One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
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My friend and fellow style blogger Monica at Living in Vogue and I were invited to a fun store in downtown Palo Alto called West Elm to help celebrate their 1 year anniversary. We were tasked with styling a table using items from their Heritage and Murray collections and items from our own DIY table decorations. After visiting their store and exploring their collections we were inspired to create a rustic cabin table setting. I decided to make these DIY Chalk Acorn Placeholders. The beauty of these acorns is that they will be the most unique item at your holiday table and they are super easy to make! (more…)
I’ve been working on our master bedroom update for the last few weeks. The whole project started because of an antique door at the Kuzak’s Closet demolition sale last month in Palo Alto. My assistant Al and I were brainstorming DIY (do it yourself) ideas of what we could do with the doors and I suggested that I could make a bed out of one. The measurements were perfect for the king size bed that I’ve had on my wish list so I committed. Of course I couldn’t decide which door to use to I brought 4 home with me, I guess it’s the perk of my job (old houses, big trucks, strong helpers!).
My friends, I am writing today about a fabulous little invention called spray paint! I use it all of the time and I’m amazed at how quickly it can transform just about anything! At my Los Altos Estate Sale over the weekend there was an adorable set of black wicker nesting tables that didn’t sell and I was shocked… seriously shocked!
They were so darn cute, I thought they would sell in the first 20 minutes but they sat and sat. I heard a few customers comment that they didn’t like the color and I bit my tongue, I figured if they couldn’t see the potential of the fabulous trio they didn’t deserve them and I decided to buy them for myself.
Now this may not be the greatest transformation you have ever seen but THAT is the point! It shows how fast and easy spray paint is! It literally took me 25 minutes from start to finish to paint them!
Last Sunday I started my morning at Starbucks with a latte and headed to HomeGoods for a little retail therapy. It was the perfect time to shop, the store had just opened and I had the place to myself. I wanted to snatch up some fall decorations before they put out the Christmas stuff, seriously, you know the Santas will be on the shelves by October 1st! I had a nice trip and found a few cute things, including a cute piece of sparkly leaf garland…
(via Kuzak’s Closet Instagram)
Where did November go? Thanksgiving has passed and we’re plowing full-force into the December holiday season. Orange and brown hues have disappeared from the shelves at my local stores and been replaced with an explosion of red’s and green’s. I love it!
Today’s post is a review of the super busy month of November. This month has really shown the diversity of the projects that my team at Kuzak’s Closet are tackling; great closet and garage organization projects, a full house relocation and un-pack, estate inventory, several estate sales and liquidations, DIY events, a book release and so much more!!
December is looking pretty packed but I am taking some time to visit family, which will be fantastic and I am looking forward to a break. We managed to squeeze two estate sales into December so be on the lookout for those updates and I am bringing back the Holiday Decor Week from last year that was so much fun. I love to see everyone’s different decorations and hear about the holiday traditions of my family and friends. (more…)
I am teaming up for another fun party at West Elm with my friend and fellow blogger Monica at Living in Vogue this week, “Dressing Up the Holidays”. Not only will we be showing off our DIY table style projects from the West Elm 1 Year Anniversary party two weeks ago, we will be presenting tips about keeping your hosting schedule organized, setting up a bar, styling your party wardrobe and will be serving sample cocktail and appetizer recipes that are sure to wow your guests and give you time to mingle. Local baker SusieCakes is supplying some delicious desserts for your tasting pleasure, Ibiss boutique is loaning some amazing wardrobe pieces, Apis Floral will be on hand to talk about floral arrangements and The Card Lady will be showing some amazing sample menu’s and invitations. We hope you can join us as we kick off the holiday season at West Elm!
As I revealed in last week’s She Cave project reveal, the only time that I buy things from my estate sales is when they don’t sell. This vintage glider was a popular set at a sale I had in Los Altos Hills earlier this year but at the end of the sale is was unsold. I think buyers struggled with the same thing that I did, how will find new cushions to fit it? I suggested that buyers made a pattern based on the existing cushions but they were so crusty I don’t think anyone wanted to bother taking them home.
Do you see what I mean? Crusty! In fact the whole set was pretty crusty! Can you believe the deer hide in the picture sold at the sale but the glider set didn’t? It’s crazy to see what sells and what doesn’t.
At the end of the sale my husband Chris actually talked me into buying the set. He really liked the chairs that matched it and promised to help me fix it up. I think he secretly likes helping me with my DIY projects, ha! We started by bringing the set home and cleaning it up. It was pretty rusty so we used a hard bristle brush (just like we did on our picnic table from last summer) to scrub it and get all of the rust and dirt flakes off.
A few months ago I decided to turn a room into our house into a “she cave” for myself. Prior to the makeover it was pretty sparse and didn’t serve much of a purpose. Since it looks like we are going to live in this house for a few more years at a minimum I thought it was time to spruce it up a bit. Now it is a nice spot for me to lounge, watch my favorite TV shows, and blog.
I started the project after a very inspirational trip to World Market. They had this great steel blue sofa on sale and I couldn’t resist. It’s really comfy and I love that it doesn’t take over the entire room. Luckily I had Chris with me to push me into making the purchase, he love to spend money and I tend to be a saver.
Yesterday I posted pictures of my Easter decorations. Did you have any favorites? Do I have anything in my house that you also have in yours? One of the pics was of a spring wreath that I recently made and today I wanted to share more details about the project.
I like the process of being crafty and creating things but I struggle with the clutter that it creates. The only time that I find myself working on a project is when I am repurposing something that I found at an estate sale that needs to be brought back to life. This vintage egg was missing the back piece so it didn’t sell at my Los Altos estate sale last January. Instead of sending it to be donated I thought it would be perfect for a spring DIY project. After thinking about it for the last year I decided it would look cute in the center of a wreath. (more…)
Just before I left to go to NYC I finished painting the coffee table I picked up at Goodwill for our living room. Deciding what color to paint it was the hardest part, (besides getting the paint into all of the knooks and crannies).
This cute wicker table didn’t sell at my last estate sale -SHOCKING!- and I couldn’t bare to see it go to Goodwill so I brought it home. It is such a nice size and has cute detail, it just needed a little paint so I decided to fix it up with a pop of color.
I hope you loved last week’s virtual shopping trip to The Container Store and Wal-Mart! The summer is winding down and we’ll both admit that it’s been hard to find NOT items. I guess we’ve been lucky to find things that are worth sharing! This week I’m sharing a DIY cleaning trick and a new kitchen gadget and Ashlie is all about beauty.
Don’t forget to enter to win a goodie box full of our HOT finds at the end of this summer series. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, how easy is that!
I tried a tutorial from The Happier Homemaker to clean my washing machine. Chris thought I really lost it when I told him what I was up to. He didn’t think it was possible for a washing machine to be dirty, doesn’t it clean all day? Well, it does but it gets built up with soap scum, lint, and grime. I tried the tutorial and I couldn’t believe how much junk came off my machine. You should give it a try, it’s HOT!
I’ve been wanting an immersion blender since last winter when I tried my Aunt Shelley’s butternut squash soup. Every time I make soup and I need to puree it I have to put small batches in my blender and it is a pain in the neck. I finally decided to buy one when I completed my cleanse this week (I’m doing The Plan, I can’t decide if it’s Hot or Not yet, today is my first day of introducing normal food) and I realized that most of my meals for the 3 days were puree vegetable soup.
Back in January I brought these fruit drying racks home from a large estate that I was working at. They were tucked away in the loft of a barn and it was pretty amazing that termites didn’t completely devour them! Someone suggested that we put them in the dumpster but I suggested that we put them out at the estate sale I was having. My sales pitch to buyers was the idea that they could make picture frames with them and they quickly sold out (I am so glad I put 2 aside for myself!).
Our guest room has been a work in progress since we moved into our current house last April. Since we are renting we are limited to what we can do regarding paint and flooring so I really had my work cut out for me! Our carpet is beige and so are the walls so it was important to add color and texture with the linens, flooring, and furniture.
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
Last week I teamed up with friend and style blogger Monica from Living In Vogue to host a party Dressing Up the Holidays at West Elm in Palo Alto. Monica brought beautiful clothing, shoes and jewelry samples from Ibiss Boutique in Willow Glen and presented fantastic wardrobe ideas like; glam up your wardrobe by investing in a statement piece of jewelry that you can wear with most of the holiday outfits in your closet. (more…)
I bought a basic grapevine wreath at Michael’s for $9.99.
I splurged on two rolls of brown and gold glitter ribbon ($3.99 per roll) and this cute package of potpourri. I know, potpourri isn’t something you would normally use to make a wreath but the price was right at $5.99, plus the miniature pine cones and pumpkins were too cute to pass up! The bonus of using potourri is that my porch now smells like cinnamon.
I used my hot glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the back of the wreath and then I wrapped it all of the way around the wreath. I originally had it criss-crossing but I decided to keep it simple and just wrap every 3 inches.
Then, I hot glued the miniature pine cones on the right side of the wreath, layering them nicely on top of each other.
To finish it off I put the three tiny pumpkins together, I love how they add just a touch of color when you are up close.
The grand total for the wreath was $25 which is much cheaper than anything I would have been able to find out shopping. I am really happy with how it turned out and it has inspired me to start thinking of fun Christmas wreaths to make!
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…