Entryway Solution: Basket for Shoes & Slippers

Sometimes inevitably shoes end up in the entryway.  If you don’t have a closet to hide them behind, a solution for keeping it from looking too messy, is to have a beautiful basket for them:

If you have a no shoes in the house rule, you can also fill the basket with slippers to encourage guests to remove their shoes upon entering.

image credits: 1- the marion house book, 2- the elegant abode via decor8
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Ideas for Shoe Storage

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ideas for organizing shoes over on La Dolce Vita. Click on over to check it out :)

image credit: LCY
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Hanging Pot Rack in a Small Kitchen

Last week I did a post on hanging pot racks, which featured mostly large kitchens.  This kitchen below shows how a hanging pot rack can be integrated into smaller quarters:

It works here because there’s free wall space, as in the pots aren’t blocking any cabinet doors.  They do look quite high up there though, so I’m guessing the homeowner keeps a step stool handy :)

image credit: photography by patrick cline for lonny mag
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Stylish Picks: Wristlets

In keeping with the topic of yesterday’s post, a stylish selection of wristlets for carrying essentials on-the-go:

1- chloe high tech leather wristlet clutch, 2- tory burch leather wristlet, 3- charlotte russe snakeskin clutch with wristlet, 4- dooney & bourke cork large slim wristlet, 5- lauren by ralph lauren newbury leather small wristlet, 6- michael kors medium wristlet
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Organizing a Large Handbag

A great way to organize the contents in a large handbag is to separate things out into smaller bags and pouches. Heres what I like to use in my own bag:

In lieu of a wallet, I use a wristlet (love this one from dooney and bourke) and a card organizer (card cubby has some great options).  In the wristlet I keep my credit & debit card, cash, license, insurance card, cell phone, and lip balm -basically all the essentials I need to have close at hand.  All the non-essentials, like store rewards cards, gift cards, back-up credit cards, and coupons, go into the card organizer and are filed alphabetically into the little labeled compartments.

Items like lipgloss, blotting sheets, a mirror, hand cream, and hand sanitizer go into a cosmetic bag (love this one from tory burch).

Separating things out like this allows me to quickly and easily pull out what I need when I need it (nothing is more annoying than having to rummage through your bag to find items), and also lightens my load when I’m on the go. If I need to make a quick errand, I can just pull out the wristlet and take that with me instead of lugging the big handbag and its entire contents.

How do you like to organize your handbag? Have any of you ever tried one of those inserts used for switching from purse to purse?

handbag – dooney & bourke, card organizer – card cubby, wristlet - dooney & bourke, cosmetic bag – tory burch
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Toast Rack as Mail Organizer

Love the idea of using a vintage toast rack as a way to beautifully organize mail or neatly hold stationary:

Look for vintage racks on Etsy, eBay and your local flea market.

image credits: 1- via this is glamorous, 2- via design sponge, 3-photography by Patrick Cline via lonny mag
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Navy + Orange & Quadrille’s Potalla

Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes!

I’ll leave you today with this beautiful room by Porter Design Company. I’m in love with those gorgeous navy lacquered walls and the color combo of blue, orange, and turquoise.
Love also that it incorporates Quadrille‘s Potalla fabric. It’s such a gorgeous pattern and works so beautifully in the space.

For those of you who may be interested, I just recently added pillows made of that fabric in my shop!

Have a great weekend all!

image credits: 1 – 2  porter design company, 3 – 4 arianna belle the shop
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Turning 26

Today I officially enter my late twenties.  My early twenties brought some wonderful unexpected things. My younger self wouldn’t have guessed I’d be married at 21 (I thought I’d get married in my late twenties), that I’d adopt a dog (I used to have a fear of dogs), that I’d be a design blogger (a few years ago I had no idea what a blog even was!) and that I’d start my own business (I thought I’d be content in the corporate world).  I’m excited to see what life enhancing twists and turns the next few years will bring!

image credit: marlein overakker
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Stylish Storage: Lacquered Boxes

Today I’m talking about lacquered boxes over on La Dolce Vita. Click on over to read the post!

Image credit: plantation design
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Hanging Pot Racks

Hanging racks are a great option for storing and displaying beautiful cookware. Hung right above a center island, they make pots and pans easily accessible and create a visual centerpiece. Additionally, pot racks free up cabinet space so there’s more room to store dinnerware, food items, etc.

image credits: 1- nate berkus, 2- via house beautiful, 3- via elle decor, 4- via home bunch, 5- martha stewart, 6- country living, 7- via elle decor, 8- via elle decor, 9-mick de giulio
Posted in kitchen organization, kitchens | 5 Comments