organize(d)

Hello! It's been a busy couple months, and while I've been regularly updating on Instagram and Instagram stories, I've barely had a minute to sit down and write much here. I just started a new renovation last week that I will share a little more about hopefully this week, so planning and organizing that (it's been in the works since last Fall!) before the demo began was busy and exciting! 

We had a final blast of Winter this weekend and while it was still busy with a diving competition Wren had and picking up a few orders for the new reno, I enjoyed a cosy Sunday afternoon in the kitchen freshening up. 

Over the past year I organized and purged the drawers and cupboards in our kitchen, tackling each one sporadically. It felt like a more manageable job to just get through one drawer over time. But still, even trying to maintain it once it was organized there were occasionally a few things put in the wrong spot when cleaning or baking, so I gave it a quick touch up this weekend!

It didn't take very long now that I have a pretty good system and it was a good chance to give all the drawers a good wipe down. Love the season of Spring cleaning!

For me, the biggest maintenance issues are in the pantry since there are always more groceries coming in and sometimes you buy things that you don't regularly use for a recipe, plus kids are always rifling in there for a snack with little concern for my dreams of an Pinterest worthy pantry. Before you know it the whole thing looks like a bomb went off.  I have reserved one pantry drawer for just snacks and treats (and it usually looks disheveled), but the rest have been sorted and grouped as Baking, Cooking, and Misc. drawers

The baking drawer used to be the most overwhelming, just due to how many things were in there and how often I bought duplicates of something not realizing I already had some. These glass food storage jars from Dollarama only cost $1.25-$3 each and they are AMAZING!!! I also use them for the cooking drawer to sort pasta, rice, polenta, etc. The variety in sizes they have make them perfect for smaller quantity items like Baking powder, shredded coconut, cocoa, and everything else from chocolate chips to oats in bigger jars.

I love being able to see everything and exactly how much is left. I honestly never thought I could be someone with an organized kitchen. Taking the time to sort through it all and find storage solutions for the pantry to get it where it is now makes me happy every every time I go to bake or cook! And all for under $50 in organization supplies.

inspired 9.0

clockwise 1. Kelly Ventura / 2. The Style Files / 3. Matchbook Diaries / 4. unknown

I am in that mid-winter moment where the excitement and activity of the warmer months seems a lifetime away. These are the moments when I focus on perfecting what we have, cleaning, organizing, sorting, instead of changing up too much. There is a really soothing quality about doing these little tweaks in the quiet winter months. Simplicity seems to be the driving force in our home, despite all the excitement and activity on my professional front. These images seem to sum it all up in a rather pretty way. 

And speaking of professional front, if you are in New Orleans PLEASE come by and say hello to me at the NOLA Home Show Friday through Sunday of this week! I will be presenting all three days on achieving a designer home on a tight budget, and focusing on creativity and tapping into your inner DIY diva.

You can also use promo code: BAKER for $3 off admission!!

ciao bellas!

 

Things that make me HAPPY

Well, the holidays obviously make it an extra happy time of year! But a couple little touches are adding even more cheer to our VERY short days. 

The first being fresh flowers. A few people have given me birthday arrangements, even though the big day isn't until tomorrow (I'll officially be 33! EEek!). I love breaking up the arrangements in to little groupings around the house and the bedside is my favourite spot.

These little stickers I designed and ordered through MOO.com are probably my favourite little touch to our gifts this year. They are perfect for sealing shut the little paper bags I've been using like crazy!

Our pink christmas is still putting a wide smile on my face! Wren's grandma gave her a pink Santa hat and it's been getting a bunch of milage, specially at bedtime for some reason LOL.

I don't usually do too much redecorating this time of year because it's already a busy time and things are shuffled for holiday decor, but I couldn't resist shaking up the kitchen sitting area a little when these little stools from Serena and Lily showed up last week.

Mr. Model Dog making it hard to get a clear shot (you will see his modelling skills in full force next summer in our Style at Home cabin feature, he brought his A game!)

They might be small, but they are so sturdy and solid, these babies are perfect for so many spots. I'm sure you'll see them migrate all over the house.

So, I guess this is officially my last post as a 32 year old! Not sure if I'm happy or sad about that, maybe a little of both, but either way I'm REALLY happy to be spending my big day tomorrow helping at Wren's school and having dinner with my family, including my Grandma who flew in from Vancouver which is a huge treat. If I don't have a chance to post again before the holidays, have yourself a safe and merry holidays!