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January is the time to get organized, and we’re clearing the clutter in the living room. Here are two tasks to get you started:
- Take advantage of space behind the sofa. Tuck blankets where they’re accessible. Or use a storage solution, such as low bookcase, as a sofa table where you can store items, such as games or DVDs.
- Rearrange your furniture. Is your layout to blame for your mess? Rethink the flow of your room, removing pieces if it feels crowded.
Fashionistas get their inspiration from the looks that go down the runway during New York Fashion Week, but home furnishing and décor designers are picking up some tips, as well. The colors, finishes and details that adorn new clothing also start popping up on furniture, accessories and accents.
StyleCaster identified several fashion trends for Spring 2017 that were used by top clothing designers, and you can bring these cutting-edge looks into your home.
Here’s your list for being a home design trendsetter:
Beige stopped being a synonym for boring when Kim Kardashian donned a “Band-aid-colored bodycon,” according to StyleCaster. In the home, khaki is timeless. Use the color on a large investment piece, such as this great piece from Detroit Sofa Co. It will never go out of style, and will play well with the color du jour.
Designers were sending fluorescent shades down the runway with pieces meant for day and eveningwear. Bring this trend home, and a little will go a long way. If you’re timid, try a smaller accent piece. Or make a splash with a large item, such as this bright pink leather chair.
Designers embraced bold, bright stripes, with a rainbow of colors often anchored with black. Stripes are an easy update for your home, as you can find them on everything from upholstered furniture to rugs to accents. This eye-catching Stripes Ottoman will have you wearing yours with pride, and it’s available in several classic shades.
Shades of Blue
Blue was everywhere on the New York runway, with shades that ranged from sea foam to cerulean. Blue is also a nice option to black. We’re showing the color in several shades, as well, such as this gorgeous Campaign Sofa Table from the Nigel Barker Collection.
Floral patterns and Spring fashion are an effortless combination, but this season StyleCaster found the florals to be fresh in their “unabashed femininity, blooming up and down long, tiered skirts, ruffled jumpsuits, and voluminous sleeves.” Bring florals home on accent chairs, rugs or artwork, like this gorgeous She Loves Flower canvas.
“Clean up your room” is a phrase most parents are familiar with. Kids and clutter often go hand in hand. Instead of shutting the door (which isn’t a bad option), give your child the tools for tidying by creating an organized space. Here are five things to keep in mind:
1. Look at the room from your child’s point of view. Often closets and drawers are too tall to be manageable. Get down to your child’s eye level and then assess his or her space. The view may surprise you! Shorter furniture, like a dresser instead of a chest of drawers, is more ideal for little kids. And make sure the closet is set up with low rods and baskets or bins on the floor.
2. Simplify. A room or closet filled to the brim is going to be hard to maintain. Take everything out of your child’s room that doesn’t need to be there. Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing in the basement or another room. Create a “toy library” where kids check out a certain number of toys and return them before they’re allowed to check out more. And clean out your child’s desk at the end of each school season to make sure old papers and books aren’t causing clutter.
3. Make sure the room has adequate storage. Getting ready in the morning will be a breeze when clothing options are readily accessible. A dresser will provide ample drawer space for storing socks, shirts and everything else. Use bookcases, baskets and benches for storing additional items that are kept in your child’s room, such as art supplies and toys. An organized room is easier to keep clean because there’s a place for everything.
4. Give your child a homework area. Studying, homework and projects are best completed at a desk where books and supplies can be stored. What’s more, when you put a desk in your child’s bedroom, you provide a quiet work environment away from the hustle and bustle of the household in which your child can get things done.
5. Create a daily routine. Set up a ritual where you and your child put items away before bedtime. As your child gets older, he or she can do the routine alone. When kids get in the habit of putting things away, clutter stays at bay and a room never gets out of control.
An organized bedroom is a place where your child can do his or her best, and it’s a spot where childhood memories take root and grow.
Getting your kids to pick up their toys sounds like a dream, but it’s definitely an attainable one if you set up their room for success. Here are two things you can do today to help them tidy their stuff:
1. Make cleaning up a fun evening routine. Play a special song that indicates it’s time to put things away. (One mom we know plays “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.) Or set a timer and see how many toys your child can pick up in 15 or 30 seconds.
2. Label boxes. If your child can see what is supposed to go inside, it’s more likely they’ll put things away. You can use words for emerging readers or photos for toddlers.
Ever search Pinterest for design inspiration? Sure you do! It’s where a lot of us go for ideas on everything from kitchen flooring to bedding combinations. The people at Pinterest keep track of popular search words, and release their list of trends based on what people want to see.
Take a look at five common searches that are predicted to be hot home design trends for 2017:
1. Farmhouse Chic. HGTV’s Fixer Upper has made anything that looks like it came from a barn super hot. Choose bench seating in the kitchen, warm wood tones and rustic accessories.
2. Join the Navy. Navy is being called the new black. The rich color is ultra stylish when paired with crisp white, but it also looks amazing with colors like gold, kiwi and chocolate brown.
3. Unique Nightstands. Skip the matching set of bedroom furniture and put some personality in your room by using a unique nightstand. Choose an end table or small chest to make your space stand out.
4. Spotlight On Copper. The hot metal for the New Year is copper. Look for the rich metallic on lamps, accents and side tables, as well as tabletop accessories, such as mugs and flatware.
5. Acrylic Décor. Acrylic tables and chairs seem to float in a room, making small spaces look larger. You can also choose furnishings that have acrylic legs to visually enlarge the floor.
Play can get messy, and for kids that’s part of the fun. If you’re trying to keep your home at least somewhat tidy, save yourself some headaches and follow these two quick organizing tips:
1. Regularly purge the clutter. If your child hasn’t played with a toy in three or four months, put it away. If they ask for it, it can return. If it sits in a box for another two months, donate it or give it away.
2. Organize toys by category, which makes clean up easier. Have a basket for each type of item, such as dolls, cars, balls and puzzles. Then create a rule in your home that only one basket is allowed out at a time.
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got toys and you’ve seen your share of joyful messes. Whether playthings are confined to an area of their bedroom, your basement rec space or a dedicated playroom, you can avoid the feeling of chaos if you employ a few organizing methods.
1. Start by clearing out all of the toys. It’s hard to create a sense of organization when your starting point is a room full of stuff. As you remove everything, decide if you are going to keep, donate or dispose of it. You can also store away toys for later, if they’re not age appropriate or aren’t played with.
2. Next, think like a preschool and add task centers. A table and chairs will help kids keep puzzles, games and art projects contained. A beanbag chair and lamp creates the perfect spot for cuddling up with a book or watching a movie.
3. Now it’s time to find storage solutions that fit the room. Forego the old-fashioned toy chest – items get lost in the bottom and won’t get used. Instead, use a mix of open and closed storage bins that allow you to hide away visual clutter while displaying colorful items that can add personality. Be sure to attach furniture to the walls to avoid tipping and possible injury.
4. Choose storage bins that are item specific. It’s a good idea to choose smaller bins that hold a certain item, and choosing a neutral color palette will allow you to transition them into an updated décor or another room in your home. You can have one box for blocks, another for dolls, another for art supplies … you get the idea. Make sure your storage bins are accessible and simple to use so your kids can quickly and easily put away toys when they’re done.
5. Complete the play space by adding an area rug. Not only does it put a soft surface under your child; it can help define the play space, especially if it’s in a section of a room that serves other purposes.
6. Finally, think comfort, durability and wash-ability when designing your room. Easy-to-move furniture helps when it’s time to change up the room. And consider investing in pieces that little ones can grow into and use when they’re teenagers. It can be hard to imagine when you’re knee-deep in dress-up clothes and Play-Dough that you’ll miss the mess, but you just might!
Preparing meals for your family is much more enjoyable when you do it in a well-planned kitchen. Whether you have a small galley style or a large space that promotes gathering, kitchens always benefit from organization and thought.
Here are five things to keep in mind when you organize yours:
Start with a clean slate. Empty all of your cabinets and put everything on your countertop or table. You’ll probably be surprised at how much stuff is stored behind doors and drawers. When you remove items, look for things that are broken, don’t belong in the kitchen or that are duplicates. You can sort out these items right away to make room for what you need.
Group like items. When organizing your kitchen, make it easy to find things or complete a task by grouping like items. Put all of your bake ware in one cabinet, for example. Keep spices together. And group holiday or seasonal items that are used less often. During the grouping process, streamline your belongings even further by getting rid of things you no longer use or need.
Don’t forget about vertical space. If cabinet space is at a premium, think outside the “box” and consider hanging items. You can place hooks underneath cabinets to hold mugs. Use a bar that allows you to hang a stemware. Consider installing a pot rack over a kitchen island. And add portable storage if you have wall space, such as free-standing shelving or bins that attach to the wall.
Decide where everything goes. Now it’s time to put things away; decide which cabinets and drawers make the most sense. Pots and pans should be kept close to the stove. Utensils can be put in the drawer nearest to the prep area. Put mugs near your coffee station. Thinking through your organization helps you streamline your cooking process.
Consider hidden storage options. Finally, look for double duty furnishings that provide storage. You can find tables that include shelving in the base that can be used to store seasonal items. Some bench seating opens to offer storage that can hold linens or even pantry food item overflow if you like to stock up. Taking advantage of every nook and cranny will help you get the most out of your kitchen.
You can never be too organized. A well designed home runs smoothly and efficiently. Getting there, however, can take time and a few tricks. Here are three more tips for creating an organized kitchen:
1. If you use silicone baking sheets, storing them can be difficult. Use a cardboard tube from your paper towels or aluminum foil to roll them up and tuck them away.
2. Save the plastic containers you get with carryout foods and use them to hold small food items in your freezer, such as produce peelings for broth or butter wrappers for greasing pans. This will help keep your freezer clean and organized.
3. Tape frequently used recipes inside of your cabinet door so you can easily refer to them without having to drag out bulky recipe books.
A tufted bench is a versatile piece of furniture, with uses in a living room, bedroom, dining room or foyer. A stylish one, however, doesn’t need to break the bank. These two benches are very similar. Both are upholstered in natural linen, both have curved legs with casters for mobility, and both feature elegant tufting and nailhead trim. One of these benches is the Raleigh Tufted Bench from Pottery Barn, which sells for $599, and the other is the Isabelle Linen Bench from Art Van Furniture, which sells for $239 and includes free shipping.
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