This has been a long time coming. Me finally organising the beauty room. The beauty room is actually a teeny tiny box room in my house and after I wallpapered it a couple of years ago and bought my beloved Alex on castors in Ikea, I hoped it would be somewhere I could work, blog and film. But the lack of storage was killing me. I had a single chair bed that I sat on for filming but it took up so much room that the place was constantly messy. As you can clearly see here...
I KNOWWWWWWW! Filming became a chore and I couldn't find anything ever. All I had storage wise was that very amazing leopard print box thingy and my beloved Alex units stacked together. I needed to sort it out and so when payday came, I said goodbye to my money and hit up Ikea. Twice. On my own.
I have lots of little bits and pieces to do to finish the room and will film a room tour then, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek!
While I still have a lot to do in there, I wanted to give you a little update because the response on Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook has been great. I snapped the whole process of me going to Ikea and putting everything together and felt that I had great support from everyone. So thanks for keeping me going everyone!
I had it in my head that I wanted to get the Kallax units from Ikea. Because I like filming in natural light, I wanted to have something that could store things but still look pretty in the background because I'll still be sitting in that corner facing the window. The plan was to get the 8 unit Kallax but when I got to Ikea and felt how heavy the box was, I had to change the plan and ended up getting two of the 4 unit Kallax. And it worked out better because if I need to move things around at all, it'll be easy peasy. And they fit perfectly beside the Alex units which were surprisingly easy to move without having to empty them out like I thought I was going to have to do!
I ended up going back to Ikea the following day to pick up some of the Drona boxes. I have a colour scheme for the room in my head, so picked up six boxes and they fit the Kallax unit perfectly.
Then it came to desk time. Because the room is so small, I didn't want anything that would take up lots of space because I need room for lights and tripods when filming. So I had a few options in my head and then wandered around the desk section of Ikea totally confused! And the I wanted something sleek, not too deep and preferably with a bit of storage.
Enter the Malm Dressing Table. I'll be using this as a desk, a makeup station when I'm filming, as something to take product photos on and I love it! It has a drawer that slides out for storage and will make filming easier once I move it into the middle of the room. I ended up getting the Tobias chair on Sunday after looking about online for an acrylic chair and couldn't see anything like this for much cheaper. It was spendy but I can tell you right this minute, it's so comfy! And because it's clear, it doesn't clutter up the room. I think we've established that I was a clutter fiend so I'm going to try and keep it nice and tidy!
So last Saturday was spent assembling all of these myself, with my tacky music blaring and I was purple with the heat. Sunday was spent with sore muscles from it all but I was so proud of myself for getting stuck in and finishing what I started. I wanted to put my makeup collection back on display because I love picking one out every day and I missed having my tray from Zara Home doing it's job and keeping my scents in one place.
I really wanted to have somewhere to display these hat boxes that my dad made nearly 20 years ago. I absolutely love them and he won an award for them back then. As mam gets the benefits of the blog every little while with an aul goodie bag, I wanted dad to have some part in this whole blogging thing. So having them here in the room on display gives me comfort and I know a little piece of him is here.
Can we take a second to talk about my little fabric roses from Penneys? They were €4 and I got them a few weeks ago, thought they were broken, realised I needed to put new batteries into them and now I'm a woman obsessed. I want more and they are absolutely gorgeous! If you see em, get em because they give the softest, prettiest glow to the room. In love.
I love how cosy the room feels at night with all of my twinkly lights on and my wee lamp in the unit. I want a larger floor lamp for the corner behind the door and maybe a little lamp for the desk, but those are all things I can buy when I have money again! I have ideas for photos and prints for the walls, so when that's all done, I'll film a room tour and show you everything.
But I just wanted to show you the fruits of my labour and give you ideas if you're thinking about setting up a beauty room/office! Basically, Ikea is your friend.
Alex on castors
Knubbig table lamp
Malm dressing table
Lights - Penneys €4