The Vanity

This setup has been in the works for quite some time.  I had been using the same $10 painted desk the last seven years for a makeshift vanity and while that absolutely served it’s purpose, and worked for many years, it wasn’t something I ultimately loved.  Plus, it was so  l a r g e  I found myself filling it with more and more stuff.

I have been on the hunt for a new vanity since the beginning of last year and found myself almost settling and pulling the trigger on a couple options, but they never felt quite right.  In short, I was looking for a quick fix.  A buy that would make me happy, but ultimately something I would later regret and probably have me looking within a year for another solution.

Enter West Elm.

This is the first time I’ve ever bought a new piece of furniture.  I’m a used-vintage-thrift furniture kind of gal, which basically means I feel like I can salvage almost anything with the right amount of paint and there is no wobbly drawer I haven’t met.  SO when this brand new, never used piece of furniture landed on my front step I was quite in awe.

The drawer closed.  (And didn’t wobble)

My paintbrush was no longer needed.

… And it was tiny.

Makeup Vanity

Makeup Vanity

Makeup Vanity

Makeup Vanity

I essentially cut my vanity space in half with this buy and at first that terrified me a bit.  Though it really just forced me to sit down one night and purge from my extra large vanity.  Going from four drawers to  o n e.

I tried to keep my space simple and let the thrifted gold antique mirror take front and center on top of the marble top, while my makeup dailies are setting on top of my favorite beauty book + a favorite Rifle Paper print. The smaller drawer is a bit easier to accept with a drawer organizer for the makeup I don’t reach for on daily basis and there is plenty of room for my hair products around it.  I won’t lie that I’m having some shelving added to my closet to provide myself with more storage space, but I’ve noticed each week I actually get rid of more and more unused makeup.

Less truly seems to be more.

Makeup Vanity West Elm

I had to sell so much furniture in my home to afford this one piece (plus hop on the tail end of a New Year’s sale), but so far I couldn’t be happier with the mini desk turned vanity.  It’s perfect in my eyes even though it’s compact size was a bit of a deterrent at first. And I’ve definitely given myself  a pat on the back for such an intentional buy!  (Nothing like an expensive piece of furniture to deter any frivolous spending 😉 )

From mudcloth pillows to instructing L on how I want my closet built, I’ve been happily dipping my toe into lots of home decor lately and I would love to hear what you have invested in lately for your space!


xo Kelsey


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  • You should definitely be proud of it, it looks so nice!

    • Thank you thank you Aleksandra! I’m definitely a bit proud and a bit obsessed with this part of my room right now 🙂

  • I can relate with small space less makeup, sometimes it’s something as simple as less space that can make us streamline our humongous collection. I absolutely adore the marbled top.

    Selene Addicted

    • YES! That’s exactly it 🙂 It was a little daunting, but now I feel like I’m so picky about gets a spot in my vanity. Thanks so much for stopping by love! xo

  • The risk of giving away drawers is what keeps me from getting rid of my large vanity. I really loved how yours looks, so inspiring and very neat and girly. Love the print too <3

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    • Thanks sweet girl! It took me a looooong time to come to terms with so I say keep thinking about it but definitely don’t jump ship til you are ready 🙂

  • Jen

    I’m coveting their Penelope nightstand, so this is right up my alley! Love seeing these pretty pieces of your home. x

    Jen | affecionada

    • YES! I saw that one and I almost got one of those and then a different vanity. They are both such beautiful pieces of furniture. I hope you get it soon sweet girl! xo

  • Love this! The mirror is so so pretty! x

    • Thanks so much Millie! It’s definitely my favorite vintage find 🙂

  • I love your vanity set up! Having a smaller vanity is so much easier to manage (not that I can speak much on that because my dressing table is rather large..). I love the marble top against the wood and also your lovely vintage mirror 🙂 I have a ‘dream vanity/dressing table’ post coming on Friday, which is exciting because I actually feature my current dressing table that I am o b s e s s e d with xo

    Char |

    • It really is. I was so so nervous to take the leap but now that I have I don’t regret it one bit! Eee! I can’t wait to see your dream one and will make sure to look out for it. xo

  • It’s absolutely beautiful Kelsey!!! Everything about it screams neat and elegant.

    Gaby (Gato) Martínez

    • Thank you thank you sweet girl! xo

  • I love love your space. It’s so gorgeous and I love that vanity. I’m currently downsizing, and it’s so hard, but seeing your lovely tidy space gives me so much motivation!!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Thank you so much Nida! It was a bit terrifying to me to make the transition, but I don’t regret it one bit… so I say go for it love! xo

  • Love how you made this vanity your own – the mirror is perfect! x

    • Thank you Hanh! It’s probably one of my favorite thrift store finds 🙂

  • Chris Thomas

    The vanity is so gorgeous yet simple. I absolutely love your style. So classic????

    • Thank you thank you! You always are so kind Chris. xoxo

  • Samileen

    I’m so in love with your vanity girl and the little space that you have created. I’m really digging that mirror.

    Saman || Beautydetour

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