Weekend Project: Jewelry Organization

I tackled a fun project this weekend: reorganizing my jewelry collection!

I had been on the look out for quite some time for fun ways to organize/display my jewelry. I trolled the internet for cute jewelry trees, boxes, or trays, but nothing really captivated me.

While searching, I stumbled upon this closet and thought this system was fantastic:

Courtesy of moth-design.com

But I couldn’t find a tiered jewelry tray that was nearly as cute as that Tiffany Blue one!

Then a few months ago, I spotted these framed corkboards at Homesense and thought they would be perfect for hanging my necklaces. I hung them up in my Makeup Room (yes I got a whole room to myself for my clothes, makeup, jewelry, and shoes – that’s the beauty of having no children…yet!).

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I previously purchased this egg tray from Anthropologie to hold my earrings (I stole the idea from some other blogs):

So I decided to try and find other cute trays to hold the rest of my earrings and bracelets. I was thinking glass dishes or vintage-looking china bowls.  Yesterday, I popped into Value Village and another second hand store to see what I could find. It was my lucky day because all of these glass dishes came home with me for under $20:

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This is how it all came together:

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Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the display is quite practical too because it allows me to see all the pieces in my collection easily which makes it more likely that I will wear each piece more often!

Thanks all for reading!

Cheap and Easy Art

Did I have you at cheap or easy? Or both?!

Well, I have the simplest idea for high impact art! What is it? Wait for it….NAPKINS!

Yes, I threw some el cheapo paper napkins in pictures frames and am now passing it off as art! I bought some delightful napkins from Superstore last summer with the hopes of framing them. Fast forward 10 months and I’ve finally done it! I picked up the frames and mats from Michael’s for pretty cheap as well ($46.37 all in).

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VOILÀ:


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These bad boys are jazzing up the walls in my main floor powder room (please ignore the rest of the room – this space is fairly low on the reno list).

If you are doubting the simplicity of this project, let me break it down for you:

Step 1: Buy napkins, frames, and mats (optional).

Step 2: Cut the mats to size.*

Step 3: Unfold napkin and cut edges to fit into frame. Tape onto mat.

Step 4: Replace backing of the picture frame.

Step 5: Measure and hammer nail into place.

Step 6: Re-measure and re-hammer nail because you messed up the first time.*

*Steps 2 and 6 can be omitted if you’ve got mad math/measuring skills (I do not).

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I’ve got some interesting projects coming up – a bathroom reno and some furniture updates for the bonus room so stay tuned. Thanks for reading peeps!!

For the record…

I’ve been on the hunt for a piece of furniture to hold our recently acquired record player and ever growing record collection. This was the previous arrangement:

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I call it floor chic.

Seriously, the cluttered corner was driving me crazy!  The breaking point for me was when I leaning over to change the record (I believe I was putting on Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys) and I bonked my head on our mantle. It startled me and I immediately squatted back down and did something wonky to my thigh which prevented me from working out for about 5 days. That’s when I declared, “We need a better set-up than this” at which point in time, my husband’s pupil’s filled with dollar signs.

I was looking for something with shelves to  accommodate the size of the records – I wanted to line them them up rather than stack them. I spotted this walnut bar cabinet on Crate and Barrel’s website and thought it might work:

But it was $1,000 and then I would have to pay for shipping…..I wasn’t willing to spend that much money so I put my hunt on the back burner.

We were in Crate and Barrel this weekend and my husband spotted the perfect piece. AND – it was in the clearance section! A quick Google search of “standard size of a record” on my iPhone confirmed that I could store the records vertically. Perfect! One credit card swipe and a quick loading into my SUV later and we were in business!

This is the piece in the living room:

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Does it look familiar? Yup, it’s the same one I spotted on their website and we scored it for $600! I had no idea it was the same one until I got it home and found the saved picture on my computer! That’s what I call destiny, people!

It stores the records, the record player, and the Bose SoundDock perfectly (just need to drill some holes in the back to feed the cords through):

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Shall we admire it from afar?


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An organization project and decorating project all rolled into one? That’s my idea of a rockin’ weekend!

Thanks for reading!!

Dinner For Six

We started a tradition in our house of having a few of our closest friends over every spring for a several course meal with wine pairings. My husband loves to cook and I love to bake/entertain so we always enjoy putting these things together….and of course, we both love wine so it’s a great excuse to drink copious amounts of it!!

This year, we did 5 courses. We asked both couples to bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine to pair with their dish (it’s too much work to do it on our own)!

The evening was a smashing success. It started with a crisp glass of champagne and ended with a rowdy game of Telephone Pictionary. If you’ve never heard of or played this game before, I highly recommend it. You will get a great ab workout from all the laughing! Somewhere in between all of this, the six of us belted out “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida.  I know what you are thinking and yes, we are that cool!

Let me set the scene first. Here’s what the table looked like:

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And without further ado, here’s each course with its wine pairing (if you are interested in any of the dishes, I’ve put some links at the bottom of this post):

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Blue Corn Chips
Paired with Moët & Chandon Champagne

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Lettuce Wraps
Paired with 2012 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Cloudy Bay

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Chives
Paired with 2010 French Chablis from Vielles Vignes

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Short Ribs with celery root puree and carrots
Paired with 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape by Roger Sabon

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Salted Caramel 4 Layer Chocolate Cake
Paired with a 2005 Riesling by Mission Hill


And just so that you don’t all think I am too much of a pretentious douche, this is how I pronounce Châteauneuf du Pape.

A special shout out goes to my mama who made 90% of the cake so that I could get other things ready! Thanks mom!!

Recipes Links

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Daniel Boulud Short Ribs

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake  (To make it gluten-free, I swapped out the cake recipe for this one)

Thanks all for reading!