Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A New Home for In Pursuit of Pretty Things (and A New Home for My Clothes!)

Hi everyone!  Hope you're all having a great week.  Can you believe it's Wednesday already?  The beauty of these short weeks is that you blink and it's already Wednesday.  The drawback of these short weeks is that you blink, and it's already Wednesday.  They (you know, the powers that be, and whatnot) need to figure out a way to increase our leisure time without necessarily decreasing our work time...because chances are, the fact that you have less work time doesn't necessarily mean you have less work.

Ah, but onto more exciting things than my time management issues!  In case you hadn't noticed (and chances are, the vast majority of you haven't), In Pursuit of Pretty Things has moved to a new domain!  We're no longer residing on blogspot.com, but rather have made the leap to www.inpursuitofprettythings.com.  For the vast majority of you, this won't mean a whole lot, but if you're following us via RSS feed, you might want to update to our new URL, and if you're a blogger linking to us in your blogroll, we'd be hugely grateful if you'd update your link as well.  Generally speaking, if you're following us via google reader or blogger,  etc, you should be fine.

The other exciting thing that happened over the past few days is that my closet got a long overdue make-over.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter may know that we purchased and installed an Elfa closet system from The Container Store.  This is the second Elfa closet we've done - the first one we did was the much smaller reach-in closet in our son's room.  Back when I was expecting with Kate, we realized that we absolutely did not have room for a new dresser anywhere, and yet, we already had tons of new baby clothes, blankets, etc, coming in as gifts with nowhere to store them.  The solution was to build customized shelves and drawers into the closet directly, making much better use of the limited space we had.  I have to say, I love the Elfa closet systems, and here's why: 1) they look great, when you purchase with the fascia - it's a very finished look that I prefer over other custom closet solutions because it's not as heavy feeling; 2) it's changeable - if a few years from now, I decide that we need fewer shelves and more rods in the kids' closet, I can easily take the shelving components back to the store with my original receipt, and exchange them for the pieces I want!  We're not stuck with a baby/preschooler closet forever.  It can morph into a preschooler/grade-school aged kids' closet later, or a grade-school aged/teenager's closet, etc.  This is so important as we all know that the wardrobing needs of one age are not the wardrobing needs of another; and 3) they're easy to install.  My DH and I are not handy people, and yet we are totally able to handle the installation of one of these things, just by following the instructions.  That being said, it helps to have two people working together to install the horizontal strips (the only things you actually have to attach to the wall).

Here are some photos of the install:

 
My cluttered, overstuffed, messy closet before the install (don't judge).  The rod and shelf to the right were actually pulling off the wall, which was the real impetus for us to redo the closet.  But obviously, this one was not working for me.

Here's the (emptied) closet after DH and I demo-ed the old shelf and wall components, and I spackled and painted the walls where said older components used to be.

Here are the new Elfa closet components going in.  When you order one of these, you give all the measurements of the closet to the Container Store employee, and they help you choose the components (rods, shelves, drawers) that will best suit your wardrobing needs.  I decided on the "platinum" finish for the rods, shelves, and drawers with the "walnut" fascia.  Note that the only drilling you have to do to install one of these are for the horizontal bars that run along the top of the system.  All the vertical bars (which hold the brackets for the rods, shelves, and drawers) clip onto those horizontal bars, and the weight of the system is distributed over the walls via those vertical and horizontal bars.  It's really quite clever.  The shelves are able to bear a load of 75 lbs per square foot (so don't go climbing on these yourself, but you can easily sit a 5-year-old on one...not that you should...).

The finished product!!! This is such an improvement to the old closet, I can't begin to express my delight.   We're able to store so much more in a way that really makes sense.  And um...doing this is actually going to be really good for my budgets for the next few months, because what I realized is that I don't need to buy any more clothes. Good grief, when I can actually see and reach everything, I now know I could stock an entire boutique for a size 2 woman from this closet.  Expect a blog sale, soon.

 
My dresses (and DH's doctoral robes)!

Jackets and tops (I can obviously stop buying both...)


Sweaters and skirts

Have a happy Wednesday!

31 comments:

  1. OMG what a great closet! I love Elfa products and have a couple of those rolly carts for underwears. Hehe. What a great and fun project...I bet you're so happy because a cleaner closet makes for a happier couple. :) You've inspired me. I can't wait to build our own little "California" closet.

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  2. Um, can you and the hubs please come over to my house and make over my closet, please?!

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  3. What an amazing transformation! Your new closet is so organized and seems so much more spacious. I've heard such great things about the Elfa system, but I've never seen it in action before, and now I'm sold. Basically I'm growing to be slowly obsessed with everything the Container Store sells :) I just bought a bunch Huggable Hangers from them this summer and have been switching out my old ones gradually over the last few weeks and the difference has been crazy.

    And oh! I'm with you on not wanting to buy anything for a while now. Whenever I need willpower not to buy anything, I'm just going to make myself clean my closet a little first. It's crazy how much stuff we have but forget we own and somehow manage to covet yet more. Anyway, yay on the new domain, the newly organized space, and it was very fun to see a peek inside your wardrobe and all your pretty clothes!

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  4. I am totally intrigued - I will have to show these pictures to my dh and see if he thinks he's up to the task! Your made over space looks awesome - so organized, I love it! I don't see shoes though? Do you store them elsewhere?

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  5. Aaaaah! I love it! It's so beautiful!!! Major Elfa closet envy happening on this side of the keyboard!

    I'm so happy for you! (and DH, of course ;o)) ^_^

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  6. Great transformation. I love Elfa and a nice, big clean closet is the best.

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  7. What a great transformation! It looks great! The shelving itself looks nice, clean, and modern!

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  8. Your new closet is inspiring me! I've heard not to hang sweaters - is this a myth?I've seen lots of bloggers hanging them? Rachelle

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  9. congrats!!! thnx for the tip.. I elfa'd my very small closet after the fires and may want to reconfigure a couple areas..and may still have my receipt and some parts I did not use....good info! thnx!!

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  10. OMG!!!! YAY!!! I work at Container Store and I LOOOOVE your Elfa! Decor and everything, so jealous!

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  11. If you went for an Elfa, I think you should head to Costco for those boxes of slimline hangers. The last box I purchased was $18.99 for 50. They make a huge difference in space. At least in my experience.

    What a great post. I love seeing the transformation pics. I never thought of an Elfa for my teeny closet, but it may be something smart to add nonetheless.

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  12. I am a big fan of elfa shelving system too. They are so easy to install. The row of boxes carts are so impressive looking. I wish I had a big closet like yours. Mine is a tiny reach-in and depressing to think about because there is no room to expand, but I got a redo (using the elfa too) as my birthday gift and I was pretty happy to fit more stuff in.

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  13. gigi be careful with the costco hangers....I took mine back as the black fiber rubs off and will get into your clothes.... i had some black fuzzy smears on my bed and finally figured out it was from the hangers... may be ok for dark items... but they are also larger than the ones I got at target and I am petite..so smaller shoulders........

    barbara

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  14. Hello. I'm new here; just found your website within the past week. You & your friend Kathryn are just the cutest pair of BF.

    Your closet looks great!! I've almost forgotten what it's like to have a closet. Here in Europe most of the houses don't have closets. Yes, you read that correctly... NO CLOSETS. We have armoires but it's not the same. My clothes are packed so tightly, I struggle each time I take something out plus I have to iron it. Cheers to your closet. :)

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  15. What a transformation! Looks great :)

    <3, natasha
    http://poshxoxo.blogspot.com

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  16. You are missing a piece of fascia above the jackets? Did it not fit? :(

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  17. Hello pretty ones! Sorry for my absence i've been on the road lately and now using the iPhone to send this msg. Congrats on your new domain and closet . Looks great! Also is that a mullany dress in there or another polka dot dress?!cheers Jen

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  18. We got Elfa's BOTH closets and added a wall to the guest bedroom last year. I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Now I didn't know you could EXCHANGE! I wonder if that's OK with the fascia too because I chose the lighter wood to go with our current floors, but might change them to the darker wood in a future home.
    Besides that - YOUR CLOSET LOOKS AMAZING!!!! 110% improvement! And if you wnat to get really OCD like I did - check out the Joy Mangano Slimline Hangers on HSN or Target. They sell a cheaper version by the box at Costco (I later found out) 50pcs for like $20. I'm obsessed! All my old hangers are gone or in the DH's closet now.

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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