One Room Challenge: Reveal Day

November 12, 2015 at 5:54 AM 29 comments

We made it to the finish line.  Even though, it was just a walk-in closet, I still managed to get all stressy and obsessive.  BUT – it’s so good to have the kick in the pants needed to get an entire project finished.  And this time, unlike the last two times (seen here and here), I get to live with it!!

As a reminder, I redid my daughter’s walk in closet, which we now call The Clubhouse…


We really do have so much fun in there.

Gracie usually walks straight for her rocking elephant and rides away…


Josie will pull a princess dress out of one of her dress up bags that I had embroidered with the words “Tomfoolery” and “Mischief” – that’s one of my favorite little elements.



And I usually head for the books on the shelf and plop down on the sheepskin rug to read to the girls….


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The girls will often stare out the window together, which they love.  I will often stare at the Sister Parish curtains with black pom pom trim and thank my lucky stars that I have a mom and helping friend that know what to do in front of a sewing machine.


Sometimes this closet does mean the business of getting dressed, but into frilly dresses, so it’s not the most serious business in town.



Rarely, I put clothes away but I’m much better at posing while fake putting clothes away than actually putting them away.  I’m much much better at faking it.


This closet door is never shut now.  If, say, my husband shuts it, I’ll follow right behind him and open it right back up.


I have been known to say “Goodnight closet” moments before tucking my daughter into bed and just last night Josie said goodnight to it.


For the record, her future husband is screwed.  He can thank me when Josie is straightfaced talking about the necessity to wallpaper her closet – to which he shall respond, “you can wish upon all the stars in the land, but we’re not papering our closet” and then she’ll think of this star light…


But my girls won’t remember what their closet used to be like because they are 2 and 1.  Perhaps you don’t remember what it looked like either…here is the before.



And after…




With that, we’re off to stare out the window to spy on our neighbor’s dog because apparently we have a thing about dogs.


Grace is especially fond of dogs…


While we’re looking out the window, I highly recommend going to see everyone’s hard work and big reveal on the One Room Challenge at Linda’s blog Calling It Home.

Thanks so much for looking!!

The vast majority of the pics posted today were taken by Tracey Mammolito who is a wonderful photographer and so kind and super easy to work with.  If you live in bay area, you can check her out here.



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  • 1. whalingcitycottage  |  November 12, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Kate, it’s adorable! I’d never close the door either. The black and white pops with the pink are perfection. And I love the ceiling light too. Well done!

  • 2. jmaier45  |  November 12, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    So fun! The clubhouse is divine! What a fun space!

  • 3. deborah moore manning  |  November 12, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Fairy Tale come true! Your Daughter’s Closet could be a Children’s Book. . . (think about it)! The window, the curtains, the pom poms, the WALLPAPER, every single element adds to the utter enchantment. I am swooning with joy for this amazing room. May the Clubhouse live Forever, May the Girls one day realize the love that made it so.

  • 4. Sam @ Away She Went  |  November 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    So cute! I love the dog wallpaper! Now I really want to wallpaper my closet too…Congrats on finishing the challenge! Great job!

  • 5. Mary Karen  |  November 12, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    So adorable and imaginative. Brilliant! Well done, Kate…

  • 6. tobettb  |  November 12, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    This is so lovely!! What lucky little ladies! I would never let that door be closed either 🙂 Love the wallpaper and the smart, thoughtful storage solutions. They are going to have so much fun showing that space off when they start to have friends over….Well done, Mama!

  • 7. Madeline  |  November 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    The black pompoms are the perfect detail to the room. It looks amazing and I’m sure your girls will enjoy it for years to come.

  • 8. Lianna@theresnoplacelikehome  |  November 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Love love that wallpaper! The transformation is amazing! What a fun space!!!

  • 9. Holly - hcb interiors  |  November 12, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Kate, it looks so good! Can I please have a copy of their closet for my own? I love it all, but especially those Sister Parish curtains with the pom-pom. I think I would spend all my time in here too. Congrats in another great ORC!
    (Also, I adore the dress art made out of a map!?! What a great piece!)

  • 10. Lauren  |  November 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    I love it!! What an amazing transformation! The girls are so lucky. Can’t wait to see it in person!

  • 11. Fran  |  November 12, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Kate!!! So amazing! Literally, I had goosebumps reading your post. Your design, your girls, your story – everything is so great!! I love the tote bags and their names! The window with the cute girly curtains! And, to walk into your daughter’s room and then see the wallpaper peeping out from the corner, no wonder you want to keep the door open!! Love it all!! You have such a creative muscle!! (do you even say that??) Anyway, great job!! 🙂

  • 12. Designs By Katy  |  November 12, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Oh my goodness this is precious!!! I love the wallpaper and the cheeky monogrammed bags. Well done!

  • 13. Darlene  |  November 12, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Adorable!! The pompom curtains and wallpaper are just so CUTE!!

  • 14. emyad  |  November 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM


  • 15. Rita  |  November 12, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    So beautifully girly, perfect for sisters.

  • 16. Sarah @ 702 Park Project  |  November 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    This is so precious!! I wish I had a “clubhouse” when I was a kid! 🙂

  • 17. stephanie kraus  |  November 12, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    I LOVE this. So adorable — great job congrats.!

  • 18. Natalie  |  November 12, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Ahhhh that’s the best closet I’ve ever seen!! Those are two lucky girls! That wall paper is amazing.

  • 19. Mary@ I Like it Lovely  |  November 12, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    I love this space. It’s adorable. I love the totes especially! Great job. Lucky girls.

  • 20. Tricia @ Suburban Bitches  |  November 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    That might be the cutest wallpaper ever and the most inspired little girl closet to go with it! LOVE it all! My daughter is crazy for animals and with a pale pink room that might be just the perfect way to surprise her some time by doing her closet in that print! Congrats!!!

  • 21. Jacquelin Lynn  |  November 13, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Looks so good!! I am definitely going to study my kids’ shared closet when I get home, and think about how I can make it comfy and cute!

  • 22. lindaholt188452193  |  November 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Your lucky little girl! The closet is just adorable and incorporats two of my favorite things;dogs and the color pink! Well done!

  • 23. Amanda  |  November 14, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    This is too cute! I love that wallpaper. Great job.

  • 24. Biggerthanthe3ofus (@ashleylmayes)  |  November 14, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Adorable!! Great job.

  • 25. Cristin // Simplified Bee  |  November 15, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Loving this sweet closet. The wallpaper is adorable and love it paired with the pink. Bravo!

  • 26. Corinna - A Designer At Home  |  November 15, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Love the wallpaper- how fun!

  • 27. Erin @ The Organized Life  |  November 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    What a fun space for your girls!

  • 28. Linda @ Calling it Home  |  November 27, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    That wallpaper and paint made the space come alive. I love it. Looks like your client is happy, too.

  • 29. sherry hart  |  November 29, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    How damn cute is that closet…..for real! I love the wallpaper and the light! Awesome vision for making that place come alive!


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