my glamorous new dressing room

If you were reading my blog in August last year, you’d have seen my post “Glam New Dressing Room with Shoe Storage“.  (If not, check it out now!)

Glam dressing room

I thought it was about time I unveiled the newish configuration of my dressing room/study. What’s changed? I’ve purchased a drop-dead-gorgeous set of wardrobes from Brescia Furniture that are far more sleek and streamlined, not to mention taller and wider.  I can fit so much more in them! My ceilings are so high that I can still fit storage options on top of them, which I have done with some black felt baskets.

I also now have a beautiful rug (from DecoRug) that is zebra patterned, yet the design also looks a bit like a spine. It is very plush, alternating high pile in the off-white, with a tight low pile in black, for contrast of both colour and texture. My little doggie loves it!

Add to the equation a very sleek white desk and sexy ‘z’ chair in black faux-alligator, and the room is looking a whole lot more luxe. These were both from UFO Furniture at Euston Road, Alexandria. The desk has a glass panel on top, so I can put wallpaper, say, underneath the glass and totally change the look of the desk.

I discovered that if I turned my bookcase shelving on to its side, I could fit more shoes in each slot – bonus! Now I can fit 4 shoes, or 2 pairs, in each box instead of just 3. The shelving is lower and wider this way, meaning I could put another one on top. Now that I may just do…..

But on to the photos.

Let’s start the tour off with the amazing wall of shoes that lie opposite the windows. This is the bookcase that I turned sideways. On top I added two Ikea hutches that I found in the bargain clearance section. They don’t look too out of place, and allow me to add another row of boots. On top of the lot are some of my hats from my millinery days, and two very burlesque peacock feather fans.

I tried to keep the shoes colour-coded, with the black and white platforms together, the coloureds, the leopard print shoes, and so on.

The wall of shoes is on your left as you enter the room; on your right is the upright bookcase with the majority of my boots (and hats and wigs) displayed.  Next to that is the desk area, which is lovely and sunny, being next to the windows.

dressing room desk


The window luckily has a wide ledge so I can put these slimline TRONE Ikea storage boxes on it…

…with jewellery and other decor on top of those:


The 2 fabulous coloured deer heads are from Miho,  while the large plainer one is a Beyond the Page MDF deer head from Midwest Scrapbook on ebay.

Back to the wardrobes, or closets as some like to call them; they are directly in front of you as you enter the room.

And here’s a peak at the insides:


Dresses and skirts are in the first section of the closet, with bags underneath; jackets are in the second section with drawers underneath for scanties, socks and tights; and tops and pants are in the third section, with belts in the shallow drawers beneath (and corsets laid on top, for now).  No, I’m not the tidiest or most organised, by any means.

The only thing missing now is the floors, so here is the rug…and Fritz enjoying it. His tail is blurry cos he’s wagging it…awwww!

 Miniature pinscher

Obviously the walls need some decoration. I do have some beautiful aqua wallpaper that I may use behind the desk area, and a large teal bamileke feather headdress to attach to a wall too. I am also on the lookout for the right padded pouffe or other glam dressing room chair to sit on while putting on my shoes. The desk may well be moved upstairs and a French style ornate dressing table take its place, along with a large ornate mirror…but if I waited til it was finished, I’d never post.

What about you – do you have a system you’re happy with? Have great ideas but not the room (or money?) Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Any ideas from here that you’ll take away? I have to say that pinterest is a great source of inspiration for me, and I’ve gathered my faves in “Amazing dressing rooms/studies/home offices“.  If you’re on there,  come find me –

My decor: diamante skulls & stag heads

When I was in the UK back in June and stayed at Islington, I had to pass this gorgeous homewares store each day, called Dwell. Well! I fell in love. One of the things I lusted over was a beautiful diamante skull, that came in white, blue or black diamantes. I was already over the limit for luggage, and so returned home dreaming…

I kept drooling over the Dwell website when I returned home…and when the blue skull reduced in price from 199 pounds to just 69, I knew I had to make it mine! But there was a snag.  Dwell doesn’t ship outside the UK. What to do?  As luck would have it, my sister-in-law was coming soon to visit from the UK… and so voila! I got it sent to her address.  BUT then – they delivered it THE DAY AFTER she left for Australia. DOH! Never mind, father-in-law sent it on instead 🙂

Isn’t it superb? I love it just as it is, being one of my fave colours but with the gothy and glam elements in there too. But I have been experimenting on grouping it with things…definitely a work in progress! I look forward to Christmas-afying my living room too…and already have lots of silver and shimmery aqua elements ready to go. The skull will certainly fit in with my Christmas colour scheme.

One of my attempted groupings

My minpin Fritz wanted to get stuck into it…look at him go! He barked like mad at it, teehee.

I also have a very stylish fake stag head on my wall, not from Dwell but from an etsy store Born An Old Soul, who are still selling the stag heads, as well as other animals, in resin a variety of colours. Check it out!

While I’m on a home decor roll, why not show you the dark grey wall I painted on the oposite wall? I like it so much that the other walls may well get the same treatment soon!

Unfortunately, if you’re in love with the skull, they are sold out now, but Dwell does have a few cool skull items you might want to peruse. This big silver cow skull would be an on-trend addition to your wall. There are other fabulous items like dancing cows,  purple flock dogs, silver table lizards, bettles and spiders…It really is an amazingly quirky homewares store, and if you live in the UK or have friends or relatives who live there, why not shop online and get something special for your home?