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Three Must-Have Items to Organize a Vanity

Organize Your Vanity

Storage: Necklace Holder (similar) | Acrylic Bracelet Organizer (similar) | Acrylic Drawers (similar)  I showed you all a sneak peek of my vanity in our guest bedroom post a few weeks ago! This furniture was handed down to us by my parents after living in their shed for like 20 years. Mack painted it with the help of his Dad and I think it’s just adorable. Since moving, I’ve turned this piece into my vanity area where I store or rather display all of my jewelry. I used to keep all of my jewelry tucked away in one of my dresser drawers… don’t ask me why. When it was out of sight, it was also out of mind. Rarely would I go into my jewelry drawer (which honestly resembled a junk drawer) to accessorize my outfits. Once our guest bedroom was finished, I took the the vanity to get organized and better display and utilize my jewelry. It has made a world of difference! Here are three items that I found especially helpful as I organized my vanity: Necklace Bar: A necklace bar is essential to store not only those big statement necklaces but more importantly the dainty necklaces that tangle easily. I […]

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How to Share a Small Bathroom

How to Share a Small Bathroom

Storage Baskets (similar) | All products linked below Sharing a small space of any kind can certainly pose its challenges. But when it comes to sharing a small bathroom there seems to be a world of issues; products everywhere, fighting for time at the sink, and doing the tango to avoid those you’re sharing the space with. I learned early on from sorority house living to now living with my husband, sharing a bathroom is truly an art form- it takes patience and dedication haha. Here are some tricks to share a small bathroom with ease: Organize EVERYTHING– Bathrooms are tough to organize… between toothpaste, towels and the variety of other toiletries we reach for daily it can cause quite the mess. I never really considered this when the bathroom was all my own! All of my products had their perfect spot on the counter and in the medicine cabinet ready to be used at my beck and call. Fast forward to dorm living followed by sorority house residency and I was at a loss of space for all of my essentials on a countertop that was no longer my own and the absence of a medicine cabinet all together. I found immediately […]

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Host a House Guest + Guest Bedroom Preview

Host a House Guest

Bedding (similar) Since moving to Florida, we’ve loved to have family visit regularly. We are so lucky to live in a vacation destination and welcome guests with open arms always! I am not claiming to be an expert in hosting a house guest by any means. However, I simply consider what I like to have while I travel and what makes my trip enjoyable. I try to incorporate those aspects into our guest bedroom to ensure our guests enjoy their stay. Here are some simple tips to ensure your guests are comfortable when they visit: Designate a Guest Space- Whether you have an extra bedroom or not, it’s important to predetermine a space in your house specifically for your guests. If they are going to be sleeping on the couch, it’s nice to arrange the couch as a bed, complete with the fitted sheet to the comforter and pillows. I feel like guests don’t mind where they sleep, but it’s nice to ensure they feel comfortable staying. Luckily, we were able to get a two bedroom house allowing us to designate a guest room that remains as such. Some touches in the space include a comfy bed, dresser drawers with […]

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Style a Bar Cart

Style a Bar Cart

Bar Cart (similar) | Wishbone (similar) | Drink Stirrers | Cocktail Napkins | Faux Marble Coasters | All in Good Taste | Champagne (similar– so cute!) A bar cart, and a well styled one at that, is something every home needs! Our bar cart is one of my favorite parts of our dining area. We keep it nested beside our serving buffet and just steps away from the dining table. It’s a fun accent in the room, styled simply but with just enough to make it interesting. We keep our’s stocked with the essentials, which for us, include: scotch (for Mack), wine or champagne (for me), little “toast” stirrers, faux marble coasters, and a touch of pink. Here’s how to style a bar cart: Select a Bar Cart: I love our round bar cart! With all of our other furniture, the circular shape of the bar cart rounds off our dining area and serves as a nice segway into our living area. Analyze your space to determine where the bar cart will fit best and what shape to look for. Those key components will narrow your search as there are endless size and shape options available. Find a Statment Piece: I spotted this wishbone statue in one of my […]

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Style a Small Entryway

Style a Small Entryway

No matter how small or grand your entryway may be, I’ve found it’s the perfect “unloading” zone, for lack of a better word, in our home. And our entryway is teeny tiny! However, there’s still room to situate a little entryway table, our famed drop dish for keys, a little chalkboard to write sweet notes and of course fresh flowers. Here are some tips for styling a small entryway like ours: Measure– This may go without saying but measure the space to determine where you have the most space to situate a entry table or bench. I personally love this mirrored entryway table and this one for under $100. I found our entryway table in the clearance section of HomeGoods (is there a more victorious feeling?), so always keep your eye out a HomeGoods or TJMaxx while out running errands. They have the best budget friendly options in my opinion. Focus on Essentials– For us, this includes a dish for our keys and a lamp with a timer. We have a large window in our entryway so on nights when we come home late we like to have a timer set so it looks like someone is home. Plus, I’ve never liked walking into a dark home. […]

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A Place to Call Home: Final Notes

A Place to Call Home: Final Notes

Happy Monday! I am so happy to report that we are at the conclusion of my home buying series here on Little Mrs. Particular. It’s been really fun to share our experience as first time home buyers with each of you! Home ownership really has been such a blessing to us. I tell Mack all the time how much I love it and it’s truly home because it’s ours. Mack and I have moved three times and although a rental eventually feels like home, inevitably, a move is always coming. We are truly settled here and so thankful! After closing day we had to complete a few final checklist items before we got to this settled feeling so I wanted to share those with you now! Pack the Rental Do I say and NOT as I do for this bullet point! If I am being completely honest, Mack and I didn’t pack one item until after our closing day this time around. However, in our two moves prior to this one, I was diligent about packing strategically and in an organized manner. In order to pack effectively, I always organized each box by room, and would label each with a description of its contents a well […]

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A Place to Call Home: Closing Day

Closing Day Procedures for First Time Homebuyers

Pink Fur Ball Keychain If you’ve been following along here for the past few weeks than you know this post is a long time coming! We’ve covered so much ground for first time homebuyers including; how to get started, viewing homes, offers and contracts, all the logistics once the offer is accepted and now this, closing day! Obviously it’s the BEST feeling. Let’s jump right in… just days before your closing day, your lender will send the Closing Disclosure documents that spell out all of the closing costs, loan details and other final details that are to be confirmed by the title company. Once the title company approves, you have to sign and date these documents within a certain time frame to close on time. This document shows exactly what you are to pay, what the seller is to pay and what the lender is to pay in order to close on your house. Make sure to double check this because you want to make sure your amount to pay is correct before signing. On the actual closing day, we met our realtor at the house to do our final walk through first. Our final walkthrough was painless! I think it look […]

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A Place to Call Home: The Logistics

Logistics for First Time Home Buyers

You may remember at the beginning of this series I mentioned that before purchasing a home, I thought you sign a golden piece of paper and that’s it! You are homeowners. Perhaps I was naive but I am sorry to report that this is not the case. If my past posts haven’t proved that home buying is WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK (Like RiRi’s song…) than this post will do the trick for sure. So your offer has been accepted, great…. then what? Well let me tell you just that. The day after the contract was signed and the offer was in place, we got an email from our realtor (thank goodness for her) with a laundry list of things to complete in order to close on time. Most items on the list were time sensitive and had a waterfall effect of sorts in that others couldn’t be completed until the items before it were complete. Also, there are so many hands on deck- the buyers, sellers, realtors, title company, lender, insurance company, inspection companies (home + termite), repair companies… and the list goes on. Therefore, follow up and organization of communications is essential to checking everything off the to-do […]

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A Place to Call Home: Offers and Contracts

offers and contracts for first time home buyers

If the title of this post alone doesn’t make you think #adulting than I don’t know what will! This is where we get into the nitty gritty of actually purchasing and all the details and particulars of doing so. Hopefully this information will help you tread the waters that we recently figured out step by step with the help of our realtor and parent’s advice of course. Last week, I talked about the process of actually viewing homes and finding one that could potentially be the dream home. There is no magic number on the amount of homes to view before it’s “okay” to make an offer. Mack and I looked at about ten before offering but we felt like it was the right home for us- and it clearly is! Regardless, when you feel like you’ve found the home for you, the most logical next step is to make an offer. The point when we actually offered on our home made me extremely nervous but also excited! Mack and I recently attended a free marriage conference hosted by our church and at the conference the speaker touched on the fact that you actually have very few large discussions to make in […]

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A Place to Call Home: Shop Around

Faux Fur Pillow | Acrylic Chair (similar and I also like this one) Last week, I detailed how to start the process of purchasing a home. I linked it here in case you missed it! Now, onto the fun part of home buying which is shopping around for the perfect home. I wanted to title this post, “Window Shopping” but thought it might be confusing. When my cousin and I were little, our Mom’s would bring us to the mall to “window shop” aka look but we aren’t buying anything today. My mom took me to LA when I was like ten years old and we went to do just that on Rodeo Drive. We went into Jimmy Choo and my Mom turned her head for one minute and I was putting a display shoe on my ten year old foot. She was MORTIFIED. I can remember it like it yesterday and she made it very clear to me that “window shopping” on Rodeo literally meant don’t touch anything. I felt like viewing homes for sale was much like “window shopping” in that you have to be imaginative and it’s best not to touch anything haha. After we hired our realtor, she […]

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