Blog :: 08-2015

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Ikea Closet Transformation

As realtors, we wind up wearing many hats. We joke that we can play a range of roles from realtor, friend, matchmaker, interior designer and therapist to marriage counselor. With a process as emotionally charged as buying or selling a home, we need to be able to be empathic listeners, advisors (when solicited), and fonts of information about whom to call about which question or issue.

I spent an hour with a long standing client the other day, looking at a charming house from 1790. We were fantasizing about the many ways she could take a charmingly awkward space, and transform it into a usable space for her, without losing the charm of the era which drew her to the house in the first place. There are few things I find as enticing as a great "before and after" design story in a magazine or design blog.  Or, even better, to see a home transformed by talented designer, architect or builder.

I was perusing the Apartment Therapy blog today, and came across a fun story about the transformation of an awkward space into an attractive and functional closet, on an Ikea budget nonetheless! I felt compelled to share it here on our blog.

 

 

Before & After: IKEA to the Rescue for a Sloped-Ceiling Closet

 

Master bedroom closet with sloped ceiling, before renovation

Brit realizes she's lucky to have decent-sized closets in her 1924 Seattle home, but the walk-in closet in the master still felt tiny and cramped because of the very sloped ceiling. She really wanted to retain the old house charm but to bring the organization into this century.

 

Wow, that is one stunning space. Here's how it all came together.

 

Renovated master bedroom walk-in closet with sloped ceiling

From Brit:

We decided to use two layers of storage - one for off-season clothes in the deepest part of the eaves and the other for in-season clothes hanging in front. We hacked some Ikea Besta bookcases to create all of our built-in storage. We also added shiny white beadboard on the wall, ceiling, and slope to unify the space and to keep with the time period. To make the closet even brighter, we painted the original wood floors white and added a multi-colored kilim rug. To give the room more depth and drama, we updated the window trim and painted it shiny black. Now the space is much more functional while retaining much of the 1920s character.

See more at House Updated.

 

Thank you Brit!

 

Comments

  1. Sarah on

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    • doris fletcher on

      i was ever going to be HIV Negative again,Dr Olokum has given me reasons to be happy, i was HIV positive for 2years and all the means i tried for treatment was not helpful to me, but when i came on the Internet i saw great testimony about Dr Olokum on how he was able to cure someone from HIV, this person said great things about this man, and advice we contact him for any Disease problem that Dr Olokum can be of help, well i decided to give him a try, he requested for my information which i sent to him, and he told me he was going to prepare for me a healing portion, which he wanted me to take for days, and after which i should go back to the hospital for check up, well after taking all the treatment sent to me by Dr Olokum i went back to the Hospital for check up, and now i have been confirmed HIV Negative, friends you can reach Dr olokum on any treatment for any Disease he is the one only i can show you all up to, reach him on drolokumspelltemple@gmail.com or call +2348161554365
      • doris fletcher on

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        • jessica on

          'After being in relationship with Wilson for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that don't believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I meant a spell caster called Dr Zuma zuk and I email him, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: spiritualherbalisthealers@gmail.com you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything. CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS'
          • ella johnson on

            I want to share my true life story and how i got help to save my life and my marriage firstly i want to thank a great man called Dr.fara. i was married for the past 8years looking for a baby badly and i have spend alot of money for medical description all to no avail until the 9years after loosing hope already and my husband has already made up his mind to marry another woman and it was like big slap on my face till one faithful day i was on the internet checking on what to do to get pregnant and i saw a testimony share by Marina johnson in Brooklyn NY, USA on how she got help to have a baby of her own today and she now live a happy life with his husband and she also pregnant again and i quickly contacted the email and number wrote which is drfaraspelltemple@gmail.com and +2348054265852 now am pregnant after doing what this man ask me to do and the instruction he gave to me, am now 7months pregnant after 8years of marriage am so so happy and if you are out there having this similar problem quickly contact him now for your help,he is a great man that have been casting spells with years of experience, he cast spells for different purposes like: (1)If you want your ex back. (2) herpes cure. (3)You want to be promoted in your office. (4)You want women/ men to run after you. (5)Hiv cure. (6)[Als disease cure. (7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever. (8)if you are not seeing your period he can also cure you.
            • ella johnson on

              I want to share my true life story and how i got help to save my life and my marriage firstly i want to thank a great man called Dr.fara. i was married for the past 8years looking for a baby badly and i have spend alot of money for medical description all to no avail until the 9years after loosing hope already and my husband has already made up his mind to marry another woman and it was like big slap on my face till one faithful day i was on the internet checking on what to do to get pregnant and i saw a testimony share by Marina johnson in Brooklyn NY, USA on how she got help to have a baby of her own today and she now live a happy life with his husband and she also pregnant again and i quickly contacted the email and number wrote which is drfaraspelltemple@gmail.com and +2348054265852 now am pregnant after doing what this man ask me to do and the instruction he gave to me, am now 7months pregnant after 8years of marriage am so so happy and if you are out there having this similar problem quickly contact him now for your help,he is a great man that have been casting spells with years of experience, he cast spells for different purposes like: (1)If you want your ex back. (2) herpes cure. (3)You want to be promoted in your office. (4)You want women/ men to run after you. (5)Hiv cure. (6)[Als disease cure. (7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever. (8)if you are not seeing your period he can also cure you.
              • ella johnson on

                I want to share my true life story and how i got help to save my life and my marriage firstly i want to thank a great man called Dr.fara. i was married for the past 8years looking for a baby badly and i have spend alot of money for medical description all to no avail until the 9years after loosing hope already and my husband has already made up his mind to marry another woman and it was like big slap on my face till one faithful day i was on the internet checking on what to do to get pregnant and i saw a testimony share by Marina johnson in Brooklyn NY, USA on how she got help to have a baby of her own today and she now live a happy life with his husband and she also pregnant again and i quickly contacted the email and number wrote which is drfaraspelltemple@gmail.com and +2348054265852 now am pregnant after doing what this man ask me to do and the instruction he gave to me, am now 7months pregnant after 8years of marriage am so so happy and if you are out there having this similar problem quickly contact him now for your help,he is a great man that have been casting spells with years of experience, he cast spells for different purposes like: (1)If you want your ex back. (2) herpes cure. (3)You want to be promoted in your office. (4)You want women/ men to run after you. (5)Hiv cure. (6)[Als disease cure. (7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever. (8)if you are not seeing your period he can also cure you.
                • ella johnson on

                  I want to share my true life story and how i got help to save my life and my marriage firstly i want to thank a great man called Dr.fara. i was married for the past 8years looking for a baby badly and i have spend alot of money for medical description all to no avail until the 9years after loosing hope already and my husband has already made up his mind to marry another woman and it was like big slap on my face till one faithful day i was on the internet checking on what to do to get pregnant and i saw a testimony share by Marina johnson in Brooklyn NY, USA on how she got help to have a baby of her own today and she now live a happy life with his husband and she also pregnant again and i quickly contacted the email and number wrote which is drfaraspelltemple@gmail.com and +2348054265852 now am pregnant after doing what this man ask me to do and the instruction he gave to me, am now 7months pregnant after 8years of marriage am so so happy and if you are out there having this similar problem quickly contact him now for your help,he is a great man that have been casting spells with years of experience, he cast spells for different purposes like: (1)If you want your ex back. (2) herpes cure. (3)You want to be promoted in your office. (4)You want women/ men to run after you. (5)Hiv cure. (6)[Als disease cure. (7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever. (8)if you are not seeing your period he can also cure you.
                  • ella johnson on

                    I want to share my true life story and how i got help to save my life and my marriage firstly i want to thank a great man called Dr.fara. i was married for the past 8years looking for a baby badly and i have spend alot of money for medical description all to no avail until the 9years after loosing hope already and my husband has already made up his mind to marry another woman and it was like big slap on my face till one faithful day i was on the internet checking on what to do to get pregnant and i saw a testimony share by Marina johnson in Brooklyn NY, USA on how she got help to have a baby of her own today and she now live a happy life with his husband and she also pregnant again and i quickly contacted the email and number wrote which is drfaraspelltemple@gmail.com and +2348054265852 now am pregnant after doing what this man ask me to do and the instruction he gave to me, am now 7months pregnant after 8years of marriage am so so happy and if you are out there having this similar problem quickly contact him now for your help,he is a great man that have been casting spells with years of experience, he cast spells for different purposes like: (1)If you want your ex back. (2) herpes cure. (3)You want to be promoted in your office. (4)You want women/ men to run after you. (5)Hiv cure. (6)[Als disease cure. (7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever. (8)if you are not seeing your period he can also cure you.
                    • Helen Robert on

                      I'm here to testify about the great work Dr Marvel did for me. I have been suffering from (HERPES) disease for the past 5 years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year,I had faith in God that i would be healed someday.This disease started circulating all over my body and i have been taking treatment from my doctor, few weeks ago i came across a testimony of one lady on the internet testifying about a Man called Dr Marvel on how he cured her from Herpes Simplex Virus. And she also gave the email address of this man and advise anybody to contact him for help for any kind of sickness that he would be of help, so I emailed him telling him about my (HERPES Virus) he told me not to worry that i was going to be cured!! Well i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later i started experiencing changes all over me as Dr Marvel assured me that i will be cured,after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if i have be finally healed behold it was TRUE, So friends my advise is if you have such sickness or any other at all you can contact Dr Marvel via email extremespellhome@hotmail.com . You can also call his telephone number +1 559 898 2962. Thanks once again Dr Marvel. Helen Robert.
                      • caldin on

                        Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                        • caldin on

                          Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                          • caldin on

                            Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                            • caldin on

                              Hello everybody am caldin anya, from germany This is a testimony i want to make.I was an HIV positive for 8 years taking anti retrovirus.As i was reading online some 5 months ago i saw a testimony on cure of HIV.I decided to give a try.Now as am telling you am very negative tested 4 times in 5 months after finishing mu cure.The cure is a pure herbs from Africa shipped to me through DHL.My cure took about 4 to 7 days.Dear brothers and sisters if you are out there,please the cure is out and rush to have yours.If you are interested,email the researcher using ehigraceherbalhivcure@gmail. com, or visit his websites http://ehigraceherbalhivcure.webs.com I will encourage every person who come across this mail to cure yourself if you are positive.THESE ARE THE THINGS Dr. Ehi. HERPES, WITCH CRAFT PROBLEM, HIV/AIDS. CANCER. ALS .NEED YOUR EX BACK, PERFECT CHARM, NEED A BABY, you can also call or whatsapp [+2348071635034]
                              • lucy anu on

                                HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317
                                • Flora on

                                  Hello!! I’m indeed very happy for the great help that Dr. Agumagu rendered to me, I was a HIV patient my husband also was a HIV patient, we saw a blog whereby Dr. Agumagu cured HIV, we (Me and My Husband) decided to contact him which we did, he asked us to buy some items, unfailingly we sent him the money he will need in buying the items required, He casted the spell and asked us to go for check-up after three days of casting the spell, Luckily for us we were tested HIV negative, now I believe all these Testimonies about him on the internet, he is truly a great man, if you want to discuss with me on how he cured us, kindly email me on jacquelineshley@outlook.com or you can contact the great Herbalist and a spell caster on agumaguspelltemple@outlook.com or agumaguspelltemple@gmail.com you can call him via his mobile phone number on +2348158847627
                                  • lucy anu on

                                    HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317
                                    • lucy anu on

                                      HELLO EVERYONE, i don't just know the reason why some people is finding it difficult to believe that there is a cure for HIV, i have been HIV+ since last three years with my boyfriend but today i am happy that i am HIV_ with herbal medicine of DR OBHIOTOR the great healer,i was browsing the internet searching for help when i came across a testimony shared by someone on how DR OBHIOTOR cure his HIV i was so much in need of getting his treatment but after all DR OBHIOTOR brought a smile to my face with his herbal medicine. i am so much happy today that we have someone like this great healer out there, so my people out there kindly contact this great healer on his email address: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com please sir keep your good work cause there are people out there who is in need of your healing medicine.once more contact him now: dr.obhiotorherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number +2347064851317........
                                      • Sarah Robinson on

                                        I've had HEPATITIS B problem over 4 years. I tried everything, of course I went to the doctor. about a hundred times, and though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I’m gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr.Suku contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I’m cured by Dr. Suku herbal medicine, I’m very thankful to Dr. Suku and very happy with my hubby and family.his email greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com or contact his hot line:+2348074839242 so any type of disease HIV/AIDS,CANCER, ALS, Hepatitis C, PCV.. HERPES,through his via email;greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com his website http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku
                                        • Sarah Robinson on

                                          I've had HEPATITIS B problem over 4 years. I tried everything, of course I went to the doctor. about a hundred times, and though about my Family, I know my Family will face a serious problem when I’m gone, I lost hope and I wept all day, but one day I was surfing the internet I found Dr.Suku contact number. I called him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I’m cured by Dr. Suku herbal medicine, I’m very thankful to Dr. Suku and very happy with my hubby and family.his email greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com or contact his hot line:+2348074839242 so any type of disease HIV/AIDS,CANCER, ALS, Hepatitis C, PCV.. HERPES,through his via email;greatsukusolutiontemple@hotmail.com his website http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku
                                          • ellis on

                                            i am Ellis, a survivor (cancer). i am not so good at testimonies but i must testify about my encounter with DR. EHIS. no one introduced me to this man, i saw a testimony by a lady who was cured of ALS and i was astounded. seeing his email address on the post, i contacted him and on we went. after so much has been done, i was a bit skeptical at first until i went for chemo and was told by the doctor that the growth is no longer there. This man's wonderment cleared my doubt and he has given me testimony for life. i am forever grateful to him because if it had not been for him,, i might not have seen the b light of this day. here is his email address thebrotherhoodtemple@gmail.com
                                            • ellis on

                                              i am Ellis, a survivor (cancer). i am not so good at testimonies but i must testify about my encounter with DR. EHIS. no one introduced me to this man, i saw a testimony by a lady who was cured of ALS and i was astounded. seeing his email address on the post, i contacted him and on we went. after so much has been done, i was a bit skeptical at first until i went for chemo and was told by the doctor that the growth is no longer there. This man's wonderment cleared my doubt and he has given me testimony for life. i am forever grateful to him because if it had not been for him,, i might not have seen the b light of this day. here is his email address thebrotherhoodtemple@gmail.com

                                              End of Summer Events in the Northampton Area

                                              Here we are in the final weeks of summer in the Pioneer Valley - it seems to be going by quickly! The weather has been lovely and it has been a great summer so far. There are still some highlights to look forward to in August and September here in Northampton and the surrounding areas.

                                              1. Tuesday, August 25th from 4-9:30 p.m. is our 25th Annual Transperformance presented by the Northampton Arts Council and held at Look Park. A fantastic events where local bands and performers cover songs based on a specific theme - this year the theme is "Look at the Movies".

                                               

                                              2. August 27th - 30th is the 147th Annual Cummington Fair, in Cummington, MA. A traditional country fair with animals, shows, rides, great food all  nestled on the beautiful Cummington Fairgrounds.

                                               

                                              3. The Three County Fair in Northampton is held annually over Labor Day weekend, September 4 - 7th. This is a much larger fair than the Cummington fair, held at the Fairgrounds in Northampton.

                                               

                                              4. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket MA in happening through August 30th, 2015.


                                              For more information about summer events and festivals, check out this list at masslive.com