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

Third Times A Charm…

Posted: February 22nd, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

Obviously, I have had a problem picking paint colors for our guest bath…

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

First try…Welcome to Smurfville. Ahhhh!


Second Attempt…


Yep, tricked ya, I never really liked it. It  gave off a lavendar undertone, although I must admit, I think this picture looks pretty good but it doesn’t really look this grey in person. Rats.


But the third one is gonna stick people. And I know because I have a secret trick

I’ve personally seen it in another room.

Now, this doesn’t always work but I  think it helps SO very much when you are really dealing with a problem color to see someone elses, in person, and where they have used it.

Over Christmas we were at my parents house and my mom had painted her office this color. She, like me, first liked it from seeing it somewhere else. Her work offices. See, there you go — that is how paint colors transfer. Thank you to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.



I know…kinda looks the same as the 2nd one - but this one really looks like this –and this color is going no where! Ahh, doesn’t it feel great when you get it right?! The color is called Herbal Escape from Benjamin Moore. It has a greenish gray undertone and it just works beautifully with our taupe shower tub - kidding! Gotta get that painted!


Next project…

♥ Katie

Trash Talk

Posted: February 17th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »

I have a dirty little secret.

Here it goes…when I have an extra couple minutes I like to go around the house and empty the trash containers.

Seriously – for some reason this is rewarding – don’t ask me why.


I blame this on a fun little tip I got from Real Simple. I have collected a number of empty Kleenex boxes, stuff them with plastic grocery bags and I simply keep them under the sinks in the bathrooms. During those extra couple minutes - I go to the nearest bathroom, grab a bag and start emptying! I know there is a million other fun things you can do – but cut loose a little and try it out – secretly I think you might like it too!


I have another trash holder that I keep under my kitchen sink and it holds the bulk of my grocery bags. I got it from The Container Store ($16.99) and I think it is very sleek (sleek in an organizing kind of way!)


♥ Katie


Talking about dirty things…My good blogger friend Lindsay emailed me about spreading the word on her first giveaway! And it just so happens that she is offering a lucky reader one bottle of her Homemade detergent

Can’t get any cleaner than that right?! Head on over to Harperville Home and enter to win!

A Closet Makeover with Some “Aha!” Uses!

Posted: February 11th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 8 Comments »

I’m sure when most people think about their closets they think about the need to organize them…or they might think like me and all the ‘pants on the ground‘. But after that post of mine, and a little inspiration from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, I decided that I was going to make my closet the prettiest it can be while spending the least amount possible.

To do that, I knew I had to pull out a lot of “Aha” Uses, so here it went!

Using a picture frame for a jewelry holder

My Inspiration – Pottery Barn Jewelry Display Frames


I just used an old picture frame and some foam board. I covered it with fabric and poked it with some sewing pins to hold my rings and some small nails to hold thin necklaces. Then I simply stuck my stud earrings right into the fabric…




Silverware holder for an accessory holder

This one was repurposed for the second time but I just needed something to compartmentalize (is that even a word?) all my bracelets and watches. A new coat of spray paint to match the frame and it was done.


❖ Boxes as sock holders

Now this was a no brainer — I just needed more space to organize my socks and be able to grab them quickly without rumaging through them to find the right one. Just painted some cardboard boxes, nothing fancy but it works.


❖ Key hooks for holding necklaces and belts

I still needed something else to hold my necklaces.

Sidenote: All this necklace talk might seem crazy to those who really see me in person since I NEVER wear necklaces, but sadly, I guess that means I still buy them.

So I found a small set of hooks for keys at Target and thought - perfect size!


Got it home and it did the trick but it was not balanced with the other side. So I ran back and bought another one and thought it would be a good belt holder.


And of course there was a bigger set of hooks that nicely took the place of the gold and white beauty that had residency in our closet since the ’70’s…


This one could hold my ‘clean’ and ‘give’ bags perfectly.


❖ Ottoman for shoe/sweater storage

And to just give it more of that true “walk in closet” feel, I brought up the ottoman from our basement. I just thought it would be a nice touch on those days that I just sit and look at my clothes wondering what to wear…yeah right - actually I want to use it to store the out of season shoes and sweaters. So I can fill it with flip flops in the winter and boots and extra sweaters in the summer. Just another way to save space.



So here is my updated and newly painted closet:

From this:


Stark and white…


To this:


Organized and bright!


And if you are reading this and have ever painted your closet, please let me know so I can tell my husband I am not the only person who does this!

And the best part…I spent a whopping 36 bucks (just on paint and hooks). Everything else I already had. Don’t you love when that happens?

♥ Katie

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X’s and O’s

Posted: February 8th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

I know this being around Valentine’s Day - you are probably expecting something about kisses and hugs, but instead I’m going to talk about something way more romantic around our house — a good game of Tic-Tac-Toe!

Have an extra floor tile laying around? I really can’t remember where I got this idea but I made it a long time ago and finally one boy is old enough to want to play with me! Yipee!

I used an old tile and my chalk ink white marker - which you could just use chalk or a black sharpie too. I found my rocks along the side of the highway on a trip a year or so ago - not kidding you - at a McDonalds of all places. It is good to get them as flat as possible.


Make your x’s and o’s and you are ready to play!

dsc02400(Don’t let his sweet smile fool you — he is ready to win!)

♥ Katie

A “Cool”- No Spool Idea

Posted: February 3rd, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »


I was in heaven at Thrifty’s “So Fresh, So Clean” Party with such great ideas from everyone. I had to run to the grocery store that night and without children, I think I spent at least 15 minutes in the cleaning section looking at new cleaning products in a whole ‘nother light!

But here is my favorite idea that I immediately tried after reading - swear, like right after I read it!

Your Cool Friend Sheryl, used dress shirt boxes, but I just had extra manila folders laying around. I cut them up in 3×5’s and wrapped the ribbon around like Sheryl said!


And I have some extras ready to go in the back right corner of the basket.

Oh my goodness how happy it made me. Not that I didn’t love everyones dowel ideas but there were some spools that weren’t big enough and some that were too big, some ribbon that was too long and my paper towel holder was just not cutting it anymore. I had the perfect extra basket for all the cards and ribbon and perfect spot for it. I guess it was just meant to be…


♥ Katie