The 2019 Galentine's Day Gift Guide

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You may have seen the 2018 Galentine’s Gift Guide - it was a HUGE hit with you all and it still has a ton of relevant gift ideas that can be used this year - but I wanted to share an updated gift guide with some new products I absolutely love!

I’ve broken this year’s gift guide into several sections - the first portion contains some thoughtful ideas based on interest, while the second half contains gift ideas that are perfect for anyone - and still very thoughtful, but honestly when is a gift not thoughtful?

I hope you all enjoy this gift guide! Leave your feedback in the comments below :)

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FOR THE CREATIVE SOUL & PHOTOGRAPHER

1. Lightroom Presets

Is your bestie a photographer? Blogger? Maybe you just want to treat your wedding photographer to something nice this Galentine’s Day. Lightroom presets are always a good idea! Who doesn’t love some fun, already-made filters?

A Color Story has tons of gorgeous, Instagram worthy Lightroom presets available here.

A Color Story Lightroom Presets

2. Creative Online Courses

Maybe you have a Galentine who wants to learn something new or refine her skills in something? You can check out these digital courses for photography, social media, lettering and more over at Brit & Co. - see below for some fun ones!


FOR THE BOSS BABE

1. How To Courses with A Beautiful Mess

These awesome online courses by the lovely ladies at A Beautiful Mess will teach your boss babe everything from how to start a podcast to how to build a profitable blog!

You can learn more about the courses here.

2. Social Media & Business Courses from Brit & Co.

Brit & Co. also has amazing courses to help your Galentine grow their social media courses and build their business! Check out some of the best ones below:

3. The Adulting Kit

How cute is this Adulting Kit from Pinch Provisions? Don’t worry, if you keep scrolling I’ll get much more in detail on the perfect Pinch Provisions Kits - they literally have something for everyone!

3. Doormats from Josie B.

Okay, honestly these are perfect for any Galentine, but this Slay Girl Slayy doormat just had boss babe written all over it! How cute would this be outside of your office or something? Shop here!

Slay Girl Slay Doormat via Josie B



FOR THE ADVENTURER

1. Pinch Provisions Kits

You’ve probably seen me rant and rave about Pinch Provisions Kits over the years because they are AMAZING. I’ve given them as gifts and buy them for myself all the time. Most recently my aunt gave me the cutest one for Christmas this year and it reminded me how great they are for gifts.

These “minimergency” kits are super small but packed with everything you need in a “mini emergency” - such as advil, nail polish remover, breath spray, hair spray and so much more! You can buy one kit and make it last forever with their refills - pro tip: if you gifted on e last year then send your friend some refills!

They have so many new kits now that I couldn’t pick just one to share with y’all. Here are my faves:

FOR THE WINE LOVER

1. A Winc Gift Box

Winc is a delivery wine service that delivers really great wine right to your door, while learning about your palette! But, did you know they have a ton of super cute gift boxes - and they are all different price ranges?

If youe Galentine loves wine, definitely take a look at these gift options - because who doesn’t love the gift of wine? You can also give them gift card if you’re unsure on what to give them.

2. Pinch Provisions Wine Kits

Yeah, Pinch Provisions literally thought of everything! Check out these super cute (and v. affordable) wine kits and minimergency add-ons they have available:

3. A Wine Aerator, Pourer & Stopper

My aunt gave me this for Christmas and it’s really cool if you drink a lot of wine like we do. It’s fun to taste test different wines with and without the aerator, plus it’s a 3-in-one with a pourer and stopper! Highly recommend for you wine friends! You can purchase the one I have right here.

Wine Aerator, Pourer, Stopper

And now for the great big gift list of things that are literally perfect for anyone and bound to not fail you if you need an idea for someone this year!



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The Top 5 Apps To Make Your Instagram Pretty!

The Top 5 Apps To Make Your Instagram Pretty! | via Michelle Lynn Media

This post goes out to all my blogger and business friends who are struggling with the following:


  1. Instagram’s Algorithm

  2. Growing Your Social Media Accounts

  3. Maintaining An Engaged Audience

  4. And all the struggles that come with managing social media…


My Interior Design friend Cris, from Awaken Your Abode, who I have mentioned a few times on Instagram, recently introduced me to Michelle from Michelle Lynn Media - she’s a fabulous Instagram Coach so go check out her IG feed that I’ve linked.

Michelle is hosting a FREE 5-day challenge on how to create content that converts - the challenge starts Monday, January 14! You can sign up for the challenge here - it will be hosted on Facebook! All you need is 20 minutes a day for 5 days and she will teach you how to start creating content that converts followers into paying clients - or whatever your business/blog goal may be. For me, it’s creating content that converts my followers into site traffic and helps build my fan base.

Follow Michelle on Instagram here and sign up for the challenge here.


With that said, I wanted to shares some useful tips that I discovered through Michelle’s Facebook Group. She’s compiled a detailed list on the The Top 5 Apps To Make Your Instagram Pretty! I’ve used a few of them, but Michelle has several on the list that I’d never even heard of before - PLUS there are useful tips on how to use each app! I’ve already starting using some of of these to improve my Instagram Stories :)

And if you want more tips on social media, sign up for our mailing list and get the scoop from Michelle delivered right to your inbox!


If you don’t want more tips on social media and how to make your Instagram pretty, you can view the free guide below. If you don’t want to miss out and you want from Michelle and would love to get a free 1:1 Instagram Audit from her, then submit your email above and you’ll get an additional page with all of the details, plus a link to her private Facebook Group!

 

14 Flight Hacks That Will Save You Money

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I've decided that 2019 is my year of budgeting - and traveling.

I have to satisfy my wanderlust, but this year I am going to it the right way so that I finish the year even stronger than I finished 2018. That means traveling to more new places, while not breaking the bank.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve become pretty savvy with travel and flight hacks so I wanted to share some of the things I have learned along the way. Plus, I’m sharing several great tips from my friend Cassandra (Cassie) Harris of Travel Agent Diary. Cassie and I worked together in advertising right after I graduated college, but now she’s basically has the best job ever because she’s a travel agent and gets paid to explore the world!

Cassie is the expert, so definitely take her advice and if you’re looking to book a trip, check out her website and follow her on Instagram @travelagentdiary.

Enjoy these travel tips and hacks!

Don’t Depart On The Weekend

Book in advance if possible, this will help save money instead of booking within a few days, but they key trick is to depart on an off day. Try to fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, those are usually the best days of the week because they aren’t typical travel days. My co-worker’s dad is a pilot and she swears by Tuesdays, but if you don’t have flexible schedule, usually you can find deals on Saturdays or Wednesdays too!

This Southern Living article claims that you should book flights Tuesdays around midnight but I haven’t found the booking date to be a huge money saver, so honestly I don’t think the booking date matters as much, but if you have the patience, test out the theory!

Avoid Fridays and Sundays - that’s the main takeaway here.

Use A VPN

This is a travel hack I heard of recently that I’m going to try out when we book our flights for the Florida Keys!

Anshula, from Passport to Eden, says:

One of my favorite cheap flight hacks is to use a VPN service.

Most travel companies charge you prices based on where they think you are. Let’s say I search for “Argentina to Dallas flights” from Dallas. The prices are usually exorbitant. But if I use a VPN and pretend I’m searching fromArgentina, the prices are normally a lot cheaper.

There are thousands of VPN services to choose from. Make sure you read the Privacy Policy though because some services collect personally identifiable information for third party marketing.

The VPN service I currently use is NordVPN. It’s $2.99 a month (really affordable) if you take the three-year plan (which I did). But if you’re just planning for a vacation, it’s $12 a month. NordVPN does not log data. The company also has servers in over 40 countries (I always try to search from the country I’m planning on visiting).

Clear Your Cookies

Have you ever noticed price changes on the same flight search within a few minutes of each other? That’s because you're browsing history is being tracked, which can lead to higher costs after your initial search to try to urge you to book faster as you see prices increase.

Clear your cookies in between searches. Or, if you use Chrome, use their incognito browser. I typically start my initial searches on Google Flights because the calendar will show you prices by day, but with incognito, I can usually save $20 - $40 per flights - that extra savings can get you a couple of meals or a few cab rides when you’re traveling.

I don’t know about you, but 2019 is my year of budgeting so every penny counts, even it’s just a couple of dollars.

Holiday Flights Are Cheaper

 Depart on a holiday. If at all possible, book on days like Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Thanksgiving - days when no one wants to travel because they’re home with their families or they booked travel so they could already be at their destination on the holiday.

The worst day to travel is the day before Thanksgiving. So if at all possible, spend a holiday traveling somewhere you’ve always want to go for once! The days surrounding major holidays are some of the worst times to travel due to busy airports and high prices so departing the day of is key when using this travel hack.

Here are the Top 10 Worst Days to Travel - keep these in mind as days to avoid when planning your next adventure.

Save on Baggage Fees

My lovely friend Cassie Harris, from Travel Agent Diary, says pack light to save on baggage fees. Typically for international flights you can bring a carry on bag and a personal item for free.

Unless you're traveling somewhere cold where you need to pack heavy layers really think if you need that checked luggage or if a carry on bag will suffice.

Use Budget Airlines

Budget airlines are my favorite travel hack. My go-to is Allegiant because flights depart from the small airport 15 minutes from my house so I can avoid the 2 hour trip to the NYC airports. The catch with airlines like Allegiant, is that flights don’t show up in regular searches so you have to check their website for deals. Flights only depart on certain days and flight between certain cities - for example from my Allegiant airline I can only fly to certain parts of Florida and South Carolina.

If you’re interested in checking out Allegiant and a few more, try these budget airlines:

Download Wandertab

Wandertab is a Google Chrome extension by Hitlist that shows you cheap flights from your home airport! Every time I open a new browser tab, Wandertab shows me deals on flights around the world from my local airport. If you live in New York like me, you can just enter the city and will aggregate all of the airports and show you the best deals from them all.

If you don’t really have a set place you want to go, Wandertab is a great tool for getting your wanderlust fix. Plus, Hitlist also has a free flight app you can download to search cheap flights.

Use Momondo

I’ve heard Momondo is “hands-down the best flight aggregator ever” when it comes to booking international flights. Similarly to Wandertab, they also have a “Find Your Next Trip” section to inspire you if you don’t have a destination in mind already.

If you want to travel international, search for deals at small international airports. Stewart International Airport in the Hudson Valley has a deal with Norwegian Airlines offering flights to Dublin and other countries for as low as $99.99 - small airports want to increase traffic so they have the best international deals!

Try Hopper

For domestic searches and weekend getaways, I typically use Hopper. The app is very user friendly, you can book for friends and family, and it you watch flights.

Keep your dates/destination flexible if possible. Chance & Cassie both recommend Skyscanner, which offer you an open-ended end destination. Spontaneity can be a fun thing! Also, being flexible with your dates is helpful on pricing if you can come back from your trip a day earlier/later for example.

Use Layovers To Your Advantage

Another great tip from Anshula that I have yet to take advantage of is using layovers to your advantage!

I once found a $20 round-trip flight to Cancun. As soon as I saw it, I transformed into a giggly, bubbly twelve-year-old version of myself. Could this be true? Have all my dreams become a reality?

Well, sort of. There was a three-day layover in Denver and I was planning on booking a four-day trip. Oh, sugar. But if you’re not set on a destination, you can use layovers to your advantage. To me, I saw the ticket as a $20 flight to Colorado and back (which is equally amazing).

Book (Somewhat) Early

There’s debate on what the perfect time frame is, but somewhere between 54 - 21 days in advance is the sweet spot.

Here are some great additional sites that I use to check to check hotel rates - and sometimes flights when it make sense - to help me plan the best time to book:

Travel In The “Off” Season

Another great tip from Cassie at Travel Agent Diary, recommends booking in the off season. If you visit Southeast Asia or even Costa Rica during their "rainy season" it may only rain for a few minutes a day - if that. It won't ruin your whole trip and you could really save $$$.

Search For All-Inclusives

Pretty much everyone I have talked to recommends searching for all-inclusive packages.

My best friend Anna went on an all-inclusive trip last Spring to the Dominican Republic and came back raving about how awesome the resort was. She recommends taking cash with you to tip the staff or in case you want to splurge on something outside of the resort - a great tip that I had never even thought of!

The only catch for all-inclusive packages is that they can have strict travel dates and set menus for food and drink, but if you don’t mind (I certainly don’t if it means I’m going to Paris for $500) then definitely do your research and try this hack.

Here are some sites that offer great package holidays with all-inclusive deals.

Choose Basic Economy

Flexible with your seat assignment? Not bringing much luggage? Cassie says you can bag some cheap flights just by sitting in Basic Economy (instead of Main Cabin).

Just don't be in a rush to have your zone called at boarding. You will be last!

If you enjoy this post, please let me know in the comments below! And follow along with us on social media using the links below :)

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12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations

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Several weeks ago, the toilet in our downstairs guest bathroom officially broke and needed replacing so off to Lowe’s we went and before I knew it Chance was on a mission to re-do the bathroom. To be honest, it’s entirely outdated, but really ALL of our bathrooms are entirely outdated - we have 3 full baths. The upside to own downstairs guest bathroom is that it has a GIANT oversized shower, but all of the title is this weird beige color and it honestly creeps me out a bit. In addition, our master bathroom, while functional, is a total waste of space. It’s huge, but 75% of the master bathroom is taken up by this huge corner jet tub that 1. is broken and 2. we never EVER use, nor would we ever even if it did work.

Anyways, so Chance was on a roll with planning out the guest bathroom downstairs until a few days ago when he decided (thank goodness) that we should ultimately start with the master if anything! Yay!! I’m super excited because honestly I was fine with at least re-doing one bathroom, but now I am even more excited that we are starting to talk about renovating the master - plus that’s going to be much more enticing for buyers if move in a few years. So in celebration, here are 6 gorgeous tilted bathrooms that I’m pulling inspiration from!

12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee
12 Stunning Tile Bathroom Renovations via Chaos With Coffee

Now that you’ve seen what my inspiration is, I’ll leave you with photos of what our master bathroom looked like when we first saw the house, when we moved in and a few that have some of the small changes we’ve made since moving in. I don’t have a photo, but I can tell you that we did change the vanity color to white and added gold knobs so it’s definitely seen a small improvement!

p.s. - Don’t miss the lovely mural that the previous owners left behind for us - I’m still shocked they didn’t paint over this before showing the house or before we moved in!

 

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

I wanted to do this post in December and I feel like being too busy really isn’t a good excuse, but that’s all I got for right now as to why I didn’t post. I wanted to slow down and really enjoy what little time we had to spend with family and friends this year so all of Q4 was very light in terms of blog content. That said, I like to share with y’all a recap of my year and my resolutions, but it’s also something I do for myself so that I can look back and see how far I’ve come or what I should work on for the following year. I love self-reflecting!

Last year I did a nice, brief recap on 2017 - you can read that here - so below I’ve pulled out the resolutions I made and what I was able to accomplish:

2018 New Year’s Resolutions: 

Try out a vegan or vegetarian diet
Well, I didn’t quite get to this, but in December I did start back on my pescatarian diet - baby steps right? I definitely want to eat healthier and cut back on sugar in 2019.

Do Kayla’s BBG on Sweat every week
2018 started our strong, but I pretty much gave up on SWEAT and started running for the majority of the year, but Kayla’s new challenge starts in a few weeks so maybe I’ll pick this back up, but I’m not going to renew this as a resolution for 2019.

Budget properly
Finally, a resolution that I can say I was able to accomplish! I worked really hard at the end of 2017 to start the year off with no debt (with the exception of my car payment) so that I could build a healthy savings and I can honestly say that I am starting off 2019 with a larger savings account than I had when 2018 began! This would make for a great blog post of it’s own so stay tuned for that!

Be kind and patient
You can always improve yourself and while I was kind and more patient than I usually am, I still think I can always improve this year after year. I want to practice more patience in 2019 and I also want to practice listening more instead of talking. 

Volunteer at least once
I didn’t get to volunteer my time this year, but I did manage to connect with local businesses and help them to grow through my experience with social media and digital marketing!

Read 12 books
I definitely didn’t read 12 books, I think I only read 2 this year, but I’m going to reset this goal for 2019 and make my goal a little smaller. I used to read at least 2 books per month when I lived in NYC and was on the subway half the time. I need to pick this good habit back up and watch less TV!

Travel to Europe
Sadly, we didn’t make it to Europe and I honestly don’t think we will this year either because we already have a semi-full travel calendar, but someday I will make it and post all of the lovely photos!

Explore 20+ new cities  
Let’s see, we may have accomplished this one! I’m going to count with you now - here are all the cities we visited in 2018:

1. Richmond, VA
2. Annapolis, MD
3. Lexington, VA
4. Oxnard, CA
5. Santa Barbara, CA
6. Santa Monica, CA
7. Santa Clarita, CA
8. Venice, CA
9. Ventura, CA
10. The Catskills, NY
11. Manhattan, NY
12. Brooklyn, NY
13. Beverly Hills, CA
14. The Palisades, CA
15. San Diego, CA
16. Austin, TX
17. Fishkill, NY
18. New Paltz, NY
19. Paramus, NJ
20. Washingtonville, NY

So, technically, we hit this one, but a few of them aren’t new cities. At least I can look back on this list next year and see what new cities we make it to in 2019!

Be more creative
I feel accomplished in this one, but just like I was saying earlier, you can never stop improving and I want to continue to be more creative in 2019!

Run a half marathon
Nope, didn’t make this one, but maybe I’ll set a smaller goal to run a 10K in 2019!

And now, DRUMROLL PLEASE, here are my resolutions for 2019! We’ll look back next year on this post and see what we accomplish in December - or January 2020 if Q4 2019 is anything like it was this year!

2019 New Year’s Resolutions: 

Eat healthier, cut back on sugar

Run once a week

Build savings, pay off a portion of the car

Volunteer at least once

Read 10 books

Travel to Key West

Explore 10+ new cities  

Blog twice a month

Run a 10K

Since I love lists, I also wanted to keep track of the things I want to this year that aren’t necessarily resolutions, but more so things I want keep track of and not forget that I started out the year wanting to do. Here we go:


Travel to Charleston

Blog about beauty

Do more pilates

Help plan by BFF Jordan’s wedding

Pay off half my car payment (goes with my resolution above)

Obtain more clients for my business Talos & Theory for digital marketing and branding

Make my blog more profitable

Pay off my credit card

Journal 2-3x per week (I’ve been journaling since I was in elementary school!)

Build my resource section with spreadsheets and things that help me daily

Travel to Naples to see my BFF Anna

Take a vacation Key West

Travel to Austin for my friend Jesse’s 30th birthday in April

Visit Pippin Hill in Charlottesville

Go camping (or glamping)

Go snowboarding

Do more blog post collaborations

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2018 and here’s to an even better 2019! Your continued support throughout the past year has been massively appreciated and I’m inspired by y’all each day!




Earthy, Lush Backyard Wedding

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via Pinterest

I mentioned on my last post that 3 of my best friends got engaged in 2018. One is planning to have a small, family-only ceremony, another has the majority planned, and my dearest friend of nearly 11 years (who is the most recently engaged) is getting married in her backyard and starting from scratch! Yes, Jordan became recently engaged to her wonderful fiancé, Doug, during the Thanksgiving holiday!

Chance and I went to Virginia a few weekends ago to celebrate their engagement and I learned that they’d like to get married in their backyard, which just happens to be super lush. She created a Pinterest board and pinned some inspiration so I thought I share her ideas here and see if anyone has suggestions on how to throw the most stunning backyard wedding! Please share ideas in the comments below.

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The Best Affordable Engagement Gifts

The Best Engagement Gifts vis Chaos With Coffee

‘Tis the season for engagements! This year, 3 of my best friends got engaged and 2 of them were within the past 2 months! That said, I’ve been scouring the internet for gifts for all of them and thought I’d put together a gift guide of my favorites that have been hits. Hope you enjoy these ideas!


Rose Gold Monogrammed Wine Stopper
I’ve purchased this one for several of my newly engaged friends! I always get one in the initial of their new last name and it’s a hit every time. Who doesn’t love a monogrammed wine stopper?

Wine Stopper via Chaos With Coffee

Engagement Wine Labels
Another simple, but effective idea is custom wine labels! These go perfect with the wine stopper and add a thoughtful tough when celebrating your friends.

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Ceramic Ring/Trinket Dish For Engagement Rings
These are perfect because you can really customize a ring dish to fit your friend’s personality. I purchase the cat one for my friend Morgan who loves cats and she absolutely loved it! I’ve linked others below.


Heart Monogram Ring Dish

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Velvet Monogrammed Ring Box
A little bit more expensive, but one of my favorite gifts! These velvet ring boxes are stunning and safe, stylish place to hold engagement rings and bands forever!

Velvet Ring Boxes vis Chaos With Coffee

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The Best True Crime Podcasts

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For anyone who knows me, I am absolutely obsessed with anything and everything true crime. I always tell Chance that I should have been a forensic scientist because 1. I love science and 2. I love crime so it should have been the obvious choice. I am not one of the recent “bandwagon” true crime junkies - no, I have been watching Investigation Discovery since I was 15 or 16 (over 10+ years now) with my dad who turned me onto shows like 48 Hours and Forensic Files.

For all of you that just got turned onto true crime, you are in luck! Not only have the television series improved, but you can literally listen to true crime all day, every day with the amount of content that is pumped out thanks to podcasts. I’ve noticed a lot of my friends getting into true crime and tons of you have asked what the best ways to get your fix are, so I am sharing my top true crime podcasts with y’all today!

These have been around for years, with the exception of my newly discovered Canadian True Crime podcast, so you should be set for a while. These are in no particular order, but I will say each host offers a different story telling style so if you don’t like one, definitely check out the others because I’m confident you find something you like below.

1. Casefiles

2. True Crime Garage

3. Sword & Scale

4. Canadian True Crime

5. Lore

6. The Vanished

7. Unsolved Murders

You can listen to these anywhere you listen to podcasts, but I typically listen on my Apple Podcast app or Spotify!




Easy, Affordable Master Closet Renovation

Easy & Affordable Master Closet Remodel via Chaos With Coffee
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You’ve probably heard me talk about our master closet for weeks now on Instagram, but WHAT AN UPGRADE! Funny story, we actually weren’t planning to redo our master closet but when they came to do the floors Chance went into major home renovation mode and the next thing I knew our closet was completely ripped out and we needed a solution FAST.

We lived without a closet for almost 3 months! I didn’t even start planning until almost month after Chance removed it, but I have to tell y’all this was definitely one of THE BEST spontaneous decisions we have ever made. PLUS, this CUSTOM CLOSET was designed completely by ME and it was affordable and SUPER EASY to install!

I designed the closet using the Home Depot Closet tool by Martha Stewart and it was WAY easier than I expected. All I had to do was measure the dimensions and input them into the system, then the closet tool spit out a recommendation and I was able to customize it by adding drawers, shoe racks, etc. I just want to call out that I did a lot of research before going with this option. Home Depot has more tools that allow you to build a closet, but this one was the easiest to use and the most affordable. I also explored having someone come in for a consultation, but even that seemed so daunting and I was afraid they’d come back with a price that was way over my budget. I liked this tool because you gives you transparency into how much it’s going to cost, although keep in mind it doesn’t include shipping and that was almost $500+.

The great part about this closet system is that it’s totally customizable so when it arrived and I started putting it together, I changed my mind on the configuration and shifted things around. You can adjust all of the shelves and racks at any given time and it’s super easy to do.

Hardest Part

The most difficult part was hanging the rack that holds the units to the wall. If I can do it anyone can do it. But I didn’t have a stud finder so I was using my hand to knock on the wall to find the studs, which resulted in more work. Having a leveler is KEY to this project - I basically had it resting on the rack the entire time I was installing it so if you chose this route, by all means invest in a leveler if you don’t have one. I’ll even link one for you right here it’s less than $7.

It was much easier than I expected!

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My Closet Inspiration

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My Custom Closet Design

Left Wall

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Back Wall

Right Wall

I ended up putting the shoe racks on the left and right walls instead of the back wall because it began to feel too clutter with so many clothes hanging right as you walk in. Another major reason I would recommend this unit! You might start putting it together and decide to change things once you see how everything fits. We have double racks on the left and right sides of the back wall now, which works much better.

Bringing My Design To Life

The first photo is from the listing when bought the house, I hated the closet so much that I never any other pics of it until we started ripping the carpet and shelves out. Scroll down for the rest of the before/after photos.

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Before & After

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I am super thrilled with how the closet turned out! As I mentioned, what I love most about this is that it’s completely customizable and I can move things around as needed whenever I want, which is extremely important if you change wardrobes often or switch things out by season. I ended up with extra shelves and racks as well so there’s so many options for adjusting as needed.

How To Paint A Metal Front Door

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When we moved in, one of the things I wanted to do was replace our door - not just because I don’t like it, but because it wasn’t even installed properly in the first place and always has to be deadbolted. I really wanted a entirely new door because ours is metal and I would love to have a wooden door, but after doing some research it was more expensive than I anticipated so I decided to focus on other projects and just save this for another day. That said, I started to consider painting it and was able to do enough research around painting a metal door that I felt pretty confident in doing so! My best friend Chrissy, who’s a realtor and has a contractor husband, gave me some tips and quickly convinced me in like 5 minutes to just pull the trigger and paint it, so VOILA! We now have a coral-colored front door and it was SOOOOO easy!

The most important piece is the prep, I used a kitchen degreaser to clean the whole door and then tapped up everything with painters tape before I started spray painting. I went with Krylon spray paint because it goes on really smooth and is a paint+primer for metal surfaces. The whole process probably took me less than 30 minutes, which is super exciting because this basically means I can change our front door as many times as I want if I ever get tired of the color.

So, don’t be afraid to paint that metal front door! I think the pop of color really makes our house and I’m so please with the result! Hope you enjoyed the quick tips! 

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