Last weekend was our first weekend as homeowners and we started the process of tackling projects! Our first major project: storage and organization! Other than the master closet, the two other bedroom closets are fairly small and there are no coat or linen closets in the home. Just off of the laundry room was a rather large [5'x4'] "closet" with a blank slate:
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    ..the builder recommended it could be used as a small office, which we did consider, but with no window, no air conditioning vent, and our need for coat and linen storage, we nixed that and decided to make it a closet! Inspiration? Every California Closet I've ever seen, and this beauty from the Pottery Barn catalog:
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    ..after seeing that, I knew we could do something fun with the space so we decided to check out the closet section at Ikea. We fell in love. And we turned the empty space into this:
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    We used the Pax System from Ikea and could not be happier with the results. There's a space for everything we need it for and then some!
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Top shelf storage for bins with candles, light bulbs, batteries, etc.
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Pull-outs for hats, umbrellas, sports bags, and purses!
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Coats, extra linens, cleaning supplies, and shoes!
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Handy pull-out tray to use as a folding table or use with a mini ironing board for quick touch-ups!
    The best part about the Pax System is that you design it to fit your needs - originally I had a shelf where the folding table is now but I loved the accessibility of the shoe tray so I returned the shelf and purchased the pull-out tray. Although you can choose to have everything delivered and installed for an added fee, we chose to do the building ourselves to stay on budget. Speaking of budget, everything seen here was just under $525 total. That's both units, all clothes rails, drawers, trays, shelves, and pull outs. In my opinion, putting it together wasn't terribly difficult. As with any Ikea project, it's important to have patience and really look at the word-less directions or you could end up putting a small wooden dowel in a larger screw hole and not be able to get it out - points finger at husband.
    We're so content with our Pax System that we're thinking of biting the bullet and doing something similar in the master closet to provide that built-in look with more structure and organization:
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    Maybe that will be a "Weekend Warrior" project in the near future? Regardless, the fluorescent light has got to go! Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend! Need something to do? I highly recommend the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
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    I absolutely LOVE calligraphy and hand-lettering! I can be creative, I have been told that I have nice handwriting, and I know I have steady hands [my job requires that people trust me in their mouth with sharp instruments], but for these ladies it seems this form of art comes effortlessly whereas I would need to seriously practice! These are some of my favorite items from a few of my favorite calligraphers and letterers [yes, there is a difference]!
1. 'You Are My Greatest Adventure' Print - Brown Fox Calligraphy
I have recently started decorating with prints. Remember when you would rip out magazine quotes and paste them to your walls, cork board, planner, etc. as a teenager, or write them on your mirror in sharpie or lipstick? This is your grown up/classy way to keep those happy thoughts around! There are so many of these being made right now but of course I'm partial to the girl who made my logo!

2. Partial Calligraphy Address Stamp - Brown Fox Calligraphy
Who doesn't want to send their mail out with a ridiculously cute return stamp? I've made a few of my own with Avery labels, but the white background of a label can look harsh against colored envelopes - stamping looks way more put together! Can't wait to have a home so that I can get one of these by Bri of Brown Fox [ps everything in her shop is 20% off thru June with code HAPPYDAY]

3. 'The Best Part' Print - Lindsay Letters
Take a look at some of her prints and you will see why her business doesn't have the word 'calligraphy' in it like the others - there's a difference in style but the result is still so lovely! Letterers have this amazing ability to create prints where none of the individual letters look the same twice yet everything comes together perfectly! I love this print for a coffee cart because it reminds me of the Folgers commercials, and since the Keurig is the first place I run in the morning, it's a good reminder to read as I await for my addiction to finish brewing!

4. Calligraphy Starter Kit - Laura Hooper Calligraphy
If you're interested in learning calligraphy [like myself], I would recommend this kit! I always happened to be out of town when she was teaching in San Francisco, but I've heard her classes are great and I'm sure the starter kit is awesome! I've stood in the calligraphy aisles at Michaels and other craft stores before and have felt overwhelmed with the options as a beginner. This kit eliminates that helpless feeling by including the basics and what you need as a beginner!
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    Yes. It is past Friday - eek! We were traveling back from our House Hunting trip so this post got neglected. Even if it's late, I had to post to fill you in on a sale, so this is more of a PSA than anything.. everything Kate Spade is 25% off for Friends and Family through Sunday! Yay!
   
    Kate and I are kind of friends from afar. I love to admire all of the gorgeous purses but I have to steer clear of stores to keep my wallet [and marriage] safe. I wasn't even aware until recently that there was more to Kate than pretty purses, shoes, and accessories; she also carries a line of things for the home including fine china, vases, etc. Anyway, these are a few of my favorite home items!


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Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4
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1. Scented Candles - I love Kate Spade for the witty quotes on most of her products. Not only do these smell good, they're beautiful and include cute and inspirational quotes and sayings. I think I need the blue one for our new adventures in North Carolina!

2. Market Street Collection - One of the main reasons I chose a white dish for our main dishes when we registered is because you can always dress them up! These fun dotted accent plates would be perfect on top of a white dinner plate for Easter with colorful antique drink ware or even these cuties from World Market for Easter brunch!

3. Things We Love Collection - This collection is cute, fun, and colorful, but what I really love is the coffee table book. I have seen it all over Instagram for some time and heard everyone ranting and raving over it. Quite honestly I didn't think anything of it or believe it could be that great. After turning through the pages at B&N, I can see why people love it - definitely gets the creative juices flowing [if being creative is your thing] and definitely looks good on the coffee table!

4. Daisy Place Collection - I saved the best for last! How stinking cute are these little dishes?! I love organizational items - especially ones this cute! I am so excited to be moving in to a new place in Charlotte where there's a designated "entry space" that these can sit near to place keys, sunglasses, mail, etc.! [While I love our current apartment, it is small and you enter directly into the family room so we often loose our keys and sunglasses before making it to the kitchen cabinet where they belong, and mail ends up everywhere from the coffee table to the dining room table and beyond!]


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And on that note, I'm going to head to the Kate Spade Outlet! Hopefully I can keep my husband under control this time..

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    If we could afford to have our entire home decorated by Pottery Barn, we probably wouldn't be opposed. But we're young and love to travel, so we put our money in that direction for now. And the reality is, I shop too much to place all of my eggs in one basket - I love mixing pieces from different places and I'm pretty good at finding expensive pieces for less. That doesn't mean I don't indulge in a PB Sale every now and then, or still consider them as one of my favorite stores when searching for something for our home, because, they are. Our bedding is from there and I love it!
    Shag is back, and I am in heaven. Wool shag rug, wool shag throw, and my new favorite shaggy faux-fur pillows! The pillows were from Pottery Barn and, surprisingly, they were way less expensive than any other store!:
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My faux-fur pillows in their new home! Other pillows pictured: Sequin Tile Pillow Cover [Pottery Barn] and Rosette Pillow [old Crate & Barrel, no longer available]

Look for Less

    I am obsessed with the big, fluffy, faux-fur pillows - but the prices, not so much! I was shocked to see that Pottery Barn's regular pricing was way less, and I got them at the Sale price! Luckily I already had pillow inserts so I don't need to purchase the inserts, but even if I had to, the Pottery Barn complete set of pillow + cover would still be less than just a cover anywhere else! The PB pillows are faux-fur as opposed to 'Mongolian Lamb' but they achieve the same great look and are still soft!
Crate & Barrel
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Lambskin Pillow
16" Square: $89.95
This pillow comes with the insert but is only sheepskin on the front
Crate & Barrel
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Pelliccia Pillow with Insert
18" Square: $89.95
23" Square: $159

Mongolian lambskin with insert, but again, one-sided
Pottery Barn
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Faux Fur Pillow Cover - Long Shaggy
18" Square Regular Price: $39.50
No insert, fur on both sides
West Elm
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Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover
16" Square: $69
24" Square: $139

No insert, fur on both sides
Z Gallerie
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Mongolian Pillow
22" Square: $129.95
This pillow comes with the insert but has leather backing instead of full fur
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