Situation: A woman is getting ready for the night and, as always, is running late. “I promise I’m ready now!!” she yells to her husband who has been pacing at the bottom of the stairs for 30 minutes now. She takes one more look in the mirror before flipping the bathroom light off- But wait! She forgot to put on earrings. So she quickly rummages to the bottom of a drawer and pulls out a WAD of mixed metals: necklaces wrapped up in bracelets tangled around dangly earrings.... <woman inserts expletive here>
Oh, the joys of unwadding your jewelry in the car on the way to an event! Jewelry is one of the hardest things to organize and to keep organized. Not only have I found some practical ways to organize your collection, but you can now DISPLAY your precious jewels. Because after all, they are supposed to be our best friends.
1. Frame It!
I found this cheap frame at Big Lots (random, i know)-- painted it “Orchid” from Benjamin Moore, took out the matting and glass and replaced the entire back with screen, then got some trendy knobs from anthropologie and drilled them across the bottom. Voila! Jewelry Station. <you can also put a mirror in the center if you need less jewelry storage>
2. Display it like a teen!
You’ll find that I’m a big fan of Pottery Barn TEEN... it’s like shopping in the Juniors section of Macys to find equally great clothes for half the price. These dress forms are super cool- for a less “teen” look get one in the ‘natural linen’ color. www.pbteen.com
3. Cup o’ Tea?
What else are you going to do with the old tea sets you got from your grandmother? Let’s be honest- not too many tea parties happening this day in age... Display your jewelry in tea cups and saucers- either on your dresser, or arranged in a drawer!
<image from martha>
4. Branch it Up
All from Urban Outfitters
5. Make a Medicine Cabinet
Or if you'd rather just buy this particular one, click here.
6. Last But Least $
Convert this hand towel rack into a jewelry holder; displaying your necklaces and dangly earrings (much like the twig one above) Find it here. Only $18!!?? Well worth it when dealing with tangled jewels.