Erika Ward’s Brilliant Kitchen Organization Tips

Maintaining an organized home just makes life easier. When everything is in its place, you can move through your day with ease. Who wouldn’t want that? That’s why we’re taking you inside some of the most organized — and stylish — spaces crafted by some of our favorite design influencers and tastemakers. Get ready to take inspiration from the Organization Chronicles.


The kitchen is the heart of the home, and when you’re a mom of five, this is even more true. Consider the case of Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward, who admits it was imperative for her recent kitchen renovation to be conducive to her active lifestyle, especially now that she and her husband are working more from home.

Ward craved a comfortable yet stylish cooking space that would make it easy to prepare meals but also encourage her kids to assist with the clean-up afterwards (a.k.a. every parent’s dream). “My main concerns were how to control the clutter so the kids can help, how to make the surfaces easy to clean, and how to make it look pretty,” Ward says of her practical design vision.

Ward got her wish, thanks to a timeless design scheme with brilliant storage

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10 Best Sewing Kits 2020 — Best Sewing Kit for Beginners and Pros

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A solid sewing kit is something everyone should have on hand — there’s no need to throw away a shirt with one small tear or a missing button, just stitch it back up! Whether you’re trying to sew up some holes, make protective face masks at home, or experiment with some DIY fashion, the proper sewing kit is something you must have on hand. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never picked up a needle and thread before — this is one quarantine hobby that’s easy to get started with, and it’s so satisfying to learn.

That being said, newbies should know where and when to breakout their sewing kit. If you’re looking tackle torn fabric, reattach buttons or learn the basics on how to sew, a hand sewing kit is best for you. However, if you’re looking to make clothes from scratch or start quilting, you probably want to invest in a sewing machine. For beginners to experts, here are the best sewing kits that you can buy.

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Best Travel Sewing Kit

68-Piece Okom Sewing Kit

Tears, holes and missing buttons are no match for this

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How to Seriously Cozy Up a Guest Bedroom

William Hereford

Spare rooms often become catchalls: They might house your WFH setup, your home gym yoga mat and weights, boxes of Halloween decorations that don’t fit anywhere else and, crammed in the middle, a bed for guests. While there’s no shame in getting the most out of your square footage, there’s so much to be said for offering a thoughtful, well-appointed room for overnight (or longer) visitors.

You only need a few pieces of furniture, great bedding, and charming accents, and you can have some fun with it. Think of it even as an opportunity to deploy an aesthetic that differs from the rest of the house, to make it feel like a special destination.

With on-trend decor and furniture in a range of styles, The Home Depot makes it easy to overhaul this room on a budget. For an extra homey feel, channel a stately bed and breakfast with vintage-inspired pieces — here’s how.


Look for furniture that calls to mind the past — you can’t go wrong with rich wood tones.

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William Hereford

Bright white walls and low-profile furnishings have enjoyed time in the spotlight recently, with minimalist décor superseding moodier, more intimate settings. But

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