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If you’re a follower of my blog, than you are familiar with my monthly series on ‘The Many Uses’. I just love when I come across a decor accessory for the home and can envision using it in more than one way. The benefit of this is, you can repurpose a decor piece rather than buying something new. How many times do we see something in the store and don’t buy it because we think to ourselves that we already have something similar? For example, today I’m talking about The Many Uses of the trending Gold and Glass Shadow Box and while its primary purpose is to hold jewelry and/or mementoes, I found three other ways you can use this item!
I recently found this gold and glass shadow box at HomeGoods and I liked that it had two drawers verses the box with lid that is more popular. Like with fashion, decor accessories are also a part of the ever-changing cycle of trends. These modern shadow boxes have been inspired by the antique ones ladies used back in the day to store their jewelry or keepsakes. Since I have a drawer dedicated for my jewelry, I don’t necessarily need it for that reason. Although, I still wanted to buy it because I knew the perfect use for it!
Whether you have a vanity or not, you can display your most used makeup in a convenient shadow box. The glass allows you to easily grab what you need and the gold frame always adds that glam factor!
I find that when I’m working at my desk, I always enjoy having treats readily available for me to grab…chocolates are my weakness! Since this box is so pretty, I knew it would make a great complement to my well-dressed desk (when it’s not messy, that is). I get to store my favorite chocolates in the drawers, like these Ghirardelli squares. Have you guys tried their newest flavor for Valentine’s? White Chocolate Creme Brulee…obsessed!
What a great way to present your guests tea flavor options than in a gold and glass shadow box! If you are a frequent tea drinker, you can easily display this shadow box on your kitchen counter or a dining room buffet. Use a tray to curate all your tea essentials like the shadow box, your teapot, at least 4 tea cups and saucers, sugar bowl, creamer pitcher, and tea stirring spoons.
I hope I’ve inspired you to look pass what an item is intended for and how you can use it in many different ways. Below are a few shadow box options, if you’re on the hunt for one!
Do you own a gold and glass shadow box? I’d love to know, how do you currently use yours? Share your ideas in the comments section below!
-Featured Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
I recall a few years back when I posted one of my blog series called – ‘The Many Uses’ and I’m bringing it back, y’all! Cause after all, I’m always finding myself using a decor accessory or kitchen essential in a different way than the original purpose it’s intended for.
Today, I’m sharing the many uses on bar essentials, primarily the ‘Wine Rack’ and a ‘Wine Bucket’. Keep reading to see how you can use these items in different ways around your house!
‘The Wine Rack’
While the product label described this as a wine rack, truth be told when I first laid eyes on it, I automatically thought it was a magazine rack. I love the gold frame detail and acrylic panels – perfect for showcasing guest towels, a sleep mask, and toiletries your guests may have forgotten!
‘The Wine Bucket’
When it comes to entertaining, I like to use items that relate to the theme. So if I’m hosting a wine and cheese party, I’ll have more than one wine bottle out for guests to choose from. Therefore, using this slender wine bucket with handles is a great way to display a flower arrangement – coordinates perfectly with the theme. Another way to use this wine bucket holder is to store your cold ice. Guests can help themselves when mixing their own cocktail of choice!
I’d like to know – what are some of the ways you would use these two bar accessories? Let me know in the comments section below!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Pure and simple, trays are definitely functional and we typically use them to keep items organized in our office, on our kitchen counter, for our makeup – just to name a few. We also use trays when entertaining guests, to present food and cocktails. I like to use them for all of these purposes, but I also like to glam up a part of my living space by using decorative trays for visual impact!
Today, I’m sharing how I used two trays, in two different ways, in two different areas of my home.
In the Dining Room…
Decorative Gold Mirrored Tray used to hold taper candles and flowers
This large decorative mirrored tray would look great on a bar to display your liqueur decanters or to house your bar cart essentials but I chose to use it on our dining room table as a centerpiece. For a stylish and elegant look, I took a variety of crystal candle holders in different shapes and sizes, inserted white taper candles and placed them on this mirrored tray. To add to the glam look, I added votive glass holders and placed all white flowers that creates a softer look. I’m a huge fan of ambience and dining alongside this centerpiece does just that! Flickering candlelights bounces on top of the tray’s stunning mirrored surface – which gives it even more luster.
In the Bedroom…
Decorative Gold & Marble Tray used to group bedroom/vanity decor accessories
This sophisticated marble tray with its gold trim and ornate handles is a perfect way to dress up a vanity. With a little #shelfie styling in our custom built-in closet, I’m using this decorative tray to hold some of my favorite things. By grouping these items, it somehow looks intentional and I love how the color coordinates with the brushed gold cabinet hardware!
I love the many uses of a decorative tray. Let us know in the comments section below, what are some of the ways you use yours – we’d love to know!
Trays were purchased from Home Goods.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
It’s been a while since I posted to my blog series – ‘The Many Uses’ so I thought I would share how I used my beverage tub into a vessel to hold my blue hydrangea plant.
Because this hydrangea plant is very big in size, I knew I needed to find something large enough that can hold and cover the not-so-pretty planter pot since I wanted to place it on our dining room table. One would think to use the commonly outdoor planter but it didn’t suit the style of our dining room decor. Luckily, I had an oversized stainless steal beverage tub that was a perfect fit to house my hydrangea plant! Because our dining room table seats eight people, having this as a centerpiece on the table makes a definite statement. If you have a smaller table use an ice bucket to hold a bouquet of flowers and alternatively, you can place them on your buffet table, bar cart or on your kitchen countertop.
The many other uses to use a beverage tub:
- Pre-made cocktails: If you will be hosting a party, make a signature cocktail for your guests and have these libations readily available for them to grab and enjoy! Simply fill the beverage tub with ice and nestled in the ice, strategically place the pre-filled glass inside.
- Individual Ice Cream Bowls: This summer, host an ice-cream party by making your beverage tub the center of attention on your ice cream bar! Fill individual bowls with a variety of flavored ice cream and nestle the bowls in between the ice. Don’t forget to include the spoons.
- Mason Jars: Whether you’re hosting a backyard party or a BBQ get together, fill some of your mason jars with lemonade and the others with ice tea. Place the lid on the mason jar and nestle them in the ice of the beverage tub. Don’t forget to add some jazzy paper straws! Cut to size a piece of raffia ribbon and lean the straw against the side of the mason jar, then tie the ribbon around the neck of the mason jar with straw in place.
What are some of the creative ways you use your ice bucket/beverage tub?
Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Prior to our bedroom makeover, I use to have all my makeup sitting on top of my dresser, which no matter how I organized it, it was something I wish I was able to conceal rather than having it displayed. So when my sister helped in some of the bedroom redesign, I told her I wanted a vanity where I could sit and enjoy getting ready in the morning. Most of the vanities sold online looked a bit too traditional for my taste, with the matching attached mirror. So a modern white lacquer desk with drawers and a large statement mirror was a better solution and much prettier, if I do say so myself! (wink)
The main accessories to any styled vanity are…
A luxury scented candle that emits a perfumed fragrance in the room is both functional and a beautiful piece of decor. A thick glass dome not only protects your candle but also smoklessly extinguish it.
A vase to hold pretty fresh flowers.
A trash can is a definite necessity for any vanity area. I converted this large silver scrolled hurricane candle holder into a trash can. Add a small-sized garbage bag and viola!
Another must have on a vanity is a tissue box and not any ordinary box. I like to remove the store bought tissues from the box and house them in a pretty box that is long enough to hold the tissues in place and has a lid to conceal the tissues. The alternative to a box is to remove the tissues from the original packaging and place them on a tray (that is currently what I have on one of the nightstands). The black Coco Chanel box you see in the picture above, use to hold some of my fashion jewelry but now that I have a dedicated space for that, I now use it to hold makeup remover wipes. Yes, you read right! Sorry Chanel, I know the box should be used for something more glamourous but it works, is convenient and no one is the wiser!
A small milk glass jar holds my rollerball perfume bottles for easy access. I will be selling two of these jars in my Etsy shop, if you’re interested.
Ever wonder where to put all those perfume samples you get from the department store? One of my christmas presents from my sister is this ceramic box and it’s a perfect place to hide these testers!
To add a little drama to the inside of my drawers, I cut to size this decorative gold paisley wrapping paper and use it as a drawer liner. We all know that when handling makeup, no matter how much you try, you are bound to have a spill or smudge – so by adding this paper as a liner it’s a sure way to protect the inside of the drawer and is easily changeable! Just think of all your paper options!
I used to have an acrylic makeup storage container and rather than getting rid of the whole container, I took out the drawer out of the container and inserted them in my new vanity drawers as a way to organize my makeup. I also purchased acrylic drawer trays to organize the rest of my makeup in the second drawer. These can be found here and here.
What are some of the ways you organize your makeup vanity? Do share your tips in the comment section below.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez