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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. 

10 Reasons Why You Should Play Games

Did you know that playing games is good for health? I think we can all agree that playing games is fun, but they are so much more! Are you looking for a way to connect with your kids, your spouse, or your friends? Are you stuck in doors and trying to decrease screen time?

Keep scrolling to find out some surprising benefits you get from playing games…

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

1. Playing games increases brain function

2. It brings laughter and decreases stress

3. Boosts language skills

4. Creates friendships and strengthens relationships

5. Brings you happiness

6. Strengthens skills that can be used in the real world, like teamwork

7. Lowers blood pressure by releasing endorphins

8. Gives you a reason to unplug from technology

9. It teaches strategy and patience

10. Games enhance creativity and self-confidence

Photo: Sara Essex Bradley | Design: Susan Currie Design

Even if you don’t have a closet full of board games, try Charades, Pictionary, or download ‘Heads Up!’ or ‘Taboo!’ So pick a game and go play!

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:

by Susan Currie Design

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!

by Susan Currie Design

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.

by Susan Currie Design

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:

via House Beautiful

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.

via Room for Tuesday

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!

via Forever Cottage

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.

by Susan Currie Design

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

Image via Home Decorators Collection

Image via Home Decorators Collection

Image via Lamps Plus

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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Bathroom Shelves Are Space Savers

While we a plethora of of examples of large, sprawling, spa-like bathroom design in magazines and websites, but the reality is most of us have at least one smaller bathroom in our lives. Bathroom storage space is often a premium, which is why shelves can be so handy. They are space savers as well as decorating opportunities for your bathroom.Bathroom_Shelves_A

No wall’s too small. Take a look at blank wall spaces and see if shelving is a good option. Shelving material can be cut to any size, and painted any color, making them a versatile storage option. Even the narrowest shelves can hold an item or two.Bathroom_Shelves_B

Try glass. For a more contemporary look, you can install glass shelves. They are easy to keep clean and work with any color or design, which means they can remain a permanent fixture even as your design tastes and colors change over the years.Bathroom_Shelves_C

By the tub. Hanging shelves along the tub wall is a wonderful way to house candles, bath salts, bubble bath, and provides a place to rest your glass or wine or a book.Bathroom_Shelves_D

If you have a small space that would benefit from space saving tricks, contact me at Susan Currie Design today!

Photo Source: Houzz

Color Inspiration for Making Your Bedroom Pop

If the thought of impending winter blues is already getting you down, you may be interested in a little bedroom color inspiration.

I wanted to share three ideas for bedroom color from Houzz.com to get you motivated.

  • Poppy Red + Mink Grey. Poppy Red works well with shades of grey and you can also throw in the occasional saffron accent too. This color combination is sophisticated but also has a fun and cheerful ambiance.
  • Blush Pink + Yellow. This feminine bedroom would be a desirable place to sip tea, relax with a book, or catch up on movies while ensconced in a fluffy down comforter. The blush pink walls are colorful without being bright and the yellow accents are cheerful. The black elements make it modern and prevent it from seeming girlish.
  • Coral Orange + Aqua Blue. The combination of coral orange and aqua blue can take your bedroom in several directions, from floral to artsy to seaside. A neutral backdrop is the key.
And remember, never be afraid to layer colors and patterns. Use this fall to update your bedroom with a new, colorful
palette and you’ll have your own spot of color to retreat to when the perpetual greys of winter settle in.  If you are
looking for more helpful decorating tips, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

 

 

 

Decorating with Stripes: Fun Fresh and Bold

Stripes are a fun way to add visual interest and are gaining momentum in home decor trends. If you are brave enough to paint a wall with stripes, kudos to you! Otherwise, there are all kinds of ways to add stripes to a room, and you can go as bold or as muted as your tastes require.Decorating with Stripes A

Paint a wall. If you’ve never done this before, I recommend hiring a professional the first time so you can see exactly how it’s done. The measurements and taping need to be precise or you can spend a good amount of time and energy on imperfect results, but when they’re perfect, they’re stunning.Decorating with Stripes B

Textiles. Not so sure striped walls are for you? How about textiles? Drapes, area rugs, and furniture fabric are all easily changed out when you’re ready for something new. They can be layered or used sparingly depending on the statement you want to make.Decorating with Stripes C

Variations. You can also use variations on stripes, such as chevron patterns for a geometric effect with a twist. Or, take a lighter approach by interspersing wide-set stripes with narrow pin stripes.Decorating with Stripes D

If you would like assistance finding a striped balance in your home design, give me a call at 888-624-1272 today!

Photo Sources: House to Home, Elle Decor

Unexpected Places to Display Art

Who says art has to hang on the walls? I certainly don’t. It’s always nice to infuse your home decor with a few unexpected twists. I love these ideas for surprising guests with unique artistic displays.Unexpected_Art_Displays_A

Patio art
. If you have an enclosed patio space, or an outdoor location that’s protected from the elements, why not hang some art outdoors? At the very least, a summertime porch can benefit from a burst of unanticipated color.Unexpected_Art_Displays_B

Above the sink. Traditionally, kitchen sinks are located on exterior walls with a view. However, this isn’t always possible in apartments and condominiums. A painting or photograph of a nature scene is a great way to combat the window-less space, and provide the illusion of a window. You can use your own photographs and have them screen-painted on glass cabinet doors as an alternative.Unexpected_Art_Display_C

Utility spaces. There’s no reason why utility spaces have to be drab and function-only destinations. Consider hanging your kids’ art above their cubbies, or hang beautiful pieces where you’ll be folding laundry to infuse work spaces with inspiration. Even a small work space is enhanced by art.Unexpected_Art_Display_D

Ready to rearrange your art displays? Contact me at Susan Currie Design today! I’d love to be of assistance!

Photo Source: Houzz