Basket, Bins, Boxes, Butlers and more…


September 30, 2009

One of the key tools in having an organized space is having places to put all your stuff.  It sounds simple enough, but what happens when you don’t have enough space behind closed doors to tuck away all your stuff.  Whether you’re the type of person who likes to live simply and free of clutter or you’re a pack rat you will have a certain amount of possessions that need to find a home.  Many of us live in tight spaces without of a lot of storage options like basements, garages or attics, but even if we do we may have items that we want to have readily available but not part of our every day decor.  That is when the baskets, bins, boxes and butlers come into play.  With just the right container you can add a bit of design while hiding your clutter in plain sight.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

West Elm Canvas Storage Containers

West Elm’s Canvas Storage Containers are the perfect addition to any home or office.  They have multiple sizes and styles in both neutral and bright colors.  I have my entire collection of design magazines at work organized in their bright orange magazine butler.  They add a pop of color to my all white and silver workstation and create an easy system to organize the hundreds of Metropolitan Home, Domino, Interior Design, Real Simple and House Beautiful magazines I’ve collected over the years.  At home we have been using the file boxes for the piles and piles of tech items my husband has collected over the years.  His stuff stays protected and the apartment doesn’t look like a lab, a perfect compromise.


I’ve always been a fan of baskets.  Not only are they functional for carrying and storing items but they also add texture to a space.  I am a big fan of Pottery Barn’s selection of baskets, particularly the Savannah Lidded Basket above.  These lidded baskets are a perfect addition to any bathroom.  If  your home is anything like mine we have little or no built in storage.  This basket has been the perfect addition to tuck way anything unseemly and it adds a bit of style a very functional room.

JA Storage

If you are looking for something a bit more playful then I would look no further than Jonathan Adler’s collection of book cloth and laquered bins and boxes.   They will add a pop of color or a reflection of light to any desk, bedside table, bureau or bookshelf.  They are not only functional to help collect smaller treasures but they also are beautiful to look at.

I’m sure I will have many future posts on storage containers of all shapes, sizes and materials for every nook and cranny that needs not only a touch of style but some de-cluttering, but this will help get you started.



  A SweetBeaker Thank You


September 28, 2009

I would like to thank my very talented friend and Graphic Designer Karly A. Young for designing my blog.  When I sat down with an idea of putting together a blog to share my design voice I knew I had to use a visual platform that spoke to not only my style, but would be pleasing to my readers and begin to create a brand for my voice.  I already have a wonderful website builder at home, thank you Zach for your time and expertise, but I didn’t have the skill set to bring my vision into a cohesive solution.  That was when I reached out to Karly to ask for her expertise.  And I believe what she came up with for Find the Pretty represents my vision perfectly and graphically is a work of art, many many thanks Karly.

Please visit Karly’s site SweetBeaker which highlights her stunning works of hand-crafted paper goods as well as her Design Studio.  You can also visit her shop directly by visiting SweetBeaker’s online shop.



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  Welcome to Find the Pretty


September 27, 2009

Hello World!  My name is Erin Hofer-Shall, by profession I’m a Commercial Interior Designer at TRO Jung Brannen in Boston, for fun I’m a Residential Interior Designer and my passion is organizing.

I’m the type of person whose mind is constantly running and I typically have a number of design and organizational projects for myself and other happening simultaneously.  I thought it would be fun to share my perspective on how to clean up, clean out and bring design into your home or office or any of the many places you might occupy.

My hope is that this blog will bring you creative ideas on how to find the pretty in your every day space.  What I’ve come to understand is that not everyone has the budget, time or energy to completely gut and redesign their homes or offices, but you would be amazed at what a little organization, a fresh coat of paint and and a few designed elements can do to a space.

Feel free to comment and ask questions and don’t forget to enjoy.


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