Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What Kind of Bed Maker Are You? -I-

As much as I love to say that I am a great bed maker, I tend to to not always be the best at it! Here are a few bed making personalities I tend to lean towards:

The Comfy But Pretty look. You partially made it, but let's be honest, you just want it to be easy to get back into when the time comes!

The Everything Has A Place look. You do it every morning, its part of your routine and you make sure it's picture perfect ready every time!

The It's My Bed And I'll Do What I Want or don't do anything look. It's a bed! Why make it when you are getting right back in?

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The Tidy, Clean, & Simple look. You like it polished and clean. You border on the line of minimalistic but also love a hint of character.

The Pillow Happy look. There's no such thing as too many pillows, and you like them in mix matching styles as well! After all, who doesn't love jumping in a pile of pillows?

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The Let's Do This Later look. Who said the bed had to be made? It looks better folded in a pile anyway!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Chic, affordable ways to get your home ready for guests -I-

Undoubtedly at some point this holiday season you will be invaded by at least one guest.  For me, the toughest part of hosting is having a place to keep the extra "stuff" that comes along with a guest, or all of my stuff that has accumulated in the guest room, which tends to become a storage room.

Here are a few furniture storage solutions to help you solve these issues.

 A storage cabinet or shelving unit with baskets.  This one is an oldy but a goody.  During the winter/holiday season you need extra storage in the entryway to house scarves, gloves, and hats. A cabinet with bins or baskets provides storage space that attractively hides all of your/your guests' stuff.

 via Pinterest via Country Living
via Joss & Main in the "Tidy Up For Visitors" sale

via Joss & Main in the "Tidy Up For Visitors" sale

A wall cabinet/storage unit.  I don't know about you, but my guest room is SMALL.  When a space is small you really need to take advantage of vertical/wall space.  Even a slim wall cabinet can be a thoughtful touch that gives guests a little bit more room to unpack and feel at home.  It's also nice when it doubles as a mirror.

via Pinterest via Shanty 2 Chic

via Ideel in the "Furniture for every room" sale

A rolling bar cart with trays is a multitasking machine.  It can follow you and your guests from room to room and encourage them to help themselves.  Also, when you are ready to take it to the dining room just remove a tray and use it on the table.

via Pinterest via Crate & Barrel

via Rue La La in the "Guest Ready Essentials" sale

Extra linen storage.  Your guests should not want for clean sheets and towels.  That being said, our linen closet can barely fit enough for my husband and I.  A stand alone unit is an attractive and affordable way to add extra linen storage in the bathroom.

 via Pinterest via Flickr
 via Pinterest via Interior Magasinet

via Gilt in the "Bath Organization and Storage" sale

Monday, November 24, 2014

Martha Lights Up America -I-

We are so excited to share these amazing new lights by Martha Stewart that you can find at Home Depot!

We had the opportunity to try out these news lights for ourselves! We are slowly getting ready for the holidays and decided to try out these new lights to see how they looked. As much as I love them, I need to run to the store and buy some more to finish the look:

They pair greatly with our other decorations. 

I've had a traditional wreath for so long now, I am even considering getting a different one that fits with the snowflakes in the new lights!

One of my favorite things about the lights are that they are battery powered so you don't have to worry about plugging them in, and they have a timer on them! 

They were really easy to hang. We bought some 3M hooks and lined them up along the post.

Do you like traditional lights or non-traditional? Are you putting up lights for the holiday season this year?

*Disclaimer - I was given these lights as a sample but the opinions are my own!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving decorating ideas that you haven't seen a million times -I-

It's quite a challenge to find unique decorating ideas for the holidays.  Especially with so many people entertaining over Thanksgiving, you want some decor that makes your home a little more memorable.  Here are some ideas that I hope are new to you!

GiveThanks Collection 2012 - free printables from TheTomkat Studio
Choose an appropriate but non-traditional color palette.  Orange and brown is a classic for Thanksgiving, but how about white and brown.  It definitely lends your home a fresher look.  Click here to get these free Thanksgiving printables!
I love this handmade garland with a palette straight from nature. A little metallic paint and you can create a custom message. Learn how here

via Pinerest via Love Paper Paint

Simple Thanksgiving table

The pastel color palette on this table definitely makes it memorable.
via Pinterest via Decorating Your Small Space

Fall Porch

And yet another example of how unexpected color freshens up Thanksgiving decor.  I love the addition of the pink mums!  Without them it would be a pretty, but rather ho-hum porch.

via Making it in the mountains

Thursday, November 20, 2014

High Point Global Views for the Holiday Season -I-

High Point is bringing you great finds from Global Views to add to your home that just premiered this fall! Touches of ink blue and camel with the copper are the perfect way to warm up your home for the coming season. 

Here is an interview with Erin Davis Smithson of the Global Views product design and development team about the items we featured here:

"These droplet jars are modern, versatile and perfect for any room. You can make a fun terrarium in them, hold your bath soaps or keep kitchen essentials encapsulated in Style. Inspired by 1960's genie jars, the clear glass version makes them fun and functional for today."

"Inspired by a cuff bracelet, the copper finish makes this truly jewelry for your home. Copper is on trend for this season, but timeless for any interior. The scratched texture makes it unique. The side table is more versatile being smaller and can add the whimsy to many rooms as a side table or put out in multiples for a larger seating group. The Cuff Cocktail Table also comes in silvery-white nickel finish, pictured below."

"The Bezel border rug pattern is inspired by an early 20th century air vent register. Menswear inspired color story, the Orange and ink blue update the rug for today. Available in many sizes, you can have this sophisticated rug in any room."

You can find all of these pieces at a Global Views retailer near you! Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tips for working from home! -I-

A lot of people ask me how I handle working from home. As you can imagine, it can be very distracting if you aren't prepared for it! With house chores looking right at you, all your favorite things to do during your down time within eye sight, and no one checking on you to see what you've gotten done, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here's a few tricks I use to stay on track:

1. Have a dedicated work space.

Even if you are sharing the room with another space, dedicate a wall or a section of it to your work space. You need to have a defined area so when you "step into it" you can be in the work mode and not "see" all the distractions around you. 

Wish working from home looked this glamorous every day! Photographer: Jenna Alcala.

2. Get dressed and create a morning routine!

You don't have to be in fashion, in style, or dressed to the T, but taking a shower and getting out of your jamies can seriously motivating! Also sticking with a morning routine can make you feel ready and prepared for the day. 

3. Set dedicated work hours, and give yourself a real lunch break!

Working off hours can really hurt your body and your routine of working. Overworking can also wear you down and make you less effective at what you are actually doing. Set dedicated work hours and be sure to give yourself a break, just like you would at any out of home job!

4. Use those extra hours wisely!

If you are like me, clutter and unorganized mess can be seriously distracting. Use the time you'd be commuting during an out of home job to do the cleaning around the house! Get everything set so the next morning is dedicated to your routine and work load. 

5. Have fun with your office space!

Decorate it nicely, keep it organized, and have fun with it! After all, you will be spending most of your time at home here. Why not love it?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Murphy Beds I Might Actually Use! -I-

The idea of a murphy bed is a great option for those who are lacking in space, but it's hard to find one that actually looks comfortable! After doing some digging around, I actually found a few I might use:

This one feels open and elegant, but also looks like it would close up to look like gorgeous storage!

I love the two tone wall to make it look like a different space, and the indents in the side for shelving use!

Bedrooms on a Budget: Our 24 Favorites From Rate My Space : Rooms : Home & Garden Television
via hgtv

This one is styled perfectly for a great bedroom feel, but I can imagine once it's put away the possibilities are endless what you could do with that space!

This one is perfect for a more modern feel! What would you do with that blank white canvas once it's put away?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Protecting your floors, caring for your rugs (lots of eye candy too!) -I-

Rugs are artwork for your floors.  I have spent weeks agonizing over choosing a rug for my home.  I want something that is gorgeous (obviously), high quality, will last forever, and made with ethical standards.

via Pinterest via Style Me Pretty

While a high quality rug doesn't require a ton of maintenance, there are still steps you should take to ensure it will stay looking gorgeous for years to come.  I always save the care tags off of my rugs to refer to them from time to time.  I also vacuum once a week WITHOUT the agitator on, and spot clean immediately with eco-friendly, gentle rug cleaner.  For tough stains, DO NOT RUB stains out, rather PRESS them out.  (Put an absorbent cloth or paper towels over the treated stain, also several layers under the rug to protect your floor, place heavy objects on top of the cloth or paper towels and leave over night.)

via Pinterest via his and hers

Another huge must have is a good rug pad.  For years I used those cheap white "waffley" rug pads, and I was always left with rumbly rugs and weird residues left on my floors.  That's why I was super excited when the folks at Rug Pad Corner got in touch with me to see if I'd be interested in learning more about their pads.

They offer premium felt and rubber pads with NO adhesives (meaning no residue left on your floor). They also use heat to attach the rubber to the felt, so you get no off-gassing or smell.  I jumped on the opportunity to try these out and was instantly impressed with the quality.  My rugs are also laying flatter now, and the thickness of the pad gives the rug a more luxurious feel.

After thoroughly cleaning the floor I laid down the pad where the rug would go.

Both sides of the pad.  The side that goes against the wood is very soft.

My rug on top - looking great!

The back of the non-slip pad, which I haven't laid down yet, because it will go in my office and we are having hardwood floor installed.

Learn all about these rug pads and more products at

*disclosure: just so you know, I received rug pads from Rug Pad Corner in return for this post.  All opinions are my own and I only work with companies or products that I think will be of interest to you!

Okay, now for shopping..

 I want one of these fuzzy guys... at Joss & Main (in the Warm Up the Room Rug sale)

LOVE the colors here... at Joss & Main (in the Warm Up the Room Rug sale)

at Joss & Main (in the Traditional stitches sale)

at Joss & Main (in the Take a Stand sale)