An Organized Downsize: Part 3

 Organization is the hands-on way to make a fresh start in the new year. Make 2014 the year your home is transformed from cluttered and haphazardly organized to well styled and welcoming. This month we will be featuring Claire Hooper’s home as an inspiration for all your organization projects. Learn from her three key organization tools and see how she maintains her 2,000 square-foot Laguna Beach home with her family of six.  Did you miss a post? Not to worry! Check out our original post as well as Claire’s first tip. 

A neutral backdrop makes updating with color simple and inexpensive. Use accent pieces to bring color into your home so that seasons and changes in design tastes can be easily reflected.

 Lesson 2: Make Colors InterchangeableAnother way that Claire achieves her clean look is to balance her neutral palette with pops of color throughout, thanks to artful placement of items such as fresh flowers. “Color can be achieved inexpensively,” she explains. “In addition to flowers, artwork is another great way to add color. Plus, you can easily change up décor such as coffee table books or pillows from season to season and it really alters the look of the house.” Simple slipcovers on the dining room chairs can be quickly replaced if Claire’s color preferences change or when the seasons shift. An added benefit, she says, is that the slipcovers are easy to wash when a spill happens during dinner.

These rustic, turquoise dishes are a great way to incorporate color into the dining room. Simple glass and silverware make interchanging with the slipcovers an easy update.

 Store your dishes in stacks, setting smaller salad plates atop larger dinner plates. A stack of bowls can hold small serving pieces, such as gravy boats or dipping bowls. Alternate having glasses standing upright and upside down to condense their shelf space.   By Torrey Kim and Sarah Jane O’KeefePhotography by Bret Gum 

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