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The Flip Side

November 8, 2011
by thenestinggame

You’ve all seen this before. I’ve forced you to many, many times. The plate wall vortex just pulls you in.

It’s our master bedroom. Above, for spring and summer and below for fall and winter.

Well, Sunday I wrote a big ol’ to-do list a mile long of things I could accomplish that day. Aaand then I proceeded to clean our bedroom like a banshee, which WASN’T on the list. But when I finished, I ADDED it to the list just so I could get the satisfaction of crossing it off.  (Please tell me I am not the only person who does this.)

And after I put all the clothes away, sorted out my t-shirt/sweater drawer that is packed tighter than The Mitten, dusted all the tables and knit four new sweaters out of lint and hair, I realized I should take pictures. I had promised shots from the opposite angle in the Nest Tour, so I broke out the camera.

First, here’s the lay of the land. The wall opposite from the brown wall holds my dresser and the door to our tiny bathroom. The wall opposite the bed has the door to the hallway, Taylor’s dresser, our closet and a side chair. The walls are painted Irish Mist by Behr, which in these pictures almost looks like the light gray it actually is. It pretty much just looks white in person unless you are looking at it beside the trim.

Let’s zoom and take a closer look at my dresser.

Both pieces (mine and Taylor’s) are part of a set that belonged to my grandmother, and probably someone else before that. Mom, chime in in the comments if you have any info. I keep all my hair stuff and some bracelets and pins in the orange Ikea box. Our bathroom has no outlets, so all of the hairstyling happens here. Which usually means I do not do hair styling. The silver mint julep cup is part of a set and was a gift from my friend Leigh Ann. It holds lipsticks. The perfume tray is a green plate from Ikea. The picture frame is from TJ Maxx. The silver box was a high school graduation gift. The Celebrate tag was on a gift from my friend and MOH Leslie. The lamp is also from TJ’s a million years ago. And the pearl necklace is from Wilma Flintstone Barbara Bush (not the hot one) Talbot’s. I stuck it on there one night after a party and now it is a permanent fixture. The corkboard and wooden pushpins are from The Container Store.

Gotta give a shout out to the Shiseido products courtesy of my stepmom. Sometimes I find myself petting my own cheek.

Beneath my dresser I keep two Ikea baskets for my purses.

Downsizing from a giant apartment walk-in closet was not easy.

Heading over to Taylor’s corner now.

That mirror was from Loehmann’s of all places, also a kajillion years ago. The pearl valet box is from the Pottery Barn outlet. The wooden bowl holds change. And another orange Ikea box holds man-things like credit card receipts and shoehorns. The artwork is a Taylor Crawford original. Also I realize now where all the Burt’s Bees is going.

I have no idea where these vintage boxes came from. Sometimes it’s nice to preserve a little mystery in the relationship.

Also on this wall is our closet. It used to have sliding wood doors, so you could only see in one half at a time. This was a problem. So, we removed the doors and I hung white curtains I already had from the Pottery Barn outlet on the inside with a standard metal rod. The curtains are tab top, which I am not the biggest fan of, so I hung them high enough so that the tabs didn’t show and they just brushed the floor.

When the curtains are closed and the lights are on, it actually gives a nice glow. You know, when you’re snuggled up with a pack of M&Ms and a good book on a rockin’ Friday night. (Finally finished this, by the way. Totally depressing in a way.)

So that is the mysterious flip side of the room. It pretty much never looks like this.

What’s on your dresser? Any tips for living with a tiny closet?

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  1. November 8, 2011 11:18 am

    Molly, I love your blog! You certainly have talents beyond copy! Have people been telling you that the girl on Two Broke Girls looks like you? You are prettier, though-is is genetics or Shiseido?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 9, 2011 10:48 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! And I haven’t heard the Two Broke Girls comparison yet, but a preview for the show came on last night and I mentioned to Taylor that you said I reminded you of her. He commented, “She’s hot.” So—I guess it’s okay! :)

  2. November 8, 2011 11:31 am

    My best tip for living with a tiny closet: Purge your clothes! I did Project 333 (http://www.theproject333.com/) last winter (and am still doing my own modified version) and I’m like one of those annoying ex-smokers trying to get all those who are still hooked to see the light. Only I want everyone to quit their clothes. Fewer clothes = more sanity for me. More money, more time, more clothes I actually like. OK, done preaching!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 9, 2011 10:49 pm

      Rita—this is exciting and terrifying! I’m a pretty decent purger, but I could probably do a lot better. Project 333 might be a good experiment!

  3. November 9, 2011 9:00 pm

    Super gorgeous! Love how this room photographs! And I am still envious of your necklace display even though I have a Container Store TWO MILES AWAY so it’s no one’s fault but my own.

    Much like Pat Monahan, I digress.

    As for the small closet, have you tried these https://www.getthewonderhanger.com/?rtag=wonderhanger&? I know they are As-Seen-on-TV nonsense, but they seem a little awesome.

    And on my dresser … normal stuff, I guess. Picture frames. Gamma Phi Beta cup o’ change. Bar towel from New Orleans that was a fundraiser for the Gulf cleanup effort (boooo, BP). Twelve kinds of Chap Stick. Small jewelry box. And a blemish in the wood caused, I’m sure, by nail polish/remover.

  4. November 13, 2011 11:34 pm

    i would like to see how the curtains brush the floor…or are we preserving the mystery in this relationship. :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 14, 2011 10:30 pm

      We can probably arrange this.

  5. February 22, 2012 9:06 am

    Your bedroom is gorgeous and you’ve photographed it so well, beautiful! I was drawn to your wall there and linked this to my plate walls post too today, for inspiration!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 22, 2012 11:08 am

      Thank you! What a great round-up!

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