VIN+AGE

Hello Darlings, 

I love history, I love studying history, I love biblical history, but most of all I love item history ... what is Item history? Well I don't know because I just made it up, but I can tell you that I define it as items in your home that are refurbished, used, or "vintage". 

Not so long ago barn and farmhouse decor swept the nation; weddings, kitchens, bedrooms, all of it. The stores were bursting with weathered wood, metal signs, and mason jars up the wazoo, some stores still are! But I have always loved items that had true history, items that you had to search to find. The perfect knick-knacks that create depth and meaning to your shelves. This is why I love second-hand stores!

Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 

Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 

I strongly believe something has more meaning when you happen upon it, rather than found on a shelf at Target. I am not knocking Target, because lord knows your girl can do some damage in minutes, but you know what I mean! Nothing is cooler than being able to tell your guests the story of where you found such a unique aged piece. Here are some of mine: 

Estate Sale, found in Marquette, MI

Estate Sale, found in Marquette, MI

This bible was given to me by a friend whose grandfather past away, his grandfather collected them and passed them down to him and his father. This bible was printed in 1817.

This bible was given to me by a friend whose grandfather past away, his grandfather collected them and passed them down to him and his father. This bible was printed in 1817.

Coca-Cola box, found in abandoned factory

Coca-Cola box, found in abandoned factory

Although the story that these items carry are not my own, I still get to display their unique beauty and cherish the character they have developed over the years. This is what makes decor so intriguing to me, it can be whatever you make it! For me it's "item" history. I encourage you to go out and get some vintage treasures yourself, you never know what you'll find. Here are a few great places to look: 

Resale shops

Estate Sales

Craigslist

Grandparents House (yours or anyone else's) 

Garage Sales

Flea Market

Shop away you shoppers and may the vintage be ever in your favor...

 

SMR 

Clutter-Free Pantry

Hello Darlings, 

Today, I will be walking you through 5 easy steps on how to organize your kitchen pantry. If you read my last post you know that in this series we are transforming our homes into a tranquil space in every way we can to set the tone for 2018. I have found that being organized in my home has brought on a very zen-like feeling. Now like any good thing, it takes a little time, and some grunt-work in the beginning but saves you ample time in the long run. 

To get your house in order, I suggest taking on one project at a time. It’s easy to focus on one area so you can really get it exactly how you want it, and its a lot less overwhelming. This weekend I decided my area of focus was to organize my pantry, it had been out of hand far too long. I broke it down in 5 easy steps:

 

Before

Before

 

1. Plan Your Process. Always have a plan of attack! Visualize what you want your area to look like, and make it practical. Take your idea to Pinterest and find a visual to work off of that mimics the goal for your space. 

2. Set Your Budget. Go into each project knowing exactly what you want to spend, and stick to your bottom line. If you don't find what you need in your price range, be patient and keep looking I promise a cheaper solution is out there.

3. Shop Around.  Never underestimate the power of the Dollar Store, I went there and found everything I needed for under $15! You can also check online for sales happening in your area or online at Amazon, Wayfair, World Market, etc., compare prices and get the best deal. 

 

Tools

 

4. Label Everything. A label maker, every crafters dream. But really, this is a necessity, if you don't have a label maker don't stress, I found mine at Target for a better price than any office supply store I looked at ($15). If you want to get super crafty, get a pack of cute chalk labels and get your calligraphy on. Now that everything is labeled, you can easily task your husband or kids to help clean up and they'll know where everything goes without having to ask you every three seconds (relaxation for the win!).

5. Organize. Now that you have your plan, you’ve stayed on budget, and everything is labeled you can start putting things away in a practical and useful manner. If you use your spices every day, don't place them in the back of the pantry behind everything, make them easily accessible. Remember to keep the labels facing outward for quick reference and fast clean up.

 

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This process has helped to save me a ton of time in the kitchen. Hope this helps you to take one step closer to having a happy and clutter free home! Next week, I’ll show you how to repurpose your old furniture to make your child’s closet oh-so-dreamy :) 

 

SMR