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

Holiday Kisses

Posted: December 15th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »


Just thought I’d share another small gift that I think is perfect for teachers, daycare providers, hair dressers, as hostess gifts, or for anyone else that might need some holiday love this season!


I simply found a cute and classic glass candy dish, and filled it with some peppermint candy kisses. A little pop of color with a bright red bow finished it off.  Let the love begin!


Happy Holidays to all!
♥ Katie

Wreath Happy!

Posted: November 30th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

‘Tis the Season for days of putting up Christmas decorations. I started decorating the house on Thanksgiving and just finished today!  And with all the busy decorating I have come to a clear realization that I am a bit wreath crazy.

But I feel better about referring to it as wreath happy.

So here is my first wreath purchase I made back in the summer during QVC’s Christmas in July. I actually forgot I even had it until the day I was putting everything up. What a great surprise, right? It lights up so pretty at night at the end of the hall.



This past weekend we made our annual family girls trip to Nell Hills and this wreath just struck me. It was one of those purchases that you just look at and drool over but don’t purchase. Then you think about it the whole time you are having lunch a couple blocks away so you haul everyone back to buy it. Anyone with me? Or again, just crazy?


I love the big bow!


The last one (I’m going to bore you with) on display is a redo of my Eddie Ross ornament wreath. Last year I placed it on my door to the garage which caused a lot of movement of the ornaments which then resulted in lots of ornament casualities. This year, better ornaments and a place smack dab in the middle of our kitchen bay window displays it beautifully!




…and my happiness has spilled over across the street at my sister-in-laws house too!


She added some clear ornaments to the silver ones and with a black festive bow - isn’t it stunning?!



♥ Katie

Mums ARE the Word.

Posted: October 24th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | No Comments »

With the season of gift giving beginning, here was a great idea my sister-in-law had for a little fall treat to give some of our favorite teachers:


Just a mum, and a cute ribbon. Love it!

♥ Katie (and Mindy)

Let There Be Light…

Posted: October 10th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

On this project, pictures can speak for themselves.

(Brace yourself for some ugliness on this first one…)

What we went from:


It is hard to imagine that our ceiling/soffit was once only as high as our cabinets.

To this:




It feels like a whole new kitchen, and the light just pours in!
(And I’m not talking about from the bay window but from all those wonderful little recessed lights!)

Enjoy! I know we are!

♥ Katie

She had me at “Classic.”

Posted: September 21st, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | No Comments »

In the midst of trying to find the perfect light fixture/pendant/chandelier for the kitchen, I visited Crate and Barrel’s site and found this beauty.


Then I read this review:

This lamp is everything that I was looking for. It is classic, simple, well made and beautiful!

She had me at “Classic.”

Another 5 star review read:

The Eclipse pendant light is more beautiful than was apparent to me in the online photo. Although is looks a little dark, it’s not. It give plenty of light, despite the color of the outer shade, which is sheer. I’s very well made — the weighted, screw-on bottom plate ensures that it hangs straight. It is just so classy!

Again, “Classy.” Love it!

But if you read my post before, I am a “see it in person” person so not being able to see it /touch it, before buying it really stresses me out but it might just have to be.


Meanwhile our kitchen ceiling keeps getting smoother and smoother!

♥ Katie

Light Fixture, Light Fixture on the Ceiling…

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

The hunt for a light fixture to replace our chandelier in the kitchen is on…

So far here are some options:

1. I like the clean and classic look of this:


2. But I like the intricacy in this one:


3. So ready for the perfect compromise??!!


Now here is the reality. It’s too tall for the space. Sad. Sad.

4. But David always has a back up plan. He didn’t care for that one as much as I did. He liked this one:


Still a compromise? Yes. But I was going for something different than a traditional chandelier.  I also have a thing about ordering something like this online. I’m a “see it in person” person. So, I might have to just keep this one as my inspiration photo and keep on lookin’!

♥ Katie

A Day of Labor

Posted: September 7th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 1 Comment »

The word “labor” was taken literally around here this Labor Day weekend. We decided we had had enough of our soffit which lowered part of our ceiling to the height of our kitchen cabinets.  It was time to go.

So this is what it looked like in the morning:


…and in the evening!


Now the ceiling is all one height with tons of light!!

My husband and his brother worked so hard and now we get to do the fun stuff, like picking out a new light fixture. Although with my indecisiveness, this will be no easy task. I’ll show you the new progress and some light fixture ideas soon!

♥ Katie

Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic…

Posted: August 27th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 3 Comments »

I have to admit, The Magic Eraser is my new best friend.

I wish I had more of the before and after pictures of ALL the things that I have used my new best friend for but I got so excited using it that I forgot that step.

I finally slowed down a bit and these knives were the perfect example.

I was so frustrated because they were getting rusty even though I hand wash them.


Enter Mr. Magic.


Now, the knives might look brand new but this poor guy did take a bit of a beating…


What have you used the Magic Eraser for?

Need ideas?

Your kitchen sink, interior of your car, cook top stains?

And I thought it was just for those crayon marks from the kids coloring on the walls!

I’m telling you - It’s Magic!

♥ Katie

*Warning - Of course read the back of the box for directions first before you use it. It is not recommended for certain surfaces and as always, test a small area with light pressure before use.

Window Boxes

Posted: August 19th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »


This was a picture I took 2 years ago on our anniversary trip to Charlston, South Carolina. We were on one of these things:


Really that’s beside the point but I felt like I should use the picture somehow. Okay the point is - I have always loved flower boxes. And with David and my passion for reality TV comes many new shows that have given us some new ideas. I will not talk about Cupcake Wars and our trips into Kansas City to eat at Small Cakes — oh my goodness — to die for!

Curb Appeal: The Block is the show I’m talking about. We watch the show and then almost instantly think about what we could do to the house. This is the thing - I might have the idea but David can just create it. I have no idea how he does this, but it’s amazing. A trip to Home Depot and some cutting later…we have two window boxes.

Now let me tell you these are LARGE window boxes about 6 feet wide and we have a brick house. So things can get a little tricky. We decided to use some shimmy pieces to attach it to the wooden part of the windows so they can be taken off if they would need to and also so we wouldn’t have to drill into brick. Thank you.


We test it out then I paint. And fill, sadly with faux flowers/plants. I just couldn’t imagine filling that all with real flowers, especially since I really don’t have that much of a green thumb! And we are so late in the season to buy anything. (FYI These are just things I’m saying to make myself feel better).  I’m thinking next spring I’ll do them up right, but until then, were going classy faux.


Moment of truth….


♥ Katie

And we are not done yet. What do you think about painting brick? Adding a front door feature? Mailbox planter?

Yes, lots of ideas but lets really see what happens to our weekends when college football starts!

My Laundry Love

Posted: August 11th, 2010 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 5 Comments »

Product Image Method Fresh Air Laundry Detergent - 50 Loads

I love this!

All you do is pump it straight into your washer and your done. No cups, drips or big tubs to hog up your space. The only problem was I had to go to Target to get it. Then of course I bought a lot of other stuff that I didn’t really need.

And a Starbucks…but I needed that.

Happy Washing!

♥ Katie