How Kristin Organizes Her Small Kitchen

The How I Organize series is back and I’m excited to feature my first participant of 2014 – the lovely Kristin of The Hunted Interior!  She gives us a look at how she organizes her small but very functional and stylish kitchen:Kristin's Kitchen // How I Organize Series // in a smaller home makes you learn to organize and store things creatively. Utilizing the vertical space is one of those tricks we have learned to use to it’s fullest.  We do store large pots & colanders above our cabinets, but we do try to keep them grouped together to minimize the cluttered look.  We also have a large basket that houses all of the less frequently used items such as muffin tins & baking utensils.  Hanging all of our pots & pans on a pot rack also allows them to be easily accessible, while still being up & out of the way.

Another vertical tip that has saved us, and our lack of counter space, is the use of a magnetic knife rack.  We have zero room for a knife block, so this simple addition to our backsplash again makes everything accessible while still feeling modern and stylish.

Being that a lot of our storage solutions are out in the open, I try to make them as visually appealing as possible.  In our open shelving this is accomplished by using all white dishes, storing dry goods in classic ball jars and grouping items such as our wooden utensils and storing them in an unexpected way.  I also like to keep items we use frequently out and at the ready.  The gold brioche molds are used most frequently as snack cups for my daughter. While we do not have a large kitchen, we have found that this space works really well for us. 


photography by Amanda Coker  
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Inexpensive Design Trick: Three Vertical Mirrors

I saw this and immediately thought, genius!

three vertical mirrors in dining space via Arianna Belle Blog

Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter.  Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!

image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
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Magazine Storage

You may have heard some organizing experts say that you should only keep the most current issue of each magazine and toss out the rest.  While I think this is a good idea to do with informational magazines that can quickly go out of date, with interior design, fashion, and lifestyle magazines, since issues from a few years ago can be just as inspiring as current ones, my thoughts are, it’s okay to keep them as long as (1) you will revisit them and (2) you have the space to keep them organized and accessible so that when you do want to refer back to them, you can do so easily. Its nice to be able to grab a bunch of magazines whenever I need a good dose of creative inspiration.  Sure there’s plenty of content and inspiration online, but sometimes you just need a break from all the digital. Some magazines also, like old issues of Whole Living, are great for when I want to unwind and relax.

I store my favorite magazines that I keep in their entirety (meaning I don’t rip out pages from them), in these white magazine holders from the See Jane Work Office Depot line. This makes them accessible when I want to refer back to them.  In the past I had stored some away in a box and put them in a closet. Since they weren’t accessible, I forgot I had them and they never saw the light of day. It was only until we moved that I rediscovered them.


Having them organized like this, with the issues of the same magazine together, allows me to see what I have. I love that all lined up they create a neat streamlined look.

For magazines that have select pages I want to save, I tear those out, throw out the rest of the issue, and organize the pages into magazine binders.  The benefit of doing this is not only that it takes up less space, but it also makes what I save searchable.  Since the binder is categorized with tabs, it is easier to refer back to something when I go to look for it.

Of course organizing pages into a binder can be a little time consuming, so when I don’t have the time to do it right away after pulling them out, I put the loose pages into these labeled boxes:



They’re easy to flip open and are the perfect size.  I limited myself to just two so that it would force me to get the clippings into the binders instead of just letting them pile up endlessly.

Do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them? Do you have a system for making sure your collection doesn’t get out of control?

Hope this inspired some ideas!

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An Organized Closet Armoire


This little armoire closet is so perfectly organized. Shelves maximize vertical space. Dividers on the shelves keep sweater piles from toppling over onto each other. Shoe cubbies allow frequently used shoes to be organized yet accessible.  Clear shoe boxes keep special shoes (or less frequently used shoes) protected yet visible.  A box with drawers contains small items. Hooks on the doors create a perfect spot for hanging belts, scarves, and even a lint roller, which is always nice to have handy.

image source: martha stewart
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Chic Combination: Leopard + Black + Neutrals

Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita with a new series that will focus on spotlighting fabulous combinations of color, pattern, texture, and other elements that are noteworthy. First up I’m featuring one of my favorites: leopard + black + neutrals. Click on over to check out the post.

Fabulous Combo: Leopard + Black + Neutrals // by Arianna Belle for LDVMore inspiration and pieces for getting the look here!

photo sources: 1- the decorista, 2- original source unknown, 3- lonny magazine, 4- original source unknown
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In My Office: A New Year Refresh

Most of you probably know and love See Jane Work– a favorite go-to place for stylish office supplies.  What you might not know, is that they recently added several new products to their collection for Office Depot.  As soon as I got a preview of the goodies, I knew I needed to add some of them to my workspace, and was excited when Office Depot offered to send over my picks, just in time for a little new year refresh.  Here’s a look:

 list pad, white pencil cup, colored pens, gold washi tape

white pencil cup that coordinates with my desk, to hold pens and highlighters, and a pretty lilac edged sticky pad for writing checklists, shopping lists, and to-do lists.


turquoise binders, white tissue box cover

Matching turquoise binders for keeping various business papers neat and orderly. They fit nicely lined up in the cubes of my Expedit unit.


Clear white dot project envelopes to easily carry fabric samples, etc. with me to meetings with my team.

white staplerwhite tape dispensertan pencil cupgold scissorswhite scissorsgreek key tray, green striped notebook

A white stapler to replace my old one that wasn’t working properly anymore. I paired it with the matching white tape dispenser to make a stylish little duo. The tan cup I already had, but is also from the line. Love that it’s sturdy enough to hold my heavy gold tailor scissors.

Small updates that are helping create the setting for an organized and productive start to 2014. Are you freshening up your workspace for the new year?

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How To Write a Better Goals List

This time of year, a lot of us talk about and contemplate a list of all the things we’re going to do in the new year. We often freely toss in tons of things onto our list, unrealistically thinking we can accomplish them all, and we declare new year’s resolutions that often end up being empty promises to ourselves, which we don’t follow through on and later make us feel like failures.

In_Honor_Of_Design_Anna_LiesemeyerAn article by Martha Beck* and a video by Marie Forleo, recently left me inspired about how to write a better list of goals.  How to (1) clear out the things from our lists that waste our time and drain our energy, (2) add in the things that nourish us and make us feel fulfilled and content, and (3) make our goals happen. Below is a summary of tips I learned from them.

Edit down your list by scratching these things off

  • Things that aren’t spiritually profitable – things that won’t feed your soul
  • Things that, for the most part, are just to feed your ego
  • Things that revolve around toxic relationships
  • If it’s a business goal, projects that don’t make sense financially

Filter Questions to Edit Your List:

Does this goal make me feel joy and excitement?

Do I want to experience the activities involved in this goal, whether or not I achieve the milestones associated with it?

Do I want to do this to feel superiority toward people who haven’t done this thing?

Do I want to have this experience even if no one else would ever know I had?

Would I be thrilled to do this even if everyone thought it was weird or stupid?

Does this goal involve trying to change something that can’t be changed?

Am I leaving out certain things from my list because they aren’t socially considered as “important things”? What things am I leaving out because I feel guilty, like I’m not allowed to have/experience/achieve them?

What little things could add more joy to my everyday?

What things can I do to be more appreciative, present and purposeful?

What business projects will be both spiritually and financially profitable?

Making it happen

Schedule it!  Things will just be empty promises if you don’t take action towards them. Make a plan by listing the actionable steps of each goal and scheduling the first steps. This will create momentum.

What do you think? Do you find these tips helpful?

Image above: home of Anna Liesemeyer, photograph by Chelsey Heidorn
*Article referenced is: “To-Do List, or Not-to-Do List” as seen on page 45 of the November 2013 issue of Oprah Magazine
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Round-up: Stylish 2014 Planners, Diaries and Agendas

Do you use a paper planner?  While I use an electronic organizer to manage my daily to-do’s (more on that later!), I like to use a paper planner to jot down workroom weekly notes for my biz, and another one as a health and wellness diary. If you haven’t gotten your 2014 planner yet, check out my round-up below of the most stylish ones out there:


1- Black Stripe Day Designer, 2- White Gold Metallic Leather Desk Diary, 3- Parisian Chic Weekly Planner, 4- Luggage Robinson Agenda, 5- Classic Kraft Planner, 6- Leopard Desktop momAgenda, 7- Blush Buffalo Diary, 8- Pink Postman’s Lock Pocket Book, 9- Black Perfect Bound Planning Calendar, 10- Gold Mini Three-Ring Binder for use with -> 11- Weekly Planner Sheets, 12- Dove Grey 2014 Fashion Diary, 13- Peach Leather Diary, 14- Red 12M Planner Daily, 15- Silver Gunmetal Tab Jacket for use with -> 2014 Planning Diary

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Gift Wrapping Inspiration: Simple & Pretty

Sometimes the simplest packages are the most elegant and pretty…

gift-wrapping-inspiration-arianna-belle-blogBeautiful ribbon is all you need to dress up solid colored gift wrap or boxes. More inspiration here.

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Things to Enjoy this Time of Year

Do any of you make a bucket list of things you want to do this time of year?  The month of December usually flies by so quickly that I’ve found it helpful to jot down a list and roughly plan things out in order to enjoy the season as much as possible.

Here’s what’s on my list:

Pick out a fresh Christmas tree –did this this past weekend!


Decorate the apartment. Three fourths done with this – will post a few pics on Instagram soon!


Snuggle up on the sofa with the hubs and pup and watch favorite holiday movies. So far have watched: Love Actually, Jingle All the Way, Charlie Brown Christmas, and When Harry Met Sally. Still want to watch: The Holiday (my favorite!), Home Alone, Elf, and The Family Stone.


Sip several cups of hot chocolate.  We picked up some Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix when we went to San Francisco last month, so will enjoy some of that for sure, but also love drinking Abuelita– a Mexican classic I grew up with.

hotchocolateIce skate – There’s a cute little outdoor rink near our apartment that’s beautifully decorated with lights that looks magical at night.


Make lots and lots of christmas cookies and treats to eat and to share.


Pull out the winter wear.


Wrap presents – I did most of my shopping online, so once everything comes in, I’ll pull out the paper and pretty ribbons, get together with some peeps, and have a little wrapping session.

gift-wrapping-partyListen to Christmas music all throughout the month. My favorites are Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Joe, and Christina Aguilera.

What are you enjoying this season? What are your favorite holiday movies and songs?

image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1112
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