IT FINALLY STARTED!

Since we first moved into our house, the kitchen was the space that needed the most love. The rest of the house was pretty neutral. We only had to pain a couple of yellow and purple walls white and it was very much the blank canvas that we wanted. The kitchen however, it took more imagination, more paint, more love.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of what the kitchen looked like when we first moved in but it was very dark and it didn’t work . The units were pinetastic, the tiles were terracotta (awful ones at that!), the light was very ugly… whomever designed that kitchen was either not planning to spend too much time in it or they did it in 10 minutes!Day 1 - Kitchen makeover @ OrganisingChaosBlog

But the problems with this kitchen didn’t stop with aesthetics, the layout didn’t work either. The fridge was an under-the-counter small fridge, not at all suitable for a family of 4; the hob and the oven where very far from each other; there was no place for the bins; the lighting was insufficient….

We knew we couldn’t afford to change the kitchen, not then. We decided to paint the units in order to make it more “us”, fresh paint always brings a new lease of life to tired spaces. There was nothing we  could do about the layout so we learned to live with it while we put our cents aside.

The time finally came. We had enough money saved and we started getting quotes, designing the kitchen, choosing tiles, units, counters, lights… so many decisions!Day 1 - Kitchen makeover @ OrganisingChaosBlogWe finally had D-Day, agreed by the builder and delivery people. I’ve spent a week packing the kitchen + dinning room + utility room into the sitting room. All those years playing Tetris have finally paid off! We even have room for the boys to sit down at the table to eat.Washing dishes in the bath @ OrganisingChaosBlogWe are treating it as an adventure. We are camping upstairs for as long as the work lasts; the washing up is done in the bath; we all have a limited amount of clothes that we can wear; our bedroom has become our new sitting room… it will be fun! I hope….

I can’t wait to see my new kitchen! Yay!

I’ll keep you posted
Chaotic Itzi
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HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR KIDS ART IN AN ORGANIZED FASHION – A MAGNETIC BOARD

My kids, like most kids, love drawing, coloring, cutting, gluing and painting. It is one of their favorite things to do around the house. Especially Big Monkey. He loves drawing and we are always encouraging him to display his art for everyone to appreciate. It also boosts his confidence and it has helped him get out of his shell a little bit, which is lovely.

I wanted for each of the kids to have a board in their rooms to display not only their art, but also to keep their birthday invitations, their school awards and all their other bits and pieces. The difficulty was trying to find the right board for them. There were many things to consider : their personality, their needs…Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogThe board had to be able to hold drawings A4 size at least so a handmade one would not be much help. A cork notice board was also ruled out as I wanted to avoid drawing pins in their bedrooms – the idea of something sharp in their room and they walking around barefooted… a big no, no!! I also considered a white board but I was nervous that the drawing would not be restricted to the board and that it would extend around the wall. Another no.

In the end I decided to go with a magnetic board. Magnets are safe enough right? I didn’t want a boring one, or a random one. I wanted one that would suit their bedrooms, fit into their color scheme and that would grow with them.

HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR KIDS ART –  A MAGNETIC BOARD

I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogMeasure the back of your board and cut the dc fix to that size – it will be a slightly bigger than the front which will give you some room to play with.Display your kids art in an organised fashion @ OrganisingChaosBlogPeel the back of the dc fix on one side and center it on one side of the board. Keep peeling and sticking, small areas at a time. Make sure to flatten the paper with your fingers as you are sticking the paper to make sure that there are no air bubbles left on it. I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.When you have all the whiteboard covered, get something sharp (I used a knife) and press the paper well towards the frame making sure that the dc fix gets right in the corners. Then just cut the excess and your board is ready.

I added a bit of string with some pretty pegs so the kids would be able to hang more bits and pieces and I placed the boards by their desks in their rooms.  I hope that being able to display their art encourages their creativity. I really do.I knew exactly what I wanted so I went out out and bought a simple white magnetic board and some dc fix and got to work.

Chaotic Itzi

DISPLAY YOUR PHOTOS IN A BIG WAY ON A SMALL BUDGET

I love having photos of the family around the house. They are everywhere. In the kitchen, the hall, the bedrooms, the sitting room…

Photos are memories. Of course, we have all those memories stored somewhere at the back of our head but we are often too busy to be able to access them. Photos remind us of those memories, those silly moments, the family moments, different places, the fun we had on holidays, how the kids were so small at one point…  As cheesy as it sounds (and it is going to sound cheesy) photos warm my heart.

For the sitting room, I knew I wanted to make a statement display with loads of photos. I was really inspired by Ashley’s one from TheHandMadeHome  but it had to be smaller as my sitting room is not as big (or bright, or lovely, or have her couch, or…) as hers.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogI knew I didn’t want a permanent fixture on my sitting room so it had to be a frame that could be moved, but where to find a frame so big without having to give up one of my organs at check-out? I had to think outside the box.

One day, I was walking around a furniture shop dreaming of a new kitchen when the light bulb when on!!! I could get a kitchen door glass cabinet as a frame! (like this one, or this one). It is always worth checking out the second-hand kitchen shops for these kind of items. As well as having second-hand kitchen furniture they also tend to buy the remains of stock from big companies or builders so you can get brand new kitchen counters, fab sinks and other bits and pieces for half the price. It is in my local shop that I found my one for only €10!! I think I danced in the shop!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogDisplay your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlog
I wanted square photos but not too small so I decided to print the photos in 8×6 and cut them to fit the frame. I then cut a large piece of cardboard to fit in the frame and I attached the photos to it. Once everything is ready, fit it in and secure it at the back with some tape.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIt is a lovely collage of memories that can be updated as often as you want, although I don’t think I will be updating my one anytime soon. The kids love looking at the photos, trying to remember when they were that small, listening to us telling them stories about the photos or making up their own one. It’s so sweet.

It is very personal, you made it yourself and for little money – that is officially categorized under Win/Win/Win… Totally!!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIf you want to go ahead and decorate it also, you can find the tutorials for the paper flowers and the colorful paper garland on the blog.

I hope you are now inspired to look at different ways to display your photos. They make you smile.They are good for the soul.

Chaotic Itzi

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WEEKLY INSPIRATIONS : BOYS’ BEDROOMS

As I mentioned recently, I moved every bed in my house before Christmas. I just woke up one morning and I had to do it.

The boys had been sharing a room since they were born but for different reasons (that will soon be revealed to you), the boys had to be separated and they now have their very own bedroom.

I have always tried to decorate their bedroom and playroom with different colors. I never liked the blue with soccer balls kind of decorations for the boy’s room. It is not them. It is not us.

As now I get to decorate 2 bedrooms, I have to take into consideration their ages, their tastes and their needs for their individual rooms, always within budget which means recycle, up-cycle, inherit, beg…. the usual!

For BIG MONKEY’S ROOM (age 8) I will need a nice desk to keep up with his drawing

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And some shelving will also be neccesary for books and general stuff that they seem to get…

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todayscreativelife.com

These walls are just gorgeous. Fun but sensible… right?

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www.apartmenttherapy.com

The bed is priority. It needs to be comfortable and inviting, not only to sleep but also to grab a book and read for a while.

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www.thestickerworkshop.com

Their little feet need to be warm, but stylish also… of course!

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caitlinwilson.com

As for CHAOTIC MONKEY’S ROOM (age 6) I will also need some storage and this one looks not only affordable but fun!

http://crazylittleprojects.com/
http://crazylittleprojects.com/

I am totally in love with that Fantastic Mr Fox print and that rug here. Just. In. Love.

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thestickerworkshop.com

This kind of wall decoration is so Chaotic Monkey, it is scary.

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http://www.ministyleblog.com/blog/

There is so much I would take from here. From the cushions, to the wall, to the bed… so much…

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How cool would it be to have this seat in your room? I mean Chaotic Monkey’s room… yes, that’s what I mean…

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Food for thought.
I will be working hard at making those spaces as amazing, relaxing and inspiring as I can.
What about you?
Are you inspired yet?

Have an amazing weekend.
Chaotic Itzi

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JANUARY PLANT : A JASMINE HOOP

When I was thinking about what plant to get in January my first thought was to get a cactus. I think I have been bitten by the cactus bug. I want my very own cactus corner. It will happen. Eventually. There are many months in the year. 12, I have been told!
Monthly Plant : My Jasmine Hoop @ OrganisingChaosBlog

In the end I bought a Jasmine Hoop and I couldn’t be happier. Right after I bought it, the skies turned a not so hot shade of grey and it started hail-stoning. Not cool. But it wasn’t too bad because my Jasmine Hoop smelled amazing and some of the little white flowers are starting to bloom. It cheered me up.
Monthly Plant : My Jasmine Hoop @ OrganisingChaosBlog
Monthly Plant : My Jasmine Hoop @ OrganisingChaosBlog

Jasmines are meant to be easy enough to look after and it should flower year after year given the right conditions. Jasmine flowers on new wood so the pruning should be done in the spring, after the plant has finished flowering but it shouldn’t be done too early as there is often a second flush. So prune but not too early.
Monthly Plant : My Jasmine Hoop @ OrganisingChaosBlog

The delicious smell and the pretty little flowers of this plant are a great reminder that this weather cannot last much longer and that Spring is just around the corner.

Longer days, colorful flowers, fresh smells… Spring will be here any minute now…

Have you bought any plants recently?

Chaotic Itzi

MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED SIGN

Once upon a time, we had some very crappy table nests in the house. They were bought when we were very young, foolish (somethings never change) and we didn’t have much money. We needed little tables around the house so the nest was bought.

The years passed by and the tables survived few moves and many different uses before the legs broke. Despite having no emotional attachment whatsoever to these not-so-nice set of tables, I decided to keep the top of 2 of the tables as they were made of solid wood and I knew (ok, I thought? I hoped!)  they could be up-cycled at some stage and become a whole new product.  6 years later, I feel vindicated.
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI always liked old signs. Whenever I see an old sign in a second-hand shop I have to stop myself from buying it because, as much as I like old signs, I don’t want a sign that says nothing about my family in my house. I feel like I need to have some sort of personal connection with it, something that reminds us of something but as that was looking very hard to find, I decided to make one myself.

I knew exactly where I wanted to place it : crowning the gallery wall (does it sound posh or what!?!).

I wanted the sign to feel like an extension of the gallery wall but a tad bit different. Same but different, very clear, right?
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comFor the “same” part, I decided to paint the background of the sign, aka the top of my table, with the same colors as my gallery wall: grey and white. I painted the stripes with Autentico Chalk Paint (Soft Grey and Casa Blanca) and then I distressed it by sanding it with fine grit sandpaper to make it feel old. Lastly, I gave it a coat of clear wax to seal the paint and to make it smoother. I love it!
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comMake your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI just wanted a simple but meaningful sign, a number and a letter. I got the 4 because there are 4 of us and the letter B because all our surnames start with B. It doesn’t get any more personal and simple than that, right?

I  also painted the letters with Chalk Paint. First with the grey and then some pink (Antique Rose) so when I distressed the edges by lightly sanding them you can see the grey underneath ever so slightly. To give it a more romantic tone, I added some floral washi tape to the letters. That’s just me, a romantic at heart…
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comMake your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI then only had to glue the letters to the sign. It was a tough decision though… 4B or B4… I ended up going for 4B thus avoiding having to explain that the sign did not say “before”… which of course was going to happen…

I totally love the contrast between the rough grey and white background, and the vintagy (totally a word!!) and romantic feel of the letters.

So there it is, my very own, personalized, hand-made and full of meaning sign.
How easy was that? very!

Chaotic Itzi

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KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY

Whenever I am in town I always love popping into to Tiger. It is such a wonderful shop! It’s full of cute things for decorating, crafting, cooking, stationary… and everything is pretty, colorful and very very reasonably priced so, even when you are trying to watch your budget, you are guaranteed to find something pretty and useful for few euros. And no, this is not an sponsored post, I just love the shop…

In one of my visits to the shop, I bought some silicone ties for sealing bags. They are made of silicone and they are colorful. They are pretty, useful and they were cheap so they came home with me.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogAs it turned out, I didn’t have much need to use them to seal bags but I thought they would be perfect to keep those annoying long cords from your blender and other small appliances around the house.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogThey are easy to tie and untie so there is no mess, no fuss when using your appliances and there is no long cable looking messy on your counter or getting tangled with anything else in the drawer.
KEEP YOUR CABLES PRETTY TIDY OrganisingChaosBlogThey are pretty tidy… you get it? They are organised AND they look pretty!!!
I know, I know it’s bad… but I still like it… :-0

It really is the little things that make me happy… 😉
Chaotic Itzi

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MAKE A PLAIN BLANKET CUTER WITH POMPOMS

It looks like I was a good girl last year because Santa brought me good few presents and it looks like Santa knows me quite well because one of the presents I got a blanket and I LOVE blankets.

As everyone knows, the world is divided between blanket people and not blanket people. Since I was a child, I have always been a blanket person, I was always the one sitting on the couch with a blanket, summer or winter, I always had my blanket with me on the couch.
Make a plain blanket super cute with pompomsI don’t know if it is the heat they provide or just the comfort, but I love being wrapped up in a blanket while watching a film sitting on the couch. And if you get me a chilli hot chocolate, I’ll be your best friend forever!

The blanket I got this Christmas is super comfortable, a Footsie Blanket, it has little “pockets” to slide your feet in so they are nice and cosy and never become uncovered. I love it so much!
Make a plain blanket super cute with pompoms 1As the blanket itself was a bit plain, I decided to pimp it with pompoms. It has been stated once or twice how much I love pompoms (here and here), and in fairness, a super soft blanket and super soft pompoms are a match made in heaven!

As Big Monkey would say: I don’t like it, I LOVE it!!!
Make a plain blanket suMake a plain blanket super cute with pompoms Make a plain blanket super cute with pompoms 3It is now a functional, cosy and pretty blanket that I know I will have to fight Mr B for. And the Monkeys. And all it took was some pompoms.
I told you pompoms make everything better.

Have a great day!
Chaotic Itzi