I’ve been meaning to update my home office-slash-makeup-room this year. My mandate for the ultimate woman cave is pretty simple: clean, modern and a bit eclectic.
So it’s almost complete now with minor finishing touches here and there (i.e floor lamp, new ceiling fan, love seat). But overall, it’s ready for a quick sneak peek. Come check it out!
Clean = clutter-free. That was the biggest challenge. Much as I like everything within my reach, I don’t want my table to become a pseudo makeup counter. I also don’t like the traditional vanity set-up because I want my space to cater to both my makeup and office needs. I am not a fan of display-type shelves because I’m OC with dust. With all these in mind, the smart solution is to buy a dresser that is big enough to hide my stashes and a table that I can use in the morning when I do my makeup, and in the evening when I am blogging.
Modern = invest on quality pieces. Another challenge, this time it’s a clash between my impulsive conscious nature versus my ever frugal subconscious. I could’ve settled for mid-priced IKEA but there is nothing like that here in Hawaii. Hub and I visited several stores and showrooms but they don’t capture my vision. I tried Craigslist but why buy second-hand if my intention is to update, right? So my next best option is the ultra-modern yet pricey Inspiration Interior Design Showroom in downtown Honolulu.
Love at first sight. When I saw this white lacquer table, I knew I had to get it pronto. Must be serendipity because it’s the only one available that fateful Saturday! I chose a silver/chrome office chair which I think compliments the desk ever so nicely.
Okay I read your mind! Is it hard to maintain a white workspace? Hell yeah but it forces me to tidy up my shit; and didn’t I just mention that I am OC with dust? hahahaha!
Few weeks and few more savings after, we went back to Inspiration to procure this white dresser. Again, it’s the only one available so I had to make sure there were no scratches in it. I was at work when it was delivered and Hub said it took three people to bring it up to my room. I didn’t realize it was that heavvvvy!
|I watch news (more of listening though) while getting ready for work.
That explains the ‘lil TV on the side.
Eclectic = creatively frugal. Now we’re talking. I know exactly where to buy affordable yet statement pieces! Pier 1 Imports, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond, even Ross. I get excited visiting these stores, okay probably not the same level as when I’m inside Sephora, but you get what I mean. It’s fun shopping for home accessories! Here’s what I have added so far:
|Colorful wall art to break the whiteness of it all (about $80, Pier 1 Imports)|
|Glass display plate to hold my everyday fragrance and jewelries. ($10, Pier 1 Imports)|
|Clear drinking glasses to hold my clean makeup brushes ($5 each, Pier 1 Imports)|
|Vintage Marilyn Monroe bust.
This is the only one I kept from my “old” makeup room.
|I have no green thumb so fake the orchids baby! ($9, Ross)|
|lovely mirror ($16, TJ Maxx)|
Curious to see how I organize my makeups and whatnot? You can find my full post here.
|I shop my dresser every morning.
It makes me happy, so trivial I know!
As if the reno wasn’t enough, Hub surprised me with a MacBook Air, his advance birthday present to me. Imagine my excitement when I saw this on my desk:
So here’s the before (old makeup room). No personality whatsoever. But I was proud of my DIY vanity then.
|This is what I’m talking about— pseudo makeup counter, dust collector. Yikes, I’m suffocated!|
The storm before the calm. Throw, keep, donate? Segregation time.
|even my furry baby hates the clutter!|
As the saying goes, happy wife happy life!
What’s your recent reno or home makeover?