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6 Ways to Organize a Home with Personality

We all want to be more organized, but we don’t want our homes to lose the style that makes them unique. Enter Leslie Lehr, a professional organizer, blogger, and lifestyle influencer, who owns the organizing business All Your Ducks In A Row. Here are her 6 tips for keeping a personalized yet orderly home.

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What’s your advice for people who want to be organized but have a lot of stuff?

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Organize by category instead of location. Begin with the following categories: clothing, books, paper, housewares, and nostalgia. Once items are properly organized by category, assign a designated storage area, such as a fabulous console or side table with drawers. I love the Alton Media Console and Chippendale Bamboo-Style Side Table from Wisteria. These pieces are stylish and functional for an organized home.

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What is the key to keeping things organized long term?

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Once you have assigned a designated zone and organized by category, honor your new system. Take time to return items to their designed space and take inventory of your categories each month so you can edit out unnecessary items. Remember that a clutter-free home that is well organized promotes a welcoming, peaceful, and joyful space.

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How does someone figure out their style aesthetic?

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Here are my top 5 tips to determine your personal style:

  1. Use Pinterest to create boards by room and start pinning. Your pinning process will unveil a common style.
  2. Tour your home and take note of pieces that bring you the most pleasure. Once your list is complete, consider the style, color, material, and pattern. Many of my clients find that their favorite pieces clearly define their style.
  3. Save images you adore from catalogues and magazines, then create a filing system to store them.
  4. Surf the web for design blogs and lifestyle influencers. Consider why you like their content. Is it the color palette, the style, material, accessories, or pattern?
  5. Take it to the streets. Visit home decor showrooms, luxury hotel lobbies, show houses, and restaurants. Take photographs of anything that brings you inspiration.
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What are some small ways to personalize a space?

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My favorite approach is with carefully selected home accessories. Let your personality shine with a fabulous light fixture. Celebrate your favorite color with pillows, artwork, or a decorative accessory. Coffee table books can help tell your story when you choose subjects that represent your interests. Monogrammed pillows, napkins, and towels are also the perfect way to personalize a space.

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What kinds of pieces can help a place feel like home?

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Details are key here. My favorite style tip to create a welcoming space is to add pillows in a variety of fabrics and prints. Fresh flowers or potted blooming plants in a favorite bowl or vase help celebrate each season. Also, select stunning frames in a set of three to display photographs of family and friends.

My favorite Wisteria pieces that make a space feel welcoming are the Corsica Velvet IKAT Pillow Cover mixed with solid European Flax Linen Pillow Covers in hues of blue, plus the 3-piece set of Happiness Pots to celebrate my passion for blue and white.

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Are there any design choices that can also help create that “home away from home” feel?

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Absolutely! Introduce a pop of color with a soft throw for your bed or sofa. A throw is a chic style technique while being an inviting accessory. Also, try adding a decorative desk lamp to lighten up a neutral space. And to keep things personal, introduce your favorite artist, color palette, or subject with art.

Follow Leslie Lehr on social for more organization inspiration!
Instagram: @leslie.lehr
Pinterest: @leslielehr

Visit her website for some major organization inspiration: http://allyourducksinarow.net/

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All images courtesy Leslie Lehr.

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Q&A with Erin Conway from Kismet House

We spoke with design blogger & product stylist Erin Conway from Kismet House on what she loves about two signature Wisteria pieces and how to style them! She also gave us some inspiring insight into her craft.

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What do you love about this table?

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What don’t I love about this table?! It is the perfect soft wood tone and has just the right amount of distress and character. It definitely feels like it has a story to tell.

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How did this piece complement the surrounding space?

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I like to mix in natural wood tones that help the room feel more earthy and lived-in. If a piece has character and imperfections, a home immediately feels more welcoming and well-loved.

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Where do you find inspiration?

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I find inspiration from nature and landscapes. I like to design with a lot of texture and a color palette in mind. We can often just go outdoors, depending on where you are in the world, and be confronted with so many different color palettes and textures, effortlessly working together organically. You don’t even have to think about it, the world is sharing its palette with you.

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What are some other ways this piece could be used in a home?

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This piece could be used as an entry console in a small space, a makeup table in bedroom with a great stool or chair tucked underneath, or even as a small island in a kitchen. It is such a charming piece.

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What makes this cabinet unique?

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This cabinet has so much texture and variation in wood tone. It truly looks like it has been around for a hundred years!

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How did you decide where to place this piece?

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I knew I wanted to use this piece for kids’ shoe storage. We don’t have a proper entry, and those little shoes pile up by the door. Placing this in the living room, just off the front door, we have a chic and stylish place to set keys and mail, plus store their shoes.

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What is an unexpected way to use this design?

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I think the way we use it is unexpected; shoe storage is likely not what comes to mind when looking at such a stunning piece. Another great way to utilize it would be in a bedroom as storage for undergarments or in a large-scale kitchen with a dining nook to house spices and baking goods.

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What’s your go-to design tip that applies to most homes?

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Get the appropriate scale furniture for the room. Furniture that is too big makes your space feel smaller. Furniture that is too small makes your space feel unfinished.

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Finally, in your online course, An Every Home Design Guide – Kismet House Method, you talk about design FOMO. Can you explain what that is?

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Design FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is a concept I coined for my course. We are bombarded with images of homes, design, and style on social media, and we feel like we have to keep up with whatever is getting the most saves, shares, tags, and likes. This leads to impulse purchasing and not ever allowing yourself to truly embrace your own style, which creates a lot of soul-less homes that all look the same. In my course, I always remind my students: your style will not always be what is trending, and that’s more than okay. You need to love your home, not strangers on the internet.

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Follow Erin on Instagram at @kismet_house and explore her blog at kismet-house.com.

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All images courtesy Erin Conway.

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One Room Challenge™ with Designer Jana Bek

For this blog, we’re thrilled to let designer Jana Bek take over and explain her creative process and show us her utterly fabulous makeover result!

As one of my go-to sources for fresh, beautifully crafted furniture, it’s no surprise that Wisteria’s pieces shine in our new Brooklyn apartment. I designed this space for the One Room Challenge™, a widely anticipated biannual event that partners with a myriad of companies and designers. Twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space while documenting their process, sources, and advice over six weekly posts. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding, and I was honored to take part. So, without further ado, if you’re a fan of vibrant colors and pattern, you’ll enjoy touring our new Brooklyn place!

Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table

I wanted to go big and bold for our Brooklyn apartment, and I’m delighted with how it came together! In the living room, Wisteria’s Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table adds rich texture and a vintage vibe with its mid-century design. In small spaces especially, you want to minimize too many furniture “legs” to keep the space feeling clean and uncluttered. This waterfall-style table is a perfect piece to do just that!

The Disappearing Console

Crafted of luxurious acrylic, Wisteria’s Disappearing Console is so versatile and easy on the eyes, creating a focal point in our Brooklyn apartment. This is actually the third space we've included this piece. Originally, we used it as a buffet table in our Atlanta apartment, then turned it into a storage station in my Ann Arbor home office. 

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French Modernist Armchair

In any space, the more materials and finishes in the mix, the more lived-in layers of character. In our bedroom, Wisteria’s French Modernist Armchair masters this mix; the rope abaca and sleek curved arms create an elegant statement chair. The light linen bed frame pops against the deep plum grasscloth wallpaper, and sumptuous bed accessories add soft texture to complete the layered feel.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for visiting. I hope our city abode inspires you to create your own fun and fearless space full of personality and style.

Jana Bek is an interior designer based in Ann Arbor, MI and Brooklyn, NY. She is a product designer of home decor, textiles, and hand-painted brushstroke lamps made in the USA. You can follow her on Instagram at @janabekdesign.

Interior Designer // Jana Bek@janabekdesign
Photographer // Lindsay Brown@lindseabrown

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