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Bathroom Showdown

Yes, a showdown. That’s exactly what just happened over here. In my quest to renovate my own home piece by piece, I have brought beauty and simplicity to one more room!

If you read my last post, you saw that 2016 has been a very busy year for me. November hit and I was able to catch my breath for a few days. In the time of rest, I had the itch to redo one of our spaces. We bought our home 5 years ago and have SLOWLY done renovations. The kids’ bathroom is not a high priority (they are 3 boys – enough said). However, they have been hanging their towels over the doors for a couple years because the towel bars were ripped off the walls. They had zero privacy because the only shower curtain I purchased (after we took down the sliding glass doors 5 years ago) was a clear shower liner. And lastly, I was tired of looking at the ugly dated cabinet every time I walked in. I was tired of looking at the plain, ugly bathroom period. And my boys were too! I wanted something better for them!

I’ve said this before: Decorating and leaving your mark on a space encourages you to keep it organized and clean. I needed all the motivation to keep the boys’ bathroom clean that I could get, and so did they!

As with all projects, I prioritized this one. Though I don’t like the flooring, it’s in good shape and not too much of an eyesore. So we kept it. As far as the vanity was concerned, I knew the light fixture was a must to be replaced. I kept the mirror, countertop, and faucet (kids are rough on faucets so we opted to wait a few years). I don’t like the countertop, but decided to draw attention away from it rather than spend money on a new one. Same with the cabinet since it was functionally great. I decided to simply paint the cabinet and update hardware. For space, look, and functionality, I went with hooks instead of bars for the towels. AND PAINT for the walls. Oh yes I painted those walls!

Now for the pictures :)

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I decided on a light gray for the walls.

 

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bathroom renovation

I went with towel hooks instead of a traditional rod, and scored this fun piece at New River Pottery here in Wilmington!

 

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bathroom renovation

Look at the difference made with simple changes!

 

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I was a little nervous about painting the cabinet black, but because we kept the light cream countertops I knew white was out of the picture. I’m very pleased with the result!

 

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The light fixture is my favorite part!

 

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bathroom renovation

For a wall print, I went with a simple picture of a wave.

 

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I wanted a plush, white bathmat. However, the kids went shopping with me for that part. And they spotted the shark and had to have it! I gave in because it is their bathroom, after all :)

 

What space in your home needs a showdown? Now is a great time to set your goals for the new year!

Happy Organizing and Decorating,

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

December 5, 2016 - 5:48 pm

vicki - I love this renovation and can’t wait to see it in person!!! You did a fantastic job and I know our boys are enjoying it as well!!

December 6, 2016 - 4:02 pm

Simple Spaces - Thank you Vicki! They can’t wait to show it to you!

Where Have I Been?

Let me begin by saying that I’m well aware it’s been a LONG time since I’ve published a blog post. To say that 2016 has “flown by” is a bit of an understatement. What’s faster than flying? That. Whatever that is.

 

New Service: Vacant Home Staging

I started the year out by adding another branch to my services – Vacant Home Staging. This has proved to be a smart and successful addition for me. I am pleased to say that each home I have staged has successfully sold (minus one that is currently under contract). And all but one sold in 2 months or less. Adding a staging photo gallery to my website is on my priority list.

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Home Staging by Simple Spaces

 

Occupied Home Staging

I’ve stayed busy on the consulting end, working with agents and sellers to make their listings stand out and show well. Each situation is unique, and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the sellers and helping them prepare their homes for one of life’s greatest transitions. I’m so thankful for the agents that I have the opportunity to work with: Nilesh Jethwa and Renata Kuperus of Next Home Cape Fear, Jennifer Farmer of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, Leigh Saunders-Corbin of Century 21 Sweyer & Associates, and Reona Beaudoin of Century 21 Sweyer & Associates. Thank you for trusting me with your clients!

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One of the occupied homes I staged this year.

 

Staging with Hall Stewardship Solutions

I have continued to work with Hall Stewardship Solutions in their business, staging the homes they renovate. Sara Hall has continued to manage the business side and build sets. She stepped out of the “hands-on” this year, however, and I have hired an amazing assistant who helps me with the footwork as we make homes beautiful on a weekly basis!

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Home staging with Hall Stewardship Solutions. Design work by Sara Hall, owner and operator.

 

Home Organizing

Lastly on the business end, but certainly not the least, I’ve continued to work with organizing clients. Seeing the relief in their countenance as we conquer a space together is one of my greatest joys as a professional organizer. I count it a pure privilege to work with these clients! This branch of my business has been steadily growing.

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A transformation of a girl’s room – organizing and redecorating.

 

Family

On the personal end, I’ve been very busy with family affairs. My husband and I celebrated 15 years of marriage this summer. After all these years, he’s still my best friend and favorite person to spend time with. The moments where we are alone are few and far between, but we savor the times we have! All 3 of my boys are in Elementary School – grades 1st, 3rd, and 5th. Between field trips, class parties, and homework, I stay on my toes (in other words my head spins once a week when I read all 3 newsletters and every day about 2:30pm when they come through the back door). My boys stay busy with school, weekly activities, and just “being kids.” I have a soccer player, gymnast, and runner on the sporting side of things.

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A photo of my family from a recent trip to the NC mountains.

 

Personal Goals

I’ve continued on my fitness journey this year, which included the HUGE goal of training for and completing an Ironman triathlon. This race covers 140.6 miles and includes 3 events that are all done on the same day, one right after the other: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. I thoroughly enjoyed training for this race, as being outdoors and active are two things that make me feel alive! I also faced the challenges that come with training for an endurance event of this caliber, including mental and physical exhaustion and time management. Race day was amazing! The bike portion was cut short due to flooding, but I raced hard and well with the course I was given. Can’t wait to do it again!

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So, now you can see why my blog and social media presence have taken a backseat this past year! I do plan on giving attention to these things again. I’m in the process of determining the importance of regular blogging for my business, as well as what direction to take it. If you are a follower, I would love to hear feedback from you as to what you find important and helpful with your journey in home organizing & decorating.

Wishing all of you a holiday season that is generous with space to relax and enjoy those you love.

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

Back-To-School Organizing Giveaway!

Its that time of year again. The kids are back in school and it is time to pick up the pieces of chaos left from summer fun :)

I have a treat for you which can help with that!

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Did you know that I offer consulting services? Whether you are a DIY person, or you need direction before diving into an organizing plan with me. Whether you have lived in your home for 20+ years, or have just moved into a new home. Whether you need help in your home, or place of business. Consulting is a great way to get questions answered and come up with a plan of action for the space where you need help.

I’m giving away a consultation in your space (or spaces) of choice! Have you been wanting to pick the brain of a professional organizer? Here’s your chance! We will walk through your home while you ask questions and I share tips, strategies, and solutions specific to your needs.

In order to enter your name to win, simply share this post in your Facebook newsfeed. Make sure you “Like” my page so that you can tag it in your post and ensure that I get your name. That’s it!

Looking forward to working with the lucky winner :)

Happy Organizing,

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

Bonus Room Makeover

If you have a bonus room in your home, chances are it either:

1- Serves as a catch-all

OR

2- Serves multiple functions, yet feels disjointed and is lacking in design

Bonus rooms are one of the most difficult rooms in a home to organize, and make “pretty.” I have a client who hired me a few years ago to organize her bonus room/home office. She has since sold her home and moved away. She contacted me at her new home, reaching out for help on her bonus room yet again. She had tried using the same furniture with similar setup, but every space really is different and requires a unique strategy (as well as new furniture sometimes).

With this client living out of town, we did long distance consulting. She sent info and pictures via email, we talked and looked at the room on FaceTime, and we spent a lot of time texting back and forth with pictures of furniture & décor. Not being able to see things in person can be somewhat of a challenge, but I find that it can work really well.

My client took pictures for me to share in this post, so I’m super excited to share the process and results with you!

Below are some of the pictures of where we started.

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Behind the couch is a nook that needed a major facelift.

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You can see some of the toys that needed a place to “live.”

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The bonus room in the previous home had several different functions, and we made them all happen in style! You can see the work we did here in Home Office Redesign. The space in my client’s new home had fewer purposes to serve. It is first a hub for family entertainment/media. Secondly, my client does her workouts in this space. And finally, she needed a place to store a few toys for her daughter who uses this space for play. May we not forget, my client wanted it to make her smile, feel at peace, and be a place where she wanted to hang out! It needed to look good.

After much consulting, you can see what we did in the pictures below! The Before/After is not taken from the same angle, but you can get the idea:

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My client wanted more seating, enough for the entire family to be able to sit and watch movies. She also liked the look of a sectional. She wanted to use similar colors, but lighter. We decided to go with this, and I love it!

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I really like this “Family Rules” canvas that she chose for the wall. She wanted to make a statement that represented her family, in the space where they will spend the most time together. I think it was an excellent choice!

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Remember the nook that needed a facelift? Well, we explored built-ins. Shelving and a bench seat. The result is phenomenal!

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For the built-in shelves, I recommended a combo of cabinets below for storage for toys and other hidden items, and open shelves up top for display and more hidden storage via baskets.

 

The built-in bench is so inviting! We spent quite a few back & forths to pick the perfect pillow ensemble. I enjoy “figuring out” my clients and their style and personal preferences. It’s always fun when everything “clicks” and I can help them put together exactly what they want!

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I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with this repeat client. I provided a framework for the space, guidance, help with decision making, and she took it all and ran! I think she did a fantastic job on making this space both a functional and refreshing place to be for her family. I would want to be in that room all the time!

Thanks for reading! I love hearing your thoughts. Are you struggling to make your bonus room both functional and fashionable?

Happy Organizing,

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

Bedrooms that belong to boys can be quite scary. Making the decision to clean and organize them is a BIG and BRAVE step on the part of any parent!

You can view  Part 1 of my Boy Room Overhaul to read the story and see pictures from Boy Room #1 – the “Blue Room.”

The room I’m sharing on this post was a bit more challenging than the first. This child had a lot more “stuff.” I didn’t get a picture until we had already started working through the room and closets, but here’s what they looked like as things were underway.

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Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

When organizing a child’s room, it’s always in their best interest to ask them to pull out the toys and items that they absolutely want to keep. Give them a limit on how much. Help them work through their thoughts and make decisions by asking questions “When is the last time you played with this? Do you still like it? If you could choose between (give them two choices) which do you like best?” The older they are, the easier this process is. But I’m sometimes surprised by the things that mean the most to my own boys.

My client had already gone through the room with her boy before our work session, and we had a great start with many items already designated as donations. After this I swept through the room, sorting and putting aside things that I knew he wanted to keep, and filling up more donation boxes.

When my work was done, it was time for Scott Thigpen with Solid Foundation Builders, Inc. to once again come in and work his magic.

Are you ready for the reveal?!

 

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Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Another job well done on the loft bed and built-in desk by Solid Foundation Builders, Inc!

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

The space underneath the bed is the perfect little retreat for a boy.

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

The cube shelf is versatile and will change in function as he gets older.

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Here are some up-close shots of the desk.

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

The closets had a complete overhaul as well. One was left with a rack for clothes that need to hang. The other was outfitted with shelving from Solid Foundation Builders, Inc.

Boy Room Overhaul Part 2

 

Once again, my client was extremely pleased with the result from all parties involved! “I felt like Melissa was a partner who really cared and not just someone providing a service. That is true customer service! I am so happy with the end result and so grateful! So are my kids! They love their new spaces and we love hanging out in their rooms together. If you are thinking about asking for help, do not feel ashamed. Call Melissa! You won’t regret it.” ~ Gina

 

Whether your spaces need a little touch up, or a complete overhaul, don’t hesitate to call me! When your home is organized, you can focus on doing what you really love.

Melissa

Get Organized. Simply Live.