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.

Waiting on Martha’s Bathroom Makeover

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

 

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!

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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)

Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues? 

Behind the Design: Botanical Prints Inspire our Favorite Birds, Butterflies and Flowers for Spring

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Piles of 17th, 18th and 19th century botanical books litter the desks in our textile team’s studio at PBHQ. Each book is a confetti explosion of Post-Its, bookmarking inspirational images for our talented team.

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This Spring, these scientific and botanical illustrations served as inspiration for our new Fauna Duvet. Our designers used select illustrations from these books (just like the ones below) as a base for our custom patterns. After hand illustrating new birds, butterflies and flowers, our designers scanned in each illustration and blew up the size and adjusted the image for new details and colors.

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Once the right size is determined, the team creates a pattern including each icon (birds, butterflies, flowers and plants in this case). The pattern has to repeat correctly without looking like it’s actually repeating, which is incredibly difficult.

After a lot of hand-done work and computer magic, our San Francisco team designed what’s now our signature pattern for Spring. The mix of colors and the slightly whimsical note has made it one of our most popular patterns this season, and a welcome break from the snow, rain and sleet outside.

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5 Brilliant Before and Afters: Our Top Pottery Barn Home Makeovers

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Whether it’s Pretty in Pink or Extreme Home Makeover, everyone loves a good before and after — including us! We love getting inspired by home makeovers — it’s amazing to see what elbow grease, paint, and great taste can accomplish. Take a look at 5 of our favorite home makeovers and before and afters, below.

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1. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

TIP: Want to spice up your neutral color palette? Mix and match patterns to make things interesting without having to repaint any walls.

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2. Before and After: Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

TIP: Make the most of awkward spaces. Sarah didn’t let her entryway’s sloped ceiling get in the way of storage — these built-ins maximize square footage.

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3. Before and After: Jonathan Stiers’ Breezeway Refresh

TIP: Don’t be afraid of giving an outdoor space the same luxuries — curtains, fluffy pillows and rugs — that you would give an indoor space. When you purchase the right materials, it’ll last you for many summer seasons to come!

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4. A Family Room Makeover Fit for Chic Fun

TIP: If you have a thing for white sofas, slipcovers are the way to go. Just wash them when the spaghetti sauce strikes! Plus, we love the way they look extra shabby-chic as they wear.

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5. Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation

TIP: Having open shelves were high on Jonathan’s priority list, so he used an over-sized clock to break up all of the lines in the space.

 See more of our favorite spaces here. 

Our 5 Favorite Detox Recipes for a Healthy New Year

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Hello, Monday! It’s the second week of 2015 — are you still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? We’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite delicious detox recipes to help you stick to your goal of healthy eating this year. From green smoothies (yum) to salads to soups, this menu is perfect for a veggie-packed weekly menu.

Detox Recipes for the New Year

These 8 Green Smoothies from The Glitter Guide sound like a delicious way to start easing into eating more greens.

Camille Styles’ Detox Green Smoothie looks pretty amazing, too.

Or, start off the day right with Oh She Glows’ Oatmeal Power Bowl! It only takes 5 minutes (yup) to prep.

Tales of a Kitchen’s Massaged Kale, and Millet Salad might just make us forget about that grilled cheese we wanted for dinner (emphasis on might).

We’re in love with the comforting flavors of Vegan 8’s easy, clean, healthy recipe: Hearty Italian White Bean and Basil Soup.

What are your favorite recipes for healthy eating? 

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

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Be honest — you’re feeling the effects of all those holiday food comas right now, aren’t you? We sure are — which is why clean and healthy eating sits at the top of our New Year’s resolution list for 2015.

But cooking and eating healthy isn’t always as easy as we’d like — or so we thought, until we came across the incredibly simple 8-ingredient recipes by Brandi Doming at The Vegan 8.

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Each recipe uses only 8 ingredients (with the exception of water and salt) that can be found in any grocery store. They’re easy, hearty, and delicious. 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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Hearty Italian White Bean and Basil Soup
4-5 servings

“This soup is full of Italian herbs and fresh basil and is super hearty thanks to protein-rich white beans and filling brown rice,” Brandi says. “This soup is extremely healthy and low-fat, yet it is so filling thanks to the protein and carb content. No need to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. This will have your house smelling absolutely amazing too!”

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Ingredients

Rice:
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth (240 mL)
1/2 cup dry long grain brown rice (72 g)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Soup:
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth (1440 mL)
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (160 g, you will need 1 cup)
4 large garlic cloves, minced (you will need a heaping tablespoon)
2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper (I added 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper)
2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Note: Brandi used an Italian spice blend that you can find at any grocery store — a combo of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, fennel, sage and marjoram. Some versions have red pepper, so  would avoid those as it could make the soup really spicy.

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Instructions:
In a medium pot, prepare the rice first by bringing 1 cup broth to a boil and then add the rice, salt and stir and immediately turn to the lowest heat setting and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until all the broth is evaporated. Return the lid and let it sit covered 10 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, chop your vegetables. Add the 6 cups broth to a large pot with only the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili powder. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium-high and cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Now add the tomatoes, cover and cook on medium-low for another 10 minutes.

Lastly, add the drained beans, fresh basil and cooked rice. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, let it cook on high for 5-10 more mins until heated through. Taste and add any additional spices if necessary, I didn’t add anymore. Serve immediately and garnish with more fresh basil, if desired.

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Get a recipe print out for this yummy white bean and tomato soup plus more of Brandi’s delicious cooking tips on her blog, The Vegan 8.