Thursday, March 24, 2016

29 UHeart Organizing: An Eclectic Jewelry Display

I am hoping that today I can inspire you to think outside of the jewelry box, and set up a little in-home boutique for your favorite bangles.  I did this exercise a few years ago, not the kind of exercise that helped me lose weight (or lose anything else for that matter), but one that helped me gain a little appreciation for my collection (you can see my display here).  I found that I was so much more prone to reach for a variety of pieces and actually switch things up on a daily basis.

My very dear friend, Cassie, is not only about as sweet as they come, she is also quite fashionable.  In fact, I look to her for style advice all of the time and you can bet I pried her for all of her secrets and tips during my most recent visit.  I appreciate the fact that she is always finding fresh ways to use many of the items she already has in her closet, and she shops for pieces on my type of budget.  One things that all of us can do to make the most of our existing wardrobe, is to change up the accessories that go with it.  Swapping shoes, handbags, jewelry and even makeup, can completely transform an outfit.

Traditional jewelry storage has been to keep it concealed in a box or drawer, but I say, break free!  Putting together a happy (and of course organized) accessory display, ensures that your collection is used each day.  It will also inspire you to change things up, and visiting your "shop" can become a fun part of your daily outfit planning process.

Cassie's abode is filled with color, style and joy around every corner.  I was constantly gasping and grinning as she gave me the full tour of her home, and entering her closet was no exception.  I am so excited she is here today to share her eclectic jewelry and accessory display, and I hope it encourages some of you to do something similar in your own closets.



Hello friends! I'm thrilled to be back sharing my latest organizing project with you... inspired by none other, than the darling hostess of this blog, Jen! I've had some pretty awesome experiences come from blogging (did someone say Redbook cover?! #shamlessbrag), but the genuine friendships I've made definitely top the list.

Mine and Jen's blog-paths crossed early on, and we immediately clicked. Over the years, our friendship has grown from one that centered around our love of blogging, to one that has us vacationing together with our families! Pretty crazy, considering we live 1000 miles apart and met on the Internet, right?!

Last month, Jen flew to Texas for a long weekend (remember this closet we overhauled!?), and I stuffed her full of tacos, then picked her brain on every space of my house! When she left, I had a notebook filled with tips for organizing all the nooks and crannies... including, carving out an accessories closet.



When we moved to our new house (I should probably stop calling it 'new' considering we've lived there a year now!), some organization systems moved with us... seamlessly fitting into their new space... like the pantry. Others required a fair amount of tweaking, like my bathroom cabinets.

And some I never had before, like an organized closet, with space for all my accessories! But, I hit the closet-jackpot in this house, and we have a generous walk-in with a window! (Which became my nemesis when shooting these pics for you!!) In the past, I've kept earrings in caddies, necklaces on hooks, and bags piled in a basket... which basically meant I couldn't see what I had when putting together an outfit, so I just reached for the same items everyday. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But now, thanks to a few key (inexpensive) pieces, and stuff found around the house, I've not only got everything corralled together and clearly visible, but also created a pretty spot in my closet!

It was sheer luck that our Ikea Hemnes dresser fit perfectly under the window, wedged between the shelves... and the top became an obvious spot to organize and display my baubles. If you don't have a dresser or table top, you can easily install a shelf using a piece of wood and some L-brackets.


The fun thing about organizing jewelry, is it's already so pretty... so having it on display is like decor for your closet or bathroom! I shopped my house for pretty little trays, plates, tea cups, and bowls, and grouped like items together for easy access. Virtually any vessel can be used, it doesn't have to be specific to organizing... mine are a collection from Ikea, Target, World Market, Anthropologie, and J.Crew, that I've gathered over the years.




I thought about cup hooks or pretty knobs for hanging my necklaces, but decided on this clear peg organizer for a more seamless look. And once again, we got lucky with just enough space! It's almost like I was meant to take over Mr. SP's side of the closet for my accessories!!?? #cantfightfatebabe


And these acrylic stands are nicely weighted, so they don't topple with a load of bracelets.



The dresser top also holds items I reach for daily when getting dressed... chapstick, lipstick, sunglasses, and nail polish. The pink tube is my latest style weapon... Say Hello to Longer Legs... You can read my review of the shoe inserts here.



So that covers jewelry...now lets talk handbags!


Turns out shower curtain rings make the best handbag hooks! My favorites are the S-hooks, but any will work. My only tips when choosing yours is to make sure they open easily so you can get your bag down without a struggle, and that the ring is wide enough for handbag handles.



My trick for organizing clutches is a letter sorter or lid rack! Are you a handbag collector like me?! I have a weakness for inexpensive, colorful ones... and now I can easily swap them out to accessorize my outfit!



If you've read any of my style posts... like {Five Ways} or {Day to Night}... then you likely recognize most of these pieces! They are all in heavy rotation.




I love adding jazzy jewels, like pearl cluster necklaces, tassel bracelets, and leopard cuffs to my everyday outfits... you can find them here.


Getting dressed has always been one of my favorite parts of a new day, and now I've upped my accessories game by being able to access everything in one spot. It's like my own little boutique every morning! Thanks for letting me share, and happy dressing organizing, lovebugs!



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Hi, I'm Cassie, a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, and lover of travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When I'm not hanging with my sweet and funny family, you can find me kicking the '80s out of our home, one budget project at a time, on my blog Hi Sugarplum!

29 comments:

  1. I started using an accessories storage system like this a few years ago. When everything was stored away I never wore it, but now that I can see it, I actually dress better! The bonus is that the jewelry is the, well, jewelry of my closet! Yours us over the top gorgeous!! That ceramic bust with the necklaces is to die for!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Isn't it fun to have it all on display?! And it's just so pretty to look at, that I actually keep it tidy!! xo

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  2. I've been waiting for this! Thank you Cassie and Jen!

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    1. Yay!! It's been a long time coming...thrilled you like it! xo

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  3. What a great idea! I really need to organize my jewelry collection!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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    1. Thanks, Katya (gorgeous name, btw!)...it feels so good to walk in and see that set-up every morning!

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  4. This seriously looks identical to how I organize my accessories (down to the Ikea dresser) except that yours looks SO much cuter! I have all of my rounded bracelets on horizontal displays, my necklaces on an assortment of wall hooks (organized kinda by style/color), and my clasps bracelets on pretty decorative plates, with earrings and watches in little bowls from Anthro. Love seeing your setup - gives me so inspo for how to improve my own!!

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    Olivia
    PrepEssentials

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    1. #Twinning!! Thanks so much, Olivia...I'm thrilled you found some inspiration from it!

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  5. Love this space! I've just recently decided that fun jewelry is meant to be displayed and I've been looking for ideas for my closet reno!

    I also am in awe over the idea of using shower hooks for bag storage! I can't believe I have never thought of that, such the perfect storage solution!

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    1. Definitely an 'Ah-Ha!' moment for me, too!! :)

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  6. LOL! Clearly no kitties living in that house! I'd have a tangled mess of jewelry under the refrigerator in no time! It is beautiful though...

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    1. Haha, no ma'am...just 45-pound pups that don't jump up! ;) xo

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  7. Where did you get the white woman's head from?

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    1. That's a HomeGoods treasure!! You never know what you'll find there, right?! She's been styled all over my house, but I think this may be her final resting place. Wait, that sounded weird. ;) xo

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  8. Please, please tell me where I can get that gorgeous saddlebag purse. I have been looking for one like it for a while. It's beautiful! Thank you.

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    1. I love that bag...and such a great price, too! You can find details on it in this style post: http://www.hisugarplumsblog.com/2016/03/neutral-styles-gray-camel.html

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  9. I'm getting so much jewelry organization inspiration from your photos! I LOVE your trick to organize clutches! Thanks! <3

    Diana | http://www.thechicdiary.com/blog

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  10. This is super beautiful and something to envy. I have a really small closet and no vanity space in my bathroom. I use an over the door jewelry armoire that doubles as a full length mirror when closed. I love it, but hope someday I can have a fashionable display of all my accessories. It makes getting dressed up more fun.

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  11. Immediately bookmarking this for future reference! Right now I store all my jewelry in the top drawer of my dresser and while it's fairly organized, I find myself always reaching for the same pieces over and over. A system like this, where I could actually see what I own at any given time would be awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love the clear acrylic necklaces holders! I seriously need to organize my vanity after seeing this!!

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  13. Whenever I see those open storing solutions I think it looks really great but am I the only one who is thinking "How do you clean that / keep this from being all dusty?"...? I have a housedust allergie so I whipe all surfaces basically every other day or so (especially now during pollen season) so I really wonder how you would clean that space without having to take everything off etc...
    Anne

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    1. I agree! Love the look, but I would hate to have to dust that area. Same goes for makeup organizers, desk organizers, etc. I keep everything put away in drawers and labeled boxes. Everything stays in its place, and I can spend less time cleaning! It does look beautiful, though!

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  14. I was struggling with how to organize my purses. (I've added quite a few to my collection lately!) This post is a lifesaver for me. Thanks!

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  15. I just found your blog and I'm loving it! I could totally use some organizing inspiration, especially my jewelry! After organizing my jewelry it seems to turn back into a mess in no time :(

    http://www.satinsundays.blogspot.com

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  16. My daughter could definitely use some help. At 18 and in college she has some small spaces to keep everything. You've given me some great ideas for her dorm room to help with her jewelry that I know she will love!

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  17. So fun! Beautiful jewelry like yours deserves to be displayed!

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  18. I always LOVE the look of jewelry on display and I think it makes for great photos, but I always find myself wanting to tuck everything away into drawers. I can't help it lol, I need things to be out of sight. I love the idea of the lid rack for wallets though! I need to get some lid racks next time I'm out!

    http://www.shehlagrr.com/2015/04/diy-braceletwatch-display-and.html

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