How to Style a Coffee Bar Cart

Bar carts are definitely in style in 2020! No matter what size home you have, you can use a coffee bar cart to spruce up the space while having extra storage. Lost on how to make your cart look like it belongs in a magazine? Keep reading, and I’ll give you ideas on how to use and decorate this space.


On the top shelf, you can keep a coffee maker and/or espresso machine for an easily accessible cup of joe. In addition, you can have cute mugs, creamer, sugar, and stirring sticks for your own little Starbucks corner. For fun, you can even make a coffee bar sign.


Not into coffee? Make it into a hot chocolate or tea area! Bar carts can be used for any beverage (or food) that you like. It’s meant to be personal, just like your home.


If your cart has multiple shelves, don’t fret. You can put almost anything on a cart to make it cute. Add some succulents or plants on the shelves or beside your cart. The more plants, the better. Display your favorite cookbooks. Put your fruit bowl on a shelf. This will turn your cart into not just a coffee bar, but a little coffee and snack nook. You can rotate displaying festive trinkets that you find as well for that extra homey touch.


Finally, put the cart on a chic faux fur rug and put a chair or bookshelf nearby. This way you have the perfect space to curl up on the weekend and enjoy your home.


Remember, there’s no perfect science to putting together a bar cart. Hopefully these ideas help make a corner of your home a little more comfortable and a little more “you.” For more decor inspiration, definitely check out my Pinterest boards!

7 “In” Items for Your Home

If you recently bought or are trying to sell, you may need to update your home. Including these small, yet stylish features can help brighten and modernize the space. It’ll have all of your friends “ooh”ing and “aahh”ing as they admire your taste. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it a secret that you got the tips from me!


Gray Tones

Houses have transitioned from browns and beiges to grays over the last few years. Adding cool tones will brighten the room when the sun hits it, making your house look bigger than ever. You don’t have to have a completely grey home. Mixing cool tones with some warm, natural wood is in style! It looks effortless instead of tacky.


Round Mirrors

Round mirrors can go almost anywhere in your home. Put one over your dresser. Put it over your vanity. Use a round mirror in the bathroom. Put a round mirror over your couch. The possibilities are endless because mirrors look great anywhere and add the extra homey touch. Check out this one from Target!


Floor Mirrors

Speaking of mirrors, floor mirrors are also “in.” Again, you can place these almost anywhere. If you put them in a corner of the bedroom, it makes the room look bigger and gives you a spot to look at an entire outfit before leaving your home for the day. Put it in the living room on a smaller wall to give the illusion of a bigger room.


Bar Carts

These are so popular and have more uses than just being a drink bar. You can make this a coffee bar, a reading nook, a spot to put your plants. Bar carts can be styled according to what your home needs. What’s better than something stylish and functional? I love this one from Amazon.


Accent Walls

While cool tones are awesome, too much white can look a little bit like an asylum, which is definitely not the look anyone is going for. Add a pop of color with an accent wall. Don’t want to paint? Etsy has plenty of stick on wallpaper to choose from.


Animal Hide Rugs

Faux cowhide rugs are in. You can have one as your main living room rug or have something small enough to just fit in front of a chair. However you choose to style this, the hide will give a rustic and down to earth vibe in your home. Here’s an affordable one from Amazon!


Plants Galore

If you were looking for a sign to buy that cute little succulent out of Trader Joe’s, here it is. Plants add life to your home, but they’re low maintenance. You can put them on any table, counter, or shelf. Even adding a plant (that loves water) in your shower can help spruce up your daily routine!

How to Pick the Right Flooring


Go to any flooring store and it’s easy to be overwhelmed with options for your home. What might be worse is having a specific idea of what you want and finding it might be the wrong fit for the area of your home you’d like to put it in. Read on for a rundown of the types of flooring and where they are best suited in your home.   


Hardwood—Hardwood is the most popular choice these days, with nearly endless options, and a classic choice that is nearly always in style. In high traffic areas such as kitchens or entry’s it’s best to go with a durable hardwood such as oak. But if you’re looking at covering something like the bedrooms, you could consider a cheaper, softer alternative such as pine. Whatever you chose, you will need to be mindful of dents and scratches and expect to refinish the floors every ten years or so to keep them looking fresh.  


Carpet—Classic and comfortable, carpet is still a great inexpensive choice for places like bedrooms where comfort is valued over everything. Just whatever you do, don’t put carpet in the bathroom (this was a trend back in the day!).  


Concrete—Concrete can actually be a great option for homes, especially in high traffic wet areas such as laundry rooms, entries, basements, or large rooms off a pool area. Glazed concrete has a beautiful, rich sheen and can be installed with tile scores to resemble large tile or left as a solid, unbroken piece. It’s a modern, relatively inexpensive, and long-lasting choice.  


Laminate—These days laminate is not the roll of yellowing vinyl you remember from your grandmother’s kitchen. This solid, cheap workhorse, has been reborn. Laminate now comes in wood-like and tile options and can be a cheap, nice looking alternative to wood, especially in high traffic or water prone areas such as bathrooms and mudrooms.  


Tile—Another versatile option for your floors. Tile comes in a wide range of options, from economical choices like ceramic to luxury options like granite, and everything in between. Tile is easy to clean and maintain and provides a durable, long lasting floor. It can potentially be a DIY project, but if you have any doubt or a large project it’s best to hire an experience professional.


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21

Eight Summer Time Savers


Summer may not seem to be the time to start any new projects or habits, but it’s the perfect time to make life easier for yourself. Here are eight summer time-savers.  


Organize your grocery list. You probably shop at the same store or stores every time and can remember the layout if you needed. Organize your grocery list by the way you go through the store. Divide your paper into three vertical columns. First column is the outside edge. Middle column are the center aisles and the far column is the opposite outside edge. You can add two columns at the bottom for deli and any other common grocery store section. This allows you to create more efficient lists and cut down on the forgotten items and trips back to the store.  


Cut things quicker. Scissors for pizza, egg slicers for strawberries and mushrooms. Think creatively with your kitchen tools.


Prepare snacks. Especially in a household with demanding children, having a designated snack bin either in the fridge or kitchen is a way to cut down on interruptions and create more self-reliant children. After grocery shopping, prepare the snack items (such as small bags of carrots, grapes, nuts, crackers or other snacks your children like) and place them in a designated area that they can reach.  


Cleaning Supplies Where You Need ThemStage a small collection of cleaning supplies in each bathroom, in order to always have them on hand for a quick spray and wipe whenever you are in there and find it needs done. You’ll never need to apologize for your bathrooms again.  


Car Stash. Keep a bin of non-crumbly snacks, water, extra socks for that one kid, books, games (and motion sickness medicine) in your car and never have to scramble for those items again.  


Fill A Trash Bag. Taking a garbage bag around your home and filling it with trash or items to donate can be a freeing and productive exercise. It’s amazing how many things you keep that you don’t actually want.  


Put a trash bin where you sort the mail. Put that junk mail where it belongs.  


Keep beach items in a central location. Nothing is worse than the rush to find all the appropriate beach items. Keep a container in a closet and fill it with your beach towels, extra sunscreen and toys, so you always know where to find them and where to return them.  


Happy Summer!


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21

Healthy Gutters, Healthy Home


Gutters are the teeth of the house. When they start to go, everything else does to. (Or is it the feet?) Whatever the terrible analogy, healthy gutters are key to keeping your home healthy. They are designed to keep your home free from water damage. When they start to fail, the leaks can damage the fascia board, siding and, quickly, the foundation itself. Here’s what to look for to diagnose a vulnerable gutter system.  


Paint is peeling and/or there are signs of rust beginning. Gutter paint is designed to withstand moisture, but not continuous moisture or standing water. When the paint begins to peel or you notice red spots on the paint, it’s a sign the water isn’t flowing away naturally and something is wrong.  


Water marks below your gutters. Look at the grass and flower beds after a heavy rain and see if there are any marks in the earth or flattened grass or plants from where water poured directly over/through the gutter rather than being siphoned away appropriately into a downspout. Seeing signs of water where it shouldn’t be, is another indication of a failing gutter system.  


Gutters are sagging. Anytime your gutters are sagging it indicates sitting water or a clogged gutter pulling the gutter away from the house. It might be something as simple as a pile of leaves weighing it down, but you anytime you see this is an indication you need to keep a closer eye on the gutters.  


Cracks in the gutter or downspoutCracks occur most frequently during the winter, from sitting water melting and refreezing.  


In order to prevent problems, you should clean out your gutters every spring and fall at the least. But checking your gutters before a big rainstorm will make sure that there are no accidental leaks or damage that goes unnoticed.


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21