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Organize With This: Beds That Store More!

Do you ever wish that you had more storage? I think we all have at some point in time as having proper storage typically relates to a clean and orderly space. Home storage closets and cabinets are commonly referred to as “prime real estate”. It can feel unfortunate when your home doesn’t boast the amount of storage you are after, but the bright side is that just about any piece of furniture can be altered to pack quite a bit of storage punch.

The bedroom is one area of the home that can often times be limiting in the storage department. Clothing, linens, pillows, seasonal items, shoes and books are just a select number of the items that are generally living inside of bedroom closets and wardrobes. If your bedroom doesn’t offer the amount of built-in storage you are after, there are many exciting ways that you can modify your bed to achieve maximum bedroom organization. Here are a few examples of how your existing bed can store more!

1. Bookcases

Bookcase Headboard

By lining the wall behind the bed with a row of bookcases, you are making the most of the vertical space and dramatically increasing storage for books, baskets and treasures. The shelving can also double as a nightstand in rooms that are too narrow to accommodate the extra furniture.


2. Floating Shelves

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Another option is to stretch a piece of shelving from wall-to-wall to create modern and simplified “built-in” storage. This option also doubles as a place to set a glass of water and your favorite bedtime reading material.

3. Built-In Bed

Built-In Headboard

Modular storage units can be pieced together around the perimeter of the headboard to create a custom wall of built-ins. The image above incorporated the nightstands right into the design which really makes the most of the wall space. To go the extra mile, consider lining the bookcases with a decorative paper or fabric and capping the furniture with a piece of decorative crown moulding.

4. Create a Closet

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Apartments and homes that don’t offer any type of closet space in the bedroom can be especially tricky. How about framing out the bed with a custom wardrobe? By placing the nightstands and bed on rolling casters, you can provide easier access to the clothing and accessories being stored behind the bed. This is a prime solution to fitting an entire bedroom on a single wall.

5. Divide & Conquer

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It is a headboard in the front and a clothing closet in the back! Such a sweet and simple solution to not only act as a beautiful room divider, but to also provide concealed wardrobe organization in a studio space.

6. Under-Bed Drawers

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As important as it is to utilize the vertical space in the bedroom, it is equally as important to make the most of the space below the bed. There are a variety of options for adding drawers under a bed; casters can be added to crates or old dresser drawers or the drawers can be built right into the bed frame for a seamless look. Under-bed drawers are ideal for stashing away bulky bed linens and off-season clothing.


7. Basket Case

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Not only do over-sized baskets provide a bounty of concealed underbed storage, they also give the room decorative character.

8. Under-Bed Storage Bins

Rolling Underbed Storage

The easiest way to utilize the area under the bed is with rolling totes that are designed specifically for under-bed organization. These bins are lightweight, compact, roll, are easy-to-clean and are readily available at most home department stores. You can really maximize their storage capacity by pairing them with expandable drawer organizers.


What is your favorite way to create bedroom storage where there once was none?


Orange Crushing

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Have you picked up your August BHG?? We are seriously crushing on the color orange. This color is so good and so versatile we thought it would be fun to do a little encore for you here! Look at the warmth created in this space!! Don’t you want to snuggle up with a good book in this room?! This is the perfect example of how to experiment with a bold color – start with textiles. Adding a throw blanket and pillows are both great low commitment, low cost ways to try a new color.

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Ready to jump right in the deep end? Loving this rich saturated wall. It creates a great focal point in the room and the added architectural detail give the wall some nice dimension. This is a great way to totally change the look of the room and a realistic doable weekend project. If this feels like a big risk, always remember it is just paint! If you don’t like it or when you are ready for a change it is easy to update. You will never know how amazing it will be until you just go for it! :-)

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If neutral living is your thing, this is such a great way to interject a little energy into your space. Wall art is a funny way to express a little color personality! If you love to DIY, find these letters at your local craft store and paint in your favorite shade of orange.

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Pastel perfection – that’s what I will call this sweet little retreat. Orange is great because it is so very accomodating! While it shines as a high impact and energy addition to any space, it can also be quite calming in its pastel form. Think quiet morning sunrise. The right orange can really help to bring some sweet serenity into your life.

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10 Ways to Update Old Picture Frames

I always seem to have one too many frames. Whether they’re on sale at Target or marked with a 50 cent sticker at a garage sale, for some reason I continually feel the need to purchase more and more picture frames. Maybe it’s an addiction…who knows?

If you’re like me and have 10+ picture frames laying around the house at any given time, it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to the forgotten frames bought at a thrift store far, far away and say hello to refreshing DIY projects of the here and now.

 

Little Inspiration gives her favorite Instagram photos a more permanent home with an old frame, floral wire, clips and a glue stick.

 

Don’t throw out the old, rusty silverware just yet! Instead, repurpose it with white spray paint. Spunky Junky shows us how to transform ordinary silverware into one-of-a-kind artwork with frames and upholstery (found at a thrift store btw).

 

While They Snooze transforms cheap-looking file cabinets into personalized (and more expensive!) cabinetry. You’re only a fresh set of hardware and a few white frames away!

 

Save money on paper by making your own dry erase board out of an 8 x 10 picture frame, scotch expressions masking tape and a white piece of cardstock. Two Twenty One shows us how it’s done.

 

One-of-a-kind artwork doesn’t have to break the bank! Apartment Therapy creates something exciting and new out of an ordinary piece of thrift store art by dipping its canvas and frame in paint.

 

Learn how to make your own pin cushion with Craftaholics Anonymous‘ easy tutorial! All you need is a frame, paint, fabric and batting.

 

Who says that picture frames belong on the wall? Instead, use them as magnets on your refrigerator for chore lists, weekly schedules, the kids’ artwork and more! Props to Vintage Glamorous for the idea.

Oh Crafts serves desserts on recycled frames. Convert any old frame into a tray like Lindy’s with a coat of spray paint and textured paper placed between the frame and glass.

 

Provide function for frames and style for shelves by combining the two. See Shanty Chic for a quick and easy tutorial.

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Frames are fun! You’ll be surprised at all the cool things you can do.


15 Small Baby Room Solutions

15 Small Baby Room Solutions

Trend: 15 Small Baby Room Solutions

Back in May my husband and I got a bit of a surprise, we’re expecting our second child! We are beyond thrilled and can’t wait to bring this little love into the world, but we are also realizing that we don’t actually have anywhere to put this new baby. Whoops! Our home is 950 square feet and has exactly 2 small bedrooms. Our first daughter is 5 years old and we feel bad putting a little baby into her room, so we came up with an idea: we will turn our tiny kitchen nook into the smallest of bedrooms, ever. It’s so small, but perfect for a little baby/little kid. We just need to build a wall and door, and we are done.

Since this room is so small my husband and I will need to get a bit creative with how we arrange the room and what we put in it. Below you’ll find 15 Small Baby Room Solutions that have really inspired me to get started on my little baby’s room. Enjoy!

Closets turned into baby rooms:

1) This is inspiring. This 25 square foot closet was turned into the perfect little baby nook. Talk about using the space you have, from Apartment Therapy.

This is inspiring. This 25 square foot closet was turned into the perfect little baby nook. Talk about using the space you have, from Apartment Therapy.

2) I’ve been admiring this little crib in a closet space for years now. So lovely, from Apartment Therapy.

I've been admiring this little crib in a closet space for years now. So lovely, from Apartment Therapy.

3) If your closet isn’t long enough for a full size crib, buy a mini crib for your small closet, from Lovely Morning.

If your closet isn't long enough for a full size crib, buy a mini crib for your small closet, from Lovely Morning.

Shared rooms:

4) This shared bedroom is so lovely and Melissa shares where most of these items came from (if they were DIY or purchased), from Melissa Esplin.

This shared bedroom is so lovely and Melissa shares where most of these items came from (if they were DIY or purchased), from Melissa Esplin.

5) This shared space is so simple and lovely, from Bleubird.

This shared space is so simple and lovely, from Bleubird.

6) I love almost anything Joni does, but this small shared baby and kid room is the best, from Lay Baby Lay.

I love almost anything Joni does, but this small shared baby and kid room is the best, from Lay Baby Lay.

Closet solutions:

7) This open closet set up is lovely and perfect for a small space nursery, from Project Nursery.

This open closet set up is lovely and perfect for a small space nursery, from Project Nursery.

8) Use all the space in your closet with hanging shelves on the back of the doors, from The Avid Appetite.

Use all the space in your closet with hanging shelves on the back of the doors, from The Avid Appetite.

9) Maximize your closet space by installing cubbies and drawers, from Project Nursery.

Maximize your closet space by installing cubbies and drawers, from Project Nursery.

Diaper storage:

10) Turn a small closet space into the whole diaper changing space, along with other baby storage, from BHG.

Turn a small closet space into the whole diaper changing space, along with other baby storage, from BHG.

11) This changing table is actually a rolling tool cart… so cool. Just roll this thing around as you need it, from Apartment Therapy.

This changing table is actually a rolling tool cart… so cool. Just roll this thing around as you need it, from Apartment Therapy.

12) When you have a baby there are diapers EVERYwhere. I love this Ikea wall shelf turned diaper storage, from Our Dream Foreclosure.

When you have a baby there are diapers EVERYwhere. I love this ikea wall shelf turned diaper storage, from Our Dream Foreclosure.

Storage:

13) Add wheels to some old drawers and they can sit under the crib full of toys, from Oleander and Palm.

Add wheels to some old drawers and they can sit under the crib full of toys, from Oleander and Palm.

14) Use removable baskets to organize your baby’s dresser drawers, from I Heart Organizing.

Use removable baskets to organize your baby's dresser drawers, from I Heart Organizing.

15) Make these small space wall bookshelves for under $30, from Just a Girl Blog.

Make this small space wall bookshelves for under $30, from Just a Girl Blog.

I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: Lay Baby Lay, Apartment Therapy, and Project Nursery.


Patterned accessories for entertaining

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Summer is in full swing. There are many lovely long summer nights filled with cocktails and good company still ahead. In that spirit these are some of my favorite finds for infusing a little pattern into your summer celebrations. I love these pieces because they can fit so well into your existing accessories. Something as simple as a pretty patterned pitcher like this one found on Waiting On Martha is the perfect way to add a festive feeling to you table while also creating layering, depth and interest. When you are ready to take the party outside and play en plein air (as you should every single minute you can!) this blue and white picnic blanket is the perfect patterned base for creating colorful memories. Bonus – it is waterproof! I just love how simple touches of pattern can really transform the look and feel of your space. Playing with pattern in these small doses with fun accessories is a great way to experiment with low commitment.

Patterned accessories for fall

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On the flip side of the coin – maybe your are the planner. For you the Fourth marks the time to start planning for fall! It is hard not to get into the swing of things really with all those yummy cozy fall floor sets are landing at all your favorite furniture retailers. If you are in this camp, here are a few patterned delights to get you inspired for the golden fall days ahead. First of all, can we talk about this lamp? This is just pure sassy chic fun! It would be the cherry on top in a dressing room, or a fun femenine desk. I can see this little charmer moving around the house from vignette to vignette for years to come.

Throw pillow are always the instant go to for changing things up from season to season. Consider thinking this way about rugs as well. They are a fantastic way to infuse great color and pattern into your space especially if you have kept your investment pieces (like your sofa and chairs) neutral. Check out places like Joss and Main, Overstock.com, and Hayneedle to find great options at affordable pricing.


Vintage Living: White Wall Ideas

Vintage Living-White Wall Ideas

White walls have made a huge comeback and they aren’t just for people who can’t commit to color anymore. White walls set a calm, uncomplicated backdrop for any design aesthetic and makes for a real style statement. I have been wanting to make the jump myself, but like most trends, I like to see how it sits with me for a while before I fully commit. After sitting for a few months on this fresh perspective, I am slowly making some changes. Whether you paint an entire room white or just a focal wall, it is a welcome change that feels bright & cheerful. It’s often those simple changes, that give us a renewed sense of love for our homes & spaces. Being a visual person myself, I thought I would share some of my favorite white spaces, that will inspire you to see color in a whole new light.

Layering white walls with a contrasting wall makes a bold statement and still gives a sense of renewel. Adding in vintage finds, with warm patinas also compliments this color palette.

White Walls-Lighting designer Michelle James' 1890s brownstone in Brooklyn

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Using warm, earthy tones against more white, with pops of color & pattern creates a cozy retreat that is both inviting and stylish. I can’t help but love this buffalo art set against this crisp backdrop, it really showcases this statement piece.

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White walls will flatter any color scheme. Layering neutrals, with warm wood tones will compliment the white and give a fresh farmhouse feel.

White Walls-Cozy Cute Cottage

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White Walls Primitive & Proper Dining Room

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Using white, with pops of bold color and pattern is also visually appealing and makes a big statement. Even when using bright color choices, you can see how different styles also work seamlessly with this fresh hue.

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You can also curate your own gallery wall, set against white it offers a fresh perspective that expresses originality. Combine that with some vintage accents, like this sliding barn door and it can highlight your personal style in a whole new way.

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Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Have a beautiful week,

 

Jen-City Farmhouse

 


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