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Latest Kitchen Decor

12 Jun

Well, it’s been about 3 months since Chip and I got married and we are finally just getting a bit settled in our new home! Life has been absolutely fabulous, but oh so hectic. More than anything, we’re loving just finally being a team, married and starting our life together.

This past weekend was the first weekend since our wedding that we both have been at home for a whole weekend with no guests staying at our house. Whew… it was awesome! While Chip was studying (he is taking the 1st step of the boards next week), I decided I would begin to get back into my love of crafting with this little bunch of fun above our kitchen sink:

Total cost: $3.50 (heck yes)

I had everything on hand except for the Be Grateful print which I found here and printed at FedEx. I spray painted/recycled random frames from throughout the house and used the plastic, silver spoons from a bridal shower I threw.

The “Taste” was a wedding gift from my cousin and her boyfriend. He hand-crafted it in his school’s workshop out of scrap metal. Forever grateful. (See what I did there?)

The thought behind Chip and I choosing the word “Taste” was two-fold:

1. It’s in the kitchen. Simple as that.

2. It’s a reference to Psalm 34:8 – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” It’s a great reminder for us each day to savor every moment in our new home together.

Overall, I feel pretty great about the newest addition to our kitchen and can’t wait to continue making our house a home! So many great things in store! Stay tuned for updates!



The Yellow House

18 Aug

Now that my Hartford roommates have all moved away (and soon one will be moving to Italy!), I have a new home! It’s a sweet yellow cottage complete with a front porch and rocking chairs.

I am loving my new roommates: a senior UGA student who happens to be my little sis in AOPi and a 1st year pharmacy student who was in my pledge class. It’s amazing how quickly the house came together since we all had some sort of furniture or kitchen supplies from previous places.

Now for a tour and breakdown of my spaces.

My bedroom may be the smallest in the house, but I’m proud to say that I love it more than I could have expected. Cozy and organized (and right next to the kitchen…).

I’ve never had a bathroom of my own in my entire life, so this is a huge treat!

And thanks to my thrifty, professional organizer mom, my new bathroom hardly cost anything:

  • White rack – $3 from Goodwill
  • Shower curtain – $5 from the Marshall’s sale rack
  • Green dot rug (not shown) – Freecycled from a Hartford roommate
  • Green basket on toilet – Laying around in my basement
  • Green toilet paper basket for the floor (not shown) – Borrowed from the fianc√©’s little sister
  • Sunflower painting – hand-painted by my own sister

Total cost of the bathroom decor: $8! Don’t you just love that? Plus, does anyone else feel a bit of nostalgia when they look at that shower curtain? Reminds me of those hanging door beads I used to love in middle school, but a lot cooler.

And finally, a room to reckon with: the living room – complete with an incredible painting by Missy Cargo

Check out that detail:

The photo doesn't even do this painting's beauty justice.

Overall, I think our house has come together quite nicely, but it definitely needs a few little additions here and there. For example, the living room could really use a few little tidbits on those empty white (and wobbly) shelves in the corner. I see a DIY project in my future.

Any suggestions of something that might add a little pop of color? I’d love to give it a try!

Thrifting 101

3 May

A couple weekends ago I ventured to my parent’s house in Alpharetta. I had not been home for an entire weekend since last semester, so it was very nice to relax a bit and enjoy my time with them before school ends and the real world starts for me.

My mom, who is a professional organizer (aka goes into houses like Hoarders and revamps them on the cheap), absolutely swears by thrift stores. She finds the best deals and is able to save her clients tons of money without forgoing style.

After visiting my dad’s chiropractic office and having lunch with my parents in the same center, my mom wanted to go into one of her favorite Alpharetta thrift stores, The Hope Store. While I accidentally broke one platter (oops), I was much less clumsy with this lovely $8 find!

Originally from Swoozies, platters like these average about $40. When I found it, I did a little happy dance with visions of burgers, warm sun and fresh tomatoes dancing in my head.

When I showed my mom, she proceeded to tell me all about the great finds she has at thrift stores, so I thought we would feature her knowledge and thrifting ability today!

Meet Joan Locher, Owner of Organizing For U in Alpharetta, Ga.

Q: What are your best recommendations for new thrifters?

A: My recommendations for new thrifters would be when you see a thrift store that looks interesting, make a stop in just to check it out. Just about any thrift store has something interesting you can find. After you’ve checked out several in your area – it’s fun to take a day and make the rounds to see what treasures you can find. If you’re looking for something specific, keep going back because the turnover of items in these types of stores is usually big and new things come in all the time. If you want to bargain – ask if the prices are firm or not. If they are not, make an offer and see what happens. They just may accept it – you never know. And if not, it’s probably a bargain anyway!!

Q: What is the best bargain you have ever found at a thrift store?

A: The best one I found is a set of four side metal chairs for a total of $20. I needed a few chairs for decor in a couple of rooms for a client and didn’t want to buy something new. So, I hit my usual stores and buried in the back of one of the rooms were the four chairs I was looking for! I couldn’t resist. They were metal chairs that my mother actually had with a vinyl seat. They were a mess and very old and worn out and I knew if I took them apart and repainted and recovered them, they would look wonderful and that’s exactly what I did.¬† They turned out to be so unique. But I had to be willing to put in the time to redo them.

Q: What can you do with thrift store items that people wouldn’t think of?

A: Since I have my own business organizing, staging and redecorating people’s homes – I often times think outside of the box with items I purchase – especially when my clients are on a budget! For example I once used a big plastic flower pot that I bought for cleaning supplies and rags in a closet instead of going out and buying a carryall. It worked perfectly and everything fit like a glove! You have to think outside of the box when thrifting.

Q: What’s the best thing about thrifting?

A: The best thing about thrifting is that you get bargains at minimal prices and find wonderful treasures along the way. Remember – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

And that’s it, my friends – if you live in the Atlanta area and are looking for someone to help with organizing, cleaning out and decorating, my mom’s your gal. She does incredible work. You can contact her at 770-402-6828 or at joan[at]organizingforu.com.

We’re always looking for great deals: have you ever found an incredible something at a thrift store? We’d love to see!

Until next time, happy thrifting!

Easy Bulletin Board Crafting

30 Apr

As you may have discovered by now, I absolutely love crafting, thoughtful gifts and surprising people. So when I recently was surprised with a new MacBook Pro from my bosses at See.Spark.Go (haha, that rhymes), I was:

1. So thrilled (my poor little old MacBook was a serious struggle)

2. So surprised (I was expecting them to whip out a new office printer or Keurig or something. Not a MacBook Pro for me)

3. Determined to thank them in a special way (but without breaking the bank)

We would soon be expecting two awesome clients in town for the week, so we were finalizing our office decorations. My bosses had been complaining about the empty shelves in the intern office for weeks, so I instantly decided I would surprise them with something that was special to See.Spark.Go, could be functional and could add a pop of color.

I present to you: a bulletin board!

I started with just a plain bulletin board, some orange and white paint, a paint brush and a very steady hand.

While I’m no artist, I set out to hand-draw our logo in the center of the board. I wasn’t expecting DaVinci or anything of the sort, but was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It didn’t hurt that I had this little guy to model for me:

The foster dog I was watching the night o'crafting... absolutely precious

Fortunately, I had a thank you notecard and an Athens, I Love You sticker to cover the mess-ups.

When I was finally finished painting and (hair)drying the board, I carefully placed it in my car to drive to my boss’ house. Even though I may have interrupted a family party, they were thrilled to see something designed with their logo on it (and couldn’t believe my art skills, might I add).

Here the board is in its new home with our wonderful spring interns, Maureen and Hannah!

I couldn’t be happier that the gift meant a lot to my bosses and would actually be used for a great purpose, rather than just wasting space in a junk drawer. They absolutely love it, and I love being able to brighten our office walls!

So do you have any ideas for functional, fun-to-make crafts? Any of you ever re-purposed a bulletin board? Share your secrets!