Organizing: Around-the-bed shelving unit
That dead space around your bed is perfect for hanging artwork, yes, but when storage is at a premium, don't be afraid to look up and to the sides -- that bare wall can also work as a much-needed cache. Here, the small alcove that houses the bed was the ideal place to add in a surrounding built-in-look shelving unit.
Hints for hiding your bedroom belongings:
1 Provide opportunities for both display and hideaway with big box store buys like these IKEA Bestå units, with their combination of closed and open shelving.
2 Choose decorative storage containers that match the room's colour scheme and provide a place for stashing bits and bobs.
3 Keep reading lights unobtrusive by attaching them to the insides of the shelving units.
4 Use any empty space to hang artwork for a personal touch.
5 Include easy-to-reach drawers for tucking away electronic essentials like TV remotes and chargers.
Tip: Most small homes don't have the luxury of a separate linen closet. Keep extra sheets, blankets and pillows in the overhead compartments of your shelving unit, along with a natural air freshener, such as dried lavender or a eucalyptus sachet.
10 tips to create a white winter wonderland
It may seem like this Christmas palette is quite neutral, but paired with natural materials comes a classic Christmas decor. It's truly the most wonderful time to decorate.
1 Aim for the top: When you spend so much time and effort (and money!) collecting ornaments, why let the tree topper steal the show? This muted vintage-look star complements the tree without overpowering it. 2 Splurge on drama: One of Monika Hibbs’s top holiday indulgences is a real flocked tree. “If you use the same ornaments year to year, you can justify this little luxury,” she says. Have the lights strung on first, so they get dusted with that frosting, too – your tree will radiate with a golden glow.
What’s more fitting for a flocked tree than the animals commonly associated with a snowy forest? Monika doesn’t pinch her pennies when it comes to picking out unique ornaments with intricate details, but she balances out costs by filling in the tree with big-box store baubles as well.
Even the mud room gets a dose of Christmas cheer with a faux tree, a wispy faux pine wreath and tall baskets holding decorative branches and gift wrap.
“Invest in ornaments that mark life’s many milestones,” suggests Monika, “so your Christmas tree tells your own personal story, from adopting a pet to buying your first house to having a baby.”
You don’t have to go over the top – quiet touches often sing the loudest. On the coffee table, a glass cloche over a sparkly faux pinecone, an elegant white felt ball garland and a white deer figurine strike a note in perfect holiday harmony.
Elevate your holiday dining table with twinkle lights. Reflected in the glass vessels and silver accents, they create an elegant display that echoes the look of the tree.
Cast a glow that makes for magical holiday lighting. They set the mood for sipping mulled wine by the fire or watching It’s a Wonderful Life with the family. Monika chose wood-look candles, which, with the faux fir garland, amplify the foresty feel.
Blend old with new, refined with rustic. Here, the juxtaposition of the copper napkin ring and fringed linen table runner with the fine linen napkin and simple white plates makes for a stunning place setting that’s fitting for meals both formal and casual.
Just as your wardrobe changes from season to season so, too, should your decorative pieces: Trade out toss cushions that say summer for those that welcome winter.
Conquer that closet clutter once and for all.
Keep your bedroom closet organized and on track with these 6 helpful tips.
From reach-ins to walk-ins, almost every bedroom comes equipped with a closet. While no two are alike, keeping them in order is a hurdle for many. Wendy Hollick, professional organizer and owner of Neat Spaces, shares her tips for conquering your closet disaster through minimizing clutter and maximizing your space's potential. With solutions that save time and money and are stylish, here's how to get things back in order so you can keep track of what you own.
1 Create zones
The first step is to figure out what's going to live in your closet. "You look at your inventory and design around your needs," says Wendy. "Do you have many things that are long-hanging like dresses? How do you hang your pants? Do you share your closet with somebody?" By evaluating how you will use this space, you can create areas to figure out what type of storage you need ... from shoe racks to drawers.
"Purge, baby, purge," says Wendy. If you haven't used something in the past two years and it has no intrinsic value, get rid of it or donate it to charity. As a professional organizer, Wendy has seen dozens of closets over the years and believes over-consumption is to blame. "Eighty per cent of what we keep, we never use," she says. "And we wear 20% of what we own only 80% of the time and the rest just hangs there."
3 Use every inch of space
No square inch should go unnoticed. Many closets are designed poorly and often times the top and bottom spaces aren't used properly or at all. As a rule of thumb, most used items should be stored in plain sight, less-used below and rarely-used up high. To maximize your closet's potential, "you need to look for durability and flexibility," says Wendy. "Look for something that when you install it, can work with you and change with the trends." She suggests using products with epoxy-coated metal rather than plastic-coated metal because of its strength and durability. Wendy also suggests using floor space and high shelves for storing seasonal items and shoes because they can be stacked in clear plastic boxes free of dust and you can still see what's inside.
4 Take advantage of doors
"In a perfect world, all closets would be built with a pocket door," says Wendy. Unfortunately, getting one requires tearing out a wall and that's not always permissible. But this doesn't mean you can't put your swing door to good use without having it eat up your closet's floor space. By using a hanging organizer, you can turn your door into storage for shoes, belts, ties and other accessories.
5 Add a double or pull down rod
Adding another rod to your closet isn't as difficult as it sounds. There are hanging rods that you can put over existing rails for a quick addition to your hanging space. You can even take the alternate, though more expensive route, and use your high ceilings to install a pull down rod.
Either way, with an additional rod, you can organize your clothing into sections. Lower rods for hanging pants and higher-up rods for longer items like dresses and coats. Don't forget to coordinate your hangers and use the proper ones for a uniform, polished look.
"Velvet hangers are great to keep your clothes from slipping, wood hangers are durable but can take up space, while plastic takes up less space and is less finicky than velvet," says Wendy.
"When you look at something that gives you that editorial look, you are more likely to respect it," says Wendy. Treat your closet like a small room, taking into consideration lighting and wall colour. Recessed lighting doesn't obstruct your view and it disguises perfectly in a small space. Light paint colours like white, soft greys and beiges are sleek and reflect light. By adding a mirror to your closet, its reflection will automatically make the room appear larger.
To determine volume and prevent clutter build up, Wendy shares her trick for tracking overflow so you know what to get rid of next season: "Go into your closet and rearrange your hangers so the hook is facing you. When you wear something and put it back, the hook should face inwards. Over time you can actually see what you wear and what you don't from what's left facing outwards."