How to make your storage stylish!

Merry Christmas to you and your family... I hope everyone had a fun-filled and safe holiday!
Back to biz over here. Although I LOVE Christmas the amount of stuff my family accumulates in one single day is both silly and sinful at the same time.

The days after a holiday and in particular Christmas has me asking how am I ever going to get back to neutral? It's a crazy disorganized mess over here. And I'll be honest I like my churches gothic, my wine red and my house somewhat organized.
So I thought maybe there are some others out there who feel the same way so I thought I'd gather a few stylish storage options out there for us who want to get it together before the new year hits us:)

And actually whether you celebrate Christmas or not the new year is a good time to get organized. Am I right? 

So after you do the

Take note of what you have left to put away and
you'll need to buy some of these for storage

Serena and lilly
serena and lilly
Baskets of Africa


Best way to increase storage space? Go up!
So you will most likely need ....SHELVING

My fave - the IKEA Expedit
If you 've never used --- you must. Here is what they look like

Here's how you can make them stylish  and functional...


To quote the Beastie Boys... She's crafty...
On it's side used as a window seat .... I would add a cushion of course:)
As a part of your kitchen banquette
And I'm pretty sure you can get this whole look at IKEA
 Need some ideas on how to store all of those decorations? You can read this post here from Organize and Decorate Everything.
Last but not least you may want to read this pretty awesome article with some great organizational tips.

You can read it here

P.S. My Christmas purge this year may include a call to 1 800 got-junk.  Anyone ever use this service before?? I'd love to hear!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo



One Room Challenge: Week 6.... the finale.

Time's up! Put your pencils down.

Thanks to Linda for hosting this party and inviting me to link up! Thanks to my fantastic clients and Andrew Lam Photography for putting up with all this craziness!!

If you missed previous weeks you can start here.

And here's where we are at the six-week mark.
Not done... but almost there:)

Hold it. Let's stop and take a look at the Before images before I carry on.

Okay, now here's the after.

NOW KEEP IN MIND NO NEW FURNITRE WAS PURCHASED!! It can be done people on a tight budget. We don't need to thow everything out and start over now do we???










Well, it's about 80% there. To quote my client "the last 10% of this remodel is taking longer than the first 90%."  So true. Remember that anytime you take on a design project--it's the little details that take the longest.
So, what's missing?
This light

Well, she's arriving fashionably late .... sometime in November


Still missing
New floor lamps
 Final styling and editing
Sources - only 6 weeks to pull this room together?
Right off the floor my friends from ....
Benjamin Moore - paint color is Hale Navy
Table, console, all chairs, bench - clients own
Large rectangular mirror - clients own
Lamps- clients own
Cubes - clients own, custom fabric available from SKD
Striped chairs - clients own,  fabric available from SKD
(see not bad for not buying any new furniture from this room)
Gold Bowls and boxwood - Willow, Haverford, PA
Wheat Sheaf Sconces - High Street Market
White monogram box - C Wonder
Pillows - navy C Wonder similar here, pink geometric - custom by SKD
Navy and white plates - Crate and Barrel
Blue and white vases - Wisteria
White vases - Home Goods
Gold Bowls - Home Goods
Round mirror - clients own
Sunburst mirror - Vintage Home, Paoli PA
Moroccan shaped mirror - Bed Bath and Beyond
Window Treatments - custom by SKD

Now go and check out these other talented people who participated here!!

oh ---and another BIG shout out to Stephanie Shaw of Stephanie Shaw Designs.... thanks for your collaboration, input and letting me hang around your talented self:)

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 If your interested in my design services shoot me an email at kraussteph@yahoo.com!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo


Mirror mirror on the wall... my top 12 favorite mirrors in home design!

We're using a huge mirror over a client's fireplace that I absolutely love and it got me thinking how much I love mirrors in home design.
Mirrors can enlarge a space and add drama 
They can reflect a beautiful chandelier and are perfect placed opposite a window
They can add oomph to a hallway
Spice up a large wall


Liven up your entry

And spark up your fireplace

All images via pinterest

Here are some of my favorite mirrors ...

Let's add some color!

Bungalow 5

Stay Gold


Z Gallerie
I'm Floored
Nieman Marcus

West Elm

Simple, Clean lines


Ballard Designs
$49 and up

Layla Grace


Home Depot
yep, home depot
 I actually have WAY more than 12 faves and every room calls for a different style mirror but I hope this gave you a few ideas to reflect on!
 Thanks for reading!! xoxo
P.S. If you received a crazy email from me saying I needed money and am in the Philippines my email was hacked. sorry. All is well and I'm right here in good ole PA.

Linking with Savvy Southern Style


Just a sprinkling of modern

House of Turquoise


all images via pinterest

Did you notice a theme?
Did you pick up on what I was puttin' down?

Would you like to add just a touch of modern to your room without breaking the bank? Are you afraid to commit to this trendy look? Yep, me too.

Keeping that in mind, here's a roundup of reasonably priced peekaboo furniture pieces that you can add to your teens room,  traditional dining room/living room or stodgy old desk to make it a bit more funky get-down:)

Did you see in some pics above even just one piece of this furniture makes a HUGE impact:)




coffee table
coffee table

coffee table

Acrylic décor

Advantages to ghost-like furniture

1) Pretty indestructible
2) Goes with every color scheme and can be used in every room
3) Can take your room from stodgy to funky in a matter of minutes

What do you think?? LOVE or just too trendy?
I'm kinda digging it ... you?

Linking up with Kim at Savvy SouthernStyle

Thanks for reading and if you need to make your home more funky fresh and modern.... contact me here kraussteph@yahoo.com

Red White and Blue Love

Happy July 4th!

Meg Braff Interiors

Tobi Farley


Do you want to add a little red, white and blue to your life?

Wisteria rug



lulu & georgia


Arianna belle

c wonder
Zinc Door

oomph online

Society Social

Taking a break to enjoy the holiday! Let's chat when I get back! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading! xoxo

Eight Secrets to Styling your Bookshelves!



1) When styling your bookcase be sure to include elements that are meaningful to you. On a more practical note, make sure you measure the shelves to be sure what you want to include will actually fit the space.
In the below version (which the owner kept in place) the teapot and cups were a gift from someone special. The silver plate and crystal glasses were her mothers. And a few of the very old books were her dad's.

2) Should you paint or paper the back of your shelves?

The answer is yes when you want to add color to a room or to pop the items placed on your shelves. When I came for the consultation, I noticed a lot of the items my client wanted to include were white so I advised her to paint the shelves a  soft gray. 

Here are more examples here...




3) Place the larger and/or most important items on the shelves first.

You can see my work midway through below. I placed some bigger items in the center and some off-center and just played around with them as I went.

4) Place like colors and groupings together.

I layered the clients glasses together and also similar color books together.

6) Need extra storage? Use baskets. This client didn't need extra storage. She placed most of her books behind closed doors. But if she wanted to add baskets I would add them to the  four bottom shelves.

These are some of my faves...

something more rustic?

Or more of a sophisticated office look?
restoration hardware

7) After you place your large items on the shelves start filling in with books. Make sure you stack them both vertically and horizontally. Don't like the color of the binding? Just turn the books around so the pages are facing out.

8) Edit, Edit, Edit. Make sure there is room for your eye to rest and that there is some space to breathe on the shelf so you can really notice the important book titles, items and other goodies!

Here are my three looks again in case you missed them....


And the winner winner chicken dinner ...

Thanks for reading and have fun styling!

Do you have any secrets to styling that you'd like to share? Please do!!!

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