[ THE TIPS ] BE GOOD TO YOUR GUESTS

Whether you run an Airbnb, or just want to make your houseguests feel at home, there are a few things you can do to make your space cozy and inviting. Just beware, your guests may never want to leave... 

1. CAFFEINE 

We've set up a lot of Airbnb's lately (Nashville's a lovely place to visit in the spring, y'all!) and the single most important element is COFFEE. We love the all white Keurig Brewing System because it blends with any room decor, is simple to use, and provides a 24 hour coffee fix. 

We set-up a complete coffee station using this Gold and Marble Tray from Target (you're welcome), Coffee MugsGold and White Canisters to hold the coffee pods, and added Fishs Eddy Serving Pieces as accents. 

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We also added a stool for extra seating (very important for an Airbnb!) and these Baskets for backstock coffee pods. 

2. BOOKS AND GAMES

It's always fun to add some Game Room Sets to a bedroom or living space. It adds a little whimsy and lets them know you want them to enjoy their stay. It's also fun to add some local books, or travel books, like this set of Field Guides, (And because we know you'll ask here is a link to the White Alarm Clock!)

3. MINI BAR

Bottles of water by the bedside are a must, but it's also nice to add a tray of snacks and candy. We loaded up this Acrylic Tray (we also love the White Lacquer Tray below) with local Nashville candy that we got at our ALL TIME favorite store White's Mercantile (there's no online shop, but the store will ship!). 

We also added a Sugar Paper Guest Book and a set of Colored Pencils for guests to leave notes, messages, or in Nashville - maybe a hit song? You never know and it's worth a shot. 

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4. ACCENTS

We always add a few fun welcoming accents like Candles, and greenery. The hard thing about flowers is that they die quickly, and plants need maintenance (I personally have killed even the hardest to kill succulents). We found a few go-to options though that we love. West Elm makes really GOOD faux Plants that you can place on shelves or tabletops - they look great and can survive maximum neglect. Another option is a dried flower, like Lavender. They add a bit of color and also make the room smell nice. 

[The gold Hello sign is sold out online, but there are other Welcome Signs left that say Hola and Aloha]

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5. FORGOTTEN ITEMS

Most people unpack their suitcase with the inevitable "UGH, I forgot [fill in the blank]." And it's always such a relief to open the bathroom drawer and find a replacement for what you're missing. 

We organized this drawer using this Drawer Insert and contents from this Travel Kit, deluxe Hand Lotions, and of course, a phone charger. 

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If your bathroom doesn't have drawers, you can use wall units like the below Metal Wall Organizer or the Black Wall Mirror with Shelf from Target that gives you extra storage space for products. 

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Just promise that if you do all of the above, you invite us for a sleepover! 

xo, THE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ THE TIPS ] THE CORD ROUND-UP

Cords are the absolute worst, correct? The never-ending web of wires are a constant eye sore and a tangled mess 100% of the time. Wire warfare is very real, and we are always on the lookout for new ways to conceal and contain our nemesis. 

1. CATCH IT. 

Placing a cable catch on your desktop or nightside table, will prevent your cable cords from falling to the floor every time (EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.) you unplug a device. Whether it's your laptop, phone, or tablet, you don't have fumble for the charger when you go to plug it back in later!

2. COLLECT IT. 

All electronics come with a huge amount of connected cords. Using a cord wrap or cable tie to gather the wires, helps prevent them from taking over your desk or media table. There are also a variety of colors you can use to identify different categories!

3. WIND IT. 

If you've never used a cable reel, then you're welcome. Because it's beneficial on a variety of levels. Cable reels allow you to wind-up cords to conceal them, to shorten them, and to keep them untangled. We especially love them for phone chargers and ear buds since it keeps your bags and drawers from cord chaos. 

 

4. DOCK IT. 

Multiple devices lead to multiple charging cables, so we always recommend setting up docking stations. Whether it's a side table, a floor basket, or a repurposed magazine rack, you can set-up all your devices to charge in a contained area. 

 

5. LABEL IT.

It's said in the south, "if it's not moving, monogram it." We believe in the organizing version, "if it's not moving, LABEL it." Labeling each cord plugged into a power strip helps you easily identify each item and keeps you from switching off your wifi when you just meant to unplug the printer. 

Links are in pink!

xo, THE

[ THE FAVORITES THINGS ] VDAY EDITION

There are a lot of Valentines Day gift guides out there. So we decided to make a treat yo self V Day edition of THE favorite things!

1. You Are Loved Trinket Tray

Trinket trays are great for holding jewelry, keys, change, and all the little bits and baubles. We love placing them in the bathroom, on nightstands, and in the entryway. 

2. Kitchen Tools

There's something about matching kitchen utensils to make you feel like a fully grown adult. Nothing mismatched, nothing from college.. it's like a dream come true for your drawer. We prefer all white silicone, or the all black collection from KitchenAid - but pick your color palette, and get yourself a new set! 

3. Minted Pinboards

We're obsessed with everything from Minted, but we just recently came across these pinboards. There are a ton of different prints that would fit a playroom, a mudroom, or in the kitchen command center. 

4. Agate Coasters

Our rule of thumb: Never have more people at your house than you have coasters for.  Moral of the story: Get really good coasters. 

5. Floor Bins

All playrooms and kids rooms should have great floor bins. You can fill them with dolls, or books, or any other bulky toy. They help clear up space and add to the room's decor. 

6. Simplified Planner

We have long been obsessed with Emily Ley and her line of planners. They are such a good way to prepare yourself daily, and organize all the aspects of your busy life. 

7. Wooden Trays

The new Modern by Dwell line at Target is giving us with ALL THE HEART EYES. These trays are an absolute must have and make a great addition to an entry way table or a coffee table. 

8. Kitchen Canisters

We are clearly fans of canisters, and even bigger fans of labeling. These kitchen canisters really get evvvverthing just right. 

9. Marble Utensil Holder

Trends come and go, but we like to believe that white marble is here forever. Containing your kitchen utensils with a marble holder instantly elevates your countertop, and holds your most-used items. 

10. Lazy Susan Art Caddy

The day we saw this rainbow turntable, we actually screamed out loud. OUT LOUD. It's a thing of beauty and we can't wait to use it in a million different ways! 

We love all y'all!

xo, THE

[ GET THE LOOK ] GP'S PANTRY

When Gwyneth asked us to organize her pantry.... we were like, WE'LL BE RIGHT OVER. 

Our main goals were to 1) better utilize the door space, 2) group the most used categories into easy to access bins, and 3) use the top shelves for back stock items and lesser utilized canned goods. 

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BASKETS

We used are a combination of the Large Montauk Basket in gray, and the Rectangular Montauk Kitchen Bins in gray. 

STACKING STORAGE

For the canned goods, we used Stacking Open Bins to take advantage of the height of each shelf. 

TURNTABLE

We opted for the Clear Divided Lazy Susan to hold all the oils and vinegars. The divisions allowed us to easily separate the different varieties, and the tall sides of the turntable kept all the bottles secure on the high shelf. 

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CANISTERS + JARS

To hold all the staples (dried fruit, nuts, and grains), we used 1.6 qt Hermetic Glass Storage Jars. For the smaller groupings, we used Canning Jars since the contents didn't take up as much space. 

LABELING

We are known for our labeling, so we wanted to do a mix of applications for GP. On the baskets, we used White Bin Clips and black ink in our signature script. For all the jars, we opted for a white paint pen directly on the glass. To make notes on cook times or expiration dates, we used Dry Erase Labels that can be easily updated or removed over time. 

For a full list of our organizing tips and tricks, check out the full feature in goop

XO, THE