Closer to Home

This project has been complete for a while.  A few folks had asked if I had painted the inside of the armoire.  At the time, I hadn't.  Now, I have.

I was inspired by Mary McDonald and some of the styling in her book, Mary McDonald Interiors.  My folks have given me a lot - a lot - of cut crystal over the years and I was starting to wonder what in the world I would ever do with it.  Then I spied McDonald's collection of crystal on her bedroom coffee table.  Pretty.  Sparkly.  I liked it.  So several of my pieces have found a home holding hair bands and beads and baubles.

Silver, too, and I have been on the look out for more of these reticulated cups of which I have a few. (No silver polish was harmed in the staging of my photo, top.)

The baskets hold some basics.  One houses hairdryer, brushes and combs; the other is a temporary spot for the boys' art.  I don't save it all (don't tell them) and I eventually file them in separate bins, but in the day-to-day I find that I pile it somewhere so I actually assigned it a spot.  It works pretty well and keeps the top of my refrigerator clear.

You can see the transformation of the outside of the cabinet here.

All images, other than top, from Mary McDonald Interiors, Rizzoli, photography Melanie Acevedo.