Living in a {shoe} Box

by Jessica Sturdy on July 20, 2012

Okay, not really. My place is actually WAY bigger than I expected. But there are a lot of shoes everywhere!

I was pretty much expecting the worst when it came to space. Granted, my closet is the smallest closet I’ve ever had (like half the size of the closet in my college dorm room), but it’s okay! I’ve made it work. It’s like a natural shopping ban because I can’t fit another hanger in there. I’m not exactly sure how this is going to work in the long term, but let’s live in the present, shall we?

Bedding / Bed Skirt / White Mongolian Lamb Pillow / Small Sequin Pillows: West Elm – got on clearance a month ago, no longer available online (similar) / Medium Sequin Pillow / Zebra Pillow / Oblong Shimmer Pillow: West Elm – purchased two weeks ago, but can’t find online (similar) / Queen of Everything Pillow / Headboard: DIY (My mom’s friend, Dan, made it!) (similar splurge, similar steal)

Nightstand / Lamp / Coasters

Wall Monogram / Tall Dresser / Watch Holder / Topiary: Michael’s (similar)

Desk / Bench / Lamp / Initial Mugs / Biz Card Holder / File Holder (wish I would have seen this one) / Magnets / Memo Board: DIY (Again, My mom’s friend, Dan, made it!) / Coasters

Jewelry Hooks

Short Dresser / Mirror (also obsessed with this mirror) / Crackle Frame / West Elm Bowl

Sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up! I’m still waiting on frames for these two pictures to put on my dresser! I’ll put up a picture once they’re here.

One of my favorite quotes! And a picture of my brothers and I on the first day of (my) 5th grade. Not sure why, but this has always been one of my favorite pictures. I stole it out of the frame in my bedroom at my parents house before I left. :)

Well, there ya have it! My humble little abode.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey July 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

Your room looks so good, and I think you’ve made the most out of the space you have in your closet!!! Loving all those necklaces!



Jessica July 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thank you, Stacey! I’ve essentially turned the doors into closet space. Sometime I’ll have to take a picture of our hallway. It’s lined in hooks for jackets and shoe racks for heels!


Elizabeth July 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love that fluffy Anthro bedding with all the mirrored pieces! Congratulations on your new space- I’m about to move into a new apartment and am a little worried as well about closet space!

Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment


Jessica July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

Closet space is usually my #1 priority, but it’s just not an option in NYC unless you’re paying out the wazoo!


Neris July 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

your room is so nice! i love all the shiny details!


Fashion Fractions


Jessica July 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

Thanks Neris!


Diana July 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

I love your gray/steel/silver color scheme you have going on. But I’m even MORE obsessed with your jewelry wall. That is like necklace HEAVEN. IN. LOVE.



Jessica July 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

You say necklace heaven, I say a complete clusterf*ck! There’s really no good way to store necklaces. But thank you, I do have an ever-growing collection. :)


Rachel July 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

Wow, your place looks fantastic! :) Makes me want to redecorate 😉 Loving your bedding and your dresser!



pretty little things July 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

your bedroom is so sparkly and pretty! love that furniture — is that from pier 1?
hope you’re getting settled in to nyc : )


Lindsay July 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I love your room! Grey + mirrored furniture = so chic!

Love love love this, can you decorate my room now?

Lindsay @


Joyo July 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Omgosh!!! Your room is sooo nice!!!


Macey July 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Your room looks gorgeous! Looks like it is right out of a magazine!!



Tiffany Elam July 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Your room is gorgeous!



Brieanna July 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I really love the grey and mirrored decore. I also live in a very small space and you have decorated it beautifully.


Sarah July 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Love it! It looks so chic and glamorous!

Great job decorating! :)


MJ July 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Everything is so girlie and beautiful!! Great job decorating a small space :)


Nicole G July 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

Seriously cute room!!! It is so classy and has a ton of personality! I am pretty much in love with all of it, and I love that it is girly, but the gray and silver totally balance it all out! Thanks for sharing and it is really awesome that you listed where everything can be found for your readers to purchase! I hope your new place in NY totally feels like home to you!


Magda July 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love your room! I have one question… Where did you get this shoe organizer that is hanging on the door??? I love it! It would solve all my shoe storing problems :)


Jessica July 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I got it at Target a few years ago! You can find them anywhere… Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc!


Payton July 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Wow. Room is beautiful! Did a great job of using up the allowed space (: Way to go on the move! But. Obviously we won’t be seeing eachother like at all now :( I’ll miss you Jessica!
Love you,


Nnenna July 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

You room is really lovely- they decor you chosen is so pretty and I love the mirrored furniture! I hear you about closet space here in NYC- there just isn’t enough of it- but like you said, gotta make do with what you’ve got!


Ashleigh July 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Love this post! You made it work! xo


Kristina July 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hi Jessica!

Love your blog. Came across it on Pinterest and check in all the time now. Your bedroom is beautiful! I am in desperate need of a bedding make over and was wondering if you came across any others or have other places you would recommend I look. Thanks!


Jessica July 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi Kristina! Anthropologie had a lot of great bedding options! There were also some great sets at West Elm. Hope this helps!


Marissa at Style Cusp July 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Your little room looks fantastic! It fits quite a bit – I’m sure you lucked out for a place in the city :) So jealous – hope I join you soon! xo


Miss Rockwell July 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Your room is effing gorgeous. So neat and organized. I wish I could say the same about mine!


Jessica July 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Aww thank you! :)


michelle July 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

i love your room! it’s gorgeous! you did a great job with the space.


Tracy Davis August 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Your room looks great Jess! I love all the mirror furniture! And it looks so roomy – that’s something I’m worried about, is how to decorate my shoebox when I finally find a place! Thanks for the inspiration!



Maria August 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love that toss pillow! I have the same mirror furniture and I just think it is the prettiest furniture collection. I like how you organized your watches and accessories :-)



Alexa February 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thank you for this post! I just got so inspired to decorate my own studio in Chicago! Love the mirrored furniture everywhere.


Aida Rodriguez May 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

It may be small but it’s a beautiful space. Thanks for sharing it with us :)


Dana June 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Thanks for posting this! I just purchased the collection from Pier 1 and can’t wait to decorate! I’m definitely going to get the initial mugs from Anthropologie too!


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