I’m so excited to share Project #3 with you! Y’all, Maple Hollow Cottage is coming together by the day and feeling more and more like the oasis we have envisioned since the first day we walked through it. All of our paint is done (read all about that here: https://downinthehollow.com/2019/04/23/color-me-happy/ ) and honestly I think my favorite paint difference is our new green shutters and front door. They were previously black and dull, but with a fresh coat of lovely green paint our house is giving off the English vibes I felt when I laid eyes on it. I’m writing this from my living room where I can enjoy watching the goings-on in our backyard. I can see the progress of my little pears and peaches growing on the trees. I can see birds flying to and from my new Bird Pub bird feeder (thank you, Lowe’s for having an actual pub birdhouse that I could not resist if I tried) and I can watch the squirrels scurry over the fence and bury their acorn treasures – the cutest yard inhabitants of them all. This home is so peaceful and beautiful. It deserves all of the attention to detail that we are lavishing on it.
Today I present to you our master closet remodel. Before we get too far in, here are some “before photos” so you can see the bones of the closet. This is what it looked like after we went in and ripped up the carpet that was in there. I was so excited to have such a spacious closet with a center island and a little nook over to the side. So many possibilities!
Once I saw it, I knew I had to turn it into something special. And I knew it would involve wallpaper. Hi, have we met? I’m obsessed with prints and if I can put them on walls, I will 100% do that. Did you see our Africa-inspired Serengeti powder bathroom in our old house? Yeah. Can’t resist a good wallpaper. I searched and searched, sent options to Adam and together we narrowed it down to “Honolulu Palm Green” by Graham & Brown (shop it here: https://www.grahambrown.com/us/honolulu-palm-green-wallpaper/32-969-master.html) The men that came over to install it joked that it made the room so cool we should mount a TV and hang out in there. But, truth be told, I was already having visions of enjoying a closet so inviting and so chic that I would want to have a morning cup of coffee in the “seating area” or enjoy a cocktail as I picked out what to wear to date night with my honey.
I pay such special attention to the clothes that I buy and the wardrobe that I’ve curated over the years that it just warms me to my soul to be able to hang them in a space so deserving. I’ve written in previous blog posts about how I still get giddy when I walk into my closet and run my hands over all of the colors, patterns and textures as I pick out what to wear. I’m going to be honest, sometimes that feels so materialistic to me, but on the other hand I really do believe in taking pride in your appearance and the power that a whimsical, fun summer dress can have on your mood and mental health. Even on my darkest days, putting on a beautiful dress brightens up those spots of myself that I allow to go to a dark place. I know I’m not alone in my struggle with anxiety and I will speak about it openly. There is so much truth in allowing yourself to feel joy over what speaks to your heart and I’m sorry, Marie Kondo, but everything in my wardrobe sparks joy and I’m proud to have a beautiful space that also sparks joy to put my things in. I’ve always joked that I’m a “displayer” – like, I like pretty things so much that I can’t bear to have them tucked away in closets and cabinets. I have to have everything out because it all deserves to be admired. This drives my minimalist husband nuts because to him, everything out is just clutter. So we compromised and I display literally everything LOL. And ya’ll this closet allows me to DISPLAY…I mean…no one’s going to be coming over to look in my closet and see what it’s displaying (except you, Michelle, I know you’re reading this) but it’s on display for me. And that makes me happy. And now I’ve rambled enough about things you do not care about and I know you’re just sitting there like, “Ok, but also….show us the closet.”
So with that being said, allow me to introduce our remodeled master closet!
The first time I peeked my head in at the progress of the wallpaper installation, I literally and physically squealed. It’s one thing to have a vision of a space in your head and quite another to see it come to life in front of your eyes. I’ve been asked recently who I’m using to help design my house. Here’s the answer: ME! I love everything about making a house a home and cannot wait to get to work on the next project!
I’ve linked some of the items in these photos so you can easily shop them for yourself!
Not linked: the green bench, which can be found by searching “meridian furniture olivia green velvet bench” on your preferred search engine.
Also not linked: the white floor mirror, which I bought from Home Goods years ago.
Also not linked: the light fixture, which is the Joni 3-Light Globe Chandelier by Joss & Main
Also not linked: the runner rug, which is the Cream Moroccan Wedding Shag Tufted 2’4″ x 7″ runner
I linked the wallpaper and the rest is from the Opalhouse line at Target! Happy shopping!