Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Storage and Organization

So the new year also sometimes gives me the itch to reorganize and declutter. Unfortunately, a lot of it is behind doors or spaces guests don't really see, but it's there and you have to look at it. I've been keeping a list of some great storage and organization ideas and products. Some more pricey, some dirt cheap. But either way, it sure makes organizing more fun if you have some new, cute things to help you out!

Ikea is a great resource for EVERYTHING....but especially the little things like organizing tools that don't get a ton of wear and tear. They have excellent storage boxes that would look cute exposed- metal, printed fabric, retro, or woven baskets- we all have a need for more boxes!

They also have this clever filing cabinet. I love the metal front pull down door!

Or you could always spray paint or wallpaper the standard filing cabinet from walmart to suit your room.

...needs no introduction. Everything there is fabulous and I'd love to get my hands on one of those Elf closet systems! ...someday when I have a home I can do things with.

Kitchen counter clutter is a huge problem in our house. We have this bowl that sits on the counter....a decorative bowl...that gets used as a junk bowl. So we have a junk drawer and a junk bowl, which spills over into a piler (or two) of mail and things to file. Before we can have a nice little mud room area with maybe a desk or something less exposed, I am on a search to find a great wall mail/letter organizer.
Potter Barn has the Daily System

Ballard Designs has some similar wall pockets, but more 'fancy'. And a great desk organizer for those with more 'desk'/counter space.

I am loving wire baskets for closet storage. Walmart sells them at the most affordable price.

If you are like our house, we always need some clever and attractive storage solutions to hide toys and kid clutter. The first is a storage 'side table' with one side chalkboard by Jennifer DeLonge. The next is the cute Noah Owl Box by Mod Mom furniture. The last, Via Toy Boxes, doesn't hide clutter, but helps organize and uses the under the bed space very efficiently!

Hopefully this post was useful and inspiring to help you declutter and organize something in your home! Happy cleaning!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cozy Up

It has been raining all day, and will be all week. While it may not be as cold as other parts of the country, it still makes me yearn for a fire to cozy up next to. In hommage to cuddling and keeping warm, here are a few fireplace settings that I'd love to read a book near or chat with some good friends!

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year, New Colors, New Home

The New Year always seems to encourage me to clean, reorganize, and redecorate. While I'd love to always redecorate (and I mean really redecorate) I always look forward to the new spring lines that furniture stores start coming out with. Here are a few ideas to get your appetite wet and ideas moving.

I am loving yellow and grey. It was big a while back and West Elm has it in their new color palette, and I'm feeling it.

I always love and have loved antiqued mirrors

Seating Options I love
Design within Reach Bantam Sofa and Bertola Chair

(except maybe in a velvet)
Knoll Wassily Chair

I'm loving simple, abstract art (line drawings)...and I can't find the painting that I saw ANYWHERE! So I'll add it if I come across it!

Someday I would like large, framed antique maps of the world and the USA.

Ikat prints are still all the rage- whether it be a chair fabric, pillows, or rugs.

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