June's Little Home:
My Dressing Room a/k/a My Suitcase Addiction

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Y'all saw my Mid Century Morbid Living Room a while back, so I thought it was time to share a little of my home again.  I have an affinity for older homes and you know what that means: tiny closets!  Until we purchased our current home last October, I built my "closet" on the wall in my bedroom which caused mass pandemonium in the mornings when trying to get ready.  It also reduced my bedroom down to the size of a cubicle.

Buying our home was my chance to expand my territory because Collin + I had a second bedroom!  Collin (shockingly) agreed to let me turn the room into my dressing room/office/sewing room.  He's the one that did all the building (I love my little handyman) and after some trial + error of the entire thing literally RIPPING out of the wall, think BIG holes and the room raining suitcases, we were able to get our makeshift wardrobe to hold all the weight using about six L brackets, a strong pipe, wall anchors, an impact drill and a 2x4 for the shelf.  It's great to finally have somewhere to store my suitcase collection and of course my clothes! I've been collecting suitcases for about 8 years now and now my family picks them up all the time as well, the collection is getting a bit out of hand.


I found this amazing 160th Anniversary Singer for about a quarter of the normal price on Cyber Monday a couple of years ago, so I purchased it. Sadly, I started my first year of law school two weeks later and just never had the time to learn! Instead of hiding it away in the closet, I keep it out as a constant reminder that I need to "get on it" during my (limited) breaks from school. I'm GOING to learn to make the infamous 30 minute circle skirt, so help me God.  This is also blogger central, where I sit at to write all my posts while I stare at my little windowsill cactus garden, which didn't photograph very well, but trust me, it's cute haha.  I also spy: a sign by Kaelah Bee / a Quibbler / a vintage circle skirt pattern.


Of course the main purpose of this room is to serve as a place to keep my clothing.  Let's be honest, if I'm not paying bills / student loans / fulfilling some other financial obligation, I'm probably spending my money on clothing.  I try to do this as practically as possible by only shopping when a promo code is active, hoarding store credits and selling something every time I buy something... of course... certain pieces have warranted exceptions. But,  I attempt to purchase things keeping in mind that I save clothing for years so my wardrobe is made up of things old + new and things that were purchased last week + 7 years ago. But, I buy things in hopes that they'll become permanent pieces of my wardrobe.  Also, I absolutely hate folding things, that's probably because I worked retail for a little too long, but needless to say, I hang everything with the exception of underoos + bras + stockings.

 
I don't wear much jewelry because I have A-L-O-T of allergies, but brooches are some of the little things that make me happy and they don't touch my skin, yay!  Collin's morbidity spills out into the entire house, so this deer skull was made into a jewelry rack.  I've had a few ladies suggest the fabric/picture frame brooch storage idea, but I like to leave mine out and easily accessible, I don't consider it clutter, but convenience haha.  I'm also so grateful + excited to have such talented friends / artists who throw in little bonuses when I order things / sweet readers and IG followers who send me little gifts.  Here's where I got a few of these things: bottom row of confetti lucite brooches by Luxulite / You're the Cat's Pajamas Print by Honey and the Hive / gnome brooch by Jesiiii.

The room isn't done quite yet, I still need to get some art on the walls (if you're an artist and your art fits my decor, let this lady know!) Also, in case you didn't notice, there is a very plain, un-photographed wall awaiting the perfect vanity, but hey, it's a start! One day I won't have to sit in the floor indian-style with my face two inches from the mirror to do my hair + makeup!

What is your closet / work space / inspiring place like?
What have you done to make your house more "you"?

42 comments:

  1. If you're looking for art, I highly recommend anything by Jenn Ski: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JennSki

    Also, I love your room. I too have a craft room/book room/closet, but I never thought about calling it a dressing room. I usually just call it my craft room slash closet :)

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    1. OH MY!!!! Between the art and the fabric I can't decide what to love more, thank you so much for that amazing recommendation!

      Haha I actually didn't call it my "dressing room" until one of my Instagram followers suggested so, I called it my "wall closet" because that's about how creative I am lol. I think craft room slash closet sounds just fine! I would love to see photos!!!

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  2. Wow I love how you have everything organized. So nice and clean... and colourful. I wish I had an open closet, I can't find anything in the mornings, it's so dark!
    Okay I don't know if my art would fit, but i'm just gonna do it and leave me etsy here, maybe you'll find something... maybe you won't. Who knows!? www.angelszafranko.etsy.com

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    1. I am probably organized to the point where it's one of my faults haha I mean It prevents me from getting things done sometimes because I'm so one-track-minded.

      OH! I'll be going to browse those ASAP! Thank you!!!!!!
      xoxo

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  3. ALL HAIL YOU FOR THIS CLOSET! Such. a. dream. Seriously. I am in awe of your red shoe collection--hope to get mine that big some day! x You are the cutest.

    P.S. thank both of you ladies for the blog award! I'm going to post it soon! x

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    1. I didn't even realize I had so many red shoes until someone on IG pointed it out haha some of those are probably fashion antiques, I've had them for 5 and 6 years now... hopefully no one notices when I wear them haha

      And you're very welcome, sweet lady, much deserved! We can't wait to read the responses!!!

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  4. Ahh Amanda, this is so beautiful. I love this post!! I'm planning on redoing my room (my bedroom is attached to the guest room, and I want to turn my real bedroom into a closet/photo taking area), so this gives me inspiration!!

    xox Sammi

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    1. OHHH!!! I absolutely cannot wait to see that!! There aren't really all that many areas in my home to conveniently take photos with my phone, seeing as I have no tripod haha but a photo taking area would be amazing!!!

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  5. spare bedrooms turned into closets are the best thing ever! I did that almost a year ago and by me, I mean I went to a convention and came home and my husband had turned his then man-cave into my new closet room. I've not yet been able to find a traditional shoe rack for my shoes (there are about 200 pairs) so we turned a few Ikea Billy Book Shelves into them (I know. I know sorry book lovers) they work perfectly! we're now relocating to Kansas and expect to turn the next spare bedroom into yet another closet room.

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    1. OH! What an amazing surprise!!! We are currently in the process of cute-ifying Collin's man cave (by we I mean me) and that'll probably be my next post involving my home!

      I've actually heard of people doing that with those bookcases before! At least you found a good use for them!

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  6. I would love, love a dressing room! I do have an under the eaves closet that spans the width of our bedroom, but a dressing room would be so divin!

    With regards to artwork, have you heard of The Black Apple? http://www.etsy.com/shop/theblackapple

    I think you'll like her :)

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    1. Oh! Well an eaves closet that large sounds pretty amazing! The perk of having a room is that I feel less guilty when it's less than clean in there haha.

      ANd OH! I love her things! The Dainty Squid has mentioned her in a few blog posts!

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  7. Seriously the best closet I've ever seen and I want one! My husband and I have a joint closet but it consists of 3 wardrobes and clean washing everywhere (which really bugs this OCD lady)! I'd love to have a much bigger room that I can hang everything out like yours :) We currently rent our small home but plan on moving this summer into the country. Yay!

    Lulu xx

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    1. Collin's closet is the actual, small closet inside that room haha I decided against photographing it lol. But I know what you mean, OCD at its best! I can't wait to see what you'll do with you new home! How exciting!

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  8. This is exactly what I need....a whole room dedicated to my wardrobe, lol. I have so many clothes and not enough space in my room! I can't wait to get my own place and have a huge closet. By the way, I love vintage suitcases too! They make great props, and can be practical as well!

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    1. Every girl needs a wardrobe room! I have the same problem even with a room! Collin always says that I don't "need to hang everything I own" but I think I do! ; )

      Also, agreed, vintage suitcases are the best! I use one every time I go on a trip!

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  9. What an amazing room! I need one of these. I don't have a spare bedroom, but my kids can sleep in the living room, right? Very jealous of your amazing dress collection! :D

    - Amber
    Fairytales and Following trails
    http://fairytalesandfollowingtrails.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Every lady needs one of these! And yeah.. totally! Just build them a fort, I'm sure they'd be plenty content! haha ; )

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  10. I have a very similar dressing room, the difference being yours is super organized and mine is always messy. So great the way you set it up!

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    1. Oh! Do you have photos I've missed somehow!? Mine isn't always organized, but I made myself clean it up for photos! haha

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  11. your collection of suitcases is absolutely amazing. i bought around 20 vintage suitcases over the last two years ... some are sitting on top of the 50s hutch, some are sadly hiding under the bed and vanity ... and some are in the storage room. they look great and they are perfect to store things. i can't wait to find some more ...

    and this is the link to my little fashion cove posted past novemer:
    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de/2013/12/welcome-to-fashion-cove.html

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    1. You need a suitcase display ASAP! I agree though, perfect place to store random things and "out of season" clothing!

      And oh! What a cute little area! And what an awesome/clever name for it! I love it!!!

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  12. Whuuuut! I am super jealous! What an amazing space you have created for yourself!!! You're so organized... sheesh! Love the Ikea rug and your sewing station is adorable. I collect vintage suitcases as well but mine are hidden away never to be seen. You room makes me so happy!
    xoxo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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    1. I may or may not be a little obsessive in the organization department. And thank you! This rug was the cheapest one they had that I liked, so I bought it! haha. You are totally in dire need of a suitcase display, I think if I'd only done that without the clothing rack it would've cost me less than $15. And thank you ma'am, it makes me pretty happy as well.

      xoxo

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  13. you are super organised!
    I'm so jealous :)

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    1. Oh I can't help myself! I have a liiiitttle bit of OCD. Everything is organized all the time. haha

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  14. I want to live in that dressing room! I love everything from the clothes to the shoes and mainly how colourful it looks all put together!
    I have 2 wardrobes: one for the tops and skirts, the other one for dresses and pants. And in between those 2 there are shelves where I display my shoe collection. And just like you it seems I have a soft spot for red ones.
    Jennifer

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    1. Oh that sounds completely lovely! What a smart way to have things stored, since the dresses and pants are the "longer" items! I love that!

      The color is what I love too, no one likes a dreary room!

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  15. Hand on my heart, I audibly gasped aloud as I scrolled through these photos and saw your stunning dressing/sewing room. It's the kind of thing I can only daydream about in our current abode. But one day, yes one day, I like to believe I'll follow your lead and have a similar completely resplendent room of my own to dedicate just to my wardrobe.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment on my Valentine's Day outfit post today, dear gal. ♥

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    1. I have no doubt in my mind that one day you'll have a little room of your own and it will usurp mine in the "awesome" department it showcases all the lovely pieces you own.

      ps. You're welcome, your wardrobe is so envy-inducing and you wear it all beautifully.

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  16. Oooh, I just wanted to add that I can completely relate to your jewelry allergies. I'm ridiculously allergic to nickel and so have shied away from most metal jewelry (and any other kind of metal bits or bobs on clothing) unless I was certain it was nickel free throughout my life. This means a great deal of vintage pieces are off the table, but thankfully (like yourself) I can usually handle brooches if they're kept away from direct contact with my skin, as well as pieces made from metal-free materials such as plastic, wood, and fabrics (save for wool, which I'm also allergic to). It's comforting to know there's another vintage lass out there in this same kind of boat.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I have never met anyone with skin allergies as severe as mine! I'm also allergic to plastic... so my option as are limited to wood and glass if they're going to touch my skin, my fiancee says I belong in a bubble... he's probably right haha.

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  17. What a lovely dressing room! Very well organized. Wow it's impressive to see all those hanging dresses, what a nice collection there!
    I am going to have a spare bedroom in the home I will soon move on, and my intention is to make it into a dressing/sewing/shop/work room as well. As for now, after years of a tiny closet in a tiny house, I finally have a nice sized and well organized closet, even tho it's still quite small for all the dresses and skirts I have, I'd need another one, lol!

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    1. Well thank you ma'am!

      Being able to have the room and make it "your space" will be so much fun! I find myself changing little things about mine around all the time! For every bit of horrible the moving process brings, that part makes it totally worth it! : )

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  18. your dresses look so amazing hanging up like that! what a great room! i have a tiny closet (we live in a 1939 house) but my clothes are pretty boring and wouldn't look so good out like that!

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  19. OMG you have my dream room!!!! looks amazing and is good to be responsable too. I am studing a fashion design degree, and living in new country, i need a table for my sewing machine. Hope you can learn soon

    xo
    from Costa Rica.

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  20. I have looked back and stalked a bunch of your old posts. I can TOTALLY relate to the love of broaches. I feel like I am the only adult who can't wear earrings because my body rejects the metal. I do wear necklaces but my neck gets this weird eczema from it. It's gross!! I do hate it because I love jewelry...it just doesn't love me.

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  21. LOVE that room! And I totally understand the sewing machine lament.... I haven't sewn a THING minus repairs since I started my MBA. Grad school is the biggest time suck, and outside work and school all I have the energy to do is watch Netflix documentaries. Which, when we met, immediately endeared me to you for life.

    We should have a drink sometime just to bitch about #gradschoolproblems because you KNOW what I mean.

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  22. hannah @ The Braided BanditMarch 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Oh my goodness, I just love this room! I just pinned it to my home office inspiration board :) I would love to pick your brain more about building this wall, I think it could be the perfect way to help me store all of my shop's vintage once I move. And that sewing machine you found is a dream!
    Hope you're having a wonderful day!
    xo Hannah
    http://thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com
    http://thebraidedbandit.etsy.com

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  23. Aww thank you! I'm glad I could inspire a bit1 It was a really simple wall made of a wardrobe bar, brackets, dry wall screws and a 2x4. Also, that sewing machine lies dormant. I need to learn how to use it so badly!
    xoxo

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  24. IN LOVE! My boyfriend and I moved in together and have a 3 bedroom apartment. He gets a man cave and I have a dressing room! Love it! It makes getting ready so fun and I don't have to worry about dressing in the dark while my BF is sleeping!

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