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It’s a new year, and with the holidays behind us now, most of the decor is put away. Everybody has organization on the brain and I’ve started mentally planning out a few projects I want to tackle over the next few months. Sometimes the itch comes along for something new — a new piece of furniture, a new style, or maybe an entirely new house(!). And frankly, that isn’t the best feeling, is it? It’s easy to let discontentment start to simmer when the Internet and bookstores are full of images of perfect spaces. I completely understand the feeling of being tired or uninspired by your current space and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a fresh outlook! So what’s a budget-conscious girl to do? Time to get creative, my friend.

REARRANGE

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Rearranging is my favorite way to get an entirely new look without spending a dime. Try your existing furniture in different configurations or in different rooms. In our house, I pulled a vintage wing chair into the dining room as a dramatic head-of-the-table focal point, and I love the visual impact it makes. I especially love the idea of breathing new life into unused corners of your home. Make a library out of your never-used dining room or put a desk in the window of your formal living room.

CLUTTER CLEAN-OUT

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Time to get ruthless with the junk. No less than four bags full of toys and clothes that no longer fit my kiddos went away to Goodwill before Christmas, but it feels like we might need another little purge again soon. Get two trash bags in hand and ruthlessly purge. Trash goes in one bag and donations go into the other. If you lose momentum before you can get those bags of donations dropped off, check in your community to see if any charities offer donation pick-up services. Busy moms will especially appreciate being able to schedule it online.

PAINT SOMETHING

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Want a fresh new spin on your current space without a huge financial investment? Paint is your new BFF. Over the holidays, I painted our lake house’s master bedroom a deep, rich navy blue and it immediately felt like a new room without having to change a single piece of furniture. Paint is inexpensive and simple, plus it’s a great way to test out a trend without committing to new upholstery. Sample a few different colors before choosing a hue; try something moody and dark like a masculine hunter green, or go soft and soothing with a pale blush.

INVITE A DECOR-SAVVY FRIEND OVER

Sometimes it’s fun to see how other people would live in your space. Invite a friend whose style you admire over to have coffee and get a fresh pair of eyeballs on your least favorite room. What would he or she do differently? Maybe there’s a solution lurking that you hadn’t yet thought about. I’ve really enjoyed hearing other creative friends’ perspectives on how they would use a room and there’s usually a new idea to take away.

Happy New Year! Hop over and tell me in the comments what you do to give your space a new look on a budget!


As temperatures drop, snow is on the minds of those of us in colder climates. It can decrease visibility, shut down roads, and keep kids home from school. When that happens, they’re inside all day long. But don’t panic! We’ve rounded up a list of snow day crafts and activities to keep them from going stir-crazy and keep you from losing your sanity.

1. Easy Tissue Transfer Art

Easy art doesn’t always equal beautiful art, but this project is definitely an exception. Using just water, canvas, and colored tissue paper, Autumn’s 5-year-old daughter made this art piece all by herself. Your kids can do the same too; see how it’s done over at her blog.

Tissue transfer art is not only gorgeous, it's totally easy enough for kids to make! Fun kid's art project - perfect indoor activity for rainy days.

Image Via: It’s Always Autumn

2. Peg Doll Templates

The creatives behind Mr. Printables have some great FREE templates you can download for your kids. A great (and inexpensive) snow day craft, this cute snowscape comes with templates for people, trees, and critters; you can make it all out of cardboard! After crafting, your children can play with these fun creations or set them in a special place to display.

Image Via: Mr. Printables

3. String Art for Kids

String art has been steadily growing in popularity, but kids with nails and hammers isn’t always the best idea! Blogger mom Sarah came up with an awesome, kid-friendly way to create string art designs. Canvas and thumbtacks work just as well as wood and nails. Help your child align his or her desired shape then let them do the rest!

Image Via: Repeat Crafter Me

4. Ultimate DIY Fort

Building a fort was the stuff of dreams when I was a kid! Alida, the creator of The Realistic Mama, gathered a list of her 15 favorite forts from around the Internet. They all have varying scales of difficulty, so leave the decision up to the ambitions of your children.

Image Via: The Realistic Mama

5. Snowflake Snack

The perfect treat on a snow day? A cinnamon-sugar snowflake! Happy Hooligans blogger Jackie shows us how to make her favorite wintry treat. Your kids will have a blast folding and cutting tortilla shells into beautiful snowflake creations. See the tutorial here!

Image Via: Happy Hooligans

6. Snow Day Movie Marathon

After a sweet treat, settle in for a movie marathon. Reel Mama, Lauren, gathered up a list of her favorite movies to watch with her children when the snow blows outside. She gives a brief description of each movie as well as where you can stream or order it online. Perhaps the kids can watch these from inside their fort!

Image Via: Reel Mama

7. Build a City

This is a great activity for those who have building toys. Simply line the floor with painters tape — you can do it like blogger Amanda did, so that all your streets and blocks are square, or you can create a city with curves and diagonals. Once you’ve lined up your city, let your kids go to work building the entire town. Check out how it’s done here!

Image Via: Dirt and Boogers

8. DIY Sparkle Slime

Amy Mascott pulled out all the stops on finding things for her children to do on a snowy  day. She showed her kids how to make homemade sparkle slime — and they loved it! She has a video, some great pictures, and a tutorial for creating your own snow day slime.

Image Via: Teach Mama

A snow day is a gift to your kids, and, now, you too! What project are you going to tackle? Do you have a favorite thing to do on a snow day? Let me know!

Until then,

~Bri

 


Why settle for an overcrowded fridge when you can stylishly show off your kids’ artwork with these cool new ideas? Decorate your walls in modern style, top your coffee table with a curated collection of your little ones’ works, or try one of these other innovative ideas.

Inspired Art Gallery

Kids’ art is usually pretty colorful, so if you’re wanting to create a gallery wall of their creations, consider using a neutral wall color. Then incorporate a few pops of color throughout the room, making sure they coordinate with the pieces displayed.

Via Sawyer | Berson

Curate and Condense 

Photobooks are becoming super popular for family photo albums, but they can also be used as a fun way to curate a collection of your little one’s art. Bonus: photographing artwork means you won’t feel bad about not saving EVERY picture your kid draws (your cabinets can only hold so much)! Plus, you’ll have a cute way to look back at how your child and their art have grown over the years.

Via Paislee Press

Artistic Collaborations

Do you love to make art as much as your child does? Then consider a collaboration! I love the way this mother works with her daughter to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase both of their artistic styles.

Via The Mischievous Mommy

Soft Side

Doesn’t every child dream of making his or her artwork come to life? These plush creations based on children’s artwork may not actually be alive, of course, but how awesome would it be to have a beloved drawing become a favorite toy?

Via Child’s Own

Combining Portraiture and Art

If you have some basic Photoshop skills (or have a friend who does) this tutorial is an amazing way to create a beautiful picture of your child adding their artwork to the world in a magical way. I’m obsessed with how the creative spirit of this little girl is captured in such a unique way by combining her portrait with one of her works of art!

Via Ali Brown Studios

There are many innovative ways to display your kids’ artwork, and it is so lovely to add that personal touch to your home. For more fun ideas, look here, here, and here. I dare you to be as creative as the little artists in your life!


I am currently in the midst of a room makeover; we are turning my dining room into a den. I debated about this switch-up quite a bit, but in the end I wanted our home to feel more purposeful throughout the year and not just on special occasions. The design plan for this room was heavily rooted in my desire to use THIS piece. You see, I have had a little crush on midcentury-modern furnishings since finding the console below for just $10 at a thrift store. It was an old stereo from the early 1950s that I turned into a sideboard. I loved the lines, the length, and the structural integrity of it, and for the price I couldn’t pass it up. I think everyone in my family thought I was crazy, with the exception of my husband — he knows me so well. After cleaning it up, taking out the mechanics, and painting it, it turned out to be the best purchase I have ever made for our home.

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Since this bargain of the century, I have had a thing for midcentury sideboards. Honestly the length is perfect for any space: the bedroom, family room, nursery, and even bathroom. And its emphasis on simplicity makes it a great piece to mix with other styles. For these reasons and many more, I am obsessed! Here are 10 amazing looks for the midcentury-modern sideboard.

Soft Elegance: This midcentury stunner makes for the prettiest little changing table and gives an edge to this soft and elegance space. The sleek lines and warm caramel hue complements the neutrals tones and patterns quite well.

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Clean & Simple: Another great use for this versatile piece is a bedroom dresser. Set against crisp white walls, the unique shape becomes a standout. Decorated with a simple but large bamboo mirror, this sideboard makes a beautiful statement without cluttering the walls.

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Artsy & Collected: Bringing in art to make your sideboard feel complete is always a great option. Art can inspire a color palette and lend interest to your vertical space.

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Cultural Influence: Adding function to your family spaces doesn’t always have to mean incorporating a media center. The sideboard can be a great place to showcase art from your travels and cultural experiences.

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Soft & Neutral: Peace and tranquility is often what we hope to achieve in the bedroom. Using cozy textures and neutrals with a midcentury-modern piece creates a beautiful balance that promotes rest and gives a minimalistic sensibility.

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Modern Mix: You’ve gotta love a good mix of styles, art, color, shapes and patterns that feels intentional and fresh in a space. Blending modern circular shapes like this gold mirror and vases adds a beautiful contrast with this one-of-a-kind linear piece.

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Eclectic & Edgy: Mixing art above any bold statement piece makes for a fantastic focal point. Creating a gallery wall is a great use of vertical space and makes a sideboard feel current and on-trend.

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Refined Boho: Minimalistic, simple, and so chic. Sometimes less can be more: add a pop of color and pattern on the floor and you have a sensible and stylish space that is livable and gorgeous.

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Glamour Redefined: And sometimes more is more. Making your space reflect your personal style is key; mixing styles and textures can be a bold move but the payoff is huge.

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Relaxed Scandinavian: Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? I could use more of this in my life for sure! Again, blending styles in a minimalist way with an emphasis on texture and neutrals will always be a desired look.

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Happy decorating!

Jen-City Farmhouse


10 Organizing Printables for the New Year!

I cannot believe we are nearly in 2017! Every new year I feel the need to go through my house and get rid of stuff I do not need and organize the rest of my life. It’s a nice fresh start for the year. Below you will find 10 organizing printables for the new year!

1) Sometimes you just need to focus on a couple things to finish for the day. These printouts from Design Love Fest will help you get important tasks done.

Sometimes you just need to focus on a couple things to finish for the day. These print outs from Design Love Fest will help you get those important tasks done.

2) Download these pretty labels, made by me, on the Better Homes and Gardens blog to keep all those messy cords organized! Check them out here.

Download these pretty labels, made by me, on the Better Homes and Gardens blog to keep all those messy cords organized! Check them out here.

3) Organize your family time with these free printables! Found on I Heart Naptime.

Organize your family time with these free printables! Found on I Heart Naptime.

4) These prepared clear zippered bags are perfect to grab when you’re in a hurry! Get free labels to make these for your home on BHG.

These pre prepared clear zippered bags are perfect to grab when your in a hurry! Get some free labels to make these for your home on BHG.

5) If you have ribbon, you probably know how messy and tangled it can get. Download these printable ribbon wraps to organize all that lovely ribbon. Found on Free Pretty Things for You.

If you have ribbon you probably know how messy and tangled it can get. Download these printable ribbon wraps to organize al that lovely ribbon. Found on Free Pretty Things for You.

6) I provided some printables so you can make this weekly meal planner for your kitchen! Find it on The Paper Mama.

I provided some printables so you can make this weekly meal planner for your kitchen! Find it on The Paper Mama.

7) All of those laundry bottles and boxes are sort of ugly, so use these printable labels to make your laundry room look pretty! Found on Boxwood Avenue.

Okay. All of those laundry bottles and boxes are sort of ugly, so use these printable labels to make that laundry room look pretty! Found on Boxwood Avenue.

8) Try this wonderful laundry cheat sheet! My husband has shrunk way too many of my favorite sweaters, and I need this. Found on Boxwood Avenue.

They also made a wonderful laundry cheat sheet! My husband has shrunk way too many of my favorite sweaters and I need this. Also found on Boxwood Avenue.

9) Keep your 2017 planner organized with these colorful printable planner stickers! Found on Minted Strawberry.

Keep your 2017 planner organized with these colorful printable planner stickers! Found on Minted Strawberry.

10) I can ALWAYS count on I Heart Organizing to have the best tips and printables to organize anything in my life. Check out this post to set up a very organized filing system.

I can ALWAYS count on I Heart Organizing to have the best tips and printables to organize anything in my life. Check out this post to set up a very organized filing system.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Winters are for lazy weekend days where you just want to lounge around in your comfiest pair of pajamas and watch movies all day. We’ve rounded up our favorite jammies to keep you cozy this winter.

The Satin

Live in luxury with a pair of satin pajamas. Satin pajamas are a less pricey, just-as-comfy alternative to pure silk pajamas (try Miss Elaine’s Brushed Back Satin Pajama Set, $42, macys.com).

The Onesie

Onesies for adults are a trend we can’t stay away from — they give us major flashbacks to childhood snugness. This comfy-casual onesie comes with a hood and pockets (SkylineWears’ Hoodie Jumpsuit, $29-37, amazon.com).

The Fun Print

Calling all coffee nuts! Sip your morning coffee in this adorable flannel pajama set ($42, nordstrom.com). They have a ton of other fun prints to choose from, as well!

The Nightgown

Get your best night’s sleep with a freeing nightgown. It sounds old-fashioned, but a nightgown is one of the comfiest articles of clothing you can sleep in — trust us on this one. For a modern-looking nightgown, try this one from Ralph Lauren ($68, belk.com).

 

The Thermal Underwear

Looking for incredibly warm but lightweight pajamas? Cuddl Duds ($16, kohls.com) is a thermal underwear company that focuses on dressing warm and cozy without packing on the bulk. This stylish set makes perfect nighttime attire.

The Flannel

Even if you are an oversized T-shirt kind of person, a pair of quality flannel pajamas are a must. Victoria’s Secret flannel pajamas ($40, victoriassecret.com) even come with a matching eye mask! All you need is a cute pair of slippers to complete the look.

The Robe

This winter, try changing up the classic waist-tie robe with a zip-up robe (try Miss Elaine’s Textured Fleece Robe, $43, macys.com). The robe is longer for extra warmth and even comes with pockets!


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