House For Six


Coffee Mug Herb Planters

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In my mind, my dream kitchen has always included an herb garden.  I envision myself pulling fresh basil leaves for a scrumptious Italian dish that I lovingly prepare for my family...

Hey.  This is my dream.  My real life self has three little people talking to her all at the same time, lego towers covertly going up right behind where she's standing, and less than gentle hands wanting to help "cook the leaves".   So, while it's not exactly the most serene of settings, these coffee mug herb planters we have prettying up our window sill totally make me smile.

herb garden

It was a super easy project from our most recent kitchen update that probably doesn't need a detailed how-to.  So, here's a little recap of what we did...

I found three jumbo sized mugs at Target in their new gift section by the greeting cards.
If you're planting herbs already grown, then you'll want to get large or very tall mugs.  This project would also be perfect (maybe even better!) for starting seeds, and in that case a smaller cup will do just fine.

I found this three-herb pot of Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano at Trader Joes and moved everything outside to the patio to work.
herb garden

I started by filling each mug with a little bit of potting soil. (As one of you suggested, drilling a small hole in the bottom of the cup or adding some small pebbles to the bottom will allow for necessary drainage!)
herb garden

Next, I broke up the herb party and placed each one inside an individual mug.
herb garden

I filled around the sides with more potting soil, gave them a drink of water, and called it done!

herb garden
When they get too large (and they are close), we can move them outside or to larger pots, and start over with some new seeds.  I would love to get some basil and parsley growing next.

I also wanted to add just a hint of color to the mugs, so I grabbed my pink and red sharpies to fill in some random dots.  I wanted more of a berry color, so I did the red first and went right over it with the pink.
herb garden

Did I mention they make me smile?

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Repurpose: Toothbrush Holder Turned Pencil Holder

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toothbrush holder turned pencil holder

I love it when I stumble on something in a completely different section of the store, that ends up being the perfect fit in another area of the home.  The bathroom storage aisle always comes through for great storage pieces that can be used in all areas of the house....without screaming "Bathroom!!".

We found this felt basket in the latrine section and it's pulling its weight as our Lego corral in the man cave/family room:
Totally kid-proof but easy on the eyes too.  (This one was from Target.)

The last time I was at Home Goods I spotted this toothbrush holder.  I shared a pic of it on instagram months ago, and finally got around to giving it a mini-makeover.  First though, a quick check to make sure it would actually function as I had hoped....
Yup!  Now, I liked the pale aqua color on the bottom half but I've been looking for a way to incorporate both gold and silver into this workspace, and this guy was going to be it.

I grabbed my Press n' Seal and Frog Tape to prep the holder for paint.

I only wanted to paint the bottom half, so I used the existing colors as my guide.  I covered the top half of the holder with Press n' Seal, leaving just a little bit of the white still showing.

Then I covered up that white with Frog Tape to give me a nice sharp line.

 I grabbed my can of metallic silver paint and gave her about 3 thin coats of spray paint.

When it comes to spray paint, you always want to do several thin coats as opposed to one or two thick coats in order to avoid drips.  This is especially true with a ceramic or non-porous surface.  It won't soak up the paint like wood, so take your time with extra thin coats!

Bandages off, and looking like new!  But at the start, I had visions of some thin gold stripes on top of the silver.  Enter the gold Sharpie...

Following the ridges I drew a gold line on top of the silver edge.  This shade of gold was a bit darker than I had hoped.  I was thinking about something closer to the touch of gold we added to the hourglass.
unexpected office storage

So before I add any more stripes, I'm going to sit with it for a few days.  I like that it adds another shade of metallic to the mix but I may want to add a lighter shade of gold too.  
toothbrush holder used to separate pens and pencils

For now, I love this rogue bathroom piece on my workspace and how it provides separation between my pens and pencils.  
toothbrush holder to separate pens and pencils
Not bad for 7 buckaroos!

What about you?  Have you reclaimed any household items that technically belong in another room?  What's you favorite random aisle or secret spot to find unexpected storage?  Hope you all had a great weekend!

DIY Pom Pom Trimmed Curtains...From A Tablecloth

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Otherwise known new closet doors!

I knew I wanted to make some sort of curtain to act as doors for my newly organized office closet.

I wanted something pretty subdued that wouldn't compete with the bold print of my black and white curtains that hang by my desk.

A clean white seemed to work best but I still wanted to dress them up.  I've been dying to use a little pom pom trim somewhere in the house and this seemed the perfect spot.  A little hint at the fun hidden behind the "doors".

I love finding unconventional fabrics and textiles to use for curtains.  Shower curtains, drop cloths, duvet covers....all give you a ton of fabric bang for your buck, and are often cheaper than a standard curtain/drape panel.  For this project I used a standard 70x84" oblong tablecloth - same length as a curtain panel but wider.  I grabbed this one for $14.99 at Target and some snazzy teal pom pom trim from Joann's.

One shower curtain was enough to give me two panels that would cover the opening of my closet.  I followed the same method I used for my duvet curtains.  Here's what I did....

I started by folding the table cloth in half length wise.  Then, I lined up the folded edge flush with the edge of our area rug.

I unfolded the panel and my center line was now lined up with the edge of the rug.

I cut right along the edge of the rug, using it as my guide.

When I was done I had two identical panels.

The next step was to iron.  I took one panel over to the ironing board, folded over the raw/cut edge about 3/4" and ironed it down.  I also ironed the rest of the panel smooth.

I took this panel over to my sewing machine and just sewed a straight stitch all the way down. The other three edges were already finished.  Now, if you don't have the lazy gene like I do and want this to look professional (or just done correctly), you can fold over and iron the edge 1/2" and then over again so that no raw edges are showing (like the other sides). Then sew.  (You could easily make this a no-sew project altogether and just use Heat n Bond instead of sewing).

I did the same thing with the other panel and then it was time to play with pom poms!  Too bad I didn't have a cheer leading uniform to don for this whole shenanigan.

I started by pinning one end of my 3 yard long pom trim piece to the top of one panel.

Then I laid it out along the side of the curtain.

I left myself a little extra and cut the trim about an inch below the bottom edge of the panel. Turns out I would need it!

Again, my laziness kicked in and I opted to wield my hot glue gun over sewing.  I hate dealing with pins when sewing and in my online search, saw several people that used hot glue for their trim with no issues.  Hallelujah!

I started at the top and worked my way down in 4-6 inch sections.  I ended up with just enough to hit the top of the bottom hem.

 For the second panel, I did the same but didn't cut the bottom end of the trim until I had finished gluing. I cut the bottom edge of the trim even with the first panel's trim.

A cheap cafe rod and few ring clips later, and this closet had herself a new dress!

 I wanted to be able to hold back the panels somehow, and since whatever I used wouldn't be seen from the outside, I just mounted two large robe hooks that I had in the garage sideways on either side of the closet opening.

I just eyeballed the placement of the first one.  Then I measured the distance from the ground up to the first hook to get an even placement measurement for the second hook.  

They make free and totally functional tie backs!

I really love the way the round poms play off the gold dots of the closet walls and how well the color ties in to the other teal accents in the my fav desk pillow.

So, office closet - officially DONE!  Now just a couple more little projects to wrap up my workspace.  It's already functioning so much better and is starting to transform into an inspiring place to work!

Anyone else pom pom obsessed?  What have you pommed around your house?  Yes, 'pommed' is totally a word.  Don't bother looking it up ;)

*Linked up at Bowl Full Of Lemons and The 36th Avenue!

Office Closet Reveal!

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This may have been the slowest closet project in the history of closet redo's, but it's finally done and I have a mad school girl crush over the result!

We've been slowly turning our 4th bedroom from a guest room into a his/hers shared office space.  One that can still accommodate guests.  Upping the functionality of the closet played a huge role in being able to effectively store all our craft and office supplies without them overflowing into the room.

And since the rest of the room had to appeal to my manly other half, the closet was also the perfect place for me to have a little girly fun.  It can all be closed up behind simple 

curtains made from a white tablecloth.

Here's a two-part before shot of what we were dealing with.....left side:

Right side:

A bunch o' crap on both.  Sure there were some gems buried in there and supplies I wanted to keep, but it really was beyond a hot mess.

Of course, the best way to start any space organization is with a clean slate, so I pulled everything out (including the doors) and did a cut-throat purge.  If there were fabrics that wouldn't work in any of the rooms in our house and weren't tapped for a specific project, they went into the 'donate' bag.   Supplies I bought for certain projects over a year ago and weren't on my near future radar...into the bag.  The result of my obsession with Target's office section clearance rack (i.e. the two dollar binder stock pile and abundance of paper organizers collecting dust)...into the donate bag too.

For the past year or so I've been longing to live more simply in so many areas of our lives. Getting rid of the clutter and not keeping things that I didn't need or have a specific use plan for, felt completely liberating.  And left me with a much more reasonable amount of stuff to organize. 

Once the purging/tossing/donating/consolidating was done, it was time to give this nook a stellar back drop.  This is my creative space and I wanted to be inspired when I opened the doors to all the tools that help me do it.  I went with this easy 

painted gold dot

wall treatment and loved the tone it set for all the other elements we would bring in.

The biggest hero to our storage woe's was this 9-cubby bookcase that used to house the kids' toys.  The

zigzag baskets


white pails

, and the

white strapping cube bins

are all from

Land Of Nod


The black and white plays off of the

desk curtains

we made from a Nate Berkus duvet.

I've been eying these zigzag baskets for months!  They used to be sold only in a three piece set with different sizes.  When I saw that Land of Nod is now offering them for sale individually, my order was placed 2 minutes later.  And they come in a bunch of happy colors.  I used some natural stationary paper to label the baskets: Keepsakes (special items I plan to display or preserve somehow), Greeting Cards, and String/Twine

The buckets were perfect for holding my small craft paint, glues, and small crafting items.  Chalkboard labels I had on hand came to the rescue for these!  The white baskets on the bottom row hold my scrap fabrics, small organizers (command hooks, tins, etc), and a small stash of gifts I keep on hand for birthdays or other special occasions.

The round labels were gifts tags that I flipped over, traced with a pink sharpie and labeled with washi tape.  All along I had planned to cover the wood clothespins with some sort of fun treatment, but the natural wood was a nod to the natural wood handle on the pails, so I left them in their au natural state.

On top of the bookcase, I have a vase hugging all my shelf liner.  The navy document box is from Amazon and holds all of our mailing envelopes.  The pink wire basket was a Target dollar bin find and is the perfect size for our laminator. 

This small Anthropologie dot bowl holds my washi tape, and the cup corralling my small paint brushes is actually a cup I found in the bathroom section of a home store (I can't remember which one!).

The largest pile begging for organization was by far my fabrics.  I wanted to store them in a way that I could easily see what I had (without having to dig through a pile), a good system for grouping them together and a system with easy access.  I spotted these 5-rung pant hangers while walking through the laundry aisle and knew they were my answer (similar ones


).   The side release makes it super easy to access them.

I organized each hanger by color or theme.  From left to right I have...blues, greens, pinks, grey/blacks, kid fabrics, neutrals, and holiday fabrics.  Again, I try not to keep a ton of fabrics on hand, but if I do expand my stash, I can easily accommodate with additional hangers.

The best part is that each rung lifts up and pulls out, so I don't have to worry about pulling down all the other fabrics on the hanger when I grab for one.  Unlatching the rungs above the one you're after will make it easy peasy to grab your fabric and go.

I keep my sewing machine on the floor below the fabrics, in a charming basket from my Grandmother.   My cutting mat (a large, floppy item) slides perfectly out of sight behind the bookcase.

On the other side of the closet, we used a wire wall hanging caddy to

organize our printing papers.

On the floor below that, plastic tubs hold additional labels, and our vinyl/laminating supplies.  And a couple extra pillow forms.

Onto the top shelf!  Another one of those fantastic document boxes holds our larger than average mortgage and home sale documents.  The colorful boxes are another Tar-jay find.  The pink carries my gift wrapping supplies (scissors, tape, tissue paper, tags, etc) and the smaller box holds some blank cards and paint chips.

I almost donated these two file boxes but realized I could re-purpose them to solve another big paper problem -

the kid's schoolwork and art

.  Each kiddo was assigned a box (I still need one more for Jack) and I used a Martha Stewart label to identify them by their first initial.  Whenever the kids bring home work they've done at school or we rotate out artwork to keep on display (and the kids can't bear the thought of parting with it), it goes in their respective box.  I know that they won't even remember some of these things, but they take comfort that their treasures are being "saved".   Then every couple months or so, I can go through them alone and throw away things I know they won't care to lose...without the hysterics.

On the other side of the top shelf, I have a few random household items from upcoming projects.

And last but not least, we shared our

sneaky wrapping paper storage solution

earlier this week.  Love. It.

The closet is now an organized, happy space that makes me want to just take a deep breath and relax.  And then, go make something!

My mom is here visiting for spring break and when she's asked me where she can find some random item or tool, I love being able to tell her exactly where to find it.  And she loves that all this stuff is tucked neatly away in the closet and not piled up surrounding her bed in this guest room/office!