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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Happy DIY New Year

Happy DIY New Year

As we prepare to welcome a new year, we want to pause and thank everyone who has read and followed our blog this past year. Thank you for your comments, “likes” and for letting us come inside your homes. In 2012 we visited several amazing Del Ray homes… Launched a series of Del Ray food swaps… Featured cool reader projects… And got to meet talented local artists. We also learned more about Del Ray’s history, welcomed some awesome new shops and restaurants to the Avenue, survived a summer of sweltering heat and enjoyed many of Del Ray’s fun-filled community events like Art on the Avenue and First Thursday. We can’t wait to find out what you’re working on in 2013! Have you recently completed a home renovation project? Have you transformed something found in the trash into a whole new creation? Are you a local artist working out of your home? Do you have a unique collection that has special meaning to you? We want to hear about it!...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Furniture as Storage – Double Duty Pieces

Furniture as Storage – Double Duty Pieces

By Laine Hardman, Tidy Up Now For those of us making the best of small-space living, furniture that doubles as storage can be a godsend. You don’t need custom-built or pricey pieces. Finding furniture that increases your home’s storage capacity without gobbling up tons of square footage can be fun! Here are some creative examples of furniture that doubles as storage. I found this old pie safe on the curb nearly twenty years ago. It was yellow and had glass panes with ducks painted on them. I painted it blue and removed the glass, replacing it with chicken coop wire. It now stores the kids’ arts and crafts supplies, my cookbooks, trivets, etc. I use this piece so much that when I renovated my kitchen, I left a space for it. This next piece is a refinished trunk. It was a wedding gift from my uncle and aunt (he re-finished the outside, while she fixed up the inside). The possibilities here are endless. I use it as a coffee...

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 | 1 comment

Top Five Kitchen Organizing Products

Top Five Kitchen Organizing Products

After organizing our linen closets and craft storage, we’re moving on to kitchens. Laine Hardman from Tidy Up Professional Organization offers some great ideas and insider tips to help you save space, money, and aggravation. We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens – preparing meals, packing lunches, baking for bake sales. So, having an organized kitchen can truly improve your daily life. Getting organized takes a little work up front. But, with a little know-how and the right products, you can have that organized kitchen you’ve always wanted. Here are my top five favorite kitchen organizing products to help you tidy up your kitchen. 1. Clear Drawer Organizers Messy kitchen drawers can only lead to frustration and time lost looking for that favorite wooden spoon. To solve this, first, remove everything from the drawer. Only keep the items that you use often. Then, measure the entire drawer: depth, width, and height before shopping for products. (If a drawer organizer is too tall, you won’t be able to...

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 | 5 comments

Keeping It Simple: Small-Space Coffee Makers

Keeping It Simple: Small-Space Coffee Makers

In small kitchens, with counter space at a premium, it feels so good to do away with clunky appliances. But when you have a deep love for coffee, what do you do with the coffee maker? Here are two ways we have found to enjoy our morning boost of caffeine while keeping the space-hogging drip coffee maker off the countertop for good. In Leslie’s kitchen: For a nice strong cup of espresso, I use the Bialetti. Mine makes about four small cups but you can buy bigger ones. I pull out the grinder from the cabinet and fill up the filter, put water in the bottom part, screw on the lid, and then let it brew to perfection on the stove. For mornings when Matt and I both want big mugs of coffee, we use the French press. We keep the teapot in the cabinet and bring it out just to boil water for the press. In Katie’s kitchen: The perfect cup of coffee starts with fresh ground beans. I use the Anrik coffee maker I found...

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