Living in a {shoe} Box

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.

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  1. 7.20.12
    Stacey said:

    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!


    • 7.20.12
      Jessica said:

      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!

  2. 7.20.12
    Neris said:

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


    Fashion Fractions

    • 7.20.12
      Jessica said:

      Thanks Neris!

  3. 7.20.12
    Diana said:

    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.


    • 7.20.12
      Jessica said:

      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. 🙂

  4. 7.20.12
    Elizabeth said:

    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

    • 7.20.12
      Jessica said:

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

  5. 7.20.12
    Rachel said:

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


  6. 7.20.12

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

  7. 7.20.12
    Joyo said:

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

  8. 7.20.12
    Lindsay said:

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

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

    Lindsay @

  9. 7.20.12
    Macey said:

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


  10. 7.20.12

    Your room is gorgeous!


  11. 7.20.12
    Brieanna said:

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

  12. 7.20.12
    Sarah said:

    Love it! It looks so chic and glamorous!

    Great job decorating! 🙂

  13. 7.20.12
    MJ said:

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

  14. 7.21.12
    Nicole G said:

    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!

  15. 7.21.12
    Magda said:

    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 🙂

    • 7.21.12
      Jessica said:

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

  16. 7.22.12
    Payton said:

    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,

  17. 7.23.12
    Nnenna said:

    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!

  18. 7.24.12
    Ashleigh said:

    Love this post! You made it work! xo

  19. 7.25.12
    Kristina said:

    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!

    • 7.27.12
      Jessica said:

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

  20. 7.25.12

    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

  21. 7.27.12

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

    • 7.28.12
      Jessica said:

      Aww thank you! 🙂

  22. 7.28.12
    michelle said:

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

  23. 8.14.12

    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!


  24. 8.21.12
    Maria said:

    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 🙂


  25. 2.23.13
    Alexa said:

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

  26. 5.28.13

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

  27. 6.26.13
    Dana said:

    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!