Monthly Archives: January 2011

Nashville Shopping Trip

Daniel and I wandered Green Hills on  Sunday to visit Tuesday Morning and West Elm. We were in search of stylish storage solutions and, after picking up this slick pencil cup at West Elm, went on to the Nashville West shopping center on Charlotte Pike and scored a large bamboo cutting board (I swear, I’m in love with bamboo lately,) a white junk drawer organizer, and a granite mortar and pestle at Marshalls.

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Thanks, Mrs. Limestone!

Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone mentioned Behind Closed Drawers today and linked to our bathroom drawer post in the last post of her Junk Drawer Overhaul series.

Thanks for the shout out! I’m a huge fan.

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9 Ways to Enjoy Living in Your Home

  1. Set aside room to rest and reflect. Don’t overbook your schedule. If you live and breathe by your Little Black Book or your Blackberry, book some down time. Get plenty of sleep. Your body will thank you for it. Did you know that being over-stressed and under-rested adds inches to your waist and makes getting rid of those inches even harder? Be nice to your body. Relax.
  2. Play rejuvenating music while you take care of household responsibilities. Fill the space in your home with sounds that provide you with a soothing base for your life.
  3. Enjoy some entertainment. Watch television. Read a book. Play a game. Surf the web. Play tug-of-war with the dog.
  4. Be hospitable. Invite friends over for dinner.
  5. Speaking of dinner, try your hand at trying new dishes. Have fun … experiment with flavors!
  6. Insist that your living room or den remains a place for family time, your office (or desk) be the designated spot for papers, your bathroom a place for refreshing and even pampering, and your bedroom be an oasis of calm and serenity. Don’t let spaces overrun into each other–that creates clutter that will also affect your life and thoughts.
  7. Prevent panic and rushed searches for lost items by making places for everything and keeping them in those places. Also work hard to stay in maintenance mode so that household chores and cleaning up are 15-20 minute processes, not hours-long ordeals.
  8. Let there be light! Invite in the sunshine. Don’t hide behind shutters or blinds at all times.
  9. Bring a little bit of nature in … enlist the help of natural air purifiers by nurturing a house plant or two in your living spaces. Some well-placed and well-groomed potted plants don’t overtake a home, but rather make it an inviting place to live.

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Day 17: Master Bath Reveal

We’ve cleaned out the bathroom supplies so many times, but there was still more to remove. After all, lotions and creams expire after time, and sponges decay.

I was so gung-ho about this project that I dove right in and then remembered to go grab the camera to document the process. So, under the cabinet looked a whole lot worse originally, but here’s the before shot I managed to snag:

In the middle of taking things out of the cabinet, I sorted them by type of item and use. The piles began to look like this …

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Day 16: Bathroom Shower Curtain – After

This post is going to be short and sweet. I ran out of time to write a lengthy blog post  (I was sorting a cabinet and cleaning our master bathroom and got a little carried away.) However, I will leave you with this sneak peak at the bathroom overhaul I did! See the before picture here, but for now, here’s the after:

You’ll notice the little table is gone. After sorting out the cabinet below the sink I realized I didn’t need it there, so I have plans to use it elsewhere.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the full reveal!

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Day 15: Thursday Bookshelf Tip from Apartment Therapy

The folks at Apartment Therapy are my go-to group for the best advice in designing, organizing, and generally keeping a well-groomed house. This video is from their 20/20 Cure–twenty days of spending twenty minutes to make your home a little more pleasant.

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Day 14: Bathroom Shopping Trip

The weather man is calling for snow again. I really have a hard time comprehending how much snow we’ve had in the past month or so here in Nashville. January through March is always cold and there is usually a freeze, but this has been extraordinary.

In about thirty minutes from writing this on Tuesday night for today’s post, we’re supposed to get up to six inches of snow. Most of the time this means the neighborhood grocery stores are filled with people out to buy milk and eggs and bread, but Daniel and I headed to Target and picked up something a little more lasting … those acrylic bathroom drawer organizers I’ve had my eye on and a new shower liner for the new shower curtain that arrived today!

Soon this will be a thing of the past:

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Day 13: Daniel’s Dishwashing Hack

Today’s post is by my first guest blogger on Behind Closed Drawers … none other than my favorite geek in the whole wide world: my husband.

Daniel is self-employed as a business and computer analyst/programmer who customizes database solutions for his clients.  He is also what I like to call an “ethical hacker,” in other words, he can test your system’s innards to hunt out the weak spots and then help you fix them. His analytical style of thinking means he constantly pokes and probes to see how he can make a system–any system, not just computer a system–better.

So, it is not surprising that his personal methodical approach to doing our dishes and keeping our kitchen sink clean is a life hack that has actually improved our process quite a bit. I’ve been very pleased with the result, and I’m proud of him for being such a shining example of husbandly helpfulness.

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Day 12: Bathroom Upgrades Sneak Peak

Along with organizing comes the desire to make my place as welcoming, calming, and pleasing to the eye as possible. I’m on a budget, so anytime I come across a great deal on an item we’ve already planned to purchase that’s both in my style and price point and Daniel approves–I buy!

The other day we were in Target and saw a shower curtain that was perfect for our master bath, but it was just a smidge out of our home improvement budget range for this month. I passed. It was pretty though, with a simple gray border around a white fabric curtain.

Then, I checked my email from Gilt Groupe today and found an even better sale on a similar looking shower curtain with a brown dual stripe border which will look fantastic in our bathroom. Say hello to our new master bath shower curtain!

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Day 11: Dining Room Bookshelf Nook – Before

I have big plans for this baby. I do love the nook. It’s easily accessible from the kitchen and has already proven to be the ideal spot to keep spiced cider warm during parties (see the outlet to the right, hidden behind my Tupperware?)

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