A Soft Start to Fall

soft cozy fallFall is taking it’s own sweet time to show it’s face here in Texas.

But, as every girl knows, you shouldn’t let a little thing like a thermometer that reads 98 degrees stop you from adding a hint of autumn to the house.
Cozy your home up for the season with a few accessories in gentle, whitewashed colors.
 …And while you’re cozy-ing, don’t forget this falls Must Have:  The Chunky Knit Throw.
How are you sprucing up for fall?  Share with us! 
 
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny
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A Bright Splash of Summer

hints of summer
I’m in the mood to bring a few splashes of summer into the house this week…
My picks, left to right
Let everyone know summer’s on it’s way with a beachy wreath on the front door.  Beautiful shell wreath with burlap, greenery and sea glass from StandsOut on Etsy, $69.95
I love this Bordered Monogram by Exceptions!  Nestle it into the center of the wreath for a vibrant shot of warm summer color.  $56.00 on Etsy
A cozy throw in beachy brights carries the summer vibe into the house.  Orange and White Chevron Throw from World Market, $29.99
Best way to start a summer day?  In the yard with a coffee cup in one hand, water hose in the other. (My cup is filled with a smoothie- I hate coffee!)  Punch-colored mug by Dansk at Bloomingdales, $6.99
Place a bottle of citrus-scented soap at the sinks for a bright hint of the coming season every time you wash your hands.  Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Fresh Picked Tangerines from Bath and Body Works, $5.50
Are you getting into the summer mood at your house?  Tell us what you’re doing!  I bet it’s beautiful.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

Try This at Home: One Dark Wall

One Dark Wall: Black, White & Girly Brights
Up the drama and add a whole lot of fun by using one dark wall in a room of your home.
Rather than being dreary, today’s dark walls are bright, fresh and modern.
The trick?
A lot of white.
A dark wall should never be left uncovered. Break up the deep color with white furniture and a gallery of white-matted art.
Above: Black, White and Girly Brights: Black for a cheery girl’s room? Definitely, when there’s as much pretty color as this!
Art, clockwise from top: Road Less Traveled by Karen Fields, “Let her Sleep… ” by PlayOnwordsArt on Etsy, Geometric Poster by Angela Ferrara.
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One Dark Wall: A Clean SlateAbove: A Clean Slate My boys’ room is set up very much like this, with ivory, blue and dark red against one charcoal wall. I love the color combo.
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Below: two more idea boards to get your creative juices flowing…
One Dark Wall: Beachy Browns

One Dark Wall: Berries with BlueLeft:

Ivory, Shell Pink and Sea Glass play against dramatic Brown for a quiet, sophisticated beach feel.
Right:
Raspberry, Citron and White are feminine and unexpected against Midnight Blue.
Do you have any bold accent walls in your home? Show us how they look! We want to see… :)
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

SpringTeen

spring-teen-bedroomDid you have a great Spring Break?

Are you more ready than ever to dive into the Spring Season?  Me, too!

You might also like to check out this post for bedroom in a similar color scheme!

Let’s fill the house with Spring today!  Here are a few ideas for a girl’s room:

1.  Don’t you love this Kate Spade shower curtain?  Get it at bedbathandbeyond.com

2. & 3. Bright bedding and chair add fresh color to the bedroom.  Chelsea Keala Comforter, chair (similar, here) and Sweet Sentiments Pillow, all from pbteen

4.  Storage for all her gear.  Thirtyonegifts.com

While you’re online, why not swing over to Facebook on the right and give my page a like?  I’d love to get to know you better!

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ginny

Sweet Details

A worn ladder-back chair covered in a simple slipcover provides pretty seating at the desk.

A worn ladder-back chair covered in a simple slipcover provides pretty seating at the desk.

Details are the jewelry of a room; they make a nice place special and accent the best features.  Sometimes the smallest details in a room are our favorite.  Here’s a look at a few in my bedroom:

What special touches have you added to the rooms of your home?  I’d love to see pictures!  I’m sure they’re a warm expression of your personality.

The sheers in my room are hand-me-downs from my sister.  I stitched a double band of soft gold ribbon near the hem to dress them up for their new post at my windows.

The sheers in my room are hand-me-downs from my sister. I stitched a double band of soft gold ribbon near the hem to dress them up for their new post at my windows.

Monograms make such a classic statement of family and style.  I had a favorite local monogram shop embroider ours on the bed canopy.

Monograms make such a classic statement of family and style. I had a favorite local monogram shop embroider ours on the bed canopy.

Canopy fabric and ribbon trim, Joann Fabrics.  Slip Cover fabric, Hobby Lobby.  Monogram here.

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ginny

A Perky, Practical Laundry Space

prkypracLaundryAh….Mondays and Laundry.  They kind of conjure up the same feelings, don’t they?  Today, I’m going to give you a reason to be thankful for your tiny laundry room:  Little spaces are easy and affordable to decorate!    Treat yourself to a few well-chosen organization tools and fun finds to brighten up your wash day attitude.

Add color

I have a soft shade of blue on the walls in my washroom that I absolutely love.  Add a favorite shade to make yours a little more inviting!  Just have a laundry closet?  How fun would it be to swing open the doors to this yellow and white dotted paper from Anthropologie?

Soften up the floor

I love the bold zig-zag pattern on this charcoal and white chevron rug, just $21 at Crate and Barrel.

Create storage, even in the tiniest of spaces

If you weren’t blessed with ample cabinet space (and who was?), take a cue from Pinterest:  The “shelf across the back of the washer and dryer” craze is one trend that ought to be followed!  I show a reclaimed wood shelf from Restoration Hardware, but you could just  as easily make your own with an inexpensive pine board and bracket set.  Have Lowes cut the board for you!

Put up a message board…you’ll thank me!

My husband and I just realized we can leave each other notes in the wash room with special washing instructions.  Why didn’t we think of this sooner?  No more favorite sweaters shrinking in the dryer!  :)  Cute adhesive-chalkboard turtle, aplusrstore.com

Include a way to hang clothes to dry

Even if there’s no room for a drying rack, you can hang a few small hooks on the wall, or even attach magnetic hooks on the washer itself.  Tree-branch hooks from StudioLicious on Etsy, $25.

Elevate the essentials

Cute finds like a matching ironing board cover (West Elm) and jars and decanters (Anthropologie) for soap and stain treatments are inexpensive additions with a lot of impact.

Accessorize!

Face it, we spend a lot of time in this room!  Freshen up the space with little things that make you smile.  Peppy plant, $12 at Pier1, and adorable artwork from SassyTalk on Etsy, $25.

Are any of you sprucing up your laundry room right now?  Let us know what you’re up to!

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized,

Ginny

Livingroom Refresh

Spring is calling!  Do yourself a favor, and breathe a breath of fresh air into your home this week with a few quick, easy additions.  You’ll feel instantly springier…I promise!  Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Throws   Toss a colorful throw over the couch to bring in alivingroom refresh splash of fresh color and keep you cozy while we’re still waiting for warmer weather.  Shown:  1) Pier One, 2) West Elm,  3) Pier One

Pillows   I love to add accent pillows in seasonal shades and patterns to change the look of the living room. Shown:  1) onekingslane and Crate and Barrel  all others, Etsy

Decor   Keep an eye out for one or two new decorative objects each season to keep your look current, and toss one or two that have seen better days!   My top stops for great pieces under $20?  Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and Homegoods.  Shown:       1) onekingslane 2) okadirect  3) candledelirium 

I can’t wait to see what you came up with!  Have fun,

Ginny