Black Out

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Photos from: Domaine Home.

When my mom first showed me the plans for her all stainless steel kitchen, I vividly remember the look I gave her. It was a look that needed no words. I couldn’t understand her vision, as I was stuck in the mindset that kitchen cabinets should either be a warm wood tone or a pale white, and only the appliances should be stainless steel.

Once the kitchen was complete, I realized how wrong I was. The kitchen popped with its stainless steel cabinetry, appliances, and island. In fact, my mom used so much stainless steel that each appliance had its own hiding spot and all the naked eye could see was a wall of steel.

As I came around to my mom’s kitchen, I started to grow inspired by the endless possibilities of cabinetry. One that I’m particularly taken to at the moment is black cabinetry. I know it seems harsh, but take a look at the photos and tell me you don’t love it! The black cabinetry looks absolutely stunning with Carrera marble and white accents, and looks equally as good with stainless steel appliances. I think we’ve found a winner.

It’s The Little Things

Little Things

With our busy schedules, it can be easy to overlook the little things in life that actually make our days feel fulfilling. Last weekend, I tried to stop and smell the roses, and by that I mean try to enjoy the small aspects of my day. Regardless of how small, I did those things that make me feel happy and rewarded. For me, it’s all about feeling rejuvinated with some exercise, some refreshments, and some retail therapy, so I spent the whole day running little errands that made me happiest.

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Shopping for beautiful ballet flats.

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Admiring latte art.

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Creating space in my body and mind with some Yoga.

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Enjoying a walk through the neighborhood.

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Pretty manicure in front of pretty bushes.

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Winding down with some bedtime tea.

Deck Me Out

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My love affair with chevron is in full swing. I love the edgy vibe it evokes and I love the fact that nearly any piece of furniture, or any element in a room can be covered in chevron. Most of all, I love that it looks just as good on as small a piece as a kitchen tile backdrop as it does on the entire bathroom floor. I guess what I’m trying to say is, someone please deck me out in chevron!

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Photos from: Pinterest.

My Favorites: Closet Organizers

Closet Necessities

As a closet organizer, I naturally have my favorite products and accessories that I recommend to all of my clients and even use myself.

If you have a lot of shoes, they definitely shouldn’t be on the floor of your closet. Rather, they should be propped up on a rack or a hanging makeshift shelf. Not only will this make your closet look neater because you won’t have shoes splayed across the floor, but you’ll also have a specific location for them, which as we know, is very important. I love this particular shoe rack because it’s expandable, which means it’ll probably fit your closet, and it’s super easy to assemble!

While there’s definitely a time and a place for thicker hangers, I’m mostly a proponent of slimline, velvet hangers. Buying slim hangers means you’ll have more room for all the clothes you already have, or those clothes that you’re looking to buy! It also creates a much cleaner look because you don’t see large, thick hangers in your eyeline, but rather you see streamlined, nearly camouflaged holders, allowing you to focus on what’s really the focal point, your clothes. Depending on the color scheme of your home/closet, you may want to opt for a lighter slate color.

Yet those hangers won’t work for absolutely everything. For scarves, for instance, you’ll want to invest in these hangers. They allow you to easily drape your scarves and since each one has five loops, plus belt hooks, you’ll be getting the absolute most out of your closet, no matter how small.

Since not all of us are fans of folding, I’m happy to be the bearer of the best news ever: there are ways around folding! While I love to fold every item in my closet, even my underwear and bras, I highly recommend using this drawer storage system if folding just isn’t your thing.

To top off your closet, you’ll want to purchase some cedar blocks to protect your beautiful clothing against moths and other mean creatures.

Striped

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If I had to choose one pattern to wear or decorate with for the rest of my life, it’d undoubtedly be stripes. The amount of striped t-shirts and blouses I have may actually be a crime, but no one’s counting right? I’m also dying to get an oversized, striped rug for my room to add dimension to all of my solid color selections.

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Photos: Elle Décor and Pinterest.

I love that stripes look good in just about any color combination, be it black and white, navy and white, red and white, etc. I also love that they always look good whether it’s on a rug, a chair, an ottoman, a or just a t-shirt.