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Monday Motivation: Step out of that comfort zone

July 28, 2014

Great things, comfort zones

Re-Deux: Flower pots

July 25, 2014

Hello lovelies!  Things have been busy on the Re-Deux front (lots of pieces still in progress) but we have managed to complete a few small projects, like giving these flower pots an upgrade with some bright colored paint.  A little color really jazzes up the patio, especially if the plants are mostly green.  What do you think, do you prefer colored planters or neutral?
B&A - 3 Planters

B&A - 3 Planters photo collage


Plus, these little guys were a thrifty find at $2 a piece, and they are heavy duty.  Can’t go wrong there!  Have a great weekend, especially if you have some DIY projects in the works!

- Melissa


Monday Motivation: Happy // Magic

July 21, 2014


Thrifted Finds-Wilmot Flea Market

July 15, 2014

Sunday Mel and I headed to the Wilmot Mountain Flea Market. It is an unusual venue, as Wilmot Mountain is actually a snow skiing hill. It’s a little surreal seeing chair lifts hanging over acres of green grass! This flea market has lots of small items like clothing, glassware, jewelry, tools, etc. There was not really much furniture for us to purchase, but my find of the day was this globe for $10!


Do you have a favorite summer flea market or thrifting spot? Let us know!


Monday Motivation: These things are not random.

July 14, 2014

not random

Organized Is As Organized Does

July 11, 2014

The past month has been absolutely crazy. It’s wedding season for Tall Guy, and I took on a new client so our house has kind of been in shambles. This morning TG had a breakfast gig so I got up with him to do some work. I went in the bathroom and opened the cabinet and things fell out. Everywhere. And to be honest, I had been wrestling with my shelf of odds and ends for weeks. Nothing frustrates me more than trying to find something in a disorganized pile.


So this morning, I took matters into my own hands. Minus TG’s shelf, (because if I organize it, he’ll be asking me for weeks where stuff is) I got to organizing.  The way I organize falls into 4 steps:

1. Take everything out & clean. Every single thing. Don’t leave the bottle of lotion or toothpaste in there, you need a clean slate. Wipe down all the surfaces.

2. PURGE. Be really honest with yourself. You do not need 27 mini shampoos and conditioners for travel or guests. Keep one set if you must, the rest (of unopened items) donate. Check expiration dates. Medications and supplements have them, and your makeup, sunscreen, and self tanners are probably only good for about a year after opening. I also pitched items I hadn’t used for a year, like face wash that dried out my skin, but for some reason I felt I needed to hang on to because I didn’t want to waste it. It was just taking up valuable real estate and I was never going to use it!


3. Group. Put like with like. My groups were hair related items (styling products, headbands, pins), supplements & medications (vitamins, aspirin), mani/pedi items (nail polishes, nail clippers, files), and travel items. I will also mention here, do NOT go out and buy bins or baskets until you group everything. Until you know what you need to keep together and the sizes of these groups, you do not know what you need for containment. See what you currently have that may work. Don’t end up with $100 in pretty bins in a corner of your basement. Use a tape measure. Measure the shelves you’re working with. Put all your grouped items on the floor and measure how much space they cover, or at least get a visual as to how big your containers need to be.

4. Put it all back! Take your containers and groupings and make it look pretty. Keep things you access often at the front and visible. Keep tall items at the back and short at the front-this is VERY important! I see this all the time in TG’s kitchen. People put the tall containers of spices in front of the tiny ones, and I spend 10 minutes looking for nutmeg.

Another thing I did was put together a TSA travel bag. I do fly quite a bit, so I put together a quart size ziplock with travel size items of my essentials. Face wash, toothpaste, moisturizer, contacts, bandages, ibuprophen, Airborne, sanitizer, and a tiny toothbrush. I did not put shampoo or conditioner in there because I typically use the hotel’s. This way I can just grab and go instead of digging through the cabinet.


Organizing takes time to do, but saves you time in the long run. Personally it makes me anxious when things are cluttered and messy. It only took me 30 minutes to get through this cabinet, and it will save me much more than that when I need to find something. Great start to Friday!



4th Bedroom-The Complete Re-Deux

July 9, 2014

I’ve shown you the dressers and vanity I made over in our 4th bedroom-turned-closet. Now for the details of the re-deux of the room as a whole!

Our house has 4 bedrooms. One master, one for each of our offices, and then one tiny one left over. I know everyone was waiting for us to say it would be a baby room when we first were moving in. Uh, no. Tall Guy and I already have 3 babies-Murphy, and both of our businesses. So what to do with that extra bedroom? Make it into a closet of course!

The man we bought our house from was a ‘flipper’. Our house was a foreclosure that he purchased for a low price and then updated. I mean UPDATED. Check out what the fourth bedroom looked like before and after he got his hands on it:

original closet

Our master bedroom has a super tiny closet. If it was just me living in this house, I could (maybe) make it work. But add in a 6’5″ man and his large clothing and you’re out of space! This fourth bedroom is right across the hall from the master so the proximity makes sense.

I wanted to keep the wall paint white because if I’m putting on make-up and trying on clothing, I don’t want a color altering how I really look once I get outside. Bright colors in a small room like this will reflect on everything. I still think back to my friend who painted a bathroom a deep magenta. I remember looking at my face in the mirror and thinking I looked flushed, it was the paint! Always keep this in mind when you have a room where the color reflection matters (bedrooms, bathrooms, offices). We did paint the tiny ‘munchkin’ doors gray instead of the lovely mint green.IMG_5788

Everyone thinks the mirror over the dresser is a re-deux, but I cannot take credit for this Home Goods purchase:) The dresser did come with a mirror, but I think this gray mirror was a much better fit for the room.


There were a few small re-deuxs on the dresser. The round tray was a tarnished chrome tray from Goodwill that I primed and spray painted indigo. The jewelry rack with arms I found at Kohl’s in the bath section. It was white, again I did a little gray spray paint since white would have disappeared against the white wall.

The biggest challenge was figuring out how to hang clothing. There are two sets of closet doors in this room, but they are both storage spaces. I had the idea of using rolling racks, but Tall Guy hates those and vetoed my suggestion. With the angled walls, figuring out a hanging solution was not easy. All I can say is thank God for the internet and YouTube! I randomly found a company that has angled rod brackets AND they had an installation video. I can proudly say I did the whole rod project myself. Armed with a stud finder and a drill, I got all of the brackets install and 8′ worth of wood pole for hanging.


For weeks I was terrified that this whole thing would fall off the wall. So far so good! I’m still trying to come up with a better shoe solution, but for now I just used a set of the metal grid cubes we had from our office. They certainly make it obvious who the shoe lover is in this house!

Here are some over all shots. Hope you like it!

closet before and after







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