I have an affinity for older homes and you know what that means: tiny closets
! Until we purchased our current home last October, I built my "closet" on the wall in my bedroom which caused mass pandemonium in the mornings when trying to get ready. It also reduced my bedroom down to the size of a cubicle
Buying our home was my chance to expand my territory because Collin + I had a second bedroom! Collin, my fiancee, (shockingly) agreed to let me turn the room into my dressing room/office/sewing room. He's the one that did all the building (I love my little handyman) and after some trial + error of the entire thing literally RIPPING out of the wall, think BIG
holes and the room raining suitcases, we were able to get our makeshift wardrobe to hold all the weight using about six L brackets, a strong pipe, wall anchors, an impact drill and a 2x4 for the shelf. It's great to finally have somewhere to store my suitcase collection (cough, addiction)
and of course my clothes! I've been collecting suitcases for about 8 years now and can't seem to make myself stop.
Secret about me: I found this amazing 160th Anniversary Singer for about a quarter of the normal price on Cyber Monday a couple of years ago, so I purchased it. I Haven't. Used. It. Once. Sadly, I started my first year of law school two weeks later and just never had the time to learn! Instead of hiding it away in the closet, I keep it out as a constant reminder that I need to "get on it" during my (limited) breaks from school. I'm GOING to learn to make the infamous 30 minute circle skirt, so help me God.
Of course the main
purpose of this room is to be my little fashion hub. Let's be honest, if I'm not paying bills / student loans (yuck) / fulfilling some other financial obligation, I'm probably spending my money on dresses + shoes. I try to do this as practically as possible by only shopping when a promo code is active, hoarding store credits and selling something every time I buy something... of course... certain pieces have warranted exceptions ; ) I attempt to purchase things keeping in mind that I save clothing for years
and have a really
hard time parting with things so my wardrobe is made up of things old + new and things that were purchased last week + 7 years ago. But, I buy things in hopes that they'll become permanent pieces of my wardrobe. Also, I absolutely hate
folding things, that's probably because I worked retail for a little too long, but needless to say, I hang everything with the exception of underoos + bras + stockings.
I don't wear much jewelry because I have A-L-O-T of allergies, but brooches are some of the little things that make me happy and they don't touch my skin, yay! Collin's morbidity spills out into the entire house, so this deer skull was made into a jewelry rack. I've had a few ladies suggest the fabric/picture frame brooch storage idea, but I like to leave mine out and easily accessible, I don't consider it clutter, but convenience haha. I'm also so grateful + excited to have such talented friends / artists who throw in little bonuses when I order things / sweet readers and IG followers who send me little gifts.
The room isn't done quite yet, I still need to get some art on the walls. Also, in case you didn't notice, there is a very plain, un-photographed wall awaiting the perfect vanity, but hey, it's a start! One day I won't have to sit in the floor indian-style with my face two inches from the mirror to do my hair + makeup!