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!

hellokorin holiday: wishlist exchange

It's the first week of December, and that means the start of my new blog post series—hellokorin holiday! As a countdown to the Christmas holidays (and to my vacation time, yay!), I'm putting together several #hkholiday guides to get you through the season.

First up: holiday wishlists with Basically Bubbly! The items topping her list are fun, flirty, and on-trend—just like her! Take a peek and read more about her picks below, then head over and find mine here.

bb-holiday-wishlist

LSTN Headphones "During my day job I work in an open office, and these gorgeous headphones would be perfect to help keep me focused."
Gold Flatware "This flatware is a dream item! With our new love of hosting parties, Jas and I could really stand to have some beautiful matching flatware, and gold matches everything!"
For Love and Lemons She's a Knockout Bra "Lacey and sexy. Need I say more?"
Sincerely Jules Cali Palms Tee "Every girl needs a reminder that it’s summer somewhere and it might as well be on your tee." (Oh no, already sold out! Similar here, and more Sincerely Jules tees here.)
Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose "I am always looking for a rich hue without always having to use a lipstick. The wild rose shade is a perfect blend of berry for fall and winter."
K.Slademade Clutch in Tan Calf Hair "What's not to love about this clutch? I have been drooling over one of these since they first come out!"
Impossible Project Polaroid Film "Obsessed with Polaroids, but without film. It’s a problem."

What are you hoping to find under the tree this year? Tell me below!

xo Korin

Gift It: Valentine's Day

Happy Monday, everyone! Today starts the last week of January, and the internet has already exploded with Valentine's Day madness. J and I aren't big celebrators of this day, mostly because we have several other "more important" holidays that follow close behind (birthdays and our anniversary, I mean). Because we'll be so far apart this year, and because he'll be coming to visit for his birthday/spring break in a month or so, J and I have decided to save our money and energy and not celebrate at all this year (not including a phone call or Skype chat, I'm sure). Nonetheless, it's hard not to love all the red and pink gorgeousness floating around the stores lately, so I've put together a few (budget-friendly) suggestions for gifts for the ladies. And yes, buying yourself a gift for Valentine's Day totally counts. Enjoy! (:

Valentines for Her

ampersand print flower seeds "clara" structured satchel flower fringe necklace candy studs funny cards