DIY: Spice Containers

Without a doubt, spices are kitchen items that can be easily overlooked. You stock up on them as a given recipe calls and then you stow them away. But the problem with this is that you wind up with tons and tons of bottles–some that look too much alike and others that are a completely different shape and size. In other words, you wind up with a mess.

Sound familiar? Read on to find out how to do this super simple DIY that will make a big impact on your overall kitchen organization.

To kick off this DIY, I first took inventory of my spice cabinet. I pulled out all of my spices, threw away the ones I knew I’d never use again, and counted the remaining number. That way, I knew exactly how many bottles I needed to buy. I ended up purchasing these glass spice jars from the Container Store, along with transparent labels.

From there, it was just a matter of transferring from one (not so pretty) bottle to the next.

The final step is to add the label. The pack I linked to above also comes with blank labels so you can add custom labels, should you need to.

Let me know what you think of this simple DIY in the comments below!

These Days

Put aside my list of favorite wineries and decided to try a new one: Whetstone Wine Cellars. Verdict? Very positive!

Been wearing my new Gucci loafers all day, every day. Seriously.

The views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove cannot be beat.

I love most homes in San Francisco, but this one may be my favorite.

The donuts from Grand Lake Kitchen are the weekend brunch treat.

1 Dining Table, 3 Ways

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I’ve blogged before about how I like to switch things up, and my dining room table is no exception. On any given week, it can go through a complete metamorphosis–looking like it’s dinner party ready one day and then the perfect cozy breakfast nook the next.

Below I show you three different ways to style the same dining table with only a few small swaps.

Dining Table 1: This is how my dining table looks most days. It pretty much embodies everything I love in this world–Heath Ceramics, fresh flowers, and indigo. I love that it could be ready to entertain in a flash, but also looks pretty just as it is.

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Dining Table 2: This dining table is one that I might bust out on a Friday night after a long week. It’s a little bit indulgent, but in the best way possible.

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Dining Table 3: Last but certainly not least, this table setting is a great way to remind yourself to be healthy. If you’re having an off week or feeling a little under the weather, throw some healthy cookbooks and fresh fruit on the table and you’ll feel more balanced in no time. I swear!

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Which table setting do you like best? Share in the comments below!

Summer Plans

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Last Summer, I took the time to write down everything I wanted to do that season and I must say, I absolutely loved it. It can seem a little daunting to sit down and reflect on everything you’d like to see and do, but it’s all worth it once you’ve made your list.

Just think: when you’re bored on the couch wondering what you should do for the day, you’ll already have a list of great ideas to pursue. How handy is that?

So without further adieu, here’s what made it on this year’s Summer to-do list.

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Peonies In Vogue

Remember when I told you how much I loved the look of a curated stack of magazines? Well, now I’m here to tell you all about my curated stack of magazines–and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Getting my Vogue magazine in the mail every month is definitely a highlight for me–there’s just something about having a physical book to flip through that is so much more rewarding than an email or web page. And now I can continue to enjoy each month’s issue–and all of the interesting articles and ads that live within–even after it’s immediately relevant.

As the stack continues to grow, we may have to find a new home for it. But at least for right now, it’s working pretty perfectly between the two chairs in our living room.

Tricks of the Trade: Refrigerator Organization

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Let’s be real, the fridge can get pretty unruly really quickly if you’re not careful about it. Covered tupperware can go unnoticed, jars of tomato sauce can go bad, etc, etc. So how do you keep it clean and orderly? You’ve come to the right place!

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I like to have a system when it comes to my fridge, not only for where each food group belongs, but also for when I go through its contents with a fine-tooth comb. I typically do all of my grocery shopping for the week on Sundays, and when I get home I like to take a moment to go through the fridge. I’ll quickly check expiration dates, throw out anything that looks browned, and wipe down the bottoms. That way, I’m putting all of my fresh food away into a clean space.

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Much like how I organize my pantry, I use each shelf in my fridge for a different food group. It looks a little something like this:

  • Top shelf: All of my breakfast foods, such as fresh berries, bread, eggs, and yogurt.
  • Middle shelf: Dinner foods and beverages. This week, I made a big batch of soup so that’s taking up the bulk of this shelf currently. On other days, you might find roasted chicken or even some lasagna.
  • Bottom shelf: Since the bottom shelf is hung so low, I usually put all of my smaller lunch items here. I like to meal prep my lunches, so once I do, I divvy them into tupperware and slide them on this shelf.
  • Bottom drawers: We have two drawers in our fridge, so I use one of them for fresh produce and the other one for cheeses and deli meats.
  • Side shelves: You can see a glimpse into my shelves in the first picture. My strategy here is pretty simple: I sort from largest to smallest to create an aesthetically-pleasing array of sauces and jars.