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5 items I’m loving at Target right now (all under $100!)

Hola! Hope you enjoyed this past weekend. I can’t believe it is already June, and although Summer hasn’t officially started, it sure feels like it around here!

A couple of weekends ago I made a trip to Target to grab a couple of random items and got sucked into their home section. (You know, the usual.)

I would say especially over the last couple years, Target has really upped their game when it comes to housewares and home decor items.  They have some really great designer looks but without the high price tag.  Here are my faves:

five summer home items from target under $100!

Links from top to bottom: cotton blanket, mirror, marble lamp, brass wire basket, bench

 

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6 table lamps i’m loving right now

I’ve been looking at lighting for a client this morning and thought I’d share some of my favorite finds:

6 table lamps I'm loving right now

1> drooling over that clean crisp white marble base

2> cream ceramic paired with a linen shade.  A steal at less than $50!

3>  this would make an awesome desk lamp

4> my favorite color dipped in gold.

5> obsessed with this pendant so of course a lamp in the same style would be delightful.

6> earthy wood with your choice of a gray, white, or cork shade. Thank you Target!

For links to these and a plethora of more lamps, check out my Lighting board on Pinterest.  Happy Tuesday!

6 end tables i’m loving right now

Here are a few of my favorite {living room} things…

6 end tables I'm loving right now

1> Vein cut marble top paired with the wood base is sophisticated yet earthy.

2> I already love a good log table, but the lacquered silver takes the cake. Use one as a drink table, or bunch a few in place of a coffee table.

3>  A modern take on Saarinen’s tulip side table. I adore the metal and wood combo!

4> Love the simple shape.  This one can be traditional or modern, and comes in the gray wash  (as shown) or 2 other finishes.

5> These little hourglass tables from Target are a steal at $59.99!

6> Gold leaf hairpin legs + white marble top = A little slice of heaven

 

Which one is your fave??

organizing 101: simple tips, best blogs, + 9 favorite products

Spring is here, and for many people this means the season of deep cleaning has begun.   And although your home may be “clean”, do you know where everything is?  Is it neat and tidy?  You may answer a resounding no to these questions, but organizing your life is much more attainable than you may think.  Organization isn’t just for anal retentive Type A people, perfectionists, or for those with the perfect homes in magazines or on TV.  YOU can make your house work FOR you, instead of AGAINST you.

organized desk area

Recently, a friend asked me for organizing advice, and well, I can be quite messy.  I thought I may not be the best person to ask, but the more I thought about it, I realized organizing actually has a lot in common with interior design.  Both use problem solving as means to make spaces look and function better.   I’ll let you in on a little secret: although it requires thought and determination at first, once you create a functional home, it’s super easy to maintain.

Organized bath drawers

I’ve scoured the internet, Pinterest, magazine articles, and even a couple of books, searching high and low for the best tips and products out there in the organizing world.  I wouldn’t be a good blogger friend if I didn’t pass that on to you, now would I?

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EASY TIPS + TRICKS

Organizing pretty much boils down to a set of principles.  Follow them and you’ll be on the road to success:

  • Define your storage needs.  You can’t solve the problem until you define it.  Where are the problem areas?  What is missing or causing the clutter?  What tools do you need to make it better?  Most of the time, clutter is caused from items that do not have a home.  Make sure each thing you own has a proper place to be stored.

modern office for a small space

  • Make sure you have designated space to accommodate your stuff.  In the design of many homes, storage is often an after thought.  A lot of homes do not have the proper amount of built-ins and closet space necessary to function clutter-free.  If this is a description of your home, do not let this stop you!  Seek out the proper equipment you need, such as shelving, cabinets, and baskets.  Another idea: Don’t make purchases you don’t have room to store, unless you are willing to part with something you do not use anymore!

Pantry organization

 

  • Group like items together.  Categorizing similar items is logical, making things extremely easy to find.

group items together

 

  • Label!  Labeling will help not only you, but also others identify where things go.   (Bonus:  your lazy family member(s) will not be able to use the “I didn’t know where to put it” excuse, because *TA DA* it’s clearly labeled)

organized and labeled

 

  • Decide what to conceal.  Use baskets, bins, and totes to hide things that appear messy.  It will make a world of difference.

before and after - using bins to organize

 

  • Avoid the temptation to just stuff all your miscellaneous crap under the bed or in the closet.  This is counter productive as these spaces should be functional too.

under the bed storage!

 

  • Think outside the box.  Come up with creative ways to display and store items.

creative storage solutions

 

  • Look for double function furniture pieces.  Use a trunk as a coffee table to store all your games and movies, or a kitchen cart that can hold your pots and pans while serving as a food prep surface.

dining table that turns into a pool table...great for small spaces!

  • Be disciplined.  Take 20 minutes each night to put things away that you have used throughout the day.

 

BEST BLOGS OUT THERE FOR ORGANIZING (in my humble opinion):

 

STORAGE MUST HAVES

  1. Rugby Stripe Bins, Container Store
  2. BYHOLMA Basket, IKEA
  3. Milano Graphic Storage Boxes, Container Store
  4. PS Cabinet in White, IKEA
  5. Latte Parker Desktop File, Container Store
  6. Closetmaid 31″ Horizontal Organizer, Target
  7. Glass Jar (various sizes), Container Store
  8. Seville UltraZinc Shelving on Casters, Amazon
  9. Threshold Stoneware Chalkboard Canisters, Target

9 Favorite Storage Solutions - Vim & VintageFor the links to these above items and many more inspiration, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest page!

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color story: coral + gray

Coral is natural, romantic, and playful.  It gives off those happy, feel-good vibes.  Gray is neutral, reserved, and agreeable.  When paired with together, coral shines through, providing a unique look while emitting believability and flexibility.  These 2 colors collectively radiate sophistication, whimsy, and flair.

Coral & Gray Living Room - The Graphics Fairy

Gray & Coral

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coral gray & yellow outfit

coral vanity

   coral living room

.gray exterior with coral windows

Coral & Gray pumps

coral & gray

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My picks for coral & gray !

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coral and gray color board.

  1. La Mer Bali Wrap Watch
  2. Coral and Charcoal Open Shoulder Tie Dye Top
  3. Kenneth Cole Know Way Sandals
  4. Mossimo Striped Scarf
  5. Betsy Johnson Tough Love Satchel
  6. Modern Orange Ovo Lamp
  7. ZGallerie Harrison Sofa
  8. Sanderson Pippin Wallpaper
  9. Schumacher Imperial Trellis Wallpaper
  10. Coral & Charcoal Geometric Pillow Cover
  11. Quilted Ombre Pillow
  12. Dot Stripe Toss Pillow

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