Back-to-School Make Over for the Mudroom!

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I really wanted to finish up our mudroom space before school started this year, and we made it, just under the wire! I was really excited to get to team up with Amana again on this project. You might remember that one of the first projects we tackled in our house after moving here was paneling in the mudroom. We held off on paneling the closet walls, just because there was a lot of work to do there first.

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This was my rough plan for each of the cubby nooks:

My Spice Shelf and $300 Oliviers & Co. Give Away

Isn't it funny how the little, last minute  design choices can often end up being the star of a room? I had an idea to add a little spice shelf above our range with just a super simple 3" piece of stained pine moulding, hung with cheap L-brackets that were spray painted gold. I love having a place to perch all my pretty little salts and oils.

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Speaking of my favorite oils, Oliviers & Co. is a wonderful business that produces the most beautiful and delicious artisanal oils and vinegars, condiments, crackers and culinary creations. They put intense pride in every step of production, and the quality shows!

My favorite kind of easy meals are the snacky ones with fruits and breads and cheeses. My girls definitely inherited a similar love - they attacked this spread as soon as I turned my camera off! :)

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Oliviers & Co. sent over an assorted mix of their best sellers, including the best-tasting olive oil I have ever had in my life (the green tin I now have on my spice shelf) and the most incredible balsamic vinegars. The vinegar on the far right was infused with fig and it was so, so delicious. I can't wait to make a vinaigrette with it! Maybe using some of the white truffle sea salt too? I've been scouring their food blog for recipes and ideas, and referencing their helpful How To Taste guide for olive oils.

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These jams were amazing! I put a little honey goat cheese on one of their tortas sweet olive oil crackers with a swipe of peach and apricot jam and I thought I was in heaven. There is muscat and almond in the fruit spread that makes the flavor so beyond the norm, and I feel like that is true with all of their products. A foodie's dream-come-true!

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Oliviers & Co. is kindly giving away a $300 credit today! To enter, click here, join the Oliviers & Co. email list, browse the delicious offerings on the site, and then comment on this post with the product you'd love to try. Please be sure to either sign in or leave an email address in your comment, so I can get a hold of the winner! This give away is for US readers only.

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And, BONUS! Save 10% on your first purchase when you enter to win the $300 credit! Here are my picks. What are yours??

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This post was a collaboration with Oliviers & Co. Thank you for supporting our sponsorships!

Why Don't You: Hang a Picture Ledge

Now that our house is in a more comfortable place, I'm turning my focus back on to the site (redesign almost done! huzzah!) and to my design business. I've picked up a couple new clients this month that I'm excited about. I flew to New York last week to meet with one of them and to help the other style her home after a big move. One of them has about a million framed family photos - and they are beautiful! So homey and personal. None of them are formal portraits, just sweet candid shots, lovingly blown up and framed. I came home inspired to tackle the monumental task of sorting and organizing and printing our favorite family photos. (still working on getting to that one!) :/
You all know I love a good gallery wall. I think it's a great way to display a collection of art or photos that are different, but work well together. I've been thinking of other ways to display family photos besides the traditional nail-in-wall method (something like my friend Emily's picture rails), and I am finding myself so drawn to picture ledges that look like these below - simple, mostly monochromatic, and really artfully curated.

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IKEA sells a simple 4' ledge for only about $15. It would be so easy to make your own version too, with a few pieces of glued and pinned together lengths of wood.

I really love India Hick's family photo ledges in her dining room. I'd love to do something similar in our dining nook. It makes me happy to think about seeing all the faces of people we love and have been inspired by every day, at every meal! And what a great conversation starter for dinner guests!

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Have you seen any cool/different ways to display family photos lately?

The Library Bookshelves!

If you've been reading LGN for practically any amount of time, you probably know that I love me a good bookshelf! In the past we've used a series of IKEA bookshelves to house most of our books (here's a link to the DIY arched version and the faux-built-in version). When we moved to this house though, I knew we were going to invest in something special for our library built-ins. I am SO happy with how these turned out! The shelves are pretty much the first thing we see when we walk in the door and they make me smile every time.

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I hired a local company called Classy Closets to build and install the insanely huge shelves (they are over 16' tall!). I learned about the locally-owned company first when I was helping my friend Caitlin Wilson work on a show house for the Street of Dreams in Gilbert. Show homes are a great way to discover local companies and I saw Classy Closets' work and was super impressed.

They were wonderful to work with them from the get-go. They have amazing in-house designers that can take care of everything if that's what you need/want, but they also love to collaborate with designers. They also offer trade pricing or commissions, which ends up being really helpful for big projects like this one, though I will say their pricing is incredibly fair for the great, fast work they do. And actually, Classy Closets is offering a huge give away right now for a $2000 worth of custom cabinetry (they do everything from closets to kitchens)!

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