Organized at Home

Last week, we looked at some clever uses for dressers as bathroom vanities, yet there are a lot of other spaces outside the bedroom where you can put a dresser to good use.  With its flat top surface and handy drawers for storage, dressers large to small make themselves at home in several unexpected places.  The next time you inherit one from a relative, score one at a thrift store, or spy one in a shop, consider these rooms for placement!

In the living room, an antique white dresser makes an elegant prop for sculptural vases or fresh botanicals and provides storage for seasonal items.  A mirror suspended above is the perfect partner for a piece that looks so pretty up against the wall. 

 

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The entry benefits from additional storage too, so consider a dresser for storing hats, mittens, and scarves for grab-and-go convenience in colder months.

 

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How about a dresser in the kitchen?  Now there’s a clever concept!  Incorporate a beautiful antique into your design plan so it acts as an island for a one-of-a-kind look!  

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If you stumble across a worn dresser or two, there’s no need to use the frame when just the drawers will do.  While technically in the bedroom this clever repurpose of the drawers into a headboard is worthy of  mention.  Unite different finishes with paint for a cohesive style statement that packs plenty of storage.

 

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Any dresser can be reinvented to suit your style, all it takes is a weekend spent personalizing it with paint, stain, decoupage, or wallpaper to make it your own. 

 

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Look around your house for those empty corners or walls, is there a place outside the bedroom you could tuck a dresser into your home?

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Back-to-school days are here again, and as the mom of two kids in elementary school, it’s important for me to feel prepared on Day One.  I’m spending some time getting organized for the big day coming up next week, tackling the kitchen junk drawer and readying the family computer armoire that also functions as a study station.  

With homework and school projects looming, I started organizing school, home, and office supplies and in the process, compiled ten clever ways to corral all that small but oh-so-necessary stuff we need at home. 

1.  Ready and Waiting.   A colorful drink caddy serves up back-to-school readiness instead of refreshments when the glasses are used to store pens and office supplies.

 

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2.  Mess-less Muffin Tins.   No need to bake with this clever solution to use a muffin tin as a drawer compartmentalizer to hold all those things that without it get lost at the bottom.

   

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3.  Clever Caddy.    A shower organizer is easily reinvented as a creative storage solution for correspondence and wrapping supplies.  

 

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Ladies, how many of us have collections of jewelry hidden away in a box or drawer somewhere?  Have you considered displaying them out in the open for your own enjoyment or creating attractive zones for storing your commonly worn pieces? 

Placing your jewelry on display not only reminds you of what you have (I tend to forget…) but also can make a decorative statement in your home.  Vignettes of jewelry bring femininity and personality to your vanity or dressing zone, so instead of burying your baubles in a box, consider these lovely alternatives for displaying your jewelry at home.  

 

An antique brass tiered stand holds bracelets while a handmade frame jewelry holder displays favorite earrings and necklaces on a dresser.

 

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Simple knobs secured to a wall suspend statement necklaces creating instant art above a modern Lucite vanity tucked in a corner of this bedroom.

 

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Eclectic frames that house pretty knobs come together to create a salon gallery display and make an artistic statement on the wall.  

 

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Mini wooden bowls on a tray hold pretty earrings, rings, and bracelets for grab and go style.

 

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A white ceramic urn paired with a glowing silver tray becomes an instant drop zone for end of the day removal.

 

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These two ideas are definitely "outside the (jewelry) box”.  Kitchen pulls and knobs are secured to a fabric covered board to suspend favorite pieces, and a shadow box on the wall displays stylish jewelry as art.  

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Metal tins keep rings and earrings organized inside an armoire drawer assigned to scarves and jewelry.

 

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There’s no need for framed art in a bathroom if you cover your walls with your favorite necklaces making them easy to choose from when dressing for the day.

 

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Butterfly broaches “framed” with paper on a wall and bangles casually clinging to candles are two creative ways to use jewelry as decor. The next time you entertain, consider sachets as parting gifts secured with costume broaches, or bracelets casually wrapped around cloth napkins on your dining table.

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How do you store or display your jewelry? In a pretty bowl, on a tray, in a special box, cabinet or drawer?  Do share. 

 

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