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Interior Decor Books by Darryl Carter

Interior Decor Books by Darryl Carter

When there’s a choice between new and old furniture (or even new and old houses, sometimes), I’m drawn to the solidity, detail, and character of the latter. Darryl Carter’s simple, clean, largely neutral/natural, design aesthetic projects just the right level of warmth and calm coupled with a sense of history that [...]

October 22, 2014 × 0 comments

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Quick Tip: Use Decorative Glasses (or Mugs) as Toothbrush Holders

Quick Tip: Use Decorative Glasses (or Mugs) as Toothbrush Holders

His/Her Glasses by Kate Spade When decorating a bathroom, the hardest things for me to find are the simple, functional items like soap dishes and toothbrush/toothpaste holders, with the latter being the most elusive. My last toothbrush container in a long line of toothbrush containers was perfectly modern and minimalist [...]

August 20, 2014 × 2 comments

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Reader Request: Container Store Picks and Faves

Reader Request: Container Store Picks and Faves

It’s no secret that The Container Store is one of my happy places, so when reader and fab blogger Inspirationele suggested that I do a post on my TCS faves, I was 100% on board. Thanks for the idea! My dream office would have oodles of these Bisley Storage Cabinets. Oodles. Stockholm Desktop Collection I’ve been [...]

August 13, 2014 × 2 comments

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Organization: Nail Polish

Organization: Nail Polish

Previously, all my nail lacquers were tossed in a plastic storage bin in a bathroom cabinet. Not only could I not easily see which shades I had, but the bottles would end up falling down on their sides, causing the polish to separate in a weird way. Then, I got [...]

July 9, 2014 × 1 comment

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Entertaining: Spring Party

Entertaining: Spring Party

Hub and I hosted a small family get-together last month, and it really reminded me how much I truly do LOVE to entertain. I have to do it more often: at the drop of a hat and for absolutely no reason at all Lemonade and Peach Iced Tea I don’t remember [...]

June 2, 2014 × 10 comments

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Kitchen Organization: Tea (or Coffee) Supplies

Kitchen Organization: Tea (or Coffee) Supplies

My general organizing strategies are 1.) to keep similar and/or similarly purposed items corralled together and 2.) to store things where (or very near to where) I use them. Because I make tea so often, this tea supply tray lives on the kitchen counter under the cabinet that houses my [...]

March 26, 2014 × 4 comments

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Jewelry Organization: the Remix

Jewelry Organization: the Remix

Truthfully, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the way my jewelry was stored before… I just wanted to pretty up the operation a bit Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com The first thing I did was raid the kitchen cabinets for every cutesy little bowl I could find and toss them into [...]

March 17, 2014 × 8 comments

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Quick Tip: Stationery Organization

Quick Tip: Stationery Organization

This is a quick, easy, and most importantly, pretty way to organize lots of stationery in a relatively small space: Simply stack each type of card with its matching envelope, and secure with a length of ribbon. (I picked up this gray gingham from the $1 bin at Michael’s and [...]

February 24, 2014 × 6 comments

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Reader Request: Dish Towels

Reader Request: Dish Towels

Reader Request: What type of dish towels do you use, and how do you keep them fresh-smelling? Thank you for your question! A few years ago, after realizing the obscene amount of paper towels I used on a daily basis, I switched to using cloth dish towels for most general [...]

November 1, 2013 × 2 comments

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Interior Decor Book: Romantic Style

Interior Decor Book: Romantic Style

Romantic Style My interior design/decor style definitely skews towards modern minimalism: open spaces with few furnishings; color in small doses; practically bare counters and tabletops. While this book was a completely out-of-character purchase for me, something about the utter super feminine prettiness all up and through the pages just makes [...]

October 4, 2013 × 2 comments

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Fab Finds for Entertaining Large Groups

Fab Finds for Entertaining Large Groups

I love hosting big cookouts and get-togethers* for close family and friends, and these inexpensive entertaining/buffet sets from World Market are high on my list of my must-haves for easy entertaining. The quality and durability beat plastic/paper/styrofoam plates by a landslide; clean-up is one-step (pop them in the dishwasher); and the [...]

July 16, 2013 × 0 comments

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Closet Organization: Hangers

Closet Organization: Hangers

Although I love, love the look, functionality, and boutique-y-shop-my-closet-ness of wooden hangers, I’ve recently had to place my gazillion Ikea ones into temporary retirement (i.e. a storage bin). Sadly, they just take up too much space in a closet the size of the one I share – equitably, I might add [...]

July 11, 2013 × 8 comments