Happy New Year

Happy New Year2018!

2017 didn’t hold many good things for us, but I am glad a new year is on the horizon. I am optimistic that better things are ahead for us.

I never make new year’s resolutions, because I cannot keep them. Instead, I like to reflect on the past year and think about what I’d like to accomplish in the year ahead.

“Just me” goals

I have a number of things I want to work on this year, but I mainly want to improve my health and my relationship with God. I was doing well with diet and exercise, and managed to lose 30 pounds, but when I lost my dad, I began to stress eat and gained back 15 pounds. I also stopped exercising. I plan to go back on Trim Healthy Mama and start exercising daily again.

I also plan to do another Bible study and dive back in to my Bible. I was learning so much and I felt like I’d really grown in my faith, but I dropped the ball. I notice when things aren’t right in my heart and my walk with God, everything else tends to be in turmoil as well. I have often found when I fix that first, everything else falls into place.

Home “resolutions”

On the homefront, we plan to install a lamp post in our front yard, and do some sort of upgrade to the garage area of our home. I really love these carriage doors and trellis.

garagedoors

Source: Dykast

lamp post

Source: Our Southern Home

We also plan to upgrade our bathrooms a bit with some new mirrors and lights. I really love the mirrors, lights and floors in this bathroom:

bathroom

Source: House of Rumours

We also plan to change our unnused office into a family room we will all enjoy. I love these built in bookcases with cabinets on the bottom.

bookshelf

Source: Easy Wood Projects

We have many more projects in mind, but we do try to limit our major projects to a few each year. Gets too expensive!!

Have an amazing New Year’s Day. We’ll be back online on regular schedule tomorrow.

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From nursery to toddler room: transitioning my baby to a big girl room

My youngest daughter will be turning 2 in just a few months. While she is still small, she is getting older and growing everyday, and her needs are changing as well. My goal for her toddler room is to simply upgrade her nursery a tiny bit to make it reflect her changing needs, but without making a lot of changes or spending a lot.

Here is what her room currently looks like:



My dad built matching headboards for both my girls before he got sick. This is one of them:


I am hoping to keep the shabby chic feel of the room but make it a little less “baby.”

I love this bedding at Target:

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I’d leave the same rug and curtain, but I think instead of the chair and end table, I might create a teepee. What little girl wouldn’t love a teepee?

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I also think I’d like to get a small bookcase and paint the back of it light pink. I might use the shelf as a nightstand and use a few baskets to hold her small toys and books.

 

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I also want to do a more updated gallery wall than what she currently has. I love this one!!

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          I am slowly but surely working on her room. I cannot wait to show you the results!

 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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A new look for Organized and Simplified!

You may notice some changes to my corner of the WWW… First of all, we have changed our header. I’m still not 100% satisfied with this, so I may be changing it again soon. It is so much better than the plainer one, so that is definitely an improvement.

I also updated my profile and picture, and added a “pin it” button to each of my pictures. Stay tuned for more changes in the next few weeks- it’s going to be a wild ride but I am excited!

Once the baby’s room is finished, I am hoping to update the home tour and add some more projects to our “project gallery.” Please stay tuned- and if you have any questions or suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Have a great weekend!

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