March 2018 archive

Like it, Love it, List

There are so many spring things I’m loving right now.  Sadly, my wallet is paying the price. Since I have had a recent weight loss I really need everything. (post to come soon),  I hope you will love the list as well.

These Nordstrom Vince Camuto peep toe shoes in tan are the bomb.  I can’t believe they are also so comfortable.  As soon as they arrived, I tried to order them in black too and of course my size was sold out.  Try to get these in the tan if you can. We will be shoe twins.

Nordstrom Vince Camuto peep toe sandals in tan. The perfect shoe for spring and summer. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I really love Becca swimwear.  I don’t really want to admit this, but I have a Becca suit that is from when my son was born and he is 16 years old. They hold up so well.  I only bring it out in bathing suit emergencies, but the colors and elastic still look and feel great.   I love this year’s suit that I picked,  I got this fabulous cranberry color. You can mix and match the pieces to fit your style.  The high rise bottoms are very in this year and some colors are already sold out so get them before your color goes.

If you are a fan of black and white decor, than you won’t want to miss Target’s project 62 outdoor collection.  It is fun, trendy, and affordable.  My favorite pieces are the umbrellas, pillows, and rugs.  You can’t go wrong with black and white to give your outdoor entertaining area a resort feel.  Your guests will feel so at home.

Now is the time to be thinking about your graduate. Check out this post I did for Minted when my daughter graduated last year.  Minted always has the best selection of cards for your big day.  Also, I found the best gift for an athletic child.  Check out this ETSY store. She makes quilts out of your child’s old sports tee shirts.  The only draw back is you really need to do this now so she has time to get this back to you.

Minted has a great selection of graduation cards. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you were able to find a couple things that you like or love from my list.  I’m going to enjoy this weather and hope for it to stick around.  Happy Easter you guys.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

How to Keep Your Desk Organized

I am still in the middle of my spring cleaning and I am feeling pretty good about my progress so far. I know before too long I’m going to have to add outdoor chores to my list and once that begins these extra projects of mine will be null and void.  About a year ago, I redid my office and I just love that space.  It’s a really beautiful pink and I love sitting in there for hours and letting my creativity flow. I will have to do a reveal soon. Let’s talk about how to keep your desk organized so you work smarter not harder.

How to organize your desk to be more efficient and productive at work. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

  1. Go paperless. If going paperless just isn’t going to happen, break down your papers in groups. File keepsakes, pay bills, and shred all others.
  2. Have cute organizers for little items.  There are so many cute containers now that are inexpensive.  Use those in your theme color for paper clips, erasers, Post-it, etc…
  3. Put things you don’t use daily in decorative boxes.  I love Sugar Paper LA boxes.  You can also find beautiful ones at Michaels and Home Goods.
  4. Have a bulletin board with all your inspiration pictures.  My mood board is right above my desk and it really reflects my style and branding for my blog.  It helps keep me focused and if I need a little Inspiration I can take a peek for ideas.
  5. Make it functional. Some offices double as guest rooms so you need to make sure you decorate so the room accomplishes both goals.
  6. Storage is key.  What storage items can help you get things off your desk?  Maybe a file cabinet, shelves, baskets, and a closet.
  7. What kind of desk do you need? When purchasing your desk you may want to think about what your needs are. Are you going to need drawers or display shelves?
  8. Get a comfortable chair.  The chair is just as important as the desk.  You will be spending lots of hours here. Pick something that will give you support and is comfortable.
  9. Hide the cords.  If you have a computer or desk lamp you want to have a plan for hiding the cords.  You can decide this as you decide where to place your desk.
  10. Try to hide office printers and trash cans if you can.  If you can take these bulky items and hide them than your office will make more of a statement.

How to organize your desk to be more efficient and productive at work. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I would love to hear some of the things you guys do to keep your offices ready for optimum productivity.  Also, what do your offices look like right now?  Do you work from home or in a traditional setting?  Please leave a comment below and share this with a friend.  Let’s be friends.  If you want to see more decor and fun content, follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Let’s Spring Clean

March is here and you know what that means.  It’s time to go through your house and spring clean.  I actually started this early this year as I had a lot of stuff  “junk” that I needed to clean up, donate, or sell. When you live in a house for more than 5 years I feel like you really start to accumulate way too much stuff.  So let’s spring clean and figure out where to begin.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Here are some tips for starting your spring cleaning. You don't have to have huge blocks of time to get results.

 

Start off with a big project to get you going – I began in August when my daughter left for college.  When she left, my son decided he was taking her room (which is a second master suite) and she would move into one of the smaller rooms.  This meant we would be packing up two of the rooms in the house and switching them.  So we went through everything.  All the clothes, closet items, and everything in both rooms.  This was a huge job, but we had a goal and a purpose so it made it a little easier to deal with.  My son was happy with his room once it was put back together. My daughter was not as happy with her smaller room, but she was very happy to be off at college. With one major project marked off my list, I was feeling pretty productive and ready to keep going on my list.

Set aside a “working weekend” for the whole family. You can get so much more done with 4 or 5 people than you can by yourself.  Every 6 weeks or a time frame of your choice, set aside a “working weekend.” Let the family members know at the beginning of the week that this weekend you will set aside a certain amount of time on Saturday and Sunday to work on the the house clearing out clutter. Have a list planned ahead of time for them to do on their own and some things to do with the group as a whole. They need to have both kinds of tasks so that you don’t have to guide them at every tasks so you can get some work done too.  Things will go a lot smoother that way.

Continue to declutter as you have time.  Choose smaller tasks to do on your busier days.  Cleaning out a junk drawer or your pantry are all things that need to be done.  Sometimes these tasks may take as little as 15 minutes.  You can choose to do these things on days where you don’t have big blocks of time to set aside, but you still want to get something accomplished.  All of it needs to get done so use your time wisely.

Make sure items get out of the house immediately. Once you have sorted your items as donation, trash, or sell make sure you take them to the appropriate place right away.  You have worked so hard to declutter, you don’t want the boxes to stick around taking up room in your house.  What a great feeling to get all of this out of your house.  What a big difference this will make.

Have a list with your “big picture” goals.  What areas do you want to tackle?  Make sure you are working in your spare time to get to all the areas you can in a timely manner.  Use your bigger blocks of time for the larger projects and do smaller projects as time allows.

I hope you are having some nice spring weather in your area and you are getting motivated to tackle some projects that have been on your mind for too long.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

How to Start a Decorating Project

Spring is almost here and I have a ton of projects I want to tackle. How do you start a decorating project from scratch?  There are several things I like to do when I’m starting a design project.  Sticking to these steps keeps me from making costly mistakes.  Learning from experience, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes.

Starting a decorating project can be quite overwhelming, especially if you’re doing it on your own.  Here are some tips on how to start a decorating project.

These pictures were from Homearama 2016 The Tara Preston Home. I styled this guest bedroom with these gorgeous beach colors.

These pictures were from Homearama 2016 The Tara Preston Home. I styled this guest bedroom with these gorgeous beach colors.

  1. Are you doing it on your own or hiring a professional? This is important to think about right from the beginning. If it’s a smaller project and you think you can do it on your own than great.  But if the project involves structural changes, you might want to hire a professional to oversee the changes you are making.  I’m sure it will be money well spent.
  2. Decide on a budget. Coming up with a budget is very important.  Deciding how much you will spend will decide all the other decisions, so this is a huge step.  Think about it wisely and don’t rush this step.  Get your spouse involved.  How much can you comfortably afford without breaking the bank?
  3. Look at your current room and assess the situation.  Ask yourself some important questions to get a feel for what you like and don’t like.  What do you like? What do you dislike? Can you keep anything?  Do you see any inspiration?
  4. Make a mood board, Pinterest board, or photo file of things you like. From the pictures you gathered see what similarities are repeated. This will help you start to see a pattern of things you like.  It may also show you what you dislike in your current room. Give yourself plenty of time in this stage so you have time to find things you like.  This step is very important in the the creative process so spend adequate time here finding what you like and dislike.  It will make the process go a lot smoother.
  5. Create a wish list.  Creating a wish list can help your designer narrow down the things that are Important to you.  You may not get everything on your list, but you can start to see what items are needs and what are wants.
  6. Do you have a focal inspiration piece?  Having a focal piece like art work, a pillow, or a rug will help you with your color selection.  This is very important.  This usually comes to you during your mood board and exploration stage.  If you find a piece you’re in love with your designer can select your paint color around the colors in your inspiration piece.

These pictures were from Homearama 2016 The Tara Preston Home. I styled this guest bedroom with these gorgeous beach colors.

I hope you found some helpful tips on how to start a design project.  Whether you do it on your own or hire a professional, I’m sure your project will turn out great.  Take your time in the planning stage and spend time finding out what you really like so your vision can easily translate in your design.

Yours Truly,

Jenn