In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
We were thrilled to hear that graphic designer and friend of The Home Depot blog Tobe Reed was expecting a baby. We were even more thrilled when she agreed to show us the closet organization ideas she came up with for the darling nursery she set up in her home.
Late last year, my husband and I were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting our first little bundle of love. It wasn’t long before this interior decor enthusiast could be caught daydreaming about decorating a nursery! As we settled on the right room in our home to transform, we knew that while a good size, the room’s closet was definitely lacking in efficiency…and style.
When we started exploring closet organization options, the fully-customizable Martha Stewart Living Closet System from The Home Depot seemed like a winner for its polished look and versatility.
The Martha Stewart Closets site let us enter the dimensions of our space and play around with the product line to find the layout we liked and to ensure maximum efficiency (although we did encounter a few snags in the end due to the window; how many closets have windows???).
The closet was also begging for a fresh coat of paint. Being that I was several months pregnant at the time, we opted for The Home Depot’s zero-VOC YOLO Colorhouse in Imagine .01, a deliciously bright white that was used on both the walls and trim. A little pop of color on the ceiling in Behr’s Rivers Edge gave the space a touch of whimsy, something I love to see in pretty much any space.
A cushioned bench from Martha Stewart Living allowed us to utilize the space under the window for hidden storage while also providing a seat.
I’m still searching for the perfect roman shade fabric for the window… perhaps something patterned that plays nicely with the ceiling color and the gorgeous Persian rug that I was able to score?
I convinced my husband to spray paint the drawer knobs in a metallic gold for a high end look (and because I have a bit of a brass fetish that cannot be tamed). The drawer quality is outstanding; they were a breeze to put together and slide easily.
Upon discovering that units on two of the walls created a rather cramped space for hanging clothes, we opted to cut the shelves of one unit shorter than originally planned. This left us with an awkward and seemingly unusable gap… until we realized that it was just the right amount of space for a wall mirror, which we all know is a must for any walk-in closet!
Whew! Crisis averted.
I think the only real drawback with the Martha Stewart Closet System compared to a custom installation is the unsightly support bar that secures the units to the walls. However, the support bar for the MS Closet System is less obtrusive than other systems, and a coat of the wall’s white paint helped to disguise it well enough for now. I’m sure that someday there will be plenty of clutter and clothes crowding the hanging racks to hide them just fine…ha!
It’s unbelievable what a difference the closet system makes in both form and function! We couldn’t be happier to know that this is truly a space that will continue to grow with the needs of our little one.
Tobe Reed is a graphic designer, blogger and interior enthusiast with a penchant for quirky decor, unique spaces, showstopping art, and ultimately, all things awesome. Because It’s Awesome is where she writes about design, art, interiors and her many other interests. That’s also where you can read about the birth of baby Ava!
For this project, Tobe designed her closet system using the Martha Stewart Closet Design Tool as well as the following materials:
- 1 Classic White Starter Tower
- 3 Classic White Hanging Tower
- 1 Classic White 48″ Vertical panels
- 6 Classic White 24″ Shelves
- 2 Classic White 36″ Shelves
- 3 Classic White 8″ Deluxe Drawer
- 1 Classic White 12″ Deluxe Drawer
- 3 Classic White 12″ Shelves
For more closet organization ideas, follow our Storage and Organization pinboard on Pinterest.
To design your own closet system, use the Martha Stewart Closet Design Tool.