Wednesday, April 23, 2014

0 IHeart a Great Giveaway: OfficeMax DiVOGA Collection!

Hellooooo and happy day!  Ready for another great giveaway?  This week it is being sponsored by OfficeMax.

OfficeMax wants to help give your workspace an updated look with its new collection of DiVOGA office accessories.  This limited-edition collection features a natural color scheme with just the right pop of texture.  The matte finish gives a soothing feel to each piece, from notebooks to phone and tablet cases and tote bags!  And because cork is a natural element, each piece is distinctively unique.

Today's giveaway includes the following {retailing for $100}:
  • Tote Bag
  • Magazine File
  • Journal
  • Tablet Case
  • Pencil Cube
  • Cellphone Case
  • Compartment Tray
  • Padfolio
  • Document Wallet

Once lucky reader will be receiving quite the statement making set of office accessories!

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IHeart Organizing official giveaway entry rules can always be found here. 

7 Reader Space: A Rustic Playroom

I heart Reader Spaces.  You all are the best at bringing in a variety of ideas and styles and keeping things interesting around here. 

Let's chat playrooms for a moment.  What I love most about playrooms is that there really is no limit to colors and patterns and you have the freedom to become a kid again while designing the space.  They are fun and forgiving and meant to spark imagination.  They really are the best spaces to design.  Aside from making it a fun place to be, how do you mix in adequate storage and functionality?  And most importantly, how do you keep it easy to maintain, especially when you want the littles to participate in the pick-up process?

I am honored to welcome Ashley, who blogs at Rustic Living.  She designed the most darling playroom and I am delighted to share it with you today.  I invited her here to share some more details about her new playful space.

What is the main function of this space?

"To be a space where our 10 month old, our nephews and nieces, and neighbor kids can have fun together, be creative together, and learn together.  It's a space that can be easily transitioned as the kids get older too.  A sitting area for the adults is nearby, so it's fun to watch the kids enjoy themselves while we can chat over a cup of coffee!"

Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"Big storage bins with a wide opening are perfect for holding random items and make clean up a breeze.  It's easy and fun for the kids to help put items back in the storage bins when play time is over.  I love the black and white striped bins with rounded eyelet handles I got from Hobby Lobby, easy to carry around the room and they're very sturdy! "

What items did you find were essential when organizing the space, and why?

"Definitely colorful labeled storage boxes!  Between Legos, play-doh, cards, game pieces, coloring tools, there are so many little pieces in a kids playroom that need a home.  I find that kids love seeing what's inside of them too.  I really liked the geometric and polka dot patterns from Michael's craft store, and you can often find them on sale!"

What did you do to go the extra mile and "Make it Pretty"?

"My husband and I made the display wall for the children's books from molding we got at Home Depot for super cheap.  I was originally going to paint the molding but felt the natural wood looked great with the colorful books.  The quirky United States map is the perfect bold statement on a wall and the geometric bean bags were a fun, stylish addition to the space... every kid loves a beanbag!"

What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"I was having a hard time finding a kids table that fit well in the space, so I re purposed a thrift store coffee table that we've had for a few years.  Instead of putting the table flush against the wall I brought it straight out to make more room for seating. Included in the seating is a small red rocking chair that belonged to my husband when he was a child.  I incorporated adorable wood toys into the space that were also my husbands', so not only are they sentimental, but they add a vintage feel to the playroom as well."

How has this space impacted your life for the better?

"I think the only thing better than having an organized playroom is having a space that when kids come over they practically sprint to the room because they have developed happy memories there and can't wait to have more fun.  To see their faces light up and hear them say, 'look, this box has Legos!' or 'check out all these board games!' makes my heart so happy.  We look forward to seeing the room evolve as they get older and to spending lots of family time together in the space." 

So great right?   Here are a few of the key reasons why I personally heart it like crazy:

  • It is cozy!  Key component to a playroom is creating a space that the kiddos feel comfortable in.  Ashley perfected it, those bean bags add the perfect welcoming touch!
  • She combined open and concealed storage.  Open storage is great for encouraging kids to feel free to pull out toys and play.  It allows them to see their options, and also assists with easy pick-up.  If there are smaller items or things that should only be played with during certain play sessions {small pieces, art supplies, play-doh, etc...}, concealing those items in boxes will be an "out of sight, out of mind" for the kids.
  • There are endless personal touches throughout this space.  Repurposed storage and furniture, toys from their childhood and even the old schoolhouse chair.  Everything works so well together to keep the space kid friendly and warm.
  • They DIY'd the floating shelves to display books.  I love that it fills the walls with "art", while also encouraging reading.
  • She added a table for crafts, building and game play!  Another playroom essential.  A coffee table really is an idea solution!
  • How darling is the chalkboard?  Seriously.
  • Having bins that are easy to tote around and collect the random toys is pretty brilliant.  Anything that makes cleaning up a playroom easy peasy, is a win!
  • Can I get one more round of applause for those poufs? 

I love Ashley's style and playroom to the moon and back.  However, what she stated couldn't be more true.  Having an organized space is great; having a space that they love to be in creating memories is priceless.  Ashley, I think you accomplished what you set out to do!  A warm iHeart thank you goes out to Ashley for stopping by and sharing her playful place with us, and as always, you can find even more details on her blog here

ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life, big or small.  They can be anything from an organized drawer or cabinet to an entire room.  Please submit your story and photos to, and I would heart to feature them right here on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

16 The High/Low Organizing Challenge - Let's Get Inspired!

Have you gotten started on your High/Low organizing project yet?  In case you missed the kick-off to this super exciting challenge, you can snag the details here.

That is right my IHeart pals!  I am challenging you to find some high end inspiration and recreate it on a budget.  The link party starts next Thursday, so you still have plenty of time to join in the fun!

I thought I would share some inexpensive storage candy from around blogland, to inspire you to participate in this challenge.  Honestly, if it wasn't so late as I sit here compiling these ideas, I am pretty sure I would have a paint brush and hammer in my hands at this very moment.  Tomorrow morning can't come soon enough!

Jane was inspired by a Pottery Barn tablet holder retailing for $34.50.  Take a close look at her incredible version and you will see that it was created by combining a cutting board, Scrabble letter tray and child's building block.  And it cost her less than $2!  That deserves a few more of these !!!!

My organizing lovin' gal pal, Samantha, also found inspiration from Pottery Barn.  She transformed some shallow baskets into rolling under-bed storage with the addition of a simple frame and casters.

It really should be no surprise that Pottery Barn is a prime target for the High/Low challenge.  They create beautiful pieces for the home, yet their prices are not always considered pocketbook friendly.  If you can recreate an entire piece of furniture, like Whitney's bookcase above, you are looking at hundreds saved! 

Or how about a built from scratch PB inspired bathroom vanity?  My jaw is still on the floor!


What other loved retailers come to mind?  How about Ballard Designs, Serena & Lily and Restoration Hardware...

Erin sewed and painted a new liner for a once retired laundry hamper!  Now it looks industri-awesome!

I am guessing we all have lusted over the Ballard wall pockets at one time or another, and so did Nike.  So she recreated them on a dime and you will never guess what they are made out of.... cardboard and fabric!  Must see it to believe it!

A blogger I will always consider to be the queen of creating high end looks on a budget, is Centsational Girl.  One of my all time favorite projects is her DIY drying rack, saving her over $64 from the inspiration piece.

Shelves maximize vertical space and add storage galore, but those with extra details come with an extra high price tag.  My friend, Ashley, fell for some Restoration Hardware shelves and set out to recreate them for less.  And that she did!  Va va voom!

Could you imagine forking over $118 for a rolling storage crate?  Jackie couldn't either, so she created her own, times four!  She was able to customize the crates to fit her space and add a touch of teal for less than the cost of just one of the high end versions.

Raise your hand if you love a good IKEA hack.  Me me me!  IKEA products come at reasonable prices, yet also have a tendency to reflect that big box store feeling.  But as you know, a little paint and creativity goes a long way. 

Emily transformed an IKEA SVALBO sideboard into dramatically dipped entryway piece.

I have been lusting after a great campaign piece, however, I just haven't found the right one.  After seeing Louisa's IKEA dresser turned campaign amazingness, I am inspired to think further outside of the box.

I have seen a lot of amazing IKEA hacks, but some of my favorite have been done by the style maven, Jen, of Made By Girl.  She has an ability to make IKEA pieces look like a billion bucks.

As much as I would love to own a Dorothy Draper piece, I know that a good DIY is as close as I will ever get.  I am pretty sure IKEA has never looked better.

I consider color happy storage an office necessity, however, those pretty boxes, baskets and magazine files can quickly add up!  I love how Diane paired inexpensive IKEA boxes with decorative papers to achieve a playful effect on a penny budget.

Lucy's Anthropologie inspired coil pots are the most fabulous desk accessory around.  In fact, she has me wanting to recreate them in areas all over our home.  Maybe even in a super sized version!  So smitten!

Patience and innovation can get you really far in the process of DIY'ing storage for your home.  Mat board turned trendy geometric pencil cup?  The brilliant Sarah of Sarah Dorsey Designs strikes again!

Decorative boxes work in every room of the home for endless purposes.  Head to any home decor store and you will find shelves lined with them, ranging in prices of twenty dollars to even hundreds!  Cassie is always recreating chic, high end inspired storage on a shoe string budget; it is so hard for me to select any personal favorite. 

How gorgeous is the gold and acrylic jewelry box above?  Easily $40 right?  More?  It may blow your mind, but the innovative Erin DIY'd that beautiful box out of clear box photo frames!  I am pretty obsessed!

Let's chat baskets!  HomeGoods has become my go-to source for budget baskets, however, the oversized versions still ring in at high dollar amounts.  But if you get creative with a little twine, you can make yourself ten baskets, get organized and still have enough leftover for your favorite drink at Starbucks!

Another guessing game.  Any idea what those charming little canvas buckets are made from?  3.....2.....1.  JEANS!   I will never look at my clothing the same.

Taking time to learn how to handle a power tool or two can get you a looong way in the storage department.  Toy storage galore anyone?  Kid tested, parent approved!

There is no limit to what can be accomplished this month!  Whether you cover a box with your favorite paper or build a new closet system, there are endless possibilities for you endlessly inspiring and creative folks.  Next week just may be my most favorite link party yet!  See you there!

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