One of the biggest issues with my home is functionality and space. It just wasn’t built with enough great kitchen, closet or bathroom functionality for my liking. Oh how I dreamed of a big marble vanity table full of all my candles, crystals, and beauty products. A place where I could sit and welcome the day rather than stand and feel rushed to get out the door. So after years of complaining I finally decided to to create that space I craved with an easy vanity.
The great news is you don’t need a lot of actual space to create a vanity, and it doesn’t even need to be in your bathroom. After playing around with the setup my newly created vanity is actually in an unused bedroom.
I found an great sized marble vanity table I already owned, perfect for me to apply makeup, give myself an at-home mani, meditate and journal. Proof that you don’t need the perfect piece of furniture or a huge amount of counter space to create your own vanity.
The key, though is to have a few pieces, like trays and baskets, that can corral items and keep things in order. And if you’re creating a space that’s semi-temporary or will be changed frequently, details like a standing mirror rather than one on a wall, framed art propped against the wall, picture frames of loved ones, and fresh flowers can give it that personal touch without getting too permanent.
Below I’m breaking down nine easy vanity styling ideas and essentials. I think you’ll find that so many of the items that make a beautiful vanity are super versatile, affordable and can always grow and evolve with your routine! What’s your must-have item on your vanity? How do you enjoy a little moment to yourself in the morning? Truly, MKR
P.S. Find some of our favorite vessels and vases that would look wonderful on your vanity! xo
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Having a mirror is a no-brainer; you need a good one here! If you’re creating a space that may evolve and change, or just prefer a closer look, I’d suggest a stand mirror like this one. Sometimes I end up moving my setup to another corner in my room or bathroom, so it’s nice to have a mirror that can easily follow suit.
Setting up art and picture frames with photos of loved ones can instantly make the space feel like it’s your own. This personal touch helps create a more special and sacred feeling when you’re having your alone time.
When have flowers ever been a bad idea?! But seriously, I love the idea of having fresh blooms, or even faux, around to keep things feeling light, fresh and inspiring. Flowers make me happy, and they are very fitting in the space that I have created just for me, myself and I!
Another must-have for your vanity is a tray, or two. Trays easily and effortlessly corral everything and keep things looking tidy. This is especially important with beauty products and random trinkets, candles, crystals, etc. They have a way of making everything look in place.
Having vessels like mint julep cups, vases and candle glasses after they’re done burning to serve as holders for makeup brushes and other necessities is important. The added height helps create a balanced vignette, too.
As I mentioned above, I love to carve out time in my mornings for quiet time, and that doesn’t just mean for my makeup and skincare routine. I use this time to journal, meditate and read my devotional. And being able to do all of this in a space I love, that’s just for me, makes it even more enjoyable.
If you’ve been reading the Blog for some time then you’d know that I am in deep with essential oils. In fact it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that along with myself every WOM team member is in deep with EO’s and they’ve done nothing short of change all of our lives. No joke, change lives! Anyway, with essential oils being such a large part of my daily routine you’ll find a diffuser on my vanity along with my morning and evening oils of Peppermint, Lavender, Stress Away, Abundance, Joy, Peace & Calming and Breathe Again.
If you remember my old WOM offices then this bar/vanity will look familiar to you…it was our coffee bar. But I’ve found its the absolute perfect vanity if you don’t have an actual built in vanity for your home. And just as I did, when it’s done being used as a vanity it can easily go back to being a bar, island, or desk.
I’ve always looked forward to hosting overnight guests. Yes, I’m admittedly a homebody, but I relish the opportunity to have loved ones here with us at home, especially this time of year.
As you may remember, I shared my five steps to get the house “guest ready” a few years ago. It’s one of our most popular posts with its easy entertaining inspiration and hotel-like details to replicate at home. It’s still a favorite of mine as well, but I’d like to say I’ve honed my house guests prep game even more since then. Today’s post is the proof.
The secret to hosting friends and family throughout the holidays (and really any time of year) is in the details and little luxuries that so many people overlook; include things that make them feel like they’re staying at a 5-star hotel. Think of the necessities you need and the extras you would want, but wouldn’t want to ask for! I’ve broken the details down to five separate areas below with none being outlandish or fussy, but instead achieving that warm welcome and feelings that will make guests never want to leave. Truly, MKR
Nothing beats clean sheets and gorgeous bedding…it’s the obvious statement of the room that can always easily be changed. I recently bought a new comforter; I realized I was sort of over duvets in general and how they lay. So being ready for a fresh change, I ordered this punchy comforter and sham set. I’d say it was just the refresh the room needed!
The personalized sheets are a detail I just love too; they’re subtle, crisp and simply timeless.
I always like to prepare a tray or two with the necessities that people never want to ask for. That includes things like Advil, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors, and even your wifi password written out on a piece of paper.
These rattan trays are great because they’re easy and functional as they organize and corral all of these necessities. They don’t have huge handles, so they add just the right amount of texture without being overpowering to the overall design.
You want to make your guests feel welcome—almost as good as home—and one of the easiest ways of doing that is by providing cozy details. A huggable throw blanket and sets of pajamas are two of my go-to’s when creating am oasis for guests. But remember: when buying pajamas, you’ll always want to have them bigger than smaller, so size up if you want to offer a standard pair.
One of the reasons being away from home gets wearisome sometimes is the feeling of dependency over the little things. By offering plenty of refreshments in the bedroom, you give your guests the chance to feel more at home…on their own.
To celebrate the season, I knew I wanted to hang a giant boxwood wreath above the bed. Hanging a wreath is nothing new, I know. But unlike other wreaths, boxwood won’t allow trimmings to fall on your guests’ heads in bed. Boxwood and eucalyptus are my preferred greens whenever hanging a wreath like this one. I hung this one with a gorgeous green velvet ribbon; one that was substantial enough to hold the large wreath and had wire to make a nice bow. And to keep things fresh, spritz frequently with a homemade Balsam Fir spray (check out @thewellcode) for more on that.
I also displayed paperwhites I sprouted from the bulbs, along with a basket of white poinsettias. Both are so festive, but a lot less expensive than other flowers this time of year. But you’ll want to be careful with your poinsettias on the ground if you have furry friends around.
Lastly, I like to have a few magazines, newspaper and any other reading material on-hand for guests. I also place a guestbook on the dresser; it’s such a nice tradition to have people share memories, especially at Christmastime!
Two years ago when our house was being built, we could only pick from a certain range of options for cabinetry, countertops and flooring. As you can somewhat see here, the countertops are a mixed neutral, and the original cabinetry a cream with all bronze fixtures. I did my best to stay true to my personal design aesthetic, but the result has never felt quite right. If I had free reign, I would have picked white marble for the countertops and white cabinets with silver or gold fixtures. And if this was our “Forever Home”, I would consider ripping it all out and doing just that, but it’s not.
So what does one do when they don’t want to spend the money or time to demo it all and start from scratch? You go bold to make a big impact and you change what can be changed, specifically four different things: paint, lighting, fixtures and accessories.
Beginning first with paint, since color always set the tone for the space. I took to Snapchat, username WAITINGONMARTHA, and asked everyone to vote on the color theme they liked best. As you can probably deduce from the photos, green defeated purple and deep burgundy by a landslide. Once we had color chosen, the next logical step was to swatch numerous shades of green on the walls and trim before I settled on the winning three. I chose three different greens because I’m a big proponent in painting with various shades within the same color family. This way, you add dimension and can instantly accent specific details.
Then I used three different shades of green from BEHR Paint. Longmeadow S430-5 in eggshell on the walls,Brook Green N410-2 in eggshell on the ceiling and Forest Edge S430-6 in a satin on the trim, doors and cabinetry. A semi- or high-gloss would have looked fantastic as well on the cabinets, trim, and doors, but because I have so many doors in the space, four to be exact, I was worried the high-gloss might be just a tad too much. And don’t be afraid to paint doors; I didn’t even take the doors off to paint them. Going bold with the doors was a move I think definitely paid off in the space.
Second, to carry a big impact through the entire space, I switched out the bronze faucets for silver ones. The new faucets were easy to install, and inexpensive finds at The Home Depot. I then changed out all the bronze cabinet knobs to these beauties. Now, I definitely splurged on these gorgeous knobs. But to me, these additions were the jewelry on the space, making the Forest Edge green pop bringing it all together. I did, however, keep the original bronze hardware so that I can replace them when I move…shhh don’t tell whoever buys this house…and take the fancy knobs with me.
On a side note, I initially wanted to go gold; brass and acrylic knobs are something dreams are made of and would look insane on the green. But I also wanted to keep expenses down. I knew that if I went gold, I would have had to invest in some pricier faucets, and again, it’s not worth the investment in a home we don’t plan to be in too much longer. And honestly, it was fortuitous as now that I’m looking at the silver fixtures, gold wouldn’t have looked as good with the countertops!
Next up, lighting; an easy and significant way to change up any space. I removed my very sad looking bronze wall mount lighting and opted for these fresh, clean and striking 3-arm fixtures. The bright white and polished nickel gives the space a more elevated and modern feel; I couldn’t be happier with my choice. And because my ceilings are quite high and because you know I always like a big statement, this decopauged chandelier from Stray Dog Designs seems to have been built specifically for this space! It’s SO beautiful, and would look equally as good in a breakfast nook or nursery. This piece will definitely be coming with me to the next house, for sure!.
Lastly, accents and accessories. When I settled on green as the color theme, I immediately called my friend Dorothy Shain to commission a few pieces. I’d been lusting after her itsy bitsy bikinis and knew that together with the green, they would be jaw dropping…especially this particular duo in matching floating frames. Don’t you just love how you can see the Longmeadow green through the floating frames?!?! Other than art, I zhushed up the space with a new shower curtain whose stripes happen to be almost the exact same Brook Green color I painted on the ceiling, a vintage turkish runner, and a caddy complete with all of my favorite soaps and scents.
All big statements, all relatively easy updates, and it all started with a little green paint from BEHR. I know it can be scary to go bold when painting, but it really will pay off in the end when you see your totally transformed space. And if you’re thinking about tackling a project like this on your own, and are still a little uneasy about painting cabinets, and an entire space with such a bold color, tune in tomorrow when I’m sharing a few quick DIY tips to help you master it all. Truly, MKR
Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with BEHR Paint, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own.