Did you all see that this 12 months’s HGTV Urban Oasis giveaway home is positioned proper in my yard? That is proper! This 12 months it’s positioned in Minneapolis, MN and you’re going to wish to hurry and enter to win this magnificence!

I do know a lot of you come right here for our organizing and home initiatives, however this fast story is simply too nice to not share! And I might be past thrilled if one among my readers occurred to win this wonderful residence (after which invited me over for chips, salsa, and margaritas).

I’ve actually gotten to know designer Brian Patrick Flynn over the previous few years, and he is among the most beneficiant and type people I’ve ever met. He’s ridiculously encouraging, actually helps unbiased artists and small companies, has an impeccable design eye, and might discover magnificence in absolutely anything.

Brian is the designer of the HGTV Urban Oasis residence and he requested ME to be the organizing stylist! Organizing a home that nobody really lives in is barely completely different than my typical duties; it has its personal set of challenges however it’s a little bit of a dream on the identical time. You must work throughout the parameters of particular sponsors and design kinds and make certain it’s editorial, whereas additionally with the ability to use stunning props. The concepts nonetheless should be relatable and smart, which after all is my favourite half! I wished the parents which might be coming into the giveaway to have the ability to see the group as doable options that they might be capable of incorporate into their day by day life-style.

After the organizing was full and the Urban Oasis was being prepped for media, Brian requested me again once more. This time he had me carry my crew to be photographed having fun with the Hygge life-style on the home! My oldest son had faculty prep and work so he could not be there, however my youthful boys have been completely thrilled to participate of a very enjoyable HGTV photoshoot. These photos have been such a deal with and we’ll cherish the chance ceaselessly. Kelly Christine was the photographer behind the digicam and she or he did such an excellent job of capturing us as a household pretending to stay our greatest Minnesotan lives. As you’ll be able to see, they positively wished to point out the relaxed, snug, family-friendly life-style that this residence gives. My son could not imagine that he had a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to leap on a settee and get away with it!
This 12 months’s Urban Oasis is a Fashionable Scandanavian Farmhouse, which is a particularly in style design aesthetic round right here. It isn’t essentially my private type (I lean extra colourful and conventional), however I used to be nonetheless capable of finding a lot inspiration all through the complete residence. It immediately hugs you whenever you stroll by means of the entrance door and the complete place seems like a comfortable nordic sweater. It’s layered with plush and textural textiles and has artwork sourced from actually unbelievable expertise. And do not even get me began on the finishes and {hardware} and oak kitchen cupboards… #sigh

You possibly can tour the complete home right here, and enter to win right here (GO DO THAT NOW!). Though this put up is considerably of a “take a look at this cool residence and our superior expertise”, I additionally wished to share some photographs of my favourite no-fuss organizing suggestions that anybody can incorporate into their dwelling areas.


As quickly as I used to be employed, I searched Overstock.com (the sponsor web site) to suggest a few of my favourite organizers forward of time and crossed my fingers that all the things could be fluid sufficient to work after I was lastly capable of see the house in particular person. My first day on location all the things was a clean slate of freshly painted partitions and empty cupboards and drawers. It was an expertise in itself to look at the home remodel because the workforce labored to put in and magnificence all the rooms.


My largest money-saving tip is to attempt to supply merchandise which might be versatile sufficient to work in quite a lot of areas and might transfer and evolve proper together with you. I knew I might be tasked with organizing the master suite closet and bed room, the studio armoire, and most of the kitchen cupboards/drawers. The important thing gadgets I sourced have been a combination of wire and woven baskets, spring-loaded drawer dividers, clear bins, picket hangers, and glass jars. I used to be capable of combine and match this stuff in every space that I touched, which made my job a lot simpler ultimately. I do imagine in measuring and buying storage that is smart for every venture, however by deciding on gadgets in fundamental and pure finishes, you’re assured that they are going to stand the take a look at of time.


I’ve talked about earlier than that generally I’m the final to hop on any development practice, and for some purpose I wasn’t fast to make the most of spring-loaded drawer dividers. This expertise flipped me utterly. I’m IN LOVE. I used the dividers all through the kitchen and I now wish to be the poster baby for these particular organizing instruments. They have been really easy to make use of (ANYONE can set up them in a jiffy), they usually immediately created versatile drawer dividers for all of the issues.

I used them for the upkeep drawers, utensil drawers, and even to carry pots, pans, and lids in place. A bonus is that the pure end of those specific dividers match proper in with the customized wooden drawers. Swoon.


I do know that the majority of you understand this by now however it’s at all times price mentioning. File your clothes. In case your clothes is filed, it’s at all times simpler to see precisely what you have got. It’s also infinitely simpler to take clothes out and put it away.

BONUS TIP: Use small bins and baskets within your drawers to corral the little issues like undergarments and equipment. Typically the obvious concepts are essentially the most useful.


Hangers have come a great distance over time. Wood and velvet choices are each available and are pretty cheap in bulk. Anytime you’ll be able to, swap out your entire mismatched hangers for ones that match. It is going to immediately take your closets up a notch and assist them really feel extra uniform and calm.

BONUS TIP: Colour blocking the gadgets hanging in your closet may have the same impact. I like to hold gadgets so as by sort first (jackets/cardigans, lengthy sleeve, brief sleeve, sleeveless), after which colour inside every class.


Organizing deep cupboards and pantries is at all times perplexing. It’s really fantastic to have all of that additional area, however ensuring gadgets aren’t being misplaced within the again could be a main downside. It’s my objective to search out the deepest bins doable on this state of affairs as a result of they flip into prompt drawers. These bins not solely categorize all the things, however in addition they take gadgets from the again to the entrance in a single movement. Additionally, every time doable I like to prepare from shortest to tallest. If area permits I may even add lazy susans to the combo.

One other tip is to position your small home equipment within the deep cupboards and relocate your extra incessantly used gadgets and meals into your commonplace cupboards and drawers. Small home equipment are usually solely used now and again, so it could make extra sense to retailer them in locations that are not as straightforward to entry because the gadgets you utilize day by day.


This home did not have closets within the two most important bedrooms (one styled as an workplace, one other as a visitor room), so armories have been added of their place. We use armoires in our own residence the place we’re missing in built-in closets additionally, and I like that they will supply personalized and space-saving storage alternatives.

I particularly respect the choice of including them to a house workplace, as they’re a great strategy to conceal something from printers, electronics, and craft provides, to cozy sweaters and work totes. A transparent workspace interprets to a transparent thoughts.


Talking of clear… I like an excellent woven basket when I’m really attempting to hide and streamline visible litter, so I discover they’re an excellent possibility for open cabinets and in open areas. However in relation to organizing behind cupboard and fridge doorways, I say the clearer the higher. Anytime you’ll be able to rapidly see what you have got readily available, you’re one step forward of the sport. It additionally permits you to establish gadgets with out the necessity for fussy labels. Heading to the grocery retailer? Clear jars and bins offers you a fast have a look at what you have got and what chances are you’ll want.


If you’re restricted on area, and even for those who simply like to maintain issues proper inside attain, discover artistic methods to make use of the partitions as each decor and storage. Simply off of the mudroom, Brian put in essentially the most darling rail system and I used to be completely obsessed over the way it was used to show and arrange the atypical in such a good looking and natural method.


Dedicate a spare cupboard or drawer to entertaining necessities. Our houses are greatest when full of people we love, so be able to entertain at a second’s discover by maintaining a drawer stocked together with your favourite linens, candles, vases, serviette rings, serving dishes, and so on…

This eliminates the stresses that include internet hosting last-minute dinner dates and completely satisfied hours, or on the very least, rapidly and simply elevates the setting for a pleasant temper increase.


I used to be not too long ago having a dialogue with a pal about kitchen planning and storage and whether or not she ought to set up decrease cupboards or drawers. Drawers at all times get my vote if there’s an possibility between the 2. I usually discover that decrease base cupboards are a recipe for that deep and darkish space of doom (commonplace depth is round 24″). Certain, you’ll be able to add pull out drawers and mechanisms within the cupboards, however it’s a must to open the cupboard doorways all the method, navigate round them, after which pull out the contents. A drawer is a faster strategy to entry all the things whereas guaranteeing nothing is getting misplaced. Drawers are additionally a lot simpler for teenagers to make use of and preserve whereas maximizing general area (no want to put in any additional parts).


Final however not least, let’s simply have fun this wonderful yard second. I’m so envious of this 12 months’s fortunate winner!!


Brian and I had such a good time working collectively that he invited me to participate in one other HUGE venture final month. I can not wait to share extra!


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