Sustainable and Stylish Storage Solutions
When choosing storage containers for your home you want to be mindful of a few things: beauty, function, safety, and durability.
One of my main goals when styling the metal shelf in our kitchen (I refer to it as our "pantry") this past spring was to add a level of warmth and natural elements to it. I did so by incorporating the use of wood, woven baskets, glass, and fresh produce. I wanted it to be clean but stylish; just like every other shelf in our household. Because I spend a significant part of the day in the kitchen cooking, cleaning, and preparing meals I wanted it to be a room that I would enjoy. Along with being beautiful our pantry also had to be functional. The items are arranged in such a way that makes this possible, with the ones that we use most often being front and center while the ones that we use on a less regular basis being on the very top and bottom. We got creative by hiding some of these items such as bread machine and stemware in woven baskets, that keep them hidden and yet still accessible. The glass canisters also make accessing things such as flour, nuts, and granola quick and easy. I am a strong supporter of storing dry goods in glass jars and canisters as they store well, keep items organized, and allow you to see how much you have. The safety aspect of choosing storage solutions for your home comes in the way of choosing natural materials over plastics. Not only are natural storage containers a healthier choice for you and your family, they are also less harmful to the environment. Bonus they are way more stylish and are often more durable! For example, items made out of real wood, especially older wood, are quite strong. Another great feature about natural materials is that they blend in with whatever style your home may be - modern, coastal, traditional, bohemian - they work with them all.
Materials to Look for When Shopping for Sustainable + Stylish Storage
The last two photographs are by Zoe Grant.
Both husband and wife coming from metropolitan backgrounds (Chicago, Norfolk and Northern Virginia) their desired look was Urban Modern with a dash of Scandinavian and Fixer Upper. The spaciousness and contemporary finishes of their home provided us with the perfect launch pad for pulling off this look.
One of my favorite things to do is to create a gallery wall. I think that they’re great as an accent wall, down a hallway or in a home office. So many of you have reached out asking how we put together our gallery wall in our home office, so today I wanted to walk you through how.
This fervor has continued over the years resulting in spontaneous gallery walls and painting of furniture (as well as many holes in the wall much to my husbands dismay); all the while teaching me many valuable lessons, one of them being that not every one is going to be as enthusiastic about the design choices that you make, and that’s okay.
We are still jumping up and down over here after learning that our home has been featured on Apartment Therapy!
Have you ever felt blessed by simply being in someone’s presence? That’s exactly how I felt working with the Rivera family on the styling of their home this past winter.
While the bones of the room are neutral, we added in pops of color via hanging plants, caned furniture, and the colorful vintage area rug. A sleek mid-century modern table is centered in the room, beckoning for a game of monopoly or for a cocktail, which can be concocted within the discreet bar-set up we made in the pie-safe.
Over the past couple of years, we have methodically worked together on styling the Hurt’s home, infusing their love of vintage and travel finds with the more traditional bones of the space. It has been such a pleasure getting to know Rebecca not only as a client but as a friend. Today, Rebecca shares with us a little bit about herself and how she is currently making room for peace.
After reading through my friend’s core family values, listening as they shared their dreams for their home and walking through their space, my heart overflowed with gratitude. I could clearly envision a design for their home that would capture warm hospitable vibe that they were going for; creating a space that would be enjoyed by family, friends and neighbors alike.
When you first walk into the Hurt’s home one of the first rooms that you see is straight ahead, the den. A small room, right off the kitchen and the sun-room the den is the gathering space for the family. Between the deep leather sofa and the cozy swivel chairs, there is truly a place for everyone (including their 60 lb. puppy, Bacon!) to rest and to recline.
Our homes are supposed to be our refuge but did you know that they could also be making us sick? Asthma, headaches, coughing, and allergies are just a few of the signs that you may need to make some changes to your home. Lucky for you, we've outlined some of the problem areas and what you can do to create a healthier environment for you and your family!
When discussing the design of her office, Meghan was looking for something that was professional while also being fresh and serene. We selected a soothing color palette of grays, blues, and warm woods with pops of brass and greenery.
We all feel this pressure, whether we are comparing ourselves with others or we are competing with an idealized version of ourselves. It is healthy to have goals and to use our gifts as long as you don’t let those desires distract you from the beauty of the present.
Most of y'all know by now that I love shopping second hand. Consignment stores, thrift shops, antique stores... You'd be amazed at what you can find. Whether your looking for furniture, home decor, clothing, books, or appliances - these places have it all and more; gently used and at great prices. Not only that, but as these pieces are "gently used" your automatically taking your style and sustainability game up a level.
To celebrate this turn of tides I recently partnered with my friends Anna Hubbard of Hip Innovative Studio Boutique and Diane Fulton of Front Porch Flower Co. to host a brunch for some girlfriends. It was a wonderful excuse to play with seasonal flowers, eat some wholesome food, and catch-up with the girls.
I've never been a fan of a perfectly precise bouquet much preferring something organic and wild. Local florist, Diane Fulton of Front Porch Flower Co. is the same way.
There are many benefits to living small such as less to clean, less maintenance and thus more time, more money, more energy, and less stress. However living small can have its challenges.
My rule of thumb is that when you can't find a piece of artwork that you either love or can afford, make your own! I can already see some of you are doing a double-take right now.
Not only are natural storage containers a healthier choice for you and your family, they are also less harmful to the environment. Bonus they are way more stylish and are often more durable! For example, items made out of real wood, especially older wood, are quite strong.
It may sound simple but incorporating trays into your home is a great way to minimize clutter! These objects are not just pretty and fun to use when styling but they are extremely useful in providing boundaries.
One of the services that we offer here at Making Room for Peace is getting your home ready to sell. Whether that looks like a decluttering session or a home-staging session, we are here to help! No matter what type of service your looking for, your end goal is to create a space that is bright and airy, spacious and clean, and one that buyers can envision themselves living in.
This 362 square foot home is tucked inside the quiet, artistic streets of Venice, California and is home to Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Morris, along with their two pups and baby boy, West... By only having what they use and love, they are able to make their small space work. Whitney's motto is that: you don't have to live large to live beautifully.
Ever since I was young and particularly in college, I've been drawn to the chic, sexy, and timelessness of the color black. It goes with everything, it's slimming, and it's comfortable. It's safe. Color on the other hand takes courage. To me, it requires more of an investment. By wearing color you are saying to the world, "look at me! I am a confident and vibrant being."
Like most engaged couples, my husband and I were blessed to have been gifted with furniture from family. Even better, everyone was so kind in not being too pushy with their gifts. If we didn't like it or felt that we didn't have space for it, they were okay with that. While most of the pieces of furniture, we kept as is, one of the pieces that I altered was our sofa and love-seat.