Tailored Living’s Home Organization Tips

How to Get More Space and Stay Organized with an Entryway Bench

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How to Get More Space and Stay Organized with an Entryway Bench


Whether you live with a large family or a busy one, or you entertain guests often, an attractive and functional entryway design can make the difference between chaos and bliss. Since the goal of designing a custom entryway or mudroom is not only to welcome friends and family, but also to move out into each day as smoothly as possible, Tailored Living recommends meeting with your local organization specialist to design an entryway that caters to your family’s distinct needs. 

One of the primary concerns most families face is what to do with all the shoes. While all of us have the best intentions to keep shoes neatly organized in our bedrooms, it’s almost inevitable that pairs get left behind and contribute to a growing pile of stilettos, sneakers, and sandals. While Tailored Living has helped many families customize shoe racks for the mudroom and the closet, we also commonly recommend incorporating a bench into your entryway design––one that helps guests or family members off their feet while also saving space.     

But even if shoes are under control, entryway benches can still serve an important home organization purpose. Simply by replacing open shoe space with custom drawers, you can store anything from items you always seem to forget racing out of the house, to those that just don’t seem to fit elsewhere in the home.     

During your consultation, be sure to ask about the differences in materials, finishes, and textures. Tailored Living has one of the largest selections of entryway design solutions in North America, and we are dedicated to helping you design and install the perfect one for you. Call your local organization specialist today for more information or also to schedule a complimentary consultation. By watching our home organization specialists work with our proprietary 3D design software, you’ll be able to visualize your home’s unique potential. 


15 Ways to Create a Home Office in a Small Space

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15 Ways to Create a Home Office in a Small Space

Deciding to create an office within your home can seem like a daunting task with big business plans and little space. Luckily Tailored Living offers a free and easy solution for the biggest part: visualizing. With our proprietary 3D design software, D'VinciTM, we design during your complimentary in-home consultation, a virtual replica of your future home office design­––complete with your exact color scheme––so you can modify and personalize before we even start installing. See below for fifteen design solutions that will help get the creative juices flowing.

1.      Use one or two materials or colors across all office furniture, like two-tone cherry and maple or Italia Coco. A matching desk and cabinetry makes a strong statement about the way you conduct business. 

2.      Install tall storage cabinets to organize large amounts of books, boxes, and binders. Our 3D design software enables you to see exactly how high the cabinet will rest against your wall, as well as what kinds of custom shelving and cabinetry will fit your items. 

3.      Use wall space efficiently by designing and installing a custom niche with Tailored Living. 

4.      Eliminate the need for a conference table with a peninsula desk that seats two to three people. 

5.      Build custom upper and lower cabinets to make information easy to access from your desk. 

6.      Display awards or art pieces through glass inset cabinet doors. 

7.      Create a custom floating niche with shelves and hidden cabinets for extra wall storage over your desk. 

8.      Keep files sorted with a hanging file drawer directly inside your desk. 

9.      Incorporate a murphy bed into your well-organized and pleasant home office design for it to double as a guest room. 

10.  Use a keyboard tray to free up valuable desk space. 

11.  Build a slide-out trash container right into your niche, desk, or cabinetry. 

12.  Maximize space-saving capabilities with a shallow desk insert for pens, paperclips, and Post-its. 

13.  Go vertical and save desk space by hanging a magnetic board or dry erase board directly onto your wall. 

14.  If you’re accommodating a work partner, visit this related article on designing a home office for two. 

15.  Save on home office design resources with $250 off purchases of $2,500 or more for a limited amount of time. See here for more details. 


Our Tailored Living home organization professionals look forward to helping you design and install the most efficient and stylish home office space possible. Simply call or visit tailoredliving.com to schedule your complimentary consultation today, and be sure to visit our Facebook page for even more inspiration. 





5 Different Entryway Design Ideas Complete with Extra Storage Options

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5 Different Entryway Design Ideas Complete with Extra Storage Options

The entryway is the first area visitors see of a home, so leaves the biggest impression. Displaying excellent home organization coupled with unique and welcoming entryway design is a sure way to please guests––as well as secretly store your family’s extra belongings.
One way to welcome your houseguests is by immediately offering a space to store their coats and shoes. Showing them you care about making them feel at home actually makes them feel more at home. With a custom-built niche installed directly into your wall, no one has to know that the drawers and cabinets lining the closet section are storing things you don’t have space for elsewhere.
Custom shelving such as this can also take the form of a display cabinet. Rather than consisting of closet functionality, shelving can instead accommodate bookshelves or glass door displays. Especially if your home contains prized art pieces or family heirlooms, custom display shelving in the entryway is an excellent home organization and design solution.
Storage space can also be disguised as an entryway bookshelf. By customizing the height and depth of your shelves, you can fit everything from coffee table photography books to small nostalgic classics. Music lovers can even display their record or CD collections here. But by incorporating pullout drawers and solid-door cabinets, your shelving unit becomes a strategic home organization solution. In addition to storing and displaying books, music, or awards, you can keep large or small personal items neatly tucked away from a guest’s view.
A lighter weight way to welcome visitors into your home is by placing a nicely crafted mirror right at the entrance. They’ll be able to adjust their clothes after riding in the car, and you’ll be able to check your hair on the way out to greet each day. Line a hanging horizontal mirror with coat hooks and build a custom shoe rack with us so friends will be able to immediately relax into the space you’ve created
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For optimal aesthetic flow, Tailored Living recommends coordinating your entryway design with the furniture and drapery found in the rest of your home. When Tailored Living and sister company Budget Blinds work together to design and install custom home organization solutions and unique window treatments, your home will exceed even your own expectations. Contact Tailored Living today to schedule your free consultation, and be sure to ask about coordinating efforts with Budget Blinds.

11 Home Office Design Ideas for Two

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11 Home Office Design Ideas for Two

An efficient home office design is the key to efficient workflow––especially when you share the space with your business partner or spouse. We happily share with you these eleven home organization tips so that your business and your home will flourish together.
  1. Using separate tall storage cabinets is a great way to keep large amounts of books, documents, folders, and records separate. In smaller spaces or if fewer items need to be stored, a single cabinet may be used for two individuals or businesses. 
  2. Tailored Living helps you design and install custom built-in storage niches for your and your partner’s unique needs. 
  3. As is the case for any room undergoing home improvement, details such as color coordination and matching of material are essential to consistency of atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean two individuals or two business representatives need to work in exactly the same environment. Let one of our experts strategize the best solutions for blending and personalizing your home office for two. 
  4. For more compact shared workspaces, a peninsula desk may host two individuals. For more open ones, two can occupy opposite sides or corners of the room. 
  5. A round meeting table in the shared office is a crucial element of home office design since it can purpose each individuals’ conferences. 
  6. Customize and install upper and lower cabinets near your desk to take advantage of wall space and improve home organization of the room in which you need it most. 
  7. Another way to utilize empty walls is by installing a custom wall unit, composed of shelves and drawers unique to your needs. 
  8. Glass inset cabinet doors set an elegant tone, while keeping visible the work––or art––you like to make accessible. 
  9. A single desk with side-by-side work areas is a space-saving solution for more minimal home offices. 
  10. Compliment a shared desk with custom upper shelving or cabinetry that serves both users’ needs simultaneously. 
  11. Those who work separately from one another or those who want a thoroughly customized space can benefit from building two separate work centers. One can place paintings where the other requires shelves, and each can use a different desk configuration to suit their role and workflow. 
Consulting your local Tailored Living home organization specialist saves time and energy by removing guesswork from workspace redesign. Simply visit our website to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation, and meanwhile flip through our home office gallery.

Home Office For Two