Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spilling My Guts & Some DR Updates

Well folks, life has just gotten in the way of blogging lately.  Between a lot of added hours and stress at my day job, financial stress and not taking care of my health (I got on the scale and it was the highest number I've everrrrr seen) I just haven't made blogging a priority.  Or finishing DIY projects for that matter. I've just been feeling really overwhelmed and down lately and I definitely don't want this blog to turn into a pity party or anything...

I'm really trying to get into the holiday spirit already thinking about how I want to decorate, what I want to cook for my Christmas eve meal, etc.  

I decided to make a few updates to my dining room which really gets the most action during the holidays.  Do you use your DR on the regular?  

Originally, I thought about searching for an antique sideboard to revamp (one with more storage).  When I say 'thought about' what I mean is I searched Craigslist, etc frequently but just couldn't pony up the dough. Instead I decided to search for some industrial baskets to put on the bottom shelf since I really didn't like the cloth bins I had there, it was just too much black on black on black.  

I was out with my parents and my mom spotted this awesome wall shelf/bin thing at HomeGoods - which when turned on its side made the perfect bin setup for under my sideboard/buffet.





Sunset / Sunrise shots from my recent trip to Maui and Kauai



A few more styling shots from the bar area




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I also reworked the storage inside my armoire in my DR.  Originally, I planned to use it as a coat closet since there isn't one in my house but it's not deep enough and pretty far from the front door.


Here's the blank slate:



I thought about building some wood shelves but didn't really want to jack up this bajillion year old piece of furniture (although if you're a purist you're probably already thinking I ruined it by painting it..)  Trust me it's not a priceless heirloom or anything.  


I found the shelf system on Amazon and it arrived quickly (Prime is pretty dangerous):





Here's the finished organized space - yes that's a tennis racket...no I don't play tennis but yet I still have it...its amazing how much stuff I fit in there all in a jumble before adding the shelf...but at least I can see everything now.  





Yes, those are all table runners...feel free to tackle me if you see me pondering another table runner :)





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Finally, (yes there's more!)  I have a 10 second DIY for you - I'm pretty fanatical about plastic wrap/foil/storage bags, etc.  I hate having a million boxes.  

Using command strips I attached a heavy plastic magazine file (also from Amazon) to the inside of one of my cabinets (since I don't have a proper pantry).





Voila!  Wrap storage - easy access without having to root around in a drawer.


Have you made any life-changing organizational changes in your space?  I'd love to hear about them!

-Alisa

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