Get it together with Cottage and Vine

When I first saw Rene’s monthly party idea for January was about getting organized, I thought, “This is definitely for me!”   I went around the house looking in closets, junk drawers (yes, drawers, plural), the girls’ rooms, my bathroom and even considered the garage.  But, something just didn’t feel right.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  All of these areas and many more could use some major organizing in this crazy house.  But, I kept coming back to “Is this what I really need to be working on right now?”

We moved into this house 7 years ago and it needed a lot of work.  There were pink tea cups hanging from the curtains in the kitchen (yes, full sized actual teacups), wallpaper on what seemed like every flat surface and a kitchen and baths that needed updating. Can you see the teacups?  (Yes, that is me, ugh!)


Here are two pictures of our kitchen before.  We had replaced the appliances at this point, because the exiting ones were almost 20 years old, but the major remodel was to come later.



Here are a couple of afters.


Our backyard before.

Our backyard after.

These are just a couple of the major remodeling projects that we have taken on since we moved in 7 years ago.  There’s also the front exterior remodel, our new deck, our bonus room addition and the family room.  So, after all of the projects, I realized that something’s missing.  Many of the big projects are done, but none of the rooms feel finished, if there is such a thing.

I realized that I didn’t need to clean our a drawer or closet, I needed to organize my projects themselves.  I needed to address what my home needs to function better, to feel complete.  So, what did I do?  I made a list.  A to do list of sorts that covers every room in our home.  I organized it by room and space.  This list is very long and impossible to complete in just one year, but somehow I feel better about it.  I feel like I have a better handle on what I need to do to make it work better for us.

My tip today for all of you is don’t try to do it all.  It can be so overwhelming and costly to think about everything you need or want to do in your home.  Make a list by room and start by tackling one room at a time.  Try to finish each room.  This will make you feel better about your space and make it feel more like home.

As I explained here, this is my goal for 2012.  Over the next few months, I’ll share my design work with you, as always, but also my to do list for my own home.  There will be times where things go smoothly and some times will be a bit more difficult.  That’s life.  But, just know we’re all in this together and I’ll help you in any way I can.

Good luck!

I’m joining Inspire me Mondays.



A new shopping series/What I found this week

I thought I’d try out something new here on the blog this week.  I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some sort of series for a while now, but I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to write about every week.  Or, what you guys would be interested in reading about every week.  Then, while I was out at some of my favorite antique shops and home decor stores this week, it hit me.  What about my favorite finds of the week?  They could make the list because they are great deals or just things I love.  They can be things I saw in person or online.  What do you think?  Let’s try it and see how it goes.


Love both of these lamps from West Elm, but the matte one on top is my favorite.


Aren’t these antique doors from Pakistan beautiful?  I have a real weakness for carved wood panels.  You can use them in so many ways, but I love to use them over a mantle, on either side of a door or turned on their side as a headboard.  How would you use them?  They were a bit pricey, but what a unique addition to your home.


Love the mix of the rustic and modern in this piece.


This pair of metal and glass tables could be used in both modern and traditional spaces.


Everything at Peridot Westside is gorgeous!


More from Peridot…

Wouldn’t you love to take a nap here?


My last stop was antique shopping at Dupre’s on the square here in Marietta.  Some of my favorite things were the bamboo tables.  This tray table could be used in a dining room or kitchen or as Heidi pointed out, it could be great for magazine files in an office.  A bright coat of paint would do wonders to update it.


More bamboo.  These nesting tables were such a good deal, $83 for all 3 in perfect condition.  I really think they need to come home with me.  I’d love to paint them white and add them to my updated family room (of course, it’s only updated in my head, but it’s on my list).  I have to start somewhere, right?


Finally, there were two of these petite chairs at Dupre’s.  A beautiful neutral and a great print, perfect just the way they are.  I can see them in a master bedroom with a touch of tangerine tango.

So, which piece is your favorite?  What did you come across this week that you couldn’t live without?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I’m off to Scott’s today, I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things to share with you next week!