Pantry Organization

Back to School- Organizing the pantry for school lunches and snacks

Back to school is a time of transition for everyone, especially the kids. It’s a time of new routines and expectations, new classes and teachers, and new friends, which can be overwhelming. However, with proper planning, you can eliminate stress and ensure your family has everything they need when returning to school.

The key to stress-free back-to-school preparation is organization. A simple way to get organized is to start with the pantry.

An organized pantry makes it easy to see what you need—and what you don’t—so it will be a breeze when making lunch or packing a snack bag. A well-stocked pantry with healthy foods will help fuel their brains and bodies.

Organizing your pantry is like making a home for your food—it’s the first step to taking care of your family, and it can be a lot of fun! With these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be ready for anything.

First, remove all those old boxes, jars, and bags you’ve been holding on to “just in case.” You’ll find when you’ve got a clean slate, it’s easier to think about what you need to keep and what you can toss.

Next, move on to sorting through what’s left: Think about categories—is there anything that belongs together? For example, group your baking ingredients in one place. You can also use containers or baskets to help organize different foods, like dry goods in one container and canned goods in another. When storing food in clear containers or bins, you’ll be able to see what you have at a glance, to make shopping easier and faster when you’re at the store.

Keep frequently used items at eye level so they’re  easy for kids to reach.

Finally, label everything so everyone knows where everything is stored. You can even label containers with pictures if your child is still learning to read.

After organizing your pantry, create a list of items to purchase at the store.

Set aside a shelf or basket in your pantry for lunch boxes and reusable water bottles. Doing so will make it easy and time efficient when running out the door.

Make this a fun experience and set yourself up for success this school year with an organized pantry.

Need additional support? The Fancy Pantry is here to help!

Our expert designers will create a space that suits your lifestyle needs and preferences. We will help you get organized with a functional and beautiful pantry.

Final Days of Summer Sale

The summer days are winding down. We invite you to soak up the sunshine with our Final Days of Summer Sale! 

There is still plenty of time to make memories with family and friends, by creating an outdoor entertaining space. 

A place to laugh, break bread and celebrate the gift of life. 

We have everything you need to create a warm and inviting space for your guest. 

From pillows and throws, to table decor, lanterns, charcuterie boards and more! 

Tori Sikkema Photography

Enhance your space with our luxury summer essentials designed to make the most of your backyard or garden. And it all starts with a few new pieces from our final days of summer sale.

All items pictured are available in-store. Please visit our website for more options.

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Elegant Powder Rooms

Design TCDS | Photo: Tori Sikkema

Powder rooms may be the smallest room in the house, but they allow the perfect opportunity to experiment and be adventurous with design.

Design Collaboration with TCDS & AR Interiors | Photo: Raquel Langworthy

A powder room should make an eye-catching statement, with its unique light fixtures, bold hues, mirrors, wall coverings, and flooring.

Design TCDS | Photo: Tori Sikkema

Designing your powder room should be an enjoyable experience. Whether you want a stylish, wash-up station or a spa oasis, we are here to help.

Elegant Powder Rooms
Left Photo: Design Collaboration TCDS & Pearce Design Group |  Photo: Chris Del
Right Photo: Design Collaboration TCDS & AR Interiors | Photo: Raquel Langworthy

We can help give your powder room its own unique style and decor.  

Our designers will work with your needs and budget to create a powder room that’s perfect for you!

White Peach Rosemary Cocktail Recipe

Inspired by fresh, ripe white peaches, this cocktail is the perfect party drink for entertaining or just relaxing on a warm summer day.

The crisp, sophisticated scent of rosemary adds complexity and depth to this refreshing, delicious drink. 

Serve this cocktail in our Castillian Glassware and Pebble Glass Carafe, with your favorite meal and it is sure to be a crowd-pleasing experience.

Tori Sikkema Photography

All items pictured are available in-store. Please visit our website for more options.

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Summer Outdoor Dining Essentials

The sun is out and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect time to host a gathering outside during these beautiful summer months. We have all the essentials you need to curate a wonderful outdoor dining experience filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

Hostess Gifts

When you get invited to a party, show your host appreciation with a hostess gift. Our featured gift is a seafood set in a wooden box by Orban & Sons.

It has everything you need for a lobster dinner or oysters for four. This gift will stand the test of time. A hostess gift is the perfect way to say thank you to your host. It’s thoughtful and personal.

This small gesture can make all the difference in helping you to make new friends, as well as reconnecting with old ones.

Outdoor Spaces

This year, make your outdoor space even more luxurious with our selection of pillows and throws. The perfect way to add comfort and style to your lawn or patio, our throws come in a wide range of colors, patterns and materials.

Whether you want something soft and warm for those chilly nights by the fire pit or a light throw to keep in your car for impromptu picnics in the park, we have what you need.

Table Decor

Celebrate the Fourth of July with elegance and style!

With our table decor, you can give your guests a truly unique experience and make them feel like they are part of something special.

Our beautiful collection of tableware and accessories will help you create an atmosphere of elegance and luxury at your celebration.

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Father’s Day Whiskey Tasting Set

We’re celebrating Father’s Day with this special glass set that will elevate your whiskey to new heights.

The Peugeot whiskey glass is perfect for beginners and connoisseurs alike, as it heightens your drinking experience through design and technique.

The Les Impitoyables Whiskey Tasting Set is ideal for anyone who appreciates whiskey, liquor, cocktails, and more.

The specially shaped glass reveals the qualities and subtleties of whiskey, cognac, scotch, brandy, Armagnac’s, and more while cutting down on the alcohol vapors.

It comes paired with a metal chilling base and a branded Peugeot coaster so you can savor a single malt as it was meant to be enjoyed.

No ice needed – enjoy it neat! Keep the chilling base in the freezer for a few hours until frozen then place on the coaster to prevent condensation rings. Set the glass over the base and pour the spirit without covering the dome. Wait for 2-3 minutes. The whiskey is now at the perfect temperature, yet not watered down—for an even more authentic flavor!

So raise your glass high this Father’s Day…and cheers!

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Create A Luxury Outdoor Kitchen

Luxury Outdoor Kitchen

If you’re looking for a fresh way to bring the family together or entertain guests, consider an outdoor kitchen.

It’s a great place to spend summer evenings cooking up delicious meals, hanging out with friends and family, or just relaxing.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to these spaces. They can be as simple as a grill and countertop with a sink or they can be as elaborate as a fully customized kitchen complete with stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and more.

No matter what you’re looking for—from rustic to modern—there’s an outdoor kitchen for every taste and budget.

Contact us today to see how we can help you create a luxurious outdoor kitchen!

Services We Offer

Are you ready to make your dream home a reality?

We have the expertise and experience to develop a custom home design that is unique and tailored to your needs.

The services we offer are cabinetry and millwork design, hard finish selections, product sourcing and coordination, space planning design, and project management services.

Let’s dive deeper into hard finishes. They’re the surfaces and materials of your home, such as flooring, wall paneling, and paint, but also fireplaces, cabinetry, countertops, and even drawer handles.

These are the “permanent” aspects of the interior design, as opposed to “non-permanent” things like furniture or soft goods. Hard finishes also include external materials such as bricks, roofing, and driveway finishes.

Our team will work with you to make sure that every detail is just right, down to the placement of every drawer pull. We’ll also help coordinate all the details like plumbing fixtures and lighting, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! We simplify your project into manageable components for seamless results.

When selecting an interior design company, it is important to have a complete understanding from the start of their process and how they can meet your needs.

You can rely on us for expert advice and guidance every step of the way: from initial consultation to final installation.

If you are looking for an interior designer who will be there from start to finish, contact us today!

3 Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. Not only does it give you the chance to get outside and enjoy the sun, but it also allows you to create a space that brings joy into your life every day.

Gardener’s Gift Box

The Gardner’s Gift Box is available for purchase at TheMercantileByTCDS.com

This season we have a Gardener’s Gift Box that gives you everything you need to get started on your new hobby: fresh-planted herbs in beautiful containers, plus beautiful garden books for inspiration.

Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

Three Reasons to Start a Spring Garden

1. Spring gardening isn’t just about flowers or plants—it’s about creating a space that brings you joy every day. It’s about bringing nature inside so you can enjoy its beauty without having to leave your home.

2. Spring gardening is about making a promise to yourself (and your family) that this year will be different. You’re going to create a space that doesn’t just look good but also feels good—a space where everyone can relax, unwind, and find some peace in their lives.

Beautiful coffee table books to keep you inspired all year long.

3. Starting a spring garden is all about planning ahead and preparing for success! You’ll need to check your zone for the best plants to grow; clear out a space, remove weeds and debris; prune old plants and trees; prepare the soil; and add fresh compost.

Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be hard work either. With some basic tools and materials, anyone can create their own little piece of paradise in their backyard!

3 Types of Interior Lighting Design

Interior Lighting Design

Lighting is one of the most important design elements in your home, setting the mood and creating a sense of space.

There are usually three types of lighting referred to in interior design: general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

General Lighting

General lighting is used throughout the room and provides overall illumination for those who are simply moving around the room without completing any tasks at one time or another. General lighting can be achieved with recessed ceiling lights or track lights around your perimeter walls so they don’t take up valuable real estate on your floor plans either!

Task Lighting

This type of light will provide illumination in areas where you might need to complete a specific task such as reading a book or working on a project. This can be accomplished with spotlights or recessed ceiling lights.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is used to highlight certain features of your room such as artwork or architectural details. This type of lighting should be used sparingly to avoid making the room look too busy or cluttered.

You’ll want to take into account your budget and the style of your home when choosing interior design lighting essentials. We have made this process easy for you.

Town & Country Design Studio is here to help you create the best lighting design for your home.