Written on July 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm , by Jen Jones
Trend: Acrylic Organizers!
Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons. They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options. Here are some of my favorites!
Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty! I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.
Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage. They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.
Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!
Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe. You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.
Another show stopper is the acrylic tray. It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….
Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.
Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.
Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!
The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper. I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.
Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode? An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!
Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places. Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.
Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.
Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.
Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons. It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space. It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down. It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs. One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.
Written on June 21, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Maria Charbonneaux
Trend: Cabinetry Color-Blocking!
Refreshing cabinetry with paint is nothing new, but lately I’ve been noticing kitchen cabinetry featuring two, three, or even four different colors and finishes to create a color-block effect. It’s an affordable way to add style to a kitchen, and the possibilities are as endless as the wall of paint chips in your local paint aisle. From subtle to eye-catching, depending on your palette, this trend offers looks everyone can love.
Here’s how to create a color-block effect with the cabinetry in your kitchen.
Paint your upper cabinets a different color than your lower cabinets. If you’re choosing a high-contrast combo, paint the bottom cabinets the darker color and the upper cabinets the lighter one. Placing the dark color near the floor will help visually ground the space, while having the light color up high will make a kitchen feel more open and airy.
If you desire two bright colors that are similar in intensity, select hues that are fairly close together on the color wheel–such as turquoise and lime–to keep the look from becoming too jarring.
If you’d like to introduce a bold, energetic color in your kitchen but you’re afraid it might become overwhelming, leave the upper cabinets in a natural wood tone or a neutral paint color.
What’s your favorite palette for kitchen cabinetry? I love the idea of painting my lower cabinets navy and my upper cabinets white. Check out more colorful kitchen cabinetry ideas and watch a video on how to paint cabinets.
Written on February 15, 2013 at 10:30 am , by Style Spotter Editor
Hello! Kelly Eagle here! We see a lot of kitchens around here and in every style you can imagine!
The majority of the kitchens have white cabinets, with fewer having stained wood, but lately I’ve noticed another cabinet finish gaining popularity: greige painted cabinets.
In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens, designer Ann Rae’s kitchen has a perfect example of the color.
She painted her cabinets with Fawn, by Farrow and Ball. The color is a light tan-greige-green that is versatile, fitting into traditional kitchens, country kitchens, and even those with a more modern flair. She noted that she loves how in some lights the color reminds her of stones on the beach, but can also read as pale leaf green.
If you’ve been considering painting your cabinets, but want a color less predictable than white, this may just be the inspiration for you.
Here are couple of other examples I love:
This shade of beige reads a little green, but the color is subtle enough to act as a neutral, yet interesting enough to not need much accessorizing. Crisp white counters and accents modernize and lighten the space.
If you are a bit braver with your color choice, try painting your cabinets a dark greige. Pair dark lower cabinets with light – or white – upper cabinets.
Since these colors are rooted in the most basic of neutrals, accent colors can vary as wide as the rainbow, adding life and excitement to your kitchen.
What about you?
Would you paint your kitchen cabinets anything other than white?
Written on January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by Jen Jones
What room in the home gets more traffic and love than any other? The kitchen! It’s known as the hub of the home. It is where the family meets for dinner each evening and for Sunday brunch during the weekend. And with that busy space, comes mega amounts of goodies. Pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, spices, gadgets, baking supplies, small appliances and more. But the kitchen can always look welcoming and clutter free with the right storage, so I pulled some of my favorite kitchen storage tips to share today.
Drawers, drawers and more drawers. It’s amazing how much easier things are to access when they are in drawers. In fact, I am a fan of popping slide out drawers inside cabinets as well, just because they really ease your ability to snag something towards the back without reaching and digging.
Just like drawers, lazy susans rock the kitchen world. They spin, which makes organizing those corner cabinets (both uppers and lowers), much smarter. Just open the cabinet, spin until you see what you are looking for, and walk away happy that you didn’t just spend too many minutes of your day reaching and searching for that baking dish in the back.
Spices are on the smaller side and come in many shapes and sizes, so they are great candidates for being stored on the backs of cabinet doors or inside of secret skinny pull out cabinets.
When storing flat items, such as baking sheets, cutting boards and pizza pans, placing them in an upright position allows you to quickly slide the item in and out vs. stacking them, which would require you to remove items in order to get to the piece at the bottom.
Open shelving is just as functional as it is pretty. For kitchens that get a lot of use and traffic, having the ability to always see your dishes and easily take them out and put them back, just makes things run quicker and smoother, especially when unloading the dishwasher.
Now let’s take a moment to chat about what is going on inside those drawers and behind those cabinet doors. I am smitten with the idea of storing cutting tools within a block inside the drawer, not only freeing up valuable c0unter space, but also keeping them out of reach of little fingers. Using a block keeps the cutlery items divided and prolongs their use. Bonus points for also adding in a cutting board for a one stop chopping spot.
For all other drawers, dividers allow items to have their own home and reduce the digging and rummaging for a lost spatula. Dividers are also great for keeping drawers paired down to only the essentials and what you need, since they don’t allow too much extra to be tossed into the mix.
To maximize the space behind cabinet doors, tiered shelves and lazy susans allow items in the back to be easily found and accessible. Clear sealed storage containers not only increases the shelf life of dry goods, but they also give you a quick visual inventory of what you have on hand before heading out to the market.
Don’t have a lot of built in cabinet space? Add a sideboard or armoire to boast even more storage in your kitchen space. These pieces are wonderful for storing small appliances, over-sized baking items, special china or even everyday items and dishes.