Simply Savvy Small Space Solutions:: Share your Tips and Spaces

What are the tricks you’ve used in a challenging space or small room? Have you been inspired by a space solution you’d like to share? Do you have a space challenge or question?

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organizing a kitchen drawer:: you asked I answered

This simply savvy reader submitted a space dilemma we have all experienced, and it’s a quick fix!


The space challenge:: I love to hear any suggestions that you can offer to organize this drawer. I’ve been thinking of adding dividers, but since the drawer is so deep I’m not sure that would work. It takes forever to find anything and is very frustrating on days when patience is limited. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



It’s easy to become frustrated with an overloaded space.  Whether it’s the junk drawer or the location for your kitchen utensils, going modular is my preference. However, before you can organize be sure to declutter what you have.  Keep the best of things and donate those multiple items. I know that when it comes to utensils we often have more spatulas or super-sized spoons than one household truly needs–so, streamline what you have.


Next, consider the function that you really want or need the drawer to have. Only those things that fit that function will be replaced. Now, you are ready to containerize.


Use containers that come in various sizes that can handle your longest, largest, and widest items for that drawer.  Be sure to measure the drawer, allowing for some remaining space. Also, keep rarely used items in the back.


As an example, I thought I’d share my utensil drawer. I like how liners add to the clean look–and a touch of style.



I used a silverware tray here but modular containers would work just as well. It can be challenging to find a tray that fits correctly.  Modular containers are very flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes.



I prefer clear counter tops, but I do have one very simple canister near the oven. You may want to consider keeping frequently used items out or in a cabinet for quick access, and it might free up some drawer space.



The goal is to provide all items a home, eliminating the ability to stuff a drawer.  It makes it easy to see what you have, and use what you have!  These acrylic containers from Bed Bath and Beyond are a great option–they work in any space, for any function.


Thank you for asking Simply Savvy and I hope these tips and seeing my own space has helped you. It’s a quick fix that you will enjoy. Share your after photo and let us know how you achieved your organized drawer.


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update your space…you asked I answered

I’ve received two similar questions recently asking for ideas on how to make a dull space with hand-me-down furniture feel more sophisticated and stylish, by adding accessories.   There are several ways you can add life and energy to a space that does not match your style, personality, or current taste.

I’m going to share ideas that are bold in color, patterned for interest, and make a personality punch.

Address the floor:

An area rug can set the style stage in your room. Make it bold and geometric for added drama and a modern edge.


Sophistikat carpet tile by Eva Rug


Update large furniture pieces:

Pillows add an instant facelift. (see post: add a pop with pillows). I am really drawn to the pattern and multi color scheme of this handmade pillow by Olive & Garland on Etsy…


Olive&Garland on Etsy


…and the Ikat design pillowcase collection by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard on OpenSky. An Ikat pattern is always classic and interesting.


If your sofa needs a complete change, consider a slipcover by SureFit.



Lighting makes an impact:

Lighting is essential for brightening up a room and adding accents in all the right places. Consider lighting in at least three areas of the space, using floor and table lamps. This lamp from Bungalow5 serves the function you need, but with added color and style.



This crystal floor lamp by Pottery Barn would be a splurge but adds modern detail and has a reflective quality.



Need more lighting? Be creative by adding accent floor lights, shelf lights, and back-lighting.


Simply Savvy Tip: Lighten up the room by choosing reflective materials in your accessories; such as, mirrors, mercury glass candle sticks, and acrylic containers. These all add interest, with no additional weight.


Bold details get noticed:

If you like do-it-yourself projects, painting tables would give them new life. If you are not a diy’er, a decorative tray, stacked books, vase, or a bowl would add attention in the right way. These dramatic and bold accessories are from Jill Rosenwald on Etsy.


Jill Rosenwald on Etsy


Add personality, color, and interest to the room with art. You can be thrifty and creative (see post: creative and cool wall art) or find prints that reflect your style. Group multiple prints together or find one larger image to create interest. Check out this collection of prints by Pixie Pixels on Etsy.



My hope is that these ideas are a launching point for your creativity.  Take the basic premise, go with your feeling, and your space will be one you can be proud of and continue to enhance over time.


Be sure comment, and submit your questions for Savvy Solutions: you asked I answered.

Try a quick fix in your space or add new life to a piece of furniture by adding prints and bold colors.



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organizing family photos: You Asked I Answered

Personal photos can make a house a home. They add comfort and joy to a room. However, too many photos, dated/heavy frames, and poor placement can take away from a space, make it dated, and get little attention. I received this great question on Facebook regarding displaying family photos:

Ashely wrote:

How do you feel about family pictures in public spaces (dining room, living, etc.?) In researching, opinions seem to be split; however, more and more decorators say the idea of dark hallway and staircase family pictures are a thing of the past. I have an awesome grouping (three medium fr…ames with pre-arranged collages) that I absolutely love, and that my girls are proud of. We do have options of the traditional staircase or downstairs hallway; but it seems like a shame to “hide them” where most people would never see. They are professional dance pictures of the girls; however, most are fun and whimsical. What’s your take on family picture placement?


I began to address this by stating: Your photos sound very special to your family and should be hung where YOU like them. The ‘feeling’ you have in a space is more important than any rules for design. Now, photos and frames can look dated, or date a room- so consider how you display them. I’d like to share more on this.


So, more on this…Hallways and stairways can be can be overlooked, dull areas. However, you can stylize them with the appropriate layout and lighting.  I do have a long hallway that leads from the main living space to a guest bathroom. This is where I have a traditional line of 8X10 photos of my boys and a hanging rod gallery frame in the adjacent wall. All the frames are black with white matting. The key for the hallway is good lighting. We have recessed lighting which really illuminates the photos. It’s a high traffic hallway, so it works for us.  Now, I also keep framed photos on built-in shelves in the main living room. I do not prefer photos in all rooms of the home, but in designated areas and in groupings. I believe that photo placement depends on the scale of the pictures and finding the appropriate wall.  A couple of things for you to consider:


  • Personal photos should be flexible. Photos become dated when they remain in the same frame and in the same location. They become forgotten and should be swapped out periodically as your family grows. You can eventually move each of these to their bedrooms and create a special memory wall that’s unique to them.


  • Not all photos need to be hung. Placing them on shelves adds casual interest, dimension, and provides an updated impact. You may want to consider two shelves (top and bottom) with the frames spaced separtely, overlapped with individual photo pictures, and paired with vessels, or other decor items. Take clutter caution!


  • Your challenge is to give a collage set of frames deserving attention. They can be busy and loose photo focus. You may consider keeping collage frames in a play space or girls’ room and take the favorite ‘star’ pictures of your girls and create a wall gallery. This could include a mixture of photos, places, trips, and objects; such as, a mirror or a shadow box with their first pair of dance shoes.


  • Consider keeping meaningful family photos in a location your family can enjoy daily; such as, above a landing zone, entryway, or vignette. This adds warmth, and showcases your adored photos.


  • Whether it is a dining room, hallway, stairway, or family living space, gallery walls are updated, modern, and make a strong impact. By grouping photos on one wall, you create purpose and add a focal point to your space.


  • Consider this- if it seems obvious, is it interesting? Step outside of what you might normally do. Your home should be a symbol of your family and their artistic personalities.


There are numerous ideas on my Pinterest Wall Galleries Board; however, I selected some inspirational examples so that you can think creatively for your space.


photo gallery with shelving


add style and focus by displaying photos on shelves


by overlapping photo, you add dimension and style very clean and draws attention unified and clean


creates lots of interest, focus, and has decorative lighting modern and amazing


simple frames and clean lines keeps this light and attractive gallery over entry or landing zone


If you choose to do a wall gallery, here are a few easy tips for creating a template: (1) determine your layout and then lay the photos out on the floor face down (2) take a roll of wax paper or craft paper and trace each frame (3) trace each location for the nail (4) tape the paper in place on the wall (5) hammer the nails into the template and tear away the paper. You’re ready to hang your frames.  You may have to add proper picture hangers, or wire to the backs of your frame, or use a picture hanging kit for heavy frames. Heavier frames may also require drywall screws- know before you hammer!


I’ve included a sample of optional gallery layouts.  You can use this to get you started and then play with it to fit your personality and space.



Your home is your space of peace and serenity. Enjoy mixing it up and loving your memories for a long time to come. I hope this inspires you and gives you confidence in your decision. Thank you for being a part of You Asked I Answered!



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