Tuesday’s Tips: pedestal sink storage

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Pedestal sinks are nice in small bathrooms because it frees up floor space and doesn’t have the bulk of a cabinet. However you lose needed storage so this post has a few ideas to help make the lack of surface space more functional. You can hang a glass floating shelf for daily needs…

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You can squeeze a shelving unit in the space…
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You can hide baskets or unsightly items behind a skirt…

{Images via House Beautiful, Blair Harris as seen on Elements of Style}

Tuesday’s Tips: from bar cart to bathroom cart

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If you are one of those people with a ton of products you use daily, you may want them in arms reach. Cluttering a surface without a tray is such an eyesore and maybe you have little ones that may accidently drop products styled on the toilet. A repurposed bar cart will comes in handy…

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to organize and have more garage space

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-Have a tall one car garage? Well maybe you can use some dead air to store another vehicle….or bikes…

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-turn the door area into a mudroom. The key is ensuring junk doesn’t enter the house. So keep a place for muddy shoes, garbage and have wipes or hand sanitizer to keep out germs…

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-Use painters tape to outline “parking spaces”to remind kids where to keep their wheeled toys…

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Tuesday’s Tips: chic toy storage

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I like the neat look of the basket in Lena Corwin’s nursery. It’s big enough to store a lot of small toys and lug from room to room. The basket can easily transition in an adult room as well without compromising style…

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Multiple baskets in a modular setting or bookcase can keep related items together. Separating crafts, with legos and sporting goods will make the cleanup easy for kids. Keeping the basket neutral as possible will save money in the long run as the style can grow with the child.


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Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to repurpose small bowls & saucers

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Little saucers can be used to group some olive oils together on the side of the stove….
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Candle holders & large shot glasses can be used to store makeup ot paint brushes..

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A big bowl can be used for printed pictures ot postcards which is an awesome conversation starter. Smaller bowls can hold match boxes, post earrings, spare batteries for a coffee table, loose change for an entry table.

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You put art where? Pt 1: The closet

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This will be the first of a 4 part series that highlights areas where you can put art. Areas most people don’t think about. You know how you come across images of closets & dressing rooms that have art? Well I noticed I’ve pinned quite a bit of quotes that would be fun for those areas. You can either graphic design one yourself or try your hand at calligraphy with a metallic sharpie on craft paper. Once framed you can have fun closet art for the low (cheap). Quotes are at the end of this post but first let’s indulge in some pretty organized closet inspiration…

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Tuesday’s Tips: Store shoes in deep drawers

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Store shoes in a deep dresser drawer. You may have enough closet space to hang majority of your clothes and a dresser really isn’t needed for things other than socks, undies and pjs. Well, if you are one of those fortunate folks, use empty dresser drawers for shoes. How easy to simply roll open a drawer and select which ever heels you want. No need to  reach for a step stool to pull down what you want when you can have them within easy grasp.

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Or you can add casters to a drawer for under bed storage…

{Images via Love Daily Dose & Honey Bear Lane}

Tuesday’s Tips: ways to make small kitchen more functional…

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Oops. Scheduled thispost for today instead of tomorrow. Your tips are a day early

Placing a tiny table with two stools tucked under can give you that eat-in kitchen feel. If you live solo, don’t feel as id you need to purchase a 4 seat table set. Buy what you need. If you only need seating for one, get one seat.

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You may have a free wall in a galley kitchen where you could squeeze in an industrial bookshelf without taking much floor space. Store appliances, cookbooks and things that don’t fit in a cabinet. The key is color coding or leaving out the things you use daily, often and items that ate visually beautiful. So use that crystal bowl wedding gift as a fruit bowl instead of it staying in a big box taking valuable space and collecting dust. Free up counters for food prep by keeping your toaster and coffee maker here…

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Walls are your friends in small spaces. Use them to your advantage like magnetic knife racks instead of typical knife blocks. Rods with hooks can hang mixing utensils etc…

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A wall hung collapsible table can be your key to more surface space when need be…

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Even if you don’t have room for a table, buy a stool that is a comfortable height to sit and dine at the counter. Do you burn something the moment you walk away to sit down and watch tv in the living room or end up with clumpy oatmeal because standing idle at the stove is boring? A stool at the stove can prevent that, rest your feet and allow you to take a quick read of a magazine while you wait for dinner…
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It’s possible to sometimes fit small rolling islands in a small kitchen. They can be used for storage, added surface for food prep or in some cases, seating. Place them along the tile at the edge of the kitchen to separate rooms if the kitchen has an open L shaped floor plan.

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