Good Stock: A Local Treasure

So excited to have Good Stock a few blocks from my home…although dangerous!

This charming shop is a personally curated showcase of gifts, accessories and one-of-a-kind shopping.

The owner, Dana Olson, personally picks out everything from the fabulous selection of home decor, to jewelry, cosmetics + handbags.

I am particularly smitten with the collection unique pillows and cozy alpaca throws.

Check out  their beautiful “gift coins” this holiday season for a rare and special gift.

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{Huge Holiday Giveaway!}

Drum -roll, please!

In honor of the holiday season, Simply Sorted is teaming up with personal style consultant, Jalyn Tani Lang, to offer one whopper of a giveaway!

Does your living room look like a bomb went off? Do you still have jeans from 1982? Want to freshen up your home and boost your personal style and wardrobe for the New Year? Enter to win The Fresh Start package from Simply Sorted and a 2-Hour Styling Session with Jalyn. It’s a double whammy pick-me-up (valued at $495) which promises to start 2013 with a bang!

To enter just like Simply Sorted on Facebook and submit your story via email  (inquiries@shiragill.com) by January 1st. Make sure to include your name, location, and why you are in need of a total revamp. (Stories and photos are also welcome).

The most compelling entry will be selected and the lucky winner will be announced in January.

*SF Bay Area only, please!

About Shira:

A Bay Area native, Shira Gill honed her skills as a personal organizer in Los Angeles, bringing order to the frenetic lives of agents, actors and producers. Now as the owner of Shira Gill | Simply Sorted, she works with individuals and families to streamline their homes and simplify their lives.  She is dedicated to helping her clients identify and prioritize what they really care about and to inventing creative organizational solutions that are easy to maintain. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Shira lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.

About Jalyn:

My passion for fashion has been the constant through my various careers as teacher, modern dancer, environmental attorney, and mother of two daughters, now grown. Sewing and shopping for friends and family led to a career as a personal style consultant. My skills from my previous careers, my 40 plus years as an accomplished seamstress and tailor, my artistic eye, and my abiding love of fashion help me analyze and solve image and fashion challenges with creativity and understanding. Through personal shopping, wardrobe and closet consultations, I guide clients in defining and expressing their own unique sense of style.

The Luxury of Enough

I am so inspired by my new book: The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough.

During this frenetic season of mass consumerism it is nice to hear another perspective on stuff:

“A simple house is a positive affirmation of ‘ the luxury of enough.'” By this we mean that designing a simple home starts with figuring out how much you really need and what you can eliminate.”

Pretty refreshing, eh?

Wrap It!

The holiday buzz is in the air which got me thinking about gift wrap…

The holidays are crazy enough so I like to keep my gifts super simple.

We usually buy our favorite books and wrap them well in advance for the little ones.

Cozy blankets and warm socks are my go-to for grown ups.

If I shop at a nice boutique I always have them gift wrap there to save myself the trouble.

For everything else I am sticking with brown butcher paper, baker’s twine and cute labels from Lotta Jansdotter.

As my daughter would say, “Easy peasy, apple squeezie!”

How will you simplify your holiday season this year?

Books

There are a million ways to organize your books: By title, by author, by subject…

Recently I have been organizing ours by color. It makes the bookshelf look more interesting and I am still able to find things when I need them.

How do you organize your books?

It’s Workin’ For Us: Art Storage

As our family grows, our space is feeling smaller and smaller and we have to be super resourceful with storage solutions.

My daughter loves art, but since we don’t have a play room we needed a place to tuck away our supplies.

I ended up finding a simple crate from Target and these galvanized planter pots from IKEA.

At 99 cents a pop I snatched up five and filled them with our favorite supplies.

I popped a stack of paper and a zip bag full of stickers into the crate and created an easy and functional art kit.

We keep ours on top of the fridge so our little one can’t get her paws on the markers.

How do you store your art supplies?