Moroccan Rugs

On my wishlist for my home is a Moroccan rug.  They add so much beautiful texture to a space and help create a comfy casual chic vibe.  Especially love the deep pile ones – they look so incredibly soft and wonderful for walking barefoot on.

image credits: 1-kara mann, 2-trend land, 3-elle decor, 4-apartment therapy, 5- photography by alexia s via wsj magazine, 6-photography by françois halard via house and home, 7- trad home
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DIY Jewelry Bust

Busts are such a great way to creatively store and display necklaces.  I’m absolutely loving this DIY one made out of wood:

Read the instructions on how to do it here.

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Color Inspiration

both photos via gat rimon
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Still lovin’…

…french cafe bistro chairs…

Love how they look in breakfast nooks, at bar height kitchen counters, and outdoor patios.  On my list of things to integrate into the decor of my home for sure!

See my previous post on french bistro chairs here.

image credits: 1- via because it’s awesome, 2-via chapman interiors
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Happy Weekend

The sun is great right now for photographing my new pillows (I’ll be posting them soon on Etsy then later in my direct shop!) so I’m working a few hours, but definitely will still be making time for some indulgent leisurely moments.  Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! 

image credits: 1-via tinywhitedaisies, 2- photography by douglas friedman, scan from instyle jan 2007
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How Annie Organizes Her Nightstand

This week’s ‘How I Organize‘ guest is new pal and professional organizer, Annie of Live Simply. She gives us a look at how she beautifully organizes her nightstand:

My nightstand is small, meaning that I have to keep it really streamlined. I do most of my reading and note-taking in my bed, so for me its important to keep pens, highlighters and sticky notes on hand. Since I always sleep with my hair tied back, my nightstand also has hair ties or a clip. There is nothing worse than being on the verge of sleep, only to realize that you have to get up to get a hair elastic! I also apply hand moisturizer and chapstick right before I go to sleep, so having those two things within arms reach is a must.

I like to keep a cup of water next to my bed as well. For a long time this meant that I would end up with a collection of cups on my nightstand and none in the kitchen. I finally solved that problem by purchasing a special cup meant only for my bedside. I don’t bring cups from the kitchen upstairs because I know that cup is there, and I since I only use it for water (and it’s only me using it) I feel fine about simply washing it in the bathroom sink with soap and water.

I keep a small stack of books by my bedside, but make sure that they are only the ones I am currently reading. If it’s completed or neglected, then back to the shelf it goes!

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Two Great Kitchens

Both with cabinets all the way up to the (high!) ceiling and painted in such a happy color :)

image credits: 1-photography by ditte isager, via harpers bazaar; 2-photography by michael graydon, via house and home
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Beautifully Organized Medicine Cabinet

The bathroom medicine cabinet tends to be a place where many of us store everyday essentials like our toothbrush, face wash, cotton swabs, etc. Since we access it frequently it’s nice to have set it up in a way that’s functional and looks good too. The best way to make this happen is to get rid of all the products that aren’t being used. You know what I’m talking about – expired cosmetics and medicines, bath and body products once tried and didn’t like. Doing this frees up space so it’s not so crowded in there and makes products that are being used, easy to find. Once you get rid of the clutter, you can optimally organize.

You can group items by type (e.g. all oral hygiene items on the lower shelf) and arrange by frequency of use (e.g. put less used products on upper shelf). Use containers as needed. A pretty tumbler (2) makes a nice toothbrush holder, canisters (1) are great for cotton swabs and cotton balls, and small “drawer organizers” (3) are perfect for corralling smaller items.

If you’re short on space, use acrylic risers (5) to create an additional shelf, and take advantage of the unused gap between the cabinet door and the inside shelving by adhering magnetic pods (4) to the inside of the door. Pods are great for holding all the tiny things, like bobby pins, lip balm, etc., that can tend to get lost.

Hope you found these tips useful!

top image: instyle magazine
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Color Inspiration

both photos via the vamoose
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Martha Stewart for Staples

As soon as I heard about this from my friend Maggie, I got so excited (yes I’m an organizing geek!).  I went this weekend to Staples to check it out in person and I loved what I saw – beautiful boxes, binders, notebooks, desktop accessories, dividers, labels, files:


1- stackable organizers, 2-box, 3-binders, 4- journal, 5-dividers, 6-accordion file, 7- binder accessories, 8- sheet protectors, 9- journal, 10- red bands, 11-kraft labels, 12-file folder labels, 13-color coding labels, 14-kitchen labels, 15- dry erase decal, 16- pocket
Posted in home office organization, organizing products, planners & calendars, stylish storage | 13 Comments