I've been an admirer of Kate Marker since I first came across her Interior Design firm, Kate Marker Interiors, on Instagram. So I was thrilled when Kate hired me to organize the design library at her office. Kate has tons and tons of beautiful samples in her library ranging from fabric swatches to rugs and accessories. Organizing the library was no small task--from purging the items no longer used, to installing new storage units, to organizing the various samples by category--there was a lot of work to be done! But it was such a fun project to work on and I was delighted to come up with new systems that will make the space more functional for Kate and her team. Take a look below at the before and after pictures and see how you could tackle your own design project.
Here is the before picture showing the larger bins that were full of fabric swatches. The KMI team couldn't possibly know what all was in each bin so they would dump out the entire contents of the bin to look through the swatches. This was obviously not efficient, so what was the solution?
The answer was using shallower bins and folding the fabrics so that Kate and her team could see everything in the bin once they pulled it out. We had an extra row of shelves installed in each cube to allow for 2 smaller bins to fit versus 1 large bin. Then we folded the fabrics in each bin to make them more accessible. Now the bins are organized by color and pattern, labeled with a pretty sample of what fabric you will find in each bin.
I used the larger bins to organize the rug samples and inserted those next to one another in the bins instead of stacked on top of one another. That with a little tidying makes it much easier to find and grab the sample that's needed!
Do you have any organizing projects involving a lot of small items that you need to get to quickly? Let me know in the comments below and happy to answer any questions on how to get you started.