Summer Inspiration for Your Kitchen

Most of us do some sort of redecorating once summer comes around but one of the rooms that gets the least amount of summer love is the kitchen. Here is a bit of summer inspiration for your kitchen! Whether you want your kitchen to remind your of warmer days year-round or you just want to add a bit of life to your space, you are sure to find inspiration perfect to your situation in this post.  An eat-in kitchen like this one shared by Town and Country Living is a perfect example of how a few coastal details can add a summery feeling to your space. Sand Dollar Lane has a kitchen that belongs in a vacation home along the beach! Her beautiful kitchen transports you to summer every day of the year. This is my favorite way to add some summer inspiration to my kitchen! Citrusy accents do a lot to cheer up your home. Head over my blog, Designers Sweet Spot, for all the details.   I wouldn’t leave my kitchen if it looked as beautiful as this space from Fox Hollow Cottage! The bright colors and natural light make this space so summery. Although this isn’t necessarily a picture of a kitchen, it’s a beautiful example of a great way to bring summertime accessories into your space! Ella Claire also shares an amazing tutorial on how to hang open shelving like this in your own home. Christina’s Adventures likes to add greenery to her kitchen during the summer months. This is probably the easiest way to bring something new into your space while not…
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15 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home

Extra storage space is something we all crave.  It seems like there is just never enough! We found some genius storage solutions that will help you make the most of the space you do have.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Kitchen Storage Most of us don’t have a huge pantry, but this product will create so much extra storage.  The adjustable shelving offers so much flexibility to store those tall bottles that never seem to have a place on the pantry shelf.  BUY NOW! A utensil divider is one thing I can’t live without.  Gone are the days of digging through the silverware drawer trying to find that one spoon that’s not dirty. There are many types of dividers that all have the same function, but I love this beautiful bamboo option that looks like it was made just for this drawer.  BUY NOW! An organized refrigerator is easier to look at but it also cuts down on food waste! See exactly what you have without having to go on a scavenger hunt to the back of the shelves. These plastic bins are also easy to clean just incase you have an occasional spill. BUY NOW!   Bedroom Storage Here’s another solution to a problem I’m having as we speak! Small closets run rampant in many homes and there never seems to be enough shelf space. The space that is there quickly becomes overrun with sloppy piles that turn into one huge heap.…
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Pretty Painted Furniture Roundup

We all get antsy with our decor, but not all of us can afford to go out and purchase something new.  Painted furniture is a pretty great way to change things up for a new style while releasing some of your creative energy. Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do! This dresser has been in my family for years, I love it but it needed a makeover.  You can check out the before and after photos on my blog Designers Sweet Spot. Most would agree that painting is great, but the prep work can be a chore! Julie Blanner shares a great way to skip the sanding and achieve the same results. Not everyone appreciates a bright piece of furniture in their home.  This charcoal dresser from Farm Fresh Homestead perfectly accented this beautiful farmhouse living room. The precise lines on this chair really make the colors pop! Hilda Got Rocks does an excellent job demonstrating the power of paint and tape.  Think of the possibilities here! A balayage inspired dresser!? Thirty Eighth Street was inspired by this popular hair color technique.  We absolutely love how this beautiful dresser turned out! The Graphics Fairy has an excellent explanation of how to create this jewel tone finish on furniture.  You’ll never believe what this table looked like before it’s fabulous makeover. Stenciling is also a fun way to add interest to your furniture.  Here is one of my most recent furniture makeovers.  Designers Sweet Spot has all my tips + tricks as well as photos to explain how I created this fun dresser! So you’d like to paint some…
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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.   Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks! Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate. While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it! Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me! Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to…
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12 Kitchen Tile Backsplashes (That Aren’t All Subway Tile)

Adding a kitchen tile backsplash is an excellent way to change up the look of your space.  Although subway tile is always a hit, it’s not everyone’s style.  Here are some other options that might inspire you for your upcoming kitchen remodel. (But fair warning, there are a few subway tiles mixed in.) This marble backsplash is such a beautiful version of subway tile.  Jennifer shares some great tips and tricks (and what NOT to do) on The Craft Patch. Not every kitchen need to be white! Here is a bright pattern to add some excitement to your home. Head over to Design Sponge to see the rest of this modern kitchen. Artsy Chicks Rule did a great job on this coastal inspired backsplash! This tutorial is so detailed and will make your kitchen remodel much simpler. A tin tile backsplash is a great way to add some character to your kitchen while not breaking the bank. DIY Network shares their pro tips on how to accomplish this project with minimal spending and very few tools. Would you believe this isn’t real tile? Lost and Found Decor decided to use a peel and stick option for her kitchen remodel! This kitchen is a beautiful example of how a backsplash can turn around an entire space. Little House of Four also chose a peel and stick tile for her farmhouse kitchen remodel! This could be a great option for a rental home, just be certain to run it by your landlord first. (Who wouldn’t want their tenant to update their kitchen for them though?) This could be one of…
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Kitchen Pantry Organization

Organizing isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it sure does help! Here are my top tips on keeping your pantry organized. Pantry too Small? We are blessed with a big Kitchen Pantry storage space for our food supplies. This big pantry was one of the things that sold us on the house, since the kitchen is rather small. It is an illusion that a big space holds more stuff. I have found that it’s easy to fill it with junk and unnecessary items. More space isn’t necessarily better. After cleaning and organizing my shelves I know how much space I have been wasting. Top 10 ways to add storage to your kitchen pantry First of all, remove dry cereals from their boxes and put into tall plastic storage containers. The storage boxes are taller and hold more than a regular cereal box does. This one change has saved me a ton of space and money. My kids seem to eat less cereal (Why I don’t know), and the leftovers aren’t stale so everything gets eaten. Who knew it would be such a game changer? Dry goods such as flour and sugar can be stored in large glass jars instead of being left in the original packaging. This keeps them fresh longer and saves shelf space by going vertical. Stack cans in a wire can organizer. This works great for small cans, not so good for large ones, but it does help free up shelf space. Keep large items on the floor. Big bulk cans of food, large pots, big…
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Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen Pantry Decor: How to maximize space and storage on a budget.  Here’s how to get the most of the pantry you’ve got! The Kitchen Pantry is finally done! I am so glad to be able to share this project with you! Kitchen Pantry Decor Kitchen pantry’s are hard to come by these days. Many homes have larger kitchens and the old fashioned pantry harder to find. We happen to be in an old house with a smaller kitchen that has less storage. However, our pantry is HUGE. This is what our kitchen looks like. We recently repainted and I love the new aqua color. As you can see we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, but we do have a nice big walk in pantry. Actually, we have two of them. The first pantry, is a pass through to the other one. It is a very awkward layout, and when we purchased the house we had big ideas of remodeling the entire kitchen. Alas, I don’t think we will ever get around to it. It is a much larger project than we could have anticipated. The Walk Through Pantry This part of the kitchen pantry is what we call the “walk through” pantry. It’s a relatively small space that we use for extra storage off the kitchen. The wall at the back is the actual pantry area. Note: The wall will be removed soon for even more space. See that green floor? I can’t wait to get rid of it! More on that later. These open shelves are…
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DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

  It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong! I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is. If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment. For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is derived from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages. These crystals are then refined into Cream of Tartar. Who knew? Here are my Amazon Affiliate Links so you can buy your supplies and get started! I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment! “I know…
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Kitchen Farmhouse Decor

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosure page for a complete list of policies. This post was sponsored by Gordmans. Kitchen Farmhouse Decor I have been thinking of ways to update our urban kitchen with more of a farmhouse look. The kitchen was renovated when we bought the house, but It still doesn’t quite have that farmhouse feel. I headed to Gordmans last week to see what I could find. I know they carry a line of farmhouse style home goods, and I was excited to see what was new for spring. My mother was thrilled, she couldn’t wait to tag along with me to Gordmans and check out the latest finds. She was especially interested in the “country chic” decor I was seeking. I was not disappointed in Gordmans selections. Neither was Mom. Top Farmhouse Kitchen Items •The first thing I spotted was this Mason Jar style drink dispenser. What’s a farmhouse without a Mason Jar? This large jar was especially adorable with it’s chickenwire pattern and embossed chicken on the front. I have decided I will keep it full of healthy filtered drinking water all year long on my kitchen island. • Kitchen Table candle was my next love. The yellow color is great for spring, and this Mason jar style was perfect for my kitchen. It smells like Lemon and Basil, lighting a candle after a meal is a great way to cover up those leftover kitchen odors after dinner. •This black wire egg…
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Stenciled Storage Jars

    Happy Friday! I always seem to be rushing through the end of the week, eager for the weekend to start. My Fridays are the busiest day of all, and it seems like it takes me days to wind down. Perhaps thats why I need the weekend so badly. This week, I started a number of projects, one of them was labeling these storage jars in the kitchen pantry. I have had these jars for years without labels. I tried a couple of times to label them, but I didn’t like the way the stick-on labels looked. These jars were one of our first purchases after we got married. My husband and I both agreed that buying in bulk was better and these large capacity jars were an easy choice for storing all sorts of dry goods. We have used them over and over. Most of the time I store flours, sugar, 2X sugar, brown sugar, grains and other baking supplies this way. I love that they are washable and you can easily see what’s inside the jar. To label the jars, I used these supplies from Decoart: Gloss Enamels Stick-On Stencils, 3D Frost Gloss Enamel in black, and Media Brush and Stencil Cleaner. Instructions: Wash jars with soap and water. Dry thoroughly. Clean area to be stenciled with rubbing alcohol. Apply stencils, pressing all edges down securely. Apply several coats of the Gloss Enamel paint, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Do not remove stencils until the final coat is dry. Bake jars in a 300 degree…
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