It’s finally time to share one of the most exciting things to happen to me – like ever. I have a pretty substantial collection of “girly things” as my boyfriend would say – makeup, nail polish, beauty books, and knick knacks – and for the longest time they have been residing in our living room. We live in a two bedroom apartment that is the first floor of a converted mansion from 1910, the rooms are huge so they tend to become multi-purpose. The dining room is also the “library” and the living room was my “office”. Since he ran his own company, the second bedroom automatically went to Shayne as his office but now that he has recently moved into a brick and mortar office, the bedroom was left empty. After complaining that I needed more room for my makeup, he did the sweetest thing ever and gave me his “man den”. Here is a couple pictures of the before:
It was a bit drab, a little too yellow and just needed a little love. So I got right to work, I painted my butt off – I’m still feeling it! – and the white walls completely changed the feel of the room. Of course, I got a little bit carried away in the excitement and decided I needed to completely deck the place out so I went to Ikea. I bought the MALM dressing table and lots of little accent pieces to spice up my old ghost chair (transparent plastic chair) and ancient bookcase. I had already made the inspiration boards and I already owned the mannequin and vintage mirrors, so it was pretty easy to get the perfect combination of modern and antique that I love.
The bookcase is one of my favourite bits of the room because it gave me the opportunity to display some things that are really important to me. Of course, I have my favourite handbags, perfumes and nail polishes but I also have old family photos, tea cups and little mementos from family trips. I also threw in a little bit of Disney for good measure.
It feels absolutely amazing to have a space completely dedicated to what I love. It is such an inspiration to wake up and walk into this room and it gives me such motivation. I could not be happier and I couldn’t thank my lovely boyfriend more for giving up his space.
I really hope you like what I did, and please if you have any design suggestions share them!