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No More Soap Scum!

Hello!

I am freshly returned to New York City and hyper-aware of continually washing my hands. Unfortunately, this is not always a cleansing experience. There is the soap cemented to counters, the Doctor’s Office scented pink glue dripping from containers, and the bathrooms and sinks without soap!

A list of beautiful and fun ways to proudly display New York City’s gold: SOAP.

Personally, I love using sponges for my own soap rest. They are absorbing (duh!), easy to clean (toss in the dishwasher), and just scream, “clean!”

(Remember to click on the images to find more information)

Some great options to reduce dripping hands are these handcrafted products:

A modern option to make out of old spatulas is here:

Don’t forget to add a little design to your soap dish!

Ribbed dishes prevent soap bars sticking to their dish.

The soap in your bath and showers shouldn’t be overlooked.

Take an artistic approach to the guest bathroom.

Of course, don’t forget the office and when you’re on the go.

No more Soap Glue, welcome to Foam!

Enjoy your day and keep it clean!

 

Showcasing in Small Spaces (Part 2)

Now that we’ve cleaned up the kitchen, let’s tackle the bathroom. The bathroom should be a place of escape; a cleansing, nourishing environment for you to release the day’s stressors. Let’s lay the footwork for that project!

Bathrooms come in all shapes, sizes, and styles and the ideas below can be modified for everyone’s taste.

Somehow, in my home wet towels end up on chairs, door handles, and of course, the floor. Let’s fix that.

I find that hanging towels on the traditional bar leaves half the towel damp and requires a perfect fold to look organized. Instead, I use hooks leaving my towels dry and always perfectly draped.

To store freshly cleaned towels use a vertical shelving technique that saves space and reminds you of all the clean comforts you’d find in a five star hotel.

This is easy storage for your extra bed linens: a great way to keep them matched is to fold and tuck the sheets into corresponding pillow cases.

When I think of bathroom cabinets, I think of sticky spills, expired make-up, and too many unused products. By keeping our products above ground we can’t neglect bathroom cleanings, using what we have, and getting rid of what we don’t need.

Put your cotton balls, bath salts, Q-tips, and loofas (extras for the forgetful overnight guest) in clear containers.

Make a specialized container by following the directions from this blog. Put flirty faux eyelashes in the design for your make-up container, plane tickets for your stolen hotel shampoos and soaps, or something that accents your bathroom decor like the coffee beans below.

Don’t forget to buy multi-use products; by storing items beneath the candles, you are able to store, showcase, and create a candle holder! I suggest putting your cotton balls or bath salts in this piece.

Some products require safe storage, far away from children’s reach and hidden from a guest’s view. Attaching a metal sticker to the inside of your cabinet, mirror, or on the back of a door, allows you to attach genius containers for all your clutter needs.

Add shelves to place your containers upon.

Last but not least, make use of what you’ve got! I use my bathtub for extra storage because I don’t use it often. By placing a wooden bench at the end of the bath, I have a new shelf for shampoos, conditioners, and make up.

I place my jewelry, make-up, and mirror on a gold tray I can bring downstairs, to the bedroom, or leave looking elegant in my master bath.

Another great idea is to make your own tray from an old picture frame.

One last idea to store and enhance the unused tub is creating a bench as shown on this blog.

An easy solution for storage needs: showcasing!

The most cluttered areas in my home are always The Kitchen & The Bathroom. Both areas get a substantial amount of traffic and require the most storage. Rather than wasting valuable storage above and below the sink with cabinetry, or line countertops with boxes and baskets, use your every day items as décor.

In this post, we’ll tackle the kitchen. Most of us spend hours choosing the perfect china patterns, only to hide them away for ‘special occasions.’ Instead, show off your wedding gifts and your discerning eye for design by finally getting some everyday use out of your sparingly used pieces.

How to display your china and decorate your kitchen!

The cutout below is what first inspired me to showcase items with treasured designs through accessible storage.

Below are some great examples of open storage. 

How to re-create these styles:

Use your rarely-used dining room table to display your china.

 Choose a style to display your plates that suits your specific needs; California residents need to protect their china from earthquakes and a small kitchen needs to make efficient use of space.  Hang pots and pans from the ceiling. Hang mugs and glasses on the bottom of shelves or against a wall.

Since your dishes are now visible, be specific in your design choices and make sure to color coordinate. Ensure that they highlight the color of your wall, countertop, and shelves.Here are some china finds I recommend:

Blue & White China is a versatile classic. Mix and match styles you find at yard sales, on amazon.com, and in antique shops.

 

Stackable items are especially great for saving space.

Before purchasing, choose a design scheme and then source your china.

Pottery:

Classic Tones:

Funky Pieces:

 

Artistic Pieces:

Storage can be beautiful as well!

Show off all of those saved magazines and recipes you’ve been tearing out for years.

Display your fruit boldly.

Use storage containers to simplify and match design aesthetics.

Standardize your storage by using the same style and type of container in different sizes.

Display the spice rack!

Buy spices that already look beautiful and show them off. 

Made with magnetic caps, these spices sit beautifully against a metal backsplash or as shown below on a wood cutting board.

These bottles present any spice as art.

I would update the look with some brighter wood and of course use standardized spice containers, but what a great design idea!

Now, on to the bathroom… (next post)

Mason Jars – timeless & constantly evolving!

Mason jars, invented in 1858, are still being used to can and preserve food, but that isn’t the only way to make use of this dependable glass jar

I always use mason jars for roadies; whether it’s for the beach, a long car ride, or work. Being my mother’s daughter, I always prefer a chilled drink from glass! Plastic just won’t do and neither will spilling. So, I present the new and improved mason ‘roadie:’

 

Easy to buy at: Cuppow.com

Additionally, similar to their original intended use, mason jars are great for cooking & storing! Check out some ideas below and click the pictures to find out how. 🙂

Here, the jar serves as a container for cooking and storing. Look at this genius! 

Give the gift of warm dessert (or comfort soup) without having to prepare it!

 Lighten up!

Overhead lighting brings a country feel to downtown.

Adorn an outdoor patio, a dimly lit wooden dining table, or the mantle of your fireplace.

Decorating couldn’t be easier than using a few jars, water, and floating candles!

My very own creations!

I used twine to attach recycled tissue paper on jars in order to add fun accents to our dinner table.

Using natural fibers around a simple design can enhance lighting for an even more romantic vibe.

Spray paint the inside to create a bright and unique color blend. The possibilities are endless!

Use stickers and stencils when spraying

Be creative and make your own floral vases!

You can order your own kit or have the experts create a scene for you; I recently had the twig-artists re-create my friend’s wedding scene in a ball jar they used for floral arrangements.

The simple beauty in this design is due to the clean use of twine and color.

The unique height and placement of this vase is amazing. It completely outdoes the ordinary.

What is better than fresh herbs year round?

And finally, a few more cool ideas:

Stick to TAPE

There are some amazing companies revamping Tape’s image. No longer does tape have to play second fiddle, shadowed by paper’s beauty and decorative versatility!

First, to be inspired, click here to see Rebecca Ward’s tape installations.

Below are product examples! Click on the individual tapes for their sources.