• Decorate A Bookshelf On A Budget

    The question I get asked the most is where do I shop for home decor? You all have asked where I get pillows, frames, artwork, and furniture. There is no quick answer to that question as I get the decor in our home from many different places. That being said, I thought it would be nice to go room by room and do several posts telling you all where my home decor is from. Today, I am starting in my office and I am going to give you ideas on how to decorate a bookshelf on a budget.

    cubby bookshelf in office

    I had a lot of fun decorating my office; especially the cubby bookshelves. The main reason for that is because my office decor is one hundred percent me and my style! I love plants and color and books. I also love decor that has meaning. My favorite thing in my office is the butterfly wall art that hangs over the cubbies. It is from World Market and the colors are beautiful!

    flowers and books on a shelf

    Ok, let’s move on to the shelves! I think books are great to use as decor. They are colorful and they also have meaning if you decorate with books that you love. I get a lot of my books from Amazon, yard sales, and Goodwill. A fun way to mix in decor is to use it as a bookend, or you can even sit it on top of the books. The cute flower and vase in the photo above were on clearance at Anthropologie. I found it on a shopping trip with my daughters and when I look at it I am reminded of that day.

    milk glass bowl on bookshelf

    Some of the best decor items come from Goodwill and yard sales. This milk glass bowl came from Goodwill and was less than three dollars. Always be on the lookout for unique items like this to use throughout your home.

    plants

    Who loves plants? Plants are great to use as decor on a bookshelf. The fern and succulent above are both from Walmart and the planters are from Hobby Lobby. Plants add color and they bring a room to life. In my humble opinion, you cannot have too many plants!

    beach artwork and books

    Artwork is another great way to decorate your bookshelf. This piece belonged to my late aunt which makes it extra special. Plus, I love the beach, so that gives it even more meaning. You can also frame scrapbook paper, or pages from a photo book that you love.

    pen holder and books

    Practical items are also great to use to decorate your shelves. This pen holder came from Hobby Lobby and I love the pop of color it adds. Plus, I don’t have room for it on my desk, so sitting it here is perfect. Shelves are a great place to hold practical items that you don’t have room for in other places.

    bookshelf decor

    Always be on the lookout for unique pieces whenever you are shopping. You never know when you might find the perfect item for your home. And remember, have fun with decorating and incorporate your style and what you love into your home!

     

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  • Decorating With Plants

    Do you have a green thumb? Don’t worry, I don’t either, but I love decorating with plants anyway. If you love nature it is a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Also, most plants are inexpensive, so they are perfect for decorating your home on a budget. Plants are also a great way to make a space come alive and freshen it up. Now, let’s take a little tour of all the plants I currently have in my home.

    house plant on coffee table

    In my sitting area I have this pothos plant. It is probably the easiest plant to care for (in my humble opinion). You can forget to water it and it will be ok for a period of time. From what I can tell, they do love sunlight and grow very fast. The best part about this plant is you can take cuttings from the plant and root them in water. This is a great way to take one plant and create several others which is very budget friendly!

    house plant on table in foyer

    There are two plants sitting on the table in my foyer. The bigger plant is real and was bought on Amazon and the smaller plant is a faux plant and came from Michael’s. I was a little skeptical of buying a plant from Amazon and didn’t know how well it would do, but it has grown so much and looks great! If you have ever been skeptical of buying a plant online, give it a try. This one is so pretty and easy to care for.

    tropical plant sitting on dresser

    This plant is the newest addition to the family and it is also my favorite. I have it sitting right next to my beach art because it is tropical and reminds me of warm and sunny weather. This plant is from Walmart and was very inexpensive. So far, it has done great and I love pot it came in also.

    succulent plants on shelf

    One of my other favorite plants is the Christmas cactus which is on the left. It blooms every year at Christmas and is beautiful! The other succulent that you see on the right is small and easy to take care of. I water it sparingly and also use some succulent food once a week and it has done really well.

    faux plant in bicycle planter

    I’m not sure what I like better in the above photo, the faux plant or the cute bicycle planter that it is sitting in. If you are looking to add some green to a space that doesn’t get a lot of light, then use a faux plant. And, in case you are wonder, the cute bicycle planter is from Target. You’re welcome!

    faux fern sitting on table

    And last, but certainly not least, is the faux fern that sits in the great room. Real ferns can be hard to keep alive, so I caved and bought this one from Target. I do love it and it is a great alternative to the real thing. I hope you enjoyed this tour of all of the plants in our home. Decorating with plants is an inexpensive and great way to decorate your home! Hop on over to Facebook or Instagram and let me know your favorite plant!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Simple Bathroom Storage

    You know what I always say, storage is important in your home; especially, simple bathroom storage.  There is no better feeling than having a place for everything and having everything in its place. Am I right? I especially like to have a good amount of storage in the bathroom for towels, washcloths, toiletries, and beauty products. Because you cannot have too many beauty products!

     

    bathroom storage cabinet

    I have shown you this cabinet in our bathroom many times. You can actually see a full tour of our bathroom here. This cabinet came from Pier One about ten years ago and I have used it in three different homes. In our first two homes, I used it in our office and now it made its way into our master bathroom.

    bathroom cabinet with drawers

    The drawers in this cabinet are the perfect size to store all of our bathroom items. Each drawer has a purpose and this one holds extra razors, soap, contact solution, toothpaste, floss, and anything else we use a lot of. That way when we run out of something I can grab another one from this drawer. And once the last one is used in this drawer, I know it is time to buy more.

    bathroom cabinet with drawers

    This drawer holds first aid items like bandaids, a thermometer, ointments, and anything else you might need for minor injuries and illnesses. The other drawers hold washcloths, feminine hygiene products, extra toilet paper, and our steamer. I love how easy it is to grab anything we might need and also keep track of what needs to be replenished.

    bathroom gallery wall and cabinet

    On top of the cabinet there is a decorative bowl that holds cotton swabs and a decorative jar that holds cotton balls. Again, it keeps things we need within reach, but also looking stylish. I am going to refinish the cabinet soon and give it a little update. I will be sure to share that process with you all soon! Now, who is ready to go organize their bathroom?

  • Simple Master Bathroom Tour

    It’s only February, but I started my spring cleaning early and thought I would take you on a tour of my master bathroom. It is one room in our house that we haven’t decorated much since we moved in almost five years ago. Since it is a room that only my husband and I use and see, we decided to keep it simple with not a lot of fuss. This also makes it easier to keep clean and organized. I hope you enjoy this simple master bathroom tour!

    master bathroom vanity and bathtub

    The bathroom is actually pretty neutral with the tile being a cream color and the vanity being gray. I chose to keep all of the walls white since there is only one window and I wanted the room to feel open and bright.

    bathroom storage cabinet

    I’ve shared this corner of the bathroom before, but it is actually getting ready to go undergo a simple makeover. And by that I mean I am sanding down the cabinet and giving it a fresh look. I love the extra storage this cabinet providers as it hold extra toiletries and first aid items. All of the artwork on the gallery wall came from Hobby Lobby and I love the pop of color that it adds to the space.

    master bathroom whirlpool tub

    The artwork above the bathtub also came from Hobby Lobby and again, I love the pop of color it adds to the room as well. Also, if you are low on storage space a basket next to the tub, like the one I have here, is a great idea to hold bath towels.

    master bathroom

    The one window above the bathtub lets in a good amount of light and I love how bright it makes the room feel. The light fixtures above the vanity are some of my favorites we picked out when the house was being built.

    master bathroom vanity

    One good thing about keeping the main pieces in the bathroom neutral is it will be easier to redecorate down the road. We can bring in different artwork, rugs, and towels and they will look good with what is already there. So, what do you think about our master bathroom? I would love to hear your thoughts over on Instagram or Facebook!

     

  • Great Room Builtin Cabinet Storage

    Hello and thank you for visiting Heather Loves Home! Whether you have visited before, or you are new, I am so happy you are here. Today, I am talking about great room builtin cabinet storage and all of the items I keep in mine. Let’s be honest, we can never have too many places to store stuff, right?

    great room builtin cabinets

    I have two cabinets on either side of my fireplace. Of course, I keep the shelves filled with pretty and meaningful decor, but the cabinets are where I can store all of the not so pretty items. If you have builtin cabinets and you aren’t taking advantage of the storage they can provide, you will after reading this.

    builtin in cabinet with doors

    Have you ever went to someone’s home and wondered what they have hiding behind their cabinet doors. I am now going to give you a peek at what we keep behind ours. In our last home, I didn’t have our cabinets organized very well, but in this home I took full advantage of organizing them perfectly!

    builtin cabinet with board games

    Here is a look at the cabinet that is on the right side of our fireplace. This cabinet holds board games and decks of cards, which is a convenient spot for them since it is in the great room and that is where we play games most of the time. On the bottom shelf, I have a bin that holds all of the owner’s manuals for products in our home. We also keep items needed to dust and clean our tv.

    builtin cabinet with pretty decor items

    This is the builtin and cabinet on the left side of the fireplace. Again, the shelves are filled with simple decor items, but the bottom cabinet is used for storage. Let’s take a peek inside.

    builtin cabinets used for storage

    In this cabinet, I keep extra lightbulbs, batteries, command hooks, and tools. It is really handy to keep a hammer, screwdrivers, nails, and other items to grab for a quick project. This keeps me from always needing to run out to the garage, or the basement storage room to grab something.

    great room builtins with fireplace

    Honestly, there are so many different things you can keep in cabinets like these. Some other ideas are items needed for school, arts and crafts, toys, blankets, dog toys, books, magazines, cleaning supplies, and the list goes on. I hope you found this super helpful! And please, be sure to check me out on Instagram and Facebook at Heather Loves Home. Happy organizing!

     

  • Dining Room Storage Ideas

    The dining room is a great place to get creative with storage. This is the room where pretty dishes, vases, and candlestick holders are kept. And if you are someone who loves to entertain, then you probably have a lot of dishes and glassware to store. I love to entertain and have a lot of dishes, so I am sharing some dining room storage ideas with you.

    dining room storage cabinet

    My favorite way to store items in the dining room is by displaying them on a pretty piece of furniture. When I buy dishes for entertaining, I like to keep them neutral and stick with white, glass, and gold. When I stick to neutrals it makes it easier to display them and it also means the dishes will match any decor when we entertain.

    side table with dishes

    Here is a closer look at the left side of our dining room cabinet. As you can see, I displayed a variety of dishes and trays. I also found the perfect basket that fits on the bottom shelf and holds lot of goodies! I will give you a closer look into that now.

    storage basket for dining room

    Let’s take a peek inside of the basket, shall we? This is where I like to store smaller items like cloth napkins, tablecloths, table runners, candle holders, battery operated tea candles, and other items for entertaining. I love having all of these items handy in this basket for parties, dinners, and showers. I have used all of these items multiple times and definitely got my money’s worth!

    storage basket for dining room

    This is another look at items I store in the basket. I forgot to mention plate holders. Also, you cannot see them very well, but I have several small square mirrors that I bought at Dollar Tree. I love sitting them on the dining room table and you can see what that looks like here.

    dining room storage cabinet

    Now back to the dining room cabinet, let’s take a look at the right side. As you can see, there are more dishes, a cake plate, and some candle holders that were found at the Goodwill. I love how all of these items look together and I love that they are all useful!

    I hope you found these dining room storage ideas helpful, and they inspired you to get your dining room organized. If you aren’t already following Heather Loves Home on social media, I would love for you to pop over to Facebook and Instagram and give us a follow for more inspiration on how you can live better in your home!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kitchen Pantry Organizing Ideas Part 2

    Hey there! I am back with more kitchen pantry organizing ideas that will help you get your kitchen in tip top shape! You can go back and check out part one here. The first post that I did focused on the upper half of my pantry which houses canned goods, pastas, condiments, etc. The bottom half of hour pantry hold chips, crackers, snacks, and other miscellaneous items.

    The bottom cabinet is where we keep chips and crackers. I try to go through and clean it out regularly, so we don’t end up with a bunch of bags of half eaten chips. I also try to keep unopened bags in the back, so the opened bags get eaten first.

    I used the same labels for the bottom half of the pantry as I did in the upper half. They are from Amazon and I really like how simple and clean they are!

    Above the cabinet where the chips and crackers live is a drawer where we keep lunch items. Since the drawer is a pretty good size, I like to use small bins to keep like items together. This makes it easy to find what we are looking for when packing lunches. And by the way, I absolutely love using smaller bins in any drawer to keep smaller items together.

    Right above the large drawer, are three smaller drawers that are perfect for holding smaller items. Each drawer holds a different category of items and I try really hard to keep it that way. This drawer holds items like bacon bits, sardines, tuna fish, etc.

    Another of the smaller drawers holds packaged spices that will not fit in my spice rack. The third drawer (not pictured) holds granola bars and oatmeal packets.

    And there you have it! I organized the pantry in a simple way that didn’t cost a lot of money and I hope it inspires you to do the same!

     

  • Simple Bathroom Organizing Ideas

    Recently, I asked a lot of people which room in the house is hardest for them to keep organized. Everyone’s answer was the same… the bathroom! I honestly believe this is because we live in a world of creams, gels, and sprays for every hair and skin problem known to man. So, my first piece of advice is to clean out your cabinet and drawers and simplify your beauty routine. Once you have thrown out anything that is expired, or doesn’t work for you, it’s time to organize.

    bathroom cabinet with bins

    I absolutely love these storage bins from Target. I discovered them a little over a year ago and I think they are fabulous. I have an average size bathroom cabinet and six of them fit in there perfectly. The best part is they are very inexpensive!

    storage bin in bathroom cabinet

    The thing that is great about using these bins and this storage system, is that you can group like items together. As I mentioned before, I have six bins and they each hold one of these categories of items: make-up; facial products; body products; hair products; travel products; and miscellaneous.

    bathroom beauty products

    This system is a great way to know exactly where an item is when you need it. If you are ready to put on make-up, just pull out the make-up bin. When it’s time to go to bed and you want to do your nightly skincare routine, pull out the bin that holds your facial products. Once you use an item, put it back in the bin where it belongs. This system has been working for me for the last year and I highly recommend giving it a try!

    Another positive to using a system like this is it makes it easy when you do your shopping. When making your shopping list, you can easily see what you have, or what you don’t have.

    If you try this system, or another one like it, I would love to hear what you think. I would LOVE to connect with you over on Instagram and Facebook. Just search Heather Loves Home! I hope you enjoyed these simple bathroom organizing ideas!

     

  • Kitchen Pantry Organizing Ideas

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    Having an organized pantry is one of the best feelings you can have when it comes to your home. If I’m being honest, and you choose to only organize one area in your home, it should be the pantry! Having an organized pantry makes it easier to meal plan, make your grocery list, and eat healthy. If you are looking to make your life just a little bit easier, check out these kitchen pantry organizing ideas.

    empty kitchen cabinets

    We do not have a traditional pantry in our home, so we had to make space in our kitchen cabinets for one. This area actually turned out to be the perfect spot because the small drawers are perfect for holding small items. Of course, the first step to organizing any area is removing all items and starting fresh.

    labels for pantry organization

    One thing I have slowly been doing over time is purchasing containers to hold sugar, flour, pasta, etc. The ones I bought are from Walmart and I love them! They come in different sizes and have a lid that locks to keep contents fresh. I am glad I invested in these and will use them for a long time. Now that I have the containers, it is time to label them.

    label on container for kitchen pantry

    When I saw these labels on Amazon I knew they were exactly what I was looking for. I labeled all of the containers and now they look neat and uniform.

    pantry containers

    Don’t they look nice? I am pleased with how they turned out and now there will be no more getting the flour and powered sugar confused! Believe me, that is one mistake you do not want to make with your french toast! Ha!

    kitchen pantry organized with containers

    Now the only thing left to do, is fill the pantry back up. There are four shelves in the pantry, so I tried to group similar items together on each one. As you can see here, I put rice and pastas together on this shelf.

    pantry organization

    On the bottom shelf, I grouped together the items we use the most which are soups, broths, and sauces. The next shelf holds the rice and pasta, the third shelf holds condiments and other items we don’t use as often. And last, but not least, is the top shelf which holds everything I need for baking.

    This is one project I am glad to have complete. I will be sharing part two soon showing how I organized the bottom half of the pantry. I hope you found these kitchen pantry organizing ideas helpful!

     

     

     

     

  • Simple Christmas Kitchen Decor

    The kitchen is the heart of the home; especially, at Christmas. There is always a lot of hustle and bustle in the kitchen with all of the baking, cooking, and entertaining. That is why I like to keep my Christmas decor simple by adding a few festive touches around the room.

    simple Christmas kitchen decor

    I usually keep my normal decor out and about through the kitchen and then decorate around it. All of the decor I am currently using is the same decor I have been using for the last several years. It is the perfect simple kitchen Christmas decor.

    simple Christmas kitchen decor

    The  hood over the stove is my favorite thing to decorate in the kitchen. My sister-in-law made the wreath a couple of years ago and it always has a place front and center. Decorating with pretty greenery is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas and I hope to do more of it in the future. The Merry sign is from Home Goods and I love the pop of gold against the white.

    simple Christas kitchen decor

    A Christmas kitchen isn’t complete without a Christmas coffee bar! I spend a lot of time in this area of my kitchen, so I want it to be pretty and festive. I use the ornament cookie jar to hold my coffee pods, which is really convenient. And, what about the snowman mugs? Those came from Dollar Tree and they are the cutest! Coffee tastes better when you drink if from a cute mug!

    simple Christmas kitchen decor

    My kitchen island got glammed up a bit with a pretty vase and some pretty Christmas floral stems. This is budget decor at its finest because I already had the vase and the stems came from Dollar Tree. It really does make a big impact though.

    simple Christmas kitchen decor

    And of course my favorite movie has to get some love in the kitchen! This adds a fun touch and keeps the decor from feeling to formal and fussy. Plus, I had to throw in my favorite Christmas mug that I love to drink my morning coffee from.

    simple Christmas kitchen decor

    There you have it, my simple Christmas kitchen decor. I hope you enjoyed the tour and this inspired you to decorate your kitchen for Christmas. Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated. Just decorate with what you love!