Home Life: My accessory table pt 1

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Today I am sharing a little bit of homelife with you: my jewelry/accessories table. I hope you enjoy. I am trying to bring some more personal snippets to the blog. Anyone who knows me knows I love me some fashion jewelry. Dainty? Not my thing. Unless I pile dainty rings on multiple fingers and layer dainty necklaces. Bring me the bold stuff anyday…

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Remember when I DIY’d this art here out of pillows?

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My rings are my prized possessions. I feel naked without a big cocktail ring on…

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So I simply set up everything on my Ikea desk table…

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This was a lucite box gifted to me at the Container Store’s blogger preview (you can read all about that here).

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I keep another acrylic organizer in my closet for nail polish but the go to colors are on this table…

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Believe it or not, I have odd things in these boxes. One has teeth that fell out as a kid. You know…for keepsakes. Another has spare sets of car keys. I try to use as much as I already have for storage instead of buying a ton of new items…

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I bought this acrylic felt lined jewelry organizer from TJMaxx for only $7.99. I like to keep my metals separated so I can easily grab n go! There is a smaller acrylic box that holds safety pins. The Container store has so many in fun colors and sizes for small objects like that.

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My favorite gunmetal and silver pieces…

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I love the way my sunglasses are displayed. Some of them came from Sunglass Spot which sells every pair on their website for only $5. The Container Store‘s acrylic floating shelves are great for smaller lightweight items like this…

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The small stackable round things I bought at the Goodwill years ago. They hide things I don’t want to see like charms that need fixing or random small items…

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I just bought these fun tassled earrings from Macy’s.

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The black velvet holders all came from Michael’s and they were 40% off…

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I love how the jewelry contrasts and looks so shiny against the black….

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My favorite thing on this table is the lace cat eared mask I wore for Halloween. I bought it at Charlotte Russee and it’s a different way to decorate a wig head. I’d rather not have my hats on display so this is much better. The styrofoam head came from Hobby Lobby..

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This acrylic stand came from AtHome . I am sure it’s meant to be upright but I like it this way better.

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I purchased a 3D velvet bust and a flat one from Michael’s. I wanted some of my favorite necklaces to be shown at all times. The white tiger necklace was bought from Akira and the turtoiseshell from Charming Charlie. The deer in the back, cuz you know, I gotta rep my Milwaukee bucks in some capacity, came from TopShop in Chicago…

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It’s a beautiful organized mess…

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Stay tuned for part two where I show you what’s under the table and the reason a shirt is on the wall…


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The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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Khloe Kardashian’s fitness closet…

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Gym buffs would love Khloe Kardashian’s closet. You can see all of it over on Self Magazine. This is truly motivation, seeing all of the colorful gym gear and shoes. Her closet was designed by Lisa Adams for LA Closet Design. For Khloe’s accessories like sweat bands, Lisa used suede lining and LED lights to ensure things wouldn’t get lost in drawers.

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My dream closet essentials…

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I was browsing Compass, a site that has thousands of real estate listings that makes the process of buying and selling a home seamless when it got me thinking. Sometimes I think homeowners put themselves at a disadvantage by not letting potential buyers realize what they could do with a space. Closets with only one rod and one shelf may make a buyer think they wouldn’t have enough room for storage. Just add another shelf or spend a little money and buy organizers to really utilize vertical space. It got me thinking about my own closet, which is functional. I even just bought legs for a table top to display my jewelry. But how cool would it be to have one big room for it all?
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Here are my dream closet essentials. First I have to have a luggage bellman cart. I think they are incredibly stylish for having a weeks worth of outfits on display. The slack drawer would be great even for jeans and I would be able to see my pants at a glance. At first I thought sock drawer organizers were silly but they save you time. When I’m looking for my dress black socks, especially the ones that fit a certain way with certain booties and loafers, I think I could save more time seeing them all than having them all piled on top of each other.
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I love coordinated storage bins in cloth materials and stores like Marshalls and Homegoods, TJ Maxx & Tuesday Morning all have really pretty ones in a huge variety of sizes and some are even at the $12-$20 price point. Below is a picture of mine…
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I use them for laundry but you can use smaller ones for belts, socks, scarves etc…

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I would have a super giant circular velvet tufted ottoman in the middle on top of a furry rug. I would need a large floor mirror. I would like to display necklaces on velvet stands like this because some baubles are too pretty to hide. For the ones that can get tucked away, I think I would line the drawers with leopard and maybe even have cheetah carpeting.

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I think a few doors with mirrored and ornate detailing would be pretty as if I was in a Parisian parlour.
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I’d need a few sparkly chandeliers and wall sconces too…

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I like the idea of having fashion magazines on a table to be able to browse through for inspiration. I would use the Container Store’s items to organize earrings by metal and color. I like the foam inserts because they will keep the earrings in place as I open and close them. I like that the acrylic case allows you to see inside without wasting time opening the wrong drawers.

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I’d like some sort of backlight on the shoe display and skylights or windows in an area by the vanity for natural light. Nothing irks me more than stepping outside and realizing you have on two different blacks. So natural light is essential. What are your must haves for a closet of your dreams?

{Images via house of jade interiors, Red Rock Contractors and Angelica Henry Design, homr stratophere, gracegul order, fresh american style, Lisa Adams for LA Closet Design, Chatherine Kwong Design & the Container Store}


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Pet friendly bath stations and mudrooms…

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At the parade of homes Monday, several houses had cute stations for pets. Most were combined with mudrooms or laundry areas. I think these ideas are great uses of space especially for large dogs. You can easily wash them without dealing with buckets..

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In one of the rec rooms, they had a little “dog house” in the wall for Fido to sleep…

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So I figured I would provide you with other styles for pet owners…

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If you don’t have a room but have an odd space, you can always do this…

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It’s always about dogs though. Where is the love for our feline friends?

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How cute.

{Images via (first 3 from me from the parade of homes), elle decor, the decoist, the kitchn}


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Tuesday’s Tips: save money with these produce storage tips

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Some takeaways I learned from Real Food Real Deals &;My Thirty Spot: how washing certain fruits like berries and grapes ahead of time can cause a negative affect on the skin and make them prone to bacteria so only wash when you get ready to eat them.  I also learned you should line berries in a different container lined with paper towel. How paper towels supposedly keeps lettuce fresh if placed on top and bottom and a lot of melons and fruit can actually stay at room temperature on the counter before going in the fridge. I started doing this with my strawberries as some grocery stores don’t have them in the refrigerated section so I figured they can stay out at home for a day or so before putting them in the fridge. I also try to cut and slice fruit I know I wont eat and freeze them in zip loc bags for future smoothies or Nice cream (google it if you don’t know what that is).

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They say you should keep fruit and produce separate in the fridge drawers. When buying fruit and veggies, always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. That’s something I want to give a try. Do you have any tips on making food last longer?

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to live with dated bathrooms

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There are often times budgets and circumstances doesn’t allow us to do exactly what we want. If you rent, you’re limited what you can do but there are ways to live with awful bathrooms for a little money. Using wall and cabinet paint, adding new knobs, placing a larger shower nozzle, hanging decorative mirrors or mirror trim (window casing trim) are some quick fixes.

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Sometimes it’s simply about accessories and styling and faking the funk to to take the eye away from eyesores. If you style a bathroom right, people will notice the things you styled it with, the décor, the details like the packaging of pretty hand soaps or the smells of decorative soaps.

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Treat yourself to higher end quality products instead of the  usual because it will make you feel like you’re in a spa setting. I really like the assortment of soaps and bath products that places like homegoods, Tjmaxx, & Marshalls sell. I am a sucker for packaging and they have the nicest smelling items and prettiest labels to go with any color scheme.
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You can also shy away from colors and go with a basic set of soap/lotion sets that looks like something you would get at a high end hotel. Speaking of, think about how hotel products look. They are all so nicely packaged and setting them on pretty trays really makes a world of difference.

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You can also re-glaze outdated colors like blush pink and pea green for the tub and sinks if they are in good condition..
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Painting tile is another easy way to go. Swapping out hardware and adding decorative knobs are things you can take with you when you move but the add so much personality to doors.
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Taking the time to replace blown light bulbs can a world of a difference. There are many times I see fixtures in people’s homes be it the bathroom or kitchen or ceiling fans and they look so unattractive when there are missing or blown out light bulbs. Taking  the time to stock up ensures you can replace right away and you will see the difference it makes, especially the bathroom.
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Another thing you can benefit from is displaying only towels that complement the look of the bathroom. Far too often you see people’s bathroom selfies and they have the most raggedy towels hanging up. Most are just thrown to dry any sort of way and it’s so tacky and just looks…..nasty. Even if you aren’t, mismatched towels with threads tearing off is not attractive at all. You owe it to yourself to buy and keep nice towels.
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You don’t have to spend a lot, but moving old towels to the rag stash will make a difference. For guest, keep white towels within reach and rolled up nicely like hotels so they don’t have to ask. Keep more wash towels on hand too as most people use a different one for the face than the body. If you can squeeze it, also have a small laundry basket for towels so they don’t have to have a cluttered pile on the floor. If white towels aren’t your thing, just make sure the ones on display match the bathroom. I always noticed how my cousin always had their whole family (husband and 5 kids) towels on different racks and they all matched. It was such a nice cohesive look.
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I cannot stress more than to have enough paper towels on hand for guest. Nothing irks my soul than to use the rest room in someone’s house and they only have their bath towels hanging up. I’m not  using your bath towels that you wiped your @$$ with to dry my hands!!!!! So do your friends and family a favor and keep a roll of paper towels there. You shouldn’t even WANT your guest to wipe their hands on your towels. Some people don’t wash their hands properly as it is………………but that’s another story lol.
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Also while we’re at it….you may want to toss that idea of having toilet lid carpet and toilet rugs to the side. It’s really not sanitary at all when you think about it. A bathroom rug by the sink and tub is really the only rugs you need. Jazz up the rug too, you don’t have to use the basic old school carpet rug.
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😂 So many style options are available in fluffy piles, shags, and designs. You can even use a runner if you like (esp in an apartment styled bathroom where it’s typically long and narrow).

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If the floor is leveled and decent you can top it with stickable vinyl tile. They offer some that are made to look like slate and stone and others made to look like wood and this could be a really easy cost effective fix for a bathroom you don’t want to spend lots of money on. Personally I love high end updates to bathrooms because the area is small and you can really get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the floor. However everyone can’t hire contractors or want to do it themselves and deal with grout so peelable vinyl is an alternative. Keep in mind that if you have kids or bad pipes or just plain clumsy and prone to getting a ton of water on the floor, this option may not be for you.

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If all fails, simply embrace what you have. if you’re renting, you won’t always live there but you want to at least enjoy the space you have for the time you’re there and if you’re really on a budget and funds are tight, you can still do small things to make you at ease in your own space. My very first apartment had mosaic tile on the floor in an odd green color. I hated it. I hated that entire bathroom but it was my first spot. I made do with what I could. I had a fish theme and got the boldest aquatic shower curtain I could find, the prettiest turquoise glass soap dish accessories from Pier 1 and a metal fish candle holder from pier 1. I bought a pretty woven laundry basket that had blues on the outside as well as the liner and filled the space with candles and shell stuff. I simply used the color of the tile and decorated with it versus against it. In the end, the way I decorated it made me like the bathroom. The tile no longer became an eyesore to me, instead it matched. So try your best to find a color scheme that compliments the dated colors or use classic black and white. That will make almost anything look fly. Happy Decorating!

{Images via (in no order) design sponge, my fabuless life, mimosas in the morning, inspiration for moms, domaine home, remodelista, young house love, a graceful life, & see this painted faucet tutorial transformation.


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Tuesday’s Tips: gift wrap storage ideas

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I know what you’re thinking….a gift wrap storage post in April….where were you in December!! Well with wedding season here, there are a ton of showers to go to, engagement parties and even baby showers and birthday parties. It’s Spring cleaning time so now is as good of a time as any to get organized with wrapping paper, tissue, ribbon and bows. Some ideas require minimal purchases while others are using things you probably own already.

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If you are blessed with a counter and a bit of wall space, you can put one of those inexpensive shelves on top and drill little holes for rods. Or simply use tension rods (no drilling needed).

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I like how this Ikea shelving unit is perfect for blueprints, posters and wrapping paper all stored in the brackets. You can always just buy decorative circular brackets  for rolls of gift wrap and have the shelf store all of the smaller items…

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