The Pantry Project

I was inspired by all the neat and organized pantries that I keep seeing on Pinterest. So, I decided to tackle our own Pantry Project. Here are is a BEFORE pic. Yikes! It definitely needs some work. Keep watching for the final reveal, but for now, I’ve included a Sneak Peek!

pantry project * The Pantry Project {Before}

Niche Decor: Halloween

When we bought our 2nd home, one thing I was really excited about was this niche in the downstairs hallway, between the foyer and the living room. Initially I hung a beautiful canvas portrait of my daughter. But, as I started living with it, I realized it was the perfect spot to do a little holiday decor. (I prefer to do holiday decor in clusters. That way, it looks intentional and cute. When I used to spread it out around the house, it just ended up looking cluttered.) So, I purchased some lidded glass containers for colorful holiday candy. Then, I use those little 3m hooks and hangers that are easy to remove so I don’t have nail holes or tape stuck to the wall. It also frees me up to create new layouts for each holiday and for each year, so I don’t feel stuck in a rut.  *  Halloween Niche Decor * Halloween Niche Decor

For this first holiday, it took a little more effort than it will in the future. I took out my measuring tape, scissors, and a large roll of craft paper I had from some previous project. I cut the paper in the approximate dimension of the niche. Then I taped it against the inset and trimmed the excess to the exact fit. When I was done, I had a paper template of the niche that I then taped to a piece of 1/8″ fiberboard. I used a jigsaw to cut the fiberboard around the template, and then did a quick sand. I did a dry fit, a little more sanding in a few spots to get it perfect, and then it was ready to decorate. My daughter is little, so I don’t like anything too scary, so I opted for a whimsical black and white polka dot fabric that I just wrapped around the board. Since this will be changed out on a regular basis for each holiday, I just taped the fabric to the fiberboard with masking tape (but use whatever you have on hand). Then I picked up a shiny black frame and put in a picture of my daughter from her 2nd Halloween, and I hung my fake spiders and decor with 3M hooks. I had a Happy Halloween banner from the Martha Stewart line that I re-strung to fit the niche and hung it across. Then I added the colorful Halloween goodies in shades of orange, and WALLA! Done! Now I can’t wait to decorate for the next holiday!!!



Willow House Party

I recently hosted a Willow House (housewarming) party, and today the orders arrived! It looks like Christmas in my house! Now I just have to sort and deliver all the orders to my friends. Yay!

I can’t wait to get my own stuff out of the boxes to check it out! I love their products. I know they can be a bit pricey, but they are great quality.  *  Willow House Order * Willow House Order