Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases

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Organizing for Your Lifestyle

organizingIf Marie Kondo was too intense for you or unrealistic for your lifestyle, meet Jane Stoller. Jane Stoller’s book Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases will be the book for you.  While she sings many praises of Kondo, Jane’s ideas, tips, and methods are truly a breath of fresh air, and most importantly – attainable! I also loved that the book read like a chatty conversation between girlfriends.

My favorite section of the book is on caring for your clothing and closet organization tips (turns out I was wrong about what should be folded and what should be hung!).  So, in honor of that section I found a lot of closet organization eye candy.

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Here’s the official summary of Stoller’s book:

Organizing is a lifestyle, but it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Incorporating organizing into your life shouldn’t, ultimately, involve changing who you are, but rather maximizing it. Knowing where your favourite socks are, and having them stored correctly, means you’ll be able to wear your favourite socks more often, and look better doing it. Similarly, packing properly for a once-in-a-lifetime trip means you’ll be able to enjoy that trip even more. Remember: being organized doesn’t mean thinking about organizing all the time. Ideally, being organized means that you don’t have to think about organizing all the time–because you do it automatically, as an organic part of your everyday routine.

 

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On a final note – I also particularly recommend this book if you travel a lot for pleasure or work – great packing and travel tips!

You can find Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases by Jane Stoller wherever books are sold.

 

*disclosure: I received this book as a sample

 

Office Inspiration: Office Spaces that Stand Out

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Office Inspiration

At times we can get carried away with what we want in our home office. Whether it’s tons of storage or inspiring photo’s all over the wall, it can get a little overwhelming. A simple office space leaves your mind clutter free and ready to create a new masterpiece.
These pendants are amazing! Love the light in the space too..incredible! (Remodelista's Francesca Connolly's Home - Brooklyn Interior Design):
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If you are a naturally creative person, you know that most times you don’t need much to be inspired! Sometimes it’s the blank wall that makes our mind imagine what should be there so we can create it.
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Maybe the room itself doesn’t even matter. Maybe your view outside the window is what you need to get your brain moving.
Stick to the basic necessities. A chair, a table, a plant, a light, and a calendar may be all you really need.
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You  may be surprised that living with less actually keeps you focused and gives your room to grow.

Modern kitchen: A modern spin on Shaker style in this stunning kitchen

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Modern Kitchen

This kitchen caught my eye instantly.  I love the clean aesthetic of Shaker style, but I also love the finishes and materials in modern design.  This kitchen from DeVol marries the two.  You’ll also be surprised to know that this modern kitchen isn’t in LA or the Hamptons, it’s in the Hertfordshire countryside of England.

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The pale herringbone parquet with a limed finish are probably my favorite part of the space. I also really like the contrasting island and cabinetry.

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Even though this kitchen has a cool, calm rustic feel, it is in the coach house of a Victorian family home.

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As you can tell, light plays a huge factor in the space.  The understated pendants don’t take away from the amazing natural light from the skylights.

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LOVE the Crittall style doors, which lead out to a garden.

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The brass cabinet hardware is a perfect choice.

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What do you think of this modern shaker kitchen?

All image via devolkitchens.co.uk

Colorful Decor: Your home will thank you

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Colorful Decor

It’s officially summer! I thought I’d seek out some color and light and some examples of what color can really do for your home. This is great for those who love white walls, live in rental that you can’t paint, hate to paint, or just have a love for accessories and changing them up. Sometimes a blank white canvas of room is a little intimidating and you might even not know where to start. Bringing in simple neutral furniture is a great start so that it can grow with you while you figure out what you really want in your space. Then, observe what colors you are consistently drawn to, and seek out colorful decor and small home goods in those hues. Pillows, lamps, and vases are a great way to start.

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Colors change with season and what’s in style which goes the same with patterns. Instead of repainting all the time, try adding a little touch of color with some accessories and home decor around the house. This can give you that feel of color and texture that you might be looking for.

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The great news with using home decor for your color is that it’s really easy to switch it up. Add a bold cushion or curtain depending on the season…if it’s a color you can’t live with permanently, you can swap it out easily.

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You can also do this with furniture pieces, like the blue table in the photo above. If you decided you didn’t want blue anymore it would be a simple fix to change out just the side table and pillow. Another option would be to repaint that one piece! Since it’s smaller it wouldn’t be such a daunting task as repainting an entire room…

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Want to go a little further than accessories for your room? You can frame wallpaper or paint a canvas to hang on the wall or bring in a spot color chair. When you want to change it up later you can switch out the chair to a different room or paint a new canvas.

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You don’t have to limit yourself – it might even be easier to switch out one piece like the rug to make the room look different. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little and make your room one that you love walking in to.

Angie Hranowsky house tour: The home of one of my favorite designers

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Angie Hranowsky

I adore the work of Angie Hranowsky. She has more than a knack for using vintage finds in a way that is never stuffy, but eclectic and colorful. Her Charleston, SC historic home is no disappointment, and features her trademark style and livability.

I can’t wait to fill my home with kid art, and the large pinboard behind the dining room table is such a clever way to feature it and change it out frequently.

 

Angie gives great tips on making a rental your own, or transforming your home on a small budget:
1. Paint everything you can, event kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
2. Change out the light fixture.
3. Invest in window treatments ( or make your own simple drapes out of a favorite textile)
4. Hang artwork – Angie claims that incorporating the correct artwork is one of the most important elements of her design vision.
5. Add natural elements, like a large plant of vessel of cut flowers to add warmth to your space.

Angie designed the bookcase above and had a friend build it out of reclaimed pine.

 

 

This peachy pink bedroom is so serene. The chrome bed keeps it from being overly romantic.

 

If you’re ever in Charleston, Angie recommends you check out:
Antiques of South Windemere
Hyams Garden Center
John Pope Antiques
Mac & Murphy

See the whole story and read more at Lonny Mag, April 2013