Perhaps it is because it brings to mind the tiny closet-less apartments you read about in Paris, or just that I like having an excuse for making those vintage purchases I am quite sure I’ll never wear, but I am rather fond of decor that involves displaying some of your most loved clothes. I’m not talking about your favourite pair of jeans or your favourite sweater- I’m talking about that dress that makes you sigh deeply or your mom’s vintage jacket. It seems a shame to hide them in the back of your closet. Last summer I converted a simple set of ikea shelves into a little garment rack so that I could hang my dresses out in the open. I am a pretty serious thrifter, and I’ve come across the most amazing vintage pieces from time to time (a 1940’s wedding dress, this ballet tutu I bought when we lived in New Zealand, a red petticoat and various sequined things)- I see the art in clothing, and I admit that I am a bit of a collector (if I had the money and space, I probably would be a lot of a collector).
Whether it’s dresses, hats, shoes, or a collection of vintage levi’s- I say pull that stuff out of the closet and put it on display.
Look at the spread on that skirt! I would love to see something similar with a black dress in a black and white colour scheme. Tres Parisian!
And leave it to the BRILLIANT girls at A Beautiful Mess (seriously, is anyone getting sick of me singing these girls’ praises?) to come up with a cute idea of using 3M removable adhesive squares and clothes pegs to create such a cute way to display your hats.
Pinterest is choc-a-bloc full of ideas for DIY clothes racks. If I had my choice, it would be this DIY done with bright copper pipes and black wood.
The genius’ at Droog have created a lamp that allows you to use your own clothes as the lamp shade- very cute for the corner of a room (something lace and embroidered would look incredible).
And I’ll leave you with the Snake Wardrobe- a strand jumbo of beechwood beads that can be strung any where you like:
This ‘occasional wardrobe’ is perfect when you have limited space or simply want to keep your favourite garments in sight.
(from the Story North Website)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Simple, unexpected and sweetly playful.
Now go get into your closet and Coveteur yo’self.
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I believe I am finally through the crazy with school. Last weekend was spent indoors not sleeping. I wrote a midterm (yes, this late, due to strikes), handed in a 14-page report on glass application in interiors (everything from tile, to mirror to architectural glass) as well as a life-cycle analysis (where it comes from and where it ends up after use, and whether we believe it to be sustainable), did two presentations (one group, one solo- apparently the solo one put me in the running for a scholarship?) and wrote a final exam.
On Wednesday I decorated.
With everything going on with this strike (two of my classes have been extended a week, which means I am done on the 17th instead of the 10th… lame), and the possibility that there will be another strike on Monday (so an incomplete letter grade in two of my classes is still a possibility)- a day filled with decorating and zero schoolwork was just what I needed. I’ve also been summoned for jury duty come January. I MAY be able to get out of it due to being a student, but it’s not guaranteed (meaning I may have to withdraw from school). I’m taking this all to mean that maybe there are other opportunities out there for me. Last night I made a connection about a decorator looking to hire downtown, and my new boss is going to send out some emails to designers he’s worked with in the restaurant industry downtown seeing if I can get an internship.
So everything is up in the air. Something will work out. I’m remaining open to any path. I know that design doesn’t necessarily need a degree: it’s all about the portfolio and the networking, so we’ll see what the coming weeks bring.
In any case, here’s the apartment. Decked for the holidays. I’m having a bit of a hate for tree skirts. Haven’t come across any ideas that I love, but I also hate the plastic tree legs. I kicked some extra ornaments under the tree and think I might be able to make something out of ornaments to cover up the bottom of the tree. Kinda have the same issue with stockings, so I reverted to the original tradition of using actual socks. Picked up 3 pairs for $3. We have a lot of vintage decorations, so it kinda goes, especially with the vintage hanger.
Found these at the thrift shop today. Never knew you could get glass lids on them. Can’t wait to do this Pinterest idea with them, then after that, fill them with valentines candy.
Sometimes it’s just a shelf.
This one has got to be my favourite. I did a bit of de-cluttering between semesters. Learning not to clutter has been a tough one for me. I’m a bit of a collector (packrat).We got this amazing film video camera (not sure what the actual name would be?) from Scotty’s grandparents. It still works, but apparently you have to send the film to New York to be developed (it’s a total specialty now).
Every time I look at this shelf, I feel good. It’s just so darn adorable. I used trim tape (safe for walls) and cut it into triangles and wallpapered a couple shelves in my IKEA unit. It’s a nice little update to furniture you’re stuck with (it’s not my favourite piece, but it does the job).
Sometimes it’s as simple as a shelf- a spot that makes you kinda proud.