September 2016

Tuesday 09.27.16

Step Inside Co-Founder, Ashley Murphy's Renovated Home

Back in July we shared a glimpse into the behind the scenes "design" that filled many spaces of Ashley Murphy's home! Believe it or not, being organized isn't the only thing that she has a passion for. She's sharing with us today a fun tour of much more than just organized spaces of her home....

* all photos c/o Courtney Cimo

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Ashley :: It's no secret that I'm a Type A perfectionist! Hence starting a Professional Organizing company. The desire for everything to be perfect though, can definitely bite you in the you know what though when it comes to decorating your home. With a house that was built in 1873, I had to throw all desires to be perfect out the window and learn to embrace old character and imperfections. I quickly learned that I love the challenge of transforming something that's a bit out of date into something that tells a story. Our whole house definitely needs a little face lift, but my husband keeps telling me that it doesn't need to happen over night.  

My only rule was that we had to keep the original hardwood floors. After much trial with ideal stain/color and proper application to old creeky floors, we finally found someone willing to help us maintain the integrity of the old, but allow for the fresh update that I desired. My next challenge was coming up with  a design aesthic that I felt was exactly what I wanted in this old house. So, I enlisted the help of a local Chicago designer, Jeff Jones and one of Neat's girls, Lauren Combs and quickly discovered that I had a thing with Modern meeting Traditonal design. I knew I wanted it to be fun and playful, but also polished and simplistic. I just didn't know how to pull it off without being boring!

We will save the before pics for another post, but trust me when I say...it was bad! The walls were literally lime green and brown (no joke), so it definitley took much imagination to see that the house had much potential! There will be many more stories to tell down the road, but for now...here's a peek into some of the main rooms of our house!

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I was more than happy with the first chapter of our renovation and couldn't have done it without Jeff and Lauren. Thanks to both of you for convincing me to let my hair down and trust that color and patterns are a good thing! Ha! As mentioned, there will be many more stories to tell in this home of ours, but for now...back to playing with these two boys who are busy destroying my polished and perfected plan!

xx

Ashley Murphy

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Wednesday 09.21.16

How To Pick the Perfect Basket

Since many of us are still in shock over the whole Brangelina break up and likely trying to decide if we are sad over it or still #teamJen, we figured it was a good time for a little distraction. So...why not shop for some baskets, right???

Many of you ask how we get our spaces looking so polished and perfected. It actually requries a step by step process that any of you can follow in order to find the perfect basket for your home. 

1. First and foremost, you need to organize the items in a space that you think needs to be contained. Remove everything from your entire space, then sort and categorize all of it. The key is to not over categorize! For example, if your space only allows for one basket of "workout clothes" then you may have to decide what your favorites are and find a basket that fits everything. If you are able to fit a few different categories (ie. pic below), then just make sure they all get sorted and placed accordingly.

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2. Then, you will want to make sure you measure the shelf/space that the basket and items are then going to live on. We even take it a step further and measure all of the items grouped together on the floor to make sure they will actually fit in the basket before you purchase. 

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3. You are now to the fun part! Time to decide what type of basket person you are. Are you more traditional or modern? What does the rest of your home aesthic look like? We love to mix and match, but find that it definitely takes some trial and error when puttling together the puzzle. We often have to over purchase a little in order to play with different looks that fit a particular home and space. 

Here are a few of our favorite baskets out there right now...

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1. Danish Design Store- Perfect for toys, stuffed animals, blankets or anything else that may work in this bin that can sit out it's so cute. 

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2. Serena and Lily- Also a favorite in a kids room. However, they could work really great for adult things, too. Magazines, books, dvd's (and yes, people still have those), a kitchen pantry for food, etc. The combo of all three could be really fun to play with! 

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3. Pottery Barn Kids- Another great one for a kids room/playroom. This could even be fun in a mudroom for umbrellas or your dog's stuff! 

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4. Pottery Barn- We are kind of obsessed with the white one! The amount of ways you could use this one are actually endless. Playrooms, pantries, closets, media area...you name it. Our pro tip on this one is to place some of the small felt pads you put on furniture under each corner to protect it from scratch the surface you place it on. 

The list could go on and on, but for now we hope that we distracted you for just a moment from the world breaking news. Maybe next time Brad will learn to keep his eggs in one basket!! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 09.06.16

Fall Fashion Week Prep :: The Fastest Way to Make Room In Your Closet

This week we will be kicking off one of our favorite times of the year - Fashion Week! As you may remember, we used to love to relate fashion to organizing any way we could! This year, our friends over at The Real Real are making it that much easier for us. Let's start with the basics - have you heard of The Real Real? We have been working with them to consign our client's clothing and jewlery for years and you should know them too!  

If you are trying to make room in your wardrobe for the latest trends this season, consider consigning pieces that you no longer wear. You will add room to your closet and money in your wallet. The Real Real makes it quite simple (especially for friends of NEAT!) Collect the pieces you are interested in consigning and give our friend, Kiara a call (see contact information below).  

Once your items have been sold, you will receive a check in the mail. Feel free to use it towards this season's must have piece. OR, check out a timeless classic that someone else was ready to part ways with on The Real Real's site.

Still not sure? The Real Real is offering all NEAT readers a $100 gift card to MatchesFashion.com when you consign 10 pieces for the first time. Do you know how easy it is to consign 10 pieces?! Now stop procrastinating and get to it!

xx

the NEAT girls + TRR

Thursday 09.01.16

#BTS - love to the teams that make NEAT work

You know how they say to raise a child, "it takes a village"? Well at NEAT we say, to perfect a space, it takes amazing contractors. We are constantly posting images of spaces that make us want to cry color coded tears of joy. Today we wanted to share just a few people who are behind our perfectly appointed spaces. In South Florida, Kris and Jody make Marissa's world go 'round. She says she doesn't know what she would do without these two to make organizing each space just a bit more fun! 

In San Diego, it's more than just the organizing that happens, it's fun times in the In-N-Out drivethru! Katie says, " Allison (who is in the front seat with me) is a great addition to my team because of her amazing personality. She is the kind of person you want around you. It doesn't hurt that she thinks I am pretty funny and is always willing to laugh at my jokes and encourage my dancing/driving skills!"

Over in Naples, Joyce had some amazing things to say about her girls:: "This is Kelly and Brooke.... These girls have been so helpful with launching my business!  They are giving me the all the details on Naples....and spending lots of time promoting NEAT everywhere they go.  Brooke is a new mommy and a very talented artist, she even had her own furniture painting business - the best label writer out there!  Kelly is my right hand WO-man, her drive and passion motivates me everyday!  And she is the best TCS road trip companion!"

In Milwaukee, Liz says, "This is me and amazing Milwaukee contractor Elizabeth Bisswurm. Elizabeth always brings her type-A pragmatic sense to every job but sprinkles it with her dry sense of humor and extensive knowledge of natural eating for entertainment while we sort and color code."

In Scottsdale, Mika couldn't do it without her amazing team and when asked, she said, "Why are they great? They are all positive, super talented, hard workers, and our clients love them and so do I! We also have a mom and daughter duo (can you spot them?)" **Their names are (from top left across and going down) :: Kassie, Holly, Lisa, Me, Becky, Carle, Emmaley, Molly, and Connie!
 

Finally, these two women work side by side with Lisa to tackle NEAT's largest city - Meet Haley and Kathrin. Haley has been with NEAT since 2014 and Kathrin more recently joined but Lisa said, "SF's leads, Haley and Kathrin are the backbone of our team. Their dedication to the job and eye for stellar product have converted many people into lifelong NEAT clients this summer. We've had a hectic schedule the past few months and they've rolled with it like champs!" 

We are so lucky to be working with you all to help our client's live the NEAT life! 

xx

the NEAT girls

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