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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!  

Photo by Jacqueline Marque

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. 

Susan Currie Designs - Modern Kitchen Remodel

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. 

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 Southern Living

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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

Singing the Blues

It was interesting to learn the history of the color but more importantly the symbolism and psychological effects it has on people when they see this particular hue. What do you think of or feel like when you see the color blue?  Blue has been shown to be a color of loyalty and fidelity, it’s the color of water and air therefore it leads consumers to clean and fresh    Blue is also associated with calmness and sadness.  This idea not only correlates with interiors but it’s recognized in our everyday products.  Think about water bottle labels or some of the popular banking branch logos.  Most of them have the color blue- this is going back to the idea that blue represent loyalty, faithfulness, and cleanliness.  Forty percent of people in the world’s favorite color is said to be blue.  Who knew Blue was so interesting.

Colorful Sinks Make a Big Impact

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Source: Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech via Houzz

Whether large or small, subtle changes in your bathroom’s decor can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of this small, yet essential room in your home. For a fresh innovative spin on bathroom decor, without a complete overhaul, consider a colorful sink.

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Source: Brookstone Builders via Houzz
  • Colorful sinks masks undesirable areas.  Instead of a white counter top that shows every speck of dust, small scratches and grout, a colorful sink masks imperfections.
  • Add a personal touch to your bathroom by using a custom color. As with paint, a sink can be constructed to match a unique color palette that you’ve created for your bathroom decor. The sinks are particularly attractive for kids rooms and for all styles of decor.
  • Durability is an important feature of colorful sinks since they are made from hardy natural resources, and not synthetic materials as most cookie cutter sinks installed in traditional homes.
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Source: Reaume Construction & Design via Houzz

Best of all colorful sinks are available in a variety of cuts and designs. Regardless of your sink’s shape and whether it’s dual or single, it’s possible to install a colorful sink in your home’s bathrooms.

For more interior design ideas that are personalized to your home’s needs, contact me at 888-624-1272.

Five Tips for Working With Color Consultants

Susan Currie

Source: Susan Currie

As a color consultant, I have found that when I am contacted by people about their plans for décor color choices they are often filled with fantastic ideas, but unsure of the steps to implement their bold desires. And that is where the fun begins!

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Source: Susan Currie

Keep these five tips in mind:

  1. We will be working closely with one another to develop the color palette that matches your dreams. First we will start by discovering what colors appeal to your tastes and what you want to avoid.
  2. It helps if you have items to show me, such as a rug, a tapestry or even your own color swatches that you have been considering. Don’t be shy.
  3. Be open to suggestions. This is where many people get hung up.
  4. We want it to be right, so we may have to paint your walls with samples of the colors we are considering. Prepare yourself for the samples.
  5. The process is a collaboration, so let your ideas fly. Include furniture, paneling, trim and other accents that will make a difference in your decisions.

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Source; Susan Currie

I want our goal to be finding you the color inspiration that will create the home of your dreams. Let’s talk.

Pantone Color Fashion Report for 2014

Pantone is already thinking ahead with the introduction of their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 and these colors are spectacular! Released during New York Fashion Week, it made quite the splash; and included ten separate colors for both women and men along with wonderful designer sketches.

 

Colors 2014

Source: Pantone’s Official Website

The ten top colors of women for Spring 2014 are:

  • Placid Blue
  • Violet Blue
  • Paloma
  • Hemlock
  • Sand
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Radiant Orchard
  • Cayenne
  • Freesia
  • Celosia Orange

And for men several of the colors overlap from the women’s list while three where solely selected for their masculine shading. The three are:

  • Magenta Purple
  • Purple Haze
  • Comfrey

The beauty is each shading has a complementing pairing, one bold and one pastel and several neutrals that work as the perfect backdrop for the remaining selections. In fact, Pantone Color Institute executive director, Leatrice Eisman noted, “This season consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium.”  And these color trends definitely give fashionistas plenty to work with when it comes to experimenting with new color combinations.

Would you like assistance in incorporating some of these new exciting shades into your life? Contact us online or give us a call at Susan Currie Design today at 888-624-1272.