Friday, February 17, 2017

3 Just Three Things & Some Link Love: 02 | 17 | 17

Happy Friday, Friends! What a week it was, but today was wonderful. Our weekend weather forecast is unusually great for this coming weekend, and that always puts a little extra spring in my step.

So what is new with you all? Last week I started work on a client project that I am ridiculously excited about. A full kitchen organizational overhaul has begun, and after a couple of days of solely sorting and purging, it is already feeling much lighter and easier to navigate (no fancy organizers necessary to get to those feelings). She mentioned that looking at it as a whole was overwhelming, but just having someone there to help her with her decisions and to work next to her was a huge aid in finally getting it done. And she is so right. There are times when I become overwhelmed with specific projects or messes and sometimes just having someone else to talk things through is just what I need to finally dive in. So moral of the story, if you are stuck, call a friend (and I know that isn't rocket science but it is a good reminder).

We also dove back into our own projects this week and finished our laundry room tiling and wallpaper, both turned out better than I could have imagined. So a huge hooray for organizational and home projects! I can't wait to share both soon!

In the meantime, a few other small things that recently caught my attention.

I typically steer clear of the dollar section at Target because I know it is basically just one big temptation island of cute and random things that I absolutely do not need. But, I did spot some fabulously fun file folders calling my name from an end cap, and at a price of three for a whopping dollar, it was too good to pass up. I use file folders for organizing everything in my daily life, so why not use ones with a little pizzazz?


Last month I took a quick trip to Texas to visit my dear friend, Grace, and while I was there I had the opportunity to lend a hand during a nursery installation. It was such an amazing experience for me; I learned so much about the entire process and it was so exhilarating to see the darling space come together at the end of a long day. Grace is such a unique talent and working with her on any project is such a treat.

I was able to see a little magic happen while she was sourcing options for a changing pad tray. Generally, changing pads are placed inside of large wood trays that sit on a dresser or changing table. The trays not only give the space a cleaner look, they also hold the pad in place during changings. These trays can be heavy and expensive and even challenging to source, but as we were walking the aisles at The Container Store, bam, an idea was born.

This underbed basket ended up being just what the space needed, it was a perfect pairing and couldn't have worked out better to hold the pad on top of the new dresser. #geniusgrace To keep it from shifting, just cut a piece of rug pad and place it between the basket and dresser top. Or use picture hanging Command Strips.

And, now I have baby fever...


Finally, I spotted the most beautiful home and a new designer to follow in this month's HGTV magazine.

You can check out Shannon's home and portfolio here, and follow her on Instagram here. I can't even handle the bathroom; those hex tiles have me all giddy and feeling really good about our recent kitchen tile purchase. And the wood tone paired with that rich wall color? Gah... I am almost speechless.


I have had quite a few tabs open on my phone since the first of the year, and thought it would be fun to share some of the articles that caught my attention. All of these are quick and inspiring reads that I have gone back to multiple times over the past month.

10 Habits of Highly Organized People

The Ultimate Decluttering Guide: 130 Things to Get Rid of in the New Year

15 Organizing Tricks for Inside Your Most Clutter Prone Spots

The Ten House Rules You Need to Embrace Once and for All This Year

How to Get the Designer Look in Your Home on a Budget

Ten Ways to Practice Self Love


And last but not least, I am calling on you readers! I am starting back up with the What Would Jen Do series and would love for you to submit your trouble areas (questions and photos) to me as a potential future WWJD problem/solution post. Submissions can be sent to, and I will aim to select spaces that may be a common dilemma for a handful of my readers, as well at topics that can be accomplished on a moderate budget (think nooks, pantries, entryways/closets, playrooms, bathrooms, etc...). Also, please note that you must be willing to share your photos and story right here to be considered.

On the flip side, if you have a space or project that you tackled and are feeling organizationally excited and proud, I would LOVE to see them! I am bringing back the Reader Space features and I would love to help you spread your tips and excitement. I am on the hunt for projects that have made a positive impact on your life; big or small. They can be anything from an organized drawer, a DIY project or an entire room overhaul. Please submit your story and photos to Photos should be high resolution and taken in natural daylight if possible (blog not necessary to participate). Please include a brief description of the project and how it has changed your life or routine for the better, and I will follow up for additional details prior to featuring. Oh! and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice! Only love goes on at this blog! I can't wait to hear from you and continue to celebrate all of those organizing successes!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! And I hope your weather treats you well!

Monday, February 13, 2017

8 The High | Low Storage Game: February 2017

My favorite series is back today with some new and exciting high | low products! The past couple of high | low posts have been pretty popular; I have even had a few of you email me to help source a few specific items at thrifty prices.

It is easy to see a beautiful room (or even a closet) and instantly feel as though it is not obtainable, but that is where the fun comes in! Because truly you can pull inspiration from a room done on any budget. Maybe that is why I always loved Sabrina Soto's High/Low Project, and why the High/Low pages are the first I head to in HGTV's magazine every month. It is also why we tend to DIY many of the storage items around our home.

What makes one thing more expensive than another is always based on many variables; size/dimensions, quality, finish, materials, demand/availability, brands... And it is always a personal choice in regards to what you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of saving a dollar or two. Sometimes we may decide to splurge on something because the quality can't be beaten, and other times we may shop around and get the look by hacking an item from IKEA. It is all a give and take, right?

Many of you have expressed that finding items on a budget is important to you as well, but I also know many of you love stylish storage just as much as I do. So this series was born; The High | Low Storage Game.

I thought I would start out with one of the items a reader submitted. Her daughter is heading off to college and she was looking for a similar storage solution to the Pottery Barn Teen Display-It Storage Mirror. After a little searching, I was able to track down a very similar piece on Wayfair for a fraction of the high-end price. Aware that some folks love to find a way to hack or DIY something to come in even lower, I also let her know that an even cheaper option would be to utilize a bookcase tower, similar to the IKEA Kallax, and affix it to a wood base with turntable hardware. Then, with Command Strips or glue, add a mirror to one side and cork tiles and hooks to the other. I totally want to try this someday because I think it could turn out really fabulous!

OK, that is just one example, are you ready for more? Over the past few months, there have been a plethora of products that caught my attention as I have been working on projects and helping friends and family source storage solutions.

I selected items that I would naturally gravitate to in an organizational, storage and design state of mind. And the best part is that the low-cost version can absolutely function just as well as the item in the high-end column. Some even have identical dimensions, but only cost a happy fraction of the price.

While I pulled these particular items, I used a variety of methods to find a budget version of the higher end design, and I shared many of those tricks here.

I would love to know if there are certain storage items that you would like for me to focus on specifically. It can be anything from office supplies to playroom bins to drawer organizers. I am game!

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