And welcome to The Road to Domestication in the year 2018, folks! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with friends and family! Let’s dive right in now, shall we?
I FINALLY feel like I’ve got my office together in the new house. (I keep saying “new house” – we moved here in May, can I still say that?) Anyways, it’s taken me that long to get everything arranged in the office (and decorate in there) the way I want it so I can walk in the door and breathe a sigh of peace instead of one filled with frustration. Thank goodness! It was starting to weigh on me!
One of the hardest things of having a home office that you actually do work out of is getting it to “feel right”. Know what I mean? This part of your home literally has to run differently than the rest of your home does, and sometimes that creates issues in work flow. So when Marie Nieves contacted me regarding a post about a redecorating a home office even when it is SMALL, well, that struck a chord. Check out her ideas!
Ugh, do you ever feel like you need one whole floor to organize all your office furniture, electronics, supplies and decoration? Well, I did, every day, until I realized what I’m doing wrong with my humble office space. All you need is good designing and decorating skills and even the smallest of spaces can feel and look spacious and airy. Here are some examples!
Well, here we are, almost half-way through December, and I’m finally getting the chance to share my 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf! Better late than never, right?!
This year, I had several large pieces I decided to use, instead of many smaller ones. I like the effect I ended up with! What do you think?
So all in all, just five pieces that take up the entire shelf!
There are over 300,000 items in the average American home. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT?! That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that you need a place to store each item! Whether you’re like the average American family and own hundreds of thousands of items or you’re part of the minimalist movement to own less, chances are you need some type of storage system in your home. These creative storage solutions can make the most of the space you have in your home while also looking nice.
One of the first places people will visit when coming to your home is your entryway. Depending on the size, there are a variety of storage solutions you could use to make use of the space while providing guests a nice aesthetic. Using a bench with storage cubbies can serve the dual purpose of providing people a place to sit to put on shoes and a receptacle to keep shoes when they aren’t being used. If you don’t have a closet in your entryway, you can hang hooks in your wall to give people a place to hang their coats so they aren’t lying around the house.
Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.
My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.
When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.
And I had an idea!
I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…
…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!
You don’t have to be an eco-warrior when it comes to making a difference for the environment. While it may feel like big ideas are the way to go, it’s actually the small behavioural changes that add up over the long-run. This in order to make a concerted, consistent and collective effort to be more conscious about our planet.
So, here are…
- Hello sunshine
Get with the program and harness the power of that all encompassing life force: the sun. Did you know that on average you can save up to $50 a month off your regular power bill just by installing solar panels? It’s easier than ever to switch over to solar power, with providers offering various plans and incentives to make this approach so much more accessible.