Guest Room

I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with one of my best friends from college, Mary Helen. She is flying in from Atlanta tonight and I couldn’t be more excited to spend the weekend exploring Indy together and showing her around at all the great bars and restaurants.

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Here are 7 tips to prepare for guests from around the web:

– Vacuum the bedroom they will be sleeping in

– Have extra pillows and blankets

– Get a simple tray for the bed. Stack with books and magazines.

– Set out nice, clean towels.

– Have extra toiletries.

– Have a night light/lamp by the bed so they can see

– Be sure to clear off the nightstand and put a yummy smelling candle there for ambiance and a nice scent.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Moving Day Must Haves

This next few weeks I’ll be knee deep in packing tape and boxes. Yes, we’re moving in less than 3 weeks! I’m one excited girl to be moving into our first place together! A condo right on the Monon Trail. I am looking forward to having my own closet and a garage! A couple sneak peaks:

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I have compiled a list of items that may be overlooked as things you need to have for the big move!

1. Cleaning supplies: I discovered that ‘move in ready’ still means ‘that toilet is totally gross.’ Be prepared with an all-purpose cleaner and plenty of disinfectant wipes and paper towels.

2. Candle: There’s nothing like the smell of a candle to immediately make a new place smell like home.

3. Pocket knife: Because who knew you needed so many boxes??

4. Sharpies: For making the zillion and one lists of what to pack and what you still need.

5. Tape: Color coded packing tape = genius.

6. Wine: At the end of the day, you’re going to need this.

7. Clear plastic crate: This time around we bought several crates for the move and they’re brilliant!

8. Trash bags: Ginormous super strong trash bags are the easiest way I’ve found to move clothes. Bag ‘em up!

9. Strong friends and family!

Currently Craving: Pink

Hello, ladies! Happy Tuesday. We are about to get freezing rain and more snow tonight. With all the snow and cold weather lately, it’s safe to say I’m dreaming of spring. So with that, today’s post is dedicated to my favorite spring color: pink!

A fun organizer for your desk or office space.

Adorable pink maxi skirt.

A pink cardigan.

A bright pop of pink decor. 

I definitely need these PJs for spring.

Pink Decorative Pillows

The perfect pair of pink flip flops for your spring break.

Flirty Tory Burch flats.

One of my favorite shades of pink lipstick via MAC.

Declutter: 20 Items from your Closet

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Over the course of being out on my own for four years I feel like I have slowly accumulated more and more STUFF.  More clothes, more shoes, more books, more kitchen items, etc.  Seriously it is getting to that point where my apartment is feeling smaller and smaller.  
Purging 20 items in my closet is modest enough where I know I can do it rather easily, but enough where I know I will have a hard time with some items.  Hopefully this also starts an even larger overall purge that will lead into my kitchen, living room and bathroom before I move in May. 

20 items is easy, try donating 20 items!

Bathroom Organization

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I’ve made a little progress on my bathroom organizing this week!  I really wanted a functional way to organize all of my bathroom necessities.  I’ve seen Mason Jar Storage all over blogland and Pinterest, I have no clue where the original source came from but whoever it was, genius.  I now have an adorable way to store these items on the bathroom counter.

This was an easy project.  I had three old mason jars laying around and went to Wal Mart for the chalkboard labels.  

How to Decorate with A Vintage Ladder

I have had a love affair with ladders for quite some time. As soon as my cousin, Ashley sent me a picture of hers being used to hold magazines, I was on the lookout for one of my own. I found so many amazing and creative uses for these old ladders and so today, I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

What is your favorite way to decorate your ladder?

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Don’t miss out on these decorating Jealousies:

| Best Bookshelf | | Wall Collage | | Lake Houses | | Reading Nooks |

Make a small space feel bigger

Maximize your windows. Drape your windows in a way that allows for maximum light—a bright room makes an apartment feel bigger—try hanging a mirror nearby to reflect light into the room

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Focus on going up rather than out. Stacking is key to making a room feel bigger.

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Choose simple furniture. I have found that furniture with simple and spare lines makes a tiny apartment feel roomier. Darker colors make things feel cozy and closer in. Keep your décor on the lighter side to make the space feel larger.

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Remove closet doors. Closet doors that swing into a room take up considerable floor space. Take the doors off and ask your landlord to store them.

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Reduce clutter- get rid of unused items and organize.

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Keep bedding simple. Simple bedding is easier on the eye and makes the apartment look bigger

Embrace under-the-bed storage. Use the space under your bed to keep winter clothes, extra blankets and your luggage you use once or twice a year.

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Bar Cart Essentials

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I love the idea of having friends over for cocktails and entertaining, that’s why in the summer i purchased a bar cart from IKEA. The great thing about having a bar cart is that there are so many ways to utilize them and decorate them to fit your personal style or a particular occasion.  As a coffee lover, I already had a Kuerig, white coffee cups and various party straws to start with so I made the top of my cart dedicated to coffee.

The second shelf has an ice bucket, shot glasses, mixers, tongs, and cocktail glasses. Check out some of my other favorite picks for bar cart necessities and decor below.

1. A stack of cocktail recipe books is always a good addition. They look cute but also provide great inspiration for the bartender. Here are a few examples: The Art of the Bar  & The PDT Cocktail book

2. A great shaker is crucial and you’ll use it more than any other one item on your cart.

3. Pretty decanter for special drinks

4. Liquors chosen solely for bottle design : Pinky Vodka & Crystal Head Vodka

5. Fun bottle openers that my mom has been picking up at estate sales

6. Bar tool kits naturally look cool but also serve a variety of purposes

7. A great ice bucket is fun Copper Ice Bucket With Tongs

8. Party Straws

9. Cocktail glasses : Vintage Cocktail Glasses via Etsy

10. Pretty bottle stoppers

                           | Bar Cart Inspiration | | IKEA Bar Cart Hack

How to Make the perfect Wall Collage

I have been wanting to start gathering wall decor to decorate a wall in our new apartment come May. The idea is to hang a collection of fun art and frames that I have been collecting this year. 

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The first step is to of course paint your old frames that you have laying around or that you have found at a thrift store.  I used chalk paint but you could also brush on acrylic paint.  I have chosen to paint the frames yellow and grey to go with my grey and white striped duvet. 

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The next step is to order some sayings or art to put inside the frames unless you plan on making an open frame collage. I ordered two chalkboard prints below to add the the frames off of Jane.com.

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I hardest part is going to be when I decide to hang the frames and make the wall collage. One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging something on the wall is they hang it too high. Pictures should be hung at eye level and the average eye level is 57″ from the ground.  With a collage like I am doing have the middle of your collage be at eye level. More pictures to come once I have a wall to hang the collage on. 

More D.I.Y Projects you may have missed: 

| Flower Crown | | Fall Wreath | | Chalkboard Drawer | | IKEA Bar Cart |