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
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A Lovely Start to the Week

Loving these fresh, serene, neutral spaces…

Isn’t that bath beautiful? I could spend hours there…

Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

image credits: 1-elle decor, 2-via my ideal home tumblr, 3-via blushing apples tumblr
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How Maggie Organizes Her Bathroom Cabinet

The How I Organize series, which gives us a peek at how others organize their homes, is back! I’ve got some fabulous participants lined up. First up is my friend and Seattle-based interior decorator, Maggie of Maggie Rose Interiors (who just launched a new e-book!).  She shares with us today how she organizes her bathroom cabinet:

Our apartment has no under-sink storage, but it came with a generously sized cupboard in the corner near the door. It’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but it holds a LOT of stuff! It’s nice to have everything at eye-level instead of getting down on your knees on the bathroom floor to dig stuff out from under the sink. 

The top shelf (out of my reach!) holds infrequently used items like beach towels, a small tub for soaking, and back-up bulk kleenex. The next shelf holds back-up toilet paper (we keep 3 rolls in a glass vase near the toilet so guests don’t have to scrounge), once-in-a-while beauty and health products, travel supplies in a shoebox, and our first aid kit (blue bin on the right). The third shelf from the top holds towels (holds up to four plus our two in rotation), hand towels, cleaner, and the heavy kitty litter box – I wish there was a better place to stash that, but the litter box is in the bathroom, so it makes sense. The bottom shelf is the most frequently used and easiest to reach. I have a basket for everyday items (hairdryer, etc), occasional items (feminine products, curling iron), and the basket on the right holds all the washcloths. It’s not uber-glamorous but it IS uber-functional and I can find everything quickly. Maybe someday I’ll get around to painting or wall-papering the inside, but for now, it does its job!

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For those of you with little ones…

1 – handled basket from West Elm

2 & 3 – chalk board bin and red storage box from Tidy Tot event at Joss and Main (ends Friday!)

4 & 5 – blue dot bin and blue clover canvas bin from Lovell Designs

6 – dots large chocolate storage bin from DwellStudio

image credits:1- via design sponge, 2-via joss and main, 3- photography by andrew grinton via style at home, 4- via pinterest
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Color Inspiration

image credit: domino mag
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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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