2017 Home Organization Projects

One of my big goals for this year is to have a place for everything and everything in its place! That means a lot of decluttering has been happening in my home. Organization is something everyone can benefit from whether your house is large or small! I’m focusing on a few key areas to help my home function better.

MUDROOM

My husband and I recently updated our laundry/mudroom by adding cabinetry above and between the washer and dryer. We also removed a small shallow closet to install high cabinets, hooks and shoe storage.

Though the space isn’t big, it functions so much better for us. We’ve been working on organizing the cabinet interiors that house cleaning supplies and bulk household items.

Take advantage of the storage opportunities on the insides of cabinet doors. These mountable baskets are perfect for storing items you need to quickly access. I grabbed a couple of these to store cleaning supplies and vacuum attachments.

Bins and baskets make it easy to grab scarfs, hats and gloves before heading out the door.

If space is at a minimum, this option is great hanging coats and bags and even has a few small bins and a shelf!

STORAGE ROOM

Our storage room has become one of those spaces where boxes get tossed in without even looking. It’s difficult to find things and hard to walk through!

 

We are busy going through our belongings and making toss/keep/donate piles. Once we know what we are keeping THEN we will buy the appropriate storage containers. I’m thinking we will do some clear bins so we can see what will be stored.

A label maker will come in handy for labeling bins and can help you organize the rest of house, too!

GARAGE

While it’s not the most glamorous of spaces, organizing our garage is the project I’m looking forward to the most. The plan is to install a large pegboard wall to store all of our tools and project supplies.

I love how this storage wall takes full advantage of the vertical space available. Everything is easily visible, accessible, and CLEAN.

This organizer is perfect for storing nails, nuts, bolts and screws.

Magnetic knife racks are great for holding drill bits, screw drivers and even paint brushes.

 

I’ve got my work cut out for me! What projects are you working on this year?

2017 Interior Trends

With the New Year comes predictions of what trends we will see making their way into stores and our homes. While I think it is interesting to see what is up and coming in design I am a firm believer that your home should be a reflection of you, regardless of trends. One of my favorite quotes regarding interior design is from designer Bunny Williams – “If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.”

MIXING & MATCHING PATTERNS

Mixing and matching patterns becomes easier when anchored by a monochromatic or neutral backdrop.

ART-INSPIRED WALLPAPER

No need for artwork when you use wallpaper like these….

NAVY AND DARK GREEN INTERIORS

Although these were not selected as the color of the year by the leading paint companies they will be EVERYWHERE!

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

Here are a few of the design trends we will say goodbye to in 2017 –

POLISHED METALS

“Warm metals like copper, brass and rose gold will continue to be on trend for autumn/winter 2016, but as we move into summer 2017 you’ll see a shift away from this super polished look,” says Diane Cocksey, Senior Interior Decorator at Freedom. “I expect you’ll see a more industrial aesthetic, with black steel and burnished metals taking over the home.”

MARBLE HOUSEWARES

While marble is all the rage in the mass-produced homewares market, we can soon expect a sharp decline in interest. In 2017, be on the lookout for earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker to take its place.

FIDDLE LEAF FIGS ARE OUT, OLIVE TREES ARE IN

I am struggling with this one! Fiddle Leaf Figs are EVERYWHERE. EVERY. WHERE. Cost, maintenance and lifespan are cited as the major factors for the decline in popularity.

Other trends that will be making an exit in 2017……chevron patterns, subway tile, all white rooms and mirrored furniture.

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on these predictions for 2017.

Which trends are you loving or leaving?

Already embracing one these trends? We would love to see you space.

 

Cheers to the New Year!

I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to a close. It has been a busy and productive year at Schaub+Srote and we are excited for what’s to come in the new year! I wanted to share a few last minute ideas/tips for your NYE holiday celebration!

OUT & ABOUT

  • NYE Live! at Ballpark Village – Ballpark Village is hosting their annual celebration and the ONLY ball drop in St. Louis. 2 packages are available with access to all 5 of their venues. Guests can look forward to an all-inclusive premium drink package, complimentary midnight toast, and a live DJ performance by DJ Dynamix.
  • Kid Rock New Year’s Eve Bash – Ring in the New Year with a rockin’ performance by Kid Rock! Special guests Tim Montana and the Shrednecks will kick off the night!
  • Steinberg Skating Rink – Looking for a fun night with the kiddos? Skate in the New Year at Steinberg’s! Enjoy party favors, noisemakers and some hot cocoa while you skate around the 27,600 square foot rink!

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AT HOME

  • Every NYE bash should have a photo booth! Visit your local craft store and make some cute props and an easy backdrop. Guests can write New Year’s Resolutions on a chalkboard and have fun taking silly photos.
  • This champagne mule cocktail recipe looks so delicious!
  • If you’re like me and will most likely be snoozing long before midnight, celebrate the next morning instead! Host a special New Year’s brunch for friends/family. This Everything Bagel Strata looks like the perfect dish for the occasion. And remember, mimosas and bloody marys are essential!

Thank you for following along this year! We wish you peace and love in the New Year!

2017 Color of the Year Forecasts

What a difference a year makes! Every year the leading paint companies release their color trend predictions for the upcoming year. Last year we saw a white from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, a blush pink and purple from Pantone and an aloe green from PPG. While none were exactly the same they all had a light fresh quality about them. This year, all bets are off!

PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR

REFRESHING. REVITALIZING. NEW BEGINNINGS

Greenery is described as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COLOR OF THE YEAR

MODERN. CLASSIC. NEUTRAL

Poised Taupe is an earthen brown combined with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.

BENJAMIN MOORE COLOR OF THE YEAR

MYSTERIOUS. PASSIONATE. ALLUSIVE.

Benjamin Moore Creative Director, Ellen O’Neill, described Shadow as sophisticated, provocative and poetic, it can bring energy to a space or harmony and a moment of respite.

PPG COLOR OF THE YEAR

DEPTH. LUXURY. PAMPERING.

Violet Verbena is a moody purple with a chameleon-like presence that adapts to surrounding environments and complements a variety of design aesthetics, from playful rooms to tranquil spaces.

We would love to know you thoughts on the 2017 color forecasts. Which do you love? How will you use it?

For inspiration on how to incorporate these colors in your interiors check out our 2017 Color Trends Board on Pinterest.

 

Preparing for Overnight Guests

Do you have guests in town for the holidays? Read these tips for creating a warm and inviting space for your guests to enjoy!

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Spend the night as your guest.

This will allow you to note and fix any issues you come across. Is the room temperature okay? Always make sure there are enough blankets and that the pillows are comfortable. Another thing to note is the morning light! Do your curtains sufficiently block the sun?

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The Essentials

Make sure to have key emergency items readily available. You don’t want to make your guests feel embarrassed having to ask for certain items! This should include extra toilet paper, feminine products, air freshener or matches, and a plunger.

Other items to have ready in the room or nearby should include:

  • wi-fi password
  • water carafe and glass
  • remote control instructions
  • waste basket
  • spare key and/or garage code
  • easily accessible outlets
  • fresh towels
  • clear space in your closet with plenty of hangers
  • extra toothbrush
  • lint roller
  • contact solution
  • assorted medicine
  • hair dryer
  • iron and ironing board
  • luggage rack

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Go Above and Beyond

  • Find out what your guests like to eat/drink for breakfast and snacks and have those items on hand.
  • Get the coffee ready ahead of time so all they have to do is hit the power button!
  • Leave a stack of magazines or a favorite book for your guests to peruse.
  • Compose a list of favorite activities, shops and restaurants for your guests to check out!
  • Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

These little touches can go a long way in making your guests feel welcome! I hope you find them helpful and please share in the comments if you have any additional suggestions!

 

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2016 Trend Forecast Follow-Up

In January, I published a post – Top 5 Interior Design Trend’s In 2016 – for the Schaub & Srote company blog. With this year almost behind us I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the trend forecast and see which ones made their way into our interiors and which ones I missed the mark on.

ECLECTIC INTERIORS

Eclectic design relies heavily on the building blocks of design (color, pattern, texture, and composition) to make a space look cohesive. People typically associate eclectic design with a chaotic mix of objects that all colliding in one space, so there is some hesitation in the design community to use this term when describing a desired aesthetic. This hesitation has brought about design styles such as Modern Farmhouse and Rustic Chic. While these classifications do describe the styles being combined, by definition, any time you combine more than one design style, it is eclectic.

ARTISAN GOODS

Being socially and environmentally aware is no longer a trend, but a way of life. Fair Trade practice is an example of this growing awareness. This is a social movement with a goal to help developing countries achieve better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The items produced are specific to the region they are sourced from and handmade by local artisans. As an interior designer, I am always looking for one-of-a-kind items for my clients and have embraced this direction in design. Unique pieces from around the globe and locally sourced handmade items will be making their way into our homes in 2016.

MIXING METALS

Metallics add warmth and richness to any space. The interior design trend is definitely leaning toward the warmer tones of copper, brass and rose gold. Silver, pewter and chrome are still in the mix, but are no longer the only metals in the room. This trend is about more than just mixing the metals; it’s about mixing their textures and sheens as well. These metals are no longer offered only in polished or brushed. Look for matte, burnished, antiqued and other designer finishes to be introduced to the market.

NEUTRAL

Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore announced their “2016 Color of the Year”, and in stark contrast to last year’s selections, Coral Reef (SW) and Guilford Green (BM), this year, both selected a shade of white. These may seem like controversial selections from paint companies that, when combined, offer over 4500 paint colors. However, when you look at the entire color palette presented from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams you get a better grasp of the reasoning behind their selection. They are in no way suggesting we live in a white box. These colors merely serve as a backdrop to let certain features take center stage. Bold graphic designs, brightly accented walls surrounded by white trim and neutral backdrops highlighting the natural elements in a room are what this trend is about.

PATTERNS

With our walls taking on neutral tones, the opportunity to introduce visual interest will present itself in home accents. Bright graphic prints on accent pillows, area rugs and artwork is a great place to start. Geometric patterns are already saturating the market in wallpaper, flooring and backsplashes. Selecting the correct patterns and textures to accomplish your design goals can prove challenging and is best done in person if possible.

Do you think I got it right or wrong?

Did you embrace any of these trends this year? We would love to see how you incorporated them into your decor.

Check back next month for our 2017 Interior Design Trend Forecast!

Christmas Ornaments, Tree Skirts, & Stockings, Oh My!

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The holidays are in full swing and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get out those boxes of decorations and go to town! If you are looking to freshen up your decor, here are some new favorites to peruse.

ORNAMENTS

Bottle Brush Ornament - Baby Fox + ScarfBaby Fox Bottle Brush Ornament

Every tree needs a cute animal ornament – love his plaid scarf!

Foiled Bell Ornaments Set of 3Foiled Bell Ornaments

Set of Three Heart OrnamentsBirch Heart Ornaments

Marbled OrnamentGold Marbled Ornament

Faux Quartz Starburst OrnamentFaux Quartz Starburst Ornaments

Double Glass Sphere Ornament: Double Glass Sphere Ornament

Bottlebrush Wreath Ornaments

Paint-Your-Own Ornament Kit

These peg doll ornaments are so sweet and the possibilities are endless!

TREE SKIRTS

Christmas Hex Tree Skirt: Hex Tree Skirt

Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt, Ivory: Quilted Velvet Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirts | Minted: Snow-Covered Woods Tree Skirt

Minted now carries tree skirts and the best part is, they are reversible!

Stitched Linen Tree Skirt: Stitched Linen Tree Skirt

Design, DIY & Home Improvement blog focusing on hunting for your own personal style… on any budget "Hunted Interior": Christmas Tree in Urn

Skip the tree skirt completely, and try this tutorial by Kristin at The Hunted Interior!

STOCKINGS

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Black + White Check Stocking: Plaid and Stripe Stockings

Love all these colors and patterns from Schoolhouse Electric!

White Christmas Stocking, White Stocking, White Christmas Stockings, White Stockings, White Matelasse Stocking: Matelasse Stocking

Chunky Knit Striped Christmas Stocking Red by LaurenAstonDesigns: Chunky Knit Stocking

19" Flower Wool Felt Stocking, Green: Flower Wool Felt Stocking

Happy decorating!

Feature Images via Schoolhouse Electric!

Shop Small & Support Local Businesses!

Here’s a list of local shops to consider while out shopping this weekend, throughout the holiday season and anytime throughout the year! Some of these shops even offer free delivery to the St. Louis area – good to know!

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Circa Boutique:  A clothing and gift boutique in downtown Belleville, IL and also Edwardsville, IL! The shop also offers candles, artwork, and custom jewelry!

City Sprouts:  A one-stop, super cool shop for babies and kids featuring amazing clothes, eco-friendly toys, designer diaper bags, and modern nursery furniture and decor.

Fable and Lore:  Hand-crafted, infinitely wearable jewelry for the modern free spirit.

Future Ancestor:  A curated home decor shop specializing in handmade goods, vintage furniture, and unique gifts.

Left Bank Books:  The oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis. They offer a full-line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys and services.

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Lemon Gem:  This brand-new kitchen store is set for its soft opening this Saturday, 11/26. It will offer the basics – pots, pans, spatulas, spoons, bakeware, aprons, kitchen gifts – from a range of well-known brands to local artisans. The shop will also feature a community cookbook library – how great is that?!

124 West Jefferson, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122

Moonbeams:  Located in the heart of Kirkwood this shop offers a variety of gift and home decor items that are truly unique and often one-of-a-kind!

Union Studio:  An independent and locally owned shop featuring a thoughtful, classic collection of St. Louis artists’ hand-crafted goods and fine art. Every item they sell—clothing, housewares and fine art—is handmade by nearby artists, our neighbors.

Urban Matter:   Home furnishings & gift shop featuring local makers, curated treasures & made-by-hand goods for both men & women.

Zee Bee Market:  Curated handmade & Fair Trade products from around the world – plus coffee, chocolate, tea, more. Their hand-crafted baskets are a personal favorite!

What are some other local gems that I missed – let us know where you like to shop in the St. Louis area.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

Home Sweet Home

As a designer I know the impact an environment can have on those living in it. So when I came across an article about Home Sweet Home, a St. Louis non-profit, in the Ladue News I knew I had to get involved. Next week many of us will gather around a table with family and friends and give thanks for the things in our lives that mean the most to us so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share the organization and my experience with you.

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ABOUT HOME SWEET HOME

Home Sweet Home is a local organization, based in midtown St. Louis, that works with case managers at partner agencies throughout the St. Louis region to provide clients access to new or gently-used furnishings and basic household items. The majority of the people they serve are veterans, those who are homeless, and survivors of domestic violence looking for a new start. This October they celebrated their first anniversary and in that short time they have served over 140 families in need in St Louis and St. Louis County.letter

“Just wanted to update you and your staff. And say thank you for all the work you do for us and the community. Home Sweet Home is a godsend and you and your staff are angels. My dad started to tear up when we brought the furniture in. In this day and time, when the world wants to take, I just want you to know that you guys gave me and my dad a home. Continued success and may God’s blessings continue for you and your families. This Marine is forever grateful. Semper Fi.”

HOW IT WORKS

Once referred by their case managers, clients are able to shop in their warehouse to select all of the furnishings and household items they will need for their new residence. All items are then packed, delivered and installed by Home Sweet Home volunteers. Their mission depends on furniture and household donations(they will come and pick up your items), volunteers(to help clients shop, pack, install, organize) and monetary donations.collage-1

“In order to effectively address homelessness in America and impact a long-term solution to this problem, people transitioning out of homelessness need help with stability. At Home Sweet Home, we believe part of that stability comes from establishing a first home stocked with the necessities for everyday life. Part of maintaining a home is usability and affordability. We can help make taking the first step to stable home life comfortable and accessible.”

MY EXPERIENCE

After reading the article and visiting their website, I contacted Betsy Reznicek, Executive Director at Home Sweet Home, to see how I could get involved.  On October 7th, I got the call! The client was a military veteran with a 4 year old daughter. Due to her work schedule and relying on public transportation she would be unable to come in and select her items. I was asked to come in and make the selections on her behalf then participate in the delivery and installation. Making the selections at the warehouse was an eye opening experience. While some of the clients they serve are in need of a few items this family was literally starting from scratch. When we arrived at the apartment for the install, it was completely empty except for a sleeping bag on the floor that the mom and daughter had been sleeping in together. That day we set up beds with linens and pillows, stocked the cabinets with plates, cups, and utensils, and arranged a small sitting and eating area. It doesn’t seem like much but to this family it was everything.12510406_485528648301571_1819704498813117248_n

I can tell you the entire process of loading the furniture at the warehouse to completing the install took no more than 2 hours. I can not tell you how many times the mom thanked and hugged each of us nor can I adequately express the emotions I experienced seeing her daughter jump into her very own bed with a pillow. I volunteered to make a difference in someone else’s life. I never expected the experience to make such a difference in mine.

 

If you are interested in learning more about Home Sweet Home, their volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit their website or Facebook page.

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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Menu!

Looking for some new recipes to elevate your Thanksgiving Day menu this year? I’ve got you covered! Here are some recipes that are sure to leave your guests craving more and begging you to share the recipes.

Caramel Churro Chex Mix

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It’s always a good idea to have a few snacks on hand. You may want to make an extra batch of this one because it looks too good to resist!

Arugula, Pear & Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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My sister-in-law made this last Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.  It’s the perfect mixture of flavors and also a great way to balance out the heavier dishes.

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic Browned Butter

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If you only choose one recipe from this whole post to try, you HAVE to make this one!  This is another recipe my sister-in-law made last Thanksgiving and it was so delicious. Browned butter makes everything taste so yummy.

Easy Paleo Gravy

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This simple recipe substitutes cauliflower for flour.  This secret ingredient makes for a thick and creamy gravy.

Step up your flavor game with these easy butter recipes; one sweet and one savory.

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Honey Butter

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Spread this on your rolls and use the leftovers to spread on your bagels and toast the next morning!

Homemade Herb Butter

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Try adding a little of this to your mashed potatoes, turkey and pretty much anything else on your plate.

Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan

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This recipe looks so simple and so tasty.

Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

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Choose squash over potatoes for your gratin this year.

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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This seems like a fool-proof recipe that even a non-baker (me) could pull off. What’s better than a variation of apple pie à la mode?

Sparkling Clementine Thyme Cocktail

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I love having a special cocktail for guests at my holiday parties. This is almost too pretty to drink! It looks so refreshing and festive.

Good luck with your planning and hopefully you’ve been inspired!