By Dallas Stevens
By Gen Cohen
Pantries can be tricky spaces to decorate and use efficiently. Some of us are blessed with having a full-size pantry just off the kitchen, while others have to get creative, using a corner of the kitchen as a makeshift pantry. But whatever your pantry situation, creating a space that's organized, useful, and (of course) pretty, takes a bit of ingenuity and thinking outside the box. Try some of these great Ikea pantry hacks for upgrading your pantry!
Knuff magazine holders are the perfect way to store those awkward items like freezer bags, cling wrap, and parchment paper. You can even mount them yourself to free up drawer space and keep everything you need close at hand.
If you don't have very much storage in your pantry, these built-ins using Billy bookshelves are the perfect way to maximize your pantry space. They're not too deep, so they don't extend into too much of your space, but they make amazing use of an empty wall.
Ikea products are perfect if you love that Scandinavian, minimalist, or modern style, but they don't always appeal to the modern-farmhouse aesthetic. But with a bit of elbow grease, you can turn simple Bekväm shelves into rustic spice racks.
The Förhöja kitchen cart is a staple in many kitchens and pantries, adding more drawer and shelving space without a huge footprint. With a few style upgrades, you can take the classic cart and turn it into a beautiful pantry cart for everyday items like coffee.
This Ikea hack really shows you what you can do with a simple piece of furniture and a lot of imagination. An Ikea Rast chest of drawers is transformed from a bedroom staple into the ideal storage solution for vegetables, potatoes, and other pantry essentials.
Give basic storage containers a bit of personality, all while keeping your dry-food goods neatly arranged, fresh, and protected from critters. This hack takes Korken jars and makes them look pretty while keeping your dry goods more identifiable.
There's nothing better than using fresh herbs in your meals . . . except maybe having them so close at hand! Whip up this colorful herb container garden using an Ikea Socker plant stand and pots. Keep it in your pantry or on your kitchen counter, and fill it with all of your favorite herbs.
By Gen Cohen
This past weekend, we moved my almost 3-year-old son from his crib to a big-boy bed. The transition hasn't exactly been seamless — he's transitioned himself to our bed every night around 2 a.m. — but the design process of transforming his nursery (check it out below) into a room fit for a growing boy (you can see his above): well, that was breezy.
Here are some nursery bedroom ideas that help turn your baby's bedroom into a little-kid space easily and affordably.
- Think ahead. If possible, design your nursery with the mindset that it won't always be the home of a newborn baby. Try to pick transitional wall colors (Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl is a personal, gender-neutral favorite), furniture pieces that will grow with your child (a sturdy dresser and a book case are my must-have investment pieces), and even artwork that doesn't scream baby. I had a gallery of photographer Sharon Montrose's baby animal prints in my son's nursery. While the collection hanging together seemed a bit baby-ish to me, a single baby zebra still looks great above his big-boy bed.
- Work within your nursery color scheme. My son's nursery was pretty neutral, with pops of mustard yellow and a medium grayish blue. When I spotted a camp-themed duvet from Serena & Lily that matched pretty much everything in his nursery, I jumped on it, even though he was years away from a big-boy bed. With that purchase, I guaranteed I could use his existing rug, pillows, blankets, storage baskets, and lamps, saving me tons of money.
- Get rid of the glider to make room for a play area. After you've spent years pretty much living in your glider for nursing, cuddling, and bedtime book sessions, it can be hard to imagine life without it. But, now's the time to move it to a different room (mine is currently my favorite reading spot in our master bedroom). With that real-estate now open, you can set up a sweet play space for your little kid, which both encourages independent play and gets some toys out of your living room. Consider adding a fun tent or play canopy to the room (I'm in love with the Land of Nod rocket ship I just purchased for my son), a play kitchen, or a reading nook.
- Ditch the crib. Even if your crib transitions to a toddler bed, I'd recommend ripping the Band-Aid off and making the switch to a twin or full-size bed. An official big-boy or -girl bed is an exciting thing for a little kid (my son wouldn't let his sister even sit on his for a week, despite screaming "I hate this bed" the whole two hours his dad was putting it together) and sends a message about their new "non-baby" status, which can be helpful if you're also working on potty training and/or new big-sister or-brother duties.
By Gen Cohen
This list is popping with inspiration, just like our fun kids' sunglasses are popping with color, and they fit perfectly under the tree, too! Check out our blue color changing sunglasses that will delight kids of all ages! Cute Christmas ornament crafts and gifts kids can make from our favorite craft blogs.