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Friday, October 2, 2015

my trick to an organized, streamlined closet

Last week I showed you how I helped my hub get his closet organized.  Before I show you how I whipped my closet into shape, I want to share this little trick with you because it has made a world of difference in terms of helping me to not only get my closet organized but to keep it that way.  This is something I've been doing for a few years now, and I can't believe I haven't always done this.  It's such a simple thing, and yet it's a total game changer.  This one thing has not only kept my closet looking orderly, but it has also helped me to fill my closet with pieces I truly love.  Gone are the days when I would stare at my clothes and think, "I don't have anything to wear!"  This trick has helped me to shop smarter, curate my personal style and keep my closet from becoming a chaotic mess.  

What is this one little game changing trick?  It's a clothing collection.  Some people refer to them as wardrobe capsules, but I prefer to call them collections.  A "capsule" feels very closed off….as in you create one and your done, but a collection is something you continue to grow as the seasons change and as your style evolves.  At the heart of it you're creating a multitude of looks with just a few key pieces, but on the whole you're able to really see what you want/need to add to your wardrobe.  

In spite of the multitudes of fashiongrammers you're following on instagram and the hundreds of emails your getting daily from every clothing retailer under the sun, creating a clothing collection helps you to be very selective about what you add to your closet.  Because it's easy to say, "Oh my gosh, this ______ is only $15!  I totally need ______!"  But the truth is, if ________ isn't something you would have bought at full price you probably don't need it.  And it will probably just end up junking up your closet making it harder for you to get dressed every day.  On the contrary, by creating a clothing collection you can better decipher what you really want, so instead of being distracted by all the fashion images you're seeing everyday you can focus in on finding a great deal on that black velvet blazer you've been dying to add to your collection.  

So, how does one go about creating a clothing collection?  It's easy!

creating a clothing collection - wardrobe capsule

Well, just as in designing a room, I like to start with an inspiration piece.  One piece that is totally "me", that I can build around.  I have a few different clothing collections.  I have one based around my favorite classic color combo - black and white.  That collection is a staple and one that mixes and matches with other collections.  I also have a couple of small seasonal collections.  But as you all know my favorite color of all time is red, so the collection featured in this post is my fall, red & navy collection.  I'm nothing if not a sucker for a plaid flannel shirt. 

Once I've got my inspo, I start building around that.  
the trick to an organized closet - create a clothing collection

I bring in pants, sweaters, skirts, dresses, jackets, outerwear and shoes.  Most everything you see here I've had for a while.  The only newer items are the long navy dress and the tan oxfords.  Building a collection rather than buying random pieces makes it so much easier to put outfits together quickly.  I'm also able to avoid being wooed by "what's on trend" at the moment.  It makes it easier for me to see that as much I love the way this lilac floral skirt looks on other people, it isn't really "me" and doesn't work with anything I own.  

You can do quite a bit with a few clothing pieces and a lot of shoe options.  Here are 20 different looks using 2 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 3 sweaters, 2 skirts, 1 dress, 2 blazers, 2 vests and 1 denim jacket……..and 6 pairs of shoes. 

Shopping this way has really made a world of difference for me.  My hub is happy it no longer takes me for-ev-er to get ready.  I used to spend a decent chunk of my time just trying to figure out what in the world to wear, and with this clothing collection concept in place I no longer struggle to put outfits together.  It's like Garanimals for adults.  If you're in your twenties you probably have no idea what I'm talking about do you?  Google Garanimals.

Here are few similar pieces I'm loving for fall!  The rainboots are def calling my name.

fall clothing collection pieces
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Happy Friday friends!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

design process - the guest bedroom

When I first started reading design blogs back in 2009 - 2010, what drew me in was the behind the scenes, real life look at the process.  Design/diy bloggers back then would show lots of in between/ process photos.  It wasn't just a bunch of beautiful, perfectly styled after photos.  I think the pre-Pinterest age of blogging was really great for the teaching aspect.  I know I learned a lot just by watching the process someone went through when designing a room.  So with that in mind I thought I'd bring you all along for the ride as I slowly but surely "finish" the rooms in our new home.  I say finish in quotes because let's face it, a room is never really finished. 

This new design process series is going to be kicked off with our guest bedroom.  I was going to wait to get started on this space.  But our steady schedule of guests has prompted me to get moving.  We've only lived here for 9 weeks and have had guests here with us for 3 of those 9 weeks.  And we have more guest visits already on the calendar!  I guess that's what happens when you move near the beach because our guest bedroom in KY never saw this much action.  ;)  I'm not complaining though......I love hosting visitors!  My underlying mission every time someone comes to stay with us is to recruit them to move here.  Charleston's not a hard sell though.  I should probably get a real estate license.  ;)

Step #1 - I like to start a room design with a list of words that describe how I want the room to feel.  I'm big on vibes.  Sounds very voodoo-ish, hippie-esque maybe, but it's what I do.  I think more about the feelings I want the room to have rather than the look I want.   I want guests to feel welcome, comfortable and excited.  I want this room to have fun vacation vibes with a heavy dose of Phillips family personality.  Basically I want this room to say, "Hey, we're so glad you're here! "

Step #2 - After figuring out the vibe I want, if I'm designing a bedroom I always start with bedding.  Always.  That is just what works for me.  Then everything else sort of flows from there.  I've decided to go with a red, white and blue - patriotic - Ralph Lauren inspired look because I love that classic yet fun combination of colors.......... and because I dig a gender neutral look for a guest room..........and also because I already had this blue and white striped quilt.  ;)

the design process - behind the scenes of designing a guest room

 Step #3 - Once I pull bedding basics together, I start piling art pieces that I think will be fun in the space.  I think the two things that really make a space are pattern and personality.  And nothing adds more personality to a space than what you choose to hang on the walls.  Not everything you see here will probably make the final cut but this at least gives me a jumping off point.  These pieces play into the overall feel I'm going for and will be the inspiration behind everything else that goes in to the space. 

I think this post is also a tribute to using what you have.  Creating a whole new look doesn't have to mean buying a bunch of new stuff.   I'm using the quilt (which by the way has been marked down to $49.99!) that was on my son's bed in our KY home, and the throw pillows are also oldies but goodies.  In fact, there's nothing new in the picture above.  Everything you see here lived in our KY home somewhere, just not in the guest bedroom.  So our guest room here at our new house will be outfitted with a fresh new look using the same old goodies from our previous home. 

When you curate your personal style you end up with a collection of things that will/can seemlessly work in just about every room in your home.  

So that's the beginning of the guest room.  Next up I'll be figuring out the room layout in terms of where to place furniture and choosing a wall color..........more to come soon!

*FYI - There's a fun Instagram giveaway coming very soon.  Be sure to check it out!

Monday, September 28, 2015

ode to a pink door

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Peppermint Bliss
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Elements of Style 
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Kelly Golightly 
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This is Glamorous
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Thistlewood Farms
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Apartment Therapy
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House and Home 
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Miss Poppy Designs
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Whether it's dark pink, light pink……salmon or flamingo……blush or bashful ;) …….I love a pink door.  And if there's a city where colorful front doors reign on high it's Charleston, SC.  So this is happening.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I narrowed down my paint color choices to two.

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I made a trip to Sherwin Williams this weekend and am excited to finish and share the results!  I figure if I hate it…..I can always repaint, so why not?!  It's just paint.

What are your thoughts on pink doors?  Which color do you think I chose?

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