Monday, May 06, 2013

Picture Tour - My New Nail Den

Hi everyone!

Fun (albeit wordy) post today!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (or both), you probably already know that I've been working on re-vamping my nail den. (Up until now I've called it my nail room, but doesn't nail den just sound more sophisticated? I'll go with that from now on.)

The reason I'm re-vamping it is because I'm soon going to be finished my nail technician course and I plan to open up an in-home salon! I've been a certified Manicurist for a couple of years now, and I often do the nails of friends and family members, but I've never really branched out beyond that. But now that I'll soon be a full Nail Technician, I'm planning on taking it a step further. With that in mind, I was faced with the task of turning my existing nail room into a more inviting and client-friendly space.

Have a look! (I didn't resize any of these photos, so you can click on them to enlarge them.)


First let's talk about the desk/shelving unit. It's from Home Depot and I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it online. My old polish desk was definitely past its prime, and having gone through two moves, it was a bit dinged up. So I was already in the market for a new desk. On top of that, I'd been considering building my own (read: getting David to build it for me) polish shelf because I wanted somewhere in my room to display just a few polishes and maybe some smaller decor items. Well with this desk I got the best of both worlds! A new desk with a huge and spacious shelving unit attached!


Some of the shelves are still pretty bare, especially the lower ones, but I know they'll be filled with stuff in no time. The upper shelves are mostly just filled with decorative items such as candles, a pretty diffuser, and framed nail-related photos. I also lined up a few blue polishes on one of the shelves to tie in with the (originally unintentional) white and blue theme.


The chair you see is for clients, and I still need to find a new rolling chair for myself. I have one now but it's pretty old and much too big for the space, which is why I didn't even include it in the photos. Anyways, the white one that you do see is a faux leather chair from Bouclair Home. The awesome zebra print pillow that's sitting on it is from Winners. I love the pillow because it not only ties in with the white and blue theme, but also with the animal print on my Melmers!


On the back wall I have two collages of photos of nail art designs that I've done. I can't really take credit for this idea because my friend Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails actually gave me one for Christmas in 2011! Sadly, it got damaged when we were moving so I had to recreate it myself, and in the process I decided to make another.


The piece in the middle is a very thoughtful homemade gift from David. It's a canvas with hundreds of little dots of nail polish on it! He worked on it in secret for weeks and I didn't even notice! He thought of everything too because the four corners are all done with OPI It's My Year, which as most of you know is the polish he proposed to me with. And in the middle he left one spot for my favourite polish, which I haven't filled yet because making that decision is just too hard, haha. And as if that wasn't enough, if you look closely, you'll see that in the bottom right hand corner he created a heart shape using only red and pink polishes. He's actually the best ever.


Moving along you'll see all of my Melmers. For anyone who's not sure what a Melmer is, it's a name coined by the nail polish community for storage cubes from Michael's Craft Stores. It's a play on the word Helmer, which is a popular nail polish storage solution from IKEA. The one closest to my desk is for gel supplies and the other ten units all contain polish. Not all are full (I think there's two empty drawers), so luckily I do have some room for inevitable expansion. They're plain white when you purchase them, but I decorated them using animal print scrapbook paper.


On top of my Melmers, you'll see a couple of OPI displays - the Germany Collection as well as the Euro Centrale Collection. There's also the Zoya Gilty Pleasures box set which I thought was too pretty to be hidden in a drawer. There's a bin with some polish supplies such as remover, base and top coats, lotions, etc, and finally there's my homemade lightbox.



So there you have it! My little nail oasis. I think the only thing I have left to do is find some artwork for the bare wall above my Melmers, but I'm thinking I might even make something myself. And honestly, I don't think the room will ever be 100% complete because my mind is always spinning with new ideas. But I'm quite happy with it right now!

Thanks for stopping by!

49 comments:

  1. There is so much awesome here I don't even know where to start. What a fantastic and wonderfully personal space! ♥

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  2. You have a fabulous nail "sanctuary"! With baby #2 on the way, all the rooms in our new home are all filled up so I go without a "nail den" so please enjoy for me :-D

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  3. I love this nail den! You have everything so wonderfully organized. Where did you find the rolling cart with the fabric drawers in it? It seems PERFECT.

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    1. It's another Michael's Craft Store purchase! It's from the same line as the regular Melmers, but I thought this one would work better for my gel supplies.

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  4. I love it! Especially the canvas that David did for you, that is so incredibly thoughtful of him, I noticed the heart right away! :)

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  5. That is great! Congrats on making the next step

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  6. Luv it . . . specially David's artwork.

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  7. This room looks like nail polish nirvana to me! I'm so jealous - my "nail den" is really just a corner in my tiny bedroom. Love all of the personalized touches - especially he canvas art by David.

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  8. Holly crap! This is soooo awesome!!! I can't step looking st this pics :D
    Congrats on your almost-finished course, you're gonna rock this ''mani bussiness''!! :D
    And David,.... he's such a sweetie! :D

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  9. Hermoso!! pasaría horas revisando tus esmaltes... me imagino la cantidad que debés tener!!

    besos :)

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  10. That is too cute! I love your nail den.

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  11. WOW! amazing! the melmers are so cute :)

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  12. It's looking great! Congratulations!! :D

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  13. Very awesome, thanks for sharing! I hope your clients enjoy the space as well. :)

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  14. Thanks for sharing this Kayla! I'm moving in June, and I will finally have a desk I can turn into my own nail space. I love the one you got! It looks perfect for doing other ladies' nails and still getting some good organization! You've completely inspired me and I can't wait to decorate my own space now!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! I look forward to (hopefully) seeing some photos of your new space on your blog!

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  15. Lindo!!!!!!!!! Sonho de consumo!!!!!

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  16. I am so envious of your nail den! Good luck with your in-home business.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! I am so jealous of your nail room!!! LOL! Good luck starting your own business! :)

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  18. The room looks amazing! I love the dot art David made!

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  19. I am soo jealous of this, I would love to dedicate a room completely to nails but I just don't have the space! I think you have put this room together brilliantly. Good luck with starting up your business :).

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  20. Awww I need to get myself a little nail den :( Love yours! So jealous.

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  21. lookin' gooood girl! Best of luck with your new nail den/workspace. I had not yet read your proposal story either so that was super fun and what a cutie to use your love for polish to propose :) love it!

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  22. I am DYING there is so much awesomeness in this room!! And how sweet is David?! That is the most thoughtful gift ever! I'm beyond jealous!

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  23. What a beautiful nail den. I love it all :)

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  24. Oh my word you really do have the best fiancé ever! I teared up a little bit reading about that piece in the middle! <3 Love your nail den, and how exciting that you'll have your own salon!

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  25. i love it! and wow - you have an awesome dude! which you obviously know!

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  26. OMG! It's Xanadu! :::swoooons:::

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  27. ::FAINTS:: Can I come live with you? Pretty please? lol and your man is SO THOUGHTFUL! He is DEFINITELY a keeper ::wink:: that canvas is just the most darling thing I have ever seen, especially with the heart <3

    charmingcheshire.blogspot.com

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  28. This is totally awesome. What an amazing guy David is

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  29. This is so insanely georgeos I don't even know where to start! *jaw dropped to the floor*

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  30. This is amazing! I love seeing posts like these :) Also, your melmers are so cute!

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  31. please adopt me, i won't leave this room *.*

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  32. The canvas that David made is the sweetest thing, ever! My heart nearly melted while I was reading. You're one lucky girl!

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  33. That canvas is amazing (snaps for your husband!) and I'm totally stealing the idea :-D
    It occurs to me that in the corner where you have to angle your melmers, you could have a piece of white melamine custom cut from the hardware store (it'd be a weird shape) to place over it so you have a continuous self and no wasted space... or places where stuff can fall into! Just a thought I had to share. The nail den looks amazing and I am jealous!

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    1. Interesting! I'll have to look into that! Thanks. :)

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  34. This is so dreamy! And David just sounds like the cutest person everrr.

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  35. I have that cart too. Except all my polish supplies fit into it! Eeek!

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  36. The man is a genius! How nice of him to make that card.

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