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HGTV and Etsy – HGTV Treasury Challenge 2011

I wish I had cable. I’ll have to wait for this episode to arrive on the web, but stay tuned, ’cause HGTV’s Design on a Dime show on December 10 at 8p/7c will feature Etsy!

Now, I’m new to being a seller on Etsy (shop at Creative Salvage for fun vintage stuff, toot toot!) but I’ve been a buyer for several years and an admirer for quite some time. Even our wedding save-the-dates were from Etsy. So, I when I read this post today on HGTV’s blog, asking Etsians to contribute treasuries based on HGTV themes that they might feature on their blog, I pounced.I love helping promote the excellent eye (vintage pickers!) and handicraft (artisans!) in this amazing Etsy community. I couldn’t resist.

We rent, so apartment nesting is near and dear to my heart. That’s why I hunted down some lovely vintage, industrial, and charming items to add to my treasury, which I called “For Rent: Home Sweet Apartment.”

So, without further ado, here it is! I hope you will stop by and check out each of these shops. I would buy everything in this treasury if I had the funds. Enjoy!

‘For Rent: Home Sweet Apartment’ by creativesalvage

These items add a fun vibe to the standard white-box rental, while at the same time providing essential function. It’s a little bit natural, a little bit industrial, a little bit retro, and a whole lot of sweet.

11×14 Poster – Home Swe…


KITCHEN BULL by toro le…


Industrial Letter Tray


Bookshelf Industrial Pi…


Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set -…


Incense Firewood Night …


modern wall clock – mod…


Perpetual Desk Calendar


Croft House Coffee Tabl…


abstract painting- fine…


Eco-Friendly Household …


Apple iPhone 3G/3Gs Woo…


vintage wooden library …


Countertop Makeup Organ…


Vintage RCA Victor Radi…


Embroidered Hoop Art, S…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.


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Container Store Shopping Trip

My good friend, Joy, and I drove to Green Hills this afternoon to attend the Grand Opening of the The Container Store in Nashville. We were so excited; it was like early Christmas for us organization freaks. I can’t express how much I love that she and I are kindred spirits in our sense of style and appreciation of all things organizational. We wandered the store for hours, dodging the masses of people and drooling over all the shelving, kitchen stuff, office supplies, and yes, containers.

Here’s a shot of a dreamy closet I wish was mine:

Of course, we didn’t come home empty-handed. In fact, after a brief tour and demonstration of their Elfa system closet organizers, she won a $25 Elfa System gift card … and then GAVE IT TO ME. Just because she knew I could use it. Have I mentioned that I love this lady? I bought this sliding drawer system for one of our kitchen cupboards to hold cutting boards and tall kitchen-y things. Thank you, Joy. You rock.

I also bought an under-shelf hanging organizer to help with our dishes and a pot lid holder. I’m going back with Daniel soon (his birthday request. Why yes, we are pretty geeky like that), so I’m sure we’ll get more loot.

In closing, here’s a parting shot of an item I find especially appealing. My hatred of cable mess is well known to my husband. (He regularly hears me say, “I see cables! Please hide them!) So he was amused to receive this picture in text message while we shopped. Hint hint.

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Chalk Board Canister Labels

I discovered a wonderful thing at World Market today. Chalk board labels. No painting! No mess! I was so excited I didn’t hesitate to pick up a pack for $3.99 + tax. Sold.

I had seen similar chalk board ideas on blogs and Pinterest and Etsy. I kept tucking them away for future reference, and I vaguely recall seeing one astonished blogger excited about labels, but until today I hadn’t seen them for myself. They are so easy to use, and since I messed up several times while writing on them, I can vouch that they rinse off easily. Just a little water wiped across the label and a dab with a towel to dry and you can re-write over them. I hope this means rinsing out the canisters for new items will be just as easy.

I’m sure you can use these in 101 other ways than I did, but I placed them on glass canisters we got as a wedding present.


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Hallelujah! Nashville’s Container Store Opens This November

Welcome to Nashville, The Container Store! I and other organization lovers in the mid-state region are excited to have a Mecca to go to for our supplies. You better believe I’ll be shopping there very, very soon.

November 5th or 6th, here I come.

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Design News: Ideas You Should Steal

Brought to you from Kelly+Olive, a design duo that offers their services over the ‘Net. They believe that everyone should have a chance to enjoy a beautiful home, so they’ve teamed up with some of my favorite home and design bloggers to create a lovely eBook filled with ideas and projects to try.

I downloaded my copy yesterday and am looking forward to browsing its digital pages this afternoon. Ideas You Should Steal costs a whopping $1 (or more, if you’re feeling generous) donation and its proceeds benefits Dwell With Dignity.

Young House Love, Yellow Brick Home, Brooklyn Limestone, House*Tweaking, and other favorite bloggers share the pages of the pdf. It’s well worth a buck, and it is a good feeling to know that the splurge helps provide the less fortunate with a better lifestyle. I just found out about Dwell With Dignity, and I gotta say, I like what I read. So go support their cause! Buy the eBook.

p.s. I wasn’t paid, bribed, or in any way rewarded for this blurb. I’m just glad to be able to share the news.

{Images: Kelly+Olive, Dwell With Dignity}

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Jewelry Organization: $100 and less

1) PreZerve Anti-Tarnish Embellished Jewelry Organizer, silver, $19.80; 2) Modern Red Lacquer Jewelry Box Wood Gloss, $69.99; 3) Jewelry Organizer Tree, $32.99; 4) Nambe Crystal Heart Ring Holder, $29.99; Jewelry Polishing Cloth 6″ x 8″ Teal Color, $5.65; 6) Glitter Square Silver Jewelry Box, $18.99

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Elfa System Inspiration

There’s a lot of great inspiration for closets out there. I drool over them regularly, in magazines and blogs. And even advertisements. So many ways to keep things in order in attractive ways!

Of course the royalty of closet organizers is the Elfa System at The Container Store. You can even design your own.


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Shopping at Target

I was walking through Target today, looking for some allergy medicine (yay … hay fever season), and I walked right past an aisle full of this:

I had to stop and drool a little. Look at all those colors, sizes, and notebooks! Seems like Tar-jay is recognizing the need for more stylish ways to keep paperwork and office items neat and organized.

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Let’s Go Shopping: Drawer Organizers

One by one, the drawers in our house are getting cleaned, organized, and used on a regular basis with much more ease than before their transformations. I already have some organizers for our bathroom drawers and our kitchen “junk” drawer, but there are still more drawers to go. In particular, I’d like to organize my sock drawer. Silly, maybe. But true.

So I went shopping to see what was out there. Here’s what I found:

1) Modular Drawer Organizers, $29.95 – $36.95; 2) Linus Shallow Drawer Organizers, $2.99 – $6.99; 3) Madesmart Junk Drawer Organizer, $11.99; 4) Slotted Interlocking Drawer Organizers, $4.99

Ooooh .. #4 would be PERFECT for that sock drawer! Too bad there isn’t The Container Store here in Nashville. Sadness. I’d be in organizational heaven if there were and I could go and visit!

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Save it For a Rainy Day: $150 Or Less

Today it rained and rained and rained and rained. Part of me was a little worried we’d end up flooding all over Nashville like it did last May, but the other part was eager to wear my cute rain boots. I was glad I did … I got several compliments on them!

So, considering my late start on the posting today, I decided to capitalize on the the theme. Some days are just those stay-in-your-pajamas-and-watch-tv kind of days. Others, when the weather gets warmer, are the take-off-your-shoes-and-dance-in-the-rain kind of days. Whichever it is, you still have certain things to take care of if you go outside and come back in at all. Things like an umbrella, wet shoes, and bits of gravel that stick on the bottom of those shoes.

It’s a Saturday evening, and it’s still raining. I’m going shopping!

1) Adesso Contour Coat Rack, $74.99; 2) Frankford Golf Bubble Umbrella, $36.90; 3) Two’s Company Owl Umbrella Stand, $139.99; 4) TV Trends Shamtastic Super Absorbent Towels, $12.99; 5) Beslagsboden Coat Rack, $18.35; 6) Puddletons Bees, $39.99; 7) Majestic Boot Tray, $4.89

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