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New House Diary: Master Closet Inspiration

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It may not look like much now, but the photo below shows what could be my favorite part of my house renovation – my half of the master closet! I have been living with all my clothes upstairs while my husband used the one tiny master closet that existed when we purchased our home. I won’t fit all my things in this new closet space, but it will be so nice to not have to traipse upstairs just to get dressed daily.

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The inspiration for my master bedroom closet can be summed up in one word: ORGANIZATION! I want everything to have a place (or as much as I can squeeze in comfortably) and to maximize every single square inch of the closet. And though I know there just isn’t room for all these details I love, I am working hard to fit many of these ideas in so my closet really works!


Jay Jeffers

Of course I also want everything to look gorgeous, too, like the lovely design above from Jay Jeffers. He created a clean and coordinated closet that’s a place I’d love to just hang out in!

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus, Architectural Digest

Every detail is perfect in the design above from Nate Berkus, from the hardware to the lighting to the seating. I’m just not sure that’s enough shoe storage for me, though!

Miller and Wright Arch

Miller & Wright

My husband and I will actually each have our own closet in the new master bedroom design, and this closet from Miller & Wright Architects is also stunning in a more masculine way. The built-in dresser is a great addition that we will both have in our closet spaces.

Organzied interiors

Organized Interiors

I do have a lot of shoes, so I sure wish I had room for something along the lines of these shoe drawers. They just might help me find a place for every pair in my closet.

Style STate

Style State

I also love the idea of retractable drawers and pull-out shelves to take advantage of as much space as possible, while keeping everything pressed and organized.

Fresh American Style

Fresh American Style

I will definitely be using some fantastic jewelry boxes and holders like those above to keep my jewelry in good shape and easy to view.

So what do you think about the inspiration ideas for our master closets? Let me know in the comments section below! I can’t wait to show you the finished space. My life is going to be so much easier and organized really soon and I couldn’t be happier about it!








Tobi TV: The Butler’s Pantry

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Tobi-TV-logo-600x332We can’t all live a life that affords us the luxury of having a butler, but a luxury you CAN afford is a butler’s pantry. Historically, a butler’s pantry is where a butler made quick meals and sandwiches, cleaned silver, and sometimes even slept.

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Nowadays, even in homes without a butler, butler’s pantries are usually located in transitional spaces between kitchens and dining rooms, and are used as staging areas for serving meals. They usually have countertops, perhaps an additional sink, and storage for tableware, serving platters, table linens, candles, wine, and other things you’ll need to entertain in your dining room.

A butler’s pantry doesn’t have to be huge or take up a lot of space. You can even add this lovely luxury to a corner of your kitchen. Here are my tips for making a butler’s pantry work for you!

Let’s recap those great tips for a butler’s pantry:

1. Make your butler’s pantry pop with colored cabinets like a fun teal or with brass shelving to really shine!

2. Even a small butler’s pantry will look larger with a mirrored back.

3. Marble countertops and great hardware really bring in the luxury for an expensive looking butler’s pantry.

I hope these tips served you well! Let me know in the comments below how you’d serve up this fabulous space in your home!







New House Diary: Perfect Pantries

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Yesterday, you helped me decide between adding a free-standing pantry or customized pantry cupboards to help me organize the kitchen in my new house. And whether built into the cupboards or stand-alone, there are many ways to get your kitchen organized and have all your food and kitchen necessities close at hand.


 (Home Made)

Then there’s the fabulousness of a butler’s pantry. Butler’s Pantries are dreamy, aren’t they? The difference between a kitchen pantry and a butler’s pantry is all about entertaining. While a kitchen pantry offers storage for canned goods, small appliances, and dry goods, a butler’s pantry is all about platters and linens and silver.


(Keystone Projects)

Usually, these small rooms will include special storage for platters, china, crystal, and barware. There might be drawers for linens and more formal silver or stainless. I do plan to entertain a lot in the house, just as I did in my previous home, so I have a lot of dishes and linens to store. c2ae0ba36c7308473f69a34a00842098

(Steven Gambrel Design)

As I said yesterday, I do love to organize, and I like to be ready at a moment’s notice if we have drop-in guests, a last-minute dinner party, or even those family-packed holidays! A butler’s pantry and a kitchen pantry would be the perfect dynamic duo to keep my cooking and entertaining organized and ready to go! So what have I decided? Well here’s where the “But” comes in. I would love both a pantry and a butler’s pantry, BUT I just can’t afford the square footage dedicated to these rooms. I really need it for my new Master Closet. the current Master Closet is only 5×6. Eek! Talk about SCARY on this Halloween Eve. :) f997746088644ec7c3dd93051a08d436

(Coats Homes)

So I’m going for cupboards. But I will have 2 storage/pantry cupboards that are full height on either side of my refrigerator in the kitchen for all my food with pull-outs and organizing features. And then in the breakfast room. I am creating a wall of cabinetry that looks like a china hutch that will act more like a butlers pantry to store platters and more. And it will have my wine refrigerator too. A Thermador Wine Column to be exact. breakfast TV

(Lauren DeLoach via Traditional Home)

And although 90% of you said NO! to a TV in the breakfast room. My family and I have decided that a TV is right for us in that space so we can listen to the morning news there when we want. I am so comfortable with the quality time I spend with my daughter and I don’t worry that a TV here will take away from our family time. In fact, she and I eat breakfast most mornings cuddled in my bed (instead of in the breakfast room) watching GMA and talking about what’s going on in the world. Lots of life lessons can be taught over one discussion of the news! And for the breakfast room, my husband watches TV there in the evening after work while going through the mail, and I do too, sometimes while cooking dinner. So we think it’s the perfect scenario for us.


(Kenzer Furniture via Houzz)

What do you think about these pantry and TV ideas? Do you have a butler’s pantry in your home? Let me know in the comments below! As we head into the holiday season, isn’t it fun to plan these perfect places for those holiday dinners and parties? Thank you SO much for all your comments so far on my home renovation. It is REALLY interesting and helpful to hear what you all think!

Until next time!



Which Would You Choose: Pantry or Cupboards?

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I am a neat freak – I like everything to be organized and in its place. That’s especially true in the kitchen, with all of its small appliances, baking items, pots, pans, spices, and not to mention food! This week I’m trying to decide if my kitchen remodel should include a separate pantry, or just cupboards designed for organizing everything.

A separate pantry is perfect for ingredients and small appliances! It allows you to walk in and see everything at once, and to quickly locate what you’re looking for. It also hides a lot of things you may not want your guests to see, like an extra trash can, your stash of Diet Coke, or maybe even large bins of vegetables.


(Photo from Kenzer Furniture via Houzz)

On the other hand, there are so many unique ideas for cabinetry now! There are drawers for pot-and-pan storage, special bins for flours and other baking needs, hidden compartments for spice jars and oils, and even great pull-out shelves for small appliances. It also keeps everything in the main kitchen area, which can be handy when you’re searching for the item you need.

And one thing you should know is that unlike new construction where I could have both a walk-in pantry and a great pantry in my kitchen cupboards, a remodel like mine means space is limited. So if I choose a walk-in pantry I am using valuable space that could be in my Master Closet. So which would you choose: A fabulous and roomy pantry with lots of shelves for organized bins and baskets (even if it means a smaller Master Closet or Bath), or specialized cupboards to hide all of the baking, cooking and food things?

Let me know your answer below! I think I’m close on this decision, but I’d still love to hear your suggestion! I may even let you know which I choose in tomorrow’s post… Stay tuned!









New House Diary: Those Little Extras

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As we work through the kitchen in my new house, I want to be sure that I have plenty of organization and storage in my design. Those extra touches can add an enormous amount of function to a kitchen, and now is the time for me to add those ideas to my plan.

One of my favorite solutions for a high-functioning kitchen is plenty of pull-out storage, including drawers for pots and pans, knife drawers that tuck into unused space, and more. I really love the two images below with under-sink storage for cleaning supplies that uses every square inch of the space. It’s so much easier than the black hole of kitchen products that always results from the typical cabinet doors under the sink.

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(image from Luxe source)


(image from Valcucine Logica via Houzz)

The cook and baker in me adores the idea of a drawer for sugar, flour and other dry ingredients. Of course they would need a lid but this idea is genius!


(image from Maison & Demeure)

Keeping my spices organized drives me mad, but a drawer to organize them would bring me right back to my happy place.


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I love cabinet pop-ups for small appliances. I use my kitchen aide mixer, toaster and other smalls on a daily and weekly basis but I also crave a clean countertop. These cabinet pull-outs and pop-ups would be the perfect solution.


(image from Better Homes and Gardens)

My glass baking dishes always stick together when I stack them inside one another. How about a drawer for these baking dishes? Yes, please!


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Dreamy, organized kitchen cabinets like these make me want to  jump for joy. How about you?


(image from Sortrachen)

What extra touches and storage ideas would you add to your kitchen if you could? How would you reorganize? I’d love to hear your ideas to help me make this the most functional kitchen I’ve ever had, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know what’s on your kitchen wish list.