Favorite Nook: Freckles Chick

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Please welcome Freckles Chick for todays installment of my favorite nook series. Her blog features a beautiful home, a clever sense of style, great budget friendly ideas you can incorporate in your own home and a sense of humor. What more can a reader ask for? Today she is sharing her amazingly organized and boutique like closet. My closet is hanging its head in shame right now.


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Hello there!

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)

Thank you so much for letting me share this humble nook with you all!
Again, a heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Limestone for having me!

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68 comments:

  1. I love it! Honestly, pictures like that are like p0rn for me LOL. Great job.

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  2. Thanks for the inspiration. My closet is a lot bigger and doesn't look half as nice. :)

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  3. Gorgeous closet! Looks fabulous!!!

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  4. I love this series that you are doing! You have chosen some beautiful blogs to highlight ~ you have fabulous taste and I love looking back at your own home renovations!
    :) Sarah

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  5. What an inspiration. I bet you just love getting up and ready in the morning and it must really take away some of the stress.
    http://livinginbeautyandcomfort.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh my gosh, I LOVE IT! Believe me, my closet is huge and isn't even close to being as nice as yours!

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  7. You have given me hope for my closet!

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  8. I am so inspired to see what she did with a small closet! Although, I would love for my closet to just look like her "before" pics. Mine is in terrible shape!

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  9. Now that was nothing short of amazing! WOW!

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  10. Fancy! I love it. The artichoke/hat stand thing is brilliant.

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  11. The closet looks great! I love how she organized the space. So creative. And a girl who has an addiction to scarves (and apparently gray sweaters, too) is a girl after my own heart!

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  12. Fantastic FC, I'd hang in your closet any day! LOL!

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  13. Love it! Easy, pretty solutions!

    Kelly

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  14. I adore this closet. I mean, the organizations is all great and stuff, but did you see those shoes? And the headbands? And the hat on top of the pineapple!? The amount of taste stocking that tiny space is awesome and now it looks like art - all color coded and in neat rows. Thank you for this!

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  15. Oooh now I'm inspired to spiffy up my closet with the exact same layout! I can't wait! Gorgeous!

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  16. Looks great Freckles! Just email me if you need an address to send your zebra print scarf to - oh and maybe the purple printed clutch - mmmmkay?

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  17. Can I come over and borrow some stuff?! Like a scarf and a pair of shoes, and maybe a handbag...Janell

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  18. Found you through Isabella & Max blog. Wow! You have exquisite taste. Glad I found you! I am now an avid follower!

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  19. it look ssooo amazing! Go Girl!


    www.bazaarofserendipity.blogspot.com

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  20. That is so inspiring! Well done!

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  21. Amazing! I need to get my closet organized.

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  22. Dayum.
    My closet is on the short bus compared to that.

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  23. Anonymous12:20 PM

    So nice to read you over here, FC. I am in love/lust with your closet. And your stuff. You have such cute things and they are so nicely arranged. Thanks for sharing.

    jbhat

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  24. Wow! What a difference a small $100 budget and some organizing will make!

    I love this series and your blog! So inspiring.

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  25. I ♥ FC and her closet. She is such a stylish and witty gal. I'm especially eyeballing some of those print tops and I want her gray sweaters. :-)

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  26. I want to leave work right now and run home to makeover my closet now- this is just amazing!! love love love everything about this, what a great nook!!

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  27. FC rocks! She has such a great sense of style. Thanks for the series, Mrs. L!
    - Danielle

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  28. I'm such a huge fan of FC. And just wondering...where is Mr. FC's closet? I have to share my space. Although I have two thirds of it... Thanks for sharing this great looking closet.

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  29. Oh my word, THANK YOU for making this girl's day! Reading your lovely, wonderful comments really lifts my spirit beyond belief. You all are too kind!!

    @ live a colorful life: Mr. FC's been relegated to the closet in our home office. The trade-off is that it's bigger. =]

    Thanks again for letting me share this nook with you all. It's been so much fun!

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  30. Okay, that inspired me to get off my butt and get my own closet done. I've been considering getting the "fancy" hangers for a while. That's it, I'm so doing it! And I know that I could be using my shelving space much better than I am.

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  31. Um, can I have ALL of her shoes?? Getting dressed in the morning much be so easy and fun in this closet!

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  32. Shannon2:46 PM

    FC, what do you use to store your headbands on? I tried to figure it out, but I couldn't tell. Thanks! LOVE your closet!!

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  33. Oh, my, the white boxes, the Q-tip hat holder, and the SHOE collection! Beautiful. And I love the shade of the hangers!

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  34. I wish I had more space to create somehow as good as this! Great job, love it!

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  35. Are you serious?! This is awesome, and it completely inspires me. Just amazing. Great job.

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  36. I just discovered your blog and I'm loving it!
    My closet really needs help and I'm now motivated to shape it up!

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  37. I think it looks awesome!!

    You can come clean my closet out anytime....but I have about 3x that many shoes. hahaha :)

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  38. Amazing transformation! You've inspired me to get to work on my shoe closet, which sounds more fabulous than it is, but nonetheless an extra, tiny walk-in closet where most of my shoes live. Great job!

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  39. Can I move in and share your clothes?:)

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  40. I heart freckles chic! She does everything and anything with such style and grace! Your closet rocks, girl!

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  41. What a great closet! I love all that organization. I'm currently trying to figure out my 1950's tiny closet that I share with my rather tall husband who loves shoes more than I do! That aside, I'm wondering what you are storing those fabulous headbands on. Our headbands are just floating about our home all willy-nilly.

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  42. You wonderful, fabulous people. My sincerest thanks for taking the time to leave such kind, complimentary words. I'm honored. So incredibly stoked that you find my humble nook motivating. Good luck with YOUR closets!!

    @ Amie: I'll totally clean out your closet if you pay me in shoes. HA! I imagine you have quite the collection!

    @ Shannon & Megan: The headbands holder is just an acrylic jewelry holder similar to the one I've linked to (below). I attached adhesive felt strips (the ones that you attach to the bottom of furniture to prevent them from scratching floors) to the top to hold the headbands in place. It's not quite perfected yet (they do occasionally slip off) but it does the job for now.

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/closet/accessoryStorage/jewelry?Ntt=jewelry&productId=10025072

    Thanks for asking! =]

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  43. Can a closet be delicious? Because yum. Also, I now have a serious case of shoe envy here...

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  44. This is every girl's dream closet! It is just perfect!
    Love the finial hat stand!
    xo xo

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  45. The shoes. Oh Lordy, the shoes!
    And I'm not even a shoes kind of gal!!!
    But THOSE shoes...
    and why do I not have that many scarves???
    You are so fabulous, FC!
    Love.
    It.

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  46. Complete perfection - I LOVE this so much!!!!

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  47. FC--you've been holding out on us! This space is perfect. I love the organization, but even better is your wardrobe! : )

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  48. Love all the organization...especially with the jewelry. You might have even inspired me to go tackle mine!

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  49. What I like the most is using items from your own imagination instead of one of those expensive closet organizing kits. Well done!

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  50. So..after seeing this, I KNOW something can be done with my closet. There is no excuse now. Your closet is about the size of mine. Yours is perfection! LOVE IT!

    Cheers~
    e

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  51. It's perfect! I use those shoe holders as it is but stacking that high, I never thought about that! That's a great idea! I love it! So pretty and perfect!

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  52. Fantastic results and what a fabulous way to start your day! Love the texture that your pineapple hat stand provides -- brilliant!!

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  53. I love a good closet makeover... probably because I could use the ideas. That shoe shelf would be the perfect solution for me, and I love the headband stand - they are the hardest thing to store neatly.

    Beautiful. What fun it must be to pick out an outfit now!

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  54. this is a fabulous closet makeover! i've been spying those stinkin hangers everytime i go into tj maxx...i think this post has put me over the edge! they truly do make a closet look soooo much better!

    great organizing touches and i can totally relate to the scarf addiction :)

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  55. Oh wow, this is a fabulous renovation!
    What a difference some shelving can make!
    Very inspirational. :)

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  56. aaaaahhhh! This is too good! Now officially HATE my closet...I need to start over too! (and aren't those hangers THE BEST!?)

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  57. I agree;this is a fabulous closet makeover and so inspirational, love it!

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  58. This is a gorgeous gem of a closet!!! Who cares about square footage when it is so pretty and organized! I looooove it. When can you come tackel mine ;)?

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  59. Looks so good! I sooo need to do the same to mine :)

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  60. Wow this is awesome! I totally want to do this now!

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  61. LOVE! looks great!!!
    pve

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  62. what a great makeover! very inspirational for a procrastinator like myself! :o)

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  63. Freckles Chick,
    Love your closet redo! I have been following your blog for a long time and you never disappoint!
    I know this is a boring question but...would you provide a link to the shelves you got at Target? The one you have your shoes lined up on?
    Thanks!!

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  64. @ Eryn: Thanks so much for being a long-time reader--you are so kind!

    Sure thing (not a boring question at all)! I can't find the shelves I bought listed on the Target website but most of their stores do carry them. They're the white Closetmaid stackable shelves ($9.99/each). Very easy to assemble (took me about 10 minutes, seriously). Apparently Home Depot carries them too, here's a link:
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xhf/R-100597820/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    Hope that helps!

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  65. oops apparently you already answered that question =) nm

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  66. hi! i really like the shoe shelves! I was wondering where you got it..and is it the ones where you can stack it as high as you like? thanks!!

    -www.simplyvonne.com

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  67. Bryanaco20088:01 PM

    What Shelves are those from target? i've been looking for something just like that. The only thing i've came up with was buying the book shelf and buying extra boards at home depot. Help! 

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  68. Amazing! I need to get my closet organized.

     

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