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How to decorate a red bookcase for Spring

Are you changing things up a bit in your home now that the warmer weather is here? Spring is such a welcoming season for us here in the Northeast. Our winters are horrible and 50 degrees can feel like heaven after a long winter. One of the things my mom and I love to do in the spring, is change around furniture and create fun springy vignettes. We had the pleasure of receiving the beautiful complimentary bookcase a couple months ago from Sauder and today, we wanted to how to decorate a red bookcase for spring.

how to decorate a red bookcase for spring

Isn’t it cute? It fits perfectly in our family room next to the back door. It’s got swing doors that open allowing for storage inside.

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The red bookcase adds a pop of color to the room and looks great against the white wide pine planks.

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I prefer to use baskets whenever I can. Not only do they keep things organized and from falling over, they are pretty!

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Our family room is rather large so by adding a lamp and chair alongside the bookcase, this creates a reading area as well.

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Sauder has some fabulous furniture pieces and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this bookcase was to put together. Often times when your order furniture that you need to assemble, it turns out to be a nightmare. This was so easy and it looks great! Be sure to checkout the Sauder lookbook where other bloggers are sharing their decorated furniture pieces as well. Find more inspiration on Sauder’s facebook, twitter and pinterest page.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine. I was compensated for this post.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo Shelving {spray paint + wood shelving}

Who loves Ikea? I do! We are fortunate to have a new store about an hour from our house, just south of Boston. I don’t get there as much as you would think, considering we live so close but I did make a trip last fall to pick up a set of black Vittsjo shelving units for the playroom. What do I love about Ikea? Most of their items are inexpensive and excellent quality. I never feel bad about modifying anything from Ikea.

Vittsjo IKEA Hack {spray paint + wooden shelves}

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

We needed a small shelving unit on either side of our fireplace in in the playroom and these shelves were perfect but they were the wrong color and had glass shelving.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

I removed the glass shelves and spray painted 2 coats of gold Rust-oleum.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

I picked a windy day to get these sprayed and I remember thinking, “why am I doing this right now?”

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

Once they were sprayed, I let them dry a couple hours in between coats. Two coats did the job. Once I removed the glass shelving, I custom cut pieces of 1/4″ plywood to create new shelves. I used the same measurements as the glass inserts. I decided to paint them the same color as the walls in the playroom to help create a cohesive look.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

Nothing fancy and I was lucky, we had a large piece of plywood left over from a previous projects so my new shelves were free!

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

After two coats of paint on the top, sides and bottom, my new wooden shelves were finished.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

They are perfect for books, games and other smaller items that you would find in a playroom.

Ikea Hack Vittsjo shelving {spray paint + wooden shelf}

In my opinion, glass is not appropriate in a playroom especially when there are usually 2 or 3 eight year olds in there at a time creating chaos. The wooden shelves were a perfect solution. The Ikea Vittsjo shelving units are only $49 a each. So for the cost of the metal shelves and spray paint, I was able to add functional storage that is designer friendly. I am hoping to share the entire room soon with the new shelving and a few new accessories. You should see what the room looks like behind these pictures! A mess!!!

35 Spring Wreaths and Door Decor

Spring is still a ways off here in New England, but let me tell you, we’re ready to welcome it with open arms!  I don’t care how much snow is piled around us, I’m pulling out the spring decor.


One of the simplest ways I can think of to tell Spring you are ready for it to show up is to add a cheerful spring wreath to your front door.  There are so many amazing ideas out there for how you can make your own wreath, but I’ve collected a few of the best here today to inspire you.


Yellow Nest Wreath from The Gunny Sack


Blue Bird Nest Wreath from Bonfires and Wine


Blue Burlap Nest Wreath from Top This Top That


Cupcake Liner Wreath from The 36th Avenue


Curly Paper Wreath from Capital B


 Recycled Paper Butterfly Wreath at Suzy’s Sitcom


Burlap and Paint Chip Flower Wreath from Burlap and Blue


Rainbow Pinwheels at Wine and Glue 


Rainbow Hydrangeas at Illistyle 


Rainbow Yarn Wreath at Purely From the Heart


Rainbow Bunny Peeps from Tried & True


 Bunnytails and Bunting Wreath from Lil’ Luna


Baker’s Twine and Moss Bunny from Becoming Martha


My Easter Egg Wreath


Silhouette Bunny and Stripes from Nest of Posies


Yarn Flowers and a Bunny at Very Truly Me


Yarn and Rosettes Wreath from Simply Darrling


Flowers, Felt and Yarn Wreath at The Cards We Drew


Scrappy Bunting Wreath from Whipperberry


Red Bicycle Wreath from Craft-o-Maniac


Scrappy Balls Wreath from Making It Fun


Gumball Wreath in Spring Colors from Fit, Crafty, Stylish and Happy


Polka Dot Spring Wreath from Positively Splendid


Lemon Wreath from How Does She


 Dollar Store Greenery Wreath from The How To Mom


Gerber Daisy Wreath from The Bold Abode


Simple Tulips from Just a Girl and Her Blog


Pink Tulips on the Door at Life.Love.Larson


Rainboots and Tulips at Refresh Restyle


Purple Spring Berry at That’s What Che Said


Trailing Greenery Wreath from Somewhere in the Middle


My Hydrangea Monogram Wreath


Easter Egg Embroidery Hoop from Polka Dots in the Country


Mossy Easter Wreath at Raising Up Rubies 


Collage Easter Wreath at Rhonna Designs

Aren’t you inspired to head to the store and see what kind of spring wreath you can create? I know I am!

How to hang a mirror with painters tape

How many times do you buy something, get it home, and then realize…..how am I going to hang this? My dad would have a complete geometry problem on paper on how to hang the mirror and get the exact measurement. Me….not so much. I use painters tape. I know, sounds silly but if you tried our “how to hang shelves with painters tape” method that we shared last year, you know it works.

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Here is the blank wall above the fireplace.

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Here is the mirror. I bought this mirror at Horchow after Christmas when it was on sale and I love it!

how to hang a mirror with painters tape

Take blue painters tape an run it across the back covering the hanger hooks on either side of the mirror.

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Use a black marker and mark where the hanger hole is on the tape. Take the tape off and stick to the wall at the height you want the mirror to hang.

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Use a level to ensure your tape is straight. If not, peel the tape off and adjust until it is level. I just noticed that the old hook from the previous picture is still there in the my photo! ha

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Tap a nail hole where the black marker spot is.

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Peel off the tape and add your hooks to hang your mirror.

how to hang a mirror with painters tape That’s it!

How to hang a mirror with painters tape

Once my hooks were up, I used a larger level to ensure that the two hooks were straight (level). See that dad, my painters tape method works just as well. ;)



Homemade Stain Remover {laundry}

This past weekend I worked on an afternoon laundry room makeover in our basement. It’s amazing what a few bins and baskets will do for a space when it comes to getting organized. It’s a project for Wayfair so I will hopefully be sharing the final reveal in a week or two. In the meantime, I decided to try my hat at creating a homemade stain remover for laundry. Personally, I have never been big into make homemade laundry detergent or stain removers but so many people love it and swear by it so I gave it a try.homemade stain remover / Laundry stain remover


So easy! I found an easy homemade recipe at My Life in Pink and it worked like a charm. I decided to add water to mine but you don’t have to. My gram said this is a great recipe and similar to hers from years ago. I’ll have to share that laundry concoction soon!


2 parts peroxide

2 parts Water

 1 part Dawn dish soap

1 part baking soda

homemade stain remover for laundry

We are lucky enough to have 3 laundry rooms. I know, kind of crazy but with four generations living under one roof, you need lots of washers and dryers! You can see our main floor laundry room here and this is our basement laundry room before the makeover.

DIY basement laundry room makeover before

Stay tuned for the full laundry room reveal soon. The homemade stain remover looks super cute in it’s new home and it actually works. Anything with Dawn + baking soda + peroxide has to work right? I sure did ;).

PS. check out our upstairs laundry room makeover from last summer…..what do you think about the DIY shelving?

How to add new door molding {our front door}

Last summer we added on a new portico around our front door and we finally just finished adding the new door molding inside. Sometimes these projects linger on for months. We decided to add a piece of pine board to the top of the door (to the ceiling) to define the two rooms on either side of the door. This also allowed a place for the paint to stop! Before, the entire wall (which covered two rooms) needed to be the same color because there was not place to stop a color and add a new one.

How To- Front door interior trim

I asked my dad if we could beef up the door with molding in order to accomplish these two things:

a) give the illusion the door was larger and

b) have a place to stop and start a new paint color

His response, “what’s wrong with just leaving it all one color?” He thought about it over night and came home the next day with a pine board and said, “will this work?”


How to add trim to a front door {before & after

My fancy camera was having a small issue this day so these pictures were taken with my cell phone so they are not the best but you can see, the door needed a little cosmetic work ;).

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When we removed the old door, we had to remove all of the old trim. The old door was over 50 years old and of course, the new door didn’t fit exactly in the same space so we used pine filler to fill in the gap between where the old door space and the new door.

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How to add trim to a front door {before & after

Once we cut the pine filler to size, we nailed it to the existing door jam and filled in the gaps with spray foam insulation. Here is an image of what it looks like from Home Depot.

spray foam insulationYou can see below how we sprayed it in along the top of the door.

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Here is the door completely trimmed out with the pine insert pieces.

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We added primed 2.5 inch wood trim molding that we picked up at Home Depot around the door along with the pine piece at the top. After a couple hours, the door looked fabulous and the two rooms are now separated and ready for their own color! Be sure to check out our latest DIY project on our Home and Projects page. New stuff is added daily!

Our cute little Tea Station

Sometimes you just need a little something to warm you up. The weather is out of control here in Massachusetts so the only projects we are doing involve shoveling, eating and finding ways to stay warm. Last month I shared our DIY coffee station and I recently shared our cute little tea station over at HomeGoods. Nothing fancy, but a designated spot on our kitchen counter for a variety of teas and hot chocolate.

Warm up with a Winter Tea StationWe love to setup fun spots for beverages especially when we have guests over. Although my grandfather thinks I do it special for him ;).

Warm up with a Winter Tea Station

We have been hit with over 70+ inches of snow in 3 weeks so all we do is snow blow and shovel it seems. I set up the tea, coffee and hot chocolate station a couple weeks ago and it’s still there. Head over and visit me at HomeGoods where I am sharing how you can create your own tea station.






Our DIY Coffee Station

Are your kitchen cabinets a mess? Like, everything falls out when you open the door? That is exactly what happens when I open many of our kitchen cabinets. I don’t know how they get so disorganized but they do. Today, I am sharing our DIY coffee station and our newly organized coffee cabinet. We do not have a ton of room in our kitchen so I dedicated a cabinet near the coffee pot as our coffee station.

DIY Coffee Station + coffee cabinet

Here is the cabinet before.

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First, remove everything from the cabinet and dispose of trash and items you haven’t used in months! I found hot chocolate packages that expired 3 years ago. Yuk.

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I decided that K-cups needed to be in a container and that the boxes needed to be tossed.

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I readjusted the existing shelving to allow for a free standing shelf in the middle of the cabinet to hold the coffee mugs. I didn’t have another matching shelf (which I needed to avoid that big gap of space in the cabinet) so I decided to try the pop up moveable shelf. It worked like a charm!

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I got rid of the coffee bags and added the grounds and beans into these gorgeous stainless steel canisters. I LOVE these things! They do not come with the labels but you can purchase any label at Michaels (that is where I got these chalkboard sticky labels) and make your own.

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Doesn’t it look so much better?

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Baskets are perfect for storing tea bags, scoops and other miscellaneous items.

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Many of our mugs were almost 15 years old, chipped and pretty gross. I disposed of the old mugs, donated the others and added these new beautiful turquoise mugs. It’s hard to believe that most of the same items are still in this cabinet but looking so much more organized.

DIY Coffee Station-6 Another before:

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You can find many of these items over at Wayfair.

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Turquoise mugs / bamboo bins / canisters / wicker basket / scoop

Wayfair also sent me this pod drawer that I absolutely love but the drawer plus my keurig (which is oversized) was to high to fit under our cabinet so my mom is using it in our other kitchen.  Look at how cool this drawer is, it holds so many pods!


Getting organized in kitchen can be very overwhelming. I prefer to take one cabinet or drawer at a time. My husband tends to like things neat and orderly so our DIY coffee station was a huge hit when he came home from work and noticed how organized the cabinet was. Thank you to Wayfair for the complimentary products, we love them!

Organizing my office drawer {1 hour or less}

I have changed things around here a bit in an effort to get organized in 2015. I don’t have a dedicated room as an office so I try to use dressers or side tables with drawers as a place to keep my office supplies. A couple of days ago, I started organizing my office drawer. It wasn’t overly stuffed with junk, it just needed to be organized.

How To: office drawer organization

Organizing my office drawer / Use stackable office supply dividers in a drawer to keep small items together

The problem was, there was nothing keeping like items together.

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Do your drawers look like this?

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I took everything out and started fresh.

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I had a set of old office supply organizers that fit perfectly inside the drawer.

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I think the smaller containers would also work nicely to organize jewelry. I have had these fabric covered dividers from HomeGoods for a couple years and I am finally putting them to good use.

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I decided to separate out the paper clips by color and keep the elastics together in another slot.

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These items are daily go-to items that I always need for one thing or another. I have another dresser full of craft items that I don’t use as often.

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This dresser is in our family room behind my newly created desk area. I will share that soon!

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When you don’t have a dedicated room as an office, you have to improvise and work with what you have. We have so many multipurpose rooms in our home, it’s the only way for us! ha. You don’t really have a choice when you live with four generations under one roof.

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Doesn’t it look so much better? Don’t laugh but I tend to use colored paper clips when I am organizing my editorial calendar. Each color represents a brand and project due date. I know, kind of crazy but it makes my calendar look pretty ;). Green means finished and red means “to do.”

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Organizing my office drawer took about one hour. That’s it! If I wasn’t taking pictures, it would have taken less time. Empty, purge, add storage containers and place items in their new home. Easy! For me, I love doing “in house” DIY projects such as organizing and creating functional spaces during the winter months. It’s way to cold outside to be cutting wood, sanding or spray painting. Trust me, I would much prefer laying on the couch in front of the fire and watching soap opera’s (that’s what my gram does all day!!) but something about getting organized motivates me and keeps me going. Winter is a depressing time for me so these little projects and “little wins” keep me sane ;). Happy organizing!

Try This: 9 DIY Organization Kitchen Tips

New year…..new you.  You’ve seen those advertising campaigns, right?  Lets talk about DIY organization shall we? We all know that completely changing ourselves is going to take more than the clock striking twelve and a ball dropping on Times Square.  It takes a lot of effort to create new habits.  From experience, I know that sometimes the best way to make big changes is to start small. Here are 10 tips to get yourself organized in the kitchen.


If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get organized, try doing it in baby steps.  Pick one room in your house–like the kitchen–and narrow it down even further:  start by organizing a single drawer or cabinet.  I’ve found some great ideas to get you off and running.  None of them require expensive materials or more than a few hours of your time.  We can do this!


 Some ideas for organizing a pantry cupboard from Jenna Burger Design.


 That dreaded spot….keeping things neat under the sink at How to Nest for Less.


 How a junk drawer helps keep the kitchen organized at Clean & Scentsible.


  Lots of spices?  A fantastic way to keep them straight by Organizing Home Life.


  A great way to keep the counters clear with wire baskets at Golden Boys & Me.

Get the stuff off your kitchen counter! Try our DIY breadbox charging station idea.

Easy organization projects diy cell phone charging station

 DIY Charging Station


  A spot for measuring utensils on a cupboard door at Tidbits From the Tremaynes.


  Messy drawers?  Try these inexpensive DIY drawer dividers at Organized Mom.


  Free up counter space with this vertical beverage station by A Farmhouse Reborn.

 I’d love to hear what your kitchen organization tips are!  Have you done something that made a big difference in the way you use your kitchen?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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