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Entries in Mae Hacking (11)


Until We Meet Again

Dear Readers,

We write this post with a bit of sad news: we have decided to stop publishing Here in This House. After three great years of design news, tips, interviews, showhouses, trade shows, products, home improvement projects and more, we are both happy to say we wrote about the best and loved every minute of it. Your support has been invaluable and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading, sharing and commenting. It made it all worth it to think we had over 10,000 pages viewed each month. So thank you for following along.

So what’s next?

Here in This House will still exist, sort of. It will not be taken down but archived. There will be no new posts or news but it will continue to exist in its current state.

Elise continues to provide social media services to brands and small businesses as well as write for a variety of publications about green and healthy living. You can find her latest and greatest at Elise Jones Consulting. She also has not abandoned her love of all things design and keeps pinning, tumbling and tweeting on a regular basis. Also, you can reach her at her personal email: And if you happened to miss, she’s relocating to Northern California in July (which she is very excited about)!!!

Mae is thankful for this little side project that got to be bigger than she ever imagined. She will be continuing to pursue her photography among other personal pursuits and of course continuing her work to turn her vintage split level into a home of her own. If you have a hankering to revisit some of her interiors shots from this blog and elsewhere, stroll on over to her photography site. Mae can also be pinged on the usual social media outlets or via email at

Again, thank you so much for all of your support and we look forward to “seeing” you all again!

All our best,
Elise & Mae


Organizing the Pantry

It's done! It's done! And it didn't take a millenium to complete! I am, of course, referring to my little pantry project. In case you don't recall, Hurricane Sandy + Jill Vegas' School of Speed Decorating class = pantry project. When I last left you, having cleaned, organized, planned and shopped, all I had left to do was wait for my packages to come rolling in and have everything installed. Taking my own advice, I did obtain the help of a professional so as not to repeat my mistakes of the past.

But to really understand the scope of my problem, I have to start with where I began. Here is an annotated depiction of my "before" pantry:


And here is the pencil-sketched plan I drew up, complete with measurements, placements and product details:

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Getting Started: Organizing the Pantry

All one needs to do is search on Pinterest for "pantry" to see beautiful, enormous, light-filled, precisely organized food storage spaces. French doors. A bevy of swing out doors and drawers. And an endless assortment of perfectly matched and possibly labeled containers. Let's be clear: THIS IS NOT MY PANTRY. Mine is a not-quite 2 ft x 2 ft x 8 ft space with no light and five (albeit adjustable) shelves.  It is crammed to the gills with food and other kitchen wares. The front half has some rough sense of order. The back, not so much. After telling myself for all these months that I was going to make some sense of that space, I've finally done it. Well, sort of...

Original image from Amy Azzarito's DesignSponge tour of the New Hampshire home of Ryan and Emerson Fry.

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A Semblance of Normalcy 

As you may or may not know, we both live in New Jersey. As of this very moment we are not back to our routines (and in Mae's case not even back in our homes) and therefore have been delinquent in posting our latest and greatest. Please bear with us and we'll be back soon.

In the meantime, please take a moment to donate to those in need via the Red Cross, calling 1.800.HELP.NOW or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Thanks so much.


Installing Interior Doors

It's been a while (over a year, but who's counting?) and I can finally say that my not-so-little interior door upgrade project is done! After extensive hemming and hawing over the door specifications, laboring over the door hardware decisions and surviving a vanishing handyman, I finally have new bedroom and closet doors.

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