Tuesday’s Tips: have an empty wall? Create more shoe storage

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Going to NYC soon and always curious how people there store their stuff and how would I manage if I had cramped living quarters. Then I thought how easy we all can benefit from the ones who live in small spaces. Taking cues from those with limited closet space, use the tried and true and very inexpensive floating shelves….

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Love the idea of using wood planks and bricks because it’s less time consuming. No measurement required. So simple and can easily look better when painted. Imagine gold leaf bricks with white shelves. Using shelves along any sloped odd dead space makes it functional. Adding decal quotes, mirrors or side chairs for styling can bring the look together if you think two shelves would look funny in the middle of a wall. It looks more polished if your room happens to have a niche or some sort of indent. Spaces like that just scream for shelves…

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I like the smaller shelves as well because those can be used to display purses or standout pieces…
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{Images via Domino, the Life Styled Blog, Pinterest & Maison 21 }

Fashion illustrations all throughout this home

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I can’t begin to tell you the joy I received while looking at Megan Hess’ home in this home at adore home’s latest issue.

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The drapery is so romantic….
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This bathroom…

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I need some decals that look like ornate frames!

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I love her thought process. She doesn’t hide her fav pieces, she displays them. She likes to look at her closet and upon the first glance see things that are meaningful to her, gifts from family or things she picked up in her travels.

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Spring Cleaning: how to edit your closet

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Decided to copy and paste Sarah’s rules of thumb for editing your closet and deciding what to keep and what to lose.

1. “If you hold up the garment and can see any body part imprinted in it – i.e. elbows, knees, saggy bums, etc. – it goes out.”

2. “Pay particular attention to collars – these are near your face and right in people’s eye line, so any fraying, wear-and-tear or make-up/fake tan stains, etc. means it goes.”

3. “Consider the ‘two tries rule:’ if you have put on a garment and then immediately taken it off to wear something else two or more times, let it go. I know, you spent good money on it and have never worn it, but you are not getting that money back by keeping it in your closet. Smile and enjoy the cathartic feeling of de-cluttering.”

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Every closet space I come across makes me more anxious to move…

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…Into my new place which will have a walk in closet, a first for me. It’s even big enough to have a dresser inside. Cannot wait to move. I need to compile a moodboard so I can create everything I want and not miss a thing…

{Via Christopher Sturman for Harpers Bazaar}
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Or maybe I should leave my dresser out and put a small table to fold the weeks outfits in piles or display jewelry like a store…
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Still need to go thrifting to find some pretty china and saucer plates for baubles.

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Love the tape used to create stripes. Thinking of doing that versus painting the walls for the closet Decisions decisions.

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Design Tip: if you don’t have shelving units, simply use a leaning bookshelf if hanging brackets isn’t your thing. Actually a bookshelf of any kind would work. See how this mom cave is used for storing shoes…

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Creating an inspiration board with fashion figures and looks can help you select what to pair with what on days when you’re struggling with what to wear. I have been making paper moodboards of clothes, hair & makeup for over a decade. Going back to middle school, it was my way of eliminating clutter (magazines) while keeping pics that inspired me. For years I keep telling myself I will refer to those outfits I continue to snatch out and draw them…fashion illustration style.

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I drew this a month ago and posted it to instagram. I liked the illustration online so drew my take. I want to devote more time to drawing. I’m too good to let that talent sit. And I want to frame my own drawings for my closet. I know I said this before…but it’s a passion of mine. Everyone who knows me knows I can draw. My day job always has me doing the creative duties of the office. I was great at drafting and rendering in college. I need to make the time. It’s just been difficult with being so cold, my energy is depleted plus I’m packing for a move which is why my posts have been scarce. I fall asleep everytime I sit down to blog…even on my lunch at work. I feel a bit overwhelmed with my task list currently…
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Designs by Smith Boyd Interiors….

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Opulence, Elegance and layered luxury is what you see when looking at a design by Boyd. He feels bedrooms should look like hotel suites. With an initial interest in architecture, the Art Institute graduate, realized his love for fashion, textiles, and furniture and pursued a career in interior design. Born in Louisiana,  his first influences were in the rich French history of New Orleans. “I build rooms like wardrobes…carefully and specific to the bodies that dwell there.”

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A coral & red explosion…

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This is a lot of color enveloping the rooms…..

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The furniture isn’t my style but the bones of the room is. I love black windowsills, gallery walls & reflection on the marble flooring. Usually I like area rugs to anchor spaces but this works…

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{Via Architectual Digest: designed by Stephen Gambrel, Mitchell Turnbough  Richard Lamberston, John Yunis w/ architect Pietro Cicoganani & photographed by Joshua McHugh, Jon Miller/Hedrich Blessing, Scott Frances & Oberto Gili}