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.
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!
Photography by Rustic White Photography
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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!
Photography by Rustic White Photography
Handwritten tags by Jenn Gietzen
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!”
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.”
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.
Home makeovers are pretty intimidating. It’s easy to gush over before and afters and daydream about your own extreme home makeover, but when it comes to execution, budget and time can become huge barriers.
This year, we’re embracing the idea of a mini-makeover — small refreshes and organization projects that can transform a space while cutting down on time and money. Not sure where to start? No problem — that’s why we teamed up with Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha to tackle three common problem areas in the house.
(Photography by Rustic White Photography)
Take a look at her mini-bathroom makeover here to get inspired for your home! And stay tuned for Mandy’s linen closet and laundry room makeovers.
Is your bathroom feeling cluttered? Don’t worry, you don’t need new built-ins to keep your bathroom organized — these glass vessels can keep everything from makeup to sea sponges looking pretty.
Mandy’s tip: “I’m a sucker for great beauty products, but I hate having them roll around in my bathroom drawers. My solution? PB glass vases are an easy way to hold and display all the products I use on a daily basis.”
Searching for more storage in your bathroom? This bathroom floor storage maximizes vertical space in small bathrooms without sacrificing on style.
Mandy’s tip: “PB’s Grant Floor Storage allows me to organize and display all my bathroom necessities from perfumes, products, to waters and candles. Plus the Grant’s ‘arms’ are great for hand towels and keeping my bag off the floor.”
If you have the space, consider a portable hamper in your bathroom — this one is surprisingly chic, and makes it easy to keep dirty towels off the floor and in the laundry room where they belong.
Baskets solve just about any organization problem in our book. Mandy chose these wire baskets for their durability and timeless style. They’re perfect for keeping fluffy towels and other bathtime necessities on hand.
Feeling inspired? See more of our experts’ bathroom organizing tips here.
At the peak of winter weather (Rain, sleet, snow — the works) we often find ourselves craving fresh, clean and colorful style.
Kiana Underwood of Tulipina’s work certainly fits the bill. We’re big fans of her work (see here, here and here for some of our favorites), and these brilliantly hued centerpieces suit our blue Cambria Serving Bowls beautifully.
Take a look at her refreshing take on DIY flower arrangements for winter, here:
(written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood)
I am always a fan of bucking tradition (in general), and especially when it comes to holiday flower arrangements. There is so much variety to be had outside of red, green, gold, and silver for the holidays. With this in mind, I created a couple of DIY designs that are a bit outside of the norm in terms of both flowers and colors for the season.
This time of year here in Northern California, camellias are in season in all sorts of shapes and colors. So, I thought they would make a lovely addition to this holiday centerpiece. In my opinion, they are just as beautiful as roses.
The color combination, along with the lovely bowls, makes for a vibrant and cheery centerpiece. The arrangement inside the lighter blue bowl is intended as a corner piece, hence it has more height and variation to it. With each design, there is just enough to tie each distinctly to the holiday season without looking like every other department store or holiday table arrangement.
I hope you have a lovely holiday season!
Floral design and styling by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood
It’s hard to find a fitting centerpiece for Easter brunch. Spring colors, an informal menu and daytime activities demand something casual, but the holiday still requires something special.
We love how this Easter centerpiece with our Wire Bag Basket encompasses the festivity of Easter without feeling too formal. Read on to see how the talented Kiana Underwood of Tulipina created this beautiful arrangement to get inspired for your Easter table.
Photography by Angie Cao
1 Wire Bag Basket
4 to 5 dozen hardboiled eggs
1 clear vase (we suggest our long and low Rectangular Vase)
Place the clear vase in the middle of the basket to hold your flowers. Surround the vase with enough eggs so that the vase is no longer visible.
Add a layer of geranium leaves on top of the eggs.
Fill the vase with as many sweet peas as you like, until the arrangement looks full.
That’s it! Easy, affordable and original.
See more DIYs here.
In need of egg dying inspiration? Look no further. We’re loving this DIY from Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery, who was inspired by the colors, patterns and textures of our latest spring collections. Take a look at her innovative egg designs and learn how to make them, below!
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Florals: Juli Vaughn
Pepitone worked with several different color palettes, all inspired by Pottery Barn collections. This blue and white scheme calls out to our beautiful Indigo Collection. Pepitone simply used a set of Sharpies to hand draw patterns onto each egg.
“I love using Sharpies for these projects,” she says. “They come in so many colors, and they won’t get on your hands. You can put the egg down and come back to it without worrying about it smearing.” Pepitone suggests choosing an inspiring pattern that isn’t too geometric for these eggs. “Looser patterns mean you won’t be able to tell where you started or stopped,” she says. The pattern above comes from our latest Easter collection.
Pepitone used several natural dyes to color these beautiful eggs, just like her grandmother taught her. The tan eggs were dyed by boiling them with several black tea bags, and the terra-cotta hued eggs got their color by boiling with the skins from 5 yellow onions. “You can let the eggs soak for as long as you want to get a darker color,” adds Pepitone.
Each egg has its own pattern or monogram — Pepitone used stickers on the eggs and put the eggs in a nylon stocking tied at the top to hold the stickers in place during the dying process.
Pepitone simply glued small pieces of faux moss to a green Sharpie outline to create eggs with raised moss accents or monograms.
“I love the monogrammed eggs because I think they’d make great place markers,” says Pepitone. “You could use faux eggs that you can use year after year, or allow guests to take them home.”