Tuesday, September 25, 2018

how to build a custom closet from scratch

With this easy tutorial, you can learn how to build a custom closet from scratch.

I can't start a post with an ugly picture, so here is a peek at whats to come.


This closet tutorial goes something like this:

I went into Target for trash bags.
I came out with a freestanding closet unit.
Don't you just hate it when that happens?
Oh, and I hit the dollar spot too.

Truth be told, Cody's closet has been a sore subject in our house. He doesn't have closet doors, partly because he doesn't want them, and partly because there isn't room to open a full door with his current desk situation. Clothes are everywhere. Piles here and there, no hamper so everything winds up on the floor. Typical 15 year old boy I suppose. But it was driving us all crazy, even him.

So when I saw this storage unit while shopping for trash bags, I thought, "hey, that might work" and loaded it up in my cart.

Cody was out of town last weekend so I thought it would be the perfect time to install it. 
It's basically this one. I couldn't find the exact color online.
I took a picture of the box if you want to search in the store for it.
It was around $70.00.


The following is a bunch of bad i phone pics, but it will explain help the process. Of course I added to it  because I couldn't just leave the one unit well enough alone.

Get ready for your brain to hurt on this before picture:
As you can see, only about 2% of his clothes ever got hung up and there's a ton of wasted space.


Here is a picture of after I put the unit together and put it in the closet:
{FYI: It took about an hour and totally do-able for one person.}


Still a ton of un-utilized space.
So I measured everything out and went back to 2 Targets and got some wood bins. 
I purchased 6 large and 4 small.

Brought them in and placed one on a shelf to see if tit would work.
The size yes, the color no.


Thank goodness I had a quart of this liquid aging magic on hand.
An hour later, and they matched perfectly.

The large bins happen to fit perfectly along the right side of the wardrobe. However, you aren't supposed to stack more than 2 high because they will tip over. I knew I wanted 6 high so I had to come up with a quick solution.

So I screwed a 2x4 into the studs and then using a nail gun, attached the bins to the 2x4. 
Sturdy as can be.

Here's a tip if you want to do this.
Make sure the bottom bin is 100% level or your whole stack will be crooked in the end. I had to shim up the first bin to make ours level.


4 small ones on the left are for socks and underwear, big ones are for t shirts and shorts.


At the same time, and with the intent of it looking like a true built in, I added a shelf to the top that runs the length of the closet.

I did this by simply adding two pieces of 1x10 pine cut to length. I used the same accelerator on them to give them that grey finish.
I didn't need to nail them in, they fit very snug and rest on the wardrobe.


After all this work I decided I needed a little shopping break, so I went to Marshall's and picked up a grey wood box that will act as his hamper, and some matching hangers.

Are you ready to see the final result?
Get ready for picture overload, I was pretty proud of myself for knocking this out with no help and in one day!


I couldn't find a hamper I liked. This bin had casters on the bottom, so I simply took those off so it could sit flush on the shelf.
It also says something about a farmhouse painted on the side, so I just turned it around. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.


Clothes are off the floor! Feels so good.







When he came home he screamed he was so happy, and that makes me a happy mom!




xoxo





Monday, September 24, 2018

Free Halloween Printables

Today I have many free Halloween printables for you!
The one that I created can put up for Halloween on a food and or drink table.
I will show you how you can incorporate it further down in this post.

Here are some tips on creating a fun and festive Halloween bar without being too bloody or creepy. 

PICK A COLOR SCHEME

You don't have to go with traditional Halloween colors.
I went with black and white and red with bits of green and some metallics. Once you have your color scheme established you can start shopping for goodies.


GO SHOPPING

I like to go to discount stores like HomeGoods, the dollar store, and TJ Maxx for parties. They have fun inexpensive holiday decor. I love this skeleton tray and black skull with the succulent in it.
Select fun accessories that can double as containers for food and drinks within your color scheme.



ADD SIGNAGE

This is where you can have fun with the free Halloween printables at the end of this post. I also have this fun marquee chalkboard from Pottery Barn that I added stickers to for a quirky touch.
Signage is not only fun but it gives guests something interesting to look at and read.
The signage can be as simple as my free printable at the end of this post!


PREPARE & SET OUT APPETIZERS

The food should also go with your color scheme if you really want to have it cohesive.
This also makes it easy while shopping for things to eat.
The green and red olives for example go with the beets and basil in the bruschetta. 
{bruschetta recipe coming in a few days!}
You don't need to hand make everything either. Trader Joe's has a great selection of prepared appetizers and desserts that are beautiful and yummy.
I like to make a few things, and buy the rest.


ADD THE ALCOHOL & TONIC WATERS

Look for tonic water or other drinks that have a graphic logo, or are in a fun color. 
Pellegrinos would also be a good choice for this color scheme.
I like to set out non alcoholic drinks as well.
World Market is a good one for drinks with interesting labels.


ADD THE FINAL DETAILS

Now you can get to the fun stuff. You've already put out your drinks, food, cups and trays. Time to fill in the gaps with fun stuff. 
I made a fun drink printable,
{download yours at the end of this post} 
framed it in a simple inexpensive black frame and placed it in a cauldron with Spanish moss and a couple skulls from the dollar store.

For color you can add cabbages from the grocery store or home improvement store.
Throw in some mini pumpkins, and you are good to go!







Lights, camera, action.
Let's get this party started!


Save this printable drink menu to your computer and print it out in any size you like. 


Looking for more Halloween inspiration in the printable form? 
Check out these free Halloween printables by my incredibly talented friends below! 


Flying Bat Cake Topper by Ella Claire | Halloween Labels with Faux Rust by Finding Silver Pennies | Haunted House by My Someday in May | Trick or Treat Tag by Boxwood Avenue | Vintage Inspired Halloween Greetings Postcard by Live Laugh Rowe Trick or Treat by anderson + grant | Bats- 2 Sizes by So Much Better with Age | Black & White Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Cherished Bliss | Trick or Treat Stickers by Zevy Joy | Soul Taker Drink by My Sweet Savannah Vintage Crows by Paint Me Pink | Hocus Pocus by Lolly Jane | Halloween Wine Labels by Brooklyn Limestone | Black and White Halloween Gallery Wall by Taryn Whiteaker | Vintage Halloween Treat Bags by Town and Country Living Halloween Paper Rosettes by Happy Happy Nester | Wizard School Acceptance Letters by Nina Hendrick Design Company | Monster Mash by Clean and Scentsible | Trick or Treat Halloween Banner by The Happy Housie | Happy Halloween Treat Bags by On Sutton Place Vintage Style Animal Skulls by Twelve on Main | Skeleton Paper Cones by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

To see a fun printable I did a few years ago, click here!
xoxo

Friday, September 21, 2018

~Friday favorites~

First of all, I am so excited because I am leaving today for Ojai to go to Patina Farm!!
Follow me along on my instagram stories all weekend as I meet up with bloggers, eat, drink, shop and see the most gorgeous house and property in California!


Ok, in other news, Cody got a new desk lamp.
Not as exciting as Ojai, but  I felt like sprucing up his room a bit.
It's cordless and and it's just what we needed with all his 500 tv and x box cords happening hiding behind that desk!
More doormat obsession with this one.
I am so ready for fall!

My go to brand for affordable clothing is right here.

Would it be weird if I bought this shirt and told everyone my kids got it for me?

Have I told you about this stuff yet? If I haven't, you need to hit the "add to cart" button NOW.

Everyone needs a pair of these boots for fall. Don't even look at the price tag, they will last you for life.

Ok friends, that's all I got for ya!
Have a great weekend.

xoxo

Thursday, September 20, 2018

~the My Sweet Savannah front door package~

Hi friends!
I have to say, I get so excited for fall decorating posts. I am like a little kid in a candy shop when it comes to holiday decorating. Not only do I like to do it, but I love to see how other people decorate as well. Fall is truly my favorite season. I love autumn sunsets and watching leaves fall on the ground. I love being cozy with my family and dogs inside when the weather outside is blustery and rainy. 

I look for every opportunity to make our home an inviting place that makes people feel welcome when they come over. 

This post is extra special for me because I have some exciting news to share. I recently partnered with our local {and my favorite} nursery, Molbaks. If you live in or around the Seattle area, you will know what Molbaks is. But for those of you that don't, check out my post here for more details.
It's basically the most fabulous place to shop for anything from plants to home decor, and it even has a fabulous cafe inside. 

I worked with Molbaks and we came up with a perfect "front door package" to offer to customers who want to take the guesswork out of front porch decor.

It was a really fun process and I am proud to say that what you see below is the My Sweet Savannah package! 


Eek!
 Isn't it cute?
 I am in love with these French inspired planters. They were definitely the jumping off point for the design. 

Once these were in I realized how out of scale my topiaries were. These trees are the perfect height and will last through all the seasons. I love how wispy they are. They are starting to turn red which will be so pretty around the upcoming holidays. 

The mums and heuchera are the perfect addition to balance this out. 


When purchasing holiday decor I like to get classic pieces that  I can use year after year.
These pumpkins are the perfect muted orange color and I can think of so many places to use them other than the entry.


I chose this doormat because it is simple and it will go with so many different aesthetics.
The chalkboard is so fun because it can be customized with anything for any occasion. Again, you could even use it inside.



What do you think? It's simple, it's classy, and it's something that would look good with so many different house styles.

If you live in the area, head on down to Molbaks to see it in person, I would appreciate the support and feedback!

You can also buy the My Sweet Savannah package online and have it delivered right to your door! 
Click here to purchase!

xoxo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

~family room with pops of orange for fall~

I wanted to show you how easy it is to change the look of a room dramatically by simply adding one color. 
I shared our family room here in our home tour recently and as you can see by the picture below, I decorated it very simply and with not a lot of color.


Now, let's take a look at the same room with bright pops of oranges for fall!
I happen to love orange so it was kind of a no brainer when it came to adding color in here.
All I did was switch up the pillows, add some orange books to the shelves, and a simple orange tray.


On the coffee table I added another stack of orange books with a glass pumpkin in orange, cream, and gold.


You don't have to spend a ton of money when changing your color scheme. It can be as simple as adding little accessories in your color scheme like these matches.


Adding contrast with the black and white pillows helps things from looking too boring.
You can find the buffalo check one here and the striped one {similar} here.
The orange pillows are Ralph Lauren from here.




Thanks for following along as I change up my decor over and over and over again, ha ha.
Now let's take a look at some more gorgeous designs by clicking on the links below. For other sources not mentioned in this post, you can click on my home tour here.


Ella Claire | Liz Marie Blog | Zevy Joy | Love Grows Wild Rooms For Rent | Boxwood Avenue | Julie Blanner | Craftberry Bush Beneath My Heart | Maison de Cinq | Shades of Blue Interiors | Nina Hendrick Design Co. Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage

xoxo
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