A New Addition for the Master Bedroom

A while back in a previous post, I shared Elaine Hau’s amazing handbag storage system. (See that previous post here: Great Storage Idea for Handbags or Collectibles.) I don’t have a handbag collection large enough or worthy enough to need this much storage, but wow, I sure do love how it looks!

If you’re a handbag lover as I am, you probably feel like some handbags are little works of art, art that you get to actually carry and use anytime you wish. I love that!

Handbag Storage

Picture of Elaine Hau’s Beautiful Closet from YouTube


Rational Me and Irrational Me had a debate on whether I need a system like Elaine’s for my modest collection. (View that post here: Inner Conflicts.) That post was written back in January and in the end, Rational Me won out. Darn it.

I still don’t have anything comparable to Elaine’s incredible handbag storage, but I did decide to do a very, very scaled-down version here in my bedroom. (Bedding is available here: Tartan Bedding.)

Red & Green Tartan Bedding for a Fall Winter Bed


I placed one single cabinet here against the wall at the foot of my bed. I know from this angle it doesn’t look like there’s space to walk by between the cabinet and the bed, but there is–there’s plenty of space.

Handbag Storage with Ikea Billy Oxberg Bookcase Cabinet


For this upcoming Metamorphosis Monday, I’ll share more details about this storage system, what pushed me to finally add it, if it was difficult to assemble, what doesn’t fit inside and some changes I made regarding the knobs. (Crystal knobs are available here: Crystal Knobs.)

Crystal Glass Knobs for Cabinets


So far, I truly love it! If my handbag collection continues to grow in the upcoming years, maybe one day I’ll add a second cabinet. For now, this one cabinet is meeting my needs quite well.

Best Way to Store Handbags for Easy Access


Today I ordered one of these awesome door stops. You may remember when I shared how it works in a previous post. It’s perfect for those spots where a regular door stop will not work. You’ll find it available here: Door Stop. I’ll share more about why it’s needed and how it’s working in that upcoming Met Monday post.

Door Stop for when regular door stop will not work


See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Love this idea! Can’t wait to read more about how you did it.

  2. I do so enjoy your blog. Your lifestyle is so interesting and I enjoy vicariously
    living it with you. The handbag display looks great.

  3. Wow – that’s a great and beautiful system! I’d never even thought of that, and now you’ve got me wanting to move my Closet Remodel to the top of the list! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for more details!

    • I really love how Elaine used lighting inside her’s which I really love, but I was also worried I’d forget and leave the light on and the heat from the light could dry/damage the bag closest to it. So I just kept my little cabinet simple. Barbara, def go for the closet upgrade. It just makes you smile each time you enter and see everything nicely organized. I’m an organization nut anyway, though! πŸ™‚

  4. OMG Susan!
    I love that so much!
    What a great idea! This way your little treasures will be the last things you see when you go to sleep and the first things you see when you wake up! (If you can sleep at all, knowing that those beauties are right in front of you! I know, I couldn’t sleep, I’d marvel at them, instead! For at least one week!) πŸ™‚
    So glad your ‘Irrational You’ won this time! πŸ˜€

    • lol I let it win but kept it under control, which isn’t easy to do! πŸ˜‰ I figure if it didn’t work out, I’d just have a new storage cabinet I could use in the basement.

  5. Love the way the handbags are stored and displayed so that you can see everything that you have. It makes life so much easier, but aren’t you afraid that, God forbid, if your house is burglarized, it will also make it easier for the thieves? What we ladies really need is a locking walk-in closet, like a bank vault!

    • I thought about that but if a thief were to ever break-in, the first place he’s probably going to head is for the closets and drawers where he thinks he’ll find jewelry or valuables. So I think a bad guy would find those type things anyway. The best thing to do is make sure you have a really good monitored security system.

    • Oh, and I love your walk-in vault idea! πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, Susan, what a wonderful sight to wake up to every morning! ! I’m pea green with envy! Enjoy!

  7. Love your blog and all your fabulous hints/ideas.

  8. I knew you’d come up with a variation of the purse storage cabinet. Nice job.

  9. Brenda Lawrence says

    Wow, Susan, that looks so beautiful with all your handbags in it! I love the crystal knobs so much better than the original ones. Very upscale looking! Hugs, Brenda

  10. I’ll not be surprised if the handbags and the necessary storage cabinets some day soon end up taking over the dressing room and you’ll have to find some place else for the Peloton. :>)

  11. Cyndi Raines says

    Aren’t you a smarty pants! What a great idea Susan. Your handbags look so lovely there on display. I have recently gutted my closet and purged all my “working clothes” as I am now retired and I love my new look, keeping only the clothes I truly am wearing. I even had room for a small chair to assist while I put on my boots and I am so happy with how it has turned out. Don’t you love that feeling when an long awaited project is finally completed and it turned out even better than hoped for? Eager to hear your Monday details! Well done!

  12. If I recall correctly without having re-read your previous post, you had initially considered placing a cabinet or cabinets in the hallway — glad you decided against that. Hallways typically aren’t wide enough for cabinetry. Carrying or moving packages or items in narrowed hallways can be a challenge, not to mention being difficult or impossible for passage if someone is using crutches or a walker (after an injury or surgery). Good decision to place it in a larger room!

  13. Excellent job and you certainly have more ambition than I do, Susan. Mine all just stashed in a spare bedroom closet of plain cubicles. On a similar note; if you have an idea as to how to store long necklaces perhaps you can share it (as I am becoming over run with them … lol!). -Brenda-

  14. That is great! Looking forward to hearing where you got the cabinet, how much how many purses it holds etc!

    • Pinky, I purchased it from Ikea when they finally got it in. They are super inexpensive. Surprising how much they hold! Happy Fall to you!

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