What I Wore – Ikea Opening
About a month ago I was invited to the IKEA Richmond Opening. It was a lovely night and a great opportunity to see the store without all the crowds (and of course catch up with a few friends who were also there).
And yes, this outfit is very similar to the one I wore on Mother's Day. It has different shoes and cuff. Plus I topped this one off with a cardigan, as the nice spring weather had NOT yet appeared.
But it wasn't all fun and games. I was on a mission to find new ideas on how to store my jewelry. As part of my spring cleaning I am re-organizing my accessories. I don't have a lot of space and have been collecting a number of new chunky (and bulky) necklaces. My earrings are all organized in ice cube trays, so my focus was on how to organize my necklaces. And I hate having to get the stool out to climb to the top of my closet to change purses. That was my secondary objective. Here are some of the Ideas I found...
Idea #1 - Hang my long necklaces in the closet on a tie hanger.
The downside - a lot of weight on a single hanger.
Idea #2 - Hooks under shelves. Keeps everything easily visible and adds to the decor at the same time. I'd also be able to put purses on upper shelves.
Downside - I don't have enough space to put up these type of shelves.
Idea #3 - Wire fish lines. Okay this idea comes from a kids room with art. But couldn't I put wires across and put little hooks to hang up necklaces. Or even link the necklaces around the wire itself....
There were also some kitchen systems that had a bar installed on the wall and either hooks or accessories (like cups) to hold things. Also an option.
I left thinking that I should install small hooks in the slim space between my high shelves and the wall. Or perhaps a sliding towel bar. There would be just enough space for me to slide my hand in, but not great for visibility.
When I got home I realized I should have had a different purpose, and purchased this for my kitchen wall. With my son starting kindergarten in the fall, I'm going to need a central place to keep info and "stuff" in a neat way.
But what about my accessory problem? Well our neighbour solved it a few days later, with an antique tall boy, that our neighbour was going to send to the dump. It is a lovely antique and I am going to try to adapt it. It has a small mirror, small drawers and a space to hang things. So I'll be right back at Ikea soon getting those cute little drawer organizers. Then I can keep all my necklaces separated from each other in the drawers - where they won't have to hang, but will be able to lie around and still be seen by me. Pictures to follow when I finally finish it. First it will take more that just a little bit of re-arranging in our bedroom.
Disclosure: Ikea invited me, along with other local Vancouver media to a sneak peak of the new Ikea Richmond. They provided nibblies (and yes there were meat balls), drinks and some treats. We were all offered 15% off any purchases that night - which I used to buy a chopper. And the swag bag was truly fantastic...