Five Inspiring Photos to Break You Out of Your Design Rut

So many of us get stuck in ruts. Life ruts, relationship ruts, career ruts, but most importantly (clearly), design ruts. You see the same interiors over and over, or get used to using a ladder for just one reason, or seeing a kitchen that is all too typical. Sometimes, all it takes is a visual “punch” to bring you back to life and get your creative juices flowing again. Even if these photos don’t represent ideas you’d incorporate into your own kitchen or bathroom, they’re bound to shake up your day a little, and spring you on your way towards a freer, less inhibited aesthetic.

Ladder with pots and pans hanging on it in the kitchen

Ladders are for climbing and reaching high places…right? This ultra simple metal ladder doubles as a pan holder. Simply buy some S-shaped hooks and you’ll have an instant storage unit. What a beautiful, rustic way to display your cast iron pots and pans.

Ladder in a bathroom using closet for storage

All too often we see shoes and accessories stored together with clothing. In this bathroom, storage space that would normally be reserved for toiletries, extra linens, and cleaning products make way for accessories. Simply unhinge cabinet doors and cover with a coat of glossy white paint for a clean, boutique feel.

Nautical themed kitchen inside of an Airstream trailer

This is an Airstream trailer. How freaking awesome, right? The “kitchen” is tiny – it actually consists of one burner, a convection microwave, and a teeny-tiny sink. But, it’s brought to life with it’s all white look, and pop of contrast in the graphic wallpaper. Also, if you’ve got a tiny space, a theme might be handy. This Airstream is nautical themed, so furnishing it in accordance, down to the porthole window, makes a small space light, airy, and fun.

Bathroom with multiple round mirrors hanging

Can’t find the perfect mirror for your vanity? We love that this modern, minimalist vanity was paired with simple mirrors of various sizes, arranged haphazardly but still stylishly on the wall. You can also achieve a similar look by pairing mirrors with different frames, some modern, some more ornate. Think a gallery photo wall, but with mirrors instead. The key is to not look too done!

Bathroom with chalkboard paint, pastel rug, and paintings hanging

Lastly, there are so many elements in this bathroom that I wouldn’t normally think of putting in a bathroom, but somehow it works. First, the rug. A little random, but you have to admit that it’s so much chicer than those terry bath mats that come in pastel colors. Also, the black chalkboard paint. It’s sometimes too much to paint an entire bathroom black, so you’ll notice 90% of the walls are covered with hanging photos, prints, and paintings. They predominantly have white backgrounds, which makes for a lovely contrast, and echoes the white toilet and sink.

Did these photos “disrupt” your design aesthetic and get you out of that rut? Share your most inspirational ideas below.

(Photos via Design Sponge, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy)

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How to Organize Your Pantry – The RIGHT Way

Is your pantry a disaster? If you’re like most people, chances are that old, unwanted and unused items are lurking in the dark corners at the back of the shelves, along with half-empty boxes of cereal and that jar of jalapeño jelly that someone gave you for Christmas last year. Don’t give up on getting it together! A clean and well-organized pantry is pleasing to the eye, cuts cooking frustration, reduces food waste and saves on grocery bills.

Get Ready

Before you begin the task of organizing your pantry into a model of modern efficiency, you’ll need to gather some supplies, including:

  • A cardboard box or boxes for food pantry donations
  • Cleaning products, a feather duster and rubber gloves
  • A trash can or bag
  • A notebook and pen for jotting ideas or making lists

Get Set

Go ahead and remove everything from the pantry. Make judgments as you go. Toss expired canned goods, and remove cereal bags from boxes so the cardboard can be recycled. If you know you’re never going to use it and it’s still good, like that jalapeño jelly, throw it in the donation bin. After the pantry is empty, start cleaning. Sweep and mop the floor, give the ceiling and corners a good once-over with a feather duster, and scrub or paper the shelves.


Now that you’re starting with a clean slate, you can begin to organize your pantry to suit your style and maximize the available space.

Issue: Deep, dark shelves mean that little-used items get pushed to the back and are never seen again.

Resolve it: Try storing infrequently used items like large serving bowls, ice buckets and specialty cookware at the back of the cupboard to keep dry goods front and center. Hand-letter labels or post a list inside the door so you won’t forget what’s stored where. For a permanent fix, invest in some custom cabinetwork. Built-in pullout drawers convert every square inch into usable, easily accessed storage.

Issue: Fixed shelves are too far apart and smaller items get lost in the shuffle.

Resolve it: Use wire racks or plastic shelving to divide the space and double your storage. Install an over-the-door rack, a lazy Susan or a built-in spice rack to store smaller bottles and jars. Frequent cooks may want to move cooking oils, vinegars and spices to a cabinet over or beside the stove.

Issue: Dozens of pasta and rice boxes are cramping your style.

Resolve it: Pasta lovers and frequent bakers can minimize mess and add charm by storing dry goods like noodles, rice, flour and sugar in clear glass jars or plastic bins. When it’s time to restock, buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.

If organizing the pantry has made you dream of a sleek, remodeled kitchen, remember that modern kitchen cabinets are designed to maximize efficient storage without sacrificing style.

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