What’s the most problematic spot in your kitchen? Bobby Berk has a guess. In a recent blog post on his website, the “Queer Eye” interiors expert shared a few tips on how to make your home instantly feel more organized. For the kitchen, he revealed one area that is often one of the messiest. He’s talking about mismatched food containers.
“If you regularly order takeout, chances are your cabinets are crammed with a collection of mismatched containers,” said Berk. “And having nonfunctional storage options isn’t doing you any favors.”
If you’re feeling seen right now, you’re not alone. People keep takeout containers to avoid creating more single-use plastic, though it’s just clutter if you have more than you’ll ever use.
Berk also explained that removing from your home is just as crucial as adding to it. For your plastic containers, specifically, it’s important to realize that you’ll never actually use them all— especially if the takeout lids don’t fit.
To make the decluttering process easier, Berk recommended that you donate what’s no longer needed (here’s one final thing you can do with them first), including, “any pots, pans, or cookware that you’re not using as well.”
He then goes on to list other items you should be decluttering, such as unused chargers and cords, unworn clothing and accessories, magazines and random paperwork, expired food, and old bath and dish towels.
“You’ll not only be tackling one of the most common sources of clutter, but you’ll also be making room for items you really love,” said Berk.
La La Anthony is back where she started. Upon splitting from Carmelo Anthony, the actress and former MTV VJ purchased a new house in Brooklyn, the borough where she was born and raised. Anthony opened up the doors to the playful pad, which she shares with her teenage son, for Architectural Digest.
“I live in New York, which is a crazy city — it’s moving constantly. So when I go home, I want to have that moment where I can just exhale and feel relaxed and comfortable,” said Anthony. Along with decorator Nikki Chu, Z Gallerie and One Kings Lane, Anthony created a space that fuses her playful femininity with an edgy Brooklyn vibe. And with enough space to host her large family for visits, of course.
On the staircase, a photograph entitled “Untitled 2: Omo” by Drew Doggett, of an African woman with a piercing through her chin and these beads and necklaces around her neck, holds court. Anthony said the piece accentuates that part of the house, but also manages to catch her eye every day. “It’s just such a powerful piece. And it was really an important piece of art for me. It symbolizes power and strength, and it’s African,” said Anthony. The black-and-white piece stands out amid the playful pastels of the room.
The living room is a luxe oasis, where Anthony loves to hang out on her plush sectional couch. Surrounded by colorful pastel wallpaper, Anthony said the room’s vibe “makes you feel awake, fresh, and fun.” It’s all a part of embracing where she’s at in life, where the goal is to “surround myself with positivity and positive vibes.” With hardwood floors, a silver Timber coffee table, and a decorative Leopardo statue, the space embraces a glam ambiance while still being comfortable.
In her 14-year-old son Kiyan’s room, blue and white wallpaper works seamlessly with a series of Carmelo Anthony’s jerseys on the wall. “He’s going to high school, his dad’s jerseys are up on the wall, and his furniture feels a little bit more grown-up, but it still has the elements of a teenager’s room,” said Anthony. “He absolutely loves his room.” A leather bed and playful accents give Kiyan a space that he can grow into as he ages.
The dining room is another unique space, filled with metal and glass versions of a Tic-Tac-Toe board and Connect 4 board. While Anthony was skeptical if they would get used at first, she soon learned better. “Then people came over, and everyone was engaged in a Tic-Tac-Toe battle or Connect 4 battle. Guests sit there drinking, playing games, and laughing,” she shared. “That’s really fun for me.” It was all part of Chu’s mission to create a space reminiscent of a hotel lounge or lobby, where there’s plenty of seating.
“I really wanted to create a space for La La that was colorful, feminine, and chic,” says Chu. “The most important element that La La wanted in her home was to make sure that it was comfortable but also stylish enough to entertain. Providing enough seating in the dining area and a large sectional in her living room was a top priority for her.”
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Sorry, Daenerys Targaryen fans, but you won’t find any dragons inside “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke’s bedroom. Instead, you’ll find plenty of fresh florals and bold colors.
The actress often invites fans to peek inside her charming London property, sharing plenty of homely snaps with her 26.9 million Instagram followers. This week, Clarke took fans inside her bedroom, sharing an adorable photo that featured her beloved furry friend, Ted.
“For the first time in my life I am the big spoon,” Clarke wrote in the post’s caption.
Nothing out of place in Clarke’s bright and eclectic home which she often shares glimpses of across social media, the beautiful headboard features what appears to be handpainted flowers detailed across a green background, meaning the blossoming piece was likely to be custom-made.
If you want to incorporate florals into your own bedroom a la Emilia Clarke, there are plenty of stunning styles of headboards available, from bold blooms to trend-led ditsy floral patterns.
Another option, of course, would be to buy yourself a green headboard and get your craft on, painting your own flowers onto the piece.
In addition to her bedroom, the rest of Clarke’s home is as quirky as you’d expect. In the kitchen, where she loves to spend her time baking, Clarke’s cabinets are bright yellow and feature retro blue detailing. Above the traditional-looking oven, bold tiles make up the backsplash.
Clarke’s colorful and whimsical London home is a world away (well, over 5,000 miles) from her previous Los Angeles abode, which she sold in December 2020 for $.4.4 million. While the modest Venice Beach property only had three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the ultra-modern decor, 15-foot ceilings, and luscious outdoor entertainment space complete with a 30-foot pool certainly added plenty of appeal to the sleek house.