Shelfies And The Limited Closet Space Conundrum

shelfie aHave you heard?   Shelfies are all the rage.  That being said, I thought I would take today to share how we handled a space / organizational issue we encountered here in Singapore.  It is, the dreaded conundrum of limited closet space. (Dun, dun, dunnnnnn)

shelfie bSee, our apartment has no true closets.  Instead, we have built-in wardrobes in our bedroom (seen HERE) and our daughter’s, as well as a small utility cabinet at our front door and the pièce de résistance, a bomb shelter off of our kitchen.  (Side note- I have no idea why Singaporean homes are outfitted with bomb shelters, it is an extremely safe country).  So we’ve had to get creative with our clothing storage, and especially the storage of our shoes as the floor space in our wardrobe is limited.

shelfie cLukus’s shoes live at the base of his side of the wardrobe, in the utility cabinet (not sure if that is up to code!) and within a storage bench at our front door (we’ve adopted the practice of no shoes in the house since moving to Asia).  This left me with very limited space on my side of the wardrobe and nowhere else.  Initially that meant my shoes took up residence along the perimeter of our room.  This was neither visually appealing nor was it practical (remember, I have a toddler who gets into everything).

shelfie dThis is where this strange nook in our bedroom came in.  This nook is both shallow and narrow, and as a result would not hold a desk or cozy chair or anything else.  But, given the proper shelving unit, it could hold my shoes!  Rejoice!  Admittedly, because of its odd dimensions finding the right storage unit did take some time.

shelfie eOnce completed project Pick Up My Shoes came together quite nicely.   I do wish it had doors and unfortunately it doesn’t house all of my shoes, but in terms of shelfies, I think it looks quite lovely, don’t you?

P.S.  Want to see more of my life- shelfies and all?  Follow along on Instagram: @northonharper!!

New Place: The Proof

Yesterday was supposed to be move in day.

It wasn’t.

Alas, the movers had to reschedule to this afternoon.  Needless to say, I am tentatively holding my breathe.

In the meantime, I thought I would share an interior photo of my new place.  (You probably needed proof that is exists at this point.  I would doubt me…)

I really love that it is is a soft loft (meaning it has some walls!).  There is some great exposed brick and the ceilings are open to beams and piping.  This is my first loft and I think it will be a fun change!

Alright, I am off to sit in the empty space and wait patiently for my stuff.  Don’t worry, I plan to take a book!

A New View

Over the weekend Lukus and I finally had a chance to do a walk through of our new apt… empty and perfectly ours.

Unfortunately we won’t be moving in for a bit (our furniture is now making its way from LA after spending the last few months in storage).  But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t sit and plan layouts and figure out paint and other nesting type activities.

And, because my obsessions are North On Harper’s obsessions, you can expect to see the projects moving forward.

But for now, I want to brag.  Brag with the beautiful view from our new roof deck!

Glad the sun has once again risen over Chicago.


Tell me, how did you spend your weekend?

Sleep Deprived

I have been suffering from a pretty severe bout of insomnia.  Case and point: it is 4:30 am as I type this.  And I feel awful.

Have you been here before?  When all you want to do is crawl into bed and fall asleep, but sleep is proving elusive?  That’s me.  Big time.  I just can’t sleep.

Typically a cup of peppermint tea would solve the problem,  but even that has failed me.

At this point I am starting to blame my bed (and the bed in the guestroom and the sofa…).  Maybe what I need is something completely different, so that I can trick myself into going to sleep…

Something like these:

So, who has amazing techniques for combating insomnia?  I really need sleep!


(So I am completely failing at finding the original sources of these images- I am blaming the sleep deprivation- so if you know where they are form, please let me know!)


Runway To Room: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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A few weeks ago I shared a Runway To Room post that featured Milla Jovovich.  Well— I am back with another one!!  This time we are taking a closer look at Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s red— errr, green carpet look at the Moscow opening of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  That’s right.  This is the girl who replaced Megan Fox.  And she’s hitting Megan right where it hurts- Rosie’s going after the bombshell title.  I mean, what else can you say when you see Rosie strutting her stuff in this Gucci Fall 2011 look?  Not only does Rosie looks stunning, she owns the look.  And with a modeling resume like hers, it is not surprising.


Image via Harper's Bazaar, photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

The look is dramatic, daring, light, organic, sensuous and full of movement.  Just a few adjectives!  But can you replicate it in your home? Why yes, yes you can…


Image via Metropolitan Home, photo by Antoine Bootz.

Like Rosie, this foyer is striking.  The legs on the console table add height to the room- just like Rosie’s do!   All joking aside, both space and look are light, and airy, while still feeling utterly elegant.  Plus they share an intriguing global aesthetic.


Image via Metropolitan Home, photo by David Garcia.

Obviously the colors compliment each other perfectly- with both garment and room being topped with this chartreuse green and anchored by the black.  Even the drapery shares a similar detail as the flower on Rosie’s blouse!


Image via Metropolitan Home, photo by John Granen.

This bathroom checks all the boxes- from the drama to the airiness!  The room elicits the same feelings as the Rosie’s bold look.  The mosaic golden-green mirrored-wall, the translucent light fixtures and the raised black vanity, all share the same head turning appeal of the original look.


What do you think of Rosie’s look?  Which is your favorite room?



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