Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Love the Home You Have http://www.justagirlblog.com/love-the-home-you-have/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/love-the-home-you-have/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:52 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8697

I used to write notes. Someone baked me a cake? I wrote them a thank you note. I knew someone was going through a hard time? I sent them a note of encouragement. But then e-mail, Facebook, etc. came along and the notes stopped. Anyone else guilty of this? I miss it. I miss sending notes, and (perhaps selfishly) I miss receiving them. My friend Melissa wrote a book titled Love the Home You Have , and cover to cover it is about getting in touch with what you love and appreciating what you have. She put out a challenge, so I accepted it. 

Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomWhat was keeping me from simply writing those heart-felt notes? Convenience! How easy is it to sit at your computer and e-mail a message to a friend or sit at the doctor’s office and private message someone? There’s something sacred about the written word, and I needed to make it more convenient to use it.

pink gold stationeryMelissa spoke to my inner organizer when she wrote about decluttering the nooks and crannies. Aint that the truth! Using the same color scheme and keeping all my items in one spot makes it simple. There are few choices, and having everything in one area gives me easy access to writing that personal message to someone.

pink gold stationery

Organizers speak often of having a designated space for everything (Melissa included), so why not designate a specific space for this? It’s a sacred spot just for me, and it brings back the joy of reaching out to my friends in a personal way. I’m not one to throw out recommendations lightly, so I’m very pleased to recommend Love the Home You Have by my friend. She “gets it” as a home owner, and I found myself highlighting and tagging sections throughout the book! Love Your Home Challenge Tour - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomSeveral other bloggers in our community have accepted her challenge as well, and I encourage you to see what they did! You can find links to their challenges at Melissa’s blog The Inspired Room. Clearly, we’re all very proud of our friend!

Love the Home You Have - new book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room*Some affiliate links have been provided for you! Click on any one of them for your purchase! You won’t be disappointed.

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K-Cup Storage http://www.justagirlblog.com/k-cup-storage/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/k-cup-storage/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8682

I was professing my love for my Keurig (again) to a girlfriend the other day, and she responded that she’s not keen on getting one because she wouldn’t know where to store all the K-cups. 1. There’s still people out there who don’t have Keurigs? 2. Don’t make it difficult. 

Buy a silverware organizer, put it in a drawer by your Keurig, and fill it up with your favorite K-cups. Done.

K Cup storage

We’re not complicated coffee drinkers around here. We like black coffee, so we’re easy to please. I get “fancy” with some tea, hot cocoa, and hot cider, but it makes it easy for us to store them in a drawer underneath the Keurig. 

K Cup storage

When I went to take a picture of said Keurig, I noticed a little visitor.

K Cup storage

Walking Dead fans will appreciate the moment here. Tyrese will be forever in our hearts. Or on our countertops. 

K Cup storage

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Pretty Desk Accessories http://www.justagirlblog.com/pretty-desk-accessories/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/pretty-desk-accessories/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 03:08:35 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8676

I’m organizing my office right now, and I suspect I’ll be done around September. The task is daunting. In an effort to distract errr motivate me, I’ve been shopping around for some new desk accessories. Feminine is the new black these days, and I’m all for it! I thought I’d share some of my purchases and some inspiration offices I’ve seen around the web.Pretty Desk Accessories

tape dispenser | candle | cover | phone case

scissors | file holder | thank you notes | pencils | stapler

Feminine office space

{pink and gold office}

Feminine office

{well-planned desk}

Pink office

{cream and coral office space}

Pretty home office

{colorful office space}

Pretty office

{pink office}

Simply+Jessica+Marie+Home+Studio+ +Zipporah+Photography

{pretty desk details}

Adult office space

{sophisticated office space}

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Flashback Friday {Valentine’s Day} http://www.justagirlblog.com/flashback-friday-valentines-day/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/flashback-friday-valentines-day/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:15:57 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8666

For someone who doesn’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, I have more V-day posts than I thought. My kids are getting older (sniff), so the cutesy projects are few and far between. So reminisce with me as we take a look back at some of my Valentine’s Day ideas!

Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Valentine s mailboxes

 Valenetine’s Ipod Box

Valentine s ipod box

Valentine’s Cake Box

Valentines Box Cake

Valentine’s Purse (from a cereal box!)

Valentines purse

Teachers’ Valentine’s Gift

Valentine s teacher gift

Valentine’s Mantel

Valentine s mantel

Valentine’s Decor

Valentine s heart

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Winter Fashion http://www.justagirlblog.com/winter-fashion/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/winter-fashion/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:56:59 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8654

If you’re anywhere in the midwest, you know that it has been co-old. Lots of snow and cold means looking for some cute fashions to keep me warm. As I type this, I have a personal heater on me. And the fireplace going. So you could say that these outfits are just what we need in this neck of the woods. Enjoy! And stay warm!

Blue and cream outfitBaby blue outfit

 Cream and burgundy outfit

Burgundy and cream

Snowflake and gray outfit

Burgundy and gray outfit

Ivory black and aqua outfit

Cream and aqua
Pink and gray outfit

Pink and gray outfit

Cream and teal outfit

Teal winter outfit

Winter white outfit

winter white

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A New Sectional http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-new-sectional/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-new-sectional/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:09:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8642

It’s been a long time comin’, but after years of waiting, we finally got our sectional. If you remember (or don’t), I was about to purchase it TWO years ago when Maximus had a close visit with the grim reaper. Well, one thing after another got in the way of getting it, but it is now ours. 

Rowe sectional

Two things I know about myself—1. If there’s a more expensive option to purchase something, I will find a way to go that route 2. I like to fold laundry on my kitchen table. 

cream sectional

I say this because I could NOT find a sectional with the dimensions I needed without it being custom. That of course meant more money, but remember #1 above? We spend 85% of our time in this room, so there was no need getting a piece that A. didn’t fit the space or B. wouldn’t fit all of us comfortably while we watch tv, nap, blog, etc. 

Rowe sectional 2

The other thing I know about myself? I will take 2.7 years to make a decision about anything. And then I will doubt my decision for another 1.3 years after that. After having oversized furniture in this space for so long, I was (almost) convinced that I wanted something really tailored and streamlined. I wavered for an unreasonable amount of time before I finally settled on a Rowe Martin sectional. I do love it. The tight back, the square arms—dreamy. 

Rowe sectional 4

Aaaaand a decorating dilemma that many of you can relate to is that now I need to change items in the rest of the room as a result of the purchase. The tufted ottoman doesn’t work. It’s not large enough, and I know it just won’t hold up over time. It’ll move to another spot soon. So that, the cowhide rug, and the pillows are temporary. 

Rowe sectional 3

I’m hoping to build the table myself, but that will have to wait until the weather breaks. We’re under an official blizzard right now (11 inches of snow), so I won’t be working in the garage anytime soon. Until then, wanna see what I’m thinking?

Option 1. The waterfall table is my absolute favorite, but I think it’s just to involved for me to build. It looks more simplistic than it really is, and I know my limits. But I do love it. Let’s be honest. The whole room is drool-worthy. 

Waterfall coffee table

Option 2. I know I want an open bottom. I want it to be rustic enough that my kids can beat it up and get away with it—sort of. And I want them to be able to sit on it. Gees. Lots of criteria for a coffee table, eh? This table from Lindevegan is perfect!

Wood coffee table

Option 3. I love the legs of these tables, but I have no idea who would make them for me. 

Cofffee table wood

Like I said, those things will have to happen a little later. For now, I’m just thrilled that the long wait is over!

 

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Haven Conference Tickets http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-conference-tickets-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-conference-tickets-2/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:20:39 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8633

Can you believe it’s already here? Time to talk Haven, everyone! The girls and I are busy getting everything ready for another fantastic conference for you! We’re excited, and we hope you are too! So what do you need to know? Well, here you go–

Havenconference

And want some even more awesome news? We have our keynote speaker lined up, and we’re thrilled to announce it! 

Jonacuff

I seriously can’t wait, guys. Haven is such a highlight for me, and I look forward to seeing you there! I hope you can make it! You know that our main sponsor will make sure it’s a fantastic experience! Thank you, Home Depot!

THD vivid orange thumb

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 2nd at 12:00 EST

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Olivia Pope Fashion {Scandal} http://www.justagirlblog.com/olivia-pope-fashion-scandal/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/olivia-pope-fashion-scandal/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:02:19 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8628

My go-to show Scandal is on, and I can’t figure out why I love it more. Is it the story line? The strong, intelligent woman who drives the show? Orrrrr is it to see what Olivia Pope is going to wear? Uhhh that might be a tie. I LOVE her classic wardrobe, and I find myself lost in them—sometimes missing the dialogue as a result! So since I haven’t had a fashion post in a few weeks, I thought this was a perfect opportunity. In honor or my dear friend Olivia, I am presenting to you a classic, streamlined, beautifully-fitted wardrobe selection. Drool as needed…

Olivia Pope Inspired

Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope Blush

Oliviapope

Olivia Pope Pink Gray

Oliiviapopescandal

Olivia Pope Style

Oliviapopeattire

Olivia Pope Neutrals

Oliviapopeinspiration

Olivia Pope Outfit

Oliviapopeonscandal

Olivia Pope Black and Cream

Scandaloliviapope

Olivia Pope Black and White

Olivia Pope Black White

Olivia Pope Taupe

Olivia Pope Brown

Olivia Pope Wardrobe

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Perfume Storage http://www.justagirlblog.com/perfume-storage/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/perfume-storage/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8613

Remember when I built these bookshelves for my daughter? Ohhhh come on…you remember…these?

DIY bookshelves

Well, my baby is growing up. She no longer reads “kid books, mom” and all her books are now digital. Picture my lip quivering and a tear strolling down my cheek. Well, the shelves still had plenty of good life in them, so I changed them over to fit my growing girl’s needs. As in…

Perfume organization 2

Perfume? Body wash? Scented lotions? Gah! It is what it is. My tween is obsessed with them, so I set up a little morning station for her. Her collection was growing, and this set up works brilliantly. I think it should be known that I currently have three scents in my cabinet. Not lying. Three.

Perfume organization

And as much as I love her cabinet, we are looking into something that might work a little better for her. We need to mount the tv on the wall, and she really wants a more permanent desk. So let’s just add that to the list, shall we?

Painted china cabinet

                                                       Want to see more projects in her room?

Secretary and Bench Makeover                                       ClosetMaid Closet

Desk small

Closet details small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Tree Mural

 Blue girls room small

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DIY Custom Closet http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-custom-closet/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-custom-closet/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8602

So I was a single working mom for a week, and then I had parent/teacher conferences. Sorry about the absence. I have been trying to get a couple of things done around here, however. The main one being getting alll my closets and cabinets organized. Amazing how out of hand they can get when you don’t stay on them, ya know? 

Wanna see how out of hand they can get? It’s embarrassing, but here it is. Guest bedroom closet before…

How to add closet shelves 2

Let me redeem myself. And quickly. Guest bedroom closet after…

DIY closet

Better, eh? This was one of the most satisfying, yet inexpensive, projects I’ve done. It’s one of those “WHY didn’t I do this sooner?” projects, ya know? 

How to add closet shelves 4

Because it’s in an upstairs guest room, I went with the cheapest plywood I could find. I figured out all my measurements and had the handy employees at Lowes cut it for me. That is a lifesaver! If it were more visible, I would spend a little more money on smoother wood. With paint and some finishing trim, it looks plenty nice for it’s function. After measuring out the space, I mocked up how I wanted it to look. I wanted as much storage as possible, so I brought the shelves out as far as I could without getting in the way of the doors. 

How to add closet shelves 3

We built a bookshelf essentially and screwed it to the wall. Then we added cleats on the sides to add more shelving. The right side still needs a bar, but it will house some hangers for guests who want to hang their clothes during their stay. I used even more space by making the top shelf shallow. This way it can be accessed still. I put spare lamps or shades up there. Who knows. I never go up there.

How to add closet shelves 5

Because the trim work was so narrow and thin, I used wood glue to adhere it. I taped them into place until they dried, and they’ve been perfect ever since. You might also be able to see that we removed the baseboard behind the shelving I wanted it flush with the wall, so we just cut it out. I’ll cut it and put it back on. Someday.

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DIY closet

I love labels, so I used some adhesive ones to specify each shelf (I thought them out before the build). It makes it very easy when putting sheets away or making the beds—especially ‘cause I love white sheets!

DIY closet

The baskets and bins hold random things such as shams, irons, fabric, and extra blankets for guests. Clearly I need more labels. 

DIY closet

And if anyone can figure out how to fold sheets so they’re not wobbly, I’m all ears. There’s gotta be a better system!

DIY closet

This project was in collaboration with Lowes as my monthly project. I would say January is a good month to post about organizing and utilizing space better, right? Of course, now that I have one closet done, I’m already working on another! Must. have. more. shelves! 

Lowes

Disclosure: Lowes provided me with a gift card to showcase this project as part of their Lowes Creative Ideas Bloggers’ team. All the thoughts and opinions are certainly my own. I don’t get gift cards for those.

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