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The Linen Closet

Hello, it’s been awhile!

We are all good and well settled into our new home. Moose and Bonbon are super relaxed and were instantly OK with the transformation to the new home, so that is good. If animals are happy so must we.

Although the house is super cute and bares so much potential, it’s definitely not our style. And it’s definitely not been renovated the way we would renovate a house. So there’s still lots of work to be done, work we are going to spread out over a few years as we don’t want to work on a deadline with this house. We can live in it (although not in style) so we are slowly going to move through the decorating and enjoy life a bit more.

Over the past 19 years we have been renovating 6 houses and now we both are quite done with it. We are quite done with cancelling on dinner parties, theatre plays, visiting a good book store and spending a whole morning in it or spontaneously hopping in the car to cross a border. We’ve been cancelling so many good things because the plasterers were in or a plumber was stuck under a sink … enough with that.

But if we start we do it well. The house doesn’t have any build-ins so I had nowhere to put my things. For the first two weeks all of our towels and bedlinen were in bags all over the second floor. I couldn’t stand this so we have stared to patch up the closets that we have (one laundry closet and one linen closet). The linen closet is done and we are now busy patching up the laundry closet.

This is what it looked like a week ago. All this pace and just one rod!

Bo plastered the walls, put up some trim and skirting boards and fitted a wood floor in the closet. I painted the walls Strong White and the ceiling, shelves and floor All White both by Farrow & Ball. The brackets are from IKEA and the basket is an oldie from Toast.

I love to be able to fold and store my linens neatly. On the rod are winter coats, suits and Bo’s dress shirts – he doesn’t wear a suit often so he doesn’t bother with tons of dress shirts. Now the room is functional and pretty each time I enter it.

I will write about the power of piles in a next post and why it’s important to iron things if you want to keep things tidy.




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  • Annette
    22/03/2017 at 21:40

    That is a seriously enviable linen closet. Lovingly done!

    • yvestown
      23/03/2017 at 21:22

      LOL! Thank you so much!!

  • Meredithe
    22/03/2017 at 22:51

    Ditto Annette’s comments!

    • yvestown
      23/03/2017 at 21:21

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Petra Matthew
    03/04/2017 at 14:13

    Oooo, ik dacht dat ik netjes was, maar jouw kast…..wauw! Hoop dat je in die volgende post dan ook schrijft HOE je precies zulke stapels vouwt?

    • yvestown
      04/04/2017 at 16:37

      Ga ik doen!!!

  • Domenico
    04/04/2017 at 22:25

    I hear you about being done with the renovating, I’m 19 and we haven’t had a kitchen since I was in the first grade. We have gone through 13 contractors, a civil suit which involved three lawyers and a private investigator, numerous permits, plan revisions, and a death (contractor number 7). To say you are a super hero in my eyes (6 house renovations, WOW!) is not an exaggeration. Thank you for this place, it soothes my soul.

  • Bela Dina
    10/04/2017 at 11:33

    What a beautiful closet! Such a transformation!