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Apr 2

April 2015 Alachua County Community Events

Posted by into Gainesville

April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Union Street Downtown Farmers Market
4 pm – 7 pm

April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Cymplify: Open Mic Night
7 pm – 9 pm

April 3rd
Cymplify: First Friday Food Truck Rally
5 pm – 9 pm

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
UF Astronomy Public Night Observatory
8:30 pm – 10 pm

April 4th
Haile Farmers Market
8:30 am – 12 pm

April 4th
Swamp Dash
Windy Hill Farms: Alachua

April 5th

April 9th
“Lauren’s Kids” Walk-in my Shoes
8 am – 4 pm

April 9th
JBF of Gainesville Consignment Sale
Alachua County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building
6 pm – 7:30 pm

April 11th
Tioga Car Show
10 am – 3 pm

April 18th
Hogtown Craft Beer Festival
Tioga Town Center
1 pm – 5 pm

April 18th, 19th, 26th
Mary Poppins
Santa Fe Performing Arts Center
2 pm – 4 pm

April 22nd
Earth Day

April 26th
Bosshardt Blitz
12 pm – 4:30 pm

April 28th
Taste of Gainesville Kick-off Party
Swamp Head Brewery
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

April 30th
Gator Stompin’
9:00 pm

Photo Credit: Good Life Community Magazine

Feb 4

Get your home ready for guests

Posted by into Organization

Come a family event and you are bound to have a few family and friends fly in to celebrate the season with you. Unless you have a large manor, chances are that you will short on space to fit everyone. While your guests will try to be as accommodating as they can be, you want to make sure that they don’t feel like an imposition or afterthought when they are over at your place. At the same time, if your home is normally cluttered, they might have to put up in cramped guestrooms, storage spaces and home offices, they can’t help but feel that way.

There is no reason to embitter the time with friends and family, so before your guests arrive, make sure you clean out your living space and move everything that you will not likely need during their stay into storage. If you don’t have space in your premises, choosing to store your property in self storage is a good way to ensure that your belongings are kept safe while you begin to give a few rooms in your house a makeover to prepare them for the people arriving.

Tips for creating space

Give them storage options

Your guests will probably have a few luggage, more if they have come prepared for a cold weather. So you will need to provide storage room for their belongings. This doesn’t mean that you empty your cash into buying new furniture. You can easily get a cheap deal online or at your local yard sales. It would also be a good idea to check with a storage facility if they are opening abandoned storage units and if there are any furniture for sale.

Increase storage space

Any furniture you choose, for your guest room or otherwise, should try to occupy as little space as possible while fulfilling the purpose you bought it for. So opt for folding beds, folding study tables, coffee tables and book shelves that save on space within the house. You can buy extra furniture for cheap depending on how many guests you are expecting, and then store them in a self storage unit until you need them again.

Add warmth to the room

A plain room with few furniture will not make your guests feel at home, so make sure you add some bath and bed linen, curtains, scented candles, magazines, books and a few art pieces to give the room a nice look.

Clean guestrooms

If your guests are staying for more than one or two days, make sure that you arrange for their rooms to be cleaned regularly, especially the bathroom. Change their sheets and towels once in a while, replenish their bathroom supplies of toilet paper and hand washing liquid and place a room freshener in their room. Add a few flowers to brighten up the décor every few days. They will also need to do their laundry if they are staying for long, so make sure they have access to laundry detergents and the washing machine when they need it.

When your guests leave, move the extra furniture that is in the guestrooms to the self storage room and bring back your former belongings. These storage facilities are available in a variety of sizes and at very affordable rates, so you can use them not only to store your guest furniture but any other thing that you cannot find a place for in your home.

For more helpful tips visit ManAndAVan.com

Feb 13

Decorating with wooden accents

Posted by into Apartments

We’re all getting pretty tired of winter at this point (are we in Florida still?), but there are some parts of the season that we’re not sick of, including decorating with wooden materials. We love the look of wood grain in our home, and we’re quite enamored with the idea of using it in unexpected ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate with this earthy material.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Dish up some natural texture with these Wind and Willow Home bowls. They’re made for holding salad, but we can see them holding all sorts of trinkets!

2. These coat stands are made with three poles with branch-like pieces at the top that connect them. They are part of a collection of wooden furniture designed by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto and use traditional shipbuilding techniques.

3. Make your tea lights look extra special with these tree branch candle holders. They’re handmade and will bring some outdoors into your home.

4. If you really want to invest in a beautiful wooden piece for your home, we suggest a well-made wooden chair with great lines. This one is from a Norwegian magazine.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This wooden hanging light by Iumi Design is so lovely. The laser-cut slats of wood create a cool pattern on the walls, and we love that you get to assemble it yourself (we’re suckers for DIY projects).

2. OK, we obviously have a thing for indoor plants (check out our post on them). This little geometric, hand-painted wooden planter by FlaneursPocket will add some color and whimsy to your space.

3. We swooned when we saw this cluster of pendant lights with purposeful cracks in it. Korean designer Kwon Jae Min made this fixture, and we think it’s a piece of art.

4. This rustic wooden end table will add some camping charm to your space. Doesn’t it make you want to cozy up with a plaid blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa? We’ll be over in five.

Jan 25

Tips for bringing greenery into your space

Posted by into Apartments

One way to make your living space feel more cozy and natural is to add plants in your decorating. They also keep your air clean and actually have been shown to provide several health benefits.

Decorating with them can be easy, but it’s important to know where to start. This list of houseplants by Wit & Whistle is really great because it includes almost all of the easy-to-care-for and happy-inside plants.

Here are a few additional tips and ideas I’ve picked up over the years:

Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Get creative with how you plant your greenery! This Babylon Light is the perfect example: It’s a plantable light fixture with lots of personality.

2. Fiddle-leaf figs are great indoor plants. They love a sunny window, only need to be watered when their soil is completely dry, and have big, lush leaves to bring some color into your rooms.

3. If you’re looking for something to put on a tabletop or a counter, consider planting succulents and cacti in a wide bowl or a terrarium. These are another type of plant you can pretty much ignore most of the time, since they need very little water. The do like sunlight, so try to put them in a bright place.

4. The folks over at Apartment Therapy put together a really great post on how to garden when you don’t have a garden. There are a lot of patio and balcony ideas for when space is limited.

5. Potted plants look great in groups, and you can add height and visual interest by putting them on modular succulent planters are visually interesting and can be arranged in several different ways. You can make this with this tutorial on Manda Townsend‘s blog.

7. Another great DIY planter project is this one from Pepper Design Blog. I love the brightly colored hexagons.

8. This grouping from La Maison ‘Anna G looks great on a bench right under the wall. Planting everything in white pots makes your collection look more uniform and put together.

9. If you like the look of a hanging planter from Woollypocket but can’t hang things from your ceiling, this wall planter is a great idea. It’s especially great if you have limited surface and floor space.

Jan 17

Neutrals inspiration

Posted by into Apartments

I find myself preferring neutrals during the winter months, so I thought I’d throw together some decorating inspiration for you.

Here are some cool neutrals:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Bild Schœnes // 2. Trendenser // 3. Birch & Lily // 4. Anna Gillar // 5. Pinterest // 6. Crush Cul de Sac // 7. Stylizmo Blog’s Instagram // 8. Mrs. Manuela Hardy // 9. The Little Corner

And if you’d like to warm things up, here’s some additional inspiration:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Darling magazine // 2. Martha Stewart home tour // 3. Pinterest // 4. Roses & Rust // 5. White & Grey Memories // 6. Domaine // 7. Domaine // 8. Pinterest // 9. Ballard Designs

Dec 27

Office refreshers

Posted by into Apartments, DIY, Organization

I love my little home office area, but I like to refresh it every once in a while so I don’t get bored and end up sitting in front of the TV (my chiropractor also likes this idea). Here are some DIY projects and products that will add a little flair to your space.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This atlas cork board set from Urban Outfitters is cute and makes you look smart and worldly.

2. A Creative Mint won us over with this great idea: Mark dates on your calendar or planner with colorful washi tape. That way everything is color coded and bright.

3. These maple and brass rulers by Best Made Co. are beautifully well designed. This isn’t a ruler to stick in a drawer — it’s begging to be displayed on your desk.

4. These drawer liners by Hammocks & High Tea are bright and fun. They’re sure to make you smile.

Clockwise from top left:

1. The folks at A Creative Mint have another great idea: Hang some photos and mementos with neon washi tape straight to the wall. Create your own fun, bright gallery!

2. We love the idea of monochromatic pencils in this simple initial mug. We saw the combination over on Annixen‘s blog.

3. Painted embroidery hoops as mini cork boards that pack a punch? We’re already on our way to Michael’s. These are adorable. The Voilet Hours/Project Kid is bringing it.

4. We got all giddy when Eva Black took us on a tour of Lindsay Stetson Tompson’s home studio. Those drawers are our favorite, and you can grab them at IKEA.

Clockwise from top left:

1. OK, so we’ve got a think for cool cork boards. How else are we going to get all of our cool finds up on the wall? For a more typographic approach, try these Pottery Barn Kids Harper corkboard letters.

2. A Beautiful Mess took us on another home tour of Sarah Sherman Samuel’s abode. We thought this super simple but very chic black ribbon inspiration board idea in her studio was great. Don’t you agree?

3. There’s something about fancy desk accessories that just makes us happy — including this great collection of fancy scissors. Want to snag yourself a display-worthy pair? We’re pining for this Hay Shop pair.

4. Fellow Fellow gets crafty with another great way to use all of that washi tape you’ve been hoarding: Make temporary polka dots that look like wallpaper! They’re simple to make and add a lot of pop!

Dec 17

Ringing in the New Year with style

Posted by into Apartments, DIY

Are you already planning the perfect New Year’s Eve party for you and some friends? If you aren’t, you might want to after seeing these ways to make the evening extra special.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Make your own coasters (and save your tabletops!) with this DIY project from Martha Stewart.

2. Make things extra festive with this diamond piñata from Prospect Goods. Looking to save some money? Reveiller has an awesome DIY that makes it super simple to make your own.

3. Help guests keep track of their cocktails with this quick and easy solution from Jentertaining: Use washi tape on the side of their glass and write their name on it.

4. These fig, lobster mushroom and taleggio tarts from Cannelle et Vanille look so delicious! We’d love to nibble on them at a soirée.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Not enough sparkle in your party? We’re pretty sure this DIY gold sequin heart from 100 Layer Cake is just the thing you’re looking for.

2. We love the sparkly detail at the bottom of this dress we saw over at Chic Vintage Brides. Doesn’t it just make you want to spin around a little?

3. This fig, vanilla bean and cardamom-infused vodka from Tasty Yummies is the perfect base for a cocktail to complement that fig tart.

4. Every host needs to have a bottle opener on hand, and this one from Poketo is simple but chic.

Dec 10

Decorate your apartment for the holidays

Posted by into Apartments, DIY

The holidays are here, and we’re all about spreading the cheer. So grab your rainy day craft box, make a cup of hot cocoa, crank up your favorite Pandora holiday station (might we recommend this one?) and let’s get to crafting!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Need to create a tree but don’t want to buy one and haul it inside? Check out this tree made of photographs (it’s the first image in the slider). If you’re going for a more dramatic look, the page has 14 other ideas to decorate for the holidays in black and white.

2. This paper straw wreath is simple and adds a great pop of color to your space.

3. Trim your tree (or your walls!) with four homemade garland ideas from Freutcake. These are so cute.

4. Blow Up! studio created a DIY piñata tree for Anthology magazine. The only thing better than a holiday tree is this adorably fringed one.

Clockwise from top left:

1. We didn’t think we could like a garland of fall leaves any more — until we saw 6th Street Design School’s glittery version.

2. These images from Elle Decoration’s Christmas issue over on Petra Bindel’s site are so lovely. We’ve got our eye on those patterned pendants hanging from the ceiling. A Subtle Revelry has a great round up of 25 different types of garland you can make to decorate your space year round.

3. These bright, yarn-sewn ornaments are super easy to make and add so much color to your decorating. You could put them on your tree or even hang them as a mobile. The DIY from Mr. Printables comes with a template you can print out for the shapes, and the best part is that this project is totally kid friendly, so grab a little one and get crafty!

4. If you’re looking for something a little more natural, Designlovefest has you covered with this holiday wreath project. It’s a little organic and wild in the perfect way.

Clockwise from top left:

1. We’re digging the idea of temporary wall art using washi tape. This deer head (check out those antlers!) is so much fun.

2. If you believe that everything that glitters is gold, you’ll love this diamond balsa wood ornament project from A Beautiful Mess. We supposed you could really paint it any color you like, but we’re partial to gold this year.

3. We’ve seen a lot of metallics and neutrals paired together in decorating lately, and we love how it looks sophisticated and striking all at once. This paper fan banner from Somewhere Splendid can be customized with letters (theirs reads JOY) that can be removed if you want to display it after the holidays.

4. And then, there was this wreath. We saved our favorite project for last. While this golden wreath by The Design Confidential looks super sophisticated, it’s ridiculously easy. It’s made of paper straws and string!

Jan 30

We have a lot of IKEA furniture, too.

Posted by into Apartments, Organization

It’s expensive to buy furniture. As a college student, and even as an after-college professional, it’s not really something worth investing in yet. So, like everyone else, most of us turn to the Swedish furniture superstore otherwise known as IKEA. We become way too familiar with LACK and KLIPPAN and EXPEDIT and develop a liking for Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam.

And what happens? All of our apartments end up looking like one variation or another of everyone else’s. We add our own things and touches, but at the end of the day, we all have the same GISLEV rug as everyone else. And that’s OK. But if you’re longing for just a bit of individuality for your Billy bookcase, we’ve got you covered.

Enter Mykea. They love the well-designed furniture of IKEA, but hate that they see it everywhere — and that it all looks the same. So they’ve designed some pretty darn awesome decals for your IKEA pieces that make them a little more personalized.

We found Apartment Therapy about how to customize your IKEA furniture. You can read the article here.

Here’s to doing it a little differently!

Jan 21

33 organizers to make life easier

Posted by into Organization

Looking to get organized? Finally ready to tackle your home office, or maybe even your garage? Are you a college student looking for some dorm room organization ideas?

Well, the folks over at MarthaStewart.com have a list of 33 closet, storage and office organizers to help in your quest to find a logical place for everything. Check them out here.