Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Shoe Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

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If you know me, you know I have an obsession with shoes...mainly boots. My closet in my bedroom is only so big and doesn't accommodate for them very well. So, throughout the years, I've had a few ways of storing them in my entryway. Some worked, some were too small, and some were just awful. That brings us to today. I had one of those "ah-ha" moments. I was in the middle of trying to figure out where to put a bookcase I had just redone, but needed to rehome. It was either headed upstairs, down into my basement for food storage, or out the door to someone else. When that ah-ha moment came along, I grabbed my measuring tape and measured. It was the perfect fit, not too wide nor deep. It fit perfectly in that little corner, and I knew it would be perfect for my overflow of shoes.
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Let's start from the beginning a little bit. This was how the bookcase started off. Dark and with glass doors. It as a marketplace find that I had to shove into my Tahoe...and it barely fit. So much for measuring, ha! 
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I painted it and took out the glass. You can see the whole transformation here. I originally bought it for this corner in my living room. It was supposed to be a blanket hutch...obviously ended up as a, well...bookcase :) I then found an antique pie safe to replace this with. And that is when I had to find a spot for it, or toss it. 
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This is when that ah-ha moment took place. I put it in the corner in front of my stairs. Yes, I know...some people would hate this, but it works for us since I literally have no storage space and I try to use ever nook and cranny I can for functionality. I decided to add some boxes to hide the smaller shoes, and dog stuff (poop bags, leashes, etc). I then left some space for my boots.
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This of course looks ugly to the eye. So, I decided to hide it behind some fabric. I made these "fabric doors" by simply stapling some linen onto the top and bottom. I started from the ends and worked my way from one end to the other folding the pieces along the way. 
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This is how I made the pleated look seen below. It took years to get here, but finally the I found the perfect piece for my shoe storage. I don't have shoes spilling out all over the place anymore. They for the most part stay nice and tidy :) 
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Here's what the shoe storage cabinet looks like on the inside now. Yes, I have many of the same boots, but in different colors :) My favorite ones that line the middle shelf are linked here. ...and technically the ones on the bottom left too :) The very bottom drawer holds all my sandles. 
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As you can see, my entryway is really tight, but luckily my stairs are wide. So having this size of piece work as a shoe storage cabinet is perfect here. 
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And because I'm trying to do better and show my face on here more...hello, from my shoe storage cabinet :)
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I hope this gave you some inspiration on how to organize your shoes! I'm also done benches, cube storage and an entry way table along my stair wall which is currently still working out well for my kids' shoes.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

DIY Custom Laptop Cover With Wallpaper

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Heya, it's me! Don't usually show my face on here! I should more often. If you follow me on social media, you may see me a little more ...me as in my face :) Besides that, I'm also showing off my laptop cover. I know you can purchase covers online, but they are a little pricey. When I saw how much left over wallpaper I had from one of my projects, I didn't want it to go to waste. Well, at least a small little  rectangle didn't go to waste :) I'm not sure why this idea came into my head, I was searching for a place to put a piece and it looked like the same size as my laptop so I tried it. And...well, I loved it. Best yet, it lasted! I pull this thing in and out of bags constantly, and I think I only have one little knick.
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So, here's the before. Not so bad. My other laptop is ugly and dark, dark grey. I had to do it on that one too which I show at the bottom of this post.
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The first step was to spread out the peel and stick wallpaper onto the top of the close laptop to get an idea of size. I made it about a half inch to an inch bigger on each side.


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I then cut it to size.
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I took off the back and carefully positioned it onto the laptop cover. Just like doing it on a wall, I worked about an inch at a time make sure it laid down flat with no bubbles. This totally reminded me of putting contact paper on my books in school. Do kids still do that? I had some really cool see through pink and green contact paper, ha!  

Now using an exacto knife, I gently cut through the excess paper around the entire laptop. Whatever hangover was left, I pressed it on.
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And that's it! 
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So pretty, right? This peel and stick wallpaper was so cheap. I got it for just about $3 for the roll. I used all of it on a wall and had this left over. Totally got my money's worth! I think it may have gone up a little bit in price, but not much! Click here for the link.
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Here's my bathroom peel and stick wallpaper on my other laptop. Totally brightened it up! Click here for this wallpaper link.
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Now to find other things to use my leftover peel and stick wallpaper on. I'm all for easy 5 minute crafts! 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Summer Living Room Decor - Tour 2022

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The weather is finally warming up and I have the touch of sun on my skin. This is my favorite time of year! The days where I get to spend all day outside and forget the mess inside :) Luckily for you...and frankly, for me...I actually came inside and cleaned my house to share this tour with you. I'm sharing my living room summer decor today. This room doesn't change much between spring and summer, so this is perfect to share it during late spring but as my summer decor. 

This week, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life is hosting the summer home tour series. I'm lucky enough to share today behind Decor To Adore. I just love Laura's home and amazing ideas! You can see all the other tours going on today and the rest of the week at the bottom of the post :) 

Let's get started! This room is slowly transforming from farmhouse style to cottage style and I'm loving the coziness of it all. I've been adding lots of textures, layers and more feminine elements. I've also been adding more antique finds to give this space more history. 
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Shiplap: Tutorial     Media Console: Tutorial      Builtin shelves: Tutorial

Summer decor for me is still all about being cozy. I know most people ditch some pillows or toss their extra blankets. Not me :) I keep my blankets, mainly because I still use them at night...our summer nights are still chilly. And I love the layers of pillows. 
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Here's a tip for TV artwork. I find the vintage art youtube channel and pick my favorite set of prints and turn it on. It's something pretty to look at while the TV is "off". You can even find some beautiful scenery shots with background music, which I love also!

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One area that always changes with the season is my mantel. I've been playing around with ideas on how to update this area. I'm thinking the actual mantel will change and molding may go around all the alcoves. Maybe add some brick to the fireplace. For now, I'm decorating this awkward space by adding little extras here and there like the antique railing below the mantel and the birch log strung across it.

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For the summer mantel decor itself, I went with a more airy feel using empty window and mirror frames. I finished it off by layering in some faux greenery. 
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I recently switched up this corner in the back of my living room with the antique pie safe I found last fall. I'm using it to hold my crazy amount of throw blankets...sadly, this is only a small portion of them :) I've kept the color scheme on my couches light and airy as well with linen pillow covers and my favorite ruffle euro shams. 
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Ruffle Pillows: Link     Rug: Link 

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Decorating the top of this pie safe has been so fun. I've added some new and old vintage items. I've also removed my gallery wall that used to hang along this corner wall. It was hard to remove...it's been there for forever! But, it made this space too busy. I'll eventually get around to hanging the pictures back up in our upstairs hallway so those memories won't be shoved in a box :) With that gone, it freed up some space to hang this enamel Fresh Cut Flowers sign. This sign floats around my house every year, and will eventually make it's way back outside. 
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That book on the end table there was an amazing find during an antiquing trip. It's from the 1800s and all about business law. It's been fun to read it and see how things have changed today. I remember college and my business law book, which I still have, and this brought back memories the moment I saw it. Looking through it is eye opening and shows how much we have grown as a nation and adapted to the times.
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I switched out my slipcovered ottoman for this vintage coffee table recently and love the extra space and character it immediately brought. I topped it off with a couple of caged lanterns, one used as a vase, along with vintage books and my favorite macramé table runner. These cushions usually act as my cat, Aero's, bed, but not today :)
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This is his new spot. He tends to change his favorite sleeping spots weekly. I never know where to find him :)
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I'm not one to add flowers into my decor often, but decided to add a little pink touch in my dough bowl on top of the dresser behind my couch. I then added some old spindles and a green leafed garland.
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Small changes in this room over the years have made me love it even more. I love to see how my style transitions and changes. Finding the right amount of cozy, comfort and practicality with a family can be hard. I've learned to keep things washable and replaceable, it's that simple :)
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I hope you enjoyed the tour and got even a little inspiration from it. I also hope you enjoy your summer! If you are continuing on the blog hop, next up is Clean and Scentsible. You will love Jenn's house and decorating style! Below are the other tours going on this week. 

Monday – June 6th Lineup

A Stroll Thru Life – Our Southern Home – Grace In My Space

Hymns & Verses – Southern Hospitality – Chalking Up Success

 

Tuesday – June 7th Lineup

Calypso in the Country – StoneGable – 11 Magnolia Lane

White Arrows Home – RemodelaCasa – Pink Peppermint Design

 

Wednesday – June 8th Lineup

Designing Vibes – Cuckoo4Design – Whispering Pines Homestead

Decor to Adore – Thrifty and Chic – Clean and Scentsible

 

Thursday – June 9th Lineup

CitrineLiving – Southern Home and Hospitality – Worthing Court

The Stonybrook House – Southern State of Mind – This is our Bliss

 

Friday – June 10th Lineup

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Country Road 407 – Quarters One

Shiplap and Shells – Simply2Moms – Pasha Is Home


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