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Farmhouse Master Bedroom Tour

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When we built our home, I was hopeful that having a downstairs master bedroom would not mean an uncomfortably small space. And while I did have to eliminate one piece of furniture, I was pleasantly surprised to love the room’s size. It’s compact, but it’s perfect for us.

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Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

I tend to take credit for the first floor plan because I remember drawing it out on graph paper. But I don’t think I created the small hallway separating the bedroom from the main living space. I’m going to give our draftswoman all the props here!

There’s something calming about walking this passageway when entering the bedroom. Even though a mere ten feet separates us from the rest of the home, we know a retreat awaits.

 
Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

 
The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

A small corner offers just enough space for my slipcovered chair. I’m thinking I need to spend more time in this cozy spot! I got an exciting revelation for my small business when I sat awhile and did some reading. I wrote about my booth design in the last post- that all came to me here!

 
Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

I purposefully chose a minimalistic style for our Master Bedroom. The colors are neutral with the exception of a blue striped accent pillow and a coastal blue oyster painting above the headboard. There are few accent pieces, so unless it has a special meaning to us, it’s not going to be a part of the space that serves as an oasis.

 
A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

Another hallway that houses two closets (guess whose is bigger!) separates the bedroom from the bath. Again, I do not mind at all that the space is a dramatic decrease from our last house.

We included a double-headed shower done in white subway tile. Having a window for natural light is an absolute must in my book. And the view is of our little pool in the backyard. And the setting sun, which puts on a dramatic display over the river nearby.

 
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Thank you for touring the Farmhouse Master Bedroom! On your way out, give Woodrow a pat on the head and maybe toss his toy for him!

Top Five Styling Tips for an Inviting Market Booth

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I’m always seeking to upgrade my tent’s design for the many events I do, and I know that those of you slinging market goods may look to do the same. It’s apparent that an inviting booth increases sales. So let’s talk ideas! I’m sharing my top five styling tips, and I hope you also will share techniques that work for you!


1. Use signage that represents your brand.

Renee Beamer Harbor & Home sign lets shoppers know what kind of items they can expect to find here.

Renee Beamer Harbor & Home sign lets shoppers know what kind of items they can expect to find here.

Your booth’s signage should be your first consideration. In fact, before you create inventory, design a sign for your space! There are plenty of options, so you’ll need to think about how you will use the sign. Ideally, it will go front and center so that market attendees will see your company name as they approach your tent.

Some business owners view their company sign as the opportunity to share all information pertinent to their brand. After all, one can include a lot of detail on a 24” x 48” banner. Rarely, though, will someone stop and read all that content. Your shoppers would prefer to hear you share your passion for the products and services offered. And by crowding your sign with miscellaneous detail, you risk overshadowing the most important part: your company name. Even if market-goers don’t purchase from you, they still are going to tell others about your wonderful products, so you want them to have your name in mind. All that free advertising will help more potential customers connect with you via your company name.

In representing well your brand, keep in mind that color and font choices are important. The goal is consistency, because a professional representation of your company communicates trust. So let’s review the main points about signage when designing a welcoming booth:

  • Clear & centrally located company name

  • Intentional selection of sign colors that are consistent with colors used in company branding

  • Intentional selection of fonts that are consistent with all company print and digital media

 

2. Attract your shopper’s eye.

Create a feature display that speaks to your product or service. The simplest way to do so is by ordering custom posters of your products in use. For example, a jewelry designer will display an eye-catching poster of a model wearing several of her necklace designs. This accomplishes two goals: the shopper can visualize the product in use, and it creates a desire to imitate the look. Now one necklace is not enough, because the layered look depicted on the poster is a must-have style!

 

3. Appeal to as many senses as possible.

Market shoppers follow the sweet fragrance coming from Renee Beamer Harbor & Home!

Market shoppers follow the sweet fragrance coming from Renee Beamer Harbor & Home!

Food artisans have it easy when it comes to inviting shoppers in to engage their products. They only have to offer samples! The rest of us have to look for more creative measures to heighten our welcoming vibe. The display discussed in Tip #2 takes care of the visual aspect, but how can you appeal to additional senses? Perhaps you can offer a simple make-and-take product that relates to your line of goods. You can offer a free ice water at a summer market or a hot cocoa during colder weather.

You also want to consider the shopper’s posse. For example, a sisal rug provides children with an area to sit and play with some building toys so mom can shop undisturbed. Also bring individually wrapped candies and discreetly ask a parent’s permission before sharing with little ones. A bag of doggie treats is always a welcoming statement, as well as a bowl of water, because many market-goers have pooches along for the outing.

The important thing here is to find out what complements your company’s message and, at the same time, serves to welcome attendees to shop with you.

 

4. Decorate your space with live plants.

Go green with some live plants

Go green with some live plants

Easy reasoning here- plants are trending big time, and our eyes are naturally drawn to them. They’re an unexpected addition to a booth that offers products for sale other than plants. If you have room to spare for bringing one, two, or three along with you, do it! Live plants have an amazing appeal!

 

5. Use lighting.

IKEA’s swoon-worthy lighting

IKEA’s swoon-worthy lighting

Product displays need lighting, and the goal always is to accentuate and not to distract. Café style string lights are the most cost-effective, but you may want to consider directional lighting like that used in art galleries. Pendant lighting works nicely in the pitch of your tent, but make sure its style complements your brand.

 

There’s definitely a balance required in your design strategies, and you’ll find it’s ever-evolving. You want your booth to be a quick set-up and take-down, yet you want it to be polished and inviting. You want to have appealing display pieces, but you also want to have room to transport inventory. You want to invest in upgrades, but you also want to profit from sales. Most of this balance comes with trial-and-error.

You work hard to participate in a market, so don’t stop short by doing a mediocre booth design. Go all out so your customer knows that he or she is valued and deserving of your best care.

Exuberance is beauty.
— William Blake

Finding Style in Virginia Beach

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Finding Style in Virginia Beach

Off the Beaten Path

 

Happy 4th of July! Do you have on your red, white and blue? I hope the day offers some relaxation and fun celebration of our nation’s freedom!

If you’re planning on extending the holiday into the weekend, I have some ideas should you head to the oceanfront. I suggest going off the beaten path because Virginia Beach has more to offer than crowded beaches and tacky souvenir shops. And by beaten path, I mean the boardwalk.


To make sure you’re energized for all the activity I’m about to direct you to do, I first would journey to Pungo, a rural community in the very southern part of Virginia Beach. There’s public access to Sandbridge Beach, an area conspicuously lacking hotels standing like soldiers along the shore. The quietness of the long stretch of beach draws you in with a promise of leisurely lounging. But, my goal in sending you south is to have you visit The Bee and the Biscuit, an adorable, family-owned brunch spot with a farm-to-table menu that will fill you and leave you wanting more at the same time. Is it worth the loooonnnng wait for a table? Yes! Absolutely yes! Grab a spot in the yard, play some games, and order a drink from the bar on the lawn. Another option is to grab a stool at the inside bar and avoid waiting for a table to open up. Either way, you’ll be glad you stayed. Trust me. On the backside of your oceanfront experience, you’ll know why I placed this at the top!

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

Both the northern and southern beaches of Virginia Beach grant an escape from the crowded boardwalk area.

About five blocks away from the boardwalk area, you’ll find the ViBe District. You get all the artistic vibes here starting with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on 23rd Street and throughout the galleries, artisan shops, and plethora of wall murals over the next several blocks. Most of the businesses in the area have a map to guide visitors on a thorough exploration. My top three? North End Bag Company (a combination studio and shop!) and neighbor, Jars of Dust. And even if you’re not hungry, just enjoy the aesthetic of Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry while having a coffee and pastry. Should you land here at lunch time, the artisan pizzas do not disappoint!

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Enjoy a total sensory feast at Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

Let’s keep going! I truly hope you’re here for the Saturday morning Old Beach Markets located in the Croc’s 19th Street Bistro parking lot and in ViBe Park at 18th Street and Cypress Avenue. If you’re in a hurry to get on with the day of discovery, I encourage you to still come by and anticipate seeing all the vendors. It’s doable with an hour of time, which is perfect because both markets run from 9 - 12 every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

It doesn’t get any fresher than right here, guys!

My top three recommendations of vendors to visit at the Old Beach Farmers Market come with some bias because I’m supporting a friend, my family, and a coffee addiction! Seafield Farm brings all their beautiful goodness from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to local markets weekly. You’re going to need to eat a clean veggie diet if you sample from these next tents! My son, Jacob, represents My Vegan Sweet Tooth, a family-owned bakery that has mastered delectable vegan and gluten free recipes. Lastly, Three Ships Coffee sets up shop in the market, but the coffeehouse is literally across the street if you’re wanting something more fanciful than a cold brew. Did I say three tents? I meant four! Lamia’s Crepes is an absolute must! Good luck choosing between the savory or the sweet options! You could always live daringly and order both types!

 

Now that I think about it, It’s best to visit the Old Beach Art Market in ViBe Park before walking across the street to the Farmers Market. You’ll find a great selection of reusable market bags at the Eco Market vendor tents. And, you’ll find my booth- Renee Beamer Harbor & Home! I love setting up for your enjoyment while you browse, so save a few minutes for looking at my candles, wreaths, textiles, and other décor for the home! Click here to read about one of my most favored pieces by shoppers at this market.

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Appealing to the modern farmhouse, coastal, and a bit of boho style!

Assuming you’ll be all shopped out and ready for a change of scenery at this point, I suggest either a hike or bike ride at First Landing State Park. You’ll have no trouble finding a bike rental shop in this vicinity, or you can bring your own with you for the day. Head down Atlantic Boulevard to the 64th Street trail entrance, and get ready to be amazed by how beautiful it is there! In fact, you may just want to bring some camping gear and plan to make an overnight stay. Tent camping to the sound of waves crashing on the shore? Yes please!

 

Now, I know I lost some of y’all with my rugged talk about camping! Not your thing- no worries! For a more luxurious time of exploration, check out The Cavalier, a historic hotel property in the North Beach area. My husband and I love bike riding through the resort residences and seeing the contemporary coastal and farmhouse home designs.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Carve out some time to explore the beautiful resort and residential properties.

Seeing that Virginia Beach covers approximately five hundred square miles, it’s unthinkable that my dozen or so links to attractions represent the city thoroughly. Obviously, I’m barely scratching the surface! But before we wrap up a suggested day trip adventure, I have to recommend one more spot- in case you’re the coffee lover type! Pour Favor is “Home of the Coffee Flight,” and has all the needed juice to send you back home fully awake and revived! I’m not going to go on and on about the specialty coffees here except to say they over-deliver. It’s just that good!

Sampling the coffee flight

Sampling the coffee flight

I’m curious: did you learn about something new in relation to Virginia Beach? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have some happy days of exploring ahead!

Renee

A Night at Home Event

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The invitation went out and several young moms responded. A mini-escape from the daily routine was welcomed, especially one that held promise of gathering with like-minded women to receive encouragement for this season of life.

A summer picnic highlighted by comfortable seating and fresh salads. (Elaina Marie Photography)

A summer picnic highlighted by comfortable seating and fresh salads. (Elaina Marie Photography)

 

The evening started with a summer-themed meal, during which we took turns sharing a bit about our lives and families.

A plan to indulge all the senses started with a non-traditional salad. (Elaina Marie Photography)

A plan to indulge all the senses started with a non-traditional salad. (Elaina Marie Photography)

 

A simple, sweet indulgence wrapped up the dining portion of A Night at Home.

The chopped strawberries in this recipe add to the freshness of the menu. (Elaina Marie Photography)

The chopped strawberries in this recipe add to the freshness of the menu. (Elaina Marie Photography)

 

Each guest personalized the leather cover of her Traveler Journal and assembled it using the elastic bands and the handcrafted notebook insert.

(Elaina Marie Photography)

(Elaina Marie Photography)

 

A Night at Home is not a new idea, by any means. But it is a fresh one, because no one has done it just like this. Although I anticipate more gatherings like this one in the future, I know the beautiful elements that made this evening everything it was will never be duplicated. And I would have it no other way!

(Elaina Marie Photography)

(Elaina Marie Photography)

My Top 3 Gifts for Your Host

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Are you traveling and staying with friends or family this summer? I’m here to help you out, because you do not want to go empty-handed!

 

We all know that your hosts expect nothing of you in return for their hospitality, but let’s be honest- an offer of gratitude in the form of something beautiful will not be declined!

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  1. A Home Fragrance Gift

    All candles are pleasing gifts to receive from house guests, but a Renee Beamer Harbor & Home Candle is exquisite! My hand-poured, soy candles burn cleanly and everyone who uses them agrees- the fragrance is intoxicating! And bonus for you: Both the Sunrise and the Summer Soulstice Candles come in a handy traveler tin.

 

2. A Home Accent

My Modern Wreaths have been created for indoor use and add a simple touch of beauty to any home. If your hostess loves florals and has some interior doors in her home, she may just go crazy over this piece of handcrafted décor.

 

3. A Turkish Handtowel

Not sure what style preference your host has? This gift appeals to the practically-minded as well as the fashionista. The fast-drying nature of the Turkish cotton makes it a wonderful addition to the kitchen or the bath.

The Why Behind Renee Beamer Harbor & Home

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I’m big on mission statements. Give me the end goal, and I’m going to run with everything in me to see the mission accomplished. That is why I loved the HoneyBook and Cultivate What Matters charge to small businesses at the start of 2019: Define your mission statement.

When you know your why, your what becomes clearer and more impactful.
— Michael Jr.

Designing a Modern Wreath fulfills a part of my why!

Designing a Modern Wreath fulfills a part of my why!

The first and dearest reason for why I do what I do with Renee Beamer Harbor & Home is that I was inspired to start this business! And as one inspired, my mission is to inspire beautiful lives, inside and out.

What do I mean by inside and out? The Bible gives instruction about a woman’s outward adornment and what should be her more passionate pursuit of inner beautification. Now the context is totally in regard to personal fashion, but suffice to say, home fashion is no different. Yes, I want a woman to purchase my handcrafted wreath or candle, and to enjoy the sense of calm it invokes in her space, but I want more for her to have a heart at rest. Both have a value in this business, but the latter carries an eternal value. So I’m encouraged to share the devotional I’ve written that addresses our true identity as daughters of God and from where we can draw an unshakeable confidence.

That’s the beauty on the inside- an unfading beauty! A heart at rest and confident in God’s goodness now and forever.


Citizen Flag by  My White Flag.

Citizen Flag by My White Flag.

Another goal of my company is to help women create a welcoming home, and that starts with a welcoming experience while shopping with Renee Beamer Harbor & Home. Some of my local customers actually say that my vendor space is so peaceful. And that let’s me know I’m heading in the right direction. There’s a drive within me to create an experience- so I’m having a lot of fun developing opportunities for us to engage all five senses!

Let’s not overlook the importance of how the home’s atmosphere makes our family and guests feel. There’s something therapeutic about a space that speaks peace to the soul. I remember as a kid staying overnight at my friend’s house, and the way I felt waking up on Sunday mornings to the sound of hymns on the radio and the smell of breakfast being prepared… I will never forget it!

And I know that a simple piece of artwork can inspire an entire home’s interior design. It happened to me! My friend, Sandra Cowley, creates beautiful, coastal-themed paintings, and I am honored to have this one among many others from her collection in my home. The neutral color scheme all started here.

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Lastly, the mission of Renee Beamer Harbor & Home enables me to solve a problem. You see, I’ve had friends for years tell me they want my help decorating their home. There have been times when I was able to be present and offer guidance. But not everyone requesting help lives in my region of the country! Now I make products that appeal to the style they see in my home and enjoy, and I show how they can be incorporated into the design.

 

How high does a cohesive interior design rank in your agenda? And what feeling do you hope your home evokes?

A Boho- Inspired Picnic

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Picture Yourself Here

Because You’re Invited

 

June 12th is going to be a night to remember! I’m hosting a glamping-style picnic for you and girlfriends at my residence!

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We’re dining outside and enjoying refreshing homemade dishes and dessert.

We’re dining outside and enjoying refreshing homemade dishes and dessert.

 

But an event like this one isn’t only about sight, smell, and taste- we’re delighting all the senses.

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Who doesn’t love the smell of leather? And creating your own personalized journal will be a perfect finish to an unmatched evening with new and old friends.

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Now, I know what you may be thinking: Even though you love all the details of this event, you’re unsure if you should be there. You’re wondering if it would be awkward, especially if you can’t find someone to go with you… I get it. But I just need you to boldly step out, so you don’t miss out! I promise you that it will be a super-friendly atmosphere, especially if you’re there! You are bringing that special sauce that makes the experience complete!

We women want community… we want to embrace and nurture new friendships that avoid the sizing-one-another-up kind of toxic behaviors. We’re not coming together to compare ourselves to one another. We’re coming together to celebrate the beauty of completeness when each one brings her unique, God-given qualities.

I’m doing my part and setting the atmosphere for total sensory enjoyment! And I’m also stepping out boldly to extend the invitation. I’m full of hope you will say yes to this tiny adventure that will be largely memorable!


Space is limited. Leave a comment if you want your name on the list. It will be so exciting to have you share in this beautiful evening!

Summer Soulstice Line Launch

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When I began my creative business, I worked on a Winter Soulstice line in preparation for the Christmas season always knowing that the sweetness of producing a summer line would be right around the corner. So, when January came, I began seeking inspiration and dreaming of items to include in the new line. And now that the summer season is upon us, I am so excited to see the new inventory materialize in my first show of 2019!

Modern Farmhouse Decor

Modern Farmhouse Decor

This Mother’s Day weekend marks the launch of my Summer Soulstice Line at the Hilton Art Walk! The excitement for me builds as I anticipate sharing home decor, books, and journals with show attendees.

Handcrafted leather goods, You Are More Than You Know Devotional, and Hand Poured Soy Candle

Handcrafted leather goods, You Are More Than You Know Devotional, and Hand Poured Soy Candle

Sometimes a little help is needed picking out the right gift for Mom, and that is why I put together a very special basket of home decor. I’m calling it Mom’s Market Haul, and it includes four handcrafted home goods.

Modern Farmhouse Decor Gift Basket

Modern Farmhouse Decor Gift Basket


Leading up to the launch weekend, I invited Instagram followers to get in on the excitement through a series of weekly giveaways I called 3 Fun Fridays. It started with a signed copy of You Are More Than You Know, was followed by a one-of-a-kind Loved Leather Bracelet, and finished with a wonderful trio of Summer Soulstice Candles.

 
Hand Poured Soy Candle, Driftwood Sailboat, and Modern Wreaths

Hand Poured Soy Candle, Driftwood Sailboat, and Modern Wreaths

Yesterday I loaded the car, and now I prepare to go set up in Hilton Village. It’s hard to imagine how the line will be received… Will every Driftwood Sailboat find a new home? Will people fall in love with the Summer Soulstice Candle fragrance? There’s definitely a nervous excitement within!

I’ll be sure to update post show! Hopefully I’ll remember to get lots of pictures throughout the event! If you’re local, I’d love for you to stop in and say hello!

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat Modern Wreath

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I know little about sailing, but my mind romanticizes what it must be like to have the wind directing a vessel on open waters. When I study from afar sailboats out on the bay, I only see what my imagination conceives as a beautiful escape. I understand intense labor accompanies sailing, yet I’m simply choosing to focus on the optimal experience: wind is steady, waters are calm, and everyone can sit back and catch the sunset.

Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little.
— Paul Carvel
 
A blend of natural elements and faux greenery makes a casually elegant statement.

A blend of natural elements and faux greenery makes a casually elegant statement.

The Driftwood Sailboat Modern Wreath captures the idyllic calm of a day at sea. My handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat hangs effortlessly in the center of the wreath, adding that simple touch of summer’s goodness to the home.


A little history on this product design: a couple of years after a major hurricane hit our coast, I scored a large driftwood collection at my neighborhood beach and began looking for inspiration on how to utilize it. I decided upon the sailboat design and fell in love with each completed item. I must have made about sixty or seventy that first season, and I gifted one to each guest at our Christmas Open House. My personal collection still adorns the Christmas tree today.

While I was in the process of creating the Driftwood Sailboat to use as ornaments, my husband, Jon, was impressed with the design and encouraged me to consider selling them. He saw the potential of my craft. I brushed off his compliment, and didn’t give it anymore thought until December 29, 2017. I had what I call a divine download- God gave me the vision of an entire Winter Soulstice Product Line, all handcrafted and including my beloved sailboats.

 

Fast forward a decade or more beyond that first season of creatively utilizing my beach haul, and I am a business owner setting up for local markets and watching shoppers delight in the Driftwood Sailboat. The ornament version was a success, as my sweet man predicted. For the Summer Soulstice Line, I’ve included a tabletop Driftwood Sailboat as an option for my shoppers.

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat decor for accentuating a side table or shelf.

Handcrafted Driftwood Sailboat decor for accentuating a side table or shelf.

An Organized Home

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Your Organized Home Starts Here.

And it’s not going to take five years.

 

So you’re ready for a whole home overhaul! Good on ya! Cleaning out clutter liberates the soul, and I want that for you! But let’s be real- there are sooo many closets, drawers, nooks, and crannies that need attention. The overwhelming thought of where to begin stifles any motion forward… I think I can help!

 

After we built our first home and moved in, I wanted each room’s design to be completed in an instant. Jon would periodically remind me that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and he was right. We were going to have to pace ourselves. So I did what any chica with OCD tendencies would do: I created a five-year plan for styling our home!

Doesn’t it relieve a bit of mental load when you know something that desperately needs your attention is on your schedule? We do this with work projects all the time, so of course we can anticipate the same release from scheduling out our home projects as well.

Here’s a sample plan of how to use the remaining months of 2019 to tackle the goal of an organized home.

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APRIL

  • Declutter the MBR Closet. Click here to read my post about it.

MAY

  • Organize the Mudroom. It’s okay if you put this one off. There’s a long holiday weekend waiting for you.

JUNE

  • Clean out the Garage. The best way to tackle this project is to empty everything out. Reassure those trying to shop your driveway display that your yard sale will take place in the near future, or perhaps they’ll find your discards at the local charity store.

    You may want to hose down the interior of the garage or just sweep it out well. Wash your car too, because she’s going to look good parked in your newly organized space!

JULY

  • Declutter the Kitchen.

AUGUST

  • Clean out the Bedrooms. All hands on deck for this one! The first step is to ask each child to go through their clothes and bag up what they no longer wear.

SEPTEMBER

  • Declutter the Playroom.

  • Organize the Home Office.

OCTOBER

  • Declutter the Master Bedroom.

NOVEMBER

  • Organize the Entryway.

  • Clean out the Bathrooms.

DECEMBER

  • Declutter the Living Room.

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How does the idea of pacing your home projects sound to you? Are you currently working on decluttering a particular space, or are you attempting everything at once? Leave some insights in the comments below.

Decluttering Project

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Marie Kondo would be proud.

Tidying Your Space

Ready to take on a decluttering project- Marie Condo style? How about your bedroom closet? Do you think it’s something you could tackle before the first of May? If you’re up to the challenge, you will thank yourself on the other side!


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The goal is to have a structured closet with every piece in view so that choosing what to wear takes minimal time. The road to get there can be strenuous though, especially if you follow the advice of the tidying queen: Pull all clothing from the closet and lay it on your bed.

 
Woody here to cheer you up! You is kind, you is smart, you is important!

Woody here to cheer you up! You is kind, you is smart, you is important!

 

With everything out of the closet, now separate the pieces into three categories: Currently Wearing; Haven’t Worn in Awhile; and Sentimental. This may take some time, and that’s okay. Don’t allow the task to overwhelm you.

Return all your certain-to-wear clothing to the closet and bag up donation pieces. If a sentimental article is too difficult to part with at this time, hold on to it and in a later season reevaluate it’s usefulness.

 
As painful as paring down can sometimes feel, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a lighter load, particularly when you can see in hindsight that you were never meant to carry all that stuff anyway.
— Joanna Gaines

Who knows what additional decluttering projects will result after you experience the euphoria of completing your bedroom closet! Leave a comment below if you’re taking the April Challenge, or if you have already done some tidying. I’d love to hear your solution for unwanted items, as well as more ideas for cleaning out the unnecessary.

My Top 5 Home Revivals

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The season leading us into renewal has arrived! Some of us are so happy that we want to sing and twirl and skip!

The following are the top five things I recommend to bring a spring refresh to your home.

 
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1. Spring Clean. It’s time to shake the winter dullness out of the house. When the inspiration hits, take on a project that requires more attention.

 
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2. Refresh Decor. The simple act of adding oyster shells and driftwood speaks hope of summer days to come.

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3. Declutter. Fold up the wintertime throw blankets and allow woven seagrass baskets to house them.

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4. Check out new recipes to add fresh excitement to mealtime.

 
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5. Enjoy the beauty this season offers with others. Open windows (on days with low pollen count!) and open the door to friends to linger around the table and enjoy one of those new recipes!

A Coastal Gathering

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A Coastal Gathering

Celebrating Life’s Beautiful Moments

 

The first day of spring brings with it a season of joyful anticipation for summer brides. I’ve hosted a shower in recent years, and I know the desire to create a themed decor that will make the celebrated woman and her guests feel very special.

If you’ve fallen head over heels for the bohemian style, my Summer Soulstice Line is the perfect find for party accents and gifts.

 
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I suggest starting with a Turkish Hand Towel as your oversized napkin for each guest.

 
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Create a tablescape using collected natural elements accented by the Wood Bead Garland, Summer Soulstice Candles, and Live Mini Succulents.

 
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Finish the look with a one-of-a-kind Summer Soulstice Wall Hanging. Let your bride carry it home along with her other gifts and always remember the day she was celebrated by her friends and family.

New Product Sneak Peek!

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Why is it about green, gold and white that make for such a compelling display? Perhaps it’s the hope of summer and the colors that accompany it!

The Summer Soulstice Line is in production and bringing the minimalistic touch to interiors where ease and simplicity are the rule. We suggest hanging the Oyster Modern Wreath on an interior door such as a barn door where she will pop!

Farmhouse Galley Kitchen

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When Jon and I help his customers prepare for the myriad of decisions they will make in designing their custom kitchen, I encourage them to tap into the wealth of inspiration on Pinterest. Someone probably combined the different elements being considered, and that takes the guesswork out of visualizing the end result. I'm pretty sure I saw this kitchen in a pin before we built it.

My recipe for our kitchen is Comfort Gray wall color by Sherwin Williams, white Shaker style cabinetry with brushed nickel drawer pulls, Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances, Arizona White solid surface, and white subway tile backsplash.

Shop my style:

Elkay Stainless Farm Sink

Moen Align Faucet

World Market Wood & Iron Valencia Chandelier

Pottery Barn Studio Wall Shelf

Dash & Albert Gradation Ticking Woven Cotton Runner

 

Some Thoughts on Adding Plants to Your Decor

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For some reason, I get the Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and this month's cover highlights adding plants to home décor. All of the potted trees are in woven baskets, and various stands give some of the live decor a prominent place in the display.

I've been housing more potted trees in baskets, and I like the vibe it brings to the home. The look is finished, but still casual if that makes sense! 

 

“Among plants that make themselves at home indoors, the tropical fiddle-leaf fig makes one of the biggest statements.” -Joanna Gaines

 

The fiddle-leaf fig tree appears to be a fast grower and I'm looking forward to the day it takes center stage in our family room. 

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