The editor of a home-design magazine enlists the help of an expert to get her own home in order.
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Before: Cramped Living Space
Meet Brice Gaillard, a home-design magazine editor who works out of her city apartment. Work space has taken over personal space in her small living room and kitchen, with magazines, books and paperwork piled everywhere. The biggest problem is lack of storage in either room. Boxes are stored underneath tables, and wing chairs sit in the kitchen because there is no room for them in the living room.
The living room, with its bare windows and piles of paperwork on every surface, is not the most welcoming space for relaxing and entertaining. The furniture arrangement does not make good use of what limited space there is.
The tiny kitchen, which is completely exposed to the living room, has only two cabinets, extremely limited counter space, and an uninspired wall color. The large black dresser stores CDs and office materials instead of kitchen items.
Professional organizer Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan is full of ideas for turning the cramped and cluttered space into a workable office that can disappear when it is time to entertain or relax.
His goal is to get the office completely out of the kitchen space and introduce new storage options. To cut down on the quantity of paper items to keep and store, he recommends keeping the following: special letters but not the envelopes; enclosed pictures but not the Christmas cards they came in; and only seven years of tax records. Other changes include painting the kitchen, moving around the existing furniture and bringing in new pieces.
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