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Master Closet Makeover

Over the last year, I had been struggling to store all my clothes in my walk-in closet.  It’s not a small closet so it got me thinking that maybe the problem wasn’t the space, but what I was storing in the space. I was also feeling uninspired getting ready in the mornings and really wanted a change. 

I decided to go through my ENTIRE wardrobe, right down to athletic socks and pare down what I owned.  I’m a professional organizer so this wasn’t hard for me, but I’m a bit of a clothes horse, so this did take a while. I used the Marie Kondo litmus test to guide my process: I only kept what I absolutely loved.   I donated several bags of clothing and shoes, including items from high school!  It was very freeing.  I highly recommend doing this every 6 months or when you swap out your seasonal clothes. 

After I was left with only the items I loved, I decided that I was going to make this my dream closet – a space in which I would love beginning and ending each day.  

Step one was to paint the existing structure and built-in shelving.  Then, I decided to go BOLD and wallpaper the walls and backs of the shelves.  I also swapped out the awful, pre-existing florescent light with a beautiful, prism chandelier that picked up the prism shapes in the wallpaper.  

The finished space has made me SO HAPPY.  I love getting ready in the mornings and being able to easily see and locate what I need as I prepare for my day.  My 10 year-old daughter says it’s like walking into a boutique.  I couldn’t agree more.  :)

To appreciate the transformation, take a look at the before shots… 

Sources:  Cole & Son wallpaper, Lamps Plus chandelier, Linen Jewelry Busts from Nile Corp., and Drawers from ELFA.

Tween Bedroom Makeover

My daughter’s bedroom needed a major update because most of the decor was from her original baby nursery.  Since she’s about to start middle school, it was clearly time! Her window treatments are the last thing we are waiting on, but she is thrilled with the results and so am I!  We started with wallpaper from Serena and Lily and this set the tone and color palette for the room.  The ceiling is my favorite feature, because we created a tray with simple molding, then painted the inside with a mauve-type pink (BM Palermo Rose) and the outside a lighter shade of pink (BM Petunia Pink).  Both colors were picked up from the wallpaper. We added a lovely chandelier and the colors from the ceiling radiate off of the crystals.  The walls are BM Chantilly Lace.  Linens from Pottery Barn Kids and the starburst mirror from Target.  Everything else was already present in her room, including Mr. Moo Moo, who has been with her since birth!  To truly appreciate the breadth of this transformation, see the “Before” photos below!