An Organized New Year

I’m going to make this one quick today because I’ve got clutter control and organization on the brain. I woke up this morning and realized that my house has become victim to the slow creep of disarray. Much of it is due to holiday gifts that need to find permanent homes and stuff that just piles up when we get super busy.  I’m not a naturally hyper-organized person –  you know the one with the Pinterest-worthy closet behind every door (maybe in another life if I had more time). However, I definitely appreciate a certain amount of clutter control and visual-order. If you need a little help in this area below are some inspiring shots and you can find some printable, organizational check lists from the lovely Kate over here at House Mix.

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Happy Sunday! Now go forth and conquer clutter!

xo Kerry

Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year’s resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It’s been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I’ve mentioned before there’s a long list of things that need to be done to bring the house up to this century. The first thing we did was renovate the kitchen, install new floors and update the living room by adding recessed lighting and updating the fireplace surround and staircase. These updates made a huge difference and we’re really happy with them, but I needed to add the finishing touches by updating the decor in the living room.

We wanted a new sofa and seating arrangement so I used that as a jumping off point and decided to tackle the room as a whole. Our previous home had a vintage-cottage vibe, but for this home I wanted to update our furnishings and bring in items with more of a modern polish. I love to mix old and new, clean lines with soft, graphic with organic, rustic with shine. You get the idea. The bones of our house are somewhat traditional and classic, which I love, but I wanted to mix in a little “modern California”. I also wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit by adding some fun color and pattern. I’m really happy with the finished project and excited to be able to share it with you. IMG_0406IMG_0419Our new sofa is from Restoration Hardware. It’s a modern sillouette covered in a family friendly Perennials fabric.IMG_0431This little corner nook needed a major update. The previous cushion was inherited from the former owners of the home and was covered in a peach and blue tropical print. I love the way the lilac block print looks with the black and white dot. IMG_0414 copyThe lamp and side table were splurges I almost didn’t make, but I’m so happy that I did.IMG_0401I love the blue velvet side chairs and fun star print fabric. IMG_0413IMG_0428Below is a photo that shows the fireplace and floors mid-construction. The wood paneling is beautiful, but the finish was a pinkish whitewash, circa 1992. We had the mantle re-built a new stone slab installed and of course painted the paneling white. IMG_3189I’ll share more rooms soon. We’re currently working on the master bedroom and I’m plotting the bathroom renovations… one of these days.

xo Kerry

Cheers to 2016

Can you believe it’s 2016 already? I hope you’ve enjoyed some quality time with friends and family just as I have. Tomorrow the tree will come down. As much as I try to savor all of the holiday decorations and festivities, I’m ready to pack it up, de-clutter and simplify. It’s time to hit the reset button. I’ll be sure to find a few quiet moments to reflect on the past and set my intentions for the new year. I have some specific goals this year as it relates to my blog, like sharing more of my personal home projects, improving my photography skills and a few others.

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In the mean time, cheers and Happy New Year to you and yours!

xo Kerry

Family Holiday Activities

Are you feeling the panic that comes with knowing Christmas is only 5 days away? I certainly am. I’m not ready. I’m just barely going to get the holiday card out and the gifts wrapped on time, but I really am trying to keep that panic level in the mild zone as I know that it will all come together. It always does. One of the things that can bring on more parental stress this time of year is the idea of entertaining the kids for the holiday break. I’m fortunate enough to get some time off over the break to spend with my family and I’m very grateful for it, but I know the kids wills start climbing the walls in a few days. I came across a great article in MyDomaine that lists 50 fun (and cheap or free) activities that you can do with your kids over the holidays. A few of may favorites and ones that I may try with my family are below. If you want to see all 50, you can read the full article here.

  1. Make a gingerbread house. Nothing says Christmas more to me than the quirky and adorable little houses the kids make at school out of milk cartons and graham crackers. It’s really one of my most favorite things. Here’s Lucy’s creation this year. Funny how the M&M shingles seem to disappear a little each day. We’re going to make another “family” house later this week with our own supplies. IMG_5311
  2. Write a letter to your Elf on the Shelf before she or he goes back to the North Pole. I love this one because it’s a sneaky way to get my youngest to practice her writing.
  3. Take a mini-road trip to somewhere new. This can be as simple as packing a picnic, taking an hour drive out of your city or town to a hike or walk. It doesn’t have to be far, just going somewhere new will make it an adventure. Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 9.43.37 AMvia @FrenchLarkspur
  4. Help out people in the community. This could be as simple as bringing home-baked goods to an elderly neighbor who may certainly enjoy the company of your adorable children. Growing up, we had a handful of elderly folks in our neighborhood and my best friends and I would visit them. Okay I’m going to confess  at the time we mostly did it for the butterscotch and peppermint candies that would almost always be given to us, but we did form a genuine bond with them and it wasn’t until later in life that I realized what we were doing was probably very appreciated.
  5. Print out your favorite photos from 2015 and make a collage. This one is great on a rainy day and could be combined with several others from the list like making New Year’s cards for friends and family, making a 2016 calendar and watching your top 3 family-favorite holiday movies. Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 9.54.13 AMvia https://www.instagram.com/burtsbrisplease/

Oh and if you’re at your wits end and in need of a little heart-warming holiday cheer, I recommend you follow this Instagram feed above called @burtsbrisplease. You will not be disappointed at the endless supply of adorable photos of a little boy and his cat. To me, the holidays are all about the wonder and cheer in our children’s hearts and this feed most definitely embodies that sentiment.

I wish you all a very happy holiday filled with family, friends, cheer and wonder. Now I’m off to start wrapping! Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 10.07.45 AM

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xo Kerry

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