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):

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

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!

This Corporate Dress is Makin’ a Change

This Corporate Dress is Makin’ a Change

Per the blog name (and if anyone has perused the “About Me” section), you probably know that along with my “Creative Mess” side that insipired the blog, also comes my “Corporate Dress” side, consisting of my 8-5 (give or take)  full time Marketing job.  Well, watch out world, this corporate dress is makin’ a career change.

Three and a half years ago, I was a ‘fresh outta college grad’, eager to find a job in Marketing.  Knowing little to nothing about what the real workforce would be like, I landed a Marketing position at a Fortune 1000 company in the Twin Cities area.  On top of being my first “real” job out of college, I was eager and excited that the industry was was salons and haircare, a niche that has grown near and dear to my heart over the past 3.5 years.  I am a passionate person.  What I work with each and every day, I need to be passionate about or else I think I would be miserable.  The salon industry has given me the perfect combination of the exciting haircare environment, while being able to support salon brands with strategic Marketing efforts.

Now was it all sunshine and rainbows?  No.  I don’t think any job will ever be.  I can say with certainty that I have literally endured blood, sweat, and tears at this job (ok, the blood may have been cutting boxes of hair products open, but hey, that counts).  The company has been under major transition in my years there, with multiple rounds of layoffs and organizational changes.  While this brought about hardships in workload and emotional strains, seeing fond co workers come and go, it has definitely taught me a lot in the process.

Here is my thank you to all whom I have worked with.  It is you, the people is who I will miss most.  The coworkers who made the good days fun, and the bad days easier.  I have been so fortunate to work with such amazing people who have taught me so much in my career.  From the coffee-runs to the happy hours, to the typical 8:00-5:00 (ok, maybe later than 5:00)  I have truly felt so supported by the people around me.  While it is time to move onto a new opportunity, I know that over the last 3.5 years, I have come across some of the best in the biz, or maybe just the best people out there.

My new endeavor will be quite a change from where I am now.  My current fortune 1000 company employs hundreds of people at their home office alone (not counting the employees stretching over the 11,000 salons it supports).  My new “corporate dress” job will be with a small Marketing company with 15 employees.  I am so excited to be a part of an intimate, small team of people and to help collaborate and drive strategic Marketing initiatives for their business.  What’s even better?  A lot of their clients are- salons!  Yes, I get to stay within the industry of which I hold so dear to my heart.

I walk away from my fortune 1,000 “corporate dress” job with connections I will keep for life, and experience that is second to none.  As I prepare for my new career endeavor, I am humbled with gratitude and appreciation for where I am now, and the experiences over the last 3.5 years.  Cheers to change and growth!

(This post needed a photo, an uplifting quote, and just a darn good Minnesota summer photo welcoming us into lake weather.  Check, check, and check!)

This Corporate Dress is Makin' a Change

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Like all aspects of weddings, each component is given a certain amount of detail/attention per every bride/couple’’s list of “priorities” and what matters most to them.  Some brides put flowers high on their priority list, while others choose to spend their wedding budget elsewhere.  Personally, I love the beautiful and organic touch that real flowers have and I had fun coordinating the flowers for our wedding, which turned out gorgeous and totally complimented the design I was seeking.

If you do hire a florist and don’t quite know where to start, I hope this will help to guide you in the right direction to start to envision your flowers and how they will fit in to the overall esthetic of your wedding.  By providing all of this detail up front, this will help you to send all of your requested information out to multiple florists for them to estimate your wedding, so you can make the best choice (financially/logistically/creatively) for your big day.

Logistics:
The basics.  Is your florist available on your wedding date, and do they deliver to your venue (or do you want to arrange to pickup)

Items:
This can vary so widely across weddings.  By listing out all the items you would like the florist to “bid” for you, you can ensure that you are seeing the overall package and cost of what you are looking for.  This will help your florist to appropriately estimate your cost.  I would also suggest requesting that the estimate is broken out by piece (aka:  The bride’s bouquet is $XX, each boutonniere is $XX, etc.) so you can see where you may be able to find some cost savings.

Here are the items I had my florist bid out:
Bride Bouquet
Bridesmaid Bouquets
Flower girl petals (or bouquets)
Groom/Groomsmen/Usher Boutonnieres
Dad’s Boutonnieres
Grandpa’s Boutonniere
Grandma’s Wrist Corsage
Mom’s Wrist Corsage
Personal Attendant(s) Wrist Corsage
Centerpieces
Ceremony Aisle Décor

(Additional Pieces to Consider:)
Miscellaneous decor flowers throughout reception
Head Table decor

Quantity:
Wedding party/size matters when it comes to estimating.  Your florist won’t be able to read your mind as to how many bridesmaids/groomsmen you have, how many grandparents are coming, or how many tables you need centerpieces for, so give all that info upfront to avoid back and forth confusion.

Links to Visuals/Inspiration:
Chances are you have pinned some flowers that you like for your wedding, so don’t withhold that valuable “vision”!  Share it with the florist upfront in your initial request, it will help them by quoting you will the appropriate flowers you are looking for.  Seasonality and type of flowers will impact costs, so its great to throw out your “dream” looks initially (shoot for the stars) and then discuss how you can find cost savings after seeing the quote (and come back to earth :).

*For example, I really loved the look of succulents, which are fairly expensive flowers.  In my initial request some of my inspiration pieces were predominantly succulents.  After seeing the quote, we opted to do more “filler” flowers like baby’s breath in the centerpieces to keep them looking full but saving on cost as well.

Download my free wedding flower worksheet to provide your florist all of your information in an organized and detailed format!
Download:  Wedding Flowers_Worksheet

For more floral inspiration, check out my Pinterest board feast your eyes on my lovely wedding photos showcasing the fabulous flowers!

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

A Guide to Planning Wedding Flowers | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Florist:  E.L. Design – Event Floral Design (Ellsworth, WI)
Photo Credit:  Erin Jean Photography (Green Bay, WI)

Enjoy! xo

mallory

Our Year Scrapbook – The First Year

Crazy how things change. I’m sure everyone saw on Facebook back in February, to commemorate Facebook’s 10 year anniversary, they gave their users the opportunity with 1-click to view their little 1 minute video of their “Facebook history”. The video shows photos in a heartwarming slideshow with your top posts and photos throughout the years. I thought it was super lame till I watched one, then got goosebumps like a total wimp when seeing people’s wedding, kids, and engagements paired with piano music. Well done, FB, well done.

The point of change is that 7-10 years ago, I was an avid Archiver’s customer and a total scrapbook nerd. (For you out-of-towners, Archiver’s was a Minnesota-based scrapbook store that recently went Bankrupt). Back then it was all about paper, cutting, gluing, printing out photos and putting them into book with lots of fun embellishments. Well, those days are long gone. I don’t know one person (including myself) that could actually keep up with scrapbooking (as in, the Mom next to me at Archiver’s would be scrapbooking their current 25 year old’s 2nd birthday party). But it was so time consuming! Fast forward to today. When you see something you need to take an impromptu picture of, what do you reach for? Your phone.

Yep, that is our reality. Our everyday documentation of our lives is stuck in the palm of our hand, our phones. The furthest most these photos reach is our social media outlets of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But how many of you print out photos from your iphones, and file them in photo books to keep as memories? I’m guessing few (myself included).

I think I saw a variation of this initially on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love here, but wanted to start the same tradition for our family. I took all the photos from my iphone and combined them with the photos from my cameras to create our first “Year Book”. It was so fun and shocking to see all that we had done in 2013! It was so busy! It was hard to not get carried away with the wedding or honeymoon pages (OK, the wedding photobooth pics just HAD to make it!), but I kept reminding myself that this book was about covering everything that happened in the year, not going in-depth into one thing or another (wedding and honeymoon get their own books).

I used Shutterfly to create an 8×8 book (you can check them out at Shutterfly here!).  I wanted to keep it the smaller size so we could put it on a bookshelf and create our collection of “year books”. Also, since I was incorporating lots of iPhone photos, I wasn’t so concerned with the photo quality but wanted it to be more “lifestyle” -real shots of the things that we did day-in-day out for the 365 days of 2013 (which ranged from trips, to wedding projects, to lounging around with Lewis- all equally important in different ways).  Also, I would totally recommend Shutterfly, they have great coupons if you sign up for their emails and the quality, price, and customer service are all superior. I look forward to being able to look back on all of our year books someday in the future and be able to see at a glimpse what our lives were like in that specific year and how our story evolves. (awww..)

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

{p.s. – Don’t worry, Lewis was legitimately supervising this photoshoot as always.}

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Our Year Scrapbook - The First Year | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Cheers to memories and getting all of your everyday life photos off of your phones so that 10 years from now we can actually look at them!

xoxo

mallory

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. 🙂

Mattress Purchasing a King

Mattress Purchasing a King | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Matt & I embarked on a journey this President’s Day weekend: buying a new mattress.  (P.s. President’s Day is known for being a killer weekend for mattress sales, FYI).  We currently have a full-size mattress that came all the way from college-years.  Also, it was the only size that would fit in our previous tiny house bedroom.  We set out on our journey for more space, to buy a QUEEN mattress.

After a hearty breakfast of homemade pancakes & bacon (YUM!), we headed to Becker Furniture World in Burnsville, MN.  Becker has this really cool sleep diagnostic tool where you and your partner enter in a bunch of sleep information about yourself (if you sleep on your side, back, stomach, if you have any areas you are frequently sore, etc.)  Then you lie on 2 beds and they diagnose your body based on pressure points in the mattress (they also show you a video to keep you entertained/still for 5 minutes).  Our results were interesting, and confirmed our preferences when it came to mattresses.  Neat-o.

While testing out a queen bed, Matt had a (very realistic) realization.  The queen-size bed didn’t seem much bigger than the full.  Hmmm, he seemed to be right.  WELL, for a pretty penny of buying a new mattress we certainly wanted to get our money-worth!  As it turns out, upgrading from a full to a queen mattress gives you a whopping extra 6 inches of width.  (cricket sounds)- 6 inches! I know!  So not impressed.  6 measly inches.  Investing in a new mattress for upwards of some hundreds of dollars to only gain 1/2 foot was pretty depressing.  Then, Matt said, “Well, what about a king?”.  A king?!  That seemed excessive.  We didn’t need a king, did we?  Well, cnce we laid in one- wow, we were convinced and shocked at the difference between the queen and king.  The king had all the room in the world.  We went from gaining 6 inches from our full size bed, to gaining 22 inches in width!  (Love the diagram above from Serta, totally visually shows how much space you can gain with each size upgrade).  Everyone we talked to pretty much said the same thing about getting a king– “Hey, if you have the room…” – which we do.  Especially since all of our clothes are in a completely separate room, the bedroom really doesn’t have all that much it needs to fit.

We feel like the king was totally the right choice and well worth the investment.  I feel like every night will feel like we are at a luxury hotel 🙂  We can’t wait till Thursday when the giant gets delivered!

Now to move onto more exciting and fun planning- the master bedroom décor plans!  The possibilities are endless, starting with a clean slate and a huge bed!  Woot woot!

GOOD NIGHT! 🙂

mallory

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!

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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).

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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.

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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!

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Enjoy!

mallory

5 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

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Valentines Day is a mere 3 days away.  Also, it’s a Friday night.  Eek, pressure is on, guys.  Hey, maybe not!  Rather than fight for parking, walking in the cold, waiting in a loud, crowded restaurant, and having mediocre service (and a limited but way more expensive menu than usual)- stay in!  You can still have a unique, fun and romantic Valentines day in the comfort of your own home.  Just change it up a bit with some of these fun ideas.

1)  Sappy love movie marathon

Crack open a bottle of wine and make some popcorn.  Maybe even grab your favorite movie theater candy at Target.  Dim the lights and have your own private theater.

Ideas:  The Notebook, Valentines Day, Twilight, Dear John, The Lucky One

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2)  Cook Dinner Together

Rather than one person making dinner for the other, make dinner together!  Put on some tunes and relax and jam out while trying something new in the kitchen.  Plus, avoid the crowds and wait times and save yourself a pretty penny.  Light a candle and enjoy each other’s company in your home.  You don’t have to make something fancy.  How about make your own pizzas?!

We are planning on attempting to make this Parmesan Risotto with Roasted Shrimp!

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3)  No-Screen Night

Put away your cell phone, iPad, ipod, TV, any other tablet or digital screen you have.  No texting, Facebooking, or pinning.  For one whole night enjoy each other’s company, conversation in a distraction free environment.  Play your favorite board game or cards.  This zero-technology can be SO therapeutic.  We did this on our honeymoon and I would HIGHLY suggest it.

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4)  Light the fire- literally

Snuggle up to the fireplace with s’mores and blankets!  Maybe even throw in a cup of coffee or cocoa with some Baileys.  Talk about the things you never have time to in the busy hustle and bustle of the week.

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5)  Have a mini “us” love photo session

Just use your camera, tripod and self timer to snap some cute lovey lifestyle shots of you and your sweetie.  We all love to pin things like these adorable photos, hey that could be you be you guys!  (p.s. that’s Matt & I on the right! 🙂

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No significant other this V-day?  No worries, I think all of these ideas would be WAY fun with all your closest girlfriends.  Likely work in more girl chats, wine & chocolate.

Here is a Pinterest-friendly version to keep these in mind!

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Happy Valentines Day everyone!  xoxo

mallory

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