WEEKLY INSPIRATION : KITCHEN LIGHTING

Our kitchen is getting a face-lift soon. I am so excited!

When we moved to our house, our kitchen was pine. Pretty much everything was pine in the house, so no surprise there, but the pine in the kitchen made the space look very dark and oppressive so Mr B and I painted it white which helped us survive in it for the last 4 years.

The problem with the kitchen was not only the color, but the space did not work. At all. You have heart about the concept of the “kitchen triangle”? Well, the people who designed my kitchen had never heard of it. Or the kitchen square. I think for the it was more like a game of tetris – this fits here, it goes there then. Seriously, really bad.

But not worry, the end is in sight and we are going to have a kitchen that works, a simple, bright and practical kitchen. And a big fridge. I can’t tell you how excited I am about hsving a big fridge. We currently have an under counter fridge that freezes everything at the back, has no light and I hate… (breaths heavily into a paper bag…).

Everything has been planned, from tiles to units. The only thing left to choose is the lighting… So many options….

On one hand, I love the INDUSTRIAL VIBE… 

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Although there is something pretty warm about VINTAGE LIGHTING.

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But sometimes I think I should go totally with MODERN LIGHTING, because I am a modern kind of girl, you know…

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Or I could also go with all NATURAL MATERIALS for  warmth.

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So many options, so many beautiful lights…

I will let you know what lighting we choose when it is all done. I am excited. I am so excited to the idea of having a functioning kitchen. And a new one at that. Yay and double yay!!!

Chaotic Itzi

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PRESENTS FOR HIM – UNDER €10

Christmas time is THE time for giving and receiving presents, and it’s lovely, most of the time.

I love buying presents for family and friends. I love thinking about what they might like, what they have, what they need, what they would use…. it’s just lovely putting time and effort into buying those presents.

There are other presents that are hard to buy, like the office Secret Santa where you have got someone you don’t really know all that well, a very limited budget and not a whole lot of inspiration. You are looking for presents that are both nice and impersonal, lovely but not offensive. I don’t like the idea of just buying something, wasting money in something that you know will end up in a drawer – it’s such a waste of money! I just can’t.

I have made up a list with ideas of things to buy that are thoughtful, in budget and will not end up in a dark corner.

For the guy who likes to work out at home – Hand weights
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the guy who is always taking photos in his phone – 3 in 1 Lens Set
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the guy who has not grown up yet fully – a Rubber Band Gun
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the guy into Superheroes and coffee – a Batman mug
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the football aficionado – a Football Beanie
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the gambler in your office – a poker set
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the guy with the vintage look – SuspendersOrganising Chaos - Presents for him under €10  For the guy who wants to save the world – a Cooking Stove
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the guy who knows how to look after himself –  beauty products
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

For the foodie in your office – a cooking book
Organising Chaos - Presents for him under €10

I hope that this list will provide you with some inspiration to go out and buy a nice gift for all the men in your life, including the newbie in the office, and thus freeing some time to enjoy the Christmas chaos and shenanigans with loved ones.

Happy shopping!
Chaotic Itzi

WEEKLY INSPIRATION : STAR WARS

Star Wars VII : The Force Awakens opens in Irish cinemas on Friday the 18th of December. We are so excited! We have been waiting for the film for, like, ever!!! no exaggeration!!

We have tickets booked for Saturday the 19th to go with the boys and I can’t tell you who is more excited, the boys or me! Well I can. It’s clearly me. I win the exciting competition. Me! Me! Me!

So yes, we are Star Wars nerds in my house and if, like me, you are looking for Star Wars presents that can complement any house decor and not look tacky, I have made up a little list here for you that I hope will help you:

A Darth Vader Projection Alarm Clock would always be useful. We all have to get up, right?

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For those nerd cooks in your life, this R2-Q5 Measuring Cup  

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

If you like books, these AT-AT book ends are for you!

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

If you know someone who likes both chess and Star Wars (it may happen), someone came up with the best combination ever!!! The Classic 3D Chess Set

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

This R2-D2 Mint Cady is so cute and it will keep your mints fresh, which is no small task!

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

A Storm Trooper mug is always appreciated, isn’t it?

Weekly Inspiration : Star WarsAnd slippers!! Always welcomed they are…. 😉

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

Now, this Chewbacca jacket  is not only practical but very stylish. Am I right or am I right?

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

And of course there is also something out there for the arty ones too. These R2D2 crayons are just adorable!

Weekly Inspiration : Star Wars

Or just some cool Star Wars wall art. I have to say, I ADORE this.

Collage created using TurboCollage for Windows from www.TurboCollage.com
So as you can see, you can give thoughtful and stylish presents all at once.
Ok, fine. At least thoughtful ones…

Chaotic Itzi

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WEEKLY INSPIRATION : ETSY DELIGHT

This week’s inspiration is Etsy. Whether you are thinking of getting organised and start your Christmas shopping early this year or whether you just want to treat yourself to something special, Etsy has it all.

From the most delicate stoneware jug (by LiquoriceMoonStudios) that would be a great addition to my jug collection as much as a thoughtful present for a loved one.
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To some amazing and beautifully made sun catchers by dortdesigns
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Dragonfly suncatchers

This jewelry organizer by BarnCatStore should help you keep your favorite pieces organised and on display
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Jewelry Organiser

I have to write things down and personal planners are a must to be organized during the year, especially with one as gorgeous as this by myrubberstamp
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Personal planner

If you want, need or feel like updating your Kindle cover, these handmade options by bertiescloset are always more special, don’t you think?
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Kindle cover

For those fighting the cold outside this scarf by  KnitPopShop is both cosy and fab. I love the colors!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Plaid scarf

I need these slippers by YniusFelt. I want these slippers. I am getting these slippers…
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Felted wool slippers

In the home decor department, this geometric clock by LatteHome is one of my favorites. I love the colors!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Geometric clock

There is something very classic about glass magnets and I love the designs in these ones by TannerGlass. I can think of so many people who would just love these!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Glass Magnets

And let’s not forget that special pet in your life. They also need to be cosy and nothing says comfort and warmth as this cat cave by VaivaIndre. Pretty cool indeed!!!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - cat cave

Have you made your Christmas list yet?
Are you inspired yet?

Chaotic Itzi

WEEKLY INSPIRATION : COSY PIJAMAS

My kids love having pijama’s days. To be honest, I don’t know where they got that from as both Mr B and I are totally presentable in the morning. I mean, fully showered, fully dressed and even some makeup on… it is important to be presentable for breakfast, to start the day prepared… yeah, right… there is nothing better than breakfast in pijamas and messy hair (this last detail doesn’t seem to be optional… my hair is just crazy in the mornings).

The weather has just turned and the cold seems to be here to stay. We are officially entering into pijama’s season. That time of the year where the kind of pijamas you are wearing will determine the day you will have. Ok, I might have taken it too far but you know what I mean…

For a lazy day watching TV by the fire, animal onesies are a must.
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
You can get them for the entire family!
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
Now, these pijamas might prove uncomfortable in bed, with their tails and ears, so a sexier onesie (because there is totally such a thing, right?).
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
But in fairness, bed is not just for lazing around., I also like to read in it – snuggled under the blanket, kindle in hand and loads and loads of coffee.
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas

Just because you are in pijamas it doesn’t mean that you can not be stylish

Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas

or sexy

Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
Whatever style you’d prefer, enjoy your lazy day, put your feet up, cuddle up and embrace the chaos.

Have a great weekend.
Chaotic Itzi

MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

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WEEKLY INSPIRATION : ALL THINGS AUTUMN

This Autumn is being amazing: bright and dry… the perfect Autumn as far as I am concern. I love the leaves changing colors, avenues covered in them, amazing sunsets and no rain and nice temperatures. I like my Autumn and Winter mild and my Spring and Summer hot. That’s me.

The irony is that although I don’t like the cold, I am a sucker for blankets, woolly hats, cosy clothes and homely casseroles. I am a complex individual… (it sounds better than confused, right?)

Look at this little guy. Isn’t he the cutest? The perfect image for Autumn.

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And with that little fella, the weather we have been having and a gorgeous blanket, who would not be up for a picnic? (source)
Organsing Chaos - All things Autumn - a lovely picnic
All those orange, brown and red leaves are too beautiful to leave around, so if you feel like doing some crafting, this project is just beautiful. (source)
Organsing Chaos - All things Autumn - Autumn-Jar-Lights
This mexican casserole will keep us warm in those cold wet nights. Comfort food. Delish! Yum! (source)
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Scarfs, big boots, heavier jackets… I’ll admit I like it…  not for long though (source)
Organsing Chaos - All things Autumn - Outfits
What is your favorite part of Autumn?
Chaotic Itzi

WEEKLY INSPIRATION : AMAZING BEDS

WEEKLY INSPIRATION : AMAZING BEDS

I don’t know if it’s just me but as winter closes in, cold gets sharper and the days are getting shorter, I find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning. Don’t tell me I am on my own here… Who likes to get out of bed in a cold morning?

Although staying in bed is not an option during weekdays, we always try to linger in  bed that little bit longer at weekends. We have been know for having family breakfasts in bed and snuggling up in wet cold afternoons while watching The Princes Bride.

The thing is that these family events require big and amazing beds. And I am not only talking about big beds, they also need to be inviting, comfortable and cosy.

This bed is just big enough for all of us and I love all the pillows and the layers… so inviting!
Organising Chaos Blog: Amazing beds

There is something very dreamy about this bed. (source)
Organising Chaos Blog: Amazing beds

I love cast iron beds, painted or otherwise. There is something very romantic and traditional about them. (source)
Cast Iron Beds

Big beds in small spaces have to be inviting and it looks like we could camp in this one for a good while!

Organising Chaos Blog: Amazing beds

And of course, a four poster bed is the ultimate luxury when it comes to beds. I would love to just close those curtains and sleep off until Spring!
Organising Chaos Blog: Amazing beds

What is your favorite bed?

Have an amazing weekend?
ChaoticItzi