Updated: Jul 13

Does your home have beautiful large blank walls that you keep staring at? It's time to get some inspiration and bring those walls to life! Decorating blank walls can be an easy and fun way to add your unique style and personality. Here are my favorite ways to decorate your blank canvas that I have applied in some of my own designs!

Focus on Large Scale Art

Adding large scale art or wall hanging is a great way to create a focal point on a blank wall or over furniture pieces! The idea is to catch the physical eye with a fun art piece while maintaining simplicity, especially if you have other accessories in the room or further down the wall. Focusing on a large painting or wall hanging gives a timeless and chic look, adding versatility and sophistication. If you're feeling artsy and would love to put your own touch on your home, you could even purchase a blank canvas and try a DIY art piece! Some of my favorite places to find larger wall art pieces are Etsy, HomeGoods, Target, Minted, West Elm and Lulu & Georgia. Below I have the Candice Luter Asymmetrical Macrame Wall hanging in natural.

Hang Accessories

Hanging Accessories is a great way to create storage, add functionality and style to any space! You can get multiple hooks, or one long hook rack, hang it near an entry to hang coats, bags, and hats, and you now have created some stunning wall decor! The key is to keep it simple with number of accessories and making sure it flows with the color palette of the room. This is an easy way to show personality and can be a less expensive way to display your favorites! I love searching Amazon and Etsy for some great hooks and hook racks! Below, I have this hook rack from Amazon and I painted it white.

Feature Gallery Wall

Adding a gallery wall is a classic way to doll up any wall. There are so many ways to do a gallery wall... in groups of 3, 4, 5, 6, or more if you have the space for it! For larger walls, adding larger gallery frames or mix and match of different sizes will help the wall appear larger and organized. You can put the frames directly on the wall or you can set them on a long shelf if you have furniture below. As a rule of thumb, try to keep the gallery wall the focal point while minimizing other accessories on the wall or in the room. For gallery wall frames, my go-to shopping places are Target, Ikea West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and the

Highlight With Sconces

Installing sconces are a great way to highlight other objects such as furniture, artwork, or can even stand alone! They add a nice touch by the default metallic affect and can make the room look classy and finished. Not to mention they add a beautiful ambiance in the afternoons and evenings! Sconces are a fun way to add character and they don't have to be expensive or hardwired either! There are plenty of plug-in options that can be more affordable and easier to install! A few of my favorite resources for sconces are Etsy, Cedar & Moss, West Elm, or Amazon! The one displayed below in my own home is discontinued but you can find similar ones at West Elm.

Paint or Board an Accent Wall

Painting or boarding an accent wall are a bold and simple way of adding statement to any wall. Whether it's a bold accent color, partial color block or adding shiplap, board & batten, wood slats or panels, your wall will get an automatic upgrade that will add character and style to any room! The accent wall will create a focal point that cannot be ignored and will accentuate any other features in the room. There are so many neat things you can do with paint! It doesn't have to all be one plain color, but you can paint shapes or any kind of design if you want to put your artistic touch! Some of my favorite wall accent ideas are painting an accent arch, or adding a white oak slatted wall! For my son's nursery, I have painted an arch over the crib using the Dunn Edwards' Blank Canvas.

Incorporate Large Mirrors

Incorporating large mirrors help bring more light into the space and instantly bring elegance. Whether it's a leaning mirror or a hanging one, mirrors will help reflect the light into the room and make it appear more spacious. Mirrors aren't just for bedrooms and bathrooms, but you can hang a large round mirror over a bench, mantle, sofa, console table, or on its own as wall art. You can't go wrong with a mirror... they're extremely versatile and show the bigger, the better! My favorite go-to spots for mirrors are HomeGoods, Target, Anthropologie, and West Elm! I have the 36" x 24" Over the Mantel Mirror from Target.

Add Fun Wallpaper

Wallpaper has always been in style in the design world but now bigger and better with way more options to choose from! With resources like Etsy and Pinterest for inspiration, wallpaper and wall decals are a playful way to add flare to any space! You may see wallpaper used in a bathroom, laundry room, nursery, or even a sophisticated dining room. If your room feels like it's missing some life and color and you love a bold and chic look, try adding some wallpaper! Whether it's peel 'n stick or the glue-on kind, wallpaper can help soften and romanticize the space while giving it that luxurious and moody vibe that brings those walls to life! My favorite sources for wallpaper are Etsy, Hovia, and Lulu & Georgia. I have personally used the Moroccan Wallpaper Mural by Sarah Sherman Samuel in our guest bath as shown below.

Utilize Shelves

If you are a collector and are looking for a way to display and consolidate some of your favorite treasures, shelves area great way to show off your collectibles! From plants to books, vases and figurines, shelves will add sophistication and purpose to your walls. The idea of using shelves is to beautifully display your style while also maintaining organization. They can be great higher up on the wall, in the middle, or on the lower end for a child's reach in playrooms. Shelves can be hung on the wall as floating or you can a standing wall shelf to create dimension, height, and display your creativity. I love to shop for shelves at Ikea, Target, Etsy, West Elm, and CB2. I have personally used the 48" Slim Low Profile Floating Wall Shelf White from Target.

Layer Textures

Adding texture to your walls can easily make your home feel cozy, cultured, and creative. If your room needs a little more texture, layering some woven wall baskets are a great way to add dimension and keep it neutral. This can be done in any room in the house and can be an inexpensive way to show your unique style and taste! Layering other textures such as mirrors and picture frames paired with other decorative objects work really well over a console table, piano, or mantle for a high end look. You can find many wall baskets, mirrors, and picture frames in stores like Etsy, Amazon, World Market, West Elm and even Home Goods and thrift stores. For juju hats, I love finding many color options particularly on Etsy.

While you probably already had some ideas on how you wanted to decorate your walls, hopefully you now have some other creative ideas to help you! Don't be afraid to mix and match some of these ideas like pairing a large mirror over a wallpapered wall, or adding some sconces on each side of your large painting. Or you can add some shelves to your painted accent wall to show your own personality and style. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be the perfect combination that reflects your personal charm!

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Updated: Jun 1

Being a mother is more than I could have ever imagined... the immense love, sacrifice, and hard work that is all apart of this beautiful life of caring for little ones. They somehow bring out the best parts of myself, and also the parts that need to grow immensely. They help grow my capacity, my creativity, and also my insanity at times with the level of messiness that comes with learning and exploring. Our little 1200 square-foot abode can quickly turn into a toy-tornado. And because I want our littles to explore freely, in a place where it's safe to make messes and learn responsibility, I am creatively finding ways how to create a safe place for them to learn and grow while keeping it manageable on a daily basis. Although there are many ways to tidy kids' spaces, here are some tips to help make life a little easier with little ones around...

Designate a play area.

Having a separate area where majority of their toys are that keeps the mess (mostly) contained and teaches them boundaries within space. This is why playrooms are a thing and really do work! Having a play area encourages them to play, be messy, while also giving them something to be in charge of to empower them and teach responsibility. The more kids play in their space, the less they will be playing in YOUR space. Yes, there will be plenty of times where they will move their toys from room to room, or go through your drawers, but in our home, we label everything as either a tool, a toy, or decor. Sometimes our 2-year-old Liam, will play with some 'tools', like a screwdriver or kitchen utensils, but we are teaching him to put tools and toys away, and not mess with decor (unless if he wants to smell a candle of course!). This way he knows where toys go, and where tools go, and he loves it!

Use containers and storage furniture.

You can use baskets, cubbies, or storage benches... anything and everything to sort and organize so that toys are off the floor. The more floor you see, the more peaceful you will be! Kids love containers too and are natural organizers! They love to transfer toys from one container to another if you give them the opportunity! Sometimes you will see all the containers emptied out with all the toys on the floor, but having some kind of storage gives everything a place, making it easier to put away the toys, and very satisfying I should say! Plus it makes it easier for not only you to put toys away, but kids can learn early too!

Organize by kind.

Just like you would organize your pantry by grouping condiments, snacks, or party supplies, grouping toys by kind, size, or color is very useful and practical. In our home, we have one basket for anything with wheels, a basket for balls, stuffed animals, and a basket for all the colorful, musical audio toys. I am a neutrals kind of girl, and sometimes I'd prefer all kids toys to be wood and neutral, but they also need color and music for their development! Organizing toys by kind keeps the play areas clean and help the little ones in knowing what goes where, it also lets me know when I have too much of one kind, and encourages me to purge the excess toys that aren't played with as much.

Rotate Toys.

Call this the Montessori way, but rotating toys helps keep the play areas tidy and also keeps things interesting for the littles! We have a secret storage under our sofa cushion, so

it definitely helps create a bit of magic for when new toys suddenly appear, also giving other toys a break for a while. I typically rotate toys every couple weeks, and it keeps my toddler occupied and always learning something new as he grows and develops. At our house, we have a cubby shelf where I'll keep the top shelves for displaying a the main toys each in their own cubby, so that they are in plain site to encourage play. Then I have baskets in the lower cubbies, for the smaller, grouped toys. I have found that if I keep all the toys in baskets, then my toddler will dump out all the toys, becoming overwhelmed by all the options. But if I keep 2-3 toys out on the top shelf that I want him to play with, he will more than likely play with those toys and less toys become dumped onto the floor.

Create Stations.

I talked about having storage furniture like cubbies and storage benches, but I have found that creating tiny stations within the playroom works really well. Some station ideas include having a quiet reading corner with a bean bag, or having a mini table and chairs to color or do crafts. Another idea is having a play kitchen, or a sensory table set up. This may sound like a classroom, but the good thing is you only need 2-3 stations to keep their little minds engaged. Liam is currently into everything with wheels, so his bike and shopping cart move around the most, but he LOVES his play mats, cubby storage, and anything that is miniature size. It's the stations that we encourage him to visit first thing in the morning to pursue creativity rather than television.

Utilize wall space.

You may be thinking, how can wall space be used for tidying? Well utilizing wall space is one of my favorite secrets to tidying! There's so many ways to organize toys and using shelves, wall caddies, or hooks are fun for displaying. One of my favorite wall organizers from Gathre, called the Wall Tidy is beautiful and functional. All of Gathre's vegan leather goods are great for the whole family and they have everything from educational play mats and posters to floor pillows and storage bins! When it comes to storage and organization, they have thought of everything, especially when it comes to walls! I would definitely check them out when needing anything for kids and organization!

In the end, tidying up a kids' play area doesn't have to be as daunting as it may seem. In fact, it is my desire that every family loves their home+life by embracing the beautiful mess in the process of making home suitable for what kids need in their critical stages of learning. I believe that tidying can be fun at any age and why not start with the messiest places in the home?! Which kid's tidy-tactic are you needing a little more in your life?

This month I have been tackling the topic of organization, something I personally love. When both my home and my life are organized, it helps me focus on my family and other priorities in my life. It also frees up my time and capacity to be more and do more. Plus, it's a fun and easy way to release unnecessary stress, whether it's organizing my closet, or my whole week! Everyone has a different level of preference when it comes to organizing, but in the end, it's whatever works for you! The main goal is to have everything placed in an easy-to-find manner, where there isn't much excess other than what is needed, bringing focus and intentionality. Organizing doesn't have to be overwhelming, but can be attainable and fun by taking one area at a time. Let's look at 20 ways to get organized in both your home and your life!

Home Organizing Tips

1. Use storage bins

Storage bins are the best for designating products by category in your home. You can have storage bins for your kids’ toys, seasonal items, or even pantry items and so much more! To see some storage product ideas for your home, click here.

2. Label everything

My goal is to one day own a label maker! You can label your pantry spices and containers, your storage bins, or just about anything! Plus, everyone living with you will thank you by making their lives easier once they know what everything is thanks to the labeling.

3. Clean as you go

Keeping your daily spaces tidy can reduce your regular cleanup! This also helps keep me mindful of the spaces around me and helps me stay focused! It also comes in handy when needing to find something... if I clean up and put things back where I found them, I will spend less time looking around for it!

4. Ask for help

You don't need to carry the weight all on your own! Asking other household members to help clean and keep organized can be fun teamwork and many hands make lighter work! Have little ones? Consistently invite them into a fun cleanup time, even if they don't join right away, they may surprise you down the road!

5. Create Stations

Set up purposeful stations around the house & relocate anything that doesn’t belong. For example, you can have a coffee station, a self-care station, a drop-off zone for your keys, phone and wallet, etc.

7. Have a cleaning schedule

In addition to cleaning as you go, having a cleaning schedule is helpful for the main house chores that need reoccurring attention. Designating certain days to different tasks and different cleaning zones can help all areas of the house get cleaned and save you time.

8. Organize your closet

For a place we go to every single day, this is a space that is easy to just close the door and ignore, but every time I reorganize my clothes and make it look neat and tidy again, I feel SO much better. Plus, my neatly folded clothes are easier to see, making it more enjoyable to choose my outfit for the day.

9. Declutter your medicine cabinet

The medicine cabinet is a place I often forget about, but is so important to tackle. About every few months, a light refresh and purging of old medicine is a must. Now is the perfect time to take note of any needed bandaids or first aid supplies.

10. Keep your work areas tidy

Many people like us are working from home these days, and sometimes the work space can get a little out of control from time to time. Keeping the workspace decluttered and organized will be great for concentration and focus while working.

Life Organizing Tips

1. Keep a planner

Planners are a must when wanting to organize your schedule, tasks, and appointments. It's also helpful so that you can look ahead and be ready for what's next, which can save preparation time and any unnecessary stress. I like to plan out my days so that I can also see which areas I'm spending most of my time to see if I scheduled any overlaps by mistake.

2. Set reminders on your phone

Setting reminders help me stay on top of things and it's the smarter way to organize my time. Now-a-days we can just speak to Siri to set a reminder and it's done! Need to pay a bill? Set a reminder. Need to set up an appointment? Set a reminder! Anything and everything, set a reminder! When there's a lot going on, give your brain a break and set a reminder!

3. Declutter your phone

If we work at decluttering our phone little by little, day by day, we can narrow our pictures by thousands, and free up storage space by eliminating any unused apps. Increase your phone speed and your productivity, especially if you use it for work!

4. Schedule your health & beauty appointments in advance

Another easy way to organize your life is to schedule your most needed treatments in advance! Whip out that planner and look to see when you can go to the dentist, the chiropractor, or the hair salon to stay on top of your health and self-care!

5. Clean out your purse & wallet

The purse is a collector of anything and everything (especially with having kids). Snacks, old receipts, loose change, and who knows what else is waiting at the bottomless pit to be discovered by your two-year old. Throw your chapstick, pens, and feminine products in a little makeup bag and scramble no more!

6. Create a weekly menu

One fun way to organize is knowing what to cook for the week. Your planner can also come in handy for planning ahead on what to cook, and also what groceries you will need. Not only will it make cooking easier, but your family will look forward to knowing what's there to eat for lunches and dinners.

7. Keep an emergency bag in your car

It's always good to be prepared for the unexpected when it comes to cars! This is something you hope to never have to use but can end up being a life saver when you're in a pickle. Keeping an emergency bag in your car is a great way to stay on top of it and maintain an organized life so that any detour is somewhat manageable. If you aren't sure what you might need, check out these car emergency kits on Amazon!

8. Clean out your inbox

Whether you open your inbox once a day or once a week, clicking the Unsubscribe button or deleting old shipping notifications and newsletters can free up your space so that you can have in view the more important emails you need to get back to. I will even go through my flagged emails and unflag any previously taken care of items.

You can even use Unroll.Me to quickly delete any unwanted subscriptions, and it's free!

9. Create a daily to-do list

Whether it's in your planner or on your phone Notes, having a daily to-do list is the simplest and easiest way to organize your life. You can even set it to check boxes and feel accomplished after you see all you've done at the end of the day!

10. Track your finances

Last but definitely not least, tracking your finances has a long term benefit of staying on top of things now. It creates a motivation to save money and can show you where you can possibly cut back on spending. Whether it's a financial planner or a spreadsheet, track your finances to help with your long term financial goals.

Organizing your home and your life can be fun and feel accomplishing! The goal is to incorporate a couple of these habits and watch them become apart of your home+life! Which habit are you going to incorporate this week?! Comment below to let us know which ones stand out to you!



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