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Email Answer: Ship Shape Sink?

Q: I love your blog and often check in twice a day. Thank you for your great work! But I have one question: what do you do at the kitchen sink with the few things you regularly use for washing-up/cleaning the dishes and the table (like a sponge, a dish cloth, a brush, dishwashing detergent, maybe gloves)? Are there good solutions out there that look clean, well-organized and perhaps even cool? What would you suggest to anyone who hates having too much stuff lying/standing around in the kitchen? Thank you and greetings from Europe. -Monica

A: Good question! In a nut shell, we keep a dish cloth folded up next to the sink or draped over the sink itself (as seen below):

And we house our sponge in this wire caddy that suctions to the inside of the sink (so it’s not visible unless you’re standing over it looking in). We also have a caddy with soap and lotion by Cucina from Anthropologie next to the faucet- which really helps two otherwise potentially disparate and mismatched items feel like they’re being “wrangled” together for a more streamlined effect. And we usually have a cute bottle of all-purpose cleaner like Mrs. Meyer’s located on the other side of the sink for easy access when it comes to wiping down the counter or the dining room table from time to time.

Oh and we keep our dish detergent and rubber gloves under the sink since we mainly rely on our dishwasher to do most of the after-dinner work for us (and we have yet to find a cool way to store rubber gloves in full sight). But what about you guys? Do any of you have more sink-side solutions that you’d like to share with Monica to help her whip her kitchen into shape without sacrificing function or form? Let’s talk about how you store your soap, your sponges and everything else you use to get ‘er done in the kitch.

Psst- Want more photos and info about what’s cookin’ in our kitchen? Check out this post, this post and this post for all the deets.

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Reader Redesign: Baby Bliss

When Brieanne sent over her amazing nursery before and after pics we couldn’t wait to share the major transformation. Here’s her letter:

Last year my sister asked me (her younger sister with the architecture degree) to help her with her nursery for my future (and now completely adorable) niece Claire. Because my sister and brother-in-law could possibly have more than one child in their current space, they wanted a decently gender neutral nursery. Beginning with some bedding by Skip Hop my sister loved, we started a “mood board.” The criteria: gender neutral, simple, non-cluttered and CHEAP. Jen (my sister) wanted something fresh and relaxing for herself, knowing the nursery would be mostly for her enjoyment. Armed with these thoughts, I decided to do a modern ode to “The Little Prince,” even though the baby was/is a girl–it was one of my sister’s favorite stories growing up. Hope you like the nursery as much as I enjoy your blog! – Brieanne

Here’s the room serving as a half-hearted guest bedroom before the big makeover:

And here it is now after it has been transformed into a lovely nursery for baby Claire:

Oh and here’s a resource list from Brieanne:

Didn’t Brieanne and her sister do a great job making that room cozy and adorable for the lucky little lady? Let’s play a little game we like to call what’s-your-favorite-part? We love everything from the mobile to the charming quote on the wall so it’s truly a tough call.

Update: Brieanne actually does have a blog and just shared the addy with us. Feel free to pop by and ogle the eye candy.

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