Meet storage, your new best friend

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If you’re anything like me, you like stuff. Everyone has a weakness, and for me, it’s clothes. I might even refer to it as my Achilles’ heel because there are days when I know I shouldn’t purchase that dress or those pair of jeans but just can’t seem to help it. Now, whether you have a vast amount of clothing you own or an impressive collection of books, you know you need to have storage to house it all. If you’re overwhelmed with all of your stuff and need a point in the right direction to get better organized, have no fear, I’ve scoped out some great ideas to get you started!

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http://homelilys.com/small-closet-ideas-pictures-fascinating-closet-ideas-for-small.htm

This setup is a great example of how to organize a smaller closet with room to spare on the back of the door for your other stuff, such as your craft supplies, etc.

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http://www.topdreamer.com/20-diy-clothes-organization-ideas/

If you don’t have a large closet to store your favorite outfits, a separate wardrobe unit is your next best bet! This one for example has separate shelving to put decorative boxes and pull out drawers to help de-clutter your bedroom.

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A cheap and easy way to spruce up your linen closet is to take small storage bins for all of your essential beauty needs and customize them with a little bit of yarn and glue. Very cute!

The next few images I found while researching some unique storage shelving for all of your books and knick knacks. Have a look and get inspired!

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http://office-furniture.hubpages.com/hub/Unique-Storage-Solutions#slide7953966

http://vithouse.com/10-extra-storage-space-saving-place-home-interior-ideas/

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http://designhome.pics/unique-dvd-storage-ideas/1/unique-stylish-dvd-storage-ideas-5-unique-stylish-dvd-storage-ideas/

http://marieleslie.com/creative-kids-room-storage-solutions/

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http://joetin.com/creative-under-stair-storage-solutions-design-for-home-with-spaces-problem/impressive-home-design-with-hidden-storage-under-stairs-ideas-using-laminated-wooden-floor-style/

For the bedroom, another great idea to hide away all of your precious stuff is to store it under your bed in these functional bed frames.

Modern versus traditional storage beds:

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http://www.j-furniture.co.uk/products/london-storage-bed-brown/

http://www.furnitureshopping.com/phoenix-storage-bed-coaster-200409q.html

Sometimes keeping a clean and tidy kitchen pantry is easier said than done. However, these ideas are sure to inspire even the messiest of us (and yes, I’m including myself in that!)

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http://www.teenydinosaurs.com/cozy-pantry-cabinet-home-art-blog-ae-icom/  

http://www.66us.com/kitchen-pantry-closet-organization-ideas/ 

Now, this last one (and some may say the most important one) is for the women: SHOES. Here are a few awe inspiring ideas for your most valuable items!

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http://www.myhomestyle.org/modern-storage/modern-storage-ideas/

http://www.stairporn.org/tag/contemporary-staircase/

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http://www.tazatek.com/nice-closet-shoe-storage-ideas/fascinating-inspirations-creative-shoe-storage-hanger-idea-for-closet-closet-shoe-storage-ideas/

http://blog-foliodesignforlife.blogspot.ca/2011_01_01_archive.html

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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/198228821069344343/

http://www.decoradvisor.net/interior-design-2/20-clever-shoe-storage-suggestions/

Well, I think I’ve got you off to a good start, now get out there and start organizing! And please, please don’t use your storage for this:

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Steph

A How to Guide to Designing with Color

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http://www.home-designing.com/2009/08/home-library-design

Let’s just start by saying that I’m quite a newbie when it comes to this whole blogging thing, so please bear with me! I wanted my first topic to be something that I’m always interested in when it comes to design which is color. The quickest way to spruce up a stale outdated space is to add pops of fresh color for an added interest. A lot of people when it comes to redesigning their space are unsure where to begin or how to properly introduce color into their design. If you’re looking for something not too over the top, always keep it simple. A few throw pillows in a bright hue collaborating with the same hue in other things such as table lamps or maybe a rug is a quick way to freshen up your space. pop-of-green

http://www.mydesignchic.com/category/coffee-tables/

In this design you can see the same green being played up in many different ways but all working nicely together. Even though there are quite a few different patterns found in the accent chairs and the throw pillows, because the green hues that are found in each are on the same level it visually works.

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http://marbleandkate.com/2013/02/15/scattered-pink-and-red/

Unlike the last image, this design incorporates a few different colors such as bold oranges and fuschia pinks. These hues and vibrancy all lie next to each other on the color wheel (which I’ll get into more below) making the bright colors in this space interesting yet aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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http://betterdecoratingbible.com/tag/color-blocking/

This last example (though quite a bit more eccentric than the last two rooms) has a broad range of color mixes such as bright greens, purples, and oranges. I’m sure the thought of putting these three colors together in a room would make most think “are you nuts?!” but after looking at how they actually complement one another, it’s not so crazy after all! This color scheme would be referred to as a Triad Complementary Color Scheme meaning an equilateral triangle on the color wheel where three colors comprised of a triad scheme are spaced out equally and are then balanced equally.

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The first principle rule learned in interior styling is the color wheel as you can see above. You can visually see which colors work best with one another but the possibilities are endless once you get the hang of it!

To conclude my first blog ever (eek!), I’ll end it on this note:

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Keep it classy,

Steph