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How do you organize mail?

When it comes to being super organized, my life tends to be cyclical.  I will go through months when I am on top of it, and then times where I let things go a bit.

Mail is hard.  If I make one little pile and leave it overnight, it calls all of its friends and has a big party, and I am left with the mess.  (or so it seems)  Since we are adding on a room to our kitchen, I have really been thinking a lot about what I can do to create a space for mail.   I’ve been searching for ideas, and I thought I would share them with you!

Buckets seem to be a popular idea, and truth be told, I like that you can just throw it in there willy-nilly.  (yes, I googled how to spell that correctly – the hyphen surprised me.)

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The mailbox is cute, though I would be a bit afraid things would get lost in there.  But it is a good way to hide it.

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I love easy-to-do, practical ideas like this.  Create your mail sorting system on the back of a cabinet door!

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Basket sorting is similar to the bucket idea, I suppose, but my problem with this is it would not look very pretty on a counter.  Maybe if I had a cabinet or some kind of desk space I could close off?  Hmmmm…

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Built-in sorting of some sort would be fab!!

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Yet another practical and easy idea – file folders!

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Or stackable trays?

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i heart organizing

A pretty hanging basket would be spot-on for bulky magazines which we get by the DROVES!

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These are just desktop organizers attached to a wall!

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And of course, I love finding new uses for bulldog clips.

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This is a darling idea, and I could totally see how this would work great if I had plenty of well-planned categories.  Tutorial here.

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bright and blithe

I actually own Pottery Barn’s Daily System in white, which is pictured here, and it works pretty well.  (especially when you have it hung up on a wall, which I don’t right now)  My only complaint is I feel mail falls into the abyss in those slots.

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And last, but not least, I thought this could be a terrific plan for kids when they come home from preschool, or school, or church, or whatever, and they have a handful of work.  What if you taught them to walk in and put the work in their specific bag, and you could look at it as time allotted?  That way, you wouldn’t have a huge pile on your kitchen counter just waiting to be left overnight to have a party.  Yes?

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the handmade home

What are your tips for organizing mail?  and keeping it organized?  Any ideas for me?

Written by Grace

 

 

Today I’m Dreaming Of…White Bedrooms…

…with a big white fluffy bed for me to crawl into and sleep and sleep.  (I’ve been nursing a sweet but sick little baby.)

I’ve always had a thing for white bedrooms.  Even when I was a little girl, I would dream of having a white bedroom, and I would imagine it just how I would want it.  (it had white plank wood floors, a canopy bed, and an elevated vanity area in case you were wondering)

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Elle Decor

I think the key to an all-white look is texture, texture, and more texture.  Plus a little variation in shade – ivory, cream, oyster, vanilla, ice white, etc.

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Elle Decor

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David Coote

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Elle Decor

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coco cozy

Of course, my all-white bedroom would have to have some color, either through a turquoise milk glass dish on the bedside table, or some sort of greenery via a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig tree or maiden hair fern.  (because assuredly, my all-white bedroom has floor to ceiling windows…oh, and french doors where I can casually stroll onto my back veranda)

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Elle Decor

Veranda, designed by Susan Lovell

Veranda, designed by Susan Lovell

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Alex Hayden

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Apartment Therapy

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Apartment Therapy

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What about you?  Do you love white bedrooms?

Written by Grace

 

Today I’m Dreaming Of…a bathroom remodel

my bathroom looking like this.

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Isn’t that tile work gorgeous?  And genius?!  Those white subway tiles are so cheap, and I love how they are dressed up with the patterned borders.  I am definitely filing this away for when we get rid of our pink bathroom.  All this room needs are a few touches to soften it up a bit, and I am happy.  Speaking of my bathroom, I have a post coming soon on “what to do with rooms/spaces you don’t like but cannot afford to fix right now”.  Do any of you have a room like that?  They are usually kitchens and bathrooms.  :)

I also wanted to let you guys know I have thought about doing a “Troubled Spaces” week where I take your pictures and tell you what I would do with the space, or if you have a problem or question about a room, I will try and help you solve it!  Are there any of you interested?  If so, shoot me an email at submissions @ AStoriedStyle .com.  Let’s see what we can come up with together!

Have a great weekend!

Written by Grace

Pent Dining Room: Three For Dinner (and two dogs…and a cat)

I love this family.

The husband and I went to rival high schools, the wife and I went to college together, and they have one of the most beautiful baby boys I have ever seen.  Seriously!

The Pent’s home is old and lovely, and the dining room especially has lots of natural light.  Because the previous owner put it through a bit of a lackluster reno, the home needed some pizzazz.  Our first challenge was marrying the styles of the couple and combining both of their visions, plus keeping in mind there is a baby in the house and two large dogs.  Oh, and a cat, you can’t forget the cat!

Besides the pretty sunshine coming through the windows, this room houses the husband’s (a talented pianist) gorgeous glossy white baby grand piano.  Here are some before pictures – the dining room is the first room you see to the right when you walk in the front door.

Looking in from the Living Room.

Pretty fireplace.

At the back of the room, there is a bit of space for a small lounging area which I think is really cozy to have in a living room.

So as you can see, with the pretty floors, natural light, fireplace, and incredible piano, all this room needed was to be revamped into something both owners would love.  When I sat down with them, it was pretty clear there was a bit of a style difference.  Asking about the husband’s style, I was told,

“Think P.Diddy.”

Still makes me laugh.  Definitely a first.  The wife loves the Domino look, and is more of an eclectic vibe.  Overall, they are both fairly modern and very fun to work with.  The plan was for all of the furniture to leave the room except the buffet and the settee (which was to be revamped after some unfortunate incidents with the cat), and the curtains are also new and pretty, so they were going to stay.  Since I was having a bit of a hard time figuring out what dining chair would work for them, their design board had a few chair options.     

Our first matter of business was wall color.  We finally arrived at a deliciously rich gray – it is a Valspar color, and I cannot think of the name of it.  If you really love it, leave a note for me in the comments section, and I will find it for you.  A major component of brightening this room was painting the trim a bright white to match the piano.  It was painted beige before, which lended a drab feel to the room.  The ceiling was painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Collingwood”.

After a few pow-wows with my clients, this is what we created.  Take a look.

The dining table is the “Emmerson Table” from West Elm, and I love it.  The wood is reclaimed, and I think it is the perfect modern farmhouse table.  It is a truly beautiful piece.  Look at that thick wood top!  The chairs are from Z-Gallerie, and they are now discontinued; however, for those of you that like to know, they are called the “Concerto Dining Chair”.  Pretty perfect with the piano, right?  The white leather will be easy to wipe clean, and the polished nickel nailheads add some sparkle.

The little settee at the back of the room was recovered in a plum Sunbrella velvet, and is now cozy and comfy.  Wood and chrome side tables (aren’t those sleek?!) are from West Elm, the ikat pillows are from Etsy, and the center lumbar pillow was custom and designed by yours truly.  White gourd lamps from H-to-the-Goods.

Love the mid century art piece featured above the sofa!  It’s a Gypsy Soul find!

I am crazy for this rug!  It is vintage, in perfect condition, super soft, and the colors are so vibrant!  It really ties the room together.

The fireplace received a fresh coat of trim paint, and we replaced the art that was there with the agave art from the kitchen.  Don’t the colors look beautiful together?

You know I love x-benches, and this vintage Milo Baughman pair was recovered in an ikat fabric (Robert Allen “Khanjali Peacock”), where they now flank the fireplace.

The buffet got some new jewelry in the form of brass ring pulls, and we added some pretty sparkly items to the top.

Although our original plan was to replace the lighting fixtures as they felt too “contractor”, we ended up painting them this amazing green, and they. look. awesome.  I have a new appreciation for them, and they add some serious punch to the room.

You will laugh when you find out what color they are – about as far from P.Diddy as you can get!  We painted them with Rustoleum’s John Deere Green!  But hey, the look terrific, and that’s what matters.

Looking at these pictures makes me happy all over again.  Doesn’t this room look incredible?  Modern, comfortable, artistic, and definitely has the wow factor.

Come back tomorrow for the Pent’s Living Room reveal!

**Heartfelt thanks to Kat Phillips, of TheGrayAttic.com, for the beautiful photography in this post.**

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