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Every home needs a landing place – that spot for bags, keys, gardening shoes or sports equipment that really doesn’t have a spot anywhere else (and otherwise accumulates on your kitchen floor). It serves a different and far more functional purpose than your front entryway and needs to be able to take a beating on the regular. But even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, you can still integrate a few of these ideas into your own space.

Without a doubt, functional storage is the number one need in a mudroom. Whether it be hooks, a garment rack, individual cubbies, drawers, shelves or baskets, make a place for every member of the family to stash their stuff. I’m personally a fan of having lots of hooks as it’s super easy for small kids to hang up their own things.

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Speaking of smart storage, the mesh cabinet fronts are a clever way to keep stinky sports equipment (or shoes!) properly airing out even while staying stashed. Install some pretty sconces to add out-of-the-way lighting.

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Laura Burleson

I love how clean and modern this particular mudroom is. A double shoe rack on the bottom and individual cubbies clearly delineate each family member’s space. The flooring is easy to keep clean which is crucial — definitely avoid carpet or rugs that you can’t easily toss into the washing machine. Include a mat outside the door for everyone to wipe their shoes on as it will catch the majority of the dirt/sand/mud being tracked in.

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Consider adding a bench into your design to provide a place to sit down and remove those muddy boots. It’s easy to integrate drawers or additional storage underneath the bench.

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If you don’t like the idea of always looking at the mudroom clutter, consider putting doors on the front of the individual cubbies. This grey mudroom below feels organized merely because everything is hidden behind those doors! Remember how everyone was taking the cupboard doors off their kitchen cabinets a few years ago? Open cubbies can often function much like open kitchen cabinets with no doors; you’ll have to keep it shipshape at all times if you’re prone to anxiety over visual clutter.

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City Farmhouse

This may be my most favorite mudroom ever. The mudroom could be a fun place to experiment with interesting tile that you might not want to commit to in the rest of the house. And how about that incredible skylight?

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This Old House

I am so inspired by all of these gorgeous mudrooms – time to start getting organized before the schoolyear starts!


A party is never complete without the group photo. Many wonderful parties have been reminisced by looking at that group shot; the one with the partially empty pizza box on the table and the dirty dishes stacked up in the sink. Don’t let this image be the one to remind you of your awesome night. A lot of work — and fun — went into and came out of that event. Set up a DIY photo booth backdrop so that your future nostalgic moments can be remembered as awesome — not as a group of unfortunate photos.

1. Shiny Style

Pin up a stylish display of large, reflective sequins for a classy photo backdrop. The party resource blog Oh Happy Day found a beautiful use for for 60mm pailletes. Pick your pattern, straight, formal lines, or staggered, like here, which encourage movement. See how they did it here.

Image Via: Oh Happy Day

2. Chevron Sparkle

Jenni has your next bash covered. She’ll give you all the party tips and tricks you need for decor, but be sure to pay attention to her chevron fringe backdrop. Pick up a few packs of metallic fringe in your favorite colors, some scissors, and a roll of tape. You’ll create this glamorous backdrop in just a few minutes with help from her how-to guide.

Image Via: I Spy DIY

3. Strike a Pose

If you — or someone you know — is handy with power tools, this is the photo booth for you. A Flexible Life writer Jennifer Cario had this DIY photo booth prop wall created for her wedding. Think of all the fun poses you can create reaching through, standing behind, and posing in front of the wall.

Image Via: A Flexible Life

4. Balloon Backdrop

If you’re looking to save a buck and still create an exciting DIY background, try blowing up some colorful balloons, crafting some streamers, and tacking them to the wall and ceiling. Drew B of Mom*tog took her son’s birthday photo shoot with this fun backdrop she made out of rainbow balloons and construction paper.

Image Via: Mom*tog

5. Simple, Subtle Streamers

Looking for a subtle and beautiful background for you celebration? Try this DIY wax paper backdrop. Style Me Pretty writer Erin Lepperd got the scoop on the simple white streamer wall that went viral on Pinterest. Check out how the bride and her designer friend Katie M Kulper did it!

 

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6. Skip the Paint

There’s a good chance you can create this DIY colored fence photo booth with items you already have. Whimsy and Hope creator Sarah Halstead colored her backyard’s wood fence — not with paint — with sidewalk chalk to create this unique photo booth backdrop. Use your favorite colors, take your photos, then wash off the fence with a hose. Or wait for rain and let nature do the work later.

Image Via: Whimsy and Hope

7. Posh and No Frills

Chic, cute, and easy are just a few words to describe FP Jana’s minimalist DIY Party backdrop. Standing in front of these balloons for a photo will make you feel austere and lavish at the same time. Bonus money-saving tip: use rocks to weigh-down your helium balloons rather than shelling out for balloon weights.

Image Via: Free People

8. Geo Drop Cloth
Meg Keene, the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of A Practical Wedding, headed this funky project. Using acrylic paint and a heavy canvas drop cloth, Keene’s team created a beautifully geometric DIY photo backdrop. Pick paint colors to match your wedding, birthday, baby shower, bachelorette or whatever-other-reason party color scheme. And the best part? No sewing!

Image Via: A Practical Wedding

9. Learn from the Professionals

Though they have several other DIY photo booth concepts (check out the ombre- and tinsel-backdrop projects), the talent behind Lovely Indeed shows us the simplest DIY backdrop imaginable. Chelsea and husband Ryan use just a few colors of crepe-paper streamers and tape to make this DIY streamer backdrop. Cut, tape, repeat, repeat, repeat, done.

Image Via: Lovely Indeed

When your next get-together is near, get your DIY on, and prep the perfect space at your party — and everyone gather in!
Say “cheese!”
~Bri

Though it’s been several years, I’ve always really enjoyed a good camping trip. Sure, I’ve got an issue with bees, spiders, and *shivers* freaky centipedes, but, really, how many of us like those critters anyway? But camping can truly be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations you can take. Now that the trend toward glamping — that’s “glamorous camping” for you non-Pinteresty types — is reaching new heights, anyone heading out to be one with nature is trying to do so in the coolest, easiest, chicest, most hackable way possible. We’re here to help. Check out these 10 camping tips and tricks sure to exceed the usual camping standards.

1. #Adulting

The first issue you’ll face when choosing to camp for the first time in your adult life is, well, everything. What tools do I need? What food should I bring? How do you build a fire? How do you pitch a tent? Where do you even put the tent? Trail Sherpa was kind enough to compile a list of tips from their bloggers that answers these questions and many more. If you were unsure about shaking hands with Mother Nature, you won’t be after you read through the advice.

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2. Sip and Set

With the shortage of coffee tables you’ll have in the woods, you’ll need to be prepared with a place to set your beverage. Blogger Megan has the DIY solution for you. Her tutorial for this outdoor drink holder is a quick, fun project you can personalize. Use a different pattern for each member in your camping party.

Image via: Positively Splendid

3. Bright Bottles

Worried about tripping over your guylines and tent stakes while carrying the roasting sticks? Me too. Mike from Instructables relaxes our fears with these DIY tent stake markers. If you’re not interested in an adult beverage, glass soda bottles will do the same trick!

Image via: Instructables

4. Floor Foam

Ever make it through the night in a tent with your air mattress still full in the morning? If you have, you’re one of the few. Prevent the pain of might-as-well-have-slept-in-the-dirt bed-deflate with this clever idea from Tiffany’s blog, A Little Campy. She lines the floor of her tent with huge, interlocking foam tiles. This gives support beneath the mattress pad and also lets you walk around your tent barefoot without worrying what might be beneath the canvas.

Image via: A Little Campy

5. Fashion-Forward Hiking

Hiking just got easier — and more beautiful. Spend time with friends or the kids making an afternoon craft for the next morning’s hike. Christine shows us how she created these DIY painted walking sticks with her daughter over at her blog The DIY Dreamer. Be sure to give these beauties a decoupage finish to ensure a lasting paint job.

Image via: The DIY Dreamer

6. Prepared and Planned

Meal prep at it’s finest, Mean Mommy Academy creator Sarah has a plan for your meal plan. You can download a template for free at her blogspot. Print one for each day of the trip; it will help you figure out not only what ingredients you’ll need per meal, but also what groceries to buy, what tools to pack, and even reminders for the day’s activities and what fun things you’ll need to bring for those as well.

Image via: Mean Mommy Academy

7. Portable Kitchen Cabinet

Keep your campsite kitchen in order with a rolling drawer set. All of Melissa’s favorite camping cookwear fits neatly into these four drawers and moves easily from car to campfire. See how she and her husband made this rolling cart chuck box over at her blog, Finally-Forever.

Image via: Finally-Forever

8. All Within Reach

Hanging shoe racks have become one of the most multipurpose items in home goods. Lifehacker Alan Henry put his to good use with this DIY camping kitchen organizer. Alan picked the plastic variety for it’s durability and water resistance. Hang from bungee cords on an awning or as a personal items organizer inside the tent.

Image via: LifeHacker

9. With all these hacks, you’ll have plenty of time to lounge for a bit during your glamping experience. Take a peek at how the gals from Spell Designs created this beautiful boho glamping site. Most items were from around the house and easy for two people to set up.

Image via: Spell Designs

10. Northstory creator Alex made these cute magnetic invites for her daughter’s birthday party. As you plan your next camping trip, send these cute invites out to your friends. You can all connect with nature together.

Image via: northstory

Now that you’re ready to get your glamp on, what project are you going to do first? Do you have any other great camping tips and tricks? Let me know all about it!

Until then,

~Bri

 


Storage caddies are a daily sanity saver in our home. Not only do they work great for corralling items with similar functions, they are also a breeze to tote from location to location. And with a busy family of five to care for, I am all about anything that makes our life easier.

I utilize caddies in almost every room; each for completely different functions and purposes. Although caddies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, no two options are created equal. When selecting caddies for your storage needs, it is important to consider their ultimate function. For example, if you are looking for a way to store your cleaning supplies, you will want to use a caddy that is lightweight and washable (bottles of cleaning solutions and tools can quickly become heavy, they also have a tendency to leak). Also, if you are having a hard time tracking down a caddy with specific compartment sizes, consider using an open caddy that can be paired with jars and other organizers to fit your desired requirements.

Because I am such a huge fan of these little workhorses, I thought I would share a few of my favorite time and sanity saving uses for caddies.

CLEANING CADDY

Cleaning Caddy

If I could only have one caddy in my life, it would be this one. I get into a groove while cleaning from room to room, so taking multiple trips back to a cleaning closet or cabinet would only slow me down. By putting together a cleaning kit containing my favorite cleaners, rags/wipes, a duster and gloves, I am able to work continuously throughout our home in half of the time.

AUTOMOTIVE CADDY

Automotive Caddy

Just as a cleaning caddy assists in the maintenance of our home, and automotive caddy can have the same positive impact on our transportation. Load up a durable bin with your favorite car care components; wash, wax, duster, scrubbers, glass cleaner and a few air fresheners, and keep it stored on a shelf in the garage.

TOOL CADDY

Tool Caddy

Although we love big DIY projects, daily life always calls for quick tune-ups and small home maintenance tasks. We keep a small caddy on hand to act as a mini toolbox. Inside we store everything we reach for frequently, including safety glasses, wrench, pliers, utility knife, tape measure, small hammer, painter’s tape, wood glue and picture hanging hardware.

GARDEN CADDY

Garden Caddy

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Let’s head outdoors for a moment, and take a pre-filled caddy with us as we check out the garden. Everything from snips and twine to plant food packets and small potting tools will help your garden flourish.

CRAFT CADDY

Craft Caddy

Now that our boys are older, I encourage impromptu crafting sessions in many areas of our home. A utensil caddy is a great way to keep crayons, markers, glues, paints and glitter corralled and accessible. For adults, swap a few supplies for pens, a notepad, calculator, envelopes and paperclips, and you have yourself the perfect bill paying caddy.

DIAPER CADDY

Diaper Caddy

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Prior to needing a craft caddy for our boys, diaper caddies could be found on both levels of our home. Once stocked with lotions, wipes, diapers, sanitizer and a changing pad, they become a little nursery-on-the-go.

FIRST AID CADDY

First Aid Caddy

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Accidents never seem to happen near the first aid cabinet; however, a pre-stocked caddy will ensure you are able to tend to wounds quickly in an accommodating area of the home. They also make it easy to be prepared when heading to the ballpark, pool and playground. Not feeling well? Put together a cold and flu caddy with medication, a thermometer, cough drops, sanitizer and tissues, to ensure you are comfortable wherever you decide to snuggle in.

TOILETRY CADDY

Toiletry Caddy

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Although toiletry caddies are generally used by college students with shared showering facilities, they are my favorite solution for small bathrooms with limited storage space. Just fill a waterproof caddy with your daily essentials and hair care tools and pop it on a hook behind the door, no shelves or cabinets necessary.

PET CARE

Pet Caddy

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We have a few puppies to care for, and have found a single caddy to be a wonderful solution for staying on top of their grooming needs. Inside I store nail clippers, brushes, shampoo, ear cleaner and dental care items.

ENTERTAINING CADDY

Entertaining Caddy

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Many caddies on the market are designed for holding cutlery, so I am sure to put them to good use. In a dining room cabinet, I keep a couple of caddies stocked with outdoor entertaining utensils, napkins and dishes, as well as party decorations, balloons, hats and goodie sacks. I love that I can entertain at the last minute and just pull out our caddies without too much thought or effort (allowing me to focus on my time with our guests).

Now that I have shared my favorites, I would love to hear how you utilize caddies to simplify areas of your home and life. Are there anymore I should add to my list?


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The number one question I’ve been asked is what my favorite white paint colors are. Whites can run the gamut of colors. There are warm whites, cool whites, and true bright whites. There are no hard and fast rules on what is a right white; it truly boils down to what looks best in your space.

No matter what line you go with you are bound to find some great options to fit your budget. I’m a Benjamin Moore fan, but you can find some great options at Sherwin Williams, Farrow & Ball, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. (I’m still in mourning over the loss of Martha Stewart’s paint line at Home Depot (RIP!) and I used her Heavy Cream color a lot. It worked so beautifully in pretty much any interior.) I highly recommend grabbing a fan deck of whichever line you prefer to keep on hand. I have a few different fan decks of Benjamin Moore’s; it’s easy to pop it open and survey all the different color options. Most of the time I like to choose one that has a little ivory to it, but it always depends on how much natural light the room gets.

A FEW TIPS:

  • ALWAYS paint a few swatches on each and every wall in the room you’re going to paint. You can never go by just a paper swatch as the paint will react differently to the surface it’s being painted on in addition to the light the room receives throughout the day.
  • Choose at least 3 samples to test out, but ideally closer to 5. One will almost always be immediately ruled out.
  • Look at your paint samples in different lights: morning, afternoon, evening, and with your overhead lights on.

Ok, on to my favorites!

Favorite cool white: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. A cool white can be a little bit sterile unless you get a ton of natural sunlight which will warm it up. We used this in our entire lake house and because of all our windows and high ceilings, it feels airy and loftlike. Great for kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms, trim, etc.

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Benjamin Moore decorator's white - favorite white paint colors - shiplap - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Favorite warm white: Benjamin Moore China White. This one is almost always a win-win. It’s creamy but can skew pretty bright in a well-lit room. We used it in our master bedroom and a few other corners of our house.

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Blue and aqua pop beautifully against it and warm metallics are also a great match.pencil shavings studio bedroom minted-6

Favorite grey white: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. I LOVE the undertones to this white. It is oh-so chic.

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Favorite mix-well-with-other-colors white: Benjamin Moore Steam. We used this on our kitchen cabinetry and family room. It’s part of the Affinity collection which means that you can pick any color from the 144 options and know that they’ll coordinate together.

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I’m not the only one w/ strong opinions on favorite whites:

A Beautiful Mess

The Decorologist

Amber Interiors

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A bedroom is never truly complete until the headboard is in place. Often the focal point of the room, retailers ask big bucks for this single piece of furniture. But don’t bother turning your pockets inside out for this statement piece just yet. Here at BHG we like to save a dollar where we can, too. Check out this awesome list of DIY headboards and headboard alternatives that will give your bedroom the finished look you’ve been searching for — without the big dollar signs!

1. Wordy Wall

This DIY book headboard is perfect for all the literary fans out there. Design Every Day creator Kassandra made this wordy focal piece with plywood, nails, tape, and old thrift store books. She completes the look with a vintage hanging lamp.

 

Photo via: Design Every Day

2. Fab Refurb

Serena Appiah understands how to pay a little and get a lot. She painted and reupholstered this vintage DIY headboard over on her site, Thrift Diving. This beautiful headboard, Serena suggests, could also be used as a dining room bench backrest.

Photo via: Thrift Diving

3. Double Drapery

This bed canopy is soft, romantic, flowy, and — added bonus — it involves no sewing. Teryn Yancey, of Vintage Romance Style, created this dramatic DIY bed canopy out of curtain rods, chandelier swags, ribbon, and two tablecloths. Held together with hot glue, this faux headboard is sure to draw attention.

Photo via: Vintage Romance Style

4. Headboard or Footboard?

Moroccan-theme headboards can fall into the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. Don’t shell out the dough until you’ve searched for Moroccan…doormats? That’s what Kara Paslay did! She spent under $100 and made her very own, very trendy DIY West Elm Morocco headboard look-alike.

Photo via: Kara Paslay Designs

5. Upholstered Upcycle

Speaking of unique repurposing, who knew that an old door could make a perfect headboard? Rachael Ranney shows us how to make this upcycled upholstered headboard from a door in her video-and-photo tutorial on Buildipedia’s blog. Story here? Salvage old furniture and your room could look this good, too.

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6. Nightlight, Better Built

DIY this fun marquee-inspired headboard with help from Emma Chapman’s step-by-step guide on A Beautiful Mess. She and her sister created the headboard for a guestroom, but a piece like this could also look great in a kids’ room and double as a nightlight.

Photo via: A Beautiful Mess

7. Hunted Happiness

The Hunted Interior’s Kristin Jackson created this DIY headboard from scratch with her husband. Together they formed and built the backboard, filled with foamed and batted the front, upholstered (and problem solved) the unique shape, and perfected the project with nailhead trim. See how they made this top-notch piece in Kristin’s step-by-step tutorial.

Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Foam Faux Tile = Fauxm Headboard

Feel like there’s not enough time to make these neat projects? Courtney can show you how to create a stylish DIY headboard in just 20 minutes. Check out this fun project over at her blog, Sweet C’s, and see what you can make with just a little paint and a few foam tiles.

Photo via: Sweet C’s Designs

9. Maybe a Mountainscape?

Who needs any kind of headboard when this beautiful landscape is behind their pillows? Artist Pam Lostracco shows us on her blog how she painted her bedroom wall into a beautiful mountain mural rather than adding a headboard. The effect is stunning.

Photo via: Pam Lostracco

These DIY’s are not only lovely, they’ll save you a pretty penny too! If you’re looking to update the look of your bedroom soon, I hope you’ve found some inspiration here from these brilliant blogger ideas. In the meantime, keep DIYing, and let me know how your projects go!

Until then,

~Bri


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