• Marie Kondo / Totally by Design

    Declutter and organize Marie Kondo style

    Clearly, I must have been living under a rock, it turns out. While the rest of the world fell in love with Marie Kondo and her “life-changing magic of tidying up” making her latest book a bestseller with 2 million copies sold, I just discovered her book last week. Thanks to C, who found it in our local library, alerted to it by a newspaper. That means that I completely missed last year’s feature in New York Times here and more recently on decor8 here. It’s never too late, right? For anyone interested in the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, Marie Kondo offers warrior style approach. Not for the faint…

  • Yellow carnations on marble / Totally by Design

    Styling with pale yellow

    It might also be called: desperately seeking sunshine. Today was the first day with temperatures above freezing in a long time…The warmth will not stick around, yet, but the sunshine is strong and encouraging. Usually about this time of the year I am drawn to color yellow, pale, meadow primrose type.  Here is a quick impromptu flower styling. No primroses on hand, but these yellow carnations are as lovely in recycled lemonade bottles. As it happens, this is also a color of a certain cockatiel named VP…

  • White kitchen cabinets/Totally by Design

    Kitchen Makeover

    We had a beautiful winter light today. Mid February sun is already above neighbors’ house flooding the kitchen for hours. That called for two things: clean up and photos. I never posted the story of our kitchen makeover, waiting for it to be finished. I would call it 80% done…We still need art, more shelves (turns out our model has been discontinued at IKEA, so need to get super creative), window treatment on the northern side and many other.  Here is our kitchen progress so far! Cabinets: IKEA Akurum with white gloss door panels. As of February 2015 these are replaced by Sektion system in US Countertop: Caesarstone “Misty Carrera”,…

  • Pink Freesia Solo

    Winter Color Blooms

    Getting freesia in February is an old tradition for me. February 6th is my Name’s Day, as it is celebrated in Poland, St. Dorothy. Way back getting a single, scented freesia stem (any color!) from friends or family was such a treat. This year I got myself a bunch ahead of time and enjoyed them this super snowy week.