Packing a Suitcase

Hi all! Today I’m guest posting over on my friend Irene’s blog, sharing a few tips on packing a suitcase.  Click on over to read the post!

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Beautifully Labeled Pantry

Came across photos of Sam‘s pantry and fell in love…

She used glass mason jars and labels she designed, to create a beautiful way to store basic food items.

Would make a great weekend project, don’t you think? The labels are available as a free download here.  Print them on sticker paper and adhere them to the tops like she did or on the fronts of larger jars.  Or just use it as inspiration and make your own (let me know if you do -would love to see!)

all images via elephant shoe blog
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Arranged by Color

My LDV post this week is on organizing by color. Click on over to read it!

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Color Inspiration

Another lovely bedside table that also provides a little color and styling inspiration:


image credit: the coveteur
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Jewelry Dish on Nightstand

Some nights I tend to remember take off my jewelry when I’m already in bed (any of you do that too?), so it’s nice to have a dedicated spot on the nightstand to put it in.   A pretty little dish works beautifully:

image credits: 1-jess constable, 2- bedroom of samantha hutchinson photographed by raya carlisle, 3-bedroom of jess constable photographed by emily anderson
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Two Sexy Living Rooms

There’s a sexy sophistication about these two living rooms.  Loving the glamorous gold accents, plush velvet sofas, and oversized artwork, incorporated into each space in its own way.

image credits: 1-photography by colin way, via house and home, 2-photography by russell smith
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Color Inspiration

image credits: 1- via chic management, 2-via patterson maker
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Still Loving: Nailhead Detailing

For a couple of years now, spaces with pieces that have beautiful nail head detailing, whether it’s on a chair, an ottoman, a bulletin board, nightstand, or a headboard, have tended to catch my attention.  There’s something so elegant about that type of detail.  A few lovely spaces I’ve gravitated towards:

image credits: 1-via angeleno interiors, 2-sandra morgen design, 3-orrick and company, 4-via elizabeth kimberly’s flickr, 5-via high street market, 6-jamie herzlinger, 6-alice lane home, 7-andreas trauttmansdorff
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Let the Sun Shine Through

Loving these spaces. They’re so wonderfully fresh and serene. 
Especially loving the french doors in the bedroom. I imagine they lead out to a lovely space where one can breathe in the fresh air each morning and enjoy lovely moments surrounded by beautiful greenery and sunshine.  Saving it in my dream home inspiration file :)

image credits: 1-via pinterest, 2-cottage living, 3-photographed by martin hahn for real living magazine
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Decluttering & Organizing Do’s and Don’ts

Today I’m here to share with you my list of Do’s and Don’ts for one of the most common new year resolutions: getting your home organized. I hope you find the tips helpful!

DON’T give up before you even start. It can be easy to look at all the clutter, get overwhelmed, decide the task is too hard, and throw your hands up in defeat. Work in chunks and keep in mind that it can take time. One-day complete overhauls like you see on TV aren’t typical. Take it one room, corner, or cabinet at a time, you’ll get there.

DO start with a vision. Have some fun tearing out pages of magazines, pinning images from design blogs, etc. to create an inspiration board of how you want your space to look, function and feel. This will not only give you motivation and get you excited about what you’ll be working towards, but it’ll give you a criteria to judge during the editing process, whether or not particular items fit into that vision and should remain in the space.


DO create sorting categories (Keep, Don’t Keep) as well as sub-categories. Keep like items together based on type, color, function, etc.

DON’T throw all unwanted items directly into the trash. Divert as much as possible from landfills by donating items that are still in usable condition and putting paper, plastics, etc. into the recycling bin (check your city’s recycling program to see what’s recyclable – it’s probably more items than you think).


DON’T talk yourself into keeping something that you already have enough of, you never use, puts you in a bad mood, doesn’t fit you, isn’t your style, and/or doesn’t serve a functional purpose for the life you have now.

DO keep items that you love, make you happy, and help you live your best life.

DON’T keep more items than what actually fit into your space.

DO work within your space means.


DON’T go out and buy organizing products/containers prior to sorting through your belongings and determining where items will “live”. Waiting will allow you to get the sizes and shapes that will maximize use of the space.

DO assign a “home” to items based on where you’re most likely to use them and how often you need to access them.

DON’T forget to label containers whose contents are not obvious.

DO use storage that will work with the existing or planned decor of your space.


DON’T bring any unnecessary items into your space. That means thinking twice prior to purchasing something new, skipping the “free gift”, putting a stop to the junk mail, etc.

DO maintain your space. Make sure items return to their “home” each day, re-asses your belongings from time to time, and adapt your space as your needs change.

image credits: 1-via glitter guide, 2-via pinterest, 3-via apartment therapy, 4-scan from harper’s, 5-via fab sugar, 6-via glitter guide, 7-domino
*Originally published and written for La Dolce Vita Beautifully Organized Series
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