Friday, February 21, 2014

How to Organize Your Entryway - Even in Winter

A home’s entryway can be a cluttered, hectic space at the best of times. We’re often dashing through it in a rush to get somewhere: pulling on outerwear while searching for keys, an umbrella or a matching pair of gloves. It’s not a space we tend to linger in, but it is the first thing we see when we come home again.
Wintertime just makes things worse. And this extraordinary winter has surely been a particular challenge! Coming in from the cold, where to stow all those boots, coats, hats, scarves, mittens and other winter accessories?
In an ideal world, maybe things get hung up, or maybe they are tossed in a closet. Or – let’s be honest – maybe they pile up on a chair or the floor until it’s time to go back out again. But sorting them out and searching for a missing glove can be a real hassle when you’re late for the bus.
If this sounds familiar, there are a few easy ways to make your home’s entryway tidier and more efficient. This is good practice any time of the year, and especially helpful in winter.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The OTTO Story

We’re inspired to create products based on our own experience. New ideas come to us all the time! Products we would find useful in our own home. Products we think our kids and friends would love, too. But in reality, the path from idea to product takes time, testing and experience.

The GitaDini OTTO is a good example of how our patience and perfectionism led us – eventually – to what we think is a great product.
We’ve always loved ottomans – the ultimate in flexible and portable furnishings. But traditional ottomans can sometimes look stuffy and, dare we say it, old-fashioned. We wanted to modernize the ottoman concept and make it multi-functional, fun and appealing to all ages. What’s more, we wanted a product that is designed and made in the USA, yet still affordable. The result? OTTO.