I ran out of serving pieces the morning of my housewarming brunch and dashed to Sur La Table an hour before the party to pick up a few extras. One of the pieces I bought was this white cake stand, which we used for serving macarons. While doing dishes after everyone left, I realized that the cake stand was too pretty to live inside a cabinet. So I put it to use displaying pretty perfume bottles instead! I love a piece that does double duty… Ahem 😉 Do you have any similar tips or tricks? I always love to hear from you!


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  1. That is a great idea! For my wedding, we bought some Martha Stewart cake stands at Macy’s, filled them with cupcakes, and used them as the centerpieces. As a result, I have a few left over and am always looking for ways to re-purpose them (besides entertaining).

  2. After seeing a recent photo of your dog, Rory wearing a statement necklace, it inspired an idea. In an effort to solve for my jewelry storage dilemmas, I started decorating my bedroom with my baubles. My childhood bears are now gussied up in pearls. Took it one step further and draped necklaces over corners of picture frames, lamp shades, etc. Not only does it look beautiful displayed, everything is within reach and accessible.

  3. I use a bunch of thrifted dishes and serving pieces to display items in my room, mainly makeup. Trays are my favorite. I have a DIY cake stand in my bathroom to lift some items off the counter to give more space!

    Just a tiny tip. You shouldn’t place perfume near the windows as sun’s heat can turn the perfume and make them go bad, if that is the spot you keep them.
    Though it looks super cute! And I love the cake stand idea!


  4. Love this idea!

    I like to use LL Bean boat totes (XL and L) for holding laundry or storing extra clothes like pajamas and tees. When the clothing isn’t toppling over the opening of the bag (uhhh….), I keep them next to my couch & it looks nautical, beachy, and like I live right near to water.

    Also, the obligatory empty-Diptyque-as-make-up-holder.