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Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Do It Yourself, Featured, Fragrance, Interior Design | 1 comment

Apartment Tour: Dream Ikea Vanity

Every glamour girl needs a vanity. Even when I didn’t have a vanity with a seat, I would stand in front of my bedroom dresser and mirror to get ready, I was never okay with doing my makeup in the bathroom! (The heat and moisture fluctuates too much in there, ladies! It’s bad for your makeup!) When I started moving into my boyfriend’s place my one request was to have my own little corner of the room to put a true vanity with a chair, the whole works! I have been adding finishing touches here and there but at long last (and yet another trip to Ikea) it is complete! I’m so excited to share with you where I get ready every morning!

I like a lot of white, as you can see! Still working on concealing all of the power chords that keep this makeup operation running!

I have had my eye on this particular Ikea vanity for a long time, as you can see from my Dream Vanity post from last year. I have a TON of makeup, and I just love the storage space in this giant long drawer. I wanted a modern, fresh look. I am not typically a fan of those overdone Victorian style vanities. My apartment is pretty modern, and this needed to fit.

The Chanel bag is a Lady Gatsby notecard. Next to it is my Alexander McQueen Armadillo Shoe that I bought at the Met Exhibit a few years ago.

I needed a good deal of space on the top of the vanity for my large perfume collection. I worked briefly at a Bloomingdales fragrance counter which is the only reason I have so many bottles! I purchased an Ikea Picture Ledge to put under the mirror that fits all of the bottles and some photos perfectly!

A diamond paper weight sits on top of a Kate Spade box that was just too beautiful to throw away! Also pictured: My CHI hair straightener!

The two photos I have on my vanity shelf is a framed Lady Gatsby Chanel Bag notecard and a framed postcard of the Andy Warhol Queen Elizabeth portrait that I bought in London. I just wanted my vanity to feel chic and inspiring. Nothing says inspiration like a Warhol print of a Queen!

I like to pick up unique knick-knacks from around the globe. This little doll I picked up in Japan is one of my favorite things. My sugar skull is from a boutique on Haight Ashbury in San Fransisco. I love sugar skulls! I try to pick them up when ever I see one I like. The skull sits on a pink glass tray which is a whole set that I bought at my local TJ Maxx. I loved the look of the cracked glass in my favorite color- pink! I keep my brushes in the pink cracked glass jar and have another matching bowl in the set where I keep hair odds and ends like clips and headbands.

A great deal of MAC, but you can definitely find some drugstore cosmetics, Clinique, NARS, and other fun things!

Inside my Ikea vanity is a bit of a mess! I use three small drawers to attempt to organize, but honestly it is total mayhem in there! I need better drawers to keep them organized, but I am doing a little at a time!

I store bigger tools in a basket underneath the desk.

The drawer inside the vanity is pretty shallow: perfect for small makeup bits but not enough storage for giant hair items like a hair dryer or curler. To store these bigger hair items I picked up a small basket from TJ Maxx that fits everything nicely! Pretty much the entire vanity is an Ikea or TJ Max purchase- ain’t no shame!!

I think the rug really adds texture, and keeps my feet warm in the morning!

The chair is a clear acrylic which adds to the modern feel. Originally I wanted something more fancy looking, but none of the chairs I found were comfortable enough. I added a TJ Maxx faux fur pillow for extra luxe, as well as an Ikea faux-sheepskin rug (for just $9.99!)

The ring holding elephant brought to you by Bed Bath & Beyond!

I could not be happier with how this space turned out. A beautiful vanity is totally achievable if you use more affordable furniture such as Ikea and TJ Maxx. I bought pieces little by little but it was worth it for the vanity of my dreams!
What do you think of the vanity? What does your dream vanity look like?
SHOP IT: Ikea vanity, Ikea chair, Ikea faux sheepskin rug, Ikea shelf, Ikea mirror /Ikea tabletop mirror

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