A big challenge when shopping vintage is restoration and transformation. Many times a piece has great bones, yet investing time and money into restoring it or even coming up with a new way to transform it can seem very difficult. Helping Kuzak’s Closet estate shoppers tackle these two feats, Tami Vasquez from Restoration Illumination is sharing on the blog today two amazing before and afters of pieces found at Kuzak’s Closet estate sales, as well as her passion behind her craft.
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Mar 10, 2015
The first official day of spring is March 20th and you know what that means right? Spring cleaning of course! Time to scrub the baseboards, organize the home office and purge that closet. Hoping to make that dreaded wardrobe clean-out a little easier, today I am sharing with you my top tips for motivation along with before and after examples for inspiration!
1. Revaluate your current wardrobe to determine items that are worn-out and or may not fit. Bag those to toss or donate. Styles and tastes also change so consider taking pieces you might be on the fence about and selling them to a local consignment store. The profits you make can fund those new designer shoes you have been eyeing! One of my top before and after moments was a life-changing wardrobe purge. Check out a Shopaholic’s Closet Makeover HERE.
2. Refurbish timeless pieces. A favorite pair of shoes can have a new life with a short trip to the cobbler. Also take the time to polish your heirloom jewels or have your designer items professionally cleaned and pressed. You would be surprised what a little TLC will do.
3. Shop for signature seasonal items. A new seasonal wardrobe does not mean shopping till you drop! Invest in a few pieces that you can mix and match. For example, for spring 2015 consider a fringe style purse, a statement floral skirt or pastel pumps. Stay tuned for some spring style fashion posts coming to the blog later this month!
1. Once you have cleaned-out your wardrobe it is time to make a home for your pieces. First, pick a focal point for your wardrobe. For example, if you have a great compilation of shoes or purses use them as the centerpiece of your closet space. Second, display your wardrobe like a boutique. For example, invest in organization tools like velvet hangers that won’t stretch your clothes. A boutique like set-up will allow you to see all your clothes and encourage you to maximize use of all your items. See two of my favorite boutique like creations HERE and HERE. Read more about my love for Velvet Hangers HERE.
2. Pick a storage system that works based on your needs. For a small space, simple stackable shelve units are a great option. You can easily find these at stores like, my favorite go-to, The Container Store. If you have a large walk-in or are working with a his and her space, consider a custom design. I work very close with Valet Custom Closets for many of my organization clients and they never disappoint! For a look at my Personal Closet Storage before and after solution see HERE. For a fabulous His and Her Custom Closet Storage read HERE.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of bins and labels! Measure out your space and shop for containers that fit the space. Bins help store loose items like scarves, jewelery and seasonal pieces like sweaters. By using bins for these items they will not only be more accessible, but protected from snags and dust as well. Bins can also work for cataloging large shoe collections, which is particularly helpful when switching out shoes from season to season. See how bins and labels transformed a small Jewelry Closet HERE. Follow my step by step Shoe Bin Storage tutorial HERE.
For more Kuzak’s Closet Before and After Transformations and Organization Tips and Tricks visit my Pinterest Page!
Feb 9, 2015
We’ve lived in our current Los Altos home for almost 4 years and I’m still working on the decor. We’ve been lucky to have a great landlord in a really nice location so we aren’t in any rush to move, but I know when we decide to buy a home it will be much smaller than our current 2,500 square foot abode. That is just the way it goes here with our crazy Silicon Valley real estate market. I shared some photos of our family room after we moved in and I realized that it has transitioned quite a bit so today I am sharing an updated peek at the space.
I recently acquired an amazing vintage sideboard from the estate liquidation that we organized in San Francisco at the end of 2014 and I’ve finally had a chance to add some accessories and hang some new pieces of art. Harper approves of all of the changes to the space, of course she make the room feel like home!
This sideboard was tucked in a small dining room in the San Francisco home that dates to the early 1900s. I think it used to be part of a built-in from a different home, it has quite the weight to it and about 50 layers of paint. I was going to refinish it or repaint it but after it was cleaned up I decided to keep it just the way it is. It’s got a rustic look to it with tons of storage inside despite its low profile from the wall. I honestly don’t have much to put inside right now but over time I’m sure I’ll add to it. Continue Reading »
Feb 2, 2015
Happy Monday my friends! I hope you have all recovered from your Superbowl festivities. I honestly didn’t care to watch, I’m still holding out for the Detroit Lions to make it to a Superbowl one day to become a fan. I know it will probably never happen but I need to stand by my team. I spent the weekend relaxing for a change, it was nice to have two days off in a row. Saturday we headed to Napa for the afternoon and Sunday my friend Larry came over for lunch and some light decorating at my house. I have had a few lingering projects so he helped me hang some art and make some updates. I know February is going to be one of those months that flies by so I wanted to make sure my home felt settled and relaxed when I have time to spend in it.
If you follow Kuzak’s Closet on social media you may have noticed that we spent a ton of time organizing garages in January. We had a handful of custom cabinet installs and several maintenance sessions with current clients. I think January is a popular month to tackle garages because it is a resolution for most clients to tackle. The garage often ends up as a dumping ground and an area that most of my clients are frustrated with. Since we don’t have basements in California, storage is tight and people seeking organizing services with Kuzak’s Closet are dreaming of a functional, clean, organized garage that can serve as a multipurpose space. Many clients are dreaming of storage, a possible parking space for their car, a workout room, or a play room for the kids.
Today I am giving you some inspiration to let you know that it is possible to have a garage that will achieve all of those goals. We recently finished working on this gorgeous space in Menlo Park with a client who wanted a space that felt functional and organized. She and her husband have two children and a very active lifestyle. They recently completed a remodel and by the time it came to designing the garage they were burnt out on decisions and decided to wait a little bit before they came up with a plan. I’m glad they did because that meant they were able to find out about Kuzak’s Closet and we were able to connect them with Valet Custom Cabinets, the company that we often partner with for beautiful spaces like this. Continue Reading »
Jan 27, 2015
Today’s before and after will either put a smile on your face (because the transformation is beautiful) or serve as an episode of “scared straight, this is your life.” Either way, I’m happy – HA! When this client contacted me I was knee-deep in a estate full of crafts and was oh, so tempted to tell her I was crafted out, but the more I listened to her specific needs the more I wanted to check it out. Our client is a artisan and teacher who has lost both of her legs and desperately needed a transformation of her work space that could not only be accessible, but encourage relaxation. Since I wasn’t sure I could find someone with the same bandwidth and vision as the Kuzak’s Closet team, I called Taylor and we headed to the beach (this project was in Santa Cruz).
Some of my peers feel that consultations are a waste of time, but I love them. How often does a stranger invite you into their home to look at their most disorganized living spaces that they wouldn’t even reveal to their best friends? Consultations are pretty awesome. Clients who request a consultation are willing to make change and are looking for guidance, why wouldn’t I take a peek? In some extremely rare cases I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel – but in most cases I do. For this particular project I had a vision for the final space as soon as I walked through the door.
Jan 8, 2015
I’m back today with part two of this week’s organizing inspiration! As I mentioned in Monday’s blog post, my goal for 2015 is to balance out the estate sale marketing with more beautiful spaces that my staff and I have organized. In that post I shared gorgeous photos from a home that we have organized from top to bottom in Silicon Valley. It started as a relocation project and over the last 6 months we have unpacked, fine-tuned, and maintained the space. When I say “we” I am including my wonderful clients who have been involved for every step of the way.
Today I am going to give you a peek into their pantry, wine room, and laundry room. Let’s start in the pantry, the beautiful walk-in pantry. My client designed this space with the idea that it would be used by family, house staff, and the occasional caterer. The cabinetry turned out wonderful and the endless amount of space is such a perk. Not only does it house all of the food and grocery staples, it also hosts the speciality small appliances like the soda stream, bread maker, food processor, etc.. In this space I wanted it to feel like a high-end grocery store so I added products like mesh wire baskets and ceramic topped canisters for a luxury look.
Jan 6, 2015
Kuzak’s Closet gets to work on so many beautiful organizing projects each week, some are shared on the blog or social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, but the majority of projects are never shared. In 2015 my goal is to work on creating more of a balance between the estate marketing and the organizing inspiration. The organizing side of Kuzak’s Closet is just as thriving as the estate side (hard to believe, I know … yes, it causes lack of sleep) and I love the balance of services that we are able to provide – but I occasionally forget that wonderfully organized closets and kitchens make you just as happy as the fabulous estates that we tackle each week. Both stem from my love of organizing and this week I wanted to give you a glimpse of what a typical Kuzak’s Closet organized home in Silicon Valley looks like! My method is all about purposeful placement and having things edited down to what is really necessary and truly loved within a home.
This post will be featuring a master closet, gift closet, home command center, living and play area for children – all from the same home in Atherton. This home is all about luxury, easy living, and style. There are no before-and-afters for this particular project because my staff and I helped move them into this custom-built home, which as my clients would tell you, was the smartest decision they ever made. Having an organizational expert(s) fine tune each space from the get-go is a huge advantage when it comes to functionality and efficiency. This home is over 7,000 square feet and we were able to unpack and organize within 4 days, with no boxes to be found!
Our first stop is the master closet – there is nothing I love more! My beautiful, fit client has four children and her wardrobe reflected a yo-yo of sizes, which frankly, she no longer need. With our help she was able to get her wardrobe slimmed down to the size and styles she is currently wearing. I am a firm believer that everyone should protect and extend the life of their wardrobe by using flocked hangers. We buy boxes of black, no-slip hangers by the truckload! For this particular project we ordered grey flocked hangers from Crate & Barrel to match their lovely gray-blue custom cabinetry. These shots only represent half of the closet, the other half is designated to her husband – so you can imagine the wonderful size of the space! Continue Reading »