Wednesday, December 7, 2016

0 Just A Few Things: 12 | 07 | 16

I started the "Just Three Things" series earlier this year as a way for me to pop in with occasional topics and talking points that cross my mind, but don't necessarily require an entire post. I initially picked three talking points to keep my chatty self limited. Today I am tapping into my wild side and breaking my own rules.

I have quite a few things to share, so although I am covering more than three things, I promise to do my best to keep things short, sweet and to the point.


Last week Delta Faucets invited me to take a whirlwind trip to the beautiful St. Simons Island in Georgia, to take a tour of the brand new 2017 HGTV Dream Home! Every year for as long as I can remember, I would stalk the HGTV website for home images, set up my DVR to record the tour, and enter their home giveaway daily. So when the opportunity came up to tour the newest home during the day of the unveiling, I was beyond thrilled. I am still filtering through the hundreds of photos that I took that day, but I will be sure to share every last detail about the home soon. There were so many details to love.


I know I have been doing a lot of talk about shelf liner lately, but that is because it has been on my mind for a few projects and I have been on the hunt for the perfect pattern. I finally tracked down a really good navy blue one; it is so freakin' fun, especially if you are still on the gingham/buffalo check train (choo choo!). My eyes explode into a million little hearts every time I open the cabinet door in our laundry room, and I can't wait to add it to our son's bathroom as well.


The other night I found the Dude Be Nice project website, and I couldn't stop watching the videos. If you are looking for some goodness and joy, check them out. Just be sure to grab a box of Kleenex before you settle in.


I prefer to purchase the jumbo size bottles of my shampoo and conditioner, but I am not a fan of their bulkiness and heaviness in our shower. I found these pump bottles on Amazon (they are plastic but look like glass), and I just love how the gold labels identify the contents. I use this label maker paired with this clear tape with gold font. The tape is almost always sold out on Amazon, but I just saw they added a couple more boxes. The best part is that it is waterproof. I have been using similar labels on my travel toiletries and our cleaning bottles for years.


My dear friend Michaela started a cheerful holiday focussed Instagram party and it has been really fun following the #holidaystyle2016 hashtag. The insta-hosts are Michaela, myself, Cassie, Courtney, Carmel and Megan, and there is a new holiday focussed theme each week. I love seeing glimpses of all of your homes and how you are celebrating the holidays this season. It's not to late to join in on the fun! Check out the hashtag and share away!


I am ridiculously happy to be receiving so many inquiries on social media and via email regarding the 2017 IHeart Planner release! These pages have definitely been a labor of love, and this year there will be 18 layout options to select from (three sizes, horizontal layouts, Monday starts!). It is also my favorite one yet, and I really hope you all agree it is worth the wait. I am hoping to get the files uploaded to Etsy within the next couple of days, and I thank you all so much for your excitement and interest!


Contributing the Redbook Magazine each month has been one of my most exciting accomplishments and one of my favorite opportunities this year! You can find me each month near the front of the issues; I am their Team Red Home contributor and focus specifically on around-the-house organizational ideas. This month is my fourth article, and I am chatting all about family friendly command stations! The magazine is on newsstands now and is loaded with quick tips!


I know many of you love a good gold find as much as I do, so I just had to share these adorable stainless gold pet bowls that I picked up at Petco last week. I wasn't able to find a link to them online, so I am not sure if they are discontinuing them (please don't Petco!), but each bowl was under $5 and they have been really great and easy to clean. We plan to put them in our laundry room as part of a pet feeding station, but I didn't want to wait to share in case they are only a temporary find.


Whew! That was fun! Hopefully I wasn't too long winded with all of these little bits of information! Thanks for checking in everyone and I hope that your December is off to an amazing start! I am off to finish up the planners and hang some wallpaper in our laundry room. It arrived yesterday and it is just so good!

Monday, December 5, 2016

5 UHeart Organizing: Small Bathroom Storage Solutions

I am still making my way through all of the amazing One Room Challenge spaces that were revealed last month, and there were quite a few amazing spaces that definitely caught my eye. One of those spaces belongs to a dear friend and iHeart Organizing contributor, Aniko! She tackled a guest bathroom makeover in six short weeks and the results were absolutely lovely!

I asked Aniko to share some details behind her bathroom storage solutions with us today. Although the space looks expensive all around, there are quite a few DIY and budget friendly organizers that were incorporated throughout. Aniko sure is a creative genius!

About a month ago I revealed my guest bathroom makeover, and I was overwhelmed with the wonderful response I received from readers and the features on social media. I love to participate in the One room Challenge each year, and this time I was invited to participate as a featured designer. Well, the pressure was about five times more intense to make something outstanding and amazing as opposed to when I was only a linking participant. We started with a builder's grade bathroom that needed some love. At the beginning of the process, and at the time of demolition, I knew that I would like to create something that not only my guests would enjoy, but a space that we can enjoy as well. I had envisioned a spa-like bathroom while I was dreaming about our bathroom makeover, so we created a fantastic spa-like bathroom that we now are able to enjoy each and every day.

Today I am going to share some of my favorite bathroom storage ideas that I used in this fun, warm, modern guest bathroom. These storage ideas not only look fantastic, but they are functional as well. Our bathroom is pretty small, and when I started planning I wanted to make sure that I utilized every inch of the room. Adding some DIY storage solutions helped to maximize the space.

So let's see these ideas one by one.


As you walk into the bathroom, the first thing that would draw your attention probably would be the hexagon shelves. The day before revealing my bathroom (yup, you read that right), I was looking for something that would be great to hold candles and small decor pieces and would also add some interest to the white walls. I ran to Target and found some neutral color hexagon shelves in their craft section.

I stained them with wood stain (Minwax Red Chestnut) that I used throughout the bathroom makeover for our DIY recessed lights and DIY chunky closet shelves as well. Then I attached them together using an brad nailer. Initially, I was going to use four of these cute hexagon boxes above the toilet, but last minute I changed plans and hung only two of them.


This easy five minute project was also a very last minute addition. When everything was in place, I realized that I only had the towel ring right beside the vanity, and I wanted to add other solution to hang additional towels.

Putting this piece together didn't take more than 10-15 minutes. I used a treated wood panel that I stained with the same stain I used for the other projects in the bathroom. After drilling three holes on the wood panel, I added simple black knobs (from The Home Depot). Again with the brad nailer, we secured it below the window. Pretty simple DIY and looks great, don't you think?


I am totally a basket girl. When it comes to organizing things around the house, I almost always choose large baskets to store cleaning products, everyday clutter, and items that are better if hidden. I just love baskets. I especially enjoy the wicker versions. I have a few of them in my entryway, and they are seriously life savers. I added this large round basket to my bathroom so my guests can drop in used towels and their laundry as well.

We took the door off of our closet, as well as the door of the bathroom, and we added a barn door (see more on that here), and we built some chunky looking wooden shelves in our closet. I used huge baskets to hide all the cleaning products and bathroom supplies.


I decided to add a bath shelf for several reasons. Number one; I love to soak in a tub with a cup of tea, and a bath shelf is the perfect place for my mug. Number two; I think it looks fabulous and the bath shelf can hold items that are beautiful to display. I used treated wood from The Home Depot, and of course, I stained the wood just like I did for the other pieces in the bathroom. If you wonder about those cute little plant holders, they are also from Target. They, come in a neutral color.


When I spotted this bamboo bathroom set, I almost fainted. I adore it! It's a simple, minimalist design and it was made to be in my bathroom. It's a six piece set, and it has everything you need. A soap dish, lotion dispenser, a jar with a lid that can hold cotton balls and such, plus a tray and a toothbrush holder. Stylish storage strikes again!

What do you think? I am genuinely pleased with all of the organizing solutions I found for this guest bathroom. You can see more images, before and afters, and sources for all products and pieces for this room in my bathroom reveal post. You can also check out some of my previous One Room Challenge makeovers here. And if you are gearing up for the holiday season, please come on over and see this year's Christmas decor ideas.

Wishing you the happiest Holiday season!



Hello! My name is Aniko and I blog over at Place of my Taste. I am a wife, mother and business owner by day, and a DIY-er by night. I love all things design, decor and photography, but I also have a passion for cooking, wine tasting, dancing and creating all things beautiful. I am so happy that I am able to share all of my joys over on my blog. I also run an online shop and recently published a photography e-book filled with tips to achieve beautiful photography and styling. I hope that you all come visit me there. Xo!
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