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When The Beauty Spotlight Team launched the beauty products storage series, where we each feature our storage and organization solutions for our considerable stashes, I knew that I had some work to do. As my collection grew, I found that things were getting stored just about everywhere– therefore, I made an effort to organize and store the majority of what I use in our master bathroom. Just so that the irony is not lost on you, that is Lola shown trying to break into the master bathroom! What an injustice, to the one after whom this blog was named, to be excluded from the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog sanctuary!
One of the great challenges of living in a house built in the 1920s– especially when you want to preserve the integrity of its architecture– is that we live very differently today than they did nearly a century ago. The pragmatic storage systems that we rely upon in our era, simply didn't exist then, and therefore in order to make built-in storage accommodate today's living one often has to do some careful retrofitting. Furthermore, master bathrooms– which tend to be grand in scale today– were comparatively quite diminutive then. When we first bought our house and began the process of remodeling it, one of our main concerns was to preserve the architectural integrity of the home, and when it came to our master bathroom we sought to restore it, rather than to create something historically out-of-sync with the spirit of the historically preserved houses in Los Angeles from this era.
Diminutive scale, coupled with inefficient built-in storage, created numerous challenges for me– particularly since our master bath has been co-opted by Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. In the spirit of full disclosure, what you see in this post is a fraction of the products that I actually have, and I have a fully stocked "Beauty-Editors Closet" (that mythical creature that you hear about) filled with products awaiting review, and my home office, and bedroom are also filled to the brim with products awaiting review. I also did not include all of my makeup storage because I wanted to primarily focus on skincare storage for this article.
The remainder of the shelves were organized by like-types of beauty oils with like-types of beauty oils. Face oils are grouped together, and body, hair and multipurpose oils are likewise stored together. Where I departed from this system was when I had multiple oils from the same brand, or numerous products from the same line. While the étagère on the left is largely devoted to beauty oils, the étagère on the right is grouped by brand, and it includes their respective beauty oils (if they make them). The lines that I sought to store here are unquestionably my favorite luxury lines. In some cases I have their entire line, but in others at least three of their products.
36" Carrara Marble Shelf with Iron Brackets in order to maximize utility, symmetry, and ultimately to adhere to the principle of form following function.
White Marble Shelf with Iron Brackets 36"W x 5.5"D x 0.75"H (Regularly $178.00 on sale for $89.94 from Crate & Barrel)
($16.95 for the Small Glass Canister and $19.95 for the Medium Glass Canister from Crate & Barrel).
Since the medicine cabinet is centered above the sink, I decided to store things that would logically be used at the sink. Notwithstanding the top shelf filled with hair masks, this cabinet is devoted to storing things like facial cleansers, exfoliators, masks, micellar waters, toners and makeup removers. They are easy to see and reach, and therefore are more apt to get used.
Shown: Wamsutta Baratta Stitch Shower Curtain in White/Charcoal ($39.99-$79.99 depending on the size from Bed, Bath & Beyond).
N.B. The 5 drawers beneath the cabinet doors hold a multitude of sins that have descended into pure unmitigated chaos. These drawers house some of my makeup, makeup brushes, and skincare samples. They may be the subject of another feature in the future, but this post was primarily intended to show how I currently store my skincare, body care and haircare products.Bamboo Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers that bottom mounted. These were quite easy to install, and they roll out of the cabinet far enough that I can easily reach everything at the very back of the cabinet without any difficulty.
I organized the three bamboo drawers according to product type. The bottom drawer is filled with skincare products (primarily cleaning and anti-aging devices, serums, creams and lotions and eye creams).
The second drawer houses haircare products of all sorts from shampoos and conditioners, to styling products, but I also keep hairbrushes on this shelf as well. Additional, I decided to keep my favorite deodorants here as well because they are at eye level and very easy to see.
The top drawer essentially serves as a catch-all for body products that range from lotions and creams, to bath and shower gels, to exfoliators. I decided to place these on the top shelf, which requires a stepping stool to access, because I have many of these types of products in, or near, my shower.
(20" Bamboo Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers $69.00 each from The Container Store).
Bottom drawer rolled out.
There was also a great opportunity for added storage above the toilet, and between the shower and door to the bedroom. It was here that I had just enough space for two 24" Carrara Marble Shelves that could house select perfumes, shower gels and body lotions.
White Marble Shelf with Iron Brackets 24"W x 5.5" D x 0.75 H (Regularly $149.90 on sale for $74.94 each from Crate & Barrel)
Carrara Marble is the perfect accompaniment to the white subway tiles and vintage fixtures that I love seeing in Los Angeles architecture from this era, and I was utterly delighted to find these. I also made a decision to keep the palette white and charcoal in order to ground the pale green walls.
Below the two 24" shelves there was another great opportunity for added storage on the top of the toilet tank, and this French Marble 2-Tier Server was the perfect choice to store my most-used foundations, blushes and eyeshadows. Furthermore, there was enough storage space underneath the bottom shelf to store a couple of wash cloths and hand towels– which is always a bonus in a small space.
TIP: If you are seeking great storage solutions, be sure to expand your search beyond the most obvious choices. For instance, this 2 tier server was intended for kitchen use, but it provided a perfect storage solution to maximize the vertical space above the toilet. Repurposing products intended for other uses is among the most resourceful ways to exponentially increase your chances of finding the perfect storage solutions.
French Kitchen Marble 2-Tier Server 14.25" W x 7" D x 10" H ($59.95 from Crate & Barrel).Dottus 5-Bin Storage Tower. The great craftsmanship coupled with the sturdy steel construction made this a brilliant storage solution to flank the Pedestal Sink by St. Thomas Creations. I primarily store makeup in them, but there is also some skincare overflow in a couple of the swivel drawers. I purchased two in Anthracite (shown above), and one in red that is in my beauty closet where products awaiting review reside.
5-Bin Storage Tower 15"W x 10 3/8" Dx 28 1/2"H (Were $199.00 Now On Sale for $139.00 Available in White, Red or Anthracite).
Large 5-Bin Storage Tower 20 1/2"W x 14 5/8" x 281/2"H ($289.00 Available in White, Red or Anthracite).
Pedestal Sink by St. Thomas Creations (Base and Basin $569.99 from Wayfair, Walmart and Unbeatable Sale).
Muji 5 Drawer Acrylic Case on top since it the perfect size, and it keeps those often used lip products within reach.
(Muji 5 Drawer Acrylic Case $38.00 and up from Muji and Amazon).
After having made all of these modifications to my bathroom, I find that this has become my favorite room in which to spend time. I can play with my skincare and makeup products, and can find everything that I am looking for without incident. I feel calm and happy each time that I walk into this room, and now that things are no longer disorganized and cluttered it really embodies the type of sanctuary that I wanted. It should also be noted that while I have an extra bedroom that I could have transformed into a beauty blogger mecca to store all of my products, it just made a whole lot more sense to me to utilize my master bathroom since it is more amenable to product testing because of the sink and bathtub/shower.
How do you store your products? What are your favorite tricks to organizing what you have? Did any of my storage solutions prompt you to rethink some of your storage? What storage tips can you share with us?
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Wow, you have done so much with your space and so beautifully too! You put me to shame for sure. I love the Dottus 5 Bin Storage Tower. I'll have to keep those in mind - attractive and they hold a lot!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Allison! I am thrilled that you think that it turned out beautifully! It took some thinking-through to figure out the best ways to maximize the potential of this tiny, and once inefficient, space. It was fun trying to find the right pieces to this particular puzzle, and now it's my favorite soon in the house! The Dottus 5 Bin Storage Towers were one of my greatest discoveries, and I knew they would be perfect the moment that I saw them. I really didn't want to go the Ikea route because I wanted to use things that I hadn't seen before, and that I wouldn't have to assemble– so these really won me over immediately. They are very attractive, well constructed, and they hold a remarkable amount. The larger ones aren't too big in scale, and definitely hold a lot more than these smaller ones. The Container Store is an incredible resource for things like this!Delete
I am beyond impressed. I'm going to end up with those 5 tier storage towers since they seem so impressive. I am no where near this organized and I'd love to be. Great great post.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marcia! I am so touched and flattered that I impressed you that much! It took a bit of work, and so much brainstorming, to finally come up with storage solutions that I really liked, and found attractive, for this tiny bathroom. Now this is my favorite room in the house, and I love spending time in there. It has become my laboratory! Thanks again, I am thrilled that you like the way that this turned out! <3Delete
Ooh, it all looks so incredible! I love the marble accents.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Bailey! I love the marble accents too. I knew as soon as I found those things that they would be the perfect fit for that space!Delete
I like your organizers. It's really hard to keep everything organized when you own more than an average woman :-)ReplyDelete
They are really efficient and hold SO MUCH STUFF! That's exactly the issue that I faced– we don't have a normal amount of stuff to store– so we face storage challenges that non-beauty bloggers don't have to consider. I never in my wildest dreams, in my pre-blowing life, would have imagined having to try to find a way to accommodate so much stuff, but efficient storage units and built-ins rally help manage the clutter! <3Delete
I BOW TO YOU! This is AMAZING! WOW you're so organized!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Brooke! I am touched that you like what I did so much! It really took a lot of thought to resolve the many organizational problems that I was facing, and the size of my stash did me no favors given the diminutive size of this space. In the end, however, it worked.Delete
You did a beautiful job of incorporating so much storage into a small space while maintaining the integrity of your home's design. I am in awe.ReplyDelete
WOW, thank you for such lovely and kind words, Erika! I am immensely appreciative that you find my efforts successful. In truth, it took me so long to find a suitable solution that I am grateful that you find the results appealing and efficient!Delete
I am also impressed with your organization and how pretty it is, let alone the volume of products you must stay current with.ReplyDelete
I personally spent over a year and half experimenting with products and samples from Sephora. Unfortunately for me, what I learned is that all of that experimentation resulted in the worst skin I've had in adulthood. I had to spend the following year trying to rectify the problem by minimizing my skincare regime. While I'm still searching for the best yet affordable skincare and makeup options, I've at least reclaimed my skin quality. For me, less is indeed more.
Thank you very much for your kind words of praise! It took a very long time for me to come up with a workable solution for this tiny and once inefficient space, but now it really works for the first time. I definitely needed it to work efficiently, and it had to store a lot, but I also wanted it to be an attractive place that we could enjoy. I also didn't want it to feel like a storage unit, and wanted for my husband to be able to enjoy it as well.Delete
I am so sorry to hear that you your skincare product experimentation resulted in nothing but problems with your skin! More often than not, a more streamlined skincare ritual is the best for the skin. One really doesn't ned to use NEARLY as many products as skincare lines would have you think! I hope that you find some wonderful products that really work for your skin! :-)
I love it! But are you sure it's ok keeping makeup stuff in the bathroom? I mean because of the humidityReplyDelete
Hi Katherine, I'm so glad that you love it! Yes, it's actually fine because this bathroom is very well ventilated, and we shower in the other bathroom. I take the occasional bath in here, but that is about it. Therefore, there is seldom any steam that builds up in this room, but on the rare occasion that I do shower in here, the steam is a non-issue because of the fantastic ventilation. Thank you, however, for asking such a fantastic question!Delete
You have your space organized quite well! I know where you are coming from as I used to live in a house built in the 1940s and they sure did build bathrooms differently back then. I think it is great that ya'll want to preserve your home's historic appeal. :) You have quite a nice collection of skincare products!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your lovely comment, Pammy. These older homes certainly do present their storage challenges! I really didn't want to destroy the character and integrity of the original architectural elements– particularly since they tended to build things so well back then, and that's certainly not always the case today!Delete
I have definitely accumulated a crazy amount of skincare, and makeup for that matter!
I really enjoyed this article. Love the house and storage. I think older homes r great and keep the architecture is really something I would want to. A lot of them didn't have much for closets. The towers by the sink and the wire basket shelving are my favorites. I love to organize. Luckily we r living in a house with an extra bedroom and slowly has become mine. My son built me a lighted mirror we put on a great glass top desk with industrial base that holds up and looks nice. Found by a dumpster where my son manages apts. college town and ppl don't want to ship things home in May. So lucky me. I have my gmas roll top desk and cpl little shelves. Also a couch for napping. It's my room to hide away when I want. Lol. Raised 3 boys one still home in high school so feel like a deserve it. Hubby is perfectly happy with it. Not in his way. But oh how I would love to buy a cpl of those towers. I don't need a lot of storage and trying not to let it get out of hand. But it's my sweet spot and sometimes we just need those when we can get them. Thanks again really enjoyed. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much, Joyce! I am so happy that you enjoyed this article! I agree with you about older homes, and you are so right about their closets (or lack-there-of!). I'm so glad that you like the towers and metal shelving units. I love to organize as well, but sometimes it becomes so difficult when there are so many products to store, but these things featured here have certainly gone a long way to helping me achieve this task.Delete
It sounds as though your spare room has become a wonderful, and well-deserved, sanctuary for you! It's so nice to have a room to yourself in which to relax and play with your makeup and skincare products! I agree with you completely, this is my sweet spot as well! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment, and I am just so happy that you really enjoyed this article! Have a lovely holiday weekend!
OMG I WANT YOUR BATHROOM AND ALL THE STORAGE!!! I have looked at a lot of blogs about their storage, and let me tell theirs were junk compared to yours. You have stuff grouped together not spread all over the place. I AM GOING TO STEAL A FEW IDEALS FROM YOU.ReplyDelete
Hi jjmon2012, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so thrilled that you love my bathroom and the storage solutions that I came up with! It took quite a while to find the perfect things to achieve this, and I sifted through SO MANY stores trying to find just the right products, but I am quite happy with the choices that i ultimately made. Which ideas are you planning on using? What type of space are you thinking about transforming? Thanks again for your very kind comment! :-)Delete
Wowwwwwww, I need to get me one (or two) of those storage towers!! How convenient!ReplyDelete
So glad that you like this article, Melissa! Yes, those towers are AMAZING!Delete
Just beautiful! I love how you blended your storage with the architecture. Can you tell me the brand and model of the pedestal sink?ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Gardengrrl! I am so happy that you love how I blended my storage with the architecture of the house! That was one of the most important things to me since I really wanted to enhance, rather than obscure, the architectural features of our house. I actually added in information about the pedestal above with pictures and links above. I received numerous emails asking the same question, and decided the tI should link to it for anyone interested in purchasing this sink. I looked at a lot of them when we were restoring the bathroom, and this was definitely the one that I liked the very best because it was more authentic to the period than a lot of the others that I looked at. Are you remodeling your bathroom?Delete