Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
So last week I showed you how chocolate brown and white can ground a palette with accents in sunny yellow. This week is about taking that sunny yellow and balancing it with saturated blues, all layered over a backdrop of muted greys and whites. It’s amazing how different it looks in these rooms with the added drama of those bold blues. As you can see, you can go more towards the turquoise end of the spectrum, or stay with a true blue, just don’t pick a washed out shade…. it needs to stand up to the saturation of the yellow as an equal.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Baby it’s FREEZING outside here in Minnesota, so I decided to warm things up with a cheerful sunny yellow color palette to remind me of warmer places.
The chocolate brown and white elements in these rooms help ground the vivid splashes of yellow. In most of the rooms the yellow is used as an accent in the accessories and artwork selections. But I’ve always loved the bold choice of the yellow dining room chairs at the top. It looks so inviting, and the glossy white floors and crisp table cloths offset them perfectly. Bonus: they’re probably really kid friendly with a quick wipe up after a messy meal.
Monday, January 4th, 2010
I’m an organizing nut and have been for years. I don’t believe that being organized means you have a minimalist looking home without piles. As long as the piles are a system that works for you, and you can easily access everything, that’s what’s important. My husband still thinks piles = mess, but it’s the way my brain works and he’s adjusted.
With the start of the new year, and fresh resolutions in many people’s minds, I figured I wasn’t the only one looking to purge and start fresh. So with that in mind, here are some inspiring images of organized homes, beautiful built-ins, and tidy spaces.
Some quick suggestions for lightening the load:
- Join a group like “freecycle” in your area to find a good home for your unwanted (but still in good shape) items. You’d be amazed at what people post! Craigslist also has a free items section.
- Donate items to Salvation Army or Goodwill
- Hospital waiting rooms could always use an infusion of magazines
Remember the cardinal organizing rule: get rid of the things you no longer need or use BEFORE buying new storage containers because you don’t know what you’ll need to store until you’ve completed the shedding process.
I like this room’s use of wall space over the TV for additional storage. Notice that the furniture is all at the kids’ scale, including the TV stand/storage piece.
I think the long bed made from two twin mattresses is a great design solution, whether it’s a big bed for one kid who likes to have sleepovers, or it could work as a guest room/den solution. The storage below the bed and on the wall takes advantage of often wasted spaces.
Entry ways are always a challenge, no matter how much space you can allocate to storage. I like this example’s mix of cubby sizes and use of baskets – 1 per family member or type of goods (ex. mittens and scarves vs. sports equipment) tends to work well.
A well organized pantry (and spice rack) is my idea of happiness! I love this creative use of a shallow space to create a lot of functional storage while utilizing an interesting old door to add personality to the room.
I hope these images have inspired you to add a little more organization to your life and home.