Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

5 Tips for an Organized Bath

The bathroom is an essential room in the house, like the kitchen, everyone will eventually visit this room.  This being said, the design, organization and cleanliness of your bathroom is critical.  Here are a few simple tips for keeping your bathroom organized...

1. Have one big storage piece that conceals

2. Mount open shelving for easy reach 

3. Have a variety of baskets to hide things away

4. Keep extra towels handy, folded NOT rolled

5. Choose matching accessories furniture and accessories for a clean unified look

A few essential pieces to keep your bathroom organized:

all pieces by Pottery Barn

Use these easy tips to keep your bathroom organized or reorganize your bathroom and let us know how it works out for you.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Dine in Elegance

If there is one room that you and your family spend the most time in, it is absolutely the kitchen and dining areas.  So never cut corners on decorating these super important spaces.  

My favorite look is a mix of chic, elegance, classic, natural and simplicity... this gorgeous room (below) has a bit of each of those characteristics.  I love the clean open floor plan and the big bright light fixture.  The large windows, natural lighting and simple color palate make the room feel warm and comfortable.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Simple - Chic - Elegant

Design is often overdone, all you need is a few simple pieces, color contrast and you have a beautifully designed counter display...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Million Dollar Office... Style

The black and white office is the work of Mary McDonald, star of Bravo's hit, Million Dollar Decorators.  See how you can get this chic black and white look for a fraction of the price.


It is easy to make any space look like a million dollar job, you just have to pick the right items, mix and match prints and colors, high and low end pieces.  You will be shocked by how well a designer lamp looks when placed on an end table you found on craigslist for $20 and repainted!


Friday, December 7, 2012

this weekend...

This is a big weekend, taking the day off tomorrow to catch up on errands then attending the GofG, DC Hot Hundred Party on Friday night, car shopping, errands and Lulu Bella all day Saturday, followed by family birthday celebration for my father in law, followed by my dad's birthday on Sunday! Jeeze, going to be busy... 

As the holidays come along, it's time to do some shopping by visiting Lulu Bella Boutique, peruse tons top of the line designer items 30-80% below the retail price!  

Have a good weekend!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pink Accents

You can (usually) never go wrong with neutral colors, but when you are too safe with your use of colors and prints the space will look boring and cold.  

Home decor is just like fashion, a splash of color can take a good look to an amazing look.  The rooms and spaces below pair neutral tones (ex. browns, golds, blacks, whites, navy and gray) with a simple splash of pink which warms up the room and pulls the look together.

Dining Rooms....

Living Room....


Office space...

Source: houzz.com via Kathryn on Pinterest


Need help figuring out how to add pops of color to rooms in your house, or maybe you look at these photos and wonder how anyone could be so organized?  For creative consultation, organizational and design assistance, contact us today!  



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Perfect Workspace

Tips to clean up, clear out — and add inspiration

So maybe you’re not going back to school this fall. But the waning summer days have you reminiscing about new school supplies — unsullied notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and pristine Crayola boxes. So why not harness that energy and take a look at (and organize) your desk? Whether it’s a work-at-home office or just where you pay bills and send email, it could probably use a re-boot.

“Everything just feels better when your desk is clean,” says Melissa Warner, interior designer and partner at Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design. “Every fall, I want to mentally get organized, get inspired, and get a fresh start.”

Photo by Melanie Acevedo/trunkarchive.com - from Gilt Blog

Use these tips and you too can get an inspired, fresh start this fall:

Only what you use on a daily basis should be on the desk top,” says Linda Rothschild, a professional organizer and founder of Cross It Off Your List. She likes to start by taking everything off the table. “Feel what it’s like to sit behind a desk that’s clear,” she says. For Warner, desk musts include a container with pens and pencils and a “beautiful little vintage dish” with paper clips. “I think paper clips are pretty — especially the gold ones — and they’re a hassle to fish out of a drawer,” she says.

That’s where the things you don’t use frequently and regularly should be stashed, out of sight. Warner’s clutter solution: expandable drawer organizers. “Each item has its own compartment so it doesn’t feel overwhelming,” she says. “They fit any drawer, and make you feel so much more put-together.”

You may have heard of the paperless office or the touch-it-once rule. “Those are practically impossible,” says Rothschild. “Things get stuck on your desk because you don’t know what to do with it or where to put it.” So make a place for papers. Have a step file for things you’re actively working on, and a “to-do” box or in-box, she says. “That’s where you put things where you’re waiting on a call or have to fill out a form or mail you haven’t opened. It’s a catch-all.” Warner likes a pair of not-huge stacked in and out boxes. “If they’re too big, it’s easy to have them overflow and not get to the things on the bottom,” she says.
When it comes to filing, Rothschild says, “It depends on what you do and what your needs are.” Your most-used papers should be filed within reach of your desk, in a file drawer or rolling file. Put long-term stuff in a file box with a label in a nearby closet or on a shelf. Take the time to create a good system and you’ll save time in the long run, according to Rothschild.

Set out photos of loved ones, if that motivates you — but don’t go overboard. “Watch how many photos and inspirational things you have. That becomes clutter. After a while you don’t see it and it becomes distracting,” says Rothschild. She likes one family photo on a desk… “but five, six, ten—then it’s taking up valuable space.” Warner prefers to put her family photos on a quatrefoil-shaped bulletin board, along with mementos and inspirational photos. “There’s no rule about what you can have out, as long as it all looks tidy,” she says. She likes adding interest with a cool shape or frame and picks up “really interesting, cute” pushpins on Etsy. “I want a bulletin board that don’t feel dysfunctional or stagnant,” she says. “It’s constantly evolving.”
To-do reminders are fine for a bulletin board, but again, don’t cross the line into clutter. “If it’s more than a couple of Post-its, it’s no longer a reminder,” Rothschild says. A true clutter-buster, she prefers to make her stickies and lists electronic, so she can move them from one device to another and easily delete completed tasks.

“We forget about the vertical space,” says Rothschild, who recommends using above-desk shelves for binders, boxes, or files. Warner, who doesn’t like the look of file cabinets, puts everything in binders, “really chic-looking ones in all different colors,” she says. “You can color-code them by category. This creates something good-looking and really functional. I use plastic sleeves inside so I can flip easily and find what I need.” She keeps these stacked neatly on bookshelves or in cubbies.  Shelves are a good place for magazine files and books related to your work.

Now that you’ve tidied things up, how do you keep them that way? “Notice what’s getting stuck on your desk,” says Rothschild. “For instance, if you find a lot of mail that’s not opened, you know you have to deal with it better. It takes two minutes to look at mail everyday; if you leave it on your desk, it becomes a project.” She likes a “midday sort,” where you get up, stretch, and then do a quick check of everything that’s piled up so far that day, putting things in their place. “The more you stay on top of it,” she says, “the less it becomes clutter.” 




Saturday, August 11, 2012

Maximize your living space

As a recent college graduate just starting my career and life as an ‘adult’ I do not exactly have the luxury of the 6500sf home I grew up in anymore.  These days home is more like a 800sf  apartment that live in with my fiancé, dog and that whole wardrobe that I never exactly realized was so big!  Needless to say, I have had to learn how to maximize the space that I have, it did take some getting use to and compromise. 

Here are a few of the most important things I learned and some tips you could use to make your condo/apartment look and feel like you have much more space.

DOUBLE DUTY: Choose your furniture wisely, think versatility.  Don’t purchase anything that you can’t use multiple ways or that will add storage space to your home. 
Find and highlight furniture that does more than one thing: an ottoman that also provides storage, a bench to sit on, put your tv on or store baskets underneath, etc

One of my absolute favorites if the ‘Premium Cube Center’ from The Container Store – you can use it in SO many ways/places – by double stacking the cubes, it is high enough to use as counter space.  The cubes themselves come in 5 different styles, the Premium Quartered, 2-Drawer, Divided, Open, and Cabinet Door Cube (each is sold separately, so you can choose which work best for you) 

Another way to maximize your storage capability is finding furniture that incorporates storage bins.  With the Pottery Barn ‘Samantha Entryway Collection; you can easily bring order to busy entryways (can be used anywhere not just in entryways) with a well-designed system that's expertly constructed for years of everyday use.  This two piece system has a bench which provides cubbies for shoes, sports gear and more.  Hung above the bench is a shelf which has three different capabilities.  Like the bench, the shelf has three cubbies for storage, hooks which provide easy, convenient storage and even the top of the shelf which is a flat surface which you can use to stack boxes, etc.

 Bookcases are no longer just for books…The Container Store has an amazing option that works as shelving/media center, from the ‘Linea Collection’.  Space-saving and stylish, you'll love our Linea Narrow Leaning Bookcase! It features five fixed shelves that start shallow at the top and get deeper as you go down - each shelf features a gallery edge to keep items in place. To maximize use, put one Linea Leaning bookcases on either side of the Linea Media Center!

 THINK UP:  To use all available wall space and height, Kaihoi built this floor-to-ceiling bookcase. There are storage cabinets on the bottom, a spot for the television, and plenty of room for books. 

Mirrors can do wonders for a small space, not only do mirrors make spaces look larger, but they are stylish and are fabulous central décor pieces

Wall shelves, like the Crown Moulding Ledges from Pottery Barn, which are architecturally contoured ledges  that allow you to stage a series of changing displays . Available in three different sizes, you can use the ledges singly to display a special piece or hang in multiples for an eclectic look.  Use to display a gallery of prints, vacation photos or your favorite collection of images.

Organization, Organization, Organization: By far one of the most critical things when it comes to maintaining a home (small or large), but it is especially important when your space is limited.  If you have stuff out of order, all over the place, you will feel more cramped than ever – to avoid this stay organized at all times.

Organization and Consolidation go hand and hand.  It is important, go thru your stuff and realistically ask yourself what to keep and what to let go of.  This is important when it comes to clothing- as a general rule, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, let it go.  No, that is not code for trash… it just means a fresh start, letting go of the clutter… and with this you have TONS of options; donation, consignment/resale *think, Lulu BellaBoutique , swap party (get together with friends and trade), etc.  Think of it as making room for the future!