Thursday, April 24, 2014

The fascination with small-space friendly desk options that began here continues!

These closet offices are so inspiring! Seriously considering converting one now...

This time around we’re focusing on offices in closets, a trend that’s as resourceful as it is unexpectedly charming. 

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: Stacy Blake of Design Addict Mom, photography by Lea Hartman Photography via Design Sponge 

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: The Old Painted Cottage 

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: Rich & Leah Moss via Apartment Therapy 

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: Blueprint Magazine 
So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!
 
Image credit: Styling and Design: Dominique Turbé Bruno Verrecchia, Christian Martin, photography by Jean-Baptiste Pellerin via Marie Claire Ideas

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: Stylist: Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin, Photographer: Simon Upton via Elle Decor 

So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist!

Image credit: Tonya Diehl
So inspiring! Small spaces and workspaces can co-exist! Image credit: Domino 
 

I might write more, but it so happens that the dismantling of a shelving unit approximately 17 times the size of me got the last of what I got to give today. But tomorrow!

And so here’s where you, my loyal dear readers, pick up my slack, filling in all the missing lines of serious and also entirely nonsensical thoughts about the aforeblogged closet-office spaces.

Let’s hear it! Favorites, observations, totally made up random statements about life and love and I’ve set the bar pretty low so just don’t be afraid to chime right in. 

Kayyy. XO

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Here’s a mini client project completed recently which I hope inspires you.

My client, like so many, was in rawther desperate need in the dinner department. She works all day, as does her hubby, and meal planning had taken a back seat to essentially everything. Their 3-pack (toddler makes three) was eating the same things every single night, and they weren’t healthy options to begin with: greasy take-out, pizza (see: greasy take-out). 

They all felt gross, and frustrated, and mostly gross and frustrated. Wouldn’t you? 

We were able to nail down the real hitch in the system–the fact that there was none when it came to recipes and planning ahead.

My client is a confident cook, but lacks the time to scour the interwebs and Gourmet Magazine (JK, RIP) to find tantalizing new and healthy meals.

Because there was no plan-ahead, there was no preemptive grocery shopping, and so the ingredients on hand were as scant as the recipe collection. And on and on the cycle went.

So I went home and whipped up this meal planner/recipe binder which is so easypants you’re going to want to make your own I swear.  

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

You get a binder, see. Any binder will do, but I chose one with clipboard action in the inside front cover. 

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

That gave me an uber convenient place to keep the meal planner templates. I designed a custom meal planner template for my clients, which I must say was quite the looker.

The one shown here is the Post-it Planner & Perforated List Pad, which is spectacular in general, and works exceedingly well in this particular application.

Jot down the week’s menu in the seven sections on the left, while the right can be used as a shopping list. Best of all, it’s perferated (as the name suggests), and the entire thing is a giant post-it (again, as the name suggests) meaning that you can plan it out, stick it up, rip it off, and take the list with you to the store.

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

The rest of the binder is intended for recipes–perhaps not an entire recipe collection or a whole cookbook’s worth, but a generous grouping of recipes that my client can familiarize herself with, test out, add to her by-heart arsenal, or scrap as desired.

She can swap the recipes out as often as she likes–seasonally would be my suggestion.

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

I gave her dividers and standard cooking categories to sort her recipes by–salads, meats, soups, yadah yadah. 

To keep recipes in order (and clean during cooking) I used a combination of sheet protectors and 3×5 pages. Short recipes that she wants to jot down on an index card work, and so do full page bonanzas.

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

Why have I not done this yet?! Such an easy system for people who want to eat healthy and avoid the dreaded "what's for dinner? " dilemma.

To make it just that extra bit more convenient to access the recipe pages intended for the week ahead, I gave her these writable post-it tabs

An end to the "what's for dinner? " dilemma--for good?!

An end to the "what's for dinner? " dilemma--for good?!

The binder has helped my client to sit down, think through the recipes she wants to cook for the week, and ensure she’ll have the necessary ingredients on hand to make them. The end goal, of course, being to live more healthfully, and more (do I even need to say it?) Simply.

The nightly text messages I’ve been getting listing out the entire menu and raving about how good food is and how easy it turns out to be to eat it? That’s the kind of thing that makes my brain juices skip with glee (probably Sarah’s too). 

That’s that. Super easy, super Staples-y, sort of a throwback to back-to-school-season (my favorite part of which was buying office supplies anyhow), and mah-ha-jor results.

Go make your own and report back weeeee.  

If you know someone who needs a meal planner in their life be a pal and send this post their way, hey?! 

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A cutting board is a kitchen staple; on that I’m sure we can all agree. At least for kitchens in which actual cooking happens, anyway. 

It strikes me (as I’m scavenging through kitchens the world round) that given the ubiquity of the board, there is surprisingly little consideration accorded them. A board is not a board is not a board, I’m afraid.

There are myriad boards that do so much more than just lay there and tolerate your slicing, and I think it’s high time we make sure our boards are packing as much punch as possible.

I need one of these! --> 8 Cutting Boards That Do More

1. CTA Digital Bamboo Cutting Board - This fancypants cutting board offers not merely a chopping surface, but a docking station for your iPad and storage for your knives (also available with a screen shield). Also: a miniature parachute for rescuing stray, flying veggie bits.

2. Joseph Joseph Chop 2 Pot Plus Chopping Board - The most genius solution for the dilemma of how to transfer your ingredients into the cooking vessel of your choice once chopped. Who else ends up with half the onion on the floor without? 

3. Joseph Joseph Rinse and chop Chopping Board and Colander - A slight variation on numero 2, this version also folds up to create a colander. Innovation! 

4. Chef’n PrepStation, 3-in-1 Cutting Board - This bamboo cutting board comes with a collapsible colander and transfer tray, both of which slide neatly away. 

5. Catskill Craft Cutting Board with Tray - A handy board that comes with 3 separate transfer trays–kitchen prep just got so Live Simply. 

6. Joseph Joseph Large Cut and Carve Plus Multi-Function Chopping Board - A board designed with function in mind: a grip in the middle for easier slicing, an angled edge to collect juices, and non-slip feet.

7. Totally Bamboo 20-1731 Over Sink Cutting Board with Green Silicone Colander - Fit this cutting board over your sink and you can clean and chop simultaneously. Or, remove the colander to be used in the sink and put the board wherever your heart desires. 

8. Storage Cutting Board, Acacia - Looks and brains, that’s what this guy has. Your sliced food gets easily directed into the removable tray resting beneath. 

And thus I implore you– get yourself a board that does more! Because you can.