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  • How to Keep Your House Clean

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    Modern Clean House

    Ever looked at those freakishly austere photos of minimalist, modern homes that we post and been stumped about how to keep your house clean like that? There is a simple answer: Never. Stop. Tidying.

    Modern Bedroom

    This advice comes courtesy of a recent Apartment Therapy story and the strategy is simple: cleaning your home isn't an hours-long affair on the weekends. It's a constant ritual. And it can become as easy and effortless as breathing. 

    Modern Dining Room

    To do this, think of your home the way a server would think of a restaurant dining room. As you move from one room into the next, look for things to tidy. Shoes out of place? Move them. Finished with a dish? Wash it. 

    The trick of course, is making sure everything has its place in your home to begin with. Begin with an ample amount of modern shelving so you can keep table surfaces free of books and magazines:

    Modern Driftwood Bookshelf

    Morrissey Driftwood Bookshelf

    Add a console table with drawers. Placed at the entryway or behind the couch, these are perfect utility spaces to stash random items like keys and remotes. Slim in design, many modern desks can serve this purpose too.

    Modern Driftwood Console Table

    Frameo Driftwood Console Table

    And if you're serious about taking on the server analogy, keep a few stylish trays on hand. 

    Modern Yellow Wood Tray

    Monroe Yellow Wood Tray

    Sure, learning how to keep your house clean like this takes a change of habit. But having weekend days free of cleaning (not to mention having a clean home worthy of a mod mag photo shoot) is worth it, isn't it?

    Images: Est Magazine

  • Stylish Kitchen Storage Ideas

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    Kitchen Storage

    When it comes to designing stylish kitchen storage ideas there are so many different styles you can choose from that it can sometimes be overwhelming. One important design element to think about is if you want open shelving, cabinets or a mix of both.

    Open Shelving

    Open Shelving:
    Open up your kitchen and use every inch to your advantage. Open shelving in place of upper closed cabinets will make your kitchen look and feel lighter and airier. What’s great about open shelving is you can put your go-to items that you use on a daily basis on them. It makes those items more accessible.

    Kitchen Cabinets

    Cabinets (Closed & Glass):
    If your one of those people that wants to hide everything - the clutter or even your dishes, then the closed cabinet option is perfect for you. You’ll be able to have a kitchen that appears to be clean and tidy but in case you have a mess it’s easy to hide.
    As for glass front cabinets presentation really matters and neatness does count. Arrange your dishes in a way that looks beautiful – stack bowls, lean platters against the wall, and add in decorative elements. This will add a little character into your glass cabinets. Make sure you vary the texture and presentation.  Nothing is more dull than glass cabinets filled with only glassware.

    Industrial Shelving

    Industrial Shelving:
    Construct a pantry from a pair of metal storage units. This one is painted blue with individual metal bins taking the place of drawers; labels placed on the shelves help identify the bins' contents. White enamelware, a wire basket of potatoes, and an entire shelf of mineral water break up the geometric pattern of the bins.

    Hanging Pot Rack

    Hanging Pot Rack:
    A simple wrought-iron rack is perfect for oversized pots and pans and you can keep them within reach of the kitchen’s main workspace. By hanging these larger pots and pans from the ceiling you’ll free up cabinet space in a smaller kitchen.

    Display Rack

    Display Rack:
    In a small kitchen, both storage and design needs can be met at the same time with careful placement of various wall racks in the kitchen. This adds a little décor while saving on storage space.

    Still can’t decide which option you love the most? Start a Pinterest board for kitchens and start pinning kitchens. Then go back in a few weeks or a month to see what you pinned the most of. This will give you a better understanding of what you like.

    Image Sources: House BeautifulReal LivingJulie BlannerRemodelista, Emmas Blogg

  • Modern Home Design For a Cozy Corner

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    Modern Home Design

    One detail that can go unnoticed in modern home design is the cozy corner. Some people use these corners as reading corners or nooks. Some just use them as extra seating or a way to display that one favorite chair that needs a little more attention. I have a reading corner in my bedroom, using my favorite navy blue velvet chair. I actually do use it but even if I didn’t, I would still love having it displayed.

    There are a couple of components that go hand in hand with these corners. You need a stylish table that you can rest drinks and books on. A warm, fuzzy throw blanket doesn’t hurt and good lighting is needed if being used for reading. The image above has used all of those details fabulously well!

    Design Trend

    This butterfly chair (above) is perfectly placed in a minimalist bedroom. It’s a simple chair that is comfy for those nightly relax moments. They even have a dual purpose stool that can be used to place items on or to place your feet on.

    White Decor

    To crank up the comfy factor a bit, a chaise lounge is a great option. This is for the real loungers in the world! Chaise’s are also aesthetically pleasing and look posed when placed in a space. Dress it up a bit by adding pillows and throws.

    Swing Chair

    This is a super fun option for those with kids and large families. If this was my space, I’d be fighting over that acrylic hanging chair. And for kids, it might even get them to want to spend some quality time reading!

    Do you have a cozy nook in your space?

    Images: Desire To InspireDesire To Inspire, Stil Inspiration, Design Sponge

  • Home Style Ideas: Mid Century Modern Interiors

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    Home Style Ideas

    I'm a fan of incorporating mid-century modern details in interiors. From furniture, to art and lighting, pieces from the 40's, 50's and 60's are classic and quintessentially modern.

    A whole room, however, doesn't have to be in the mid-century style to look great with mid-century details. Mixing beautiful items from different eras is one way to layer a room to make it feel truly timeless.

    Home Decor

    Two-Tone Green with White Shade Ceramic Table Lamp, Draper Desk Lamp, Draper Floor Lamp, Northcrest Mid Century Table Lamp

    A contemporary dining room might just need a white pendant light to make the space feel more modern--or a pair of miss-matching ceramic lamps on a teak credenza may add just the right amount of the handmade-modern feel.

    Images: Flickr, Houzz, Blink Décor, Jenny Vorwaller, Danish Modern LA

  • From Outfit to Interior: Leather & Spice

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Living Room

    Autumn is still 39 days away, but Ms. Leather + Spice is ready for cooler temps now (and so am I)! She's starting to change up both her wardrobe and her space with warm, rich materials and textures in every nook and cranny.

    Modern Table Lamp

    The base of this Black Leather Rectangular Lite Source Table Lamp gets taken up a notch with some white stitching and clean lines. A super smart cool weather look to brighten up an end table or counter space.

    Our lady can't wait to hang a trio of these Franklin Iron Works Rust Mini Pendant Lights above the prep space in her kitchen! they lend a beautiful dose of spice and an industrial look.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    A pair of these sleek Fuji Stainless Steel with Brown Stacker Bar Stools are a nice accent to Ms. Leather + Spice's eat-in counter. The thick cushion makes a perfect perch for answering emails or flipping through a magazine.

    The days are slowly growing shorter, but this Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Dark Nickel Pharmacy Floor Lamp makes it worth it. Our Miss loves curling up under its focused light.

    Modern Accent Lamp

    A pair of Draper Draper White Leatherette Zuo Lounging Chairs make for a cozy, cocoon-like space around the cocktail table. Ms. Leather + Spice's guests always fight for these seats and never want to leave!

    This Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze Accent Lamp adds just the right amount of rustic spice to a desk or entryway table, and casts just the right amount of light for the task at hand.

    Images: Anthropologie, Paul Raeside  

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