September 2, 2015

Creating an Organized and Functional Entryway Drop Zone: Plans and Progress


I'm quite certain the majority of us can at the drop of a hat identify the number one thing on our list of pet peeves when it comes to our family and home related habits.  Leaving clothes on the floor, not replacing the toilet paper, dirty dishes in the sink; there's something that drives us all bonkers. My biggest complaint? Our drop zone, i.e. the landing spot for all of the miscellaneous crap we're carrying when we come into our home. Jackets, junk mail, car keys, cell phones, lunch totes, what ever random thing Little B insisted on tagging along with us on that day....you know where it all goes? To our kitchen island.

Creating an Entryway Drop Zone: How nice would it be to have drop zone for your keys, mail, and and all the other random stuff you carry through your door when you come home?!

Sadly, this picture only shows half of the island.The other side is just as bad, plus, throw in a couple bar stools slash coat racks and now you get why I'm a little insane, right? In a mess like this it's easy to lose track of bills and other important documents, never mind the fact that you can never use your island for it's original purpose like meal prepping and eating! 

I know this was a problem that needed to be addressed like yesterday. 
Good news is I am finally tackling this beast.

This is the space I'm working on; our garage entry way.
This little hallway, friends, will be the answer to all of my organized, less chaotic, drop zone dreams!

Creating an Entryway Drop Zone in a Hallway: How nice would it be to have drop zone for your keys, mail, and and all the other random stuff you carry through your door when you come home?!

So much potential here! We use this garage door as our main entrance into the house, so it's the perfect place for a drop zone.A few months ago we had most of our main level, including this hallway, painted in one of my favorite "greige" colors ever, Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. So as you can see the freshly painted walls were just begging for some attention.


Before I got started on this drop zone makeover,
I needed to identify the main things that REALLY needed a home (coats, purse, mail, coupons) and then creatively come up with a solution that would fit within this space. This hallway is too narrow for any kind of furniture so I knew our only option was to utilize the wall space.
I've always been a fan of the board and batten look and remembered this project from DIY Mommy that I pinned awhile back. It's a wonderful way to keep things organized without taking up a lot of space, right?

Soooooo....that is what we have been working on; a board and batten coat rack.
I'll be sharing a tutorial when it's all said and done, but in the mean time here's our progress so far.

Creating an Entryway Drop Zone in a Hallway: How nice would it be to have drop zone for your keys, mail, and and all the other random stuff you carry through your door when you come home?!

The door between the board and batten is to our laundry room.
We plan on adding wall hooks to the right of that door.
It's going to be so nice to be able to take one step into our home and BAM hang things right then and there.
As for the opposite side of the wall, don't worry, I've got some fun plans for that side too.
That's where all the mail/coupon/keys and other necessary life info will go.

Creating an Entryway Drop Zone: How nice would it be to have a pretty and organized space for your keys, mail, and and all the other random stuff you carry through your door when you come home?! #farmhousestyle

Chalkboard | Ceiling Fixture | Chicken Wire Wall Basket (sold out-similar ones can be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby) | Schoolhouse Wall Clock | Accent Rug | Metal Wall Hooks

To say I'm obsessed with the whole farmhouse look would be an understatement. I like to add a few modern touches here and there too, which is where the rug comes into place. I actually scored that exact same rug at Target on sale a few weeks ago. Chalkboards are great way to display important notes and dates. Right now I try to store everything in my head and well, that ain't working so well! The wire hanging basket will be the perfect spot to sort and organize our mail and the ridiculously amount of coupons this house receives. The numbered wall hooks will be a cute spot to hang our house/car keys and I think it's pretty obvious why a clock is important. Last but not least, someday I'd love to get rid of the boob light, ya know, perhaps, before it also tries to kill us.

I'm really excited about this space and can't wait to get back both my kitchen island and sanity.
So if you have a certain something, something in your home that is driving you up a wall I highly encourage you to take a look around your house and keep an open mind about the potential of every nook and cranny you've got!

I'll be back with a entryway drop zone update soon, but in the mean time you can always find me hanging out over on Instagram sharing sneak peeks and other random shenanigans.  I'm @delightnoted 
I hope to see you there!

 I'd love to hear what drives you batty? Please do share, so I don't feel alone and mentally unstable by myself. Mmmmkay?



August 31, 2015

Printable Back to School Interviews (K-6th Grade)


I know the majority of you have kiddos who have or will be starting school soon and what better way to record these precious milestones in your offspring's life than with Free Back to School Printable Interviews?!
Keep track of favorite colors, best friends, and life dreams by creating an ongoing memory book with the help of these cute free printables! I'm super excited to be sharing these with you today!
Back to School Printable Interviews. What a fun way to record these precious milestones! The kids will love answering the questions, and I'll get a kick out of their answers.

One of my most loved items from when I was a young squirt is my little school memory book.
Every year my mom would sit down and ask those BIG important questions; like what I wanted to be when I grew up? Flight attendant, school teacher-I had all kinds of aspirations. I'm pretty sure I never answered "I want to work in a prison someday". Wait? What? What? Oh yeah, I may have failed to mention that before.
Well, morning glories that's a story lifetime movie for another day. 

My point is that keepsakes evoke memories and feelings and let's face it as parents we sometimes forget the little things! This is a fun and sweet way to document your children as they grow. The kids will enjoy answering the questions, and you'll love hearing what they have to say....maybe.

Back to School Printable Interviews. What a fun way to record these precious milestones! The kids will love answering the questions, and I'll get a kick out of their answers.

I created a design for Kindergarten through 6th grade and am offering them all to YOU for FREE! 

Click on each link below to download and print all 7 (8x10s) of the Back to School Printable Interviews. Later you can slip them into a photo album with their school pictures and make a cute book.










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August 28, 2015

Dose of Delight | 8.28.2015


Weekend greetings! Hard to believe we'll be transitioning into a new month next week. August went by in the blink of an eye. I'm excited though, with September comes Autumn and new seasons always tend to bring a renewed burst of creativity for me. Somehow in the past 24 hours I've managed to add about twenty more projects to my crafty to-do list. I'm hoping a certain toddler allows me some free time this weekend!

The favorite links of the week


My heart skipped a beat when I saw this desk Jamielyn made over.....

pin from original source here, please


What's a decorator's worst nightmare? Visible home wires! Oh, and boob lights.
 Really smart ways on how to hide them....the wires, not the boobs.


The gals over at Lolly Jane are so clever. Can you guess what they used to make this succulent pot?
My favoritist (yes, I made that a word) idea ever!

pin from original source here, please


I know this won't apply to all of you but a great read for you boss ladies out there!

pin from original source here, please

Such an adorable and sweet party (pun was intended)

pin from original source here, please

Don't forget you can always come chat and hang out with me over on Instagram and Facebook.
I usually share sneak peeks of projects on IG so you just may catch a few new ones this weekend!

Have a delightful weekend! 



 
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