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Home Office – DIY Desk

Home Office – DIY Desk | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

The desk is in!  A very exciting and big step forward (we’ve been maneuvering our way around the massive desk in the garage for weeks now).  Matt did SUCH an amazing job being a teach-yourself-carpenter in progress.  Here are some details on what we’ve done so far and our next steps.

Home Office - DIY Desk | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

The “Desktop”:  Making big boards out of little boards
This is a saying my Dad (who is a carpenter) always says (mostly when he is cutting wood, then making “little boards out of big boards”).  Anywho, we went to Home Depot to pick out our material of choice for the desk and came across common board.  Now, here is what sold us on this type of wood:

1) Price
Each 10′ x 10″ x 3/4″ piece of common board was about $7.  At this price, we felt pretty good about our first crack at making a DIY countertop with the kreg jig.

2) Look
I liked the natural grain and look of the wood.  Unlike Doug wood, it didn’t have any weird red undertones and it looked like it would take to stain nicely if we decided to go down that path.

To create the countertop, Matt took each board and kreg screwed holes to attach it to the next board.  Then, he used wood glue and clamps to make a nice tight fit and to get rid of the seams.  Then, he sanded.  A lot.  Like a lot a lot.  But it was totally worth the time.  The seams melted away like magic and when you run your hand over the top, you can’t tell or feel at all where the separate boards are (such a proud wifey moment!).  Then, he ripped more common board down to make it into the trim to match.  He 45-ed the edges for a nice finished look (again, so proud.)

We attached a cleat to the wall and then attached the long section of the “T” that fit in the wall to the cleat (which actually turned out to be pretty sturdy).  Then, we used the legs and blocks to help support the corners.  Finally, we attached the island of the “T” (which I got to screw in, laying on the floor while Matt hulk-hogan style held it together), and again put the legs for corner support.

The Legs
Oh yeah, these guys?  Well, we ripped ‘em off an old table from Craigslist.  Scraped off a bunch of “gunk” for lack of a better term, primed, and painted them.  To attach them to the desk, we needed some more height, so we used another block and drilled a hole into it to attach the legs to the desk.  I think they do the perfect job of bringing a little character and rustic to our desk system. 🙂

Home Office - DIY Desk | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 
Poly/Sealing
Now, I thought once I had made the decision to keep the desk natural that the decision work was done.  Ha!  Nope, welcome our world/introduction to polyurithane/lacquer.  Now, we could have done some research, but we just kind of dove right in.  We had purchased the oil-based high gloss lacquer for another project, an outdoor bar cart that had to be super durable since we plan to keep it on our deck.  We have a gallon of it with a lot left, so initially we though we’d use it on the desk.  LUCKILY, we tested it.  Blech!  Did not like at all. The oil-based lacquer although super durable, gave the pretty, raw, rustic wood a yellow/shiny coat that totally changed it’s look.  Strike 1-nope.  Second try was a water-based poly in a satin finish.  LOVED the look.  But we tested our test piece with a cold glass of water to see if the seal would hold up to a water ring…results weren’t that great.  🙁  Finally, we tried an oil-based satin poly, and the smell almost killed Matt (OK, that may be a stretch, but for some reason it really did smell awful).  That was still too shiny for me and the layer didn’t go on very evenly.  Despite our test, we are going with the water-based satin sealer, we will just be doing a lot of layers, and then using coasters (like, I will be a coaster natzi).  Then again, I’m not all about keeping everything in prestine condition.  I like to live in my spaces and not have them be showroom ready.  That’s just us.  Keepin’ it real.

Home Office - DIY Desk | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Home Office - DIY Desk | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 EEEeee!!  We are getting closer!  Things to plan next are wall shelving, storage, and colors/ mood board.  Some FUN stuff if you ask me!! 🙂 I’m so excited to be organized and up and running in our space.

Enjoy!

Home Office – The Plan

Layout Reveal of our Home Office – The Plan
Home Office - The Plan | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Since moving into our new house this past January, we have thus far turned one bedroom into a closet, which is totally amazing and functional for our current lives.  Our house has three bedrooms on the main floor (a big selling feature and something to look for, future home buyers.  It’s very appealing to have the parents room with 2 kids rooms on the same floor!  Future state, future state).  The third bedroom on the main floor is going to be our home office.  Now, is this going to be the forever layout of our home?  Nope.  Is it what we need right NOW and is conducive to our current lifestyle?  Yep.

If there is one thing (ok there may be a few) that drives me nuts, it is having stacks of papers all over the kitchen/living room.  It. Drives. Me. Bonkers.  You can never find anything and it’s a vicious cycle of making piles, moving piles, losing piles, repeat.  Ugh!  Ok, that was my rant.  Anywho, the soon-to-be “office” has become the “dumping ground” (for lack of a better term) for the papers what finally make it out of the whirlwind of the main living area of the house.

When we started to sit down and visualize/plan our office (for the record, this was me on Pinterest + daydreaming, not Matt & I actually sitting down and planning), I decided a few things:

His & Her’s
For Matt & I, his and hers workstations are a must.  We felt like if we had one desk, we would never hang out with each other because one of us would be stuck in the office and the other one in the living room.  When you spend 40-60 hours a week away from home, when you’re here, it’s nice to be together.  Also, Matt works in IT and therefore has a desktop computer with dual monitors, so he takes up a lot of space.  I also JUST got a desktop Mac computer with a HUGE screen (can you tell I’m excited?!) so I need ample desk space as well.

Here is an example from one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, showing the two separate workstations that helped to sell me on this layout:

Home Office - The Plan | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Island Fever
Knowing that we will both be predominately working on our computers at our workstations, we also wanted some desk space that didn’t fight with the keyboard. We designed the island to be a little wider than the desk where our computers will sit and are still considering our options for storage underneath.  I’m excited to be able to have things out on the desk without feeling overcrowded.

Here is a great example of the “island” effect we are going for (think “T-shaped” desk):

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Nice Legs
I fell in love with this photo of a home office desk with bold, character-filled legs (and really, just an overall beautiful home office).  *Swoon!  Now, of course, I found a gross old table on Craigslist (that came from a smoker, no scratch that, a chain smokers home) that had similar legs.  This turned into a beastly project that deserves it’s own post.  But summary is that I knew we would be going for an open, airy design with bold desk legs.  This design also requires us to get creative with storage since we are building the desk like a table, with no real storage built in (rebels!).

Home Office - The Plan | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Things we are still considering:
Built-in-Desk top – wood or white?!  Ahhh I’m going to have to figure this one out soon.  I can’t decide if I should paint the wood table top of the desk white to match the legs, or poly/stain it to give it the wood look.

Desk Chairs – Ok well, we know we need these, but it’s a matter of what we end up with.  Comfort is important, I mean, we don’t want to build this amazing office and then not want to sit here!  I dream of these white desk chairs, but they may be out of our ‘immediate budgetary constraints’.  Boo. We do have some spare chairs (shocking, right?) that I have been wanting to re-do, so those may be an interim solution… stay tuned.

Carpet – Pulling up the carpet (there is hardwood underneath, not sure of the condition though- nothing a rug couldn’t hide, I’m sure- *Can you tell I’m on the “let’s pull it up” team?!).  It’s a gamble, but would be really nice to have hard floors with desk chairs vs. carpet (plus the carpet isn’t in pristine condition).

File Cabinet – We have a hideous (ok that may have been harsh) “regular old” black file cabinet.  Blech.  I need to find some way to spruce it up since we functionally need it (initial thoughts include washi tape or gold spray paint).  Realistically we really need more filing storage, maybe this one could end up hidden in the closet.

Additional Storage – When we moved we realized we have a lot of office stuff (which is SO ironic, because we for sure did not have an office back in the tiny house.  We must have just known in our hearts-of-hearts that we would eventually have one and therefore hoarded office supplies like it was our job.) I foresee us needing a bookcase as well as some shelving above our workstations.  Our printer is wireless so I’m thinking that will go behind us or in the closet.  As I mentioned above with the legs, we will have to see how it looks once it is up to find the most functional and aesthetically pleasing places for storage.

The good news is we are well on our way to another office update soon, the custom T-shaped desk is making progress in the garage!  I’ll keep ya posted as to next steps 🙂

Enjoy!

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Alright, I’m taking a leap of faith with these babies.  Let me fill you in my current lamp situation to catch you up to speed:

Our living room (where we spend most of our limited time at home relaxing together) has zero overhead lights (Dear 1960s:  home design-fail.)

We are currently lighting the room with 2 desk lamps in lieu of making any decisions/movement on the direction of the room.

The living room also has a nice bay window, but we typically keep our curtains closed because, well, frankly it just seems weird to have people watch us live our lives (Is that weird?  Hey, I grew up on 10 acres where we had no neighbors, I blame that).  I digress.  Therefore, the natural light that WOULD come through those windows is minimal/nonexistent.

Our future plans will be to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room for the open concept we desire, but that’s a ways down the road.  Reason being that it will be a complete domino effect of remodeling:

1) Take down the wall (debris, giant beam header- it’s obviously structural, blah blah blah)

2)  Fix the ceiling (and put in recessed LIGHTS!)

3)  Re-do the kitchen

4)  Fix the floor (because we can’t do that before we re-do the kitchen layout)

Oh yeah we were talking about LIGHTS.  So since we don’t have our open concept living room/kitchen layout YET, the living room is a bit “cave-ish”.  I need to brighten that baby up.  (Maybe that will help to force Matt to not fall asleep on the couch at 9pm-while I then stay up till midnight?  Probably not.)

Enter: lamps. I have been on the hunt for big lamps, which p.s. can be expensive.  I wanted larger, substantial lamps since they will be the main sources of light in the room (and smaller lamps in the rather large, long living room would look pewny).  Also, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on the lamps since per the list above, you can see that we eventually would like recessed lighting (but don’t want to live in the “cave” until then).

I stopped by the trusty Goodwill, a mere few miles from my house (WAY dangerous), and found these lamps, which p.s. I know are currently pretty dang ugly.

When I was trying to describe them over the phone to Matt/my sister/my Mom at Goodwill, I said “They are like Spanish, plaster, ‘Arizona-like’ material, but they are nice and big, there is a set of 2, and they are $10 each, and they work”.  Yep that pretty much sums them up.  The question will be how to transform my $20 investment (plus 2 new lamp shades) into fab lamps for our living room.

The wheels are already turnin’….

Here is some inspiration, what do you think?!  Can I make transform these guys into something fab?!  Here’s to hoping!

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Sources:

1.  http://www.marthastewart.com/273143/rope-lamp?czone=home/diy-decorating/room-accents

2.  http://www.bellemaison23.com/

3.  http://makingitwithdanielle.com/2014/01/23/gold-dipped-lamp/

4.  http://www.designsponge.com/2013/04/sneak-peek-nicole-sutton-of-workhorse.html

Enjoy!
mallory

DIY Chalkboard Wall

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Sorry for the delay folks!  We have been in house project mode!  I’m so excited to reveal our chalkboard wall–  I just love how it turned out!  But like any typical project, it was quite the process in getting there (it didn’t go as planned?!  No way.)

Let’s back up to where we started with.  Two words come to mind:  Holy. Orange.  (p.s. ignore the messy kitchen, hey we just moved.  Keepin’ it real).

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Yep, when you walked into our house from the garage (which is our main point of entry at this point) you were greeted with this, umm “bold” wall.  Hey, I’m not an orange-hater, I think it can work in some instances.  Here is why it did NOT work here (or at least my theory).  The dark paneling + the orangey linoleum floor + the orange tone kitchen = orange overkill.  The tone in here was just so, well, orange.

So, it was time to paint.  This was an emotional rollercoaster for me.  All of a sudden you come to the realization that you are painting a wall black.  NOT OK!  Is it?! Maybe? Not sure?  Well can’t go back.

Here is my paint tray (yes, lined with tinfoil, I just hate cleaning up after painting!)  And Lewis, also questioning the choice to paint a wall black- thanks for the support buddy (I imagine this look says “really Mom, this was a debatable choice”.)

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

The result:  A scary shiny black wall.  Ahhh!  Walking into the house from the garage made Matt & I both question the entire project while the paint was still wet and shiny, it was like walking into a black hole.  But, I had faith (or just really didn’t know a plan B) so we kept trucking along.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress*p.s. after it dried with a matte finish it was TONS better and really did restore our faith.

Next we needed to tackle the shelf I envisioned.  We toyed with whether we should do a floating shelf or a shelf with brackets.  We ended up going with a bracket setup because this wall really is our facelift vs. our big huge reno (we didn’t want to put giant anchors into the wall for a floating shelf).  We bought a 2×10 board at Home Depot for the shelf.  I liked how substantial it was and initially thought I could throw some stain on it like the Master Closet (here) and call it a day.  Well, not the case.  We bought “Doug” wood, which has a red tint/undertones to it.  The Master Closet was Pine.  These two woods take to the stain VERY differently.  Plan B was to whitewash it, which didn’t cover up the red tone either.  Here are my visuals with my samples I tested trying to visualize:

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3– we were out.  Hrumph.  I didn’t love any of the options (and yes, Matt hated me for forcing him to hold the huge heavy board while I took a photo, but no pain no gain honey 🙂 )

So back to the drawing/re-finishing “board” (ha! Get it?!) for the shelf.  Actually, this meant literally DOWN to the basement with my board to try to figure out a finish for this red-hued wood.

Ta-da!

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I love the outcome!  It was the perfect combination of making the new wood look old/weathered.  We purposely chose a board with some character/cracks to help us achieve our desired look.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Solution:  Basic (very light) coat of white primer + using the oil (same as in the Master Closet post) to fake some wood grain (see below for the side x side before & after wiping the stain on the white painted wood).

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

And finally here are the finished photos of the completed project.  We were able to display some fun wedding gifts, install some wine glass holders, and style it to be casual yet “put-together”.  The two chairs on either side of the buffet were killer Goodwill finds at $8 and $6 each, they are in great shape.  I have plans to paint and reupholster them to give them an update.  Finally, we want to paint all the wood paneling to white to brighten up the space- more projects of course!  🙂

Again, we are so happy with how this turned out and love walking in the door to see this wall 🙂  You can see we even swayed Lewis’ reservations and he has officially come around.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Chalkboard Wall & Floating Shelf for under $50

Master Closet Reveal

Welcome our Master Closet!  Is it beautiful and fabulous? Here is the view when you walk in the room.  *Swoon* 🙂  Yes, this is my side of the closet!  You can see we did an upper and lower rod system for shirts and pants, as well as an upper rod for dresses next to my amazing shoe shelves.

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

View looking into the room from the hallway and a close-up of the shoe shelves.

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

We were able to use a large 5’x3′ mirror from Matt’s parents bathroom remodel.  We mounted it on the wall, but I am still planning on doing some molding around the frame to make it look more “finished”.

The chandelier was an awesome thrift store find this past weekend.  It was $26 and while I couldn’t confirm that it worked (not tested and no refunds), I took a gamble, and it worked perfectly!  I love it in the space and we are really glad we went with an island as that allows the chandelier to hang lower since we don’t need to walk under it.  It is a great anchor for the room!

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Shoes!  I plan to use the 2 regular size shoe shelves above my boot shelving for seasonal shoes that I will likely wear more often (aka: now you can see it is all closed-toe shoes).  In the summer/spring I can switch them out for the most frequent shoes worn in those seasons.

*p.s. don’t you just LOVE how the wood turned out?  It is the perfect color and pattern to give a rustic look, while still looking polished.  I knew this room could potentially sway very female so I wanted to be sure I used materials to make it gender neutral so Matt could love it as much as I do (well, OK that’s not possible, but didn’t want him to feel like he was in a girly room either!)

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Here you can see the whole shoe shelving system.  I love love love the boot shelves!  I keep my boots standing with rolled up magazines in them and I actually enjoy putting them away and seeing them “on display” in our closet.

You can see where we decided to put my vanity, in the “closet of the closet”, or my “nook” as I like to call it.  This is definitely still a work-in-progress but I have a “nook” project in mind that I’m excited to post about soon!  Matt was able to put an outlet in my nook for my hair appliances as well as a switch for my own light for good makeup lighting.  I also opted to keep the nook white vs. painting it the charcoal gray to keep it nice and bright for my makeup/hair area.

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

You can see Matt’s side below 🙂  He made out pretty well with an upper and lower hanging rod, his own dresser, and half of the island.  (OK, maybe I “lease out” a little bit of his space :).  Oh and more shoe-love below.

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Well, summary of moving:  I have a lot of shoes!  The top of the rod system was the perfect place to store all my “off-season” or “special occasion” shoes.  Plus, I love looking at them.  I think they double as utility & accessories!

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

It is crazy to think how far this room has come in the first month we’ve been in our new house!  It was definitely a huge undertaking but we are so happy with all of our stuff finally organized and in it’s place!

Master Closet Reveal | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Spare Bedroom Turned Master Closet

I am one lucky girl and am exciting to keep posting and keep you updated as we continue to put the finishing touches on our master closet!  This totally makes sense for our current lifestyle and it is a room that we use every single day. 🙂

Walk-In Closet – Plan Progress

Walk-In Closet – Plan Progress. More closet talk?  Anytime, I love to talk about my closet 🙂  If you recall, last time I left you via posting, we were here:

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Now just over 2 weeks into our new house, we have made some serious strides in giving our clothes their new “home”.

I used a notebook and tape measure to cut and tape together strips to represent the lengths of clothes I mapped out above to help plan where we needed what rod space.  I also did so for the dressers to see where they would best fit in with the rods.  It was nice to be able to move them around and play with the layout without having to physically move the furniture or guess on the rod space!

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

We weren’t sure what type of wood/material to use in the closet.  In the tiny house, we used the pre-finished white melamine board, but we wanted to go for a more high-end look in our fancy new house/closet.  We hit the jackpot of luck when my Dad graciously gave us a bunch of “spare” wood he had in his pole barn for the closet.

After seeing how this wood took to our stain, I was in love with the outcome.  I knew I wanted to darken the wood and bring out some character/make it look more distressed/old.  The wood is pine (in the photo below- “before stain” is on the left, “after stain” is on the right) and the stain actually isn’t a stain at all, it is a “Danish oil” (in snoody-voice).  But don’t be to fooled or intimidated, it is right next to the stain at the hardware store (I got mine at Ace Hardware).

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

This next photo pretty much sums up our last 2 weeks: staining.  Wipe on, wipe off, repeat!  Think you are done for the night, then watch Matt carry in 4 more boards…keep. going.

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now, a few things about moving in January in Minnesota and DIY-ing a project like this.  (1) It’s cold.  Our garage currently is not insulated/heated (future project I foresee), so the only thing we are currently doing in there is cutting the wood.  Once the wood is cut, we bring it inside to stain.  (2) Staining.  Staining inside is not ideal, but it’s all you have when your options are a non-heated garage (where the stain probably wouldn’t dry correctly in frozen sub-zero temps).  We started in our “dining room” area but the stain aroma quickly became an issue.  We moved to the “office” bedroom and laid down plastic under our saw horses and declared it the “staining room”.  We have a fan to circulate the air and crack the window open to help with fumes.  We are toughing it out!

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Finally, a little “teaser” sneak preview of the boards actually going up into the closet!  Excited to share more!  We feel like we can finish the “structure” work this week, then it’s onto “dressing” our “dressing room”!  Ha!  Can’t wait to décor it up and see our final product!

Walk-In Closet - Plan Progress | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Enjoy!

mallory

Designing our Walk-In Closet

Designing our Walk-In Closet

Are we spoiled?  Yes.  Do we know it?  Yes.  But hey, if you move into a 4 bedroom house and are currently a DINK couple (double-income-no-kids) or a DINKWAD couple (double-income-no-kids-with-a-dog), you can certainly justify allowing a bedroom to operate as a walk-in closet- right?  Well, at least we can!  (p.s. we are currently a DINKWAC couple – double-income-no-kids-with-a-cat 🙂 – Enter: Designing our Walk-In Closet

Although I drool over custom closet systems with everything gorgeous, matching and perfectly retrofit for the space, we will be doing our master closet DIY-style with using the pieces we currently have and designing the space to work for us, without breaking the bank.  (But really, Pinterest closets are just jaw-droppingly amazing, like this here, *swoon*):

 Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

Ok maybe that’s over the top…. still fun to look at.

If you recall our tiny house we did the same, although that room was arguably too small to be a bedroom anyway.  Now, we are starting from scratch using the bedroom across from our master to be a walk-in closet.  The room is a good size, about 9’x11’.  Move in weekend we tackled the scary-bright lime green walls and painted them Benjamin Moore’s Sweatshirt Gray (so appropriate for a closet!)  We love how it turned out.  Covering the lime green only took 1 coat of Kils primer and one coat of Sweatshirt Gray.  We are keeping the carpet (for now) but we know there is hardwood under it too, so perhaps a future project…

Before:

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After:

Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now apparently we have a lot of furniture/dressers to fit into this space.  Ironically Matt & I had iKea furniture that was destined to be together without us even trying, giving us a plethora of iKea black/brown dressers.  Here is the lineup:

 2 iKea Malm 3-Drawer Chests – color black/brown

1 iKea Malm 6-Drawer Chest – color black/brown

1 rogue iKea black/brown Chest that we found at a garage sale (I can’t seem to find it on their website)

1 Vanity (Craigslist find)

 Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

We are planning to somehow use the 2 matching dressers for an island in the closet since our overall plan is to have hanging clothes around the perimeter to make the best use of space.  Here are some inspirational closet islands I love:

Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

In the last few weeks at our old house, I took a detailed inventory of our previous closet to figure out how much space we currently took up and where we’d like more.  Our previous closet was spacious by typical closet-standards, but lacked organization to, well- my standards 🙂  Plus the hangers were so tight you couldn’t sort through (pet peeve).

I categorized and measured the width needed for each category, here are my {OCD} notes:

 

Designing our Walk-In Closet | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 I know what you’re thinking, jeez, Matt is so greedy needing all his space compared to me 🙂

More to come as we continue to plan the layout and work through the details.  Our clothes are just dying for a place in our new home!

Cheers!

mallory

We’re Homeowners!

We’re Homeowners!

I am so excited to announce that Matt & I have just bought our very first house together as a married couple – We’re Homeowners! (All together now, “awww!”).

We are so excited for more space!  Our new house is 1,996 square feet.  It is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom walk-out rambler. It was built in 1965 and has all the potential in the world.  We are so excited to move in and get our hands dirty DIY-ing and updating the house!  Our lot is .57 acres in the western suburbs of Minnesota.  More photos of the interior to come soon, I promise!

Here it is!

We're Homeowners! | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Now, I wish I would have posted more about our first living situation, but here was the rundown:

Pre-marriage:
Matt owns a duplex and rented out half and lived in half for a few years.  Great location in adorable, quaint Excelsior, MN.  I live in a tiny 700 sq ft house (often referred to as “the dollhouse”) 2 miles away from Matt.  Yes, it was small, but it was just me, and my cat Lewis.

Marriage:
Just before our wedding, Matt moved into my tiny 700 sq ft house and made his duplex an official “income property” (pretty much his dream & favorite HGTV show).  This was totally the right move for us, but the space was, well – tight.

Our Old House:
Just to give you an idea, 700 square feet is about a half of a stall bigger than a two stall car garage.  Even more interesting, our house was 2 levels.  The top (main) level you walked through the front door into the living room.  Off the living room is 2 “bedrooms “.  I use quotations since one of them was my/our walk-in closet.  The kitchen?  A bathroom?  Oh, those are in the basement.  Seriously.  Weird I know.  Walk down the stairs into the kitchen, with a bathroom off of it and a utility room for laundry.  Crazy layout.  But hey, it worked.

Here was our old house, photo courtesy of Google maps.  The car in the neighbors driveway is a great example of “scale” 🙂

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Yay for being homeowners!

Cheers!

mallory

 

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