Let’s Put Everything in its Place.-House Update Part 4!
Hi Friends!! I hope you have had a great week! Summer is here in Houston with a heat index of 111! Keep in mind that even though this is the 4th week to post on my house fluff, the entire project was done in just 2 weeks. With my deadline quickly approaching, my daughter moving home with all of her furniture, and years of me accumulating junk, I was feeling overwhelmed that everything would not be put in its place in time.
I have this room off my bedroom which literally has turned into a JUNK ROOM. Years ago, it was a study, then the nursery when the kiddos were small and later a sitting room. I wanted to start off with a pretty picture before I showed you the not so pretty task in hand, so…. here are the walls in the space which were created to enhance the sitting room’s decor. I stenciled over our plaster in several colors and then hand highlighted the trellis detail in gold.
After the last renovation @ 5 years ago, it just became a place for me to throw everything! Accessories I wasn’t using, luggage and storage for gifts. EMBARRASSING! But who knew? —the door was always shut. I didn’t even fix the walls from where the new windows were installed.
Now, faced with storing furniture, having Kirby’s items to store, and some extra items from my mother’s home, I had to tackle this space making the most use of the room. I did not want to pay for a storage unit, nor was I ready to get rid of things.
It looks better cleaned out!! Client and friend, Amy Cunningham, came to the rescue. I met her when she was designing her own home (which by the way is in Segreto Style). I was always impressed by how perfectly organized everything was. Years later, deciding her true passion was organizing and accessorizing, she started a business with her friend Christina Milligan, to organize spaces, beautifully. Hearing about how stressed I was she offered to help.
Their task was to create a staging room in this space where I could store furniture, accessories, gifts, holiday and party supplies in a way that was accessible and easy to see. Their first step was to clear out the room.
Because my painters were starting the very next day, their challenge was to complete their mission in a day! They unloaded everything into the living room and I left for work!
When I returned, I was amazed! The large credenza which was under the murals in the living room found a new home and was filled with baskets, which were labeled to house all the holiday décor. With tubs for Christmas, Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s day, my party planning just became so much easier! The light fixture from the den was re-located and the ottoman from the living room also found a home! I purchase gifts all year long for my staff’s holiday party, and for weddings and birthdays, so Amy and Christina needed to create a storage solution that allowed me to see what I had purchased. Repurposed 7’ shelving units from the Segreto warehouse were the perfect solution. They opened all the boxes to get rid of bulky packaging and grouped like things together, placing the heaviest items on the bottom shelves. This made things so easy to see.
Moving antiques to an off-site storage facility can risk damaging them, so making space for these pieces was a priority. The fact that they are beautiful and provided great concealed storage was a plus! This Armoire, from Joyce Horn Antiques, became the perfect way to store old books, accessories and table linens.
Attaching simple linen panels with Velcro will keep the shelves looking tidy. I found the fabric at Interior fabrics for 7$ per yard!! You can’t beat that.
They found a space for literally everything, and for the first time in years I could walk in.
Even the drapery panels from my living room found a home. I still thought they were beautiful and wanted to save.
I loved everything so much, I asked them to work on my pantry.
I had it semi-organized at one time, but years of not putting things back in their place was starting to show.
So much better!! Thank you, Amy and Christina, from Organized Design. I can’t believe the difference a day or two makes!! You did a beautiful job and now I actually leave the door open in both spaces! Check out their website for more great inspirations!! Organize something in your home this spring! It truly is like a breath of fresh air. Till next week! Xo Leslie