One Room Challenge Reveal: The Elegant, Moody Office is Finished — Almost!

This isn’t exactly a “final” reveal, but I’m out of time. This project has been a beast! My little office has gone from generic to statement-making with a rich, moody green hue on the wall, updated cube shelves, a midcentury modern desk, and an attention-getting gallery wall.

It’s Week 8 of the One Room Challenge, and the office is ready for her close up. Well, sort of. I still need to touch up a few places on the bookshelf (hence the painter’s tape), finalize some of the art, and change out the switch plate and outlet.

Still, we’ve come a long way, and I love the way this room has turned out. I’ll share all of the sources in a minute, but first, here are some shots of the new space.

I love this combo of pink and green.
The gallery wall is a combo of photos and art.

I plan to share all the details about how I updated the bookshelves and how I designed the gallery wall. For now, I’ll share the room sources below. Keep in mind that these are affiliate links, and if you shop with them, I might earn a small commission.

I’m linking the art for the gallery wall, but I plan to have some of the items reprinted when I have more time. This is the best I could do with my home printer! Also, I have an exciting giveaway coming soon. I’ll share more next week.

Sources: Chandelier / Rug / Desk Chair / Throw / Love Seat / Abstract Art / Gray art print / Tree print / Black floral print 1 / Black floral print 2 / Faux plant

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New Moody Green Hues Sparkle with a Crystal Chandelier – Week 6

It’s been a busy week, so I’ll keep this update short and sweet. I am finished painting the walls, baseboards, and window trim. I also installed the chandelier, and it’s beautiful!

It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge, and the office project is in full swing. I’ve shared some of the chaos on Instagram in stories. For a behind-the-scenes view, definitely check out the Fall ORC Highlight Reel.

I also made a reel about the experience of installing about 100 crystals. Each piece had to be unscrewed, and then reattached with the crystal. The manufacturer suggested installing the crystals before hanging it, but that would have been too heavy for me to lift. So, up and down the ladder I went.

Bottom line, it’s done! You can watch the reel here. It adds so much sparkle and elegance to the room.

I went with SW Pewter Green on the walls and SW Shade Grown for the bookshelves and doors. The darker green accent was a risky decision, but I think it’s perfect. I left the other trim white mostly because I am tired of painting. I kind of want it green. I may circle back to that if time allows.

Next up, I need to finish the bookshelves, order the desk chair, and put the gallery wall together. It’s coming along, and the finish line will be here soon!

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Tips on How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color – Week 5 of the Fall ORC

Picking the perfect paint color can be tricky, but I’ve got some tips to help you get it right the first time (usually)! Follow these tips and choose a color with confidence.

1. Find Inspiration & Research Online Images

Before I started the office project, I found this amazing rug and used it as the starting point for the entire design. However, I was all over the map when it came to picking the paint color. I knew I wanted it to be moody, modern, and boho. I found three images of wall colors I liked, and I chose a direction based on those.

The bottom pic won by a landslide. Just seeing the three together, I knew that the merlot wasn’t something I’d love forever (I don’t love red), and the cream would not feel moody enough.

2. Consider the Connecting Colors

When choosing paint colors for your home, always consider what is happening in the adjoining spaces. For example, My kitchen has rustic cypress cabinets with orange undertones, and my wood floors are also a natural wood. To balance all that warmth, I prefer cooler colors or neutrals on the walls. For example, when choosing a gray, I’ll use a warm gray. Gray is technically a “cool” color, but the warm undertones help it work with the room. If I added a terracotta color, it would be too much for my tastes.

I could continue waxing poetic about color selection, but that will have to be in another post. For now, here’s a great tip I learned from Valeria at Rebecca & Genevieve.

3. Create a Home Color Story

When trying to see how colors will work together from room to room, create a color story. First, save a screenshot of each color in your home to your phone. Next, put all those photos in an album. When you go to your albums, you can see how everything flows together.

I definitely have a light neutral theme going. I love how the new green office adds some interest and contrast.

4. Research Pictures of the Color Online

Once I decided on a gray-green color, I started researching color options. I searched color names I liked to see rooms in that color. This isn’t a guarantee of how it will look in your home, but it definitely helped me get a better idea of what I wanted, and didn’t want.

After looking at other rooms, I realized that I didn’t want a lot of blue in my office, and I needed to go darker on the color strip. I didn’t like medium green walls. I also found that I loved rooms where the trim was also painted dark.

Follow these 4 tips to choose the perfect paint color for your room. It's week 5 of the Fall One Room Challenge.
I loved the green in this picture, it’s SW Pewter Green.

5. Choose a Color

At this point, I was looking at two or three colors. This is when I stepped back and looked at the colors side-by-side and against other elements in the room. I liked the grayer tone in SW Pewter Green, and it picked up the olive green in my rug perfectly.

I went to the paint store and grabbed a sample whole gallon, because at this point, I knew I’d love it. If you’re not as reckless confident, a sample size is an inexpensive way to make sure you love the color.

Guess what — I threw a test patch up on the wall when I got home, and I love it! I’ll be painting later this week.

The winner, SW Pewter Green.

I will share more photos soon, including the new light fixture and how I’m tweaking the foyer to work with this new color in the space.

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DIY Success! Refinishing the Midcentury Modern Table – Week 4 of the Fall ORC

I discovered an exciting product this week that may have saved my sanity during this One Room Challenge, and I’m so excited to share it! I’m not the most experienced DIY-er, but this is up there on one of my favorite updates.

I purchased this midcentury modern dining table on Facebook Marketplace a few months ago for about $200. It was in rough shape — cracked and chipped veneer, missing a center leaf, and extremely wobbly. I couldn’t get over the sleek base and perfect oval shape.

I love this desk/table!

I was DREADING the refinishing process. Last ORC, I refinished this buffet. It was a beast, and I just didn’t have the time or energy to tackle a similar project right now.

I had no idea if this stuff would work.

An Autumn DIY Miracle

I came across Restor-a-finish while waiting for paint at Lowe’s. It claimed to restore color, blend out scratch, remove heat rings, and (most importantly) be EASY. It was worth a shot. The table couldn’t get worse!

I read the instructions and grabbed some extra fine steel wool and walnut-colored wood putty (for the chips in the veneer).

At this point I was getting excited, but I didn’t know if it would stick.

I first gave the entire desk a light sanding with the steel wool. Then, I used my handy, old putty knife to fill the holes in the veneer. I used my fingers to smooth it out – I’m not fancy, y’all.

Once the putty was dry, I went back over it with the steel wool, and also scrubbed out the permanent marker and places with flaking veneer. Next, I used a clean steel wood to wipe on the Restor-A-Finish. I wiped with the grain of the wood. Holy moley! That stuff worked like a charm!

This is before I wiped it off.

I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes. I left it on the desk overnight. I’m not sure if that is too long, but I figured it could use a good soaking.

The next morning, I wiped it off with a microfiber cloth. There are still obvious imperfections, but this is a work table. I am absolutely THRILLED to have saved myself HOURS of time.

The finished product!!!

Indecision strikes

I’m so happy that I was able to refinish the desk so easily, because choosing a paint color hasn’t been so simple. I have three interior color schemes that I love, and I am stuck on which to choose. I turned to my Instagram friends for help.

My desperate appeal on Instagram.

Our home is mostly the middle one, but I think a rich pop of color like the other two options would be seriously amazing.

Until I have a better idea about the direction for color, I’m focusing on the gallery wall and DIY bookshelf. Hopefully I’ll have some updates to share about that next week.

I also had to pivot on my light fixture. The one I loved isn’t available to ship until January, but I found more affordable option that will work. I always look at those situations as opportunities to stretch my interior design style. So, I’m excited to see the new choice in the room.

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My Moody Bohemian Office Design Board – Week 3 of the Fall One Room Challenge

Warm tones, rich colors and a sprinkle of mid-century modern. The office design board is completed, and I couldn’t be more excited to see this room come to life.

Unfortunately, there is a LOT of work to do to get to that point! Before I dive into the timeline, let’s review the design board.

  1. RUG // This affordable Loloi rug is stunning. I was drawn it because of the great combination of colors: rich mahogany, navy, blush, cream, olive, and charcoal. It’s incredibly versatile, and it came in the perfect size for this room. I bought it a couple of months ago when it went on sale. The thought of it selling out in the size I needed was not ok with me, so I snagged it before I was really ready to start this project.
  2. LIGHTING // The lighting in this office is the star of the show. This chandelier is absolutely dreamy. I needed a large fixture with a lot of lights. I love the modern shape and texture. The sconces are budget-friendly options that work well with the
  3. DESK // The desk was a Facebook Marketplace find! This one is a similar style. I love the column base and oval shape. It’s a tight space, so I didn’t want hard corners to bump into. I do have to do some refinishing work on my desk, and it will be quite a project. More details to come on that.
  4. SEATING // This dark gray desk chair and these round stools are the perfect worn velvet. They are quite pricey, so I may try to find a more budget-friendly option.
  5. LOVESEAT // This dreamy loveseat is from Anthropologie, but I love the soft sage velvet. I’d like to get a similar fabric to recover my existing loveseat one day, but for now, I’ll have to stick with the existing ivory canvas to keep my budget in check. Maybe I’ll rent a steam cleaner to freshen it up.
  6. GALLERY WALL // I found this ready-to-go gallery wall. It is perfection. I don’t think it will be in the budget to purchase this exact option, but it’s amazing inspiration. I’ll be scouring local thrift stores and shopping my house to achieve a similar look.
  7. SHELVING // I purchased these cube shelves about a year ago. I would love to install gorgeous built-ins in this office, but I think I can do a DIY on these and make them look so much better. More details to come…
  8. PAINT // The walls will be Benjamin Moore White Dove like the rest of the house. Sherwin Williams’ Uncertain Gray will go on the French doors, and Mount Etna will bring new life to the bookshelves.

Below is a list of the timeline and anticipated budget.


Paint the bookshelves, walls, and French doors (Week 3) $125

Edit the room (Week 3) FREE!

Refinish the desk (Week 4) $50/materials

DIY project on bookshelves (Week 5) $125

Change the light fixture (Week 6) $400

Install sconces and gallery wall (Week 7) $350

New desk chair and stools (Week 8) $250

New planter (Week 8) $25

Organization for desk & cubbies (Week 8) $50

TOTAL $ 1,100

Finally, I’d like a plan for how to keep this bookshelf tidy, including possibly labeling the cubbies in a unique way.

Here is a reminder of where we are now.

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Designing an Elegant, Moody Home Office & Library – Weeks 1 & 2 of the One Room Challenge

I cannot believe The One Room Challenge is already underway. I feel like I blinked, and it’s October! Even though I’m a starting a little late, I am jumping in with both feet.

My project for the next 7-ish weeks is to transform my home office/library. This small room is just off our front door. In the chaos called the year 2020, it served as my husband’s home office first. Now that he is back at work, I’m using the space. It is connected to all of the rooms in our open living, kitchen, dining, foyer, and office. Basically, our house is one large room with bedrooms and bathrooms separated.

This is the current state of the office.

Step 1: The Room’s Function/Purpose

The primary purpose of this room is to serve as my office. However, the kids love to come and work at my desk (actually a dining table) with me. They also enjoy reading a book in the cozy seat by the windows.

Right now, the shelves are necessary, holding the majority of our family’s library. While I don’t love the shelves, they are working for us and need to stay. I’m thinking about a fun DIY to make them look more like one unit.

Other considerations would be to add some chairs on the other side of the table, so the kids can easily sit down with me. I’d also like to improve the lighting. This room gets dark in the afternoons. I also need better desk organization, and maybe a little space for files. I know that my desk will get messy at times, but the pile of papers on my desk drives me crazy, and it needs a better place to live.

This is a pic (borrowed from my Instagram stories) of the office back in April when my husband

Before I do anything, I first need to do a massive edit in this space. We need to get rid of all of the books that we no longer read, and I need to clean out the bins. They used to store all of the kids’ materials when they did virtual school. We can find a better home for those items.

Finally, I’d like a plan for how to keep this bookshelf tidy, including possibly labeling the cubbies in a unique way.

It’s already a lot better than it was, but it’s time to finish this room.

Step 2: Inspiration & Color Scheme

I absolutely love this part. Daydreaming about the space is so exciting. I love coming up with style words to guide my decisions about the project. I chose Elegant, Moody, Relaxing, Warm and Inviting. I also know that whatever I do has to flow with the rest of the open floor plan.

Style Words for the Office:
Elegant, Moody, Relaxing, Warm, Inviting

I chose a few inspiration images to get my creativity flowing. I couldn’t find exactly what I have in mind, but I’m ok with that because I want my space to feel unique.

This episode of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home was one of my favorites. The client asked for a European Cottage style. I LOVE this look. It’s warm and elegant, perfect for my home. Because I have a lot of brown tones in the kitchen that I need to work around, this style and color scheme works really well in my house. It also works with our French country architecture.

While I’m not sure if I will use this inspiration in the room, I love the look of tone-on-tone walls and trim. I’m also drawn to the pinky-beige trend, as seen in my recently updated Master Bedroom Closet.

This is another color trend that might work better in our open floor plan. I like the putty toned walls and bookcase with the pops of gold and earthy tones. The contrasting modern light fixture is great too.

I like the gallery walls in both of these images. Maybe I can combine them? I also want to add sconces to that wall. I’d prefer to mostly use family photos, but I’m open to adding art as well. We don’t have many walls in the main living area, so I would love to have some fun pieces in this room.

This room is so cozy and inviting. I’d love to recover the sofa in my office with a blush velvet. A wall of book cases like this would be amazing.

I love fall colors all year round. I think I’d be happy with any of these colors on the walls.

Stay tuned for more updates next week, I’ll start putting together a design board, timeline, and budget. I can’t wait to see this room finished! Here is my finished space from last year, in case you missed it.

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How to Plan a Home Project (& Actually Finish It)

When we bought our first home, I had no idea how to go about decorating it. I painted a couple of rooms, added throw pillows, and scoured antique stores for inexpensive pieces. I managed to cobble together an assortment of items, including hand-me-downs, furniture we accumulated through college, and inexpensive finds from Kirkland’s or Pier One. It didn’t look bad, but I found myself perpetually decorating and dissatisfied. It was never quite “right.” I didn’t really love it. One day, I thought, I’ll get to decorate an entire room at a time.

Fast forward 15+ years, and this veteran homeowner was still looking for a cute throw pillow every few months.

That changed when I did a One Room Challenge this spring. I took eight weeks to complete a room from start to finish. Each week had a blog post and a deadline for submissions. I didn’t make a 100%, but I did finish the project on time. I really LOVED the result. It was my first “finished” space.

Very little has changed. I love this room so much!

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Then, this summer, I tackled my master bedroom closet. It took MUCH longer than expected, mostly due to the start of school and a major hurricane. However, it is FINISHED. Completely done. That makes two rooms in just a few months.

This was definitely a budget project, but having it completed has definitely made my life better. Read more about this project here.

In the past, I would have told you that finishing projects isn’t really my thing, but if I can do it, you can too. Here is what I’ve learned so far about how to plan and *COMPLETE* a home project. So, grab a notebook and pen, and let’s get started.

1. Consider the Room’s Function and Who Will Use It.

As much as I love a pretty room, my home has to work for the people who live here. For me that includes three rowdy kids with muddy shoes and messy hands. It’s also helpful to think through what works in the room now, and what you might need to make it more functional. Do you need organization or storage? What kind of seating or workspace is best? Daydream for a few minutes about how it might work best for you. This should take a few minutes. Don’t get stuck. Set a timer if you need to!

I love this idea for a child’s room! Source

2. Find Inspiration & Choose a Color Scheme

This is the most fun step, in my opinion at least. However, be careful because you can also get stuck here! Pinterest can easily become a productivity-draining rabbit hole. So many times I’ve started looking for inspiration pics, only to end up on a post about DIY flower arranging an hour later!

Here’s a great place to start! I love the earthy fall colors. Source

Give yourself a time limit and a goal.

For example: I’m going to spend 40 minutes and find 5 inspiration pictures for my office. By doing this you will stay focused on your task and actually produce something to move your project along.

Don’t limit yourself to rooms.

Pin color schemes, floral arrangements, sunsets, or whatever inspires you. All of these will give your room a direction and make the nexts steps easier.

This room by Joanna Gaines clearly shows how repeating a color (these charcoal sofas and white pillows) solidify a “color” scheme, even in a neutral space. Source

Choosing a Color Palette

If color isn’t your thing, look online for color palettes that are already done for you. There are so many out there. A big part to making your color palette work in the room is to repeat the color in multiple places. Another popular option is to mix a variety of neutrals and incorporate texture, rather than color, to create interest.

Whatever you choose, establishing this early will guide your purchases going forward. A good rule of thumb for choosing a room’s color palette is 60-30-10. 60% of the room should be the main color, 30% should be a secondary color, and the last 10% should be an accent.

Here’s another Joanna Gaines room. Here the primary color is green, secondary is pink, and the accent is the warm wood and brass tones.

The Color Palette Rule of Thumb: 60% of the room should be the main color, 30% should be a secondary color, and the last 10% should be an accent.

3. Look for Items to Repurpose or DIY

Even rooms with huge budgets can benefit from a little ingenuity. Think about items you already own or could refinish or repaint to work in the new space. Another option is to purchase things from second-hand stores or Facebook Marketplace. Not only are these items budget-savers, but they also add personality and originality to a room.

How cute is this DIY dresser by Addison’s Wonderland? Source

Make a List of Everything You’ll Need

Create a quick list of everything you can think of to go in the room. Include paint, materials, furniture, fixtures, accessories, etc. Now, look at that list and brainstorm things you already own, could DIY, or purchase second-hand.

Avoid creating a room that looks like it was purchased at one time. Instead, aim to create a room that evolved over time. Think of items that you can add to give the room more character, helping it better reflect the people who live there.

4. Find a “WOW” Moment

The bookshelves in this room are amazing! The velvet settee balances the visual impact. Source

You could also call this a focal point. Decide what element, view, or feature is most important. It could be a gorgeous light fixture, the perfect wallpaper, a colorful rug or piece of art, etc. By deciding this in advance, you will better be able to do the next step. Also, keep in mind that the “WOW” could be a DIY project. It doesn’t have to be expensive.

5. Decide on a Budget & Timeline

This is so important because having a budget and timeline will really keep your project on track. It may be that your timeline dictates your budget, or vice-versa.

The light fixture in this room is definitely pricey, but the moldings and color are definitely a doable DIY. Source

Budgeting Tips

It’s true that decorating takes money, and I have experienced the frustration of not having much of it. You can still make it better! Look for things at yard sales, thrift stores, or the dollar store. Reach out to friends on Facebook or family members. I’ve even been known to grab a table, chair, or even an old drawer off the side of the road. (True story– It made the cutest book holder, in my daughter’s nursery when she was little, after it had been given new life with a coat of cheap craft paint!)

This living room from Addison’s Wonderland has always been a favorite of mine. The color scheme of cream, blues, and kelly green are bold, but flow together.

Don’t Avoid the Issue

The budget and timeline are valuable tools. Be realistic about them from the jump. For example: If you know that the baby is due in February, the nursery needs to be finished mid-January. That might limit your design decisions. In the same way, if you really want to keep the total cost to about $1,500, an $800 light fixture is out of the question. If the budget is $500. You can work with that, but it may take longer to track down items and complete more DIY projects.

For larger projects, you may also want to allocate extra funds for unexpected costs. Don’t forget about taxes, and delivery fees.

Another beautiful space. For me, this is all about the contrasting colors and modern elements. Source

Setting an Attainable Timeline

Setting the timeline of your project can be hard, especially when you’re just starting out. You might not know how long something will take. My advice: Use your best judgement. Just do it. Write it down.

Maybe painting the room takes longer than expected, or you encounter shipping delays that set you back. However, just setting the goal gives you something to work toward. You will be so much more motivated to stay on track. It also gives you a realistic idea of what to expect. Once I started planning my timeline for the One Room Challenge, I realized that even small projects take time. I had to set realistic goals for each week and set aside time to work on them.

If you’re hiring people to complete some of the work, you may need to wait until they are available to start. Now is also the time to think about shipping times. The lead time on furniture can be months. Knowing this ahead of time allows you to make decisions early in the process, rather than when it’s time for the installation, pushing your finish date back.

The steps above may seem obvious, but once you start in a project, it’s easy to forget these “simple” things.

There is so much to love about this room, but the wallpaper is my favorite detail. Talk about a WOW Factor. Source

Thought about Limitations

There have been times that I’ve considered limitations to be a negative thing. For example, having orange-colored cabinets can limit color choices, or a small budget doesn’t give the option to purchase designer items. Instead of seeing those limitations as negatives, try to see them as opportunities to let your creativity shine.

This is one project where the budget determined design. This painted tile project improved this entire area for very little money. One day we would love to replace them, but for now this is much better. See more info about this project here.

Remember: Necessity is the mother of invention. Get those creative juices flowing, and come up with an innovative solution. Don’t let limitations stop you from creating a home you love. It’s not about creating a perfect home, but a home that serves you and your family well.

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Part 3: Master Bedroom Closet Final Reveal

There’s nothing like completing a project! That sense of accomplishment is so energizing and propels you to the next thing. Even more, decluttering a space that was causing daily stress has made my life so much better!

Your home is living space, not storage space.

Francine Jay

When I walk into my closet, I feel so much more peace. I can easily see my clothes, and picking out something to wear feels like I’m visiting a friend. Before, I felt overwhelmed, annoyed, and frustrated. I had no incentive to keep my closet tidy, and putting outfits together was hard. There were never enough hangers or space to put things. Getting dressed took forever, and I frequently overlooked items I loved.

I feel so much more peace. I can easily see my clothes, and picking out what I’m going to wear feels like visiting a friend.

I decided to keep lighter-weight tops on the upper rod, and jackets, cardigans, and layering items live on the bottom rack. There is also a rod for longer dresses, as well as a rod for pants, skirts, and shorts.

Step 1: Edit, Edit, And Edit Again.

The absolute most important step in this process is to ruthlessly edit. I did a huge edit in January, but I needed to eliminate more things again in July. The crazy part — I’m still editing! Just yesterday I added more items to the donation bin. It feels so good. I might even like getting rid of things more than buying them! My husband would argue that’s not true… Maybe not, but it is certainly becoming that way.

It may seem like you’re getting rid of a lot of things, but organizers estimate that most of us only wear 20% of the clothes we own!

It feels so good to get rid of the visual clutter, and when I look into my closet, I absolutely love everything I see. Now that I’ve edited things down to my absolute favorites, the items that don’t belong there stick out like a sore thumb!

Discard everything that does not spark joy.

Marie Kondo

I have a bin in the back of my closet for things to donate. It also helps because I have a week or two to decide to take the item back out of the bin. The decision to let it go a lot easier because it’s not final yet. It may seem like you’re letting go of a lot of things, but organizers estimate that most of us only wear 20% of the clothes we own. Trust me, you won’t miss it!

Another trick to create a more visually pleasing space is to arrange clothes by color. Everything in my closet is arranged this way. Even looking at these photos, I know that I will continue to edit my closet further.

Step 2: Install Great Lighting

We have lived with terrible lighting in this closet for years. Why?! It was not expensive or time consuming to install new lights that are both beautiful and functional. It feels so luxurious to have pretty lights, and it cost me much less than a new designer handbag.

Clutter is the enemy of clarity.

Julia Cameron

I linked all of the organizers and lighting I used in this post, or you can find it on my Like to Know It post here. Keep in mind that those are affiliate links, and I’ll get a small commission — but only if you purchase something while the link is active in your browser.

Step 3: Make It Beautiful

This is the fun part, at least for me. I decided on a gorgeous mauve color, Cheslea Mauve by SW, as an accent in the closet. I wanted to use wallpaper, but nothing felt right. I haven’t decorated my master bedroom or bathroom yet, and I wanted those spaces to feel cohesive. Thankfully, Mr. Bayou is cool with pink in his closet!

The soft mauve is subtle, but it adds warmth and looks more “finished.” In person, the contrast is more noticeable.

I started by painting the ceiling, but I felt like it actually emphasized the attic door in the middle of the ceiling — not my preferred focal point! I ended up bringing the color down to the top shelf and around the door and back wall. It adds a small impact, and it makes the white shelving pop. I touched up the scuffs and scratches on the shelving, painted the closet rods white, and added a layer of finishing wax to protect heavily used surfaces, like the closet rods and shoe organizer.

When you invite people into your home, you invite them to see yourself.

Oprah Winfrey

Step 4: Organization

This space makes me feel like I’m at a boutique! I used inexpensive “S” hooks to hang shorts, sorted by color of course. Command hooks hold jewelry.

We want to jump to this step, but it’s actually the least important. Once I edited my stuff, I didn’t need to buy a ton of organizers. I purchased some accessory organizers, hooks, and a few more bins. Everything is linked here.

Behind the door, Command Hooks hold hats and provide a spot to stash pajamas and my bathrobe. I also added a small step stool, and a discreet pole with a hook provides access to the attic and replaces the unsightly string.

Paint $50
Materials $20
Lighting $200
Organizers $220
Money EARNED Selling Items $250

Total Cost: $240

I am so happy to have this completed! It was a lot of work, but I am inspired to tackle the next space. I’m not a big fan of “should” statements, but I’ll leave you with this: Your home should serve you well, and you should love being in it.

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Part 2: Master Closet Refresh — Lighting and Organization

This post has been a long time coming. Between kids starting school, a stomach bug that cost us a couple of days of school, and a major hurricane, there were plenty of reasons to put off finishing this project.

I loaded up the kids to ride out Hurricane Ida at my sister’s house in Houston. Thankfully, we had minor damage to our home, but our area is still recovering. Many are still without power, and it will be a while before things are back to normal.

Despite the obstacles, I’m close to completing the master closet, and the result is much better than I expected. I started with editing about half of my clothes, shoes, and accessories. In this previous project post, I shared the process and tips on how to edit your closet. If you haven’t checked it out, you can even download a checklist to help you complete the task.

Honestly, I could probably get rid of another third of my clothes (at least), but I’m happy with the progress so far. Because I’d let my closet get so out of control, it took a long time to go through everything. Next time, it will go so much faster because I don’t have as many clothes. I also want to be patient with myself, understanding that I’m not going to become a minimalist overnight. My biggest takeaways from the process: Edit often, and be careful about what I allow into my home.

I already love it, and I’m not even finished.

My biggest takeaways from the process: Edit often, and be careful about what I allow into my home.

Probably the biggest change, after reducing the volume of clothing, was the lighting I installed. We had fluorescent lights that weren’t beautiful or functional. Installing bright lights helped me find things and enjoy getting dressed each day. It’s so organized and pretty, I want to keep it neat. If I’d known how easy it was to change that light fixture, I would have done it years ago.

Not the prettiest picture, but you get the idea.

You can see from the picture above that I need to do some touch up painting on the built-ins and ceiling. I’ve went back and forth about what to do on the ceiling — whether to paint it white, add a color or add wallpaper.

I want to add visual interest and a little color, but it could easily feel cluttered and overwhelming. I found several peel and stick wallpapers that I loved (linked below), but I think I’m going to go with a neutral mauve shade. I purchased a quart of Sherwin Williams Chelsea Mauve, and plan to work on the ceiling and final touch ups this week.

I’ve edited more shoes since this was taken! It’s amazing what happens when you start. The next step is so much easier.

As far as closet organization goes, I had a lot to work with from the start. My husband and I share this closet, and the hanging space and built-ins provide great storage. Since we live in the South, I don’t need a ton of winter clothes. I decided to keep everything in one place and avoid switching out items.

A while back, I removed the hanging rod in the middle section on one side of the closet and added a shelf. I’ve loved having this place to set things and add accessories. I brought in an antique mirror from my grandmother and modern, acrylic organizers to keep everything organized and light. I like the contrast of the modern with the the vintage. The modern lights also add needed style to the small space.

I put together the board below as I ordered items and shopped. Keep in mind that these are affiliate links. If you click on them and end up purchasing something, I may receive a small commission.

Master Bedroom Closet Design Board

Everything is linked below, as well as other organizers I used.

I’ve linked everything I used in my closet, including the lights, organizers, hangers, and my top three picks for removable wallpaper.

Light Fixtures & Light Bulbs // These were a steal, and they made the closet so much brighter! And the price is amazing — look for coupons to save even more. The bulbs are a nice, clean white, and I love buying them online. That way when I need to replace them, I know exactly what I purchased.

Accessories Organizer, Sunglasses Holder, Earring Organizer // These acrylic storage pieces are affordable, and I like that they don’t add more visual clutter to the closet. After I edited my accessories, everything fit comfortably, with room to spare.

Command Hooks // These are amazing! I used them for my necklaces, face masks, and all of our hats. I may end up doing something else with the hats, but it was an easy inexpensive solution.

Large Clear Bins & Small Clear Bins // I like that the contents of these bins is easy to see, and they aren’t really heavy visually. I also wanted something that would keep moisture out, since some of the items in them are paper.

Locker Shelves & Clear Shelf Dividers // These are two options for storing extra handbags. I purchased the locker shelves at first, but I think I prefer the dividers. I plan to use the locker shelves in another project to add extra space.

Woven Bins with Lids & Similar Woven Bins // I already had some of these bins from a few years ago when I “organized” my closet. I found a similar style online. There are so many options with sizes and colors. I liked these because they don’t scratch the shelves when I pull them out, and the size worked for our oddly shaped built-ins.

Wood Hangers, Velvet Hangers & Shoe Rack // I had some wooden hangers, so I purchased a few more to make everything match. They work really well for my husband’s shirts and all of our pants. I already had a ton of the velvet hangers. I actually ended up with about 100 extra hangers after editing my clothes. I kept a handful in the laundry room and donated the rest! The shoe rack was so inexpensive, and I was able to customize it easily to fit beneath the built-ins and add a little extra storage.

Attic Door Hook // Who knew this existed?! I changed out the unattractive cord for a sleek hook. I stashed the handle behind the door. It took five minutes and made a huge difference!

Boho Wallpaper, Beige Graphic Wallpaper & Floral Wallpaper // All of these are on Amazon and are very affordable. I’ve never installed this type of wallpaper, so I don’t know how it holds up over time.

Here is where I started…

Can you believe I cleaned it out over the holidays too? This was round two!

And here is where we are today…

It’s not there yet, but the difference is huge!

I plan to share the finished project next week, barring any natural disasters or illness… I’d love it if some of you will join me and share your progress on social media.

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Part 1: How to Declutter & Edit Your Closet

Up next for projects is my master bedroom closet! Originally, I planned to do my office, which is next to the foyer that I completed during the One Room Challenge. However, the cramped, crowded space was starting to add stress to my life, so closet it is!

Here is where I started…

Can you believe I cleaned it out over the holidays too?

It all began when we went to the beach a few weeks ago. We stayed in a nice three bedroom, two bath condo. Mr. Bayou and I were both amazed at how comfortable our family was in the space, even though it was over 1,000 square feet smaller than our house and missing a bedroom and bath. The sparse countertops, empty drawers and closets, and minimalist kitchen were the exact opposite of the overstuffed, superfluous spaces we had back home. The furniture was comfortable, sized appropriately to the space, with a great patio to sit and watch the waves.

Our favorite beach spot isn’t minimalist, but it is decluttered and comfortable. It’s Shipwatch 501A, if you’re looking for a place to stay in Perdido Key, FL.

What was really interesting is that my husband and I had the same reaction. We felt like we could breathe there. We decided that moving into a smaller home wasn’t the solution. We needed to pare down and declutter, and we needed to finish spaces that change the way we live in our home (like our back patio). We also realized that having a television in each child’s room is incredibly convenient, but that’s a different post…

The sparse countertops, empty drawers and closets, and minimalist kitchen were the exact opposite of the overstuffed, superfluous spaces we had back home.

Coming home from the beach, I wanted to dive in to every room and get to work. However, with school starting soon, working from home, and the fact that other people live here too, I decided that might not be the best idea. Instead, I plan to tackle things room-by-room.

One of my big takeaways from the One Room Challenge a few weeks ago was how rewarding it is to fully finish a space before moving on to the next project. So, I plan to do the same with decluttering.

My first thought was that I’m not naturally a very organized person. I’m more of a piler than a filer. I also really like stuff– the more the better. However, those thoughts aren’t helping me feel better in my home. That old thinking is being replaced by a new mantra, “I love having space in my home to live and grow. I’m thankful for all the things, but they aren’t serving me or my family well when it adds stress to our home.” I’ve watched decluttering shows, read books, and listened to podcasts, but it really hit home when I saw how living in an edited space affected my mood and made everyone feel more peaceful.

It’s time to declutter and be more purposeful and intentional about what I bring into my home. I hope you’re on board too!

That old thinking is being replaced by a new mantra, “I love having space in my home to live and grow. I’m thankful for all the things, but they aren’t serving me or my family well when it adds stress to our home.”

Master Closet: The Plan of Attack

Week 1: Edit extra items & declutter

Week 2: Relocate items that don’t belong

Week 3: Update lighting, clean shelves, & touch up paint

Week 4: Add organizers and bins to make it pretty and functional

I’m giving myself a month to do this project, because I know it’s a doozy. I have no intentions of becoming a minimalist or going extreme Marie Kondo (great book though!). However, a change is needed. I can’t wait to enjoy my updated space.

This closet renovation from Jenna Sue Design is so dreamy. My project won’t be this grand, but I love the fancy light and wallpaper on the ceiling. (SOURCE)

How to Edit & Declutter Your Closet

  1. Set Your Intention // This is really important if you want to be successful, and I think it was the thing missing last time I tried to get organized. I want my closet to be filled with items I LOVE and feel GREAT wearing. I also want to be able to FIND my things easily. An added bonus — I want to AVOID unnecessary purchases. Decide how to think about the stuff you’re going to sort through. Choose to focus on what this is going to do for you and how it will make you feel.
  2. Choose 3 Style Words // This part is the most fun to me. Choose three words that describe your style, even if it doesn’t describe you yet. My style words are SASSY, NEUTRAL, BOHEMIAN. Use these words to guide you when you’re unsure about whether to keep or toss something.
  3. Set aside time to get started // I took the better part of a day, but if that doesn’t work for you, break it up over a week into shorter bursts. The other reason I took so long is because my closet was packed to the brim! You could take 15 minutes each day and go through a small section at a time.
  4. Recruit a Buddy // I needed someone to tell me that it was ok to part with things that weren’t working for me, particularly items that were new or expensive. My 13-year-old daughter did great at this. Marriage tip: Don’t ask your husband. He might feel obligated to tell you that you look wonderful in everything or may cause you to question getting rid of something that was expensive or just isn’t your style.
  5. Try Everything On // This is really important, particularly if you’ve gained or lost weight. Remember, you are only keeping things you LOVE. A pair of jeans that are too tight are not going to make you feel good, even if they are new and cost a fortune. If you haven’t had major weight changes, you may be able to skip the try-on, but I still recommend it. It also forced me to really see how much stuff I had.
  6. Notice What Looks Great on You & Repeated Items // Do you look best in certain colors? Do you have 17 white tops? I noticed that I’m drawn to neutral and muted colors, and bright colors aren’t really my thing. However, I do look great in red. I also prefer off-white over white, and charcoal gray tops look better on me than black. I like a scoop or v-neck top, and I have enough white shirts to last several seasons. These observations will help guide purchases in the future. Make a note in your phone for later. Do you have a signature style or clothes that never really work for you? My style is skirts and dresses– I love wearing them. I really don’t like collared shirts or hoods because they get caught in my hair. What are yours?
  7. Edit the Excess // I used a few questions to guide me on what needed to go.
    -Is it in good condition? (Toss anything with stains, holes, etc.)
    -Will I really wear this, or will it sit in my closet five more years?
    -Do I have similar items that I prefer?
    -Do I love it?
    -Does it bring me joy?
  8. Make a List of What You Need // If you toss out all of your jeans, you might need to go shopping. I use my notes in my phone for this. Write what you’e looking for exactly. Ex: High rise medium wash straight leg jeans with no holes
  9. Be True to Your Style // I realize that I’m a style blogger and love trendy clothes, but not every trend works for me. It’s ok to stick to what you love and feel great wearing.-Does it fit well?
  10. Toss, Sell, or Donate Items // Toss the obvious items that aren’t in good shape. Then, decide whether you want to donate or sell what is left. If you’re planning to sell them, consider local resale shops or an online retailer. Before you send used clothes, ask about special requirements. Most resale shops won’t accept items with tags removed, for example. You can also sell clothes on Facebook Marketplace or in a garage sale, but it can be very time consuming. If you choose to donate clothes to a shelter or charity, make a list of what was donated and the condition of. the items. When you drop them off, ask for a donation receipt for tax purposes.
I found this pic on Instagram searching for closet ideas. I love how the clothes are grouped by color and everything is edited. (SOURCE)

Download the Cheat Sheet

I created a PDF to guide you through the activities for Week 1. Click the link below to download it for printing.

Download the PDF to help guide you through the editing process.

If you need more help with this, I highly recommend my coach, Edie Wadsworth. She just did a little mini class on this topic and will be digging in to this more in her coaching program soon. You can find out the details at

I’d love it if some of you will join me and share your progress on social media. I still have quite a bit to do, including sorting through accessories and handbags.

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