As promised, today I’m bringing you Part 2 of Ali & Justin’s GREAT MERGE. For this post, we’re going to focus on that awkward little room just off their bedroom. They’re in desperate need of storage space and have more dressers than they have room for.
For a little refresher, here’s Ali’s little video tour:
As they don’t really need an office space, the next obvious solution is to turn it in to a dressing area. There unfortunately isn’t any space to add any additional storage pieces so today’s all about with working with what they’ve got. Starting with the left side of the room, I would use that little section of wall beside the lamp for some accessory storage.
Moving over to the small dresser with mirror, this is where Ali does her hair. And if I remember anything about living with Ali, she is always doing crazy stuff with her hair… like the time she tried to dye it white. I may never let her live that one down ;-).
I would use a combination of drawer organizers and decorative bowls for things like headbands, bobby pins, and smaller bottles of hair products. Then for combs, brushes, and smaller curling irons, she could use a large vase or apothecary jar.
For larger bottles of product she could neatly arrange them on a tray to streamline the look.
Lastly, I would suggest using a nicer, metal 3M hook on the right side of the dresser by the coat rack to hang her hairdryer so it’s within arms reach but is out of sight.
If Ali and Justin really want to get ambitious, I would hang the flatscreen TV on the wall. As it’s already a decent distance from the bed, a few more inches won’t matter. That way, it clears significant space on top of the dresser for additional storage. And Ali could turn it in to a mini gallery wall!
I would also utilize decorative or 3M hooks (to avoid putting holes in the wall) on the wall to the right of the larger dresser. Ali mentioned that Justin prefers to hang rather than fold and this area would give him some additional options besides tossing items on top of others on the coat rack.
Continuing around the room, I would get some nice baskets for the bookshelf they’re using for storage. It appears to be a tall Billy bookcase, in which case you can buy additional, individual shelves to make the most of the space. On either side of the bookshelf, I would use that for additional storage. On one side, Ali could install some towel racks for all of those scarves I know she still has.
On the opposite side, she could use a variety of solutions for her jewelry. I think this painted cutlery tray hung on the wall is a great, easy solution that adds some visual interest:
Now, lets talk style. All of these little DIY storage and organization projects can be areas where Ali can really add some of her eclectic flare, between hanging her jewelry as decor to using vintage frames. To update the dressers, Ali can replace the hardware with something a bit more her style.
And to really amp things up, I would replace that overhead can light with something a little more glamorous and less 1980’s. It may require calling an electrian, but for the $50-$100 it would cost, it the difference it would make is worth the cost.
I am loving the West Elm Small Capiz Chandelier which would bring in softer, rounder shapes in to the otherwise angular room. The price, however, may not be what Ali’s looking for, so she could try her hand at one of these DIY versions:
HGTV Faux Capiz Shell Pendant Tutorial
Design Sponge Capiz Shell Tutorial
Freshly Picked Capiz Chandelier
Although this extra little room is a bit odd, I think with some of the above suggestions Ali can really add some much needed storage as well as real eclectic style that she likes so much.
So how about you all? Any creative storage solutions that are both function and pretty on the eyes? I’m a HUGE fan of 3M hooks; I use them for my long dangly necklaces and my fancy purses I’d rather not shove in the dusty space underneath our bed (just keeping it real, kids).
4 thoughts on “Q & A: The Great Merge – Part 2”
The cutlery drawer organizers as jewelry storage is genius! I might steal that one.
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Sooo doing the picture frame accessory storage thing. Any idea where we can get a mannequin torso?? Justin thinks it’s awesome.
Yay! I would suggest flea markets and thrift stores for all vintage frames, etc. The mannequin torso will be a bit harder to find (also more commonly known as a dress form) – a good one in nice shape is also not terribly cheap. You could also try eBay and Craigslist as someone getting rid of old sewing items may be selling one. I also think I may try the sunglasses within a frame for myself!
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