Goodbye Junk, Hello Floor

On Friday, when I got the January Cure e-mail from Janel at Apartment Therapy, I thought there was no way I was going to get the assignment done on time. Day 18: Weekend Chores: Flowers, Living Room, Empty Your Outbox Tuvia had … Continue reading

A Little De-cluttering, a Little DIY

Today was such a classic Gilit situation. The assignment for Day 16  of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure is: Give Your Bathroom & Medicine Cabinets a Cleanout It’s never been clearer just how much I love clearing things out. If I had … Continue reading

Letting our Closets Breathe

First and most importantly, check out the featured Apartment Therapy photo for Day 13, which I saw my sister pinned before I saw it on AT.

bedroom11713It’s gorgeous, right? I love just about every purple wall I encounter, but with the carpet, the white bedding and desk, the gray and white striped walls..I’m totally in love (it’s a good thing Tuvia is so secure). I hope to one day put up pictures of my sister’s home and you’ll see a version of this palette in her living room and then you will commend me on my good taste to have her as a sister.

This weekend, the assignment was: Weekly Flowers and Bedroom.

Flowers from the first weekend of the Cure

Flowers from the first weekend of the Cure

Bedroom cleaning guidelines in more detail:

• Give your bedroom a good, deep clean. This should be a very thorough job. The aim is to rid the room of as much dust and potential allergens as possible. Here is a sample guideline deep clean plan:

• Pick up and put away all clothes, books and belongings
• Declutter surfaces (remove change, jewelry, etc and put in proper places)
• Strip the bed
• Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers
• Flip and/or rotate the mattress
• Vacuum out the closet
• Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds
• Clean windows and mirrors
• Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan
• Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them
• Remake the bed
• Enjoy a sound sleep in your freshly cleaned room!

And, if you want to take the Cure even further this weekend:

• Do a closet and dresser drawer purge. (Filling up that outbox!)”

The outbox after the first purge...you cannot even see the basket anymore...at all

The outbox after the first purge…you cannot even see the basket anymore…at all

I hope I’m not a traitor to the Cure or anything, but I told Tuv to skip the flowers unless he saw a particularly small or beautiful bouquet while he was out. He was sick all week and just started feeling better and then on Friday we got a call from daycare that Aiden was sick AGAIN! So, flowers and the bedroom took a backseat to what I call “survival mode” because that is what Friday felt like and yesterday was more of the same.

If anything was going to get done, it had to happen on Sunday.

Luckily, a lot of it is stuff we do (or try to do) normally anyway (putting stuff away, making our beds etc.) All the deep vacuuming and dusting had been done last Thursday when someone came in to clean. And we had to change the linens recently because…how shall I put this…we have kids. That’s what I’ll call it. So with light dusting and vacuuming in the closets, we were set.

It didn’t take long at all and I always feel better when little things like that are done, don’t you?

I didn’t want to post pictures of our whole bedroom in its current (Mia-fied) state plus I’ve been rethinking the whole thing (the accent wall color has been driving me nuts since we painted it), but I figured I could put up pictures our closets because it’s where we put stuff away and I forgot to include it in the original tour of the bedroom!

Big plans for that wall, including changing the color and putting up large-scale art, which was our original plan

Big plans for that wall, including changing the color and putting up large-scale art, which was our original plan (plus we have different curtains now from Ikea, an image of which is nowhere to be found online)

But we have NO natural light in our closets. Okay, how many people do? That would be kind of odd, a window in the closet? I would cover that up with a rod or shelves. No I wouldn’t, that’s a lie. BUT our room doesn’t get much natural light and it doesn’t reach our closets at all. So I am pretty frustrated with the pictures.

Before: the overall view

Before: the overall view

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Before: the ubiquitous over the door shoe organizer (I never wear most of these shoes)

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Before: crunched for rod room and messy bags

Before: the rod, hanging fabric shelves, and two wooden shelves

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Before: a basket (box?) with my clutches and wallets next to some of my bags haphazardly leaning on the shelf

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Before: messy, combined seasons, wrong size, and shoes I don’t wear

Before: a Grundtal rail full of headbands and I don't even wear headbands often!The rail underneath has belts, some scarves, and the bags I use most often

Before: a Grundtal rail full of headbands and I rarely even wear headbands!

The lower rail has belts, some scarves, and the bags I use most often

The lower rail has belts, some scarves, and the bags I use most often

Before: wooden shelves from our last apartment's linen closet

Before: wooden shelves from our last apartment’s linen closet

The “before” isn’t that bad. It has good “bones” like the wooden shelves Tuvia put up on the left for hats/bags and the two Grundtal rails he put up on the right for accessories, but it’s a little crowded, a little messy, and there were so many things that weren’t necessary.

Adding to the problem is that while Mia is sleeping in our room, it’s easiest to keep all of her stuff in our room so I borrowed the hanging fabric shelves from the kids’ closet but it makes it hard to move the clothes on the rod, which means I just don’t see or wear things that I could be utilizing.

I also have wayyyy too many bags. The top shelf has a big Macbeth box with out of season bags and the smaller one has travel bags. Why do I have more than one travel bag? Maybe two, one for accessories and one for toiletries, but the rest can go. Plus I have bags hanging from hooks on the left side of the rod, behind the wooden shelves AND the basket of clutches and wallets. NOT necessary.

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Before: bigger bags hang on hooks behind the shelves, making them a little hard to get to, plus I usually use the diaper bag or just my wallet nowadays

Before: bigger bags hang on hooks behind the shelves, making them a little hard to get to, plus I usually use the diaper bag or just my wallet nowadays

So I did a big purge and it felt soooo gooooood!

There’s still so much more purging to do and SERIOUSLY we need a much larger outbox or to start emptying it, but I feel really good about getting rid of things I don’t use or need. This was a really quick moving-things-around, which got my organizing gears going and I cannot wait to redo the things that survive… “The Purge” (said in my deepest most announcer-like voice).

Here comes the “womp, womp”: I currently have no “after” pictures for you.

Aiden is still sick and has off this week from daycare. Mix that with Mia not sleeping much at night and I am spent. So I must apologize for not concluding with spectacular “After” pics, but I will before the Cure is over! (And then you’ll be all “tooootally worth the wait!” #ahhhhpressure)

Anyone else doing clothing purges? Anyone want to help me sell our purged stuff? I wish we had a front yard so we could just do an old-fashioned yard sale. Also, so we would have a front yard.

Landing Strip (who named it that?)

Did you see today’s Apartment Therapy January Cure assignment? Create a Landing Strip and Start Using it Woooooo!!! We were basically done before we started! Which is super fortunate because today did not go as planned (trip to Target for supplies … Continue reading

Our First Project of the Year

The assignment for Day 5 of the January Cure is to select one project from your list to complete this month. “Isn’t today Day 6”, you ask? Why, yes it is. I’m a day behind on posts due to overwhelming … Continue reading

It’s a New Year, Let’s Get Organized

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve and day. We had family game night, by which I mean that Aiden found Twister and we played according to his rules, which actually ended up being pretty hilarious. … Continue reading

Gallery Wall for Aiden’s Room

This little project is actually something we finished months ago and in my head I posted it months ago…uh, nope. Didn’t do it. Toootally forgot about it. Chalk it up to pregnancy brain…okay I’ll stop using that as an excuse. … Continue reading

Going for the Gold

Tuvia and I have been working on the TV area in our living room for awhile. It sat on our Ikea Bjursta sideboard for two years before we got it on the wall.

Aiden in front of the TV

We wanted it on the wall because 1- it’s supposedly the #1 source of accidents in houses with a toddler (and yes those are Aiden’s handprints smudged all over the bottom) and 2- I wanted the top of the sideboard clear (which didn’t end up happening at all).

We also put a picture rail above it because we wanted the TV at a good eye-level from the couch but wanted to make it look more cohesive and like all the different (all Ikea) pieces were a unit (which they are not). And we want to disguise it a little bit and make it seem less like the focal point since we’re fans of conversation as well as TV. A mustache would be awesome, but probably wouldn’t help for this purpose.

Not sure what Tuvia is doing with the flashlight in his mouth...I have to assume something needed to be done behind the tv

Not sure what Tuvia is doing with the flashlight in his mouth…I have to assume something needed to be done behind the TV

When we were trying to figure out the whole setup, we decided to get a white cover for the wires. Because we don’t own our apartment, we didn’t want to break down the wall to hide the wires so we got this cover from Best Buy instead.

Does not blend into the wall like I hoped it would

Does not blend into the wall like I hoped it would

Tuvia also put the boxes on the bookshelves so they wouldn’t be a focal point either. We can’t put them all on one shelf because of wire reach and most of them shouldn’t have something on top (ventilation?). Eventually I want to get pretty storage for the DVDs so they’re right next to the DVD player but not in plain view. Right now they have any short books we can shove in there, but I am not loving the look.

There he is sitting on the sideboard again

There he is sitting on the sideboard again

In theory, having a white cover coming out of the TV didn’t bother me, but in reality it drives me nuuuuts! So we put up art to camouflage it a little bit. (Which also contributes to the disguising-the-TV thing we were going for)

Our first attempt at wire cover camo

Our first attempt at wire cover camo

The art on the sideboard as it is now...I like it better in person- still working on my photography skills!

The art on the sideboard as it is now…I like it better in person- still working on my photography skills!

We’ve gone through several variations on what we put there and while we like this setup, it presents two problems:

1- Aiden likes to play with his toys on the sideboard as it’s a good height for him and he sometimes knocks down the pictures which concerns us for his safety (and the pictures’ safety, let’s be honest)

and 2- we can’t figure out what to put on the picture rail above the TV without the whole thing looking too busy.

This is what we had on the picture rail originally, before we had anything on the sideboard:

I promise Tuvia doesn't always sit on the sideboard. He just seems to in these pictures.

I promise Tuvia doesn’t always sit on the sideboard. He just seems to in these pictures.

This is with art above and below the TV:

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There was still some white peeking out and it looked way too busy. So we tried other things

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It doesn’t vary much, but we wanted to work with what we had first. The picture rail art has changed about once a week since then with different photographs, frames, and art we have around the house and like the good blogger I am (womp, womp) I didn’t document it BUT we have a whole new plan now!

So you don’t have to scroll, here’s the picture again of how the art on the sideboard is now:

The art on the sideboard as it is now

The art on the sideboard as it is now

There’s still some white peeking through and still the problem of Aiden knocking over the art, but this amount of white doesn’t bother me that much and once we finalize the art above AND below, there are ways to attach the art to the wall and maintain this casually leaning on the wall look.

So..we were at Target and as usual I kept pointing to things and saying things like “oh, hello there pretty thing” and “how did my throw pillow get in Target when it should be on our couch?” and I noticed that a vast majority of the things I was pointing to were from the new home decor line at Target, Threshold.

One of the many things that I made goo goo eyes at was this frame

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I’ve been wanting to add some metallics (specifically, gold) to our home (and pink, but that’s another story) and really liked this as a start. We got it and liked how this picture of Mia looked in it

Mia's gorgeous headband was made by my talented sister in law who lives in Israel

Mia’s gorgeous headband was made by my talented sister in law who lives in Israel

Since I’ve been really into gold lately, I also knew exactly what I wanted to go with it: a gold “LOVE” print from MadeByGirl by Jen Ramos. I am OBSESSED with her Cocoa & Hearts paintings, they are GORGEOUS and always sold out and if anyone wants to be my absolute favorite person forEVER then they will get me one. (We also have a MadeByGirl print in our room, but there will be NO updates on that until Mia is in the other room with Aiden and our bedroom stops looking like a ….okay I don’t want to say hurricane so soon after Sandy but you get what I’m saying)

Still in the plastic until we get the frame

Still in the plastic until we get it framed

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We ordered the print and though we have yet to frame it, we are loving it where it is right now. We’re going to look for a thin gold frame like the one pictured below, at Target since Michael’s didn’t have one I liked and I do believe that the Threshold line has one…score!

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Finally getting to the point of this post: we decided that (for now at least) we want to have the love print, the metallic frame with a picture of Mia in it, and a metallic frame with a picture of Aiden in it on the picture rail above the television. That way there will be some cohesion and simplicity.

In order to unify what is above and below the TV, we decided to paint the wooden frame of this picture gold

My bride from the 1920's... from the FIT Special Collections department (a fantastic resource)

My bride from the 1920’s… from the FIT Special Collections department (a fantastic resource)

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For this easy project, all we needed was some paint and a brush. We considered metallic spray paint, but felt like it was needless to expose ourselves to the toxic fumes the can warned us about when we had an easy alternative.

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I have been itching to do stencil projects so I used this opportunity to buy stencil brushes and used those. I am sure I could have used others, but I like how it came out a little textured so I’m definitely happy with the purchase.

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I painted on a different angle for each section and didn’t smooth out the paint to keep it a little more interesting. With only one coat you can still kind of see the “wood grain” (it’s Ikea so I have to assume it’s not actually wood) and I like how it came out!

I canNOT seem to get a picture of the whole frame that I like, but here it is:

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And from various other angles…

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It’s less mustardy yellow and more really pretty gold in real life.

And here is the finished product in it’s place:

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The result is pretty subtle, but that works for me 🙂

And because there was some of the gold left on the plate and I could not bear to throw it out… I decided to do something else I’ve been meaning to try and I added a band of gold to the bottom of a glass jar. I used a washed out pasta sauce jar instead of one of our mason jars just in case I didn’t do it correctly or didn’t like how it came out….which is good because I didn’t read the instructions first and it didn’t come out at all like I thought it would

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IMG_0147It could be that it’s because I didn’t clean it with alcohol first, maybe I needed a different brush, or maybe it just needs more coats. In the end though…I kind of like it.

The rest of the apartment better watch out though because just about everything looks prettier with some gold paint on it. Tuvia would look nice in gold….#goldcrazywifeontheloose

Anyone else going crazy for gold lately? It might be all the holiday decor I’m seeing everywhere, but sparkly=happy Gilit. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Check out this post by the ever fab Emily Henderson on disguising your TV

Fakesgiving/ Thanksgiving

What is it that makes Thanksgiving dinner “Thanksgiving dinner”? Is it the turkey? Stuffing yourself until you resemble a turkey? Being with friends and/or family? The sparkly holiday decor? This year, we didn’t go to a big family celebration because … Continue reading