DIY: A Full Bouquet

Bouquet

With Spring in the air, I’ve been loving all of the flowers that are blooming in my backyard, and on the streets around me. Since not ever flower in my backyard has bloomed yet, I purchased some beautiful pink roses and made a nice bouquet for my night table. Here’s how I did it!

Step 1: Pick your favorite flowers and vase. I personally love roses and glass vases, but that’s just me.

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Step 2: Prep the flowers by cutting them at an angle under running water. You want to cut about the same amount off each stem to ensure that they’re the same height. Bonus points if your nail polish matches the flowers!

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Step 3: Add water to the vase. You don’t want to fill it up to the very brim, but rather just under ¾ of the way.

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Step 4: Add flowers to the outer corners of the vase.

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Step 5: Fill in the center of the vase with the rest of the flowers.

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Step 6: Display and enjoy!

Wish List: Painted Floors

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I can’t imagine I’m alone in this, so I’m going to come right out and say it; I hate the feeling of walking into a house or a room and not seeing a single quirky item or design choice that shows off the personality of the owner. Whether it’s a crooked piece of art, a bowl of m&m’s, or a chalkboard wall filled with funny sayings, it’s incredibly refreshing to find a bit of life in an otherwise boring room.

Although painted floors are an extremely daring way to express your personality or character, the design statement they create is remarkable. From checkered patterns to rustic white wood panels, I love the way painted floors can transform a space from a house into a home.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Tricks of the Trade: Tupperware

Tupperware

It’s easy to throw items in a cabinet and forget about them the second the door seals. Tupperware is, without a doubt, one of those items that ends up in the cabinet or drawer mindlessly, often with the lid winding up on another end of this same cabinet or drawer, never to be found again. But wouldn’t it be easier if we could find the exact tupperware size we needed and just as readily find its corresponding top? I think I see you nodding away.

I must admit, tupperware is not an easy item to organize, as it’s almost like putting puzzle pieces together. Because it’s challenging and well, a pain in the you know what, let’s break it down and conquer it! I don’t know about you, but tupperware most certainly will not take over my life. No way, no how.

Before:

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First things first, you need to take all of your tupperware and lay it across your counter top or kitchen table. Things are going to get messy but you need to trust me on this one. Once all of your tupperware is splayed out, you can really see what you have. Maybe you have some horrendously stained ones (I won’t tell anyone!), and those can go straight in the trash. Maybe you have some cracked ones. Making these initial eliminations will only make things more manageable.

Now that you have a clean slate, it’s time to group like-items together and see what you can do in terms of stacking. For instance, take the large, round tupperware and try to stack them with the biggest lid on bottom and smaller lids on top. Repeat for every shape and size that you have until you have organized groups lined across the counter top.

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With all of these adorable tupperware groups, you can now begin placing them back into your cabinet or drawer. My cabinet has three shelves, the highest of which is pretty hard for me to reach, so I chose to put the largest tupperware items up there since I really only reach for these to store Thanksgiving leftovers. Do what makes sense for you!

Not only will this process help you the next time you’re making lunch for work or putting away leftovers, but it will also show you what you have and make putting the pieces together later a breeze.

After:

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23!

Birthday

The Organizing Queen celebrated her birthday this weekend! And yes, I do frequently refer to myself by that title. It was a beautiful day filled with great weather, lovely friends and family, and delicious food. See for yourself and tell me you don’t want to run down to Shutters On The Beach immediately after.

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(Pan)cake for the birthday girl.

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Wishing for pups, peonies, and perfectly organized closets.

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A+ beach weather.

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Beautiful table setting at The Ivy.