Minimizing my Home: Less is More

Since moving into my Mid Century Modern home I have really learned to love the minimalist look. This is a new concept for me as I like “things”. My previous style in my home was a style that was easy to find items for. MCM decor is a little more difficult to come by and has saved me from cluttering up my tables and shelves(actually the only shelves in my home are in my son’s room). Another factor into my new minimalist style is that we have moved 8 times in our 11 years of marriage! So, needless to say I have got rid of a ton of stuff and have vowed every time we moved to never buy another candle, bottle of lotion or magazine ever again.

I decided to take on one area of my home that I haven’t really touched since we moved in 2 years ago. That are would be our linen closet. One side houses my towels and linens and the other toiletries. At one point in my life I was a crazy couponer and accumulated a lot of toiletries. I decided the best strategy would be to take everything out and put it on my dining room table. I like the idea of seeing everything I have (also helps with the whole never wanting to buy anything ever again…or at least until next week).

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So, as you can see I had quite a bit of lotions, shampoos and other miscellaneous health and beauty items stuffed in my linen closet. I do have to say for an older, two bedroom home, we have so much storage. When my husband said he wanted to go look at a two bedroom home I thought …no way! Once I stepped inside we were greeted with tall closets and more in the hallway and bedrooms. There is no lack of storage in this house and I have filled it up.

There was a show on TLC, I believe, called “Clean Sweep”.  They had organizers and designers who would come in and organize a space that was super disorganized and usually looked like a hoarder lived there. I loved it when the organizer would come in because he had a method that I still use to this day. The first thing he would do before getting started was to get three large bins and label them Keep, Sell and Toss. I decided to use this method as I purged my linen closet. So, after everything was out for me to see I first brought over my trashcan and tossed everything that was either expired or something I just would not use or give away. Then I separated the items I wanted to donate and those I wanted to keep. I was left with this:

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I was able to condense everything onto one shelf! I decided to bring in my painting supplies that were in my laundry room taking up some needed space. I also added a box of all my essential oils that were taking up spaces in various medicine cabinets.

 

On the other side and below is where I had all my towels and other linens. I decided it was about time I learned how to fold my towels like a grown up. They look prettier and also take up less room. I will link the how-to video I watched below.

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Christine Kobzeff(watch all her videos she is awesome and lives in Hawaii… so I am of course obsessed)

 

I hope you found something useful in this post. I didn’t spend any money on bins or labels. I just used what I had but you could totally step up your organizing game and use them. I learn a lot when I do a purge. I realize that I have too much stuff, which is the whole idea behind a purge is to get rid of the excess. Many items I was holding onto because I got them for free or they were given to me, but in reality I will never use them and they are taking up space. Two years ago I made it one of my resolutions for the new year to not buy anything I did not need. Although, I have done better in certain areas I have failed in other (ie…makeup).

 

In conclusion I have made a few rules for myself.

1.Do not watch so many haul videos on You Tube! If you have no idea what I am talking about do not search them out… they will destroy your wallet! I love watching videos on items other people buy..such as beauty and health items…but I found myself thinking I needed so many new products! My shelves have become stuffed with way too many products.

2. By keeping less products in my home I have found that I can remember what I have and do not buy duplicates.

3. If I had already previously did a purge in an area of my home and still have something the next time I do a purge then that item needs to go. I like to do a Spring Purge and Fall Purge.

I have already cleaned out my closet. Next on the list is my husband’s closet and underneath our bathroom sink where, you guessed it, is more toiletries and beauty products. If you need any lotion, candles or band aids I’m your girl!

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Summer Lovin: Thrift Store Haul

I have not been thrifting in so long! Mainly, because I do not need anything. On my birthday I had some time to shop. Shane was with me so we hit up the mall. He was such a trooper! I went to MAC and Sephora, not so fun for a five year old boy, but we did stop at the Disney Store(which is fun for Mama too). After the mall I decided to stop into our Savers Thrift Store. It is across the way from our mall. I haven’t had too much luck here. I am not big on buying clothes at Thrift Stores, but I love getting home goods and books there. I decided to give it another try and I am glad I did!

As soon as I walked in I saw a bunch of design books displayed. Happy Birthday to me!!!! Two were on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and another looked like a text book about Interior Design. They were marked 3.99 each but, the cashier was extra nice and gave them to me for .99 cents each! Unfortunately, that was the end of my treasure findings. I did spot the cuteset pineapple wood carved bowls. There were 6 of them. I placed them in my basket and continued to shop. I thought they would be adorable on a summer time party table, used to hold nuts or candies. I was in love with them but did I really NEED them, no. Each was wrapped up as sets of three. Only one was marked as 3.99. I even thought they might give them all to me at 3.99 which would be a great price, but 3.99 for each set…I wasn’t too sure. I then noticed one had a big chip in it…not a potato chip an actual piece missing:).This did it for me and I put them back. This was a mistake. I have been thinking about those darn pineapple bowls ever since. I keep coming across other pineapple items that would go lovely with those pineapple bowls. So, I went back today! Now my bday was on Saturday and it is now thursday that I went back to search for my beloved pineapple bowls. My hopes were not high in finding them but…….they were there!!!! Not all six but just three and the three without the chipped one…score! This is a long and dramatic story but, I am so happy I went back!

I also found a few other treasures on my second trip. One was a brass bird. I see these a lot in design and especially in MCM design. I also found a brass whale. Do I need a brass whale? NO, but I knew if I left it there I would be back a few days later. He now lives in Shane’s room. Each brass item was 2.99. So, for around 13.00 I think I scored!

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What are some treasures you have thrifted lately?

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Updated Boy’s Room: MCM Shelving

My little guy will be starting Kindergarten in September…gulp! So, with the start of the school year,comes homework. I wanted to find a desk and a bookshelf for his room, where he could work on said homework. He actually has a large room for a five year old and for an old house he has a ton of storage,so we had the space to add a few large pieces. I jumped on Craigslist and searched for a desk first. To my surprise I see this Mid Century Modern desk and bookshelf combo! It had been added to Craigslist about 18 hours prior to my search so I was certain it was gone. I quickly emailed the seller, knowing I probably missed out on it and to my surprise he said it was available. Then I told him I could come take a look and he said there was actually one person in front of me!!! Ugghhh…it technically was available but I was certain the other person would snag it up…but they never showed up. Long story short the unit now lives with us! Now, the seller did say it was from the 70’s but it was like IKEA quality. Which to me isn’t horrible but, I knew he meant there wasn’t any extraordinary craftsmanship going on. He actually threw in an extra shelving piece that was a match , he and his wife found after they had already purchased the whole unit(which is three pieces). So, I basically used that for parts! It was pretty wobbly and needed some loving. It serves it purpose for now and I won’t mind if it gets a few nicks and scratches over the next few years.

We do not have any bookshelves in any other areas in our home. We really don’t have a whole lot of knick knacks in our home as the MCM look is very minimal. I was super excited I could finally style some shelving! I searched all around for items that I already had and then I went Antiquing at my favorite little shops near my house. I scored some unique items that I can not wait to share with you. So, enough talking let’s look at some pics:

Here is the before. I set a few things that he already had in his room to get an idea of what I needed. I was so pleased that I could keep his table and chairs in the room with plenty of space around it. I also used the chair I bought awhile back from a now friend on Craigslist.

I started to add a few things like a jar full of marbles my Aunt gave me and a vintage book I picked up a few months back. The dump truck belonged to The Hubs when he was a little guy.

This metal caddy I found at Marshalls after watching Fixer Upper(have you seen this show??…you need to). She found a vintage caddy to hold her client’s crayons. It was so adorable I had to do something similar for my little guy. I couldn’t find anything vintage but this cleaning caddy worked great! I simply added some mason jars and filled them up with crayons, markers, pens and scissors.

I had previously painted some chalkboard designs on his wall and got this “S” at a Flea Market. I also had this fabric covered canvas in another area of his room and though it was better suited for this area. I love this fabric from Joann. It is a Marvel Retro Comic print. It simply adds some color and brings in a bit of Superhero, which Shane loves.

I found this G.I. Joe wooden box at my local Antique Store. It said it was from the 60s! I love the graphics inside of the box. This was 17.00…a little more than I wanted to spend on one item for the bookshelf but, I couldn’t pass it up!

I found these items at a little shop in the same area I found the wooden box above. The owner always has such unique things. I got a large jack, old wooden ruler and this amazing light bulb. It was fun to go around the store and collect different items that were out of the ordinary, but fit in a boys room. Shane wasn’t too impressed with the light bulb. I think it’s awesome…boys…hmmpppfff????!!!

I had to throw in some baseball items too. The bat was from his baseball party that all his guests signed. Filled a wire basket with old and new baseballs and used a baseball helmet Shane had from a Minor League game we attended.

This is how it all came together. It is going to be a great space for Shane to do his homework or work on some art. I can switch out some of the pieces as he gets older and his interests change.

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Field Trip: Cedros Avenue Design District

Having a day off is glorious. Especially when The Hubs agrees to go to San Diego and take a walk around Cedros Avenue. We have been here a few times in the past but, we discovered a lot of great new(to us) stores this time. Cedros Avenue is located in Solana Beach, CA. Every time I go to San Diego I ask myself why I don’t live there. It is my happy place. The people are so friendly(unlike another nearby beach community). The weather was perfect and there was a beautiful ocean breeze….ahhhh. 
One of the first stores we visited was Leaping Lotus. We have been to this 21,000 square foot store before. It is one of my favorites. It has 130 shops all under one roof. Each vendor is in their own booth and each shop is unique. From cute beach decor, art and stationary, they have it all.

Next stop was Solo. This store also features different merchant shops within one large building. I was in awe of all the design books they had! There was the largest selection of Mid Century Modern books I have ever seen! The Hubs and I were totally geeking out. I ended up picking up a design book on different bloggers’ home and tricks they share about blogging about interior design(see link below). I can’t wait to dig in. 
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Aren’t these awesome! They have a ton of ads from the 50’s and 60’s!
Finally, we stopped in a new store to us but, I believe it has been there for awhile. It is called the Antique Warehouse. It was filled with different antique vendors. Of course, you know what we were looking for….anything Mid Century Modern and boy did we score. They had about 3-4 spaces with MCM decor and furniture. The last space we checked out had a painting that was amazing and we bought it. Unfortunately, we were overcome with excitement and it clouded our brain with MCM goodness and left no room for thinking about measuring it to make sure it fit in our car. It didn’t fit and they are closed on Tuesdays. So, we have to let the painting stay at its’ old home until Wednesday. We will be forced to be apart, but the good news is we HAVE to go back to Solana Beach! We even debated tying it to our roof rack but we envisioned it flying off and getting destroyed on the way home. Anyways, this place was awesome and we will definitely be back…on Wednesday.

There she is!!!!! Look at all that other goodness!

What a fun day! I highly suggest checking Cedros Avenue out. 
Sundays they have a Farmers Market from 1-5. 

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Mid Century Master Ideas

One of the last rooms I have left to decorate in my house is my master. Doesn’t it always seem to be the last room to get done? My previous bedroom was Hollywood Glam and although I could probably work that into my Mid Century design I decided to go for a more natural eclectic look. This design is new to me so, I really want to be patient and make sure I make the right design decisions. In the past I have been quick to get stuff from the clearance aisle at Target and bring it home only to realize it just didn’t go. I look back at many of my design decisions and think wow that was just hideous. I am trying to mature my design taste and I realized I have to always be on the look out for great pieces and to have a plan in place.

With Mid Century design I can’t just go to HomeGoods(although I did find an awesome Mid Century Modern clock there).

 

Other than small accent pieces, the bigger furniture and art pieces need to be vintage. Our home was built in 1959 and so we try to get pieces from the late 50s and early 60s. It is so much fun to go to flea markets and stalk CraigsList, but it is a waiting game. You never know what you are going to find. Luckily, we have made friends with a wonderful Mid Century Modern dealer and have bought many pieces from him. Currently on our list for our master is: two nightstands. I have even thought about stripping down the nightstands I painted(Lord, forgive me) and using those. We need to re-wire a lamp we bought at the Rose Bowl and find another one.

We need a new King size mattress to go with our headboard we got from our favorite dealer. New bedding…this is so hard for me! I spent years finding my last bedspread…hoping I have better luck this time around. I would also love a chest for the end of the bed to house our extra pillows and blankets. Last but not least we need art! Our whole house needs art. I only have one picture up in our whole house.

So, here are a few items I have spotted and am loving. Many have a Native American vibe..which I love!!!



I spotted this on Etsy. I decided against it since my Mom has an Indian picture she is giving me or that I am stealing. This is a rug, but thought it would be cool hanging on the wall. It was made in the 60s by a Grandfather for his Grandchildren. Amazing!

I want some Lucite somewhere in our master and I just love this mirrored tray with Lucite and brass detailing. This is from the 50s and would look fabulous on my nightstand!

This bedspread is the color palette I am going for in our Master. I never thought about adding grey though. I think it adds a modern touch. This is a twin and the seller has two. I thought about just draping it on my bed and using it more as an accent. Also, thought about buying both and sewing them together??? I am not completely sure about this one but I love that it is vintage(late 50s to mid 60s) and has the warm browns, yellows and oranges I am looking for.
 
 
More updates will come along the way. We missed the last Rose Bowl and can’t go next month either. I am having withdrawls!!! I am having no luck on Craigslist or thrift stores either. It will come together slowly and I am ok with that:).
 


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