Money Can Buy Lipstick blogger Teresa Caruso's vanity is tucked into a corner of her bedroom. (Teresa Caruso/Money Can Buy Lipstick)

When you live in a small apartment, you have to be creative. So when beauty products and accessories kept piling up on Teresa Caruso’s bathroom counter, she decided she needed a better solution and built a vanity station in her bedroom.

“Rather than buying a traditional nightstand, I opted for a small desk that I was able to transform into a vanity with the help of a mirror and gold-accented accessories,” the Money Can Buy Lipstick blogger wrote in an email. “The area now functions as a vanity, nightstand and desk space for any late-night work.”

The bright and feminine nook, which caught our eye on Instagram, makes a statement while suiting Caruso’s styling and storage needs.

To creat the multipurpose space, she put a round decorative brass wall mirror ($49.99, target.com ) above a simple, white midcentury-modern-style desk ($399, westelm.com ).

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One of Caruso’s favorite ways to find good quality and affordable space-saving furniture is to scout her favorite retailers’ kids’ collections, such as Pottery Barn Kids. “Their pieces are similar to regular Pottery Barn, but they’re often a little bit smaller, which makes them slightly less expensive,” Caruso wrote in a blog post. “It’s great for people who have small apartments or homes.” That’s where she found her tufted velvet Avalon channel stitch bed frame in dusty blush ($999 for a full-size bed, pbteen.com ). “The color instantly caught my eye, and it definitely gives our room a more upscale look,” she added.

On her desk, she has a 5-by-7-inch “The Layers Beneath” print by Lauren Packard that she found on Minted.com, a site that promotes independent artists and offers customizable mats and frames ($47, minted.com ). “I love how the artwork has plenty of texture, while still being muted,” she said in an email.


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She’s paired it with Anthropologie’s faceted vanity organizer, left, to help hold her beauty essentials ($48, anthropologie.com ) and the simple, modern Delavan tripod table lamp in brass ($39.99, target.com ).


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To unify the feminine pink and white palette, she bought a pink Persian-style rug ($1,399 for an 8-by-10-foot rug, westelm.com ) and paired it with a neutral, textured duvet cover. And yes, her fiance is on board with the color scheme. “When I first moved in with him, and it was time to mesh our styles together, he was definitely a bit apprehensive about my feminine style,” she said. But “rather than throwing everything at him at once, I started slowly incorporating pink throughout our home, to show him that it could be done in a tasteful way.” Now, after three years of living together, she said he’s the one pointing out blush and rose-colored pieces while they’re out shopping.