25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Home Tour

After a busy month I am finally done decorating for Christmas. Good thing because it’s this week! Here is a photo tour of our home decorated for the holiday and ready for family to arrive.

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Check out all of my 25 Days of Christmas here!

Our Organized Entry Way

When we were house hunting I remember walking into our now home and immediately falling in love with the entry. I had recently pinned an adorable entry way set up and the space to put one together in our new home was definitely on my wish list. Although it has now been two years since we moved in, I was so excited to put the final touches together and share what we came up with.

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I spent quite awhile shopping my favorite stores for all of the pieces that would work together to maximize storage and organization. In the end, I ended up finding everything I needed at Target, Hobby Lobby, and of course IKEA.

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I knew that we would find what we wanted at IKEA and ended up choosing two Besta bookcases and the Besta TV Stand which fit perfectly in the narrow but long space.

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We found a jewelry tree at Bed Bath & Beyond to hang our keys and an old tin I have had since childhood for knick-knacks we wanted close. I also put a Longaberger basket with pens there to sign for deliveries etc…

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I wanted our entry way to store all of our scarfs, hats, gloves, sun glasses, etc… all year round. After looking in quite a few stores I ended up deciding on these from Target. They are pricey but were exactly what I was looking for with deep storage and appealing.

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I keep a lot of our diaper bag must haves close by so I can refill what is needed after each trip so we can run out the door.

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I also keep some recent magazines handy so I can grab them on our way out for day trips.

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These bins have been perfect for our needs. Rob, Parker, Caity, and I each have our own. Right now Rob and mine contain all our our scarfs, hats and gloves while the kids hold all of their gear.

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Since I am a symetrical person I couldn’t have a large basket on one side and not the other. So I decided to store some of our coffee table books on the opposite side of our keys. We don’t have a coffee table right now and they would be victium to the wrath of a toddler if let out. I also found a smaller basket to hold treats for our kitties and a lint roller which I use daily on the sofa.

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The bench is a perfect height for Parker to sit when he is getting his shoes on or for guests to put their belongings when they visit. The cubbies are perfect storage places for smaller items. I always keep a pair of shoes near the door in case I have to run outside to get the mail. I also upcycled an old Thirty-One box with fabric as a recycle bin for junk mail.

DSC_6649I also found smaller baskets from IKEA to help store sun glasses and all those pesky little knick-knacks that don’t have a home yet you can’t get ride of.

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The wall is my favorite part about this project especially now that it is complete. Iv’e had Rob, Parker and mine up for almost a year now. Once Caity was born we took them down, fixed up the wall and reconfigured them to fit all four. The rustic iron signs were $5.99 are from Hobby Lobby . I actually purchased them almost two years ago and bought both a C and W since we had already picked out names for our next baby (long before I was even pregnant). The wooden M in the middle was $5.99 at JoAnn Fabrics.

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I love having a hook for my purse, the diaper bag, and Rob’s hats that he often leaves laying around and always wants to grab one on the way out the door.

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I am in love with the final product and it has really helped keep our entry way clean and organized. Right now there is a place for everything with extra storage to grow with our family. The whole project ended up being just under $600 I think it was a worth while investment for a custom design.

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Home Tour: Parker’s Nursery

Parker’s nursery has really been a work in progress, especially when we moved about a year ago. We were team green so I wanted a fun and light gender neutral nursery. We purchased the Geo Turtles bedding set from Target first and that was the inspiration for the rest of the nursery. We found a lot of our furniture from IKEA and a furniture store close to my parents house that sells unfinished pieces. I really love the combination of the light and dark woods.
I purchased the four cube storage unit from IKEA when I moved to DC years ago. It has served different purposes throughout the years and places we have lived. Because of it’s large baskets I knew it would make the perfect changing table to hold all of P’s cloth diapers.
Side note: I absolutely LOVE cloth diapering. Although we do not do it exclusively, P is in cloth 90% of the time. We started with a colorful set of Bum Genius 4.0 (one size pocket diapers) but I have ventured off to include a variety of types and fun patterns!
At first we didn’t have the storage space above the changing table and it was clear we needed something. During one of our monthly trips to IKEA, I saw the Trofast storage box for the wall and realized it would be perfect. I was able to organize most of P’s health & handsome products which make life a little more organized and a lot less stressful!
We didn’t want a large, expensive crib and were very happy when we found the Gulliver Crib at IKEA. It is simple, reliable and even turns into a toddler bed.
A calendar was very helpful in recording all of P’s milestones and having it so handing made it easy. I would just jot a few things down each night during our evening routine. It’s amazing how quickly you can forget all of the little things that happen over the course of a month.
I also decided to make a white board using a picture frame from Michael’s. We keep lists of things we need to buy, a packing checklist when we are getting ready for a trip or notes to a sitter.
My parents bought this La-Z-Boy recliner for my birthday a few days after P was born. It really helped with my recovery (c-section) and made some of those sleepless nights more comfortable. The nightstand was one of the items we picked up at the unfinished furniture store that my mom stained.
Whitney Bros Book Carousel was a gift from my Mom and Sister at my shower. Everyone brought their favorite childrens book so it was pretty full from the start.

The Trofast frame and storage bins were the perfect solution to the toys we wanted to keep in P’s room. It’s nice to have them handy when were are putting away clothes, cleaning up the bedrooms or trying to get a few extra moments of sleep in that comfy La-Z-Boy chair pictures above 🙂
I could probably think of twenty ways to organize with a door hanging shoe holder. They are perfect for all of P’s blankets, wetbags, shoes and other knick-knacks.
Thanks for joining me on our tour of Parker’s nursery. It has been a work in progress but I am in love with it now. We plan to move Parker to a big boy room when we get pregnant again and use the same nursery decor since we will be team green again!

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Home Tour: Laundry Room

Finally, I have finished at least one room in the house! It’s taken me almost a year to complete but I am very happy with the results and Rob even chipped in by painting it for our anniversary.
Here is a glimpse of what we started with, a big ole mess. There was no storage so we put a few things in temporarily but they only lasted a short period of time. Before I knew it, I couldn’t even maneuver. I hate clutter and disorganization so you can image how stressful this space made me. It was bad enough that there wasn’t much laundry getting done.

We decided on one of the double AKURUM wall cabinets and two of the single AKURUM wall cabinets from IKEA. I don’t usually like white but the idea of a clean crisp color in the laundry room was appealing.

Rob loved them because the installation was a breeze using a tracking system on the wall to hang them.

Phase one was a great improvement and the laundry commenced. I knew we were not done though. I wanted the walls painted a fun color, a shade put on the overhead light, a little more storage and some fun laundry knick-knacks.

I love the selection of lamp shades at Lowe’s. We walked back and forth comparing a few different ones and settled on a fun pattern. We lucked out and found the perfect color in the “used” paint section. Not only was it $10 but they were also running a promotion on all Valspar paint and we got a $5 mail-in rebate. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the color is. I do know it’s a close match to Behr 500A-3 Aqua Spray.

I picked up the rug beater for $10 and the wash board for $5 at a local flea market. The drying rack is another find from IKEA, the GRUNDTAL towel holder.

 

We love the scratch n’ dent section at IKEA (yay for a big car) and picked up a Billy Bookcase that was a floor model and already put together, double score! It was the perfect size to add some extra storage without taking up too much space and looking bulky.

We also found a nifty little piece to replace our rather ugly clothing sorter, ALGOT Frame with 4 wire baskets. I just added a few chalkboards to keep things organized.

You can find my homemade recipe for lemon scented dusting cloths here.
Since we cloth diaper and often share all of the laundry responsibilities, communication gets a little mixed and we end up drying cloths that weren’t finished washing or rewashing clothes several times. I decided to make some magnets to keep things a little more organized. They have been working out great.
Shameless plug but if you are in the market for a set, I am selling custom ones in my Etsy Shop, designsBYmcm for $8.
You can find the homemade laundry detergent recipe here. I also found this loose change holder at a yard sale for $1 which I couldn’t pass up. I have quite a collection going since a certain someone in the house, * cough Rob cough* is notorious for leaving things in their pockets!
I also made a little cheat sheet for general laundry guidelines and useful agents for getting those tough stains out. It’s nice when my parents come and help out with the laundry.

I always like finding cheap but classy storage and couldn’t pass up $1 bins from the Dollar Tree. I bought several of these and have used them around the entire house to keep organized. They fit in the bookcase perfectly. I used some of the chalkboard labels I had gotten for our kitchen organization project.

For the final touch, I really wanted to hand make something so I decided to do a laundry sign for the door. I went to Michael’s with the intention of making something more like this found on Pinterest and during the course of the trip, I ended up going an entirely different direction. Surprise, surprise.

I am so excited about the completion of this room and LOVE doing laundry now 🙂

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