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Kids like to collect rocks. Well, people like to collect rocks. From my experience, its not a boy thing or a girl thing or a kid thing, it really is more of a human thing. Look at a rock, really take a good look at it, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to take it home and look at it longer. From granite countertops, to travertine floors and marble topped tables, we like to surround ourselves with stone.

Our personal rock collection seems to grow on a weekly basis. Many end up in the garden, but the favorites end up here…

…in a square wood box (originally containing our wedding centerpieces so many years ago) on a living room side table.

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When we moved into this place, three and a half years ago, we had significantly less kitchen storage space than our last home. So, finding alternatives to free up some of the cupboard space was necessary. We decided to get the pots up on the ceiling. We couldn’t actually put it above the oven/stovetop because we would have hit our heads on it, but there was a perfect spot for it above a counter within easy reach.
I decided to look at an architectural salvage place for ideas. We ended up with this small gate, which was an oxidized gray, pretty, but not what I was picturing in my head. We painted it and my husband went up in the attic to make sure we were hanging it in in the joists. I didn’t want this thing coming down on my head!

I found hooks online and the whole thing has served us extremely well and the overall cost was still cheaper than the pot racks I was seeing online.

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I’ve had these rugs sitting in the laundry room for months. I’ve been wanting to do something with them, but up until yesterday I wasn’t quite sure what that something was. After spray painting some bins gold and thinking about all the things I am trying to organize right now, I finally knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Make more bins!

I bought some soft-sided bins from the Container Store a couple years ago that I love, but they were not cheap. Not even close to cheap. But, these rugs were cheap…under $4 cheap. They are seasonal items, but I can usually find something like this or similar when I am at Ikea and I know this sort of thing is available elsewhere, although the colors and exact sizes might vary. Fortunately, this sort of thing can be adapted easily to whatever you have on hand. I even bought a rug like this in a dollar store once (even cheaper!).

Other than the rug, all you need is a needle, some thread (I used thick quilting thread) and a pair of scissors. Oh, and a safety pin or two are helpful as well.

Start by folding the rug in half and sew up the sides. It was easier for me to sew on the inside of the thick edge than right through it, so that’s what I did. Leave the fringe ends open (don’t sew them together). 

Once the sides are sewn together, fold the rug in half (sewn sides together) and find the center of the folded edge (what would have been the middle of the rug). I marked mine with a safety pin.

Take a non-fringe corner and fold it in to your center mark. The fabric should form a triangle.

Now do the same with the opposite corner. This will be the bottom of your bin.

Sew along the diagonal edges of these folds as well as the folded edge on the inside your bin.

Here is what the outside of the bin should look like when you’ve finished sewing along the edges.

And here is what one of the inside folded edges looks like when sewn.

Once you’ve sewn these six folded edges, you are basically done. The bins are essentially reversible, So use whatever side you want for the inside. I chose to use this side.

Fold down the sides for more stability. I tried mine a few different heights and settled on this.

The amount of side folded over also depends on what you want to store in them. I tried mine with books and yarn projects and I might also use them to store toys or towels.

When you aren’t using them, they fold up and store quite nicely.

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These bins were from Target a while ago. They were $2.50 and located in that section in the front of the store where most things are $1. They came in a few bright colors, mine were pink, and I knew from the time I bought them that I wanted them to be gold. They are just the right size to sit on the floating Lack Ikea shelves in our bedroom office.

My husband was busy painting a thrift store bike for our oldest daughter (from black to sparkly periwinkle) so, I figured it was as good a time as any to do some painting myself. I’m looking forward to trying these in a few different ways and places to see what I like best.

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When we got home from our trip, I decided it was time to redo the bathroom. It was in need of some fresh white paint and some serious organizing.

Unfortunately, I am horrible at getting before shots. Here it is though after 12 days of work.

The towel and magazine bar is from Ikea (painted white) and it is resting on basic white hooks from Home Depot.

The toilet paper basket is from Cost Plus World Market. I’m liking this new system for toilet paper storage. It has freed up some space in the cupboard and now guests don’t have to guess where to look if we run out.

This mirror has actually been there since the day we moved in.The main, large mirror is to the left when you enter the bathroom, but its nice to have a little mirror over the sink too. This little green beaded mirror is from Anthropologie (several years ago).

This cabinet seems a little blah to me still, but if you could magically see a before picture of that medicine cabinet, you would be very happy that it looks like this now. This cabinet was here before we moved in so I am not responsible for the funny placement. I could have moved it down a bit, but I wasn’t motivated to do that at the time and I think its better to have it more out of the childrens’ reach. They are all climbers now.

This shelf (in the background of the photo below) was the large straw that drove me to actually get the bathroom done. My mom was getting rid of it before our trip and I grabbed it from her garage sale pile. My dad built it, so I know its sturdy. There wasn’t time to put it up before we left on our trip, so its been sitting there in my mind for a couple months.

The large apothecary jar belonged to my mother-in-law. It may have actually belonged to her paternal grandma if I am remembering correctly. I should probably double check on that.

I added the swan brackets to my dad’s shelf unit. They are another old Anthropologie find.

The motel sign is something I had originally picked up for our RV. I had it leaning up against the mirror as I worked in here and liked it so much in this room that I decided to use it in here instead.

These jewelry shadow boxes have actually been in that spot since before we moved in, so I guess this is kind of a before shot. They came with us when we moved here two and a half years ago. 

The green knobs on the black cabinet were a local craigslist find (by local, I mean, a couple blocks away) about a year ago. There were about 20 of them in a bag. I keep changing out knobs all over our house for these because I love them so. 

The black cabinet used to be periwinkle. I was tired of that the first time I saw it, but it wasn’t so hideous that it had to be changed immediately. Even if it had been though, I can’t say I wouldn’t have procrastinated until now anyway.

I added some little 4 inch furniture feet to make it look like a found dresser. A really shallow dresser. Maybe I will get a photo of that sometime.

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