord knows I have a never-ending supply of those!) or off-season clothes–just make sure you don’t put something you use a lot in the bottom. That would make this look go from cute to unbearably annoying in no time.
I think my favorite idea is the one above from Design*Sponge. They give an insanely easy DIY tutorial on turning a vintage suitcase into a table. How cool is that? It makes for a great conversation piece with lots of charm and it lets you stash your junk out of site. I love it!
Here are some vintage pieces that I found on Etsy…
So you all know at this point what a big repurposing nerd I am, right? Eco-friendly + cheap = perfection in my book. Well, I came across this video on Poppytalk this afternoon and I absolutely had to share.
As part of the Unconsumption Artist Series (where artists were selected to repurpose things using the Unconsumption logo), Yellow Owl Workshop created this super simple video tutorial that shows you how to make stationery out of all of that annoying junk mail that fills your mailbox everyday.
I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed at the amount of junk mail I get even though I request to get things digitally whenever I can. This is a great way to reuse it, save money, and have super cool personal stationery. Love it!!!
Junk Mail Stationery from Yellow Owl Workshop on Vimeo (via Poppytalk)
Check out Uncunsumption for some other amazing repurposing tutorials (I might have to make some glass bottle vases with all of those mason jars I have lying around…).
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of both DIY and repurposing otherwise unwanted things (aka upcycling). Combining the two and saving money in the process is enough to make me salivate.
That’s why I’m sort of obsessing over the idea of shipping pallet furniture right now.
Super cheap (just run over to Home Depot and ask if you can take a few off their hands!) and relatively easy, it’s the perfect way to add a unique piece of eco-friendly furniture–that is sure to be a conversation starter–to the rest of your decor.
The key is adding details that dress up the wood so that your friends and family have to do a double take to realize what it’s made out of. It will make it so much more rewarding!
Here are a few of my favorites:
via Trend Hunter
via Ashley Ann Photography
I love that the pallets have built-in storage space. It makes it that much easier for those of us who weren’t shop class superstars (that would be me) to create something really functional–without pesky trips to the ER.