1.31.2012

Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop

Spring has sprung at Hobby Lobby! I stopped in earlier this week to buy some burlap fabric for a future DIY project and found that they have several aisles of new spring decor labeled as "The Spring Shop".  There are some great finds AND everything in the Spring Shop is 30% off this week.  Wanna take a look?!  One of my favorite finds is this classy little bunny - as a lover of whitewash, things that are black and white, and decorative scrollwork, I think this little gal has it going on! 
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Bunny (Reg. price $21.99)
These two little birds are also darling - combine a pair of them with a few linen covered books and you're on your way to a well styled end table or shelf. 
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Birds (Reg. price $5.99, $3.99)
The Spring Shop also has some pretty pillows, including these neutral ones:
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Pillows (Reg. price $17.99 - $34.99)
and some brightly colored bird pillows that would look adorable in a nursery or little girl's room!
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Bird Pillows (Reg. price $17.99, $19.99)
The Spring Shop is also loaded with some great pots, such as these black and white pretties that come in four sizes,
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Black & White Pots (Reg. price $7.99 - $29.99)
these neutral pots with a crackled finish that have a vintage feel,
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Crackled Pots (Reg. price $29.99, $17.99)
these beauties (one of which poses as a watering can) in a gorgeous shade of green,
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Green Ceramic Pots (Reg. price $3.99-$9.99 regular pots, $15.99 watering can pot)
this big gal in an equally gorgeous shade of turquoise (she also has a smaller sized counter part),
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Large Turquoise Pot (Reg. price $59.99, $39.99)
and these darling mini urns (they look big in the pic but are actually less than a foot high).
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Mini Urns (Reg. price $21.99, $19.99)
The Spring Shop also includes some decorative accessories in a stunning shade of blue.
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Decorative Finials (Reg. price $34.99, $29.99)
If you're a gardening diva, the Spring Shop has some stylish tools for you!
Hobby Lobby's Garden Goddess Garden Tool Set (Reg. price  $27.99)
If you've been looking for fun, brightly colored tableware in neat patterns, Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop can hook you up there too!
Hobby Lobby's Spring Shop Tableware
Now, if you've ever been to Hobby Lobby, you know it's one of the strangest stores you'll ever step foot in because in order to find the good stuff, you've got to weed through some pretty wacky stuff.  So now that you've seen the great finds in the Spring Shop, wanna see a few of the wacky ones?!  We'll start with these heinous owls - are they screaming "spring" to you?  To me...not so much - more like "I am an ugly remnant of the '70s".

Is this fairy figurine any better? - nope, equally as heinous in my book.

How about some metal canisters, pitchers, and platters in this nice granny style plaid?


Or some wacky turtles, frogs, and snails (my favorite is the turtle couple - the boy turtle with the bow tie who is watering the girl turtle's flowers).  Really, I'd love to see who buys this stuff! 

Are you amazed by the wacky things you find at Hobby Lobby too?!  
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1.30.2012

Organizing the Playroom with EXPEDIT Shelving

How was everyone's weekend?  Always goes by too fast, doesn't it?!  Mine flew by, in part because we worked on a family project that took a chunk of the weekend: Operation Playroom Organization.  The plan for this project started last week, when I had a conversation with my daughters that has been repeated hundreds of times in the past.  It starts with me nagging them to pick up the basement (their playroom), which you can't even walk in - here's my proof (beware, this is the scary "before" picture that I warned you about on Friday):
Not for the faint of heart, right?!  Here's the problem: although I look at the playroom and see a disastrous mess, it's actually not just a bunch of random toys strewn everywhere - on closer inspection you'll see that it is a humongous Littlest Pet Shop/Squinkies village complete with homes built out of Lincoln Logs, 


a hotel (complete with toilet paper roll pillars - only the best for these guests!),

a hospital (with rooms made out of the cardboard from Juicy Juice packs),

a school, a jungle, a pool, you name it - this village has it.  As you can tell, it has taken them hours upon hours to get their village exactly how they want it - hence, why I always cave in and let them leave it sprawled across the entire playroom floor.  However, the conversation went a little differently this time because my husband interjected with a suggestion to get some shelving for the "village" so that it is off the floor but still accessible for them to play with it.  I had just read Centsational Girl's blog post on IKEA's EXPEDIT shelving that included this image from a playroom:
Young House Love
Knowing that my daughters are suckers for pretty pictures (it's in the genes...), I searched the web and found some additional pics of glamorous playrooms with EXPEDIT shelving:
Libbie Grove Design
Caroline Armelle
That's all it took for them to be totally on board with the idea!  So on Saturday, we made a trip to IKEA and (after stuffing ourselves with Swedish meatballs and potatoes) we bought two of the 58" square EXPEDIT shelving units. They were pretty easy to put together and came with anti-tip brackets that firmly secured them to the wall (a must for a playroom!).  The village was then relocated to the shelving and the basement went from looking like this:
to this:
IKEA EXPEDIT Shelving!
I'm LOVING all of that clean, open floor space!  And everyone in the village seems pretty satisfied with the move too, including the airport baggage handlers,
 the village fashionista,
the jungle animals,
and the amusement park riders!


The play house got relocated to the other side of the room where it served as the headquarters for our project supervisor:


We also bought two stepstools while at IKEA so that the girls could get eye-level with the top cubes and not be tempted to do any shelf climbing.


The whole family is happy with the outcome - I am so excited to FINALLY be able to run the vacuum throughout the playroom and can't wait to have some of the girls' artwork framed and hung in a grouping above the shelves. My husband is excited that I finally used one of his ideas :-)  Best of all, the girls are super psyched to have all of the parts of their village easily accessible to play with.  There is already talk about building ladders and slides to connect the cubes - they are never lacking in creativity! 


If you've been giving some thought to a home organization project using the bigger EXPEDIT units (72" square), the next few days are a great time to do it.  If you sign up for an IKEA FAMILY card (it's free), the largest EXPEDIT is one of this month's in-store specials only for FAMILY card members - you can get it for $179 (regularly $199) through this Tuesday, January 31st.  The card also entitles you to free coffee (my husband was sold on that perk alone) and an extra 30 minutes of time in IKEA's Smaland (playland) for those of you with little ones.  We signed up while at IKEA but I think you can also sign up online, which enables you to view the monthly specials for card holders.  I'm hoping that frames are one of February's specials so I can add the girls' artwork above the EXPEDIT shelving and give the space a much more finished look!
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1.27.2012

File It Friday: Free Printable to Record Your Home's Repairs

Are you ready for the second Friday in the "File It Friday" series??  If you missed last Friday's post, we began an "it's a new year, let's get organized" type project - creating a Home File where you can record everything about your home.  I provided the first free printable (click here) that will go in your Home File - it's for keeping track of the paint colors in your home, including the room painted and the paint color, brand, and sheen.  You were also given a little homework assignment - did you get a binder and some dividers?? Excellent.  Did you fill in your paint colors on your printable sheets?? Fabulous, me too.  


Now let's move on to the second tab in the binder - Home Repairs.  This is going to be a THICK section in my Home File.  I have a HUGE stack of receipts from all of the home repairs and improvements that we have done in the five years we've lived in this house.  (When your electrician comes over to do a job and brings family photos from his recent Florida vacation to share with you, you know you're in deep!)  While it may be frightening to revisit these receipts and mentally add up the money we've spend on this house, it must be done!  So without further ado, (click here) to get your free Home Repairs printable where you can record the date of the home repair, type of repair, person completing the repair, and the cost.
This printable is solely for home repairs - busted garbage disposal, leak in roof, etc.  There will be a different printable on a future File It Friday for recording home improvements (new countertops, new recessed lighting, etc.).  So your homework assignment for the next week is to gather all of your home repair receipts, organize them by date, and record the repairs on your Home Repairs printable.  Print out a few extra sheets to keep in your file for recording future repairs.


I hope you're enjoying some better weather than we are in Cincinnati, as it's been all rain, rain, rain here.  I'm hoping there's a break in the rain this weekend, as I'm planing to take a trip up to IKEA with the fam to pick up an EXPEDIT shelving unit so that we can work on organizing the kids' play area in the basement - hopefully I'll have some before and after pics to share with you next week (beware, the before pictures will not be for the faint of heart!).  Have a good one!
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1.24.2012

Home Decorators Collection Now at Home Depot!

Earlier this week I was out running errands, including a quick stop at Home Deport to make a return and grab some lightbulbs.  While trying to figure out which bulbs fit my kitchen can lights (R20, R30, R40 - why can I never remember...) I noticed some pendant lighting at the end of the aisle that looked pretty cool.  As I was walking down the aisle to check it out, I was fairly certain the pendants would be disappointing on close-up view because the first word that comes to my mind when I think about Home Depot lighting is definitely not "cool".  But I have to give it to you Home Depot, you new lighting IS cool!
The pendants are from Home Depot's new Home Decorators Collection lighting line that they started carrying online a few months ago and are now selling in the stores as well.  I saw several that I love:
Home Decorators Collection Bronze Cage Pendant 

Home Decorators Collection Brushed Nickel Dome Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Polished Chrome Bowl Pendant

Home Decorators Collection Weathered Bronze Knurling Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Dark Bronze Vintage Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Polished Nickel Bell Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Nickel Kettle Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Dark Bronze Funnel Pendant
Home Decorators Collection Ribbed Bell Pendant
With the exception of the Ribbed Bell Pendant (which is $119), all of the pendants are under $100 with some as low as $69.97.  Home Depot is also now carrying vintage style incandescent bulbs, which have previously been HARD to find at reasonable prices.  Home Depot's bulbs are $7.97 or $8.97 depending upon the shape (much cheaper than Anthropologie's $18 bulbs!).

What do you think - are you as impressed by Home Depot's new line of lighting as I am? 
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1.22.2012

In Search of a Fabulous Foyer Console

I'm a sucker for a fabulous foyer - I'd love to have a spacious entryway with a large rug and a console table styled with lamps, some unique decorative accessories, and a mirror or piece of art. I'd also love a place to sit (either a chair or bench would do!) while putting on shoes before hitting the door.  My dream foyer looks something like this:
Pinterest - Jennifer Keller
or this:
Elle Decor
or this:

Elle Decor

I'm even willing to forgo the seating and have a little space like this:
House Beautiful
Unfortunately, my foyer is tiny with no space to put anything other than a small rug and a basket for shoes.  So there is no fabulous foyer in my near future....   My sister is another story - her house has a large foyer with beautiful crown and base moldings and a perfect wall for a console table and possibly a chair or stool.  
Sprucing up her foyer is her current "to-do" project with one of her inspiration photos being this one that was part of my post on Colorful Home Accessories:
Southern Accents
My sister absolutely loves the console in this inspiration photo and wants to find one with a similar carved wood geometric design but it needs to be a little less wide and she would like it to have some drawer space. She is willing to invest some money in a high quality piece of furniture because she plans for it to be a "forever" piece. She will be looking at it every time so goes in or out of her front door so she wants to love it.  Here are some options that I found for her:

Bliss Studio's Ogee Commode


Gabby Home's Genevieve Credenza
(there is an option to replace the wine rack on this one with a simple shelf)
Hooker Furniture's Two Door Mirrored Console
Hickory Chair's Artisan Curved Front Chest w/Drawer Overlay - Ash
Mecox Gardens' Milano Carved Painted Dresser
Photo from House Beautiful
My favorite is the Mecox Gardens piece, which I would pair with a chair or stool to its left similar to the photo above. The chair/stool and the accessories on the console is where my sister could save some money (think Home Goods!).  Do you have a favorite or know of another console or chest that you think would be a good option for her?  
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