Hello there! I recently posted here that we are in the beginning stages of doing our bathroom renovation. It is so exciting. While I wait for operation bathroom renovation I decided to distract myself by looking for some bathroom accessories. Usually bathrooms are a smaller area than most of your rooms in your home, but that does not mean there is any lack of areas to decorate! From soap dispensers to towels there are so many great options and frankly I am having a hard time deciding! Here are a few options I have found to go along with my Natural Modern design.
I had posted a few months back the progress of the Nautical Playroom I decorate at my Mother In Law’s house and never showed the final reveal! I have been so bad about being consistent with my posts. I guess better two months late than never???? Here is how the kid’s playroom turned out.
The bedding had to be the best part about putting this room together. I was so excited to find those red and white striped pillows at HomeGoods, along with the whale pillow and throw. I have linked to all items I purchased in previous posts if you are interested. You can find them here and here. This post has me ready for summertime!
I love to host parties. I have learned quite a bit…mainly from my mistakes…about what to do and not to do when entertaining. Here are a few basic tips that will help you throw a great party.
1. My first and most important tip has to do with the bathroom. Yep, the bathroom. There is nothing worse than going to someones house and you have to search for toilet paper because there was not enough on the roll. Always make sure to put a new roll on before your party starts. One reason is it looks better, but it also will insure that you will not run out.
Another bathroom tip is to have a new/clean hand towel in the bath or paper towels. If you have a large party, check mid way through the party and put another hand towel out as the first one could get pretty wet from all your guests washing their hands. Also, make it very clear which towel your guests need to use. Either place it on the towel ring or on the counter next to the sink. If you have fancy…just for show towels…make sure your guests know those are just for looks. Want to know a weird quirk I have???? I hate towel racks with fancy towels! I know…weird! I think they irritate me because I can never fold the towels correctly and I think they are kind of useless. Now put up a hook and a Turkish towel…I am all over that.
Ok, back to entertaining tips!
2.Plan…Plan…Plan. I like to make my to-do list at least a month before the event. Sometimes I plan something last minute(not very often) but it happens. Write out your menu, guest list and to do list. Buy anything like paper goods as soon as possible. Also, buy anything you can freeze. Take inventory of your glassware. Once you have all of that squared away and purchased, the week before or days before, you can focus on buying the perishable food.Check your grocery circulars the week of your party to see which store have the best deals on what you need. I also like to do a mock set up of my drink and food area. That way I know what dishes I need to purchase. Speaking of dishes….
3.White Dishes-One thing I wish someone would have told me, as I was registering for my wedding, was to register for all white dishes. They are timeless and are great to use at any dinner party. I am also slowly replacing all my platters and bowls with white ones. It allows the food to shine and works with any theme!
4.Relax and enjoy your guests- I have to admit I fail miserably at this. I love all the planning and decorating for a party but I miss the mark when it comes to hospitality. Hospitality is different from entertaining. I can wow people with a great cheese platter but what really matters is making my guests feel welcomed. Make sure you are pretty much done with all the food 30 minutes before guests arrive. I like to hold off on dishes that may need to go into the oven until about 30 minutes after guests have arrived. That allows you to greet your guest and help them with their coats and/or purses(make sure you have a place for these). Then once you have greeted people you can put any items in the oven and have them hot and ready(this is for those items that only need a few minutes in the oven). Make sure if you have different groups of people at your party you are doing a good job at mingling. Give yourself a time limit if needed with each group. Be aware of anyone who may not know anyone. Introduce those who do not know each other and try to make a connection that will allow those quests to find common ground and have something to talk about.
I would love to hear any of your entertaining tip for throwing a fun and smooth party!
Since moving into my Mid Century Modern home I have really learned to love the minimalist look. This is a new concept for me as I like “things”. My previous style in my home was a style that was easy to find items for. MCM decor is a little more difficult to come by and has saved me from cluttering up my tables and shelves(actually the only shelves in my home are in my son’s room). Another factor into my new minimalist style is that we have moved 8 times in our 11 years of marriage! So, needless to say I have got rid of a ton of stuff and have vowed every time we moved to never buy another candle, bottle of lotion or magazine ever again.
I decided to take on one area of my home that I haven’t really touched since we moved in 2 years ago. That are would be our linen closet. One side houses my towels and linens and the other toiletries. At one point in my life I was a crazy couponer and accumulated a lot of toiletries. I decided the best strategy would be to take everything out and put it on my dining room table. I like the idea of seeing everything I have (also helps with the whole never wanting to buy anything ever again…or at least until next week).
So, as you can see I had quite a bit of lotions, shampoos and other miscellaneous health and beauty items stuffed in my linen closet. I do have to say for an older, two bedroom home, we have so much storage. When my husband said he wanted to go look at a two bedroom home I thought …no way! Once I stepped inside we were greeted with tall closets and more in the hallway and bedrooms. There is no lack of storage in this house and I have filled it up.
There was a show on TLC, I believe, called “Clean Sweep”. They had organizers and designers who would come in and organize a space that was super disorganized and usually looked like a hoarder lived there. I loved it when the organizer would come in because he had a method that I still use to this day. The first thing he would do before getting started was to get three large bins and label them Keep, Sell and Toss. I decided to use this method as I purged my linen closet. So, after everything was out for me to see I first brought over my trashcan and tossed everything that was either expired or something I just would not use or give away. Then I separated the items I wanted to donate and those I wanted to keep. I was left with this:
I was able to condense everything onto one shelf! I decided to bring in my painting supplies that were in my laundry room taking up some needed space. I also added a box of all my essential oils that were taking up spaces in various medicine cabinets.
On the other side and below is where I had all my towels and other linens. I decided it was about time I learned how to fold my towels like a grown up. They look prettier and also take up less room. I will link the how-to video I watched below.
Christine Kobzeff(watch all her videos she is awesome and lives in Hawaii… so I am of course obsessed)
I hope you found something useful in this post. I didn’t spend any money on bins or labels. I just used what I had but you could totally step up your organizing game and use them. I learn a lot when I do a purge. I realize that I have too much stuff, which is the whole idea behind a purge is to get rid of the excess. Many items I was holding onto because I got them for free or they were given to me, but in reality I will never use them and they are taking up space. Two years ago I made it one of my resolutions for the new year to not buy anything I did not need. Although, I have done better in certain areas I have failed in other (ie…makeup).
In conclusion I have made a few rules for myself.
1.Do not watch so many haul videos on You Tube! If you have no idea what I am talking about do not search them out… they will destroy your wallet! I love watching videos on items other people buy..such as beauty and health items…but I found myself thinking I needed so many new products! My shelves have become stuffed with way too many products.
2. By keeping less products in my home I have found that I can remember what I have and do not buy duplicates.
3. If I had already previously did a purge in an area of my home and still have something the next time I do a purge then that item needs to go. I like to do a Spring Purge and Fall Purge.
I have already cleaned out my closet. Next on the list is my husband’s closet and underneath our bathroom sink where, you guessed it, is more toiletries and beauty products. If you need any lotion, candles or band aids I’m your girl!
I love all things to do with the home. I remember as a young girl my family would bring my dad lunch at his job sites(he is a Carpenter). I would collect all of the nail gun droppings and any other hardware I found. I would walk around the freshly framed up walls and try to envision the finished product. I loved the smell of sawdust. It will always remind me of my dad. Once the homes my dad was framing up were completed, we would always visit the model homes and it was the best family outing ever. I actually remember these times more than Disneyland trips! Home is where my heart is. When I was old enough to have my own place, whether it was an apartment or a house, I continued the love for all things home. Our wedding registry was another amazing moment in my life. I was choosing things that would fill up my home. Things that The Hubs and I chose together…or things I sneaked on the list without approval:). Our first place, like many, was a small space. It was filled with so much love though. It was the first time The Hubs and I could make our own stamp on a space. Apparently, our stamp was palm trees. I recently just got rid of the last bit of our palm tree items from almost 11 years ago! The Hubs shares my love for the home. He is a Realtor and so we both geek out on going to Open Houses. We love seeing how other people live. It is so inspiring. A home is where your personality shines. It is also an indicator of what is going on. If you came over before this past 3 day weekend you would notice that I needed a three day weekend. I was a bit overwhelmed and the clutter was a dead give away that I have been too busy. Yard sales and thrift stores always make me happy. An old painting can enjoy another decade in a new home. What once served a purpose in someones home can bring joy to another. But, this is all just the physical stuff that fills a home. I appreciate the structure of my home and the items I have chose to fill my home, but the people inside and the memories we make are my favorite. We move a lot. I actually love it. It is a chance to fill a new home with our personality. I love the traditions that we make in our home and others home. My parents have lived in the same home for 25 years! So I can still go to my old bedroom and remember memories from age 7-21. Every Christmas we all pile together at The Hubs parents’ home. We wake up and make more memories. Now we share that with our children. Home is where my heart is. It isn’t the wood that frames up my home, the newest decor or the old treasures found for my home but the traditions, memories and love that fill up the home. Home Sweet Home.