• Jewelry Organization Part Two

    I definitely have a weakness for cute jewelry! I love bold pieces in different colors and textures. While I love all jewelry, I especially love earrings! Which means I have a lot of earrings. A while back I shared part one of my jewelry organization, so without further ado, here is jewelry organization part two.

    Several years ago when my aunt passed away I inherited this beautiful piece of furniture from her. Originally, I used it in my office, but when we moved to our new house I decided to use it in my closet to hold my jewelry. I know it is a little different, but I love it!

    jewelry organization

    This project was a lot of fun for me and it gave me the chance to get creative. For example, I used this styrofoam cone from Dollar Tree to hold bracelets. I also like to add a pop of color by using some decorative pieces.

    candle holder holding bracelets

    How fun is this candle holder that I use to hold bracelets? It is from Home Goods and I bought it specifically for this purpose. When you are in stores like TJMaxx, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby be on the lookout for fun items like this to use anywhere in your home for organization.

    drawer with jewelry organization

    Now for my favorite thing, the earring drawer! This is where I got really creative because I wanted to be sure my earrings were organized in a way that I could see all of them when I open the drawer. I used three different items, all found at Dollar Tree to use. One is a deviled egg tray, another one is an ice cube tray, and the last one is just a plain tray. I use the ice cube tray for my small studs earrings. The deviled egg tray helps keep pairs of earrings together. The gold tray is perfect for holding my larger earrings.

    deviled egg tray earring holder

    Again, it is all about being creative and thinking outside the box. It didn’t occur to me to use a deviled egg tray until I was walking around Dollar Tree one day and saw it. I knew it was perfect!

    jewelry cabinet

    What did you think? Do you have a cabinet like this in your home you could use to organize jewelry? A chest or dresser works really well also! I hope you found this helpful. Happy decorating and organizing!

  • The Most Important Room In Your Home To Organize

    It’s that time of year to purge, clean, and organize! There isn’t much going on in the month of January, so it’s a great time for a reset and refresh in your home. I love going room by room and cleaning out cabinets, closets, and drawers; however, today I want to talk about the most important room in your home to organize. Any guesses? It’s the kitchen!

    tray with bowls, napkin holder, salt and pepper

    The kitchen is the hub of the home and where we spend a lot of our time. It is where we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is where we cook, eat, and clean. And most importantly, it is where we gather with friends and family. Have you noticed when people come over everyone tends to gather in the kitchen?

    lamp and spices on kitchen counter

    There are several reasons why I think the kitchen is the most important room in your home to organize. The number one reason is because we do spend a lot of time in there and there is a lot going on. When you are cooking you want to know exactly where pots, pans, and utensils are. It is nice for everything to have a home. You don’t want to scramble around looking for something when you are right in the middle of preparing a meal. Plus, if there are multiple people living in your home it is a lot less stressful if everyone knows where everything is.

    kitchen pantry

    Another reason why I think the kitchen is a room that needs to be organized is for meal planning purposes. When your fridge and pantry are organized and you know what food you have, it makes meal planning and grocery shopping so much easier. And the great thing about that is it helps save time and money. It’s no secret we spend a lot of money on food and a lot of time shopping for it, so why not make sure we are being efficient!

    bread box and kitchen utensils

    I hope you found this helpful and it  gave you some insight on why it’s important to organize your kitchen. In my opinion, if you are only going to organize one room in your home, I would make it the kitchen. It is the heart of the home after all.

     

     

     

  • Don’t Just Survive In Your Home, Thrive In Your Home

    Happy New Year! The new year is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. It is also a popular time to set goals that pertain to your home. Maybe you want to get more organized, or maybe you want to redecorate a room. Whatever it is that you are hoping to do, I would like to encourage you to make it a goal that you don’t just survive in your home, thrive in your home! It is important for your home to be a place of peace and refuge. Your home shouldn’t stress you out. It should help you destress.

    flower centerpiece on table

    We are not supposed to constantly live life in survival mode. Running from place to place, stressing out about what we are going to make for dinner, and living with an endless pile of laundry to do. When we live in survival mode we are creating constant stress in our lives and to our bodies. We are also robbing ourselves of joy.

    kitchen pantry organization

    It is important to take some time to get organized, make to do lists, and learn how to prioritize. I know it can feel overwhelming to clean out closets, drawers, and the fridge, but once it is done you will feel so much better! You will see that we are not meant to constantly live in survival mode.

    green dresser

    Take some time to finish forgotten projects, or freshen up a room. It brings joy and peace to check those unfinished projects off your to do list. Really take some time to decide what should and shouldn’t be in your home. Only hold on to things you love. The less clutter you have, the easier it will be to stay organized.

    office bookshelf

    Be sure to sit down often and look at your calendar and plan ahead. It is also a great idea to have a running to do list, so you can check things off as you do them. Meal planning and making a shopping list are great ways to help lower stress when it comes to making meals.

    kitchen tray organization

    Making your home an organized retreat will not happen overnight. It will take time and planning, but it is so worth it in the end. And once you have your home exactly the way you want it, you will realize how important it is that you don’t just survive in your home, thrive in your home! Happy planning and organizing!

     

     

  • Simple And Delicious Breakfast Casserole

    I think it is safe to say that almost everyone loves breakfast food! I mean, what’s not to love? Sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes, and French toast. Are you hungry yet? This simple and delicious breakfast casserole combines several of the foods I mentioned above into one yummy dish. The best part is, you can prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. You will go to bed with your mouth watering and dreaming about breakfast.

    breakfast casserole

    Here are the ingredients you will need:

    • 1 1/2 pounds sausage
    • 1 package (5.5 oz) herb seasoned croutons
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
    • 1/4 cup minced onion
    • 8 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups half and half cream
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • salt and pepper to taste

    sausage and onion in pan

    The first thing you will do is sauté the onion in a pan. Once it has started to soften, add the sausage and cook until it is brown and crumbled.

    croutons in baking dish

    Spread the croutons evenly in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. I like to use the seasoned croutons from Walmart and they work really well in the dish.

    breakfast casserole

    Next, you will cover the croutons with both the sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. Then, sprinkle the sausage and onions over the cheese. You can then set this aside as it will be time to mix the other ingredients.

    easy breakfast casserole

    In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, half and half, milk, salt, and pepper. I like to use a whisk to make sure it is mixed really well. Next, pour this mixture over the sausage mixture. You will then cover the casserole dish and refrigerate for 8 hours. I like to make this the night before we are going to eat it and let it refrigerate overnight.

    breakfast casserole

    I am going to be really honest, it is hard to sleep knowing this delicious breakfast casserole is in the fridge waiting to be baked and eaten the next morning. Ha! Ha! Just joking, but not really. This is what the casserole will look like when you remove it from the fridge. Now, the only thing standing in between you and this casserole is baking it at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. I usually find that it needs the full 60 minutes in order for it to be cooked well in the center.

    easy delicious breakfast casserole

    How good does this look? My family loves this recipe for breakfast, or dinner. I like to serve it with biscuits and gravy, and a little sprinkle of gravy over the casserole hits the spot. I hope you all will try this simple and delicious breakfast casserole, and if you do, please let me know what you think. Also, here is a fruit salad you might like to serve with the casserole. Enjoy!

     

     

  • Using Floral Stems To Decorate For Fall

    I used to hate the fall season because it meant summer was coming to an end. When I was younger, my mom would get excited when the weather cooled off and the leaves started changing colors. She would make chili, buy caramel apples, and decorate our house with pumpkins and pretty fall colors. I could not understand why she was so happy and loved fall so much! Fast forward thirty plus years and now I get it. Fall is great! Summer is still my favorite season by far, but fall is a close second. One of my favorite things about fall is decorating with different colors, textures, and floral stems. And using floral stems to decorate for fall is a simple and inexpensive way to make your home look beautiful and feel cozy.

    fall florals in glass vase

    There is a good variety of floral stems throughout our home that I have collected over the years. This dried wheat looking stem in our sitting room is a perfect example of a texture that screams fall. I love the mix of cream and black and I placed it in a clear glass jar. And can we talk about the bowl of pumpkins and pine cones? It adds a nice pop of color to this neutral space!

    fall floral stem on coffee table

    Here is another view of the sitting room. Doesn’t it make you want to curl up in the chair with a cup of coffee and a good book?

    natural floral stem for fall

    This is another example of a natural looking stem. It sits on the table in our foyer and I love how tall it is. The glass jar sits on the table year round, so it is really easy to add this stem to it for some texture. I found the cute wooden leaf charm a couple of years ago and thought it was a cute addition to the jar. And of course, the pumpkins add a nice pop of color.

    floral stems for fall

    How cute are these vases I found at Goodwill? I bought them in the summer and knew I would have a use for them one day. They are currently sitting on the kitchen island and I put a couple of small fall stems in each one. This is a great example of mixing different textures and colors for fall.

    brown leaf stem in glass jar

    When decorating for fall you’ve gotta have some brown leaves, right? This is another glass jar that sits on a table in our dining area year round. It’s another easy way to add some fall decor to items that I use everyday! The pumpkin sitting on the book is even made up of flowers! See how fun it is to add different colors and textures around your home? The warmth makes your home feel so cozy!

    stems in jar on mantle

    Now it is time to bring in some color! How pretty is this golden color stem? And it looks so good with the blue vase! And, guess what? That vase sits on the mantle year round. Are you seeing a pattern here? It is so easy to use everyday items to decorate for fall. And, it makes it a lot easier to decorate as well.

    colorful fall stems in dining room

    The dining room is where I added the best pops of fall colors! I love these stems I found at Dollar Tree a couple of years ago and they look great with the sign from Hobby Lobby! And you already know that once upon a time I would never have that sign in my home. Ha! Ha! But it does look perfect sitting on this tray that sits on the dining room console year round. And have I mentioned how much I love pops of gold for fall decorating? It adds so much warmth to the room. If you would like more fall decorating ideas you can check out this blog post or this one. Thank you for stopping by!

     

     

     

     

  • How to Be Organized For School At Home

    School is back in full swing and with it comes all sorts of fun things to keep up with. Supply lists, welcome letters, syllabi, sports forms, and the list goes on. There were several years when all three of my daughters were in school at the same time and keeping up with papers and school supplies was not my favorite. And, I am not a fan of things feeling unorganized and chaotic. I eventually developed a system that helped me tremendously and I want to share it with you!

    desk with chair in sitting room

     

    In our last home, I had a three drawer dresser that wasn’t serving a purpose, so I decided that I would use it for my girls’ school stuff. Each one of them had their own drawer and we would toss any papers, or school supplies they needed in their drawer. This worked perfectly because they each knew if they needed something it would be in that drawer. And, as they brought papers home, I would file what we needed to keep in their drawer and toss the rest.

    file cabinet with two drawers

    Now that we are down to two girls left in school, we only need a two drawer cabinet. I found this one at Ross a few years ago and it works perfectly. Each of my daughters has their own drawer and I routinely go through it and clean out any papers that are no longer needed.

    organized desk drawer

    The cabinet conveniently sits next to the desk in our sitting area. The desk has two drawers that can hold any supplies the girls might need for doing projects and homework. I found these bins at Target and they are perfect for pens, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks.

    desk drawer with paper

    The second drawer holds extra notebook paper and paper for the printer. In an effort to stay organized and make sure we always have what we need, I check the drawers routinely to see if I need to stock up on more supplies.

    desk in sitting area

    I love having the desk and cabinet in our sitting area. This system works perfectly and since we have been doing it his way for so long, my girls know exactly what to expect when it comes to their school stuff. I hope you found this helpful and I highly encourage you to carve out a corner in your home to do the same!

  • Easy Fruit Salad

    It’s summer time! And the most delicious and refreshing thing to eat in the summer is fruit. This easy fruit salad is perfect for those days when you can’t decide if you want to eat an apple, or strawberries, or grapes because it combines all three! And, you can add any other fruit your heart desires.

    Here are the ingredients that I used:

    • 1 container of frozen strawberries with sugar
    • 2 apples
    • 2 cups of grapes, halved

    Yes, that is it! That is all you need for this delicious fruit salad.

    easy fruit salad

    Not only is this fruit salad tasty, but it is also pretty inexpensive to make. All of the ingredients were less than $10. You really cannot beat that!

    diced apple for fruit salad

    I cut both of the apples into bite sized pieces. I used Granny Smith apples for a little bit of tartness, but you can use whatever variety is your favorite. You can also use fresh peaches and/or pears.

    easy fruit salad

    Next, I sliced the grapes in half. These three types of fruit are what I typically use, but you can also add bananas, blueberries, or even blackberries. Once you have all of the fruit sliced and diced, combine with the strawberries in a large bowl. The strawberries will still be frozen, so place the bowl in the fridge to allow the strawberries to thaw and the other fruits to soak up the sweet juice!

    easy fruit salad for summer

    Yum! How good does this look? Once the strawberries have melted, give everything a good stir and enjoy! This is perfect to make for parties, or just to eat at home. This is also delicious to eat on waffles with some whipped cream! If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. Also, if you want more recipes to enjoy you can get a copy of my Simple Summer Meals ebook!

     

     

  • DIY Potting Table Makeover

    Are you ready for another furniture makeover? Good, because I’ve got one for you! This is a DIY potting table makeover. A couple of years ago my parents sent here potting table home with me. They used if for years in various places outside, but it had taken a beating from being exposed to the weather. When I brought it home, I placed it on our covered and screened in back deck. It had been sitting there untouched until a couple of weeks ago.

    potting table

    My dad had sanded and stained it a couple of times, but I felt like it was time to go a different route. I had some leftover furniture paint from Lowe’s and decided to use it. Right now, I am really liking the look of black and brown together. I used the black paint on this dresser. It gives a really nice finish, so I decided to use it on the potting table.

    black potting table

    What do you think about the after? I love how it turned out! It looks great against the brick and we will be cleaning and staining the deck soon. Once I got it painted, I knew I wanted to fill it with green plants. I love how green pops against black!

    green ceramic frog

    This adorable little frog came from the Dollar Tree and he might be my favorite item on the potting table. He adds a little whimsy and I love that. It’s important to have fun when decorating.

    plants on potting table

    The pot you see here came from Goodwill and the plant came from Walmart. They look great together. The flower plate came from Dollar Tree and the other vase came from Goodwill. You cannot go wrong with inexpensive decor for your home!

    propagation station

    Walmart doesn’t disappoint when it comes to cute decor for the patio. That is where this adorable propagation station came from. I am excited to see the roots sprout and I love the character it adds to the potting table and the porch.

    potting table decor

    There was even plenty of room on the bottom shelf to add more plants and more decor. All of the items you see here, I already had. I love pulling things out of storage and from other areas of our home to reuse and repurpose. It definitely helps to stay on budget as well!

    potting table after

    Well, that was a fun project! Now it is time to sit back and enjoy the deck and take care of the plants. Stay tuned for more furniture makeovers coming very soon! And don’t forget, you can see more projects at Heather Loves Home on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Summer Front Porch Refresh

    Summer is a great time to decorate your front porch with flowers, plants, wreaths for your front door, and cute furniture! At least, that is what I used for my summer front porch refresh! I love the bright colors, the patterns, and ALL the flowers! It is such a nice change from the winter blahs.

    summer front porch

    Every year I have some fun and try different color schemes. This year I went with pink, green, and black. And, I always like to keep it simple and low maintenance. I don’t have a green thumb, so I want to be careful about how many plants and flowers I commit to taking care of!

    flowers and plants for front porch

    I have always been a fan of green and black together. It is actually one of my favorite color combos. And then, add in a pop of pink and you have perfection! Here is a fun fact, apple green and fuchsia were the colors at my wedding. These colors are perfect for summer!

    summer front porch

    Not only did I choose pink and green for the flowers in the planters, but I also used it in the wreaths for the front doors. My sister-in-law makes wreaths and I told her my vision and she brought it to life. I think they look so good! What do you think?

    pink and green floral wreath

    Here is a closer look at one of the wreaths! Aren’t the different shades of pink so pretty with the green? My SIL did such a great job. I love the cheerfulness these add to the front doors. They are perfect to welcome our guests.

    front porch chairs and table

    I’ve had the table and chairs for a few years now and they are from Target. The cute black and white pillows came from Walmart this year and I love the pattern. It keeps the look a little more modern. I topped the seating area off with a succulent in a black planter of course. Also, all of the planters I used are plastic and inexpensive.

    summer front porch

    Here is another photo with the lights on. I love that time of night when the sun is setting and turning on the lights makes it feel cozy. I hope this has inspired you to give your summer front porch a refresh. Keep it simple and fresh and have some fun with it!

     

  • Budget Dresser Makeover

    I love a good before and after! Especially, when it is a really nice dresser that your neighbor gives you for free. When my neighbor posted on social media that she needed to get rid of a dresser to make room for a new one, I jumped at the opportunity to take it. I needed more storage in my office, and the other dresser I had in there was not getting the job done. It needed some TLC, but I am always up for the challenge! If you want to see a good budget dresser makeover, keep reading!

    dresser

    Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the dresser before I took the drawers out, but you get the idea. It was a honey color that did not look good with the floors in my office. The dresser is solid wood and heavy, which I love. The only thing it needed was paint, new hardware, and some of the tracks for the drawers needed to be tightened.

    dresser makeover

    Here she is with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware! I used the furniture paint from Lowe’s and I love how it looks when finished. It dries really nicely and really doesn’t even look like it’s been painted. I used a roller on the majority of it, but used a brush in the hard to reach spots.

    dresser makeover

    Not only did I have a lot of fun making over the dresser, but I also had a lot of fun styling it! These lamps came from a yard sale and I love their shape. Originally, I was going to paint them, but then I decided to keep them as they are for now because I love the pop of color. I already had the other items in this photo, so that was a win!

    budget dresser makeover

    Here is the other side of the dresser. If you have spent anytime reading Heather Loves Home, then you know I love to decorate with plants. I already had this fern, so I gave it a new home on the dresser. I always love a fresh pop of green in a space. I also love green and black together. It might be my favorite color combo!

    budget dresser makeover

    What do you think of the black on black? At first, I was going to use gold hardware, but it just didn’t feel right to me. That is when I decided to use black and I love it! I think it actually gives the dresser a sophisticated look. I am really happy with this budget dresser makeover and I was excited to share it with you. If you ever come upon a piece of free furniture with good bones, grab it! There are so many ways to bring an old piece back to life!