Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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You put art where? Pt 1: The closet

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This will be the first of a 4 part series that highlights areas where you can put art. Areas most people don’t think about. You know how you come across images of closets & dressing rooms that have art? Well I noticed I’ve pinned quite a bit of quotes that would be fun for those areas. You can either graphic design one yourself or try your hand at calligraphy with a metallic sharpie on craft paper. Once framed you can have fun closet art for the low (cheap). Quotes are at the end of this post but first let’s indulge in some pretty organized closet inspiration…

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Tursday’s Tips: Dorm dwellers….here’s how to get more closet room

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If you lack closet space and don’t mind hiding a dresser or armoire behind the bed, simply move the bed forward and hang a curtain panel (s) across the length of the wall. That will hide the storage you need. I say put the dresser behind the bed that way the room won’t feel too tight when you move the bed away from the wall. However if you have wiggle room, leave them and just use the 2 feet behind the bed for floating shelves and wardrobe carts.

Tuesday’s Tips: get extra square footage by putting dressers in closets…

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This isn’t for everyone but if you crave the idea of having a reading area or a desk or other sitting furniture, you first need to make room for it. Small rooms with too much furniture feels cramped & smaller than what the room actually is. Make some extra space by storing a dresser or armoire in the closet. It’s like having your own customized closet considering most of those installations has some sort of vertical drawer unit. So you’ll still be maximizing the space

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If you’re lucky enough to have a large walk in closet, place the dresser in the center. Put chairs or a nice chaise lounge against the back of it for seating…

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I hate plates on the wall but other than that, cute room! Love the softening feel by using drapery instead of closet doors…
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Remember When I blogged about this? Well see the other parts of the room…

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Isn’t this a wonderful use of space for a kid’s closet? Well the more I looked at it I realized, ‘hey…I blogged about this room before’. It was in cool ways to repurpose frames post. From this angle you can’t tell but over the dresser is a frame with chicken wire.

I remembered I had this in my archives somewhere but never did put it in my Decorating with Bikes post…

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Last time I blogged about open wardrobe storage, I didn’t know the other side of the above room looked like this below…

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Closet & Dressing Room Obsessed…+ men, here’s how to store ties fashionably…

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How do you feel about open wardrobe in a room? Do you need to have it hidden or would you rather have it on display. I’m a firm believer you know what you have if you see it. Sometimes when things aren’t in eyesight, it’s out of mind. You forget and sometimes buy more when you had something all along. I like the idea of a boutique feel in your own home. Having a chair or two to lounge on so when you and your girls are primping to get ready for a night or when that man helps take those heels off after a long day of work. A vanity with adequate lighting to enjoy the little pleasures of being a woman from makeup application to loading on baubles.

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{Kim Kardashian’s closet via an instagram pic}

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{blogger A Cup of Mai’s dressing room}

Those rolling racks remind me of the time I staged my parent’s driveway for the rummage sale. Mai simply used this room to display her best and prettiest. I love that. Using shopping bags as art is a cheap alternative and rather fitting. The aromas of coffee beans for storing makeup brushes are sure to perk one up in the morning…

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Seeing everything neat with everything in it’s place helps maintain a sense of calm. If it were unorganized to the point of purses falling down on you as you attempt to reach for something, it would leave you irritated and run late as you’ll need to put it back. Then it makes you dread the thought of getting ready because you know it’s going to happen again…

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{Blogger Mr. Goodwill Hunting and his fashionable man cave. I love the usage of urns as a display for ties. The tray with ties spread out is so department store esque. Adding a console with a bench to the space gives more surface for storage. Plus, a place to sit when putting on shoes. It’s simple people…use the same kind of hanger through out. It allows clothing to hang more nicer and visually it looks appealing. Keeping same colors and styles also helps so you know right where to go…
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Closet Envy that made me gasp…

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I take occasional glimpses on The Covetuer’s site but I loved these next several images from style expert Mary Alice Stephenson’s floor. Yes a floor turned into a dressing room/closet. Can we say indulgence?

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See more from her space HERE.

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{Design: David Kaihoi for House Beautiful photos:Ngoc Minh Ngo} I love what David did with the two closets in red. Took what a lot of people deal with, a smaller tight closet and made it work by putting in custom shelving. Don’t have the money for it? Fine, Ikea and Target offers great storage solutions that you can install yourselves. Or just shoot on over to a hardware store and buy brackets that you can place shelves on. They usually come in a variety of sizes so you can easily achieve the look. Here’s some more tips from the Gamourai’s closet on keeping the shelves functional. Installing additional rods really maximizes the vertical space. Because often times the height of the closet is great, just not the width. But most apartments come with the standard one rod, one shelf which doesn’t help.

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{decorator Suzanne Tucker and architect Andrew Skurman Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

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Decorating with Mannequins…feminine indulgences

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Tho I have yet to own one, I have taken quite a liking to mannequins. Primarily ones in master closet suites and dressing rooms. I don’t describe myself as girly and prissy. Pink is not my go to color. I don’t own a dress outside the prom & bridesmaids dress stuck in my closet. My fav color is black. Hate carrying purses (if my personal belongings could be invisible & float in the air within my personal space, I’d be a happy camper. Shoutout to cross body bags!). However I am feminine. I do love a pair of high strappy stilettos, I am a cocktail ring lover, fashion jewelry junkie, playing up my eyes w/shadows and liners. But the idea of a personal space soley intended to primp & dress really does it for me. If I had a dressing room, it would be so girly complete with mirrored furniture and beautiful displays of all things pretty. And what better way to decorate than with a mannequin….or two…or three. The above velvet grape hued mannequins are gorgeous.

{The Found Blog}

This vintage looking mannequin reminds me of the ones found at this Boutique.

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A DISCO ball inspired mannequin? Nothing but sassy & hauteness.

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See other images of mannequins HERE.

Other images via Pinterest & We Heart It