Thursday, February 11, 2016

Master Closet Lighting Options

I was suppose to share with you Valentine touches around our home, but really didn't feel like my heart or mind was into it currently. Aside from battling illness for myself and my little baby, the closet has been pre-occupying my mind all the time! So today,  I want to ask your opinion on something fun - LIGHTING!

Right now we have 2 recessed lighting in our closet which I really don't care for that much.
And since we will have lighting inside all the cabinets in the closet, I want a beautiful, statement piece that will function well in our closet.

Meaning, I want just one statement lighting to go into the room, and with my love for anything and everything beautiful, choosing the right lighting is just oh-so-hard! 

So please, tell me, if you had to choose among these, which would it be and why? I have a photo of the space below,  where this lighting will go....

Do you have a lighting option I didn't put in here? Please do share, I am confused like crazy right now but would consider other options too! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Have a Happy Valentines Day!!!!!


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Master Closet PLAN

Now that you've seen the BEFORE, the INSPIRATIONS, and the OPTIONS out there, can you guess what we chose???

Of course, for form, function and cost, we chose the PAX SYSTEM from IKEA!!!!

After we consulted with the designers at Home Depot (which by the way, I recommend highly too since they were really patient with us and came up with fantastic designs), the cost ended up being too much for our intended budget for this space even after all the sale we were hoping to catch.

We eventually tried our luck with IKEA, online, trying out their wonderful ONLINE CLOSET PLANNER for the PAX SYSTEM, and we finally came up with a plan we both love. And to top it all off, we were able to meet the deadline on a SALE that was going on (15% off everything)! It was just an obvious sign for me and too good to pass up. ;-)

The plan I have here was made thru this ONLINE PLANNER IKEA had and I think you can also see our VISION more clearly now thru this...


WALL E (A.K.A. nook) - HER SIDE for shoes
WALL F - Nordli Drawer Chest below (with mirror up top)
Nordli 4 Drawer Chest

How it will hopefully look as you enter the double doors
 In front of the window I want a small Vanity like the one below...
Brimnes Dressing table
Now for the details...

I love how I can easily customize the PAX system in a way that will work BEST FOR US!

Top view of the organizers inside
 I decided to use the WHITE STAINED OAK combined with white, since I wanted some contrast and I wanted to add some other decorative things I will share with you later on.

Now to MY SIDE...

Obviously, we made a SWITCHEROO, my old side of the closet is now HIS, and HIS side is now MINE! The switch was simple since HIS SIDE before WAS BIGGER! Hehehe!

The cabinet on Wall C with the glass shelves will mainly be a bag display - something that I've always dreamed of!

 This shoe cabinet is not a great representation, but this will be on WALL E facing WALL C.

With this plan, I think  we will be doing a lot of PURGING over the next coming weeks. It's time to do it too really, so I'll be sorting stuff out  - to give, donate and sell on EBAY!
I'll let you know since you might want to check that out too!

Of course we will add cabinet lighting in all of them and I can't wait to execute the plan, hopefully, it will look good in real life as it does on the screen! Wish us luck since it will be a LOOOONG PROCESS!

I am absolutely so excited about this! Can't wait to share the process as we go along! We actually started building already! YEY!

A BIG THANKS to BRANDON from IKEA in St. Louis who was very patient and very helpful in the process of ordering everything (We opted to have everything picked and delivered for us to save our backs since we saved a lot during the sale)!

Have A Great Week !


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Custom Walk-in Closet Options

Now that you know my INSPIRATIONS, let's see how we can execute this dream shall we?

1) California Closets

Just a quick Disclaimer, I did not consult with California Closet for my project. I am only writing based on reviews and opinions of others online, who have done their closets with them.

PROS: Excellent customization, Dream it and they can do it, Great quality, endless options

CONS: Dreaming it and doing it for a price, a steep one at that (expected really) $$$$$, not available in a lot of areas unless your willing to do the consults over the phone and via internet rather than talking with an actual person

California Closets

2) Home Depot

I am currently consulting with their Design consultant on this project since I saw a good sale on their site. They have 3 lines of closet cabinetry that does custom closets.  And they can design using their all their kitchen cabinetry manufacturers too (Kraftmaid, Thomasville. etc.)!

Home Decorator
Martha Stewart

Closet Maid
PROS: lots of options from different manufacturers, convenience (since there's a Home Depot everywhere); SALES come in rotation so you can wait for the right sale for the type of cabinetry you want; for the closet cabinetry, most of them are already assembled for easy installation

CONS: $$$$ -$$ depending on the type of cabinets and finish, each store has different Design consultant so working with one may work for some or others but maybe not for you

3) IKEA Pax System

Kris from Driven by Decor wrote the Good, the Bad and the Ugly about this system already so you may want to check on that HERE.

PROS: Easy access and use to their online planner, love that you could customize the organization accessories easily, Best price - $

CONS: Customization can be limited depending on what you want, limited access if you don't have IKEA nearby,

I'm currently toying with their online planner, so we'll see...

There is also the ELFA system and TCS closet from THE CONTAINER STORE, but I did not delve into these systems because one, I did not like the ELFA for my closet, and TWO, I don't have any Container Store near me! ;-)

Anything I missed here? Have you done a similar project in the past? Experiences with any of these retailers? Do share, I would love to know more about this process!

Have a Great Weekend Folks!

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