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Organization Goals

New Season, New Organization Goals!

Whether its just a desire to freshen your space after a long winter or to declutter after too much hoarding (c’mon #HipNJ, we can all relate!) here are your Spring 2018 tips for an organized home, compliments of Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs:

  • Baskets and bins are your friend. If it can be hidden, do it! Create a simple streamlined look to hide a multitude of messes. These shelves are from Caitlin’s own laundry room.

  • Be ruthless. The pro organizers agree–if its not been worn in a year, donate. Don’t clutter the cubbies with jackets that will never be reached for anyway.
  • Better your lighting. Want an easier routine? Find what you need faster with upgraded lighting in your mud room, laundry or garage.
  • Tough wallcovering decorates and protects. Not an organizational tip, but it covers a pet peeve-dirty knicked walls in high traffic areas. Dense commerical grade vinyls are stylish AND practical. Think the look of wood planks or woven grasspaper but in super durable constructions. As far as your trim and built ins think beyond white for lessening scuffs.

For more design inspiration, visit CaitlinRutkay.com.

C.R. Interior Designs on Pajama Lounges

Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs asks: What’s more cozy than sectional seating? How about one located in a “pajama lounge!”  

According to HouseBeautiful.com, pajama lounges are taking over houses everywhere! If you haven’t heard of a space like this before, it’s essentially an upstairs living room that’s very private and the perfect place to gather as a family after rolling out of bed in your (you guessed it) pajamas.

This concept is part of a growing trend of living spaces moving upstairs, where it’s more secluded. “They’re designed to be a place where the family can gather and hang out away from the high-traffic areas of the home,” Paul Fischman, principal designer at Choeff Levy Fischman in Miami.

Whether pajama room or main living space, sectionals are a staple of family space planning. The common features Caitlin’s clients look for are stain resistant fabric and a frame deep enough for napping.

These images show a custom “L” with detached chair and then a navy hardwearing fabric option for a kids gaming space:

Pajama Lounges

For more design inspiration, visit CaitlinRutkay.com.

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Home Renovations with C.R. Interior Designs

Caitlin Rutkay of C.R. Interior Designs, a renowned #HipNJ interior designer with over a decade of experience, knows how to find her way around a renovation. Take this advice from Architectural Digest should you be looking to break ground on your own this spring!

Bruce Irving, a realtor and home renovation consultant, tells Architectural Digest how you should seriously consider hiring both an architect and an interior designer at the starting line. “The two disciplines are separate, with separate training and knowledge stores, and since I believe strongly in the wisdom of investing in good design, I think you should have both involved, and preferably from the get-go,” he says. More help needn’t even be pricier, and could even be cheaper in the long term. “Having both from the start doesn’t mean you’ll be paying for both the whole time,” Bruce notes. “It will mean that the new space will be generated holistically rather than serially.”

Here are two images of a 2017 renovation designed and managed by C.R. Interior Designs, kitchen view during and after:

To get a head start on your reno plans, visit CaitlinRutkay.com.