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UNIQUE PIECES FOR TINY ENTRYS

Just because your foyer is small doesn't mean it can't loaded with style. As the saying goes, you have one chance to make a first impression! Today I'm sharing over thirty unique pieces which will make even the tiniest foyer stand out. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIEN FERNANDEZ VIA INSIDE OUT PHOTO: CLIVE TOMPSETT SHELVES + WALL STORAGE ONE/ TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT /NINE HOOKS ONE/ TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN MIRRORS ONE/ TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN NARROW TABLES ONE/ TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE RUGS ONE/ TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE For more small space inspiration, follow my PINTEREST BOARD!

ENTRYWAY ORGANIZATION

Plainly put, our entryway is tiny. It doesn't appear that way as it has vaulted ceilings and it is sun-drenched, but there's hardly any storage nor is there room for a piece of storage furniture. This weekend, on my organization spree, I tackled the coat closet. My simple solution to make better use of the 22"W x 24"D space was to double hang it. My husband is 6'6" so he has no issue reaching the high rung. If you're TACKLING your entry, make sure to follow my basic ORGANIZATION steps: ONE: remove each item in the entry: all coats, shoes, hats scarves, etc. TWO: touch each item and ask yourself if it sparks joy, this is the fundamental principle of the KonMari method. If you can donate

MY FAVORITE FREE WAY TO REFRESH YOUR HOME

TRUE STORY, there are free ways to make your house feel updated and refreshed! My favorite way to breath new life into a room is by rearranging your furniture. After we took our Christmas tree down, I decided to change the position of the desk in the library. I don't know why I didn't initially try the desk in this place? I was just dead set that that's where the desk was "supposed" to live. Well, I was wrong! I am so much happier with this setup. It opens up the entry into the room, it allows you to appreciate the window moldings that my dad added, and I love being able to sit at the desk and look out onto the courtyard instead of the driveway Chris Loves Julia recently wrote a great bl

KONMARI STYLE CLOSET ORGANIZING WITH ASHLEY GOLDMAN + A VIDEO!

Last weekend, Ashley Goldman and I teamed up for a KonMari style clean out of her bedroom closet. If you don’t know our backstory, Ashley and I met through the One Room Challenge. Sophie Dow, editor in chief of House Beautiful, selected us as the winners out of the 200+ talented guest participants. We became fast friends and were lucky to meet in real life last December. I’m on a KonMari style organization mission, and Ashley wanted to try this style in her bedroom closet. We went live on Instagram, and I shared my favorite bedroom organization tips while Ashley purged her closet using this method. If you missed our IG live, Ashley, my technology wizard, put together this fantastic YouTube v

KITCHEN ORGANIZATION 101:

Organizing the kitchen will be much like organizing the bedroom. We'll take everything out of our cabinets, drawers, pantry, and refrigerator and place them in a large pile. If we’re strictly following the KonMari rule to only surround ourselves with objects that spark joy, I understand it may be hard not to toss everything! I can’t say my potato peeler makes me happy, but it sure does a good job! That being said, take an inventory of the items that disappoint you and consider replacing them. For example, I hate my measuring spoons, so I'll keep my eye out for new ones that I love. In my kitchen, there are a few areas I feel proud of, and a few that drive me crazy. My “Le Creuset" drawe

THE ONLY (NON- TOXIC) CLEANING PRODUCTS YOU NEED

Late last year, I started eliminating toxic household and beauty products in our home. Since then, I've found I only need four products to clean my house, all of which you probably have in your pantry! White Vinegar: An all-purpose cleaner that can be used on virtually anything. Dilute it in a spray bottle with water and use it to clean windows, countertops, floors, stainless steel, toilets, tubs, and showers. For toilets and tubs, I use a more concentrated solution. It is not recommended to use white vinegar on marble. If you find the smell offensive, add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Baking soda:In combination with white vinegar, it acts like Comet. I use it on my tub, toilet,

FRONT DOOR CURTAINS

The past few weeks have been frigid in the northeast. It is our first winter in our home, and below freezing temperatures alerted us to a few issues in our house. One problem we noticed is the new front door was leaving the entryway cold. While the door is energy efficient, three-quarters of it is glass. To help combat the draft, I decided to add curtains to the door. Be forewarned, these curtains are not what I recommend, unless you are using them for decorative purposes. I’m still searching for heavy, thermal drapery, but I felt compelled to share this sooner rather than later in case anyone else is facing the same issue! I used this ceiling mounted rod and installed it myself, which took

KONMARI FOLDING TUTORIAL

My obsession with Konmari runs deep, and today, I'm sharing the basic folding tutorial. Folding correctly is a cornerstone of the Konmari philosophy. If you religiously follow these steps, you'll never have messy drawers again! FOLDING TUTORIAL: A FEW ADDITIONAL NOTES: NEVER: stack your Konmari folded items. STOP: rotating your summer and winter wardrobe in and out of storage. If you've Konmaried correctly, your clothes should be able to coexist in the same place all year long. LIMIT: the number of clothes you hang. I thought hanging storage was the best way to stay organized, but Marie Kondo claims that folding (correctly) is a better method. RETHINK: storing folded items on shelves.

BEDROOM ORGANIZATION 101:

Welcome to day one of our organization spree. We're starting with the bedroom(s). I feel slightly ahead of the game as I've been practicing Konmari for three years. After my initial Konmari purge, I became very cognizant of any new clothes that came into the house. ​ Growing up, I always had messy drawers, but Konmari folding changed that for good. I'm sharing my folding tutorial here, but first, let's go over the basics of getting organized! STEPS: ONE: Pile up all of your clothes, shoes, and accessories. I want you to go through each item. Touch it, examine it, and ask yourself, "does this bring me joy?" Seriously, ask yourself if those socks you've had for seven years make you happy!

MY KONMARI STORY

In January 2015, I was feeling uninspired. I was complacent in my job as a footwear designer and was considering a change, what that change was, I didn't know. The craze at the time was Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." The fundamental principle of the book is to surround yourself with objects that spark joy, everything else should be discarded. I devoured the book and got right down to purging. I won't go into great detail about the method, but you start by putting all of your clothes in a large pile. You then touch each piece and ask yourself, does this bring me joy? If the answer is no, you put in your donation bin, without hesitation. After your clothes, you

JANUARY ORGANIZATION STRATEGY

January, the official month of organization. I don't know about everyone else, but it seems to take me a full week to get into the new year, new me, spirit! This month, I'll organize our home from top to bottom. We've only lived here since August, but when we moved in, I started shoving things in places without intention. I'm ashamed of this as I'm a self-proclaimed Konmari expert and practitioner. Konmari is an organizational method developed by Marie Kondo which she outlines in her book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." The cornerstone of her philosophy is to surround yourself with objects that spark joy; everything else should be discarded. This month I'll take a deep dive into

2018 GOALS & INTENTIONS

Starting a new year is rejuvenating. All of your "sins" from last year seem to be forgiven when the clock strikes twelve. This year, I've broken down my goals and intentions into two categories, professional and personal. I purposely did not use the word resolution, defined as "a firm decision to do or not to do something." Instead I used intentions (an aim or plan) and goals (the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result) because I feel they are more flexible and forgiving as we should be with ourselves. To keep myself accountable, I will periodically reference this post throughout the year. PROFESSIONAL GOALS & INTENTIONS: BLOG AT LEAST TWO TIMES A WEEK: I hope