One Room Challenge Week 2 – Girl’s Bedroom Design

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s the second week of the One Room Challenge. I’m working on an updated girl’s bedroom design for my nine year old daughter.

My goal is a slightly more grown up style infused with plenty of fun because I don’t want her growing up too fast! I’m also planning some new storage systems to help keep her room organized.

You can check out all the before pictures in this post.

Ideas to update a girl's bedroom.

The existing furniture is working well for the most part. As far as the bed, dresser and desk go, we’re in good shape.

She currently has two small Ikea shelving units that store books and toys. I’d like to exchange these for a larger unit for her books and incorporate toy storage into the closet system.

I’m on the hunt for new bedding and window treatments. I’ve been on the lookout for wall decor too. The to-do list is long, but apart from the closet and painting the walls, it’s not too labor-intensive.

Inspiration

Fun inspiration for a girl's bedroom design.

Hobby Lobby

Project to-do list

Paint Walls

Find window treatment

Buy bedding

Plan & install closet system

Wall decor/art

Find bookcase

Be sure to take a look at some of the other ORC guest participants here!

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Five Fantastic Podcasts

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started listening to a number of different podcasts. Podcasts are perfect for when I’m driving around running errands, doing mundane tasks at home, or when I’m taking a long walk with our dog. Today I’m sharing some of my favorites, both old and new.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Five amazing podcasts that you should check out.

What Should I Read Next 

Anne Bogel is the author of the very popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the voice behind this fabulous weekly podcast. Both are chock full of book recommendations, which I appreciate as an avid reader. So many of the great titles I pick up are books I heard about from Anne. Each week she interviews a fellow book lover, asking her guest to share three books they love, one book they hate and what they’re reading now. After some discussion, she then gives the guest three book recommendations. If you need an endless to-be-read list, then I highly suggest you tune in.

Five amazing podcasts that you should check out.

God Centered Mom 

Heather MacFadyen is the mother of four boys, and she is the most humble, sweet-natured woman. Each podcast is designed to help other moms be the best they can be, by encouraging them to “replace me with He.” By making God the center of our lives, we give Him the power to make us the mothers that our kids need us to be. She interviews other moms, authors, child psychologists, and many others with a wealth of wisdom for all of us in the daily trenches of motherhood.

Five amazing podcasts you should check out.

Serial

I admit I was late to the game on this one. Friends told me it was great, but I waited a long time to check it out… and then I got completely hooked. IMHO, the first season is better than the second season, but both were very interesting. Note: this is not a family-friendly podcast. There’s some bad language and the content is not appropriate for children. Season one explores the 1998 conviction of teenager Adnan Syed in the murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The investigation and trial are broken down into weekly episodes focusing on specific aspects of the case. For example one week might investigate cell phone records or the timeline of the murder. It’s not as gritty as it sounds, and each episode had me convinced that Adnan was either guilty or not guilty. You’ll have to listen and decide for yourself.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Pantsuit Politics

With Sarah Stewart Holland representing the left and Beth Silvers on the right, these two ladies address current events and political issues with the grace and mutual respect that we all deserve. They prove that you can be on opposing sides of the political fence and still discuss issues without hostility. I appreciate that the goal of this podcast is to talk through both sides of current events, presenting facts and opinions, without descending into angry battles. It’s proof you can share your own thoughts on controversial issues without trying to convince another person that they are wrong. If you’re interested in politics, you should try this one for sure.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Sorta Awesome

I recently discovered this podcast while listening to the main host, Megan Tietz, as a guest on What Should I Read Next. Sorta Awesome is a cornucopia of inspiration. There are a few different cohosts and they cover a large variety of topics. For example, the last episode I listened to was “8 Habits that Build a #HappyAwesomeLife.” The hosts also share the “Awesome of the Week” each episode, where they each share something that’s making life a little better, more inspiring, etc. I love the upbeat vibe and the variety in this show.

Whether you’re already devoted to your favorite podcasts or you have yet to dive into the podcast pool, these five are great starting points. Each has a distinct focus and I enjoy them for vastly different reasons. I hope you find one that you like!

What are your favorite podcasts?

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Patio Plans

January marked two years since we moved into our house! I can’t believe it’s already been that long. We had a lot of work done before we moved in, and one of the areas that we focused on was our back yard. The yard was fine, but felt very compact without a lot of open space. We gutted the yard apart from three trees and started from scratch. One of our goals is to finish the patio area so it’s fully functional by this summer.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

Looking into the yard from the kitchen door, you can see how little open grass there was. The retaining walls were a good 7-8 feet from the fence line and even more in some places. This raised wooden deck had seen better days. Although the tree with the circular bench was pretty, with two young kids, our priority was to have an open space where we can run and play.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

This is the best picture I could find that looks from the yard back to the house. We liked the large patio area, but both the wooden deck and concrete had a lot of wear and tear. Fortunately we had a friend who helped us get a good deal on pavers and stone. We ripped all of this out and pushed the retaining walls way back to allow for more open grassy space.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

We replaced the chain link fence along the back with a wooden fence since we face a dog park. The wooden fence provides a lot more privacy. It’s crazy to look at these photos and see how much our little ficus trees have grown, and how much the ground cover has filled in above the retaining wall.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

The retaining wall follows a slope towards this side of the yard and bows out so we could keep the tree in the corner, the only one that actually changes color! You can see how much more open everything is now that we cleared out a lot of the overgrown beds and foliage.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

The only picture I could find facing the house is from when it was being painted, but you can see the way we leveled out the patio and added stairs to accommodate the entrance to the kitchen. The door on the right opens into our den, which you can see here.

So what’s next?? We feel pretty good about the landscaping as it stands now. We added a little seating area in front of the door on the right with a love seat, two club chairs, and a coffee table. I’d love to show you, but we have all our outdoor furniture covered to protect it from the monsoon season we’ve been having here in southern California the past couple months. I’d like to replace our dining set with a slightly larger arrangement that can fit at least six people. We’re also looking into building some sort of pergola over the seating area.

I would love a scaled-down version of Rachel’s covered seating area at Maison de Pax. We would do wooden posts instead of stone columns, and a smaller size overall.

Beautiful yard inspiration.

I’ll be posting more as we move forward on this project. I’m excited to finish up this space so we can do a lot more outdoor entertaining this summer!

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How to Organize Your Bathroom

The start of a new year always makes me feel like deep cleaning and reorganizing. I’m always so optimistic that this will be the year that I manage to find the right systems of organization for our home. One of my major goals for 2017 is to get control over the clutter. One area that has been driving me crazy lately is our bathroom organization… or lack thereof.

Beautiful inspiration for bathroom organization.

We have plenty of storage in our master bathroom. What we need is for each item to have a home. Maybe then the drawers won’t end up looking like the lost & found bin at school, which we all know is pretty scary! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and seeing those beautiful pictures is so motivating.

I’m trying to keep this project low-budget so I’ve been searching for organization methods using items that I already have on hand. Here are some ideas to help get the bathroom chaos in order.

Drawer Dividers

Segmenting the drawers with dividers or containers will help keep items tidier. Depending on the number of drawers you have, each drawer can house a specific category of item, such as makeup or hair care products.

If you have fewer drawers, you can still divide them into sections with specific items staying together in separate spaces. The dollar store is a great source for cheap containers. Just spray paint them if they don’t have the colors you need!

make the most of the space under the sink

The space under the sink is usually a good size, but awkward to utilize because of plumbing. I love the metal shelving that Amy from Living Locurto used under her sink.

If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require installation, stackable containers will make good use of the space while accommodating the pipes.

Use the cabinet door

Bathroom organization has a lot to do with using your space effectively.

When you’re trying to make the most of the space under the sink, don’t forget about the cabinet doors. There are plenty of temporary and permanent options for adding extra storage to the door. Simple adhesive hooks would be a great way to hang curling irons or hairdryers.

Jars and Baskets

Using glass jars and baskets is a great way to organize your bathroom because there are so many options. It also makes visible storage more attractive.

Taking items out of their original packaging when storing in clear glass jars turns your storage into a part of your decor. That toilet paper looks so much nicer in the basket than it would if it was just sitting on the shelf. You almost don’t notice that it’s there!

Labels

Not only does labeling keep items in their proper place, but it can also make your storage prettier! I love these labels from The Creativity Exchange. You can edit and print them for free 🙂 This is another great example of using decorative jars and containers to make your storage part of your bathroom decor.

There are so many ways to make bathroom organization work for your home. By tailoring the options to your specific needs, you’ll help ensure that you’ll actually use the systems in place. I hope you enjoyed all this fun inspiration!

Check out our updated & organized master bathroom HERE.

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One Room Challenge Week Three – The Living Room

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and things are happening! You can see the before (and the way before) pics of our living room here in week one’s post. Last week I shared the basic furniture layout that I planned.

Take a peek at my design plan for our living room as part of our One Room Challenge makeover.

The only part that my husband wasn’t really on board with was the tall shelving that would go against the far wall. He felt like it might be too much for the space. Since he mostly lets me make the decorating decisions in our house, I try to respect his opinion when he voices it. So instead we’re going with the shorter Billy bookcases from Ikea. These shelves are pretty basic so I’m planning to use a combination of this tutorial and this one to give them a little extra appeal.

billy bookcase

My curtains arrived, but unfortunately one of the panels has a stain so I’ll have to send them back. Luckily, Overstock.com is pretty speedy so it shouldn’t hold things up. I’m still working on finding the right sofa for this room. I go back and forth about the size. Once the bookcases are assembled and in place, I’m hoping it will give me some guidance. FYI if you’re in the market, Joss and Main is having a big sofa sale today with some great options!

I’m feeling great about where this room is headed. Things seem to be coming together little by little. Because life would be boring if we only had one thing going on (insert eye roll,) we’re also painting our house next week. I’m so excited to have the outside spruced up! Don’t forget to go check out some of the other ORC guest participants!

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