tidying up

I have always been drawn to a simplistic, intentional lifestyle. If you ask my family, they will tell you I am always looking to rethink how we live. If there are certain things we need or are emotionally connected to, lets make a special spot for them. Everything has a place and everything gets put back in it’s place.  The kids toys are organized in different buckets, down to the color sorted legos!

tidying up

As I began to think of a career in interior design I realized I was constantly drawn to interiors that were clutter free, almost somewhat of a blank slate. When I came across this book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“, by Japanese de-cluttering expert and cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, I was hesitant to buy it.  My family and friends laughed when they saw it on my coffee table and asked why I’d be buying a book I could write.  I though, gosh there has to be something I can learn from this book. When I started reading, I realized there are many principles in this book that I already follow. However, I what I realized about living simply (with less) is that it doesn’t come easily for everyone. But if you stick to a few core principles and tackle the job, you’ll be amazed with how you feel about the results. With my eye for design and my natural simplistic living style, I am able to help my clients achieve their desired outcomes in their space in both the look and feel of there homes and if sifting through their treasures to find those that truly have meaning to them. If you haven’t read the book, it’s a good quick read. If tidying up doesn’t come natural to you, seek help, in the end you’ll be glad you did.

tidying up

weekend

FRIDAY – boy, am I ready for the weekend. Maybe it’s the dark and rainy skies outside that have me swooning over this moody kitchen but there’s just so much to like.

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The dark cabinets, the frosted glass, the hanging lights, two toned countertops… I’m typically not one to be drawn to glass front cabinets. I prefer the clean look and the clutter hidden. But I definitely like the how the frosted door fronts break up the dark cabinets and give the uppers a bit more to show off.

I’ve always been a huge fan of cement and of cement countertops. If only I could guarantee no cracking I’d have cement all over my house!  The movement and story this countertop tells and how the colors play against the dark cabinets is simply stunning.

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cabinets

Finding a cabinet to fit your style, to function well and to meet the needs of your room dimensions isn’t easy.

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But this cabinet fills the space beautifully. Each of the cupboard doors open and have different pull out drawer options for better storage options. To be able to hide the less interesting mess and display your most treasured pieces sounds like a recipe for success to me!

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