My Closet – Before and After

I’m so excited for finally share my closet renovation with you all! There were so many pictures I decided to do a slideshow – enjoy!

Read more about the transformation below!


My goal with my closet was to declutter and turn it into a relaxing escape for me to come home to, or get dressed in leisurely before going somewhere. Okay leisurely doesn’t really happen in a house with a 2 year old, but a girl can dream, right? I started with paint. I took an olive green and beige palette and changed it to bright white and pale pink. I painted only the ceiling pink. Then I got this beautiful light fixture from Ballard Designs which really set the tone for the room. I liked that it was flush with the ceiling, for a closet I couldn’t have a long chandelier because I had to consider the ceiling height. Although I did take a peek at lights similar to these ceiling lights, I knew they wouldn’t quite fit in my closet, so perhaps I’ll consider them if I ever want to change the main light in my bedroom! I had this vanity table and dresser from Ikea already in my closet, but I had both on one side of the dividing wall, so it was a little crowded.

On the other side of the wall, I had some large furniture pieces that housed items like sweats and stuff that didn’t really fit but I kept it ‘just in case’. I removed those and purged the closet of other extra items, including my cork mood board – I kept that but just moved it to the office instead of my closet. It was a good thing that I wasn’t getting rid of massive items as I did not have anything to throw them into! A friend I was recently speaking to did an overhaul like I did (except with a lot more items) and she had to use a Junk removal Melbourne company to get all her stuff out and away, she was relieved!

Organization was another key problem, as you may have noticed I hung belts over the door, and I had boots slouching in the shoe rack. I found that pant hangers that hold four pairs of pants on one hanger, is great for holding belts! Also, I bought these boot hangers from The Container Store – they are great because they shape the boot too. I also use a paper towel holder to hold all of my bracelets and bangles. I like having them out so I can see what I have and easily wear and replace the items. I also bought the vintage looking hooks to hold my larger baubles from I organize my smaller necklaces, rings, and watches in my drawers with velvet jewelry organizers.

My favorite part of the room is the art. I bought a book called Scarves by Nicky Albrechtsen – the book has beautiful pictures of scarves by various designers over the years. They were so easy to cut out and frame – I did hate to ruin that beautiful book though.

The chair is from Target, as is the rug and the pillow on the chair. The vanity mirror is vintage picked up at a thrift store. A piece of art by my son is also placed to personalize the space even more. I also framed a family picture (you can check out a Newton Family Photographer, or one within your area to get a similar picture clicked) to keep near the art.

The tray is from home goods, as is the silver vase. I had some silk flowers in another room that I recycled to add the hot pink element to my color scheme.

What do you think? I hope it was worth the wait!

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!