spring cleaning & decorating in el bano
Do you ever know you need to do something to bring you out of a funk, but then you make up all these excuses and realize you haven't done anything with your brain in those past 6 Friday Night Lights episodes? Yeah, me too! The writing and sharing is so fun for me. Literally, I get such a thrill from it. But the photos - ugh, the management of the photos. From uploading to editing to resizing to saving correctly, it's just so much work! I wish there was an app where I could press a button and my photos would come out professionally stylized and shot. Tech person reading this, there's your next project!
Anyways, the writing and sharing. Yes, it feels so good. The best time to write is either with wine or Red Bull (in case you're curious, Red Bull for tonight). So to get out of this stump, officially blamed on this terrible winter, I decided to finally finish my bathroom. To be clear, no room is ever completely finished in my book. But, this idea has been in my head for 6+ months and I finally took some actions this past weekend to make it happen.
Before, my bathroom had all the functionality a bathroom needs, but I wanted more. My perfume & jewelry were in the bedroom, while all the other important beautifying tools were in their rightful place - the bathroom. I wanted to combine the two so I wouldn't have to take the extra 20 steps back and forth a million times in the morning (if you know me, I am not a morning person so the less I have to move and do in the mornings, the better).
I also work in the beauty industry, and I inherited my dad's supply hoarding gene and my mom's frugal gene, which only leads to one person having way too much beauty product for a NYC apartment. To be fair, I will use all of this product, but I may have children before I finish all of the shampoo bottles I have (hey, I really like my hair, okay?). I moved this storage piece from the bedroom to the bathroom, which offered extra storage. In the bedroom, it was holding a lot of books and picture frames, which worked well in my old place, but not so much here.
Anyways, I saw this wood piece in Michaels, and I knew it needed a place in my apartment. After building this bookcase over the summer, I realized just how strong my love connection was for wood, stain and power tools (sorry #DancingMan). These could easily be incorporated all into one project!
I knew I wanted to have all my jewelry displayed so I could visually see what I could wear each morning. Another fun thing about me: if I can't see it, I won't wear/use/cook/vacuum it. This works remarkable well for my cleaning skills as I tend to *not see* that piece of dirt from time to time, but for my outfits I wanted to have allllll the options available.
I figured a doorknob of sorts would be great for hanging necklaces. I went to my local Anthropologie and found these. The two pronged one is just so practical as I can hang twice as many necklackes & bracelets on it! The regular knob is just beautiful. Seriously, if they weren't $10 a pop, I would change out all of my drawers everywhere in my little abode (it's not completely ruled out).
I'm really trying to channel my inner mountain, modern, cozy, hipster woman self through my home decor (I know, I can be a lot to digest - ask #DancingMan). I love burlap paired with a darker stain. I figured the burlap material would allow my inner self to shine (see above), but also be practical enough to actually hang the earrings from.
You can learn how to make this jewelry holder on Saturday.
Phew, this writing thing really does make me feel back to normal. Or maybe it's that the sun is still visible as I'm writing this at 6:30pm!!