Moooo(d)

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Ever since Pinterest came on the scene, it seems that authentic, tangible mood boards have been replaced. Maybe I’m mistaken, but the ease of an online pin board seems to have won this battle. While I do love Pinterest (as I’m sure you all have gathered), I’m also a big fan of having an actual cork board in front of me on which to pin inspirational images. These four mood boards — with their gorgeous collection of of photographs and notes — are just what I had in mind.

Operation Closet: Octavia

Octavia

I remember working with Octavia at Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, admiring her effortlessly chic outfits every morning. She had me at “hello,” and I knew her closet would be the closet of my dreams. Now let me tell you, it definitely did not disappoint in contents, but its organization needed some serious help. Though if it didn’t, you wouldn’t be here reading about it, so let’s thank our lucky stars Octavia let it get a little out of hand.

One of Octavia’s biggest challenges was deciding where things would be placed. She has a fairly large closet, but couldn’t seem to work with the space and resorted to keeping her sweaters on the bench in the bedroom, her shoes in the hall built-ins, and other items scattered on her chairs and bed. Due to this, she had a lot of unused space in her closet that was only occupied by naked hangers — clearly not a good use of her walk-in closet! As many of my clients do, Octavia also had mismatched hangers facing all different directions, which created a distracting, messy vibe. While she did have her clothes separated by type for the most part, sleeveless blouses were intermingled with flannels, and skirts were hung between pants, and absolutely nothing was color-coded. In other words, imagine a sheer mess. Actually, you don’t even have to imagine it because I’ve got it all for you to see below.

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The first step was a blissful trip to Bed Bath and Beyond where we purchased canvas shelves for sweaters, an inordinate amount of black huggable hangers, and an expandable shoe rack. By purchasing all of these items, we were able to relocate her sweaters from the hall built-ins and her bench, her shoes from those same built-ins, and lots of clothes that were without a home. Now, her clothes and shoes were all in one place: her walk-in closet. After talking to Octavia about her day-to-day getting ready routine, we determined the best layout for her closet. By moving jackets toward the back end of her closet that was formerly empty, we were able to make room for hanging pants and the canvas sweater shelves all on the upper rack that was once used for her jackets.

Another big step was transferring all of her items onto the hangers we purchased and hanging them with other like items. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I organized her clothes first by type and then by color. Take dresses for instance, they were arranged with sleeveless first, then sleeved, and each respective category was placed in ascending color order. Tres bonne, non?

The folded section of her closet needed just as much attention as the hanging section. I folded all of her jeans neatly and placed them with like washes. The same went for her shirts, shorts, and sweaters. Since I was able to move some items around, as well as create more space by folding neatly, we were left with three full shelves with absolutely nothing on them. This meant – can I get a drum roll? – we were able to place the shoes that didn’t fit on the shoe rack!

When I saw Octavia’s look of complete awe and amazement when she walked into her closet, I knew my job was done! Now all we have to do is keep our fingers crossed that Octavia’s feet grow two sizes overnight and all of her gorgeous shoes are up for grabs (just wait until you see them below!).

After:

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Want your closet to look even half as amazing as Octavia’s? Find out how to contact me here.

Top Chef

Bon Appetit

Once I was out of the dorms and into a real apartment, I came to the undeniable realization that I needed cooking help, major cooking help. I found myself going to the grocery store for the same items each week, namely pasta, frozen meals, and some vegetables I could fairly easily steam.

As I stood next to my roommate in the kitchen night after night and watched her make a delicious portobello-stuffed mushroom of sorts, or a roasted chicken dish, while I boiled some water to put my pasta in (hey, it was gluten free!), I realized how much I wanted to learn to cook. We started small in the beginning; she taught me some basic recipes, much like the ones that Bon Appetit emphasizes. Over time though, I felt comfortable going to the market on my own and purchasing ingredients that seemingly made no sense alone, but together could create a perfect dish.

Now, by no means and am I Ina Garten, but I must say that I’m amazed by how much I was able to learn and how significantly I was able to improve my cooking over the course of a couple years.

If you’re feeling like you can’t tell the difference between a steak knife and butter life, then I suggest you start small. Try recipes like spaghetti and meatballs, then try garlic bread, and then work your way up to some more advanced recipes like a roasted chicken. The worst thing that can happen is you ruin the recipe, but no one has to know that, right? So go on and give it a try!

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Last two photos from: Bon Appetit.

Touch of Life

Touch of Life

Often times, I’ll walk into my closet and feel a bit caved in. When this happens, I usually go on a cleaning rampage and try to eliminate those items that I can’t imagine myself wearing in the near future. However, I always have an inkling that the caved in sensation extends beyond taking out a dress here and a jacket there.

I firmly believe that it’s important to make your closet feel open, inviting, fresh, and airy.

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Take the light floors and lit shoe cabinets shown above, for instance. Oh and take a gander at that gorgeous slate Prada bag while you’re at it.

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Or the placement of plants, flowers, and sculptures.

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Or even two jaw-dropping, floor to ceiling windows.

You wouldn’t immediately think to put plants, flowers, or large windows in your closet, but these bright additions can really make all the difference. Because not all of us can have floor to ceiling windows, or a full seating area in our closets, let’s stick with the idea of adding greenery to attain that touch of life. So, organizers, your homework assignment for this week is to get a beautiful plant and place it right in your closet!

Photos from: Pinterest.