Spring Clean It: Kitchen Crumbs

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here I am, back again today, to tell you that your house is dirty. Weeee!

Our last spring cleaning task was to attack the sticky residue coating your kitchen. (Did you do that, huh? Did ya?) Today, we’re covering our bases by focusing on the crumbly bits hanging out all over your kitchen–the ones that normal cleanings most likely miss. Like where, for instance?

We may not have solved the mystery of how so many crumbs end up in places like the utensil drawer, but they do. Underneath your clean forks and knives, and chilling amongst your spatulas and can openers there’s likely an entire meal’s worth of crumbs.

You probably stopped noticing the presence of dirt and crumbs on such surfaces long ago. But look for them, and I can almost guarantee: you’ll see.

Spring clean it: kitchen drawer crumbs!

Image credit: Young House Love

 

So, here’s you’ll need:

-Vacuum (my favorite, especially for a job like this is this)

-And/or rag and cleaner

 

Don’t miss spots:

-Silverware drawer

-Utensil drawer

-Spice drawer (!!!!)

-All up in and around your toaster

-Pantry shelves and drawers

-Under, behind and generally around your waste bins

-Underneath the oven

 

Get to it! 

 

 

Spotlight On Brynn Olson Design Group

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Little did Brynn Olson of Brynn Olson Design Group know that her work would one day serve as a mid-week blog eyeball treat, but here we are. 

A bit of background about Brynn: 

Based in Chicago, the artist-since-childhood cum designer began her ascent in the world of interiors at Nate Berkus. That’s right, I said Nate Berkus Associates was her first professional foray in design, a position she worked at full time while simultaneously earning her degree in Interior Design. Homegirl’s damn talented is what I’m trying to tell you. That, or exceptionally good at multi-tasking. Or, possibly: both.

After Olson had successfully designed projects featured by every major media outlet, she decided to go solo, and thus the eponymous firm was born. 
Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Olson’s work is neither trendy nor traditional. Rather, it manages to exude an air of timelessness. 

That’s due, I think, to the layered quality of her work: there’s classic elements melding with antique treasures, blending with hints of on-trend punches. 

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

It’s two steps before eclectic, landing solidly at that covetable collected

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

(And don’t tell me this single headboard for the double bed situation isn’t downright brilliant.) 

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Take a peek through a designer's take on timeless with an edge.

Penguins! 

The end! 

12 Beautiful Fruit Bowls

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The whole point of this Live Simply business is to ask, “Why?” about items which previously have held a place in people’s lives, “just ’cause.”

This is as true for furniture as it is for dental floss, and as true for flower vases as for fruit bowls. The latter of those examples is one which, in my experience, rarely gets rethought.

At some point in time (marriage?) a fruit bowl is procured, placed atop the counter, and there it stays. Certainly on some level a bowl is a bowl is a bowl. Only, that level doesn’t really exist around here. Because here, we care about whether or not that fruit bowl still delights you. It may still be functionally sound, but if it isn’t in line with your taste from a stylistic standpoint today, it’s got to be replaced. After all, you’ve got to stare at that bowl a whole lot. 

Beautiful fruit bowls. Produce never looked so good.

 

1. Palace Blue fruit bowl

2. Krenit bowl

3. Fruit bowl with double banana hook

4. Mint bowl

5. Rosanna decorative bowl

6. Wavy, handmade bowl

7. Stripes fruit bowl

8. Copper fruit bowl

9. Lotus bowl

10. Hand fruit bowl

11. Star fruit bowl

12. Iron fruit bowl

[Upon penning (keying) this post, I turned to City and asked, “Is this the dumbest thing I’ve ever written about??” He promptly assured me, “No, certainly not. You’ve written about much, much dumber things.”]