It’s the little things

New shelves!!

Our new shelves bring me great joy!  Our shoe closet is wonderful and I adore our little pantry, but what I love most is how they look as though they’ve been there for years and years, even though they are new. They are a perfect addition to our little funky house.

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Carrie Bradshaw would be proud.

Our new master closet still has a few finishing touches remaining, plus it still needs doors, but I am completely smitten and grateful to Mike for working so hard!  We’ve lived with cramped closets for a very long time, and most recently cardboard boxes, so this upgrade makes my heart sing.

Before:

CLOSET before

After:

closet after

*Carrie Bradshaw is a character in the tv series Sex and the City, and she loved a pretty closet.

Closet [part two]

As of 3pm today, the boxes are up!

Yea, Mike is a rockstar.  The next couple of days will be shelves, drawers and hanging rods. Then he’ll trim it all out so there won’t be a gap on the top and sides and then last step will be the painted paneled doors which will come later; hopefully within a couple weeks. I’m so excited!

closet 4

Closet [part one]

To live out of boxes the first month is kind of cute. Projects are happening, energy is high and it’s all progress. After two months of boxes… not so cute anymore.

So today, this very minute actually, our big master closet is beginning to take shape! These boards will turn into…

closet 3

…. This beautiful closet/cabinets. (see the inspiration pic on the left)

closet before 2

We both have closet design backgrounds. Mike began his first closet company near the age of 19 and has been highly skilled in design and construction ever since. I spent a couple years of my life as a designer for California Closets and absolutely loved the design part!! The driving and the occasional difficult client… not so much. So my point is that we both love organization and give extra attention to our clothes and shoes, so this current situation has tested our nerves just a wee-bit.

closet before 1

* Did you spy our sweet linoleum on the garage floor? Yea, we’re fancy like that here on the west side of town.

Probably NOT Project Runway

It’s very unlikely that you’ll see me on next season’s Project Runway, and even more unlikely that I’ll be invited for a guest segment on Martha Stewart – unless she does a segment on how NOT to sew.

See, it all started with that darn Smith + Noble curtain catalog. I’ve been waiting for years to order from it; eyeing all of the pretty swatches, dreaming of what color palette I’d choose for each room. So just as soon as our offer was accepted, I began measuring every window and dreaming of my new roman shades. Yea…

I entered the bedroom dimension on the online site, chose my fabric and it had to be an error right!? $750 for one simple roman shade on just a regular ‘ol sized window!? Sigh. Plan B. I went to another site and chose a fabric that was nice enough but not absolutely dreamy like the one before. I got the price down closer to $350. Bleh. Not so bad but when you have a whole house full of windows, it adds up fast.

So with the helpful recommendation of my friend Kristin, I embarked on Plan C. Make my own cafe curtains. They’re simple and they don’t glide up and down, but I went from $750 to a grand total of $20 for this window treatment; sale fabric and rod.  Of course the steep discount came at a price.  I spent about 15 minutes trying to thread my needle with dim light and 42 year old eyes, was unsuccessful in making my bobbin so I had to use different thread that sort of matched and then I carefully pinned the entire thing only to realize I did it wrong side out. Redo. By the end, I was dreaming of putting $750 on a credit card.  But it’s done, it works, and I’m happy with it.

curtains