{organizing ideas and decorating advice from my home to yours}

Sitting Pretty

Posted: July 13th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

With the annual garage sale this year came some major changes in our furniture decor.

It was time to get rid of a couple unused and unloved pieces.

One might surprise you…our dining room table.


Now many of you might think of this as the family gathering place for homecooked meals and long chats about the day, and although we strive for both of those things — they usually happen at our kitchen bar area. So there was just no need for the table.

It was really only a launching area for Lucy to gaze at the birds and chipmunks…


Now it is a pretty sitting area that leaves a lot more room for running and playing.



And not to worry, Lucy still gets her look out point…


♥ Katie

Where Do All the Towels Go?

Posted: June 22nd, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | No Comments »

With all the swimming going on this summer, what are you doing with those beach towels being used? I finally decided to buy more than 2 towels for my 2 boys so I didn’t have to be washing and drying the towels immediately.  But then I didn’t know where to store them before their next use.


I also wanted my oldest to be able to reach them since it is his job to get his swimming bag together on his swimming days.
So the galvanized beverage holder/tub that I had bought back in the day when I thought I’d be having so many parties and beverages, came out of storage….and now it is filled with bright colored beach towels…ready for some wet fun!


Happy summer!

They’re Baackk!!

Posted: June 8th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 1 Comment »

Yep, my “Happy Sink Flowers” have made a return for the season.

In order to spice things up a bit, I thought I’d bring my sea shell findings from a girls trip a couple years back and put them in the vase with the peonies….


Ahh, a little bit of the beach right in the middle of America.

…and this time to the middle of my cooktop!


♥ Katie

Easy Custom Notepads

Posted: May 31st, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

As techy as this world is coming to — I can’t stop the enjoyment of writing on a pretty pad of paper…


Along with some of my other mom friends, we went to a local printing company and custom ordered our notepads. Because of ordering in bulk, they were able to give us a great price. We supplied the paper - they cut, printed, hole punched and perforated them.


Then we got to do the fun stuff — adding ribbon.

Here are some of the ideas my friends and I came up with…

✏ A Grocery List

✏ A Business Memo Pad

✏ Family Notes

✏ Great gifts for Teachers or Friends

✏ and even for quick Kid Thank You Notes

And if you want proof that I really thought up all of these — here is my proof. Yes, I do love notepads!


Are your wheels turning? What would you use one for?

♥ Katie

My New Passenger

Posted: May 20th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

I’m definitely a basket person,if you haven’t figured that out yet, but my new favorite one is this beauty

Reisenthel Market Basket, Baroque Sand

It is a Reisenthel Market Bag and they come in so many colors and patterns - and are just so stinking durable. You can check out all the colors and styles at Reusablebags.com or click here.

It was a birthday gift from my sister-in-law last year and one of my favorite things from My Favorite Things Newsletter too. I knew exactly where I wanted to put my basket and that was in my car. I have 4 little hands in the back that love to play with things while I tote them around. Happy Meal toys, books, matchbox cars…you name it we have it in that basket. It is also a great place to hold that extra hat, mittens or water bottle so it doesn’t end up on the floor of the car.

Someday maybe I’ll go to the farmer’s market and carry it around looking all cool….

Preview Image

…but right now it fits perfectly as a mini organizer/passenger in the car.

Want another idea? Well, I returned the favor and my sister-in-law requested one for her birthday too — so her’s has found a place at the bottom of their stairs and it has become the catch all for things needing to go up. Great idea!

♥ Katie

Pillow Talk

Posted: April 1st, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 3 Comments »

Let’s talk about those throw pillows. It is the constant argument disagreement around our house. We buy the new sectional with the specific desire to lay out on the chaise part. But then I put pillows in that area - because obviously the leather couch needed softened…and then what happens…


No one sits in that spot.

Same with my Ballard pillow. It hogs the chair but I refuse to take it off cause it’s so cute.


But my real issue is with our bed. I have spent good money on a comforter and matching pillow covers — only for the decor pillows to sit hidden in the armoire.


So with the new spring quilt I just bought, I decided things had to change. But I had to be tricky because the husband would throw those pillows across the room if he had the chance.

Here is the bed made:


Here is the bed ready for bed:


Look closer — You see what I did?


I put the pillows with covers behind the regular pillows we use.

I guess it is important to understand what pillow number you are. I am a three pillow gal and David is a 2 pillower. I like 3 small squeshhy ones and David likes one small and one large one. So before I hit the hay, I just throw our covered pillows behind the others and you wouldn’t even know they were there. In the morning I just pop them back on top! Super easy!

And of course Lucy likes it - always faithful!


♥ Katie

Cabinet Crisis

Posted: March 23rd, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 4 Comments »

When I’m not painting closets, I’m lining my cabinets. Lately, I guess I’m doing my makeovers in the places people don’t even look.

But, the thing is, I look.

And these little things just bother me:


Do you see it? I tried to use those cabinet liner things but they just scrunched up and stuck to the bottom of glasses. So then I just got rid of them all together…but then they just looked unfinished.


I really didn’t want to lift another paint brush so my solution was buying the vinyl 12″ square sticky tiles…


…cutting them to fit and voila!


Cabinet shelves that are lined! I can not tell you how happy this makes me. What a nerd I am.

Warning: Even though I used just my scissors to cut these - don’t let the simplicity fool you. This was time consuming. I have spent many nap times working on these suckers and just when you thought one cabinet was the same measurement of the other - wrong!!

Then I got addicted and just kept going…

I couldn’t be stopped. Drawers, under the sink, pull out shelves…




And as Armstrong states, in the end, “my idea became reality!”


♥ Katie

Quiz Time!

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 1 Comment »


So I know there are a lot of these decorating quizzes out there but I really liked this one for many reasons:

1. It was from Real Simple - my favorite!

2. It includes a variety of decor and other non-decor items to determine what your style is.

3. When you have completed the quiz it gives you your decor style, recommendations where to shop and other blogs for inspiration. Pretty handy!

And to get you in the mood, let’s talk couches. Which would you buy?


decor-cozy-sofa_3004. It takes about 30 seconds to complete if you follow my tip

My tip:

In taking these quizzes I usually get a little too into it and spend lots of time analyzing the products or pictures. So here’s my tip - give your gut reaction! What are you attracted to the most right away? Ready?…Click here.

Have fun!  And I’d love to know what you were!

♥ Katie

I guess I could tell you me - right? Here’s a hint…think cozy.


Now back to my homework.


Where I’m making my “ideas a reality”! Can’t wait to show you my little cut and stick project!

On the Hunt for Bath Towels

Posted: March 11th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

I think Bath Towels are like hairdressers, parking spaces, men (others?)….
You can find a lot of them but the GOOD ones are rare.

So this daily find article from Real Simple sparked my wheels turning. I usually just go feel towels at my local store and make the decision based on price versus comfort.

{That’s not really true - I get sucked into the look too. Last time I just couldn’t walk away from a gorgeous design - so sad because they’re so stinking uncomfortable! Lesson learned.}

So the reason (of many) that I love Real Simple is that this email article gave me 9 bath towel ideas for every budget. I’m looking for plain white, well I was until I saw some of these towels:

Look how fun colored these ones are from Kara Weaves - so cute! Hand towels too! I love the thought for spring and for the using them with kids - but comfort? I might have to find out for myself:


Oh and then these from West Elm:


But I really hate not being able to feel them - you know it’s like the paint recommendation thing I have - I have to see it in person!

Now I really don’t believe you can go wrong with the good ‘ol Americana Ralph Lauren:

df-palm-harbor-lauren_300And I love the texture the white one has…

So before I impulsively go out and buy –do you have a favorite brand of towel that you love? I would love any ideas!

♥ Katie

Done with Dried Up

Posted: March 7th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

So in this spring cleaning/decluttering mode I’m in — I have made a bold decision.

❖ I am all done with dried up things. ❖

This is especially about my potpourri…


Here it is in a nice little apothecary jar just collecting dust. I have never really understood why I have used it. I don’t like the look or the smell and nothing about it says “alive” and “happy!”

So out it goes - and in its’ place…fake eggs.


Yep, I don’t really grow much, do I?

♥ Katie