how to organize a kid’s closet, part two

Now it’s time for the fun stuff!  I’ve already shared the nuts and bolts behind my twin boys’ closet, which you saw in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens, but what I haven’t talked about is how to put the FUN in functional.

Hot Pink Pillow in Rugby Striped BasketI often use decorative bins and baskets to organize, partly because they look great, but mainly because it couldn’t be easier to stash your stuff.  Will my twins neatly fold or hang their costumes or Build-A-Bear clothes?  Not a chance in h-e-double-hockey-sticks.  Will they throw all of that into a bin, especially if there’s a big ole sign telling them exactly where to put it?  As the Magic 8-Ball might say, the outlook is good!

BHG August 2015 Kids Closet 2I love The Container Store’s rugby striped bins, and you’ll spot them in more than one of my projects.  In my twins’ closet, they are filled with stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes.  Pin a label of any sort to the bins, and you are good to go!  

Beverage TubOne of my favorite “non-basket” baskets is a colorful beverage tub.  Because beverage tubs are generally made of steel or aluminum, they are stronger than an average woven basket and able to withstand heavy-duty use.  Even better, they can be labeled with magnets!    


MagneticTalkBubbles_xThese magnetic dry erase “talk bubbles” are both adorbs and perfect for the job.  LL Bean Boat and Tote BagsWhat works as a catch-all, but doubles as a travel bag?  Why, the L.L. Bean Boat & Tote bags, of course.  Even better, there are so many different colors that you can color-code your kiddos here, too.

Land's End Canvas Storage BinsLand’s End also makes an awesome version.  The medium zip top tote fits everything my twins need for a sleepover or a quick weekend jaunt, and it couldn’t be easier to Grab & Stuff.  Need even more room?  Be sure to check out the storage sizes, which have broader bases.

Twins with Sparkler in CarnivalLast but not least, I used temporary wallpaper to add some pizazz.  A plain white closet is soooooo very boring, and if there’s one thing you aren’t around my kiddos, that thing is “bored.”  I swear Twin B uses more words in a day than I do in a week.

My Sparkler fabric pattern — shown above with that beyond-precious set of boy/girl twins — made a fantastic wallpaper … and if I ever get tired of it, I simply peel it off!  The best part of an all-over pattern like Sparkler is that there’s no need to be overly precise about matching the repeat — and this is coming from a girl with major OCD tendencies.  Using Sparkler temporary wallpaper in a closet is one situation where close is good enough!

With a closet like that, who wouldn’t want to get dressed in the morning?

All product photos via their respective websites.  Top photo by Rachel Shingleton for TZD.  Bottom photo by Firewife Photography for TZD. 

studio saturday: new arrivals

It’s been a while since my last Studio Saturday update, and unfortunately it’s because I don’t have a lot to report.  Lisa Mende and I have both been busy, busy, busy — which has left little time for studio organization and decorating.  On the positive side, some of our earlier orders are starting to roll in.

Lorts 3317 Lamp Table in OysterThis gorgeous Lorts lamp table is winging its way to us now, along with some fantastic backless bar stools upholstered in a shimmery linen.  Yum!!  Most furniture will be available by special order only, but we are really thrilled to have pieces we can sell off the floor.  Of course, we are also at the mercy of some back orders and/or long lead times.  It’s the bane of a designer’s existence!  But as I preach to my clients, it is worth waiting for what you want.

Thibaut Biscayne Rinca PillowsOne of the reasons I love Thibaut so much is that they carry good stock on almost all of their fabrics and wallpapers.  Hello, designing on a deadline!  Can you guess which colorway of their Rinca fabric will be appearing in the studio?  Now I just need to figure out exactly how we are going to hang our window treatments.  Between the wall of glass windows fronting the studio and our drop ceiling … it’s a good thing I’ve got a team of experts on speed dial!

Infinity Rings SculptureI’ve also been unpacking art and accessories.  This gorgeous Infinity Rings sculpture is now in stock, along with a great set of coffee table books and these super fun Giant Jacks.

Jayden's Giant Jacks SculptureWe are especially excited to welcome some new artists to the studio, including Harrison Blackford.  You can read more about her on Lisa’s blog today.  I’m crazy for this 36″x48″ piece entitled “Sweet World.”

Sweet World painting by Harrison BlackfordOf course, I have Traci Zeller Home candles for sale … and a brand-new shipment of my Traci Zeller for Design Accents pillows.

Traci Zeller Loophole Applique PillowGive us a buzz if you’d like to stop in.  Our summer hours may be a touch irregular, but we can’t wait to welcome you inside!  Remember we’ll be hosting a Grand Opening Party in September, so stay tuned for more information on that.

Hey, maybe I did have a lot to share after all!  What’s been keeping you busy?

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