I know I sound like a total organizing nerd when I say this, but my linen closet is one of my favorite parts of our whole apartment. It’s so organized, and it always stays that way with little to no effort. This amazing system was the result of a major strategic effort on my part. This is the first apartment I’ve lived in with a linen closet of this capacity, so I’ve had a lot of time to consider my approach. Does anyone else dream about these things?
Is it just me, or is the Target Dollar Spot one of the best places on earth? Whenever I walk into Target “real quick” (I put quotes around this because we all know there is no such thing as a “real quick” trip to Target) I have to physically force myself to avoid looking in the direction of the Dollar Spot because when I do, I get sucked in. Most of the time I end up buying a ton of things I don’t need, like colored socks or mechanical pencils that last for a day. However, there is the rare occasion when I come across something really awesome at an even better price.
This contact paper was one of those things. I had been looking for a cute drawer liner for awhile, but I didn’t want to pay a ton of money for it. It’s not something I need, just something that would make my spaces more beautiful. I have seen other bloggers and YouTubers feature the Dollar Tree contact paper, but I never really liked any of the patterns, so when I saw this I scooped it up in a heartbeat. It was only three dollars and came in an adorable blue chevron print.
I know I’ve been a little more than absent for the whole month of July. The only post I’ve been able to get up so far this month is my apartment tour, which I hope was enough to tide you guys over until this week.
For those of you who don’t know, I live in Upstate New York near Saratoga Springs, just north of Albany and south of the Adirondacks, which means that summers here are incredible. The whole area really comes alive from June – October after spending most of the year in hibernation from the bitter, North Country winters. The real fun happens from July to early September when horse racing is in season, which means my town is now packed with tourists looking to party and try their hand at betting on their favorite horse.
As you can tell, there have been a lot of distractions. Being in one of the most beautiful places in the country with the sun shining, work and the traveling have been taking their toll on my time to blog–and my stats have suffered, so it hasn’t been without consequence.
In early July, Matt and I took a vacation with his family to West Palm Beach, Florida. It was a nice little get away.
Here I am enjoying happy hour at the Blue Martini in City Place. This was a REAL “treat yo’ self” moment.
I realize I’ve been a little MIA lately – but I’ve had a few good reasons for that, which I’ll explain later this week. For now, I think I owe you guys something pretty huge. So, I decided it was about time I posted an apartment tour.
I’m so excited about showing you guys this place because Matt and I both love it so much. However, we might be moving in a few months. Our hope is to stay in the same apartment complex, just move to the top floor. In the winter, we struggle with loud, banging pipes in our bedroom wall, which wake us up at all hours of the night. However, I love the way this place looks so much I just had to share, so here it is!
Feeling like your space needs a little refresh for summer, but are played out on seashells and nautical blues? Try adding pops of bright, yet earthy detail for a warm summer escape, under $60.
1. Teakwood Candle: If you’re missing the warmth of real wood furniture in your space, add small accents with these natural and beautiful candles.
2. Peony Wreath: Channel your inner Blair Waldorf and embrace the peony. This wreath can take you from summer to fall with bright accents of green and orange.
3. Monkey Tray: A sunshiny place to drop your keys or stash your jewelry, with a little surprise on the inside.
4. Wicker Candle Holder: Bring natural elements in and let a little summer glow sparkle through this wicker candle holder.
5. Throw Pillow: Fuchsia is the hot color of the summer and it goes with cool blues, grays or with warm oranges.
What better gift could you give dear old dad than the gift of organization and tidiness? Here are some last minute gifts for Dad to help him get and stay organized:
1. Maverick AK-01 BBQ Tools with carrying case: Dad will love this set of five stainless steel and rubber grilling accessories that he can use to grill dinner for the whole family (and put it away in the case when he’s done).
2. Husky plastic tool box with metal latches: I got this for Matt on his birthday last year. He loved it and so do I. It keeps all of his tools in one place–including the teeny tiny hardware that would otherwise get lost in a drawer somewhere.
3. Metal two-bag golf organizer: Dad’s caddy when he’s not on the golf course.
4. Armor All complete car care kit: For the DIY Dad, this kit let’s him clean, buff and shine his (other) baby.
5. Bamboo multi-charging station: A charging station gives dad the power he needs for all of his gadgets in one place.
When all else fails, treat your Dad to your excellent organizing services–Mom will thank you.
The majority of us are flat out broke the first time we move out of mom and dad’s house. You might be moving for a new job opportunity, to go to grad school or just for your own independence. Whatever the reason, you probably know the feeling of having your car jam-packed with second hand furniture and hand-me-down household items. It’s great to have family willing to help you out on your new journey into adulthood, but there’s probably some things you’re going to want to buy for yourself once you’re settled and making big-kid money.