New Bed, New Closet, New Year!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Newell Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HomeFreeLowes


2015, I’m coming for you!   I’ve already checked off a few things off my list.  I know it’s January 5 and it will slow down, but I’m so happy 2 big things are out of the way… new bed and new closet! WOOOOH!

We needed a new bed.  It’s not that our bed was bad, but it just wasn’t right for us.  We bought it a few years ago without Matthew even testing it out.  It did it’s job for a few years but then we both started to get lower back pain.  We needed something more comfy and we needed something larger.  I know you’re thinking we’re only 2 people, yes but we’re 2 people and 4 cats, do you how much room that takes up?  I mean have you seen a cat sleep? Each of them spread out to 5 feet long.  

In November we went on a trip to Cleveland and we stayed at a beautiful hotel (review coming soon) that had the most comfortable bed.  The first night we slept in for hours!  After a few days Matthew’s back pain started to go away.  So we did what we had to do, we stripped the sheets off down to the mattress and wrote down the model.  One day back in NYC, we made our way to the mattress store and found the bed and bought it.  

So there we were, with the most comfortable king size mattress, but no bed frame.

We looked online for bed frames and it seemed like everything we loved was thousands of dollars.  I wanted something big and light colored. Our room is rather dark so this would be the perfect opportunity to lighten it up.  But again, the prices – ugh!  So then Matthew said “I’m going to make us a bed”.  I trust Matthew, he’s built our farmhouse table, all of our storage, walls and as a kid he would build houses with his dad.  Even though still slightly worried I gave him the green light.   I don’t know how he did it, but he built, painted and transported this bed from studio to home in 4 days.    I nearly cried (ok maybe I did) when I first saw it in our bedroom.  It’s the nicest piece of furniture I’ve ever owned before!  

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The bed is giant and is on a beautiful platform.   It’s almost 3 feet off the ground which means you have to climb into it.  The bed swallows you and you feel like a kid getting in – it’s great.   The bed frame is equally big and is a staple piece when you walk into the bedroom.  We decided to go with a soft white stain which was the perfect choice (always happy when that works out!).

We both read while in bed so we needed new lights.  We needed some type of light that could float or be attached to the bed, so after Pinterest viewing I found the idea of getting 2 clamp lights (really cheap), painting them a aqua color and clamping them to the bed.  I love them!

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The lights have LED bulbs in them so they never are ever hot. It still amazes me every time I check it. 
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Our home has lots of yellow, aqua and lilac purple accents to it.  For example, those are our dining room chair colors.  I wanted to bring this into the bedroom a bit, so I got some soft lilac sheets to use with our white comforters. 

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Oh and if you didn’t realize… the cats love it!  Even though the bed is much bigger now, Bofinkles still sleeps on my head and Xanadu still sleeps on my knees.  Imagine that. 😉


 I like clothes! I really like clothes.  I have a hard time getting rid of clothes.  In our storage I have bags full of clothes that I know I will never wear again, but I’m nostalgic.  That’s the shirt I used to wear in college! That’s the dress used in our first photoshoot!  That’s the skirt I made that is hideous but I can’t throw it away because I made it!  Oh, it’s so hard!

My closets were a mess.  They were a mixture of all the seasons and I was becoming frustrated when I found something after the season ended hidden in the back that I really wish I would have worn.   So I decided, why not just have a closet per season?  No, not have 4 closets (I wish!), but have one closet that gets shuffled around as the weather changes.  In Winter it will be full of chunky sweaters, boots and coats.  In Summer it will be full of sundresses and chiffon blouses.  

Over the weekend I decided to go all girl power and build my own closet!  Thumbs up and safety first. 
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I saw these Rubbermaid HomeFree Closet systems at Lowe’s and made the choice that it was about time for a closet makeover!  What I loved right off the bat is that this is a no-cut system where you can get add-ons to build onto it.  Maybe eventually you need another shoe rack (hehehe), no worries.  Just get the shoe add-on and put it on your closet system with the telescoping rods and expanding shelves.  It’s that easy.   I got the closet system (comes in 3-6 feet, 4-8 feet or 6-10 feet in length), shoe shelves, cube shelves and a sliding wire basket (I always wanted one!).    What I want to say is if I can put it together, you can too.  Seriously, trust me on this one.   It will be put together before you even know it and all hardware is included so no heading to the hardware store and asking the employee “Hey, do you have a screw that looks like this, but is kinda zig zag and has little swirlies up top”. I am great at describing things.

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Living in NYC, you probably don’t have your dream closet due to space, but you make do with what you have.  Closets don’t have to be ugly or cramped anymore with this system.  With just the small corner of our room, I turned this into my Winter wardrobe closet!
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During the Winter I basically live in Nike wedges and boots so I threw my 3 most worn shoes down bottom and put 2 more “maybes” up top.   Matthew got me these sneakers for Christmas and I just want to kiss them – aren’t they gorgeous?!
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I tend to wear alot of black flowy clothes in the Winter.  From long dresses to button up skirts to asymmetrical coats I love how it looks on a snowy day.  Since I was able to customize the closet I made one part open so all my long dresses could swing freely.
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Down below I added pops of colors.   Most of these are peter pan collared blouses I can wear under a dress, or loose sweaters to turn a look more sporty.
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For the accessories, I added 2 hats that I love wearing, a few bags that I can grab and a handful of cat shirts. I’m not kidding.  Those shirts are all cat shirts.. for Winter. I’m crazy, I know. 
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So run to Lowe’s for Rubbermaid home solutions  including the HomeFree Closet System! If you build a closet, show me, please!

So hey, 2015 – look at me!
Do you have any plans for your home?  I’m about to move onto those kitchen cabinet doors that I’ve hated since we’ve moved in… almost 10 years ago. It’s time for them to go!


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