design project: style your shelves.

True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.

First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:

Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.

Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.

To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Traditional

leopard-bound books // malachite boxes // ginger jar // antler bowl // framed silhouette // loving cup // ceramic dogs // hydrangea arrangement // mark twain book collection

TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.

GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.

Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

Sources: Target and One Kings Lane

friday five: weekend at home.

We’re sticking close to home this weekend. Can’t. Deal. With. This. Weather. Read on for our top five things to do around the house!

1. Finally create that gallery wall. This excellent article and video show you exactly how.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

photo: In Style

2. Make soup. Like this Cauliflower and Arugula Soup…or choose from sixteen other cold-weather soups here.

Cauliflower  Arugula Soup

we’re warming up just looking at this. photo: Food Republic

3. Clean out your closet. This article has great tips for a winter-closet cleanout.

Winter Closet Cleanout

photo: Bacon Smores

4. Whip up a quick sweet treat. Make yourself (or that special someone) a batch of 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge.

skinny and peanut butter are two of our favorite words. photo: Skinny Ms

made with coconut oil and raw honey, this is actually good for you. photo: Skinny Ms.

5. Start planning your spring parties now. Easter brunch, anyone? Be sure to include these adorable DIY gold lipstick champagne flutes on your bar.

DIY Gold LIpstick Flutes

repeat after us: it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon… photo: Sugar & Cloth

we resolve to…

Here at The Glitter Life, we believe in home improvement, self improvement, wardrobe improvement…life improvement in general. We love the start of a new year – it gives us a little extra push to make some positive changes in our lives.

New Years Resolutions

six steps to a better us.

1. Get organized. Try as we might, we’ve never been able to use the “task” function on our phones effectively. We’re paper people, and we like to check stuff off. We love this pretty to-do list from Sugar Paper, now available here.

2. Live healthier by drinking one pressed juice a day. You guys know we love Roots Pressed Juices.

3. Develop a signature scent for our homes and our boutiques. We vote for Voluspa Crisp Champagne, now available here.

4. Give more of our time, our money, our talents and our love.

5. Take care of our skin. We each have a Clarisonic, but we aren’t great about using them every day. This year we vow to make them part of our daily routines.

6. Cook. We both like to whip up party appetizers (also hereherehere and here) but it’s rare that we cook weeknight meals. Stay tuned for some healthy, easy recipes you can make any night of the week.

What changes are you making for 2014? Tweet or Instagram us @glitter_blog_xo.

PS – After ringing in the new year separately (check out our instagram for pics), we met up and took some pretty amazing photos. Maybe we should add another resolution to our list: Take one decent photo together in 2014.

New Year's Eve

this is actually the best one of the night.

how to: choose the perfect hostess gift.

Choosing a gift for the hostess (or host) of your next party SHOULD be fun…after all, isn’t it better to give than receive? And yet, usually these gifts are relegated to something from whatever pharmacy or liquor store is on the way to your destination. Do yourself and your friends a favor this season and stock up on cute, thoughtful gifts guaranteed to please the lovely lady who invited you over. This article from Clementine Daily shows you how.

The Glitter Life Hostess Gifts

get the scoop here.

friday five: weekend to-do list.

1. Have an Indoor Picnic.  The weather in Georgia is going to be seriously terrible this weekend.  Rather than going out, whip up a simple supper of a sliced baguette, fancy cheeses, charcuterie and cornichons (check out this link for inspiration – or just grab takeout), spread a blanket on the living room floor and listen to the rain.

The Glitter Life Indoor Picnic

image: sfgirlbybay

2. DIY Braided Cord Cover. Exposed cords really bother us. We work hard to conceal them (we’ve been known to tape them to the bottoms of tables, weave them through tiny nails hammered into the wall, etc), but sometimes we have no choice but to let them show. Fabric Paper Glue to the rescue! In the time it takes you to watch a cheesy TV movie, you can create this adorable braided cover.

The Glitter Life Braided Cord Cover

image: fabric paper glue

And if cords REALLY make you nuts, try these washi tape cord covers perfect for phone chargers.

The Glitter Life Washi Tape Cord Cover

image: whimseybox

3. Style Your Shelves. This is a perfect rainy day project! Think like a stylist: scour your house for interesting objects (random vases, figurines, tiny photos); group similarly-colored books together; and give the eye somewhere to rest every now and then. This is a great article with more how-to advice.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves

organize your books by color. baskets scattered throughout the shelves give your eyes a break.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves

neat stacks bring order to random objects and books.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves

love the pops of coral.

4. Visit a Flower Market. IT’S PEONY SEASON! We both love peonies; their explosive beauty is perfection in arrangements short and tall, simple and complex. If weather permits, visit your local flower market, scoop some peonies (or whatever flowers you love), and create an arrangement yourself. We love these ideas from Apartment Therapy.

Pink Peonies

a rectangular container looks modern.

Pink Peonies

choose flowers in various stages of bloom – your arrangement will be more interesting.

Pink Peonies

this low arrangement would be stunning on a coffee table.

This Design*Sponge video has some great tips and tricks for floral market first-timers:

5. Bake Something. Sundays are for baking at our houses. Try these peanut-butter pretzel brownies from on the ADORABLE blog A Beautiful Mess. Chevron pretzel pattern optional.

The Glitter Life Pretzel Brownies

salty, sweet and semi-homemade.

Cheers to the weekend!

closet confidential.

As promised, I spent the weekend spring-cleaning my closet. It actually wasn’t super painful, and the satisfaction I feel when I open the door – and see a clean floor, neat stacks of sweaters and jeans and racks of uniform hangers – makes the experience worth it.

Closet 1

shorts, skirts and pants hang to the right. vests, blazers and jackets hang above folded jeans.

Closet 2

apparently, i own a LOT of button-down shirts. whatever, they always work.

Closet 5

stack your skinnies and sweaters in ROYGBIV order or we can’t be friends. kidding. but not really.

closet3

Closet 4

hats, stacked on top of each other, sit atop a plastic chest of drawers containing bikinis, flip flops and beach towels.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Evaluate. Divide everything (and I mean everything, not just your hanging items) into four piles: KEEP, ALTER, RE-SELL, TOSS. My guidelines for each pile:

KEEP – You MUST have worn this garment at least once in the last year. The only exceptions are things that you love but don’t fit, or cocktail/formal dresses that you would DEFINITELY wear again. Please note: bridesmaids dresses and old prom dresses hardly ever qualify.

ALTER – If you really really love something…but it’s too big or too long (too small is another story), you may put it in the ALTER category. Items that qualify include designer jeans, great cocktail dresses, suits…and that’s pretty much it. Get the item/items altered as soon as possible. And honestly, if you don’t feel a sense of urgency to alter the item, it belongs in one of the next two categories.

RE-SELL – Not sure about you, but I had  a LOT of stuff that fit into the re-sell category. A striped Tory Burch polo handed down from my mom (never looked right on me), a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots (great looking, but not nearly as comfy as a pair I carry at Dish – and scooped for myself – last year),  a few Juicy Couture dresses that I bought a size larger when I was pregnant but haven’t worn since…you get the idea. TheRealReal is a great luxury consignment site, and Facebook is an awesome way to unload your gently used but-not-designer items. Fact: Those Tony Lamas sold within THREE MINUTES of me posting them on Facebook.

DONATE – 5K t-shirts, impulse buys from Forever 21 that never delivered and well-worn gym clothes all belong in the DONATE category. Sure, Goodwill is great, but ask around (your friends, your church, your civic club). There may be a needy individual or family able to put your goods to use ASAP.

2. Organize. Once you’ve got your KEEP pile sorted out, put everything on matching hangers and re-hang by category, color, or cut. Do whatever works for you. My closet is divided by item (tops, sweaters, dresses, pants), then fabric (all cottons together, all dressy materials together, etc), then color. Honestly, my closet has always been organized this way…but after removing about half of the items, the order makes much more sense. And I can actually thumb through the hangers. I did move my cold-weather items (coats and fur vests) and cocktail dresses to another closet.

A word about hangers: At some point I’m going to invest in those grippy hangers that everyone loves…but until then, clear my plastic hangers will have to do. Whatever hangers you choose, make sure you’re able to get every kind you need in that material. I need shirt hangers, pant/shorts hangers, and that hybrid hanger that works for strapless dresses as well as two-piece suits.

3. Shoes & Bags. I don’t think you have to be as ruthless when it comes to shoes and handbags. Shoes and bags can make or break an outfit, and unless you wear them to DEATH, they should be okay to hang around for five or ten years, or even longer. I have heels I haven’t worn in years but I am still making room for (just be patient, blue suede pumps. your time will come.). At the same time, if the leather on the stiletto is peeling back or the suede on the bag is irreparably dirty (or if they don’t fit your feet or your  life – be honest), move them to the RESELL or DONATE category.

4. Corral. Items like scarves, belts and clutches are easily contained in plastic drawer towers. Label the drawers, and finding accessories becomes a breeze. I keep my flashy costume jewelry plus my nicer pieces that I don’t wear everyday in a plastic bin in my closet. My everyday stuff sits out on my dresser in plain view.

5. Prettify. I didn’t get to this step on Sunday, but I will soon. My plans include painting a chandelier and hanging it in my closet. I’m also going to place an unlit scented candle (Voluspa is our fave brand) on one of the shelves.

Chandelier

this lowes chandelier is just sitting in my garage; i think i’m going to paint it red. a pop of color will help wake me up in the morning!

Have you tackled any spring cleaning projects yet? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo!