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Kitchen Organizing

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This pull out organizer by simplehuman makes it easy to access my small appliances without having to reach into the cabinet.

1 This pull out organizer by simplehuman makes it easy to access my small appliances without having to reach into the cabinet.

The 20

2 The 20" size was good fit for my cabinet and left enough room on the side to store my stand mixer.

I organized all my cleaning supplies under the sink.  This small pull out organizer fit nicely here and makes it easy to find what I need fast while keeping everything neat.

3 I organized all my cleaning supplies under the sink. This small pull out organizer fit nicely here and makes it easy to find what I need fast while keeping everything neat.

The 9

4 The 9" organizer that I used under my sink comes with a slotted divider. Great if you want to use it for storing lids to pots and pans, baking sheets or cutting boards. I removed the divider to accommodate my cleaning supplies. The plastic liner keeps any spills or drips contained and easily wipes clean.

I didn't want to keep my dishrack out on the counter, so this compact version fits nicely under my sink when not in use.

5 I didn't want to keep my dishrack out on the counter, so this compact version fits nicely under my sink when not in use.

The steel frame dishrack has a coating to protect against fingerprints and hooks that fold away when not in use.  Its larger size is great if you don't have a dishwasher and mostly hand wash.

6 The steel frame dishrack has a coating to protect against fingerprints and hooks that fold away when not in use. Its larger size is great if you don't have a dishwasher and mostly hand wash.

I really didn't have space anywhere in my kitchen for a trash can but this pull out recycler fit perfectly in an end cabinet.  I use the black bin for trash and the blue one for my recycling.

7 I really didn't have space anywhere in my kitchen for a trash can but this pull out recycler fit perfectly in an end cabinet. I use the black bin for trash and the blue one for my recycling.

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.

Lighting Solutions for a Curious Reader

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

Dunbar: Finding Inspiration in 1950s Design

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Part catalog, part ode to Dunbar - this book is a comprehensive look at the revered American furniture company and the designer behind it, Edward Wormley.

1 Part catalog, part ode to Dunbar - this book is a comprehensive look at the revered American furniture company and the designer behind it, Edward Wormley.

Edward Wormley began designing furniture for Dunbar at the age of 23! He brought a fresh outlook and passion for detail to the company, which has stuck ever since.

2 Edward Wormley began designing furniture for Dunbar at the age of 23! He brought a fresh outlook and passion for detail to the company, which has stuck ever since.

I have been looking for a small bench or sitting stool to place in the entryway to my apartment.

3 I have been looking for a small bench or sitting stool to place in the entryway to my apartment.

A bench like this is perfect for sitting down and removing my shoes at the door. The height and width are very well suited to the narrow hallway.

4 A bench like this is perfect for sitting down and removing my shoes at the door. The height and width are very well suited to the narrow hallway.

This sofa recently made a debut in the third season of AMC's Mad Men - the set decorator had it upholstered in apricot Silk Dupioni.

5 This sofa recently made a debut in the third season of AMC's Mad Men - the set decorator had it upholstered in apricot Silk Dupioni.

This coffee table is similar to one that Alexis recently gave to me.

6 This coffee table is similar to one that Alexis recently gave to me.

Here it is, polished and ready to be moved into my apartment. The top is white glass and the legs are metal.

7 Here it is, polished and ready to be moved into my apartment. The top is white glass and the legs are metal.

Here's another view of a similar design, except their piece has a shelf underneath.  I would probably display my favorite Taschen book there, Walton Ford's

8 Here's another view of a similar design, except their piece has a shelf underneath. I would probably display my favorite Taschen book there, Walton Ford's "Pancha Tantra."

This curved sofa is an endless source of inspiration to me.  I love the shape of it, but I would probably have it reupholstered without buttons to made it a bit more sleek.

9 This curved sofa is an endless source of inspiration to me. I love the shape of it, but I would probably have it reupholstered without buttons to made it a bit more sleek.

I really like the long bench against the glass wall, and especially the way it functions as a place to arrange plants. Similarly, I have placed a long upholstered bench that Alexis gave me next to the wall of windows in my apartment.

10 I really like the long bench against the glass wall, and especially the way it functions as a place to arrange plants. Similarly, I have placed a long upholstered bench that Alexis gave me next to the wall of windows in my apartment.

My dining table at home is a loose interpretation of this Dunbar design.  Mine has a thicker top and concave legs.

11 My dining table at home is a loose interpretation of this Dunbar design. Mine has a thicker top and concave legs.

Another view.

12 Another view.

I'm also thinking about putting up consoles in the living and dining rooms of my apartment. This particular piece is lovely and I love how it is mounted on the wall.

13 I'm also thinking about putting up consoles in the living and dining rooms of my apartment. This particular piece is lovely and I love how it is mounted on the wall.

"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.