[ THE FAVORITE THINGS ] HOLIDAY 2016

There are a million gift guides out there, but here is one to sooth your Type-A soul, and tame your OCD tendencies. And let's be honest, if you're reading our blog, you probably like things lined up, symmetrical, and in color-order. We totally get it, and we got your covered. 

[ THE ] HOUSE

1. LE CRUSET COOKING TOOL SET

Matching kitchen utensils gives the your drawers and countertops a finished look. Everything will look clean and organized and give you an opportunity to edit out pieces you no longer like or use. [5 piece set and utensil holder, Williams Sonoma // $89]

2. TURKISH T HAND TOWELS

We organize a lot of kitchens.. and one of our favorite kitchen accessories, is actually a good hand towel. Whether its folded nicely in a drawer or hung on an oven door (this was not intended to rhyme, but it happened, so.. tis the season) Turkish-T towels just make everything look better. And once you have good towels, you'll be able to get rid of the ones you've been holding onto for (way) too long. [ Hand towels, Turkish-T // $19 each ] 

3. THE SPICE JAR SET

How on earth could we suggest gifts to help you streamline your home without mentioning our own products? Our custom spice jar sets add uniformity to your kitchen or pantry and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. [ THE spice jars // $55 for 12 custom jars ]

[ THE ] KIDS

4. JUNIPER BOOK SET

We are huge proponents of color-coordinating books, but if we could just buy ALL of our books in perfectly color-coordinated order - that would work too. Whether you use these in your kids rooms or on the living room shelves, you'll achieve all the #ROYGBIV goals. [ Set of 11 Puffin Classics // $189 ]

5. GRIMM'S RAINBOW STACKER

Like it or not, our kids have toys. Which means we need to live with toys in our house. But they don't HAVE to be ugly plastic contraptions needing 12 batteries. This rainbow stacker can actually be rebuilt in a variety of ways (you honestly won't believe it but you can make everything from a dinosaur to a doll house) and looks cute while in-play, or sitting on a shelf. [ Grimm's Large Rainbow Stacker // $42.95 ]

[ THE ] WOMEN

6. JEWELRY BOX

Good jewelry storage is hard to find - particularly something that's pretty enough to leave out in the open. This jewelry box holds all your bits and baubles, and is chic enough to leave on top of your dresser or bathroom counter. [ Faceted Mirror Box, West Elm  // $127 ]

[ THE ] MEN

7. TAME THE BEAST GROOMING SET

For whomever is married.. In the same way we need to resign ourselves to living with our kids toys, we also need to resign ourselves to living with our husbands STUFF everywhere. WHY is it always everywhere??? Ugh. Anyway.. for the holidays, get him something that helps streamline a space your share. We love this new set of grooming products because their clean look will give your bathroom / shower an instant upgrade. And just think of the 1 million other bottles you'll finally be able to throw out! [ Beast Box Gift Set // $88

[ THE ] PETS

8. PET FOOD CANISTER

Pet food is something people are always trying to hide in a cabinet or stash in a corner. It's unattractive and bulky. Getting a container that you can actually leave out, is a game changer for your space. [ Pet Food Canister, Pottery Barn // $69 ]

[ THE ] NEW PARENTS

9. SENTIMENTAL STORAGE

Finding unique gifts for new or expecting parents can be hard. How many bibs and blankets can any one person receive? We love this baby keepsake box because it holds all the special pieces from the newborn years, and is nice enough to leave on your bookshelf instead of the attic. [ Library Baby Keepsake Box, Savor // $79.95 ]

[ THE ] STOCKING

10. ACRYLIC PHONE STAND

This acrylic ruler / phone holder / and card holder is a chic addition to almost any room. Whether it's for a teenagers bedroom, a kitchen counter, or a home office - this is an easy and versatile gift that fits perfectly into a stocking. [ Acrylic phone holder, The Container Store // $19.99

Happy Holidays, y'all! 

xo, THE

[ THE TIPS ] FRIDGE GOALS IN 5 STEPS

Pantries have always been our favorite thing to organize - but a fridge, which is kind of a pantry's cousin, can be just as fun. And the good news, is that an organized fridge is actually pretty simple to achieve. 

 

1. CLEAN IT OUT // No really. Take every single thing out. It will give you the opportunity to toss any old food (you are not going to eat those leftovers, just get rid of them), check expiration dates, and wipe down all the shelves. 

 

2. GROUP LIKE ITEMS // Once everything is emptied out of the fridge, create groupings: Dairy, Meat / Poultry, Veggies, Fruit, Snacks, etc. 

3. ALLOCATE THE SPACE // Divide your fridge into zones to match the categories you created. Make sure to leave a spot for food storage containers and leftovers! 

 

4. CONTAIN IT // Whether it's with food storage or fridge bins, it's always a good idea to have your items contained so they stay within their zone. Not only does it keep your fridge clean and uncluttered, but a defined space also helps you easily take stock of your items before heading to the grocery store. 

 

5. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL // Labeling helps identify the contents of your drawer or bin, and also helps you easily put away groceries. Your husband will not put the lettuce where the eggs are supposed to go if you add an appropriate label. To add permanent labels, we recommend a paint marker. For labeling something like cook times or expiration dates, we suggest a chalk marker so that you can easily update. 

The bottom line is an organized fridge requires discipline to maintain. You need to make the effort to put things back in their place, to not buy groceries you don't need or use, and to throw out old items on a regular basis. If you can give your fridge a refresh every 2-3 months, it will always look as good as it did on day 1! 

XO, THE

 

 

[ THE PROJECTS ] BEFORE AND AFTER // VOLUME 4

One of our favorite things to do after we finish a project is to go back and look at the original photo. There is nothing more satisfying after hours of work than seeing the transformation. So this week, we wanted to share a round-up of some of the pantries, playrooms, and closets we've been working on! 

BEFORE

AFTER

For this closet, we needed to figure out how to utilize the open shelves in a way that wouldn't look messy. By adding these bins, we were able to neatly fold all the pajamas, t-shirts, and bathing suits so that they would stay contained and organized. We also added shoeboxes and velvet hangers for a consistent and uniform look. 

BEFORE

AFTER

This pantry is a great example of pretty simple organization: Large groupings, large bins, and few canisters. But simple systems can still look great and we love how this one turned out. We utilized a LOT of turntables since they had so many spices, oils, and condiments, and primarily used large Elfa bins for all the food categories. 

BEFORE

AFTER

This gorgeous playroom belongs to our good friend Selma Blair and her son Arthur. Our primary goal was to utilize the open shelving with functional storage solutions, while styling them to fit the aesthetic of the room. Our favorite white Nordic bins with bamboo lids were the perfect addition to the space and helped store blocks and legos. We also used the small open stacking containers for art supplies and small games. 

BEFORE

AFTER

The challenge in this pantry was that the shelves were both deep and high. Finding the right supplies to fit the space was tough (and we actually ended-up switching out some of the pieces the next day!), but hyacinth baskets and double bamboo turntables ended up fitting the space perfectly. We also added clear open stacking bins which allow for easy access, and compliment the wooden and woven pieces. 

XO, THE

[ THE TIPS ] 5 BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRICKS

School is back in full swing, and your house is likely a sea of papers and backpacks. To help you streamline all the 1 million items that come in and out of your house on a daily basis, we partnered with Pottery Barn to put together some simple tips.

TIP 1: Map out the week.

Fill out a weekly or monthly calendar with everything from sporting events and after-school practice, to dance recitals and birthday parties. We used this Whiteboard Calendar to map out all the daily activities, and hung in the entryway for high visibility. Keeping your days and weeks organized will help you and your family stay on schedule.

TIP 2: Create a drop-spot.

As kids race in the door, or run down the stairs, it’s helpful to have a place that holds all their daily items. We repurposed the Savannah Recycling Bin to provide a stylish solution to organizing backpacks, lunchboxes, and school papers. The three sections allows you to divide the bin based on your family’s needs, and the clean design makes it a perfect compliment to a room or entry way.

TIP 3: Organize papers.   

The amount of homework, permission slips, and artwork that comes into the house every day can feel endless. Setting-up folders to organize and categorize the stream of school papers helps you stay on top of everything. We like to designate separate folders for each member of the family, general household, and action items that need follow-up. You can use a traditional file sorter, a desktop organizer, or even place hanging files in a bin.

TIP 4: Assemble school supplies.

Pens and markers are really as much for adults as they are for kids. Categorizing everything into a desktop organizer makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, and easy to put it away once you’re done. We love the Bedford Caddy since it holds both small supplies, and large folders and notebooks.  

TIP 5: Set-up a station.

Every household benefits from a central station. Sometimes it’s in the kitchen, or part of the mudroom, and sometimes you have to create one in the entryway. The Wyatt Workspace rolling cart, paired with the Savannah Bin, allowed us to incorporate a spot for incoming mail, school paperwork, backpacks, and even a spot for library books that need returning. This cart is so versatile and can be organized to fit almost any purpose.

Creating organized systems will ultimately make your home run more smoothly, and will alleviate the clutter that crowds your countertops. And if you want to style it like a pro, make sure to add a label to your bins or containers! It gives everything a finished look and serves as a set of instructions for where to find and file your items.  

xo, THE