9 Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

For the past few weeks, I've been on a real purging spree around the apartmentI'm talking 5 full trips to Goodwill in the past 2.5 weeks. And let me tell you, it feels GOOD. But sometimes, no matter how much you purge, all of the necessary supplies still won't fit into your children's-playset-sized kitchen. And when that happens, it's time to turn to the expert: Zillow. (Just kidding! Mostly.) Instead, I turned to my favorite source for ideas and inspiration, Pinterest, where I saw some gorgeous dining rooms stocked with extra shelving for kitchen supplies. While I'm certainly not done styling and decorating and rearranging (will I ever be?), I'm pretty thrilled with how much more functional our kitchen is, and how much more adorable our dining space is now:

See? Now the toaster and all those cookbooks I've been meaning to test-drive have a place they can show off without taking up valuable counter real estate. Also being stored on this multi-talented bookshelf: a wooden cutting board, five casserole dishes, our hand mixer, serving utensils, and lots of extra flatware. 

If you're in the same boat when it comes to kitchen storage, here are a few of my favorite space-saving Pinterest finds, including my inspiration for our dining room shelf:

Which of these would you try? Have you solved your small-space problems differently? I'd love to know!

New Collection from CB2

You guys, CB2 has some new stuff out. And it's modern meets glam meets minimal meets just plain GOOD. It's also a pretty fair balance of masculine and feminine style, which is something I notice now that I'm thinking about my future shared space with J. I've compiled a few of my favorites to get you started, but you should really go take a peek for yourself:

look for less: office space

It may be because I have my own mini home office redesign on the brain, but it seems that gorgeous, chic work spaces are everywhere I look lately (case in point: this article, this article, and this pinterest board). I pinned some really great office spaces on my own interiors board this week, so I decided to pick a few of my favorites to recreate for you! Below I've shown you how to get a room that looks pretttttttty close to the photo. And, because you know I'm always looking for a deal, I've also put together a room with a similar look, but for a lot less.

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"get the look" room total: $1,071 shelves | desk | chair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender
"look for less" room total: $358 shelves | deskchair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender

office space #2

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"get the look" room total: $4,744 lamp | shade | art | desk | shelf | rug | chair
"look for less" room total: $1,058 lamp | shade | art | desk | pull & brackets | shelf | gold leaf | rug | chair

office space #3

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"get the look" room total: $981 fig tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase
"look for less" room total: $676 topiary tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase

Which look is your favorite, or have you spotted another office space you're crushing on? Share it with me below!

xo Korin

Dining Chair Inspiration

Remember those chairs I told you I was fixing up for my dining room? I know I promised a DIY post, and I haven't forgotten, but this isn't it. We had a couple of rainy weekends last month and, since I can't safely use paint stripper or spray paint inside my apartment, I had to wait it out. But I'm getting there! I've scrubbed all of the chairs and soaked the rust off the hardware, completely stripped the stain off one chair (it's a long process with all the little nooks and crannies in those babies), put one coat of paint on said chair, and picked out the fabric to re-upholster the cushions in. See, progress! Here's the chair mid-painting:

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Gorgeous, right? I'm thinking a turquoise/aqua vinyl for the cushion like these from Little Green Notebook (although I'm still toying with the idea of a printed fabric).

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I've been documenting my entire process and I promise to have a detailed post up when I'm done, in case you want to attempt something similar. In the meantime, here are some of the images that inspired me while shopping for chairs of my own (click through for links).

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If you want more DIY inspiration, head over to Little Green Notebook—my go-to for design ideas. Redoing your own items? Share them below!