This might not actually qualify as a DIY (because I didn't really DO that much) but I have wanted to re-style my dresser for a while now. I have been stuck in the realm of having framed photos of friends displayed and feel like I am in desperate need of a mature upgrade.
As part of the re-style, I started with fresh cut flowers. Flowers always brighten up a room and tulips happen to be my favorite. I have always wanted to have flowers in my home regularly. I enjoy receiving flowers and giving them as gifts. I also enjoy treating myself to a bouquet when I have had a bad day. I find it to be one of those simple pleasures we take for granted. You may see a blog post in the near future as I work to fill my home with flowers more often.
I decided to display a few of my favorite books as well. I don't currently have a book shelf so my books have been boxed up and hidden. Each of these books has a special meaning or sends a message that I would like to remember daily. By having these books on display, I think it will be a good reminder to remember the precious moments of childhood (Secret Garden), always look fabulous (Style by Lauren Conrad), come from a place of yes (Bethenny Frankel's most recent book) and love with all of my heart because you never know when someone will be removed from your life (My Sergei).
Candles are always a nice decorating piece. This one was a party favor from a recent baby shower I went to. (And yes, it was a boy!)
Perfume bottles are all so unique and pretty, they should be displayed and not stored hidden in a bathroom cabinet.
I have seen other blogs use jewelry or shoes as part of the in home decor and I really like this idea. I have chosen to display a few of my favorite pieces on this pretty tray. Plus I have a habit of not wearing jewelry. Because it is not in plain site, I forget to put it on in the morning. With my jewelry displayed, it will be easier to accessorize more regularly.
Finally, I was thinking of adding one more thing to the dresser. I consider my room to be decorated in a shabby chic way. The room does have some details that still need to be worked out, but I thought adding some saucers and/or tea cups would be a nice touch. I could store rings or other small pieces of jewelry in them. I love vintage style tea cups. My mom has dozens of gorgeous ones that remind me of my childhood. I can remember having family gatherings or parties and all of the ladies drinking tea or coffee out of these very cute vintage cups. I loved sitting with them and drinking tea, it made me feel so grown up and elegant. If I do incorporate this into the decor, I will have to ask my mom for a few of her tea cups and saucers when I am visiting Detroit. What are your thoughts about adding a tea cup and/or saucer to the decor?