Tailored Living’s Home Organization Tips

Design an Efficient and Charming Entry Way for Winter

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Design an Efficient and Charming Entry Way to Combat Winter Weather Challenges

Entry ways take many different forms. In some homes, you step right into a main room. Other homes have a hallway or foyer that leads to the rest of the house. Double-door entry ways provide extra insulation against severe weather; you enter and close one door before opening the second door that goes directly into the house. In some homes, a mud room is the entry way where you shed coats and boots before you venture into the house. Whatever type of entry way you have, you want it to be inviting, visually appealing and functional.

Fabulous Function

An entry way can easily become a dumping ground for jackets, shoes, backpacks, purses, sports gear, hats, and more. Regardless of the size, unless the space is organized, it can become unmanageable. When someone enters your home, “Excuse the mess,” is not the first thing you want to say! Nor do you want to be constantly fussing at family members to put their things away. An uncluttered, organized space provides a sense of calm and order for you, your family and your guests; comings and goings are harmonious instead of chaotic. Here are some tips for an entry way you can live with and be proud of.  

 Home Organization System 

  • A Tailored Living® custom entry way organization system of cabinets, shelves, cubbies, hooks and bins creates space for everything and makes it easy to keep the entry way neat.
  • Each family member can have their own section for stowing coats, hats, school items, briefcases, sports accessories, boots and shoes.
  • Low level coat hooks and bins for small items like gloves and hats allow even little ones to put away their own things and always be able to find them later.
  • Appropriate seating for adults and children will facilitate changing shoes or putting on boots. A bench with storage bins or baskets underneath serves a dual purpose.
  • In a small entry way, a side table or small book case can serve as a drop-off point.
  • Sturdy, stylish hooks along the wall will provide attractive, easy-access hanging.
  • Pet leashes need their own hook or basket to be ready to grab when nature calls.
  • Be sure the entry way has sufficient light.

 

Winter brings the inevitable rain, snow and mud that accompany anyone who enters. Not only do you not want mud and dirt tracked in, there’s the additional challenge of wet coats and accessories that need space to dry rather than getting placed, wet, inside a closet.

  • Have a rug or mat inside the door to prevent slipping and for wiping feet.
  • Designate separate mats or rugs where wet shoes and boots can dry.
  • A decorative, standing coat rack can accommodate multiple items at the same time.
  • Individual hooks on the wall can separate wet garments.
  • An umbrella stand or large basket will keep wet umbrellas from puddling on the floor.
  • If you’re hosting a party, a rolling clothes rack with hangers would accommodate many items when piling wet coats on the bed isn’t practical.
  • Keep a basket of comfy, cushy socks available for people to shed wet shoes and slip into something more comfortable.


 

Artful Ambiance

But it’s not just about function. Practicality does not rule out beautiful. Your entry way should reflect the same design sense and style as the rest of your home. Tailored Living has multiple styles, colors and finishes for entry way organization systems to match any décor. Adding exquisite hardware to cabinets or installing single and multiple hook styles will make your entry way the design appetizer for your guests.

To liven up an entry way, here are some ways to bring dynamic personality into the space:

  • Paint the entry way a bold color.
  • Engage your visitors with eye-catching art on the walls.
  • Mirrors can create the illusion of more space and reflect natural light in.
  • Hang a striking overhead light fixture or chandelier.
  • A colorful runner will enliven and warm up the space.
  • Seasonal decorations create a festive atmosphere.
  • A decorative chair or table adds glamour and utility.
  • Scented candles or potpourri will keep the area fresh. Cinnamon scented pine cones are especially great for the holidays.

 

Setting the Stage

The exterior of your home is a prelude to your entry way and should be part of the welcoming experience.  You want it to match the vibe inside.

  • Cobwebs and dark corners at your front door are only appropriate at Halloween.
  • Keep your front porch area well-lighted and free of clutter. With steps, this is especially important to avoid trips or falls.
  • Place a fancy garden solar light or two in a potted plant by the door. After dark, they provide illumination and look very pretty.
  • Motion-sensor lights will provide safety without having to keep electric lights burning.
  • Depending on your space, you can have a bench, plants, a mat or other decoration at your front door. Seasonal and holiday decorations are especially inviting.
  • When expecting guests after dark, keep the outside lights on. Don’t wait until they struggle to the door in the dark and ring the bell before you flip on the lights.

So, are you inspired to create an awesome entry way?

A Tailored Living organization specialist can help you make your entry way more functional and inviting, maximizing the space and adding your own distinctive touches.  We are also experts with storage solutions for closets, garages, pantries, laundry rooms and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. Be sure and ask about the Holiday Sale Event and free design upgrade of your choice.

Custom Home Organization Solutions for the Property Brothers at Home

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Tailored Living Provides Custom Home Organization Solutions for the Property Brothers at Home

When home improvement experts need home renovation who do they call? Other experts, of course. That’s why Tailored Living® became the home organization specialist of choice for the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, when they decided to renovate their own 5,400 sq. ft. home in Las Vegas. Tailored Living provided custom garage cabinets and garage flooring for both a two-car and a three-car garage, as well as closet organization systems for the brothers’ mega-renovation of their Vegas home.

Doing a home renovation turned the tables on Jonathan and Drew who are usually walking other people through the mine field of home makeovers. This time they are on the hot seat, weighing desired home renovations against time and budget constraints in order to get their own dream house.

Jonathan and Drew actually spend most of their time traveling with the heavy filming schedule for their three popular TV shows, Property Brothers, Buying and Selling and Brother vs. Brother,and have minimal time at home. But when they do have down time, they want a “family home” where they can entertain and relax with family and friends. They love the desert heat, so each sold an individual home and together they purchased this Mediterranean-style “fixer-upper” just outside of Vegas so they could turn it into their ultimate destination home.

Defining Useful Living Space

While loaded with potential, they described the house as “outdated décor, empty and blank with a barren backyard.” Like an artist with a blank canvas, Jonathan went to work defining useful living spaces in Episode One.

Living Room:

  • The huge living room is the hub of the house and to integrate it with the backyard, one entire wall was removed and replaced with a 22’ accordion wall of glass panels to provide access to the backyard pool area and scenic mountain views.
  • Additionally, creating a floor-to-ceiling feature wall with a fireplace, 80” TV screen and shelves to display art and collected treasures gave the room an inside focal point. A full suit of armor (custom fitted to Drew) and a collection of medieval weapons are a truly unique exhibit! The wall was designed to be “as much a piece of art as what it will display,” says Jonathan.

Kitchen:

  • The outdated kitchen generated conflict when Drew wanted to replace all the cabinets and Jonathan only wanted to replace the cabinet doors to save money. By painting the cabinets to resemble a beautiful wood grain and putting in new crown molding, door fronts and trendy stainless steel hardware, the kitchen was elegantly and cost-effectively modernized.

Courtyard:

  • A courtyard off Jonathan’s master bedroom had been relegated as an area for his two dogs, Gracie and Stewie. Drew took it as a personal project to convert the dog yard into a charming Paris bistro-style patio. With pavers, plants, original art work and brightly painted wrought iron furniture, he succeeded in bringing a little bit of Paris home.

Garages:
As the contractor, filling garages with tools and other work implements made perfect sense to Jonathan. To Drew, the disorganization was a mess that needed sorting out. Drew took over the garage design with Tailored Livings’ Chip Tighe from Corporate, determined to build a “Garage Mahal” for Jonathan. 

  • New garage doors were installed to update the curb appeal of the house.
  • In both garages, Tailored Living® featuring PremierGarage® installed floor-to-ceiling custom Silver Frost cabinets with Powder-Coated doors in a “Granite” finish, with stainless steel counter tops to accommodate any and all garage storage needs. Powder-coated cabinets offer the toughest finish you’ll find on wood cabinets and are moisture, chip and stain resistant.
  • PremierTrax garage floor tiles from Tailored Living completed the transformation from messy to magnificent, converting the garages into beautiful and functional work, storage and extended living spaces. The interlocking, flexible tiles are easy-clean, comfortable to walk on and tough enough for use in aircraft hangers. Johnathan called PremierTrax® “the nicest garage floor I’ve ever seen!”

Powder-Coat Garage Cabinets 

Powder-coated garage cabinets bring state-of-the-art beauty and function to garage organization 

Premier Trax

PremierTrax tile colors can be mixed and matched to create unique design patterns

 Barren Backyard to Lush Tropical Resort

In Episode Two, Jonathan confesses his true passion: “My favorite spaces to do are outdoor living spaces and this has every component I could want in my yard.” That explains the over-the-top, luxurious backyard resort he designed to accommodate his family’s love of movies, fun, togetherness and gracious outdoor living.

  • Salt water infinity pool with built-in seating areas and rocking lounge chairs
  • Hot tub to accommodate 10 people
  • Pool house with full kitchen and swim-up bar
  • Fire pit and top-of-the-line barbeque that can cook 35 steaks at a time
  • 15’ drop-down movie screen that’s wind and earthquake proof for outdoor movies
  • Giant commercial-grade Splashtacular water slide, 91.66’ long and 15’ high, accessed by a wrought iron, spiral staircase

A project of this magnitude is not going to be without some surprises so, just like the families they assist on Buying and Selling, Drew and Jonathan had thorny issues to resolve.

  • Drew argued with Jonathan about needing the water slide, but Jonathan was adamant, even when they discovered they didn’t yet have city approval when the work started.
  • Then, as brothers will do, Drew aced out Jonathan for the first trip down the water slide…not fair!
  • After leveling the back yard, they realized they had to go down another 6” to 12” so the pool view from indoors would not be impacted by the built-in seating, costing additional time and money.
  • For his courtyard reno, Drew “borrowed” some of the custom pavers that Jonathan had had made for the front driveway, leaving him short of what he needed to complete it and he had to reorder, again costing time and money.
  • A severed foundation tension cable that needed repair before proceeding with installing the wall of glass panels generated the two most common renovation questions: Jonathan, “How long with it take?” and Drew, “How much will it cost?”

Our man on the scene, Chip Tighe, spent two days on the garage makeovers working around film crews and swarms of other subcontractors. He jokes that with the garage cabinet installs he had six-foot-five Drew and Jonathan “Put in all the high stuff.” No surprise that his favorite elements of the renovation are the beautiful garages, but he does admit that the backyard resort area is really great. 

You can see the remaining two HGTV reveal episodes of Property Brothers at Home on Wednesdays, December 10th and 17th. These episodes reveal the Fun Zone and the new guest house, specially designed for when the parents visit from Canada. Check your local listings for times in your area, or go online for more information.

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage is your one-stop-shopping for home and garage storage and organization solutions. We’re expert at helping you maximize your space with solutions that maximize closets, garages, home offices, pantries, laundry rooms and more. We can help you make your house feel more like home with functional, stylish organization systems. There’s still time to take advantage of the Holiday Sale Event that is going on now until the end of the year. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.

 

2015 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home from Tailored Living

Making New Year’s Resolutions is not for everyone. New year, turn over a new leaf—improvement is the name of the game! Some people are very forthcoming with their resolutions, others choose to avoid the issue and not make any. But even if you’re one who avoids resolutions, you probably make some secret ones so that just in case you do keep them, you can brag about it to those friends who spoke their New Year’s Resolutions out loud and then broke them for everyone to see.

Depending on one’s frame of mind, New Year’s Resolutions can run the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime:

  • I will try to figure out why I really need 10 email addresses
  • I resolve to stop poisoning my family with my cooking
  • I will reuse and recycle
  • I will be kind and caring to the world at large

 

Making the right New Year’s Resolutions can be a very healthy thing. In fact, five of these top 10 resolutions for 2014 from statisticbrain.com could have been easily achieved with custom closets , garage cabinets, entry way, pantry and laundry room storage solutions from Tailored Living®!

  • Lose weight
  • Get Organized 
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest 
  • Stay fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others in their dreams 
  • Fall in love 
  • Spend more time with family 

 

 Resolve to Get Your Closets Organized in 2015

Living with clutter can be stressful and time-consuming.  Not being able to find what you need, when you need it can lead to all sorts of negative results like being late, getting frustrated and becoming short-tempered. Resolving to get organized in 2015, starting with your family’s closets, is the best resolution you could make. Installing custom closet organizers will help everyone get out from under the piles and…enjoy life to the fullest!

Custom Closet Seasonal
   

This shared closet has balanced space for his and hers, customized with accessories and exquisite design style

Closets are notorious for accumulating “stuff” that doesn’t necessarily belong in the closet. This includes closets in bedrooms, hallways, entryway or family rooms; they all can get out of control and become problem areas instead of serviceable storage spaces. To fall in love with your closets, here are some steps for getting them organized.

  • Take closet inventory. Go through each closet and remove anything that doesn’t belong. Utilize garage storage for seasonal gear to free up space for everyday use items. Move games, toys, sporting equipment, etc., to a more suitable place.
  • Install closet organizers in every closet to maximize space and increase efficiency. Whether the closet is for clothes, sports equipment, seasonal storage like heavy coats and boots, boxed storage, or whatever, a custom closet system designed to maximize space will result in more items stored in a more orderly fashion.
  • For clothes, a custom closet system of tiered rods, shelves, cabinets and drawers can keep clothes and accessories easy to manage for kids and adults alike. Pull-out hampers, valet rods, tie and belt racks, jewelry organizers and specialty hooks will streamline the processes of getting dressed and maintaining order because everything will have its appointed place.
  • Edit the wardrobes. Have your kids help with their own closets. Go through every item of clothing and discard anything that is never worn, doesn’t fit or can’t be mended. We all tend to hang on to things for reasons like, it was expensive, it was a gift (but I never wear it), I loved that concert (the ugly tee shirt) and I hope to fit into it someday... Be ruthless! Keep only what will actually be worn and you’ll discover you have space for some new, stylish favorites.
  • Purge accessories. Shoes, purses, backpacks, boots, scarves, hats and belts can take up an unbelievable amount of space, especially if all jumbled up. Keep what you love, toss what you don’t. A rule of thumb for purging is if you haven’t worn it in at least a year, you probably won’t miss it. Use bins, baskets and shelves to neatly arrange items and keep your everyday favorites accessible.

 Help Others in Their Dreams

Custom closets are just one phase of getting your home organized in 2015.

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage can help to realize all your organizational dreams. We’re the experts at maximizing space and designing storage solutions for closet, garage, home office, laundry room, pantry and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.

January 17th is the unofficial “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day,” when most people give up and forget about their good intentions. But a resolution of custom home organization systems won’t end in a few days. The positive effects will transform your home, make life easier for everyone all year long, and allow you to spend more time with family.

Have a happy, organized New Year!

Have Additional Sleeping Space When You Need It with a Tailored Living Murphy Bed

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Have Additional Have Additional Sleeping Space When You Need It with a Tailored Living® Murphy Bed

Most of us live in all of our space. We use every room and nook and cranny to accommodate our full and busy lives. Now with the holiday season upon us, we may be feeling the squeeze as we bring additional people into our homes, such as your favorite aunt who always over packs, or Grandpa with his bad back who can’t sleep on the couch.

If you don’t have the luxury of a guest room, or you’re “space challenged,” you can still have an available, comfortable spare bed whenever you need it. A Tailored Living® Murphy Bed is the perfect solution. Sometimes called a wall bed, pull-down or hideaway wall bed, a Murphy Bed is like having a secret bedroom.

This elegant Murphy Bed transforms the room into comfortable sleeping quarters at night. 


 Murphy Bed Additional Space  

 


You may believe your space is “maxed out,” but your Tailored Living organizational specialist can help you find the optimum space in your home for a Murphy Bed. With cabinets available in a wide variety of styles, stains and finishes, you’ll be able to find one that easily blends with your existing décor. Some of the most popular places for Murphy Beds are:

  • In a home office – a traditional cabinet style that doesn’t take up livable floor space; there is also a desk bed style that won’t disturb your “work in progress.”
  • In a small room – a tiny bedroom or loft can still have play or living space during the day, the bed pulls down at night. Maybe there’s room for one bed but not two, so a Murphy Bed that folds up allows for space flexibility during the day and sleeping for two at night.
  • In a multi-use room – during the day the bed is tucked away and the normal room function is not impacted whether it’s a library, media room, play room, craft or sewing room, etc. At night, the space converts to sleeping quarters by pulling down the fully-made bed.

A Murphy Bed can even help you recapture space for yourself:  “By installing a Murphy Bed I was able to set up an exercise room and keep the bed for company.” –Customer Jeannell, Pratville, AL

Murphy Beds have patented, technologically advanced steel hardware and allow for any style of mattress up to 12 inches thick (even an orthopedic firm support for Grandpa). There’s no need to remake the bed each day, just fold it up with blankets and pillows inside and pull it down at night, ready for sleeping. Of course, a Murphy Bed is stylish enough to leave open all the time if you choose.

If an extra bed would make your life easier at the holidays or all year long, a Murphy Bed may be the answer. To find out, call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. We can also help with whole home organization and storage challenges, custom closet design, garage cabinets, pantry design and more. Maximize your living space to maximize your life!

Tailored Living and Budget Blinds Partner with Property Brothers

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Tailored Living and Budget Blinds Partner with HGTV's Property Brothers on Vegas Home 

Tailored Living and sister company, Budget Blinds®, have partnered with HGTV’s Property Brothers, to provide custom window coverings and organizational solutions for their Las Vegas home. Property Brothers at Home is a new show in HGTV’s repertoire that premieres on Nov. 26, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show marks No. 4 on the network that features Jonathan and Drew Scott and provides viewers with an inside look as they join forces to complete a massive renovation of the Scott family home in Las Vegas, just in time for a family reunion. 
 
 
“We have loved working with Jonathan and Drew on their past home projects and were thrilled at the opportunity to do so again on a much more personal project,” says Chad Hallock, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts. “Our goal was to provide custom home solutions that would work for the entire Scott family. Each family member brings a different personality and a unique need to a home, and we are proud to see we struck the perfect balance for all of them.” 
 
 
For more information on Property Brothers at Home, visit www.HGTV.com. Check your local listings for air times. 
 
 
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Elements of a Gracious Guest Room

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Create a Comfortable, Gracious Guest Room to Delight Your Guests

Have you ever visited someone and wished you’d stayed at a hotel instead of their home because your accommodations were so uncomfortable and inadequate? Yes, visits are about spending time with people, but at the end of the day, you really want a nice place to sleep and you don’t want to be living out of your suitcase for an extended period of time.

Kids can crash anywhere, but if you’re over 21, comfort has probably become more important and an air mattress on the floor just won’t do the trick!

How do you take care of guests in your home? Have you seriously put yourself in their place when it comes to where you put them? Ask yourself if you’d be comfortable and happy visiting you.

Elements of a Gracious Guest Room

Since a guest room is the designated space for your visitor’s use, you want it to be as inviting and functional as possible, providing sufficient space so they can get everything out of their suitcases and feel more at home.

Of course, a separate guest room is the ideal for overnight visits, but whether you have a guest room or a room that doubles as an “other-use” room, there are some things you can do to make the guest room (or area) comfortable and welcoming, adding to everyone’s enjoyment.

  • Clear away the clutter. Move out any non-essentials. If it’s a dual-purpose room like a sewing room or home office, store away the everyday “stuff” and free up furniture surfaces and the floor so your guest will have usable space.
  • Designate closet and drawer space. Make sure there is enough closet and drawer space so your guest can completely unpack and show them what space is available for their use. A dozen assorted hangers in the closet should take care of any hanging needs, and dresser drawers or closet hanging cubbies can hold folded items.
  • Provide for comfortable reading. Lots of people travel with laptops, notebooks or Kindles, so a comfortable reading space will be appreciated. A chair, desk and reading light invite leisurely relaxation for time alone or winding down before bed. Have interesting books or magazines on the night stand, along with some reading glasses—just in case.
  • Light up the space. A bedside table lamp that can be turned off from the bed is a good idea so your guest won’t stumble around in the dark after turning off a light switch across the room. A night light is helpful in unfamiliar surroundings, especially if the bathroom is down the hall. Supplement natural light with enough lamps to really brighten up the room.
  • Use fresh linens. To ensure a good night’s sleep clean, fresh bed linens are essential. Provide both soft and firm pillows to allow for individual preference. Make the bed up just before the visit and provide extra blankets and a cozy throw to wrap up in when reading or on the computer.
  • Have extra toiletries. No one wants to snoop around for supplies, so be sure the bathroom is stocked with extra toilet paper and tissues. Take a tip from the luxury hotels and create a welcome basket with shampoo, soap, new toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine products, shaving cream, disposable razor—things they might need but have forgotten. If sharing a bathroom, put the welcome basket in the guest room along with their towels and wash cloths so there’s no question that these items are for their use.

This home office converts to a cozy guest room with the Murphy Bed and some added touches.

Think about what you like in your own bedroom and add that little something extra to make the guest room feel more like home:

  • Holiday/seasonal decoration in the room
  • Fresh flowers, scented candles
  • Alarm clock, small TV, radio or CD player and selection of music
  • Standing mirror and/or makeup (magnifying) mirror
  • Goodie basket with bottled water and late-night snacks

Gracious living doesn’t have to be expensive, just put comfort first and strive to be as accommodating a hostess as possible. You’ll feel terrific knowing your guests are well cared for. 


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If you want to maximize your home and explore some creative alternatives for using your space, a Tailored Living organization specialist can help. We’re the experts at whole home organization and storage challenges, including custom closet design, garage cabinets, pantry design and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to scroll through our photo gallery or to find an organization specialist near you.

Today, Tailored Living Remembers the Brave

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Today, Tailored Living Remembers the Brave

In honor of Veteran’s Day in the US and Canada’s Remembrance Day, Tailored Living remembers the members of the armed forces who have selflessly fought for our freedom.

The Million Dollar Franchise Event is just one way for Home Franchise Concepts® (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living®, to say thank you to our military veterans all year long by helping them live out the American Dream they fought to protect. Substantial discounts are awarded to veterans, enabling them to become business owners of either a Budget Blinds or a Tailored Living franchise.

Kevin Griffin (USAF veteran), who was the first Tailored Living franchise territory in Utah, shares his experience: “Previously, I owned a job; with this new venture I will own a business. I have a 10-year plan to grow the business and look forward to the responsibility that comes with it.” 

This is our way of giving back to veterans to help them take the next step into owning their own business and building a financial future. 

Tailored Living Remembers the Brave