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Simply Grove’s Simply Beautiful Living Room Refresh

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Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove — an oh-so-talented stylist, designer and blogger that we adore — just moved into a beautiful 1940s bungalow in Boise, Idaho with her family. We were thrilled to help her out with a little living room refresh to make her space feel warm, fresh, bright and homey.

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We love how Kirsten’s affinity for neutrals never feels boring. Our cable knit pillows and throws and jute rug add texture to the clean and bright space.

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A chunky knit pillow and a simple wire storage basket full of books turned this corner chair into the perfect reading nook.

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One of our new favorite prints now hangs on Kirsten’s living room wall. “It’s a constant reminder of what’s to come,” she says.

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Our mirrored pillar box can hold just about any kind of display — candles, accessories or items from nature. We love how Kirsten used it on her mantle, where she can swap things in and out with ease.

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“I love layering art on the mantle and on the ground, too,” she says. “Along with this wire storage basket for firewood, it creates plenty of interest.”

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It’s amazing how a few, well-chosen accessories can totally transform a room, don’t you think? To see the rest of Kirsten’s living room refresh and more of her amazing designer tips visit her at Simply Grove.

5 Spring Decorating Tips from Our Latest Catalog

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To us, spring is less about the weather and more about a feeling (especially this year). Without fail, the end of February feels like the end of winter — even if Mother Nature doesn’t agree — and we want to jumpstart spring decorating in our homes so it feels fresh, clean and bright.

This year, we’ve encompassed that same ambiance in our spring catalogs. Pattern, color, print and plenty of light fill each and every page. Are you ready to start spring decorating? Take a look at some of our favorite tips from our latest catalog.

PS: Pick up a copy yourself from one of our stores to see even more spring decorating ideas!

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Tip: Be brave with patterned pillows — the angles in these two geometric patterns makes them work together despite their opposing hues.

Dining Table Display Spring Tip

Tip: Use hurricanes to add height to your dinnertime display — just make sure they’re not too tall to talk over.

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Tip: Mix and match new and old, expected and unexpected for a surprisingly beautiful display. We love the staggered heights of these found bottles.

2 Spring Gallery Wall Mixed Frames Tip

Tip: There’s no need to keep your gallery wall uniform. Use different frame finishes and sizes for an eclectic, collected look.

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Tip: Use stripes as a neutral — especially when it comes to bedding.

Need more decorating advice? Check out our free design services, and get personalized advice at our free class in all stores on 3/22/15 at 10:00AM, where you can learn simple and affordable ways to refresh your home with new accessories.

See our favorite decorating and design ideas from our Fall catalog.

How To: Decorate a Coffee Table for Spring

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Even if it’s still snowing outdoors, you can help spring get a head start in your home. Last week, two of our amazing in-house designers, Brett and Trudy, hosted a live video event to help you refresh your home for spring. [See a recorded version of this live event here.]

The talented duo had some fantastic tips for decorate a coffee table for spring — some of them illustrated in this video!

Want to decorate your coffee table for spring? Keep it simple and stick to a mix of 5 items:

A decorative box: For storage and height.

Botanical element (flowers, branches, plants, or even shells and stones): Something organic helps pull the entire look together.

Books: Stack them horizontally or vertically for visual interest.

Unique treasures: Mix textures, colors and metals for visual tension. Use something unexpected!

A tray: Gathering things together in a tray sets them apart and makes them feel special. Plus, it makes it easier to clear the coffee table when company arrives.

See more of our video how-to guides here.

Tiny Kitchen Organizing and Decorating Tips from Zio & Sons

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Small kitchen owners take heart! There’s hope for your tiny kitchen yet — turns out, you don’t need more square footage to have a stylish, functional and beautiful kitchen. The talented team at Zio & Sons — a styling and creative company based in NYC with expertise in small space living — proved just that when they took over the Pottery Barn Instagram this weekend.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from their mini-kitchen makeovers (featuring some of our top kitchen organization designs) along with photos of their simple but stunning small kitchen. Take a look — it’s impossible not to get inspired!

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Tip: “Pick a clean and simple color scheme to open up your space. We choose classic whites, and wood organic tones, with hints of brass & blue.”

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Tip: “Don’t be afraid to maximize your wall space. We made this DIY pot rack using brass piping for an easy, yet space-saving wall storage solution.”

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Tip: “Every small space is different, thinking outside the box will make your kitchen your own. We installed these stemware racks to save counter space for whatever uncommon items we decide to display seasonally.”

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Tip: “Proper storage is key for small spaces. We use a vintage wire basket and PB containers for our everyday pantry items and dry goods. Don’t forget to display your artisan ingredients!”

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Tip: “We only have one drawer in our entire kitchen, which forces us to stay organized and rids us from unnecessary clutter. Only your most used items should take up the space around you. We keep our everyday PB silver in our one drawer for an easy reach”

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Tip: “Picking the best quality basics can help you live better. We mixed our vintage, blue and white china with durable PB silver for a timeless everyday look, while maintaining distinction. Curated finds like this corkscrew are elements that can make a house a home.”

See more kitchen organization tips here. 

Friday 5: From Bedroom Makeovers to Bean and Basil Soup — Our Top Blog Posts from January

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It’s almost February! Can you believe it? Us either. That’s why we’re enjoying the last of January by looking back at our top posts for the month. From bedroom makeovers to basil soup, it’s clear that we all craved a fresh start this year — and our guides were here to help you along the way.

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1.Easy, Clean, Healthy Recipe: Italian White Bean and Basil Soup.

This white bean tomato basil soup looks like just the right way to ease us off our holiday sugar rush — it’s filling, and takes minimal prep and cook time. Plus, we love how Brandi served it in our Vintage Wood Bowls with our Paros Chargers, Belgian Linen Hemstitch Napkins and Great White Dinnerware. It looks gorgeous!

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2. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.

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3. How to Organize Your Home Room by Room

Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round.

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4. January Designer Spotlight: Victoria Smith’s Favorite San Francisco Spots

Victoria Smith of SFGirlByBay’s passion for the city of San Francisco and her sophisticated style is part of why we chose her for our Designer Spotlight this month.

Victoria’s collected an incredible stockpile of must-do, must-see, must-taste, must-try activities after 20 years in the City by the Bay. Read on to learn about why she loves San Francisco — plus, get a glimpse inside her gorgeous Bay Area home.

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5. How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Mandy of Waiting on Martha

Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”

Waiting on Martha’s Tiny Laundry Room Makeover

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If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, odds are it’s small — and not exactly your favorite place to spend Sunday afternoons. But even if you dread doing laundry, you can still make the space neat, clean and actually enjoyable to spend time in.

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Mandy of Waiting on Martha took that very approach when tackling her tiny laundry room makeover. “My laundry room is so small I can’t even walk in and turn around, so keeping it clutter free and maximizing the space is extremely important to me,” she says. She couldn’t add more square footage, so instead she made use of the existing space with new tools to help her reorganize and refresh the room.

Get her tips & tricks and see her laundry room makeover below!

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Combine wherever you can. Mandy traded out two old hampers that were taking up space for our Perry Divided Hamper. “Laundry is a necessary evil, but at least my PB hamper makes it easier,” she says. “With two compartments I can easily pre-sort colors, whites, and delicates.”

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Search for unused storage space. The unused empty slot above her laundry cabinets proved to be the perfect spot for our Benchwright Baskets. Now, they store her paper towels and out of season blankets.

Make the most of vertical space. What on earth is vertical space? Your walls, of course! It’s easy to forget about your four walls as an easy place to store things up and off the floor. We love how Mandy made use of door hooks to hang her vacuum and other laundry room storage items.

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Keep everyday items on hand. A small Newport Basket takes up minimal space on top of Mandy’s dryer, and holds her laundry must-haves — detergent, iron, steamer, etc.

See Mandy’s linen closet and bathroom makeovers, too!

How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Waiting on Martha

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The linen closet is one of the hidden organization downfalls of the house. Small, and usually tucked away in a hallway or back room, it’s easy to forget about it until you’re hunting for guest towels and bedding during the holidays.

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But it’s also one of the easiest spaces to tackle when it comes to home organization — one good afternoon and a few key organizing tools will result in one seriously sparkling and satisfyingly clean space.

Mandy of Waiting on Martha did just that this past weekend, using some of our favorite baskets. Take a look at her space and smart organizing tips, below!

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Handwritten tags by Jenn Gietzen

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Break out the baskets. Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”

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Label, label, label. “Baskets are one of my favorite ways to organize, but sometimes it’s hard to see what’s all in them,” says Mandy. “My solution? Group similar items together and label each basket with a handwritten tag.”

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Group by kind.The Newport baskets are my absolute go-to,” says Mandy. “I use the larger size to hold bedding and linens, the smaller size is perfect for cleaning supplies, bathroom necessities and everything you need to cure a cough or bandage a wound.”

Check out Mandy’s mini-bathroom makeover here.
See more of our experts’ organization tips here.