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How to Master the Kitchen Counter Oil Tray

How to Master the Kitchen Counter Oil Tray

There is one thing every kitchen needs and that is a kitchen counter oil tray to corral cooking oil, utensils, butter and other frequently used items for easy access. Organizing all of these items on a tray contains the clutter and establishes order. My butter bell and kitchen counter oil tray have generated a lot of interest so I am sharing tips for mastering your own tray.

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My kitchen counter oil tray includes a utensil crock with utensils, a pepper grinder, a butter bell, a small marble bowl for salt and an oil dispenser we brought home from a glass-blowing village in France, all of which are kept on a cake stand that serves as a catchall tray. Other things you may want to add include a mortar, an herb plant, garlic, vinegar, tasting spoons, flowers or anything that you use often while cooking.

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Roundup: Lidded Bathroom Wastebaskets

Roundup: Lidded Bathroom Wastebaskets

When it comes to bathroom accessories, the wastebasket may be the least exciting. It’s a necessary evil though. I’m a fan of lidded bathroom wastebaskets, especially in a guest or powder bath. It keeps things looking tidy and clean. The idea of hiding trash under a lid is much more appealing than seeing the trash and the plastic bag liner in an open wastebasket.

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bathroom wastebaskets with lids

In our recent powder room remodel I used a chrome lidded bathroom wastebasket to tie in with the other chrome bathroom accessories, #2 below. I thought I’d round up some other lidded bathroom wastebaskets and encourage you to get a cute lidded wastebasket if you don’t already have one.

Lidded Bathroom Wastebaskets

  1. Retro White Metal Trash Can / 2. SAVERN Trash Can / 3. BINO Mini Trash Can (also available in marble) / 4. Bronze Trash Can / 5. Mercer Lidded Trash Can / 6. Simplehuman trash can white / 7.
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My Favorites from World Market’s Furniture Sale

My Favorites from World Market’s Furniture Sale

Guys, stop what you’re doing right now and check out World Market’s furniture sale! They’re having a HUGE sale right now with 40% (!!!!) off all furniture using code FURNDEAL. I suggest you head over and take a peek, because, what a deal! The sale ends November 25th, but I bet some pieces will sell out so don’t wait until the last minute.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from World Market’s Furniture Sale, including one piece that I’m going to order.

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1. Console Table / 2. Live Edge Coffee Table / 3. Cognac Leather Accent Chair / 4. Denim Chesterfield Sofa / 5. Slipper Chair / 6. Accent Table / 7. Wood Ladder / 8. Shag Ottoman / 9. Fur Chair / 10. Wood Accent Table / 11. Rustic Chair / 12. Thai Drum Table / 13. Charpoy Bench / 14. Carved Side Table  *This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you when you make a purchase using my link. 

I love World Market for it’s eclectic and affordable furnishings, particularly their artisan pieces.… Read more

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year…I Die!!

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year…I Die!!

Sherwin Williams announced it’s 2019 Color of the Year and I’m in love with it! It’s called Cavern Clay and it’s a saturated, earthy terracotta tone and is one of my favorites!

“Ancient, yet fully alive. Bohemian, yet totally refined.”

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I love what Sarah over at Room For Tuesday did here. She painted an accent wall in her office and placed a styled console table against it. I love the way the greenery looks against the Cavern Clay wall. The otherwise neutral decor helps balance the complexity of the accent wall and it just works.

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If this color scares you a bit, think about incorporating it as an accent color. I love the idea of painting the back of built-in shelves, the wall above a wainscoting detail, the ceiling of a bedroom or office or a front door or french door.
Painting the back of a kitchen island is another great way to incorporate a bold color such as Cavern Clay.

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Roundup: Brass Cup Pulls For the Kitchen

Roundup: Brass Cup Pulls For the Kitchen

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Kitchen Reno Details: Brass Cup Pulls

Despite being deep in the messy stage of the kitchen reno, I’ve been thinking a lot about cabinet hardware and mulling over about 8 samples. Hardware is literally the last thing that gets installed but a girl can still dream, am I right?! Our farmhouse kitchen will have shaker style cabinets and one thing I know for sure is that I plan to use is brass cup pulls, aka bin pulls. I think cup pulls will add a vintage, old-world feel to our kitchen and the brass will really pop off of our off-white and “clay” colored cabinetry.

Check out these beautiful kitchens that showcase brass cup pulls:

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Hardware is tricky and really something you should see in person and against your cabinets before pulling the trigger. There are so many finish options that often are not represented accurately with an online photo. Feeling the weight and texture of the hardware can help make a decision too.… Read more

The Easy Way to Paint French Doors you Need to Know About

The Easy Way to Paint French Doors you Need to Know About

If you’ve been following along with our patio makeover for the One Room Challenge, then you know that I painted the two sets of french doors and the single side door going that goes out to our patio. All of those doors are gridded doors with 15 glass panels, you know the ones. I was dreading painting the doors…that is, until I discovered an easy way to paint french doors!

I speak from experience when I say that painting french doors is a pain in the butt. You have to either tape off the glass on each window grid, which is super annoying, time-consuming and doesn’t always prevent the paint from bleeding onto the glass, or you just paint the grids getting as little as possible on the glass and scraping it off with a razor blade after it dries. Having painted the interior of all of those french doors, I know that either way is not fun. This time around, I did a little research and discovered a pretty cool product that offers an easy way to paint french doors.… Read more

Opalhouse, Target’s New Collection Hit the Stores!

Opalhouse, Target’s New Collection Hit the Stores!

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Did you go to Target over the weekend? If so, you may have seen their new collection Opalhouse, which hit the shelves yesterday. This is by far the collection I’m most excited about. Target does a great job changing things up and appealing to the masses, from Magnolia’s Hearth & Hand farmhouse-y vibe to Project 62’s modern aesthetic. Opalhouse is all about eclectic style. It’s actually three collections in one, all with a global, wanderlust feel. Right up my alley!

Here are some of my faves from the Opahouse collection…some of these are definitely going to end up in my shopping cart!

Rattan Plant Stand / Carved Wood Candleholders / Rattan Bench / Woven Strap Headboard / Pouf / Pom Pom Lumbar Pillow / Wedding Quilt Bedding 

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24 Outdoor Sofas I’m loving for Spring

24 Outdoor Sofas I’m loving for Spring

Spring is in the air and I’m itching to finish our back patio! I thought I had decided on the sofa I was going to select, but then IKEA threw a curveball, so I’m trying to hold out until the HAVSTEN comes out in stores so I can scope it out in person before I decide. As usual, my hunt for outdoor sofas took me down a rabbit hole, so I thought I’d share a roundup of outdoor sofas here on the blog. I broke them up into three price groups, under $500, $500-$1000, and over $1000.

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outdoor sofas under $5001. KUNGSHOLMEN / 2. APPLARO / 3. Baltic Sofa (gray frame also available) / 4. Stallcup Sofa / 5. Fernhill Metal Sofa / 6. Teak Sofa w/coffee table (cushions also available in blue & green)

I actually really, really love option 5 above and had it as a placeholder in my patio design plan. It’s a great budget-friendly outdoor sofa, IMO.

outdoor sofas under $10001. Whitewash Seville Sofa / 2. Marina Del Ray / 3. Erich Sofa / 4.… Read more

Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

Favorites from IKEA’s Summer Collection

I’ll admit, I have a love-hate relationship with IKEA. One one hand, IKEA is a great source for affordable accessories and great rug and pillow options, but anyone that’s assembled some IKEA furniture knows that it’s not always worth the inexpensive price tag. I have been pretty impressed with IKEA lately though. Last year’s boho line, the currently trending STOCKHOLM chair, and now IKEA’s summer collection, inspired by entertaining and relaxing at home, is on point.

IKEA’s Summer Collection Faves

IKEA summer collection

This award-winning outdoor sofa has me VERY excited! I love its lines and minimalistic metal frame. I’m really considering waiting for IKEA’s summer launch to finish my back patio so that I can have this sofa.

Emphasizing backyard lounging, neighborhood cookouts and warm summer nights under the stars, IKEA’s summer line is all about casual and effortless entertaining at home. The line includes solar-powered lighting options, outdoor pendants, pillow covers in vibrant summer hues, minimal stoneware dishes, several new planter models and of course, some show-stopping outdoor furniture.

Despite my feelings about IKEA, it’s summer catalog is chock full of inspiration and some innovative pieces.… Read more

Mastering the Guest Welcome Tray

Mastering the Guest Welcome Tray

I love the idea of putting together a guest welcome tray in the guest bedroom. Why not bring a little hotel hospitality into the home? It’s a great way to greet your guests with a warm welcome and you can even personalize it for an extra special touch. I styled a guest welcome tray for my guest bedroom reveal, and I’d love to revisit that and share some ideas for what to include on a welcome tray.

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Guest Welcome Tray Ideas

I definitely think there are some things that should always be included on a guest welcome tray. Flowers and a water carafe for sure. From there you can add items such as spa slippers, extra toothbrushes (bonus points if they’re cute like these bamboo ones), hand lotion, a bar of soap, shampoo & conditioner, a candle, a match striker, a folded robe, a sweet treat of some kind or even a bottle of wine and wine glasses.

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You can also add a little welcome note or tag, similar to the examples above. If you opt for a note or tag, including the wifi password is a good idea.… Read more