An organized closet is a happy closet…

Every evening when I’m planning my outfit for the next day, (because during the work week I must plan ahead, goodness knows I don’t have the time to do it in the morning), frustration ensues with the mangled mess of clothing I have piled in my bedroom. And goodness, finding a pair of shoes to wear is even worse! I find one shoe, but not it’s mate. I know I buy them in pairs, but how do they get separated once I bring them home?

So this weekend, my goal is to clean and organize my closet. It may end up being harder than I expect, so I might end up doing something less frustrating, like finally getting to that bathroom ceiling. But to inspire myself, I’ve found some helpful hints from the good folks of Better Homes and Gardens.

In the closet above, they utilized wicker baskets to store out of season clothing, canvas bins to stash work-out gear or other smelly or otherwise yucky clothing, think painting clothes. And it looks like they’ve installed stackable storage cubbies, to put all the smaller “foldable” wear. They also suggest that small divided containers be used to store jewelry and all those other accessories that a girl just can’t live without. This would so solve my dilemma when it comes to finding a matching pair of earrings. Like shoes, my earrings tend to go their separate ways once coming home.

Here is a similar adjustable closet organizer from Target:

For $300 buck-a-roos you too could have a nice organized closet. And if you’re on a tighter budget, here’s a cheaper option, at a less worrisome price of $79 , again from Target:

Well, I’m off to start organizing and plan my trip to Target!!

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Da Plane! Da Plane!

A few weeks ago, the sweetie and I were in need of a little change in scenery, so we hopped in the car and just drove. We do this quite often, we usually pick a direction to head and just go until we’re ready to go home. On this day, we headed south. South of here, there are several small towns less than an hour from our house. Each town has it’s own unique vibe, and even have their own communities within the larger community. During our adventure we came across a type of community I’d never seen before.

An airpark, more specifically the Mid Valley Airpark. I know there are several of these across the country, but this is the first one I’ve come across. If you don’t know what an air park is think of a place where a private pilot can have his or her airplane living in a hangar next door. Oh, and instead of a garage, you’d have a hanger o some circumstances both a garage and a hanger.  Airparks, are generally privately owned and operated. They have their own private run way, all street signs are set low as to not catch on any airplane wings. And as the sign states above, airplanes have the right of way. So, if you see an airplane headed your way you’d better move!

This idea intrigued me, I am not a pilot. My father ,however, was a private pilot. In fact, he owned a small plane, in this plane we’d go for leisurely ride in the sky. Every Sunday evening after church, and after we’d rested up from the bumpy bus ride through the back roads of the reservation (I’ll have to do a post on this later to elaborate), he’d take me up in the plane for a little Sunday fly. We’d fly over our house, over my school (I was in elementary school at the time), and wherever the wind blew us, quite literally. It was a fun time, and I loved every minute of it.  Here’s a picture of his plane before he had to sell it:

When I was just a wee one, my dad would stop by the office to visit and make sure there weren’t any planes taking off or landing. If it was OK, we’d ride our bikes up and down the run way/landing strip (it’s a very small airport). Who else can say they rode a bike down a runway?

Enough sentimental memories, here’s a  shot of one of those short street signs I was talking about. I had to take a picture of this sign in particular, it’s my mom’s name!

In the background you can see a plane parked in the driveway next to a white van. How cool is that!

And of course, the obligatory plane pictures. Actually, I really love planes, I’ve spent countless hours just sitting outside the airport to watch them land and take off.  If you had known my father, you would understand my fascination with flight. Being his daughter was quite uplifting 😉

And here’s a poor quality shot of their private runway:

If you are interested in air parks please visit this site for more detailed information.

And if you’re interested in the airpark mentioned above please visit their site. They have homes listed, and include the coordinates to find the park by air!

Thank you for choosing the yellow casa, please be careful when opening overhead compartments as items have shifted. Have a great day!! Mmm bye!

Annie the Destroyer

This past weekend, as I walked through my dog ravaged backyard I remembered a time when my yard was compliment worthy. Really, when we were having window guys stop by for estimates they’d look out the back window and proclaim the beauty of our backyard. But that’s all changed since Annie dog came in the picture.

Yup, she looks cute and cuddly in the picture above, but believe me, there’s a master of destruction lurking behind those sweet puppy dog eyes.

Take the one above for instance, that’s our four legged house guest we had a few weeks ago. Can you see how nice Annie got along with her?  Actually, they got along quite well, this is an action shot of them wrestling. Annie just happened to have her mouth open and aimed at the little dogs head. But the point of this post, was to talk about my yard. And the yearning I have for it to return to it’s former glory.

The picture above doesn’t quite portray it’s former glory, but believe me, it’s better than what I’ve got today.

This pretty pink bush no longer lives. It was a casuality of Annie, much like many other plants in my yard. In fact, no shrub or flower was spared.

But enough mourning over spilled milk and eaten plants. I’m moving on, and I’ve been looking into alternatives to make my yard pretty again. First of all, a temporary dog run might need to be instituted until Annie dog has calmed down enough to realize we don’t want her eating our plants. It’s too bad we can’t train her to pull our weeds as well as she pulls  branches off of my Spanish Broom.

Here are some dog run options I’ve found:

A homemade dog run, I like this option, because we can make it as large as we want. And add shelter to it and maybe plant a little bit of grass in there for her.

Here are a couple of store bought options, these seem a little small for our dog. The first one is the most expensive of the two, but it comes with a nice cover, which is definitely needed. The second, would need a cover added to it, and I fear that Annie dog would jump right over it.

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It’s something that will need some thought. It’s sort of like deciding whether you want to spank your child or not. OK, maybe not exactly like spanking your child, but I do feel like this would be a punishment. Which is something I certainly don’t want it to be. Maybe Annie will only have supervised time out in the yard.  Well, off to take my destroyer of all things green on her second walk of the day!

Open Air Room?

So with it being summer and all, the sweetie and I have been spending a lot of time outside. Mainly hanging out in our sunroom. Did I mention I have a sunroom? I really need to make more pictures of the casa. Right now the sun room is a bit on the dusty side as it is basically a porch with windows. This weekend I promise I will clean it up and make pictures for you.

In it’s present state, my sun room is a bland and dusty space. I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make it feel more like a living space and less like a walk through space. So, I visited good ol’ reliable Better Homes and Gardens for some ideas. I discovered something called “porch rooms”. I’m in the love with this idea, they also have some pretty pictures of “open air rooms”, these are basically patios, but still I love the terminology. Can you picture it, lemonade in hand, inviting guests to the open air room. That would get you some curious looks I’m sure. But on to the pictures.

I really like the porch above, I’ve tried this in my sunroom. It’s worked out fairly well, now if only I could keep the dog hair and dust out.

This one is really nice too, I’ve thought about converting my sunroom into a sleeping space. Especially when my casa is full of family.

I love all the rocking chairs in this one.

This one looked so cozy, I could see myself curling up in that backyard with a good book.

The fireplace on this one caught my eye. Can’t you imagine sipping lemonade on that patio in the summer, and sitting near the fire in the early spring and late fall?

I had to include this one, because I just liked the patio. I would love to re-do my old cement slab patio with something like this. I’ve thought about scored concrete. Hmm….the possibilities.

There are so many pictures I would have loved to share, but alas, there certainly is not enough time to share them. I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my current favorite “open air rooms” and “porch rooms”.

Please note that all images are courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Excursion to Home Depot

Last night the sweetie and I paid the neighborhood Home Depot a visit. While there, I spied my favorite bathroom faucet, and get this, ON CLEARANCE!!! I was so excited I did a happy dance!! And my sweetie pretended not to know me. He does this quite frequently as I often do my happy dance in public. What can I say I’m happy, and when I’m happy I dance!

But I digress, the reason my precious was so heavily discounted, was because it was the display, and the only one left. And didn’t come with any of the fancy hoses you need to hook it up to a water line.  Apparently these are really important, but I know nothing about that sort of thing, yet. I have a feeling I will soon be getting a lesson from the sweetie.

Here she is, not mine of course, apparently I was too excited to take pictures of my actual faucet.

Courtesy of Home Depot

The price on the website is $118 buck-a-roos, but I got mine for a cool $35 bucks! *Enter Happy Dance Here!*

And it’ll go great with my favorite bathroom vanity.

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I had taken pictures of the display in the store with a top on it, but some dummy who shall remain nameless, *ahem* forgot her camera today and will have to wait until she gets home to post more accurate pictures.

But for now here are some vanity tops I liked:

Image Courtesy of Home Depot

Image Courtesy of Home Depot

Image Courtesy of Home Depot

And last week, I visited a local discount store and scored a lovely dark wood mirror to use as our bathroom primping mirror. Unfortunately, since dummy forgot her camera, pictures of that will have to wait.  But here’s one that has the same finish, and is very similar. Except my mirror has a design on top.

Image Courtesy of Darlings of Chelsea

Soon very soon, my bathroom will come together and I’ll FINALLY have some after photos to share! Y’all come back now!!!

Feeling squeezed

Last night, as I struggled to get around my bedroom to change the sheets on my bed, I got to thinking about storage solutions for small spaces. Particularly, small bedrooms. I am unsure of the exact deminsions of my bedroom, but I do know that with a queen sized bed, and two small dressers in there I really don’t have a lot of space left over to work with. I purchased bed raisers in hopes that I would follow through, and actually use them, but alas, that has not yet happened.  But once,  I finally do get off my lazy blogging bum and do it that should provide some great space to store out of season clothing items.

However, I’ll still have to find a place to store shoes, in season clothes, accessories (because a girl must have her twenty gazilion vintage broaches and leaf pendents.) So, it got me to thinking about unique yet attractive storage solutions.

Here’s an idea I found on the HGTV website, the homeowners used shelving to create storage and visual interest. I have something similar in my junk room office. Except the version I have is a bit more industrial.

Image Courtesy of HGTV

Here’s another thing I’ve been really excited about, but not followed through with. I bought several really cool vintage looking mirrors at an estate sale a few weeks ago, and still haven’t put them up. Partly because I don’t know where to hang them, and mostly because I’m just a lazy blogging fool. I’m hoping this picture inspires me to hang my cute little mirrors.

Image Courtesy of HGTV

This one, I loved the idea, but I know it would never work for me. Since my house is so small none of the walls are thick enough for something like this. But a pretty picture none the less. Thanks to the writers of HGTV for providing such pretty pictures and great ideas.

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I’m Floored

When I first purchased my home, I wanted to rip out the carpet and have pretty wood floors installed. However, after realizing the cost of such an endeavour, I’ve decided that since the carpet is only a couple of years old I’ll just have to wait on any type of new flooring. But that just gives me some time to research different types of flooring. There are so many choices for flooring out there, it’s just so hard to decide. Here are some of my top choices.

Traditional wood flooring, in a dark-ish stain. However, this would be difficult to install in my casa, since it sits on a concrete slab. An entirely new subfloor would need to be installed.

Image courtesy of Lumber Liquidator

There’s the eco friendly Bamboo option, but we’d still have the same issue with subflooring.

Image Courtesy of Lumber Liquidator

Also eco-friendly, is Cork, but I’m not quite sure how I feel about this option. It looks like it would be really absorbent, but I do like the texture it brings with it.

Image Courtesy of Lumber liquidator

Then there’s stained concrete. This is my favorite option, because it won’t require any type of subflooring or padding. So if something spills or leaks there won’t be anywhere for it to seep. And there are lots of different design choices when it comes to stained concrete.

Image Courtesy of Concrete Ideas

Image Courtesy of Concrete Ideas

Image Courtesy of Concrete Ideas

Nothing is set in concrete (heh heh) ,but I am really looking forward to having some easy clean floors in the near future. Carpet is just too spongy for my taste.

Happy Rooms

I’ve been very busy with other projects throughout Casa de Yellow and Cube de Work. So, a really great post about all the great projects I’ve completed will have to wait. But for now, I thought I would give you some sweet rooms to drool over.

The above photo was titled, “An Undecorated Living Room”. I love it, I think that’s what I’ll call my living room. Or maybe the entire casa.

This one is super green, but I love it. I keep expecting to see Lucy and Ricky to stroll by.

Since an uncluttered closet is nonexistent in my house, I found this photo to be very drool worthy. Maybe when I’m not so lazy busy, I’ll clean up my closet and feature a before and after.

We are in desperate need of an office space, so this would be the perfect way to chisel one out in our tiny house. I already have shelves similar to the ones shown above, and I’ve considered painting our spare room that same bright green.  With a dedicated office space maybe my sweetie and I won’t camp out in the living room with our separate  laptops.

I had to include a pretty bathroom! This one is so lovely, it’s one of my bathroom inspirations. However, I don’t think my bathroom will ever be able to fit a tub that glamorous.

And of course the kitchen, this is one that I could see myself using. Of course, if I were to use it, you’d see pots and pans with smoldering bits of food.

I must give credit where credit is due, all pictures are courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, bhg.com.

Light the way…

A couple of months ago, the sweetie and I updated the porch light and the house numbers. Upon purchasing the house 2 years ago (!) we inherited a dirty old plastic porch light and faded house numbers that had been hammered onto a piece of old wood. The wood had been painted to match the faded trim around the porch and garage. Sooner rather than later, I would like to re-paint the trim, however, the sweetie and I just can’t come to an agreement on color. But that’s a whole other post in itself. Now back to the porch light and the house numbers. The old porch light and house numbers looked like this:

This is actually a picture I took right before we had the windows replaced. Someone whose name rhymes with Pearl forgot to take before pictures of the old light and numbers. But I digress, in the above picture you can see that the old porch light was an odd shape ,the picture doesn’t show quite how nasty this light really was. It was cracked and stained with years worth of dirt that wouldn’t come off even with lots of elbow grease. And you can see the ugly color  the house numbers were painted, even though I blurred them out a bit. The numbers themselves were pretty beat up too.  So, it was time for some updating.

Every little project in my house, gets a lot of thought before it actually gets done. So it took the sweetie and I a year and a half to decide upon what sort of house numbers we wanted, and what type of porch light to buy.  Honestly, we went through so many different options I can’t remember all of them. But I do know that the finalist really was the best suited for Casa de Yellow. (How’s that for some good Spanglish?)

In the above picture you will see that we chose a pretty shaped wooden background for the letters. I spray painted it with black lacquer paint, so it would have some shine to it and match the numbers better. Which brings me to the numbers, for those I ended up with a brushed nickel finish. I blurred out the other numbers for privacy sake, but left one of them so that you could get a better idea of the overall look.

Here is a closer view of the house numbers, of course most of them are blurred out, again for privacy sake:

And the porch light, which I love. It’s not too big or too small for our little casa. And it’s so much brighter than the old light.

The stucco does need to be repaired around the new light, but we are procrastinating holding off on repairing it since we will be getting the entire house re-stuccoed. Hopefully, very soon. *keeping fingers crossed*

There are so many mini and not so mini projects around the casa that are either in progress or need to be done it’s overwhelming. It could drive a girl to eat an entire carton of Pecan Praline ice cream! But instead I’ll leave you with some pretty pictures of porches.

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July Flowers

Last night, the sweetie and I got to work on the front flower bed. If you remember, a couple months back I planted some seeds in the front, I talked about that here. Well, my poor little seedlings didn’t stand a chance against the birds, the wind, and the heat. Hardly, any of them came up, and the ones that did come up, came up in a huge clump of green weeds flowers in the middle of my flower bed. I’m not even gonna talk about the poor baby flowers under the tree. I guess the soil under my majestic Pinion tree still isn’t up to par. So, maybe this year I will baby the soil a bit more with some good ol’ cow poop and the “good dirt” that comes in a bag. Then maybe next year I can have some color in that corner of the yard.

Well, since the seeds didn’t come up I gave in and bought some plants to place in my barren flower beds. Saturday my mom came over and we had a blast going through all of the plants in the garden section of Home Depot.

O.K. we may have gone a little overboard, but aren’t all those colors just fabulous!! I hope they look that fabulous after a couple of weeks in my yard.

Most of the plants I picked up were prennials, meaning that theoretically, they should come back year after year.

So here’s what I ended up with:

Moonshine Yarrow, it’s supposed to be very hardy, and I’ve seen several other yards around town with globs of them.

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Some Black Eyed Susans, because who doesn’t like a Black Eyed Susan, unless you’re Susan.

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And some Yellow Tickseed. No, there are not ticks on them, contrary to what the sweetie thought when I brought them home. They are called tickseed, because their sprouts almost look like ticks. But aren’t they cute?

And some Yellow Daisy’s, because everyone likes Daisy’s right?

Here are some more pictures of what we planted:

I have a few more to plant tonight, so I’ll be adding more photos later. Hopefully my July flowers will turn out much better than my May flower experience.