Beautifully Organized Space: Accessories Closet

Check out this accessories closet:

Beautifully organized by Flavia of Lulu Abroad, who lined up her shoes on shelves by type, hung belts on a row of hooks, used frames for sunglasses and jewelry, and cubbies for handbags.

Functional and looks great too.  Nicely done!

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Beautifully Organized: Nail Polish

Painting my nails is one of those little things I like to do when I get a free moment to myself.  Currently I keep my collection of nail polish in a cosmetics bag with clear zippered pockets – one pocket is for mani/pedi tools (nail clipper, file, etc.) and the other is for the polishes. It’s worked great, however after several years of use, the bag now is worn and torn, and so I’ve been thinking of either finding a similar replacement, or maybe trying out one of these ideas:

(1) Dedicate a shelf in the medicine cabinet to them

(2) Store them in a glass jar

(3) Line them up on a vanity tray

(4) Keep them in an acrylic organizer or (5) a re-purposed spice rack

How do you like to store and keep your nail polishes organized?

image credits: 1-glitter guide, 2-into the gloss, 3-the coveteur, 4-fabulous k, 5-refinery 29, 6-guide to style, 7-hopelessly devoted to makeup, 8-birchbox
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I’m Back!

Sorry for the unexpected long silence here! I didn’t plan to be away from the blog for so long. I’ve had several things going on at once these past few weeks, and with little downtime available to unwind and re-energize, honestly, it’s been somewhat overwhelming and draining.

I’m just now starting to create a bit more breathing room to get a balance back.  I’ve missed having time to do things like cook at home, exercise regularly, take Little Foot to the dog park, visit with friends, have a leisurely weekend, work on projects, make some progress on the apartment, write blog posts, catch up on my blog reading, etc. … I’m looking forward to integrating those things back in to my days.

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Branches in the Kitchen

Loving the look of flowering branches in the kitchen, whether in large or small scale:

A beautiful way to bring a bit of nature indoors, don’t you think?

image credits: 1- O at home, 2-via inspired design3-dominomag
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Beautifully Organized: Bobby Pins and Hair Elastics

On most days, I tend to put my hair up in a pony tail, bun or chignon – any of you do the same? Here are a few ideas for keeping all those bobby pins and hair elastics organized and easily accessible:

Designate a specific spot for each type of hair accessory so that when you need an item you know where to find it.  (1) A small clear vanity jar can beautifully hold hair elastics.  (2) A paper clip holder works great for bobby pins since the magnetic ring makes them easy to dispense. (3) A larger container with dividers is great for separating out different sizes/types and for holding larger quantities.  (4) Magnetized boxes and magnetic strips (5) adhered to the inside of a cabinet door are perfect for small spaces.

Where do you like to store your hair accessories?  Share your ideas with us in the comments section!

image credits: 1-via dress design decor, 2-glitter guide, 3-real simple, 4-into the gloss, 5-lucky mag, 6-life currents
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Photo Labeled Hat Boxes

Photos are a great way to label the contents of a box. We’ve seen them used for organizing shoes, and this lovely example from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess shows them used for organizing hats:

p.s. find out how she DIY’d her boxes here!

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend

I will be giving my mom the royal treatment this weekend.  She is my mentor, my role model, my greatest supporter, always giving her love and kindness.  I feel so fortunate to be her daughter.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

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Living Room Progress

Last week I showed you photos of my office progress. Today I’m showing you photos of our living room. If you remember from this post, when we got the keys, the walls were painted a medium brown.  Similar to the office, we decided we wanted to brighten things up with a nice white (we went with Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic):

Here’s my list of things to get/make:

1. Throw pillows – I’ve been so busy making them for others, I haven’t set aside the time to make some for myself! lol I guess also, I haven’t really finalized what fabrics I want to use.  I want to do four, maybe five pillows total.  Two will probably be in China Sea’s Aga Reverse in black and white, but not sure what I want for the others. Still deciding!

2.  Art for wall above sofa – I’m thinking something abstract with various blues

3. Another table lamp and two side tables (the thing holding the current lamp is actually a shoe shelf turned sideways)

4. A rug to add a bit of warmth and texture

5. A mirror for above the fireplace – maybe a sunburst one or a tall rectangular one

6. Coffee table accessories

7.  A flat screen TV (you can spot the “mini”, yet bulky one we currently have in the second pic)

I’d love to take out the blinds and add new window treatments but considering we don’t really know how long we’ll stay in this condo (1 year, 2 years?), it may not be worth the investment.  The white chair I’ve had since I was in college and was given to me by a friend of my mom’s.  It’ll probably stay for now.

Well there you have it.  That’s what my living room looks like currently – a neutral base. Can’t wait to add some life and color to it. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Color Inspiration: Aqua + Navy

 image credits: 1-christopher farr, 2-martha stewart
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Walk-in closet in a mini bedroom

An old fave from domino.  This is such a great idea for a small room with no storage.   A loft bed leaves leftover room underneath for a closet system to organize clothes and accessories.  Fabric on the loft’s undercarriage and custom curtains dresses things up. Every inch is maximized and the space feels serene and clutter free.

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