My Jewelry Armoire – More Than You Ever Wanted to Know…

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I mentioned recently I would go into detail about my accessory collection…

As you guys can tell, I LOVE jewelry. I am not one to covet diamonds and semi-precious gems; I am the kind of girl that likes things modern, big and bold. I inherited this from my mom who has an amazing collection of mainly silver jewelry; she inherited much from my Great Aunt who was a jewelry designer specializing in big bold silver pieces.

I learned from my mom that if you properly care for and protect your accessories, they will last a lifetime. She still wears pieces from her school days, gifts from old beaus, pieces she even made with my Great Aunt before she passed. In her collection are pieces that originally belonged to my grandmother, Great Aunt and other relatives. I love how jewelry can tell a story – a trip overseas, a celebration of a lifetime achievement, a memory of a past relationship, a hot trend in fashion that is now seen as quirky vintage.

Picture 027When I was younger, I was not good with my accessories. I would forget I had a necklace over my turtleneck, pull off my sweater and break the chain in the process. Jewelry would be thrown all over the house and I would eventually lose or break and earring or ring in the process. I would forget which sorority sister I loaned a piece to and never see it again. Let's not even bring up the hundreds of dollars with of chunky silver rings I have lost when I worked retail – my hands would swell from too much caffeine and the dryness of cardboard shipment boxes and clothing fibers; I would take the ring off for JUST A SECOND and never see it again.

In the past several years I have made a concerted effort to purchase only that which I could see with multiple outfits, over multiple seasons and fit my true personality, not a trend I was trying to achieve.

I had several solutions for my accessories – various jewelry boxes that I would outgrow in a couple of months, fabric-covered storage boxes on closet shelves, a coat rack with hooks for necklaces, even velvet bags in one half of my sock drawer.

Not until last year did I have the perfect solution for my ever-growing collection – an armoire dedicated just to accessories.

My husband got me this piece for my birthday one year; he purchased it at Target though I know they sell similar pieces at Bombay Company, QVC and various furniture retailers. This one had plenty of storage space and fit the look of our bedroom. It is black stained wood, and I believe it was a little over $100.

Picture 028The top part of the armoire opens to have a mirror (that I never use) and a few velvet-lined compartments for small pieces. Up here I keep all my delicate things – nice necklaces, post earrings, brooches, delicate pendants and bracelets, and even my wedding tiara. πŸ™‚

Picture 029Picture 030The next two drawers also have little compartments. The first one has smaller compartments so it became my earring drawer. Hoops are in the center because they are worn the most; rest are sectioned off usually by color or style. I do have one compartment for single earrings in hopes I find the match or am invited to a Cyndi Lauper lookalike party…

The second drawer holds all my bracelets and my lone watch (that I never wear). Again, that which is worn the most takes front real estate, and I organize by color and style. This may seem anal, but it makes it super easy to put away stuff in the dark and dress in a rush.

Picture 031Picture 032Picture 033The next three drawers are of the same size and without compartments. As you see, I also sort of organize them by category – the first drawer are pearls, second one are colored stones, third one holds bead and more organic of pieces. Necklaces in these drawers are sturdy and not likely to tangle. Again, having them categorized makes it super easy to find an appropriate piece when dressing in a dash (no point in opening the pearl drawer if I am wearing my olive linen shift…).

Picture 034This drawer is next – it holds all my hair accessories. Elastics, bobby pins, headbands, and yes that is a neon orange polka-dotted scrunchie in the corner (hey I did wear it to see an 80s cover band…). I adore having this drawer because it's so easy to find random clips and elastics and just have a place to toss them. My husband also knows where it is and will toss them in there when he finds them on the floor or on the back of the toilet. Since having this drawer I have not had to go out and purchase a single hair accessory – in fact I seem to have more than ever since there is a home for them when they are randomly found around the house and car.

Picture 035Picture 036The last two drawers are far larger and hold those bigger accessories that never seem to have a good home – belts and glasses.

I don't wear belts very often, and having them in my tiny closet was a pain and they were either super hidden deep in the back or in the way up front. I have taken the belts I occasionally wear and gently curled them into this drawer; those belts that are out of style or I don't wear a also gently curled and stored in a canvas box on a very high shelf in my closet. I don't really believe in getting rid of an accessory unless it is broken or in bad shape; you never know what will come back in fashion or even work for a Halloween costume. Accessories take up so little space, it doesn't hurt to hold on to them for a while.

The bottom drawer holds glasses and sunglasses and extra cases. And no, I don't wear my Bootsy Collins shades on a regular basis! πŸ™‚

Picture 037Picture 038The armoire has two side doors that stay closed with magnets.

The door on the right of the armoire (first picture) is easily accessible and holds all of my necklaces that easily tangle. Again, they are hanging in categories – gold, silver, pendants, beads. The bottom rung of hooks holds shorter necklaces that aren't worn as regularly.

The door on the left (second picture) is not easy to get to since that side of the armoire is flush with my bureau. Because of that, it holds my out of season/out of style/least favorite necklaces. I do open it up every couple of months to see if there is anything I may want to put into rotation, and place in there that which I have tired of.

The armoire is between my bureau and my closet so it is easy to reach, and easy to toss items back in it at the end of the night. Having it organized means my husband helps too – if I leave my earrings downstairs from falling asleep on the couch, he can bring them up with him next trip and know where they are to go. I don't lose pieces and I don't break pieces and it has been years since the vaccuum or my dog has consumed an earring back.

It's funny, growing up I was a SLOB; my room is still never perfectly tiday and I am the queen of piles, yet I have become a bit obsessive with my clothes and accessories. When you are on a budget, it doesn't make sense to be cavalier with what you purchase. If you properly care for quality clothing and accessories, they will return the favor with many many years of great wear!

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  1. Target – shocking, huh? I wouldn’t have expected such clean lines and expensive look from them!

    I don’t know if they still have them – I know several months later my sister went to get one and all they had were ones with more ornate of styles and no more with this color stain (all were oak or distressed white). I hope they still carry them and switch up the styles every so often! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Allie. Long time I did not visit this blog. Just give birth to my second son last month. Thank you for sharing this.

    i thought of buying this for my mother. But the price here too expensive. If I order from overseas, the shipping cost is too much. But I still trying to get one. Anyone who have an idea, please advice me. I am from Malaysia.

  3. I bought one!!!!…..yes big sale at JCPenneys on jewelry armoire
    I got one in Oak for $50 original price $200….Fantastic..HUH? πŸ™‚
    I stayed up till 1am organizing it
    Should post some pics like you
    Take care

  4. I Just asked for one of those last xmas and my sweet hubby delivered!!! Now I am so much more organized, I can see everything I have and the lining protects silver!Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh Allie,you have inspired me once again! I feel like a kid in a candy store. Thanks for sharing a peek into your armoire. Love it!

    Lisa P.

  6. Wow, I have to get me one of those! At the moment I have a bunch of necklaces knotted together in a big mess (thankfully 3 of them are H&M £1.99 numbers – I know that is not the point).

  7. Good point! It has the tool to bolt it to the wall; my plan is to have it inside the closet once our house remodel is complete so it can be locked away. πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you for sharing your jewelry armoire!! I’m starting to “collect” jewelry as I buy more necklace to add punch to my outfits… but I’m leaving them everywhere around the house… I need to look for an armoire like yours! Perfect~

  9. OMG, OMG, OMG! You are my hero in SO MANY WAYS!

    When we upgrade to a living situation with more space, I’m TOTALLY getting one of those armoires. I have a ton of accessories, spread out amongst two jewelry boxes, a necklace tree thing, and other random drawers.

  10. Thanks so much for the information on how you store your accessories Allie – fantastic solution!!! I love the jewellery armoire and will definitely look for one up here in Canada!

  11. Allie,

    You have just inspired me, I can’t wait to get ahold of all my jewelry and accessories this weekend..But of course as a mother of a 2 yr old and a 3 year old all I can think of is the future baby locks on your armoire and bolting it to the wall πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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