I was cleaning out my jewelry box today, and after I filled a bag with broken pieces, single earrings, and random necklaces I’ve never worn, a thought popped into my mind. I decided that anything I have in my drawers or closet, I must be comfortable displaying. If I’m not, it goes.
As I weeded through, I found some fun and unique pieces that I forgot I had. I started to think about cool ways to display my jewelry. This could serve a few purposes, like:
a) so I wouldn’t forget about them again
b) to add a little life to our bedroom decor
c) free up some space in the dressers
d) something struck me about the authenticity of showing your stuff
One thing, I had to figure out a way to get the hubby to buy into this idea. Or, he may love the idea and want to display his stuff, too. Would my sparkly pendant compete with his Steelers jersey for wall space?
I didn’t want to add clutter, just a little style and personality. I decided the best place to do this was our hallway walk-in. I always imagined turning it into a small boudoir. This little project might be the first step. Besides, it could use a freshening up, and there was nothing on either wall to the right or left.
I had some ideas to make a simple, inexpensive display:
a) decorative molding painted in a clean, simple color with funky nail heads
b) mismatched frames in a monochromatic color scheme placed in a pattern that doesn’t look like a pattern (sans glass and backing)
c) various levels of small shelving to hang the jewelry from or display on top mixed with framed photos (kind of an open display case)
I liked my ideas fine, but, then of course, I called on Google, because Google is a girl’s best friend. And, of course, Google did not let me down. I found this simple idea (pictured below) on Apartment Therapy. Use an open weave placemat (this one is from IKEA and goes for $1.99), and hang. I love this because it can accommodate all kinds of jewelry without a lot of fuss and figuring:
Then I had to visit one of my favorites, Anthropologie, to get some ideas on how they display jewelry (pictured below). I love these ideas because it displays with such effortless beauty, imperfect and simply beautiful:
Alright, a wire hanger? FREE is always good for me. And this idea (below) resonates with me because we actually have a dark brown rustic door in the hallway space, that I’m now considering switching out the latch thanks to this Anthropologie photo:
And this last idea is spectacular, but requires (for me) finding the right lamp. I’ve seen some fantastic lamps at Home Goods and they are priced at about $30-$50. Since the boudoir would need a small lamp, something like this could definitely make the cut:
This weekend I will decorate our small hallway space just a bit with my jewelry. It will be the boudoir I’ve envisioned soon enough. Next I am going to figure out some ways to use the broken items I collected in my bag…clearing clutter and re-purposing is so exhilarating!