if i were to describe my interior design style, i think i would place it at the crossroads of sentimentalism and minimalism. i don’t like clutter, but it would be impossible for me to feel at home in a showroom-like environment that is completely void of identity. so i like to decorate with things that have meaning beyond their good looks. and though you won’t find many printed photos hanging on our walls, i do like to keep sentimental little souvenirs around to remind me of special moments. but as any good collector of trinkets will know – the difference between you and the extreme hoarders on that horrible american tv show, is organization.

every now and then i will browse the online selection of DESIGN ORGANIZERS to see if any of them would fit our home. that is how i came across the MOEBE OFFICE SET not too long ago (keeping my thank you cards and paperclips from straying all over my desk all the time, as you can see HERE), and it’s how i found this cute jewelry box shown in the photos above. i usually don’t have a particular use in mind for these items yet when i buy them – i just know i am in constant need of ways to keep my valuables sorted and safe.

for the longest time, i struggled to keep the jewelry i designed for DIAMANTI PER TUTTI somewhere i could easily reach it, so i wouldn’t forget to put them on from time to time. the bracelets and necklaces kept tangling up in the little pouches that i was using, so in the end i stuffed everything into a little box, which wasn’t pretty enough to stay out in the open, so i kept it in my underwear drawer. result? i never thought of the jewelry and never wore any of it for months. so when i stumbled upon this cute jewelry box in wood with a lovely little mirror, i knew it was the perfect solution. i now have my favorite things always ready to grab, and if i want to remind myself to wear them more often, i leave the box open with the mirror exposed.

it’s a very practical and logical example, but when i think about it, everything in our bedroom follows the same reasoning. i got these STRING SHELVES because i wanted to put some souvenirs on display, without cluttering up the space. it’s my favorite place to practice the art of visual merchandising (an obsession of mine, see also MY PREVIOUS POST where i turn laundry into an opportunity for styling) and to arrange little keepsakes from weddings, travels and our girls when they were still tiny babies. similarly, i searched high and low until i found the perfect baby and memory books to journal in for our daughters – they had to be beautiful so i could regard them as part of the interior decor, so i could leave them out in the open all the time, or otherwise i would completely forget to write in them on a regular base. this little stack is from australian company WRITE TO ME.

so do you recognize any of these tendencies to ‘stylishly hoard’ as i am going to dub it from now on? if so, please send any organizational tips my way, i am still looking for a nice and large box to collect our daughters’ art work, and one for each of them to gather their first baby outfits, favorite baby toys, etc for them to take with when they move out one day (which i won’t allow them to do before they turn 40).

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with MISTER DESIGN

two years ago, the largest part of my job consisted out of conceptualizing an offline interior decoration inspiration platform. you can click HERE and HERE to read about the details, but if you want the short version – it was basically a walkable version of pinterest for interior design fans. it was a huge project with a lot of challenges, but the fun part was immensely gratifying – seeing my favorite pinterest moodboards come to life. we shut down the project after two years for various reasons, and my only regret is that i was not able to translate my laundry room pinterest board to reality.

before you think i am some sort of closeted housewife (just ask my husband to confirm that i am most definitely not), you should know that i could survive on potato chips and gazpacho for months, but my brain can’t deal – i repeat, can not deal – with any kind of messy situation. if i feel like i have messed up my notes, i will crumple up the paper and start on a fresh sheet. if i have too many things going on in my head, i need to sit down for a couple of hours and pour everything into neat little lists so that i can feel in control again. similarly, i am forever and always working on ‘organization projects’ throughout the house. forever buying baskets and boxes and filing trays and folders and bins and bags to give each and every little object a designated place. i can handle it when juliet’s toys have exploded all over the living room – and with ‘handle it’ i mean ‘ignore and straight out deny the situation’ – for a couple of hours, before i break and proceed to sort through all the piles until every little lego, every single pencil, every last cuddle is returned to its place of origin.

that’s a long ass introduction to talk about a clothing rack, but i’m getting there. there’s honestly nothing that makes me feel as safe and content as seeing our possessions neatly put away or on display – depending on the things. i can feel some of you think ‘that girl needs help though’, but i don’t think that it’s such an unusual thought when it comes to tableware or toys. but you guys – getting your laundry situation sorted takes it to a whole other level. i don’t actually dislike doing laundry (mind you, i am NOT talking about ironing), but it never sparked any particular joy in me either. i always had this nagging feeling that if i could just have a pretty laundry room with nice baskets and a cool drying rack and all sorts of little shelves to put dried bunches of eucalyptus – that it would make doing laundry my favorite part of the week.

we have yet to move into a house where i can actually claim a room for this purpose, but my discovery of the brand new BRABANTIA LINN collection is a giant leap in the right direction. in true brabantia style, it’s a clothing rack with a very basic yet sleek design, that is actually the most multifunctional thing you’ve ever seen. to introduce their new product, the brand challenged me and a bunch of other design enthusiasts to imagine different uses and different places in our homes for it, and it has unwittingly created a major dilemma in our household. you see – i love the clothing rack as a place to dry freshly washed clothes in our guest bedroom, where it can also double as a neat little space for our guests to put their luggage. it actually makes our guestroom feel more like a hotel room, in a good way. but i also really, really love it in our bedroom, as a place to put my favorite outfits du jour on display. so what do i do now?

help me decide on a final purpose for my brabantia linn clothing/drying rack, and maybe win one for yourself? let me know in the comments which place or use you prefer for my version, and where you would put your own in your home. for an extra shot, go follow my INSTAGRAM, find and like the post with the brabantia linn rack, and tag your most marie-kondo-esque friend in the comments so that they, too, can get ideas on how to create order in their laundry chaos.

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with BRABANTIA • clothes from my favorite MARGARETA


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