Jen Jones

Organize This: Budget Busting Pantry!

Proper pantry organization can impact the functionality of the entire kitchen.  The pantry is important for storing our daily nutrients, and keeping it organized will ensure meal time goes off without a hitch.  Organizing the pantry can also assist with meal planning and grocery shopping, proper food storage and quick access to the items used most frequently.

What is better than an organized pantry?  An organized pantry on a budget!  The pantry above is quite effective, and many of the items purchased or used were found on the cheap.  Let’s take a closer look.

 

 

  1. Use cork tiles on the inside of the pantry door to pin up favorite recipes.
  2. Store dry goods in clear, air-tight storage containers to extend the food’s life and freshness factor.
  3. Shelf risers allow you to double your shelving space.
  4. Tiered shelf risers are great for allowing you to see jars, cans and spices that are stored towards the back of the pantry.
  5. Attaching a clipboard to the inside of the pantry door provides a space for a grocery list.  When something runs out, just pop it on the list and always be ready for shopping day!
  6. Simple clothespins work great as bag clips.
  7. Installing drawers in a pantry is always a great solution for ensuring nothing is lost in the back.  However, custom wooden options can be quite pricey.  Inexpensive storage bins can act as a sliding drawer, allowing you to store like items together, while still offering the pull out functionality that we all love.
  8. Lazy susans are fantastic for corralling smaller jars and bottles.  A quick spin and you can see all of your products in a jif!
  9. Shelf baskets clip onto shelves, giving you extra vertical storage where there once was none.
  10. Clear cereal containers allow you to quickly see what is remaining before heading to the grocery store, while preserving the freshness of the cereal for longer periods of time.

 

And a few bonus budget busting tips:

 

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When it comes to wire pantry shelves, cut foam board (found at the dollar store) to the size of your shelves and cover it with shelf liner.  This is an inexpensive way to ensure nothing falls through those wire grates and provides a streamlined appearance.

 

 

Use mason jars as inexpensive food storage.  And you can never go wrong with making your own labels!

 

 

Magazine files work great for corralling recipes, magazines and cookbooks.

 

 

cork tiles / lazy susan / shelf basket / labels / shelf liner / shelf riser / magazine file / clothespins / tiered riser / food storage

 

 

New Kitchen Storage Ideas


BHG Guest Blogger

Before & After: Vintage Modern Rustic Kitchen

Hi, y’all! My name is Jenna and I write the home decor, DIY, and craft blog, Rain on a Tin Roof. Besides loving all things home related, I also have an infinite love for good country music and 80′s rock. If I’m not attempting to keep the kid from doing acrobatic moves off the dining room table, I can usually be found painting something either navy, red, or kelly green. My style is mostly a combination of vintage, modern, and rustic elements, with a touch of fun thrown in here and there.

I recently had the honor of having my kitchen featured in Better Homes & Gardens I Did It section – a real life dream come true. Today, I thought I would share some details of the kitchen renovation.

In 2011, my husband and I purchased a 1960s brick rancher, that also happened to be a foreclosure, but was in our perfect neighborhood. We had to tour it with flashlights – the electricity wasn’t turned on and neither was the water. My mother-in-law cried when she saw it and really I can’t blame her. She was quite certain that us selling our brand new construction house to move into a not-so-sure-what-works brick rancher was the worst decision we could make. Luckily, as it turned out, there wasn’t much wrong with the rancher – it just needed some cosmetic updates.

At the top of the to-do list was the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation via RainonaTinRoof.com

Kitchen Renovation {rainonatinroof.com}

The first major thing we did in the kitchen was open up the walls between the kitchen and living room and kitchen and dining room. This created one large open main living area. We did call in pros for this one. One of the walls was load bearing, so we didn’t want to risk damaging the structure of our house.

Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

The kitchen cabinets were in good condition – they just didn’t look good. Instead of replacing them, I painted them white and replaced the hardware.

I wanted to go for marble on the countertops, but I knew I wouldn’t be committed enough to the upkeep they would require. Instead, we went with a white Silestone that has some gray in it to mimic marble.

For the backsplash, we went a classic white subway tile that wouldn’t easily date.

By knocking down the walls, it made room for an island, which is my favorite thing in the space.Before & After Kitchen via RainonaTinRoof.com

We built the island ourselves from salvaged porch columns and barn wood from my great grandfather’s barn. The bar stools add a fun pop of color to the space.

Another favorite, but small feature I love about the kitchen is our vintage locker basket shelving.

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We simply mounted the baskets to the wall and they have held up great – perfect for your favorite cookbooks.

The total cost of the renovation cost right around $3000. This included the walls, countertops – everything. We completed most of it over the course of two months, but it was fully done within six months.

You can see more of the kitchen renovation here or tour our entire renovated rancher here.

Thanks so much to BHG for the magazine feature and having me over today! I would love to have you stop by my blog sometime to say hello or connect with me on Facebook, InstagramPinterest or Twitter.


Rachel Shingleton

Get the look: kitchen banquettes

Last year we did a light makeover on our combined kitchen/family room which involved painting everything a glorious white and bringing in color through furniture and accessories. Our bright little breakfast nook in particular is one of my favorite corners of our home and the space we primarily eat in as a family. It’s the place where I tap away on my laptop in a pinch, and where my son does homework right after school. We’ve colored, crafted, and cooked all over this little corner and I have so many happy memories here.  We went with a vintage Saarinen-inspired tulip table which comfortably seats our four Tolix chairs. But there’s definitely still room for more seating, which is one of the best perks of a round table. There’s always room for someone else!  Which got me to thinking – what about doing a banquette against the window to offer more seating and a dash of drama to the room?

And inevitably I fell down the rabbit hole over on Pinterest

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While most people seem to go the built-in route, we probably wouldn’t be able to do a built-in due to the arrangement of the kitchen and the air conditioner vents. And to be honest, I’d prefer something a little more flexible (read: less permanent) like a long bench or upholstered piece of some kind.  In fact, this photo just below from BHG was one of my inspiration pics when I was designing the space. I LOVE that freestanding banquette!

How fun is this pair of whimsically upholstered banquettes in a clean, modern space?

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I think we definitely have the room to do something somewhat substantial, moreso than just a backless bench. I envision something cozy because despite how much I love the look of our red Tolix chairs, they do sit a little bit cold, especially in the dead of winter when you’re trying to wake up over that first cup of coffee.  I envision something cozy but practical. And fabric choice is obviously a huge consideration as we have little ones and would need it to be ultra durable – maybe a Sunbrella option would be best?

Overstock seems to have a lot of good options but with minimal fabric choices, and Ballard Designs has several different fabric options but is maybe a little more formal than I’d like to try.

Here are some of my top picks for what I’d put in the space. I really love the whimsy of that striped option.

one // two // three // four (easiest to clean?)

I’d love some input on this. What are your thoughts? Upholstery? No upholstery? Arms? No arms? The sky’s the limit, isn’t it?

 

Vintage-Inspired Farmhouse Kitchen


BHG Guest Blogger

Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips & Trends

Hi! I’m Julie Blanner & I was named Better Homes and Gardens Entertaining Blogger of the Year! I share effortless entertaining, home design & thoughtful gift ideas on my blog, julieblanner.com! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s not only okay to graze, but it’s encouraged. It’s where rustic & relaxed style are embraced & we take time to truly enjoy a great meal, family & friends. I enjoy creating a table setting that allows for great conversation & flexibility so that I can relax & enjoy dinner as well. Today I’m sharing my favorite tips, trends & finds for Thanksgiving entertaining!

Thanksgiving ideas

Choose some make ahead dishes:

Prepare side dishes & appetizers in advance, when possible, to eliminate stress once your guests arrive.

 

Don’t be afraid to mix metals:

One trend I’m obsessed with this year is copper! Copper mugs aren’t just for moscow mules. I’m serving apple cider with cinnamon sticks in them. I can’t get enough of gold flatware either!

Thanksgiving trend

Create your own centerpiece:

Use a bowl or platter to create a centerpiece in just a few minutes!

Thanksgiving table setting

Thanksgiving table setting

5 minute table runner | 5 minute apple & pear centerpiece | 5 minute gathered centerpiece

Preset the table:

Setting the table adds both ambience & convenience. Even if you’re serving buffet style, place napkins & silverware at each place setting. If you’re serving at the table, add appropriate plates. Always preset wine & water glasses to minimize your tasks as a host or hostess during dinner. Don’t be afraid to mix & match china & glassware.

 

Keep your guests entertained with activities:

Grant yourself time to put the finishing touches on the meal without stress, keeping your guests entertained with activities.

free printable thankful for cards

Free printable thankful for cards are a fun way to reflect on the year. Keep & share them after dinner!

Test your  family & friends knowledge with a free printable crossword puzzle

Kids & adults will all enjoy a Thanksgiving word search

free printable Thanksgiving activities

Create a self serve bar:

Create an environment where guests can serve themselves. Learn how to style a functional bar cart here.

Learn how to style a bar cart

This bar cart is affordable & beautiful!

 

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Relax & enjoy it!

Nothing puts your guests more at ease than making them feel welcome & seeing you enjoy the occasion as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Blanner


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Toy Bin Labels (with free printables)

DIY Toy Bin Labels

We are headed toward the Christmas season, and if you have a kiddo that means a lot of new goodies to lay around on their bedroom floor. Not this year! We have been making over our daughter’s room (I’ll share some photos when we are all done, it’s pretty cute), so we have a bunch of new containers for toy storage. To help her out I made these printable toy bin labels so she can easily find any toy she’s looking for, plus these labels make clean up easier.

Supplies needed to make these labels:

  • Toy containers
  • Free Printable Toy Label Frames (I made a few for you to print out for free, or you can make your own) Blank, One, Two, Three, Four, & Five
  • Paper to print the labels onto, or printable sticker sheets
  • Optional: laminating sheets, yarn, or double sided tape

Directions:

Step One: 

Click on these links: BlankOneTwoThreeFour, & Five. Then, right click + save the image to your computer. Note: I provided blank labels so you can make your own labels.

Step Two:

Decide what you want to do with your labels. Will they be stickers? Or, maybe you could print them onto paper and seal them with laminate sheets? You could also  just print them onto card stock paper and use some strong double sided tape to keep the label on. Another idea: take some photos of the toys, print them out, and add them to each label (makes it easier for kids that aren’t quite reading yet). 

 

Want some more ideas (or free printables) for toy organization? Check out these toy bin labels from around the web:

Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The bookcase is from Wayfair, storages boxes are from Ikea, and the ceramic rabbit is from Anthropolgie.

 

Must-Try Organizing Tricks


Khristian A. Howell

Color + Mood: Make Your Space Feel Warm and Cozy This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to make your space feel warm and cozy.  While it is cold outside we all love retreating to a place that is aglow with a toasty fire or candlelight.  We can’t wait to gather around the Thanksgiving table with yams and cranberry sauce.  Take these cues and fond memories as inspiration to use color to create this warm and cozy feeling.

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One of my favorite things about fall is the magic of watching the leaves change.  Use these gorgeous colors as inspiration to create a warm feeling in your space.  Stunning ochre, gold, burnt orange, and bordeaux all make great feature or accent colors when warming up a space.  Worried your room will become too dark and heavy?  Have no fear. You can create the feeling you are after even with warm white or winter white walls.  Add the color in the furnishings, throws, pillows, and even by changing to warmer bulbs in your lighting.

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My favorite way to create a cozy feeling in a space is to go really bold and super dark on the walls.  Not only will this daring choice make the room feel very current and super chic, but it will also give you that cozy feeling as you are wrapped in rich saturated color.  How dark you ask?  Why not black?  Yep, that’s right, black!  How do you keep the room from feeling like a cave, you ask?  First make sure you have a great light source.  Next balance things out with light furnishings and accent pieces.  If you are feeling super adventurous, this is the perfect time to splurge on that white couch you’ve been obsessing over!  Put the finishing touch on this designer cozy look with metallic accents.  Metallics will not only add a bit of glamorous shine to the room, but will also serve as reflective pieces that will help to keep light bouncing around the room.

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Next, pour a glass of egg nog or a hot toddy and celebrate the season!

 

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