Thursday, February 16, 2017

DIY Decor Storage Closet

This post has been a long time coming. Not because the project has been finished long but because we have talked about doing this when we first moved into this house almost two years ago. Wow, I can't believe we have lived here for that long already!! When you're a military wife you appreciate staying in one place for at least a few years.

So anyways, when we first moved in we talked about turning the closet under the stairs into a little storage area for my home decor. If you haven't noticed I have a lot of it. Well as most things go that project got pushed down the list in place of bigger prettier projects. And the closet? I was using it for decor but it was a mess. Stuff piled up and it wasn't really all that usable. Fast forward to this past week. My husband ended up with a week off work that we didn't expect and I was also off work. We chatted about what we could do in the house that would be quick and not too expensive. In talking about that we also talked about how we really needed to get more organized around the house. Who doesn't right?! That is when we finally decided to tackle the closet. It's a big closet that goes back under the stairs so we would have a bit of room to work with. Here is what it looked like after we cleaned it out. (I didn't take one before hand because, well I forgot, but let me tell you it was a mess).

We planned to do simple shelves. Cost effective and it doesn't have to look perfect considering its storage in a closet. I decided to do a shallow shelf for pictures, shelves along the back for pillows, and several long shelves with different heights on the large wall to accommodate anything I need. We went to the hardware store and picked up some super simple white brackets and plain pine boards. The deeper shelves are 12 inches and the shallow one we did a 6 inch board. We pre-measured the space and figured out how long and how many boards we would need. We ended up with a 12ft, 10ft, and 6ft long board. I believe the shallow board was 4ft.

When planning we wanted the bottom shelf to match up all the way around in a U shape. It was more practical and looked nice as well. Jeff marked the studs, made sure the shelf was level and the screwed in the brackets. Here is what it looks like with the first row done.

We added two more shelves to the tall wall after this. Once all the shelves were in he went back through and screwed in the shelves to the brackets. That was it! I could paint the shelves to match the walls if I wanted but to be honest it seems like a lot of extra work for a storage closet. I also could have bought the white shelves but they were a little more expensive and again I didn't see the need for the storage closet.

Here is what it looks like done and with decor in its place! Sorry for the poor photos, it isn't easy to photograph.

Now it's like I have my own little store! It makes it so much easier to switch the every day stuff I use around in the house. Pillows are so hard to pack away so this is a much easier space saving way. Same with pictures and wall art. I also added a ladder my dad built to store blankets. I'm sure I will tweak things and reorganize things as I go but so far I am loving how this little closet looks. I hope it helps me keep things nice and neat!! If you have an extra closet and you have lots of decor like me I would highly recommend something like this. What do you think of my closet overhaul? DOn't forget to follow along with me on Instagram!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Where to find Macrame Table Runners

Hey everyone! I have recently been really into these macrame table runners and I have gotten a lot of questions on where I have found mine. I thought I would put together a quick post on some places you can find your own! These range in prices so hopefully there is one in everyones budget! I have found them in ranges from about $35-$150 depending on size and details. Here is a quick list of the ones pictured above with links! (No affiliates in this post, just wanted to provide some good info). 

1. Anthropologie

2.  World Market

3. Etsy

4. Home Goods

The two I have are from Anthropologie and Home Goods. I was able to find the Anthro one on sale at a great price! If you are looking for a cheaper route to go I ran across the one from World Market the other day in the store and its a beautiful runner for a great price. You can also find several different types on Etsy (the one above is just one of many). Some can be a little pricey on that site. Last on the list is the one I found at Home Goods. Obviously I don't have a link to that and it may not be at all Home Goods but its definitely worth keeping an eye out since it was under $40.

I hope this helps anyone who has been eyeing these beautiful runners! I love the texture they add to a space but still keeping things neutral! Let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer the best I can!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Creating a Chaise Lounge on a Regular Couch

Alright guys, this is going to be a really short post but I wanted to share in case some of you have the same problem as I do. Being a military wife we move around. A lot. One of the things I have to think about when buying furniture is how can it fit in multiple spaces, different sizes, shapes, etc. I originally really wanted a corner unit couch but I opted for two couches instead so that they would be much more versatile when we move again. I also wanted a chaise lounge but again was worried about how to fit it into multiple spaces. Well I recently decided to try something to get the look but also have the versatility to not have it if I need to. 

Our couches are ektorp from Ikea and I love them. I love that they are comfy and that I can take the covers off and wash them. Well the other day we were at Ikea with my sister and we came across the ottoman that matches the couches we have. After a little but of talking things out we decided to grab the ottoman to make things more comfy and usable in the living room. I was prepared to get rid of our coffee table and use the ottoman because I honestly didn't think they could both fit in the space even though I wanted to use both. 

Well once I got home the idea struck me to rotate the coffee table and add the ottoman to the end of one of the couches to make a chaise lounge. You guys I am so happy we did this!! I have a new favorite spot in the living room and I still get to keep my coffee table in the mix. The best part is that there is storage in the ottoman (more pillow storage lets be real!) and that when we move again I can do any configuration I need to. I can also pull this out and use it for even more seating if I need to. 

Don't you love when you have a vision and it comes together better then you thought? I am so glad I decided to try this! Sometimes you just need to jump in and try something. Sometimes it won't turn out at all what you want and other times it will come together better then you hoped! Well I just wanted to end by saying thank you so much for stopping by and if you need me I will be curled up in my new little corner of my new chaise lounge!