Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thinking outside the shadow box.

Shadow boxes are something I've always loved. I think it's the order and cleanliness that appeals to me. Also, the items you can put in them is infinite, unlike picture frames. Although I've done my best to disprove that theory. 
Living in a small apartment has forced me to put my thinking cap on more than once to find things that are both practical, pretty and using the space that I do have the best I can. Old Victorian houses in New England leave a lot to be desired in the way of, things like electrical outlets (ZERO in the bathroom?!?) or decent water pressure, but I do have wall space. Therefore, things needed to get vertical.

Example A: The wall above my dresser

It's where I get ready and it's not only adorable (Not that I'm biased) but it's incredibly practical and I find that I use my makeup more often because it's all within arms reach. My name is Kimberly and I'm a recovering makeup junkie. Shadows especially. The Stila palatte was something that, when a fabulous deal presented itself, I couldn't NOT buy. It's just stuck to the wall with a 3M removable picture hanger, so it easily pops on and off the wall for use, and it's SO pretty. Let's go in for a closer look, shall we?

The magnetic bulletin board is from The Container Store. Love that place! You can see it's mostly eye shadow and some pins (Disney, restaurant industry or drinking related), magnets and a trinket from Spain. The majority of my daily makeup remains in a train case on my dresser but it's incredibly convenient to have everything "else" within reach. 

This 4 armed hook came from Ikea ages ago and up until this move it stayed in it's packaging. I purchased it because I loved it, little did I realized it would take me somewhere around 2 years to find a use for it - but it's perfect for necklaces!

But, turn the corner into my bathroom and you'll find my favorite piece. Did I mention I love shadow boxes?
Pretty earrings + pins = practical & pretty

Previously all my jewelery lived in the top drawer of my dresser and more often than not I didn't open it - but seeing all my options on a constant basis makes me want to take the extra 10seconds and swap out jewelery. Not to mention : IT'S PRETTY!

Making the most of the space you have is of the utmost importance when you live in a one bedroom apartment. These small tweaks have gotten things I use daily out of draws (that are better used for other things) and into arms reach. All with items I already owned. I can't tell you how long ago I bought this shadow box at Target. One, maybe two, years ago? Glad to have finally found a great use for it.

What have you used in an unconventional way? Do you have decor not used for it's intended purpose? Do you love Stila products & the mere mention of Sephora gets you salivating?