Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cleaning In Style: Alice Supply Co.

While we're on the topic of Ebelskivers and making food interesting and fun, why not just stay on a slightly altered domestic track and talk about cleaning.

Anyone still with me?  HEL-LOOOO!!! Anybody out there?!?

I kid, I kid.  But on a serious note, if you're not in the mood for it, cleaning can be a real drag.  I remember Saturdays a couple years ago when I would just jump out of bed ready to clean. True Story.  My schedule used to be jam packed and, for some reason I could fit so much more in.  Now?  Not as much - on either account.  Sometimes I even have to set small goals for myself in order to stay motivated to keep it tidy.  Consider this my cleaning confessional.  One day I was talking to a former Roxy executive who mentioned that a former colleague of hers had started this company that created fun cleaning tools.  I was like, "Oh yeah they do...what are they?  A maid service?"  A little sarcasm never hurt anyone.

Enter Alice Supply Co.  They had me at striped broom.


Can you imagine??  Fabulous!!  Now if I could only fly away on it. (hehe)  But it gets better.....


Now you can coordinate!! 

Alice Supply Co. was founded by former Fashion executives Maria Barnes and Raili Clasen who took a trip south of the border last year and found themselves swept away - no pun intended - by brightly colored hardware items and cleaning accessories.  Later, over margaritas (don't you just love them already?), Alice Supply Co. was born.  The company is based out of Chino, California and offers the best and brightest of every humdrum household and gardening item you can imagine.

I first fell in love when I spotted this floor mat:


It was as if the mat called out to me saying, "Carrie your backdoor landing is boring as hell.  Will you do something about that already?"  Next thing you knew my wallet was out and the mat was sitting next to me in the car en route to its new home.

I am currently awaiting the bucket and garden hose, but they have so many other fun things like toolboxes, gardening tools, and plungers (oh yeah I got one of those too because dealing with the inevitable just ain't right.  If you have a significant other you know what this means).  It's a big girl world out there ladies.  That dust, dirt and other nonsense isn't going anywhere, so we might as well go big and clean in style!!

Let me know what you think.  Would you spend a few extra bucks to have some home and garden "accessories" that brought an element of cheer to the tasks?  Personally, I'm all for it!

63 comments:

Lori said...

Anything to bring a smile to my face while doing the inevitable is all right by me ~ these are just fun!!

Lynzy said...

AW finally a little bit of fun while cleaning!

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Leia said...

I am obsessed with cleanliness and having a clean house but I HATE cleaning! Those bright fun products would definitely make it a bit more enjoyable though!

Leia

SabinePsynopsis said...

Beautiful cleaning devices! which could make the chores slightly easier to endure. The question is: Should I rather invest in a cleaner? (but that would probably pay for LOADS of beautiful brooms and other things) xoxo

Cara said...

Funny you should post about this today after I cleaned and organized yesterday..not fun

this free bird said...

Cara-sucktastic!!

style'n said...

I love all these items-so fun and bright. I remember those saturday mornings so clearly when I would clean and make hubby clean too. But the best money I have ever spent is on my cleaning lady. Seriously-it is so worth it! No time to clean.....

Debby said...

I love these cleaning tools. Somehow I don't think they would make me WANT to clean but I would totally buy them! xoxo

Cool Gal said...

Cleaning is one of my most favorite things to do. Seriously. Remember Monica on "Friends?" Me!

I am going to rush right over and check this out. I figure since it's something I like to do that benefits everyone, I'll spend a little extra (Does this make sense?). It's why I mainly use Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products. Love 'em!

You're so right about the plunger thing, too. What's up with that anyway?

Have a great day and thanks for the tip!

ivy's closet said...

cool colors. still dunno if it would get me in the mood to sweep though. but I like it.

lucy and sarah said...

Wow, that is such a cool broom.

Nikki said...

These are so cute and I'm sure they make cleaning (a little) more fun !!




xx
Nikki

Jen said...

Hey, if you're going to clean, might as well make it fun!! But me, I'm a cleaning freak so I'd still clean if I had all these fun pieces or not.

Happy Tuesday Dearie!! xo

Jen said...

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Liz said...

I love your posts! I don't particularly enjoy cleaning, but I love a clean place and am a little anal about it. These items would definitely make it more enjoyable--at least I'd look better at it!

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jemina said...

oh, how cute!!! I'm all for it!!! xoxo

Nicole said...

I love this post! ...and I SO totally would spend a few extra dollars to buy cute cleaning supplies! It makes the task so much more enjoyable.

Abby said...

That floor mat is definitely cute! I'd think that the cleaning supplies were too pretty to get dirty.

Closet Fashionista said...

Those are so fun! I know what you mean...some days I really want to clean...and others I'm like "mom you do it!"
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Valerie said...

What a cute idea! I welcome any way to make cleaning more fun. I also set small goals for myself and try to do a bit at a time so it doesn't take up my entire Saturday. I play loud music and that makes it a little more bearable.

xo
Valerie

Rachel said...

I love that broom! It's so cute!

Lady Grey said...

If I had these tools, my house would be spottless!!!
oxo
Have a great day, darling.

Ms Sublime said...

Big resounding Yes!! Anything to motivate my tidiness is has my vote! x

Daniela said...

very pretty cleaning supplies - I still don't think it would make cleaning 'fun' though. lol

OneCraftyFox said...

The truth is I'm a neat freak. And cleaning products MUST be CUTE.

:)

Half Dressed said...

I would def buy something a little more pricey, just so it is a little more cheery, cleaning is such a drag at least this way the tools look slightly cooler even if you dont :P

L x

http://only-halfdressed.blogspot.com/

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Please, I would totes spend extra money for cute cleaning accessories - the brighter the better!! :P

Stacey said...

I definitely would spend a little extra. I do some form of cleaning everyday and these would probably help to not make cleaning such a "chore."

Charlotte said...

so cute!! this will inspire me to do more cleaning!!!

Annie said...

awww really cute! Anything that makes cleaning somewhat "fun" is worth some extra cash I think. ha

Fé... said...

With those stuff, I think I'll be more keen on cleaning :p Hahahahaha.

Katie said...

Cute cleaning supplies? Um yes, I'd totally spend money on those. Anything to make cleaning look more fun!

DT ~ RDH said...

FUN! (well, kinduv!) Do they have anything for cleaing tubs?? Oh how I hate cleaning tubs...

Krystal said...

i want that broom so badly it hurts!!!
and 3am!!!! my goodness, i hope you went to sleep eventually. but actually sometimes i love doing that - i'm way more of a night person. mornings are lame. thanks for pouring one out for me, that made me laugh! i just hope you didn't pour too much out - i'm not a proponent of wasted alcohol ;)

Krystal said...

p.s. i keep meaning to tell you - you know how you have your mayhem word? well i heard something and it's stuck with me always and sometimes i swear i say it in my head like once a day - and it is.....are you ready? drum roll...i think you might like it...
holy calamity insanity!!!

Pretty Pleased said...

Yes! Anything to bring insiration to that which I despise (cleaning) These happy instruments may actually make it may I dare say ....fun:)
Thanks for the tip!
MC
www.prettypleasedblog.com

Raez said...

haha! those are adorable.

xx raez

Kiki said...

OMG - you make cleaning look so glamorous!! Except I don't ever really feel that way - Yikes!!!

XOXO
Kiki

Kristin said...

That had me at striped dustpan. Could it BE any cuter??? OMG!

Barbara said...

I'm always so lazy to tidy!!! maybe this stuff would motivate me just a little bit??

The Frat Pack + Me said...

Adorable!

Couture Carrie said...

Really fun post!
That broom may actually inspire me to clean!

xoxox,
CC

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Hi Carrie! How fabulous and fun.. I love adding great elements to mundane tasks! So nice to come across your blog, I'm a new follower. xx

ivy's closet said...

My thinking exactly..about the broom..you know, something the fairies might want to use if they ever drop in to clean up my kitchen...hehehee.

this free bird said...

Ivy - AHAHAHAHA my sentiments exactly!!

Iva said...

yay for cleaning today! lol


this is all so cute!! Those mats are super cute!! Happy Tuesday lady!!! Hope you are having a nice week!

Tamara Nicole said...

I would love those! My hubby laughs at me b/c I have these super cute girly frilly cleaning gloves and a cute apron I wear, just makes it more fun:-)

Anna Walker said...

aweh, so cute! I love, love, love the striped broom! So cute, and it would go with everything! :)

Jammer said...

I might actually consider cleaning if I had a broom that cute! Ok, well probably not but I still want it! haha

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

shari @ little blue deer said...

Hi sweetie! I love to clean, be it with cute supplies or not! It's so relaxing to me, though I would hire a cleaning lady if I could! XO!

Josie said...

I'm the first to admit that I am NOT a big cleaning fan -- I don't like it when things get gross, though, so I suck it up and do it. I desperately want these darling items -- so cute!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Turquoise and Lily said...

really cool cleaning set.. i wanna have one.. they are so stylish.. thanks for your comment anyway :)

Regan said...

Your blog is so gorgeous!! I'm glas I came across it. :)

Zabrinah said...

Nice items here!!! I don't think I ever woke out of bed, eager to clean!

Though once I'm cleaning, I love it!!!

Best wishes from one blogger to another,

~Zabrinah

alli/hooray said...

LOVE alice supply co! I want all of their navy striped stuff.

Anna Jane said...

I hate cleaning...there I said it! But, those cute supplies miiiiight make me not dread it so much.

xx,
anna jane

Bren said...

This stuff is cute, but I want the cleaning lady! I hate cleaning! I do it, but there's at least 10 other things I'd rather be doing. Maybe if I had more free time...nope I'd still hate it, and still want a cleaning lady.


xoxo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

this free bird said...

Yes. I would like a cleaning lady, too. But no one cleans in the corners like I do so I'm going with the cleaning supplies. Because now I'm a cleaning expert? Although there is little to no evidence supporting this questionable claim. :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

These would definitely bring some cheer to a cheerless task.

Niki B. said...

so someone has achieved the impossible and made a broom and dustpan cute! i've never been so interested in cleaning before.

xx Niki
http://www.ahautemess.ca

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Am not very fond of cleaning. So I have a daily who comes in a and do the cleaning. Must tell her about these cleaning devices;-)

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

hahaha, I love pretty cleaning supplies! I think it might bring out the OCD in me though, forcing me to decoratively arrange the supply closet... But since I don't really have one of those currently, I don't have to worry!

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