Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

Just four more days to leave your vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

It’s time to continue my home cleaning and purging kick with a new focus on pretty storage boxes. I’ve been watching lots of beauty reviews and tutorials on YouTube lately, and it seems like most every vlogger has a luxe lucite holder (or 9 of them) to corral her lipsticks, blushes, foundations, and eyeliners. You probably know by now that I’m an absolute sucker for color-coordinated organization by type, so I’m practically salivating over the possibilities these 12 storage containers below offer.

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

1. McKenna Leather Jewelry Box

2. Prisma Jewelry Stand Organizer

3. Cotton Muslin Drawstring Bags

4. Stackers White Glass Cosmetics Organizer

5. InterDesign Plastic Modular Storage Basket

6. 6-Drawer Premium Clear Acrylic Chest

7. Velvet T-Bar Jewelry Display

8. Mercer Triple Glass Shelf

9. Clear Acrylic Makeup & Skin Care Storage Kit

10. Brass Plated Jewelry Storage

11. Trigem Hanging Jewelry Organizer

12. Lyon Jewelry Storage Cufflink Box

The best news, of course, is that they’re not just for makeup and jewelry. If you’ve got an object that’s the right size and shape to fit any one particular container or stand I’ve linked to today, then you’re golden! For example, imagine using this T-Bar Display to hold oversized rolls of painters tape in your garage, or this Hanging Jewelry Organizer to keep all of your keys in order by the front door. Let me know in the comments which container above suits your fall-time organization projects best!

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

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DIY Swing Arm Blanket Ladder

DIY Swing Arm Blanket Ladder

There’s still time to vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Who else is extra pumped for the official kick-off to fall this weekend? I can hardly wait to put out all of the ceramic pumpkins, fall-scented candles, and autumn-themed hand soap bottles I’ve been hoarding as we lead up to the cold weather season. Another thing I love to pull out this time of year? Blankets—and lots of them. If you’re in the same boat, then I have a feeling you’re going to love today’s DIY project: a handmade swing arm blanket holder that you can make for just $30.

DIY Swing Arm Blanket Ladder

DIY Swing Arm Blanket Ladder

Now, I’ve made many a DIY ladder in my day to hold things like magazines and, of course, throw blankets, but this design takes “simplified” to a whole new level. If you can use a handheld drill and tie a knot, you can definitely make this one at home on your own. I made this blanket ladder all by myself one afternoon in our living room, and couldn’t possibly love the laid back, practical vibes more.

Hop over to Hunker here for the full tutorial, and let me know in the comments below what you’re most looking forward to for fall, be it wool blankets, pumpkin-flavored treats, or copious amounts of autumn candles.

DIY Swing Arm Blanket Ladder

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‘Clean Home’ Cleaning Brands We Love

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

First things first…I would be ever so grateful for your vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Who knows if it’s the eminent change of the seasons or what, but I’m really anxious to give our home a deep down clean. I’d love to make time to pull everything off the shelves and out of drawers to give those surfaces a thorough scrub, and wash all of the linens that might not get quite as much consistent attention as our bedding (think: throw blankets, removable sofa cushion covers, etc.).

As you know, though, I’m also pretty focused on making sure that we’re using all-natural items in our home. So far, I’ve talked mainly about plant-derived, cruelty-free hygiene and beauty products, but today it’s all about ‘clean’ cleaning brands that keep our home feeling fresh without harsh chemicals or ingredients.

All of the products you see pictured in today’s post actually came from my first shipment of a subscription service called Grove Collaborative. I should mention, though, that this post is in no way, shape, or form sponsored by the Grove brand. I paid for the subscription with my own dollar bucks, and they have no idea DGD exists. Even still, I wanted to try out their line of products (plus a few other ‘clean home’ brands), so I went ahead and signed up. I’m not sure I’ll continue with the subscription, but I love that we’re all stocked up on ‘green’ goodies as we head into the new fall season. Scroll on to learn a little more about five of our favorite natural cleaning brands.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

‘Clean Home’ Cleaning Brands We Love

1. METHOD: Of course, my main motivation with going all-natural at home is the health benefits for John, me, and our pets. But I’m also really loyal to brands who promote a healthy environment, too—like Method. Their sustainable business and production practices are really making a difference, and that makes me an avid fan and consumer of all things Method. Their all-purpose cleaners are our favorites!

2. GROVE COLLABORATIVE: Whether you’re in the market for all-natural bath bombs, cotton balls, snack bags, or candles, it seems that Grove has you covered. I’m hoping to add their reusable brush set to my next order (whenever that might be) because it’s made from this really gorgeous renewable bamboo that I wouldn’t mind seeing out by our kitchen sink.

3. SEEDLING: Tree-free paper products for practically every room in the house? Yes, please! We’re talking bath tissues, facial tissues, paper towels, and more. We got some of their paper towels in our last Grove order, and I can assure you from personal experience that these towels are work horses even though they’re 100 percent “tree-free.”

4. REAL SIMPLE CLEAN: I’ve been searching and searching for a good leather cleaner to use on the leather upholstery we have in our living room, and finally found what I needed from the Real Simple Clean line. This leather conditioner promises to give furniture a deep-down clean that will make it shine without caustics, dyes, or chlorine.

5. MRS. MEYER’S: I know I should be most impressed by the plant-derived ingredients list on Mrs. Meyer’s cleaners (and I am super in love with that fact!), but my real favorite thing is the scents. I honestly haven’t met one I didn’t like, but our current favorites are Lemon Verbena and Pumpkin.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

Have you made the switch to all-natural home cleaners? If so, please tell me about your personal favorite brand in the comments below. My goal is to swap a harsh chemical cleaner with a natural one every time we run out. It’s definitely going to be a process, but one I can feel really good about sticking with.

'Clean Home' Cleaning Brands We Love

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Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Just another friendly little reminder to vote for Dream Green DIY in this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the crafting category, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Last week I wrote all about why we decided to switch the guest room with the office, and today, as promised, I’m back to share a longer tour of the first updated space: my home office. It might be a smaller room, but the newly arranged office feels like it fits the space better. After all, you don’t need much to have a functional working office—just a computer, desk, chair, a couple of storage cabinets, and you’re golden. Keep scrolling to see more details in my refreshed home office, plus you’ll hear a few of my thoughts on how I maximize storage in a pint-sized office space.

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Since I started implementing a whole house color palette in terms of the décor and art I bring into our home, the switch between rooms was even easier than I expected it to be. I was able to leave up most of the art from the original guest room set-up because it all fit so well with the blue/green/wood tone accents I pulled in from my old office.

One piece of furniture I decided to leave in place from the old guest room arrangement was the double open shelf cabinet. It just fit the wall so well by the closet doors, and nothing else I had quite suited that little swatch of wall, so it didn’t budge. Instead of using it to store linens, though, I switched them out for all of my displaced office supplies from the old room. Things like extra scissors, ribbon, pens, and markers are now all housed in the two-tone baskets I keep on the top shelf of the open cabinet. A big bright table lamp, some books, and a plant help give the top of the cabinet some pretty flair so it’s not just functional.

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

After moving the rest of our guest linens to the other room, I had space on the bottom shelf of the cabinet to pile up all of the extra wrapping paper and wallpaper that I’ve been hoarding. Truth be told, I think I’m actually going to get rid of all that patterned paper. I bought most of it when we lived in our old house, and it has moved from corner to corner without any real purpose. I think I’m saving it for some dream project that I haven’t even thought of yet, but it might be time to admit to myself that the project doesn’t really exist. I feel like passing it along to someone who will actually use it. If you’d like to purchase the rolls from me, shoot me a message!

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

As for other storage areas in my office, there’s, of course, my desk. That hunky piece of vintage furniture holds all of the obvious things like important files and paperwork, cords, and business cards. Just to the side of the desk I arranged my tall cubby cabinet, which used to live in my old office, if you remember.

I’ve actually parred my desk supplies and styling props way down, but things like extra cables and even a small pile of books and magazines that the blog has been featured in all still need a place to land. The closed sections of the tall cabinet are perfect for tucking all of those items away, while I keep a few of my favorite decorative objects on display in the open shelves.

After all that, I still have a little room to spare in all three storage cabinets I mentioned (the low open shelf cabinet, the desk, and tall cubby cabinet), but my hope is that I can keep the baskets and drawers a little on the empty side all the time. There’s practically nothing worse than trying to open an over-stuffed drawer or throwing a cabinet door wide only to have five teetering things fall out at you. I like knowing that my office plays host only to the essentials, that way it’s a pretty calming space for me to work in.

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Updated Home Office Tour

Do you have any questions about storage? I’d love to know, so leave them in the comments. And if you have office organization tips of your own to share, do tell. As with most things “organization,” I think one of the cornerstones of a good system is editing down to just the things you use on a daily basis. I’ve been super cut throat the last year or two, and I can’t tell you how much stress it has saved me to have fewer things. Oh, and if you’re wondering what I keep in the closet? It’s where the cat litter lives. That’s “real life” living for ya, but it works!

Updated Home Office Tour

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 30

Weekend Inspiration: No. 30

Did you hear the big, big news?! Dream Green DIY is one of five finalists in Domino Magazine’s Design Blog Awards! I’m incredibly humbled to be named alongside so many talented fellow bloggers, and keep having to pinch my wrist to know that this is real life. I would be forever (and ever!) grateful for your vote to make this “dream come true” even dreamier.

Click here to vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category. There’s no need to sign in or set up an account or anything, which is so nice and makes daily voting a cinch. You can vote once a day for two whole weeks, so I’ll be sure to share the link with you guys every post day here on the blog as a friendly little reminder/plea for your support. I couldn’t have done any of this without all of your visits, comments, and shares, so thank you very much! Now for a few other links worthy of a share…

Weekend Inspiration: No. 30

1. I didn’t make it all the way through my summer reading list because I got sidetracked by other books I randomly picked up (here’s looking at you, Sharp Objects!), but I’m still powering through. See my full book list here in case you could use some reading inspiration as we transition into fall.

2. Too soon for sweaters? This cut-out knit option makes me want to jump the gun.

3. Pumpkin spice season has arrived in full force, so I can’t wait to try this dairy-free PSL recipe at home.

4. As the evenings get darker faster this month, I’m all about quality mood lighting. This post with tips for a healthier, more radiant home gave me lots of good inspiration.

5. I’m really tempted to splurge on this leather saddle bag in the name of fall because I know I’ll end up using it year-round. Should I go for it?

6. Nothing quite says September like fresh apples and the warm glow of candlelight. These easy DIY apple candles check both boxes!

7. Have you joined The Insecure Girls’ Club on Instagram yet? I love everything this new community account stands for.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 30

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Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Did you hear?! Dream Green DIY is one of five finalists in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! You can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved switching up rooms and rearranging furniture. I think I’ve mentioned here on the blog before that my mom would often come around the corner in our childhood home to find a dresser or upturned mattress smack dab in the middle of the hallway on its way from my sister’s room to my room. I was just that type of kid—I didn’t wait for help, and I also never could leave well enough alone.

Switching rooms or moving furniture around excites and energizes me more than any other type of home project does. Large scale renovations are gratifying, sure, but they stress me out and take too long for me to actually enjoy them. I love that changing furniture around is free, quick, and instantly transforms the look and feel of a room without having to call in a contractor.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Case in point (as you probably guessed from today’s post title), our office and guest room. A few months ago I realized that the two bonus back bedrooms in our home could be more efficient if switched. You can get a better sense of the floor plan when looking at the image below. That photo was taken in the hall where you can see the doors to all three of the bedrooms in our home. The door on the right goes to our master bedroom, the doorway on the left now goes to my office, and the door straight ahead leads into our newly arranged guest room.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

As for why I decided to switch the guest room and office? It really all comes down to air conditioning. We don’t have a traditional HVAC system in our 1960s home, so we rely on window and wall units to cool things down. It’s very comfortable, but it admittedly gets a little warm in the rooms that don’t sport a physical AC unit.

My office, the way it stood before this change, boasted a mighty AC window unit that cranked out tons of blissful cool air. The old guest room, though, had nothing. There’s an overhead fan in there, but it definitely didn’t do enough to cut the heat in the dead of summer. It happened to be a pretty busy summer for us in terms of overnight guests, so I decided it was time to finally change the rooms so that the guest room (and our guests) could benefit from the AC unit.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Deciding to switch the rooms was a pretty easy decision once I weighed the pros and cons, and John agreed to help me switch them one day earlier this summer before all of our overnighters were scheduled to come into town. It took the two of us less than an hour to pull off, and then it was time to get things reorganized and resettled.

The back bedroom, which now houses our guest room, is actually bigger than the other, so I was able to fit the double bed, a side table, and a full-size dresser. The old guest room didn’t have room for a dresser, so I was excited to have that upgrade in the new space. It now holds our entire extra linens collection.

Of course, that means my “new” office is a little smaller then the room it used to be in, but I actually find that I spend less time in my office these days than I used to. I’m more efficient with my time now that I’m going back and forth from the pottery studio, so I don’t need a lot of room for getting my computer work done in the office. I’m going to share a full updated tour of both spaces over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for my thoughts on the new design and function of each room.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

Have you tried rethinking the function of the rooms in your own home lately? Could you get more out of a space by changing up its function? Consider doing it just for fun! Switching rooms is really quick (when you have a friend or family member willing to lend a hand), and its an affordable way to change up your perspective when you don’t have a huge renovation budget.

Why We Switched The Guest Room And Office

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 29

Weekend Inspiration: No. 29

I’ve heard an exciting rumor that the weather is supposedly going to feel a little fall-like this weekend. I can’t wait! I’m absolutely aching to put out our fall decorations and spice-scented candles now that it’s September, but John won’t let me until the “official” start to the season on the 22nd. What a spoil sport, am I right?

The anticipation is half the fun anyway, so I’m going to take this weekend as a chance to revel in these waning days of summer before fall takes over. What are your plans? If you need some inspiration, you’re in luck. Scroll on for plenty of stories, recipes, and projects to motivate a productive, creative weekend ahead.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 29

1. Here’s our favorite recipe for Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken in case you’re looking for a tasty summer-themed meal to try this weekend.

2. And while you’re at it, check out our tutorial for DIY Potato Stamped Campfire Stools to make your send off to summer extra festive.

3. Season 3 of Serial is coming! I can’t wait.

4. Have you heard about Madewell’s Eco Collection? It makes the most of organic cotton and sustainable production techniques so we can feel really good about our investments.

5. Speaking of…I’m adding these Eco Collection jeans to my cart right now. And this T-shirt from Oui Fresh. Bring it on, Fall!

6. This gorgeous backdoor mini makeover makes me want to rethink the design (or lack thereof) of our side entry.

7. Quick housekeeping note that I’m headed out of town and out of the office early next week for a few days. I’ll be back with a brand new post (hint: it’s room tour-related) starting Thursday. See you then!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 29

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Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Waynesboro’s close proximity to Charlottesville, Virginia, is actually one of the things that made it to the top of our “pros” list three years ago when we were deciding whether to move to the area or not. It’s just 35 minutes from Waynesboro, making it an easy place for us to visit on the weekends or even on the odd free weekday afternoon.

If you’re not already familiar, Waynesboro is pretty teeny tiny in terms of the shops and restaurants available to us within a quick drive, but Charlottesville helps satiate our need for fine shopping and dining as long as we’re willing to make the drive into town. Scroll on for a list of a few of our favorite places to browse and wander on any given day trip to Charlottesville, and don’t miss the brand new video I put together, which shows an in-motion peek inside each place, too.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Now, I know a lot of people will probably be disappointed that I’m starting off with a chain (there are nine stores in total between Virginia and North Carolina), but I’m going to do my best to be as realistic as I can with my picks, and this is just one of those stores that we seem to always be popping into. It’s really well laid out, and offers so many great options for outdoor adventure-ing.

The store carries Patagonia, too (one of our favorite brands for clothing and hiking gear), so we love looking through the store’s racks—even if we’re just “window shopping” for fun. The other cool thing about Great Outdoor Provision Co. is that it’s in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, so it’s part of a huge collection of stores that could occupy a family for hours.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Circa Inc.

Even when we lived over an hour away in Lynchburg, I would make the trek to Circa Inc. every other month or so. It’s that good! This store is ideal for anyone in the market for decently priced vintage furniture, art, décor, and other types of home goods. It’s where we got the console cabinet in our dining room, countless lamps, and also a few of my favorite secondhand paintings.

I’ve currently got my eye on a set of mid-century dining chairs they have right now, so I might be making a return trip sooner rather than later. Oh, and I should mention that there are multiple buildings and rooms to wander through, so if you’re in the market for vintage goodies (or just like to dream about having space for new-to-you things, like me!), then definitely make time for Circa.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

The Habitat Store

Right up the road and around the corner from Circa is The Habitat Store. As you can probably guess, this shop and donation center is in partnership with the local Habitat for Humanity organization, so proceeds from your purchases go right back into the community—win, win!

What will you find there? Anything from original church pews and 1950s desks, to washers, old brass light fixtures, lawn furniture, tools, and laminate flooring. There’s so much stuff to look through, it’s overwhelming, but that just makes it one of our go-to places to walk through on a Saturday morning. We actually donate a whole lot more to this store than we buy, but it feels better to give than to get anyway.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Goodwill

Okay, yes. It’s probably a little strange to mention Goodwill as a Charlottesville destination…but I promised a real-life review, and we truly love the Goodwill stores in Charlottesville! Because the city is a “college town,” there are lots of young people moving in and out, which inevitably means that lots of designer clothing, books, movies, and furniture end up getting donated to Goodwill rather than packed up to move wherever these college grads are heading off to. I’ve found so many amazing like-new J.Crew, Madewell, and Target clothes at these stores that cost next to nothing.

The three locations are 34 Mill Creek Drive, 1720 Seminole Trail, and 1242 Richmond Road. Heads up that I’ve always had the best luck at their Richmond Road location. It’s a little tough to get in and out of the tight parking lot, but totally worth it.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Historic Downtown Mall

I ran out of time this particular day to actually do much shopping on the Mall, but you must, must, MUST make time for Darling Boutique and Rock Paper Scissors the next time you’re there. I know I’ll be prioritizing these two local shops on my next visit.

Darling Boutique is a beautifully curated shop full of top notch consignment clothing and handmade jewelry, and Rock Paper Scissors is stocked with gorgeous paper goods (think: stationary, invitations, notebooks, cards, etc.) for any occasion. The shop owners of both are so sweet, too, so ask them for their own recommendations for things to do while you’re in town. I’m sure they’ll have lots of hidden gems to tell you all about.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

The Whiskey Jar

Whenever John and I are in Charlottesville and get to the topic of where we want to eat, we almost always default to The Whiskey Jar. There are soooooooo many amazing restaurants in town (more on those later in this post), but we just can’t get enough of this one particular place—especially in the summertime when they open up the sliding glass doors to allow the fresh breeze inside.

The menu is small-but-mighty, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better drink menu. If you’re able to go in the next couple of weeks, get the Les Petits Roucas Sauvignon Blanc. It’s unbelievably good and the perfect complement (last hurrah?) to summer.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

HomeGoods

Again, don’t hate me for mentioning a chain, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t have a HomeGoods in Waynesboro, so I love making time to pop into the store location in Charlottesville whenever I’m in town. We went this particular day for seasonal home décor, and I can’t wait to show you what I picked up from their fall-themed aisles.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

Click ‘Play’ on that video a couple of images up (or watch it here on YouTube) to see our Charlottesville adventure in motion! We had such a blast driving through town and browsing a few of our favorite stores. We didn’t get to go everywhere we wanted to, but here’s a big list of other favorites we already love or have heard about and can’t wait to try soon:

Lone Light Coffee // The Pie Chest // Oakhart Social Restaurant // Tilman’s // Mas Tapas // Three Notch’d Brewing Company // Kardinal Hall // Brazos Tacos // C’ville Coffee // Sweethaus Cupcake Café // Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint // IRON Paffles & Coffee // Citizen Burger Bar // Roots Natural Kitchen // Feast! // Continental Divide

Have you been to Charlottesville, Virginia, lately? What’s your favorite shop? Are you a regular as any one restaurant? Do tell in the comments below because we’re anxious to try a few new places this fall.

Our Favorite Spots In Charlottesville, VA

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Coffee Table Books Worth Investing In

Coffee Table Books Worth Investing In

This past long holiday weekend I decided to put my head down and really take a hard look at the pieces we keep out on display in our house. Everything from vintage barware and faux plants to artwork was scrutinized, and if I felt like any item wasn’t getting used, it went straight into a box for Goodwill.

While looking through our things for this exercise, I noticed something kind of cool: all of our coffee table books actually get used and read! I feel like, a lot of times, these heavy books end up sitting out in people’s homes just for looks, but I personally love flipping through the ones we keep stacked on tabletops throughout our own abode. Here’s a list of the ones we really do read and love.

Coffee Table Books Worth Investing In

1. Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House, by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick

2. Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water, by Nina Freudenberger

3. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, by Grace Bonney

4. Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, by Lauren Liess

5. The House that Pinterest Built, by Diane Keaton

6. The Curated Closet A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe, by Anuschka Rees

7. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, by Emily Henderson

8. Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home, by Rebecca Atwood

9. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy, by Deborah Needleman

10. Beaches, by Gray Malin

11. Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place, by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Lesley Poling-Kempes, and Frederick W. Turner

12. Weaving Within Reach: Beautiful Woven Projects by Hand or by Loom, by Anne Weil

Did I miss a good one that you know of? I’ve since worked my way through all 12 of those above (some even a couple of times), so I’m on the hunt for new recommendations. Maybe you know of one coming out soon that I should keep an eye out for, or an “old faithful” that you’ve loved for years? Let me know all about it in the comments below!

Coffee Table Books Worth Investing In

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Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

For the longest time, I thought that organic products were a passing trend, and that people would eventually get tired of the idea. But I’m just now starting to realize that it’s not a gimmick at all. Natural products were born for a reason, and I think we’ll start seeing the true effects on people’s health the longer they’re around and the more sustainable they become.

Now that I’m feeling far more invested in the idea of going organic, I’ve started making it a point to stock up on all-natural foods at the grocery store, and I even ordered a slew of home cleaning products that are made from natural ingredients. John and I are both now pretty committed to switching things over (as much as we can) to organic products, and that means I started to research and hoard all-natural skincare and beauty products, too. Scroll on for the list of our current favorites, and what I love most about each.

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Natural Beauty Products I Love:

1. FATCO Stank Stop Deodorant for Men: Paraben-free, sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, aluminum-free, phthalate-free—need I really say more? Honestly, I haven’t made the switch to natural deodorant yet, but when I run out of my current stash, I’m definitely going to try the women’s version of this one from FATCO.

2. Avalon Organics Smooth Shine Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo: I’ve been using this for the past week, and love how silky my hair looks and feels. That ultra-smoothing vegan formula really works!

3. Jkosmmune Toner: One of my least favorite things about toners is how they often smell really alcohol-heavy, and make my skin burn after use. This one from Jkosmmune isn’t like that at all, though. It smells great (even if I happen to breathe in deeply while applying it), and the natural ingredients leave my skin feeling refreshed without the burn.

4. Hello Oral Care Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste: I already mentioned my love for Hello Oral Care this season, but I’m going to bring it back up again today because this really is such a great brand. First of all, their packaging is so modern and fun, but I also love that their toothpastes don’t use dyes or artificial sweeteners and there aren’t any preservatives, either.

5. Crunchi Eyeshadow: Crunchi is the perfect lead-in to talk about natural makeup. All of their products are Vegan or Vegetarian and cruelty-free, but those production restrictions don’t limit the scope of their collection at all. There are tons of fun colors to choose from, and the formula feels great all day long on my skin.

6. Blackout Aussie Pink Clay + Rose Mask: When it comes to self-care, I’m a face mask gal through and through. Practically nothing calms me more than layering on a rich, luxurious mask (like this all-natural one from Blackout Masks) and sinking down into a steamy tub with a candle and classical music going. Try it sometime for yourself!

7. Ellovi Original Lip Butter and Original Butter: I keep a tube of this lip butter in my purse for on-the-go application, and the body butter in my desk drawer. I use both a few times a day because they’re super hydrating, smell amazing, and soak into my lips and skin almost instantly. Actually, I need to remember to order more soon.

8. Live Clean Dry Body Oil: I’m pretty rough on my body, so I’m always finding new dings and scratches, whether from banging into things at the pottery studio, rough-housing too hard with the pets, or getting too aggressive with my DIY tools at home. This Dry Body Oil helps reduce the look of all the scars those scratches might otherwise leave behind, plus the lightweight formula reminds me of a spa massage when I’m rubbing it into my skin.

9. Sole Toscana Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser: I actually don’t think this brand has officially launched yet, but I had a chance to test out their line early and am totally in love. Everything is super silky in terms of texture, smells great, and is certified organic. Did I mention it’s all sourced directly from Italy? How dreamy…

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Did I miss a natural makeup or skincare brand that you swear by? Tell me all about it in the comments! I’m anxious to find replacements for pretty much everything I use so that I can make my routine as truly clean as can be—whether that’s brushing my teeth and washing my hands, or even what I use to hydrate my cuticles.

I know I don’t have the stamina to be super strict about it, but I also know that if I keep natural products on hand, I’m much more likely to use and get addicted to them. Hopefully that list above offers us both a great place to start.

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

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