I joined Williams Sonoma last weekend to spruce up my Easter baking skills and what a treat it was. Easter is one of those holidays where desserts can become fabulous party highlights. For example, fruit crepes are a delish backyard brunch option or a classic carrot cake would make a yummy end to a dinner party. Therefore showing guests some handy baking tips and tricks, Williams Sonoma Los Gatos head chef Elliot whipped up a simple Bundt cake worthy of any Easter occasion.
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Feb 5, 2015
The month of love is here! Valentine’s Day is a little over a week away and I am showcasing two gift guides that are not only sweet, but also include simple organization solutions for any gal’s routine.
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 »
Dec 12, 2014
This time of year is so busy that I often forget about all of the fun holiday parties I get to attend. Some with clients, some with friends, and others for my husband’s job. In year’s past I would settle for a single holiday look but this year I decided to be proactive and put a few looks together with help from my friend and Kuzak’s Closet marketing gal Monica. My experience shopping with Stitch Fix helped me to realize it is important to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe each season and then snap some photos to see how I look.
This year I will be attending two holiday parties at Google, dinners with friends, a festive lunch, Christmas church service, and a New Year’s wedding for my friend Wheels in Michigan. The looks I am sharing today have helped me decide what to wear to each event and also (hopefully) inspire some of your holiday looks! I am not a model, just a regular girl next door with some chub so don’t judge me too harshly, HA!
This first look I’m sharing could be worn for a holiday lunch, winter conference, or work presentation. I bought this dress at Nordstrom and it is so comfortable. I think it will become a staple to my wardrobe! The fabric is a stretchy cotton blend so it will work well if I travel. I have paired it with my favorite black and white pump and over-sized handbag in this photo. I could see it paired with boots, a fun scarf, or even flats.
Nov 24, 2014
Whether hosting a large formal dinner or just cooking a small meal for two, celebrate this Thanksgiving in style by giving your guests a tablescape fitting for a feast. The focal point of any dinner party is always the table, so your presentation can definitely set the tone for your celebration. This Thanksgiving holiday curate a proper place setting, making a statement with even the simplest of dinner sets and decorations.
Nov 14, 2014
Festive parties are a fun part of the holidays. Whether for work or with family and friends, a small gift is always a great way to say thank you to your host/hostess and I have put together a simple gift guide to help you do just that!
Oct 20, 2014
Incorporating textiles into your home decor style is a great way to add a splash of color and texture. This week’s Kuzak’s Closet estate sale in Palo Alto features a bevy of textile treasures from regions like India, Laos, Thailand, Africa, Peru, Mexico and more. Below I am offering my favorite Pinterest-inspired idea to help add a new element to your home decor – starting in the bedroom. These beautiful pieces featured above will be available for purchase at this week’s Palo Alto estate sale.