Take the #myhomechallenge to Refresh and Revitalize Your Home

Image via One Kings Lane

Image via One Kings Lane

One Month to Refresh Your Kitchen

I'm proposing is a month long challenge to refresh your space. We'll design, clean, organize and make it look fantastic. All you need to do is follow along, well, and get the work done! I'm combining all of my favorite things-minimalism, spring cleaning and interior design. I'll walk you through how to create a design plan, tips and tricks to decluttering and organizing, styling your space and maybe we'll even do some cooking along the way. I've left plenty of time for cleaning, as you can see in the outline below. 

  • Week One-The Design Plan

Grab some magazines, Houzz or Pinterest and dive into your inspiration. I often pin elements of something that I like even if the whole kitchen won't work for me. Draft your plan. Make a list of all the things that need to get done. 

  • Week Two-Clear it All Out

When's the last time you cleaned out your cupboards? Are you able to to pull out a pot or pan without the whole pile tumbling to the ground? Do you know what is in your junk drawer? Well, it's time to clean it out. We'll go through all of our cabinets and clean and rearrange. 

  • Week Three- Organize and Start Putting it Together

Week two and three will overlap a little. I tend to organize as I go, but some people like to pull it all out and then organize later. This is the week you'll also make any repairs that you may have added to your list. 

  • Week Four-Finish It! 

in my mind I hear the voice from Mortal Kombat going FINISH HIM!

This is the final stretch and I know you can do it. 

Want to join me on this journey? Then follow Meandering Design on Instagram and keep an eye out for the  #myhousechallenge tag. I'll be posting each Monday morning with instructions, but there will be more details on instagram. 

We will be starting on January 29th, which I realize is an odd date, but I didn't want to start January 1st because everyone was working on their New Year's resolutions (how are those going for you?).  Let's do this thing. 

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The 2018 Interior Design To Do List

Interior Design

Or, what needs to be done in my home

Last year I revealed my interior design to do list. Man, was it long! Let's see what I managed to get done.  I started this list because I kept feeling overwhelmed and scattered. I admit that once I did the brain dump it felt like I started moving forward on things.

DINING ROOM

  • Standing light for by the chair and lamp for workbench.
  • DONE! New Curtain Rods (mine actually broke)
  • DONE! I went with different curtains though. Sheer Curtains to layer under curtains (I tend to leave the curtains open and it would be nice to have some privacy)
  • DONE! Art- I moved most of the art to my office and bedroom
  • Refinish dining table- I got it on Craigslist and it just needs to be sanded down a bit and re-stained.
  • Style the workbench- It's this huge expanse of empty space. I don't want it to be cluttered, but it definitely needs some fun stuff.
  • Sell and replace dining room chairs-I have a pair of Philippe Starck La Marie chairs in Orange, but want white. I'd like to replace them with something that has a similar low profile to the Bertoia wire chairs I have. 

LIVING ROOM

    • DONE! Paint Hallway
    • softer more comfortable chairs
    • DONE! Except, now I want new curtains! New curtain rod
    • hang plants
    • change up the coffee table? (I've had the same coffee table for over ten years and I like it but it may be time for something new...maybe)

    KITCHEN

    • Clean and organize 
    • Paint it teal
    • Clean out and put more shelves in the pantry closet (I'm scared to open the door!)
    • Get a new soap dispenser
    • Style the counter tops
    • Hang film on windows (this room gets almost no light and I'd like to top part to be open, but my neighbors can see in when they walk down the back stairs)
    • Small lights for over sink
    • Rewire small lamp
       

    BATHROOM

    • Clean and declutter
    • DONE! Rug
    • Plant
    • DONE! Another piece of art
    • Added: Hang driftwood jewelry storage piece

    STUDY

    • Make a slipcover for the chaise 
    • sew pillow cover

    What's on your list? 

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    Have a wonderful holiday

    Image via Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

    Image via Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

    I love blogging. It gives me a chance to explore my creativity through images and words, and I love words. Except, sometimes you need a break. I'm taking my own advice and paring back a bit so I can focus on the holidays and some much needed self-care. 

    I'll be back on the blog January 5th. I'm going to a cabin with a fireplace out in Wisconsin the first week of January to dive deep into what I want to be doing in my business and set some goals for the coming year. 

    I hope you have a fabulous holiday and I'll see you in the new year. 

    Kandy

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    Sometimes the Holidays are Hard

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    I've noticed that I've been a bit of a grinch this holiday. I struggled to put up any holiday decor, I didn't send out Christmas cards and I'm kind of meh about the whole thing. It took me a little while to realize that I'm struggling, because even though it's been almost 7 years, I still miss my Poppy. 

    With all the holiday hustle and bustle it can be easy to forget that some of us might be struggling. It's ok to feel a little bit down around the holidays if you are missing someone, just not in the mood, or really feeling that you've been single for too long. It gets lonely sometimes. 

    Here are a few things that I have found that help me: 

    • Just do it, or, fake it until you make it. Making myself at least put up some Christmas lights did unthaw my heart a little bit. 
    • Reach out to friends. It's really hard sometimes to reach out when you are having a hard time, but it helps so much. I know this works and I'm the worst at doing it. 
    • Do something festive. I went to the Christkindlemarket downtown in Chicago just to wander. I got some mulled wine and people watched. It was super crowded but that's ok. The lovely winter light, the twinkling lights and the happy people were worth it. 
    • Give yourself space. If spending a week with your family isn't doable, then don't do it! Limit your time with people that may not accept or understand where you are at today. It's ok. There's this thing called self-care and boundaries are an important part of that. 
    • It will all be over soon! Well, until next year. 

    If you have a friend who has lost a loved one then reach out to them. Even if it has been a few years. I think we don't talk about people once they have died because we don't want to bring up unhappy memories, but it is even harder when people don't talk about the person who is gone. It is nice to be reminded of the good memories, even if I do get a little choked up. 

    Happy Holidays everyone. 

     

     

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    Adding Natural Goodness to My Beauty Routine

    Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

    Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

    I was talking to my mom about hair products and I mentioned I was using a conditioner that didn't weigh down my bangs. She was like-"wait, you use conditioner on your bangs. I thought we weren't supposed to do that". So, back in the late 80s/early 90s in order to get the 'claw' (you know that high bang with the curl on top) you wanted your hair nice and frizzy so you could add some height and volume. Thankfully hairstyles are no longer so, um, dramatic and I need a conditioner that controls the frizz! 

    Over the years I have been cleaning up my beauty routine. I posted earlier about switching to more natural face products, recently I switched to less toxic deodorant (I'm still in the testing phase!) and now I need to focus on what's going in my hair. 

    At the suggestion of a hair stylist I stopped using shampoo years ago. These days I just put a small dollop in my hand and wash my bangs. I couldn't go completely 'no poo' because my bangs get pretty rough! Once in a blue moon I'll wash it if I've been out rolling around in the dirt. 

    Finding a great conditioner has been a challenge. There was a meme going around about thick girl hair problems and I was like 'yes!'. If I put my hair up in a bun while it is damp it will still be wet by the end of the day. I bought an expensive brush just for thick hair and I've already broken the handle on it and I regularly pull the bristles out of the brush. I'm surprised my hairstylist agrees to still cut my hair because I think she is exhausted by then end. I currently have about 3 inches on the back of my hair shaved off and no one can tell. 

    So when Maple Holistics reached out and wanted to send me a bottle of conditioner to try, I'll admit I was pretty skeptical. Holy crap you guys! This stuff works. I tried a bottle of the Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner and I only needed a dollop, it went through my hair easily and had a light vanilla smell that smelled good. I'm super scent sensitive and I liked the smell of the conditioner. The scent doesn't hang around once your hair dries, which is fine by me. 

    I have slightly wavy hair and certain conditioners weigh down my waves. The Silk18 gave me shiny beach tousled waves, without any styling. I'm the type of person whose mom calls them when it is going to be below 0 degrees to say maybe you should dry your hair. I'm strictly wash and go and my hair looked great. 

    I love that the conditioner is made up of natural ingredients (just an FYI if you are strictly vegan, the silk amino acid are "extracted during the silkworms process of creating silk") and it works wonderfully. 

    Maple Holistics has a free samples program, so go try some hair product!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary bottle of Silk18 conditioner to try. I have not been paid for my review and all words and opinions are my own.  

     

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