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Front Porch Refresh

Now that we’re in the middle of summer and all of its hot, muggy glory, we want to give you a few ideas to spruce up your front porch. Everyone gets excited to clean and plant new plants when Spring rolls around, but by July the front porch is probably getting ignored. Since we all need some motivation from time to time, we came up with a few easy tips that can be done in less than one hour to give your front porch a midsummer refresh. Oh and remember, back to school is about a month away and you want your porch to be ready for the First Day of School photos!

  • Do an overall cleaning- If you haven’t cleaned off the porch in a while, then get to work. Just spraying off any furniture, cleaning off cobwebs and wiping the doors and windows will make a huge difference. If there are any weeds hanging around in your planters or flower beds after all the rain, take a few minutes to pull them. Don’t get too distracted and pull out the pressure washer. Just do what you can do and hit the areas that will be the most impactful.
  • Add a fun wreath to your front door- if your wreath has already started to dull from the summer sun, replace it with a new one that can carry you into September. We pulled a few great options.
  • Get a new rug – This is usually an easily forgotten or ignored item at your front door. One mistake we see so many people make is choosing one that is too small. Make sure you select a rug that is wider than your front door, so it does not end up looking too small.
  • Update your planters and add new plants- If the plants in your planters have seen better days, why not replace them? Add something with bright colors that can carry you through the rest of summer and possibly into Fall. There are also some great subscription services that will ship you new plants for your front porch each season. We are definitely checking them out!

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Is your dream home hiding under all your stuff?

Have you heard yourself say, “If we only had a larger home, we could keep it organized”? If you have, you’re certainly not alone. There are 300,000 items in the average American home. When you break it down, that means you are finding a place to store 300,000 different things in your home. According to a U.S. Department of Energy report, 25% of Americans with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars in them. Only 32% have room for only one car. A NAPO study found that 55% of people polled would save up to 60 minutes per day if they were more organized. A UCLA study confirmed that there is a direct correlation between a woman’s stress levels and the number of items in her household. Just finding all these statistics in one place (Maids.com article) got my head spinning. Most people think the size of their house is the main problem, so they decide to purchase a larger house. Then guess what, after a few months that larger house is filled with more stuff and the cycle starts all over again. The problem isn’t the size of your house or the lack of storage space in your home. The problem is all the items you have accumulated over time have taken over and they’re causing more stress than enjoyment. You deserve to be happy in your home.

We fully understand that de-cluttering your home could be a huge task for most and something that requires a lot of time. If you have no idea where to begin, here are 5 tips to help you start making small changes that will hopefully lead you to crave more organization and peace in your life.

  • Grab a bag, basket or plastic bin and go through each of the main living areas of your home. Put anything that does not belong in that room into the bin. Don’t try to put an item where it belongs or organize it by room. Just grab it and throw it in. This should not take more than 15 minutes. Stick to the main living areas only- living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. Once you’re done, go through the bin. Donate anything you can, toss anything that you don’t need to keep and find the home of the rest. Do this every day moving forward to make sure you don’t let things pile up.
  • Clean off your kitchen countertops. Get rid of anything that you do not use on a regular basis. If you can relocate an item you use regularly to an easily accessible place, do it! If you’re storing a coffee grinder you never use, donate it! You have cabinets and pantries for storage. Don’t use your countertops as an additional storage space. Once you’re done, make a commitment to keep them that way.
  • Go make your bed. We don’t care if your entire room is a mess and your bedding is ugly. Make it. Do it every day as soon as you’re out of bed. You will be amazed at how this little task will transform your bedroom. Once your bed is made, you will want to straighten your nightstands, dressers, etc.
  • Do a load of laundry every day from start to finish. This means wash, dry, fold/hang and put away. Start it in the morning then finish in the evening. This is a game changer. You will no longer dread the weekends with mountains of dirty clothes. Breaking it up over every day of the week will make it so much more manageable.
  • Go through your mail as soon as it enters the house. Don’t let it pile up for a week before you decide to tackle it. Toss the junk mail, pay the bills and store anything you will need in the future. This small step will save you so much time and reduce clutter.

These small steps can lead to larger changes as you continue. When you see your home clutter-free, you will be more conscious about what you bring into your home in the future.

How to Style a Bar Cart

If you don’t already own a bar cart, we’re here to tell you why you should go out and purchase one immediately. If you already have one, we want to show you some fun ways to style it and you’ll probably want to go out and purchase a second one for another room. (Erin currently has two in her home)

So, besides the fact that they totally up the ‘I’m really cool, sophisticated and classy” vibe in your home, the bar cart is quite functional. It can provide storage, help when you’re entertaining and of course give you a stylish place to store ingredients for your favorite cocktail. They can also serve as a coffee bar, hot chocolate bar during the holidays or a side table for any room. It is such a fun piece to style for each season or holiday too!

When styling a bar cart, there are a few basics that you want to make sure you have. Stylish barware, cute glasses or mugs, an ice bucket and your choice of spirits. If you want to step it up a notch or two, we recommend adding the following: flowers (real or fake), fun artwork, paper straws in fun colors and cocktail napkins. We pulled together a few fun items in three different styles to give you some inspiration. All items are found on Amazon and we have included the link to each item.

We start with the Glamorous Gold Bar Cart which includes the best book we have seen on bar carts. It shows you many different styles and even includes cocktail recipes.

Gold Bar Cart     Gold Stemless Wine Glasses     Gold Decanter     Champagne Art

Small Gold Vase     Bar Cart Book     Gold Bar Kit     Paper Straws

 

Next up is the Farmhouse Chic Bar Cart with galvanized barware! GALVANIZED BARWARE!!! We haven’t seen anything like these fun, rustic pieces and can’t wait to get our hands on them along with those adorable mint julep napkins.

Rustic Bar Cart     Galvanized Cocktail Kit     Galvanized Ice Bucket     Galvanized Mugs

Copper Moscow Mule Mugs     Mini Faux Plants     Mint Julep Napkins

 

Last but not least, we wanted to include a Give Me All the Coffee Bar Cart. This would be fun to set up in a walk-in pantry or breakfast nook area.

Oak Bar Cart-     Keurig     Mugs     K-Cup Holder     Paper Straws      Coffee Art Work

Farmhouse Vase      Canisters     Coffee and Jesus Dish Towel

These are just a few ways to have fun and play around with styling a bar cart. We hope it excited you and gave you some inspiration!

Home Redesign and Interior Styling- What’s it all about?

Everyone has heard of interior designer and I think most people have a pretty solid understanding of what you would get if you hired one. But, do you know what home redesign or interior stylist is and what you would get if you hired one?

Home Redesign or a more glamorous term, Interior Styling, focuses more on using what you already have to create a more functional, stylish space that works for you and your family. It is a more economical solution than a full interior design project because in most cases they can make small tweaks like rearranging furniture, adding accessories or organizing a space, to help you create a home you love.

Have you ever sat in your living room and thought, I really love almost everything about this space, but something still feels a little off? Do you have a room or space in your home that you can’t seem to keep organized? No matter how many times you have moved accessories or furniture around you still can’t quite reach the look you were going for. This is where a home redesign project would benefit you. You typically start with a consultation and evaluate what is currently working or not working in the space. Then you would identify key decor pieces that you love and want to keep in the design. From there, a very customized plan is developed for you based on your time and budget. Some designers have the option of doing a 2-hour consultation and providing you a detailed list of updates and purchases to make so you have the confidence to make the changes as your time and budget allows. You can also take it a step further and actually have them assist you in the implementation of the plan. The end goal is to leave you with a home you love that is designed with your lifestyle in mind.

You deserve a home that brings you joy. You deserve a well-organized home that works for you and your family. You deserve a space to come home to each day that promotes relaxation. If your home is possibly missing the mark on any of these, you should explore how the small investment of a home redesign project could help.

If you’re interested in exploring the services Walker Hill Designs provides for redesign and styling, click here.

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