Home Improvement with Quick Results

My favorite home improvement fix this time of year is gardening and taking time to re-fresh that curb appeal or back patio. Power wash, add new mulch and plant some needed color. Try sprucing up the indoors with these go-to ideas.

 

  • Streamline what you have. Live with the best of what you have.

  • Declutter the décor. Empty space is good space.

  • Update your photos. Group your frames or create a wall gallery.

  • Replace your accent color. Think 3: Pillows, vase, and candles.

  • Move your furniture around. Swap places with pieces.

  • Re-style your tables, bookshelves, and vanity.

  • Fresh flowers.

  • Create a sitting/reading nook just for you.

  • …and don’t forget to make your bed every day.

Simple reminders that will help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

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If Spring organizing, decorating, or shopping for that perfect item tops your to-do list I’d love to help you! See my services, here. Email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com E-Design services are also available.

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Organizing in 10 Minutes or Less

Organizing a space is a great goal to have for the weekend. If you dread any type of house project this weekend, think of a 10 minute organizing task. My quick fix this weekend is going to be directed towards our laundry room/family landing zone. I have the space and the solutions but it’s needing attention.

 

I’ve got a board dedicated to laundry rooms and those I’d love to have.  If you need a bit of inspiration take a look at this crisp space and then see more here.

 

laundry room by inspiredbyheart

 

 See what you accomplish in just ten minutes. Be sure to come back and share your results!

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Organizing in 10 Minutes or Less

This is not a glamorous or detailed post on organizing.  Organizing doesn’t have to be time consuming or be given too much dedication. One simple way to achieve your house goals this year it to break down your tasks into manageable steps and time.  What can you accomplish in just 10 minutes? I’ll be sharing more ideas on 10 minute changes each week – take it as a challenge if you’d like! Be sure to share your quick changes too!

 

My kitchen design was just completed (more on that later this week)  but I needed to fix a few drawers. A liner, acrylic divider, and a few minutes of my time and this drawer was done. Not fabulous and not an over the top DIY share but it makes a difference in how quickly I locate items and how it feels when I open this drawer.

 

 

 

This post really has little to do with my drawer. Let’s just begin thinking of what we CAN accomplish and not get overwhelmed. Establishing goals requires a take action plan and 10 minutes is possible. Baby steps.

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Simply Savvy Organizing with Kitchen Basics:: and things to consider BEFORE designing a kitchen

It seems kitchen organizing has been top on this list with my clients this week. I have been in many beautiful kitchens but only a few designs that considered the items that would be placed in the space. A drawer is a drawer without a defined purpose. A cabinet quickly becomes inefficient when items are not seenA well deigned kitchen is one that functions with your things. It meets the needs of the family using the space and for the largest of items needing a home.

A new kitchen is a big investment. We all know this but then why are we buying fabulous fixtures, cabinets, countertops, and expresso machines when we can’t find anything, get frustrated when we open the drawers, and have stacked mounds of stuff?

Please, if you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new home please ask the right questions of your kitchen designer – Where is my turkey roaster going to go? My extra long spatula? How will I see each of my spices and cans? What’s the best way to store my pans and lids? and on and on… or hire a Professional Organizer during the design process!

There are drawers and cabinet accessories made for these things. Accessories are an investment you must consider when looking at your overall kitchen budget. Now, let’s say you didn’t define a space for spices or lids during your kitchen design and now you have a lovely kitchen and a mess. You can improve what you do have.

QUICK TIP:: Before you buy the tools to get you organized group items by function, duty, or type and assign the space. Also, keep items you access on a regular basis at easy reach and place those less used up high or in the back.

There are higher cost organizing solutions you can add to your cabinets. For example, install sliding shelf organizers to transform how you use your cabinets.

image via RealSimple.com

 

If that is not the direction you want to go, here are some basics I’ve used in many homes. There is a solution for your space and things!

 

 

I chose all items from The Container Store to make the “where to find” easy for you; however, the ideas can be found in many stores. To see the items in more detail simply acess this board here.

 

Consider the form, function, and efficiency of your kitchen–and then make it pretty! Love the space you’re in.

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Simply Savvy Headboards:: Creative, Affordable and Stylish

A headboard is really a focal finish in a bedroom. It draws attention to the bed-or to an empty space if there’s not one. There are many creative ways to get the look of a headboard or have a focal feature above the bed.

This creative DIY solution involves taking picture frames and attaching quilted backing to soften and add pattern and color.

 

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Take a look at this affordable solution using a bench cushion and a shelf. You could even use a coat hanging peg board for a similar look. Very clever!

 

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Create a very chic look by using vintage shutters, doors, mantels and windows found at local salvage stores. Leave the items in their rustic finish or get creative like this…

 

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Another simple way to gain a focal point is to hang a blanket or favorite quilt over a mounted rod.

 

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I’ve seen reclaimed wood used for headboards but never have I seen one like this..and I Love it!

 

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A touch of creativity goes a long way. Love the space you’re in!

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