my ikea pax wardrobe closet

My IKEA pax wardrobe is without a doubt one of my favorite things in my home. I’m excited to share all of the details with you today!

ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas
ikea pax wardrobe closet ideas

My IKEA pax wardrobe is without a doubt one of my favorite things in my home. After fruitlessly exploring different clothing storage options and ideas, I finally decided to “pull the trigger” on this affordable, build-your-own system and convert a spare bedroom into a “cloffice.” (Closet-office.) Let me tell you… I only regret that I didn’t do it sooner!

Before I finalized my own IKEA pax wardrobe design, I spent a tremendous amount of time scouring the web, Pinterest and Instagram for layout ideas and inspiration. After all, I wanted something beautiful but also perfectly functional for my space and needs.

The total cost of this IKEA pax wardrobe system was $1,120. While it was definitely an investment, it was an incredibly cost-effective purchase compared to other closet systems! I managed to save even more money by building the closet myself. (I love projects like this!) It did take me a couple of days, but if you’re looking for something easier, many cities offer the option to hire someone to install it for you via TaskRabbit.

I can honestly say I’m so delighted with what I came up with, and after living with this closet system for two years, am happy to recommend it fully.

If you’re considering installing an IKEA pax wardrobe in your own space, I hope these details are helpful!

 

build this ikea pax wardrobe

 

view my closet in the IKEA pax planner:

  1. click HERE
  2. select the “OPEN DESIGN” button in the top right corner
  3. insert this code: JDNJZW

links to my exact closet:

 

Pax Wardrobe Frame (2) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8″ x 92 7/8 “

Pax Wardrobe Frame (2) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8″ x 92 7/8 “

Komplement Drawer with Framed Front (3) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Pull-out Tray (3) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Pull-out Tray (8) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Shelf (4) // 39 3/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Clothes Rail (2)

Komplement Shelf (4) // 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8 “

Komplement Drawer Liner (3) // 35″ x 20 7/8 “

Komplement Shoe Insert (16) // 19 5/8″ x 13 3/4 “

 

extra features

 

lighting:

One fun and easy hack to incorporate into your IKEA pax wardrobe is the use of these puck lights from Amazon! They are battery-operated, so the pro is that set-up is a breeze. No wires or electrical things to try to figure out! (And they can be operated via a remove!) The con is that replacing batteries for each light is time-consuming and, to be quite honest, a bit of a nuisance. But I loved cost-effective pizazz it added! Shop them here.

drawer pulls:

Another way to customize your IKEA pax wardrobe is by adding drawer pulls. I settled on these small acrylic pulls for the jewelry trays and these larger acrylic pulls for the larger drawers.

To design your own IKEA pax wardrobe system, click here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

ideas for your bouji christmas list

Today, I came across the most fabulous, over-the-top pair of pearl-embellished slippers. What can I say – I was immediately inspired to scour the web for other equally fun, budget-breaking Christmas list ideas.

As I’ve slowed down this season in preparation for Baby Bowman, I’ve been much more of a consumer than a creator when it comes to Christmas gift guides. I’ve enjoyed the change, but have to confess that I’ve definitely noticed certain items repeated over and over. Not a bad thing, by any means, but I found myself wanting to see a bit more… I don’t know… seasonal sparkle?

Today, I came across the most fabulous, over-the-top pair of pearl-embellished slippers. What can I say – I was immediately inspired to scour the web for other equally fun, budget-breaking Christmas list ideas.

Now please read this disclaimer: this is not what I would consider a realistic list by any means. You won’t find ideas for incredibly practical pieces in this ten-item roundup.

Rather, I hope this collection of pretty, fabulous things is fun to consume and browse. I mean… a $1,000+ feather dress? Perhaps not practical, but fun to daydream about!

I hope you enjoy!

 

  1. pink silk scarf // I love a big scarf. Wear it around your shoulders, as a fun little top or accessorize your favorite bag! However you choose to use it, this color palette is what my dreams are made of and sure to put a smile on your face.
  2. chartreuse hair bow // The prettiest hair bow I’ve seen yet. The only question is, which color?
  3. pink top // This high neckline, paired with bow detailing and a fabulous pink fabric, is nothing short of oh-la-la inducing. Why not pair it with these bow heels for extra fun?!
  4. blue bow teddy coat // Can’t you just picture Eloise, all-grown-up, waltzing through the Plaza in this coat? I just discovered the designer, MME.Mink, and am obsessed!
  5. pearl slippers // The shoes that started it all. If you have $425 to spend on fun slippers, better make them these!
  6. multi colored martini glasses // Liven up your wedding registry or wet bar with this gorgeous, rainbow set! (And then invite me over come February when I can enjoy a cocktail with you!)
  7. white feather mini dress // Calling bouji brides everywhere. Two words: getaway dress. Need I say more?!
  8. gold scalloped frame // I wouldn’t feel great about spending $100 on a beautiful picture frame for myself, but should someone gift it (with a photo of Flynn inside for good measure) I’d be beside myself! So gorgeous.
  9. chanel “merry rose” lip gloss // The only under $50 item you’ll find on this list, this lip gloss is my holy grail. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I swear by this shade and will include it on every gift list I create forever and ever. Amen.
  10. crystal gucci booties // I splurged on these booties a few weeks ago… and I have to tell you. ZERO regrets. These booties are incredibly comfortable, so fun and make my endless rotation of maternity leggings + oversized sweaters pop a bit more! I ended up sizing up one full size, but I think that’s due to my expanding feet. #pregnancyproblems

Now I have to ask, what is one bouji item on your Christmas list? (Whether that list is real or imaginary is of no importance!)

Love from the Lonestar State,

Kate

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it’s live // the nicola bathie x antonio melanie collection

It’s no secret I’ve been living in pjs and sweatpants around here, but a special collection that launched this morning has re-inspired me to get glammed up! If you’ve missed the buz surrounding the Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection at Dillards, I’m excited to be the one to introduce you to this fabulous release!

 

It’s no secret I’ve been living in pjs and sweatpants around here, but a special collection that launched this morning has re-inspired me to get glammed up! If you’ve missed the buz surrounding the Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection at Dillards, I’m excited to be the one to introduce you to this fabulous release!

nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules
nicola bathie antonio melanie collection, dillards, black feather mules

shoes c/o // earrings c/o // headband // jacket (old Bubish, similar linked) // jeans

Nicola, a fellow Texas gal, is the designer behind Nicola Bathie Jewelry – a collection of romantic, glamorous pieces I’ve been eyeing for a couple of years now. When she announced her upcoming collection with exclusive Dillards brand Antonio Melanie, I knew we were all in for a treat!

She was kind enough to send over a few party-ready pieces from the lineup, and I have to say, these feather mules (complete with a perfectly placed pearl, of course) are my absolute favorite! I cannot wait to wear them all autumn and winter long, even if it’s just around the house.

You’ll also find a beautiful assortment of jewelry (like the earrings I’m wearing in this post), dresses, headbands and coats as well. I couldn’t help but pull the trigger on this fabulous coat. Definitely a splurge, but such a special piece that I’m excited to have in my closet for quite some time!

Below, you’ll find a few of my other favorites from this glam assortment. I don’t know about you, but it has me daydreaming of all things holiday parties and winter glamour!

 

nicola bathie x antonio melanie

my favorites

 

 

You can shop the entire Nicola Bathie x Antonio Melanie collection here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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tuckernuck sale // the 5 pieces i purchased

Recently, I’ve been too intimidated by my ever-growing belly to dive into online shopping. But the Tuckernuck Friends & Family sale gave me the perfect excuse to jump back in.

This morning, I shared a bit of an update over on my Instagram Stories. (In a nutshell: feeling a bit better, but still not anywhere close to 100% or fully “myself” and learning to be content in that.) I also mentioned how recently, I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on any new clothing purchases because, quite frankly, I have no idea what will fit, let alone work. Kind of problematic when you’re technically a “fashion blogger.”

Something about sharing that openly took away the timidity I’ve felt when it comes to dressing my rapidly changing (ie growing) body and inspired me to take the plunge back into a much-missed hobby of mine: online shopping.

And what better way to rip the bandaid off, as it were, than with the Tuckernuck Friends and Family sale! It’s one of my favorites year after year, and here is the info for this season’s extravaganza:

CODE: BESTFRIEND

20% off orders $250+ // 25% off orders $500+ // 30% off orders $1000+

My goal this go-around? Pieces that would work with and without a bump. Take a look at what I picked out below. Don’t forget, you can click directly on an image to shop!

 

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friends and family sale

 

 

1. leather-trimmed poncho // 2. black puff-sleeved dress // 3. casual pink dress // 4. cozy knit sweater // 5. bow back blouse

I am eagerly looking forward to these arriving in the mail. You’ll have to hold me accountable to trying them on and sharing how they look! Deal?

You can check out the rest of the Tuckernuck sale here. Happy shopping!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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baby boy nursery inspiration

Today, I wanted to share a little design board inspiration for our baby boy nursery. You’ll get a pretty good feel of the room from this collage, and I’ll dive into further details in this post!

It’s the strangest thing… at this point in my pregnancy, the days seem really long, but suddenly I’ll look up and weeks have flown by! In just two weeks, I’ll be halfway through this season and baby Padgitt will be here. Gulp. All the excitement, and all of the nerves!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really kicked nursery progress into high gear. I desperately want the nursery to be 95% done by the time the little one arrives, and with all of the production and shipping delays going on currently, I know I don’t have much room to dilly dally.

Fun fact: Andrew and I will be moving next summer (we don’t know where yet, oh the joys of the medical journey!) so we’ll only really be using this special room for about five months. But I’m still absolutely determined to make it sweet and cozy, all without spending a fortune!

Today, I wanted to share a little design board inspiration for our baby boy nursery. You’ll get a pretty good feel of the room from this collage, and I’ll dive into further details below!

 

baby boy nursery inspiration

 

baby boy nursery inspiration, blue and green, preppy, classic, interior design

blue and green fabric // blue gingham fabric // green dresser (going to paint this one) // scalloped curtains // white glider chair // pleated lampshade // white mirror // tan and white rug // crib // green ottoman

Let’s start off with the basics. The very first thing I ordered was this crib. I purchased it this summer, and when I did it was somehow listed for $299! I loved the simple, classic look and most importantly… the price tag. (If you’re wanting to splurge, though, how gorgeous is this one?!) It is supposed to arrive tomorrow, and I can’t wait!

After drooling over my friend Elisabeth’s nursery, I was inspired to order this rug. It’s another budget-friendly buy that I’m really excited about. Apparently, it doesn’t hold up insanely well, but for the price, I’m great with it.

Another purchase I made early on was the rocker/glider! I predict lots of hours spent in this chair, so I really wanted something high-quality and most importantly, comfortable. On a trip to Dallas, I visited the Ballard showroom with my mom and ended up loving the Anahellen Swivel Glider. I decided on Pique Salt performance fabric and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. (Looks like that won’t happen until December, so crossing my fingers it gets here on time!)

Once I got the neutral basics ordered, I transitioned to the color scheme. This pale blue and green palette is one of my forever favorites, and I think will translate so sweetly into a nursery setting! I’m planning on using these fabrics (here and here) for the crib dust ruffle, pillows, and a few other accessories as they’re beautiful and really affordable compared to other options. (If you’re looking for budget-friendly, classic fabrics, check out Danika Herrick on Spoonflower!) I’m also excited to tie in some green with this ottoman!

The biggest pop of color will come in with the dresser. I love the style of the one in the collage, and am going to DIY the look with this IKEA piece. That will be another post for another day… I’m hoping it turns out and can’t wait to share!

As far as decor goes, I’m really excited about this mirror which has already arrived. If we were going to be in this house for a few more years and money was no object, I would have loved to splurge on custom window treatments. But, I have ordered these scalloped curtains and think they’ll be just as sweet!

The main thing I’m excited about, though, is a piece of artwork I’m commissioning from my friend Emily. I’ll share more when it arrives, but it ties in Padgitt’s name and a little bit of the history behind it. I can’t wait!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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it’s a…

The second Andrew and I found out a little baby was on the way, we were dying to find out the gender! We didn’t even have the patience to wait for a reveal. Instead, we had the nurse leave us a voicemail which we listened to together. I’ll never, ever forget the moment we heard:

The second Andrew and I found out a little baby was on the way, we were dying to find out the gender! We didn’t even have the patience to wait for a reveal. Instead, we had the nurse leave us a voicemail which we listened to together. I’ll never, ever forget the moment we heard:

“Congratulations, you’re having a boy!”

pink cowboy boots // baby cowboy boots // ostrich cowboy boots (similar linked)

The crazy thing is, I’ve always pictured myself having a boy first. No reason why… it’s just what always came to mind. But when I started getting really sick during my first trimester, I had many tell me that’s usually a sign you’re having a girl. So if you had asked me what I predicted it would be, I would have truthfully told you that I had no clue.

It was so hard to keep the secret once we found out! Luckily, we had family trips with both sides planned shortly after we got the news so we were able to tell our parents and siblings in person. We ordered biodegradable poppers and had our families shoot them off. It was so fun to see their reactions, especially because most had guessed girl!

Needless to say, it is so wonderful to now share this special news with you. I’ve loved seeing all of the guesses roll in over the past few weeks… especially when I would wear something pink or blue! :)

Oh, and you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging on his name did you?

Padgitt Bradley Bowman

Andrew and I had this name picked out for our first boy before we ever even found out we were pregnant as a way to honor both of our incredible fathers. “Padgitt” (pronounced “pa-jitt”) is my father’s last name (and my maiden name) and “Bradley” is Andrew’s father’s first name. I’ve dreamed of having a little boy named Padgitt since I was a little girl, and I can’t believe it’s coming true! Now to casually personalize everything.

Slowly getting out of the weeds of morning sickness and reaching fun little milestones like this has been the sweetest thing and has definitely started to put pep back into my step. I pinky promise I’ll have more non-baby content for you soon, but in the meantime, a big thank you for letting me share this piece of my life with you!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

P.S. If you have any favorite shops for classic little boy clothing, please leave them in the comments below! I haven’t purchased a single thing besides the teeny pair of cowboy boots and I am giddy to start filling up Padgitt’s closet!