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Reader Question – Organized Pantries

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

Q. It doesn’t matter how many times I reorganize and label my pantry shelves. The pantry is always a disaster. Do you have any advice on how to keep a pantry looking tidy?

A. Pantries are notorious for being a disorganized mess despite our best efforts to keep them clean. Unlike a bedroom closet or a nightstand drawer, the pantry is used by all members of the family. Husbands and kids can wreak havoc on our best attempts to have a “Martha” looking pantry. That said, here are some tips to help sort out the chaos.

In your kitchen cabinet or pantry, use S hooks to hold an inventory list — so you know what you have, as well as how much you paid per unit, for the sake of future comparison shopping. The hooks can also keep other necessities handy: scissors and a box cutter for opening packages, a funnel for decanting liquids, and a scoop for dry goods.

Retrieving a jar of honey from the back of a crowded pantry can be awkward. For a simple fix, gather the small items you store on the shelf onto a spare baking tray, then treat it like a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out for easy access. The pan will also catch drips, speeding cleanup.

Use canisters to hold dry goods such as flour and sugar, and label them with their contents. Small items, such as teabags, dried fruit or bouillon, should go into small plastic bins or baskets. If you are so inspired you can buy baskets or colored bins, or you can simply find plastic containers.

Put spices on a lazy Susan on a shelf or a wall-mounted rack on the inside of your pantry door.

Group like items together: pastas, rice and lentils on one shelf; canned vegetables on another, keeping all the cans of crushed tomatoes, black beans and so on in a row (newer ones in back).

Put all your dried goods in glass or clear containers. Label them. This will not only get rid of clutter but it will also make your pantry look pretty.

If you follow those few simple guidelines and make an effort to tidy up the pantry on a weekly basis it won’t become a disaster zone.

 

DeClutter Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bathroom, Hints, Tips and Advice

Have you ever walked into your bathroom and wanted to scream? Are there cosmetics, toothpaste and dirty towels everywhere? You are not alone. Here are a few tips to help “declutter” the most private room in your home.

Most bathrooms don’t have enough towel racks. Stacking towel racks on the back of your bathroom door is one way to solve this problem. Or color code your towels and hang them neatly on pegs.

Use cubbyhole shelves for larger items and surgical jars for smaller items. This will help keep your counter tops uncluttered.

Use uniform bottles for all your shampoo and conditioners. Uniform bottles look better and fit nicely in storage devices.

Add a sheet of galvanized metal to the back of your medicine cabinet. Now you can add magnetic hooks to hang your scissors, mirrors etc…

Use drawer dividers. You don’t want a junk drawer in your bathroom; you already have one of those in your kitchen. Wooden trays and dividers are available to help make your bathroom drawers neat.

On this note, take another clue from your kitchen and use roll out metal trays to store your trashcans in your lower bathroom cabinets.

Store toilet paper in a clear glass vase or an umbrella stand. This looks really modern and cool.

Keep all your cleaning supplies for the bathroom in a caddy since bathrooms require frequent cleaning. Now it’s simple and easy to keep the bathroom spotless, right?

We’re anxious to hear about your ideas for keeping your bathroom decluttered. Please send them to us and we’ll post them on the blog.

Reader Question of the Week – Kitchen BackSplash

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

We recently received this question from one of our readers:

I have golden oak cabinets and almond counter tops, what type and color of back splash would you recommend to give my kitchen a more updated look?
There are a few things to consider when planning a backsplash so start with asking yourself these questions:
1. Do you want the tile to blend or contrast with the other items in the kitchen?
2. How much room do you have? If you plan to keep an existing backsplash that’s part of the countertop, this limits the amount of space you have to work with.
3. Do you want the backsplash to be practical or a design element in your kitchen?
4. What colors do you want to add or pull out from your existing decor? Do you want to add a warm or cool color palette?
After you’ve answered these questions, consider glass tiles or large format tiles to give you an updated look.
If you still aren’t sure and need a visual, check out our virtual room designer. You can try on different looks here, to get an idea if you like large or small tiles, contrasting colors or tiles that blend.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!

 

Decor – Paint It Red!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The primary color red is one of the strongest colors on the color wheel. Red can intimidate some people for its bold, rich color. Small doses of red can be used as an accent color to spice up a room. Buying or painting a single accent piece of red furniture is a fun way to add a pop of red to a room.

A red chair or ottoman in a living room or a red console table in the entry will create a focal point. Red accents can be in furniture, rugs, lamps or soft accessories like pillows and throws. A red bowl on the dining table or kitchen counter is a nice way to incorporate the color into a room. Even a bowl of red apples can add a little burst of red to a kitchen.

If you want to make a bigger statement, use red on furniture or the walls. Red area rugs or multicolor rugs that have red in the pattern are less overwhelming than red walls.

Red painted furniture can be done with spray paint or traditional oil based paints for furniture. To get a good saturated color, multiple layers will need to be applied. A red lacquer is great for its deep color and hard surface—perfect for a coffee table or dining table. The shiny, glossy surface of lacquer can be imitated with a high gloss enamel paint. Durable enamel paint is a good choice for chairs and surfaces that will get a lot of wear.

Spring Has Sprung!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in 4 Seasons of Decorating, Design and Decorating

Spring Has Sprung

It is officially spring! It’s time to put away your winter accessories and bring out bright and cheery accents to celebrate the changing of the season. While many of us will decorate with pastel tones for a traditional Easter theme, there are many other options for you to think about after Easter!

Use yellow and orange. If your furnishings are neutral you can easily switch throw rugs, decorative pillows and draperies for a springy pop of color.

Layer your area rugs. Use a neutral on the bottom and then add a bright green smaller rug on top. See how they used flowers, apples and plants to carry the green theme throughout the room.

Use natural elements such as adding a fresh touch with a display of fresh fruit or vegetables. Infuse more color by mixing in floral-printed towels and striped green window treatments.

Get cozy with tons of pillows. Choose subdued shades of your favorite colors and lots of white to keep the look light and airy. Put down braided rugs.

These simple tips will make changing out your winter look a piece of cake. Goodbye winter!

Updating Your Home’s Interior Architecture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice

Older homes often have quirks and character. Sometimes the quirks can character can be blessings, and sometimes they just make the home feel outdated. High ceilings and wood floors are typical in older homes and valued in new home construction and remodeling. Oddly shaped rooms or atypical architectural features can make designing and decorating a home more difficult.

There architectural details in this living room include both classic elements and some that could use updating. The beamed coffered ceiling makes a dramatic design statement in the room. It draws the eye up while at the same time grounding the space. The strong perpendicular lines of the ceiling set the tone for the rest of the room’s architecture.

The arched nooks flanking the fireplace feel a little off in this space. The small objects in the nooks do not fill them so they feel empty. To bring these nooks up to date the interiors could be painted or wallpapered. Color and pattern for the interior of the nooks can be picked up from the carpet, furniture or curtains. Shelves could be added and the nooks could be turned into bookcases to display books, art and objects. Transforming these nooks into bookcases would better utilize the space than a single surface of the nook does to display one object.

The arched mantel on the fireplace relates to the arched nooks flanking it. Straight lines are more popular for fireplace mantels today. The arch could be easily removed to leave a crisp silhouette in keeping with the coffered ceiling.

Guest Room Essentials

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Tips and Advice

A guest room can be its own space but sometimes it is also shared a title with a home office or den. Even if the guest room isn’t a spare bedroom it can make guests feel right at home with a few essential design choices and essentials. Creating a cozy and comfortable room for guests is the sign of a good host.

Having a spare bedroom just for guests is a luxury many homes don’t have. The spare bedroom may have been converted to a home office, crafting space, or kids’ playroom. Transforming the space from its everyday function into a guest room can be easy if you have the right essentials.

If the room is primarily used for other purposes, a traditional bed might not be the best use of space. There are a few options. A Murphy bed could be used. When it is not folded down, it will look like another piece of furniture. Another classic option is the sofa bed. Older model sofa beds were notoriously uncomfortable with a support bar running horizontal under the mattress. Ouch! Today’s sofa beds are much more comforting both for sitting and sleeping.

A light for reading next to the bed, an alarm clock and a pitcher of water with a glass are other guest room essentials. Hanging a mirror in the room will allow your guests to get ready. Extra pillows and blankets are essential to your guests’ comfort. Additional things like soft area rugs for morning feet are a nice touch as well.

Now your company ready!

Decor – Standing Out from the Crowd

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice

Some people like to blend in with the crowd, following what their neighbors and friends do. Others prefer to stand out from the crowd as trendsetters and individualists. In a sea of black umbrellas, would you be the red umbrella or another black umbrella. When it comes to home decorating, the majority of us are more comfortable being in the middle of the crowd rather than ahead or behind everyone else.

Standing out from the crowd can be a good thing. With most new home construction your neighbor down the street or even next door might have the same exact floor plan as yours. In many neighborhoods today, homeowner associations dictate how the exterior of the home should look. In this case, the only way to stand out from the crowd is how you decorate the interior of your home.

Upgrades and custom options for buyers from the builder are the first step in making your home your own. Implementing which upgrades you want, and can afford, will help your home stand out from your neighbors. Any changes to the builder’s basics will give your home more of a custom touch. Changing carpet color, switching from carpet to hardwood, adding a focal wall or color to the walls are all options you can chose when building new. Fixtures, lighting and counters are also typical areas that offer upgrades and options when working with a builder on new home construction.

In a crowd of black umbrellas, be bold and be the red umbrella. Or if you prefer, be blue, green or yellow!

Trend Spotting: Wood for the Dining Table

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints, Tips and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Wood in the dining room is nothing new. Wood dining tables are the standard for most homes for their durability and beauty. Other wood furniture in the dining room can included a buffet or sideboard or china cabinet. Wood floors are a great flooring option for the dining room because you don’t have to worry about stains or spills. But today we’re going to talk about wood on the table, specifically wood plates and cutlery.

Have you seen this trend on blogs, shelter magazines or your favorite retailer? Wood plates, chargers and even cutlery is showing up on the table. As an alternate to disposable plastic or paper plates that can clog landfills if they aren’t recyclable, wood can be used more than once and is a considered a green product because it will biodegrade unlike plastic.

Wood used as serving dishes is nothing new. Wooden bread plates and salad bowls have been used for generations. Wood serving pieces like tongs and salad servers have also been around for years as have wooden chop sticks. Wood handles on other serving pieces and knives are nothing new. Wood place settings are just following in a long line of using wood on the table.

Wood chargers can be placed under traditional ceramic or porcelain place setting. Wood plates can add a natural touch and are beautiful on their own or when mixed with ceramic, glass or porcelain pieces. Wood cutlery, which is sometimes made from bamboo, can be used everyday but should not be placed in the dishwasher; rather it should be hand washed.

Low Profile Furniture

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints, Tips and Advice

Low profile furniture is not the same as keeping a low profile in the common vernacular. Low profile furniture is much more literal in that the height of the furniture is less than you might find in more traditional furniture. Low profile furniture is typically used in modern and contemporary spaces.

Modern and contemporary spaces may have a lower sight line in the room. Focal points like fireplaces may be lower to the ground as well. In this loft, the windows are very tall. The low profile seating fits underneath the windows and do not interrupt the view. Low profile furniture can also help ground a space with a vaulted ceiling as well as accentuate the vertical volume in the room.

Low profile furniture is also typically more streamlined than traditional forms. Clean lines and a lack of flourishes and ornamentation make these pieces work well in lofts and mid-Century modern homes. A solid colored rug that adds texture is a great fit for a modern space. What details are left, a curved leg or button tufting on the back of the sofa, become stronger elements in the overall design.

Keeping low profile furniture on the same plane is important to the overall unity of the design. In this living room the sofa, right side table and coffee table all stay below a certain line. You may not want table as shown on the left, as it is a little too high for the sofa. Having to reach up to set down your glass or book can be awkward.