The reveal, thank you IKEA!

It might not seem like much, but this was a much needed office spruce up. You might remember the before and the story behind it. Here is the before photo:


And here is the after:


Small changes, but such a big difference! The entire wall is now glorious storage! In fact, did you notice the best part? Empty space!!! Oh what a luxury that is.

IKEA Draper was kind enough to provide the bookshelves, and the adorable green storage bins, for my project.

This is the first time I have put together any IKEA furniture. I have to admit, I was a little scared at first because I have heard that it can be hard. It totally wasn’t! They were the easiest bookshelves I have ever put together (and I have put together quiet a few from other brands). The instructions were easy to follow, and all the hardware comes with it. Would I use IKEA furniture again for a project? You bet!

I’m so thrilled to have things in my office not only looking nice, but also functioning well. It’s such an amazing feeling to have a place to put everything (with space left over even)! And the green bins have fast become my favorite for their ability to store loose items. They really hide the mess.

Thank you IKEA!

Side note: It can be funny the things you discover when you work on a space that is going to be blogged about. Something I learned was that my office is hard to photograph, it’s narrow and surprisingly very dark, even in the lightest parts of the day.

The mess of making things better.

Anyone who has ever redone a space, even if it’s a small redo, knows that mess is bound to happen. Not just happen, but linger. Right now I am finishing up my small office redo, but I wanted to show you a few of the steps. It’s nothing hard, just removing stuff, but that stuff has to go someplace!


First things first, the shelves get emptied. Where did all that stuff end up? In our dining room.


And then finally, the wall is empty.


Things learned along the way? There isn’t much space in this office. It’s longer than it is wide. Also, there isn’t much light in the office, making it darn near impossible to get a decent photo (even with Photoshop helping along the way).

Things are coming along though, and the reveal will be revealed soon! However I have to be honest, I will be very glad when everything is back in it’s own spot. Mess makes me grumpy.

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Meet the TV lift cabinet, your new favorite piece of furniture!

One thing that I have always wanted in our living room was a fireplace, not just because I love the way they look, but I wanted to easily add warmth to the room. I also wanted a spot to hang our Christmas stockings! So imagine my delight when reached out and wanted us to feature their amazing fireplace/TV cabinet combo!


Where is the TV? It is in the cabinet waiting to lift out! Amazing, right? And it gets better. Not only can you lift and lower the TV, you can do it with a remote. You can also use a setting that will lower the television again when it has been turned off. It feels a bit like we are The Jetsons!

Sorry for the lack of artwork above the fireplace, but we are still looking for the perfect picture to compliment our cabinet! Now for the cabinet with the TV lifted up. The cabinet holds a wide range of sizes, this television is 48″.


I was also surprised to find two storage areas on the sides of the cabinet that are perfect for holding Blu-rays and games. There are hidden places for cable boxes and other electronics as well. Everything about the TV lift cabinet has been very well thought out.

And yes, that is an electric fireplace that you see in the front! And not only does it give the look and feeling of a fireplace, it is also a heater. I can’t wait to put it to use this winter!

Disclosure: provided us with the cabinet in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Halloween flamingo!

Halloween flamingo

Our flamingo all dressed in her Halloween finery. She has outfits for every month of the year, but I think that her witch costume is her favorite.

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