8 Steps To Spring Cleaning Organization

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your cabinets and pantry. It’s a great way to refresh your home and start fresh, but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.

Here are 8 steps to help you clear out the clutter and get organized!

1. Set Pantry Goals

What do you want from your pantry? Do you want to make it more functional, or more beautiful? Do you want to be able to find things quickly, or do you just want to be able to close the door on all that mess? You might have different goals for each area of your kitchen, so think about what’s important in each area before starting.

2. Take Inventory

Now that you know what you want from your pantry, take inventory of what’s currently in there. Are there any foods that expired last month? Is there anything moldy? If so, throw it away immediately! Then check expiration dates on everything else—you may want to donate items past their prime if they’re still in good condition.

3. Declutter

Once expired items are out of the way, it’s time for some serious decluttering! Get rid of all those old cans and jars and clear off your shelves so that nothing gets lost behind other items (and so that nothing gets lost behind them).

4. Organize

Organize all of your items into categories—food, cleaning supplies, cookware, etc.—and make sure all the items are neatly organized in their bins or drawers.

5. Find Your Flow

Know where you want things to go, and if possible, make sure things are arranged in an order that makes sense. For example, canned goods could go on one shelf and dry goods on another—you get the idea.

6. Organize with Containers and Baskets

It’s not enough to just throw things into the pantry—you want them organized so that you can see what you have and make sure it’s all in good shape.

7. Label Items

Label items with expiration dates and other important info (like allergens). This is especially important if you have kids who might eat from the pantry without your supervision.

8. Stock Your Shelves

Put your items back on your shelves in a visually pleasing way (arranging them by color or size or shape can be helpful). This will make them easy to find when you need them.

Visit The Fancy Pantry to learn more about creating your dream pantry.

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The Fancy Pantry

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you gather with your family, where you prepare and share meals, where you laugh and enjoy each other’s company—and it should be a space that feels comfortable and inviting.

We understand a well-designed pantry will bring calm and order to your kitchen while transforming the way the heart of the home looks, feels and functions.

That’s why we offer customized solutions for every kitchen—no pantry is too small or too full to be organized.

With the right accessories and layout, meal-prep and clean-up will be much more enjoyable.

We’ll keep your decorating style and budget in consideration as well as how you use your kitchen when we design and implement your new pantry.

Visit TheMercantileByTCDS.com to learn how we can work together to create your dream pantry!

Designer Curated Gift Boxes

Life is a gift. Celebrate it by giving gifts. At The Mercantile by TCDS, we believe there is no occasion too small to be celebrated, and no celebration complete without a gift. We are committed to making giving the perfect gift easy, because we know you’ve got enough on your plate.

Curated Gift Boxes

With our curated gift boxes, you can send love and gratitude to new neighbors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, the bride and groom themselves, the list goes on and on. If there’s a reason to celebrate, we can make it happen with the perfect gift box.

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We create all of our gifts in-house in our design studio in New Jersey. Each item is hand-selected for its quality and aesthetic so that you can rest easy knowing that the people you care about will receive the best products available with each of our gift boxes.

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Mother’s Day Flower Bouquets: Sneak Peek! A Collaboration with Three Girls Garden

Coming soon, a Mother’s Day weekend pop up with Three Girls Garden featuring locally grown flowers in wrap bouquets and pre-order vase arrangements.

The best way to keep mom smiling on Mother’s Day is through the power of flowers. A fresh colorful flower bouquet will send your Mom going about her day feeling loved and appreciated. Shop for Mother’s Day flowers and plan a sweet surprise for Mom.

Spring Design Inspiration

Springtime is the best time to freshen up your home. After a long hibernation, you want to get out and make your space feel bright and lively again. The best part about spring decorating? You can use all the fun colors of nature!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Add a fresh coat of paint

One simple way to create a major impact in your home is to paint a wall or two. Paint is an easy and affordable way to add personality and interest to your space, and you can update it whenever you want!

Plant a garden

Bring some greenery into your space! Planting a garden is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and even save money on groceries. If you have limited outdoor space or don’t want to spend money on plants, try planting herbs in pots that you can keep inside once they’re grown!

Have a picnic

When the weather is nice, it’s fun to eat outside with friends and family. If you have kids at home, this is also an easy way for them to play together without having screen time!

What to Expect From Town & Country Design Studio

Town & Country Design Studio was established when owner, Ginny Padula saw a need for a full service boutique design studio. Clients could enjoy a seamless and comprehensive process for their new build and renovation projects.

Since 2008, TCDS has been the premier source for full service luxury interior design for clients in New Jersey and beyond. At Town & Country Design Studio, we share a passion for creating beautiful spaces that are timeless and highly functional.

We value quality products; handcrafted and built to be enjoyed for years to come. Our clients share this appreciation and benefit from our network of preferred manufacturers. Our goal with each project, is to blend our clients’ design aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle to create a space that exceeds their expectations.

We can help with all selections for the home. For example, hard surfaces, such as cabinetry, hardware, lighting, furniture, rugs, etc. Our goal is to make the design-build process an enjoyable one for our clients. We organize projects into 5 basic phases allowing the process to move at a steady pace, while ensuring all details are covered along the way.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easter Day Brunch

Hosting an Easter brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Brunch time gives your guests a chance to spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs and spending time with their family before visiting your home for the meal. And a brunch menu provides the best combination of savory and sweet dishes to satisfy all of your guests. But hosting an Easter brunch will require a little planning and preparation. These five simple tips will help you host an amazing Easter brunch:

1. Make sure you have enough space

Since it’s likely that you’ll be hosting more guests than usual, make sure you have enough seating and space for everyone. If you don’t have enough chairs, consider renting or borrowing some extra folding chairs or benches. You could even create a more casual dining experience by setting up some picnic tables outside (just make sure to check the weather forecast so you know how many people you’ll be able to accommodate outside).

2. Plan some kid-friendly activities

Easter is all about fun for kids, so make sure you plan some activities that are suitable for all ages. You can hide plastic eggs around your backyard and send your younger guests on an egg hunt while they wait for the rest of your guests to arrive.

3. Plan the menu

Avoid making overly complicated recipes or dishes with a lot of ingredients. You want to spend time with your family and guests, not in the kitchen. A brunch menu is best when you have a few dishes that are easy to make and easy to eat. It’s important to plan the menu for your Easter brunch in advance. This will ensure that you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need, and avoid any last-minute trips to the store. It’s also smart to plan a menu that includes both sweet and savory dishes, so that all of your guests will be able to find something they like. And don’t forget coffee, tea, juice, and water!

4. Decorate

It’s fun to decorate your home for Easter, but it can also be stressful if you try to do it right before guests arrive. Set aside some time in advance of your brunch to set up decorations around your home. You can make or buy decorations in advance so that they’re ready when you need them. And make sure you put away any non-holiday clutter before decorating! Easter is all about eggs, rabbits, bunnies and spring flowers blooming everywhere. So decorate your home with a few flowers around the room for some color and add some Easter-themed table decorations for a festive touch.

5. Set the table

Setting the table ahead of time will ensure that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Place name cards at each spot so that people know where to sit. And consider using spring flowers as a centerpiece for an extra touch of seasonal beauty! Bonus Tip: Create an atmosphere of fun: The environment in which people eat can have just as much impact on their experience as the food itself.

Tips to Live Through Your Renovation

Renovating your home is a big deal.  Living in a home that’s undergoing renovations can be stressful and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! There are simple things you can do to make the process easier.

Make Some Simple Plans

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to sit down with your family and talk about what parts of the house will be off-limits, where people will sleep, and how you’ll handle things like meals and personal hygiene (hello, homemade outdoor shower).

Be Prepared For Delays

It’s rare for a renovation project to go perfectly according to plan; usually there are a few delays along the way. Make sure you’ve talked with your contractor about how those will be handled (and trust us, this is one area where it pays to have a good relationship with your contractor). You should also write down any questions or concerns that come up as work progresses.

Be Flexible

Even if you’ve made some solid plans for how you’ll live through your renovation. Making the most of any situation is always possible if you approach it with a sense of humor. Try to find ways to laugh at the inevitable setbacks—the more fun you have, the easier time you’ll have getting through it!

How to Style Spring Decor In Your Home

Spring is in the air! And if you’re like us, your first instinct is to go in and redecorate your house. We’re here to help!

1. Go light—literally

It’s springtime, so it’s time to go light: not just light on the flowers and plants (although those can be great additions), but also with your use of color. Opt for lighter hues throughout your home: pale yellows, blues, greens, oranges, and pinks for the walls. Not only does this give a springtime vibe to the room, but it also makes the room feel open and warm. If you want some contrast, try using darker accents like pillows or rugs that bring out some of the colors you’ve used elsewhere in the room.

2. Bring it back to nature

One of the best ways to add a feeling of springtime into any room is by bringing in more natural elements. This doesn’t mean you have to haul a bunch of rocks and sticks into your living room (although that could work!), but instead look for things like wicker furniture or other pieces designed to mimic natural materials (like wood). These pieces will give any room an earthy feeling that automatically reminds people of springtime.

3. Keep it colorful

There’s no better time than spring to embrace color! Pick a color palette and stick with it when shopping for seasonal décor. Or mix things up by choosing a few different colors that match each other.

4. Focus on flowers

To really bring in the feeling of spring, surround yourself with flowers! Whether they’re real or fake, adding flowers to your space will instantly make it feel more lively. From delicate bouquets to big arrangements on tables, you can’t go wrong with flowers!

5. Add texture

Try finding patterns that match your initial decor to tie together the different areas of your house. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Accentuate different parts of a room with different colors or patterns.

Looking for additional assistance?


Whether you are accessorizing your space, renovating or building a new home, Town & Country Design Studio and The Mercantile by Town & Country Design Studio are here to help.


We want to elevate your unique style. A house is meant to be lived in. We can create a timeless, functional and livable space for you and your family. Each project is unique and your home should be a reflection of that.


At our first meeting in our studio, we would like to get to know you and your home. What is your style, how do you live in the space and what are you looking to accomplish? We will discuss budget and your needs. What you like about the space and what you would like to change. We ask you to bring in pictures of your existing space and any inspiration images you may have. This consultation will last about one hour.


We will then send you a Design Report of what we discussed and some ideas with budgets. If you like what you see, we will send you a proposal. Once we receive your signed proposal and deposit, we will schedule an in-home meeting if needed to get any measurements or picture we may need.


As a design firm, we have access to many vendors along with many years of design expertise. We can save you time and money and we will work with your budget and schedule.


One hour in studio consultation $250.00.

Recipe: Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake

Continuing to crave healthy yet hearty dishes, Jess Rogers, of The Blonde Shallot, has graciously shared another delicious recipe with us for this month’s recipe feature. We are loving this Rustic Italian Vegetable Bake recipe; hearty enough for a main dish or perfect for pairing with a larger meal as a side. This dish is a great addition to weekly meals.

Recipe

Vegetable Bake shown in T&C Mercantile white lidded ceramic bakers with wood & stainless cheese grater.

Spice Blend:

  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Onion
  • 2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
  • 2 Tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • 2 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 4 red bliss potatoes, scrubbed and sliced in ½ inch rounds
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced and excess liquid drained
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Gluten Free Panko
  • Olive oil
  • Flat Leaf Parsley

Directions:

Mix all spice blend ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

Coat potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a little freshly ground pepper. Lay out on a baking sheet (does not need to be single layer) and bake at 400 for 30 minutes till nicely browned. *does not need to develop a dark brown finish.

Set aside and allow potatoes to cool, this step can be done ahead of time.

Combine zucchini and squash in a large bowl. Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil, and ½ cup of spice mixture. Mix well and massage the oil and spices into all slices to evenly coat everything. Add to the cooled potatoes, cannellini beans, roasted red peppers, and tomatoes, Mix gently with your hands.

Line 2 baking trays with foil. Spray foil, and dump half of mixture onto each tray and spread out evenly. Again, this does not need to be an even layer. Sprinkle half can of GF panko crumbs on each sheet, spray with cooking spray, and give it a light, even drizzle of olive oil.

Bake 400 for 30-35 minutes until panko is golden.

Garnish with chopped parsley or add freshly grated cheese for a little extra deliciousness.

Let The Blonde Shallot Cook for You

We are so grateful to Jess for sharing her delicious recipes with us. We encourage you to check out The Blonde Shallot for your next meal, visit their website to ” order for pick up or delivery  and follow their Instagram for updates to their market selections.

Location: 471 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ

Contact: 732.383.5302

Please make sure you check out a few other recipes we have shared from Jess’s kitchen: Jess’s Skinny Minnie Vegetable Soup and Chicken Enchiladas Verde.

The Blonde Shallot as seen in The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore

For the current issue of The Scout Guide Two Rivers and The Shore, T&C Mercantile had the pleasure of featuring some of our tableware collection items displayed in the image above. 

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