Shoe String Living

Having a Creative and Fun Frugal Life

The Making of a Bar/Console Table-Part 1 August 5, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home Decor,Lounge,Organizing — trntm @ 2:22 pm

I saw this great idea on Design on a Dime. The crew made a combination console table and bar for the family. I loved the idea. It would be perfect for us since our front door opens directly into what we call the lounge.

The project seemed fairly simple so I sketched a simple plan for the bar.

The back of the bar would hold wine bottles as well as other bar essentials, the console has a slot for mail, keys and our guests’ purses and shoes. The front of the bar would have a medallion of some sort to tie in with the ethnic decor scheme of the lounge.

What have you sketched out lately?


Too Organized? July 18, 2010

Filed under: Organizing — trntm @ 4:26 am

Is there such a thing as too organized?

I just finished organizing my favorite links. I now have all my blogs organized by what day of the week I visit them.

I love computer folders ^_^

Have you ever done something and felt that maybe you crossed the line into too organized?


Good News, Bad News May 12, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home Decor,Organizing — trntm @ 10:50 pm

Good news. My friend is engaged to be married.

Bad news. As a result of the wonderful news, I will not be helping her reorganize her home office.

I’m glad that this is the reason for not completing this project


30 Minute Closet Redo April 18, 2010

Filed under: Closet,Organizing — trntm @ 12:18 am

One thing about me is that I have, as one blogger put it, DADD (Decorating Attention Deficit Disorder) and I actually have ADHD, so needless to say I jump from project to project and am constantly changing things around.

I had 30 minutes while something was cooking in the oven, so instead of settling down to watch a TV show or wash laundry, what did I do?

Yep, reorganized the linen closet.

I must confess, the closet was pretty well-organized from before and I tend to purge quite frequently, so the only difference is that most of the items were scattered about all the shelves.

The top shelf holds Christmas decoration from the under-stairway closet. I had to make room in that closet for the Christmas tree which I am proud to say has finally come down-just in time for spring! Next to that is my secret stash of gifts-mostly things I stock up on during the after-Christmas sales and parcel out during the year for those birthdays or just thinking of you treats.

Next is an…empty shelf! YESSS, I love empty shelves, they hold the promise of being filled with beauty.

Underneath is our personal pharmacy. Four clear bins hold medicines and the cute labels read-Pain & Stomach; First Aid; Prescriptions; Cold & Flu and Allergies. Crammed next to them is my guest box-which actually now is turned the other direction after I purged the closet of toliet paper and put plenty of extras in the bathrooms around the house. The toilet paper is on the other side of the medicine bins and looks so cute stacked in their cottony pillars. Next to the guest box are extra supplies-light bulbs, dryer sheets, toothpaste and hand soaps. I suppose a basket for those items would be nice.

The next shelf holds the linens of the linen closet. The hubby and I keep our queen sized sheets in clear fabric shoe boxes underneath our bed, so these linens are strictly for guests. Everything from extra pillows, blankets, sheets and towels. All for the guests.

Then, wait for it…an empty shelf!

The bottom of the closet is mostly my hubby’s fault. There are two large bins of files of some sort from our days in university and plenty of laptop cases and extra duffel bags thanks to our donations to charities. The random pillow and clear bins irked me to no end, so I quickly found a new home for them, which I promise you will see.

What part of your linen closet drives you crazy?


Craft Room Inspiration April 15, 2010

Filed under: Craft Room,DIY,Home Decor,Organizing — trntm @ 1:58 pm
I have always gone back and forth with my craft room. It’s more than just changing my dream color scheme, which at the moment is pink, green, white and aqua-as the above office set. Let me see if I can explain.
I want my craft room to look like this:
and this
and this
I want it to be a comfortable functional place for me to indulge in my crafts, be it crocheting, painting or sewing. I want my supplies at my fingertips ready for that moment inspiration hits. I want it to be so organized that everything has a place, preferably a very pretty place. I love the freedom that it can be messy and I can close the door and be fine with the mess hidden behind it. I want it to be clean with a special spot for my crafting partner to curl up and lick himself before taking his customary cat nap.
However, the craft room also functions as a guest bedroom.  I want my guests to experience this
and this
As a guest bedroom, I want my guests to experience hotel like luxury and comfort.  They are free to come in, take off their shoes and feel instantly comfortable. It’s neat, clean and modern. No clutter to crowd their minds.
How can I combine both worlds?
I’ve thought of taking over the closet of the guest room and making that the crafting portion of the room and leaving the rest of the room as a functional guest room.
However, the words of my mother echo in my ear “Don’t decorate your house for guests, make your house for you.”
Then I think, heck, I deserve the entire room! We don’t have guests that often.
But when we do, since our friends and families are so far away (Puerto Rico, Alabama, Washington DC, etc) they tend to stay for a little while I want them to be comfortable and pampered.
Sigh. Any ideas?

Help! March 15, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home Decor,Kitchen,Organizing — trntm @ 6:13 am

I’m at a standstill as to what to do with this space. I want a menu-planning center. A place where I can comfortably make a menu for the week (or month) and have all my tools nearby. I would need recipes, and eventually room for a laptop, a calendar to write the meal on, coupons and store weekly ads. Right now everything is housed on the counter by the refrigerator. This means, no place to sit (unless I bring in some sort of stool, which I don’t have at the moment) and the space must be fairly compact since I still do prep work for meals on the counter. Ugh, I’ve rearranged this space several times to no avail.

Any suggestions?


From Green Beans to a Simple Chic Vase March 10, 2010

Filed under: Master Bedroom,Organizing — trntm @ 3:47 am

We’re in the middle of redoing our bedroom. Nothing really major, simply changing it from a sage green and brown monochromatic zen oasis into a glamorous vintage modern grey monochromatic sensual oasis. In the middle of another project for the bedroom, I had extra pieces of wrapping paper sitting on the floor-begging to be used. Since I hate to waste materials, including 4″ x 11″ silver paper scraps, I listened to the paper crying to be put to use. Plato, the cat, helped me decide by knocking over some cans that I had sitting on the steps waiting to be taken to the craft room for storage until they could find another use as well.

I took three different cans-ignoring the groans from the other cans not chosen-and set them on my table. I sprayed them with adhesive and attached the wrapping paper. The light makes the metallic paper look bent, but it’s not bent.

I then took some faux flowers that were used in our wedding and clipped the stems down until they were nestled nicely inside the vases.

The last step was placing the vases in their new home on the bedroom’s tea station. What do you think?

What have you repurposed lately?