Before & After: Organization upstairs

Remember I showed you a sneak peak of Nana’s tiny guest room upstairs? 

Well this WAS the OTHER side of the room. 

Once VERY junky and a total catch-all…I finally got it organized! Here it is in progress…

You can read all about the process here on BUT as we all know, it basically take sorting and purging to organize. 

And then the fun part, buying the organization goodies (mine came from Wal-Mart) and making labels (my stripey paper is a download from of course;;)

Now if i can just keep it this way right?!

{Note the back of shelves are a sample pot of Martha’s Sea Glass from Home Depot diluted with leftover PURE WHITE paint from Sherwin Willaims!}

Tolix chair is from Industry West in Beaufort, SC!

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  1. Love, Love, Love it! The color is beautiful and the Walmart stuff rocks, we almost bought that for our cloffice but went with something else instead. It’s refreshing to see that I’m not the only ones with messy places!

  2. That is gorgeous! I’m crazy about the color and the crisp white organizational goodies {thanks Wallie World}.

  3. this looks beautiful holly! so so cute! btw, my rug should be here any day….and i think i’ll do the restoration sofa. For drapes, do you think just 2 panels? what kind of top? i should probably put this all in an email. sorry! great job on the guest room!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous, Holly! LOVE your little “idea spot” up there!

  5. Beautiful transformation! I love the cream with the turquoise back for the shelving. Wal-Mart’s organizational stuff is great, I used some for my cloffice.

  6. So pretty!!! I love the colors and I need to make a trip to walmart for those white boxes.

  7. Holly, this is beautiful! I love every last detail. I need to check out the HGTV post. Happy weekend!

  8. Karol Dean says

    So clean and crisp, not to mentioned organized beautifully!! I love every thing you touch. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Very well done, Holly! Love the color on the back of the shelves!


  10. It looks really beautiful, Holly! I know that was a lot of work and it really looks like it was worth it.

  11. Holly, I love it! the white and green is gorgeous…now I’m trying to figure out where in my home I can do this. Oh, and my in-laws live in Beaufort, SC! If you’re ever back, let me know!!

  12. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to check out HGTV for all the details.

  13. I discovered this post through The Mustard Ceiling blog and I was SO impressed at the transformation. Love what you’ve done here and the wall color is stunning.

  14. That paint color is brilliant! Makes all the difference!! Looks beautiful, as always! Flowers in mason jars always make me so happy too! 🙂


  15. well done!!!! looks so fab 😉

  16. Awesome job! The color palette seems so soothing!

  17. Wow!!! That is amazing! Do you make housecalls because I would love, love, love this space in my home! Beautiful.

  18. Holly, I LOVE that color in the back – makes such a difference! Love all the clean, white organization boxes too!
    xo, Melissa

  19. LOVE.IT!

  20. Love your “after”! The backcolor brings in an airy and light feeling, enticing one to enter and enjoy. Now the really hard part for you has made beautiful out of chaos; keeping it up. Enjoy your beautiful space.
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. So lovely!! I love the colors. Great work!!

  22. Elisabeth says

    Great job! I wanna see where you put all the baskets! 🙂

  23. Holly…..I love this…..I can’t stop looking at every detail…..would you please reveal some of your sources…..the basket ontop of your desk….the linen board (cork board?)…the black boxes (#1and #2)….I love the boxes from Walmart….who knew?

    Andrea 🙂

  24. I just want you to know Holly that in the magazine pix I’ve saved, the BHG spread on your house from 2005 is still in my favorites stack and only the very best make it there. It was fun seeing how your house looked then compared to how it is now. I love what you’ve done with your dining room since then. It seems like so many of my favorite items in my house are so much like some you have in yours. I suspect those magazine clippings of your home have influenced me.

  25. Jennifer says

    Holly, I love this and I enjoyed reading the hgtv article. Is there a secret to painting the back without getting paint everywhere else on the shelves?

  26. Will you just come put this same office in my house??? seriously. I really love it.

  27. This is gorgeous!! I love the wall color-such a fresh and fun space-great job!

  28. Love it! Lucky you to have a spot for all of that!


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