round up {kitchen organization}

If you like RICE on Facebook (which you definitely should!), you might have seen this picture already…



There’s a little kitchen organization project in the works over here! It’s not quite finished yet, so I thought I’d do a little round up of kitchen organization to get you inspired…



A Beautiful Mess

I love pegboard pot racks in the kitchen. I really love black pegboard pot racks. And I love reclaimed wood projects. So I think this photo is just pretty great all around. I made my own pegboard and wrote about it here. The area looks a lot different now, though!



A cork covered fridge. Brilliant! You could make an ugly fridge pretty and functional with some cork tiles. You can also get rolls of cork, similar to drawer liners, but it isn’t very thick. I love this idea.


The Inspired Room

I love the use of shelves in this photo. Using jars is a great and attractive way to store dried food!



If this isn’t a beautifully organized pantry, I don’t know what is! Not only is the shelving amazing, but the baskets and glass jars look lovely.



Taking the doors off your cabinets is an easy way to get the open shelving look. It’s great if you’re a renter (you can put the doors back on) and you can also test out the open shelf idea to see if you like it. I like the way the space above the cabinets is used with those big baskets. Functional and pretty. I also love the black window frame, the step stool (which I think is Ikea) and the white tile floor.



How creative to use an old door to organize your kitchen. Perfect for renters! Paint it to match your kitchen and attach some hooks and art. So inventive. Don’t forget to attach it to the wall, especially if you have kids running around!


You should head over here to get these printable chalkboard labels for your kitchen, spice jars and pantry. They’re amazing! Emily McDowell is so talented and so kind to make and share them. There are tons of labels like the ones above that you can print to use in your kitchen!

How do you have your kitchen organized? Have any tips or tricks to share? Check back soon to see our little kitchen organization project!


round up {outside}

I’m hopeful that the cold weather is behind us and warm days are in our future! I’m so ready to open the windows and dig in the dirt! I’m going to try my hand at a vegetable garden again. I did one last year. And then I weeded it twice and the morning glories took over and it became a jungle. A big, abandoned jungle. Since I’m hopeful that warm weather is just around the corner, I thought I’d share some outside inspiration pictures!




Is that a charming front porch, or what? I was trying to think of a place I could put corrugated metal like that, but I don’t know where it’d go. I love the way it looks as a backdrop for those gorgeous pots!


There’s a great tutorial to make those planters on wheels over on Gardenista! Maybe I have a thing for corrugated metal.. it’s the backdrop for these lovely plants, too!

outside chalkboard


How fun would it be to have a giant chalkboard outside? It’d be cute to have an outdoor dinner party and write the menu on it!

mason jars


How charming would it be to hang some mason jars from the trees and enjoy some candlelight in the yard?

pallet walkway


I love pallets and I really like the idea of using them to make a walkway!

rocking chair swing


I’m pretty good at finding cheap, junky chairs. I’d love to turn one into a swing!

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend some time working outside! Do you have any projects waiting for warm weather? Are you a gardener (or are you trying to be one, like me)?

round up {kid’s rooms}

I’m so excited to share Gabe’s new big boy room! I have the pictures and post nearly ready, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some fun kid’s room inspiration. I hope to have the post on Gabe’s room up this afternoon. You can check out this post to see his room as a nursery (and how far it’s come since we moved in!). I loved his nursery, and I like his big boy room even more!




I do love a partially painted wall. And I also love that little toddler bed from Ikea. This looks like a fun, playful room.



I don’t know any kid that wouldn’t love to have a bed like that. Especially Gabe. The boy takes after his father and loves to climb. Sleeping in a bed like that would be a dream for him. Maybe one day when he’s a little older. I also love the black wall and the green wardrobe piece!



I love the wall covered in the horse print wallpaper. So charming! I also really like a white painted floor. (We still have to paint the girls’ room floor, Kelli!)



How fun is that bed? And I think that green dresser is an Ikea Rast (is that right?). I also like this painted floor. A bright, whimsical room. Lovely!



What fun is this eclectic little girl’s room?! The trunk, the teepee, the bedding… it’s all so charming.



You could make your own giraffe (or any animal silhouette) out of contact or wrapping paper and add a charming detail to your child’s room!

So how’s that for a roundup of simply delightful children’s rooms?! Check back soon to see Gabriel’s new big boy room! And in the meantime, have a great Wednesday!

can you guess what we did for our Saturday project?

I’m so excited to share our Saturday afternoon project with you, but it’s not quite photo ready yet. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos that inspired me. I’ll share more details this coming week, but until then, here’s some inspiration. Can you guess what we did?!













Did you do any fun projects this weekend?!

diy: make a coffee station

Does anyone else wake up and get excited about having coffee, or is that just me? I love my morning cup o’ jo! I turned a corner of our kitchen counter into my little coffee station and it’s perfect. Everything I need to make my coffee, all together is one cute place. Here’s what you need to make your own coffee station!

coffee station collage


So how’s that for a first collage/mood board collection. It was pretty fun to make, even without Photoshop! Pixlr is awesome. And so is this tutorial. 

Let’s break it down…

Anthropologie has some pretty cute mugs, like this little owl one. Of course, I’m always a fan of collecting mugs at thrift stores!

An old jar is perfect for holding your ground coffee (or coffee beans).

The simple white sugar bowl is on sale at Crate and Barrel.

This tray can be found here.

That tray can be found here. (And yes, is a definite splurge. But so cool!)

The key to getting the right tray is one that’s easy to wipe up and has sides or edges. Have you ever not pushed the coffee pot in the whole way, so when the coffee brewed it just spilled out everywhere? I did that once. Wasted coffee! But I was so glad it was all contained in the tray. So the tray is functional and pretty.

Extra mugs are always good to have for company, like these from Ikea.

And Ikea’s Grundtal rail, hanging on the wall beside the coffee station, is perfect for holding your mugs. Don’t forget hooks.

And of course, you can’t forget your coffee maker, filters and a measuring spoon. You can even add a little cup of spoons at your coffee station, ready to mix in the cream and sugar.

It’s not ground breaking, but having all my coffee things in one spot, looking cute, it just kind of fun! I’m always a fan of scouting thrift stores to find what you need, so keep an eye out for jars, trays and mugs next time you’re thrifting!

round up {chalkboard walls}

I have a thing for chalkboard walls. Perhaps they make me feel nostalgic. I used to play school as a kid like it was my job. And who didn’t love to write on the chalkboard in grade school. Chalkboards in the home are fun and functional, if you ask me. They’re easy to make. They’re inexpensive. And if you ever get tired of it you can just (prep and) paint over it! We have two chalkboards in our home- one in the living room by G’s little table and one in the dining room, right off the kitchen. I thought I’d share a little roundup of chalkboard walls to get you inspired! I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen all sorts of recipes online for making your own chalk paint. Does it work well? I’d love to hear if you’ve made your own chalkboard paint!




Chalkboard walls make a nice backdrop for hanging your pots and pans on the wall.



Another chalkboard in the kitchen. I do wonder, though, if it’d get really greasy next to the stove? That’s one of the reasons I haven’t painted our kitchen backsplash with chalkboard paint… I’m not sure how well it’d hold up and if it’d quickly look really grungy.



If you aren’t sure about painting a wall, what about painting something to lean against the wall, like this old door? Charming!



Or what about on this wooden tray turned message center? Very fun!


I don’t know the source of this picture. If you do, or it’s yours, please let me know!

I love this chalkboard in the bathroom.. and especially that perfectly well loved yellow chair.

There’s no limit on the fun that can be had with chalkboard paint. From small scale, like the tray above, to larger, like entire walls, there’s so much that can be done! Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back to show our chalkboard walls, as well as G’s new big boy room!


tgif {roundup and favorite things}

Is it just me, or did this week go by really quickly? It was a big week for RICE, from being featured on Remodelista, to having 3 projects on the front page of craftgawker, and seeing a steady rise in readership. It’s quite exciting. I thoroughly enjoy sharing ideas, projects and the likes. My love of all things handmade really grew as I was planning my wedding in 2008. But even before then, when I was living at home in high school, I perpetually rearranged (and repainted) my room. I’ll never forget that one time I put a putrid lavender-pink color on one wall. I have no idea what made me do that. It was dreadful. Thankfully paint is an easy fix! Anyway, this morning I’m sharing another roundup. My goal for Fridays will be to share a roundup and then I’ll come back and share a project for the weekend. {spoiler- the project today will be our diy headboard!}



Chalkboard walls. I used to not like them. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they were everywhere. But then, one day, I couldn’t resist any longer. And now they’re one of my favorite things. Especially when they’re done like this one!



Annie Sloan Chalk paint is my favorite. It’s so easy to work with. It’s really durable. And it comes in my favorite color. They call it Arles. I call it perfect.


So when I saw this picture- a mustardy table beside a chalkboard wall, my heart skipped a beat. How’s that for dramatic. (I don’t know the source of this photo. If it is yours or you know who it belongs to, please let me know!)



The tutorial for this charming scrapbook can be found over at embellish. It’d be a thoughtful gift to give on Valentine’s Day, or for no reason at all. Or make one for yourself!


Head over here to get the recipe for Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa. It is so delicious. Warm, satisfying and hearty just like the title says. And it’s pretty. I’m making it again this weekend.

Come back this afternoon to see our {diy headboard}! I’m very excited to finally share it!