From The Shop

From The Shop

July 2015

Fireworks

Ooh Ahh   America’s Independence Day is coming up. Fireworks are the traditional mode of celebration. Ever wonder why that is? Turns out that celebrating with fireworks is a tradition as old as our country. The first such fireworks display took place on July 4, 1777 in Philadelphia, despite still being in the midst of the Revolutionary War against Britain. It was intended to boost morale. Funny that with all of the inventions, advancements, and technology that has come about since [...]

Vertical Pull Out Spice Racks

If you're someone who loves to cook, it is likely that you've accumulated an abundance of spices. Often adventurous cooks collect spices as they try new recipes. Which is great if you're a taste tester, but strains the average kitchen cabinet. One of our more unique solutions is vertical pull out spice racks. These upper cabinet vertical roll outs make for nice eye level storage of spices or other items. They work similar to a roll out shelf and [...]

June 2015

Custom Roll Out Shelves Maximize Your Space

Custom roll outs maximize your existing space and make that space more accessible.  Help Your Shelves is part of Joseph Otto Enterprises.  We are a custom cabinetry shop that realized not everyone was in the market for new cabinetry, but they still wanted to gain accessibility and organization in their existing cabinets.  We use the same construction techniques with our roll outs that we use in our custom cabinetry.  We have been in business for 12 years designing and [...]

Banish the junk drawer! Kitchen organization

Kitchen organization seems to fall short where junk drawers are concerned. It’s often a bottomless drawer of random things from all over the house that have ended up in the kitchen! While it might be tempting to simply ignore this space, it’s a great place to add some customization to keep organized.  We’ve developed the “un-junk” drawer. We find that having a specific place for the items you really want to store in the kitchen keeps the drawer from becoming [...]

Grilling Hacks

  Grilling season has official begun. The internet is loaded with more recipes than one could ever hope to try. Pinterest is the perfect place to find some grilling inspiration…and waste a couple of hours. We love to grill and don’t let the snow or the mosquitos keep us from cooking outdoors. One of my least favorite household chores is cleaning the grill. I use the nifty ammonia in garbage bag method, which does work, but still it is a [...]

Reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood is quite popular these days. The trend of repurposing items is a great way to go green and add character to your home at the same time. During the recent Parade of Homes the Dream Home in Stillwater was a prime example. This home showcased reclaimed wood in several places. The kitchen’s large center island was covered with reclaimed wood, but reclaimed wood was found in several other places as well. The kitchen’s cabinetry was white with the exception [...]

May 2015

Happy bees!

Plants for Pollinators It is finally getting to be the time of year when Minnesotans head out outside. For some that means working in the garden, some it means planting or buying flower plants to enjoy during the warmer months. Most of us it seems, make some connection with growing things over the summer. If we don’t personally partake in growing fruits and veggies we likely visit a farmers market or get a tomato or two from a neighbor. It is [...]

She sheds?

A Space to Call Her Own We have all heard the term man cave. There are television shows about them. There are neon signs for them. The need for a man cave came about when the den became the family room and the man of the house needed a workshop…or a place to escape. Which for many men has always been the garage. The décor of a home has commonly been dictated by the woman of the house, so some (likely [...]