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Round-up :: DIY Message Boards

Having difficulty juggling appointments, activities and homework schedules for your family? As my kids have gotten older, I’ve found that it’s more and more challenging to kept it all straight. A message board in our kitchen nook has helped us tremendously. If you are are need of a command center, I’ve rounded up a few DIY message board options that you may want to consider.

DIY message center // kitchen command center // BHG

Love this sleek, colorful dry-erase message board via BHG. It’s made from a piece of glass that’s simply been painted on the back and framed. Love!

DIY magnetic message board #organized #home #messages

This DIY magnetic board from 4 Men and 1 Lady, is made of a 26 gauge galvanized steel sheet and then framed.  It also doubles as a dry erase board for quick messages. Would love great in a kitchen, mudroom or playroom.

DIY message board // entryway organization #diy

The folks at Martha Stewart created this chic message center using a store-bought cork board that was painted and upgraded with a brass rod to hold mail and hooks to hold keys. Love the many functions it provides!

wall mounted craft paper roll // diy message board #diy #message

Although this option isn’t as versatile as the others, I love the simplicity. The could be a fun DIY project or purchased through George & Willy.

happy organizing,


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Read full story By on March 9, 2015 in DIY, home organization, kitchens, martha stewart, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, Tips/Tricks

Organizing with Labels

I’ve been on a bit of an organizing kick lately and it was all spurred on by a lovely basket of goodies that the folks at Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery sent me. The assortment of beautiful labels jumped out and soon I was labeling everything! Here are a few images of my favorite labels and how I used them in my own home…

reusable chalkboard labels for boxes - Simplified Bee #labelsThe scalloped chalkboard labels are fabulous and the fact that they are reusable is the best! Just write, erase, and write again!

durable labels for storage boxes - Simplified Bee #labelsOur garage recently got a little makeover, so the durable labels for all the bins came in very handy. I printed them out using an easy to use template at Avery.

dishwasher safe laels for food containers - Simplified BeeThis freezer and dishwasher safe label is perfect for leftovers.

pretty holiday address labels - Simplified Bee #labels

The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery offers a variety of festive mailing labels for the holiday, but this one with gold detail went with the Christmas card I already selected!

 reusable chalkboard gift labels - Simplified Bee #labels

And how cute is the round, reusable chalkboard label? I’m using it here as a gift tag. Love it!

Inspired to get organized too? If so, Staples is offering a 40% off coupon on any one Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery product in store, or $4 off $10 at – now until November 16th.

Happy organizing,


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Read full story By on November 14, 2013 in Closets, discounts, Features, home organization, Mail, martha stewart, Organization, product review

Simple Style: DIY Tray Makeovers

As I mentioned on Facebook, I recently wallpapered our kitchen nook. Loving it! The space isn’t 100 done {still needs window treatments}, so I am holding off sharing the final reveal until then. But, I wanted to share with you a very simple tray makeover I did to hold the kids homework supplies.
diy chic white tray wallpaper lined
With a remnant piece of wallpaper {Treillis by Manuel Canovas}, scissors, spray adhesive and some high-gloss white paint, I transformed a yard sale find, black painted wooden tray. Now it’s fresh, chic and makes a great homework station.

manuel canovas treillis wallpaper green white vert

Here are a few more of my favorite DIY tray makeovers…
jonathan adler greek key tray diy
My friend Kate from Centsational Girl used a little Jonathan Adler fabric {originally a Mykonos placemat} to line a gray lacquer tray from West Elm. The result is just fabulous, don’t you think?

diy paper lined tray
Found on SweetHome, here’s another tray that has been transformed using a little paint and decorative paper. So sweet.

martha-stewart-diy-chevron-trayUsing a standard baker’s tray and bold chevron fabric, Martha Stewart’s decorating editor Rebecca Robertson, makes a real statement. So chic! Find the tutorial at Martha Stewart.


Felt is another great way to dress up a tray. Using a silverware or utensil tray, simply line the inset areas with felt. I found this great idea on Apartment Therapy.
If you have seen other fun tray makeovers or have done one yourself, please share them with us on Facebook!
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Read full story By on September 28, 2011 in DIY, home accessories, home organization, martha stewart