Tiny Treasures

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Do you sometimes wonder, or dare to dream, what it might be like to live in a smaller home?  We are not talking about one of the tiny homes that HGTV all of sudden is convincing people they need to pull around from one friends yard to another. Not a teeny, tiny home that requires you to crunch down to the size of a flattened mouse to get to the loft bed.  Or one that means a trip to the laundromat each week.

No, we are talking about homes so efficient and design oriented that we forget they are only 700-900 sq feet. Homes enticing enough that we are itching to give them a chance to make a difference in our lives.

Homes with….

  • Architectural Interest
  • Creative Decor
  • Efficient Uses of Space
  • Specific Storage
  • Fewer Finer Furnishings
  • Space for  Art and Collections
  • Wardrobes that Work
  • Easy Maintenance
  • In Diverse Engaging Neighborhoods

 

 

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What if there were no StSt Appliances

 

A Pretty Nice Kitchen

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Before anyone gets upset and starts hyperventilating, this is not going to happen.  If it did, the HGTV shows of house hunting would have to look for all new clients.  I can count on one hand the shows where buyers were NOT looking for “stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops”.  Manufacturers have enjoyed a really long run of this most desired metal.  In the U.S. 123,000 appliances are sold daily.  I can’t find the number of how many of these are stainless but I know its high. There are many, many kitchens that are just outstanding using stainless…but what if we stretched outside of the box a little and said no to these finger printing  gleaming machines?

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Books Make you Smarter

 

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Perhaps, but only if you can actually find them and read them.  For years, a certain person in our family who I will not mention but we all know who she is, convinced herself that the more books you could acquire the smarter you would at least look to your friends.  She housed hers on those spur of the moment bookcases you buy that have cardboard contact paper backs.  They really won’t hold the weight of books unless you anchor them to each other and anchor to the wall.  They come in all sorts of “natural wood” finishes.  Are you getting the picture yet?  We’ve all had a turn at moving her “library” and praying she will catch on to ebooks.  However, as God always reminds me when I am being a tad too critical, I do like it when shelves can really be used. Let’s take a look at the difference between a workhorse and a filly.

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Muffin Tops

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GOT JUNK?

We’ve all got them…places in our homes that are “spilling” over their proposed containment. Small drawers seem to be the number one culprit.  How to books and blogs about organizing either preach that we should not even have some of the stuff I am talking about or require us to buy all kinds of new, expensive systems.

Enter the humble muffin tin.  Deep, multiple compartments that fit in even the most narrow drawers.  Can be placed vertically or horizontally. Use them alone or in groups.  Available in multiple finishes and colors. Let’s look at a few ways to do some quick organizing.

 

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Looking back I can remember our Dad buying boxes of “stuff” at auctions.  Many times these boxes had nuts, bolts, washers, nails and screws  all mixed together in coffee cans.  He had a few old muffin tins and we’d sit and sort for hours.  I have no idea where anything went after we sorted it but we sure felt important doing it.   I can’t look at a tin without thinking I thought they were just for screws!

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Ebony and Ivory

This Friday’s Favorite is also a Find!

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I lived in a one bedroom apartment my junior and senior year of college. Starting from scratch, I began purchasing the essentials that I needed to live on my own.

One of my favorite first purchases, that I still use today 6 years later, is the Frank Dinnerware from cb2.   I bought the whole collection.  It includes dinner plate, salad plate and soup bowl. I soon fell in love with the simplicity of my white porcelain dinnerware! The most unique feature of this collection is that it is stackable. They can be stored as a compact group. The salad plate also doubles as a lid for the soup bowls. How neat is that?!  For the minimalist (sometimes hidden) in all of us… this dinnerware collection is great quality for a great price!- Kristen

Frank Dinnerware

Available online at cb2

 

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White Dinnerware Perfect in Any Decor

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This is one of the times when fate is more powerful than words.  I also purchased the same Frank Dinnerware the first year it was available and continue to use it everyday.  I’m pretty sure having the same daily dishes is not a partnership requirement, but it is touching none the less.

This dinnerware pattern is inspired by the Bauhaus school of design, circa 1920s Berlin.  Along with the versatile salad plate as lid for bowl feature,  is the fact that it is both microwave and oven proof.  There are also medium size serving/baking bowls the same design as the dinnerware bowls.   Agree wholeheartedly that white dinnerware, no matter the design, works in all decor.  The possibilities are endless using a simply chic dinnerware as a foundation for your table.-Laurel

Let me sneak in another favorite dinnerware!

 

One last thought.  We have clients who have been designated the family keepers of china…sometimes several sets.  Others who ask us what to do with China that is packed away and was “expensive”.  How about let’s use it in our everyday lives?  Unless it has gold/silver on it, it can go in the dishwasher. (some with these metals can even go on gentle cycles so try it) But what if a piece breaks?  So what?  It will be a nice story to tell your kids/grandkids that would not have opened the box of these precious gems you passed on otherwise.  They might even be the ones to break a piece and your legacy can live on in memories for years! We suggested a client use one of her multiple sets at her lakehouse….what fun she has had with this!   Mixing china patterns and adding them to the above ebony or ivory pieces could be ever so chic.

 

Go ahead and get your china moving!

 

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Jumpstart your Week

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.-C.S. Lewis

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My Domaine

If you talk to 10 people in a room…11 of them have too many articles in their closet. The nagging need to edit hangs over our heads because now the push is to undo what we have spent a lifetime doing.   We are a society of consumption and trained to not let go of something we worked towards and paid for.  It’s normal. It’s also ok to evolve and lighten up if we want to. But where to start? There are so many views, tips and guidelines on how to overcome our anxiety.   Frankly, some are so complex and time consuming I burn out simply reading about the process. Here’s what has worked for me.  I choose to create a habit so simple it is successful from day one….instead of following someone else’ system that would make me feel like I was running a race.

  • Each time you purchase a new item for your wardrobe purge one.
  • If you buy 4 items….4 items go into the donation bag.
  • Use the shopping bag of the new items as your donation bag.
  • Immediately place donation bag in front seat of your car.
  • Drop bag at donation center on your next trip out.
  • Award yourself with a consumable treat of your choice.

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Empty Shopping Bag

(new purchases are just fab!)

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Donation Bag of Castoffs

(already dropped at Goodwill and sure someone else is enjoying the personal shopping service I have provided)

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Consumable Treat

(is there a better reward than cheese to help you forget what was in the bag you just dropped off?)

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Designer Closets for “Real” People

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How Many is Too Many

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No, this is not a landfill.  If you are honest with yourself, you may have a similar stash of plastic grocery bags lurking in your home.  This is what happens when we save to reuse… but don’t.   We subscribe to various trade publications that often have long articles about recycling and how to house the items being recycled.  At times it is overwhelming and leaves me with a big sense of guilt that I should be doing more.

So true to my approach of how I justify everything…I threw out all my hoard of these reminders that I was not reusing them at the rate I was acquiring them.  Yep…I tossed them in the regular trash collection on a Wednesday.  (gasps)  Thursday I started a system that has worked for me for several years.  I do have a few reusable type bags I use, when I remember to put them in the car, on a big shopping day.  However, I like shopping in smaller batches, stopping at a store as part of another errand on my way home.  So I do bring in 5-7 of these bags every week or so.  There is no set number. AND I reuse them to the point of sometimes running out before the new ones come in!  Let’s take a look at what works for me.

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First, is this not a great way to store these babies?  Plus you get points for saving the life of one Kleenex box.   A box this size can be kept almost anywhere.

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Next, the way I use our bags most is for kitchen trash that I don’t put down the disposal.  We cook most nights, and have marathons on Sunday, so we have a lot of bits and bobs of “stuff” and wet food packaging.  Using a $2.99 Ikea stainless bowl, I place a bag as a liner and toss anything in it that is too messy, or too smelly for the daily trash.  It’s so easy for me to toss as I go and clean up once. These bags get placed in the freezer until trash day.  Since we live in Florida, we have trash pick up 2x a week. We now have trained ourselves to automatically get “the freezer” trash on garbage day.  We also place our cans/glass in these bags and then put the bag into the recycle bin. Saves trips to the bin and keeps the bin cleaner.   I feel pretty good when I reuse and also recycle any bags I bring into the house each week.

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Lastly, if you have one of these guys hanging around your abode…you know another endless use of a plastic bag!

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Hairdresser of the Home

image-1Why Hire a Designer?

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Have you ever said to yourself, in frustration after finishing a home project, “My next project I’m hiring an interior designer!”? A designer can replace those frustrations with results that exceed your expectations  while saving you time and money in the process.

The right designer will take time to get to know you and determine the wants and needs for your project. By asking you simple questions, we can understand how you want to live.  This will be beneficial when designing a project specifically for you. Interior designers also bring our professional knowledge, experience and insight to your project. We will  listen to your ideas and help you expand the concepts to make them even better.

Using an interior designer can give you access to “trade only” furnishings, fabrics and accessories for your project. We can connect you to talented trades people such as sub contractors.  We will be your liaison communicating with them on your behalf.  Using an interior designer you are more likely to stay on budget and avoid costly mistakes. Best of all, by hiring an interior designer you will  be able to create a decor that is a reflection of you…without the frustrations.-Kristen under 50 view

 

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Kristen did such a nice job professionally explaining the benefits of using an interior designer. No need to repeat. Instead I’ll share  this.  Years ago my hairdresser made the comment that she and I did the same thing…she for clients hair and me for their homes.  She was so right and her words have stuck with me.

A good haircut is one that suits “us” best. It can be styled in so many different ways. Colored in hundreds of shades.  Changed over and over, trying new things or reverting back to our comfort zones.  No matter how badly  we treat it, even when it gets dangerously out of control,  it’s fixable.  We look at it every day, several times a day and count on it to be there for us.

Now go back and change haircut to home and see if you agree that little miss snippet was onto something…using professionals has it’s perks!  –Laurel over 50 view

Is your home ready for that perfect “hairstyle”?

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