7th House on the Left

A while back, I posted about organizing our linen closet (see that post here). Since then, one of the most random, yet frequently asked, questions I get is, “How do you get your fitted sheets to look so neat and tidy?” I always try to explain it as simply as possible or reference the “Martha method”, but I still feel like it might be a little too confusing.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (the easy way) / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I don’t know anyone who loves folding fitted sheets. If you do, you deserve a gold star sticker. But yesterday, I finally came across a super simple and short video that perfectly went through the same steps I go through to fold the oh-so-dreaded fitted sheets and – oddly enough – it makes folding fitted sheets… dare I say it… fun.

I got a little nerdy and watched the video about 5 times just because I thought the music, videography and styling was so perfect. Well done, West Elm. You just gave me yet another reason to love you more than Kanye loves Kanye.

It’s that time again, His & Her Favorite Things! For those of you who are just joining in here at 7th House (we’ve been getting quite a few “I’m new to your blog” emails and comments lately! So, welcome!), this is where we share a peek into what we’ve been digging over the past few weeks, things we’ve bought and generally what’s catching our eye. We started this feature way back when the blog first began – actually even a year before that on my old photography blog – and it seems to be a favorite here among the readers, so we’ve kept it around. Since this is the first of the month, it’s once again time for our monthly installment of His + Hers. So, here’s Greg to start things off…

His Favorite Things / 7thhouseontheleft.com / #4thofjuly

ONE / We’ve been grilling a lot around here lately, so I’ve been more interested in grilling tools than usual. I’m a pretty no-frills guy when it comes to grilling, but I love small conveniences like this. It’s convenient for sure, and with the brush built into the lid, it keeps your sauce/marinade safe from flies or other debris. TWO / Ash showed me this large painted wood wall art piece recently, and I thought it was just plain awesome. As usual, I want it for my office. This is a constant joke between Ash and I because the style I want for my office changes by the hour – which is why it still isn’t finished. Regardless, since it’s the first of July, I thought this edition of His + Hers would be a good place to showcase it. THREE / As I mentioned, we’ve been grilling a lot lately, and a recent purchase that has made the grilling process a bit easier is this ultra light-weight melamine platter. Using this rather than our regular (super heavy) ceramic platter has saved my wrist. It’s simple and white (which Ash likes because it matches our other serving dishes) and light yet durable (which I’m a fan of). FOUR / Who knew Crate & Barrel had barbecue sauce? I certainly didn’t. On top of that, I’ve never tried an Alabama-style sauce, despite my great love for all things cooked over coals or smoked. I’m really looking forward to picking some up for our holiday meal!

Her Favorite Things / 7thhouseontheleft.com / #4thofjuly

ONE / Since starting to use First Aid Beauty’s facial cleaner a few months ago, I’m hooked on all things First Aid Beauty and have yet to find a product I didn’t absolutely love. Seriously. This stuff. Amazing. (I’ve actually had a few of you who tried it last time I mentioned it email me and say how much you love it!) This 20-minute mask is one of my recent favorites. You can also purchase FAB at Sephora if you are a fellow point-collector.  TWO / When I first saw this, I was like, “Hmm, that’s actually pretty cool.” It’s actually meant for 4th of July decor, but I think (if it’s put in the right place), it might be a neat year-around home accessory. THREE / As I’ve probably said here before, I’m a fan of big, chunky statement necklaces. Last year, I came across Bauble Bar through one of the YouTubers I watch from time to time. It’s a great resource for inexpensive statement jewelry and really great quality as well. FOUR / I’m in love with the simple sophisticated design of this platter. It’s not only great for entertaining, but I also think it would look good on a coffee table with a candle and trinkets or on a dresser with jewelry and pretty perfume bottles. If you purchase this online soon, you get a free $15 Target gift card. Soooo, why not? FIVE / Last week, I finally got around to signing up for a Julep subscription. I’m a bit of a nail polish and beauty product junkie, so this has been something I’ve been wanting to start for a while. I love that you can cancel your subscription at any time and you get special prices on all of their products by being a “Maven”. By the way, you can get your first box free by using the code FREEBOX at checkout!

Now, it’s your turn! How about you guys, what favorites are you crushing on this month? Any grilling gadgets Greg must know about? He asked me to add that last part ; )

Back to Black

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Last week I was walking through the foyer and realized that whenever I walk through that little area, something just bugs me. Like, a lot. It doesn’t make me happy; it just stresses me out. I’ve never felt this area to be “done” nor have I ever really “loved loved” what we put together during what seemed to be a whirlwind of a project. It’s been a good temporary solution while we spent some time realizing what we really wanted to do. Really, I was just happy to have anything at all filling up the otherwise empty area. The foyer isn’t big by any means, but it can still house a small table just fine. I’m currently on the lookout for something to replace the existing one, and I’m thinking about finding a new home for the lamp (either in our house our someone else’s house entirely – not sure yet).

Foyer (Part 1) / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I look at that and immediately think “circus”. To be honest, I’m still not totally sure how to get the “circus” feeling out of this area. All I know at the moment is I love the pendant light fixture (it makes more of a statement in person) and the sliver of a gallery wall to the right of the door. That’s about it. Everything else is on the chopping block. Since we took this picture, I’ve moved the basket under the table to the living room and taken the books on the top shelf back to my office. The vintage umbrella stand is now being used as wrapping paper storage (which makes me happy every time I see it), and the rug is currently folded up the foyer closet. I really do like the rug, and might even bring it back later somewhere else in the house. But for now, it’s just too much for my mind to handle.

Realizing how much frustration this little area has been causing me, I mentioned to Greg that I thought we needed to bring the foyer down a notch and start over. So, being the oh-so-thoughtful husband that he is, he pulled out a paint brush and the same paint we used on the two back doors (Black Suede by Behr) and got to work. About three hours later (including two coats and drying time), our front door now has a new, classier, lease on life.

Door Color: Black Suede by Behr / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Even though all we’ve done is paint the door and move the rug, it already feels less “trend shack” and a little more on the subdued and classic side of the spectrum. Since the umbrella stand isn’t there anymore, I’m thinking about picking up a few more frames to bring the gallery wall sliver down to the floor to make it look a bit more finished. We’re also contemplating getting some chunky aged brass door hardware. Greg actually came up with that idea, and I think it will make the hardware stand out nicely against the new, dark color.

All of that to say… sometimes we make mistakes, and guess what? That’s okay. We just scale it back, pick out what we actually like, take a breather and start over. I’ve got to be honest and say it’s quite a bit nerve-wracking to make mistakes on the internet for thousands and thousands of people to see. You’d think after blogging for three years, I’d be over that by now, but, I’m not quite there yet. Hopefully you guys will continue to stick with us as we live and learn.

Even though we aren’t quite sure what direction this foyer will go in the future, here are a few inspiring spaces that we’re really digging:

Foyer Inspiration / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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These inspiration photos are classy, grown-up, and as far from circus-like as possible. On top of that, have the whole rustic/modern thing going on we love so much. We definitely want to incorporate some fun eclectic accents mixed in here and there, but we’re going to be much more selective this time around. We shall see where that takes us!