Archives for December 2008

Before and Afters
& Charming Storage Solutions

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

Are you all planning on getting organized in 2009? I will be getting organized out of necessity! I’m downsizing 2000 square feet off my house size in this move, plus losing an attic and storage shed. Yikes! By the looks of things around here, I am worried even what I am planning to bring won’t fit.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

I found some before and afters of an office makeover at Country Living that now has a little more pizazz and doubles as a guest room. This is something I am thinking about as I will no longer have my own office. Doing double duty is a great idea whether you are combining a guest room and an office or what I plan to do, which is to combine my office into my bedroom. The more office stuff I can hide, the happier I’ll be.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

I love this little guest cabinet filled with all sorts of goodies for guests to enjoy! I like to keep special guest towels that no kids are allowed to use…a little cabinet like this would be such a cute way to store them.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

I really dislike most file cabinets. This is a charming way to have files hidden away in plain view in any room of the house! It looks more like a blanket chest than a file cabinet, but it contains hanging file folders.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

Most of us don’t have an exclusive guest room, at least while our children are still at home. This little chest hides an AeroBed, so you can have an instant guest room when you need one.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

An uninspiring office closet becomes a charming way to stay organized! I’m always a sucker for pretty boxes and containers. I love the happy surprise of opening a closet and seeing something pretty, rather than being buried by the rubble.

Before and Afters <br>& Charming Storage Solutions

Stay tuned, I’ve got an idea for our 2009 Friday Linky (I can do lots of thinking while I pack!) and it involves some resolutions you might want to join me in! I am excited about it, and I hope you will enjoy it too. Details to come this week! And, just four days until my move…of course you will all be coming along with me on THAT adventure.

Have a great day!

photos: Country Living

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

Farmhouse Style Cottage

No, this is not my new house! Nice, though, eh? I found this lovely Dream Home on HGTV.com and paused for a moment to enjoy the beauty. Of the many styles of houses I love, I have a white farmhouse in my mind as one of my potential dream houses. Silly, as I have never wanted to live on a farm. But I am drawn to farmhouses. The gorgeous front porch and details of this beautiful home got my little heart jumping for joy.

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

As many of you know, right now I am sitting among hundreds of boxes getting ready to head to a new home and a new life. Six days from now I’ll be spending my first night in a brand new house! We FINALLY signed the papers and things are finally feeling more settled. No more wondering WHERE I am going! Hooray! It isn’t a dreamy farm house like this one, but it will be our home, God-willing, for many years.

I was thinking today that my dream home is the place where my dreams and reality come together. While I might have all sorts of fairytale notions about dreamy places I’d like to live, there is no place better than HOME. I’ll share more of what went into our home decision this time in a future post. I can tell you it is different than anything I have ever lived in before! Yet, I was unexpectedly happy with our choice!

I can’t wait to invite you all over, through the power of blogs, to my new little corner of the world. It will be fun to tackle setting up a home with all of you a part of it every step of the way! Thank you all for sharing YOUR little corners of the world with me over the past year!  You have inspired and encouraged me more than you know.

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

Photos: HGTV

If you love this house, you’ll think you died and went to heaven at this cottage farmhouse!

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