I shared a project list with you about six weeks ago that we've been working through, and I've been excited to come back and give you some updates. This is no Young House Love, but hey - we know how to put books on a bookshelf, and we can probably throw some paint on the walls when the time comes. We're just living in a rental, but it's still been fun to find small ways to make this space feel like ours while we're living here.
You can read our original goals here, but I'll summarize them for you:
- Organize the Kitchen
- Build new mantle, organize built-ins
- Guest Room (the biggest project!)
- Patio Refresh
- Maximize Storage Space
Of course we have some books on these shelves, but we have a few other things that I really like, too. My aunt framed a copy of our wedding invitation for us (middle shelf & left, with the glare), and the cup and plate that we used to take communion in our wedding ceremony is on the top right shelf. Steve's parents are amazing potters in their free time, and they hand made both pieces for us!
We also have some quirky bookends displayed that were a gift from my brother, the family pet (a beta fish!), and of course...a few blue dishes ;)
As far as storage goes, right now we have a nice blend of hidden storage and decorative storage. We're still working on optimizing everything, but we got these oversized baskets as wedding gifts and I'm in love with them. They're perfect for those things that you don't want all the time, but want easy access to - at our house, that means throw blankets and board games.
Well friends, that's it for now! The other projects are moving along more slowly. There has been huge progress in our guest room. It started out just as storage for everything that couldn't fit into the rest of the house, and we've been slowly sorting through it. We've given a full sized desk & tables back to family members, we sold all of our wedding linens on Craigslist, and we've got a few boxes of things that are headed to Goodwill. It's still not a functional room, but we're getting there!
One quick announcement before I sign off for the day - the Blue Dishes is now a dot com! Steve is a computer whiz and surprised me with the domain name as an early birthday present. You can still find me by typing in the normal address (thebluedishes.blogspot.com), but the extra-official address is now www.thebluedishes.com. Thanks for continuing to read along with me, friends - you guys make this fun!
Now...what organization tips do you have? This apartment journey is far from over, and I would love some help :)
Psst - linked up today with Treasure Tromp!