If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that we moved from Savannah to Greenville in October. We didn’t have much time to find somewhere to live, but scored an affordable little place in a great location close to downtown! Going from 3 bedrooms with several closets to 2 bedrooms and very little closet space meant getting more intentional and creative about storage. My office doubles as our guest room, leaving one wall for workspace – just enough room for my beloved Ikea desk (purchased more than a year ago) and a vertical shelf. I had been eyeing the 16-cube Ikea Kallax unit for a long time, and although it would never fit in our new place the 8-cube unit was a perfect fit!
The closest Ikea is a 2 hour drive, so I always go armed with a shopping list. I knew that I wanted a couple baskets for bulk storage and a 2-drawer insert for organizing smaller items, but I had a great time playing around with different basket styles, storage boxes, and magazine files to see what would fit best. I also love the clean lines and versatility of the shelf – if our needs change, the shelf could easily be flipped horizontally and used as a media center in our living room or sideboard table/bar in a dining room.
What I purchased:
- Kallax Shelving Unit, $64.99
- Kallax Insert with 2 Drawers, $20.00
- Pjas Banana Fiber Baskets, $15.00 each
- Kassett Boxes, $6.99 for 2
- Kasset Magazine Files, $4.99 for 2
I LOVE the Kallax shelf. It literally took me less than 2 hours to build it and completely fill it with my crap. I was blown away by how much “stuff” I was about to organize on it. The baskets are filled with inventory from my online shop like favor bags and bulk dried lavender, the drawers are perfect for ribbon and baker’s twine I use for packing orders, and the large storage box is filled with reams of colored cardstock I use for making gift tags. I was also able to get all my design books, folders, and supplier catalogs off the floor, and still had room for a couple picture frames and mementos!
Get the look with these colorful office goodies!
(Image Credit: Design by Caitlin Wilson, as seen on Good Housekeeping)
I stumbled upon this bright bedroom design by Caitlin Wilson and it was love at first sight! The crisp navy and white palette, splash of coral, and brass and rope touches make for a modern, nautical space you won’t want to leave.
To help you create this look in your own home, I’ve rounded up 8 of my favorite nautical-inspired accents under $100:
Shop the Look!
Do you need a little help finding the right decor for your bedroom or other room in your house? Let me help! All of my eDesign packages include a custom storyboard, styling tips, and a shopping list with links to conveniently shop online. Get more details here and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Have you been tasked with hosting a bridal shower and you’re not sure where to start? Don’t panic – you don’t need a large budget or Martha Stewart skills to put a cute shower together in your own home. Below are some simple bridal (or baby!) shower décor and food ideas that will make a big statement for minimal effort and cost.
Making Room for Everyone
Maybe you already have plenty of space to host a party, but if you don’t (like me) here are some suggestions for adding seating for your guests and surfaces for food.
- Table: 6 ft folding table (about $8 to rent from a local event company if you don’t own one) – we purchased this folding table off amazon and use it for tailgating too!
- Linen: 90” x 132” beige linen (about $15 to rent if you need to cover an ugly folding table)
- Chairs: I used my own dining chairs, but folding chairs are also inexpensive to rent if you need extra seating (white plastic folding chairs are about $1.50 each to rent)
If possible, display all food and beverage in the room where everyone will spend the most time. Your guests will feel much more comfortable if they can refill their cocktail or grab a second cookie without having to ask you or make a trip to the kitchen. Not sure where to put everything? Try clearing off and/or rearranging your existing furniture. The small sideboard table and baker’s rack pictured here are normally covered in books and other accessories, but I hid all my junk to make room for party treats!
Setting the Table
- Plates: I used my own white dishes because they made for pretty pictures, but you don’t need to overthink this one. Use what you have or buy pretty paper or plastic plates to stack on your buffet – then your guests can help themselves.
- Glasses: You can see that I didn’t have enough to go around, so I mixed and matched inexpensive water goblets and oversized wine glasses. Plastic cups work just fine though!
- Napkins: You can use cloth napkins if you have them (these polka dot napkins are from Anthropologie last year), but paper party napkins are another fun and affordable way to add color and pattern to your table!
Bridal Shower Décor
I like to start with a neutral base (mostly clear and white pieces) and then fill in with a few colorful accessories to suit the event them. Before you buy any decor, scour your house for anything you might be able to use – think candle sticks, small bowls, lanterns, and anything that can be used as a vase. Remember, you will be able to add a lot of color with flowers and food, so the rest of your décor can be fairly simple.
Bridal Shower Tablescape Decor
- Assorted Clear Glass Bottles
- Assorted White Glass Bottles
- Blown Glass Votive Holders with Lamp Silhouette
- Mint Mercury Glass Tealight Holders
- Blush Pink Antiqued Tealight Holders with Wire Hangers
- White Porcelain Votive Holders with Lace Detail (used as mini vases)
- Mini Glass Bell Jars with White Fluted Base (perfect for macarons!)
- Place Cards with Laser-cut Paisley Design
Bridal Shower Dessert Table
- 10” Jade (Mint) Cake Stand
- Porcelain Cake Serving Set with Embossed Lace Detail
- Vintage Inspired Milk Bottles
- Pink Striped Paper Straws
- Ceramic Place Holders (used as dessert labels)
Bridal Shower Bar Cart
(or baker’s rack in my case)
- Pink Depression Glass Cake Stand (used to display bridal shower favors)
- Kraft Favor Boxes with Lace Detail (filled with saltwater taffy, yum!)
- Apothecary Jar Beverage Dispenser
- 6” Jade Cake Stand
- Tall White Spindle Candle Holders
- Pink Striped Straws
Bridal Shower Favor Ideas
- Milk Bottles with Mini Donuts
- Macarons in Mini Bell Jars
- Kraft Favor Boxes filled with your favorite sweets
DIY Bridal Shower Flower Arrangements
Flowers can be expensive, but it is possible to create your own flower arrangements on a budget. I used $14 worth of grocery store flowers to decorate this entire party! A bundle of pink roses ($6), pink carnations ($4), and baby’s breath ($4) trimmed and arranged together in a variety of vases, bottles, votive holders, and even on top of the cake!
Bridal Shower Dessert Ideas
I’m not much of a cook, so I almost always opt for finger foods or dessert when throwing a party. The food pictured here is all store bought with the exception of the cake (which I made from box mix!). Here are some of my go-to easy party desserts:
- Layered Naked Cake: 2 boxes of Duncan Hines white cake mix and 2 containers of icing with a drop of red food coloring in each (tip: stick a paper straw through the middle of the finished cake to help keep the layers from sliding)
- Pink Rock Candy: local candy store
- Mini Powered Donuts: grocery store bakery
- Cupcakes: grocery store bakery
- Macarons: purchased at Savannah’s Marche de Macarons, but probably available at your local bakery or French restaurant
- White Chocolate Covered Pretzels: just Flips!
- Croissants: grocery store bakery
- Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail: Simply Raspberry Lemonade, soda, sliced lemons for color, and vodka (optional)
Do you have any favorite food shortcuts or tips for throwing a simple shower? I’d love to hear your ideas!