My Hallway Linen Closet

thumb_IMG_2552_1024I forgot to mention my hallway linen closet upstairs.  This holds my beach towels up top and then two shelves of towels (bath and hand towels separately).  I also have a shelf of medications, vitamins, and essential oils.  On the floor I have my extra soaps, nail polishes, heating pads, and extra hair products.  I have used bins to organize all of these items on the floor to fit the most I could.  The main point of this closet is to hold all of the guest towels.

Master Bathroom

My master bathroom has two sinks which is great so that my husband and I can brush our teeth at the same time.  The only problem is, we have no counter space.  And we lack a linen closet for our master bathroom.  This forced me to get creative with our space under our sink area.  It took lots of time and organization to figure out how to make it work-able and make everything fit.

I also bought a hook to put by the shower for towels so the floor doesn’t get wet.  And the toilet paper holder is wonderful to keep one more thing out of the cabinets.  I decided to go with dark brown in all of the bathrooms to match the marble sink/counter areas and the dark wood cabinets.

We also have a standing shower which is great-there is even a little seat inside of it.  I was able to buy a storage container for all of the shower soaps and hair products.  This helps keep us organized.  And the shower curtain is awesome with a built-in line and the curtain snaps right onto the shower rod-no hooks required!

Master Bedroom

We just ordered a full bedroom set from Overstock.  The entire set with headboard, footboard, 2 nightstands, chest of drawers, dresser, and mirror cost $1,900.  And we spent $50 to have the set delivered upstairs to the bedroom because it was so heavy.  I used my coupons to buy a comforter/sham set from Bed, Bath, and Beyond that came out to be about $115.  I also bought a new vanity and jewelry armoire to match the new beset from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  The jewelry armoire came to $100 with the coupon and the vanity with bench came to $150 with the coupon.

Now, we are just waiting for the Memorial Day sale at mattress stores to get our mattress and box spring.  So, we are still sleeping in our guest room/old master bedroom.

Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom in the hallway is a full bathroom with a tub.  It has the same shower curtain and rugs that they my husband had in Dallas, Texas.  It was our master bedroom set in Baltimore and our guest bedroom set in Rhode Island.  This is still our guest bedroom set.

I bought a new tissue box at Bed, Bath, and Beyond that was on clearance.  I also have the drawers and cabinets packed with all of our hotel soaps, lotions, shampoos, and conditioners.  I even have extra face wash and shaving kits for our guests!

Laundry Room

My laundry room is on the same level as the bedrooms-I love this!  I love that I don’t have to run up and down stairs.  Growing up, our laundry room was in the basement and I remember my parents running up and down all day and night for laundry.  It is truly a luxury to have it on the same level as the bedrooms.

The only thing that I have to go up and down for is the kitchen towels.  Luckily, the bathroom towels, and clothes are all upstairs.  So it makes folding and putting clothes away very easy.  The best part of the

Guest Room/Living Room?

This guest room is the smallest and closest to the master.  I put the two guest bedrooms on either side of the guest bathroom so it is accessible.  We used our old living room set as a hang out/spare living room area upstairs.  We put the couch in it with our tv, tv stand, and coffee table.

We even put some games in the room.  So I guess it also also a game room?  Our games are mostly just like cards, Monopoly, and Clue.  Maybe one day, we will have more exciting games, but that is our collection for now.

I also keep my magazine rack and magazines in the living room area.  This was our main room when we moved in.  This was our only relaxing area and couch in our house for a while when we first moved in.  We haven’t hung out in there much recently.  But when our parents visited, they would sometimes watch tv in there and relax before bed.

Guest Bedroom

This is our real guest bedroom.  This was my old master bedroom from Hoboken, NJ.  I used it for two years.  Then, it moved to my parents’ house in New Jersey during the time I lived in Baltimore, MD.  Then, when we were in the process of moving from Maryland to Rhode Island I had the movers stop in New Jersey to pick up the bed set to bring to our new place.  This was our guest bedroom set in Rhode Island for two years.  It continues to be my go-to guest bedroom set.

It is so beautiful and girly-it is so beautiful that when the DirectTV worker came to install the tv cable, he thought that I had a daughter and it was her room.  I love the white, girly bedroom set.  I got the entire set from Ikea years ago in New Jersey and it has held up so well ever since.

Another unfinished room-the office

So far the office has all of our office supplies and books scattered all over the floor.  We had a bar unit that we bought in Rhode Island that is in the office now.  We bought a bar cart from Target for $100.  That way we can store liquor on the cart instead of the nice bar unit.

We also bought a desk for $350 online-and now that $350 desk is broken in our basement.  We bought it from Wayfair and after my husband spent 6 hours after work putting it together, we realized it didn’t look like the description said it would and there was a gap in the from of the desk.  I called Wayfair and they were so sweet and refunded us and told us to keep the desk.  So we decided we would store the desk in the basement. We got it down to the last step, and then the bolt flew off the desk.  So now it is laying in a neat pile in the storage area of our basement.

In the meantime, the file cabinet that I bought from Overstock for $90 arrived and we put that together.  So now we are in the process of ordering a desk and hopefully some storage drawers for our office supplies to complete the room.

Unfinished Dining Room

My dining room is half completed-ok maybe I am exhagerating-I literally only have my dining room table and chairs.  The table and chairs came as a set from Overstock.  It was a steal-we got it for $800!!!!  I was so excited about it!  And it really didn’t take too long to put together.  Once the boxes were open, the chairs took about an hour and the table legs took even less time.

The hard part was just getting the place cleaned up from all of the boxes and styrofoam.  There was a lot of vacuuming and sweeping involved with the clean-up.

Pro-tip:  Always make sure you have industrial sized garbage bags and rags to lay nice furniture on the floor to make sure not to scratch it.

My next step for this room is getting a china cabinet to store all of my china, flatware, and glasses.  This has been very challenging because it is so hard to find a unit to fit in my space that will fit all of my pieces.  And I have given myself a budget of $500 to work with!  I have been scouring websites and stores all over to find something that will work.  I try to stay on a strict budget to really make the most out of each room and save as much money as I can.

Ashely Furniture Living Room Couch Set

My husband and I went to Ashley Furniture to buy our couch set.  This came with a love seat, three-seat couch, and accent chair.  It also came with 4 pillows.

Ashley delivers their furniture, so all I had to do was be at home when it was delivered.  And, it was delivered very nicely and put together for the most part.  So as soon as it was delivered, I was able to use it.  The only minor issue was the stain on the accent chair.  The Ashley Furniture tech reported it to the company and they are sending another cushion for the chair.

The only thing that I had to add was felt tips on the bottoms.  I bought a huge pack of different sized felt tips for all of my furniture.  It was easy to get on the bottom and move the couches around as needed.

Over the next week I searched for some pops of color with turquoise pillows.  They are easy to find at most stores-and look for discounts!