22 Dec 2014 61 comments

A Dressing Table Update.


Nothing pleases me more than having a nice tidy makeup table – I love clean brushes organised nicely, my daily essentials within reach and my makeup drawer streamlined so everything fits perfectly. Of course, things can get a little out of hand sometimes which is when I tend to rearrange everything and generally have a clear out.

My current set up is quite bare, I would say – some would call it cluttered perhaps! I guess it’s not too bad, I fight the urge to have everything sitting on it but it’s not entirely practical. I made a marble tray using a box lid (tutorial here), and I use this to keep everything tidy. I love stacking things on trays, it looks so cute and really sets off the area. I emptied out a couple of candle jars and used these to store my brushes. To do this (I know you guys were asking for my tips!) I tend to do it straight after the candle is finished so the wax is warm. I tip the remaining wax out on to some cardboard in the bin and then use a couple of paper towels to quickly wipe out the rest before it cools. Then I run the hot tap and use a bit of fairy liquid and a cloth or brush to clean out the rest. Easy peasy!

Also on the tray I have a perfume or two and a couple of pretty items I use everyday. It just adds to the whole table I feel, rather than it looking bare.

I use an acrylic organiser that I got from TK MAXX to keep my everyday items together. Mainly lipsticks and cream shadows are kept here, but I’ll also use the MUJI one drawer underneath for odd bits and bobs that don’t have a place. It’s a nice way to keep pretty lipsticks on display too, I feel.

I picked up some postcards and washi tape from Paperchase just to put on the wall to make it a bit more interesting – there’s kind of a pink, mint, gold and marble feel happening which I love!

What do you think of this set up?

  • Amzelica

    Really pretty πŸ™‚ I love the idea of putting makeup brushes into empty candle holders x

  • Beth

    love how organised it is – the printed pictures are really cool too and I like the tape you’ve used to stick them up with!

    Beth // Bethany Georgina

  • emmarebeccalane

    Your dressing table looks beautiful! I love how you’ve set it up, it looks like such an inspiring space!

    Emma xo // http://thewallflowerwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Vivian Yuen

    I spy lots of real techniques brushes <3

    LIVE . IN .LOVE ✞


  • thriftoclock

    I love this, everything’s in place and looks beautiful!
    The floral crown just tops it all off πŸ™‚
    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    I really like your prints and use of Washi Tape!

    Brunette in Louboutins

  • I love the idea of using empty candles as brush holders, so cute!


  • This is a lovely set up, the prints on the wall are gorgeous!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • Anna Blush

    Love this set up, simple but really lovely. Love that marble tray too, off to check out the tutorial now x


  • KLG_Hair

    Looks lovely, organised but really got a personal touch to it.


  • I’ve always wanted a dressing table like that πŸ™ gives me so much inspiration πŸ˜€ looking amazing! xo Romy rusty-revolvers.blogspot.com

  • Sharmi Shah

    Want it Want it Want it all! your interior is so cool!
    Love it all!


  • Ivana

    The postcards and tapes are so well-thought out and pretty!


  • Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Wow! This looks amazing. I have been looking for a tray to place on top of my dresser. I might have to give this one a try. Thanks for posting.


  • Love how everything looks. Looks great.


  • Oh my lord the quirky postcards with the patterned tape. *swoon*. Pinned that pronto and will be ripping it off in my new place. Hope you don’t mind it’s just too good not to copy.

  • I love candleglasses for brushes, my dressing table is all white and comes from a matching set with my nightstand and closet, It stands between my two big windows and I have got a huge white mirror hung up above of it, I absolutely adore it!


  • Maggie

    I wish i had the space for a dressing table but my room is full already! This is so pretty!

  • I love your makeup table so much! So jealous!!


  • Love your makeup table – so clean and neat! I’ve also been looking for a tray for my dressing up table so I can stick all my odds and ends on it and just pick it up to clean the table and so I may check out your tutorial (what a long winded sentence).


  • Bree Lopez

    Your photos are so beautiful! Definitely enjoyed this post. πŸ™‚


  • Amber Hunter

    I’m obsessed with this setup! I’ve always loved your interior design/organizing skills. It’s a goal of mine for the next semester to make my desk area somewhat presentable. I can’t say the furniture in the dorm room is much to write home about but I plan on making it is pretty as possible haha.
    Amber | Lovely Notions

  • Such a lovely setup! So neat yet practical x


  • This looks so lovely! Your interior design skills blow me away – I’m always checking here and Nouvelle for tips!
    Kelsey | kelseybeauty.blogspot.com

  • This is a lovely setup! So tidy and sophisticated!
    Hannah x

  • dannifred

    it looks so nice and organized! mine looks like a complete disaster haha

    xx danielle // shadesofdanielle.blogspot.com

  • Megan Roisin

    Your set up is lovely, I especially like the washi-taped postcards πŸ™‚

    Megan x

    London Callings

  • Wonderful. I really like how you decorated everything.

    x Kate

  • Bethan

    Your dressing table looks stunning!


  • I love this set up, especially the postcards! So clean and creative!

    Sophia // sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • What a beautiful space!

    Sophie x

  • elza

    love how clean and neat everything is ! very beautiful x

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

  • Sara

    I love the little poster you have they’re so cute


  • Love it wish mine looked the same. xox


  • ThriftyShopperBlog

    total dressing table envy xxx

  • Hope

    Such a gorgeous area, I myself have the ‘carpe diem’ card up on my pin board, I always think you should have little inspirational quotes up around you H xx


  • Amalie

    These kind of post’s are mine kind of post’s x.


  • Gina

    I recycle pretty candle jars as containers, too! I have very few make up items that I use everyday (mascara, concealer, brow pencil and Posietint. Lol) stored in them, and I also have my brushes (that I never use, but whatever…) in jam jars (I’m a sucker for crystal jars… I never ever throw them away, I always recycle them as containers for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!) and then some acrylic containers for the remaining makeup items that I use like… once in three months. But they look so good in this storage that I keep them where I can see it.

    I love so much the marble tray! I’m gonna make it one of these days.
    PD: happy belated birthday!

  • I love how you hung up the posters! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • You’re so neat! I love the crown of flowers.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  • Love those postcards, defiantly just got some bedroom inspiration!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love your setup! I could definitely organise mine better, my collection has grown so much lately and I don’t have enough storage!


  • Katie Jane Mabey

    Love your set up here as always! Your style and taste is impeccable and I love everything you do in your home! Can’t wait to keep checking out your interior posts in the new year!

  • Gorgeous! Love your style. The washi tape is super cute too X

  • Beautiful! I would love to do my makeup there every morning. Merry Christmas Kate πŸ™‚

  • Love your set up!


  • Love, love, love the set up!!


  • Love that it’s minimal, but also quite whimsical! πŸ™‚

  • SamanthaSeries

    I keep seeing those pretty tape things at the store and wanting to get them, but I don’t know what on earth to use them for! Would be nice to see a post about what sort of things you use it for (besides the apparent sticking photos on the wall).


  • fancie

    Beautiful set up! Very simple and chic

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  • Angela Sandez

    I love it! ItΒ΄s pretty and cute πŸ˜€


  • I love your dressing table! I’m on the lookout for one, but may need to save up for an Ikea one. Definitely need a narrow one for our small place. I’d love to decorate our whole apartment in this postcard and washi tape style.


  • Lovely table!! I use empty tins, they’re very practical!

  • Marsya Jauzi

    I love that it looks organised very much πŸ˜€


  • I love paper chase cards, I have a few on the walls in my uni room πŸ™‚

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • Andie Forster

    Seriously this is so gorgeous I can’t even cope, how do you make everything look so perfect! xo

    Andie // http://andieology.co.uk

  • Love the setup πŸ™‚

    Cheryl xx

  • Victoria Wright

    Your dressing table is so cute !! I love how you have used the pretty tape to put your pictures up! I have the same square ceramic dish/tray thing and it is so cool to see how other people have styled theirs, I love your make up brush glass candle holders and the whole thing is just so cute !!!