Too Cool & Dinner With Emily

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank you for the comments about the bedroom curtains!  The final score is...

gray 23 - peacock 17

The other day as I was tallying up the score, this comment came in that really got my attention.

I completely agree!  To backtrack, I once posted a question about the mirrors in the room.  I think some gold rub & buff will warm them up and completely change the look of the room.  Once I make that change I am hoping it will be clear to me which way to go with the curtain color, but I am leaning toward gray.  Thanks again for your moral support!  I love having a panel of experts that I can go to for design advice and I value each and every opinion.

This week I had the opportunity to have dinner with Emily.  Even though we have followed each other's blogs and kept in touch by email, we had never met in person.  We had a great time talking about the things we enjoy and getting to know each other better.  Emily has been so supportive of me and I was thrilled when she emailed to see if we could meet for dinner.  I will also add that she is sweeter, funnier, and if you can believe it, prettier in person.  Thanks for a great night Emily!

Have a great weekend!

A Client E-Design

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Last week I finished up an e-design and thought you might enjoy the thoughts behind the project.  The room is spacious and has abundant natural light.  My client likes the look of bamboo shades and panels with horizontal stripes.  She also wasn't completely satisfied with the rug in the room.  I sent her a few rug choices and she quickly agreed on one which arrived last week.  Gotta love a client who jumps right on it.

Once the rug was chosen, the rest of the room fell into place.  Here is the plan I came up with for the room...

Also, two adjacent walls needed furniture and art.  By using a blue table that my client already had, I added in some additional seating and art to "fill" the wall.

And finally the other wall...

Hopefully I will have pictures to share soon.

Need help finding sources to spruce up your space?  Learn more about e-design here.

My Favorite Room: Flutter Flutter

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Perhaps some of you have wondered what ever happened to the "My Favorite Room" series.  Well,  we have a special guest today and she comes all the way from Canada.  Rosa from the blog Flutter Flutter is such a sweet blogger, as well as talented photographer & graphic artist.  You are in for a treat because she is going to share a special spot in her home.  Welcome Rosa!

Hi there! I'm Rosa, from FlutterFlutter. I'm thrilled that Rene asked me to share my favorite room with you! I'm kind of cheating though, because my favorite room is actually three rooms in one! Our kitchen, eating area, and family room are all open to each other in one long space, so I'm going to show you bits of all of them! ;)

Slipcovers are my friend. Rene, this couch will probably look familiar to you! I'm also currently loving faux fur, wool, and anything nature inspired.

I recently DIY'd this coffee table for the family room... and it's a huge hit with the kids because it doubles as a moving stage!

These little chairs help to delineate the eating area from the family room, and make great extra seating at the kids table when friends are over. My grandad made them when I was little and so it makes me happy to see them still being loved.

Thank you so much for having me over today Rene! I hope you all liked the tour!


Yes, I do recognize the sofa - slipcovers are a mom's best friend.  And, I have always loved those chairs marching in a row behind it - such a nice reminder of your grandfather.  All the nods to family make your home so welcome and inviting.  Thanks so much for sharing your favorite room with us today!

Trying on Curtains

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Before you head out the door, do you ever stand in front of the mirror with two different shoes on wondering which looks best?  For about the last week, I have been looking at this image trying to decide which way to go with curtains for the master bedroom.  I shared my thoughts with you here and they really haven't changed that much.  The only difference is that I really feel the need for curtains. 

So here I am with a peacock curtain on one foot and gray on the other.  If you recall, I want this to be a tranquil, calm space.  I am afraid the peacock curtains, fun as they sound, might be a bit much for me.  However, I could be convinced.

This image is pushing me toward charcoal.  Good grief, could this be any prettier?

If I go with the gray curtains, I could paint the background of the built-ins a shade of blue.

I'm thinking about a pretty bolster pillow for the window seat.

And a tiny pop of color with one yellow lamp for the dresser.

Now it is your turn.  Gray or peacock?

"Get it Together" Highlights

Monday, January 23, 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Get it Together" series last week!!!  My guess is that you have heard enough about organizing from me (for now).  However, I had to share highlights from the party. 

As always, ya'll wowed me!

If you missed the party, you can check it out here.

Great Organizing Sites/Blogs

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yesterday when I asked you about your favorite storage items I received this great tip from Amanda Jane.   I thought those of you with kiddos might appreciate this:

 You can find them here.

To wrap up a week in organizing I am sharing a handful of inspiring sites/blogs to get your purging/filing/sorting juices flowing.  If you have more to add, please leave a comment.  I need all the help I can get ;).

And of course, where would we be without

The "get it together" party is open until tonight.  Link your organizing projects here.

Have a great weekend!

Storage Favorites

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This has been a crazy week!  It all started with a 4 day swim meet last weekend.  Then came mid-term exams and the fact that the kids are out of school two days(totally caught me off guard).  My posts have been a little "off" and will hopefully return to normal next week.

In keeping with the organization/storage theme this week, I wanted to share my favorite storage items with you.

  1. Love these boxes!  We use them to hold ipod & camera cords, school & office supplies, etc.  Ikea
  2. Pharmacy bottles are great for holding bathroom necessities.  Restoration Hardware 
  3. Vintage pyrex dishes.  My go to for food storage.  They stack and store easily.  Microwave safe and are easy to clean.  Etsy
  4. Over the door storage bag.  Great for all those little things that you use often.  Easy to see through to find what you are looking for.  Think nail polish, sunscreen, combs & brushes, toys, etc.  K-Mart
  5. One cannot have too many baskets.  This style from Pottery Barn is my favorite!
  6. Jewelry Tree from Urban Outfitters
  7. Glass Storage jar.  You know how I feel about these.  World Market, but I found mine at Walmart for less.
  8. Great for underwear & socks.  Ikea
  9. Striped Bins.  The Container Store
What are your favorite storage items?

Pretty Storage

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I have had organizing on my mind lately.  Especially when using special objects in unintended ways that add a special touch to the everyday routine.  I'll show you what I mean.

I am a huge fan of glass canisters for storing flour, receipts, cupcake holders, ribbon, etc.  The pretty blue willow cup for scooping takes this canister to the next level.  Country Living

There is much to love about this image from Made By Girl.  Jewelry and necessities are beautiful when displayed this way.

A silver tray used as a magnetic board is a brilliant way to bring a vintage touch into an office space or kitchen.  DIY Studio

 Colorful dishes holding jewelry - an oldie, but a goodie from Martha

I love this medicine cabinet lined with paper and am pretty sure I would smile every time I open it.  The dishes holding personal items are the finishing touch.  BHG

Love these clever ways to hold ribbon and craft supplies.  both images:  Houzz

What special things do you do to make the everyday routine a little better?  I would love to know.

By the way, the "get it together" party is still open if you want to join in.

A Closet Reveal & Get It Together Party!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hey everybody!  I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to do something fun and relaxing.  I cannot wait to see what projects you have been working on.

Last week, I shared a sneak peek of my little "walk-by" closet.  Our house was built in the 30's and while it has lots of charm with moldings, hardwood floors, etc. the closet space is somewhat limited.  To make the most use of space in my closet, we took down the single door and opened up the front of the closet to accommodate double doors.  This gave me full access to each side of the closet and also gave me a space to hang canvas storage bags for shoes.  The closet itself is 24"x50" and as you will see, I have maximized storage.

I really wanted my closet to make me smile when I open the doors, so I decided to add some decorative paper to the shelf area.  Here is a shot of the closet before I added the paper

I wasn't sure how to hang the paper, but knew that it would need to be something that could easily be removed one day.  I decided on poster tape and was happy with the results.


Viola!  I would love to replace the hangers with some of the ultra thin flocked hangers, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Some things that make this little closet work overtime are:  the shoe bags, the plastic bin holding belts, gloves, hats, and etc.

You can't really see it in the big picture, but this drop down rod is wonderful because it gives me a second row for hanging skirts, jeans, & pants.

I found these pretty hooks at Anthro and use them to hang things I reach for often such as robes & scarves.
The big white storage boxes came from Walmart.  You can find similar at Ikea.  I love these boxes for holding off season shoes and purses.

Now for the party...

What to bring:  a post involving organization.  This could be a recent organizing project or organizing tips & tricks.  Be sure to link back and also try to visit others who have joined the party.  Thank you for coming!!!

Cottage & Vine