The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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Tuesday’s Tips: closet lighting ideas

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You ever try to find something in your closet and end up using your phone’s backlight or the flashlight app? Well here are a couple ideas for you. You can use L.E.D. shelves or Ikea strip lights…

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: tidy storage

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Encourage neatness in their closets by putting wall decals or wallpaper on the back of the wall…

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Depending on the age, you can sort certain things numerically. The older kids will understand specific labels more. You can always use acrylic paint and stencils to label the cloth inside the baskets…

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Go thrifting for old luggage and add 3D stickers from the craft sections of Michael’s to create a “well-traveled” feel. That would be really cute for any bon voyage themed rooms…

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Closet inspiration including a cool use for pegboards..

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I love seeing new ways to maximize space for a closet and interesting ways to organize in a pretty but functional way. Last night I was on instagram, getting my time sucked in a deep hole of following people, when I came across this room. The pegboard is used to hang outfits of the day #ootd which is a great idea. Pegboards are great for small spaces because you can utilize wall space and storage vertically versus losing square footage. See more of that here.

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I like the industrial look of the gold spray painted plumbing pipes…

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You can see all of the details on Krystine Edwards blog.

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While we are at closet makeovers, have you seen this one yet? Probably so but it was from the one room challenge by Mimosa Lane. I’ve been meaning to talk about how lovely she made her closet. So many pretty details.

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Whether you use hat or picture boxes or baskets, invest in as mamy as you can because they are good for “catch alls” like buttons, hair accessories, socks, etc. Homegoods and their sister stores TJMaxx and Marshalls have a huge selection of many different materials. You can coordinate the ironing board pad with the laundry baskets, felt hangers and the baskets all at affordable prices.

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Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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You put art where? Pt 1: The closet

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This will be the first of a 4 part series that highlights areas where you can put art. Areas most people don’t think about. You know how you come across images of closets & dressing rooms that have art? Well I noticed I’ve pinned quite a bit of quotes that would be fun for those areas. You can either graphic design one yourself or try your hand at calligraphy with a metallic sharpie on craft paper. Once framed you can have fun closet art for the low (cheap). Quotes are at the end of this post but first let’s indulge in some pretty organized closet inspiration…

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Tursday’s Tips: Dorm dwellers….here’s how to get more closet room

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If you lack closet space and don’t mind hiding a dresser or armoire behind the bed, simply move the bed forward and hang a curtain panel (s) across the length of the wall. That will hide the storage you need. I say put the dresser behind the bed that way the room won’t feel too tight when you move the bed away from the wall. However if you have wiggle room, leave them and just use the 2 feet behind the bed for floating shelves and wardrobe carts.

Tuesday’s Tips: get extra square footage by putting dressers in closets…

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This isn’t for everyone but if you crave the idea of having a reading area or a desk or other sitting furniture, you first need to make room for it. Small rooms with too much furniture feels cramped & smaller than what the room actually is. Make some extra space by storing a dresser or armoire in the closet. It’s like having your own customized closet considering most of those installations has some sort of vertical drawer unit. So you’ll still be maximizing the space

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If you’re lucky enough to have a large walk in closet, place the dresser in the center. Put chairs or a nice chaise lounge against the back of it for seating…

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I hate plates on the wall but other than that, cute room! Love the softening feel by using drapery instead of closet doors…
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