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There’s something so ethereal and romantic about sheer, white curtains. They naturally evoke a sense of lightness and allow us to wake up to the sunlight. I’ve had a fascination with sheer curtains for quite a while and when it finally came time to pick out drapes for my apartment, I’m sure you can guess what I chose.

While I don’t have an outdoor patio to wrap in sheer, white curtains, I did once a small studio apartment that looked pretty beautiful, especially with the addition of sheer curtains.

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Last 3 Photos from: Pinterest.

Organization + Creativity

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Often times, I think of organization as being associated with hard, monotonous work. Putting the dishes away in their exact right space, making sure things are folded neatly, labeling drawers and folders clearly, are all things that we might file away under the “organization” category. But what I think is often forgotten, or missing from that train of thought, is the substantial creativity that can go into organizing or cleaning.

Personally, I see such a profound connection between design, lifestyle, and organization, which is precisely why those are three topics about which I blog each week. I have a passion for interior design and instead of viewing that as separate from my love for organization, or my love for baking and crafting, I see them as wholly connected. In my opinion, there’s always opportunity to inject creativity and design into an organized space, and it’s just about seeking out that opportunity.

To me, the photos below encapsulate the connections between design, creativity, and organization. Since the pantry is, in most homes, a small closet filled with food items, it can be challenging to think outside of that box and envision it in a more creative light. But doing so can make organization all the more exciting. Whether it’s a chalkboard wall in the pantry, or a big sign over it reading “Grocery,” or even just the shelving units that you choose, organizing a pantry, in addition to any other space, can be a wonderful opportunity to infuse your creative vision.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Au Natural

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Is it just me, or do Christmas trees add the perfect amount of sparkle, nature, and happiness to a room? I really doubt it’s just me. So why is it that we only allow ourselves to admire a natural indoor focal point one a year?

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Photos from: California Home and Design

Here’s what I’m thinking: Let’s incorporate trees into our homes year-round, but without all the difficulty that Christmas trees can bring with their trimming and decoration maintenance. I’m thinking more along the lines of tree branches, trunks, and logs of wood to create a rustic, natural vibe. These photos showcase exactly what I have in mind with natural elements either blending seamlessly into the backdrop, or serving as the undeniable focal point.

Operation Closet: Robin

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When one of my best friends, Robin, approached me for closet organizing help, it was like she was asking me to give her advice on a topic that I could talk about all. day. long. Saying yes was an absolute no-brainer and when she said she’d bring along chocolate chip cookies from Joan’s On Third, it was like she was inviting me to join in on my idea of the perfect afternoon. Chocolate chip cookies + organizing is the key to my heart, in case you were curious.

The main issues I found in Robin’s closet were: hanger type (dry cleaner hangers interspersed with many different colors of slimline hangers), placement (blouses were placed next to dresses, which were sandwiched between denim), and functionality (things were not positioned in the optimal location based on the architecture of her closet). With the issues identified, we could then move onto the fun part – fixing and organizing! But first, check out the ‘before’ photographs below.

Before:

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The hanger type issue was addressed by getting rid of every single dry cleaner’s hanger and having Robin swear to me that she’d never put an item back in her closet on such a hanger again. Dramatic, but effective. We also worked to put different types of items on differently colored hangers, so while maxi dresses and jeans hung on hot pink hangers, the rest of her clothing hung on beige or mint green ones. Ideally, she would have the same color hanger throughout – I think the mint green looks great in her space! – but until that time, the sorting by type works well. With this simple change in place, her closet already began to look tidier and easier to navigate.

Next came the placement and functionality issues, which were addressed simultaneously. Of course, my main goal was to ensure that like items were placed together, but I also wanted to place like items in a location that best optimized the space. For instance, her hanging shoe storage system was formerly placed in the back of a rack, which created an awkward gap between her dresses. By moving this shoe storage system to the front of the closet, we created a seamless transition from blouses to maxi dresses to regular dresses, and the back of the closet where the shoes formerly were could now be used to adequately hang long, flowing maxi dresses. Since her maxi dress collection is next level, properly storing them was a top priority!

Following this same train of thought, heavy jackets and blazers were placed in the back of the closet, while lighter sweaters were placed in a more accessible location. Finally, skirts and jeans were hung on the top shelf so she could easily reach for them as she needed. I think it goes without saying, but each section was organized to perfection by ensuring that each item was facing the same direction on the hanger and was arranged in ascending color-order within its respective clothing group. Beginning with pinks, I moved into creams, and ended with blacks for each category.

After:

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While I finished most of my cookie well before we finished organizing, tidying up Robin’s closet was so fun and I loved raiding her wardrobe and finding items that I want to borrow. If you ever need a maxi dress, she’s your girl!