Getting Organized // For the Home

Nearly everyone has “get organized” on their New Years resolution list…there’s just such a great feeling about starting the new year off feeling clean, collected and organized! It’s sort of like the precursor to Spring Cleaning. And since we live in apartments with one or more other people, the idea of personal space and organization is extra important. We’ve gathered a couple of our favorite ways to quickly spruce up your space and stay on top of things as possible!


01. Shelving

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Adding shelving can do a lot to a space, whether you add it directly to the wall, or in the form of some sort of furniture. We’ve had the best luck with wall shelving from Ikea, which also allows for a ton of DIY and personalization. Shelves are perfect for finding a home for those small meaningful items that you just can’t give up, showing off personal items you might accidentally tuck away in some drawer. They add visual interest to your walls, all while adding more storage to your space. If your space is small, just work upwards!


Our favorite shelving items: The EKBY JÄRPEN from Ikea, pretty much anything from West Elm, and the Emerson Shelving from World Market are all life savers.


 

02. Hooks & Rods

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Hooks are helpful for all sorts of things! Necklaces, scarves, jackets (obviously…), and even pots & pans. It’s a little nuts how much space you can clear up just by putting a few hooks or rods on the walls. Have empty space above your stove? Hang up your cookware! Jewelry always tangled? Display it on your walls by your vanity!


For some awesome hooks: Check out Crate & Barrel’s Sheesham Hooks, this classic look from Target, or Ikea’s LEKSVIK. We’ve also had some great luck at flea markets and thrift stores finding some old iron hooks.

As for rods: Add some more hanging space to your closet with Ikea’s MULIG clothes bar, and change your life with this pot rack and these s-hooks in your kitchen.


 

03. Baskets

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If you want to hide clutter, baskets are the way to go — they’re probably the easiest way to do a quick sweep in your apartment. Get some big canvas ones for blankets, towels, and linens, and some small wicker ones for random toiletries, magazines, and any other random bits. Reg’s kitchen has a wire basket for fruit, so you can always see what you have.


Great basket finds: Home Goods always has a plethora to choose from, or check out H&M’s home section, and of course, the almighty Ikea.


 

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Room Refresh // Summer Lodge Bedroom

Although we’re approaching summer and the idea of a cozy cabin isn’t as strong as it was a month ago, who can resist a bedroom that is one with nature and has comfy fabrics to boot? People should be opening their summer homes and cabins for the season soon, so think more along the lines of linen sheets, vintage wall paper and breezy windows – pretty great huh?

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And of course we know that there is a fine line between old & dated, and cool & vintage. It’s about mixing actual vintage with updated vintage looking items, adding the right amount of texture and pattern, and the quality of your pieces. Vintage blankets are nice until the mice got to it and you now have huge holes…toss it, you won’t look more authentic, you’ll look scrubby. So keep up with your cabin look and people will be inviting themselves over summer after summer!

Get this easy breezy summer cabin look with these pieces:

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Bedding // Mirror // Bee Vase (it’s actually a cup, but we’re trying something different) // Pouf // Bunny Pillow // Wooden Storage Box // Metal Side Table

 

 

Room Refresh // Minimal Bedroom

We’re spinnin’ off of our minimal living room feature from a while back with the bedroom version today! In case you forgot the basics, the key elements to this look are white on top of white, with some beige and wood grain, and more white. But you definitely can add a splash of color here and there if you’re feeling a little saucy. The root of this look focuses on stripping down from the unnecessary, and honing in on the lines and beauty of the individual statement pieces. The best part about this look? Fewer knick-knacks = fewer items for dust to build up on – yayy!

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Loving on this simple look? Here are some pieces we found to help break into the minimal bedroom scheme:

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// Lamp // Greenery // Poster // Throw // Wooden Boxes // Dipped Side Table // Inkblot Pillow // Patterned Pillow //

 

Room Refresh // Global Bedroom

Happy hump day everyone! It’s time for another Room Refresh – today I’ll be spinning off of the “global” living room theme from last month, with some bedrooms! This style is a wonderfully creative way to create a comfortable oasis in your bedroom – here’s some inspiration for you bohemian hippies out there: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 { images sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 } So if an artfully combined of mixture of patterns and jewel tones makes your heart go pitter patter, then here are some pieces specially picked for you: eclectic_bedroom1   Bedding: Two-Tone Pillowcase, Rectangle Pillowcase, Floral Pillowcase, Knit throw // Speckled Ceramics // Potted Succulents // Henna Letter // Ornate Rug // Burrow 

Room Refresh // Masculine Lodge

Hey all! For our final installment of our living room Room Refresh series, we’ve chosen a slightly masculine, earthy cabin style – because at the end of the day, everyone just wants to be all cozied up by the fire in a place that looks straight out of a story book.

To achieve this look, the most important characteristic of all is wood on top of wood, on top of wood. Just deck the place out in the stuff. If it begins to feel a smidge oppressive, feel free to brighten it up with some white paint. Next element? Leather and/or fur (faux, if you please!). The combo of these two textures creates the strong look you’re going for, and establishes the feeling of being a lumberjack. In order to soften it back a bit, add some linen elements and bit of metallic here and there. This will allow the place to feel a little more modern and homey, and less like you attacked a forest in order to decorate your place. See below for some inspiration of this lived-in decor:

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Below, we’ve curated some items for you guys to achieve this lodgey look. It’s surprisingly easy to do, since all of these textures are staples in design (wood, linen, brass, etc.). It’s the way they’re combined that really give you that cabin quality. That, plus a few woodland creatures here and there.

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Bark Candle Holder // How to Stay Alive in the Woods // Rabbit Wall Hook // Vegan Leather Couch // Insect Poster // Striped Pillow // Knit Blanket // Reading Lamp // Fern House Plant

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Room Refresh // Global Traveler Living Room

Hey all! It’s time for another Room Refresh! Today we’re featuring the “global traveler” – someone who picks up things from their ventures, and just keeps adding! This style sort of sees no limits when it comes to pattern, texture and color. Inspired by the textures and patterns of other cultures, deep saturated hues are your calling, and everything in your home looks like it has a story behind it. Your bohemian quarters have great mood lighting, incense, and good books.

Here’s some inspiration to jump start your quest for the perfect boho home:

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The best part about this style is you can never have too many trinkets, the more the merrier. Gathering things over time from the different places you’ve traveled is really the best way to pull this look together, but we were able get a similar vibe from objects available near you. *(Just in case you weren’t planning on going to South Africa or Morocco any time in the near future)

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Ikea wingback chair // Cavallini & Co map // Urban Outfitters lantern // palm plant // H&M pillows (clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4) // Ikea bowl // Threshold side table // Nate Berkus wall starburst // Ikea rug

To check out some other Room Refresh living rooms, check out our Eclectic Collector and Scandinavian Minimalist features!

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Room Refresh // Minimal Living Room

We’re back with our second Room Refresh, with our focus still on living rooms! Today we’re covering minimalism, and in the sense of home decorating it can mean a lot of different things. The style of minimalism can see a generous range, from Scandinavian minimalism (seen in this post), mod{ern} minimalism, to literally just the bare essentials. But one thing is certain, they all like white and concrete! And while we do love our trinkets, there is something so refreshing about being unattached and removing the unnecessary. Check out some stripped down living rooms that posses a lovely openness about them…

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First things first, in order to achieve this look you need a lot of wood (preferably unfinished pine or teak), a tinge of industrial, and a bit of greenery. Scandinavian minimalism is very much focused on the integrity of the products used and the neutralism between everything. But don’t let go of all color, texture or pattern! And most importantly, minimalism isn’t about getting rid of EVERYTHING just to do it, but paring down your things to your most essential & treasured, and showing those off. Marry your beloved items in your sleek, airy room and you’ll be good to go!

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Urban Outfitters Lamp // Leif Clock // Home Depot Ficus // Industry West Wire Chair // West Elm Side Table (a tad expensive but West Elm is great stuff) // Ikea Cowhide Rug // H&M Linen Pillow Cover

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Room Refresh // Eclectic Living Room

If you’re anything like me, every so often the rooms in your pad need a little refreshing. I currently live in a pretty big place with three other ladies, so filling it up has been a bit of a process. This past weekend, we finally decided on teaming up to beautify the place, so we went to Ikea, and had a field day. The trip inspired a new series for G&M on affordable room updates – Room Refresh.

This month’s Room Refresh focuses on living rooms and our first theme is the “Eclectic Collector.” Christa and I are big fans of mixing and matching colors, prints, and textures. When we team up at Goodwill, it’s actually a little frightening for the employees, because we go nuts. The eclectic lady loves jewel tones, mixing organic with industrial, and pattern pattern pattern. In order to keep this all in check, it’s important to balance the looks with plenty of neutrals. Here are some designs to inspire your search:

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These looks are all about finding pieces that speak to you, and just rolling with it. If you’re in the market for a room update and consider yourself a collector of sorts, here are some pieces to kick off your hunt:

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Threshold curtains // succulents // H&M woodgrain box // Threshold pillow // H&M dip dye bowl // West Elm faux fur throw // Ikea lamp shade // Ikea floor lamp // H&M area rug

Do you guys have any particular style for your flat you’d like us to feature? We’d love to hear from you!

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