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Obsessed: Architectural Planters

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I love the clean, architectural lines of this peaked planter from CB2 ($129). With both high and low shelves, it adds a little visual interest and depth to your patio display and provides plenty of surface area for displaying beautiful pots, such as the colorful rustically hewn versions above. A pretty pot is like a exclamation point on a plant. Check out a few more of container garden ideas below:

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These sleek metal planters are actually repurposed steel utility boxes from the hardware story.

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This compact tower of stacked pots is beautiful, sure, but it's also a convenient way to grow your own fresh herbs in a small space. Get the how-to.
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Masking tape stripes are an easy way to update basic terra cotta pots. Get the how-to.

Ornament Organizing Do's and Don'ts

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I'm posting the photo above as a post-holiday confession: even after years of working at Martha Stewart, I don't always follow our excellent homekeeping and organizing advice to the letter. This year, I just threw my ornaments in plastic bins -- a definite "don't" according to Martha.

My philosophy has been that if they last through this type of storage then these ornaments were meant for the following year. But for those of you with loftier ambitions than mine, don't miss our ingenious solution for organizing ornaments.

How do you pack up your decorations?

Martha Stewart Home Office products at Staples

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I am very excited to share with you our new Home Office product launch at Staples.  We have created a line of products designed to solve your home and office needs.  They are beautiful colors, coordinated of course, and priced very reasonably from $1.99-$16.99. It is still early in the year... I am getting organized and you can too.

Here are some pictures from the launch event held in NYC.

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Here is our product at Staples.

1 Here is our product at Staples.

Here are some of the labels shown in a kitchen setting.

2 Here are some of the labels shown in a kitchen setting.

Look how pretty and organized this desk is.

3 Look how pretty and organized this desk is.

This faux shagreen magazine holder is very pretty.

4 This faux shagreen magazine holder is very pretty.

You can really see how pretty the texture is in this picture.

5 You can really see how pretty the texture is in this picture.

They have organizers too!

6 They have organizers too!

The event was packed so here is the view of Martha and Megen Lee.

7 The event was packed so here is the view of Martha and Megen Lee.

Wow look at all of these labels and tags.

8 Wow look at all of these labels and tags.

I really like the colorways we created.

9 I really like the colorways we created.

and pockets have endless uses-my menus are soon going to get a new home.

10 and pockets have endless uses-my menus are soon going to get a new home.

Here is a close up of the boxes.

11 Here is a close up of the boxes.

Here are the faux shagreen boxes-great for a desk or even for jewelery.

12 Here are the faux shagreen boxes-great for a desk or even for jewelery.

These waterproof tags are so smart.

13 These waterproof tags are so smart.

I know a lot of people that could use this planner.

14 I know a lot of people that could use this planner.

It was a lovely preview and fresh drinks were served.

15 It was a lovely preview and fresh drinks were served.

So pretty!

16 So pretty!

Theses are great for kids-and the best part is that they are chalkboard and can be washed off!

17 Theses are great for kids-and the best part is that they are chalkboard and can be washed off!

They also have fun notebooks.

18 They also have fun notebooks.

even more solids

19 even more solids

large scale sticky notes

20 large scale sticky notes

and tabs

21 and tabs

Here is a look at the set up.

22 Here is a look at the set up.

All of the notebooks together.

23 All of the notebooks together.

Here is the NY staples store where the items launched.

24 Here is the NY staples store where the items launched.

Plus, here are some great desks to get you inspired.

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The lamp in the office is so dramatic.  I really like the upholstery tack topped desk as well.

1 The lamp in the office is so dramatic. I really like the upholstery tack topped desk as well.

I like the way that the design of this DIY desk allows for built in storage.

2 I like the way that the design of this DIY desk allows for built in storage.

A hidden workspace is always smart for small or multi purpose spaces.

3 A hidden workspace is always smart for small or multi purpose spaces.

Dining room shelving doubles as a home office.

4 Dining room shelving doubles as a home office.

I really like the long expanse of bulletin board shown in this office.

5 I really like the long expanse of bulletin board shown in this office.

Here is the desk from the Home Office campaign that shows many of the new products in use.

6 Here is the desk from the Home Office campaign that shows many of the new products in use.