2017 Home Organization Projects

One of my big goals for this year is to have a place for everything and everything in its place! That means a lot of decluttering has been happening in my home. Organization is something everyone can benefit from whether your house is large or small! I’m focusing on a few key areas to help my home function better.

MUDROOM

My husband and I recently updated our laundry/mudroom by adding cabinetry above and between the washer and dryer. We also removed a small shallow closet to install high cabinets, hooks and shoe storage.

Though the space isn’t big, it functions so much better for us. We’ve been working on organizing the cabinet interiors that house cleaning supplies and bulk household items.

Take advantage of the storage opportunities on the insides of cabinet doors. These mountable baskets are perfect for storing items you need to quickly access. I grabbed a couple of these to store cleaning supplies and vacuum attachments.

Bins and baskets make it easy to grab scarfs, hats and gloves before heading out the door.

If space is at a minimum, this option is great hanging coats and bags and even has a few small bins and a shelf!

STORAGE ROOM

Our storage room has become one of those spaces where boxes get tossed in without even looking. It’s difficult to find things and hard to walk through!

 

We are busy going through our belongings and making toss/keep/donate piles. Once we know what we are keeping THEN we will buy the appropriate storage containers. I’m thinking we will do some clear bins so we can see what will be stored.

A label maker will come in handy for labeling bins and can help you organize the rest of house, too!

GARAGE

While it’s not the most glamorous of spaces, organizing our garage is the project I’m looking forward to the most. The plan is to install a large pegboard wall to store all of our tools and project supplies.

I love how this storage wall takes full advantage of the vertical space available. Everything is easily visible, accessible, and CLEAN.

This organizer is perfect for storing nails, nuts, bolts and screws.

Magnetic knife racks are great for holding drill bits, screw drivers and even paint brushes.

 

I’ve got my work cut out for me! What projects are you working on this year?

Cheers to the New Year!

I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to a close. It has been a busy and productive year at Schaub+Srote and we are excited for what’s to come in the new year! I wanted to share a few last minute ideas/tips for your NYE holiday celebration!

OUT & ABOUT

  • NYE Live! at Ballpark Village – Ballpark Village is hosting their annual celebration and the ONLY ball drop in St. Louis. 2 packages are available with access to all 5 of their venues. Guests can look forward to an all-inclusive premium drink package, complimentary midnight toast, and a live DJ performance by DJ Dynamix.
  • Kid Rock New Year’s Eve Bash – Ring in the New Year with a rockin’ performance by Kid Rock! Special guests Tim Montana and the Shrednecks will kick off the night!
  • Steinberg Skating Rink – Looking for a fun night with the kiddos? Skate in the New Year at Steinberg’s! Enjoy party favors, noisemakers and some hot cocoa while you skate around the 27,600 square foot rink!

New Years Eve party photo booth. With photo booth props in black, gold, and silver.

AT HOME

  • Every NYE bash should have a photo booth! Visit your local craft store and make some cute props and an easy backdrop. Guests can write New Year’s Resolutions on a chalkboard and have fun taking silly photos.
  • This champagne mule cocktail recipe looks so delicious!
  • If you’re like me and will most likely be snoozing long before midnight, celebrate the next morning instead! Host a special New Year’s brunch for friends/family. This Everything Bagel Strata looks like the perfect dish for the occasion. And remember, mimosas and bloody marys are essential!

Thank you for following along this year! We wish you peace and love in the New Year!

Preparing for Overnight Guests

Do you have guests in town for the holidays? Read these tips for creating a warm and inviting space for your guests to enjoy!

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Spend the night as your guest.

This will allow you to note and fix any issues you come across. Is the room temperature okay? Always make sure there are enough blankets and that the pillows are comfortable. Another thing to note is the morning light! Do your curtains sufficiently block the sun?

Did you see my guest room makeover today? I shared some quick and easy ideas for making guests feel welcome, like providing the Wifi password in a frame and putting together a basket of travel-size toiletries in case they forgot something! by...

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The Essentials

Make sure to have key emergency items readily available. You don’t want to make your guests feel embarrassed having to ask for certain items! This should include extra toilet paper, feminine products, air freshener or matches, and a plunger.

Other items to have ready in the room or nearby should include:

  • wi-fi password
  • water carafe and glass
  • remote control instructions
  • waste basket
  • spare key and/or garage code
  • easily accessible outlets
  • fresh towels
  • clear space in your closet with plenty of hangers
  • extra toothbrush
  • lint roller
  • contact solution
  • assorted medicine
  • hair dryer
  • iron and ironing board
  • luggage rack

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Go Above and Beyond

  • Find out what your guests like to eat/drink for breakfast and snacks and have those items on hand.
  • Get the coffee ready ahead of time so all they have to do is hit the power button!
  • Leave a stack of magazines or a favorite book for your guests to peruse.
  • Compose a list of favorite activities, shops and restaurants for your guests to check out!
  • Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

These little touches can go a long way in making your guests feel welcome! I hope you find them helpful and please share in the comments if you have any additional suggestions!

 

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Christmas Ornaments, Tree Skirts, & Stockings, Oh My!

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The holidays are in full swing and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get out those boxes of decorations and go to town! If you are looking to freshen up your decor, here are some new favorites to peruse.

ORNAMENTS

Bottle Brush Ornament - Baby Fox + ScarfBaby Fox Bottle Brush Ornament

Every tree needs a cute animal ornament – love his plaid scarf!

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Set of Three Heart OrnamentsBirch Heart Ornaments

Marbled OrnamentGold Marbled Ornament

Faux Quartz Starburst OrnamentFaux Quartz Starburst Ornaments

Double Glass Sphere Ornament: Double Glass Sphere Ornament

Bottlebrush Wreath Ornaments

Paint-Your-Own Ornament Kit

These peg doll ornaments are so sweet and the possibilities are endless!

TREE SKIRTS

Christmas Hex Tree Skirt: Hex Tree Skirt

Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt, Ivory: Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirts | Minted: Snow-Covered Woods Tree Skirt

Minted now carries tree skirts and the best part is, they are reversible!

Stitched Linen Tree Skirt: Stitched Linen Tree Skirt

Design, DIY & Home Improvement blog focusing on hunting for your own personal style… on any budget "Hunted Interior": Christmas Tree in Urn

Skip the tree skirt completely, and try this tutorial by Kristin at The Hunted Interior!

STOCKINGS

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Black + White Check Stocking: Plaid and Stripe Stockings

Love all these colors and patterns from Schoolhouse Electric!

White Christmas Stocking, White Stocking, White Christmas Stockings, White Stockings, White Matelasse Stocking: Matelasse Stocking

Chunky Knit Striped Christmas Stocking Red by LaurenAstonDesigns: Chunky Knit Stocking

19" Flower Wool Felt Stocking, Green: Flower Wool Felt Stocking

Happy decorating!

Feature Images via Schoolhouse Electric!

Shop Small & Support Local Businesses!

Here’s a list of local shops to consider while out shopping this weekend, throughout the holiday season and anytime throughout the year! Some of these shops even offer free delivery to the St. Louis area – good to know!

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Circa Boutique:  A clothing and gift boutique in downtown Belleville, IL and also Edwardsville, IL! The shop also offers candles, artwork, and custom jewelry!

City Sprouts:  A one-stop, super cool shop for babies and kids featuring amazing clothes, eco-friendly toys, designer diaper bags, and modern nursery furniture and decor.

Fable and Lore:  Hand-crafted, infinitely wearable jewelry for the modern free spirit.

Future Ancestor:  A curated home decor shop specializing in handmade goods, vintage furniture, and unique gifts.

Left Bank Books:  The oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis. They offer a full-line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys and services.

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Lemon Gem:  This brand-new kitchen store is set for its soft opening this Saturday, 11/26. It will offer the basics – pots, pans, spatulas, spoons, bakeware, aprons, kitchen gifts – from a range of well-known brands to local artisans. The shop will also feature a community cookbook library – how great is that?!

124 West Jefferson, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122

Moonbeams:  Located in the heart of Kirkwood this shop offers a variety of gift and home decor items that are truly unique and often one-of-a-kind!

Union Studio:  An independent and locally owned shop featuring a thoughtful, classic collection of St. Louis artists’ hand-crafted goods and fine art. Every item they sell—clothing, housewares and fine art—is handmade by nearby artists, our neighbors.

Urban Matter:   Home furnishings & gift shop featuring local makers, curated treasures & made-by-hand goods for both men & women.

Zee Bee Market:  Curated handmade & Fair Trade products from around the world – plus coffee, chocolate, tea, more. Their hand-crafted baskets are a personal favorite!

What are some other local gems that I missed – let us know where you like to shop in the St. Louis area.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Menu!

Looking for some new recipes to elevate your Thanksgiving Day menu this year? I’ve got you covered! Here are some recipes that are sure to leave your guests craving more and begging you to share the recipes.

Caramel Churro Chex Mix

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It’s always a good idea to have a few snacks on hand. You may want to make an extra batch of this one because it looks too good to resist!

Arugula, Pear & Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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My sister-in-law made this last Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.  It’s the perfect mixture of flavors and also a great way to balance out the heavier dishes.

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

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If you only choose one recipe from this whole post to try, you HAVE to make this one!  This is another recipe my sister-in-law made last Thanksgiving and it was so delicious. Browned butter makes everything taste so yummy.

Easy Paleo Gravy

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This simple recipe substitutes cauliflower for flour.  This secret ingredient makes for a thick and creamy gravy.

Step up your flavor game with these easy butter recipes; one sweet and one savory.

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Spread this on your rolls and use the leftovers to spread on your bagels and toast the next morning!

Homemade Herb Butter

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Try adding a little of this to your mashed potatoes, turkey and pretty much anything else on your plate.

Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan

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This recipe looks so simple and so tasty.

Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

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Choose squash over potatoes for your gratin this year.

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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This seems like a fool-proof recipe that even a non-baker (me) could pull off. What’s better than a variation of apple pie à la mode?

Sparkling Clementine Thyme Cocktail

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I love having a special cocktail for guests at my holiday parties. This is almost too pretty to drink! It looks so refreshing and festive.

Good luck with your planning and hopefully you’ve been inspired!

Saint Louis Artist – Chad M. Lawson

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GET FAMILIAR

Chad M. Lawson is a true creative soul living and working in downtown St. Louis! Chad is best known for his beautiful abstracts done on salvaged wood doors and his mixing of oils and acrylics to create unique textures and movement. Painting on a hard wood surface can pose quite a challenge but he has mastered the skills to do so. Each piece of art is striking, layered, and begs the viewer to take a closer look!

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BE INSPIRED

Chad finds inspiration in literature and music. Part of his process is to work on a few pieces at a time while listening to a specific musical artist or genre. The type of music influences the intensity of each stroke. One day he might add strong graffiti-like elements while listening to hip-hop and the next day add precise, delicate lines while listening to his favorite cellist.

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The sankofa symbol is another important element of his work. Based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backwards, sankofa signifies the wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future. You can see elements of this symbol in several of his works (see below)!

 

SHOW ME MORE

Want to see more?! Chad currently has pieces on display at the Cortex as well as Whitebox Eatery! Be sure to visit his website to see more of his amazing creations.

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Chad is currently working on a collection investigating the journey and challenges within the adoption and adoptee narrative.  The collection features the adding and subtracting of layers, movement, and color in the search for identity, be it past or present. This work will be revealed at his February 2017 show.

Chad is also writing a book on growth for both ones art and building lasting relationships with clients. He draws on his over twenty years of curating his own work and others, with what would these days be called “pop-up” shows. Chad started doing this in the mid 1990’s in Miami, then St. Louis, and San Francisco. The book will also contain advice and questions for both new and established artists to help them better structure their time, finances, and resources. Be on the lookout for it early next year!

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Photos from my studio visit with Chad!

Viewings by appointment only.

chadmlawson@gmail.com | www.chadmlawson.com | @chadmlawson

A Subtle Take on Fall Decor

The St. Louis summer heat has finally subsided and fall is in the air! I tend to want to curl up on the couch with a book, blanket and a scented candle around this time of year! I was inspired by Arhaus to share some quick tips on how you can make your home feel cozy during these cooler months.

WARM COLORS

Everyone first thinks of orange as the go-to fall color. However, I tend to lean toward neutrals and muted colors. Olive green, plum, golden yellow and warm metals are some favorites as well.

Maeve 99" Upholstered Tufted Sofa in Como Olive:

James Floor Lamp | Arhaus Furniture:

LAYER UP

As the weather gets colder, we tend to add on layers:  a blazer, scarf, etc. The same goes for your home. Drape a chunky throw over your sofa and keep a few extra in a textural basket nearby. Another idea is to layer a plush shag rug over a jute/sisal rug for a soft feeling underfoot.

Luxe Ivory Faux Fur Throw | Arhaus Furniture:

Sheepskin Small Wool Throw In Linen | Arhaus Furniture:

TEXTURE

Now is the time to introduce some heavier textiles into your space.  Velvets, cable knits, faux fur and hide all add interest and warmth.

Tapete Plum Chloe Velvet Rectangle Pillow | Arhaus Furniture:

Grey Hair on Hide 19" Square Pillow With Suede Back | Arhaus Furniture:

BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Simply placing a deer shed atop a stack of books, displaying a dish of mini gourds or acorns and sticking some freshly cut ginkgo stems in a vase can go a long way.

Genuine Elk Antler | Arhaus Furniture:

Birch Tree 3" X 4" Pillar Candle | Arhaus Furniture:

FALL INSPIRED LIVING ROOM

What is your favorite way to incorporate the fall season into your home? Do you prefer a subtle look or do you embrace the season with full force?

The New Neutral

Over the past year or so, it seems like dark green interiors have been popping up left and right and the hue shows no signs of slowing down. It is one of the top design trends predicted for 2017. Think of it as the “new navy.”

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This moody color works well with both traditional and modern decor. Working as a dramatic neutral it really pairs well with almost ANY color.  However, it truly shines when paired with other neutrals.  Add in beautiful wood tones, camel leather, natural linens and warm brass tones for a winning combination.

Our New Modern Chesterfield Black Leather Sofa | Chris Loves Julia

A tip to consider is to paint a room that you don’t use everyday:  guest bedroom, den, office, or formal dining room. I just recently painted my dining room (pictured below) Benjamin Moore Hunter Green (lightened 25%) and am so pleased with the results!

Finally got around to giving my dining room the drama it needed! Loving the color. 💚 (this was after the first coat) Benjamin Moore - Hunter Green (lightened 25%):

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This is certainly a color you need to test out before making a final selection. As you should always do, purchase a few sample colors and paint large squares on each wall of the room. Live with it for a couple days and take note of how the color looks throughout the day. Different lighting conditions will greatly affect how the color reads in your home. Some favorite colors to try:

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For a more reserved take on the trend, paint a piece of furniture or add a pop of the color using a piece of art or pillow!

So what is your take on this color? Love it? Hate it? Sound off in the comments!

 

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Songs 4 Soldiers Benefit Concert

Helping veterans with the sound of music!

Songs 4 Soldiers is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for local combat veterans with an annual benefit concert. These vets are either wounded, disabled, suffering from PTSD, or possibly just veterans who are down on their luck. The funds raised are used to pay for specific needs these individuals may have such as monthly expenses, home improvements, provisions for their family, etc. S4S is giving veterans the opportunity to take their lives in a new direction.

It all started in 2013 when combat veteran, Dustin Row, decided to make his dream a reality. Dustin served in the Iraq war in 2004 and 2005 and always had it in his mind that he wanted to help veterans when he returned home.

“Being a musician and a combat veteran I have been more than blessed in every phase of my life. After coming home from Iraq unscathed after a messy tour I was lucky enough to return to an amazing family, community and job.” states Row. “Once I was at a point to do something significant and beneficial with our band [Where’s Charlie], I knew I wanted to help fellow combat veterans. The original goal was to have a benefit concert and use the the money for four local combat veterans. Thanks to an amazing response from the community, our concerts grew at a much quicker pace than expected.” For many people Songs 4 Soldiers is a benefit concert and a charity, but for Dustin and the S4S team it has truly become a way of life.

After three short years Songs 4 Soldiers is about to hold its 4th Benefit Concert and they’ve already helped over 100 combat veterans and their families – wow! S4S also prides itself in that 100% of all donations and money raised goes directly to helping combat veterans. Make sure to mark your calendars for this great event that is fun for the whole family!

DATE:
September 10, 2016
Rain date: Sept 11th, 1:00-9:00 p.m.

TIME:
2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park, Columbia, IL

BAND LINEUP:
ClusterPluck
The Dave Glover Band (all Beatles set)
PettyCash Junction
Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys
Where’s Charlie?
SuperJam

$10 Suggested Donation for Admission
Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, balloons and interactive projects.

Please visit http://songs4soldiersstl.org for more information on the concert and how to purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid the long lines! Read the stories of a few of the combat veterans S4S has helped so far and donate if you are able!