Thursday, June 28, 2012

I want to own this

i made a "no shopping" policy for myself while we are living at my in-laws. 1. because we have no more room to put anything 2. I want to save all the money I can for buying our new house and buying furniture and decor to go in it. If I was shopping this week, I would probably buy some of these things:

Source: via Olivia on Pinterest
Source: via Olivia on Pinterest
Source: via Olivia on Pinterest

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Well friends, our house sold! It was on the market for less than a week and we had 3 offers, pretty amazing! I had a feeling it would sell quick but I didn't expect the craziness of everything that has had to go on since then. I'm grateful for the Lord and His timing because I know that He chose it perfect. We moved everything out over the weekend and have moved into temporary housing with my husband's family until we find a new place we want to buy and hand over our keys this Thursday! 

Something I learned about myself: I super hate moving. It's an organized girl's nightmare because there is NO possible way to have it done seamlessly organized. I tried little by little and felt good about it at first, a few boxes being packed each day so it didn't come and hit me at the end... but it still did. 

Moving in will be a lot better. The decorating and organizing in a new home will keep me motivated I hope!

A few insta-shots of my week (oliviakcarter):

Attempting relaxation for even just a few hours at a time: 

Have you ever had to do a big move? How did you feel about it? I could use some encouragement as I've been crazy overwhelmed over here. Trying to stay calm, not yell at people and TRUST it will alllll somehow be done by Thursday.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

organized: no closet?!

Reader Question:

Olivia! I love all your organizational skills & posts. We are moving to a much larger house but the whole place has only one large closet which in a little sitting area not any of the bedrooms. How would you organize closet-less bedrooms?

Thanks all for your questions, keep them coming!! I love answering them!

Closet-less bedroom!! Why would anyone build such a thing! :) 

Some tips/ideas for you my friend:

1. Pair down your clothes: this is a great opportunity to look at the clothes you own and make sure you you ask your self the following questions with each one: 1. do I love this? 2. do I wear this? (in the last 6 months, season depending) 3. am I drawn to it when I'm getting dressed in the morning . If you answer "no" to any of these questions, it's got to go! Even if you spend money on it and barely wore it or if you got it as a gift, get rid of it!! You'll feel great!

1a. Store away in an attic or bins not in your bedroom your out of season clothes, if it's summer, you don't need sweaters taking up "closet" space!

2. Decide what NEEDS to be hung up and what can be folded to fit in a dresser. This will help you see what you are working with and what size of something you may need to purchase

3. If this is a space you see staying for a long time, invest in an armoire (#2 can help you decide this as well as what size to get)

4. Create your own closet: 

5. Utilize under the bed: Once dressers &  armoire are full and you need more space, under the bed is a great option for sweaters, scarves, pants or out of season items
Source: via Luisa on Pinterest

6. Utilize Baskets, Trunks and Ottomons to double as decor: This is a great solution for any part of the home! If you can find a great piece of furniture that you love that also holds storage, its a bonus!

Anyone else have other tips for our friend with no closet in her bedroom??

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

loving: steel windows

Obsessed over these right now. In gloomy Portland, the sun needs all of the access it can get!

Monday, June 11, 2012

bright yellow

Blazer: Nordstrom // Tank: Old Navy // Jeans: UO // Bag: Thrifted

Thursday, June 7, 2012

laguna outfit

dress: Old Navy // Chambray & Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Shoes: Target // Necklace: Nordstrom

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


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