2015 Year In Review

    It's the first week of January so we're gearing up for our annual January Operation: Organization series, but before we completely close the door on last year we thought we'd take a quick look back at all that we did here at 11 Magnolia Lane in 2015. Sometimes it's easy to … [Read more...]

DIY 101: Hiding Electrical Cords

Electrical cords are a part of life that I'm happy to embrace because, after all, I'm pretty fond of air conditioning, lights, computers, and my KitchenAid mixer, among other things.  I'd rather not see the cords if I can help it, however. I usually do a pretty good job hiding cords through a … [Read more...]

DIY $10 Pantry Chip Rack

Of course we all want to maximize every inch of storage space in our pantry.  We just turned a closet next to our kitchen into a pantry {here}, and since it was originally going to be a half bath, it's by far the largest pantry we've ever had. For years, I've used two "real" chip racks in my … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Decorate & Personalize Your Home {Even if it’s a Rental!}

  One of our top posts ever (of our over 900 posts!) is the post that Christy wrote here for spousebuzz.com {part of military.com} discussing ways to make a plain vanilla rental home or military housing feel more like a home.   We thought we'd circle back to this topic again today … [Read more...]

Organized Pantry With Built-In Shelving

As I promised last week, today I'm going to show you the walk-in pantry that we created in our garage entryway.  There's a video at the end so you can see the flow of the entire area, and I will also list some of the sources at the bottom of each photo, too. The space we started with was an empty … [Read more...]

Entryway Update: Built In Bookshelves

This is the next installment of the progress I've made in our garage entryway.  Phew--it's getting there, but all the things slow me down.  At least I'll beat my Christmas goal that I set in a moment of pessimism.  Oh, and am I the only one whose entire house goes to pot while working on a project? … [Read more...]

DIY Custom Plate Rack (For $40!)

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.  All opinions are 100% mine. **Don't forget, since this is a HomeRight sponsored post, there will be a super giveaway at the bottom for you to enter!** If you follow us on Instagram, then you saw a sneak peek of this project when I finished it last Saturday … [Read more...]

Rental Decor: Gallery Wall in My Teenage Son’s Room

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. We've been in our new house for almost three weeks, and while at times I think we'll … [Read more...]

Open Shelving in Our New Kitchen

As you guys know, things have been moving slower than I would like in our new home because of all the time it's taking to deal with the claim from our move damage.  The good news is that our dining room table has been repaired, and they are hopefully picking up the piano to take it in for repairs in … [Read more...]

Favorite Links from the June Pretty Preppy Party

Thanks to everyone who linked up at our June Pretty Preppy Party, there were some great summer-inspired projects that were shared this month Here are a few favorites that caught my eye... I am completely enamored with Krista from The Happy Housie's kitchen {especially her range hood!}. This … [Read more...]

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