35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

IKEA hacks galore! A roundup of all HOH IKEA hack projects

After publishing my most recent Ikea hack I realized I have quite a few IKEA hacks here on the ol' blog. Check out some of the amazing things you can do with cheap IKEA products, some elbow grease, and lots of creativity! *This HOH roundup includes hacks only. If I included every post with an IKEA product in it I may as well repost my entire blog! ha! … [Read more...]

Command Hooks for the win!

I can't believe I forgot to share this simple storage solution with you guys. This is from our last house in Austin before we moved to Denver (oh man, I miss that kitchen!). I took some command hooks and stuck them inside the cabinet where I store the kitchenaid mixer. Now I can hang all the attachments so I can easily find them yet they are out of the way. Do you have any really amazing storage solutions for your kitchen? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend! … [Read more...]

Ben’s office 4-month progress report

Ben's office is usually such a wreck that it's hard for me to share it with you guys. However, we recently painted the room and it somehow got clean/organized enough that I could snap a few pictures. Come on in and check it out so far... The day we closed on the house a little over 4 months ago, the room looked like this: Neon green walls, sheer neon green curtains, cream baseboards, worn carpet... The first thing I did was rip out the carpet and spray all the baseboards with a paint sprayer. You can read about that here. When the carpet guys were putting in all new … [Read more...]

Adding more functional space in the laundry room (storage shelf and clothing rod)

I have been renovating my laundry room since about mid-September. I started with a general idea of how I wanted the room to look, but I like to work slow and live in a space as I make it over so I can get a feel for what I really want. The laundry room started like this: It was uninspiring and lacked any flow or function. At the end of the room was a large square space that was awkward. I had a shelf in there for awhile and I tried to make it useful by hanging some coat hooks and adding a chalk board. In reality, it was the dumping spot for anything in the house that we didn't … [Read more...]

Quest for cuter glitter {presentation is everything, right?}

When I shared my office filp-flop with you a few weeks ago, I showed off my cute glitter collection and storage basket. Truth be told, I don't really use glitter all that often, but I do love looking at baskets of pretty glitter. :) Well, there was one two things that stuck out like a big ol' fat sore thumb; those honkin' big containers of sparkly white glitter. I knew on my eternal quest for absolute cuteness that I could do so much better than those big eye sores. And a quick trip to my local Dollar Tree proved just the solution. The dollar store has these fun big sugar … [Read more...]