Changing Tastes?

January 3rd, 2013

I was organizing some pictures over the weekend and I stumbled across some images (below) of favorite rooms from 2010 that I had I gathered in an inspiration file on my old computer from that year (in those pre Pinterest days, do you remember them?) 

As I went through this “favorites” file I recognized something about myself, something that made me feel really good.  When it comes to my personal taste, I know what I like when I see it.  I like white bookcases and clean lines together with touches of wood and a mix of traditional and modern.

fitzhugh karol design sponge bookcase

 

I like graphic wallpaper in a powder room paired with a fretwork mirror.

elizabeth dinkel powder

 

I like sculptural modern accents paired with classic Louis style chairs trimmed in nailheads and a healthy dose of dark and light contrast. 

style at home magazine white chairs

 

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Favorite Organizational Tricks!

January 2nd, 2013

Greetings all, welcome to a brand new year!  I wanted to start 2013 with some inspirational ideas, and the first thing that came to mind is handy tricks for better organization.  I asked some of my favorite bloggers to contribute with a tip of their own, and today I’m excited to bring you these real life solutions from eight talented busy ladies.  Each mom shares one of her favorite tricks for staying organized around the house – enjoy!

i heart organizing trick

"I love to store anything that needs consistent restocking {i.e. dry foods in the pantry or powder detergents in the laundry room}, inside of clear storage containers.

By using clear containers, I can always get a quick visual of my stock before heading to the grocery store. I also like to add vinyl labels and use a chalk pen to add the date I purchased the food item so there is never question if it is still fresh."

~ Jen from I Heart Organizing, mom of three and organizational expert.

 

 

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fleurs

 

Clover Lane organizational trick

“My laundry organization system works so great for my family of eight.  Everyone has their own labeled laundry basket. All week long I keep up with the laundry, doing a little each day.

After they are clean and dry, I fold the clothes and put them in each basket.  On Saturday, it’s "put away" time and each child is responsible for taking their basket up and putting away their clothes nicely in their closets. I assign an older child to do the chore of putting baby clothes away also.”

~ Sarah from Clover Lane, mother of six and role model to busy moms everywhere.

 

 

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flowers

 

house of smiths crates

My favorite trick for organizing, is doing it with style.  For me, staying organized is always so much more fun and enjoyable, when the actual object you sort your items into is not only functional, but beautiful as well.

Simple DIY wood crates have been used over and over again in our spaces to create custom storage for many areas in our home, large and small.   Storage containers don’t have to be boring and utilitarian looking anymore, and the great thing about building your own storage, especially when you’re in a smaller home, is that it’s customizable to the individual spaces you have to work with.”

~ Shelley of House of Smiths, mom of three and passionate DIYer

 

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