Spring Fling: Organization Tips

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Spring Fling: Organization Tips

Today we are concluding our Spring Fling Series. Now that you've cleaned and de-cluttered your home we thought it was time to share with your our secrets to organizing and keeping all the clutter at bay. One thing we should mention before we delve too deep into this post is-  the way that you organize your home is very personal and taste-specific. What works for some won't work for others, but we've picked up some clever tips over the last few years, and we think these will work for almost anybody.

BINS + BOXES

Storage bins should be your new best friend. They are the perfect way to catch clutter and hide it all in one presentable package. Hide media like DVDs or CDs in your living room- kids crafting supplies and toys in the playroom- or corral all of your extra chargers and cords in the office. 

TRAYS

Trays are the work horses of home accessories. They aren't just for serving hors d'oeuvres. Placing a tray on a coffee table gives your remotes and magazines a home- collect soaps, jars, and perfumes on a bathroom vanity tray- or place one on your bedside table to hold reading glasses and books. 

LINENS

Storing your linens can be a pain if you have multiple sets in the same colors and sizes. A trick we love is storing your sheet set inside one of the pillowcases. An added bonus, it keeps the fitted sheet looking neat and tidy as well. 

JUNK DRAWERS

Place dividers in your junk drawers. Whether you make them out of shoeboxes and containers lying around your home or splurge for a custom fit from a container store- we promise it will save you time digging through the bottom of an endless pile of clutter. 

CLOSETS

Closets are so much more manageable when they only have in-season clothes in them. This goes for all of your coat closets too. Once you've de-cluttered your closets consider storing winter coats, boots and heavy sweaters until next season. If you want to go a step farther purchasing matching hangers will leave your closet feeling much more pulled together for just a few dollars. 

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Spring Fling: De-cluttering your space

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Spring Fling: De-cluttering your space

To continue our “Spring Fling” series we wanted to elaborate more on de-cluttering your spaces. This step and deep cleaning really go hand in hand. We find it’s much easier to deep clean as you are de-cluttering, when you remove items you have less things to clean, right? 

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Spring Fling: Natural Cleaning Recipes

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Spring Fling: Natural Cleaning Recipes

It was the first day of spring last week, and although the weather was a bit crazy all around the country it was gorgeous here! Which got us thinking about spring cleaning, and pulling out all of our spring/summer clothes.  We love this time of year, it’s so refreshing to give your home a good deep clean- go through toys, clothes, and closets and get organized. We decided to put together a little series we are calling our “Spring Fling,” we are going to devote the month of April to refreshing your home with tips on cleaning, simplifying, and organizing. 

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TRENDY VS CLASSIC: Area Rugs

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TRENDY VS CLASSIC: Area Rugs

It is true a rug can literally “ground” a space. It anchors the furniture and gives a room a sense of definition. We can’t help but notice the bold, bright and trendy patterns we are seeing used prolifically on rugs these days. We love bold looks for children’s spaces and in small doses, but we wonder how long the trend will last. Are you a fan of the bold and colorful rug? 

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Spring Florals for Each Room

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Spring Florals for Each Room

Adding flowers to your home in the spring is a great way to freshen up your space. We love the look that a fresh bouquet gives a room. Flowers are really the best accessory- they add color, and can be used in pretty much every room to liven things up. Here's our roundup of the best flowers to use in each space in your home.

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Opal Portfolio: Andrew's Residence

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Opal Portfolio: Andrew's Residence

We are so excited to post this project that we finished up last fall. Working on this project was a breath of fresh air, as our client, an artisan herself, has a love for color and bold patterns. We were able to design her space using materials that we don't get to work with everyday. Take a look!

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How to Select the Right Backsplash

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How to Select the Right Backsplash

When it comes to designing a kitchen, a backsplash is one area where you can have some fun. While the cabinets tend to be a practical choice and the countertops a question of utility, a backsplash finishes off a kitchen's look. Here's what you might think about before adding wow to your walls. With lots of tile and backsplash options, consider which material will fit your needs. Ask yourself what is more important in your space, form or function?

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Selecting a Countertop Material

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Selecting a Countertop Material

Feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing what material to use for your countertop? Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, building a new one or are just starting to brainstorm ideas, seeing the wide variety of products can be daunting. We’ve chosen some of our favorites to lead you in the right direction!

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To Match or Not to Match

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To Match or Not to Match

Get this! Almost one hundred percent of designer rooms do not have a matching bedroom set. As in - it all is the same color, came from the same place, and was purchased on the same day.

We understand it seems a lot less “fool proof” to buy a bedroom set. Someone has already done the work for you. There are no worries of mixing the wrong woods or mixing styles that don’t really go. There is no messing it up, however, if you are feeling a little brave, explore with us the genius of not having a matching set. We find there is a lot more visual texture and variety in the room if it doesn't all “match” or come in the same set. You will love each piece for it’s unique features and character that it brings to your space.

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Bigger Isn't Always Better

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Bigger Isn't Always Better

Have you ever had this happen? Someone is talking about a new house a friend purchased or built. The quality of the house or success of the individual is represented by the size of the house. Comments like "It's so big!" can easily be mistaken for "It's so nice!" And perhaps given the chance to go see the house you discover it is big. So BIG in fact the family did not have the budget to add any detail to the home, let alone fully furnish the space...

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A Fresh Start

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A Fresh Start

Welcome to our brand new blog! Opal Design Group was started under the name of Opal Never Shouts back in 2009. Over the past 5 years we have written 1000's of posts all about interior design, giving our readers tips, advice and inspiration...

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