Organizing {the master closet}

Yesterday one of my long time best friends came over to help me clean out my closet. Could I have done it myself? Maybe, but it most definitely would not look like this! She inspired me and reminded me that I do not want a whole lot of "extra" and to live simply. In the end that is what I we achieved!

Here is the beginning. I got to a point where I got so overwhelmed I simply lost control over the year. My feet grew, my girth grew, and there were so many pieces that no longer were flattering. I just did not have the inspiration to tackle this one on my own.

First she pulled EVERYTHING out. This was my "what was I thinking" moment...

In the end the more I purged the more free I felt. Majority of these things no longer fit or I simply never wear. Who needs 20+ striped shirts anyway? The piles to the left are yard sale items and the piles to the right will become a blog sale. Those pieces are more of the high end and barely worn. Don't get me wrong some yard sale peeps will be getting killer deals on really cute items too.

Now on to the less embarrassing parts. Everything after being whittled down was re-hung or folded by color. My next step will be to make sure all the hangers match. The Mr will have simple white hangers and I will have the beige velvet ones.

My hand bags and totes hang on the wall...

As well as our belts and the Mr's ties/bow ties.

My shoes now fit on the two shelving units and the Mr has the other.

Now to make the space pretty pretty!



Recently I helped with a project for someone who needed a little help with art to finish off her dining room. The dining room itself is gorgeous! Originally she wanted charcoal etchings, but when I came across these I couldn't help but through it out there. She loved them and alas they are happy in her home. Low and behold this certain someone ended up having a beautiful blog and posted about it last week. You can also see more pictures and a fabulous before and after.

{The second image is from my home before I shipped them off. Sun and glass are never friendly}


Pretty Please

What is this oddity you may ask. Well, our local Hoover Toyota is hosting a giveaway! To enter you had to make a short video and then do the annoying thing and try to get people to vote for it. Ha. The prize is a Toyota Camry. How fabulous would that be!?!?! We entered VERY late and we are WAY behind in votes {I think the top contender has over 700} so I thought I would reach out here and see if you all would be kind enough to vote for us!!! Pretty please?

*by the way I am obviously not an actor.

*We are labeled the Coldiron Family and the Camry with Ellie's sweet face on it.



Father's Day Giveaway!

On Mother's Day once KJ handed me over his card his immediate response was "when is Father's Day?!?!". Needless to say we have been looking forward to this day for quite some time. Ha. Minted was gracious enough to host another giveway for Two Ellie friends. They are giving away 150 free greeting cards to you all! I have to say that leaves quite a few chances to win! I think their cards are quite smart, fun, and unique which are all wins in my book.

So easy to enter... just enter your info here and you are signed up!

They also have the best art, stationary, notebooks, etc... Just a thought if you have yet to pick a Father's Day gift out.



I hope you all are having a great week! I for one am loving having the babies at home. For Memorial Day we went to a cookout at some long time friends. They just moved into a new fabulous house that I had the pleasure of decorating. I will hopefully share that soon. It's a good example of using what you have in new ways in order to make you love it all over again. Now back to the day at hand... We had a blast and I am grateful that the Mr brought the camera. These are the days I want to remember. There was a house full, but wasn't sure who really wanted their pic on the blog. Ha. These friends I knew wouldn't mind. Best of friends, wives of Act of Congress, and Jessica also indulged us in getting a pic of the Mr and I. It was a great way to kick off summer even if I didn't wrap up all my decorating jobs like I hoped I would before the kiddos got out of school. Life is good.

*giveaway coming up tomorrow!

*also need new sunnies. These obviously have been sat on one to many times. Ha