Take This Quiz To Know If Open Shelving Is Right for You

Are you OSP (Open Shelving Positive)? Or is it best you leave those cabinet doors on and closed to create your ideal kitchen space? Take this quick, five-question personality quiz to find out.

1. Yes or No: Do you wash your dinner dishes right away?

If the sight of a few messy dishes piled up in the sink is enough to make you go running for your dish gloves, you will do very well with open shelving. If you feel okay letting them sit there for a day or three, we should talk about getting you bonus doors on your cabinets to hide as much mess as possible.

2. Yes or No: Do you have an obvious favorite color?

Do people see yellow things and automatically think of you? Is everything in your closet white or neutral? Is rainbow your favorite color? No matter what the color scheme (or schemes) may be, if you’ve got a go-to color palette, putting those matching dishes on display will look nice and pretty.

3. Yes or No: Do you enjoy setting the table?

Organizing, styling, and paying attention to details on a daily basis can be relaxing, easy, or even fun for some types of personalities, while others liken the practice to torture! If setting a table is a treat for you, then you’ll enjoy arranging (and rearranging) your open shelving.

4. Yes or No: Would you consider yourself a minimalist?

Is the M-word a bad word in your book? Do you believe that more is more? You might not be able to pull off open shelving, but if you embrace minimalism and find that your serving pieces work just fine for everyday dinners and special occasions, then open shelving could work for you. When people start to get in trouble is when they have too much stuff and not enough hidden-away places to store the overflow.

5. Yes or No: Do you organize your shoes?

This is a simple test, and a telling one! Are you the type who lines your shoes up in a row? Maybe by heel height, or color, or brand? If so, open shelving might be calling!

Answer Key: Is Open Shelving Right for You?

If you answered yes to three or more of the questions on this list, go ahead and pull off those cabinet doors! Or better yet, take those old cabinets down entirely and put up some super-pretty bracketed shelves. You can totally handle it!

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DIY Bedroom Closet

Though it would seem like life without a closet in your bedroom is an impossible way to live, it’s more than just possible — it can even look stylish. All these beautiful homes below have something in common: The master bedroom either doesn’t have a built-in closet or doesn’t have nearly sufficient closet space. But, these home dwellers were able to come up with an elegant storage solution anyway. Whether you’re in the same no-closet/not-enough-closet boat as they are — or you’re just looking to add more storage to your home — use these storage solutions as inspiration for your own “closet” project.

In this Chicago rental apartment, limited closet space means Matthew was on the hunt for extra room to store clothing. His solution is a rather simple but successful one: a single metal hanging rack gives him room to hang an array of coats and jackets. He chose a white metal which nicely blends into the white walls behind it. The medium height doesn’t make the piece feel imposing in this small room. Using nice wooden hangers adds uniformity. And, it doesn’t hurt that the clothes themselves have a simple palette which minimizes a cluttered look.

Matthew’s accessory choices around the hanging rack are smart; he essentially brought the rack into the decor scheme by balancing it with the asymmetrical baskets above. He doesn’t list the exact hanging rack he uses in his house tour, but this Urban Outfitters one is similar.

Sidonie Warren’s UK home features an expansive, airy master bedroom — and a surprising lack of closet space. So, she too decided to incorporate an extra rack to hang clothing. The modern hanging rail from Fifti Fifti is a sleek solution that doesn’t take up a lot of room or grab a lot of visual attention. Sidonie hung her clothes at eye level, similar to that of a high-end boutique which almost gives the collection an art installation feel.

She also used the same type of hanger to hang all these clothes (though they are in a few different colors), but you’ll see here that she most definitely did not stick to the same neutral color palette. A rainbow of hues meets a mix of bold patterns. So why does it work? The minimal nature of the rest of the bedroom makes room for a corner of clothing that’s a bold composition.

Hayley Francis’ Seattle house actually does have closet space in her bedroom, but it still wasn’t enough for this fashion blogger! So, she turned a spare bedroom into a big walk-in closet. Though few of us have the luxury of a separate room just for our clothes, there’s still an important lesson to be learned from her fabulous fashion space: go custom if you can.

Hayley discovered these copper racks on Etsy and worked with the maker, Little Deer Interiors, to have them customized to her needs. From the material that complements the rest of the space to the built-in shoe shelf that helps her store her shoes, this closet alternative is a success because of the attention to detail to fit Hayley’s storage needs.

You might need more than just a hanging clothes rack for your storage. Perhaps you need a place to keep shoes, folded clothes and other types of garments. You’ll want to pay attention to the no-closet ideas in this shared San Francisco apartment. None of the bedrooms come with built-in closets, but thanks to smart (and affordable) IKEA products, each room remains uncluttered and organized.

Stephen and Amy’s Philadelphia home has a master bedroom with a masterful conversion of a small corner nook. Stephen DIYed this storage area with pipe and wood, and it has enough room for shoe storage, hanging storage, folded clothing storage and even a little decoration on top.

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12 Plants that Grow Indoors




Adding a plant makes any space instantly cozier. No need to have a large balcony to grow them, there are many species that develop well in living rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms, with little maintenance as well as space efficient. The vases used also add to the composition of well-decorated environments. Flowers add color and diversity to all environments, but it is worth mentioning that species that do not produce flowers do less photosynthesis and therefore require smaller amounts of sunshine and are therefore more suitable for indoor cultivation. It is also important to note that popular names can be quite different, so you should always pay attention to its scientific names when choosing your species.

Below, we selected 12 ornamental plants ideal for indoor cultivation.

  1. Bromelia

There are several species of Bromelia, most of them are of Brazilian origin, and are great when used both in isolation and in small sets. These epiphytes develop in environments with plenty of direct light and especially damp, internal and external. Most species present a striking contrast in its leaves and inflorescences which are quite ornamental. It requires low maintenance and on very hot days, it is recommended to apply water with a spray in its central part.


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  1. Cactus and Succulents

There are several species of succulents and cactus that are widely used for interior decoration, isolated or in small groups. Currently used in the composition of small terrariums, these plants require little maintenance and careful watering, which should not be more than once a week – most do not tolerate excess water as it can rot their roots. The cactus develops best in environments with a lot illumination, while the succulents prefer more indirect light, but for both the direct sun should be avoided.


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  1. Jade Plant | Crassula ovata

This slow growing succulent deserves prominence by forming a shrub similar to a small tree when grown. It has lush fragrant flowers in white or pink, especially in winter and spring. These can receive some direct sunlight for at least part of the day. Do not leave the soil very moist after irrigation, which should take place on average once a week.


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  1. St. George’s Lance | Sansevieria cylindrica

Highly resistant, this species of African origin has elongated leaves and in cylindrical format is ideal for indoor environments. The leaves of this succulent grow fan-shaped and have grooves in light green color. It can be grown in pots or even in stone-covered gardens, as it is not very demanding in terms of the substrate. Preferably it should not be exposed to direct sunlight and is able to tolerate air-conditioned environments, Watering should be at the base, not the leaves, and on average within a 15 days frequency.


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  1. Peace Lily Plant | Spathiphyllum wallisii

Not to be confused with Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), the Peace Lily originates from northern South America, it also has bright dark green leaves and white flowers, but is smaller, much less demanding and more resistant. Commonly offered as a sign of good fortune and peace, it is also attributed to it purifying the air. It develops well in rich organic soils and in indirect light and half shade environments. It can flower all year round, but especially in spring and summer, with odorless flowers. It does not exceed 1m in height, and its leaves suffer if directly exposed to sunlight. Irrigation should ensure that the soil is always moist.


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  1. Aloe Vera | Philodendron martianum

Of Brazilian origin, this epiphyte also know as Aloe Vera has a very ornamental foliage. Of short stem, its large dark green leaves are bright and oval, and its characteristic petioles are like pseudobulbs. It can be grown in pots and flower beds or even attached to a tree due to its epiphyte properties. It grows well in half shade and substrates rich in organic matter, kept always moist. It is not very resistant to cold and direct sunlight, which can cause stains on the leaves.


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  1. Lady Palm | Rhapis excelsa

Of great use in both internal and external environments, this palm of Asian origin has multiple thin and long stems as it grows erect and in clumps, with dark green and shiny pleated leaves. It develops well in almost any type of lighting, from direct sunlight to low light. Irrigation should be frequent, but do not leave the soil soaked.


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  1. Pleomele or Song of India | Dracaena reflexa

Visible and shrubby, this species shows an erect and branched stem with fairly ornamental leaves, with darker green in the center and white or lemon-green borders. It can reach an average height of 2 to 3 meters. Native to East Africa, it does not require direct light, but it develops well near windows and in very bright environments. It should be watered regularly, 2 to 3 times a week.


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  1. Sword Fern | Nephrolepis exaltata

The Sword Fern is quite common and is super cool indoors – it is one of the most sold ornamental plants in Brazil. With light green leaves, the most common species in Nephrolepis exaltata, grown in pots and hanging plants. It enjoys a lot of light, and some varieties even tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight, so it should be near windows or in a well-lit environment. It is important to keep the soil always moist with frequent watering but watch for well-drained substrates.


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  1. African Evergreen | Syngonium angustatum

With fairly decorative foliage, it has a light green color with white grooved leaves when younger, and darker and smoother green leaves on more mature plants. Perfect for half-light environments, it can also be planted in flower beds and pots with externally composing fodder. It also grows as a creeper if propped up in a trunk. Originating in Central America, it develops well in rich organic matter soil and with a lot of humidity, so it requires regular watering. It also develops well when cultivated in water, in pots and other containers, provided there is a regular water exchange.


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  1. Violet | Saintpaulia ionantha

Also known as African Violet, it is perfect for indoor environments because of its compact size and distinctive flowers in various colors, great for small compositions. It should be grown in organic rich soils, and stay close to windows for indirect lighting, where it develops well – It is important to avoid direct sunlight. Watering should be kept to a minimum or only when the substrate is dry, it is also a good idea to avoid watering leaves and flowers.


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  1. ZZ Plant | Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Of African origin, this is one of the most used species in indoor environments, due to its rustic appearance. It has bright leaves and shades of dark green that can reach 1m in height. It develops well in low light and also with abundant indirect light, but avoid direct sunlight, which can harm its leaves. It tolerates environments with air conditioning. It is not recommended for spaces where pets or children circulate, as its leaves can be toxic when ingested. It should be grown on a drainable substratum, rich in organic matter. Watering should not exceed once a week.


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ArchDaily Tips

  • Watering frequencies vary greatly with the variety of the plant, the time of year and the place where it is being cultivated, very strict rules must be avoided. A practical way to find out the ideal periodicity is to dip your finger lightly on the ground to see if it is wet or not. Watering should always occur on the substrate and not on the leaves;

  • A well drained soil does very well to any species. If cultivated in pots, they should have the base composed of expanded clay or still pebbles, and substrate composed of two parts of earth and one of sand, for most species;

  • Watch for the leaves, it always indicate if the plant needs more or less light. In larger leaf species, it is important to wipe a damp cloth from time to time to remove accumulated dust, as it may impact its photosynthesis.

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Beautiful Fall Garden Design Strategies

I don’t know about you, but I live for fall — with its cool mornings, crisp air and quiet evenings. Plus, at least one-third of my plants bloom after August, and the trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial flowers bring a rainbow of colors to the garden until early November, long after summer flowers have faded.

There’s always so much going on in a fall garden, from changing colors and plants’ going dormant to wildlife’s preparing for winter. Here are some design strategies you can use to create beauty and function for humans and animals this fall, and every year after.

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How to Clear Your Living Room Clutter

As a key communal area in a home, the living room can end up being used for everything — eating breakfast in the morning, doing homework after school, kicking back at the end of the day, and entertaining family and friends on weekends. So it often accumulates all sorts of stuff that can hinder the function and enjoyment of the room. Stepping back to re-evaluate a space you’re very familiar with can be hard, but by tackling the common clutter culprits with these suggestions, you’ll be able create a more peaceful living room.

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How A Spare Bedroom Can Enhance Your Lifestyle

Excess space is a luxury that most of us do not enjoy while our kids are living at home. But many of my clients find that once their grown children have moved out of the house and established their own households, they suddenly have extra unused spaces. At some point, those childhood bedrooms get cleaned out and stand waiting for a fresh coat of paint and a new purpose.

If you’re lucky enough to have extra square footage in your nest, here are eight ideas for turning that space into something fit for your current lifestyle.

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Steps to Beautify Glass Jars & Create Pretty Bathroom Storage

I have a hard time letting go of shapely, glass containers, so I’m always looking for ways to decorate and reuse them around the home. For this tutorial, I’ve chosen to reuse fancy glass yogurt containers because, if I’m being honest, it’s the only way I can justify spending over $5 on a (very delicious) jar of perishable food!

While covering old glass in traditional spray paint or glass paint could do just fine, I like the idea of being able to see what I’m storing in my jars. Thus, I decided to try a more transparent option using Sea Glass Aerosol Paint.

So, next time you’re in the grocery store, or about to take your recycling out, take a second to look and make sure you don’t miss out on the plethora of opportunities to create something more mindful with your waste.

(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)

What You Need

Materials

  • Assorted glass jars*
  • Washi tape
  • Sea Glass Aerosol Paint (in the color of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels, newspaper, or plastic bags

*I used a White Moustache yogurt jar, a Saint Benoît yogurt jar, and larger glass containers from The Container Store.

Instructions

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Step 1. Remove labels and clean your jars. Once they are completely clean, make sure to dry them thoroughly. Having trouble with larger labels? Check out this post on how to remove labels from jars.

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Step 2. Cut washi tape into different sizes and apply your desired pattern to the surface of the glass. The washi tape represents the area that will remain transparent. I used a different pattern for each jar. Press each piece of tape to ensure the spray paint doesn’t seep underneath.

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Step 3. Stuff your jars with paper towels, old newspaper, or leftover plastic grocery bags. This will keep the spray paint from getting inside the jar.

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Step 4. Carefully spray paint each jar, one light layer at a time until you build the coverage you prefer. I noticed that too much paint resulted in drips and blotches, so start light, and rotate frequently. Once you’re done, you can set the jars on top of your washi tape rolls or on some newspaper to dry. Dripping may occur during the drying process, so be aware that newspaper might stick to the bottom.

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Step 5. Allow ample time to dry, and then carefully and slowly remove each piece of washi tape. You can easily clean up the taped off areas by scratching off any areas that bled.

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Fill your new coordinating jars with cotton puffs, makeup brushes, lipsticks — you name it.

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How To Handle Floodwater Damage

 This story was originally published in 2012.

The longer a water-damaged home is left sitting, the more the damage will increase. The tasks after a hurricane are daunting, but it’s important to start them right away. Over the years I’ve worked on many restoration jobs caused by water damage, and here I’ll tell you the first steps you should take after your home has been damaged by water. Hopefully this will help minimize the damage and make the recovery process as smooth as it can be.

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10 Double-Height Interiors with Elevated Ceilings

From lofty living rooms to towering lightwells, this week’s Pinterest roundup focuses on double-height interiors that use elevated ceilings to their advantage.


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Fukushima house, Japan by Cohta Asano

Asano’s home in Fukushima is composed of nine overlapping cuboids, creating a complex interior arrangement of double- and triple-height rooms. The building’s wooden grid structure, which has been left completely bare inside, can also function as shelving.

 

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Laurelwood House, USA by Design Hound

This home in Austin, Texas is entered via a double-height courtyard lined with vegetation. Light filters through from a skylight that has been set into a gabled roof.

 


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Five Acre Barn, UK by Blee Halligan Architects

This bed and breakfast in the Suffolk countryside features a series of double-height spaces, including a dark and cosy passageway that is clad in black-stained timber.

 


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London apartment, UK by Feix & Merlin

Feix & Merlin raised the ceiling of this former grain store in London to create a spacious apartment. The double-height kitchen now plays host to a mezzanine level with a steel and glass balustrade.

 


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Louver House, USA by Leroy Street Studio

The wooden beams in the ceiling of this Hamptons home have been left exposed, evoking a lofty barn feel in the double-height living area.

 


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Späckhuggaren, Sweden, by Bornstein Lyckefors Architects

A plywood bookshelf complete with fold-out desk has been integrated into the double-height living area of this cabin by Bornstein Lyckefors Architects. The room opens up to views of the surrounding Swedish countryside.

 


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Sea Bright House, USA, by Jeff Jordan Architects

The second storey of this beachfront home by Jeff Jordan Architects features a double-height glass wall that offers impressive vistas of the New Jersey coastline. The interior contains a kitchen, living and dining room in open-plan configuration.

 


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Somerville Residence, Canada, by Naturehumaine

The central void of this townhouse in Montreal is actually triple-height, not double, and has been painted entirely white to reflect light from a glass opening at its top. Black accents on the staircase and light fixtures help create contrast in the otherwise minimalist space.

 


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Brick House, Australia, by Andrew Burges Architects

A pale clay brick wall acts as the backdrop to the double-height living area in this Sydney home. A large window with no visible frame sits at the top of the wall, giving the illusion that the space is fully open to the outdoor elements.

 


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Cast Iron House, USA, by Shigeru Ban

This double-height living room with vaulted windows sits within Cast Iron House, a 135-year-old building in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood that is being transformed into apartments by Shigeru Ban. Interior designer Brad Ford chose vintage furnishings in neutral tones to complement the light and airy space.

 

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How to Add the Union Jack to the Kids Room in 15 Ways

Color, pattern and plenty of punch – the Union Jack has it all. Making an appearance on everything ranging from celebrity attire to custom handbag clutches, it is pretty much everywhere these days. Its many variants have also found their way into home décor and design with throw pillows, rugs and art work bringing the Union Jack into your home. Today, we turn our attention towards kids’ rooms and how we can add the red, blue and white of the Union Jack to these already fun-filled and colorful spaces. It is bound to be a vivacious and exceptional ride!

Exquisite kids’ room with brick walls and Union Jack bedding

Using flags as decorative piece in home design is nothing new. And the two most popular in this regard are undoubtedly the stars and stripes of the US national flag and the Union Jack. Both of them bring more or less the same hues and yet that Union Jack seems a touch more prominent and dramatic thanks to its design. Of course, many creative variants of the basic design allow you to usher in colors beyond just red and blue even while giving the kids’ room an instant facelift. Time to get started –

Power of a Vivacious Rug

The power of a bright and visually captivating rug in a room draped in neutral hues is truly immense. This becomes even more apparent when you have a design like the Union Jack imprinted on the rug. Allowing you to keep the rest of the room as neutral and curated as possible, it is the rug that brings all the color one needs; and it does so without overpowering the other decorative elements in the room. Of course, repeating the colors of the rug elsewhere gives the room a stylish and more polished appeal.

Cool loft hangout for kids with colorful collection of décor [From: Jami Abbadessa]
Gorgeous Kids’ room with eclectic style and a striking Union Jack rug
Union Jack Cowhide rug from The Cinnamon Room steals the show here
Contemporary kids’ room with bunk beds and a rug with Union Jack motif [From: Laura U]

Gorgeously Framed Union Jack!

Maybe you would prefer to display the Union proudly on the walls of the kids’ room instead of using a rug with the motif. Finding the right wall art piece with the Union Jack incorporated depends both on the style of the kids’ room and its existing color palette. Rustic, shabby chic and eclectic spaces demand a decorative piece with a jaded and worn-out finish. A smart choice here would be to find an old Union Jack and to frame it beautifully; giving it a tasteful finish that still reflects the true texture of the flag. Custom wall murals and decals offer a pricier alternative that involves a bit more work, but the final ambiance of the room makes it all worth it.

Polished teen room in blue with grasscloth wall covering and framed Union Jack [From: Janet Gust Design Group]
Pretty pink accents enliven shabby chic girls’ room in white [From: Colin Cadle Photography]
Stars, stripes and the Union Jack bring color to the kids’ room storage units
Kids’ room with race car bed, Limited Edition Red Componibili storage unit and Union Jack wall art in the backdrop
Large canvas featuring the faded image of a Union Jack brings color to this small kids’ room [From: Completion]
Smart bed also offers ample storage and shelf space

Bedding and Throw Pillows

Does adding a rug or a large wall art piece with the Union Jack feel like a decorating commitment that is far too huge? Then throw pillows and bedding are your next best alternative. They allow you to try out the eternally popular motif in the kids’ room without fully committing to it. If your little one or young adult at home is unimpressed by the look, then switching to a different pattern is all too easy and inexpensive. In case of throw pillows with Union Jack design, one can even reuse them in the family room or living space with ease.

Bedding with Union Jack motif is all you need at times! [From: Lofts and Extensions]
Modern Victorian style kids room in white with pops of red and blue [From: Paul Craig Photography / Cochrane Design]
Teen room filled with posters and Union Jack bedding [From: Go Green Construction]
Accent pillow with Union Jack motif can make a big visual impact in the white bedroom [From: Michael Wickham Photography]

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