For my November column in Living, Martha helped me set up and organize my kitchen. I absolutely love it! We found some great products to organize and maximize my small space. Be sure to check out Order In The Kitchen on marthastewart.com to see pictures of my newly organized kitchen. I thought I would share some of my favorite product finds with you. I really needed a good solution for organizing the contents in my lower cabinets and found some great options from simplehuman. They offer well designed products for organizing the kitchen and other rooms too. I installed two of their pull out cabinet organizers in my kitchen. One holds small appliances and accessories that I don't use everyday and the other holds my cleaning supplies. The organizers are made with sturdy glides so that they slide in and out effortlessly. I can see everything easily without having to reach into the cabinet. I also love their collection of dishracks. They offer features such as pivoting drainage spouts, flip up tines for drying plates and pull out hooks for drying glasses and cups. For my kitchen, I have the plastic compact version but if you have the space, the steel frame dish rack is really great. simplehuman's selection of trash and recycling containers not only look good but really make separating and sorting easy. I installed the pull out recycler in one of my cabinets and it's perfect for my space and needs. I hope that you will find something from simplehuman that will work in your home.
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In response to the post about my apartment lighting a couple of weeks ago, Lincoln asked:
Are your lighting choices limited by whether you own the apartment or not? I would be interested to learn what kind of options there are for lighting if you are unable to alter the living space “permanently"?
Lucky for Lincoln, and all of us, there are several non-permanent lighting solutions. The following tips are perfect if you rent a space and do not want to make any permanent changes, are afraid of commitment, or if you're simply looking for a quick lighting fix in your home:
- Install a dimmer. This easy and cost-effective solution will instantly create ambiance in any space. I am considering dimmers for every room in my house - even small spaces like the kitchen, bathroom and hallways!
- Research different light bulb options - you would be amazed at the wide variety of styles, wattage, etc. Be sure to check which bulbs are compatible with your fixtures before you head to the hardware store! I recently made a trip to Bulb World in Chinatown to buy all of the bulbs for my recessed lighting.
- Table and floor lamps provide endless options and styles for any interior, require little if any set-up, and can be taken with you if you move to another home.
- Chandeliers and Pendants make great alternative options for overhead lighting and you can further customize it by choosing what height to hang them - low hanging fixtures give off an intimate feel. These "instant pendant lights" are a wonderful solution for people with recessed lights, as well: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/lighting/instant-screwin-pendant-light-by-worth-home-products-04191 (via apartmenttherapy.com)
- Run wire covers for extension cords from your existing plugs along the walls and ceilings (white plastic ones or pipes, depending on your preference). Get fittings for the corners to make it look neat. Place a power strip up high on a small hidden shelf or ledge, and then you can plug in any overhead lights you would want without getting into the nitty gritty process of wiring.
*images from Martha Stewart Living
"Furniture is needed for practical reasons, and because it must be there, it may as well be as pleasant as possible to look at, and in a less definable psychological way, comforting to the spirit." -Edward Wormley
While I love many styles, I most identify with design that is modern and utilitarian. For this reason, I have always been drawn to the period of 1950s design, particularly Edward Wormley's pieces for Dunbar Furniture. Sleek, uncluttered and clean, Wormley's designs for the famous American furniture company fit seamlessly into any setting. In searching for new pieces to furnish my apartment with, I have found great inspiration in old Dunbar catalogs as well as new design companies such as bludot and CB2.