Before you read on, there are a couple things you should know about this space:
- It is small, and we really didn't need a queen bed taking up most of the extra room. We don't have guests that often.
- This room sat as a storage space the first month we lived here. Then it held my suitcase and I hung a small, crappy mirror from Target on the wall so I could actually see what I looked like when trying on outfits. Yes, I still try on outfits.
- You'll notice a few of the items from other rooms in the house, notably the lamp from the bedroom, the floor mirror from the dining room, and the small table, also from my bedroom. Well, the lamp is a stand-in until I buy a new one, the mirror fits this space much better (it was too small for the wall it was on in the dining room so I am planning for something else in that space), and I purchased a new night table for my bedroom a while back (also from the same thrift store) and this antique marble-top table hasn't had a home since then.
Without further ado, I present my dressing room:
Above left: The room as it looked on my first visit to the apartment.
Above right: How the room looked pre-move in with a fresh coat of Behr's Dolphin Grey (the same color in every other room of the apartment).
My dressing room as it is now.
It's more a shoe collection with a dresser than anything else. The actual closet is the door to the left of the window. It's small. Like most apartment closets. I'm really not ridiculous. We had no other use for this room. A guest room would get used a few weekends a year and Nate thought it was too dark to be his office (he prefers working on the dining table or couch). So, the next best thing was to transform it into a full-on dressing room!
And the whole thing was done on a major budget, like the rest of the place. The only thing bought full-price and new was the Ikea Mongstad floor mirror. Everything else was a hand-me-down, sale purchase, or thrift store find.
I mentioned a few days ago in the post about my back deck that I wanted the West Elm Jute Cube. Well, I went later that day to the downtown store and waited until they searched the stock room for one (even though I was convinced they'd be sold out - they're back-ordered online). To my delight, the girl helping me said they found one, and I'm SO glad I was able to get it. It works in this room, in my living room as an ottoman, and as a footrest or extra seat on my deck. Can you say versatile and easily transported? I can! Versatile and easily transported. You can't hear me, but I said it.
I showed you all yesterday that my vintage dresser was a thrift store makeover that took me forever and a day to actually complete due to a spray-paint mishap.
I bought the gold mirror and mint julep cup that is now holding my sunglasses at the same thrift store this past weekend.
Dresser, primer, and paint ..... $55
Gold mirror ..... $20
Mint julep cup ..... $4
White vase ..... $1 at Salvation Army
Collection of antique teacups ..... $15-$40 each
West Elm jewelry box ..... gift
Anthropologie yellow jewelry dish ..... gift
Perfumes ..... gifts
The shelves were a hand-me-down from Nate's cousin. I moved one set into the living room and kept this one in here to store my accessories, bags, and shoes (all of which I've kept the boxes for a la Carrie Bradshaw - they get dusty otherwise!).
So that's that. Thoughts? Suggestions?