Thursday, April 23, 2015

Guest Blog Post: Tastehunter by Julie Rath

Here's the thing about men and their stuff. They run the extreme. I find that my male clients are either completely obsessed with the detail of their spaces, dislike excess, and generally keep it simple. Or they are the other type of guy. You know, smelly socks and not a care in the world about the state of their space (AKA a hot mess). 

Check out my tips for keeping common guy things organized over on men's style consultant, Julie Rath's Tastehunter blog.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For a Good Cause: Second Chance Toys

Plastic toys. I know you’ve got ‘em. These sometimes bulky, brightly colored eyesores are covering your living room floor right about now. And don’t even get me started on the action figures. 

This is where Second Chance Toys comes in and saves the day. Founded in 2006, they rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Bonus: Because non-biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time. 

The toy guidelines are simple. They collect:

  • Plastic only 
  • Clean / gently used 
  • No small or missing parts (*Parts that can fit through a toilet paper roll are too small.)
  • Batteries in toys need to operate

There collection areas are New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and across New Jersey. A full list of donation sites by area is on their website. 

New York City! Note the Kidville donation drive at all locations from May 6 to May 13.

Photographs credits go to Scott Clark Photo via Domaine and 100 Layer Cakelet.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Covetable Closets: Sasha Bikoff’s Tribeca Apartment

It’s not often that you find a closet in New York City where you can curl up and take a good nap. That’s what makes interior designer Sasha Bikoff’s spare bedroom-cum-closet extra covetable.

The dark glossy walls give the room a sophisticated vibe, while the white built in closet system makes her colorful wardrobe pop.

Taking a closer look at the space, I noticed Sasha has implemented my go to clothes organizing strategy – grouping items by type, then color.

Also a favorite strategy, Sasha displays her shoes on open shelving.

The deep storage bins on high open shelving give the space a clutter-free, polished look. Here she’s using the classic canvas bin from The Container Store.

Finally, the low counter space under the window allows for added lighting and an area to store and display the prettiest jewels.

For more background on the beautiful spaces Sasha has designed, visit her website. All photography credits go to Sasha Bikoff Interiors.