Tuesday, January 23, 2018

{ 5 Tips for more Productivity & Creativity in your Office.

Hey everyone!!! Happy Wednesday..okay let's get right to it, so these last few months I fee like I haven't spent much time in my office, which is weird because I love my office...It's my creative outlet, our bunny runs free in there & it's MINE! I'm still doing the same amount of work, but it feels like I just haven't been in there much..Today I have been in here ALL day cleaning, organizing & well, writing up this blog post! So a few nights ago while out on a Target run with my sister I picked up some office supplies from the new Hearth & Hand collection...Yeah, don't go to Target after a few glasses of wine...eek! Anyways when I got home I decided after my splurge I would put these items to good use..or maybe I was just trying to convince myself I needed the items hahaha. Anyways today { Tuesday } I spent all day down here with the new items & decided I needed to put them to use in form of a post after I was finished updating, organizing & making my office freshened up!! Keep reading below for these SIMPLE tips..



1. Keep it BRIGHT.

For me this one is a bit tricky..My office is on our lower level { basement } & the light is shotty at best. For a brighter office I use 100 watt bulbs & keep both windows open for maximum light. 

*Full office revamp with a brighter color HERE




2. Add GREENERY.

This is a no brainer for my flower/ greenery loving heart haha! I decided since I was craving spring to bring in some vibrant hydrangeas splashed all over! My office isn't big, but it's cozy, bright & feels fresh with flowers! *See my guide to farmhouse & cottage greenery HERE



3. DECORATE your office. 

I know this goes against most post on productivity, but for more creative souls like myself I need decor. It helps keep things refreshed, fun & inspiring! Decorate your office with your small personal uncluttered touches & keep the color pallet light!



4. UPDATE equipment.

I'm almost embarrassed to type this as my equipment is super outdated!!! I think it stems from being lazy to transfer everything. I am in the works for a new computer SOON! The less equipment the best. Keep things simple & your desk only with things you use frequently!



5. Use ORGANIZING supplies.

This one is new to me. I usually don't buy into all the "organizational" tools etc..I tend to be pretty organized & a Type A." but this year as stated above I did buy a few thing to keep me even more on top of things. Again, keep it simple- things like planners, folders, journals, totes all help the clutter & creative juices flowing. Writing things down is a must in organization..or at least for me it is! 



What do you think about these super simple tips? Do you incorporate any of these tips into your office? I hope these tips will help you in some way this year!! 


Happy Wednesday!!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

{ DIY Cottage Style Kitchen Wall Decor }

Happy Monday,friends!! Thanks for dropping back in on TQS, I hope your weekend was special or just downright cozy & relaxing. Ours wasn't anything fancy, we actually just rested & stayed in much of the weekend other than eating some Chinese Sunday & finishing a little project in the kitchen that kind of just fell together ...which is a going theme here on TQS haha but I guess that's what makes me a practical home blogger right?! I've been talking about this "newly" styled/projects in our kitchen for a few weeks now & after attempting a project I schemed up in my head it was just TOO much!!! Back to the drawing board & voila at 11pm on Saturday night after feeding the dogs & rabbit { we're night owls ha } I decided to add these little hooks & the aprons to the wall & scratch the other idea. I''ll get to that other idea in another blog post but lets just say frames can be tricky to work with...eeeek! Anyways come take a peek at this SUPER almost too simple DIY kitchen wall decor!!
Note: I'm sooo sorry these pictures are a bit dark..It's been super gloomy/foggy here in Michigan. 


This wall is soo beat up with so many holes, paint chips etc..more on that later too. For now I wanted something simple & fresh for spring so I added these 3 silver hooks, 2 aprons & kept the vintage decals & basket of greenery.  
*See original kitchen post before DIY H E R E



These hooks were originally behind the hutch behind this picture & were serving no purpose whatsoever because you couldn't even get to them..Why have them you ask?? Because they serve a wonderful memory to me!!! They were purchased up at my gram & gramps old cottage turned home. Mark & I bought them in a little shop up in town in summer of 2008 after we had purchased our first home which was our condo!!! The white apron was also my great grandpa's so I had to display it as well!


What I did...

I staggered them purposely to cover some not so pretty dings etc..& they just so happen to fit perfectly. I then hung the decals from them & then the aprons on the front of the hooks...SUPER simple & fresh!!!



What do you think of this super quick & simple fix until I execute the "real" project? I'm loving the cozy spring cottage appeal but  also the simplicity of this space!! What do you think?


Happy Monday!!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

{ After Christmas Sale Shopping- What to buy Guide...?! }

Hey everyone!! I hope your weekend went well, I can't say ours was very exciting but Friday my sister & I did go on a little random adventure & of course while out on this little shopping excursion it dawned on me that I should probably blog this because it may be helpful & I've never blogged something like this before!! Dare to be different- ABSOLUTELY haha! Sooo, here it goes, while out shopping I came upon the section in the barn we were shopping at { Barn Antiques } with all of the leftover Christmas goodies..EEK back away F A S T was my first thought seeing as I have 8 bins of Christmas haha..Right as I was about to back away my sister goes " Wait STOCK UP" & it was all downhill from there hahah just kidding but she was so right!! I scored a bunch of stuff for under $37!!! So today I'm sharing my tips for shopping after Christmas / what types of items etc.. I also have a brand new VLOG post HERE for you to watch as well!! Anyways come see today's short but informative post below..


1. Shop a few weeks after Christmas!

Shopping just a few days after Christmas will get you some $$ off of the regular priced merchandise, but if you wait 2-3 weeks after you will get way more off!! This isn't the case for many stores as people will snatch the little bit of Christmas up for only 20-30% off,but more of the local shops etc.. will have things 2-3 weeks later marked at 75% off!!



2. Stock up on Christmas items!

This is a big one that I started doing a few years back & something my mom has done for many years- Thanks mom ha!! Don't just look for the electronics, clothes etc..but actually the Christmas items you can use to decorate for next year!! HUGE SAVINGS !!!



3. Pick the right items!

This is another one that I really want to touch on. So as mentioned above pick the Christmas items for next year..but if you're thinking "What kinds of items" I have you covered! The items that usually cost the most like tons of ornaments, especially if you're one of those people or bloggers that change the tree theme up each year. Signs are another item that run expensive usually. I picked a $35 sign up for $8!! Metal decor also is a good find! Anything metal is most likely durable & if at 75% off you should snag! I also picked up vintage style burlap ticking stripe stockings..They're timeless & I got them for $3 each..SCORE! Items like trees etc. are also good items to check on, but most of the time they're all gone by the time 75% hits. 


What do you guys think about these tips for after holiday shopping ? Do you wait until after Christmas to stock up? What's your favorite thing to shop for?? Share the deals below!!! :)

Happy Monday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

{ Cottage Style Winter Home Tour + Vlog }

Hey everyone & happy Tuesday!! Thanks for stopping back in on TQS & joining me on another Home Tour haha..I swear since I started blogging over 4 years ago I must have posted at least 50 Home Tours & you know what? They're my FAVORITE!! Today I thought I would share our winter decor, more of a compilation of everything winter since I took Christmas down!! I also shared another VLOG on my channel HERE . .Come see what we were up to last weekend..I'll give you a hint: Blue Farmhouse#2..? ha. It was blistering cold out so I only got a little bit of footage but even with the extreme cold we like to get out & shop/ enjoy our down time together!! Anyways come see our winter home below!!

I mentioned via this post of the dining room HERE that I was craving simple pine greenery, ticking stripe & that lovely shade of farmhouse blue. It's been my go to decor theme for after Christmas this year!

Side Note: Working on getting that DIY wall project finished & blogged soon! #staytuned





The living room I kept super simple with just a few touches of green & crisp whites paired with heavy pillows & splashes of ticking stripe items as well..*See the full post HERE




Our mantel I also kept simple with flocked garland, candles & something super fun added to the sides & front!! *You can view the full post HERE



 I hope you guys liked this winter home tour!! I actually love our winter decor this year, it's cozy, simple & actually very refreshing. Don't forget to head over the our Vlog channel HERE for a peek at our weekend adventure...were taking you right along!!!

Happy Tuesday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Friday, January 5, 2018

{ Cottage Style Winter Gallery Wall Idea }

Happy Friday,friends!!! I don't usually post late on Friday's but I wanted to share this gallery wall with you since it's been the simplest spruce-up in our winter decor in our upper living room!! I took down most of the winter decor over a week ago,but left some of the flocked goods up & redecorated with some winter essentials until the end of February where I start pulling spring out hahaah.. Today started out rough with lots of nerves going { my dad got his cancer scans back today } & then I had to decide to pull myself together..Some light cleaning before the weekend, room refreshes & a blog post to make the day a bit better..works like a charm!!1 Anyways come see today's simple & short post on our rustic cottage style living room gallery wall..

It all started with that sign I spotted at HomeGoods for $13!! I knew as soon as I spotted it I needed it for this space..It's got that perfect rustic cottage look, metal & the size was perfect for this space!


I shopped our house for the greenery & re-added the wicker hanging baskets from Home Depot back to this space after Christmas! I left the flocked wreath up & the vintage inspired snow globes HERE along with the green & white candles!


**See this full space HERE



What do you think about this super simple gallery wall for winter? I'm in love with the rustic cottage feel & bonus it cost less than $30!! I hope you all have a lovely cozy weekend! 

Happy Friday!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

{ Cottage Style Winter Fireplace Mantel with an Unusual HomeGoods find }

Hey everyone & thanks for stopping back in on my little blog! It's been one of those days where I was snuggled in bed because I've had a migraine since this morning..I think my sinuses are going crazy with this cold mixed up Michigan weather. Not complaining because you guys know I love the cold weather & because I love it soo much I decided to head out the other day in -7 to shop a bit for our home. I usually just shop our home, but I had been wanting something for our upstairs fireplace for quite sometime & when I spotted this dog gate, YESSSS dog gate I knew exactly where I wanted to use it at. In front of our fireplace!!! The shelving gets a bit hard to constantly decorate on the sides of our little fireplace & I was getting bored, so I wanted to hide them with an architectural piece & this wood gate was PERFECT!! After I found this gate I knew I wanted to freshen up the fireplace for winter & that's just what I did..Come see the full fireplace redo below...


I love that the gate is wood & was already distressed & painted this lovely cool grey! It's perfect for winter & the detail is amazing & bonus it's super easy to fold up!


I kept the mantel super easy with some flocked garland leftover from Christmas & just added some green & white candles...easy peasy! It's always nice to have a cozy wintery home with simple uncluttered decor while easing into the New Year.


Hahahah Oh, Stewyyy. We call him the "creeper peeper" & for good reasn right?! He's at my feet 24/7 lurking around every corner & it's literally so cute & funny. Mom's baby forever I guess..
Side Note: He's 4 aka not a baby haha!!!!


I picked up the lanterns while doing a haul @Ikea the other day..You can see the haul live here on my Vlog channel..*Come subscribe The Quaint Sanctuary Vlog Channel





What do you think about these new pieces added to the fireplace? A dog gate as decor & a fireplace accent..crazy right?! Let me know down below what you think!!

Happy Thursday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Monday, January 1, 2018

{ Fresh & Wintery Country Cottage Style Dining Room }

Ohhh Tuesday I hope you're nice to me hahah! It's been such a nice longgg weekend & to be honest I'm kind of sad to see it go!! I mentioned in my post from yesterday how I don't like the New Year, but for some reason I have a good feeling about this year!! We had  a nice relaxing NYE & we're starting fresh both mind, body & house haha! All I have left to do is organize Christmas in our clean lower level. I have a little surprise coming up about that too & I'll be Vlogging  it hopefully! Anyways today I'm here to share with you a part of our home that is refreshed for the New Year & it's our dining room!! It's so cozy,yet clutter free & still properly decorated for winter without being too festive!! Come see more down below..
 
I got this vision in my head that I wanted a super fresh country cottage look with lots of pops of blue & fresh green! The wicker wood baskets for texture the pops of blue cozy plaids & just super cozy relaxed! I knew I needed a few items to complete this look so I picked up this white/ blue stripe runner & paired it with this blue & white check tea towel! I left some pine trees out for that winter look & then added some bright fresh topiary greenery! I completed this look by popping some candlesticks on the table for warmth & voila!


I went crazy with the blue & white ticking stripe for accents! I don't know why I was craving this cottagey blue/white stripe & bright greens! I picked up a runner, towels, apron & oven mits plus two pillow covers...overkill-NEVER!! ha!


I've been wanting to add this lead window that is chippy blue painted for awhile ,but didn't have a spot..She's now home haha. I stuck it here in this little corner of the dining room & love!!



I love this little rustic pine tree paired with the blue /white tea towel & jute accents! It screams fresh wintery vibes right?!





I must say it feels nice to come into the New Year with a fresh clean feeling in the house. I still am purging more items which I do every year around this time..weird ehh? Winter cleaning instead of spring cleaning for the win maybe haha! How do you start the new year? Any decor traditions? Leave them below, I'd LOVE to hear them!!

Happy Tuesday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose