Art director Mandy Keener styled French Metro owner Renee Hunt’s miniature silver collection for our November issue. Mandy was quite taken by the striking silver/gray color combo, which inspired her to find a few holiday wares for her casa and closet in the same palette. Her picks? A whale ornament for a bit of Christmas whimsy. Sparkly shoes & dress to shimmer around town in. A mirror with a touch of triangles…sold! And her current obsession: “Perfect Storm” nail polish from Estee Lauder.
A few organization tips from At Home’s art director, Mandy Keener. Why didn’t we think of that??
You say organize, I say style….
I like to organize about as much as i like to cook, basically only when there is wine involved. I do, however, like to make my things look fun in my little cottage. So, here are a few of my favorite products and tips on how to style or “organize” your stuff & things.
You can use these to organize bags, scarves and basically anything that you can hang. But why not also use them to hang art? Give your space a little industrial feel with these oversized clips, and if you are like me (always changing her mind), they make it super easy to switch out your pieces.
2. Spice Jar.
If you don’t actually have need for spice jars, why not use them to store those not so pretty things like twist ties, toothpicks or even plain ol’ aspirin.
3. Hook Rack.
This might be my favorite. Imagine several of these hung on a brightly painted wall. Super sleek, right? Ok, now the best part…there are hooks folded up in the design! Instant organization and a swell looking wall, too. Five hooks on this rack…five very pretty things that can be out on display…now can you color coordinate your scarfs, cardigans, coats or bags to match your space!
4. Glass Containers…any shape or size will do.
Round up some of your favorite collections and display them. The color from the collection will bring these to life. I use them for EVERYTHING! Fabric swatches, my ever growing Pez collection, concert tickets, glitter, colorful chalk and gum balls of course.
Yep, this one is pretty dang rad. I wouldn’t use it for trash, but I would use it to organize pretty papers or magazines. Anything will look good in this..especially tons of gum balls!
Now you can go and get some more stuff & things…and “organize.”
As art director, I love spending days in the homes we feature. While they’re usually filled with the hustle and bustle of all things “photo shoot/styling,” I always find inspiration somewhere. Take this rad entry (designed by Garry Mertins and featured in our May issue), for example. Wouldn’t you love to sit and stay awhile? Grab one of your favorite design books or magazines and just relax…
Here are few pieces I think would totally help do the trick. Hope this gets some color and creativity flowing… Enjoy!
At Home’s Family Homes issue is one of my favorites. Pretty sure it’s because I get to meet some awesome kids and play (I mean style) in their rooms. It’s always a good day when you come across fun, inspiring kids that are so proud of their rooms. So for this installation of “Creative and Color Curated,” IÂ channelled my inner child (which wasn’t very hard) and found some super cool pieces–from the chair, which by the way is only $65 and eco friendly, to the golidlocks mirror that any kid (or adult) is going to enjoy years to come. Whether you are 6 mos. or 60 years old…be sure to add a little whimsy. It’s sure to bring a giggle every now and then.