Tag: Organizing

Fratelli Reguitti: Sometimes Major Changes Are Just Small Tweaks!

Fratelli Reguitti: Sometimes Major Changes Are Just Small Tweaks!

You might have seen this little teaser from the weekend… Are you wondering what it is? This piece is not major in terms of its size or even addition to the actual decor, but it is a major piece when it comes down to function…

Organizing Your Filing: A 5-Step Purge

Organizing Your Filing: A 5-Step Purge

I know I’ve been MIA these days, but being gone doesn’t mean Elvis has left this building! Nu-uh. I wish I had some exotic adventures to share, but I don’t. No, instead the fed-up bug has gotten me, and I’ve been tackling a backlog of…

Vintage MCM Desktop Mail Sorter

Vintage MCM Desktop Mail Sorter

Maybe it’s my office background, maybe it’s not, but when it comes to office organizers, my knees go weak! Looove them, look for any excuse to need them, and no matter what, just flat out want them!

So when I saw this Mid-Century beauty, how could I just turn and walk away? Honestly.

Compact, made of wood…

And designed with function in mind.

The drawer has four small compartments on the right, and I bet back in the day there was a roll of postage stamps in one of them!

And see those numbers, 1 to 31 along the top edge? No, they’re not a metric ruler. Although I have to admit, for a second I wondered why they took a standard 30cm ruler to 31! ūüėČ

The numbers actually belong to a slot, and there’s a slot for each day of the calendar month.

The slats you see are for letters, invoices… basically incoming mail that is time sensitive.

Now, how cool is that for visual organization? Can’t you just picture the secretaries of Mad Men working this system?

Such a great piece, and through its design, one that hints at the story of the way things were.

I will be making room for this prized piece to sit up front and center in my own office. I love it!

So how about you? What kind of office organizers do you like to use? How do you keep your time sensitive mail sorted and on track? Oh right, we’re all about the digital age now, aren’t we?

This sweet find was featured by the sweet Andrea…

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Photographs by Sheila Zeller 


Organizing: Adding Shelving to Poorly Used Spaces

Organizing: Adding Shelving to Poorly Used Spaces

Just a few small tweaks can make a huge difference to utilizing storage, and being way more organized within! And then when it’s all said and done, you wonder why it took you so long, right? Over the weekend I tackled two small spaces. Here’s…

Organizing My Sewing Stuff: A Blend of Gran’s Vintage & My Semi-New

Organizing My Sewing Stuff: A Blend of Gran’s Vintage & My Semi-New

I inherited my Gran’s sewing box years ago, and believe it or not, left everything in it. I’ve used a few things over the years, but have always just left it the way Gran had it. Well, maybe not exactly the way she had it……

Thrifting: What Story Hangs Here?

Thrifting: What Story Hangs Here?

Another treasure seeking adventure…

This time I came across a whole collection of vintage wooden hangers, some marked, and some designed without a name!

I thought it would be fun to peek inside a few historical closets, and get a glimpse of what these hangers might have seen.


My Dad was born in Trail, so let’s start here!


Lauriente’s general merchant store (building to the left) was built in 1904 by Camille Lauriente, an Italian immigrant who arrived in Trail at the turn of the century. Lauriente’s clothing store is said to be the first brick building built in the Trail area.


These front steps were made of marble tile, and constructed as steadfast as the business itself, which was in operation for 70 years! No wonder a Lauriente hanger still remains!¬†The Laurientes were a large family, and a colourful piece of Trail’s history. You will find the Lauriente name weaving through the Kootenay area still today.


Did you know there were two Hotel Vancouver’s prior to the one that stands today?

Vancouver Skyscrapers

Yes, the predecessors were located a block away from where the Hotel Vancouver now sits. The building you see here was the second hotel, and was built in 1916 by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). It became a troop barracks during World War II, but was demolished in 1949 under the ownership of the Canadian National Railway (CNR). Construction of the new hotel was halted for many years as a result of the Depression, but in 1937 was finally completed and opened its doors in 1939 becoming an icon in the city with its dramatic Chateau roof.

Vancouver Skyscrapers

Interesting facts:

  1. The CPR built Chateau style hotels in most major cities across the country.
  2. Vancouver zoning regulations required setbacks at the 10th and 15th floors, which you can see in this photo.
  3. A ghost lives here! Yes, known as the Lady in Red and thought to be the ghost of socialite, Jennie Pearl Cox… read more here!


Given the enormity of the Canadian railway system in our history, I was thrilled to find a connection in the hanger collection. Do you think this hanger might trace back to here…

Rail Archive

¬†Or do you think it’s more likely to have traveled here?


Regardless of when or where this vintage wooden hanger hung a coat, it’s safe to say it played a role in time for what has become a rich piece of our Canadian tapestry.


John Bulloch, an Irish immigrant to Canada, formed his business, Bulloch Tailors, in the Depression era, and was known for ‘CASH only’ sales, no credit, no trade!

Bulloch Tailors/Peter Bulloch

Bulloch was also known for his outrageous ads, often offending special interest groups by the tone and message of his adverts. In fact, according to his son Peter Bulloch, editorial advertising is credited to John Bulloch!

Bulloch Tailors specializes in custom made suits for men, and in their words, ‘Custom Tailors to Gentlemen’. Read more here.

Bulloch Tailors/Peter Bulloch

Interesting Facts:

  1. John Bulloch made full 5-piece made-to-measure uniforms for the Canadian officers during the war. But he didn’t make just any uniform. These uniforms were the best quality money could buy, and cost $200 – the same amount the government gave each officer for their military uniform! In this way John Bulloch did his part for the war effort, and at the same time created a following of satisfied officers who would in all probability stay with him after the war. Smart.
  2. Smart? Definitely. Read more here on how John Bulloch secured enough gold braid for the uniforms he tailored at a time when gold braid was in high demand, but a serious shortage was developing!

John Bulloch, Bulloch Tailors Ltd. Another iconic name in our Canadian history.

HILTON HOTELS, hotels ‘Around the World’

Well now. A Hilton hanger. And we all know Hilton stands for, ‘Hotels around the World’! Who knew a Hilton hanger would show up in the mix?

Back in 1925 Conrad Hilton opened the high-rise Dallas Hilton, the first hotel to carry the Hilton name.

Hilton Worldwide on Pinterest

What’s so interesting about this particular building is, since air conditioning hadn’t yet been invented, the building was designed so that no guest rooms faced the western sun. Instead,¬†the elevators, laundry chutes, airshafts, and other non-customer facilities were placed on that side of the building. Conrad Hilton Sr. didn’t miss a beat, and if you watched Mad Men, you will see his son, Conrad Hilton Jr.’s character portrayed in a way that shows the Hilton legacy didn’t get there by chance!

From vintage wooden hangers to a glimpse into the closets where they came from…

I hope you enjoyed my take on how thrifting can turn a moment in time into a piece of history, and in this case, a hanger to hang it on!

It’s all about the stories, wouldn’t you agree?

Thank you for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.

Time To Get The Cleanse On!

Time To Get The Cleanse On!

And so… . My cupboards are overflowing, my counters no longer bare, My closet has no spare hangers, but I can’t find anything to wear! My pantry shelves are full, yet I don’t know what to cook, And too much stuff is collecting everywhere I…

No Cost Organizing for a Chest Freezer

No Cost Organizing for a Chest Freezer

Where I grew up, chest freezers were a staple in just about every home. As the years changed, so did the freezer styles, but what didn’t was their necessity. Though I’ve moved, I haven’t made the lifestyle change – having a freezer is just part…

Wire Racks for Organizing on the Inside!

Wire Racks for Organizing on the Inside!

Organizing is always a hot topic, so I thought I’d throw a quick and easy idea into the mix.

Live in a rental? This one’s for you. Even if you don’t, it still might be for you!

If your kitchen cupboards have more space inside than shelves to maximize it, here’s a quick solution… and, you can take this solution with you when you go!

Sunbeam Plate Racks

These Sunbeam wire racks are super strong, and don’t cave under the weight of stacked dishes.

Here’s a little look at how I’ve put them into play.

This is my cupboard for everyday dishes, well, except for the top shelf. I have 9′ ceilings, so the top shelf ¬†is like extra storage!

Sunbeam Plate Racks

Can you see how much space there is between shelves. If you own your home, then purchasing extra shelves makes sense, but if you’re renting, that’s one home improvement idea you’ll want to forego.

Here you see a smaller cupboard, so the racks fit almost perfectly. And to protect the rims of the glasses and mugs, I lined these racks with rubberized shelf liner. But notice the circled areas on the photos.

Sunbeam Plate Rack

This shelf was cut slightly smaller than the others, and was just barely deep enough to hold the rack. So I improvised a stopper to make sure the feet wouldn’t slip off the edge. The stoppers are actually Command Strip Cord Clips. They’ve been in place for a year and a half, and so far, so good!

I also put the wire racks to use in my buffet. I was able to put five along the back for an almost perfect fit, and what a difference they make.

Sunbeam Plate Racks

You know how it goes, right? China, special dishes, fragile treasures…

I had to fit all of this in, and still be able to access it. And this wasn’t all of it!

Before the wire racks, everything was tediously stacked, and it was hard to access the things at the bottom not to mention the pieces in behind them.

Here’s a look at the buffet all loaded up.

I like the way the racks safely separate and elevate the dishes now. And notice, no sagging under the weight!

Just in case you’re interested, the racks come in white like you see here, or chrome. The white is not rubber coated, it is the actual wire painted white. There are two sizes in the basic rack – square, 10″D x 10″W x 5.5″H, which I’ve used here,¬†and rectangular, 8.5″D x 16″W x 5.5″H. You can also get a corner rack that is designed specifically for plates, and all racks are available at¬†Canadian Tire.

Here’s a bonus tip for an unlikely spot to use these racks…

Sunbeam Wire Racks

That’s right. The fridge freezer! Doesn’t it drive you crazy trying to place your freshly filled ice trays, you know, so the water doesn’t spill everywhere? That’s what drove me to this organizational solution! Notice, the rack is turned so you can slide the trays on and off!

Have you ever tried these wire racks? What other solutions do you use to maximize spaces like this behind closed doors?


P.S. ~ Just to make sure there’s no confusion, this is not a sponsored post!

Photography by Sheila Zeller 

Featured at hodge:podge

Featured at hodge:podge

I’m very excited… My closet redesign¬†is being featured over at hodge:podge¬†today ūüôā If you live in a rental, this post is for you! And if you don’t, well, this post is for you, too!! It’s a little inspiration for a lot of closet maximization! Is…