Insane in the Membrane

You know what my problem is?  I have a bossy left brain.  My right brain is all like, “Hey, let’s paint something!  Let’s do a project!  Let’s read a book!” And then my left brain comes in and lays down the law like Cinderella’s stepmother:  “Paint something?  Sure. Right after you balance the checkbook.” Or “You can do a project. IF you clean this room first.  And organize all the drawers.  And vacuum.  And then maybe.”

For example, my right brain would take one look at Laura’s before craft room and want to immediately start exploring for treasures; my left brain would be standing in the center of the room, fists clenched, screaming inside.

But I’m absolutely positive they would high-five each other in agreement on the organizational oasis it became.  After all, I do happen to know them pretty well.

See more from Laura at Top This Top That.

 

See this bright and organized craft room at betterafter.net

 

See this bright and organized craft room at betterafter.net


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It’s rude to stair.

Better After reader Lynn had an unfortunate wall-o-stairs that punched you in the face as soon as you stepped foot inside her front door.  How unwelcoming!  Alongside the light-blocking stairs, the entryway was also rocking two different linoleums, a fugomatic light fixture, and a flowery faux stained-glass sidelight.  Hrm.  Change was needed here.

And boy oh boy, Lynn changed it all and then some, right down to the light switches. The new banister opens the space up and makes it feel so much bigger and brighter.  Huge impact!

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Out of all the recent changes she’s made on her home, she reports that this one is still her favorite.  Not hard to see why!

A beautiful staircase entryway makeover at betterafter.net

A beautiful staircase entryway makeover at betterafter.net


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Play It Again

Is there anything more oppressive than floor to ceiling brown paneling?  In a basement, no less?  It wasn’t a space that sparked much creative brain activity, other than maybe my favorite game, “What’s The Best Way To Escape This Area In A Hostage Situation?”  Yeah. I can be a little paranoid sometimes.  My other favorite game is “Remember Everything About This Exact Moment In Case You Need It Later For An Alibi.”  But ANYWAY. Enough about me.

Let’s talk about the gorgeous play-room Brit turned it into!  It’s just so darn happy!  Maximum creative-juicing happening in here for sure.  See that storage unit in the back?  It’s an Ikea hack!  Love that.  So much more to see on her blog House Updated.

Get creative in this colorful kid's playroom at betterafter.net

Get creative in this colorful kids playroom at betterafter.net


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Closet Case

Poor Rachel.  Her closet was way too small, stuffed to the brim, everything crammed in there all willy-nilly.  If only there was a giant stretch of unused space immediately adjacent to it. That’d be nice. Then she could expand to a his-and-hers closet situation, with enough room for a flat screen TV and a cupboard devoted to shoes.

But that was too good to be true.  Or WAS IT?  (Hint: it wasn’t)  See more on her blog Always A Project.

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net

 

You can't miss this awesome closet makeover at betterafter.net


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