Tuesday’s Tips: have an empty wall? Create more shoe storage

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Going to NYC soon and always curious how people there store their stuff and how would I manage if I had cramped living quarters. Then I thought how easy we all can benefit from the ones who live in small spaces. Taking cues from those with limited closet space, use the tried and true and very inexpensive floating shelves….

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Love the idea of using wood planks and bricks because it’s less time consuming. No measurement required. So simple and can easily look better when painted. Imagine gold leaf bricks with white shelves. Using shelves along any sloped odd dead space makes it functional. Adding decal quotes, mirrors or side chairs for styling can bring the look together if you think two shelves would look funny in the middle of a wall. It looks more polished if your room happens to have a niche or some sort of indent. Spaces like that just scream for shelves…

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I like the smaller shelves as well because those can be used to display purses or standout pieces…
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{Images via Domino, the Life Styled Blog, Pinterest & Maison 21 }

Just getting some inspiration for my client’s gallery wall…

At first I was going to do a combination of both photos leaned on the wall via floating shelves and hung pictures. Then I decided for all photos to layer and lean on two rows of shelves. But last Sunday I went to Illinois’ Ikea and got a few of those picture shelves. If I end up with more pics than can fit, I will then do a gallery wall on the sides of the shelves. I love a modern picture display so just trying to get inspired…

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Open floating shelves VS cabinetry with doors

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In the past I’ve said I could never have open shelving in the kitchen. Although my cabinets are neat, I never want to feel obligated to have everything picture perfect should I be in a rush one day putting dishes away. But the more and more I see them, I really like the look. It gives off a diner feel. It’s a great way to open a space and prevent a galley kitchen from feeling closed in. The floating shelves gives an airy element to a room and if you have beautiful dishes, why not show them off? Colorful bowls can serve as function and decor by infusing color into the space. So what do you think. Open shelves vs regular cabinets???

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Tidy, clean and organized spaces make you sleep easier…


They say, and I co-sign, that when your home is clean and organized, you function better. Think about it. How well do you sleep when you know there’s piles of laundry to fold…and if you don’t, you’ll end up rushing in the morning trying to find that black boyfriend cut blazer in a sea of black clothes forcing you to rethink entire outfit at the last minute causing you to leave the apt in a hurry only to get halfway to work and realize you left your lunch on the kitchen counter! Oh…I got a little too personal.
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But when you have clutter around, mail that needs to be opened, papers that need to be shredded, it prevents you from sleeping well. You’re on edge and can relax. The same can be said for places in the home that aren’t organized. It makes cooking difficult when you can’t easily see the spices you need. It makes grocery shopping harder because sometimes you’ll come home after shopping only to realize you are indeed out of sugar. I figured looking at some nicely organized pantries will encourage one to get that part of their home in order. No pantry? Simply take some of these tips to keep your kitchen counters and cabinets in order. Thank me later.
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When you open a door, you want to easily see what’s low. This is where mason & apothecary jars or any type of clear container comes in handy. Storing oats, cereal, sugar, flour, cornmeal, rice, and any other staples allows you to see at the blink of an eye what you need to get more of. It saves time too because you don’t have to go shaking boxes and lifting bags and opening canisters. Not to mention it’s visually pleasing to the eyes. These containers can be apart of your kitchen decor. World Market, Pier 1, Target and Marshalls all have nice designs for affordable prices. Try Crate & Barrel, Ikea, CB2 and Pottery Barn too.
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Clear jars for spices are also excellent and a good way to decorate floating shelves near the stove. Everything is within reach and easy to grab.

Tall, dark & sexy….not a man….Interiors…

I love a dark deeply rich in hues room. Combined with ambient lighting, we have a really sexy space. The architecture of the space above is a mixture of rustic & modern. The sleek fireplace is sure to set any mood. The vaulted wooden ceiling and beams makes it grand but the deep earth tones keeps it warm and comfy. It’s really the ambient lighting that sets it off. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to appreciate the ceiling’s beauty. Lighting is always something you don’t want to skimp on as it will do wonders in transforming your space.

The purples and raspberry hues really pop against the gray. The design is a simplistic approach but it doesn’t compromise comfort. I could see myself lounging on the sofas on the cowhide rug in those fabulous jewel tones. I also like how they painted the trim around the entrance (seen in the mirror) and window seat. It’s a great way to add color to the walls in a darker tone if you don’t want to commit to a wall filled with it. I especially like the blocked out area of black for the floating shelves. Gives that area a little interest.
Another mustard and gray combo with curtains puddling to the ground. That always makes a room feel larger even it’s not. Especially when the rod is near the ceiling, regardless of where the window starts. It draws your eyes upward.