Hello Friends! Happy New Year!
2018 is off to a busy start as expected. We are typically already booked out with organizing sessions at this time of year because our loyal organizing clients already know how great it feels to have us help purge out that post-holiday clutter and run with the momentum of the resolutions this year will bring. New clients are inquiring with their resolutions and the top space that want to tackle in 2018…. (drumroll)… the garage! It’s always on the top of the list for new clients and who can blame them, it’s the perfect dumping ground for postponed decisions, and projects that will be tackled “someday”.
I’m not too big into resolutions because I can never keep up with them. I mean, my resolution for the last 5 years has been work life balance and you can all see how that is going! Ha! At least my lack of balance brings joy to so many of you, I appreciate that and I know you appreciate me. Anyway, I do have one resolution that I am going to keep and that is to get all of my latest and greatest organizing projects posted to the blog and I’m starting with the final photos from our Menlo Park relocation from the fall of 2017. I’ve shared gorgeous afters from the organized mudroom and pantry and also the stunning his and hers walk-in master closet (almost as big as my new house) and to complete the picture and add to your envy I’m sharing some inspiration from the kitchen, command center, makeup vanity, and little guys rooms.
Ok, so let’s start for a moment of silence to take a deep breath…hold it…okay, now exhale and take in this gorgeous over the top range, hood, and backsplash…
I mean, COME ON! It’s so fun and fabulous that I just can’t handle it! This kitchen has a extra large island that is filled with appliance drawers (freezers, dishwashers, etc) and storage and the exterior drawers also feature storage. There isn’t a ton of upper cabinetry in this kitchen but with the butlers pantry storage it all fits perfectly. For reference, the entrance to the butlers pantry is on the left of the range.
The drawers are deep enough for bulky items like dutch ovens and and casserole dishes. Where a builder/designer would’ve put a stack of four drawers in the past now they are putting in two or three deeper drawers.
Our client’s mother is one of the most thoughtful professional designers I’ve ever worked with and she came up with this cabinet feature for the KitchenAid mixer, the adjustable shelf springs up and out. It takes up more room than shelving but it’s more practical and encourages the mixer to be used more often. Love it!
I love the fixtures and tile in this house, totally gorgeous! I mentioned it in an earlier post that I was choosing my tile at the same time that we organized this beautiful home and it inspired me to wrap an the entire wall with tile in my kitchen too.
Instead of small choppy drawers there are large drawers that hold a TON! This utensil drawer is just to the left of the stove and island, I love how all of the prep tools are in one place. We installed clear drawer organizers to give it containment and uniformity.
There is an eat-in kitchen area just off the island with a command center on the other side. It’s a blank slate for my client to add personal touches and hopefully a chalk board or magnetic board to the back for scheduling and artwork but for now you can see how we had it stocked with first aid, batteries, office supplies, the printer, and cookbooks. My client can use the desk area for meal prep, calendaring, and general “running the show” tasks that this house requires. I love that it’s in the kitchen because that is where her family spends most of their time.
And, from the command center you head down the hallway and go upstairs or down. There are great options either way! I’m going to take you upstairs because that’s where we spent most of our time.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms (2 boys, one guest, and one master). The boys rooms are across the hall from each other and they are both bright and light. One has a view of the front yard and the other has a view of the backyard. We setup and organized desks for each boy, created a layout for folding clothing in the drawers, and found homes for all of their friends…
And by friends I mean these guys. Adorable! This bin is from PB Kids and it’s the perfect size for stuffed animals, balls, cars, dolls, etc.
These kids are readers!
They are both in-between toddler size hangers and adult hangers so we opted for the midsize hangers for tween sizes that only come in plastic. I really need Joy Mangano to come out with a midsize but it’s probably for the best because plastic are easier to use for tweens and teenagers.
And more amazing tile…this is from the upstairs laundry room.
And more tile, this is from the master bathroom…
We do amazing organizing in master bathrooms when our clients are ready to start fresh but most of the magic you can’t see because it’s purged out. Bathroom products are easily over purchased so if we can encourage a client to let go of extra and not loved products we will! This client purged out the clutter with us before we packed her up to move into this house and it paid off because she now has everything she loves organized and visual which means she actually use it.
We maximized storage with clear drawer dividers and our favorite beauty storage finds leaving her plenty of room to grow into this vanity area.
Okay, this house tour is done! I’m glad I resolved to get another post published because these extra spaces need to be seen! I hope they can encourage you to tackle a project on your own this weekend or send me an SOS email to get on our calendar for a consultation.
Last look, this amazing fixture is in the entry way at this gorgeous house. I love it! I love the vaulted ceiling! I love the house! I love the clients! So much love!