The Complete List of Closet Design, Layouts & Must-haves!

From messy & small to spacious & organized! Our closet was small and narrow, yet we turned it into a Closet Paradise! How?   We walk you through each step of the way in a series of posts about our bedroom closets!👇 (You an also see the awesome design we did in our 2 other bedrooms!) PS: For a limited time, you can grab our closet plans HERE!👈 CLOSET REMODEL POSTS #1. "Finding Extra Closet Space"…

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Kitchen Remodel: 101 Things You Don’t Want to Forget!

Unless you've remodeled a kitchen yourself before, you probably aren't yet aware of ALL the things you'll need to consider before you start. So let's get down to it!😊 Here are 101 things you do NOT want to forget about: Final planned kitchen size and dimensions Layout and flow (including pass-throughs) Lighting Color scheme Flooring Wall finishes Ceiling finishes Windows Doors Trim and molding Countertops Backsplash Cabinetry style Cabinet hardware Drawer pulls Cabinet organizers Pantry…

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19 Days in Madeira: Exploring Portugal’s Atlantic Island 1,000km Off the Mainland!

By the time we left Madeira after nearly three weeks, there wasn't much we left "undone" on this surprisingly large island—and Madeira was only meant to be a quick stopover for us! Why? Well, Matt and I originally planned for our family to be living in the Azores to start off our winter, then I wanted to move on to experience living in the Canary Islands for awhile (off the coast of Africa). My reasoning…

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Laundry Cabinet: Variations on Our Design!

We've created our Laundry Cabinet Plans so that they're customizable not only to your height, but also to your specific space dimensions and more! To give you some examples, we're showing you two variations from people who downloaded our Laundry Cabinet Plans and customized them to work for what they needed, not just from paint color but to the configuration as well... ...so we wanted to show you to give you ideas of what's possible!…

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What to Do When Someone Tries Talking You Out of What You Think You Want!

When creating YOUR kitchen strategy, don’t let yourself get talked out of what YOU think you want!  There's a fine line between listening to the professionals and following your gut and YOUR strategy based on facts and logic. Our Kitchen Design Guides give you this confidence! (Over & over, clients say “Confidence!” is one of their many favorite things our guides have given them!) Storytime! A woman set up a consult with me, begging for…

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Backyard Makeover: BBQ, Patios & Pool, Oh My!

Wikiwikiwhat! Backyard makeover time! Yes, our backyard is officially MADE OVER! If you've already taken the tour of our backyard before we moved in, you'll be more up to speed. For those of you who haven't taken that tour, have no fear—I'll put in many of the "befores" so you'll feel all caught up. (Although I still think you should check out that original tour because it's a fun one and shows more than this!)…

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The Azores: Daily Life in This Remote Archipelago!

Welcome to our front door! Notice the volcanic rock left showing around the doors and the windows. Our now-85-year-old landlady told us this whole building we're now living in) used to be used for storing food. She was born here (and has been so lovely, speaking a mix of English and Portuguese with me so that between the two of us, we always get there! :) ). Her grandfather bought the property originally, so it…

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How To Get a Genuinely “Smart” Home TODAY!

How can you get smart function + flow in your space...TODAY? You need strategies for tasks, time, layout, flow, placements, and more…all customized 100% to YOUR exact needs! We share our home projects, client projects + 1000s of hacks, tips, and ideas for you here on TheBrainAndTheBrawn.com—as well as our Plans & Design Guides section to help you get there TODAY!🤗 👉 While we’re booked through 2024, you can get our guides TODAY for room…

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Laundry Hamper: 5 Genius Reasons to AVOID Standard & Go Hidden!

Looking for how to get a hidden hamper? Then you're a smart cookie--and you're in the right place! We're sharing why we think everyone should have a hidden laundry hamper, as well as how we created our own design in our closet! (We'll also share the second kind of pull out laundry hamper we have, and address whether a pull out or tilt out laundry hamper is best!) So if you just met me, you…

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5 Smart Strategies for Using Older Furniture in Your Newer Space (And No One Can Tell)!

What do you do with your old furniture?  Us? Ours is here in this family room. Can you tell?? coffee table | frames | basket | seagrass rug | similar lamp | similar side tables | similar chair | couch | pillow | yucca | philodendron Yes indeedy. 3 out of the 4 main pieces of furniture in this photo are 15-20 years old. (Try spotting them!) 5 STRATEGIES FOR USING OLDER FURNITURE IN YOUR…

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