Pinteresting Kitchens

kitchen organization inspiration

 

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If you follow me on Pinterest you probably already know that I’m currently trying to organize our kitchen. While most of our apartment is roomy and wonderful, our kitchen just wasn’t so lucky. Its small and has minimal cabinet space and even less of a counter top. Dean always talks about some roomy kitchen being on his “must have” list every time we move… this time it’s clear that he had to give a little.

Our previous two apartments had a solid amount of kitchen space. Actually, our last kitchen had SO much space that we felt like we had to get more stuff just to fill it. Now we had to buy 3 storage/utility pieces from Ikea just to empty out our boxes and things are all over the place. Have you ever noticed how much more cluttered a space feels when it’s unorganized? If you haven’t, I’ll have you over for coffee sometimes so you can get a feel for it.

I’ll post our winning solution when we’re all done, but for now here are some of my favorite inspiration photos.

kitchen organization inspiration

I love the fact that this example not only hangs items inside the cabinet door, but the extra cork board backing also lets you use the door to attach various memos. I’m picturing cabinets littered with favorite recipes and kitchen tips in the best way possible.

 

kitchen organization inspiration

Even though Dean doesn’t want to admit it, we really need to go to the Container Store. Imagine all of the upper cabinet space you could neatly fill with little shelves like these?

 

kitchen organization inspiration

This picture almost makes me want to pull out some chalkboard paint- almost. If I wasn’t renting I’d probably do it, but from experience I’ll let you know that it’s kind of a pain to cover up. But I digress- what I really love about this kitchen is that they use their wall space. Instead of letting cooking utensils and paper towels take up important counter top space, they decided to spread the kitchen a little wider and look up.

 

kitchen organization inspiration

 

Open shelves are another great way to use your vertical space. I love that almost anything could go on these shelves- plates, bowls, baking supplies, baskets, a microwave- anything to free up your prep-space.

 

kitchen organization inspirationIf you have the space to add a cost effective industrial shelving unit like this one- I highly suggest it. We had one in our old apartment and it was seriously a godsend. Just like the open shelving concept above, this unit lets you keep some of your most used kitchen gadgets within reach, but it still allows them all to be put away when not in use. It’s probably the single kitchen item I miss the most from our last apartment and if we had the room she totally would have made the move with us.

 

kitchen organization inspiration

This easy diy bag organizer makes me feel terrible about throwing away my last coffee can. We use our plastic bags when cleaning up after Allegra, so we do keep and reuse any that we receive. That being said, our collection is a little out of control. Something like this could really help us save space in the pantry.

 

I think I have something planned for pots/pans and a few other things, but I’m still lost on my tupperwear. The lids always seem to be in the way. Tips are welcomed!

Pineapple Crush

 

pineapple

It’s official: I’m crushing hard on pineapple everything. I don’t know what it is but I keep finding myself pinning images, wearing jewels and purchasing anything and everything pineapple. I think they’re such a fun way to bring in the warm weather. And here’s a fun fact for you: they are known as a symbol of warmth, welcome, and southern hospitality. If this doesn’t scream Florida summer, I don’t know what does!

So here are a few of my recent welcoming inspirations:

 

Free Vintage Inspired Pineapple Printable!  Perfect wall decor for your kitchen or home.  Download at livelaughrowe.com

First up is my newest living room addition: a free print! How perfect is this? I highly suggest the download- it’s too cute to say no!

 

pineapple print

This top from Anthropology makes me swoon. It’s way too expensive and I’m really not sure where I would wear it… but the fact that it exists makes me happy regardless.

 

pineapple nails

It’s VERY important to note that fact that these nails are hand painted and that The Hunt has a tutorial so that we can all do it too. Thank goodness for inventive nail artists.

 

pineapple print

This pineapple tote bag is handmade in Spain and it’s exactly the bag I would like to be taking to the beach with me on a sunny day.

 

pineapple tee

 

I can picture wearing this relaxed tee on an easy summer weekend. It matches everything and is perfect for running errands, hanging out at the grocery store, and coming back home to your favorite book and a drink in the backyard.

pineapple summer inspirationI have exactly two Alex & Ani items and one of them is this bracelet. I’m sad that they’ve moved away from the flat charms like above, but you can now buy a 3-D pineapple bracelet instead. Beggars can’t be choosers!

 

 

PS- Find more things I’m loving via my Pinterest page.

PPS- Come back tomorrow for a pineapple recipe!

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Style Inspiration

Since switching over my hangers I’ve started to notice the fact that I don’t switch up my wardrobe often. I have tons of clothes hanging nicely in my closet, but I always reach for the same items sitting in a laundry basket. I did a lot of shopping around the holiday season, so I must admit that I’m pretty happy with these repeating items, but it really seems so silly to have so many things then, doesn’t it?  If my plan is to guilt free get rid of stuff, I think it’s only fair to give all of my clothing a fair chance.

So in response I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some fresh ideas. These are some of the ones that I’m going to try and recreate over the next week or two. Who knows, maybe I’ll go crazy and actually take some pictures of my #ootd (indoors and in front of a mirror because it’s wayyyyy too cold outside).

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Where else do you go for outfit inspiration?

Fall Inspiration

fallI’m doing my best to put myself in the fall spirit, but I keep finding myself feeling up and down about it. For example:

  • Up- I love wearing sweaters!
  • Down- it’s getting dark earlier
  • Up- Pumpkin muffins!
  • Down- Mornings are sooooo cold.
  • Up- Leaves are changing!
  • Down- I have to clean up falling leaves.
  • Up- the fresh scent of a fall breeze
  • Down- Winter comes next

Whether I like it or not, fall is here. So lets start the week with some fall things that make me smile, shall we?

socks

DIY fall wreath

sweater socks

pumpkin snickerdoodles

picnic

 

fall scene, sockswreath,
sweater sockspumpkin snicker-doodles,
caramel apple spicepicnic

What about fall makes you happy?