Eleven Gables Home Tour on Cote de Texas Blog

Do you have a blog crush?  

I do.

Her name is Joni Webb and she writes the most beautiful blog called Cote de Texas.

I honestly can't remember when I discovered her.  I know it was shortly after we moved into Eleven Gables.  Her writing and attention to detail lures you in.  She teaches the do's and don'ts of home interiors.  The homes she features are stunning.  I recall her having an Aiden Grey contest once.  I didn't dream of entering, but I drooled over the entries, and I have spent countless hours pouring over every single post Joni has ever written.  

Every single time I redo a room, I ask myself, "What would Joni do?"  Go see my pin boards and you will see evidence of that.

There are many design elements around our home that I have gleaned from Cote de Texas.  Zebra skin, seagrass, slipcovers, wicker, curtains..... to name a few.

Joni reached out to me via Instagram a couple months ago asking if she could feature my home.  I nearly fainted.  What an honor.  

She did such a beautiful, comprehensive tour of our home.  I would love for you to pop over and see it.  Leave her a lovely comment as well! 

Thank you, Joni, from the bottom of my heart!  

Here is the post! 

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Make Room For What You Love Challenge {Decluttering and Organizing}


Hello, Lovlies!  I am so thrilled to tell you about another book by my sweet friend, Melissa Michaels.  Melissa writes a blog called The Inspired Room.  Her blog was one of my very first blogs to ever read.  I told you about her other two books HERE and HERE.  Make Room For What You Love is another page turner!  It strikes a nerve with me because.... 

I am not an organized person by nature.  There.  I said it.  Now you know my secret.  Organization is not in my DNA, I have to work on it.  Every Single Day of my life.  I love to "collect."  Some of my collections have turned into clutter.   

I love what Melissa says, "Your story has wonderful chapters from the past that are worth and wonderful to remember, but don't let your home get stuck in a time capsule.  It's okay to let past trinkets go in order to make more room for what inspires you now.  They served their purpose at that time.  Now make more room for who you have become."

When organizing our kitchen, I took EVERYTHING out.  Literally put it in boxes and only brought in what we needed.  

I left those boxes in our storage area and if I needed something, only then did I bring it in.  (I haven't been in those boxes in over two years- out they go!)

The first step for me was keeping all the clutter OFF the countertops.  If it couldn't fit in a cabinet or drawer, it was left in the storage area.  Since the island is the hub of our kitchen, I will show you how I organized my most used kitchen essentials.  These drawers hold the key to my organized kitchen.

The top drawer is for all of my sharps.  I have this thing with kitchen shears.  If you don't own some, you are missing out!  I use them for everything food!  Why aren't my knives in a big block on the counter, you ask?  Probably because I watched a scary movie at some point and it involved a knife being pulled from a block on the counter.  I don't need the boogie man having quick access to my knives.  :)  This handy dandy knife holder keeps them off the counter and out of sight.

The second drawer holds all of my baking utensils.  I really do use multiples of all these items!  

The baskets are unfortunately discontinued. I have searched everywhere for you.  If you find them, please comment and let me know so I can share with my readers.

The third drawer holds my mixing bowls, multiple liquid measuring cups, a cheese slicer (not sure why that is there other than the fact that I had space there), and a round little slicer thingy that I bought at the fair 20 years ago... I love that it fits my mixing bowl and I can just slice right into the bowl.

The fourth drawer holds industrial sizes of foil, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags.  Everything is within easy reach and is usable.

By eliminating the clutter and making room for what I truly use and love, I have made our kitchen a place of enjoyment.  The boxes of extras are still in the storage room... three years later.  It's ridiculous.  I promise it is my plan to haul that extra stuff off and donate it this summer!!  

Now, you may be asking yourself, How can I start decluttering my house?  Start with one room... look at the surface space and clear it all off.  Are there magazines and catalogs you haven't looked at yet?  Toss them in the trash.  Don't feel bad about it.  When is the last time you have actually ordered directly from a magazine?  I have a stack I keep meaning to look through.  It isn't happening.  I always end up google searching what I am looking for anyway.  Into the trash they go!  Do you have an appliance sitting on the counter that you haven't touched in a month?  Find a place for it under a cabinet or in the pantry.  Voila! An empty space!

Organizing doesn't have to be costly.

Thrift stores sell all sorts of containers that can be utilized for organization.  Or you can make your own out of small cardboard boxes covered in contact paper.  
Start small, one drawer at a time.  You can do this.  

To purchase this life changing book and start your own Organization and Decluttering Challenge click the link:

Join my friends and me as we participated in "The Make Room Challenge."   Visit their blogs today and see how they are simplifying their homes and lives.  

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