Décor bohème: Simple Ideas for stylish living - Laundry Room Sneak Peek

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Lately the STYLE category of Oui We is becoming as much about the bohemian style we're applying to our home, as it is wardrobe and personal style. It's been a total treat to be in our house, and to take the time to really design a space that feels so us. I mentioned in the progress report post that we'd be having the house photographed, and that deadline is creeping up. And, real talk: like just about every other woman I know that moves into a new home (and plenty of guys too) I've been a bit pinterest board crazy... crazy to the point of having one of my brilliant interns specifically calling out that we needed to add a new category over there: "Décor Bohème" of all the things that I was saving. 

Small Laundry Redo LED Sign

With that said, as I spend hours upon hours scrolling those boards gaining inspiration to finish up each room it's also worth mentioning that I'm most definitely not your typical DIY gal - I'm up for an occasional project, however, I'm as up for hiring the right help when it's necessary.

Let's be honest though, there's only so many hours in the day, aaaand on the flip, there's only so many dollars in the budget. So as much as I'd like to hire out everything when I partnered up with Purex® Crystals to share an update on our laundry room design, I decided this one was all on me.

As I started preparing to organize our laundry room, I came across 3 questions:

1. Is the space so small it will only accommodate laundry and associated supplies?

2. Is there enough storage to include cleaning and utility items as well as laundry?

3. Does the room also serve as a mudroom?

Our laundry room can barely even be called that, it truly is a mudroom leading out to our backyard - it's the space for all of our gardening and outdoor tools and equipment, our cleaning supplies, and where extra paint cans and renovation supplies live (so yes to #2 and #3 above). Right now it's also home to the piles of boxes from packages Ben and I get - those boxes seem to hibernate there until we finally break them down and remove them. If I do this right it should be where our mail, pocket change and all those little things that can so easily pile up get collected and sorted through in an organized fashion. 

Also, since Ben and I both travel so much, when we return home, there's literally that pile of packages (before they're opened), our Sunday paper and our mail all on the dining room table. That kinda makes me crazy. I'd rather have a place in the laundry room where things can live until their dealt with. Another thing that makes me crazy? All the laundry supplies that were piling up in every little corner of our laundry / mudroom room.

I probably should have taken a before picture of this little nook, but in reality it was freaking awful, and I was like nope, no one will ever be allowed to see this. 

So, in an effort to reduce my insanity (and because, hey Purex called and was like - let's pretty this place up basically) 💁🏼I spent a few hours the other day getting this room in shape.

Here's what I did, and some budget notes too.


1. Clean, Declutter and Actually Get Through the Laundry

It seems obvious, I know. But the reality is in our laundry room we had several 1/2 used bottles of detergents, lots of samples stashed in multiple drawers and then a basket of items that required special laundering that I just hadn't dealt with. I strung a little twine in the window and added clothes pins so those little unmentionables that I never seem to deal with could be quickly hand washed and hung to dry. Before doing anything else I washed everything so we didn't have a back log. 

Clothesline Laundry Room

2. Create Simple Homes for All of the Supplies

Laundry Room Organization

I poured all the remaining detergents into a few glass mason jars. I also gathered up mending supplies, and all the pocket change that was kind of lying all around and gave those things a jar too. We already had a ton of jars from a coffee shop that I go to that sells their ice coffee that way, so, so far, budget impact: net zero.

Next up, I took a drive to the recycling center, got rid of all those plastic bottles, and the many empty cardboard shipping boxes and just getting rid of all of that stuff made a big difference.

On my drive to the recycling center I decided to make a pit stop at my local bargain center. I picked up a shelf that I could easily install (we had none at all in this room), a few wire baskets and the little LED "OK" sign that I found in a clearance bin.

Airy Laundry Room

I hung the shelf (cost $12), the sign (cost $16) and put the samples and the remaining things that didn't have a home in one of the wire baskets, I brought a plant from our porch in for a touch of green and this little section was feeling good. I love the color of the Purex Crystals (I picked up mine at Kroger by the way and there's more detail on the product at the end of this post) - I think they look so pretty in the jars (no more plastic bottle eye sores)!

Plus when I did that remaining laundry I was pretty blown away by how fresh it all smelled.

I snipped a little corner of the label from each detergent and taped it to the back of each jar so I'd know what product was in each jar. I tied a little decorative bead I'd received on a gift box around the jars to dress them up a bit and voila, we're looking pretty fancy huh?!

Laundry Reno DIY
Laundry Crystals DIY

3. Making the Mudroom Tidy

So if you're facing the laundry cove (maybe that's what we should call it) directly behind is the area that was collecting, well everything. This is the true mudroom space. To tidy things up just a bit more I hung a clip board and a simple pin board on the wall. Wedding announcements, bills that need to be paid or just little keepsakes can go here. I have some iron patches that I need to get to so I hung those up too. 

I added a few more wire baskets (these were $2 / each) to toss in the things that get used all the time, and then directly out of view I added a few simple hooks for tools and cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, etc). 

Laundry Room Organization

That's pretty much it you guys. That's the sneak peek, and I know it may seem small but for us this room feels so much better. Even our little cat Chicken was thrilled that the mudroom bench was hers again. She climbed immediately into the window to bird watch, and I swear she esp'd me a "good job lady." 😺

Kitty in the Window

Want to learn more about Purex Crystals? 

A great scent at an awesome price they provide 12 Weeks of Freshness. I choose the following aromas, one from the classic collection and one from the NEW Botanicals, with no dyes. 

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

Purex Crystals, available at Kroger

  • Fresh Spring Waters: Freshen your wardrobe with the shimmering light of Fresh Spring Waters to brighten your everyday.
  • Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla: Bring the finishing touch on your laundry with a blend of Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla. The natral mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness.

I can't wait to share more of what's happening in our home! As always thanks for following along!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

A Noteworthy Housewarming Party Checklist

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I shared a progress report on our new home in Nashville a few months back. As much as we travel it's always so incredible to be able to come home to a place that feels fully, well, us. In that post I shared what we'd done so far, what we still had remaining and ways you could incorporate similar ideas. 

Since then we've decided it's time to truly start sharing our space with friends. It will be a year in August since we bought this house, and it's my intention to finally have a house warming party before that year anniversary. I've started working on the plans. Music is such a big part of our lives so we're considering a music theme of course 💁🏼 maybe come dressed as your favorite musician or something like that... themes are always so much fun right (and it's a good excuse to wear a Grand Ol' Opry style get up or go full rockstar right!?).

Outdoor picnic with Notable Wine
For our party we've partnered with Notable Wines, you can learn all about the brand at the close of this post, btw! I was thrilled to partner with Notable, I'm a wine lover, and it's a brand that's refined, expressive and accessible too - perfect for a musician x boho style girl's house warming. 😊

As someone who loves to create checklists, as we plan our event I thought I'd share with you guys the step by step for creating your dream house warming party, and honestly, this list applies to any party you might be having in your home! So here we go:

1. The Plan

Determine what type of party you're going to have, and communicate the details in the invite. Is it a day party? A wine and cheese night? Are you having a sit down dinner in which the guests should all arrive at a specific time. The size and scope of the event will determine how far in advance you need to start planning and likely, your level of stress will depend on that too. We'll be having an afternoon party that will spill from the indoors to out. We've got a big yard at our house and we want to take advantage of that.

2. The Invites

Here's your opportunity to really specify what's happening. I went to a party this week in which the invite was sent via text message, it was a funny little meme sort of thing. The invite made it clear that the event would be casual and maybe get a little wild even. I loved it.

If you're having a sit down dinner perhaps, a formal invite is likely the route, and there are plenty of online services in which you can create a custom mailable invite that feels formal too. For our party we're intending on the event to be drop by - to have the party flow along throughout the afternoon and we will be keeping it casual. Our house isn't very large, so we don't want to cram everyone in all at once. We'll reserve our sit down dinner nights for smaller groups. 

3. Prep Your Space

Stock up on things you could possibly run out of. Wine (obviously), ice, toilet paper, napkins, and when you think you've got plenty, maybe buy a little bit extra. Other things to consider, if it's raining, where will you host the guests, and what will you need if that's the case? If it's summer, what's the bug situation? Perhaps get a few extra citronella candles and bug spray if you'll have your guests outdoors. 

Amelia's Flower Truck Nashville
Hanging Bohemian Chair
notable wines party

At our house we'll definitely be bringing the outdoors in, and vice versa. For our party I'll be making a stop at my favorite flower truck and the garden center to fill every corner with beautiful blooms and succulents. 

4. Create Seating Arrangements

Bohemian Home Ideas

If you're having a dinner party be sure to have a few extra chairs in case extra guests arrive (who knew your bf's bestie was bringing his new girl?! Yep, I've definitely had that happen). If you're having a more casual event, little seating vignettes will make it comfortable for people to settle in to conversation wherever they are throughout your house. 

Bohemian Home Ideas

5. Service Strategy

No matter which type of party you're having you'll likely serve food and drink in courses, or maybe you'll give your guests the option of self serving. If there's a specific area of your house you'd like to show off that's where you want the beverage cart, for example. If you're going to have a seated meal, perhaps appetizers are served on your porch to show off the view. Think about where you'd like the guests to congregate and set up there.

Musician's Living Room

6. Set the Mood with Music

I'm obviously a music lover, and as I mentioned for our party there will be a music theme, however no matter the theme be sure to have a playlist! We love vinyl records, and they're a ton of fun, however, someone will need to be in charge of flipping the records if you intend to go that route. You might have a friend that likes that job and if so, go for it. I always like to have a back up playlist for a variety of moods just in case. 

7. Give the Grand Tour

For your housewarming, or even if it's just the first time guests have been over, give them a look around when they arrive. Like I said, our house is small, however, rather than guests feeling as if they need to peak around and sleuth out the bathroom, give a little tour and perhaps show off what you've done to the place already. In our case, we still have renovations to complete, so on our tours I'll share the big vision too... nothing wrong with sharing what's to come!

8. Document The Details

Obviously everyone loves a good instagram moment so go ahead and set those up, and then perhaps place a few disposable cameras around for guests to snap photos too. It's funny how taking photos can get people in a festive mood, and it'll create memories. At our house we have a little bowl where we stash our photos, and looking back through them always makes me smile.
Instax Photos

9. Share Your Gratitude

It goes without saying, if someone brings a gift, be sure to send a note! An extra little touch: scan some of the photos from the event and send those in your thank you card. 

So there we have it! That's my checklist! If you're interested in learning a bit more about Notable read on! Big thank you to the brand for sharing these beautiful Chardonnays with me!


Notable is the 1st and only wine that highlights the flavor profiles on the front of the bottle, helping make the wine aisle a less confusing place.

What I loved about Notable Chardonnay is the label detail. Wines vary in style, region and taste of course, the Notable label describes the flavor notes elegantly, so you know what you're getting. I brought a bottle to a friend's party the other night, and she commented that she loves a crisp & fruity white, and specifically citrus flavors, so voila! She immediately knew she'd like this one - the label specified that exactly! When Ben and I tried the other tasting profile, he preferred the oaky & buttery profile of the California Chardonnay. We paired it with a vegetable pasta dish and it was divinely perfect.  


I can't wait to finally put this list in action, I'll let you all know how the party goes, and of course, follow along on instagram

Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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Work in Progress: Creating Our Bohemian Abode on A Budget

Hi wanderful friends! 

As most of you know Ben and I moved into our new house in Nashville at the end of 2016. The story of finding this little home was kind of wild. Ben was out on tour, I was in New Orleans finishing writing my book that's coming this fall and between all of that we each had a limited window of time to actually be in Nashville to find our new home. 

Our realtor was a dream. Juliana, referred to us by a musician friend of Bens, totally understood our lives. She went above and beyond, doing house tours with us over FaceTime, riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle while filming the whole neighborhood to show us the area, and making sure we'd find a place with enough space for Ben to have a music studio, me to have a quiet writing space, plus a yard for a garden and a porch for dining al fresco.

We wanted a place that was a bit remote, so we could feel that we were checking out a bit when we're home. Not an easy feat, however, she pulled it off.

So many of you have sent sweet emails as well as notes through instagram (I've shared quite a bit of our space on my stories) - and quite a few of you have asked for a little tour of our home. Honestly, I'm not intending to share that until later this summer - we're having the house photographed then, and we have SO much to do to truly feel like it's finished (is it ever really though?!). 

HOWEVER! I decided this week that I'd go ahead and share what we've done so far! This is a serious work in progress. 

Full disclosure (that means no judging me!): all of these photos were snapped on my iPhone, and like I said, we still have so much to do! 

I'm sharing 3 rooms here. Our bathroom is about to undergo a serious renovation and the music room is Ben's man cave (i.e. it's literally covered in music gear and you don't want to see it yet I promise)!

I've got notes about ways to create each space on a budget, what we've done so far and what's remaining. I've also included links to items that will help you create a similar vibe for each room if you're interested (and for the most part I've sourced things that are truly budget friendly)! 

Room 1: The Gathering Room

In a normal setting this would be the dining room. The reality for us is that there's just two of us and when we have friends over for meals it's more about throwing cushions on the floor, gathering around the farm table, with lots of music playing from either the record player or the upright piano and guitars.

What we've done: Ben had so many music posters from his tours, and I've got trinkets from travels so this room felt like the perfect place to combine our passions. On the left side of the room is an area for hanging out, including Ben's upright piano with memorabilia from shows and travels. 

On the right side is our dining area. We found a farm table at a local antique mall and loaded up the shelf on the right with the cameras we both collect. 

What we need to do: We still need to complete this space with window treatments and we're committed to updating further with a comfy and chic sofa that friends can truly all pile in on. We're adding plants to every room on the regular too, it's a cheap way to warm a space up and is good for you too!

new orleans art.jpg

Of course, we had to include little touches of New Orleans throughout our home. In the hallway leading into the kitchen I've framed a few of my photos and included this map of New Orleans. The print is on museum-quality matte paper, and the company has so many location options!

I personally have a serious map obsession, I've got vintage maps that will be going in our living room and old atlases piled there too. 

The designers at Modern Map Art clearly have that same obsession. 

Budget tip: I still need to have this print framed (I have soooooo much framing to do) however, in the meantime I've used these little skeleton binder clips to hang mine. I've done that in several rooms where I've got art that hasn't yet been framed. 

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Room 2: The Meditation Room (i.e. our Bedroom!)

Ben and I agreed that we wanted our bedroom to feel serene and dreamy. (Well maybe I used those words however, he agreed with the idea!). We also wanted it to feel worldly and needed a bit of extra space for my wardrobe. We're lucky to have lots of real estate in this room. We LOVE the fireplaces we have throughout this house and often I turn this room into my own little meditation sanctuary too. 

What we've done: The walls are filled with hats we've each collected, an old clothing rolling rack from my wardrobe styling days works as extra closet space and I decided to invest about $500 for pillows for this room and the living room and am so glad that I did!

What we need to do: This is another room where the windows need some love, and I truly hung this gallery wall in about 5 minutes. We've got photographs we've taken on our travels that need to be framed and hung with a bit more intention than my first go at it! To further the sanctuary vibes theres some touches that need to be expanded on too.

Budget tip: If you don't have a headboard (which we didn't have when I snapped these photos): pile on the pillows. We've got 8 pillows that live on this bed (and you can get them for much less than what I spent), with the largest in the back acting as a pseudo-headboard. 

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Room 3: The Living Room

This room is truly my favorite! Most of the furniture was sourced at local antique shops, and much of the art came from my home in New Orleans.

What we've done: Loads of antique-ing! I love the idea of super modern art paired with antique-y finds. The green velvet couch was less than $1000 at a local antique mall. The Bill Murray (which we get asked about all the time!) is from Baton Rouge artist TJ Black.

What we need to do: We still need to hang drapes in this room too, there's actually a large window facing our porch that's not pictured that needs some love, and we're on the hunt for a larger coffee table and better end tables. In the meantime however, it's truly a space that makes me smile everyday. 

Budget tip: The bar cart is actually a Costa Rican flower cart, and we found it for just at $100, it's something you could DIY to get a similar look! 

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this little tour! I promise to share the "real" photos once we finish everything. I love having a space that combines my interests and Ben's. I also wanted our home to feel livable and inviting. I feel like we're well on the way to accomplishing that!

Have a beautiful weekend! 

Wanderfully yours,

Andi