1 Nightstand, 3 Ways

I’m constantly playing with unique ways to style my apartment (hence why I am constantly posting design refreshes), which is precisely why these little design challenges are so fun for me. Since I’ve already done my dining and coffee tables, next up was naturally my bedside table. Without further adieu, here are 3 different ways to style a nightstand.

Nightstand 1:  Fresh flowers? Check. Deliciously scented candles? Check and check. Simple bedtime reads? Check. I love how this variation has just about everything you need on your nightstand but doesn’t look cluttered at all.

Nightstand 2: I don’t know about you, but I hate sleeping in jewelry, no matter how dainty the ring. I love that this styling variation has a little tray for jewelry to go at night, plus the addition of a crystal to promote calming energy.

Nightstand 3: I suppose you could call this nightstand the perfect marriage between the first two—beautiful flowers, bedtime reads, and calming geodes.

Which nightstand option do you like best? Share in the comments below!

Tricks of the Trade: Bathroom Organization

My bathroom is, without a doubt, the smallest room in the apartment. Somehow, all three of our walk-in closets are larger than our bathroom. But even with its small size working against us, I’ve manager to pack a whole lot into it without making it feel cluttered or cramped. From a shelving system to hidden storage, keep reading to find out my tips for maximizing storage space in a small bathroom.

The biggest tip I can give is to invest in an over-the-toilet shelving system—I found this one on Target and seriously couldn’t love it any more. With this system in place, here are some more ways to increase storage space:

  • Use vases as storage — I love shopping at flea markets and second-hand stores and often pick up quaint vases when I do. The vases in my bathroom not only serve as decoration, but also double as storage. I put all kinds of things in my vases, from nail clippers and tweezers to floss and travel toothpaste.
  • Place baskets on top of your shelving unit — Without the baskets I’ve placed above our shelf, I would definitely not be able to fit all of my toiletries. The two that we have in our bathroom hold everything from sunscreen and body lotion to cold medicine and advil.
  • Hang a shower caddy — I’m a firm believer that everything in a room should have a spot, which is exactly why I hung two shower caddies over our rack in the shower. I love how this keeps everything up and off the bathtub and into its own designated spot.

Do you have any storage tips for a small bathroom? Let me know in the comments!

Apartment Refresh

Another month, another apartment refresh. Seriously, if you don’t know by now how much I love switching things up in my apartment, then you must not have followed along for very long. Because, well, I live for it. Keep reading to check out the latest—and the greatest—updates.

An indigo pillowcase to replace our other navy blue one that got too sun stained.

A beautiful piece of Czech pottery to match our pair of vases.

A memento from our trip to New Mexico, a book about Georgia O’Keeffe’s lovely work.

Yet another souvenir from New Mexico: a sweet straw basket that now has a home on our magazine stack.

A pretty pink geode that’s supposed to bring soothing energy with it.

Not new perse, but our fiddle leaf fig tree has been growing like crazy recently. I’m so obsessed with how lush and full it is! (You can see how small it once was in this post.)

Tricks of the Trade: Makeup Organization

I’ve always appreciated the magic of makeup, but recently that appreciation has turned more into an obsession. Every night, I find myself watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, which inevitably have product endorsements in them, which inevitably winds up in me ordering said products and growing my makeup collection. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Because my collection has grown these past few months, I’ve been experimenting with different organizational techniques and have finally landed on a system that I’m excited to share.

Of course, if my bathroom were much larger, I’d definitely be stocking up on these clear makeup holders to do the job. But alas, I’m working with a few drawers in my second closet, as well as some vanity space. To maximize this limited space, I invested in some really pretty vases to store my brushes, eyebrow gels, and lip pencils. Some days, I’ll only apply some eyebrow gel and hint of lip color, so I love that these two staples are now super easy to reach.

As for the rest of my makeup products, I found these very practical cubes from IKEA that happen to fit perfectly in my vanity drawers. I use two for my makeup: One for My concealers, highlighters, and beauty blenders, and the other for bronzers, blushes, powders, eyeshadows, and foundations. Because they are quite small, I stack most things with the largest item on the bottom and the smallest on top. When I get ready in the morning, I simply empty out the bins and pull my selections for the day.

How do you organize your makeup? Please share in the comments!

Apartment Wish List

Ok, ok, I’m guilty. I would make updates to my apartment on the daily if I could. What can I say? I just love making little changes and updates here and there!

So it should come as no surprise that I have a few areas/items on my wish list at the moment. Here’s a little breakdown:

Ever since I wrote this post about home bar necessities in which I repurposed the bar cart from my kitchen, I’ve been wanting another one for our living room. I think it would help round out the space, as well as make our home better-equipped for entertaining.

When we first moved in, we had absolutely nothing. First on our list? A bed, of course. Since we were in such a rush to buy a bed so that we could sleep in our own place, I didn’t even think about a rug to go underneath it. But now that we’re much more settled, it’s high up on my list.

My boyfriend is in love with the photograph we have above our dining table, but if it were up to me, we’d have floating shelves topped with pretty pottery and the like.

This chair is actually a newer addition, and while I love it, I think we can ultimately find a better home for it in our living room. In its place, I’d love to find a tall side table that would help create a landing place for mail, keys, etc.

P.S: To see more of my wish list, check out these posts.

Apartment Refresh

It’s officially official: I’m a chronic redecorator. And I’m ok with it. Keep scrolling to see the updates I’ve made around the house since my last blog update.

Another blue and white vase to add to the collection.

A beautiful new dish from my friend, Stephanie Intelisano.

Hand-painted patterned pillow made from fabric that we bought in Thailand.

Sea shells also from Thailand, as well as sage.

I guess one can never have too many black and white patterned pillows because I scooped these two up from the Alameda Point Antiques Fair.

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Breakdown

 

Ready for a breakdown? I thought so!

As many of you know, I have two closets in my apartment. Though since my second closet is really like a glamorized coat closet, I thought I would focus on my main closet for the purposes of this blog post. You’ll soon see that this main closet is pretty sizable and through my efficient placement and thorough organization, I’ve only made it feel roomier.

When structuring your closet, you want to focus on practicality. For me, I have two long rods so I knew that I wanted to hang dresses, skirts, dress pants, and blouses on them. Though I knew that I would also need more storage. Cue: a dresser tucked beneath my blouses.

While this may seem like an obvious storage trick to many, that’s not always the case. Many of my clients have simply left the space under the hanging items underutilized, which is a miss in my book. The only exception to this is dresses, because these are often long and flowy so I would not recommend keeping any sort of dresser drawers underneath them. A shoe rack, however, could potentially work in that space.

In addition to my two long racks, I also have shelves in my closet. One level of shelves is very accessible—well, by very I mean I can reach everything so long as I stand on my toes—while another level is far too high to reach. Given this, I placed the items that I need at arm’s length on the first level, such as all of my jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts. Then on the upper level, I have more seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, scarves, as well as extra purses.

So now are you ready to tackle your closet? Once you’ve got the layout mastered, you can move onto color coordination. And lucky for you, I’ve got lots of posts about that very topic.