Wednesday, January 13, 2010

544 IHeart My Home - Home Tour!

Welcome to our happy and humble abode!  Feel free to leave your shoes at the door, and make yourself at home!

Oh, and of course the disclaimer!  Our house is ALWAYS "under construction" as many would say.  And our "To Do" list never shrinks; it's just keeps growing and growing.  So please give my hubs a great big old sympathy hug the next time you see him, because he is always seen toting around his tool box and tape measure and I always have a project for that "honey do list".


We built our home back in 2001.  We had just gotten married, and were due with our first baby.  We were VERY young, and budget was small, to say the least.  We went with a three bedroom and two bathroom ranch, and dug out some of the front yard to put in two egress windows, for future basement finishing.  


Considering we had no budget to work with, unfortunately, that meant going with the basic finishes throughout the home.  Formica counters?  Yep!  Berber carpeting?  Sure did.  Boob lights galore?  You bet!  Little did we know then, that this would cause future costs in upgrades, which is what we 
have been doing slowly ever since {12 years of DIY and counting!}
The front of our home boasts a narrow porch, which for the longest time, the kiddos used as a garage for their bikes and scooters.  I decided it was time to reclaim the space, so I painted the ceiling, updated some outdoor planters, painted the front door and added some furniture.  Now it is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee or to read a magazine while watching the boys play out front.


You begin the interior tour by entering into our main floor living room.  It's currently on its 4th color since we moved in {if white primer counts as one}, which is far better than a rag treatment gone way way bad....

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We started out by removing the old berber carpet and putting in an oak laminate floor.  That instantly made the room feel larger!  We added a glass coffee table and switched up the furnishings to open up the space even more.  And the gallery wall was my solution the the huge vaulted ceiling and since I believe a home is really all about those who live in it, I decided to give an entire wall to their smiling mugs.  We have recently finished the long process of painting all of our trim white, which I LOVE and DIY'd the built in bookcases on the back wall.

Looking back at the entrance...

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To the right of the front door is a shoe cabinet to keep all that footwear at bay.  The three cabinet doors are the kid's "cubbies" which hold each of their school supplies, boots, backpacks and electronic chargers.  It works just perfectly!

The living room, entry and dining room are all fairly open to one another.

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Some wall paint and an updated Craigslist hutch for storage gave the dining room a more finished and cozy feeling.  And those stripes.... sigh... so much love for stripes!

The dining room is open to the kitchen {which lives just on the other side of the living room gallery wall}

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We have been working on the kitchen since we moved in.  We started by adding hardware to the cabinets, updating the faucet and adding a tile back splash.  Then, the biggest change that totally made the difference in the room, We painted the once stock oak cabinetry, which made the room feel so much more grand and warm!  We installed wainscoting to the cabinet sides and backs at that time as well.  More recently we added crown molding to the tops of the cabinets which was the icing on the cake!  All of these solutions were quick, inexpensive updates until we can really move forward with a larger kitchen reno project that we have been itching to get started with {new counters, backsplash, floors, oh my!}

From the dining room/kitchen, you walk down a hall space, and the first room you will come to is our main bathroom.

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In here, I painted the walls a pretty gray blue color.  We also installed an updated vanity top, faucet, shelf and mirror.  I painted the oak vanity cabinet a pretty navy blue.  Chock this up to another space that needs some major renovation love down the line to update the flooring, tub and tile.

Continuing down the hall you will find the three original bedrooms.

The first, was actually a home office before baby number two came along!  That's when it was transformed into a nursery, and then eventually the bedroom for both the older boys to share.  Now, it is the home of our oldest son, who recently celebrated his twelfth birthday!

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The bedroom got a fresh coat of paint, a blue with a tint of gray to it on the lower level, and a lighter gray color on top.  And to divide the two colors, chocolate brown painted molding.  Since he keeps his clothing in a dresser, we were able to snag up his closet space to create a cozy homework nook.  We still have quite a few projects in store for his room as he continues to grow. 

Further down the hall is the next bedroom, which was originally our oldest son's room, now it belongs to our youngest two.

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We removed the wallpaper border, and updated the walls to be fully encompassed in stripes.  Some DIY map art and upholstered headboards really made it feel like home to two little guys! 

The last room on the main floor, was originally the master bedroom, but since we recently finished the lower level, it's now a guest room.

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This room received the most DIY love while we were still using it, which is why we initially put a desk in.  Now, our guests love having a quiet spot to sit and write or enjoy a quiet cup of morning coffee.  Other updates we made to the room included painting all of the trim and walls and swapping out the builder grade light fixture for a beautiful capiz shell chandelier.

The light fixture was not the only builder grade item in this area of the home.  Our guest bathroom was filled to the brim was the least expensive basic materials and finishes.  Linoleum flooring, formica counters, dated 80's vanity.  It was all there.

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We swapped out the counter to something more classic and simple to clean, found a discounted mirror, put in some laminate flooring and added in some pretty sconces along with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and created a room that I am totally gaga for!

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As I mentioned, we recently renovated our lower level.  It was finished, then we had a lower level flood, so now we are in the process of finishing it again.




Before we finished our lower level, our laundry room was originally just framed out and carpeted with scraps from the original living room flooring:

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The walls were sheet rocked and painted a fresh gray blue color.  We updated to an energy efficient front loading washer and dryer {one of my most favorite purchases ever!} and installed some floating shelves and waterproof floors!

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We also built an entire wall-to-wall cleaning closet/folding station/clothes drying/laundry sorting unit from scratch to custom fit the space. 



   
The rest of the lower level is a giant blank canvas that we are slowly chipping away at.  Because I am now a full-time blogger and have dreams of doing more to expand my Etsy shop, we thought a good workspace was in order.  However, the area in which I now call my Studio, has been the most challenging space for me to create.  

I started by custom building this desk unit with my hubby {OK, I designed it, he built it}.  I needed a place to work, with oodles of space to store our personal and my work files.



Because the kids and hubby do work and homework in the same space while I am hard at work, we added a second work station on the opposite wall as well.  This allows us to work together, which I totally love.


And the back wall.  It is one of those long time work in progress areas.  This is where the crafting magic will happen, which means tons of craft storage and a nice empty workspace.  I just need to fill the shelves and finally move in!


The lower level family room is about as blank of a slate as it gets.  It was the most recent room completed in the lower level renovation, so it really just contains a couch and ottoman...


I adore our playroom.  We are so fortunate to have a home with enough space to give the kids a dedicated area for playing, sleepovers, cuddling, reading and playing games.  And it's one of the only areas in the lower level with great natural light!






The lower level has a single bathroom, which is mainly used by us grown folks.  It was done in a refreshing sea blue color with happy pops of yellow.




When we finished the lower level, we made a choice to create a new master bedroom, since we had a lot more room to play with.




I know what you are probably thinking.  Dressing room?  Seriously?  I agree.  We are spoiled.  We just had this giant section of unused space, and because there are no windows, we were really limited with what we could do with it {code says no bedroom allowed}.



How much fun is that stenciled wall?  One of my favorite painting projects ever!

I also love having "his" and "hers" wardrobes so much more than sharing a cramped walk in closet.  It's been a fantastic solution for us.

When the DIY and organizing slows down for the day and we need a place to relax, grill and spend time together as a family, we head out back to our patio.



This blog has made it really fun to keep track of home improvements and watch how our style has evolved over the years.  

As I mentioned, there is so much more to come and a lot of plans and changes up our sleeves.  Stay tuned as we continue to make this sweet little house of ours, our forever home!


Paint Colors used within our Home:

Front Door:  Behr's Harbor
Living Room:  Behr's Grape Leaves
Dining Room Stripes:  Glidden's Smooth Stone and Martha Stewart's Picket Fence
Kitchen: Behr's Brown Teepee
Kitchen Cabinets:  Behr's Navajo White
Main Bathroom: Behr's Verdigris
Main Bathroom Vanity:  Behr's Restless Sea
Boy Bedroom 1: Behr's Cayman Bay and Behr's Burnished Metal
Boy's Bedroom 2 Stripes:  Behr's Windsurf and Pittsburgh Paints Cityscape
Guest Bedroom: Behr's Burnished Metal
Guest Bathroom: Behr's Quietude
Guest Bathroom Vanity: Martha Stewart's Wrought Iron
Laundry Room:  Behr's Light French Gray
Studio:  Behr's Reflecting Pool
Studio Accent Wall:  Behr's Intellectual
Family Room:  Behr's Reflecting Pool
Playroom:  Behr's Reflecting Pool
Playroom Wall Stencil:  Behr's Seven Seas
Lower Level Bathroom:  Behr's Gulf Winds
Master Bedroom:  Behr's Frozen Pond
Master Bedroom Dresser:  Behr's Restless Sea
Dressing Room: Behr's Frozen Pond

A special "Thank You" goes out to my father-in-law, who is always there to help answer questions and lend a DIY hand.  This house wouldn't be the home it is without him. 

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    1. I couldn't find a comment box so I hit a reply button instead. Anyways OMG your home is BEAUTIFUL! Soo much inspiration! I'm 19 and just got my first apartment and it has so much potential but I'm a full time college student so I'm on a super tight budget. Anyways so I have been having problems choosing a color for my bedroom and the color in your guest bedroom and your master bedroom are perfect! Thank you so much for all the awesome ideas!

      Your husband and kids are very lucky to have such a creative wife and mom :D

      -Leslie

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  3. I found your blog when I saw photos of your house on another site. I just wanted to say that your home is stunning. I love every room. You did an amazing job and have impeccable taste!

    Great blog too!

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  4. Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your thoughts Lou, I totally appreciate that!! I am glad you are a visitor to the blog! I took a peak at yours as well, it's fun to meet other individuals with similar passions! And 4 boys must definitely keep you busy!! Props to you for keeping it together with such a big fam! xoxo, Jen

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  5. I stumbled across your blog and am IN LOVE! You did such an amazing job on your home, every single room is stunning. I would never guess you were on a budget of any kind! I am beyond impressed. Congratulations on your 3 beautiful boys~ everything looks so perfect!!!

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  6. thanks for all the inspiration... I have 2 boys and a busy life... but realized that I can do everything that I had hoped to do... you have inspired me to just do it! thanks! I even decided to convert an empty closet into an office for myself! you can appreciate this... it is pink all over, very girlie, and no boys things are allowed! thanks again!

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  7. What brand/color did you use in your living room area? I am looking for a green like that.

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  8. Hi Shell!!

    I actually used a green satin color by Behr, Grape Leaves! It's a great color, I actually also used it in my bathroom and didn't realize that I picked the exact same color twice, so I must have really hearted it! :)

    Best wishes with your painting!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  9. looks wonderful, thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  10. Hi your home is beautiful.Your very talented,Im wondering about your kichen cabs,what type of paint did you use?

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  11. Hi there did you use a special kind of paint for your washroom cab?I have same wood and was thinking of using gel varnish in dark brown?

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  12. I love it. The room for the boys that says Brother, How wide dod ypu paint the yellow orange color from the ceiling? I want to try that. Please write back soon.

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  13. Hello!

    Many thanks again for the flattering comments, you are all making me blush!

    When I did our kitchen cabinets, I lightly sanded them, wiped them clean with a damp rag and then used a primer under the paint. If you are using an oil-based paint, an interior oil based primer is recommended. I used Behr Navajo White Satin Enamel, and they turned out amazing!

    I followed the same process when I did our bathroom vanity, I used Behr Kitchen & Bath Sateen Lustre Enamel in Volcanic Island. However, I am now seeing some chipping, I believe {although I have never braved it yet} that staining would have been a better option with the three boys sharing the bathroom and the higher traffic. I have not had any issues with chipping in the kitchen to date and it's been over 3 years!

    Here is the link that I referred to when I did my project: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/paintkitchencabinets

    As far as the boys bedroom, we placed the brown molding about 20 inches below the ceiling line. We actually didn't measure at first, we just eye balled it and marked where we thought it was pleasing to us. Then we used a laser level and blue tape to mark the line around the perimeter of the room. Once we painted above and below the tape, we removed the tape and nailed the trim over the bare tape line. Pretty simple and quick project!

    Best wishes in your home updating adventures! And if you do decided to try the trim in the kid's room idea, send over some before and after pics and share the process!! I would heart to see the outcome!

    Thanks again!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  14. Hello Jen,

    I was searching the internet for ideas for my 2 boys room. I found pictures of your 2 boys room on another site and it was very similar to what I am thinking of doing. I also want to use lots of colors and make it fun and bright. I then found your blog and I really love what you did with your house! We will be moving into a new house soon and I hope to make it look as great as your! I heart organizing as well and again, I love your ideas!

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  15. Wow! It looks fantastic!

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  16. I love your house and decorating style!! You've done such a great job.
    I'm really impressed with the kitchen cabinets. We have 80's oak in our kitchen and I'd love to paint them.

    www.ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com

    -heather

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  17. Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Home is stunning! Love every room!

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  18. New follower via YHL! Love your blog and home. You've done an amazing job!

    www.untiltomorrowval.blogspot.com

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  19. Found your blog through YHL --wow you have done an amazing job of making your home inviting and functional. -beautiful.

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  20. I also found you through YHL, and I adore your blog! Can't wait to see what's to come. Your home is just beautiful...lots of inspiring ideas!

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  21. I too found you via YHL and am trying to catch up on all of your previous posts. So many great ideas - please keep them coming. Question for you: I love the rug in your boy's room (the striped one); do you recall where you got it? It's just what I've been looking for! Thank you!

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  22. Hi Melanie!

    I actually had my eye on that rug for awhile, and when it finally went on clearance at Target, I snagged it up! Keep an eye on their rugs in the children's decor isles {not in their rug isles}, they often have adorable and striped ones!

    Happy hunting!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  23. They actually still have it online! http://www.target.com/Circo-Stripe-Rug-48x70/dp/B001D72O4Y/ref=sr_1_36?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=0&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&node=1038576|1287991011&sr=1-36&searchRank=price&keywords=circo%20rug&searchPage=1&searchSize=150&id=Circo%20Stripe%20Rug%2048x70&qid=1272582292

    I actually paid about half that so I would check out the store to see if yours has any left in stock!

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  24. Oh perfect - thanks for sharing and finding the link. I have seen that one online, but what a difference it makes to actually see it in a room. I think I'll have to check it out in person for myself!

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  25. Hi, I found your blog through younghouselove and I'm so glad I did!! I love all the colors that you've used throughout your home especially the green in the living room. And the organization/storage in your laundry area makes my heart go pitter-patter =) We too have a basement that we are working on, it has cinder block walls and is in desperate need of some updating. So I would be completely happy for our basement to one day look something like yours! I also love your home office makeover! And one question, where did the paisley bedding come from in the master? So, to sum up, I love your style and your passion for organizing. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  26. Hi Jmckay!

    You make my heart go pitter patter with your amazing words of sweetness! Thanks for such a sweet comment!

    The bedding is from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/paisley-400-thread-count-duvet-cover-sham-porcelain-blue/?pkey=x|4|1||10|paisly||0&cm_src=SCH

    However, I have seen a ton of really amazing sets at Target recently as well, that are less costly.

    Like this one: http://www.target.com/DwellStudio-Target-Algiers-Comforter-Set/dp/B002W8DAKA/ref=br_1_85?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=404152011&node=404152011&sr=1-85&searchRank=price&searchPage=1&searchSize=150&id=DwellStudio%20Target%20Algiers%20Comforter%20Set&qid=1272751568

    and this one:
    http://www.target.com/DwellStudio-Target-Kapali-Comforter-Set/dp/B002W8955E/ref=br_1_91?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=404152011&node=404152011&sr=1-91&searchRank=price&searchPage=1&searchSize=150&id=DwellStudio%20Target%20Kapali%20Comforter%20Set&qid=1272751568

    and this one:
    http://www.target.com/DwellStudio-Target-Casablanca-Bedding-Collection/dp/B002W8GIT0/ref=br_1_97?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=404152011&node=404152011&sr=1-97&searchRank=price&searchPage=1&searchSize=150&id=DwellStudio%20Target%20Casablanca%20Bedding%20Collection&qid=1272751568

    Happy updating and thanks again!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  27. Hello,
    I just wanted to say you have an amazing talent. I love how everything is so organized. I wish you would come and redo my whole house. I love organization but find myself in total loss of where to start or what to do.
    OH well. I just wanted to say you have a beautiful home. Just wonderful.

    Sincerely,
    Marian G

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  28. Aww, thanks so much Marian! Glad you found the blog!

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  29. Where did you find the pencil holder that's over your desk? I think it's awesome and would like to have one for my home office.

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  30. Hi Anonymous!

    The pencil cups were: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70105659 and the rod was: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50072645

    I hope that helps!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  31. LOVE what you have done with your home! We've been in our "stock" home about 4 years now - I wanted painted trim but the builder said we'd have to paint it ourselves before the install if we wanted it - and I was 9 mo. pregnant! Yeah, that didn't happen. We went with a cinnamon stain color but, as expected, it's starting to look grimey (like all stained trim does eventually)... Changing it would be a big job - but I am so encouraged by your FABULOUS "after" photos! I LOVE the cabinets! I just found your blog today and I am subscribing to it because you ROCK!

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  32. Hi, I love the paint color that you chose for your master bedroom. I'm planning on using similar colors from PB, too. What color did you paint your walls? Everything is soooo beautiful... you did a great job! :)

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  33. Hello Anonymous!

    The paint color I used in our Master Bedroom was Behr's Premium Ultra Paint/Primer combo in Frozen Pond. It is such a soothing color, I really like it!

    You can find a list of all paint colors I used around the homestead here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/04/you-asked-paint-colors.html

    Thanks so much and best wishes with your bedroom transformation!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  34. Thanks so much, Jen! :) Sarah

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  35. Your home is beautiful. I think the amount of changes you've been able to make in 10 years is amazing! Great job!

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  36. Love love love your blog!! Your home is beautiful and I you've got some amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing!! I was wondering where you purchased the picture frame holder you have behind the chair in your game/lounge area? (the one that holds 16 pics in one frame) I've been looking for something like that for awhile now & have had no luck finding one. Thanks! :)

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  37. Hi Kristin,

    I actually found it at Target a few years back. I am not sure if they have them anymore, however, they may have something similar?

    Best wishes in your search!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  38. Your home is beautiful! I love all your color and details! I was wondering where your orange rug is from in your family room? I absolutely love it and have been searching for something similar for a while!! Thanks!!!

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  39. Will you just come to my house and do it for me!?

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  40. Target!! I should've guessed! I just LOVE that store! I'll def take a look!! Thanks SO much for getting back to me :) xo, Kristin

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  41. Hi!

    Another fan of your decorating style here! I love the throw pillows that you have...the ones with the green and orange. Did you purchase those already made or did you make them yourself ? The colors are exactly what I am looking for in my living room. Keep up the great work...you have some fabulous ideas!

    Andrea

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  42. Hi Andrea!

    Oh how I wish I knew how to make my own pillows... I could save oodles of dollars! :)

    The pillows I believe you are referring too are actually outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn. I don't see the same ones listed any longer, however these ones are similar {http://www.potterybarn.com/products/chloe-outdoor-pillow/?pkey=cpillows-outdoor}

    I totally dig using outdoor pillows inside when you have kids and pets because they are so much more durable than typical throw pillows. I have had the floral throw pillows for over a year and have been able to move them around the house {because of all of their colors} and they still look great, even after my kids have been using them as trampolines on a daily basis!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  43. Hi Jen! I am brand new to your blog (and blogs in general) as of today! I am a stay at home mother of three boys as well...4, 3, and 5 months. I just saw your boys room and was very interested in where you bought your big square storage unit? I would LOVE to get it...it looks sturdy and PERFECT for organizing the boys toys. Just signed on to receive your posts...looking forward to reading more of what you've done. I am a TERRIBLE organizer, but would secretly love to be. :)

    Kelley

    P.S. You're free to come organize my entire house if you're ever in the Virginia area! :)

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  44. Hi Kelley!

    I am so excited you found the blog!! I hope life with three boys is treating you well! So much fun right?!

    I found the unit at Ikea {actually, we have a couple, love them!}

    Here is the link: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80071357

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  45. Hi Jen! Great blog! We have a house from the 80's with all oak trim... and I want to paint it. How did you guys do your? Thanks so much!

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  46. Hi Mandy!

    I actually just started painting the trim white, and I have been using the Behr Ultra Paint/Primer combo paint to avoid priming and then painting. It works pretty well, however, I still have had to do two coats in each room. A good quality angle brush is very helpful as well, and I do tape it off since I am not always the most careful painter.

    Best of luck to you! Let me know if you have any other questions!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  47. Soon to be a mom of three boys too!
    Love the house, love the organization!

    Do your boys have closets in their rooms? Or are the dressers, expedit shelving all they have?

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  48. Hi BT!

    They have closets, but oddly enough, we don't use them for clothes. The oldest uses his closet as a study space and a dresser for clothing, and the younger two have two sets of drawers in their room for their clothing, and use their closet for toy storage.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  49. Where did you get the unit you have in the playroom with the sliding bins? Love that!

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  50. The playroom shelving is two toy storage shelving units with pull out bins {from Ikea}, that we bridged together with some shelving and crown molding, which gave the two single pieces a more unified look. Here is a link to our playroom post: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-featured-space-kids-perfect-play.html

    Thanks!!

    xo,
    Jen

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  51. Hi. I love the little boy rooms and am wondering where you got the red wire hanging airplane? I love the office nook also, thanks for inspiring all of us!

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  52. I found you through MSM.com! You however have made me want to get busy organizing and finishing up our 507 projects we always have going. With our 2 year old twins, not much gets done! Please tell me where you found your white shower curtains. They are SOOOO chic looking. I would love to get one. It seems most of your stuff comes from IKEA or Target. I love Target, but unfortunately, IKEA doesn't have a store in my state. BOO! I want your pencil holders so bad! Anywho, hopefully the shower curtains will be available online! Thanks so much. You have a gorgeous home, and 3 gorgeous boys!

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  53. Hi Brad and Alison!

    I found the wire airplane from Pottery Barn Kids when it went on clearance! Love it! They put hanging airplanes in their stock frequently, it's just a matter of stalking it until it goes on clearance! {like these: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/vintage-hanging-plane/?pkey=e|airplane|18|best|0|1|24||10&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-}

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  54. Hi Erica!

    Thanks for the comment! Here are the links, one is from Target, the other is from PB Teen.

    Target: http://www.target.com/Ruffles-Shower-Curtain/dp/B000HPTSE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=ruffles%20curtain&searchSize=90&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchPage=1&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-1&qid=1294365469&rh=&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchRank=target104545&frombrowse=0

    PBTeen: http://www.pbteen.com/products/ruffle-shower-curtain/?pkey=cbathroom-shower-curtains

    Go for the Target brand. It is more translucent than the PBTeen one, but not much {you can't see through it by any means}, and it's cheaper! :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  55. I found your blog through Moneysavingmom. Your blog is AMAZING! Every room is beautifully done. The colors are calming. The organization is something I dream of! I love the flowers on the wall in your bedroom above your desk/closet are. Where did you find them? I think it is awesome that you are willing to share your colors, stores, and tips. It helps to be able to know where to find all these great things.

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  56. I LOVE your sideboard/buffet in your kitchen with the floating shelves. Could you share with me where you got them?
    I love your blog! I'm a daily reader since your guest post on MSM.

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  57. Hi Anonymous! Here is a link to the white flowers: http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Wallflower-Wall-D%C3%A9cor-White/dp/B0015TI1RE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1294553895&sr=8-1-spell

    Mary, the buffet was found from HomeDecorators.com They discontinued our model, however, here is a similar one: http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Harwick_42_Buffet/210/

    We just switched out the hardware on it to match our other kitchen cabinets to create a more unified look in the space.

    Hope that helps a little!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  58. Thanks! We have a a few home decorators collection stores here in Kansas City, maybe I should go see if there's still one hanging around. :-)I appreciate your quick response!

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  59. I love your blog. Your house is beautiful! Did you make (or even design) your headboard? You are so crafty that I bet you did. :) In the last picture on your before and after page, is that an egg carton you are storing stuff in? Cool idea although I wonder how often you would have to replace the egg carton.
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  60. Hi Erin!

    Thanks for stopping by! We did make a headboard out of some plywood, batting, fabric and trim. And the egg crate is actually porcelain so it never needs replacing! :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  61. Where did you get the light fixture that hangs above your kitchen table? I've been looking everywhere for something similar.

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  62. Hi!

    Here are the light pendant details:

    http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/03/kitchen-lights-delight.html

    http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/03/inspiring-to-be-bright-kitchen-pendant.html

    Thanks!!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  63. you have the most practical and helpful blog I have ever found! Wow!! Gone are the days of reading exercise and food blogs, I want my life organized. And really, from what Ive read so far, you would have a heart attack at the state of my life. I like in constant and total chaos.

    I cannot wait to read more and to back read everything you've already posted. I will be saved years if what you say is true- a minute of organizing saves an hour of time.

    :)

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  64. A friend of mine sent me to your blog. I am in love with it! I am so excited to read more posts!!

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  65. Hi there.. lol I have absolutely no idea how I ended up here.. lol Strangely enough though.. I too love organizing. I actually do it as a side job for some of my friends from church. I love all of your ideas. You decorate REALLY CUTE!! I didn't think I was going to like the green in the one room...but it looks amazing. Everything ties together really well.
    I am a single mom with 5 children. 3 boys are in 1 room.. I am always looking for a way for all of us to fit into a 3 bedroom 2 bath.. You have helped many of us with cool easy economical ideas.
    So God bless, happy day, and thanks for sharing the talent God has blessed you with....with us!
    BTW.. what kind of blue is that in the boys room..? and you are very blessed to have a hubby to help and support you!
    <3, Teen =D

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  66. I just happened upon your blog today- linked from another organizing blog, that was probably linked from another blog, of someone who visited my own organizing site at some point. How's that for 3 degrees of separation? Anyway, I'm obsessed with your home, it's so beautiful, and in every way an organizer's dream. Thanks for sharing!
    www.cleansmartsimple.blogspot.com

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  67. Love, Love, Love your blog! I am obsessed with organizing. I hope that someday my home looks half as organized as yours. Thanks for sharing your tips. You have great taste. Keep up the amazing work!

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  68. I LOVE Your home- you are my inspiration to what i am trying to achieve in my home- not getting very far though. I just started my very first blog check out my room and offer some wise insight. THANKS Tracie not sure if i posted it correctly where it says comment as ??? www.doubletroubletwice@blogspot.com

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  69. Where did you buy the beautiful white shower curtain that makes my heart stop?

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  70. There are actually two white shower curtains shown above...not sure which one you adore, but hereare the links, one is from Target, the other is from PB Teen.

    Target: http://www.target.com/Ruffles-Shower-Curtain/dp/B000HPTSE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=ruffles%20curtain&searchSize=90&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchPage=1&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-1&qid=1294365469&rh=&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchRank=target104545&frombrowse=0

    PBTeen: http://www.pbteen.com/products/ruffle-shower-curtain/?pkey=cbathroom-shower-curtains

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  71. Hi Jen! I LOVE the leather sectional in the family room. Can you tell me where it came from? Thanks!
    Rachel

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  72. I love your blog so much!!! I've recently been working on organzing my entire house & come to your site often for inspiration. One of my favorite things you've done is your laundry room. I'm totally inspired to do mine now. The clothes pin wall art is too cute! Can I ask where you got that from? Thanks!!!

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  73. Jen-You are too cute! I love your decorating & organizing style. With 3 boys (2 of which are twins) Lord knows I need organizing help! We just bought a 30+ year old home and our renovating it one room at a time & I recently started my own blog to document it. Stop by sometime as some of your ideas just may come shining through! LOL

    iheartthishome.blogspot.com

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  74. Hi Misti! Here is the link regarding the laundry room decals: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/07/june-featured-space-laundry-room-super.html

    They were an Etsy find!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  75. IHeart your home! IHeart it so much that I did a page on my blog called home sweet home, that has the same idea. My house is lacking color and has a lot of work that is needed to be done to it, but by looking at these photos, I have been organizing like crazy and finding new projects. Thanks for the inspiration. I seriously Heart your blog!

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  76. You've done such a wonderful job with your home. I look forward to seeing more of your ideas. Continued blessings...

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  77. I love your blog... and I'm totally stealing your laundry room! Is the shelf from Ikea? How sturdy is it? I'm worried that the hidden hardware will make it a little flimsy.

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  78. The shelf is from Ikea and it's actually much more sturdy that I would have thought, I put heavy objects {like large detergent boxes/jugs} on it all the time and it's been just fine!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  79. ok so i just have to be yet another among the masses that LOVES your blog! i am NOT a blog follower, who has time? but my friend told me i would love you and i do!! your ideas and decorating are right up my alley and sooooo inspiring!! when i feel overwhelmed with the clutter that builds up (in my tiny 790 sq ft house that holds a family of 5!), a "quick" trip to your blog for ideas, then my local thrift shop and target clearance isles make my house humm! i can't believe how much better it runs and looks! your blog is totally on my favorites bar, and when i do get to steal those few moments to sit and "surf", this is where i come!(i too am a working mom of three; ages 7,6, and 3)thank you so much jen!!

    Sadie

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  80. Hi there Jen

    I found this blog through a link on a friend's blog. Your house is AMAZING! I love the little details you have throughout, I think my favourite is the clothes pegs painted in the laundry room :)

    I am now following so I can keep up to date with your ideas and perhaps "borrow" some for my own house!

    God bless
    Lauren x

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  81. I LOVE YOUR HOME! I want to be a copy cat. I feel like I have NO decorating sense. I know what I like and what I want it to look like, but it NEVER turns out that way. I'm a SAHM with 2 sons under 2 (22 months and 12 weeks) so I don't have lots of time to decorate but I need it to be functional, organized and welcoming. I wish it could be as beautiful as yours. My budget is very very tight, but I waste money on things I like that I think will look good and never have a place for them. We have lots of cute nick nacks with no specific place for them. Cluttered but bare at the same time. I just still can't believe you did all this on a small budget. Tips please. How did you get started? Have you always had an eye for this? Is there any hope for a challenged mom? Where have you found your best deals? lots of questions I know but I'm desperate. Once again, I LOVE your home and Thank you so much for sharing!!! I wish I could do half of what you've done.

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  82. INM! Thanks for the kind comment!

    I started slowing, we have been making this house a home for 10 years and it's still evolving! I however, have always loved playing with colors and decor, and learning as I go! I would say I find a lot of items at Target and Ikea since I can mimic some of the more expensive home stores that way. I also love utilizing craigslist for furniture finds and updating them with a quick coat of paint. Always freshens things up!

    Sometimes is worth investing in some key pieces and then building the room around those pieces on a budget. We have done that in our bedroom {our bed}, and in some rooms through rugs or other furniture pieces.

    Hope that helps a little!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  83. new follower!

    Um, can you come to my house?!?!

    :)

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  84. OMG I just pinned to Pinterest almost every photo - LOVE your house. Love seeing the before/afters. We just bought our first house and you've totally inspired me!

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  85. Ok, so when can I move in?! :) Love your house! I think i've looked up every link in the comments! :) Would love to know where you got the hanging folder unit next to your fridge and what do you keep in the little jars? Also, what is that piece next to your front door and what do you keep in that! Thanks so much for all your ideas! Luv it!

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  86. Hi Michelle!

    Here is the link to the bins: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/daily-system-white/?pkey=e|daily%2Bsystem|4|best|0|1|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Sku_Top_Marketing..._Rule-_-

    And here is the post I had done on the system itself: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/08/you-asked-whats-memo.html

    The jars are actually spice jars with things like paperclips and butterfly clips.

    The white cabinet by the front door is for shoes, I will be whipping up a post on that soon so stay tuned!

    Thanks!! xoxo!

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  87. Hi Jen,

    Love your blog, love your house!

    Where did you find those beautiful light fixtures in the master bedroom and office? And, what color paint is that in your office?

    Thank you!

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  88. Olivia,

    The capiz shell can be found here: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100670319/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    And the tear drop chandelier can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/AF-Lighting-Crystal-Mini-Pendant/dp/B001G8FH3A

    Thanks so much!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  89. I love the photo you took of your Love keychain above your new white shoe cabinet! I can't wait for that post!

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  90. Wow - I wish my home were as beautiful as your "before" photos, let alone the "after" shots!

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  91. Hi Jen - we are getting ready to update our office area in our home and I was wondering where you find the office chairs in your home and where you found the white storage shelves under your desk in your closet. Thanks! I look forward to your updates in your downstairs. How exciting for you!

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  92. you have the most beautiful home :) i love your deocrating style... we are getting ready to close on our very first home & i will definately be using some of your great ideas! thanks so much for sharing :)

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  93. Hi! Love your blog! just found it today and I am hooked! I was wondering where you got the egg crate jewelry holder? I love it! thanks!

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  94. hi Jen, i love your style. your home is stunning! i love every single room! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

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  95. Your House is amazing~!!

    I was wondering if you could tell me what Bookcases you used to make your entertainment center :)

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  96. @Anonymous: Here is a link to the original post I had done regarding the bookshelves: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/03/built-in-beauty.html

    They are Billy Bookcases from Ikea.

    Thanks so much!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  97. new to your blog and i cannot believe i have never been here before! so in love, your home is beautiful and your style is exactly what i hope to bring to my home. thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us, definitely got a new follower out of me :)

    katie@little things bring smiles

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  98. New to your blog and I love it! You may have mentioned this before and I just missed it, but where did you get the happy rug for your laundry room? Love it.

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  99. You're house is beautiful!! Where is your laundry room rug from?? Thanks so much!!

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  100. Can please let me know where you got your laundry room rug? snugbugATteamhadjesDOTcom

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  101. @Sarah:

    Here is the link to the rug: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=18491175&parentid=A_FURN_RUGS&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=520&navAction=poppushpush&color=&pushId=A_FURN_RUGS&popId=A_DECORATE&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  102. Happened upon your blog thru Pinterest...your laundry room drew me in!
    I love what you did with the stripes in your youngest son's room. Where did you get the red book storage shelves? I almost purchased similar ones from either PBK or Land of Nod....but didn't want to spend that much.
    Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous ideas! I will be following you in the future!
    Kristen

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  103. Wondering if your kitchen rug was also from urban outfitters? ??? LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    Thanks

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  104. @Kristen: The red book shelves are actually $4 spice racks from IKEA painted out in red. :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  105. @Anonymous, here is a link to the kitchen rug: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=478674&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  106. You've inspired me - your home is truly amazing {decorated, but liveable} and what mine aspires to be, but usually falls short. Thanks for the many great ideas!

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  107. I love the rug in your laundry room! I have been looking for one with those same colors. Where did you get it???

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  108. @Libby,

    Here is the link to the rug: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=18491175&parentid=A_FURN_RUGS&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=520&navAction=poppushpush&color=&pushId=A_FURN_RUGS&popId=A_DECORATE&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  109. I saw you on Nates show:) Great job! I love all your rooms and your kitchen is giving me inspiration to redo mine. I really want to paint my cabinets..there exatcly like your original ones! I hope you have a great day!

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  110. Oh wow, I am in LOVE with your home. I, like most commenters, stumbled upon this site from a link..of a link....of a link. :)
    Your style fits my likes to a T. I had to chuckle looking at the first pic and then looking around my living room. I have the same exact large orchid picture (Kohls I believe), almost identical lamps, and the same style chunky couches. It's screams traditional, but I am craving more modern and bright styles! It was so nice to see the transformation of everything so I can help my hubby visualize what I am thinking. He is definitely more traditional, but I tend to get my way with style decisions. Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog now!

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  111. Your home is so beautiful and I could spend hours on your blog!! I suddenly have the organizing bug:) BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  112. LOVE YOUR HOME!!! I'm definitely stealing some, ok...most haha if your wall colors HA!

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  113. My goodness what a beautiful home you have! Just stumbled across your blog and I love all your great ideas. You have made a wonderful home for your family and you have a great style.

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  114. Hello - I stumbled across your blog from Pinterest and LOVE your home. I've seen the white chairs you have your office/desk area before but, never looked into where they were from. Can I ask where you purchased yours? Thanks!

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  115. I LOVE the transformation of the the kitchen cabinets! Would you be so kind as to give me an idea of how this was accomplished? I have similar, standard oak cabinets and would love to paint them! Thank you so very much! Toni inotfulton@gmail.com

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  116. @Toni - Here is the post I did on the subject: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/08/finally-how-to-paint-cabinets-trim.html

    Hope that helps you! xoxo!

    Jen

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  117. @Winks and Daisies, the white chairs are White Stacking Chairs from Target: http://www.target.com/p/Modern-Stacking-Chair-White-Set-of-2/-/A-11240325

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  118. I love all your wonderful ideas and style! Amazing!!! Way to go! There's no place like home!

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  119. Your home is beautiful, I'm loving all of the before and afters-great inspiration here. New follower!

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  120. Amazing!!!! I wish I had time like you did!!!

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  121. WOW! You have done an amazing job. Your eye for detail is very good!

    Stumbled on to your blog from Pinterest.

    Sona
    All the way from India

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  122. What size pictures are above your couch? And how many? I'm trying to get some picture arrangement ideas for above my couch! I love yours!

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    1. Hi Shannon - IKEA discontinued the size/style of frame that we used. However, this one is almost identical: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30174777/

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  123. I came across your blog while looking on Pinterest. Your house is absolutely beautiful! I hope you don't mind, but I had a couple of questions for you. My 7 year old son is a Lego fanatic and I love how you organize and store them. Did you get the shelves and drawers for the Lego's at Ikea? Sadly, there isn't one near me in upstate New York, but it's worth the trip every now and again. I was also wondering where you bought the beautiful rug in your laundry room. Thanks so much!

    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen!

      The storage unit for the Legos is the TROFRAST system from IKEA. You can find the details here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/10/organizing-legos-part-3-creating.html

      The rug is from Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18491175&color=000&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=A_FURN_RUGS

      Thanks so much!
      Jen

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  124. Your house looks amazing! Would love another house tour since 2011 has come and gone :)

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  125. I LOVE your laundry room!! I saw it on Pinterest and was wondering where you purchased the floral rug from!

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      Thanks so much!
      Jen

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  126. I could spend all day drooling over your incredibly adorable home. My husband and I have been in our first home now for two years and have welcomed a little boy (LOVE LOVE LOVE this kid) 11 months ago! I spend his naps dreaming of exactly what you've done but I can't seem to find whatever it is I'm thinking of, so I put it off and move on. You've inspired me to start dreaming again and with they help of your links, I can actually move forward with my projects! The buffet table (I know you said it was from Home Decorators)..is it sturdy? Will it last a while? Thanks

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      xoxo,
      Jen

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  127. Jen, you did an AMAZING job putting this section of your blog together. I've been following you for over a year and have gained so much inspiration from you. As a fellow lover of organizing, you've always got such great ideas and pretty taste. Love you you can click on an item to see where you got it, or which DIY project it references. Fantastic - keep up the great work!!

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  128. I only got the bubbles on a few pics. Maybe it's just my computer.

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  129. The white pillow on your guest bed...Is that from Target? I found it, but yours seems bigger and more cozy!!

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    1. It's actually just a pillow "insert" waiting for a cover, I just haven't found it yet. It isn't quite the size of a body pillow {it's a bit smaller}

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  130. Oh WOW!I love the updated pictures and I super duper love the ThinkLink feature! Genius and so easy to use! So great!

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  131. Hi, I love your blog and it will serve as inspiration for me when I move to a new house in a few weeks! I'm very curious as to wear you got the beautiful bed in your master bedroom. Thanks!

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  132. Love, Love, Love. I found your blog through Pinterest and love getting your emails and updates. You inspire me. Thank you so much for helping me kick start my inner organizer!

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  133. Jen, I love how clean and tidy it all is! Can I ask how you paired down all the toys for the kids and also where you keep all the craft supplies for them? I feel like Playdoh and Tangled dolls and DVDs might cause our second floor to collapse one day! It seems like your little ones only have a tiny fraction of the junk.. ahem treasures... that my girls have.

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    1. Great question!

      Once we lost the lower level to a flood and some of the storage that came with it, we really took a good look at the toys we had. We had a garage sale and sold/donated anything that didn't fit in our boy's age group any longer, along with things they didn't seem to play with much {or at all}, and things they were ok saying goodbye to. I really like to only keep toys that are play with in sets. For example, they kept all of their Legos, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, Train Tracks, Potato Head, etc... I always asked family to expand upon their current favorite sets vs. starting new ones. This means that the number of categorized toys that I have to store and sort is minimal, and they have more fun playing with the sets and toys they love.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  134. Jen, love the new home tour! I haven't looked at it since I first started following your blog almost a year ago.I'm 24y/o and My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home so looking back at how your house was and where it is now almost is like peace of mind for me because we are on a very tight budget and have all these ideas and forget that we just need to step back and take things slowly one room at at time. As long as I continue to follow your blog I think I can accomplish making our new house a home on a budget =) Thanks for all you do!!

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  135. LOVE this new home tour as well! LOVE! I'm going to go home and show my hubs all of your house and that I can do many of these things inexpensively! I love how you can click on the items and see where to get them. So cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome house!

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  136. What a job that must have been putting this page all together - looks great! Well done!! :)

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  137. Gorgeous! I loved each and every color you used for paint. I wrote them all down so when we no longer live in a rental, I can get those colors! I also love the boys' rooms. So many great ideas from there! Thanks for letting us into your home.

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  138. Jen, I love your bed in the Master bedroom, I tried looking at Ashley Furniture's website but couldn't find it. Do you know if it is still around? Do you remember what it's called?

    Thanks!
    Lori

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    1. Hmmm... I don't, it was a couple of years back, it is most likely discontinued as I didn't see it on their site either.

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  139. Hi there! I'm a new follower, thanks to your Erin Condren contest...thanx btw :-D. Your home is stunning! It looks like HGTV had a field day! I hope you don't mind, when my husband and I buy our first home I'm using yours as a decorating template! Just stunning!

    Monnique

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  140. What a wonderful tour! So much inspiration! I was wondering what kind of waterproof flooring you used. We would love to put a floor down in our basement, but have had to rip up our last one due to water damage. I tried to look for a dot to hover over, but didn't find one! Thanks!!

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    1. The flooring is Allure Ultra from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202352552/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=allure%20flooring&storeId=10051

      Thank you so much!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  141. I just came her from a Pinterest of your guest bedroom and I think your home is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much for adding links to where you bought some items, that is really sweet of you to share that information! I will definitely be back!

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  142. Your home is SO adorable! Do you, by chance, remember where you got the white-framed mirror that is resting on top of the dresser in your guest bedroom? Thank you!!! Keep doing amazing things! :)

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    1. Hi Mandy.May!

      I had found it at HomeGoods, I believe some stores still stock it.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  143. I love your sense of style in your home, and that you try to do things without spending tons and tons of money. Have you done a post about where you get inspiration? My mother helped me develop a sense of personal fashion, but was not an interior decorator and so I'm trying to teach myself home style. Where do you get ideas from (besides your own brilliant creativity)? Magazines, blogs, shows, etc.?

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    1. Thank you and GREAT question!

      I read a lot of magazines and have been for years. And then came the blog world and pinterest and I started gaining even more ideas, inspiration and realizing what my personal style is. It's always evolving, so now I am trying to learn to make the best decisions I can knowing that my tastes seem to keep growing and changing.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  144. Beautiful Blog. I can't believe that I have never come across it before. I just saw a picture of your laundry room today on Traci's "Beneath My Heart" so I thought I'd check it out. Great work. Looking forward to following you.

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  145. I absolutely love your house! I especially love the laundry room. Beautiful!

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  146. Hi Jen, I was just wondering what software you use to create your floor plans?

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  147. Holy cow!!! come do my house PUHLEASE!!!!! I don't have a creative bone in my body. Took me 6 months just to choose a paint color!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

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  148. I just found your website today as I was playing around on pinterest and you are such an inspiration! I love organizing but often get overwhelmed with it, but seeing your great ideas gives me hope! I also LOVE the decore in your home. My husband and I bought our first home last year and it was the first time for me to decorate a house myself and while I am happy with the decor I'm not in LOVE with it if that makes any sense lol. Having looked at your decor I now know that light, airy and simple is what I love. I have a big task ahead but it's going to be fun. One question I have is did you do one room at a time until it was completely finished or did you do a room then add to it as you saw things you liked? I'm so excited I found your website and I know I will be visiting it every day!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! It absolutely has been built over time. I am always moving things around until they find their "home" in our home, and it's always evolving.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  149. Stunning home!! Very inspirational and I love your style. So glad I found your site.
    Blessing to you!
    Connie

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  150. You have an amazing home! I love all of the rooms that you did. The colors look great together. I am a very disorganized person and finding your site has given me so many ideas and tons of inspiration. Your site is exactly what I've been looking for. Just this week I have been slowly starting to organize my home. I'm taking it one step at a time. I know that getting my home and family organized would relieve a lot of stress and allow me to be a better mother and wife. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and all of your great ideas. ~ Jessica

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  151. Can I come live with you?? Your house is amazing!

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  152. Oh this is so inspiring!! Thank you somuchfor taking the time to share your home and compile such a great way of referencing where to find the products! I stumbled across your blog on Pinterest and I'm already hooked!

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  153. Ohmygoodnessgracioussakesalive. Thank you for this fabulous tour. Now I feel simply horrible about our house...or maybe I'm just going to straight copy yours! ;)

    Seriously, GORGEOUS. Love it!

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  154. lovely home! how do you keep it tidy with 3 boys (+1 hubby :P)?

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  155. WOW!! I'm just blown away by the creativity, resourcefulness, neatness, and FUN! You've created a wonderful home for your family. I'm inspired...THANKS!!

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  156. Love your site! Where did you purchase your shoe cabinet??

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    1. Hello! The shoe cabinet is from IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20169559/

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  157. I just stumbled upon your blog today and I'm in OCD heaven!!! I love the simplicity and beauty in every room in your house. I'd love to have your style to go with the organizational skills! Want to come do my house for me?! ;-)

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  158. for the built in looking desk with the iMac on top, is the desk with the wallpaper a desk top, or a shelf, or an actual desk? I want that whole thing for my room. Great idea. Also, where did you get the molding in the top of it? thanks! :-)

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    1. Hi there!

      Here is the entire scoop {with links back to the beginning} on the desk project: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/02/basement-progress-studio-desk-part-5.html

      It was pieced together using IKEA furniture, an old bifold door {which is the desk piece} and crown moulding from Home Depot.

      Hope that helps!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  159. I am in awe of your house! I am working on a dressing room right now and was wondering where you bought the wardrobes? They would be perfect for my room!!!

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    1. Hello!

      The wardrobes are from IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80157214/

      Have fun with the dressing room! They are such a nice bonus space!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  160. Thank you for the inspiration! We are in the process of remodeling our 3 bedroom 1970s style home. It is a lot of work but so worth it doing the work ourselves. You have made some great changes and have really given me some good ideas.

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  161. How fun to tour such a beautifully decorated house! TFS - I picked up some ideas -- which is why you do this anyway correct? LOVE the dots showing where you purchased the products - so fun!

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  162. Hi Jen,
    I have recently found your blog from Pintrest and have honestly visited it multiple times daily since! To say I heart your blog is an understatement!! Your home tour is my favorite and your laundry is my favorite of the home tour. Its so inspirational!! I have a large storage area that is also our laundry. Sadly it isn't finished out even with drywall and may never be. Even though, I'm hoping you may have some wonderful ideas of how I could make it look and function better. Our storage area has laundry machines, a dog kennel, large food storage, party supplies, holiday decor, memory boxes, sporting gear etc. Am I lost or what?? Do you have any posts of large mixed storage areas? Help, please :)

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  163. I am IN LOVE with your rug in your laundry room. Good news is that urban outfitters still has it! Hooray! And I'm only 2 years late from when you posted this. LOVE your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  164. What kind of curtains would you put with that master bedding? I have the same ones and finding it difficult to match it!

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  165. Jen, I've looked at this post before and the sources worked. For some reason it isn't working for me today. Anyone else having problems??

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  166. Where did you get the white wire baskets that are hanging on the wall of your coat closet.

    Tara
    hupaelota@siast.skc.ca

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  167. What is the brand and color of your laminate flooring?

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  168. Hi jen i just found your blog today an its one of the best i have ever visited . Your home is fab you should be very proud. I am so inspired . Could you please tell me the name of the wallpaper in the closet office in your guest bedroom. Its beautiful. I live in australia and we dont have some of the stores you have but i was thinking i might be able to buy it online. Keep up the great blogging . Xf

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  169. Hi jen i just found your blog today an its one of the best i have ever visited . Your home is fab you should be very proud. I am so inspired . Could you please tell me the name of the wallpaper in the closet office in your guest bedroom. Its beautiful. I live in australia and we dont have some of the stores you have but i was thinking i might be able to buy it online. Keep up the great blogging . Xf

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  170. I too just found your blog today from a Pinterest pin. You have wonderful taste and your photo's are very inspiring. Your kitchen is great. We too had outdated honey oak cabinets. Although we didn't do all the work ourselves, like you, we added beadboard panels on the outside of cabinets. Added crown trim on top of cabinets, raised the small cabinet that was above the exhaust fan but replaced fan with over-the-stove microwave. Had cabinets prof. painted in a creamy white. Added cubbies above fridge (just need the new fridge now). Installed glass/stone backsplash. Finally, found black granite from a granite remnant sale and new counters installed. Island painted black and different (but complimentary) granite installed. Anyway, my style is so similar to yours but haven't had $ to complete as much. I'm hoping your cost saving idea's get me motivated. Thank you.

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  171. I forgot to ask... are you happy with your glass table purchased at Walmart? Normally, I wouldn't think furniture from Walmart would be good quality. It would be for our busiest room, the family room. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Peggy!

      The table has held up for at least two years now and I have only had to tighten it once. The glass is quite thick and durable {it has survived my days as a daycare mom and my three boys!}.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  172. I've been looking for floating shelves for a while and I want the ikea ones but they are either too long or too short for my laundry room (six feet long) How did you get yours to fit so perfectly? Have you ever cut them?

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    1. Nope, have never cut the floating ones, we are just lucky they fit well in our spaces. I have cut down the Ekby IKEA shelves to fit, since they slide into mounting brackets.

      I have seen a couple of DIY floating shelves around blogworld maybe you could just build/paint some?

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  173. Hi Jen -

    Recently found your site through a Pinterest post and thank goodness for that. You've given me so many ideas on how to control my overwhelming desire to be organized but lack of knowhow. I loved your portion of the Clean Freaks special on HGTV as well - love Sabrina and that initially drew me to it. I do have a question though....how did you go about painting your kitchen cabinets? I desperately need to do this with our 70's dark cabinets since I can't afford to replace them. Thanks and keep up the great work you do!

    Lisa Yelichek
    Massillon, Ohio

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa!
      Here is a post on the subject, hopefully that helps you out a bit: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/08/finally-how-to-paint-cabinets-trim.html

      I would also recommend talking with a paint specialist at your local home improvement store to be sure you feel super ready. :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  174. Jen,
    Love your home!! My upstairs is the exact same floor plan as yours and I am so stealing your dining room and kitchen colors! Hope this doesn't sound like a strange question, but what color is your hallway? Just wondered if you use the living room color, dining room color or something completely different.

    Marsha

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  175. Jen I stumbled across your blog via www.circleofmoms.com and I'm finding so much inspiration already!

    I love the difference your new flooring made. Do you recall what brand/style of laminate you used? Did you install it yourselves or have it done? If DIY, was it easy to do? I'm researching choices for our home right now and could use some help narrowing down the options.

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