Order from Chaos™ : Creating a Serene Palette

During my down~time last month I was dreaming of prettily organized shelves, filled with soothing white baskets and uniform boxes...

like this...

and this...

and this!

Of course, these offices look nothing like our tiny office that Mike transformed from a walk~in closet! Even still...after giving it some thought...I realized that what I was attracted to was the serenity of the white palette...the white painted baskets...the white, Ikea Kassett storage boxes & magazine holders. I knew...these were the elements that would help me obtain a bit of order in my tiny, chaotic closet~turned~office.


Once my energy returned (my enthusiasm, of course, never waned) off Rosie and I visit...


(Ikea Baskets)

We found walls filled with lovely white baskets...the ones I really wanted were very much like a set of baskets I had bought at the flea market for a mere fifty~cents each. The Ikea baskets were priced at $9.99 each so I opted out of buying them.

(Ikea "Kassett" boxes)

We also found a multitude of Kassett boxes in all manner of sizes and price points...we bought a dozen or so magazine holders (the least expensive of the group)...along with several storage boxes...some to hold large files...others to hold smaller things like photos, cd's and dvd's


After arriving home, I hunted around the house and found the flea market baskets (below).

(Flea Market Basket BEFORE.)

After a few coats of primer (Kilz) and some white paint leftover from another project the baskets were transformed into near twins of the Ikea baskets I had wanted!

(Flea Market baskets after they were transformed with paint.)


Please keep in mind that our little closet~office is very much a work in progress. My camera continues to give me a bit of trouble so please forgive the poor image quality...however...I refuse to let that stop me from sharing with you a sneak peak at what we've accomplished so far!

These are the magazine holders (above)...I love love love them! They hide a multitude of sins...

as do the baskets...

and boxes!

I will post more images as the office progresses and the camera allows!

Sending Good thoughts and love to all, as always.


Tracey and Family


Inspiration Photos: Source



Dear friends, how are you? Did you miss me?
During these days of silence I have been doing a lot of recharging after a near month of very ill health that threatened to… but blessedly did not… ruin our Christmas. This, of course, was due to the happy fact that I finished my holiday shopping by the end of November (and wrapped them all as well). As I lie about these past three weeks healing I did much reflecting and new ideas rushed to my mind and I can't wait to share them with you. That being said, I was not able to accomplish much recently so there is little to show you of my own work, but I dearly wish to leave you with something lovely to look at... pleasant scenes that made me feel better simply by looking at them.

Isn’t it a miracle how pictures of pretty things and places can stimulate good things in the brain/body? Makes me appreciate the obscure gifts inherent in the multitude of lovely images and ideas that are constantly shared on this wonder we call the Internet...such hidden powers and amazing gifts. We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches.

Sending love and good thoughts to all, as always.


Tracey and Family x0x


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