DIY: Personalized Dry Erase Calendar

August 23, 2011

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Last week I shared some inspirational ideas on creating a Central Command Center, as well as my new CCC spot.  One of the features in my newly organized space is the personalized dry-erase calendar that I made.  I had previously purchased a dry-erase board from Tar-Jay, but it was just too small to write all the activities and notes to keep my family on track for the month ahead. We needed something that had space for our daily schedule, as well as a place for notes, like: bring books to the library by Tuesday or pick up the dry cleaning after 6 on Friday or don't forget to buy … [Read more...]

Styling your Bookshelves to Create a Dazzling Display

February 21, 2011


Bookshelves, whether built-in or free standing, are a great way to fill a bare wall, give height to a room, and create a wall of art using a combination of books and accessories. No matter your budget, well-styled bookshelves can be the focal point of your space and make a true statement. Update your boring bookshelves into a dazzling display Showcase your passions. Display pieces that interest you and that you're passionate about.  Your hobbies should shine through in your space. Books aren't the only thing for bookcases. Along with your books, fill your shelves with accessories, … [Read more...]

Skateboard Shelves

February 17, 2011


I've been meaning to install shelves in my son's room for awhile, but wanted to do something unique and different.  At four years old, he has SO many interests, but one of his favorites is skateboarding.  So when recently putting the finishing touches on his "space", I thought making shelves out of skateboards would be the perfect addition! Real skateboard decks can start out around $40+ and there was no way I was purchasing shelves for that amount (I admit, I am frugal)! THANKFULLY, I stumbled upon these mini skateboards at Five Below and just like the name of the store, they were $5.  … [Read more...]

New Year, New Home: Creating a Comfortable and Efficient Home Office

January 24, 2011

With so many of us working from home, either full-time or part-time, creating a designated space for all of our work related materials is vital for ourselves and our home environment.  A private area to call 'mine' is crucial to provide privacy and efficiency.  Many of us use laptops and wireless connections, so the flexibility of our 'office' can be anywhere throughout the house, but the downside is that our work space often ends up being right smack in the 'heart of the home'. Wherever your 'office' may be, why not make it beautiful? How do you have an office area amidst your living … [Read more...]

A FRESH Start for the New Year: Attainable Organizing Ideas

January 4, 2011

I was doing a little shopping at Walmart yesterday and there were planners, bins, and calendars GALORE!  Everything having to do with {organization} was greeting each shopper as they entered.  For some, the thought of the New Year brings on new beginnings and a fresh start, BUT for others the thought of decluttering and purging brings major anxiety, which results in organizational failure ~ NOT GOOD!So let's {break it down}.  A while back I wrote a post on organization and here's a recap:Purge, Sort, & Shred ~ Remove everything from the space you are decluttering, whether it … [Read more...]

Family-Friendly Organization

October 18, 2010

I'm a mom with young kids, and at times it's challenging to have a nice looking home amongst all the toys of my children. I want them to be able to play with their toys when they want, but at the same time, my home is important to me and especially with being an interior designer, I want to portray that. Designing your interior decor around young kids doesn't have to be a challenge. Kids go through their ages and stages so fast and as they're continually growing and changing, so are the toys they play with. I think the most challenging time when the amount of toys can get overwhelming is … [Read more...]

Having fun ORGANIZING!

October 5, 2010

This is going to sound SO unromantic, but for my wedding anniversary that is coming up soon, I asked for my present to be shelving...(YES, I said shelving), meaning organization for my closets.  How horrible, right?!? We moved into our home less than a year ago, and the shelving in most of the closets of our builder-style home, is just one wire shelf set about 5' above the floor.  That certainly doesn't provide much shelving to store or hang anything!!  So away we went to Home Depot to buy shelving.  Of course, I would have LOVED to have had a closet company come install beautiful wood … [Read more...]