Posted by Andie on February 21, 2018
Sometimes when you have a big, blank wall that you're feeling sick of the logical thing to do is act impulsively! You call your husband, have him stop on the way home from work at the hardware store for brackets and wood, and then whip up some floating shelves the minute he gets home to spice the room up! I've realized I work best when I don't think things through too much:) What are the rules of thumb when it comes to shelf hanging, you might ask? I had to learn this lesson the hard way (which meant lots of holes in the wall!) There are two magical measurements you need to remember that will help ensure all of your shelf hanging expeditions are successful....
1. Don't hang anything below 54" from the ground.
2. Space the shelves 12-15" apart (from bottom of shelf to bottom of the next shelf).
That's all she wrote. You're welcome!
Posted by Alyssa on February 20, 2018
Once you know how to organize your closet quickly and efficiently, you’ll be able to keep your things in order! I don’t know about you, but there is something so discouraging about digging through a pile of shoes to find a belt or dumping out an entire drawer to find a pair of matching socks. Below we’ve listed a couple of easy ways to get your closet clean and organized.
How to Organize Your Closet
via Who What Wear
- First thing’s first. DECLUTTER. You’ve got to get rid of everything and anything you don’t wear, use, or need. If it doesn’t fit or is something you simply don’t wear, donate it. If it is torn or stained, toss it. You’ll be shocked how much easier it is to keep things in order when you don’t have things you don’t need spilling out.
- Once you’ve cleared out your space and have minimized your closet’s contents, decide where you want everything to go. Things you use the most should be at eye level, things you somewhat use should be on the floor, and your least used items should be stored on the shelf above.
- Use boxes, bins, or baskets to store smaller items and keep them separate from everything else. Each item of clothing should have its own hanger or shelf to live on and if you can fit a shoe rack in, do it! Seriously, the more consistent you are in keeping things where they belong, the easier it will be to keep your closet organized.
- One of the most important things in keeping your closet organized long term is making sure each thing you use is easy to put away. If you have to take the lid off a box every time you want a pair of socks, you’ll probably end up just tossing them into the bottom of your closet. Keep things simple to keep it organized.
So there you go! Simple enough, but why is it always so tricky to keep up? I’ve started cleaning out and organizing my closet every couple of months and it’s helped keep things under control. Have you found any tricks or tips that help you keep your closet organized?
Posted by Alyssa on February 19, 2018
Sectionals are some of the most comfortable, cozy living room seating options. The trouble with sectionals can be getting the layout of your room to work. Unlike a sofa and a loveseat, sectionals are one large piece of furniture and can feel bulky and oversized if positioned incorrectly. However, with the right size of sectional (make sure you measure before you buy!) and the right layout, your living room will be the most comfortable place in the house! Check out some living room with sectional ideas below for layout and decoration inspiration.
Living Room with Sectional Ideas
via Nanette Wong
via Rustic & Woven
RC Willey has so many sectional options, you'll be sure to find something that you'll love! Check them out here.
How have you incorporated a sectional in your living room?
Posted by Andie on February 18, 2018
RC Willey brick and mortar stores are located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California---and since I live on the east coast it's not very often that I get to visit any of them! This past month I was in California on personal business, and decided to visit the new Sacramento Delta Shores store. The store had been open for a total of two hours (it was literally opening day!), but I was blown away by how amazing and put together everything looked! The whole time I walked around I found myself wishing outloud that I had an RC Willey in Virginia I could pop into frequently, and spend all of my money at, no doubt! So for all of you people that live in close proximity to one of our stores- go walk around! I found lots and lots of treasures. Here are a few products that I loved..... (I couldn't find links for all of them, but linked the ones that I did find!)
Check out all of these awesome accessories! Great pots, baskets, and pillows, to boot!
This black metal bed paired with this gorgeous bench is everything!
I love the mixture wood, leather and big upholstered pillows on this Magnolia Home Black Leather Sofa!
Pillows, pillows, pillows for days!! And they were super cute I might add.
This cream linen chair is not in the cards for me right now (hello, three little children with sticky hands!), but it could be for you!
Such a sweet twin bed- would work for a boy or a girl!
Doesn't this love seat look so chic? Loving the feminine round edges.
Again, I think I'm diggin' black beds right now, and this canopy bed is so so good.
Isn't this Floral Garden Wing Back Chair happy? I literally don't think you could stay in a bad mood sitting in that baby!
While I wouldn't really consider the ornate detail on this Traditional Platinum Storage Floor Mirror my typical design style, this piece blew me away! It looks like a free standing mirror from the outside, but when you open the door, you get this........
HELLO!!!! I don't think the photo does the scale justice- this Traditional Platinum Storage Floor Mirror could hold more jewelry than one jewelry loving woman would ever even know what to do with!!
This is such a great Brown Wing Back Accent Chair.
I'm not entirely sure what the inside looked like, but I'm loving this red dresser of sorts.
Isn't this the cutest accessory? I would love that on my playroom wall holding all of our little boy tools. Or cars. Or dinosaurs.
Loving this simple Mocha Brown Writing Desk.
While I like the chair, I LOVE the pillow! The other side says, "99% of the things you worry about never happen". Amen.
Aren't these skulls quirky and fun? I think they are great year-round!
Those pillows!!! Need I say more??
Now don't walk, RUN to your nearest RC Willey store location to find your own gems!!
Posted by Alyssa on February 17, 2018
There are so many ways to make your bedroom a pretty, relaxing, and comforting place to be. With a few touches here and there you’ll be able to make your bedroom into the retreat you’ve always wanted it to be! At RC Willey we have all the furniture and accessories you need to make your bedroom exactly what you want it to be. Check out some ideas for pretty bedrooms below for inspiration!
via Ella Claire
SHOP THE LOOK!
SHOP THE LOOK!
SHOP THE LOOK!
via Glitter Inc.
SHOP THE LOOK!
Check out everything RC Willey has to offer and let me know what you would want to put in your bedroom!
Posted by Andie on February 16, 2018
I was listening to a podcast by Bold New Mom the other day, and the concept of having a healthy relationship with yourself came up. She talked about the importance of really getting to know, accepting and then embracing every part of yourself. The good things, along with the things you'd like to work on changing. As I was thinking about it later on, it hit me that this same line of thought applies when it comes to building/remodeling/designing/decorating a home. In order to create your personal ideal home, you HAVE to know yourself. Your ideal home is probably going to be different from my ideal home, and that is how it's supposed to be!
Many of us have a tendency to look to the experts when we have any type of interior design question. But the truth is, just because some fancy shmancy designer thinks some new home trend is awesome doesn't mean it's going to work for us! Yes, this might sound groundbreaking, but YOU ARE THE PERSON WHO'S OPINION MATTERS VERY MOST! Therefore, I have found that the very best way to solve design dilemmas and to make committed decisions is to simply ask yourself questions!
Let's practice together. Here are a handful questions to ask yourself if you have a hard time knowing what to invest in when it comes to design...
Question: Do I like to take baths?
If YES, you definitely will want to plan in a big soaking tub in the master bathroom.
If NO, skip a big soaking tub in the master bathroom, save your precious pennies and opt for a nice shower instead. Or, build a large bathroom linen closet where a tub would have sat!
Question: Do I really like to entertain lots of people?
If YES, you are going to want a large open concept with a big great room so that hosting lots of people is never an issue.
If NO, you won't necessarily need an open concept home. A big open room shouldn't be a deal breaker for you!
Question: Do I really like to cook? Or do I pretend to like to cook?
If YES, double ovens and a huge kitchen are going to be top priority!
If NO, you can focus your efforts on other rooms in the home. A smaller kitchen will suite your needs perfectly.
Question: Do I have a lot of clothes? And do I really love them all?
If YES, a large closet should be at the top of your list!
If NO, closet size probably shouldn't be a big factor. A regular, or even small(ish) closet will likely do just fine.
Question: Do I like cooking/eating/entertaining outside?
If YES, you definitely want a home that has a nice, large, sprawling patio with plenty of room to throw a party.
If NO, patio size and function probably shouldn't be one of your main concerns. Little is nice.
Question: Do I anticipate growing old in the home I'm currently living in or looking to buy?
If YES, you might want to really consider finding a home with a master bedroom and bath on the main floor (or renovating the home you're already in) so that stairs aren't a concern later on in life.
If NO, the sky is the limit. Don't limit yourself by looking for one type of home! It probably doesn't matter whether the master bedroom is on the main level or upstairs.
Keep asking those questions!! Decisions come so much easier this way.
Posted by Alyssa on February 14, 2018
When looking through furniture options for your living room, it may be hard to tell the difference between a sofa and a loveseat - especially if you’re looking online. Often loveseats and sofas will come in the same style as a pair to fit into your living room. You don’t always have to purchase them like this, however. Mix and match your choices to fit your personal style, but don’t get confused about whether you want to purchase a sofa or a loveseat ever again!
Loveseat vs Sofa
via Decor Pad
The biggest difference between a loveseat and a sofa is the size. Sofas are larger and come in a lot of different lengths, although the traditional three-cushion seat is one of the more common styles. Loveseats, on the other hand, are much smaller and usually only have room for two adults to sit.
via A Beautiful Mess
The other main difference between the two is the purpose for the seat. Sofas are larger, and therefore are more conducive to lounging and hanging out. You can stretch out on a sofa or fit multiple people to sit and chat or watch a movie. Like we said before, loveseats are smaller and are usually used as an accent piece to complete a room. They’re also useful for small spaces where a larger sofa wouldn’t fit.
Posted by Alyssa on February 13, 2018
What better way of treating yourself and the people you love than making homemade, gooey, chocolate desserts? Honestly, there aren’t a lot of things that would make me happier than someone presenting me with a piece of chocolatey goodness. I love chocolate and chocolate based desserts, so I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite recipes for chocolate desserts, as well as some I’d like to try someday, below!
Chocolate Dessert Recipes
First and foremost, my absolute favorite chocolate recipe to make is COCA-COLA CAKE from Jestine's Kitchen. Jestine's Kitchen is a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina and the first time I tasted this cake I just about died and went to heaven. Seriously. If you could declare love to a piece of cake, this would be the one. In fact, I ended up sneaking over and getting a second piece the next day. Make this recipe. Love it. You're welcome.
A sheet cake is always delicious, and this specific sheet cake lives up to its name - THE BEST CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE. EVER. I have never made this cake without ending up eating about half of it by myself. It's just a classic, easy to whip up and universally loved chocolate sheet cake.
The thing I love about these BROWNIE MARSHMALLOW COOKIES is that they take a twist on a brownie, which I love, and combine it with a cookie, which I may love even more. The marshmallow adds some great flavor and the chocolate frosting is completely delicious. I also love that these are individual cookies because they're even easier to share!
via Pinch of Yum
I almost hate to admit this, but I probably made this DEEP DISH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE WITH CARAMEL AND SEA SALT every weekend while I was in college. What I would give to have that metabolism again. Oh well. This is seriously delicious. My favorite thing to do is to pull it straight out of the oven, dump a scoop of ice cream on top, and dig in with your friends. It's always a hit.
Some of the chocolate recipes that are on my list to make is this chocolate cake, this chocolate mayonnaise cake, and this homemade hot chocolate. I haven't tried them yet, but man those pictures make my mouth water.
Whatever chocolate desserts you decide to make, RC Willey has all the small kitchen appliances you will need to create the perfect desserts! What are your favorite chocolate recipes?
Posted by Andie on February 11, 2018
Valentine's day is often thought of as being the day we simply celebrate romantic love, but I think it's so much more than that! It's a time to celebrate ALL of the people that you love, and the many different relationships that help to enrich your life! So go on a romantic date with your partner, have a fun v-day celebration with your children, and don't forget to plan a Galentine's lunch with your best girlfriends!
Never planned a Galentine's party before? Here are 6 things you'll need to throw the perfect Galentine's Party...
1. Your Best Gal Pals
Most importantly, you need your best gal pals! Good friends are sometimes hard to come by, so look around and really celebrate the ones that you have. Whether you send out nice invitations, evites, or a quick text, make sure that you have a time and place when all of your friends can come together!
2. A Well Dressed Table
This isn't necessarily a requirement, but most women love a pretty table, so why not? Having place settings out will make your get together feel special and different from a casual hang out.
3. Fresh Flowers + Love Day Decor
It's a Valentine's party, so why not celebrate with pink, red, white, and hearts?! Whether you go all out and make a heart balloon backdrop, or simply have fresh flowers on the table, you can't go wrong. I know roses are the traditional flower of V-day, but I prefer a vase of pink tulips over red roses any day of the week!
4. Delicious Eats
What's a good party without good food?! Now, before you start thinking you need to hire a chef to come whip up an eight course meal for you, STOP RIGHT THERE. Don't kill yourself! Keep it simple so that you can spend your evening connecting with friends, not worrying about the meal and if everything is cooked to perfection. Opt to serve yummy fingerfoods like fruit, little tea sandwiches, and cupcakes instead! No stress, and no forks needed! Bonus points for anything shaped in a heart!
5. A Pink Drink
Duh, you've got to serve a pink drink! If you're doing breakfast or brunch, strawberry milk might hit the spot. Any other time of day, pink lemonade is a sure fire win!
6. Party Favors
You don't need to come up with anything elaborate or expensive, but I always think it's such a thoughtful gesture when the host puts together a little party favor for guests to take home. Something like a pack of thank-you cards, pink or red nailpolish, your favorite lip gloss, or a sweet treat will be sure to impress your guests!
Now go celebrate with your gals!
Posted by Alyssa on February 9, 2018
Coming up with ideas for Valentine’s Day can be tricky. You don’t want to be cliche, spend too much money, or end up waiting forever in crowds of people. Instead, think of doing something with just your partner or family. Think outside the box and have a great day celebrating the ones you love!
Valentine's Day Ideas
via How Does She?
Some fun Valentine’s Day activities that would work for two or for an entire family:
- Fill the room with balloons and make a fancy breakfast (complete with heart-shaped pancakes!)
- Stay in, turn on some music, and make a new recipe together
- Give the gift of a cooking class and learn something together
- Pick a neighborhood you’ve never walked through and spend the afternoon walking through it
- Pack a picnic and take a hike
- Eat appetizers at one restaurant, your main meal in a different one, and move on to the next restaurant to finish up with dessert
- Choose your favorite restaurant, bring the takeout home, and rent a movie
- Go out for ice cream and taste as many flavors as possible
- Turn on your favorite music, sit at a table together, and write your partner a letter telling them how much you love them
- Heart attack each member of your family
- Have a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt
- Build a fort together and watch your favorite movie together
What are some of your best Valentine’s Day ideas?