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Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

To be honest, this roundup was a whole heck of a lot easier to put together than I thought it would be. For some reason, I anticipated that it would be really hard to find pet accessories that I wouldn’t mind having out amongst the rest of our modern, sleek décor, but I actually ended up finding more than I needed when it came time to compile this list! I think that’s because brands are finally catching on that people want to get style and functionality out of the pet bedding, litter boxes, toys, and bowls they buy. Can I just say: it’s about time!

Pet Stuff You Won’t Mind Leaving Out:

1. Ceramic Dog Bowl with Carved Pattern ($10)

2. Cat Condo ($80)

3. Rustic Lodge Style Dog House ($161)

4. Cat Scratcher Lounge & Bed ($48)

5. Litter Scoop Set ($28)

6. Oreo Cat House ($54)

7. Pet Blanket ($48)

8. Cat Litter Box with Lid ($140)

9. Natural Sphere Cat Tower ($210)

10. Vertical Stripe Rectangle Dog Bed ($58)

11. Furbo Dog Camera ($199)

12. Hooded Dog Bed ($177)

Do you have a favorite item from that list? I thought that Oreo Cat House was especially cute (and a great place to hide a litter box), and I’m also considering that Hooded Dog Bed, too. I know our four furry kiddos would get a big kick out of this collection…If only I could buy each and every item in the list! Let me know your top pick (or picks!) in the comments below.

Pet Stuff You Won't Mind Leaving Out

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Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved change. I’d switch rooms with my little sister just for fun, I painted and repainted the walls in my childhood bedroom more times than I can count, and I’ve been going to yard sales and thrift stores with my mom as far back as I can remember looking for new treasures. My love and passion for newness when it comes to home décor has always been deeply engrained in my process, and that is still going strong into my adulthood.

Case in point, the dresser my dad built for me a couple years ago. I’m obviously never going to get rid of this heirloom piece of furniture, but I was starting to feel the itch for something a little different in terms of the look. I’ll also never paint the piece because the stain my dad and I chose for it is just going to get prettier with age, but the hardware is something I feel totally validated in changing up as my mood inevitably swings around.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

As you can see in that “Before” photo above (or if you remember the original post when I introduced the new dresser), I made the most of some cabinet door handles that we had taken down in the kitchen. I thought it would be really nice to repurpose the brass flower pulls for use on my new dresser, but after living with the look for a year or two, I decided that it wasn’t the best fit after all.

If you scroll back up to that “Before” photo again (sorry), you’ll probably appreciate the soft gold color of the brass against the wood grain. The dainty flower shapes on the faces of the pulls also made me smile. What I didn’t end up liking after looking at them for so long was that the brass just sort of faded into the cherry wood color of the dresser. They didn’t quite POP like I wanted them to. So I decided to change them out for a new set of matte black pulls.

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

Those new sleek dark handles really make a statement against the wood grain, and I love that they match the black pulls I added to our recently thrifted lowboy dresser, too. The other thing I appreciate so much about the new hardware (other than how affordable the swap was, of course!) is that they also helped modernize the more traditional, simple shape of the dresser. It feels very “me” now, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll feel the urge to change this look up for a long time to come.

What do you think? Would you have kept the classic brass flower drawer handles, or do you prefer the new modern matte black pulls? There’s no right or wrong answer here because I think both looks are beautiful—but it sure is fun to change things up for fun, isn’t it?!

Modernizing A Dresser With New Hardware

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Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

One of the number one questions I got after revealing our Pet Hideaway Closet Makeover earlier this month was: “Where did you get that litter box?!” It might not be the classiest or most appealing thing to talk about (especially if you’re reading this first thing in the morning…sorry about that!), but it really is a good-looking litter box.

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

So, I spent a little time today gathering links to all the items I used in the refresh—from that fan-favorite litter box, to the peel-and-stick tile floor, too! Keep scrolling for all the details, and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions from the closet makeover.

I should also mention that, if you’re a little lost about what the heck I’m talking about, you can click back here for the whole story, where I explain what inspired us to turn an under-appreciated closet in our basement into a colorful hideaway for our cats.

Resources From Our Pet Closet Makeover:

1. Cat house ($143)

2. White litter box ($28)

3. Wood and fabric storage box ($15)

4. Peel-and-stick patterned tiles (ON SALE: $9.98)

5. Mini dust pan set ($9)

6. Faux snake plant ($58)

7. Vintage rug ($60)

8. White rope basket ($13)

9. White basket with handles ($13)

10. Wall basket plant holder ($19.97)

Shopping List For Your Stylish Pet Hideaway

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Article Sven Sectional Couch Review

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You’ve seen the full reveal of our made-over living room, and today I’m back with a real-life review of our new Sven Sectional sofa from Article! Investing in a brand new couch isn’t really something that we, as homeowners, will have the opportunity to do more than a handful of times, so I think we all go into it with some level of trepidation. Buying something over the Internet sight unseen can be even scarier, which is why I think it’s soooooo important that those of us who have done it should leave honest reviews online.

When’s the last time you relied heavily on someone else’s review to help confirm your decision to purchase something? It helped a ton to be able to get that real-life perspective, right?! I know I’ve been in that position so often this past year. But, when I think back on the multitude of purchases I’ve made online lately, I’ve come to realize that I haven’t paid things forward with an honest review of my own. Well, all this to say that (a) I encourage you to go leave 3-4 reviews on things you’ve bought online in 2019, and (b) I’m so excited to spend an entire blog post today sharing my thoughts on our new Article sofa so you can purchase with confidence this summer.

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Delivery

I’m going to break things down into three main sections to, hopefully, cover all of your questions. That said, don’t hesitate to leave a comment with specific questions below. First up is delivery. Article has several delivery options, but we went for the in-home set-up upgrade, and I’m so glad we did. It was entirely hands-off, and the two men who came to put the sectional together for us were in and out in less than 30 minutes. They also took all the trash with them, which was such a load off—literally.

We let them in, did some tidying up around the kitchen while the guys worked to put the sofa together in the place we had cleared out for them, and then they were out the door. So worth the extra expense to have this taken care of, especially since putting furniture together is one of the few things that has the potential to make John and I argue.

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Comfort

I tend to personally prefer seating to be a little on the softer side. This is really the biggest point of contention for me whenever I buy things offline since I’m not able to test out the comfort factor before signing on the dotted line. Happily, this couch is the perfect combination of firmness and softness. It’s the type of sectional that you can flop down onto, and you won’t have to worry about slamming your elbow into a hard spot.

The tufted seating also allows you so much room to sink into, and the overstuffed back pillows are great for long movie viewings. So comfortable, in fact, that I’m constantly catching our cats nesting on top of the cushions. The sectional is pretty much everyone’s favorite spot in the house.

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Style

What can I say…This is one stylish couch! There’s a reason it’s one of Article’s most popular sofa styles. The clean lines and tufted silhouette are the perfect fit for our mid-century home, and I am absolutely in love with the color.

Truth be told, I was sort of gunning for the Birch Ivory version of the sectional, but John was adamant about his love for the dark gray fabric option (the one we ultimately went with). I’m so glad he pushed for the darker version, because the fabric is absolutely beautiful. The richer tone makes the sectional pop against our white walls, and, like I mentioned in the room reveal earlier this week, it’s so neat to be able to appreciate all the different colored threads running throughout when you get up close (think: silver, charcoal, white, chocolate brown, etc.). It’s worth mentioning that Article also has other types of gray sectionals if you’re on the hunt for the perfect shade of gray, though.

The sleek tapered wooden legs are another style feature that I can’t get enough of. And did you notice that the chaise sort of wraps around the lefthand arm of the couch? This is a great feature for people who sprawl out, like I do. That extra four or five inches of cushion makes this couch feel extra spacious. I feel like these types of stylish, comfortable sofas easily go for well over two or three grand, which makes this $1,899 couch seem like a steal.

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When it comes to reviews, I’m adamant about being able to talk about the good and the bad, but there’s truthfully nothing “bad” to say about this couch. It’s comfortable, so photogenic, and feels like the perfect finishing touch for our lounge-like living room. If you have any questions about the Sven Sectional, by all means, leave them in the comments. And now I’m sending you off into the interwebs to go write up that review you’ve been meaning to leave somewhere!

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Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been teasing a pretty major update in our living room, and the good news is that today’s the day that I finally get to share the full makeover. Behind the scenes, I’ve been working my tail off arranging pillows, scooting art prints around, placing piles of overly thought-out books, and just generally spending way too long making sure every single detail is picture perfect before unveiling it all to you guys.

One of my favorite things about this process, though, is that it really did take just a couple of weeks (as opposed to the months-long renovations you see on TV), and, with the exception of a few key purchases, I used mostly décor that we already had.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Handmade bowl | Sectional Sofa | Leather Side Chair

If you’ve been following along for the whole two weeks, then you know the makeover was inspired by our need for extra seating in the living room. My parents recently moved to town, which meant that we were in need of more than room for just John and me to sit down with a glass of wine. We also love the sectional set-up that we have in our lower family room so much, that we wanted to copy the look upstairs.

With those new necessities in mind, we decided to center the entire space around an upgraded sofa—the Sven Sectional from Article. I say “upgraded” because the comfort level and lounge-ability is a pretty vast improvement over what we had before, plus the upsized scale is exactly what were hoping for. I’ll be talking much more about what we love most about our Article sofa on Wednesday, so stay tuned for that if you’ve been considering adding this particular piece to your own space. Spoiler: do it!

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Carpet | Macrame Wall Hanging | Faux Leather Pillows

With the couch in place, I also wanted to change up the art, so I spent an hour or two searching Artfully Walls for three pieces that would suit the darker color of our new couch. The fabric of the sectional we chose is a multi-tonal, rich gray, that shifts from shades of black and silver, to charcoal and even chocolate when you get closer to it. So, I went into my art search hoping to find something that matched the moody, sophisticated tone of the new sofa.

The three prints I landed on were Andrew by Tali Yalonetzki, Damuresk by Holly Addi, and Blur by Emily Grady Dodge. You might remember when I talked about how to pair art together at home? Well, I basically did exactly as I described in that post. I scrolled the website pulling the digital images of potential prints over to my computer desktop where I could see them as I scanned the rest of the website. I went with my gut, and ended up with a three-piece collection that (at least I think!) feels cohesive but different.

I picked a portrait, a loosely painted nature print, and an abstract piece so that no singular artwork felt like a copy of another. I also looked for pieces that shared a general earth-toned palette. By leaning them on the art ledge I already had sitting in storage, I was able to avoid putting new custom one-off holes for art in the wall—hallelujah!

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Portrait | Abstract | Plant Painting | Blanket (similar)

As for textiles, I combined a few things we already had with a couple of newbies. The two-tone faux leather pillows were purchased just the other day from Amazon, whereas the neutral solid-colored cream pillows came from Tuesday Morning last year. They were sitting out in the sunroom, so I pulled them into this space to be put to better daily use.

One of the unexpected details that I love so much is the blue plaid Pendleton blanket that I’ve had for years and years (here’s a very similar one). I draped it over the back of the sofa, and really love how it picks up the perfect shade of navy blue that’s in the portrait just to its right. That was completely unplanned, and I’m completely in love with the effect.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Marble-look Tray | Sconce | Art Ledge | Frame TV

Those of you who are long-time followers probably noticed that I ended up pulling our vintage round coffee table upstairs from the family room. I had actually spotted a round rattan coffee table at a local antique store that I desperately wanted to get for this room, but I decided to hold off. We already have plenty of tables in the house that I could put to use without spending extra money, so that’s exactly what I did.

I brought the round coffee table up from the family room, and put the vintage tile coffee table that we originally had in this space downstairs. Switching the tables within our house made me feel like I had gotten something new, but it didn’t cost a dime.

Happily, I found out that we can appreciate the incredible shape of this mid-century beauty a lot better upstairs because this room gets more natural light than the family room downstairs. Our cats have also loved parking themselves in the cool triangular cut-out under the table on a daily basis. In short, everyone’s a big fan of the new arrangement.

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

Tour Our Casual Mid-Century Living Room

RESOURCES: Home Book | Ceramic PlatterFaux Fiddle Leaf Fig

So, that’s our new living room! I really appreciate all of your sweet messages and words of encouragement throughout this process. As with any big room makeover, there were points of indecision and even a bit of insecurity over the bigger decisions, but, in the end, we couldn’t be happier with both the look and the function of the reworked space.

Let me know what you think of the new look below, and feel free to share any suggestions you might have in the comments, too. See you back here on Wednesday with a full breakdown of our thoughts on the sectional one week in!

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Changes We’re Making As Our Pets Get Older

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The other day, I was at the vet for a post-surgery follow-up for our cat, Ginny, who had just had some teeth pulled. While I was there, I happened to ask the tech if there was anything we needed to be doing to help her out as she gets older (she’s 11 this year). Come to find out that every single one of our four pets is now considered “senior”—even little 7-year-old Tonks!

Of course, I know that pets age faster than humans and that “dog/cat years” are a thing. However, I was still a little surprised to realize that our fur babies are anything other than exactly that: babies. The good news is that I learned all sorts of ways we could help our pets live the longest, healthiest lives possible from our vet, so I wanted to share a couple of the tips and tricks we learned in case they help your own furry friends do the same.

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Let’s start with the obvious first—namely, food. You know how, as infants and toddlers, we’re fed specially formulated baby food, and that eventually evolves into veggies and other organic ingredients, built to help us grow mentally and physically strong? Well, that same type of evolutionary eating is important for pets, too.

We started our three cats and one hound dog off with kitten and puppy foods when they were little, and we have slowly transitioned them to adult formulated foods as they got older. I knew we’d eventually need to change their kibbles over to a more “mature” variety as they became seniors, but just didn’t realize it would happen so soon. Time goes too quickly, doesn’t it?!

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Anyway, the time for all of that is apparently now. So, we recently changed our pets’ then-current Purina ONE®​ dry food over to their “Vibrant Maturity” formula (both the dog and cat varieties). Purina has been a mainstay in our home for all 14 years that we’ve had pets, so it was a no-brainer to stick with the same brand. John and I love that they never use fillers in their food, and the first ingredients on the lists are immediately recognizable. Chicken has always been a favorite amongst our pack, too, so we decided to stick with that main ingredient when switching their foods.

Obviously, the best part is that we know they’re all getting the nutrition they need. This type of food includes antioxidants and Glucosamine, which will help them have more energy and mental power, plus the high-quality protein diet is great for supporting the heart and muscles. You can learn lots more here!

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I know it’s a little silly, but I’m also a big fan of how easy Purina ONE labels are to read. There can be a bit of hesitancy involved when considering changing your pets’ food, but I was able to spot exactly what we needed when I was wandering the pet food aisles at Target. The age range is printed in big, bold letters, and the bag made it obvious what types of benefits the specific food promoted. Now that I know exactly what to get Luna, Ginny, Tonks, and Rocky (and I know they like it!), I’ll use Target’s Order Pickup service to take a bit of time out of our monthly restock.

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This second tip is a little more specific to cats, but one other thing we’re doing to help them out as they age is keeping their food a little lower to the ground. They get plenty of play and exercise to help keep their joints healthy, so I didn’t think it was quite so necessary to put their food up high anymore. So, I converted the cubby shelf in my office into a cat food station. Their Purina ONE bites are kept in an air-tight container behind one of the doors, and their bowls are in the two lowest cubbies for easy reach. Keeping food and water lower to the ground helps our older cats so they don’t have to work quite so hard to get to it.

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This topic might not be for everyone, but our home is so much about the people and animals who live in it. I could go on and on! Hopefully, my learn-as-we-go insight also proves that having pets (young and old!) at home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and décor either.

So, now I’d love to hear from my fellow pet moms and dads! Tell me about your own pet routine in the comments. Do you do anything special to help your fur babies live easier, better lives as they age?

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A Sneak Peek Of Our Revamped Living Room

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I’m about halfway through the process of redecorating our living room around our new Article sectional (click back here in case you missed the intro for this project!), and I’m absolutely loving the results. As with any redesign, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and taken many, many things back to the store, but there have been lots of “wins” to help keep me going, too.

Of course, the best success of all has to be our new sectional. I’m planning a long review post for later on with tons of real life commentary and photo close-ups, all centered around our new Sven Sectional, but for now we’re just enjoying getting to know the piece. I hate to share any spoilers too early in the process, but John and I (and all four pets) have been lounging on the sectional day and night, and my initial thought is that it’s perfect. Stay tuned on more from that front next week after the big room reveal.

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Aside from the couch, we also introduced a new collection of art to the space to help tweak the overall color palette a bit. Did I tell you guys about the art ledge that I hung up in the living room a few months ago? I know I mentioned it on social media, but sometimes I forget to share these types of mini updates here on the blog, too—whoops!

At any rate, I decided back in early spring that I was sick and tired of putting holes in the wall for art (I change my mind frequently, if you hadn’t already picked up on that), so I hung an art ledge above our couch. That way I can just lean new pieces of art in place when the mood strikes instead of nailing them to the wall. I absolutely adore the three new prints we chose for the space, and appreciate that I didn’t have to damage the drywall to put them up.

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After factoring in a new couch and new art (plus a few new pillow covers that I ordered at the last minute after these photos were taken), I really wanted to try making use of décor we already had to fill out the rest of the room. So, instead of investing in the boho rattan coffee table that I had spotted at an antique store a few weeks ago, I brought up the vintage round coffee table that we already had in our downstairs family room to pair with the new sectional. I love how the rich wood tones of the coffee table speak to the tapered wood legs of our new sectional—don’t you?!

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Another thing to point out quickly is the beaded garland you see styled on the coffee table above. I was looking through inspiration images on Pinterest, and happened to spot something similar in a designer space. I searched quickly online for something similar to buy, but after realizing just how expensive they are to purchase ready-made, I whipped up my own using supplies that I already had in my craft closet. I started by stringing the beads on a piece of thick twine, and then made two tassels to go on either end. Took me about 20 minutes, and saved me $20+!

Check back for the full reveal of the revamped space next Monday, and I’ll be sharing our candid thoughts about our new Sven Sectional from Article the Wednesday after that. Got decorating ideas of your own to share? Leave them in the comments, because I’m still a long way from being done with the room, and could use all the inspiration I can get.

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Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

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Now, I think I can guess what you’re thinking. “She’s redesigning her living room again?!” It probably does seem like I do this every three months, and even though I’m perfectly fine leaning on the excuse that it’s technically just another day at the office for me since it’s my job to talk about DIY home décor, the truth is that I’d be doing it just as often, whether it was for work or not.

My mom can attest to the fact that, even as a kid, I was always changing things up in my room. We used to joke that my teenage bedroom ended up a couple of millimeters smaller thanks to the multiple layers of paint I coated the room with. Now, as an adult, it’s still very natural for me to crave freshness when it comes to décor. So, yup! I am redesigning my living room yet again, and I can’t wait to take you guys along for the ride.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Even though my reasoning is realistically 50 percent “just ’cause I feel like it,” there are still a few practical reasons for justifying changes to the space. The main one being that, since we added a new Frame TV to the living room, our current seating just wasn’t quite cutting it. We had become so used to the setup of an extra large sectional sofa and television in our downstairs family room, that we decided to figure out how to incorporate a similarly proportioned sectional in our upstairs TV zone, too. Plus, with my parents now living only a few miles away, we’re entertaining more than ever.

So, with the thought of extra seating thanks to a hypothetical new sectional bouncing around in my brain, I started thinking about a new color palette and new art to go along with it, plus a few new throw pillows, too…Essentially it snowballed from there, and turned into the mood board you see above.

As you probably know by now if you’ve been following along for any length of time, I always start any new design project with a mood board. It’s the easiest way for me to hone in on my favorite color scheme, furniture options, and texture combinations. Since I’m always working on a meager budget, this process also allows me to visually place stand-ins for the vintage furniture, art, lighting, and accessories that we already own so I can get a sense of how the select new items could look alongside our existing collection.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

So far we’ve decided to center the entire living room around a brand new Article Sven Sectional Sofa (we chose their Briar Gray fabric option after looking at swatches), a few new pieces of art, and one or two new throw pillows—note that we’re using new pillow covers to go over some older pillows we already have to cut down on waste and to save a bit of money. The rest of the space will be brought to life by rearranging lighting that we already have, real and faux greenery, and I even plan to work in a couple pieces of DGD Pottery for a little extra character.

The design is really starting to come together behind the scenes and I can’t wait to share sneak peeks with you next week before the big reveal mid-month. Who’s excited?! Thanks, as always, for following along, and I’d love for you to tell me in the comments if you’re a serial home décor refresher, too.

Teasing A New Look For Our Living Room

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Think about your very first response to this question: What’s the current state of your guest room closet? If you don’t happen to have a guest room, feel free to imagine any extra storage area in your house or apartment that plays host to things like wrapping paper, seasonal decorations, and the like.

At any rate, I’m going to go ahead and guess that the answer is “not good.” Our own guest room closet was completely overrun with a bunch of toppling, teetering junk—all of which was just generally underused. To fix the issue (which, I’m embarrassed to admit, has been the case for several years now), I teamed up with Rubbermaid to implement their Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™.

We’ve been enjoying the newly updated closet for a week or so now, and today’s the day when I finally get to take you through the process from start to finish—including proof that you can use this type of closet system for so much more than just your average wardrobe closet. You can use it like we did to create separate zones for everything from blank greeting cards, wrapping paper, and seasonal clothing to guest essentials like toiletries and towels! Keep scrolling to watch us go from the chaotic wasted space pictured “before” to the organized multipurpose “after” look you see above.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

To tell you the truth, I think I put this whole process off for so long because I thought it would be a real struggle to tackle on my own. I remember my parents huffing and puffing through the install of a much older style of closet organizer from another brand in my childhood bedroom decades ago. It wasn’t a pretty picture, and I think the memory kept me from trusting in DIY closet organizers up until this point.

Turns out that my fears were completely unfounded—at least when it comes to the FastTrack Closet, in particular. I’m not fluffing things up when I say that it’s the fastest way to organize your home, and today’s modern systems offer lots of flexibility—whether you’re looking to outfit your master bedroom closet with things like rows of sleek, adjustable shoe shelves or you want to do something like we did with your own guest room closet, like adding shelves for linens to help reduce wasted vertical space.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

Anyway, I know I’m rambling, but it’s just one of those things that I wish I had known, and I want to make sure I recommend it to you (and the butcher, and the mail lady, etc.) now that I know better. You probably want to know where to go for a closer look, though, right?

We ended up ordering ours online from Lowes.com using the Rubbermaid Design Tool, which made things so simple. All you have to do is input things like your closet shape and dimensions right there on screen, and then you can plan out your shelving and brackets design without having to troubleshoot through it all in person. After you’re done designing, you order your supplies and get to building after it all arrives.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

I put the entire system together by myself one afternoon before John came home from work, so I can say with 100 percent confidence that you can do this on your own, too. An abbreviated description of the process goes something like this: use a level and drill to install your hanging rails on studs; hang and screw in the uprights; install your brackets, clothing rods, and accompanying shelves however you laid them out in your online design; and then finish by installing any other accessories you might have picked out (i.e. shoe shelves, a pantry organizer, etc.).

One thing I didn’t fully appreciate about install until I was in the thick of it is that you can overlap the rails and shelves to customize the widths of both. In other words, you don’t have to worry about cutting anything down. I was able to overlap the rails and shelves to be the perfect width of the closet, so no heavy duty saws or cutting tools are needed.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

You extra keen observers out there might have noticed the curtains on either side of our finished closet…Well, let’s just say that it’s my solution to yet another issue I’ve been dealing with since we moved in: sliding closet doors. We have them on both our guest room and my office closets, and they’ve always been such a pain to live with on a daily basis.

I didn’t snap a picture of them in today’s post, but you can see them in this older one about halfway down in my office when it was still painted green. You can see the doors slid slightly apart to show the yellow-painted closet behind, if that helps you spot it easier. The thing about having two sliding closet doors is that you can’t fully access the inside at once. There’s only ever going to be a standard door’s width worth of space to reach through.

So, when I took the doors off our guest room closet to install the new organizer, I ultimately decided to leave them off. In their place, I hung a tension rod and two extra long white shower curtains so I can close the closet from view if I need to, but I can still access the entire contents at once by whipping the curtains out of the way. If I had put the old sliding doors up, I wouldn’t have been able to use the pull-out drawer that I added to the center of the closet anyway, so it just made sense to try the new curtained look instead.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

We may end up adding bifold or French doors down the line, but I haven’t felt the need to even use the curtains since I hung them. The closet is so clean and organized—even with all my junk put back in—that I don’t mind seeing it in plain view. I doubt our guests will mind either, especially since they’re welcome to take a few things down from the shelves themselves! We have an extra pillow and blanket sitting at-the-ready for overnight visitors, and I also set up a box full of toiletries in case they’re needed.

As for the rest of the closet not intended for guests, I’ve got all my wrapping paper sitting pretty in a white upright container, my collection of blank greeting cards sorted in a hanging unit off to the side, and I even managed to fit a couple of jackets and sweaters so those out-of-season clothing items don’t have to take up room in our master bedroom closet.

All those boxes and baskets are working overtime, too, corralling things like bulk cat food, my camera equipment, knitting supplies, empty gift bags and tissue paper, old college paperwork, and there’s also a spot for extra packaging/postage supplies so I can use the closet as my shipping station for DGD Pottery orders. You name it, and I probably found a place for it in our guest room closet.

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

If all of this is making you anxious to get your own guest room closet looking and functioning better this year, then make sure you check out the Rubbermaid FastTrack® Closet at your local Lowe’s store. You might be thinking that the system install won’t go as easily or as quickly for you, but I promise that it’s far, far easier than what you’re probably imagining. The instructions that come with the organizer are only a few steps and pages long—nothing at all like those novels you get with other “assembly required” systems. I promise, you can do it!

Visit the ​FastTrack Closet Instant Win & Sweepstakes​ by clicking the link now through June 15, and you could win BIG (think: a $1,000 FastTrack Closet, Lowe’s Gift Cards valued between $50 and $100). Enter here!

 

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A Dutch Colonial “Before” Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Like I’ve said before here on the blog, buying and selling a home is almost never quite like how they show it on HGTV, and my mom and dad’s experience was most definitely not as seamless and straightforward as they portray on television.

First, I should explain that my parents were selling their home of more than 20 years, and they were also moving about an hour and a half away from the town in which they had built their lives for more than 30 years. Under normal circumstances, this move was bound to be a hard one, but things took more than a few unexpected turns along the way.

Keep scrolling for as short a version of this tale as I can manage, plus photos of their new home here in Waynesboro, Virginia, which were taken during inspection when we were in the thick of it all.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I’ve been sitting here trying to decide just how far back to take this story, and I think I’ll settle on the day my parents’ existing home went under contract. As soon as the offer came in and was later accepted after a bit of negotiating, my parents went into overdrive with the hunt for their new place. Like I mentioned, they were coming from out of town, so that meant they were having to drive for hours in the hopes of finding the right house.

The offer on their original home came in February, which, admittedly, isn’t the best time to be looking for a new house, so there weren’t a ton of options to look at. That said, Mom and Dad came and looked at absolutely anything that might have fit the bill. I’m not entirely sure how many they saw or how often they came to look at houses, but if I look back at the calendar, I wouldn’t be surprised if they came up once a week for more than a month. That’s a lot of driving, a lot of big hopes, and, ultimately, a lot of discouragement when the houses weren’t right.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Despite the extra hard efforts of their realtors (the same team John and I used when we moved here from out of town ourselves!), the market just wasn’t at its best. The houses they toured were either too big, too small, not in the best areas, or needed too much work.

Toward the end when more things started popping up on the market with the spring rush, it turned into a matter of just being too slow. The houses were scooped up by other buyers within hours, so my parents felt like they were scrambling. There was talk of having to move into a rental home there for a while, and putting their things in storage, which really just wasn’t realistic seeing as they have three huge labs who would make finding a rental nearly impossible.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

It was around this time that Dad came up for a last-ditch effort before their old home was officially sold to look at a couple of other houses. They had previously been looking at single level ranches, but they decided at the last minute to check out a two-story Dutch Colonial that had been on the market for almost a year.

The main draw of his visit was actually a renovated 1960s ranch that was a new listing, so when Dad and I walked through the Dutch Colonial, I could tell that he wasn’t all that interested in it. But when we went through the ’60s ranch later that day and it turned out not to be a great fit in person, I gently tried convincing Dad to give the Colonial another look.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

This time, he and I poured over every corner of the house, and it was easy to see that the home was well-built and well-loved by the previous homeowners (who had already moved away to be closer to their kids). Mom, of course, wasn’t there but she gave it her blessing sight-unseen, saying that she trusted Dad and me to keep her opinion top of mind.

The two of them eventually talked it over after Dad drove back, and they ultimately put in an offer that was accepted after a bit more negotiation—and just in time to give them a place to move into since their old house was scheduled to close weeks later in mid-April.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

You’d think things would stop there and that the worst part would have been the struggle of finding a new place before being forced into homelessness, but no! Just a few days before the entire family was set to descend on the area to help Mom and Dad move, they got a call from their realtors here in Waynesboro explaining that a water pipe had burst in the house (which, if you remember, was vacant), and that it had flooded the basement.

When I got the call from Dad relaying the news, my heart melted into the floor. I knew the two of them were at their whit’s end, but they gathered what was left of their resolve to come see the damage in person. I came along for moral support, and I can’t even begin to describe to you how bad a day that was. It was just devastating to see the house they had fallen in love with in utter shambles. The burst pipe had ruined most of the finished side of the basement, and we also found out that most of the floors in the living room and entry upstairs needed to be ripped out and replaced, too.

At this point, my aunt and sister were already planning to come from out of town to help with the move, moving trucks and movers had been reserved, and utilities were scheduled to change over into my parents’ names in three days time. When I toured the damages with my parents that day, I knew the entire deal was in jeopardy.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I’ll go ahead and skip to the happy ending now, not least of which because reliving these memories is, honestly, pretty hard for me so soon after the fact (this was the week of my birthday, April 17, for context). My parents’ realtors at KK Homes put on their super hero capes and managed to have the immediate flood damage remediated in time for the move to stay on track, and the previous homeowners also swooped in to save the day by agreeing to pay for every inch of repair.

Several days of hand-wringing and contract-tweaking later, my parents moved and officially closed on the house. To say that we are grateful to the previous homeowners and the realtors my family worked with would be a gross understatement. We all love this home so much, and can’t thank everyone enough for coming together to make this dream space a realty. Home sweet home, indeed!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Now, you might be wondering where that leaves us today, two weeks after the move. Well, the basement has since been pulled down to the studs, and the floors in both the living room and entry are exposed to the subfloor, where we can still see remnants of the water damage. The contractors are scheduled to come in and start repairs on Wednesday, and my parents haven’t been able to use their new basement, living room or entryway, but it doesn’t matter. They’re home.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

The photos you see in this post, as I said, were all taken during inspection (consequently, the first time my mom got to see the house in person!), so you won’t spot any of the actual damage here. This is as the house was back in late March/early April before the burst water pipe. The entry still had its pretty slate floors, the basement (as you’ll see if you scroll down a bit more) was drywalled in, and the living room still sports its nice hardwood flooring.

The plan now is to rip up all the floors in the living room and entry, and they’ll lay down all new hardwood in both spaces. The basement will be built back to much the way it looks below. I’ll be sure to share before and after photos of the renovation as soon as it’s done—hopefully in June!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my parents’ new house, and I’m so excited to start taking you along with us on the DIY décor projects we tackle as I help them through the process, room by room. Speaking of which, if you missed the makeover of their master bedroom, click back here, and I’ll be back soon with mood boards and reveals of other spaces as they come together. My parents’ style is obviously more traditional than my own, but I thought it might be fun for you guys to see a new type of look here on the blog. Stay tuned because we’ve got lots of work to do!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

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