House Tour: The Dressing Room - Dressing Room Tour!!!

This is the second installment of my Dressing Room Tour.  In the first part, I showed you what the room looked like prior to painting and unpacking.  In the weeks following our move, I began sorting through clothes, shoes, pajamas, stored clothes, etc. etc. to thin out the herd a bit.  Then we built a wardrobe while I looked everywhere for curtains.  It was a slow process, but has been completely worth it to me.  My dressing room is my favorite room in the house!  I wish I could have all of you over for cocktails and manicures and fun stuff like that.

This is a bit of a picture-heavy post, complete with a video where I walk you through the room and show you a better look at the glittery, pink walls.  (They just don't translate well to photos.)  I'll have links to products I used in my room (or similar products) under the photos and any extra links at the bottom of the post.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by commenting on the post or emailing me.

Welcome to my Dressing Room! - Dressing Room Tour!!!

The first thing you see as you walk in is a bookshelf full of pink, glittery trinkets.  The back of the bookshelf was covered with fabric when we first built it for our last place.  It holds fun odds and ends, gifts, photos, and the like.  The glittery pig was one I glittered myself recently.  I love the way it turned out!  My grandma made the little beaded angel for me quite a few years ago and the other things I have collected for a while.

The second shelf holds rings and bracelets, while the third shelf holds glittery sprays and powders.  The last two shelves have a few more tchotchkes, my fabric steamer (I use it more than an iron these days), and extra body lotions and sprays. - Dressing Room Tour!!! - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Bracelet holders  - Michaels Arts and Crafts; Ring Holder - JoAnns Fabrics (similar); Bookshelves - Wal-Mart - Dressing Room Tour!!!

I recently found this great rug that fit so well with the colors and feel of the room.  I'm so happy to finally have a rug that really anchors everything.  I have been searching high and low for quite sometime.  Before we even found a house we loved, I was looking for curtains.  I decided my color scheme a couple years ago, but didn't begin the search for curtains until earlier this year. Wal-Mart had some fabulous ones that I was waiting to buy until we had the room ready.  When I went to buy them, they were all sold out. (Back in stock now, of course!)  Fortunately, these black and white ones were found a couple weeks later.  It was meant to be, I suppose.  The storage bench was bought a few years ago for our last place.  There was no space for it in our current living room, so it came here to live and serves me well. - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Farrah Fretwork Window Panels - Target; Floral Rug - Target; Storage Bench - (similar)

I made these two display boards from stretched canvas, fabric, and ribbon trim.  They have been so useful in holding brooches and photos.  With the wardrobe spanning one entire wall, I didn't know where I was going to hang them.  After we brought in the bookcases, I used Command hooks to hang them on the ends of the bookcases. - Dressing Room Tour!!!

A view of the room from the closet end.  The window looks out in the yard to my favorite tree and rose bushes. - Dressing Room Tour!!!

My vanity table and beautification area. lol  If you want to learn how to make a vanity table for yourself, visit my tutorial post.  I started adding more of my "chubby girl art" finds and look forward to adding a lot more. - Dressing Room Tour!!! - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Frames from various locations and glittered by me; From top left: From The Hip Goddess Art from Hallmark circa 2006-ish.  I have been collecting them.; Hula Hoop Girl and Librarian Pinup from Etsy seller jenoaks; Nude lady from Etsy seller ladyatlarge.

To the left of the vanity table is the other bookshelf.  It provides storage for the clothing iron, belts, boas, lip products, extra samples, brushes, and cleaners, and other odds and ends.  I'm still working on this area to make it more aesthetically pleasing, but it works for me right now. - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Polka dot containers - Zulily.  They are Isaac Mizrahi Home Collection storage bins in Medium.;  

To the right of the vanity table is a smaller shelf with more jewelry, makeup, and beauty samples.  This table is easier to reach while I am doing my makeup, so I have it holding mostly beauty products.  The little radio has an iPad/iPod hookup and the sound is really great!  I can rock out while putting on my makeup, which is one of life's simple luxuries that I enjoy.  The lamp was a clearance find for $3.50, so I plan on adding some sparkle or feathers to the shade. - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Shelf unit - Target (ClosetMaid Stackables using the 3-Shelf Cabinet and Open Access Base);  Lamp - Lowe's;  
Expandable Jewelry Tree - The Container Store; Organizers - Target and Ikea

A view of the room from the window side.  The curtains are attached with sliders both in the closet and on the ceiling.  They work very well; the clips are really strong and latch on to the panels. - Dressing Room Tour!!!

In the closet I have dresses, pants, leggings, and capris hanging up on the right side.  The left side has hoodies and lingerie.  Any new stuff I buy or Gwynnie Bee stuff I get goes on a hanger and into the closet so I can iron it and/or try it on.  The top of the closet houses a foot spa, winter gloves and hats, purses, clutches, and big hats.  The shelves below have purses by size, jeans by style, and the rest are clothes I wear around the house.

The containers you see there are home to flip flops, bras, sunglasses, tiaras and hats, cosmetic bags, nail-related stuff and miscellaneous things that didn't have another home.  Boots, sneakers, and shoes too big for the shoe boxes are lined up along the bottom of the closet.  My ironing board and full length mirror are all concealed in a little space to the left of the closet. - Dressing Room Tour!!! - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Polka dot containers - Zulily.  They are Isaac Mizrahi Home Collection storage bins in Large. - Dressing Room Tour!!!

A look at the long wardrobe wall.  The big wardrobes and dresser are from Ikea.  They are very strong and haven't budged in holding all my clothes.  Each section is sorted by type first then by color.  I switched all my hangers from assorted plastic ones to these great velvet onesTops do not slip off of these velvet hangers and they look so much better than all the various unmatching plastic ones.  Robes hang on hooks behind the dresser.

The shoe boxes are dollar boxes from Wal-Mart.  I took photos of my shoes with a similar background and printed them out onto shiny paper.  The photos are simply taped to the appropriate shoe box using masking tape. - Dressing Room Tour!!!
PAX Wardrobe System - Ikea;  Kullen Dresser - Ikea;  Shoe Boxes - Wal-Mart;  
Velvet Hangers - Amazon and Costco;  Skirt Hangers - Amazon;  Wall Hooks - Home Depot

After downsizing from a very large dresser to this smaller one, I had to get rid of a good amount of stuff.  Somehow I managed to fold everything in a way that allowed it to fit and, in the case of my PJs, allows me to see everything at a glance.  Everything gets used more this way as well. - Dressing Room Tour!!!

Other shoes that wouldn't fit above the wardrobe get stored on top of the bookshelves.  All of my flats fit rather nicely along the top and are easily accessible. - Dressing Room Tour!!!
Extra links:
DYMO Rechargeable Handheld Label Maker - Amazon; Valspar Pantone Universe Paint in Cabaret, Behr Premium Plus Paint in Southern Beauty, Valspar Paint Crystals in Silver, and Black and White Grip Shelf Liner; Ingolf Stool - Ikea

And if you want to see the room in action (and me acting like a super dork), check out the video below.  In my defense, it was late and I was super nervous.  lol

And if you have made it this far, Thank you!!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my room as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Now go make your own Oasis of Fabulousness!!


  1. Oh my gosh, Hailey! This is incredible! Carrie Bradshaw would be jealous! I am too! And I'm pretty sure your dressing room is about the size of our apartment. lol That's what we get for wanting to live in the heart of downtown: no space!

    How exciting! I can feel my adrenaline pumping. Why? I don't know. I guess I'm living vicariously through you. I'd go crazy in there! It's like a dream with all of your clothing on such beautiful display, with your vanity, all of your make-up and jewelry, etc. It looks like a boutique! I hope you love it. You're going to inspire so much jealousy and spare room transformations into dressing rooms. I absolutely love it!

  2. GIRL. This is amazing. You are so organized and everything matches. Love love love it. I need to do something like the "create your own closet" wall, because whoever designed my closets was an asshole. They go along the whole wall, but there are only two regular-size there's this wasteland in the middle that I have to remind myself to grope through once in a while.

    Those velvet hangers are pretty much the addition to things not falling off, they take up less space, so you can hang more stuff in a smaller area.

    I think at some point this winter, I will take your room as inspiration and do a low-budget moveable rental version. I need somewhere to put my makeup without certain significant others bitching about how much space it takes up. I mean, I have one little tiny counter organizer, a back of the toilet bin, and a couple of little baskets...sure, I take up 3/4 of the cabinet space, but IT'S A SMALL CABINET and one of the baskets has only first-aid things in it that he uses too.

    Seriously, I'm so in awe of what you've done. :)

  3. Thank you so much, Liz. I hope it inspires more spare room into dressing room transformations. It is my happy place for sure, so I want others to be able to make the happy place of their dreams. :-) A room like this has been in my head for years. To make it a reality has been joyful and honestly unbelievable. I am so grateful to my husband for helping me build it.
    I'm glad my giddiness and excitement translated.

  4. Thank you! I am so thrilled to finally show you what it looks like!!

    I cannot imagine life without those velvet hangers anymore. One of the best inventions for sure!

    I hope you get to make that space for yourself. Some place to de-stress and have all your stuff at your fingertips. It really is important. When I get super stressed out, I go sit in there and stare at sparkles like I am a crow tripping on shrooms. Then I feel better. lol

    I found a pink sparkly spray paint at the craft store, so I am making even MORE things match! Like that bamboo tiered shelf holding my bracelets - it is getting the spray paint! :-)