Fashion for the Home – Blush and Emerald

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Do you ever find a color combination that keeps catching your eye? Well I’ve noticed lately that I keep crushing on blush and emerald-green. I’m not sure if this is a combination that is recently trending or just one that is pleasing to my eye at this particular stage of my life. I realized I shared this showroom by Oly Studios recently.

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and I have fallen in love with this Pottery Barn Layla bedding I shared last week.

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and don’t forget this one…

I just can’t get enough of this office!

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But it doesn’t end there. I have run across a whole slew of interiors in this color combination that are appealing to me in a huge way.

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Do you see where I’m going with this? Are you feeling the appeal of this soothing color combination? It may be that they colors are close to contrasting without being harsh or it may just be me.

Either way I still have my master bedroom to conquer, I think I may have found my inspiration!

It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Is it Friday already? Wow this week flew by! It maybe because this week is the start of winter break for my kids and they only had three days of school. No school means no deadlines for carpool mom and no lunches to pack so I am happy to take a few days vacation from that, high-five.No deadlines also meant I had time to complete a few of those nagging projects that just needed a little time to get done. With a few projects under my belt I don’t feel at all guilty about taking today off. Instead of chores, I have plans to drive of to Charlotte for the Metrolina Antique & Vintage Market (a little me time) and then maybe a visit to some of Charlotte favorites like Modern Fabrics, and Mid Century Slavage. Hopefully I’ll find a few treasures, high-five to that!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.This week I ran across Nick and Amber Will’s blog Wills Casa for the fist time, the picture that caught my eye was their dining room but I quickly learned there was no need to there, check out the full home tour for more amazingly beautiful spaces.

2. Architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program, have figured out how to you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it. I’d take one of these!

3. This Ikea DALFRED bar stools hack, this little DIY might be the perfect replacement the traditional bar stools in my kitchen.

4. I’m crushing on the Greek key table lamp, I think the new master bedroom design might need these!

5.Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. I love the that this celebrates the flaw rather than disguising it. Now you can buy an at home kit from Humade to DIY you own Kintsugi.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

January Cure 2016 – Week Four

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Last week was the final push for completing the January Cure hosted by Apartment Therapy, it was along month but I feel like I really accomplished a lot. A few of the assignments I have not fully completed (re-lining the shelves in the kitchen cabinets) but they have at least been into motion. The others I have added to my to-do list (create a landing strip.) As usual the January Cure gave me just the boost I needed to get the ball rolling on finally settling into the new house. Have a look how the month finished out and see what I took away from the process.

Assignment 17: Catch Up Day

Up to you! Just do what you’ve got to do to help make you feel back on track…or closer to the track…or even somewhere in the neighborhood of the track!

Since I had the day off from any specific job I decide to tackle one of my to-do list items. I finally got my daughter’s desk/vanity painted. You may have seen this when I posted it last week but if not here are the before and after photos.

Assignment 18: Create a Landing Strip and Start Using it

The first two parts of a “healthy home filter” are self-explanatory, you’ll want a door mat and hooks or proper, usable space in a coat closet to hang your outerwear and bags. Once you have this space use it!

This is a space I really need but have yet to carry out. I have considered the options though. We have space for a landing strip in our laundry/mud room but I’m still trying to figure out the best use of the entire space since it has to accommodate a landing strip, the laundry, the dog beds and all the pet supplies, as well as broom closet type storage. I have a pantry in this room but it is not very well organize at this point. Some of these function could go into that space once it’s redesigned but what I’d really love to add nice landing strip piece like this hall tree.

Bedford+Entryway+Hall+TreeAssignment 19: Do a Surface Sweep

Choose one room in your home where the surfaces could use some attention. Set the timer on your phone (or stove, for you nostalgia lovers) for 3 minutes and GO. Dive in and straighten as if your life depends on it, flat-out FAST for the duration of the timer.

Well this is always my problem child, my computer desk area. I want to expand the book shelf so that the desk area looks built-in as well but for now I just have a little desk that is way too small and always full of “stuff.” Most of the mess is just laziness, dropping things on top instead of putting them away.

OK 3 minutes, GO!

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A quick sweep of this area always makes a big difference.

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Assignment 20: Empty the out box.

Guys, during the last month I have emptied the out box FOUR TIMES! I even got a few pieces of furniture sold online so I can actually see most of my floor in the garage. I guess I had more purging to do than I thought.

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Assignment 21: You’ve got your first full weekend off in a month – buy yourself some flowers, relax and celebrate!

Once again, nailed it!

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So the big question. What did I take away from the January Cure 2016?

  1. I needed this. As much as I thought I had things under control there a lot to be done even in a house I’ve only lived in six months.
  2. I little goes a long way- Doing a little each day, even just three minutes really makes a big difference.
  3. Lists make me accountable – When I write it down I don’t forget what I want to get done and I can pick whatever task I have time for that day.
  4. Just because the January Cure is over doesn’t mean I’m done. Now that I have my list I have been marking things off but also adding to it. My list is perpetual and will be something I work on all year-long.

Now back to relaxing, until next year…

Making the Bed – Mattresses and 10 Great Duvet Covers

Last weekend we did something pretty exciting, we went and tried out mattresses (did I just hear a collective groan?) I know this is not very exciting but we did it. I felt a lot like Goldilocks, to hard, too soft, but my husband and I finally found a bed that was “just right.” With hundreds mattresses out there to choose from this can be a daunting task.

We went to some of the big mattress stores first but actually ended up buying the new mattress from a local manufacturer, Best Mattress, that custom makes the mattress just for you. We ended up going with the Wentworth a hybrid mattress with a micro coil base and a latex and memory foam top. We like this option because it had the form-fitting quality of the memory foam without being too dense and the support of a coil mattress without the bounce. We also really liked the new latex mattresses but long-term wear data on these mattresses is still unknown since they are so new to the market. We decided on the hybrid just to be safe and because we liked them equally. We are so excited to get the new mattress home but being made to order also means you have to wait two weeks while it is produced. The perk, because we ordered straight from the manufacturer we got the equivalent mattress we would have gotten from a name brand for half the price.

Now that we had found the mattress we liked best the next decision was the size. We have slept on a queen mattress for the last 15 year and I am fine with it but my husband who goes through bouts of insomnia thought a king might help him get a better night sleep. after much discussion we took the plunge and went bigger.

Well oh darn, now I have to buy all new bedding right down to the pillow cases. I hate it when that happen!

So I’ve been shopping around and have found some really beautiful duvet covers, some are just dreams ($$$) and a few I’m actually going to give a try. I’m not sure what direction I’ll be going in yet but I’m going to have a lot of fun finding out…

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It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Busy week this week! Okay so it seems like it’s always a busy week, but this week was different I actually got a lot I needed to do done!

Today I’m making a big run to the shop with a car load of new pillows and big and small home decor items. I am finishing up a few task there that I have meant to finish since I opened and thanks to the January Cure 2016 I’ve been marking things off my to-do list left and right. Getting all these things done has meant a great since of accomplishment for me but what I’m more excited about is feeling a lot less stress and having a lot more time to relax now that the weekend is here. High-Five!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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2. Has any one checked out the new app A Color Story by A Beautiful Mess? It’s a photo editing app to help create images in bright, beautiful, color. I admit it, I bought the full version right away (even though you can use some of the app for free) can’t wait to experiment with it some this weekend.

3. Does this face look familiar? You may have seen it on the wall at a trendy restaurant, on a plate, or even a candle and while the art is the work of Piero Fornasetti’s the face is real is Lina Cavalieri, check out the story of the girl behind the wallpaper, and while you’re at it check out the Fornasetti website, amazing!

4. Sometimes shopping the children’s section pays off. Land of Nod offers a lot of style at a much smaller price in their spotlight pendant.

5. How about these flowers embroidered on the strings of vintage rackets? These are the creation of artist Danielle Clough in her What a Racket collection and are so much fun. You might even say they’ve got game! (Oh, I crack myself up.)

Have a great weekend!

Maggie

Thrift Score Thursday – January 27, 2016

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It’s Thursday again and I am all geared up to co-host #ThriftScoreThursday. If this is your first visit to my blog I will let you know I am a thrift store, flea market, estate sale, Craigslist junkie. I am always amazed at the great finds that can be had for just a fraction of their original cost if your willing to go out and hunt for it. My thrift score for this week is the desk above I scored at an estate sale for just $40. I have been working hard to get my daughter’s room completed and the one last piece she has needed was a desk/vanity. When I spotted this one I knew it was the perfect size with lots of great storage.

But… This is what it looked like when I got it.

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When I spotted this little Duncan Phyfe style desk at the estate sale it had seen better days. The veneer had a few small chips and the finish definitely needed some work. I decided since it was going in my daughter’s room a fun paint job would be the way to go (if the weather would cooperate.)

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So while I waited for a day with above 50°F temperatures I sanded down the desk filled all the screw hole since I knew I wanted to update the hardware and bought my Krylon CoverMaxx paint in Gum Drop. I am a big fan of spray paint because I love the smooth finish it provides but I admit it is not for everyone.

Finally a few warm days arrived here in South Carolina and I was able to get my painting done.

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With the addition of some great modern knobs and pulls which contrast its traditional style the desk has a totally new look.

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Thrift score makeover complete and I love the results. What do you guys think? Pretty good thrift score?

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Now, Before I share with you my favorite Thrift Score Thursday finds from others I thought I’d tell you a little about how it works if you’d like to join.

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How #thriftscorethurday works:
– You can share any thrifty finds – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
– Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! They’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week-long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
– Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For My Love Of and Brynne from The Gathered Home will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My #thriftscorethurday Picks:

I used to run across these vintage educational posters fairly often in Germany there they usually sold at a pretty reasonable price, so seeing this vignette by Britt at themagpiecollective has me kicking myself for not buying one. They can run as high as $300 but she scored her’s from the back room of an antique store for a sliver of that price.

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No Thrift Score Thursday is complete without an amazing chair find like this one from Ariel at pmqfortwo and this beauty even swivels and reclines!

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 I can’t get over this mirror Megan at meganmwallace12 found, mostly because I’ve wanted one just like it. Great find!

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Lately I’m all about brass and Caitlin at desertdomicile found this great little lion head planter which made a perfect home for a cute cactus, now I think I need a cactus.

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Great finds everyone!

If you are on Instagram feel free to check them all out or even add your own #thriftscorethursday items.

If you’d like to see my co-host’s favorites, be sure to stop by and check out Brynne, Trisha, Cassie, and Corinna’s favorites at the links below…

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha colorBlog // Twitter // Instagram

Thrift Score Thursday CorinnaBlog // Twitter // Instagram

Thrift Score Thursday CassieBlog //  Twitter // Instagram

January Cure 2016 – Week Three

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Week three down and we are in the home stretch of the January Cure hosted by Apartment Therapy. I participated in the Cure last year so I was a little concerned that this year would be a total repeat of last years tasks. Instead, I was excited to find that this year’s tasks were completely different. I am in a different house this year so I think it would have been okay for me to do the same tasks but for those who are not such vagabonds having different tasks each January really helps you move around the house getting everything in order even if you do little more than upkeep throughout the rest of the year. Have a look at what I’ve been up to this week.

Assignment 12: Tune out Tonight

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This evening (or whenever your main block of “home time” is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone.

I recently started a new book, Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner, that has me so hooked. I had not problem turning off the gadgets for a night. I laid down to read and by 9:30 I was out for the night. I think a night of decompressing and not worrying about the internet, TV or social media gave one of the best nights sleep I’ve had in a while. Maybe an hour of this every night wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Assignment 13: Lighten up the Living Room

Give your living room (or family room – wherever you spend a lot of time and/or entertain guests) a once over and remove some of the “accessories” from the room ala the Chanel quote. The idea here is to lose the extraneous things that might have started to clutter up the surfaces in the room that you perhaps just aren’t noticing anymore.

Coincident? maybe? but after my night of reading I am feeling very inspired by Mademoiselle CoCo and am happy to clear some items from my living room. Currently this room is one of my least favorites rooms in our new house. It is slightly too narrow for our furniture and extremely dark because of the sun-room on the back of the house and shady yard that block the light from getting in. Maybe spending some time clearing out the excess in this space will give me a good start at brightening up this room. I’ve started moving things out and trying different furniture hoping this will help me get this room to a place that makes me happy. The work is still in progress…

Assignment 14: Go through your bathroom and medicine cabinets, cleaning and clearing.

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This one was not too terrible. Since we recently moved from Germany I recently did a big purge so there really wasn’t anything too much excess in the medicine cabinet. I did find a few things that had accumulated in the last few months that could be thrown out but mostly I needed to do some organizing and figure a better way to store things. We don’t have an actually medicine cabinet, just under counter storage so I installed some door mounted shelves like you might use for spices in the kitchen to better store the small bottled for vitamins and prescriptions. Much better than digging through a basket for all these little things.

Assignment 15: Go through your linens

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Take time today to go through:

  • Towels & Washcloths
  • Sheets & Pillowcases
  • Duvet Covers, Comforters & Blankets
  • Dishcloths & Tea Towels

Pare them down as needed by sorting into three piles:

  • good ones that you actually use
  • ones in decent shape that you have not used in a year or more
  • ones that are worn out

This one was similar to my medicine cabinet issues. There was not a lot of purging to be done but the organization still needed work. We have a nice big linen closet but for the most part I had just been filling it up to get things out-of-the-way. This week I actually sorted through and got things organized, with a few purges…

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Okay so there was more purging required than I actually thought!

Assignment 16:

Deep Clean the Bathroom

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Is it okay that I outsourced this one? I paid my fifteen year old daughter to give the bathrooms a good cleaning on Saturday while my husband and I were out hunting a new mattress. Once I got home all I had left to do was mop the floors and do some final touch ups, and of course have a nice hot bath in the fresh clean bathtub.

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Because everyone loves a “before and after,” and so you see how far we’ve come, here is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in. FYI I didn’t do all this work this week, I just hadn’t shared the “before and after” and since the bathrooms are all sparkly clean what better time than now?

Oh yeah and the kids bathroom is also looking a whole lot better these days.

Flowers!

As long as the bathrooms are nice and clean I decided this week’s flowers would go there. I opted for an orchid because who doesn’t love orchids?

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Do you ever have so many projects you want to get done that it is paralyzing because you can’t decide which to start first. Since the holidays are over I’ve had that feeling a lot. I have a whole slew of projects that still need to get completed but it is sometimes overwhelming when I think I have to fit them in between the carpool drop off, the grocery store, cleaning the toilet and all those other not so fun everyday chores. So I’m making a very detailed list. At the top of the list – time sensitive items that have a deadline., then projects I need to do for the store, followed by a break down of small, medium, and large projects. Hopefully this will help me choose which projects are most important or do-able in time I have available and keep me from feeling so overwhelmed. High-five to getting some projects done!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.The High Point Market Spring 2012 Oly showroom by Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger is everything I want in a bedroom, beautiful, serene, and a little bit of fun!

2. I don’t know where this video has been all my life but if you own a duvet cover you MUST watch. Am I the only one who never knew about the “Burrito Method” of putting on a duvet cover? It is total genius!

3. Another one to add to the library Decorating Fearlessly by Susanna Salk.

4. These city skyline rings by Ola Shekhtman available on Etsy at Shekhtwoman.  Wonder if I could commission a New Orleans version? The Superdome would look pretty rocking on a ring.

5. My Instagram friend Dani4816ed home for sale in Breda, Netherlands I want to move in, especially if it comes with the amazing collection of mid-century ceramics and West German pottery.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

Deck the Halls with Vintage

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Hey guys today I wanted to share a couple of spaces in the new house in South Carolina you haven’t seen before, the halls!

I know halls don’t sound very exciting but I tried to give these hallways a little flare. Lets have a look back at where it all began, lots of brown and beige and I don’t know if you can see it but a lovely boob light (always a favorite, Not!)

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I started with a coat of Valspar Swiss Coffee on the upper part of the wall and Valspar Quail Egg for the trim and area below the chair rail. These colors are a bright white and a creamy white which are much more to my liking than those muddy browns. I used a similar color scheme in the man cave which is right off this entry hall.

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Remember this is a rental house and all the trim in the house is the creamy white Quail Egg so rather than repaint the trim in the entire house I chose to roll with it. The results of this easy update made the halls much brighter. Big improvement!

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Now for the flare!

Our main entry hall is a nice size with enough room for a few pieces of furniture and a 5’x7′ rug, so I used my Dash and Albert ZigZag hooked Rug as inspiration. This rug has lots of color so I pulled the pink and orange to brighten things up, painting the inside of our front door Valspar Frosty Berry and adding lots of my favorite vintage furniture and accessories.

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One of my favorite pair of vintage chairs work perfectly in this space.

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One of my favorite updates was getting rid of the boob light. Sure I’ll have lots of lights to switch back when we move out but these vintage marbled glass fixtures with silk tassels I bought in Germany are so great it will be worth it. Plus the tassel light is kind of an ironic replacement for the boob light, so that always makes me smile.

Have a look up close and you’ll see how amazing it is.

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Since our house is a rancher our second hallway which leads to the bedrooms is a pleasant surprise. Normally this age house (built-in the 80’s) would not have such an ample space, just a long narrow hall, but ours has a nice wide opening at the end that connects all the bedrooms and the hall bath.

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Here I hung a second marbled glass fixture which is not a perfect match but very similar and hung a gallery of my collection of German lithographs. Guys, we bought a LOT of stuff in Germany! (Tear, I miss it so much.) Most everything (except the book-case) I bought at the markets and thrift stores in Germany.

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And of course no room is complete without a few pieces of West German Pottery…

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And, there is a peak at the last room that needs to be completed, the master bedroom. Flooded with light it doesn’t look too bad but if you really look close you can see the half pealed wallpaper border I am dreading. Arrggh, lets not think about that, right now. Instead let’s look at that West German Pottery again.

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Yes much better! Maybe I will sleep in the hall for a while…

January Cure 2016 – Week Two

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Week two of the January Cure hosted by Apartment Therapy has come to a close and it has been a busy one. I have to admit that I have not been able to dedicated as much time to the cure as I was last year but even a small amount of effort is helping me make noticeable progress. Each day of the week as the tasks are given I am forced to focus on a goal and even if I am not able to complete it right away I am feel encouraged to do it as soon as I can. Weekends seem to be catch up time but still I am able to get most of the tasks done. Here is how this week went.

Assignment 7: Do a Mini-Meditation

Find a spot in your home that you rarely (maybe never!) sit in that gives you a view on a room or area that you feel is especially problematic. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes.

My daughter’s room has been in an “almost” complete state for quite a while now so I decided to have a seat and see what was left to be done. One or two of the projects are big but there are a few small ones that could easily be done in a day. Here is the list:

  • Paint new desk and order new knobs
  • Paint dresser
  • Finish hanging wall decor
  • Make DIY photo display
  • Buy or make large artwork for over the bed

Part two: Review your list and choose a project to definitely complete this month.

I chose to do the two easiest on this list first.

  • Finish hanging wall decor
  • Make DIY photo display

I had most of the display items already but I had a few spots to fill in so I was thinking the real assignment was to go shopping!

Assignment 8: Quick Closet Clean Out

Pick a closet, any closet… Whichever you choose, keep it to one closet and 30 minutes only – you have the rest of the year to hit up more. See what can be accomplished in one closet in just 30 minutes.

For this one I chose my ten-year old son’s closet. He has been quickly out growing everything so the main goal was to purge all those items and try to get rid of anything he doesn’t use anymore. I was able to purge clothes pretty quickly but got overwhelmed by the small stuff. Luckily for me my son decided to take over where I left off. He took everything out of the closet and purged a whole garbage bag full of trash and another full box to be donated. I’m not sure what got into him but I’m sure not complaining.

Assignment 9: Task to Keep on Track

Choose a date and time for a get-together at your home on the weekend of January 29 – 31 (or whatever date is best for your schedule near the start of February). This assignment is designed to help keep you on track and motivate you to keep on powering through the rest of the Cure.

Sadly this is one of the hardest task for me since we just moved to new state and know very few people. I guess that means I should take this as a challenge to invite over some of those new friends and have a coffee or something. Does it count that I signed up to host Bunco in June. If all else fail surely I can have the Cure completed by June…

Assignment 10: Fill in the Blank Day

Spend some time on the project that you selected in assignment 7 and move it forward, or even complete it, if possible

Make DIY photo display. I shared last week how that project went and I am loving the results. Complete!

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The second task I complete was to finish hanging wall decor. You can see from the photo at the top of the post things are coming together nicely.

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I hate to give too much away before the final reveal but this display is one of my favorites.

Assignment 11: Give your bedroom a good, deep clean.

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 This should be a very thorough job. The aim is to rid the room of as much dust and potential allergens as possible. Here is a sample guideline deep clean plan that you can use as a checklist:

  • Pick up and put away all clothes, books and belongings
  • Declutter surfaces (remove change, jewelry, etc and put in proper places) Strip the bed
  • Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers
  • Flip and/or rotate the mattress
  • Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan
  • Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them
  • Remake the bed
  • Enjoy a sound sleep in your freshly cleaned room!

In the new house the master bedroom will be one of the last rooms to be completely updated. For now I’m struggling with wallpaper border and brown paint but a good cleaning is a move in the right direction. We have only been in the house for six months so we haven’t had time to need a full scrub down but clean sheet sheets and, holy cow, wiping down the ceiling fan are never a bad idea. I also had a giant pile of artwork that still hadn’t made it on the wall that I finally moved out of my path to the bed. Now that everything is clean and clear I am feeling really motivated to move on to the next step and finally get the walls painted a lighter brighter color.

Pick up your weekly flowers

This one is always an easy task for me whether it be plants or flowers I’m always game. This week I bought two Red Aglaonemas which are supposed to do well in low light. Hopefully they will thrive in my low light living room.

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Okay guys, no more time for chatting I have to get back to work!