What’s on Your Vanity?

From perfume trays to ring holders, here are the vanity essentials that will keep your pampering station organized.

 

VANITY

Whether you opt for a classic vanity, or a desk or desk version, look for a piece with drawers that will hold enough acrylic make-up organizers for all your beauty needs. That way you can keep your vanity vignette looking pretty. When it comes to mirrors, bigger is better. Hang it horizontally for more eye-level reflection.

SEATING

Make sure you’re comfortable when sitting at your vanity with an upholstered stool or chair. If you’re repurposing a chair that isn’t comfortable enough, finish it with a faux fur pillow or sheepskin throw.

LIGHTING

Lighting is key around the vanity. Opt for a space with as much natural light as possible. Hang pendants as low as possible and always have a light source at eye level. Nothing is more unflattering than overhead lighting when doing your make-up. Sconces or a table lamp are good options. Candlelight always casts a very flattering light, as long as you have alternative sources of lighting.

PERFUME TRAY

Displaying your perfume collection is the easiest way to add a dash of glam to your vanity—and sometimes, the serveware section is the perfect place to find the perfect tray. Opt for a sexy white marble tray (it’s technically a lazy susan so it rotates—bonus!) or a shimmery metal version. Arrange a single bloom like a peony in a vase for an extra cheap thrill.

STORAGE

From baskets and bowls to bottles and ring holders, you can never have too many containers to store and organize your baubles. Store oversized items like hair dryers, brushes and body lotion in bigger baskets. Arrange lipsticks or nail polish bottles in a bowl. Keep an array of ring holders, bottles and catch-alls for jewelry. Store cotton balls in jars and makeup brushes in cups.

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The Ultimate New Years Eve Bar Checklist

The Ultimate New Years Eve Bar Checklist • @SavvyHome

It’s hard to believe that New Years Eve is only a week away! If you’re throwing a party this year, here’s your ultimate New Years Eve bar checklist—from bourbon to wine opener.

THE HARD STUFF

Vodka, Scotch, Bourbon, Tequila, Gin, Rum, Orange Liquor, Campari, Grand Marnier and champagne!

MIXERS

Vermouth, Bitters, citrus mixers, craft syrups and plenty of soda and tonic water.

TOOLS

Shaker, ice bucket, tongs, strainer, jigger, stirrer, wine and beer opener.

GARNISHES

Green olives, fresh berries, herb sprigs, citrus slices, sugars, salts and lots of ice!

GLASSWARE

Highballs, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne flutes.

EXTRA DETAILS

Fresh flowers, colorful straws, bottle stops, cocktail napkins, a small lamp (especially if your bar has a mirrored top) and a chalkboard drink menu!

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Last Minute Tricks to Make Guests feel at Home

Guest Bedroom Essentials to Make them Feel at Home • @SavvyHome

“Being a good host is all about those few, important details that let guests know you’re happy they’re there and want them to be comfortable” —Nate Berkus

The holiday season is upon us and overnight guests are only a few days away. Here are a few guest bedroom essentials to make them feel extra welcome in their cozy quarters this year. Get ready to fluff up and turn down your guest bedroom in preparation for the holidays.

The essentials

Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and try to anticipate their needs. Always have a luggage rack or bench in the room to make unpacking more pleasant. Replace lightbulbs in the bedside lamps, clear out the bedside tables and empty drawers in the nightstands and dressers. Make sure there are enough hangers in the wardrobe. Install a mirror (ideally full-length) so they can quickly fix themselves before coming down for breakfast. Most importantly, leave a spare key on a pretty key ring so they can come and go as they please. Get the technicalities out of the way by leaving a one-sheet ‘manual’ with useful information such as WiFi passwords and alarm codes.

The linens

Crisp quality bedding and fresh towels is key. Ironing the sheets ahead and spritzing them with lavender spray right before is a surefire way to know they’ll feel ultra-special. Always keep extra blankets handy in case your guests are feeling extra chilly. If your guests are staying for more than a few days, bathrobes and slippers are a nice touch.

The extras

Anticipate what they might have forgotten (toothbrushes, bath products, etc) and prepare a guest welcome pack arranged nicely in a tray. Add a few goodies like chocolate, magazines, a box of tissues, a notepad+pen or a guidebook if your guests aren’t familiar with your city. Include a water carafe with glasses in case your guests get thirsty at night. Before they arrive, arrange a simple bouquet of fresh flowers on the nightstand, light up a scented candle and play a loungy playlist on the Bluetooth speaker/alarm clock to make them instantly feel at home.

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Fall Essentials for your Home & Wardrobe

Kristina Bazan — Fall Essentials for your Home and Wardrobe on @SavvyHome

 

Yesterday marked the first official day of Fall. The air is crisper, days are shorter and mornings are getting cooler, but a few Fall essentials, like a good silk pajama and new bedside lighting should make the changing temperatures bearable—perhaps even enjoyable. Fall evenings are most enjoyable in the comfort of your home, so update your pillows and throws and light up a scented candle. Stow away your summer pillows and bedding in pretty baskets. Finally, make space in your wardrobe for a few cold weather essentials: a new pair of booties, a scarf, a warm sweater and maybe a new leather jacket.

stock up on warm clothes

switch up your morning routine

add an accent rug to the entrance

stow away your summer bedding

update your pillow and throws

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