Many urban apartments and condos lack closets and storage space. Nobody wants overcrowded closets or filling their small spaces with large storage units. And for many people, renting a locker would be a waste since it will be almost empty. Boxbee is a startup from San Francisco that offers a storage alternative for those city residents. It provides a hassle-free solution for storing out-of-season things and other things that you rarely use. Continue Reading
I like to say that I lost my sight giving birth. The day after his birth, my arms became too short to see clearly what was on the screen. The previous day, I was able to type holding my iPhone 8 inches from my eyes — I had pictures to prove it!. Frankly, I can’t really complaint since my presbyopia occurred at 47 years old. Before that, I only had difficulties reading fine prints written with low contrast font. Continue Reading
The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.
top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache
Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.
The bookshelf in the shape of America that Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed for his home in south London, UK, certainly qualifies as conversation piece. There is nothing tacky about this design. Because of the many states, his USA bookshelf is both beautiful and practical to store lots of books.
His American bookshelf makes an impression high on a wall of his open dining/living room. As a bonus, you could hold geography trivia game starting with the 600 tiny Christmas tree lights that represent the nation’s major cities. I love it!
+ photo credits: Will Pryce for Grand Designs magazine, January 2013
I want my small home office to feel prettier. My quest for modern home office continues with five desk accessories that have nothing in common with what you see in a corporate office. I will start by replacing my old and bulky desk phone by a nice desk tidy. The retro camera sharpener could be the start of a collection of items that I would display on a picture rail over my desk.
This sculptural desk organizer reminds me of a model totem. As long as you limit the number of paper pieces in it, it would look amazing.
sourcing: Dark Oak Desk Tidy £44.90 at Cow & Co
I present the next set as a gift idea for a man. The square trays could be used to organize a drawer.
sourcing: Desk Blocks £52 at Cow & Co
I would probably use the Jonathan Alder’s bright pens more as a decorative element than for writing.
sourcing: Jonathan Alder Ink Pen on sale at $8.90 USD at Horchow
photo: Verso Shelf 34 and 56 by One Nordic Furniture
With a depth of only 16 cm (6 inches), Verso fits into narrow spaces. What I like about ladder style shelving unit is their versatility. They can serve so many purposes that you never get tired of them. You could use it for hanging scarfs, umbrellas and a couple of hangers in an entrance without a closet. Or to provide extra throws in a guest room. During the holiday season, Verso can become your ladder Christmas card holder.
With two sizes and additional magazine stands, it’s easy to create your own version of the Verso shelf. The available widths are 34 and 56 cm. Verso was created by Finnish furniture designer Mikko Halonen for One Nordic Furniture. For now, they only ship within Europe.
Style plays an important part in your life but I remain a practical girl. Sometimes that means to cut corners. A good example is when comes the time to track food that I will put in my freezer. I simply rely on a roll of plain mashing tape and the reliable Sharpie to write down the contents and the date. I do it because both items are in a drawer close by.
So, imagine the moment of pure delight I experienced when I spotted this superb picture from the cookbook of Brasserie Rouge, a Swedish restaurant. It elevated my process and gave me the strength to share this little secret with you.
Printable Freezer Storage Labels
To do like Martha, print your own freezer storage labels that include their own calendar to track the shelf life of everything in your freezer. There is even room to write down the year — I write down the year by habit.
Before you head to the office supply store, note that you will need to buy a box of weatherproof labels for laser printers. As long as you maintain a fresh supply of label sheets, you can look stylish less time that it takes me to cut my mashing tape.
Are you stylish or simple when it comes to everyday freezer storage labels?
Forget the big flat panel TV! STACT may become the prized possession of your man. I must admit that I prefer it to his huge TV.
You know that I have a thing for modern, efficient, space-saving item. When I saw it this morning in my inbox, I was intrigued. STACT is a modular wine wall system created by 2012 ICFF award-winning designer Eric Pfeiffer for the Vancouver-based wine storage company of the same name.
You can mount a single panel, create your own custom pattern and plan, or grow your system as your collection evolves over time. It comes in six finishes. I like how it can fill an otherwise empty kitchen wall.
This is a project funded through Kickstarter. To make it a reality, STACT needs to raise $20,000. The STACT modular wine wall system suggested retail price is $129.99 each but if you can get up to 40% off the suggested price if you pre-order yours on Kickstarter.
When I talk about my ultimate closet space, I usually share features that would be great for me. But what about the man in my life! He deserves a stunning space where he can neatly organize his clothes and fashion accessories.
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012
It is hard to beat the functional side of this closet designed for a male couple living in the iconic Habitat 67 here in Montreal.
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012
I invite you to check the rest of their interior at Maison et Demeure (the French-speaking edition of House and Home) since their home is modernly stunning. Interior designer Maria Rosa Di Ioia of Idea Design rethought their blank canvas space. I like what she did with the space.
We’re always on the hunt for clever craft supply storage options. This simple DIY shared by Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie on the Craft magazine blog points to one common culprit standing in the way of pretty, organized collection of ribbon: most ribbon organizers use a dowel or rod to keep spools in place.
As Paula points out, sometimes the dowel isn’t strong enough to hold the weight of the ribbon, spools can easily become unravelled, and it can be a pain removing all of the spools when you only need to replace one empty roll.
Her quick and easy skinny wall shelves solve all of these problems, yet still keep ribbon accessible for gift-wrapping or other projects. Plus, they use vertical space – rather than taking up valuable desk or table space you may need for projects – and can be made on the cheap with supplies found in any hardware or home improvement store.
For slighty smaller spools, or if you’re not interested in the DIY project, a similar option is this inexpensive shelf from Ikea, which is intended to be used as a spice rack. Be sure to take a spool with you to the store to ensure the dimensions will work for your collection.
Tell us: what solutions do you use to keep your ribbon organized?
It’s funny how spending more time inside during winter months can fill you with the urge to purge, clean and organize. Of course, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a growing list of projects and to-dos, and even easier to sweep that list under the rug (that so badly needs airing out).
Starting small is the key to tackling all the cluttered nooks and crannies of your home – like your gorgeous collection of baubles, sitting not-so-pretty in a tangled pile on your dresser, or scattered in bedroom and bathroom drawers.
We’ve rounded up a few DIY ideas to get your accessories organized – all artful displays designed to help you appreciate the little, sparkly things in life.
In A Shadow Box
Hanging your jewelry in a hinged shadow-box presents your pretties as a collection, but keeps them accessible. Choose a bold colour of solid fabric as a background so your favourite pieces really pop.
On A Rake
We love finding new uses for old things – and this rusty rake turned jewelry hanger is the perfect pairing of rustic and chic. Try this for other accessories too, like small handbags and hats.
Two Ways to Serve
Also in the new uses for old things category: two clever ways to serve up your jewelry collection. DIY cake stands can do double-duty as a catch-all for necklaces and bracelets. Hang earrings from the edge of the upper plate to keep them in pairs.
The strings on an out-of-use tennis racket are ideal to hang long necklaces (just thread the clasp through) and keep earrings in pairs. Mount the racket it on the wall for an one-of-a-kind and ever-evolving art piece.
Next time you wander past a sad-looking typeset tray that’s been kicked to the curb, take it home to transform it. The multi-sized compartments work wonders for various jewelry types, from cuffs to long earrings. Elbow grease, glue and a little painted Blogger and crafter Tonya Staab turned this tray around with a little elbow grease, glue and paint.
Standard wooden cutlery trays can also work wonders for jewelry. Dress one up with paint, pegs and pretty paper – as Jen from Homemade by Jen did – to make it work for your collection.
How do you store your accessories? Are they organized and on display, or a tangled web waiting to be sorted?
+ Jewelry Shadow Box, Better Homes & Gardens
+ Jewelry Hanger Made from an Old Rake, Country Living
+ Jewelry/Cake Stand DIY from Sarah Ortega
+ Tennis Racket Jewelry Holder via Craft Gossip
+ DIY Typeset Jewelry Tray from Tonya Staab
+ DIY Cutlery/Jewelry Tray from Homemade by Jen