Bathroom

Jen Jones

Organize This: Personal Glam Goods!

When bathroom space is limited, it becomes important to make the most of every nook and cranny.  That is not always easy when personal care products are involved.  Hair tools and sprays, night creams and lotions, oral and nail care… How can you make the most of a bathroom with limited counter and storage space?  I would love to just hire myself a daily glam squad to come in and take care of it all for me, but alas, I am no celebrity so it is up to me to be selective about how much I really need and use.  Of course, the first step is to check dates and purge items that are old, duplicated or haven’t been used for an extended period of time.  Once that is done, the fun begins!  Here are a few of my favorite tips for organizing daily beauty supplies.

 

Hot hair tools seem to be the most challenge items to tuck away due to the heat they put off and their awkward sizes.  Consider adding heat-safe canisters inside of a cupboard, drawer or basket, to safely hold the hot end of the tool and to prevent the cords from taking over the counter.  Bonus tip: Claw hair clips are great for quickly keeping cords under control.

 

If drawer space is too tight for an upright canister, a decorative heat-safe tray tends to work equally as well.  It also looks pretty whether it is left out or tucked away on a shelf.

 

Speaking of trays, did you know they can actually function really well as drawers?  Especially when you add in a few drawer organizers to corral smaller items such as nail care and makeup.  I love that each tray can serve a different function, and that many also stack to save on space.

 

I love shopping the kitchen for alternative bathroom storage  solutions.  In fact, spice racks tend to be an answer to most toiletry dilemmas.  Many are narrow enough to be hung inside of a cabinet or on a wall, yet still offer enough surface space to hold multiple jars and canisters of personal care products.

 

A few other kitchen finds include decorative platters, cups and dishes.  Pieces on pedestals offer layers of storage for smaller items such as jewelry and nail polishes.  Mugs work their magic holding makeup brushes, egg crates are perfect for sorting earrings, and small bowls can store anything from bobby pins to Q-tips.

 

Utensil caddies are another kitchen item that I am a cheerleader for.  They work brilliantly for items that tend to be transported from room to room, and for assembling kits relating to specific personal care tasks.

 

Just like in the kitchen, drawer dividers are crucial in keeping a tidy makeup drawer. With the force of opening and shutting a drawer, items tend to shift and become jumbled.  Drawer organizers keep everything nicely divided and ensure that there is no frantic rummaging while getting ready for work.

 

Office supply stores are another uncommon place to look for bathroom storage.  Many of the products designed for organizing desktops also work beautifully for organizing personal care items in the bathroom.  Desktop organizers can hold both tall bottles and small hair ties while pencil pouches can double as toiletry travel bags.

 

While we are on the subject of travel, I always recommend having a toiletry bag pre-stocked and waiting in a nearby basket, drawer or suitcase.

 

Most of us are not lucky enough to have our own personal bathroom, and storage needs to be considered for two or more daily users.  Keep products for each member of the family neatly tucked away in durable labeled bins.  This prevents any confusion and prevents cross contamination of bacteria and common germs.

 

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.9

Hello Style Spotters! Vacation is over, but I’m excited to be back sharing the best of the Internet with you all again! I hope the holiday craziness was all worth it–family, friends, fun–all that good stuff. I’m still wrapped up in the glitter and glam of the new year, so today’s post is my last homage to all things sparkly and girly for 2014.

 

I love, love, love this wallpaper tutorial I found on Dream Green DIY. Not only is the gold pattern everything I’ve ever wanted on my walls, wallpapering so much easier than you’d think.

 

 

If you got some wine glasses over the holidays that you want to spice up a little bit, try this speckled glass DIY I stumbled across on I Spy DIY. Pick some of your favorite colors for a set that screams stylish.

 

 

Vintage lace looks to be all the rage this year (I never understood who decides what’s “in” at any particular time–sounds stressful). Get a head start on the trend with this lace doily table runner from The Sweet Escape for decorations that are guaranteed to impress.

 

 

I always seem to accumulate a ton of candles this time of year. Make some awesome marbled votive cups with this tutorial from Lovely Indeed to add even more brightness to your home this winter.

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking to find that finishing touch to a new outfit, take a peek at this cute DIY bow belt I spotted on Momtastic DIY. Make one or five or ten–just in case. Options are always nice.

 

 

And there you have it. Until next week!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Simple Makeup Organization for Small Spaces

Trend: Simple Makeup Organization for Small Spaces

Flat surfaces are in high demand at my home. We don’t have enough storage space, so my husband and I are constantly coming up with low cost organization ideas. This time around I tackled my makeup and brushes. I typically keep all of these items in a big bag and it’s hard to find exactly what I’m looking for, so we moved my makeup to the inside of the bathroom cabinet door! This little space saver project makes it 100% easier to find what I need, saves shelf room, and it takes no time at all to put together.

 

Supplies:

 

Directions:

STEP 1:
Gather the makeup you use most often. Use the hot glue gun to attach a strip of magnet to the back of each piece.
Tip: these magnetic strips can’t hold anything too heavy, but can easily hold up light shadows and mascara. If you have heavy items, put them in one of the  acrylic cups. 

STEP 2:
Clean the cupboard door, back of the tray, and cups. When these are dry, follow the Command Strip directions to apply to the back of the cups and tray. Then, attach the tray to the cupboard door.

Put away all your makeup and enjoy!

Do you have any organization ideas for the new year?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: Master Bathroom Inspiration

Hi! I’m Melissa. I write about food, family, and farm life at Lulu the Baker. My family and I are hopefully about to fulfill one of those good, old-fashioned life-long dreams: we’re building our Dream House.

There are lots of really fun things about writing this Dream House column for Style Spotters, but my very favorite thing is looking back at my photos from the past month and seeing all of the changes that have happened since my last post! Since things are progressing so quickly, it’s really easy for me to forget that just last month, for example, we were over-the-moon excited to get the concrete poured for the basement floor. I’m usually quite surprised when I sit down to write another post and realize just how much has been accomplished in a few short weeks. I’m so grateful that this column allows me to document the process of building our Dream House, because I’m afraid we forget so quickly and so easily!

Last month, my post ended with the decking being installed for the main floor, which was actually a surprise for us, and the build site has been a whirlwind of activity ever since! Right after the decking was installed, a couple of tons of gravel were used to backfill the big gap around the basement and foundation, which means no more gigantic, scary pit waiting to swallow up anyone foolish enough to go near the edge (mostly my children). Having that filled in is such a weight off this mama’s mind!

The gravel delivery was followed by the delivery of the rest of the ICF (insulated concrete forms) for the entire house. It took a couple of weeks for all of the ICF and rebar to be installed, and for the doors and windows on the main floor to be framed, and then yesterday we got to watch them pour concrete! The top floor of the house will have traditional timber framing, so now that the ICF is installed on the main floor, we are done with it for the remainder of the build! I was chatting with our contractor yesterday afternoon while we watched the ICF team pour the concrete down into the walls, and he said the framers are scheduled to come at the end of the week to start putting up interior walls!

One of the funny things about this project is seeing our Dream House come to life—sometimes in ways that we hadn’t envisioned. I said last month that I’m having a hard time translating the plans into an actual house accurately, so I’ve imagined details here and there that are not at all realistic. Like the transoms I’ve been picturing over the French doors in the family room, the transoms that aren’t happening at all. Big sad face. My husband called me last week from the build site with a slightly ominous question: What was I picturing for the window in the master bathroom shower? We wanted to have some natural light in the shower so that it wasn’t a cold, dark cave, so we’d asked the draftsman to put a long, high window in the plans. And we’d just assumed that when we saw a window show up on the plans, it was long and skinny, and very high up. So imagine our surprise when the window looking into the master bathroom shower from the front porch was 2 feet wide, over 2 ½ feet tall, and at chest level, giving visitors to our house a straight-on view of anyone showering. With walls made of concrete, you have to catch problems early-on, before they are literally set in stone. Luckily, we caught the window problem early enough that workmen could make the window much smaller before they poured concrete yesterday; no one needs an enormous window in their ground-floor shower!

So, what’s happening in the next few weeks at the Dream House? As I mentioned earlier, framers are scheduled for the end of the week to start working on the interior walls for the main floor. If the main floor goes as quickly as the basement did, they’ll be putting decking up soon so they can start framing the upstairs too! The concrete trucks are coming out again to pour all of the pads and slabs (porches, drive-way, etc). And a little bird told me that roofing trusses are on order! We’ve had more weather problems (snow, freezing temperatures, and lots and lots of rain), so cross your fingers that it all goes smoothly and on-schedule.

Lastly, since we had the master bathroom on our minds so much this month, I thought it would be fun to put together another inspiration board showing you some of the things we’ve purchased and chosen for our bathroom!

  • The oil-rubbed bronze sconces and fixtures, and the white wall-mounted medicine cabinets are from Pottery Barn, and were purchased at the same time as the pendant lights that will go in our kitchen. I had actually forgotten what all of these looked like until I looked them up yesterday, and my reaction was, “Hmmmm…” C’est la vie!
  • I spotted this built-in linen cabinet several years ago and fell instantly in love! So much prettier than a boring old closet!
  • I made the mistake of looking at bathroom vanities on Restoration Hardware “just for fun” and was smitten by this simple but jaw-dropping pair. They are way out of our price range, so we bought two of the tallest sinks we could find at IKEA, and are having our cabinet maker make us two simple stands for them. Cross your fingers that our plan A) works, and B) actually saves us money!
  • You really can’t have a farmhouse bathroom without a clawfoot tub or white hex tiles.

Photo credits: bronze scones, white medicine cabinets, and oil-rubbed bronze fixture photos from Pottery Barn | built-in linen cabinet from Houzz.com | vanities from Restoration Hardware | clawfoot tub from vintagetub.com | white hex tile from BHG.com


Jen Jones

Organize This: Bathroom Vanity

Trend: Painted Bathroom Vanities!

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Painting your vanity will give you a beautiful look on the outside, but how do you conceal, stash and organize your belongings on the inside?

Gain access to the backs of the cabinets by using a lazy susan, which will spin items in the back, to the front.  Old metal tool boxes can be given new life with pretty paint, and be used to store hair supplies or first aid products {minus medications as they should never be stored in the bathroom}.  Bonus points for utilizing the back of the cabinet door to hold a roll of paper towels, a rack for smaller toiletries or even hanging extra hand towels.

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If your vanity wasn’t blessed with built in shelves, you can always DIY or purchase some after.  Another super simple and effective option is stackable drawers.  Once labeled, they keep it easy to find any bathroom tool in a jiff!

If an open look is what you are after {and to give yourself quicker access to your everyday items}, try removing your vanity doors and using a few color-happy bins and trays to corral all of your bathroom necessities.

Bathrooms are probably one of the most frequently cleaned rooms in the home.  Make it easier on yourself by tossing a basket within the vanity, to corral all of the cleaning goodies.

Caddies with dividers not only keep your drawers organized, they also allow for portable storage of beauty supplies, such as nail care products.

Don’t forget the area above the vanity!  Installing a wall unit behind the mirror will double your bathroom storage capacity.

Open vanities give you instant access to everyday personal care.  Wire and woven baskets are the perfect mix and match solution for bath supplies, towels and paper products.

No vanity?  Add a tall and slender etagere.  They can tuck behind the loo or in-between sinks, which makes them space saving.  They offer open or concealed storage and are great for decorative objects mixed with everyday personal care items.

 

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