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Not Your Average Builder-Grade Door

I love solid wood doors of all shapes and size.  I especially love curved doors.  However, I have a feeling that many of the houses in my price range when it comes time to buy my first place will not have solid wood doors.  Or, perhaps maybe I will not like the doors and will want to change them somehow.  Although I am usually hesitant about doing permanent treatments on things that cannot be replaced easily (doors, windows, built-ins, etc), I have some fun inspiration to share with all of you.  Doors do not have to be something you open and close and think nothing more about – they can be the focal point in a room if they stand out, and boy do the following doors stand out!

black entry door on white

Little Green Notebook

Front doors are usually the easiest to change because they aren’t expected to be uniform with every door in the house, so people can really have fun changing them up.

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Trash That’s Not Trashy

After rearranging my room at my parent’s house, I got to thinking about garbage.  Not because I had piles of trash everywhere, which you would never know if I did or not because I would have shoved it out of the way for the pictures.  Trust me, I’m not that messy.  But anyway, I got to thinking about garbage because I have three trash cans in my bedroom/bathroom.  One big one for things that I would need to throw away here and there that I don’t want to walk all the way to the kitchen to throw away.  One small one under my vanity for things like q-tips and kleenex.  Then there is one small one in my bathroom which used to sit next to the toilet but now is discreetly hidden in the sink cabinet.

I don’t know about all of you, but I like to have a waste basket close at hand so that I don’t have to trek far to throw something away.  I know it is customary to have them in bathrooms and kitchens, but I’m wondering if anyone of you have them in other rooms in the house such as in the living room, bedrooms, kid’s

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Tackling the Bedroom Bookcase Head On: Part Three

….Or “Six tips for arranging your accessories and book on a bookcase.”

If you haven’t read the first two parts yet, please read about the initial bookcase dilemma and the real problem with the room.  Today is the big, okay well it’s not very big, so I will refer to it as a modest reveal.  After moving the bookcase between the two doors and playing around with the displays, I think I had it down.  I wanted everything to be very personal but to also reflect the room. 

Let’s see how I did.  Here’s where it initially started before I tried to revamp it the first time.


Here it is after the failed revamp.

image  Here is the finished bookcase in all its chocolate brown glory.

imageimage What do you think?  Any commenters from yesterday still think it needs some contrasting element in the back?  The only thing

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Think About It Thursday: Tackling the Bedroom Bookcase Head On: Part Two

Have you ever noticed how sometimes what you think is the root of the problem is only half of what is wrong?  I learned that this week when I started to spruce up my bedroom bookcase.  When I would walk into the room, I thought the arrangement of the stuff on the shelves was the problem with my eye being drawn to the bookcase, but I was very wrong.  I styled the bookcase the best that I could but I learned that some serious rearrangement needed to occur to fix what was wrong with the room because the real problem was that the bookcase just didn’t belong where it was.  It looked like a dark void the second I entered the room and even the world’s best shelf organizer couldn’t repair it in the way it needed.

But, before we get too far into it, let’s look at what I picked up on my thrift/bargain shopping extravaganza.  I headed to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, Dollar Tree, and Walmart.  My original plan was to fill the shelves with decorative baskets to add texture while also hiding the books and making the bookcase seem more fit for a bedroom.  I was thinking something

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Tackling the Bedroom Bookcase Head On: Part One

I feel like such a hypocrite.  A decorating hypocrite.  A high-styled bookcase-loving hypocrite.  You see, I posted about how knowledge can be pretty (AKA – bookcases can be more than just books in a row) but then I showed you all this hideously organized bookcase found in my bedroom at my parents’ house. 

imageBut, to make myself look a little better, here’s what it looked like before I made the above attempt to organize and style the bookcase.

DSCN3531 I guess it looked neater, but very bare and boring at the same time.  When I rearranged everything after looking at this boring arrangement for far too long I tried doing what designers suggest – mixing in art/accessories, stacking books in different directions, and creating groupings of interesting pieces.  However, I think I failed, but not because I have no style (which I suppose is still debatable), but because the books themselves are just too colorful which makes any groupings and stylings seem cluttered and distracting.

As soon as I walk into my room, my

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