As someone with an out-of-control nail art hobby, you can only imagine how much time I spend working on nail related projects – and how much time I spend in my nail room! I’m proud of my nail room set up, and I am continually changing and tweaking things here and there. It may not be the prettiest set up, but I’m really happy with it!
You may have noticed my awesome neon nails sign. This sign is my pride and glory, and my favorite wall decoration – actually it may be my favorite thing in the entire nail room! I picked it up for about $50, and I think it was totally worth it. I don’t actually light it up all that much, but when I do – oooooh, it makes me really happy!
The desk is from Ikea, it’s the Malm dressing table. I picked it because the glass table top makes everything easier to clean. I usually dab polish straight on the glass top, when I’m doing art. Then I can just take some acetone and wipe it off. It’s the perfect reusable palette!
I have two Helmers, also from Ikea. One is red and one is gray, for some reason… and they are placed on either side of the desk – for easier reaching! Next to the gray Helmer is a plastic organizer I got from Target – this is full of… stuff! The top drawer holds some things that I need to review and swatch, and in the other drawers there are a lot of other supplies (like towels). On top is a wicker basket full of stuff I got at Cosmoprof. It’s almost embarrassing – there was SO much stuff and it’s taken me SO long to go through it. It’s overwhelming. At this point… I may never finish! Anyways, my nail kit is next to the purple organizer. I loved it, but it got busted when our house as robbed. I guess they thought there was something valuable in there – all they found was a train kit full of plastic fingers! Ha.
I keep a lot of the nail art supplies and tools that I use most on the desk itself. The mason jar (it’s leftover from my wedding decorations! I wrapped a ton of mason jars in twine and lace for centerpieces. They had handmade burlap and lace flowers in them) is full of clean up brushes, art brushes, and dotting tools. I have a bunch of new brushes that haven’t made their way into the jar yet – they’re so pretty and nice and I’m trying to keep them that way! I also have an acrylic polish organizer with a bunch of base coats, top coats, charms, vinyls, polish thinner, Liquid Palisade, and Elmer’s Glue!
Here’s a close up of my photography set up. This one area, in particular, I tweak and change all the time! The most recent change is that my dad got me these amazing lights – I put daylight balanced bulbs in them, and the shower cap-like covers really diffuse the light. I can’t find the exact link, but you can buy these light stands in kits on Amazon. Since I started using the lights like this, I have pretty much ditched my light box! That’s why you can see the white pasteboard propped up behind the lights – that’s my background. In the front, you can see my camera on a tripod. I shoot with a Nikon D3100. It was a Groupon for a a refurbished camera and lenses – for like $300! It was a great find.
The rest of my room is kind of sparse, since it also doubles as a guest room. I have a futon, night table, and bookcase – and an awesome view! Excuse the screen in this photo – but you can see into my backyard, and to the Rocky Mountains beyond. I love it so much. I’ll leave you with a photo of my assistant, Molly! She hangs out on the futon and watches me/sleeps while I work.