Hi guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start of 2015 so far. I took a couple of days off during the holidays which resulted mostly in hosting (dinner) parties and decorating the house further, so it will come as no surprise that the first post of the year is a deco post!
My vanity table made its debut on the blog a long time ago here. It used to belong to my mom back in the seventies and stood in my parent’s guest room for a while until it moved to my room when I was a teenager for the purpose it serves till this day. When we moved into our previous apartment, we took it with us, and now it’s in our new space! For the moment, I’ve kept it as it was but I’m planning to change up the colour once I start painting my dressing room. More on that later.
Here’s how it looks at the moment, all organized and white and lovely to match our currently white bedroom.
Here are my 5 tips to style your Vanity Table:
1. Make sure you have everything you need close. On my checklist: A mirror, tissues, cotton buds, cotton wool pads, a place to keep brushes, a place to store your current favorites, … Make sure your table is in a good place with loads of natural light during the day and provide good artificial light for the morning/evening.
2. Storage for Current favorites. I keep most of my make-up in the drawers of the vanity table, but I always have favorites I use more often than others. The lovely folks over at Ta’or gifted me a clever organizing solution for make up consisting of a box to store bigger make-up items and a lid that doubles as a handy place to store brushes, mascara, eyeliners etc. I love how it’s useful and aesthetically pleasing, a trait usually neglected when it comes to storage items. The set I have is the Cubi Max Make-up set in white melamine, and it’s available here. I use the set to keep the items I use daily close.
3. Make sure you have a small place to put your jewelry. I like to use a trey (or in this case a marble sample from the architect boyfriend) to organize smaller pots and jewelry I tend to have lying around. It’s a great way for messy folks like me who tend to leave small items everywhere around the house.
4. Keep inspiration close. I think my vanity corner is one of the most personal nooks in our house. I love that it is filled with items that remind me of the people I love. The table from my mom, the frames from my grandmother and friends, the Ikea mirror that made it home from my erasmus in Barcelona,… The fact that it is organized and beautiful makes it a relaxing environment, and I also try to keep a few books and magazines close to inspire me. Current favorites are Alexa Chung’s It (No surprises there, right? (Thank you dear Sarah!)) and Sabine Peeters‘ Make Up (Get it. Now. It’s amazing.)
5. Declutter. You don’t need five mascara’s and twenty brushes. The perfect way to prevent your vanity table from overflowing with clutter is to just get rid of it, or even better, maybe not buy it if you do not need it in the first place. A few favorites go a long way (well, at least for me they do). Plus this opens up room for some fresh flowers. Everything gets better with fresh flowers.
Well, there you have it, my vanity table! Tell me, what are your tricks to organize your make up?
Interior references: TA’OR make-up organizer // Vintage Chair // Vanity table from my mother’s childhood bedroom // vintage plant pot // Faux sheep skin from Ikea // Mirror from Ikea // Tissue box from Ikea // Brass pot from The Recollection // Rose painting via my grandmother // Vintage print (gift from my dear friend Cara) // Glass frame (gift from my dear friend Nathalie with a flower she picked in Madeira)
Make up references: Estée Lauder Modern Muse perfume // Hema Make-up brushes // Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in 32 Dark Choclate Ink // YSL Touche Eclat // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick in 370 Carnal // Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in 01 Red Velvet // Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy eyeshadow palette in 10 Envious Orchid// Chanel Nailpolish in 635 Expression// Clinique Superbalanced Make up foundation // Guerlain Cils d’Enfer mascara in 01 noir
PS/ The room is far from finished, but here’s a before shot. As you can see, the biggest difference is the floor. Bye bye carpet!