Tips for Organizing your Kitchen

Clear Things Out

When it comes to organizing your kitchen, it can be hard to know where to begin. We suggest starting by clearing everything out of your cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator. Get rid of anything that is expired or items that you haven’t used in a while. Consider donating unwanted items like pots, pans, plates, glasses, and silverware.

Where to Place Most Used Items

Once you’ve cleared everything out, it’s important to think about what items you use most frequently. Then, consider what shelfs, cabinets, and drawers are most convenient to use when working in your kitchen.   Some of your placement will naturally fall into place – spices, oils and vinegars near your range or cooktop along with pots and pans nearby. Remember the most convenient spaces should be reserved for the most often used items.

Add Organizers

You may need decide you want to add organizers to your cabinets or pantry so a measuring tape will come in handy.   Measuring is especially important if you plan to purchase lazy susans or shelves to stack plates or glasses. These organizers will increase the functionality and might be the most economical way to organize things and make the most use of your space.

Tackle Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

We all have that pesky junk drawer. Clearing it out can be  very satisfying!  Again, clear it out, throw out what you don’t need or , want, even those dried up pens. After a little categorizing, add drawer dividers to create a home for everything. This helps keep each area in order. Tip – There might be other places in the house to store some of the things you’ve dumped in the junk drawer. We like to keep like items in one place in the house. It’s much easier to remember that you keep all your batteries in one place in the house rather than having to scavenge the house wondering where in the world did you put those darn batteries!  

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Electronics Charging Station Ideas

What should you do to get the charging cords off the counter?  If you have a drawer that’s being underutilized, consider making it a charging drawer! We love this setup to keep your kitchen decluttered.

Cutting Utensils Need a Home

Keeping knives in a drawer is another easy way to clear counters. There are a ton of knife organizers on the market; we love this one because it also creates space to store cutting boards!

Perfectly Placed Pots and Pans

Pots and pans can be challenging to organize, with the variety of sizes and all of the accompanying lids. For smaller cabinets, an organizer like this is probably your best bet. If you have larger cabinets, try a pot rack. We love the hook for ladles or pot holders.

Easy to Find Spices

When it comes to storing spices, we all have different preferences. If you like to keep spices in a cabinet, this pull-out might be a big help! If you prefer your spices in a drawer, we love this organizer. If you don’t have much storage to spare, a counter spice rack might be the answer for you. 

Out of Sight Appliances!

But what about those small appliances that we use every day? The coffee maker and toaster oven need a home, too. Have you considered an appliance garage? They are a great way to keep your counters looking clear and your appliances easily accessible but out of sight when they aren’t in use. 

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Organizing your spaces shouldn’t be intimidating. Take it as slowly as you need!In the end, you’ll be happy you spent the time getting everything in order. 

What We Took Away from the ADAC Product Showcase 2021


As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, friends and clients have been telling us that they want their homes to be calming and serene environments. This extends to backyards and front porches, as we all try to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from the safety of our own homes. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that we see nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture. I anticipate seeing more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs this year.As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of 2020, many friends and clients say they want their homes to be a calming and serene environment. Which extends to the yards, as people want to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from their patio or balcony. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that can be seen in nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture, so I hope we will see more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs.

We’ve been looking ahead at what’s in store for us in 2021. I just love Baker’s Huxley Table and I’m excited to use it in our design work. It’s perfect for spaces in which you want to blend more modern, sleek furnishings with classically-inspired antiques. The table’s base is reminiscent of fluted columns – it reminds me of great Greek architecture like the Parthenon, and so many beautiful historic buildings in Atlanta and New Orleans.

We recently put together a mood board for ADAC’s 2021 Product Showcase. As we checked out all of the new products being released this season, the ones that really grabbed me were the new fabrics from Cowtan & Tout.  I especially like the Uppark pattern with nature scenes embroidered into it. Color is one of the calling cards of my design, and what excites me about this fabric is how it subtly introduces a variety of colors. The blues and greens are uplifting, and even fans of more neutral interiors will enjoy how well they work with a variety of neutrals, from lighter tans and taupes to medium grays and bronze finishes. The patterns themselves aren’t very modern but I think they make a brilliant pair with sleeker profiles, adding a layer of warmth and comfort atop the clean lines.

Photo – Cowan & Tout

As I looked at the new products being introduced by showrooms at ADAC this year, I was drawn to sculpted, curvilinear shapes that give a soft feel to interiors. These softer furnishings, like Janis et Cie’s Senja Low Arm Recamier and Minotti’s Mattia chair are great places to land after a challenging day. 

I’m also excited about the growing popularity of natural materials; cotton, ramie, stone, metal and wood.  Product designers are creating furnishings and accessories with natural materials that highlight the materials’ unique qualities, like the gorgeous marble Vespera Lamp from Currey & Company that UpCountry Home offers.

Julian Chichester used vellum on their Alfred Chest, creating natural undulating patterns that lead the eye to wander off to imaginary places. 

As I worked on the mood board for ADAC, I also felt that rectilinear shapes, like those of Baker’s Encore Etagere and Made Goods’ Rowen mirror, added nice contrast to these softer, more sculpted pieces. And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends.

And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends. Like these window treatments from Hartman & Forbes represented by Ernest Gaspard & Associates at ADAC.

Photo – Hartman & Horbes at Ernest Gaspard & Associates

Advice from Susan:

My advice to anyone looking to revamp their home is don’t let too much time pass without an update. Keeping your home décor fresh will not only increase your enjoyment of the space, but will also help maintain your home’s value.  Don’t wait until you are planning to sell your home to tackle home improvement projects or to renovate a kitchen or bath.

Simple changes like new paint, wallpaper, a sofa, or perhaps replacing an old faucet can make the world of difference in the feel of your home.  

For more info or to schedule a consultation, email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com or call 504-862-5800.

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How to Make a Home Coffee Bar

We’ve seen a significant uptick in clients’ requests for a home coffee bar, so we have put together a few of our favorite ways to create a grab-n-go coffee that will make you feel like you’re at your favorite coffee shop, instead of at home!

A fresh cup of coffee never goes out of style — but cluttered cabinets full of K-Cups and unopened coffee bags certainly do. These work-ready coffee bar ideas will help you streamline your morning routine, ultimately taking the chaos out of your daily caffeine boost. 

Step One: Pick A Space

Our first step is straightforward: carve out space in your home (think empty kitchen cabinets, accessible countertops, or mobile bar carts) and fill it with everything you need to make a coffee shop-worthy drink. Work with what you’ve already got by transforming a slim cabinet into a makeshift coffee station. You can also clear out an old cabinet and load it with labeled organizers and baskets. If you prefer making your morning brew with a pourover and French press, then a mobile coffee cart is your best bet, especially because you don’t have to worry about keeping it near an outlet. 

Step Two: Add Coffee Maker & Mugs 

Making a cup of coffee now requires minimal effort, and many of us feel free to indulge in our favorite hot beverage throughout the day, as opposed to just in the morning. Keurigs have become a kitchen staple, but we also have clients that adore their home espresso machines. Stash all the basics, including your favorite travel mugs for grab-and-go days. We like to keep 8-12 simple white coffee mugs at our station. You can often find these very inexpensively at your local Crate & Barrel. We are big fans of these mugs from Burke Decor, which have a stylish modern twist on your basic white mug. You’ll want enough mugs in the coffee bar area for guests, too, rather than digging out mismatched mugs from other kitchen cabinets. 

If you have limited counter space or drawers, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a coffee station in your kitchen. Instead, take advantage of vertical space! Hanging shelves of different shapes and sizes on the wall to house mugs, coffee spoons, and other accessories.

Step Three: Decorate

Make sure your coffee station aligns with the rest of your home’s aesthetic by incorporating coordinating geometric prints, faux greenery, and chic canisters. Cover any imperfections with baskets, jars, and an assortment of monochromatic mugs. Avoid a cluttered look by keeping everything — coffee maker, sugar bowl, creamer, and mugs — in the same color. You can then add in unique accent pieces to add a little personality. Your DIY coffee bar can be a great accent piece in homes of all styles, including farmhouse and modern interiors. 

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Pro Tip: If you’re inclined toward a midday or nighttime pick-me-up, opt for a bar cart that you can roll from one room to the next, or even take outdoors when the weather permits. That way, nothing will get in between you and your true love: coffee. 

We’d love to know if you add a coffee bar space to your home. Curious about how we can help you update your home to be more functional? Email us at susan@susancurriedesigns.com

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How to Create the Perfect Living Room

Creating the Ideal Living Room 

Building and designing your perfect living room can be challenging, so we’ve pulled together our top tips to help you create your dream space! Whether you’re developing your home with an architect for the first time or are updating a room that has been well loved and lived in for years, we’ll walk you through everything to keep in mind as you put together your living room.

Once you’ve read all the practical advice, be sure to check out our kitchen design tips for a total kitchen-to-living room refresh!

HOW TO ARRANGE THE FURNITURE

Determining the layout is the first step in designing the living room. We’ve found that most of our clients want to arrange their furniture around the TV. Whether you have a small space or a large room with a lot of flexibility for furniture placement, the TV ends up being the focal point. 

We suggest creating ‘purposeful zones’ for the living room. This way, you have some areas for activities other than watching TV, to keep the living room from turning into ‘the TV room.’ Feel free to include a sofa or sectional for the TV watchers, especially if you want to have separate areas for other activities. We’ve found that armchairs, poofs, and other seating options will inevitably be dragged to face the TV, so plan ahead by setting up a couch and coffee table in advance. 

If there are readers in your household, we recommend including a designated reading nook with armchairs. And now that so many of us are working from home, we’ve started including specific workspaces in our clients’ living rooms. We love to utilize space-efficient options like fold-out desks that can be tucked away when not in use, but creating a whole corner for your home office is a great option if space allows.  

Top tip: If you don’t know where to start with your living room layout, use a painter’s tape measure to size up the room. From there, you can sketch out a floor plan and draw a few different ways your furniture could be arranged. If you’re still trying to figure out how to balance between TV vs. no TV, we recommend The Frame TV from Samsung. It looks like a gorgeous piece of art when not in use and comes with a library of over 1,200 pieces of artwork from world-renowned institutions. It instantly becomes a TV when you want it to, and then can be switched back to displaying art when you’re done. 

ADDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE TO YOUR LIVING ROOM DESIGN

Once you’ve planned your furniture placement, you can move on to the fun stuff – choosing the style of your living room! This is a room you will spend a lot of your time and should be a mixture of your personal style and the comfort level you desire. A formal living room can be a great option, but if this will be the room to kick off your shoes and enjoy a glass of wine each night, we recommend prioritizing comfort over formality. 

Your living room design style may be somewhat dictated by your property’s age, your home’s inherent architectural features, or the style of the rest of your home. However, the space needs to fit your lifestyle, too! In other words, if you have a house full of kids, decorating a living room with ornate antiques might not be practical. A modern living room might be more fitting. 

At Susan Currie Design, we love to experiment with pops of color. Living rooms can be a great place to do this, because you can tie in elements from across your home. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Doing so will create a less constructed, more relaxed feel, and, after all, it’s the room you unwind in at night, so it should be a true expression of your taste. That said, we love a gorgeous neutral space as well. If you opt for a neutral palette, you have a great opportunity to play with different textures in similar colors. A variety of textures helps create a soothing space without it becoming boring.

CHOOSING A COLOR SCHEME 

We touched on this a bit in the previous paragraph, but before you start purchasing items for your living room, decide on the color scheme you’re going to use. Think about the room’s size and the height of the ceiling when you are making this decision. These tips may be Interior Design 101, but use lighter colors for smaller living rooms to create the illusion of more space and darker colors for larger rooms – especially on ceilings – to create a more intimate, cozy vibe.

If you are lucky enough to have a larger living room, you can be more adventurous with color. Try experimenting with a darker decorating palette, add a striking feature wall, or get creative with wallpaper or a bold paint color.

Bear in mind that the natural light your living room receives should affect your color choice. North- and east-facing rooms tend to get cooler, less radiant light, so warmer shades of all colors, including anything from white to blue to grey, will make them feel more welcoming. South- and west-facing rooms usually get lots of sunlight, so you may want to choose cooler colors to keep them feeling restful. Avoid using dark fabrics if they will be in direct sunlight, as they may get hot and/or fade in the sun. 

FLOORING FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM

The living room floor can be a high-traffic area. Be ready for dirt, water damage, spills, and other stains. If you’re going with a light-colored carpet, make sure it’s a durable fabric that’s easy to clean. All white, monochromatic looks are possible with kids, but the magic is all in the fabrics you choose. We recommend wool and nylon rugs and carpets. Or, if you’re willing to try a pattern, rugs with bold prints can excellent choices for spaces prone to spills. A pattern can disguise minor mishaps because there’s so much more happening on the floor!

If you have hardwood flooring, consider adding a coating to protect the wood, or opt for an area rug. Natural floor covering materials, such as sisal or jute, are another option that looks great on a hardwood floor and can add a layer of protection from scuffs and scratches.

If you’re an apartment dweller, it’s a good idea to add a thick rug pad beneath your living room rug. This adds an extra level of noise protection between you and your downstairs neighbor, as well as a little extra cushion when you’re walking around barefoot. Pet owners might want to consider a carpet that will disguise pet hair (and maybe a robotic vacuum, too!). 

HOW TO CHOOSE FURNITURE

Selecting your furniture can be one of the most challenging steps when designing a living room, but since you’ve already decided on a color scheme and measured your space, determining what works should be considerably more manageable! Furniture will probably be the most expensive aspect of your living room redesign, so be picky about what you need. Start with the basics and assess what furniture your living room really can’t do without – and how you might make it more versatile with hidden storage, for example. 

Also, think about how durable each piece needs to be and what’s worth investing in – soft furnishings get the most wear, so get the highest quality you can within your budget or opt for removable slipcovers that can be thrown in the washing machine. 

Be sure to choose furniture that will stand the test of time, not just in terms of physical durability but stylistically, too. Don’t go with shapes, colors, or patterns that will become dated or that you will tire of too quickly. 

WINDOW DRESSINGS TO ACCENT THE ROOM

Window dressings are important – they offer a feeling of comfort, privacy, light control, insulation, and, if chosen well, can pull your whole room together. 

What you choose will primarily come down to your taste and budget. If you want to add a touch of luxury to the living room, shutters or roman shades beneath lined curtains are a great combination. In a contemporary living room, shutters are an easy-to-coordinate option with plenty of curb appeal. Plus, if you’re on a tight budget, adjustable shade options are a much more affordable option than custom. 

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN 

Plants and flowers to brighten up any space. A few of our favorites for new plant owners are Snake Plant, Monstera Deliciosa, ZZ Plant, Rubber Tree, and Pothos. These are easy to take care of and have also been shown to filter out nasty chemicals in the air, like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene! You will breathe easier with these potted pals in your home! 

We’d love to help you design your ideal living room space. Email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com with any questions, comments, or tips you think we should share! 

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7 Design Tips to Plan the Perfect Kitchen

We’ve all been spending so much more time at home these days. One of the benefits of that extra time at home is the opportunity to focus on updating and renovating your most-used spaces. We think of the kitchen as the heart of the home at Susan Currie Design, and have put together a few tips and tricks to help you update your kitchen in a cost-friendly way! 

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Function is probably the most important aspect to think about when planning a new kitchen. It’s also very important to consider your family’s specific needs for the space. These days the kitchen is about more than just cooking; it is the heart of the home. We work, watch TV, read the mail, chat with the kids after school, help them with homework, chat with our partner, hang out with friends, sip on a glass (or two) of wine after a long day. Or you may have a whole other list of things you want to do in your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to narrow down exactly how you envision using this space, so that you can make it work for your family.  

As you plan, here are a few points to consider: 

  • How much use does your kitchen get? Is your everyday kitchen a busy place, where everyone hangs out? Or do you prefer it tucked away, only to be used when necessary, to warm up leftovers or wash out your empty wine glasses?
  • Besides cooking, what other daily activities do you like to do in the kitchen? If you have kids, do they work on homework while you are prepping dinner? Do you look up new recipes on Pinterest or food blogs while sipping your morning coffee? Do you like to catch up on the latest Bravo shows while baking cookies? You may want to consider adding a dedicated space for a small desk, TV, or dropzone. 
  • Do you like to entertain? If you often find yourself hosting friends for wine and cheese or an afternoon cup of coffee, you may want to think about adding a beverage center that houses a wine fridge, wine glasses, or a coffee bar. 
  • How much seating do you need? Most kitchens these days are eat-in kitchens with an area for a breakfast table, but if you like to entertain or want a more casual place to chat with your kids over an afternoon snack, you may want to consider adding additional seating around an island or peninsula.
  • What’s your cooking style? Are you an aspiring Ina Garten, or are you more inclined towards take out? Consider what appliances will best suit your needs. But, depending on your plans, you might also want to keep in mind what your kitchen renovation will do to the resale value of your home. Homes in expensive neighborhoods may call for professional level appliances. So, even if you aren’t a serious cook, it can be important to consider how the look and function of appliances can help with resale value. Peruse the internet for recently sold homes to see what’s selling best in your area.
  • How do you handle cleaning up? Every kitchen must accommodate easy clean-up. For those of us whose kitchens are used for everything from constant snacking (and the crumbs that come with!) to homework and science projects, having the right equipment to handle clean up is essential. Consider dishwashers’ unique features, and check the sound rating, too. If you have an open floor plan, you don’t want the dishwasher or garbage disposal to drown out movie night or disrupt a work call. 
  • How does the kitchen design flow with the rest of the home? It’s essential to consider your kitchen’s flow with the rest of the house. Your kitchen should blend effortlessly with the rest of your space. It can be really beneficial to bring in a professional to choose the right countertops, backsplash, and finishes to create a harmonious and inviting kitchen.

Kitchens and bathrooms are our specialties at Susan Currie Design, and we take each family’s different needs, as well as their style preferences, into consideration when designing their space. We love to take an area that will be used by the whole family and tailor it to become a client’s dream kitchen.

For more info or to schedule a consultation, email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com or call 504-862-5800.

4 Top Tips for Surviving a Home Renovation

While exciting, home renovations can take a toll. Our own Susan Currie is in the midst of her own kitchen and family room renovation. While it’s not always roses, the progress happening is worth it. After living through multiple renovations of her own, and managing dozens of renovations for her clients, Susan has become somewhat of a home renovation expert. Today, she’s sharing her top four tips for surviving your own home renovation…

  • Consider what living onsite during the renovation will be like. There will be dust, countless interruptions, and early arrivals of contractors, all while you’re trying to live life as normally as possible. If you have the option, living offsite while the biggest projects take place may be a good idea.
  • Are you really prepared for the actual costs of a home renovation? Once walls are opened up with pipes and wiring exposed, the costs have a way of adding up and going beyond what even the most seasoned designers and contractors quote. Unanticipated situations and circumstances will arise. Prepare yourself – and budget – as much as possible!
  • Get ready for some timeline surprises. Contractors work with numerous people, who are working on multiple projects. It can be a bit of a waiting game. Be prepared for shifts in the timeline of your project.
  • Finally, remember the phrase: “Grace Under Pressure.” Your home renovation will be a somewhat stressful situation, no matter the precautions and planning that takes place. Always be grateful and appreciative to everyone working on your project. Buying lunch for workers goes a long way! Many of our contractors are true craftsmen and artisans, and a little appreciation for their work will mean so much.

After taking that all in, are you ready to begin the process of a renovation for your home? Our team can help you manage your renovation project – contact us today!

How to Create a Gallery Wall

Just the word “gallery” can sound intimidating to some – but it certainly doesn’t have to be! When we think of an in-home art gallery, we think of well-chosen pieces hung in a thoughtful manner.

By Susan Currie Design | Photography by Sara Essex Bradley

Curating your own gallery wall isn’t a daunting task when you really consider the key components and we’re here to help you with some tips on how to create a gallery wall:

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by Susan Currie Design

Number of pieces – anywhere from two to many, many more will work for a gallery wall. Consider your available wall space, the size of the artwork you’d like to include, as well as the size and scale of any furniture pieces on that wall. The above image features only two works of art, but due to their generous size, they work. The pair of art also speaks to the pair of chairs below and provides great balance.

via Better Homes & Gardens

via Better Homes & Gardens

When looking to create a more eclectic gallery wall, try keeping a few static elements. For instance, in the gallery wall pictured above, almost every piece features mostly black and white, as well as a thinner frame. By maintaining similar themes in most of the pieces selected, you’re creating a harmonious look.

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

To create a gallery wall that oozes personality incorporate objects that speak to you. We love how the grouping in the image above features not only a lovely art collection, but also those gorgeous mounted antlers, and the face of a violin. Adding pieces such as these also create depth and are fabulous conversation starters!

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by Susan Currie Design

Don’t think you have the space for a gallery wall? A vertical pair, hung in a corner, taking up minimal wall space, is an ideal way to give your space a polished look. When using a pair of artworks, similar sizing and framing is preferred.

via Martha Stewart

via Martha Stewart

The grouping above is so warm and welcoming – it practically pulls you into the space and invites you to take a seat! This gallery wall is so successful and for a number of reasons. The tones in both the art and framing are kept neutral. There’s also balance to this grouping, with the largest piece in the center and then smaller pieces flanking.

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by Susan Currie Design

By simply using what you love and following a few simple methods, you’ll be well on your way to curating a fantastic gallery wall! If you’d like some help and guidance on creating an amazing gallery wall in your space, reach out to our team today.

A Guide to Shelf Styling

While we don’t believe there are steadfast rules to interior design, there are certainly guidelines and “recipes” that work for us. One of the subjects that we follow some loose guidelines is decorating open shelving… A gorgeous bookcase or set of custom shelves can do so much for a space – not to mention all of the great storage options they offer!

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But – adding fabulous shelves to your space is only part of the equation. The most important part for us is styling those shelves so they look and function perfectly. Here are a few guidelines from Susan Currie Design on how to smartly style those shelves:

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via House Beautiful

Add more than just books! Including accessories, art and sculptural elements help break up the heaviness of those big blocks of books and adds dimension and interest.

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via Room for Tuesday

Include storage solutions! This could be anything from a large, textural basket to a laquered box or even a tray. Place items you’d like to have out of sight in these – newspapers, magazines, bits and bobs; you can store anything on your shelves!

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via Forever Cottage

Shelves offer a wonderful opportunity for your to showcase favorite pieces of artwork and family photos! And the best thing about curating your shelves with art is that it’s super easy to switch things out and give your shelves a whole new look.

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by Susan Currie Design

Our last shelf styling tidbit we’d like to share is actually not something you put on the shelves… Lighting. You want to showcase your fabulously designed shelves with appropriately placed lighting. Be it built-in lights, sconces, library/art lighting or even pot lights pointing toward your shelving units, all of these are great options to really highlight what your shelves show off!

If you’d like to speak about shelving – and styling options – for your own home, reach out to our team; we’d love an opportunity to share how some stylish new shelves can work for you!

Adding a Little Holiday to your Front Door Decor

It’s that time of year… And what better way to welcome guests to your home than with festive holiday door decor?!? To get in the spirit, we took a little walk – both literally and via the interwebs to find some fabulous holiday door decor to inspire you this Christmas season.

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Image via Ballard Designs

A festive Charleston storefront as photographed by Susan Currie Design

A festive Charleston storefront as photographed by Susan Currie Design

Image via The Creativity Exchange

Image via The Creativity Exchange

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Image via Home Decorators Collection

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Image via Lamps Plus

Garland, and berries and bulbs, oh my! But – one thing all these successful holiday doors have in common? Shades of green. It seems to be all about the evergreen here folks, so if you do nothing more, add a gorgeous wreath to your front door, like Susan’s Christmas wreath from last year (seen below) and carry on your merry way. Happy holiday decorating!!

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How to Decorate with Mirrors

Mirrors are an essential tool in just about every designer’s toolkit. They’re not just for use in bathrooms any more… Here at Susan Currie Design, we incorporate mirrors into so many elements of our designs, some which may come as a surprize to you.

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Photo by: Sara Essex Bradley | Design by: Susan Currie Design

We love using mirrors as tabletops! The offer a bright and reflective surface, ideal for showcasing a fantastic work of art or increasing the amount of light a tabletop lamp can put off.

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Photo by: Sara Essex Bradley | Design by: Susan Currie Design

We love propping mirrors up as opposed to hanging them and using them to create layers of framed art. This provides additional dimension and interest to a space.

 

Photo by: Susan Currie Design Styling by: Travis & Company ADAC

Photo by: Susan Currie Design
Styling by: Travis & Company | ADAC

Mirrored furnishings are another smart way to use reflective surfaces. They’re a wonderful neutral furnishing option and add sparkle and pizzaz.

There you have it, done the right way, mirrors are a brilliant way to add some brilliance into your home!