Thank you to Mrs. Limestone for inviting me over to be a guest blogger on her lovely blog. Let's hope she won't regret extending this invitation. =o) What an honor this is! What can I say about the talented, effortlessly chic Mrs. Limestone that hasn't already been said? I recall discovering her truly inspiring blog a couple of years ago, and I've been a huge fan of hers ever since. I proceeded to read.....and read.....and read, immersing myself in the brilliant photos, archives and all (barely stopping for bathroom breaks). And so my addiction with the Brooklyn Limestone began......
When she invited me to share my favorite nook, I jumped at the chance. I have countless nook spaces stored away in my inspiration file but I decided to go in a different direction because I recently tackled my tiny closet. This sad shoebox of a space needed to be tamed with the proverbial organization whip. If there ever was a miniscule nook, my closet is it. A "mook" if you will? Picture Mariah Carey's mammoth diva closet that's the size of a small country. Now, imagine the complete opposite and THAT is my closet.
This was the despair it was in for over two years (pretty much since the day we moved in). No staging requred, my friends. That laundry basket? Yep, full of clean clothes. I've been tempted to just wear my PJ's in public, for facing this sad sight made getting dressed almost unbearable.
It's not normal to store shoes and other acoutrements in shopping bags? Whaaat!
After a trip to the Container Store for (wait for it...) containers, Target for shelves and a mirror, HomeGoods for fancy/space-saving hangers, and my basement for miscellaneous items--this is the result (forgive my photos, the lighting's tricky in there). You won't find any fancy shelving systems here; just simple/easily assembled storage solutions. Note: I have a dresser that houses everything else that I couldn't cram into this space and the rest went into the donations pile.
This odd decorative accessory was tucked away in my basement (Pier 1 clearance $4.98). Is it a pinecone? Artichoke? Asparagus tip? After two coats of semi-gloss white spraypaint, I'm excited to report that it now resembles a.............giant Q-tip. Awesome. But it works beautifully as a hat display so I don't care what it is.
Addiction #12: scarves.
Am I crazy to call my claustrophobic closet my favorite nook? Has Freckles Chick finally had one too many glasses of wine? Yes and yes. While my nook isn't exactly going to grace the glossy pages of a magazine, it simply embodies what I crave: organization, budget-conscious decisions, and a dash of creative thinking. For just under $100, I introduced order and personalization to my very humble closet (as opposed to various closet systems out there that cost upwards of $400).
No, the square footage of the space has not changed (don't I wish) but I was able to use the vertical space to my advantage. This particular layout works as it caters to my material things in a way that makes sense to me. Organized chaos! Surprisingly, with most everything in plain sight, getting dressed is that much easier and even more enjoyable.
Besides, I don't think society was ready for me to debut my slouchy micro-fleece PJ's with the unicorns all over them . You’re welcome, society. =o)
Again, a heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Limestone for having me!