Blame the Nesting.
I have this urge the last 3 months or so to purge, clean, organize, make things functional, simple, and yet beautiful too. I just think of life with 3 children…. and how I want to walk into any room in my house and see nothing cluttery. Nothing gathering dust that we don’t really need or use.
SIMPLIFY life I guess you could say.
I LOVE things organized, but I would say I have to work at it. My natural inclination would probably be to NOT go that way. I battle a few pack-rat slash hoarderish tendencies if left unchecked.
I want to have time for those I love, and not spend all day tending to our STUFF.
You may or may not believe me, but i actually do NOT know much about decor. I mean I know ‘pretty tings’ but sometimes how to arrange them in a pleasing way makes me feel pretty lost. I do not want a pile of stuff sitting here and there. I want it to make sense.
I have been reading lately how decor needs to be one layer at a time. I have thought on that a lot. Also that when decorating you need to wait… and just slowly let things evolve. Beloved collections happen over time.
This is interesting to me, because I think I stuff or throw up things sometimes, without too much meaning or thought.
One goal for my home has been to take things that we use a lot and are kind of “in my way” a lot– and make them look nice and kept handy.
Like the blankets above: my girls adore throw blankets. They carry them around, move them, and cuddle with them. The blankets end up these scrunched up, ball-y eyesores, that are kinda scattered all over the house. Roamers, you could call them.
I found the basket in the girl’s room (it was holding their bedtime library books) and found that when I rolled the throw blankets and stuffed them into the basket they became pretty AND useful.
They also created a “layer” beside the love seat- one of those things I said I am learning about.
NOT rocket science, but you know, fun for a silly housewife.
My girl’s draw with plain paper likely 80% of the day. I used to have these ziplock bags laying around with all kinds of different writing materials in them, you know, crayons, markers, paints… EVERY night when G came home there would be crayons scattered all over the floor around the table. He was quite vocal about how much this made his every night. (joke)
Well, now this enamel bins keeps them all together and just somehow makes it easier for the girls to pick them up. Flimsy ziplocks are just overwhelming for kids to clean up with. (Fact.)
Cheap pillows are so easy to make. I have been re-working or recovering quite a few. Best way to do this- use table napkins, or cheap little pieces of fabric from thrift stores. I also like to buy ugly, but clean and sturdy pillow forms at thrift stores. I wash them with hot water and Tide– then cover them.
Forms at Walmart are around $7. This way I get them for .50 – 2.00.
Candles always add layers and ambiance. I found that navy trim at a thrift store- it is delicate and gorgeous. Simple things like hot gluing it onto a plain curtain can make a little thing special.
My other SECRET for making beautiful curtains is… shower curtains! Okay, so new curtains are pricey– whether you buy it by the yard or buy the panels ready-made, they usually go for $20-50 a panel. So how do you get beautiful curtains for more like $10 a panel?
I guess it’s not actually a question since I already told you… But yes, Target has very hip shower curtains that are thick and not plastic-y. They run around $20 or more for one.
I cut them down the middle, hem them, they cover 2 windows, and they make AWESOME new curtains.
I did this in my baby room and I am just in love with my new curtains in there. (heart) Can’t wait to show them to you… one day.
The oddest little plants from here and there add so much charm.
Ok, well, I need to go oat and a boat, so I better go.
(If you didn’t get that- read it aloud and pretend you are Canadian.)
I would be OVER THE MOON to hear what tips you have on decor/organizing/projects. Teach me.
I may hit Joann Fabrics today- I have a new sewing machine so anything could happen from there. I am love with my new machine, btw, I am so afraid one day G will come home, and we will be in the corner kissing. Before that, I had a low-grade Brother from Walmart, which was given to me at the age of TWELVE. So yes, can we say upgrade?!
Over and out. ~jenny