While I’ve never particularly identified as a “shoe girl”, I can definitely appreciate a particularly fabulous pair of pumps, a wear-everywhere boot, or a classic sneaker–especially when they’re on display. This snap from ELLE Decor showcases ALL of the aforementioned players in a quality shoe game and expertly arranges them from floor to ceiling. A little overwhelming? Perhaps. But I, for one, am totally down with the clothing-as-decor movement that appears to be sweeping through the interior design scene. Fashion and function is an absolute must for smaller spaces…and when your footwear collection is this massive and enviable, I’m sure there’s just an innate desire to
show off put your sartorial goodies on display. No shame.
What do you think of this amazing space? Do you meld fashion and function or delve into style-meets-storage solutions?
Liza, Editorial Director
Confession: I’m kind of obsessed with handbags, but I am totally terrible at arranging them. I drape my current bag-of-choice over the arm of a chair, leave it on the counter, or place it next to our trunk, all while I leave the rest of my collection scattered randomly throughout the house. Coat closet? Check! Desk drawer? Check! Bedroom closet? Check? Under the desk? Check! And I don’t even have that many bags! It’s an issue. Back in the day, the guy I was dating had a super rad vintage coat hanger that I adopted as my own and used specifically for handbag storage and display. It was pretty perfect–everything was in one place, access was easy enough, and the display itself was interesting and fairly attractive. For me, the whole display aspect of purse storage is almost as important as functionality. I love a good fashion-meets-interior-design item! Love! I think my collection of clutches and crossbodies jammed into my top desk drawer is making my bags sad, guys! I mean, maybe my luggage-sized nylon totes are fine to being relegated to the top shelf of my closet, but my cute little bags? I think not! There are a ton of Life Hack-type pins suggesting that purses should be hung on shower hooks in your closet, for example, which seems like a fairly legitimate storage solution, but I’m not into that. I want to be able to SEE the hot pink Marc by Marc, the cognac Hayden Hartnett, or the brushed gold Botkier without trying, then select the right bag with ease. The above photograph, which I found on Pinterest, is apparently of Joy Bryant’s apartment/purse storage system. See how she made the whole thing kind of arty and cool? I LOVE that! Of course, I couldn’t display an entire handbag collection on slices of wood alone, but it’s a start, and a potential solution for my smaller pieces. I can’t help it – I need it to be pretty. So those in-the-closet purse hooks are out, as are bins, as are desk drawers. On my radar: Cubbies, exceptionally cute or creative hooks, and a shabby chic, perhaps parisian-inspired hat tree. This needs to happen. The bags must be seen! 😉
How do you store YOUR handbags? What do you think is the most functional, attractive, and simple way to display and stow your purses?
Liza, Editorial Director
Sometimes, something is so cute you just want, no need to buy it, even if you had no intention of making a purchase. Just because. You really, really want it. It’s SO CUTE! Well, Mieuxs, the Macron Box from Urban Outfitters recently inspired one such moment with me. Confession time: I’ve never actually eaten a French Macaron, but I’ve always thought they were totally adorable food items. I mean, teeny tiny pastel-colored sandwiches?! They’re almost too cute to eat, right? Well, that’s why the macaron box is perfect. I picked up the lavender shade of the trinket box at my local UO…It seems ideal for holding just about anything small: change, pills, fortune cookie fortunes, extra buttons, whatever. Personally, I’m planning to use mine for travel jewelry storage–the macaron is the perfect size for toting all of my rings. It fits more than you’d expect! If you’re looking for a cute pick-me-up or a chic party favor, definitely check out the macaron box! They come in six colors, are only $10, and you’ll still be enjoying it long after all that’s left from your real macarons is crumbs.
Liza, Editiorial Director