I’m Getting Organized: Starting with Jewelry!

I love jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets. Over the past few years, I’ve collected quite a few pieces and even inherited a few pretty things from my mom. We’re not talking expensive stuff here, just fun costume jewelry!

As much as I love my jewelry, I’ve struggled with jewelry organization. There is nothing worse than pulling out my favorite necklace, only to find it tangled with two others.

I decided it was time to get organized!

Jewelry Organization: Before and After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorCheck out this mess:

Jewelry Organization: Before | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorYikes! Just looking at that stresses me out.

The first step with this jewelry organization project was to clear everything out and do a little dusting. I love a blank slate!

Jewelry Organization: Clear Everything Out | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorOur apartment is tiny, and the bedroom is long and very narrow. That black rectangle is the back of our headboard. This is the only furniture set-up that works, so in addition to organizing my jewelry, I also wanted to minimize the headboard as much as possible.

Tip for Cleaning a Lampshade | Hello Little HomeHave you ever wondered about the best way to clean a lampshade? Just grab a lint roller! The sticky paper on the roller picks up any dust and makes cleaning the shade a snap.

The next step was to add my jewelry organizers back onto the dresser. I own a number of organizers, so I didn’t need to buy anything new, and I had a large bulletin board that I planned to use for my necklaces.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #Decor

  1. Always add the largest piece first, which in this case is the bulletin board. The board is the perfect piece to hold – and most importantly, show off – all my necklaces.
  2. Next, I added my jewelry box, which holds all of my earrings and pins, as well as bracelets and necklaces that either do not get worn often or are too delicate for display. The jewelry box was my moms and needs a little TLC, but that is another project!
  3. Since space is at a premium here, I went vertical. The top of the jewelry box was the perfect spot for my bracelet holders. It’s a lot easy to find what I need with all of my bracelets at eye level.
  4. Finally, I added a hammered silver tray to hold perfume and sunglasses, as well as an acrylic necklace “tree.”

This set-up was OK, but the placement of the tray and necklace tree was awkward. In the end, I simply swapped them around:

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorMuch more balanced! The tray is no longer hanging off the dresser, and the tree isn’t blocking the bulletin board (more room for necklaces!). I added a little silver bowl to hold lip gloss and watches, too.

Next came the best part: adding the jewelry! I started with the bracelets, and then hung my chain necklaces on the necklace tree.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorI had a fun with this and chose two of my favorite pieces – my mom’s charm bracelet and a bold necklace – to put on display. The charm bracelet went on top of the jewelry box where I can see it every day, and I draped the necklace over a lampshade.

My perfume and sunglasses were then organized in the silver tray.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorAn important part of any organizational project is getting rid of stuff! There really isn’t any point of storing things you no longer use, so be brutally honest with yourself about what you will and will not use. I ended up tossing perfume and jewelry that I don’t wear anymore.

And not everything needs to be on display. My sunglasses with cases all went into a dresser drawer.

I untangled the rest of my necklaces next, separating the long ones from the short ones.

Jewelry Organization: Necklaces | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorJewelry Organization: Necklaces | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorUsing clear push pins, I hung the long necklaces on the bulletin board first:

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorJewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorAfter those were in place, I hung the shorter necklaces.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorThe end result makes me very happy:

Jewelry Organization: After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorWhat I love the most about this jewelry organization set-up, is that all of my pretty pieces are visible and easy to find. My husband even has somewhere to store his things – see that ceramic shell on the right?!

Here is one more look at the before and after:

Jewelry Organization: Before and After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorNow I just need to keep it this way!

How do you keep your jewelry organized?

P.S. Check out my favorite organizers for jewelry and accessories!

I’m linking up with Creations By Kara’s Organizing Ideas Link-Up and Remodelaholic.

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Decorating an Outdoor Space

My current apartment doesn’t have any outdoor space, unless you count the front stoop. That hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about my perfect patio or porch though – there is always the next apartment!

Decorating an outdoor space can be challenging, so make a plan before spend any money. Think about how you will use the space. Will it be used for eating, lounging, or both? Think about the style of the space, too – do you want it to be bright and cheerful or calm and relaxing?

I like to start with an inspiration piece and build my designs from there. A rug is a great place to start, because it draws the whole look together. Here are three ideas to get you started:

Decorating an Outdoor Space: Parisian1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

My husband and I took a trip to Paris last fall, and one of the things I loved about the apartment we stayed in was the shutters on all of the windows. I enjoyed opening them each morning to view life on our street in Montmartre.

I wanted to recreate a Parisian feel for this space, so I started with a fun rug. A small table and chairs are perfect for a tiny balcony, and the standing screen reminds me of our shutters in Paris and adds room for colorful plants.

Decorating an Outdoor Space: Bright and Colorful1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I love this fun and colorful space, which was inspired by the yellow polka dot rug! It’s the perfect spot for relaxing. Stretch out on the sofa or kick up your feet on the poof. Pillows and accessories add even more punch.

Decorating an Outdoor Space: Traditional1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

 This last space is more traditional but definitely not boring. The patterned rug adds interest, as do the fun striped pillows. The coffee table has plenty of room for drinks, making this space great for entertaining.

Which look do you like the most?

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Decorating a Tiny NYC Living Room

When my husband and I moved to New York, we sold most of our furniture. It was just too expensive to ship it across the country, and after a few bad U-Haul experiences (ahem … my husband taking out a fence), we knew that wasn’t an option either. Plus, most of our furniture was just too big for a tiny New York apartment.

My New York ApartmentOur apartment before we moved in. The gorgeous windows were definitely the selling feature!

I won’t lie: I had a lot of fun putting together our new place! It’s not often that you get to start with a blank slate when decorating.

Although we left our furniture behind, I did pack my favorite lamps and some blue and white pillows. The lamps and pillows were my inspiration when planning our new living room.

my NYC living room mood board

I like to create a mood board when designing a room. A mood board is a great way to ensure that everything works well together, and it keeps you on track when making purchases.

I was going for an eclectic look. Although I like warm wood tones, I didn’t want the room to be too brown, so I mixed in some bright colors and white, too. Our living room does double-duty as an office, so a small desk was a must. We have lots of books, so storage was a necessity, too.

I’m still pulling everything together, and I’ve made a number of changes from this original plan, but I’m happy with the progress. I promise to post pictures soon!

Where do you find inspiration from when decorating your home?

Sources:

Lamps: White Ceramic Bamboo Lamps
Side Tables: Cost Plus World Market Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table
Sofa: West Elm Henry Loveseat
Coffee Table (similar): Renate Coffee Table
Rug (similar): Barclay Butera Mango Maze Rug
Chair: Cost Plus World Market Ravenna Chair
Desk Chair (similar): West Elm Porter Upholstered Armchair
Desk: West Elm Parsons Mini Desk
Gold Pillow (similar): Wild Mannered Mother of Pearl and Sequin Pillow
Ikat Pillows: DRK Designs Blue and White Ikat Pillow Cover
Bookcase: IKEA Billy Bookcase

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Update a Tired Entryway in 5 Easy Steps

The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.

Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.

outdated entryway

Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.

The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.

update a tired entryway in 5 easy steps

  1. Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
  2. Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.
  3. Work in color and pattern. The Fab Habitat Rug from Rugs USA adds interest to the space and draws your eye away from the dated carpet.
  4. Get organized. A tray adds instant style and corrals various odds and ends. A Core Bamboo Woven Tray is the perfect catch-all for takeout menus, mail, and newspapers.
  5. Add an unexpected element. This Garden Goddess Planter is kind of classic, kind of kooky, and definitely a step up from the existing wicker planter.

What is your favorite way to update a dated space?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Eco Friendly

Happy Friday! This week has had an eco friendly theme, and I’m continuing to go green with my links today.

One of my favorite eco friendly tips is to buy secondhand. I’ve just begun to scope out the thrift stores in New York, and last week I made a trip to Housing Works.

housing works thrift store finds - www.HelloLittleHome.com

I loved the bamboo and rattan chairs, and how cute is that toy juke box?!? The planter would look perfect in a Mid Century Modern home.

We have these Kangaroom Recycle Bags in our kitchen. They are super easy to carry and to keep clean.

kangaroom recycle bags

Almost every major piece of furniture in this colorful apartment is vintage, handmade, or thrifted!

Here are 26 ways to decorate that plain tote bag you have lying around your house.

Cute DIY Gold Dipped Vases – the perfect project for cheering up those boring floral shop vases. I might tackle this one!

Grow something green! I love this brass hanging planter from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Hanging Brass PlanterShe Knows has 52 inexpensive ways to go green.

Here are 10 ways to go green while saving green.

You can even go green at work!

What are your favorite ways to be eco friendly?

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