DIY: Chandelier

When I posted this recap of the organization of my disaster of a closet, I got a few emails asking about the chandelier. Well, the secret is that I totally and completely DIY’ed that.

Not only did I DIY that it was basiclly a perfect storm of all the materials and help to get it done.

I started out with a candle holder (on sale) from Michael’s and some wire based jewels. The candle holder was already white so I didn’t need to spray paint it but the problem was that there was that candle dish in the way of where the light bulb was supposed to go… and I had no way to remove that part. Seriously scissors were out, my really thick large wire+ cutters didn’t work (and they usually work for everything else), and I was basically stumped. It’s not like I have a blow torch on my apartment porch.

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So I did something that I’m not particularly proud of. I put on something cute, did my hair, put on makeup and went to home depot. I acted like a silly unintelligent girl and the guy at the rent-a-tool center did it for me for free. I went and got him coffee but still. I’m half ashamed and the other half of me feels like I’m brilliant.

The entire chandelier cost me less than $20. Candle Holder: $10, Jewels: $3, Coffee: $5. If we add in the hit my smart-girl psyche took then the cost is over $20… way over.

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The Palace: My Closet

True story: my closet was a disaster. 
 
I had clothes in there that I hadn’t worn in over two years and I had clothes on the floor. No defense for it, it’s not like they were nicely stacked and Winston knocked them over or anything, there were just clothes on the floor. Ugh, gross. 
 
I felt like I had no space for anything, that I could never find what I was looking for, and that even if for some interesting reason the dress/skirt/top I was looking for was actually on a hanger, I was never going to find it. 
 
I knew something had to be done. I need a major overhaul and some closet organization stat! So I pulled on some clothes that did not need to be hung up (read: sweats) and threw everything out of my closet. EVERYTHING. There was not one stitch of fabric, not one belt, not one article of anything left in my closet. Then I sketched. I drew out a rough estimate of what I was thinking in terms of organization and orientation of my clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. I wanted it to look clean, pretty, and most of I needed it to be useful. 
 
I’m in an apartment so it wasn’t like I could knock anything down or really add shelves, etc. I also had to make due with the size, I realize my closet is actually pretty big, compared to what I had in college it’s huge but still I’m a woman and if I had my way my closet would be the size of a guest room. 
 
After I sketched and got a feel for what I wanted and what might work in the space I went through everything I had taken out. Yall, I was ruthless. I was basically Attila the Hun on my closet inventory. I rarely allowed myself to think twice about things either, if I started to justify a piece of clothing, it got tossed. I had two piles one for garage sale items and the other to go back in the closet. 
 
At the end of my siege on the wardrobe (get it, war.drobe… hahaha) I started to go through the keep pile. Did anything need to be mended, cleaned, or ironed? Could it be folded instead of hung, like sweaters and t-shirts? Oh I have five brown belts? Yeah let’s knock that down. Does this jacket need to be in my working closet or in my hall closet? You get the picture. 
 
Then I began to put things back in my closet very carefully. I organized by article then color then use if applicable. For example: dresses/black/work. So now in the morning I can wake up and say I want to wear a dress to work this morning and I know exactly where to go in my closet. I then grab my shoes and turn around and try on some jewels. It’s perfect. Usually Winston joins me and takes a gander at himself in the mirror then watches me decide on shoes, which weirdly takes me the most time. I love my shoes. 
 
Once the clothes were hung and folded nicely I began to add items that would increase the utility, function, and, yes, overall feel of the closet. Enter: mirrors, runner, baskets, hooks, shoe shelves, chandelier (with real light light-bulb) and push pin board. 
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At the end I am so happy with my closet, I get up in the morning and have a clear idea of where I can find things and which jewels I can match with it. My jewels used to be out on my dresser in my bedroom. I also find myself mixing things up more now that I can see everything clearly! 
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Oh and that ‘chandelier’? Yeah I DIY’d that sucker!
 

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Gallery Wall

I have been collecting artwork over the past year because I knew I wanted to put a gallery wall behind my tv where there was only a lone clock…b.o.r.i.n.g…

Here is the before:

And the after

What’s on the wall & Why:

The map of Europe in 1500 – I’m a history nerd what?
Eiffel Tower canvas – from mother’s day in may
Paint splatter canvas – from Blue Man Group in NYC
Girl on beach – I just imagine this is me
Winston’s caricature – he’s my handsome man!
Champagne print – a glass of Champagne is always appropriate
Texas print – Texan born and bred
Howdy print – it’s actually a card! and again Texan
If the Crown fits tin – I might have a slight obsession with royalty
B&W picture – I took this in Normandy
Vespa print – I desperatly want a Vespa!
Quote card – an Irish blessing I picked up when I was in Ireland
HP book pages – the first page of HP1 and the last page of HP7 (to be framed) because Always.
Paw print canvas – Poppy & Winston’s paw prints (or Poppy’s smudge)
Heart canvas – duh
Girl on Bike print – “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara I could save the world” so true
Cartoon – HP cartoon it says I’ve just finished Harry Potter and there’s nothing to read!
Picture of Mom, Poppy, Winston, and I – my fam
Noah’s Ark- framed in my room as a kid
Lines from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ – my lines from when I was in the play

What do you think?

PS why is Law and Order always on in my house?

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