Showing posts with label my apartment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my apartment. Show all posts


I was totally overwhelmed by the positive feedback on my studio tour last week! I'm excited to break it down a little and share some projects and sources that have been particularly helpful for making it work in such a small space. Given the interest for this post on how to organize your clutches, I thought some of you might like to know how I organize my jewelry.

I started with these Container Store acrylic jewelry stands in two heights: one for bracelets and one for necklaces. I happen to own way more bracelets than necklaces so the taller one holds a mixture of the two. I keep my earrings and rings in boxes and trays — right now I have this on my windowsill and this on my bathroom counter.

My clutches and my jewelry sit on top of the dresser in my only closet (note to self: next apartment must have double the closet space). I like that the jewelry stands are clear so the surface of my dresser looks tidy and I can see all my accessories at a glance.

What do you think? Could you live with this organization system? How do you store and display your jewelry?

*photos by Trent Bailey for Glitter Guide


One of the projects I'm most excited to tackle in my apartment is assembling a gallery wall next to my desk. My friend Amy has the most beautiful little vignettes in her apartment (catch a glimpse here) and totally inspired me to start covering my bare walls with new prints, old maps, and random keepsakes. Anything you're coveting for your walls at the moment? Do share!

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{Books top to bottom: one, two, three, four, five, six}

I've crossed a few things off the apartment to do list but it's definitely still a work in progress! I'll continue to share bits and pieces on Instagram until it's ready to be photographed. How long did it take for you to make your first place feel like home? Tell me I'm not crazy for taking a few months to make everything just right ;)

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Several of you have asked when I'll be sharing a full apartment tour on the blog! I am absolutely dying to share everything with you but have so many finishing touches I'd like to wrap up before I whip out my fancy camera. Until it's 100% ready (I'm sorry to be so type A!), I thought I'd share sources for some of the items I've shared sneak peeks of on Instagram

My sofa is finally in place! It was an impulse purchase on Joss & Main, which I highly recommend checking daily — seriously it's my new addiction. If you're looking for something similar, it looks almost exactly like this one from West Elm. I bought the blanket on Joss & Main as well and the mirror was a vintage score given to me by my mom for my birthday. It totally makes the space! See this post for some of my favorite mirror recommendations. 

I'm using Ikea's Expedit shelves as a room divider with the Branas baskets to store jewelry, paper, and more for my boutique. My bed is on the other side of the shelves and I bought four of these Society Social chairs for around the table where I pack boxes. They're the perfect scale for the space and can be folded up and tucked away if I'm tight on space! The Diptyque candle was a little housewarming gift to myself while shopping with Alex, Amy, and Emily.

This CB2 acrylic console used to be underneath the mirror where the sofa is but now it sits in front of the window and functions as my desk. I need to add a couple end tables to the mix for storage but I love the look!

This Euro Style Lighting mirror is my newest addition. The leather trim kind of kills me in the best way possible. I'm not sure where I'll be hanging it permanently but I kind of like the reflection of the backs of my bookshelves!

Details from my bookshelves... Coral found on Nantucket, Design Darling matches and tortoiseshell bowl, and a few favorite reads including this and this.

I still have so much to do, including but not limited to:
1. Finding a teeny tiny table for next to my door. I desperately need a central spot for tossing keys and mail!
2. Deciding on bedding, headboard, etc. Right now I'm sleeping on the sheets I had a couple years ago in college... This is the definitely the "area" that feels the furthest from completion.
3. Figuring out storage for my office area. My printer is currently on the floor — so not cute or practical.
4. Trying to squeeze an end table on either side of the sofa... This might be mission impossible!
5. Hang a full-length mirror on the closet door and a push light above the clothing rod. I have a decent-sized closet but it's pretty useless when I can't see a thing inside it! 

I'm really trying to slow down and enjoy the process of decorating instead of rushing to make it feel "finished." Thanks for all your enthusiasm! Any other sources you want to know? Tweet me here!

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I hope you had a lovely weekend! I spent mine with a rotating crew of family and friends helping me move into my new apartment (seriously, what would I do without them?). One thing I'm learning about furnishing a 375 square foot studio is that every purchase has to be completely deliberate. There's no "let's buy it and find a spot for it" because there simply is no extra space. So far that means using an oversized bookshelf as a room divider (which you can sort of see here), a deep windowsill as a bedside table, and a dining table that will double as a work surface for packing boxes for my boutique. I'm surprised at just how much I've been loving the challenge! Here are a few spaces that are inspiring me at the moment...
My space is even tinier than Elizabeth Bauer's gorgeous studio but I love that she divided a small space into two distinct rooms. I adore the glass divider but we used a bookshelf for much-needed storage!
I'm totally hung up on finding the perfect white bedding! Monogrammed pillows would be the perfect finishing touch, don't you think? 
My studio only has two windows but thankfully they're quite big and let in a good deal of natural light. I'm excited to build pelmet boxes (using this tutorial) with my mom and love the idea of adding bright white trim.
I keep coming back to this picture as an example of perfectly styled bookshelves. The mix of books, storage, and personal touches makes you totally forget it's from Ikea! 

There you have it: a vague idea of where I'm headed with this ;) I can't tell you how much fun I'm having with it! What decorating projects are next on your to do list? 

*Photos 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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