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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Kitchen Organization with Yaling Hou of Flowie

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yaling hou of flowieYaling Hou is the designer and the founder of the lifestyle design company, Flowie. Launched in 2007, Flowie designs and manufactures refreshing fabrics, bags, home accessories and other fashion accessories. Yaling Hou was born and raised in Taiwan. She currently lives in Redwood City, California, with her Japanese husband and their adorable Maltese dog.

Because both my husband and I love cooking and entertaining, we have many dishes and cookwares. We recently moved into our new home and have been discussing and working on how we should organize our kitchen so that it suits our needs. Here are some tips we have learned during the process:

Kitchen Storage and Organization
* cabinet shelves: www.containerstore.com / utensil tray: www.bedbathandbeyond.com
1. Use organization accessories
Cabinet organizing shelves are great tools to organize your dishes and cooking pans. Shelves maximize storage space in cabinets and also keep dishes and pans within easy reach. Drawer utensil trays help keep cooking tools and Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Benita of Chez Larsson Sorts the Laundry Room

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Benita of blog Chez Larsson decided in May of 2008 to start sharing her organizing mania and neatness with the masses instead of keeping them to all to herself. Her blog, www.chezlarsson.typepad.com, focuses on home life the clean, bright, white, organized and Scandinavian way. Benita lives in a small 1930’s house in a Stockholm suburb and that’s where all the organizing action takes place.

Recently one of my readers, Lynda, sent me an e-mail asking for help with her laundry room. I can sort of see why she’s desperate:

Lynda needs the space for more than just laundry. Her pantry is in there just behind the door and she also needs to store dishes, pet products and craft items.

Solution: every organization starts with editing. Edit, edit, edit! This basically means you open one drawer or cabinet at a time and ruthlessly get rid of the things that are no longer in use. Get a trash bag and a box for charity out and divided the things you no longer need. Keep asking yourself all through the process if you use the item or not. When in doubt, throw out.

You then sort what’s left. In Lynda’s case I suggest she starts off by putting all her kitchen related items in Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

A Visit from DwellStudio

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We had a special visit from Ashley of DwellStudio on Monday…boy is it a treat when our designer friends stop by! Something spreads through the air and we all get even more excited about the products on our site…a fervor-esque excitement some might say. Ashley gave us the lowdown on all of the new 2009 DwellStudio Baby and DwellStudio Home products which James launched on our site last week…we learned a TON about the new pieces but there are a few highlights I’m just itching to share:

DwellStudio Geometry 1.) The new geometry print is amazing. It is a classic pattern that totally has a lasting quality to it (good for adults and kids and babies alike). Their color choices are spot on and the shapes are Read the rest of this entry »

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