This past year has been a whirlwind. Between our book tour and filming our show, when you travel as much as we do, you start to think of your *actual* house as your vacation house.





So we're happy to report that neither of us came home to complete disaster zones. We have our husbands to thank for that—the *true* MVPs of this operation. John, Jeremy: You both deserve a Golden Globe award for Fatherhood...and for putting up with us.





Within minutes of returning home after a long trip, we both decided that now would be the best time to update some of our living spaces with new furniture. By the way, this is what happens when you spend the majority of your time in hotels and other people’s homes...you can’t help but get inspired by decor. 





We are firm believers that any space can be beautiful and functional, all at once. So teamed up with Summer Classics Home to design a few high-quality pieces that fit our vision and remain kid-friendly...





joanna:





It’s been (almost) two years since my family moved into our brand new home. I was thrilled for my first opportunity to design every space and select every tile, knob, and finish. These details are important when it comes to aesthetic.





I love when spaces are simple and timeless, but with a modern touch. My go-to way to achieve this look is by playing with texture.

















In my dining room, I wanted chairs that would provide warmth and pull the space together. These vintage-style dining chairs bring out the brass and wood details of the room and offer a beautiful contrast to the marble table and white wainscotting. 





Tyson Dining Chair

















I use my outdoor spaces primarily for entertaining family and hosting team meetings, so additional seating is a must. When looking for furniture, there was no question to blend the beautifully-rich color of red brick with classic teak wood. The dark cushions with white accents provide such a pretty contrast—I love it!  

















Ashland Teak Lounge Chair





Ashland Teak Ottoman





Croquet Teak End Table





Club Teak Table





Croquet Teak Side Chair





clea:





If you’re thinking, “Clea, aren’t you in the process of building a new house? Can’t you just wait until then for new furniture?” The answer is “NO, SORRY, CAN’T.” 





The best part about designing a new home from start to finish is that you get to pick every last detail. Since I already have a clear vision of how my new house will be styled, the pieces will transition nicely.





My screened patio was the best decision I have ever made. As far as I’m concerned, the best way to appreciate the great outdoors is to not fully immerse yourself in it. 

















I didn’t want outdoor furniture that looked or felt like outdoor furniture. That was non-negotiable. But what I did want is a fabric or material that was durable enough to withstand the elements (aka my kids). This is where they work on art projects, dry off from the pool, and eat the messy snacks they aren’t allowed to eat in the house. 

















Originally, there was only a black table set, but I wanted to create an additional seating area, complete with a sofa, lounge chairs, and a coffee table. To keep it cohesive yet offer contrast, I went with white, black, and wood accents for the win. 

















Havana Lounge Chair





Havana Sofa





Croquet Teak Coffee Table

















Now for my living room. While I mostly prefer everything to be black and white, I allow gray as an accent color. 2 kids + 1 dog + 1 husband + 1 white couch = NO THANKS. But I will say that the gray couch with metal detail is just what this space needed. The living room is open to the kitchen (which is strictly black, white, and chrome) so the colors work really well together. 





Abbott Sectional





My guest room is small and no one lives there full-time, so I keep it simple. But recently, I started feeling like the space needed a pop of something extra. I ended up swapping out a simple headboard for a luxe upholstery with an interlocking nailhead design. This added softness and texture to the room with just a slight change. 





Alex Queen Bed





FYI: We’ll be posting more house tours here on THE blog, so stay tuned! 





xo, clea + joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

Suggested Products
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

Suggested Products
THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

Suggested Products
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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