current obsession: clothespins

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

on a recent shopping trip to a new favorite shop called the farmer’s wife we spotted the most perfectly worn, vintage looking clothespins. unfortunately as we tried to purchase said clothespins we were informed they were only sold with the three hundred-dollar monstrosity of a birdcage they were attached to. oh. plan b.

instead we went on a mission to create our own aged clothespins, and found that for the bargain price of $2.99 target superstore will sell you fifty quality crafted wooden clothespins (found in the laundry aisle). then simply paint, and/or decorate, in any color you wish and voila. clothespins for every occasion.

we have been using them for just about everything you can think of: hanging pictures, kitchen tasks, air drying laundry, and the list goes on. here’s a fun DIY how to, too.

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caffeine fix

July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

another thing learned while hosting guests for a week was that we are in need of an actual defined coffee bar/ nook area. easy access to coffee grounds, sugars  and syrups, creamers, stirring sticks, and mugs in close vicinity are necessary to creating just such a place. we have noted several inspirational ideas and are in the process of creating our very own coffee-house corner.

we are particularly fond of the little black board menu and the dymo labeled flavoring syrups.

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grown up things

July 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

there are certain things about being grown-up that are awesome. buying household appliances is not one of them. after furnishing our living room, dining room, game room, patio, and pool deck…we realized (in hind sight) maaaybe a washer and dryer should have been the first thing bought, instead of the last.

so while we decide, eer rather try to figure out, why one steam dryer is better than the next steam dryer, the decorating of the laundry room will seem far more intriguing once there are actually useful items in there.

working on organized function meets fun room to do laundry in. here are some rooms we heart.

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pillow talk

July 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

if we learned anything from these past few weeks it would be that one can never have too many pillows, or towels for that matter. pillows have a way of making the most simple bed look inviting and infinitely more cozy. so it’s a good thing we have a linen closet chock full of extra pillows (for some reason). i can pretty confidently say that every pillow in our house was in use at some point or another.

we have also decided we would like to grow our collection of throw pillows and floor cushions, beginning with these absolutely irresistible scrabble letters for the game room.

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a house a home

July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

pardon our disappearance, we had some friends to entertain. we’re back now, and after three consecutive weeks of hosting house guests we have narrowed down the host(ess) essentials to helping our friends and family feel more at home. the littlest details can make their guest space feel more like a bed and breakfast.

we love to put fresh flowers in the guest bedroom, little bath soaps and shampoos in the guest bathroom, and a welcome note to let our guests know we’re glad to have them.

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