Mad Men

For many, the office is just a place to go to in the middle of the day to get work done. Often dark, stark, and dreary rooms filled with computers and sets of cold filing cabinets. A water cooler. A Keurig machine. The occasional Nespresso machine for the coffee conniseurs. You know, officey. Others, however, are more inclined to make their office space a 'home away from home.' And these men, these "mad men" truly treasure their work place. Sara was blown away by their enthusiasm to create amazingly new and fresh spaces for themselves and their willingness to dive head first into a modern approach. Wait till you see these board rooms:

That table is beyond.  

That table is beyond.  

Love the pops of red! 

Love the pops of red! 

Most offices have some sort of a kitchen. But Sara transformed a corporate kitchen into something truly special. Top of the line appliances, fully organized pantries (an LMO specialty), gorgeous red lacquered cabinetry.  The works. The next time your husband disputes your request to update your kitchen, explain that it wouldn't be fair for his office kitchen to be better than yours...

Hello, beautiful.  

Hello, beautiful.  

Insert heavenly "aaaah" sound here.  

Insert heavenly "aaaah" sound here.  

The men who worked on these projects really impressed Sara. Not only because they appreciated her flair and allowed her to redesign their offices, but because she got to see first hand how important their work is to them. She was very inspired and really had a great time completing these projects. Here are some more pics:   

So. Clean. 

So. Clean. 

Those blue chairs!!

Those blue chairs!!

To Grandmother's House We Go!

So, your kids are all grown up. They've moved on, moved out and that basement closet stuffed with toys can finally be emptied! Better yet, you can finally decorate your house with furniture adorned with as many sharp edges as your heart desires! Sounds like heaven. But before you dump out the sad piles of Barbies who have gotten their golden locks chopped off in one of your daughters "hairstylist" experimental phases, consider the next chapter in your life...grandchildren.

Don't pretend that you've never seen this before.

Don't pretend that you've never seen this before.

Whether you like it or not, they are coming over. And unfortunately for you, if you have nothing but your flown-in silk drapery for them to play with, you're in for a hefty bill after each visit. The good news is we've created the perfect plan. A nice gate and a few straight jackets and the kids should totally be taken care of. Kidding. I'm kidding that was a horrific joke. But seriously if there were some way we could get them to stop touching everything...

A Posh Playroom!

LMO does it again. Why not transform your basement into a wonderful play space for the children to enjoy? Just take a look at some of these photos! The spaces are so inviting and the kids will certainly have no problem playing for hours.

A great selection of books! 

A great selection of books! 

And a cozy couch to read them on! 

And a cozy couch to read them on! 

Check out that adorable play kitchen! And the shopping cart! 

Check out that adorable play kitchen! And the shopping cart! 

Organization is key and board games are a great way to keep the older kids happy too.

Organization is key and board games are a great way to keep the older kids happy too.

Always remember to play by the rules... 

Always remember to play by the rules... 


Moving Day Woes

Summer is a mere week away and though the thought of residing beachside may sound exciting, the process of making it there is not nearly as fun. Personally, I'd rather stab rusty needles in my eyes than pack. When it comes to travel I won't pack a suitcase until I absolutely have to; usually a few hours before the flight is due to depart. And when it comes to the summer move, I will find every possible excuse to procrastinate. Ninety percent of the time I'll throw things in bags and pray they make it to Jersey in one piece. There are often hanging garments sticking out of my passenger door. My rear view is completely obstructed. Freezer goods are melting in the backseat. I am the world's WORST mover. And yet I am writing a piece on how to move properly. Thankfully I've got friends in high places. LMO to the rescue yet again. She so kindly took the time to give me some serious tips on how to have a seamless and anxiety free move and I think you'll find them very useful. 

First off, take everything out of your closet and put it on your bed. Now you are forced to finish or you cannot go to sleep. 

LMO's daughter Gloria sent me this. Wish my clothes were that organized...

LMO's daughter Gloria sent me this. Wish my clothes were that organized...

Be selective. You don't need to take everything. If you haven't worn that ratty beach dress in two years DUMP IT. Stop giving yourself excess to carry back and forth. As per shoes, you don't need stilettos. The staff at Vic's is just looking at you funny. 

LMO highly suggests packing hanging clothes in wardrobes. It makes unpacking a dream and you aren't left with a messy pile of tangled clothes on hangers sliding around your car or truck. 

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As for your folded clothes, keep them neatly stacked and stored in clear Tupperware boxes. You can assume that each family member will need two of them and because everything will be folded inside it will once again make for easy unpacking. 

LMO approved. Pictured is Sofia's summer load.  

LMO approved. Pictured is Sofia's summer load.  

The best way to pack shoes are in Chinese printed bags.

THESE

THESE

If the place you are moving into doesn't have much storage for shoes, keep in mind that shoe boxes can be neatly stacked outside of your closet and double as storage.  

If you are traveling with a child, choose ONE multipurpose stroller. Your moms living room is not the stroller parking at Disneyland. Pick one that will work well on nice walks and that will fold compactly in your car. Limit yourself to only a few toys. Your children will be outside, in the pool, or on the beach. Less is more!

Moving on to the kitchen. Plan your final menus a week in advance. Do your best to cook according to what you want to get rid of in your pantry. Leave nothing aside from canned goods and remember your spices will store nicely in the freezer. 

Finally, keep in mind that organized packing means organized moving. Here is what LMO's truck looked like earlier today: 

Even the trucker is happy! 

Even the trucker is happy! 

Wishing you all an effortless move. Here's to an amazing summer! 

An Ode To Mom

BY: Sofia Jemal

As Mother's Day approaches so many different topics enter my mind. Thinking about how
much our mom has influenced us is really the predominant category. Not sure how it goes in everyone else's family, but in our family mom sure takes a lot of crap. Anything and everything she does comes under scrutiny. The good, the bad and the ugly... always the butt of the joke. So mom, This ones for you!


As mentioned in many other articles, it is very clear that our mom ran a very tight ship at home. Clothes hung in size and color order, spices tightly sealed and arranged by size, Linens folded to perfection and so on... But besides keeping her home in the most organized fashion she loves to entertain and decorate it in style. This she teaches us everyday. It used to be when we were young we would have to watch and keep our hands out of the way. As we progressed into our teens we would actually become helpful. She would have us in the kitchen helping her and at the same time she would be teaching us what she does and how she does it so beautifully and fast. Then in our 20's she let us push her out of the way and let us take over. Once having kids...Now in our 30's and 40's we've become the guests who she's entertaining for. As the years go by mom always keeps it fresh, interesting and beautiful.


Same goes for her decorating. She always had a knack for it. Even as little kids she would ask us what colors we like in our rooms and would incorporate each of our personality in our spaces. Thats something we use everyday in our decorating. Every element of what we do at LMO started with our mom. Even when she would bring furniture to a rental or redo her garden everything would be drawn out to scale to make sure the pieces fit. All of these things; How to use space. How to be unconventional but practical. And how there are no rules. Black and white in every room will always add depth and wood for texture.


A favorite past time of our mom is magazine shopping and browsing. Almost every weekend as long as I can remember mom goes to the stand on east 16th and ave J and buys all the home decorating magazines and studies them over and over again. As she flips through the pages for the second and third time the pages are marked with thin color coded post its. By the time we get there the next week the pages are all torn out and put in a book. A book she created for herself. She catches things in that book that you sometimes wouldn't even think to give a second glance. But we are learning from her everyday. She didn't get this way over night and neither did we.


Getting back to Mother's Day.... Mothers day is one of the nicest days in our family because it is always a Sunday morning brunch that everyone is relaxed and there is no where to run. Our Mom has always hosted her own brunch. Over the last decade the tables have turned. We Have taken over the brunch as she did for her mom. In our family Mother's day is a highly sought after date to claim. You actually need a one year in advance reservation! It is finally my turn (Sofia) and I am truly excited to host this year as Sara, being the Eldest, has Hosted the last bunch of brunches. LMO and her family will be away so we will be missing a big chunk of the family but its nice to actually have mom come to one of our meals. She always makes a fuss over us, its her turn to be fussed over! Looking forward!
Hope you all have a wonderful Mothers day!

BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOS OF MOM'S TABLESCAPES

OAKHURST, NJ CIRCA 1994

OAKHURST, NJ CIRCA 1995

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LMO's take on Mother's Day Brunch, table setting as taught by mom

Mom and her Girls Left to Right: Sara, Lizzy, Marilyn, Sofia & Reggie

Mom and her Girls
Left to Right: Sara, Lizzy, Marilyn, Sofia & Reggie

So, We Meet Again...

By: Sarina Setton

LMO has continuously shown us how far her talents go and how amazing all of her work is. Her clients are often so satisfied with their results that a number of them are what we like to call "repeat offenders." They're usually so pleased with the initial job LMO has done for them that they find themselves contacting her again to work on something else in their house. I took the liberty of interviewing a couple of these so called "offenders" to hear what they had to say about their experiences with LMO. I found it interesting that all four mentioned separately, without having conferred with each other prior to our conversations, how efficient, timely and professional LMO's work is. Pretty impressive.

They transformed my space in two days. Literally!
She got the job DONE.
Sara and her team didn’t waste a minute working here.
She’s quick with her time. I haven’t found anyone that can put a room together as fast as she can.

Rachel

Rachel had just found out she was pregnant when she realized her basement needed a serious revamp. She was considering the work of someone else until her friend had mentioned LMO and pointed out her Instagram account. Rachel was immediately in love and hired LMO to help her out. LMO knew how to make her basement functional and cool at the same time. Rachel found herself hanging out in the basement with her kids all winter long, who after meeting LMO and buying into her philosophy, learned to keep things neat and clean up after themselves.

Because of the success of the basement project, Rachel hired LMO for three more projects at her home in Brooklyn and just signed on for another in Deal, NJ. Rachel has not only admitted to being LMO's number one fan, she leads a double life in which LMO is her best friend. She may or may not have an LMO shrine in her bedroom.

Room fit for a princess, recent job done by LMO for Rachel's daughter.

Room fit for a princess, recent job done by LMO for Rachel's daughter.

 

Micki

Micki had come across an Instagram post that advertised Sara's organizing. They had known each other for most of their lives but it was the "hoarded masses of junk in her life" that prompted Micki to reach out to Sara for a clean up. After seeing Sara's "no nonsense approach to purging" Micki was hooked on her values and couldn't help but applaud every "GET IT OUT" that Sara had barked. Sara has since created a gymnastics room for Micki's daughter and is currently due to create an art station for her kids as well.

Gymnastics haven!

Gymnastics haven!

 

Marilyn

Another victim of Instagram reeling, Marilyn found herself gawking at the numerous LMO posts. She loved what she saw and decided it was time for her to test out the LMO treatment. She fell hard for Sara's speedy, efficient and impeccable work. "Her organizing and clutter free skills are top notch. Not only that, she makes sure to tend to every detail in a room. Where else can you find that?!" Having an LMO'd room is amazing however, what really made her call Sara again was her contagious personality and serious work ethic. "I guess part of the experience is wanting more and more of her talents."


Adele

Adele was moving into a new home with four kids. She knew that the only person who could help her do this the right way was LMO. Sara and her team wasted no time when working with Adele and guided her throughout the entire move-in process. Their knowledge of organization and room decor convinced Adele to reach out to them when her husband needed a home office. In just three weeks time they had created an amazing space. Above all Adele cherishes the friendship that stemmed from working with LMO.

Home office, can you say CHIC??

Home office, can you say CHIC??

It's All in the Family

By: Sofia Jemal

Sofia is LMO's Sister. She works with her full time and is LMO's full time driver

“You work with LMO? That's so much fun”
“LMO is your sister? I didn't know that! How fun!”
“So like, are you very organized?”
“Does being organized run in the family?”
“There's a third sister? And she works with you guys too?”

These are samples of questions that I get asked on a daily basis.  Most people who know any of us Tawil girls know that our organization stems from our mother, Marilyn. She has OCD. REAL OCD. For those of you who constantly wonder if I really am as organized as Sara and if she only hired me because I'm her sister, the answer goes as follows:

As much as Sara and I are very much the same, we are also very different. Yes, we were both born from the same OCD womb. We both had the same slipper thrown at us if our dirty laundry was not thrown in the hamper and were both given "the look" if our dirty plates weren't put in the sink. Some things we do are of course the same but, and this is one major but, we are VERY different. I am an early riser, whereas she is a late sleeper. I shop every store for my groceries and Sara gets everything delivered. I go to sleep before 10:30, she's up till 1AM. I am chronically five minutes early and Sara is chronically five minutes late. There are others, but you get the idea. 

In October of 2013 I was officially initiated into the LMO team. My first assignment was to make pick ups from IKEA. My mom was so afraid of what would combust between both Sara and I that she decided to take the first IKEA trip with me. Sara was unpacking a move-in job and I was to pick up all the necessities and extras that she finds she needs as the job progresses. I needed to pick up a table, a lamp, a mirror and some other things I cannot recall at the moment.We shopped the store, retrieved all of the things we needed off the shelves and then we headed to the “pick it” section. Please keep in mind that I was an avid IKEA shopper. I had been Married for 5 years, had 2 kids under the age of 4 and had moved 3 times. With each move came a newly redecorated space using mostly IKEA products as they have the most bang for their buck. The shopping initiation continued, I moved fast, I carried all of our items, I made friends with the helpers at IKEA and best of all I was in control of my own flatbed. Mom saw my strength. By the time we paid, packed our bags, hauled ass to the car and loaded it, I realized I needed a vacation. We drove around Brooklyn dropping off each clients items to their respective homes where I was of course the runner. By the time we landed at our last stop, I QUIT. It was enough. I was at a point in my life where I was spinning six days a week and had the heart rate of an athlete. But this was all too much. I had quit. I was done with LMO. My sister needed my help and I loved her, unfortunately not enough to warrant that kind of physical labor. And then I got paid. I realized I loved her a lot more than I thought. I had un-quit and reapplied for the job.

Sofia's current apartment

Sofia's current apartment

As the days went by the Jobs were coming in steady. She needed a right hand woman who understood her perspective and could handle the speed. I would go to Target, Home Goods, IKEA and have time to spare. After a few months we decided to put my other talents to work, my drawing and computer skills. We started making floor plans to scale and sent email proposals that included all of our ideas, furniture details and accessories. While I was measuring and drawing out floor plans I realized I had something under my thumb that most people didn't have. Experience. Sara would ask me about a certain IKEA Table and nine out of ten times I owned it in one of my former apartments. "Had it." "Broke it." "Tried it, hated it." "Changed it." "Went with CB2" etc. I even had knowledge of the best movers and the worst movers. The best storage boxes, cardboard or plastic, and what storage facility I liked best. 

Sofia's second apartment, wearing IKEA beautifully.  

Sofia's second apartment, wearing IKEA beautifully.  

As if this weren't enough I decided to incorporate my love of art into our work. I studied and practiced art at school for many years and had forgotten how much I loved it. LMO Reminded me how much I loved to beautify places and spaces . I looked back at my second apartment and how I used my own art to decorate and save some cash. I could be helpful at that . Sara was so great at theme-ing spaces up I could help her with the art. That was my thing! And so I started to create custom art for certain clients. After realizing how time consuming that was, I decided locating and framing the art would be just as rewarding and a lot less stressful on the bank. 

Here is a photo of the art wall in one of Sofia's apartments.  

Here is a photo of the art wall in one of Sofia's apartments.  

As the weeks went on we were finishing each others sentences, Instagramming the same images to each other and practically sharing a brain. Sara and I really brought each others strengths to the table and would create a beautiful cohesive room with style and practicality. We would have our spats as coworkers and sisters but we would learn to put them behind us whether we agreed or disagreed. So as most people ask: "Are you organized?” YES “ Are you qualified?” I'd say, YES!

Looking forward to many more beautiful spaces! Cheers sis! 

PASSOVER CLEANING 101

Little Miss Organizer's Tips & Tricks

By: Sarina Setton

As most of us have been spending the last week or so preparing for the upcoming holiday I thought it might be cute to get the inside scoop on how LMO prepares for passover. I debated interviewing Sara herself but then thought who better to get the lowdown from than her kids? I sat down with Gloria (Sara's eldest) who began to tell me that LMO's number one tip is to start early and to do a little bit at a time. Most of us start after Purim, right? LMO does her first cleaning during intercession in January. As of February 1st she stops buying chametz and starts to clean out the pantry. Jack, Sara's youngest, has been complaining since then of the lack of food in the house. "I'm starving" he says. I explained to Gloria that I tried holding the same policy this year and that because my house was so low on food my husband actually took himself to the grocery store on Sunday (yes, 6 days before Passover) and came home with not one, but two boxes of cereal along with a box of frozen super pretzels.

You aren’t scary enough, my mother is a tyrant.
— Gloria Terzi

I need a lesson in husband control it seems. Once the house is cleaned Sara holds a strict rule of food staying in the kitchen. As Jack put it "she is the kitchen police." Gloria went on to explain how Sara shampoos her carpets every year. By herself. She also pays her children to empty out their closets, try on old clothes and to discard whatever they aren't wearing anymore.

Most people get a car wash before the holiday to ensure that there is no chametz present in their vehicles. Sara has Gloria take care of this job but also takes this one step further by making Jack "bathe" his toy cars.

Once Passover is done Sara continues to keep the house on low to avoid any extra food in the house before it's time to move to Deal in the summer.

We have to move in with Grandma Marilyn and she only lets us bring our bodies so it’s either garbage or you stay in Brooklyn.

Poor Jack. Perhaps my husband will take him on secret grocery runs.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

By: Sarina Setton

Above: Closet organizing done to perfection. Different hangers for different uses all chosen and ordered by LMO.

Above: Closet organizing done to perfection. Different hangers for different uses all chosen and ordered by LMO.

March was a month full of unpacking, settling, hanging and of course organizing. But, this job was probably the biggest of them all. When a client calls and says she's moving her family (five children in tow) into a new four floor home after twenty years of marriage, LMO needs to call in the troops. And it isn't because she can't do it on her own, she certainly can, but LMO likes to keep things cost effective. A job like this would take weeks to finish on her own, instead she and her team were done in only seven days. When it comes to dividing and conquering Sara is master. She had someone to carry boxes in, someone to open them, someone taking care of trash, someone unpacking the boxes...like I said, troops.

I can go on and on about how well she organizes but I think the pictures do enough justice. Do you see this amount of stuff?? TWENTY years of accumulation. Seven days!! Seven! Pretty impressive stuff. I think what we're all thinking is, well, what does Sara's house look like? Are her kids this neat? How does SHE prep for passover? Stay tuned for next weeks post...

This family has THE BEST toys.

This family has THE BEST toys.

"Honey, I'm Home!"

By: Sarina Setton

So You Think You've Got it All Figured Out...

Moving into a new home is certainly exciting. However, we all know it can be a daunting task and nowhere near easy. Unless you're LMO. Sara has gotten this down to a science. She makes unpacking look FUN. Weirdo.
Pictured above is a clients new bedroom. She hired LMO to help her out with her new home. But it wasn't just about opening boxes and keeping things tidy. Sara helped her pick out bedding, order the right hangers and closet organizers for each space in the house, etc. Like a friend with good taste, Sara was there to help make all of the right decisions. There is no doubt that having everything done right from the beginning is truly a blessing. LMO proceeded to unpack the entire home and make each and every bed with that special LMO touch. Hotel-ey, but homey at the same time. Perfection.
Check out all of the pics from this new job, they are insane:

It’s like I get a new house, and it’s mine for a week or two and then I give it back as a gift. Love seeing everything set up like no one can.
— Sara Terzi, Little Miss Organizer

The Perfect Pantry

There are few things I love more than an LMO pantry. I actually purchased a bunch of OXO containers almost 6 months ago in an attempt to keep my shelves organized. The containers are still in a storage closet unfilled and in turn chocolate chip and almond bags are currently randomly strewn about my pantry. I'd show you pictures but perhaps we'll save that for another post. I need a little dose of LMO myself.

There are few things I love more than an LMO pantry. I actually purchased a bunch of OXO containers almost 6 months ago in an attempt to keep my shelves organized. The containers are still in a storage closet unfilled and in turn chocolate chip and almond bags are currently randomly strewn about my pantry. I'd show you pictures but perhaps we'll save that for another post. I need a little dose of LMO myself.


THE ATTIC

By: Sarina Setton

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One thing is certain, the above pictures have not been tampered with. Everything you see
was pictured as is (yes, even that green carpet). All it took was one final trip to their attic for this family to realize that it needed one hell of a revamp. So they did what anyone would do, they called Little Miss Organizer.

“Somebody has to go polish the stars,
They’re looking a little bit dull.
Somebody has to go polish the stars,
For the eagles and starlings and gulls
Have all been complaining they’re tarnished and worn.”
— Shel Silverstein, A Light In The Attic

Surprisingly, or rathernot surprisingly at all, The LMO team took this job to the next level and turned the light on in this once very dark attic. Take a look at the pictures below, they're almost as shocking as Kim Kardashian's new platinum locks.

Not only did LMO create the perfect cozy pink bedroom, she set up an adorable library space for the girls to catch up on some reading. Those old carpets were sent on their merry way and in came fresh, young, and of course pink, carpeting. The circle wall decals and the striped walls in the bedroom replaced the once stark white wall color.

“What’s done is done. Say good-bye to the past, and hello to the future”
— V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

In true organizer fashion, LMO made sure to include an incredible dresser along the library wall. My personal favorite touch. Upholstered headboards, monogrammed pillows, nothing was spared. "E" and "I", whoever you are, you are two very lucky ladies. Hope you're enjoying your new space!!

LMO: YOUTH REDEFINED

By: Sarina Setton

Little Miss Organizer has shown us that her talents go far beyond labeling and separating.
Remodeling basements and playrooms have become a very significant part of the LMO repertoire and she has recently gained lots of popularity amongst a younger clientele. The kids love her, and she is almost like a celebrity to them.

Above: This job was one LMO worked on with a young girl. Requests, phone calls and all business matters were done directly with her. She knew exactly what she wanted and knew how to make it come to life. One of our favorite jobs to date.

Above: This job was one LMO worked on with a young girl. Requests, phone calls and all business matters were done directly with her. She knew exactly what she wanted and knew how to make it come to life. One of our favorite jobs to date.

She has had clients call up their friends to come see her in real life as she revamps a room. They talk about her in school. They are star struck when they meet her. It's pretty amazing and nice to know that as much as LMO loves doing the job, the clients love her and love watching her do it. They love what LMO comes with, a new outlook and a fresh start.

Hi. I feel like I’m jipping my kids because they don’t have an LMO basement. Or art room. Or dress up corner. Or a GYM!! What kind of childhood will they have?
— ANONYMOUS
An amazing basketball ready basement. Decals, wood flooring, padded walls. No job too big for LMO...

An amazing basketball ready basement. Decals, wood flooring, padded walls. No job too big for LMO...

Ask yourself this: "does my basement have a teepee in it?"

Ask yourself this: "does my basement have a teepee in it?"

Yes! That is a giant cork wall!

Yes! That is a giant cork wall!

Her creativity truly never ceases to amaze. How does she make it look so easy? Check out some of the jobs pictured here, they are pretty astounding. If only there were some way to picture the moments these rooms were unveiled to their owners.

“We Are Animals! I Don’t Want to Live Like This Anymore!”

By: Sarina Setton

Pictured above is only some of the trash from a cleanup and basement revamping that the LMO Crew took on. Our client, who saw a serious attic job done at his brother-in-law’s house went home the day that he had seen it and said to his wife “I think we need to call Little Miss Organizer.” To put it lightly, this was one heck of a cleanup (which somehow took only one day for our team to complete).

As a newbie to the bunch I’m seriously amazed by this; and if I told you how long I sometimes leave miscellaneous piles of stuff to organize, I’d probably not be allowed to write for this blog. But anyway, enough about me and more about the revamp.

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This basement was as cliche as basements go. Dreary. Dull. Lifeless. Someplace you’d never want to send your kids down to play. The full sized 1990’s television set (because that’s what it was called then, a television set). Did it even work? Probably not. An oddly placed refrigerator. A closet full of packed in stuff. The proof is in the pictures. For LMO, this was cake. The team morphed this space into something bright, fresh and most importantly, organized. Out went that cluttered looking wall of closets (the irony, right?) and in came clean sheetrock with brightly colored shelving inserts.

Pops of hot neon colors made this basement really shine. I especially liked the art series that nicely tied in with the accented pieces of furniture and the bright orange paint. The army printed area rug was the perfect amount of edgy to help complete the look of this space. We watched the basement transport into 2015 with an LED TV mounted on the wall leaving an airy and completely uncluttered feel. This job was nothing short of
perfection. Great job LMO!