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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 // www.ariannabelle.com/blogLiving 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. 

-Kristin

photography by Amanda Coker  
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Stylish Workspace: Tara Guerard Soiree

It’s no surprise that a stylish event planning company like Tara Guerard Soiree, who regularly puts together magazine worthy weddings, has equally magazine worthy offices. Check out the photos below of their clean, tailored and bright workspace:

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Sets of matching boxes and binders on custom floor to ceiling shelving provide plenty of storage and help maintain a clean uncluttered look.

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An bulletin board above Tara’s desk serves as a catchall for photos that inspire ideas.

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Large windows flood the conference space with natural sunlight

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The tall spacious white table in the central workspace provides a perfect morning meeting spot for the team.

Definitely saving this as inspiration for when my I (hopefully!) have a larger company office space!

photography by Julia Lynn for Lonny
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Home Office Decor Update: Greek Key Tray

The newest decor update in my office is a big beautiful tray that Paloma of La Dolce Vita recently sent over from her Joy & Revelry shop for a White Box Challenge. I decided to put the tray on the surface of my Expedit shelving, which I have right behind my desk, along the back wall.  It has been great for containing things that I like to have within arms reach but off my desk.  Here’s a look:

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Things tend to look neater and more stylish when corralled within a tray, wouldn’t you agree?

tray-closeup-office-ariannabelle-blogIf you haven’t already, be sure to check out Paloma’s shop, and to get 10% off, use code LDV_WHITEBOX_10.

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Shoe Ladders

Came across these images of ladders used to organize and display high-heeled shoes and thought it was such a clever idea.  I love seeing how people reimagine things and use them for something other than their intended purpose.

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Makes a fun alternative to traditional shelving. If you use a salvaged or vintage ladder, it’s eco-friendly too!

Another creative shoe organization idea here.

image sources: 1-unknown, 2-the nest, 3-design sponge
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Beautifully Organized Magazines Part II

In the last ‘Beautifully Organized’ post I talked about organizing the latest magazine issues – the ones that are current reading material. Today I want to go over a few tips on organizing old magazine issues that you’ve held onto for future reference.  You may have heard the organizing rule that you should only keep the most current issue of any given magazine and toss the rest.  While that may be a good idea for many, I don’t believe it’s necessarily a rule all should follow.  If you’re anything like me, you love your shelter and fashion glossies and like to go through old issues from time to time for a jolt of visual inspiration for a blog post, design project, etc. Oftentimes an issue from a few years ago is just as inspiring as a current one and the tactile experience of flipping through the pages is a nice break from all the digital.

Since new issues arrive to us every month from various subscriptions though, the challenge is not letting the collection get out of control.  Most of don’t have space to store every single issue of every single publication.  What I like to do is, when I get a new magazine in, as I’m reading through it, I fold down the corner of pages that have inspiring content.  If I only dog-ear two or three pages, I rip those out, save them in a magazine clippings binder (more on that later!) and recycle the remainder of the magazine.   If I find that I’ve dog-eared tons of pages though, I keep the magazine.

Here’s a few ideas on how to store the keepers:

Separate them out by type…

Place stacks of them on open shelving in the living room, bedroom, or office.  If done neatly, they can be integrated nicely into the decor of a space.

Alternatively, containerize them in magazine files a la Carrie Bradshaw…

Ikea and the Container Store are my go-to places to get magazine files.  You can either turn them around so the fully covered side is facing towards the front, and label them for a clean, streamlined look…

Or you can turn them the opposite way so that the upper half of the magazines show…It’s a good idea to turn the files this side when you don’t have labels on them. Bonus: Looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!

Tell me, do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them?

Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home!

image credits: 1- 7th house on the left 2- mimi + meg, 3- photography by danielle moss styling by alexandra berlin design, 4- scan from your home is a sanctuary via this is glamorous, 5- martha stewart, 6- canadian house and home, 7- hbo’s sex and the city, 8- via lonny mag, 9- via for the love of pretty, 10- deliciously organized, 11- i heart organizing, 12- arianna belle, 13- found via this pin
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My Office Progress

I know I promised more photos of our new place after this post. Well I’ve finally gotten around to taking some. First up, my office. Here’s what it looked like when we first got the keys:

Since then we’ve painted the walls (it was too dark and depressing before!) and moved in my desk, etc., so here’s the progress so far:As you can see, there’s still a lot left to do.  I love how desks look centered in the room, but the cords in the middle of the floor are definitely a hazard so I have to find a solution for that or move the desk against the wall.  On the main wall I’m planning to have an Expedit shelving unit (placed horizontally) and a gallery wall with framed artwork, photos and maybe a mirror.  I might move the storage units that are currently on the side wall (with the window) into the closet, depending likely on whether or not I end up moving the desk.  The current rug is too small (it’s the one I used to have in the closet at my old place) so I’m looking for a replacement  – something that will be big enough to cover more of the not-so-pretty carpeting.  We shall see! I’ll post more pictures as I make more changes :)

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Room for Boots

Ok so most of us don’t have the luxury of having his much space for our shoes…

…but what we can take away from these photos is the idea of tailoring our storage to the types of shoes we have.  When we think of shoe storage we tend to think of heels and flats, and often forget about our boots. Whether you’re building a custom shelving unit or you’re getting a hanging organizer, when planning a storage solution for your shoes, make sure to take inventory and ask yourself – how many of each type of shoe do I have? How tall are they? What will accommodate their height?

image credits: 1-lonny, 2-the coveteur
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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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Bathroom Shelving

Adding shelves in the bathroom can be a great small space solution. They allow you to maximize storage by utilizing vertical wall space, and they provide a great spot for extra towels, soaps, toilet paper, other bath products, and decorative objects:

image credits: 1- photography by douglas friedman , 2- design by heather garrett, 3- design by laura cattano 

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Concealed Bedroom Storage

The newest issue of House Beautiful, particularly the above bedroom by designer Barry Dixon, reminded of a great space solution: built-ins surrounding the bed and hidden behind beautiful curtains.

The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff.  She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses.  Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing.  The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade.  The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.

This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used  two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed.  One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.

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