Thursday, September 15, 2011

Extra Extra, Read All About It!

This morning I popped out of bed like a 5 year old on Christmas morning, I haven't been this excited since my wedding day! Today in the Local Living section of the Washington Post they featured a house I worked on a few years ago that to this day is one of my favorite projects. You might recognize some of the images from my portfolio, or back when I blogged about here back in April. The tiny Chevy Chase bungalow was a challenge on so many levels. How do you fit 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 kids and a Mom into a 1,500 square foot house and make it cheerful? Storage, storage storage. Organizing is one of the biggest design challenges so here are a few helpful tips to make your life easier. 

1. If you don't have a separate Mud Room, baskets are a great way to neatly store shoes, dog leashes, and backpacks. When they are tucked under a pretty console it does not become an eye sore. 


2. Use every inch of space in closets. Closet doors are a great place to store hair dryers, paper towels, sunglasses, chargers, and the obvious shoes. It's amazing what a hanging shoe organizer can hold.

Better Homes and Gardens

 3. I thought this idea was brilliant. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies under your sink, leaving room for extra sponges, detergents and trash bags on the bottom shelf. 

Jen Grant Morris 

4. Create your own linen closet. Baskets and shelf dividers help maintain an organized closet. Regardless of whether or not you roll your towels or are perfect at folding sheets, this would work for any family. 

Better Homes & Gardens

5. Using small scale dressers as bedside tables increases bedroom storage. 

6. A trunk is great place to store games, toys, and extra blankets. Use a vintage trunk as your family room coffee table or have one half tucked under a console table for extra storage. 

Elle Decor

7. A pretty skirt can hide anything. 

Amanda Nisbet Design

 8. If there is any hallow empty space in the walls use it. Even if you can't afford custom built in drawers, open shelving in rafters or under staircases is a great place to tuck items away. 

Traditional Home 

Tomorrow I will post all the lovely images from the article, but to read the online version visit the Washington Post Local Living Article here


  1. Hi, Just read your post on 6th Street Design School..very inspirational blog and amazing pics. New follower.

  2. I always love to discover new and exciting blogs, just found yours via 6th Street Design School. I'll be following along with your upcoming posts.

  3. So exciting for you can't wait to see the pics! Found you via 6th street and def adding you to my blog roll! I love seeing what other renters do since we don't have the liberty to change everything we want. My hubs and I are getting ready to move out of apt into a rental house with hardwoood floors and high ceilings, I'm so excited to get my hands on it!!


  4. Love! Especially diggin' the organized linen closet.

  5. I am signing up for your email. just really like what you have shared.

  6. Great images. Love the basket idea and drawers under the stairs.

  7. Wonderful ideas, would love to try them!

  8. Hi... would you be willing to link directly to the site that you got the images from? I'd really appreciate it!

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  10. I love how organized your closet is. I wish my closest was that organized. The step case with draws is brilliant. Never thought of that.

  11. I'm making it my challenge this year to organise the house, thanks for the tips

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