Yesterday I reclaimed some space in our house for me! I am so excited about it!

We have a closet underneath our staircase. It’s an awkward space with a sloped ceiling. We used it for our “cat room” where we fed the cats and kept their litter boxes. We also kept other supplies for the cats and dogs in the closet, but nothing else.

The space is approximately 6-1/2 feet x 3 feet…about 19 sf of space…for the cats.


We now only have one cat, so I moved his space to the smaller closet in the laundry room and have reclaimed the space under the stairs as mine. While I would love to do something totally creative and fun with it I am most likely going to be practical.

I need a space to store my craft supplies, art and craft supplies for the kids, somewhere to hang up my bag(s) and put my camera, a general “dumping ground” for some of my things that don’t have a home, and a central home organization area (you know, a space for family calendar, school newsletters, and other such things). Right now I use random corners, the impractical desk in the kitchen, and the dining room for these uses.

I’d like to pull some electrical into the space for a lamp or overhead light as there is not a light in there now (maybe a quick project my dad could help with this summer), I’d like to paint it a fun color, and I’d like to add some of the Trofast storage from IKEA.

While I would like it to be a project that I could get done this weekend, that is not practical. Maybe I can get started on the painting…what color?!

Do you have a similar space in your home? What have you done with it?

home is…a little space for my things.

shopping for inspiration

If you take a walk through our home and inventory where the furniture came from you will find this:


2. Pottery Barn

3. Crate & Barrel

Although I enjoyed ordering custom furniture that I had never sat in (or had even seen more than a photo of) with fabric that I just saw a swatch of for the clients I used to do work for, I like to sit in, touch and feel the furniture that goes into our own home.

I have always loved furniture and homegoods stores. I remember the old FB Design (or was it FB Home, I can’t remember) in the old Southglenn Mall in Denver. I loved going there with my parents (this was when i was under the age of 8 because after that we moved away to Fort Collins and when we moved back FB Design was no more).

This week baby girl and I were busy running errands on Tuesday so we had our adventure day on Wednesday.

We went to IKEA!

When I shop, I mainly shop for inspiration. This is what I was inspired by…

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home is…going shopping for inspiration.