Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics Boutique for others to enjoy as well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy.
That's our Reach In Closet as seen from the corner of this bedroom...
You can see from the wall depth that this one was not deep at all, the way it got initially build.
That's the reason we did open up the wall and went inside the office, happily sacrificing 16" or 41 cm of office space.
The wood inlay horse is a gift from our Consulting period for Pond's India Ltd.
You can see the sun is shining, even in late afternoon...
Even with the indoor shutters partially closed, still some glare on those bi-fold closet doors.
The wool rug on the oak chest is also a gift from Pond's India Ltd. in appreciation of our Consulting work.
We treasure those things. Below this post you find a link to a previous post I did about it.
All done in wool embroidered chain stitch!
The white Teddy Bear has been hand stitched by Pieter's Mother when she was already in her early 90s. She made incredible handwork all her life. For many a trousseau she embroidered table cloths and napkins!
The tiny Teddy bear I found in the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' business class after someone left it in a seat...
I was quick to pick it up to add it to this Mama bear; giving them the same matching pink ribbon bow and voilà!
The other side where you see two of my cross stitch embroidery works, done on velvet.
The light weight summer down duvets and duvet covers and pillow cases are from the Yves Delorme Outlet. If you sign in for newsletters you get notified when they have special sales like on the French Bastille Day in July.
View from behind the bed now and you see the twin silk chain stitch embroidered wall hangings that each of us got as a gift from Pond's India Ltd. for our Consulting work.
It was 16:38 o'clock when I took these photos...
I had to wait this long for not having the painters with their ladders in front of the window!
Womby the wombat from Australia is sitting on the oak chest. He came home with us after our Consulting work in Australia for Campbell's Soup.
By the way, the oak chest used to be a planter box but my brother Harry crafted a solid lid for it and brought it over on their flight to the USA in 1986. Talking about pre-9/11 times. Everything would fly back then! No problem, you just checked it in. Now you are so limited...
In the corner you see two oak Barrister book cases where I keep my stationery and books for classes etc.
Japan is represented here as well. A gift from some Japanese visitors as we had one as our house guest.
The paint color for walls and ceiling is Benjamin Moore Early Sunset.
We have that upstairs for our bedrooms and bathrooms.
What is that dangling down from the ceiling you ask...
That's one of our many Energy Star Ceiling Fans from WAYFAIR.
We always try for 'Going Green'!
You can find a link below my post...
The Madonna cross stitch embroidery is done by Pieter's Mother when she was in her early 90s!
On the children's stool is Boomer, a gift from a Dutch business man who was a good friend of us and my youngest brother Jan also used to work for him.
So many people have stayed in these beds as a guest over those 30 years...
I could write a book about it!
Voilà our DEEPER Reach In Bedroom Closet!
Husband Pieter did install me those white Shelf & Rod shelving.
We had them already since 1990 but of course now we changed height and certain lengths.
Our ceilings are high enough for having two layers PLUS a top shelf.
Home Depot has all you need; at least that's our source for the USA...
For reaching that top shelf, I use this little step.
You can see the additional (not quite matching) solid oak planks from Bruce.
To the side, extra long items can be hung now and to the back my belts are all hanging.
Since we have our Rose Suite now downstairs (added after living in this house for 14 years) guests seldom need to use this room, only if there are e.g. children with their Parents.
My purses are on the shelves in their dust bags. Room for everything.
Box with recipes to sort through one day...
Hats on the top shelf and extra peluw pillows or as they are called here: bolsters.
Scarves for winter...
Seasonal things like woolen stoles, capes, ear muffs etc. are all on top. Even Pieter's heart that he got when he had his open heart surgery in September of 2010.
Considering that, we both are blessed that he is able to do all this again!
Nice light from the ceiling and one more long light just above the bi-fold doors against the wall.
Stay tuned for our 'Office with Less Space,' which I will show soon...
On February 19, we did start with the renovation of our office and guest bed room, where we created a deeper reach in closet. One can easily do with less office space in return for a deeper reach in closet... What do you say?
Standing in the door opening, the closet from the guest bedroom is visible...
Built into the office, but we happily sacrificed this loss of floor space!
Husband Pieter used broomsticks and whatever, for hanging my clothes temporarily over the tub in the guest bathroom and over its bi-fold closet doors.
Out of the way and out of the DUST...
No need to use that bathroom anyway.
I did host a dinner on the 23rd of February and we had our dinner guests use the master bathroom instead.
This is the office before the wall got opened up.
Floor stripped bare before adding also a solid oak plank floor from Bruce.
Pieter had done all the preparation before the contractor took over.
Out came the wall and the carpenter is already putting the solid oak planks in place inside the deepened closet.
Looking into the closet from the office...
New light also will be placed from the ceiling and from above the inside of those bi-fold doors.
I never could find anything before and things were too tight inside.
February 20, the new walls are now closed up and the solid oak plank flooring is already laid.
New double outlet in wall.
Not done yet... sanding and caulking before the painter could finish up.
View from the office into the hallway. Smokey our feline boy is sleeping in his pet bed...
New crown molding added at the top...
Photo from inside closet. You can tell how much has been added...
Yep, that much has been added. The exact same solid oak plank floor, which we had in the other rooms was no longer available. But when the white wire Shelf & Rod shelving is installed again, no one will see the difference!
Do you also love deep enough closets with plenty of light?
This narrow reach in closet almost became a walk in closet because we gained 16" or 41 cm!