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. 

tzd before and after: “double day” dining room

Oooooooohhhhhh, it’s time for another Double Day Design “before” and “after.”  Seeing those transformations is one of the very best parts of my job.  Plus, how adorable are these blond cuties as they realize their home is in the newspaper?!  A huge thank you to The Charlotte Observer for featuring this gorgeous traditional Myers Park home in the Home | Design section!

Happy Boys with the NewspaperFor those of you who aren’t familiar with my Double Day Design service, it’s the consultation-based service that I oh-so-cleverly named after my penchant for doing everything in pairs.  Get it?  I have twins?!  Ba-Dum-Ching.  Double Day Design is perfect for the client who is willing to do the legwork for her design project, but who wants my help with ideas and specific product selections.

TZD Dining Room RenderingOver the course of two days, we tackle two rooms — and at the end of our time together, my client has everything she needs to achieve fully designed rooms that fit her lifestyle and budget.  Fun, right?!  Because my Double Day clients handle the product ordering — and often use our work together as a road map to implement over time — I don’t always see the finished product.  Occasionally, my team will create a rendering so that I have a way to memorialize that work.  But when I get to see the rooms in person?  It is even more delightful!

TZ Double Day Project Dining Room BEFOREI’ve worked with this precious family before, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to transform their living and dining rooms into beautiful rooms that work, whether it’s a casual game with their adorable boys (twins + one) or an adults’ party for the husband’s colleagues.  Above, there’s a quick peek of their dining room “before” …

Traci Zeller Designs Traditional Dining Room… and here’s how it turned out after its Double Day makeover!  I love this room — but what I love the most is that we created a fresh dining room for a young family and incorporated special family heirlooms.  The needlepoint seats?  My client’s grandmother lovingly created those herself.

Traci Zeller Designs Traditional Myers Park Dining Room Double Day DesignI have so much to share about ways in which you can work with family heirlooms — so that will be a topic for another day.  The Home | Design article focused specifically on that subject, so that’s also a fantastic resource.  Do you have particular questions?  Let me know!   The “after” of the living room in this home is equally as stunning, so I’m eager to share that, too.

Do two — or more — rooms in your home need my Double Day Design service?  If you’d like to have those rooms finished before the holidays, now is the time to call!

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