Wednesday, November 7, 2012

25 Reader Space: Pretty Little Details

I am a huge believer that it is the little details that combine together to make a space special and amazing!  Blogger, Michelle, agrees and shows us that in all she does!


Michelle wrote:
 
"It is such an honor to be featured over here at IHeart Organizing.  I can't say enough about what Jen and her team have done for me.  Let's just say it was a ROUGH summer on my end and reading her blog gave me a break from reality and really gave me something to look forward to.  I am incredibly thankful for that. I am a HUGE fanatic for all things design {and that includes organizing}. It is my dream to be just like Candice Olson, Jennifer Jones or Sabrina Soto. I consider them my BFFs and I'm okay with them not knowing about this yet...lol! {I guess Jen knows now}

I am so stoked to share with you some of my latest projects:
  • Chalk paint dresser makeover
  • Homemade folders for my household binder kit
  • Powder room makeover
The first project came about as a result of me helping my sister transform her son's bedroom into a military themed room in honor of his father, who is a Marine.  I am not quite finished with the space yet but it is coming together OH SO nicely.  His bedding just arrived so I will be blogging about that real soon.  Check out this Chalk paint- dresser makeover  that ended up being a total game changer for his room. First step was NOT sanding or priming it was just slapping on only ONE coat of ASCP {Annie Sloan Chalk Paint}- Chateau Gray {perfect camo green color}.
 
 
It dried in 25 mins, which is so incredibly awesome and then it was ready to be waxed. After waxing I distressed all of the edges with a fine grit sanding block and then waxed it again....VOILA!  This bad boy was done in one afternoon and that is why I love ASCP!  Next step was to install new hardware and use scrapbook paper to line the drawers.
 

 
Check out this guy's progress....
 
 
I finally finished this next project two weekends ago during Hurricane Sandy {that awful BLEEEEEP who destroyed my sacred vacation spot...grrrrr}. During the Hurricane we were stuck inside for a few days due to the State of Emergency.  We were VERY VERY VERY blessed to still have power and we are still praying for those who don't and those who LOST a lot from that horrible storm.  However, this finally gave me some time to sit down and put together my household binder.  I purchased Jen's binder kit from her Etsy shop over the summer and I have been gradually updating it.  After I started using it more I realized I needed folders for each section to house greeting cards, stamps, gift certificates/cards, receipts, bills and your typical everyday paperwork. So here is what I came up with....
 
 
To read my step by step instructions for these folders click here.

Yup....these file folders were transformed into dual pocket folders, as well as labeled dividers, for each of my 7 sections.  I am so stinkin happy with how these turned out.  All it took was a little imagination, scissors, a stapler, a 3 hole punch and PRESTO, exactly what I wanted! I am so grateful to Jen for creating a  monster whole new level of OCD for me. Thanks girl! Ahhhhh I am so organized now.
 


 
 
The last project I am going to share is a very outdated powder room in my condo that was dying for some new clothes, makeup and a little jewelry. I had been living with this heinous striped wallpaper far too long so I went on a search for the perfect replacement.  I found this beautiful damask gray wallpaper here and I ordered it on the spot. It was love at first sight and second and third and so on. Can you say OBSESSED?!?! It's even prettier in person.

Check this girl out...
 
 
She is all dolled up and ready for a night out.


I couldn't help but pick hot pink as her accent color.  What girl doesn't love pink?!?  I always say accessories in a room are like the jewelry to top off a great outfit. The outfit isn't complete without them. A lot of the accessories in this space were bargain finds {who doesn't love that?}. The following items were found at Target: white vase, soap dispenser, crown shelf & gallery frame. The basket and trash bin were purchased at HomeGoods.  The flowers and chrome vase were from JoAnn fabrics. The mirror/medicine cabinet were a Home Depot find and the light fixture was a splurge from Bellacor.  I am still searching for the right faucet and some sort of towel bar/ring.
 


 
To see the full post about this powder room transformation click here.  

I want to give a big HUG and THANK YOU to Jen and her team for allowing me to pop in and share some of my recent projects.  I am an avid reader of IHeart and it has been so much fun to feel a part of the crew."
 
It is clear that all Michelle touches, turns to AWESOME!  That dresser is going to be so amazing for a growing boy, love lining details!  Creating binder pockets out of pretty Manila folders?  Genius!  And that bathroom.  Sigh... I. Am. Drooling!  Love the grey with pops of pink {my favorite color!}  Every last pretty little detail has been thought of, down to the small space storage to keep the room clutter free and classy!

Thank you to Michelle for sharing her incredible ideas and attention to detail with us today!  You can find more amazing projects on her blog here.

What little detail have you paid attention to, that has since made you smile day after day?

 
ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

25 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the dresser makeover. What a difference it made, WOW!

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  2. I love the pattern in the bathroom - so pretty!

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  3. This girl looks like she has some great ideas!!

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  4. What an awesome idea using those manila folders to create pockets for your household binder! They are so pretty!! My greeting card binder is separate (http://www.prettyorganized.com/organizing/organized-greeting-card-binder), but I love the idea of keeping everything in one place inside of your household notebook, too! You are totally inspiring me to switch everything from my filing cabinets into binders now!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for taking a minute to read my post =) It was Jen's idea to create this binder, I just tweaked it by adding my own folders. We are a good team!!!

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  5. Wow...Michelle is so creative! I can't wait to join her blog and follow her!

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  6. Thanks for the feature Jen and the REALLY kind words =)

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  7. Love IHeart and now I LOVE Michelle!

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  8. That bathroom re-do is inspiring. I want to completely revamp all of my bathrooms now. :)

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    1. I apologize to your hubby or boyfriend! They probably don't appreciate these ideas I'm planting in your head...lol

      Thanks for commenting =)

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  9. That wallpaper is to die for! Absolutely beautiful. :)

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  10. That bathroom is gorgeous! I already have permission to do a super girly powder room in our next house, and this is fantastic inspiration!

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    1. I am glad you are inspired! Go get er' done!

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  11. you have such designer talent! I'm jelly lol x

    http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/11/02/a-new-kind-of-giveaway-black-friday-beauty-extravaganza/

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  12. I am literally in the middle of overhauling my household binder RIGHT NOW and this has provided some much needed inspiration / motivation. Thanks!

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  13. Love household binders! I have 2 of them!

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  14. Ahhh, what a little "post-election" haven I have here. So peaceful, so organized...unlike my fb page. <3

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  15. Love how the dresser turned out! I have an 8 month old little boy. I am a little embarrassed to say that I haven't finished his room. We have managed to slap some paint on the wall an add a chair railing. Thank you for the great ideas. Oh and love love love the bathroom!

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  16. Some great ideas implemented for refurbishing storage solutions!

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  17. The details are gorgeous, especially the knitted cover for the soap dispenser! Accent colours are so hard to find sometimes, especially to find something that matches that isn't too overpowering. Gorgeous choices!

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  18. The damask wallpaper is gorgeous! I'm too intimidated to try wallpaper myself, but I love this one!

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