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Design News: Ideas You Should Steal

Brought to you from Kelly+Olive, a design duo that offers their services over the ‘Net. They believe that everyone should have a chance to enjoy a beautiful home, so they’ve teamed up with some of my favorite home and design bloggers to create a lovely eBook filled with ideas and projects to try.

I downloaded my copy yesterday and am looking forward to browsing its digital pages this afternoon. Ideas You Should Steal costs a whopping $1 (or more, if you’re feeling generous) donation and its proceeds benefits Dwell With Dignity.

Young House Love, Yellow Brick Home, Brooklyn Limestone, House*Tweaking, and other favorite bloggers share the pages of the pdf. It’s well worth a buck, and it is a good feeling to know that the splurge helps provide the less fortunate with a better lifestyle. I just found out about Dwell With Dignity, and I gotta say, I like what I read. So go support their cause! Buy the eBook.

p.s. I wasn’t paid, bribed, or in any way rewarded for this blurb. I’m just glad to be able to share the news.

{Images: Kelly+Olive, Dwell With Dignity}


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Stop Animated Bookshelf

It’s Sunday! Last day of the weekend … hope you’re taking the time to enjoy it with someone you love. Monday is coming tomorrow (but we won’t think about that now), so live it up!

If you have A LOT of time on your hands, why not organize your bookshelves by color and film an animation that brings them to charmingly anthropomorphic life? These guys did.


I just had to share this film by Sean Ohlenkamp and Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp I found via Apartment Therapy. It makes me happy, even though I could never organize our bookshelf by color, no matter how aesthetically pleasing that would be. The librarian in me would never let that happen! How would I find a book on a particular topic and I forget what color it is? That would be a looooong search. That being said; it is pretty.

At any rate, I hope this brought a smile to your face!

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God Bless You, Julie Morgenstern

I’m reading through the book Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern, and it is taking me a looooonnnng time to get through it. Not because it is hard to read (it isn’t), but because it is so full of valuable information that I am eager to learn as I am working to develop my own methods of organization that work for me. I spent an entire lunch break the other day reading and mentally digesting two pages. As soon as I had synthesized the information, I knew I had to share it.

Julie asked two questions about the reader’s current organizational processes in those two pages:

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Day 15: Thursday Bookshelf Tip from Apartment Therapy

The folks at Apartment Therapy are my go-to group for the best advice in designing, organizing, and generally keeping a well-groomed house. This video is from their 20/20 Cure–twenty days of spending twenty minutes to make your home a little more pleasant.

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