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About Whitney Jones

Whitney is an Interior Designer and Stylist that loves coming up with creative solutions for small spaces. Living in New Orleans, she’s inspired daily by the colorful art, culture, and music scene of a city she’s been blessed to have grown up in. Her design style is eclectic, bold, and glamorous, blending in the unexpected while being true to her client’s inner style. When she’s not designing spaces, she’s planning her Spring wedding, blogging, making pillows for her Etsy shop, or getting lost in one her favorite books.

5 Easy Ways to Organize a Small Bathroom

Organizing a small bathroom can be challenging, especially if you have a lot of items that need to be kept there. Here’s 5 ways to organize the items in your small bath.

Utilize a Medicine Cabinet


Medicine cabinets are great for providing extra storage and organizing your small toiletries, like face wash, lotions, makeup, and toothbrushes. You can use tiny boxes for storing rings and other jewelry and long shallow boxes for housing combs, brushes, toothbrushes, etc.


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Functional Vanities


Purchase a vanity with a combination of both drawers and doors to maximize storage and help organize toiletries. There are also vanities with built-in lazy susans that help make use of the under-cabinet space and provide easier access to the items.


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Maximize Space inside Cabinet


Wire drawers like the ones in the below photo give you the ability to organize items by type or function. You can label each drawer by function or by name of each family member to give each person own drawer. You can also use inexpensive plastic boxes. You can stash anything from extra soap and toothpaste to hair products and nail polishes.


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Add a Bookcase or Étagère


If you have the space, a bookcase or étagère would work wonders in helping you organize your bathroom. Baskets, boxes, and glass jars can be placed inside the bookcase to organize your soaps, towels, and other toiletries. Bookcases or étagères also give you space to add fun decorative items and art.


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Use Tray above Toilet


Add a tray on top of your toilet to corral most used items. Glass vases and jars can be used for organizing your cotton balls, swabs, and makeup.


Via Apartment Therapy


Be creative with the space you have, whether its by adding drawers or simply rearranging your vanity.  You may find that you have more space than you imagined!  What tips are going to try in your bathroom?

Cottage Style Kitchens

Cottage kitchens are charming and usually very functional and comfortable. As much as I love glamorous and dramatic kitchens, I can still appreciate the classic and cozy nature of the cottage style kitchen.



This Old House


The kitchen above has classic cottage style, with its glass door cabinets and vintage stove. The pastel color on the lower cabinets and wood floors further emphasize the cottage feeling.

The neutral color scheme of the kitchen below along with the large farmhouse, or apron-style, sink makes the space feel welcoming. White or cream beaded board can elevate any kitchen to a cottage style design.


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Cottage kitchens can utilize many different materials and the choice of countertops vary. The main idea when choosing countertops in a cottage kitchen is to use a durable material, like the Ceasarstone countertops in the room below.


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Cottage kitchens are inviting and laid-back. The kitchen below is designed with a classic black and white pattern. The full kitchen table in the middle gives a space for the family to gather while waiting for meals to be cooked and served. This is essentially what the cottage style is all about: cooking and gathering with family.


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Another element seen a lot in cottage kitchens are skirted sinks. Sink skirts hide clutter and usually coordinate with the rest of the kitchen’s décor.


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Cottage kitchens make great use of windows, where you can usually find a window seat or lots of plants.


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Cottage style kitchens are all about family and function. The kitchen is well used and can be a hub for the family that lives in the home. Homework, cooking, eating, and hanging out makes the cottage kitchen the center of the home. In cottage homes, the kitchen is usually the first place you go to in the morning for breakfast and the last room you visit before going to bed.

Great Rooms with Great Style

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Great rooms are large rooms that combine living rooms and dining rooms. They’re usually open to the kitchen, too. I love a great room designed to flow well between the individual areas. The best great rooms are ones that have a well thought-out floor plan (with substantial clearances around the furniture) and the ability to be accessed from more than one door. Lots of lighting is a must!

Some great rooms are very large, like the one below, taking advantage of a home’s square footage and giving each area (living, dining, and kitchen) its own zone. These types of great rooms are great for large families, especially ones that often entertains. The open floor would be great for dancing and kids to play.

@CaesarstoneUS #GreatRoom #Style(Photo via Klopf Architecture)

The natural light of the great room below makes it look very large. By having such large windows along the entire wall to expose the beautiful view, the room has a sense of being outdoors.

@CaesarstoneUS #GreatRoom #Style(Photo via Josh Lawrence Studios)

I love the space planning in this great room. The spaces flow well into each other, while each possessing its own style. Each area feels like a separate space, even though they’re less than 6 feet apart.

@CaesarstoneUS #GreatRoom #Style(Photo via Sarah Greenman)

Tell us! What makes your great room, great?

Timeless Bathroom Trends

Bathroom design or renovation can sometime break the bank. For this reason, many homeowners choose to go with a timeless design that will stand the test of trends. Check out these classic baths.

White Cabinets
White cabinets provide the perfect neutral backdrop for small pops of color that can be changed inexpensively. Bathrooms with white cabinets are also lighter and brighter than those with lots of color or dark cabinetry, making them seem larger.

@CaesarstoneUS #Timeless Kitchen


(Photo via McCoppin Studios)


White Subway Tiles


No matter the size, white subway tiles remain one of the most classic decorative elements to add to a bathroom.

@CaesarstoneUS #Timeless Kitchen


(Photo via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design)


Black and White Color Scheme
You can’t get more timeless than a black and white palette. The contrast makes a room more interesting and can be paired with just about any other accent colors.

@CaesarstoneUS #Timeless Kitchen


(Photo via Collins Design & Development)


 Simple Door Styles


Another classic, timeless design element are simple door styles. Shaker doors are perfect for this classic bath and can be dressed up with glass knobs, modern, metallic handles, or any other kind of hardware that fits the homeowner’s style.

@CaesarstoneUS #Timeless Kitchen(Photo via Mariani Lind)


 Tell us! What timeless trend do you want to try?

Bringing the Indoors Out

If you love to entertain or spend lots of time outdoors, having your outdoor space feel like an extension of the inside of your home will make your time outside all the more enjoyable and comfortable.

Look in any shelter magazine or check out your favorite blogger’s site and you’ll find an array of articles about bringing the outdoors-in. I’m here to share 3 ways to bring the indoors-out.

 

1. Use furniture and accessories that could be used both indoors and out, when needed.

Chairs, like light-weight metals chairs, can be easily moved from the inside to the outside of the home as needed. Some are also durable enough to leave outside, but stylish enough to bring indoors for dining and extra seating. Other dual-use pieces are acrylic chairs and nesting tables, garden stools, lanterns, and pillows.


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2. Install floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open up completely to the outdoors. 


These doors provide lots of natural light and an uninhibited view of the outdoors. They’re also really convenient for moving in and out of the home when hosting guests.


(Photo via Vinci Hamp Architects)



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3. Make it cozy! 


Another way to bring the indoors-out, is to make your outdoor space as cozy as possible. Install an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, pile on soft pillows on an outdoor sofa, use fur throws, and have a place outside where you, your family, and guest, can sit drinks, snacks, and books.


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