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The basics of a successful move

06/01/2022 Gabrielle Breton The basics of a successful move

As July 1 approaches, many people have already begun preparing for their move…. As this process can quickly become a source of stress, we’ve laid out the basic steps for a stressfree move and the essentials to add to your shopping list! 

The first step of a successful move: sorting

Before you start packing your things into boxes, it is essential to sort through them to save yourself from moving items, furniture or accessories that are no longer your style or that no longer serve you. To quickly and effectively sort through your belongings, ask yourself the following three questions:    - Do I still use this?

- Do I still like this?

- Does it work well or is it broken/damaged?    If the answer is “no,” then simple: you can throw away, recycle or donate the item. Make a list of items that are broken or damaged to make it easier to shop for your new home. Now that everything is sorted, it’s about time to box everything up! 

Decor and furniture: big impact at a small price 

With a new home comes new decor! And what could be more fun than a shopping trip to pick out some new accessories? Don’t forget about decorative cushions, throws and rugs, which add comfort and warmth to any space! They’re also easy to coordinate with the furniture you already have. 

  Changing the light fixtures and lamps in your new home helps to modernize and refresh the space. Similarly, updating your seating options makes a big difference without having to replace all your furniture! Stylish new chairs are sure to create that wow factor without breaking the bank! For green thumbs, why not give your plants a new start with fresh planters? This simple change will have a large impact on the final look of a room. Speaking of the final look, new frames and posters will be sure to add interest to the walls of your new place! 

Gabrielle’s tip  If you are downsizing to a smaller house or apartment, here’s one way to maximize the space: use vertical space. This mirror with integrated hooks is a simple, effective and stylish storage solution for coats, handbags or dog leashes in the entryway! 

A fresh start 

Some rooms, like the bathroom, really need a fresh start. Over time, bacteria and mildew can take over your favourite accessories and be impossible to remove. Not to worry: say farewell and make room for a fresh start! In terms of bathroom accessories, don’t hesitate to invest in a new shower curtain, bathmat or waste can! The bathroom section is overflowing with high-quality items at very reasonable prices! Bathrooms, which are often small spaces, are easy to personalize. Add a touch of greenery, a pretty frame and some beautiful countertop accessories, and you’re all set! 

  In closing, one of the easiest ways to make a new space your own is through scent! What better than a citrus candle to add your personal flair and eliminate odours from previous residents? They might also have moved out in a hurry and left some dust in the corners…. To brighten up your very first cleaning session, why not choose a product with the scent of fresh-cut basil?    When you’re packing your boxes, make a clear and detailed label of what’s inside. This will make unpacking much easier. As a matter of fact, all it takes for a successful move is to be well organized!    Happy moving! 

 

Author: Gabrielle Breton

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The art of outdoor living

05/26/2022 Les radieuses The art of outdoor living

The art of outdoor living 

With the beautiful weather ahead and everything in full bloom, it’s hard not to jump for joy thinking about returning to our patios. New cushions, new decorations, why not some new furniture? Anything goes! We wanted to share a few items that will give your outdoor spaces that special something so you can enjoy them to the fullest.

Oh, what a beautiful table!

If you enjoy entertaining and spending quality time with friends and family around the table, what better accompaniment than colourful and stylish embellishments? From the tablecloth, to the flatware and water pitcher, consider every detail for that guaranteed WOW factor! 

Garden furniture makes all the difference!

Is your outdoor furniture tired (or are you tired of looking at it!) and in need of a change? Have you been thinking about revamping your living area with a new living room set for lounging in the yard? We have a selection of practical, comfortable and 100% elegant pieces to make your summer even better! 

Are you ready for those long summer nights?

We have curated a selection of charming accessories that marry form and function for your summer evenings. 

   Throw Ferrata                                    Candle T.Lees Citrus                          String lights Fiesta                      Lantern Cylindre

 

 

Author: Les radieuses magazine

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Small Spaces: 5 Essentials for Maximizing Storage

04/22/2022 Gabrielle Breton Small Spaces:  5 Essentials for Maximizing Storage

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough storage space? Even after several decluttering sessions in each room, you still struggle to keep your home organized. Your worries are over: I have the solution for you! Today, in collaboration with Zone Maison, I am sharing my five favourite storage accessories for a more spacious and, most importantly, less cluttered home!

For the shoe fanatics

https://www.zonemaison.com/en/products/rangement/entree-et-dressing/frame/20229-NOIR/shoe-shelf-black

Running out of space for your many pairs of shoes? If so, you absolutely must get your hands on this shoe shelf that can hold not just one, but two pairs of shoes. It’s the perfect storage solution for small spaces that can’t accommodate a traditional shoe rack.

Its minimalist look and small profile make this shelf a must for small entryways or closets. Use it to hold your everyday shoes or boots and free up hall space. No more stumbling over a mountain of shoes every time you come through your door! It’s also small enough to fit on top of your closet to store the rest of your shoe collection!

Gabrielle’s tip:

One of the simplest ways to limit clutter and create the illusion of space is to choose storage solutions that make use of vertical space, like this shelf. By taking advantage of height, you reduce the amount of floor and counter space that is occupied!

Even though this shelf is designed to hold shoes, you could also use it in the kitchen to store your dishes, pans or bowls.

Jars that are as beautiful as they are practical.

Storage Kliner 2L                                  Storage Kliner 850mL                            Storage Kliner 350mL             Set of 6 storage Kliner

Are your kitchen cabinets overflowing? Are you having trouble seeing what you have or finding space for your latest groceries? Why not opt for some gorgeous glass jars that serve as both storage and decor? Fill them with your pasta or favourite snacks and display them on the counter or a shelf. On top of adding some charm to your kitchen, these beautiful airtight glass containers will help keep your food fresh while giving you some extra cabinet space.

Pro tip: expiration dates

If you choose to store food in one of these jars, remember to write the expiration date on the back or bottom using a dry erase marker or label. This will help you avoid food waste!

No more paper towels taking up counter space

Link: 

https://www.zonemaison.com/en/products/cuisine/rangement/squire/20675-NOIR/multi-use-paper-towel-holder-black 

The paper towel holder is a key storage accessory if you’re looking to save space on your countertop. I love using this kind of storage because it’s affordable and doesn’t require any tools to install. This makes it a great solution for apartments and condos and for those who aren’t the handy type! However, you also have the option of mounting it on the backsplash for a custom look.

The paper towel holder is also available in white. In short, no matter which colour you prefer, this accessory will add some style to your kitchen.

Hooks for everyone in the family

 

Link: https://www.zonemaison.com/en/products/rangement/entree-et-dressing/flip/12696-NATUREL/wall-hooks-natural

Whether you choose to hang them in an empty corner of your entryway or on the back of a door, these flip-down wall hooks are the perfect storage solution for spaces where the closets are too small, too full or simply nonexistent! In the entryway, use them to hang the most frequently worn coats, handbags and backpacks or the reusable grocery bags that are so easy to forget on your way out!

In the bedroom, why not hang tomorrow’s outfits for all your kids? This small step will save you precious minutes in the morning chaos and encourage their learning.

These wall hooks are definitely one of my favourite picks when it comes to maximizing storage space. They are compact and match every decor with their sleek, modern design. They are also very durable, and each hook can support up to 5 lbs. A dark wood version is also available.

One basket, so many possibilities

 

When it comes to organization and storage, wicker baskets are a real gold mine! Both trendy and functional, there are so many ways to incorporate them into your decor to keep things tidy. One idea is to use them to store accessories in the entryway. You can put 2 or 3 baskets under a console or small table to stow your outdoor accessories, slippers, bags and more! In addition to reducing visual clutter by keeping your objects out of sight, they add a touch of style to any space.

Basket Timoth                                             Basket Nora                                     Panier Duet                                  Panier Dualy

These baskets are also perfect for storing blankets in the living room! Simply roll up your throws, and in the basket they go! Easy, accessible and visually pleasing—what more could you ask for?

The “5 minute” basket

What’s a “5 minute” basket, you ask? It’s a basket where you gather everything that needs to go to another room. For example, when it comes time to tidy up the house at the end of the day, go around with your “5 minute” basket. What do you do with it? As you go from room to room, put any items that belong somewhere else in your basket and, once you’ve gathered everything, go put it all away! The basket will keep you from having to go back and forth between rooms. Once you’re all done, put the empty basket away and you’re good to go!

In short, even if you have limited space, there are so many affordable, simple and beautiful accessories to free up space and keep things organized. Do you plan to try one of these solutions soon?

Gabrielle Breton

Professional Organizer and Founder of OBI

 

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