I'm not clinically OCD, but I do exhibit many obsessive compulsive disorders, especially in my kitchen. I disclosed this in my pantry post (My Corner Market: Tips for an Organized Pantry) and since it has been pinned over 47,000 times on Pinterest as of today, I figured there was something about my crazy organization skills my followers liked. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite organization tricks from the rest of my kitchen (to see the open house of my Midnight Beach Kitchen, click HERE).
To start off, I like to keep everything in a handy place for where I might use it. For example, my KitchenAid mixer sits in a corner with the flour close by. In the drawer just below I have all of my measuring cups, spoons etc. In the cupboard above are my baking supplies like salt, nuts, baking powder etc. For my "wrap" Read more [...]
In the Spring, my back yard comes alive. Nothing beckons me to spend more time outside than my climbing roses. I remember during my teenage years driving up Mt. Helix, in San Diego, and stopping by the side of the road to pick what appeared to be a wild rose plant. The roses were very small and the palest pink. They had a light spice sent and I loved them. The vines grew crazy and covered telephone poles and anything else it could wrap it's tendrils around. When Justin and I moved into this house, we knew we wanted a lot of climbing roses, but when I stumbled upon the same roses that I loved years before, I knew just the place to plant it. Our back yard is small, but backs up to a large grassy field. We inherited a black chain link fence that would have seemed trashy to me before, but now it is the perfect built-in Read more [...]
Today I want to share with you a fabulously styled home. It belongs to James and Jamie. They live in a 1972 ranch house outside of Dallas, TX. The first time I saw James' blog and the photos of thier home, I was smitten.
I mean seriously, look at this master bedroom!
I know it is in Texas, but to me it is the perfect mix; Ralph Lauren meets Sundance. How perfect would this souvenir program look in my Cowboy Nursery? The level of detail here is amazing.
This, my friends, is fabulocity at it's best. The sign, the clothes, hats, and of course the boots. Yowzers!
And the main living area is unreal. Check out the Indian photo on the back wall! I love all the layered rugs, books, pillows.
Even their spices look awesome (I've been secretly collecting these Target "Archer Farms" spice bottles too).
Oh, Read more [...]
So if you are a faithful reader of Burlap & Denim, you probably already know the following things about me:
I LOVE denim
I LOVE burlap
I LOVE the Beach (and I'm talking about the sandy area next to the ocean people, lakes are fun but do not qualify as having a beach!)
A few years ago I packed them all into one little BIG project. This surf sign:
Doesn't it look great with all of my summer stuff?
(check out my Summer Mantle & Burlap Sofa Makeover)
This was a very simple and easy project and cost around $20. I started with 4 yards of burlap, 2 yards of denim, and 1 yard of white duck. I cut the burlap in half lengthwise to make two pieces of burlap that were each 2 yards long (or 6 feet). Then I cut them down the center so they were only 1/2 as wide making four identical panels. I cut the Read more [...]
We have a WINNER!!!
Thanks to everyone for entering this awesome giveaway from Ramsign. We had a total of 102 comments with 38 additional entries mixed in for a total of 140 entries. After an imput into a random number generator....
You win! Ramsign will contact you for your selection, and send us a photo of it on your front door, will ya? We are all jelous, he he.
I LOVE enamel signs! When we built our little french cottage a few years ago I so wanted a cobalt sign with our address on it but I couldn't find one. Well I hadn't heard of RAMSIGNs back then.
Check out these beautiful enamel signs that they make.
Aren't they perfect? They have many different colors, fonts, shapes and designs. For my house, I'd love a black and white one for my black front door. They'd Read more [...]
To me there are two decorating seasons, Winter and Summer (OK, three if you include my Christmas overhaul). Well I've been antsy to put up my Summer theme mantle so here it is. As usual, I gathered anything that might work with my theme. This year I am going for a Ralph Lauren meets Pottery Barn beachy nautical collected look.
To me, this included items that were:
American (the flag)
Red, White, or Blue
Sand, Shells, & Rocks
Here is how I layered all the junk.
My mantle and the space above it are very large. The American Flag does a great job of filling the space. Then with lifts and levels created with blocks of wood, a favorite book, a cake stand and an old piece of luggage help to give height to the smaller items Read more [...]
Last week I posted about my Summer Chalkboard and I figured you'd all like to see where I hung it! This is my new entry layout with my black and white summer gallery wall.
This layout cost me exactly $3.19. Here is how it all went down. I started by gathering any and every frame that I had that was black. After rearanging another part of my house, I realized I also had this black little chest that I added to the pile. I started working on the arrangement and weeding out the frames I didn't have room for (there were a lot, I was willing to take art out of old frames from years ago and put my own photos in them but they were too big in the end).
Start by removing everything from the space
Check your space limitations including door openings
Arrange the largest items first
Begin to layer Read more [...]
Spring is in the air and I've been ready to plant my garden for at least a month. Fortunately, I remember all the times I've been burned (or really frozen) planting too early. Here in Utah there is often a crazy snow storm that shows up just after I have planted my garden, but not THIS year! I decided to harness all of that Spring fever into planting seeds INDOORS and taking them outside when the coast is clear. I started saving toilet paper rolls after I saw a bunch of beautiful art projects people had pinned on Pinterest. Well I tried making one...FAIL. Instead I thought up this little project that doesn't need to be pretty, just practical (NOTE: After a search for toilet paper rolls as seed starters, I found I wasn't the only one with this idea but I figured I'd share my version,so here goes).
Empty Read more [...]
A few months ago my sister Amy and I went thrifting while working on another project. That's when we came across an awesome wood planter. It looks like a home made project. One large piece of wood cut slightly at an angle on each side with 12 holes drilled in the top. I'm not sure what the makers intent was, possible to hold candles (thanks to James at TheCavenderDiary.com, I now know it is an antique Mexican Sugar Mold that is often used with candles now)? As soon as we saw it, we knew it would look awesome in my house. We bought it for $4. It needed some work, so I got out my sanding block and went to town. Then I wiped it down and re-stained it with a wax stain I had on hand. It really brought out the character of the wood and added depth to it if that makes sense.
I knew I wanted succulents in each of Read more [...]
I've been kind of obsessed with chalk board signs lately (check out my Pinterest board). While creating a gallery wall in my entry, I decided to add a large chalkboard that I have. I wanted to create a temporary piece of art for the summer in black and white to match the gallery (I posted about the gallery wall HERE). First I gathered the necessary supplies: paper towels, chalk, Q Tips, and Aqua Net (also needed but not pictured: ruler, tape measure, and level). Then I measured the board and created a layout that I liked. About the beachy layout: I love the art (by Katie Daisy) with the quote "I long for Salt Air in my hair", we take a road trip from UT to Laguna Beach every summer, and we love to sit on the sand or surf in the ocean as a family.
I added an orange grid and printed off the template.
With a Read more [...]
Last weekend was spring break for our kids. We dropped them off at their grandparents home for a few days of fun for them, and relaxation and shopping for my husband and I. It started with some antiquing and then a trip to a beautiful new shopping center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. City Creek has been under construction for quite some time and I couldn't wait to see it. They had a beautiful new Restoration Hardware store that I couldn't wait to check out. It was amazing, a huge store with several rooms, each presenting a different line of furniture. I had recently received my HUGE catalog and enjoyed looking through it, but the deconstructed furniture line looked even more impressive in person. It is made to look like each piece is in the middle of construction.
Unfortunately the price tags Read more [...]