Monday, June 10, 2013

Cosmopolitan Closets Customizing: Everyone Loves Ombre

So everyone who knows me,  knows that I love plants. However, I find that the decorative pots are pricey and after buying a few $25 pots it dawned on me that I can customize my own pots for much less!  I found different size clay pots in Home Depot for $5-$10 each, depending on the size.  Check them out here Clay pots @ Home Depot. I used the same primer and paint that I used in my Cosmopolitan Customizing: TV Trays post, Martha Stewart Living primer and sealer and various Behr paint samples.

I decided to paint the first clay pot Pearldrop (a creamy white color) and used the primer/sealer first and then painted 2 layers of paint. Once the paint dried overnight, I painted another coat of primer/sealer.

I decided that I wanted to "jazz-up" the other pot so I decided to use the ombré technique using the Behr sample in Sweet Rhapsody (the same turquoise I used to paint the display case). In order to get the ombré effect, I used the Pearldrop color mixed with the turquoise to make two lighter shades. I used painters tape to separate each section. Check out my pictures below and let me know what you think!  Have you made anything ombré in your home?

Before customizing! The teracotta color was ok, but not what I wanted. 

After customizing! The white pot looks better!

My ombré customizing :-)

My corner stand is now complete 







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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Makeup Organizing Options

Hi! So I just shared my latest lucite add-ons to further organize my clear cube makeup case and I came across these pictures on Pinterest that show other ways to organize your cosmetics!  Let me know what you think! 
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Lovely Lucite Add-Ons

Recently, I blogged about a great makeup organizer that I own (For the Love of Lucite) and how easy it is keep your cosmetics in order by using lucite organizers.  On one of my latest trips to TJ Maxx, I came across lucite drawer dividers ($7.99 each) and thought that they would be great additions to my organizer.  The drawer dividers that I found have 12 separate compartments in varying sizes, making them perfect for mascara and eye makeup and other miscellaneous things like bobby pins and pencil sharpeners.  Since the drawer dividers are lucite, they don't change the look of my organizer.  Check out my before and after pics below and stay tuned for my DIY drawer divider post!



My pride and joy!  Love this clear cube organizer!



BEFORE - Eye makeup drawer.  Every time I opened and closed this drawer, the makeup would not stay neatly placed as pictured above.


AFTER - Now the eye makeup drawer is more organized with the divider!


In this drawer I have random items like makeup brushes, pencils and bobby pins!

In addition to the lucite drawer dividers, I also found a lucite earring organizer (for $16.99) at TJ Maxx!  I thought that it would be useful for storing some of my earrings that I have stuffed in my jewelry armoire. Check out the pictures below, it can hold up to 48 pairs of earrings!



    




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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Luck of the Drawer!

Hi everyone!  Hope that you are enjoying the start to the summer season now that we are in the month of June! And I hope that you have finally gotten around to completing the unpopular task of switching out drab winter clothes with your bright and colorful summer wardrobe.  I just did this a few weeks ago and let me tell you, it was no small task.  One thing I did learn, however, was that I needed to come up with a different way to fold my clothes that are kept in drawers as I was finding it hard to keep them organized with my current method.  I decided that one simple method would not work for all, so I separated my clothes by tops and bottoms and then length (long sleeve vs short and pants vs shorts).  Check out the pics below and let me know how you have your drawers organized!


Roll sweaters instead of stacking them to allow visibility and create more space for new additions!
 Here is a picture of my cardigan drawer!  Previously, I had the sweaters stacked on top of each other, arranged from lightest to darkest.  While I knew where most of them were in the pile, I wasn't able to see all of them and often forget about ones that got stuck at the bottom.  By rolling them, I was able to fit more (16 vs 12) in the drawer and I am able to see all of them, making it easier to get dressed and shop!
 

Arrange shorts and skirts by color and in a way so that the top of each pair sticks out, allowing for easy access!
 
Here is a picture of my bottoms drawer, a mix of shorts and mini skirts!  I decided that rolling them was hard b/c of the length and they looked messy.  I find that stacking them so each pair's top is visible is a better approach and an easy way to find the pair you need in a hurry.  
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