As some of you may know I moved into my own condo last year. While packing my dishes and glassware, I ran out of packing tape. Since it was nearly 2AM and no store near me was open. I wanted to continue packing so I started scavenging through drawers, closets and kitchen cabinets in hopes to find a roll of pacing tape. I was about to give up when noticed the 8 rolls of plastic food wrap that I bought a while back from costco but had hardly ever used.
Staring at the rolls I had an “idea!” moment where I thought of using plastic wrap instead of tape to pack. It not only worked great, but made me wonder why I hadn’t been doing this all along. In a few hours I had wrapped breakables like plates, glasses, vases, candlesticks, spices, and even used it to protect clothes that had beads and sequin in shrink-wrap-style. It even made items fit in boxes better and I ended up saving tons of money.
Here are a few pics to illustrate how you can use plastic wrap to pack for a move.
Have you stretched plastic wrap beyond the kitchen for similar uses? Would love to know!
Happy new year! I took most of 2014 off from blogging to heal and take care of myself and feel revived from having done so. I have missed being here and look forward to catching up with those of you who still visit from time time, those who have patiently waited to hear back from me, and the many many of you that continued to support me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I have lots to share with you!
Here’s to a great 2015 together. xoxo
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.
1-3: Created by Manvi for BrightBazaar
4&5: Created by Manvi for HGTV
6&7: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by SweetTea Photography
Essential tips to maximizing storage in a very small kitchen.
- Base units play a particularly important part in organizing storage space.
- Additional space by installing a peninsula on end one of the kitchen counter or below the built-in kitchen island.
- Cabinets to the ceiling allow for more storage
- Create an inventory of items and plan storage and function-space for everything in the kitchen.
- Pull-through slides are ideal for islands because they allow drawers to be opened from either side. Some specialty slides allow drawers to extend beyond a full extension.
Wake up to happy with cheerful colors in the bedroom. Bring in coral, blush, rose, yellow, and sunset hues using accessories, art pieces, and furniture to create a positive and Summery feeling bedroom.
via here, here and here
Less than ten days away from moving into my teeny studio condo and more than three-quarters of my current one-bedroom still to pack, I am slowly coming to terms with the reality of it all.
I have toooo much stuff that I don’t organize properly so I end up never finding things when I need them and then end never hardly using them. I often fantasize about a clutter-free, super-organized, everything-is-where-it-should-be living space but, truth be told, I wish someone else would do it for me.
Inspired by strategies to de-clutter over on AT, I hope to change this as I move into my new digs. Determined to live large in a small studio that feels uncluttered, efficient, and inspiring, my plan is to divide the space into little functional zones.
For instance, I love the idea of having a coffee bar. Coffee is such a big part of my daily routine and it would save so much time (and $$) to make my own espresso drinks everyday. Give my coffee sets, espresso maker, and specialty coffee beans the love they deserve.
Another must-do is to give my bookcases a makeover and style them better. I also really like the idea of having in this setting instead of the living area or bedroom.
I am also toying with the idea of a pendant swing for additional seating which seems like a great way to reduce the number of furniture pieces competing for floor space.
You guys, I am bursting with ideas for my place. Just need to stop procrastinating packing and the actual move…wish me luck!
A sun-loving, beach-bum tropical gal in me has nothing love to about this damp cooold- wind-chills-below-freezing-weather. The skin burns from the 60plus mile wind is far more painful than any sunburn I have ever experienced. I pretty much live in my ski-jacket, and have debated wearing ski pants to work.
Except, one thing.
It gives me the biggest reason to spend more time at home. More time to snuggle up with my pup, curl up in warm comfy bedding, read a book (ok, that’s a lie), watch back-to-back movies, and sip cider. Even organize my bedroom, plan to get new pillows and sheets, put away the mountains of clothes piled up on the chair, use my dyson more frequently, (like, everyday), possibly invest in a better memory foam mattress to help with my back pain, turn up the zen feel in my bedroom and turn into a winter-hibernation cave.
Or something like that.
So, it turns out, staying in does have its benefits. One for silver linings playbook? I think yes!
ps: Happy 2014!!
images: Rue mag and Lonny. last image is of a bedroom in morocco. a boutique hotel, peacock pavillions, in marrakech by maryam