Spring Cleaning

Easter is just around the corner and the spring season is in full effect. Along with swapping out winter clothes for lighter attire, many of us are also motivated to spruce up the house. Whether that means beginning a DIY project from your Pinterest board or undertaking a thorough cleaning, MK salutes your efforts! Below are some of our favorite organizational ideas, which cover everything from the kitchen pantry to your at-home gym. Happy organizing!

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From kitchen command centers to corner wall command centers here are The 11 Best Family Command Centers we could find so you can be organized in no time at all!:

How to Organize and Store Stuff in a Linen Closet

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Keep your bedside table clear while keeping everything within reach with our Stackers Bedside Pockets. These ingenious products slip under your mattress and features pockets for holding and organizing everything from your reading glasses and phone to magazines and eReaders. You'll even find cable loops to keep cords tangle-free. They're also ideal for use in small spaces like dorms and apartments where there might not be room for a bedside table.:

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Couldn’t We All Use a Little More Green?

With the end of winter just a few days away, everyone is getting excited for warmer temperatures, brunching outdoors and long walks without the fear of getting frostbite. It’s got us thinking – why not bring a little of the outdoors in so we can enjoy nature’s feel-good vibes all year long? Below are some of our favorite ways to decorate the home using plants:

Who says flowers can only perch in a vase ON the table?

Romantisch en urban jungle gaat perfect samen in deze veldbloemenhanger van een rustiek houten pallet. // via VT Wonen:

The power of three makes a bold statement in these large freestanding planters at varying heights:

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For those of us who don’t have a large space to showcase foliage, opt for mini shelves hung in a vertical fashion:

Plaats je favoriete planten in kubussen van staaldraad om ze uit te lichten en een industriële urban jungle look te geven.:

The beautiful combination of fruit and leafy greens makes for a serene and eye-catching display piece in the kitchen:

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We are digging the resourcefulness of repurposing empty cans and tea tins! Channel your inner Andy Warhol and give it a go:

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If you don’t have any kids or pets to contest with, try lining your stairs with different types of mini plants for a fun, yet refined aesthetic:

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We love the look of an indoor trellis and how it acts as a horizontal grip for this viny plant to extend onto:

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Everyone knows that plants provide fresh air for us to breathe. That said, what better place to use them than in the bathroom? Keep scrolling for some creative ways you can incorporate our H2O-emitting friends:

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(you get extra points if you pull in the green color with this bath mat, like these folks did!)

What are some of your favorite ways to bring the outdoors into your home?

The Beauty of Hygge

Here we are – mid February. The groundhog recently predicted another 6 weeks of winter, the days are cold and gray, and the current political landscape has left many of us exhausted and irritated. How to escape the ever-increasing stress levels, you ask? Scandinavian countries have been incorporating principles of something called Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’) into their lives for centuries, and the concept is gaining traction in the Western world.

While there is no literal translation for the word, hygge is often described in English as ‘coziness’ or ‘togetherness’. It’s used as a noun (“Your home evokes a sense of hygge”) as well as a verb (“Let’s hygge”). It is not simply a physical state or method of interior design, though its principles certainly extend towards our physical space. Hygge is more far-reaching: In addition to physical space, it also embodies mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as intimate social connections. There seems to be a big value placed on the ‘little things’. Feel free to read more about hygge here: https://www.amara.com/luxpad/hygge/

That said, below are some ways to incorporate hygge elements into your home:

Bring in Warmth via Lighting

Natural candles bring in warmth and delicious scents to any space:

Beautiful scented candles from John Lewis to create a festive atmosphere at your home:

The faux-flame candle movement is producing some very realistic looking options, as well as design aesthetics that are moving past the basic white pillar candle:

There are some occasions where a stylish battery candle is the only option!:

Or, put up a string of white lights to instantly provide soothing mood-lighting to any space:

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Texture

When designing a space from the bottom-up, you may have the option to use one wall as a means to create a focal point. This can be achieved using natural materials, such as the wood planking shown here, or could be an easier installation such as textured wall paper or a sponge painting technique:

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When you don’t have the option to completely modify your interior walls, texture can be added to a space using pillows, blankets and rugs:

best Bohemian Bedroom Designs:

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Shop domino for the top brands in home decor and be inspired by celebrity homes and famous interior designers. domino is your guide to living with style.:

Keep It Simple

Hygge principles are centered around creating a comfortable, inviting atmosphere – this can be achieved without being ostentatious, showy or over the top. Remember, the focus is to relax and de-stress, so it makes perfect sense that we should lessen the burdens of purchasing and showcasing items  within our homes:

Interior Design | Nooks: A Home Oasis:

30 Examples Of Minimal Interior Design:

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What are some of your favorite ways to hygge?

 

 

Gathering for the Holidays

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, some combination of them all, or something else entirely, chances are you will be gathering with loved ones this December. What makes a great “gathering” place? Comfortable seating? A convenient spot to rest a glass of eggnog or a plate of hors d’oeuvres? Warm, ambient lighting? We scoured some of our favorite residential sites for homes that provide “gathering space” inspiration.  See below for our favorites.

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What makes a perfect gathering space for you?

Giving Thanks

On any given day, there are so many things we take for granted: the food on our tables, the clothes in our closets, the loved ones who are with us. We here at MK are taking an extra moment this Thanksgiving to remember all of the things we are so blessed to have (see below for just a few!) Wishing you and yours a simply beautiful day, with many, many reasons to be thankful as well!

A warm home, with a table full of delicious food to feast on:

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Trying new recipes of our favorite foods, and the friends and family we share them with:

From the Kitchen of…Robin Bashinsky, Recipe Tester and Developer "I got the idea to cook blueberries in with cranberry sauce when I...:

Hasselback Garlic and Herb Baby Potatoes by taste love and nourish

Let's all be honest, while turkey may get all the Thanksgiving attention, the real stars of the meal are the side dishes. They spread on the dinner table, handed from guest to guest for a dollop of this or serving of that, and end up taking up the majority of your plate. Dishes like roasted vegetables, fluffy dressing, creamy mashed potatoes, airy rolls, seasonal salads, and the classic green bean casserole all combine to bring your Thanksgiving together. This collection of recipes allows you...:

Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie with Turkey Pie Crust ❊ I can't even ...

Having a reason to engage with our children in fun and meaningful ways:

Have your kids write out what they're thankful for on strips of colored paper. Each one will be attached to a pinecone turkey for an interactive centerpiece that reminds guests of Thanksgiving's true meaning.

Get the tutorial at Creating Couture Parties.

Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with this homemade ship-race game from Brittany of One Charming Party. The miniature Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria are constructed from painted milk or orange juice cartons—and propelled by balloons!
Complete How-To: Ship Race

These crafty placemats double as name cards—and just might inspire an impromptu art party! Don't forget the chalkboard marker.
Get the tutorial at Say Yes.

A safe and comfortable place to relax at the end of the day:

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I want to live here. Give me all the cozy cableknit quilted things!:

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Autumnal Aspirations

Spring time is best known for renewal and regrowth. Out with the cold, wet winter and in with flower seedlings, a cleaner, more organized home and visions of brighter, cheerier days ahead. And while all that may be true, autumn happens to have an allure all its own. In our pantries, watermelon and blueberries are replaced with pumpkin and apples. In our dresser drawers, bathing suits and shorts and replaced with chunky, knit sweaters and handsome scarves. During our free time, lounging on the porch with a glass of lemonade is replaced with snuggling up inside with some hot cider. Many people see autumn as the season that leads into winter. But we like to look at autumn as a unique beauty of its own. And, though winter surely will follow, let’s remember to stop and smell the flowers – – or leaves, as it were – of autumn first.

This photo makes me warm inside. I love the colors and the feeling of being inside and having nothing to do.:

Love this autumn look for you home by Matalan:

Since Fall is my favorite time of the year, it also reminds me of my favorite rides.  Living on back roads, this was my view driving to and from high school.  I absolutely loved it!!:

Adventure - Yuriy + Julia:

Autumn /lnemnyi/lilllyy66/ Find more inspiration here: http://weheartit.com/nemenyilili/collections/100230272-autumn-fields:

Loving this winter weather! Cozied up in our living room with my favorite home decor. Our chunky knit rug is from Restoration Hardware, the tassel throw blanket is from Anthropologie last year and pillows are from the shop. The same …:

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Harvest Haven Fall Tour 2016 | home tour for fall and autumn home decor ideas and inspiration | cute pumpkins on the staircase | neutral colors:

Labor Day reflections

With Labor Day upon us in a few short days, we are offered the chance to think back on the summer past, look forward to the upcoming autumn season, and take an extra day off to relax and/or celebrate any which way we choose. As the days grow colder, we will stay warm [in thought!] by keeping these summer images close to our hearts. What was your favorite memory from this summer?

 

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