2 Ways to Make the Most of Styling Your Dresser

Anyone who has ever lived in a small space (a studio, tiny apartment, dorm, etc.) knows how valuable any and all surface area is. This, of course, includes the space atop (and sometimes under) one’s dresser. It’s very easy to stick a lamp, candle, and a tangled pile of jewelry on it and call it a day—or you can make the most of this precious flat surface by investing in the right storage accessories and turning it into something much more functional and stylish.

You’ll need:
• dresser (obviously)
• lamp
• trays (or storage with lids if you don’t like to dust frequently)
• compartmentalized storage
• something pretty—a framed photo, trinket, or fresh flowers
• rug to finish the space

We teamed up with The Land of Nod to demonstrate how easy a stylish and organized dresser can come together with the right pieces. We selected two different chests of drawers because furniture is a big investment, and this piece is one of the smartest choices you can make when it comes to furnishing a home. Either of these dressers can also be used as a media stand, bar, entryway table, nightstand, side table, office storage, the list goes on… not to mention they are both gender neutral and work for all ages.

Ok, enough chatting, let’s get to it!


1. Dresser as a Make-up Vanity

First we styled this classic campaign dresser as a make-up vanity by incorporating a mirror, multiple trays, containers for make-up organization, and a wall shelf for additional storage. We also went with a floor lamp (instead of a table lamp) to clear up even more space atop the dresser. For anyone who has had multiple female roommates (or sisters) and not enough bathrooms, this is a sure bet to make getting ready in the morning less stressful.

dresser, The Land of Nod
mirror, The Land of Nod
You Are Beautiful card
white floor lamp, The Land of Nod
honeycomb wall shelf, The Land of Nod
pineapple print, The Land of Nod
mirrored tray, West Elm
crystal tumbler, West Elm
acrylic make-up holder, Container Store
clock, Pottery Barn
candle, Diptyque
aqua stripe rug, The Land of Nod


2. Dresser as an Accessories Closet

Next we took this understated whitewashed dresser and turned it into the perfect spot for accessories. Baubles, bracelets, earrings, and sunglasses are organized by type in separate acrylic and marble trays, while hats and bags are hung on various hooks (or atop the hamper!) making them easily accessible as you’re getting ready. There are a lot of ingenious contraptions out there for jewelry storage—we are big fans of tall jewelry stands like these and necklace trees like this.

dresser, The Land of Nod
white rock lamp, The Land of Nod
acrylic tray, Container Store
Home Sweet Home banner, The Land of Nod
Panama hat, Target
elephant wall hook, The Land of Nod
acrylic bracelet holder, Container Store
marble sunglasses tray, West Elm
cloth books, Penguin Classics by Coralie Bickford-Smith
woven hamper, The Land of Nod
grey and white rug, The Land of Nod



To Enter: We are giving away $250 in Land of Nod accessories to one lucky winner! Visit The Land of Nod and leave a comment letting us know what you’d get with your credit! Make sure you comment with your email.

Deadline: Enter by Wednesday, August 19. Winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter, Thursday, August 20!

This story is sponsored by The Land of Nod but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

  • amanda

    I would get the gold bow dresser knobs to update an old piece!

  • Mai

    I would get the modern gold clip lamp!

  • lboodry

    I absolutely love that dresser! I have been looking for a campaign style dresser. Would love to get it with the credit!

  • Camille Trainor

    The honeycomb wall shelf and you look mahvaelous headboard mirror – my walls are blank and need some love. These are cute and multi-purpose ways of using that space!

  • Ooh I really like that wall shelf! [email protected]

  • Megan

    The chic Campaign Dresser in white is perfection, I love it! Everything on their site is dreamy though, wonderful design aesthetic. Fingers crossed!

  • Jazzy

    One of the campaign desks or the Periscope lamp!

  • Meghan B

    I would get the hi-fi toy box!

  • Stephanie Leigh Kelly

    Elephant wall hoook… and a tee-pee for my fur babies 🙂 Email: [email protected]… thanks!

  • Emily Ramstetter

    I’d love the rock lamp, or the stripes around the cube bins! [email protected]

  • Nina Elias

    We just bought our first home! I would get some honeycomb wall shelves for our home office and the gold bow knobs to refinish our nightstands.

  • Julie

    I would buy their Landscape art!

  • Julie

    I’m a huge fan of using creative little details in my room design. So, I would love to get a bunch of cute knobs, decorative pillows and wall art for my new apartment that I’m moving into this week! [email protected]

  • I want that campaign dresser! I need one too.

  • Julie

    Campaign dresser in white [email protected]

  • Sara

    I would get the adorable white campaign desk!

  • Jillian M

    I would get a cute table lamp in mint! [email protected]

  • I would get some bins and baskets to better streamline the organization in my home. I would also get that rock lamp because I’ve been eyeing it this year!

  • Anne-Marie Bullock

    The fuchsia campaign nightstand. So fun! I want it all! [email protected]

  • Sarah

    I’m moving into a new apartment in September and am on the hunt for a new night stand! I love the Monarch one 🙂

  • shaunna

    I would use gift card towards that campaign dresser! Love.it.

  • Laurie Baker

    You know I am a HUGE fan of Land of Nod pieces for all ages! So good Everygirl!

  • Lauren

    I would love to snag the wright wood bookcase!! [email protected]

  • Gilit

    The desert mural rug for our living room!

  • Amy

    I would get the elevate stackable storage unit, love that! I’ve had my eye on the between a rock and a lamp base for quite a while…….:)

  • Diana

    Great post as I am in the process of re-doing my dresser! I would definitely get the white rock lamp – perfect for our bedroom.

  • Amanda Worthington

    Any of the campaign furniture pieces are amazing! Hope to win 🙂

  • Katie

    The campaign dresser is gorgeous! Having a classic piece that can change with your style would be ideal! [email protected]

  • Heather Miller

    I would get some cute wall art and storage for my jewelry and other accessories! Love this post

  • Katherine Baird

    I would get the half-stripe rug in aqua and the antique chic basket weave throw pillow!

  • I’d get lots of storage! Love the half and half baskets, neatly knit baskets and lots of cute crib bedding for our baby due December 2nd!! [email protected]

  • Corinne Ketchum

    I would get the dresser since I don’t currently have one!

  • Kyla H

    I’d love to use the credit towards the Orbital Floor Lamp! It’s so simple and beautiful and would be a perfect remedy to the unflattering lighting in my rented apartment 🙂

  • Kyla H

    I’d love to use the credit towards the Orbital Floor Lamp! It’s so simple and beautiful and would be a perfect remedy to the unflattering lighting in my rented apartment 🙂

  • I’d go with the campaign nightstand for sure!! Great giveaway, as usual 🙂 My email is [email protected]

    26 and Not Counting

  • Janelle Lucero

    This would be amazing! I am not sure if this counts as an accessory BUT I would use the credit towards the beautiful Olin Bassinet. Our first baby is due at the end of the year! We live in a one bedroom in New York City and this would be the perfect accessory for our master bedroom and for baby boy’s corner of the bedroom! THANK YOU! [email protected]

  • Britta

    They have some of the prettiest baskets and decorative items! I saved up to get a solid white dresser from Land of Nod recently and LOVE it. This post has me inspired to dress it up a bit!

  • Anna

    I definitely need a new nightstand, so I would put it towards the Jenny Lind Nightstand for sure!

    [email protected]

  • Jacki

    I would get the white washed dresser. I have been trying to find a great dresser, like this one, and the rest of my furniture is white wood. It would fit into the collection perfectly.

  • Marianna Barringer

    The elephant hook is amazing! Along with the Home Sweet Home Banner! Love everything about Land of Nod! Redoing the kids room now as a camping theme and was so pleased when LoN came out with a camping line!!!! ([email protected])

  • disqus_H0k3mXKgg2

    I absolutely love and need the cutesy wall hooks. I think it’s so smart to use vertical space especially in small apartments. The marketplace hampers are adorable and functional. You can’t beat that. I need them in my life!

  • amber__love

    The headboard mirror and honeycomb shelves are to die for!!! I love them! They would make such a great addition to my home! [email protected] 🙂

  • Katie

    I would love the white dresser as an entry piece in my new home!!

  • Laine

    Honeycomb shelves and some of that adorable Mod Storage Collection!

  • I would love to get that elephant wall hook! ([email protected])

  • Alyson Odom

    I would get two of the graduated tall bookcases!

  • Rachel Jaggers

    I would buy the anderson dresser! LOVE

  • missmaddiecee

    I am dying over both looks! I would buy the mirror, the white floor lamp and the acrylic tray!

  • Kristin

    Love this set up! I would use the credit to get the Multi Dot tee pee for my twins who are the way!! I would also use the remaining credit towards the green campaign desk!

  • Kelly

    Oh my goodness – I would LOVE to use it towards a new dresser for my daughter’s bedroom. She’s so in need of one right now and LON has the best stuff!

  • Jenny Booth

    Amazing!! Everything just looks so amazing! I’m seriously going to be pulling from this for inspiration. Love all the personal touches too. My husband and I just bought our first home, after spending 15 years in the military were ready to settle down! It seems so unreal, but exciting!! We have three daughters and the Silver Stripes Woven Hamper would make a wonderful addition to their bathroom!! Thanks for the chance! Xo Email: [email protected]

  • Brooke Biddle

    My new dresser is being delivered this afternoon (can’t wait!) and I desperately need to turn it into a vanity! I recently move and my bathroom is lacking counter space to say the least. I love the You Look Mahvelous Headboard Mirror – perfect size – and the Honeycomb Wall Shelf for some cute additional storage. Also love the Between a Rock Lamp Base for some lighting!

    [email protected]

  • Carrie

    I’d get the stay snuggled blanket for myself and give the balance to my best friend who just had a baby. 🙂

  • Meredith

    I would put it towards a neon chalkboard table for my kids! Adorable!

  • I would love to get the woven throw pillows for my living room!
    [email protected]

  • Kaitlin

    I love all of it! But would especially love the home sweet home banner, the honey comb shelves, or the rugs!

  • Dresden Bacarra

    I love the crystal clear nightstand which would be such a focal point in my bedroom! such a great design

    [email protected]

  • Kendra

    I had no idea the Land of Nod carried pieces that can be used beyond children’s bedrooms. I love their rug collection and would probably invest in the Desert Mural rug for my bedroom if I won.

    Email: [email protected]

  • Caitlin Nunez

    I would get the campaign desk to use as a vanity

  • Anastasia Dextra

    I love the Anderson 3-Drawer Dresser in Whitewash. I think it would be the perfect piece to put in my very first apartment! 🙂 [email protected]

  • Meredith

    I’m obsessed with the Day Dreamer Framed Wall Art and the Floral Burst Wall Art. It would be perfect for my apartment wall gallery I’m working on!

  • Victoria Lombardi

    I would get the dresser and lamp featured in this story, of course. Great picks!

  • Katie R

    We are in desperate need of fresh, new storage solutions, so definitely wall shelves and baskets/bins – but also the ‘Adventure a Day’ wall banner for my little man, because it’s perfect for his room!

    [email protected]

  • Lorena

    LOVE the honeycomb shelves! Might also be tempted to get a dinosaur throw pillow, because why not? 🙂

    [email protected]

  • Ellie

    I would put the gift certificate toward the Cargo Dresser or a fun shower curtain and new towels!

  • Flor Valenzuela

    I would get the Honeycomb shelf! It would he be a great addition to my new apartment I have yet to finish decorating!

  • Alexandra Stoll

    I would absolutely love a graphics rug! So beautiful.

  • Amanda

    I would get the silver stripe charming baskets! Perfect for storing blankets! [email protected]

  • Talliwa123

    I would get the corkboard rail, two gumball lamps in grey and the bonjour throw pillow in mint.

  • Jeanie

    the green campaign dresser, absolutely.

  • Molly

    I would go to town on table lamps! Especially the between a rock and a lampstand that are featured! [email protected]

  • Leanne

    Monarch 6 drawer dresser!! Moving into a new master room to make room for baby #2 and that would be perfect. I would use the inspiration here to make my own makeup vanity on top.

  • Sunchicka

    Horizon bookcase. Thinknap(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Sara km

    I would get the center of the bedding. I loooove it! Oh man. And the dinosaur duvet cover!

  • Jess Anderson Karas

    I would love to get a couple of the between a rock and a lamp bases in gold; they’re so chic and versatile!

  • I would get the white rock lamps for my bedroom as I’m in the process of decorating and these would be perfect!

  • I love the playfulness of Land of Nod! I think I’d put the credit towards a queen-sized Jenny Lind bed, because I’m ready for an upgrade, and those make me smile.

  • Sarah Wood

    I would get the campaign dresser

  • Dawn

    I would love to get the Kneatly Knit storage! [email protected]

  • Jordan Troublefield

    I would love the Monarch 3 drawer dresser-the feet on this baby are awesome! I can see this piece being a great investment for years to come!

  • Emily Rabbitt

    I would get the rags to riches rug! Or a new dresser

  • Vena

    I would love to get the white rock lamp and floor lamp! [email protected]

  • Elyse G.

    I would get the campaign nightstand. *fingers crossed*

  • Freddy

    The Tote bags and the floor lamps are amazingly beautiful 🙂

  • lexi

    Love this! We just moved into our first home and I’ve been totally unsure how to style all of the countertops (those out of reach of my on-the-move one year old, of course!)
    xx Lexi @glitterinclexi | Glitter, Inc.

  • Melanie

    I would get the Home Sweet Home banner. I’ve been in a long distance relationship for a year now and I’m finally moving home and moving in with my boyfriend. I want to get the banner to remind me that I’m home.

  • Hilary

    I would get that hexagon shelf! I’ve been loving that shape and it would really complement the hexagon mirror I’m making!

  • Lara

    I have been coveting the Campaign Desk (in white) for quite some time and would use the credit towards the long-wished-for purchase! x L

  • Chelsea Leger

    I love love love the wall shelves! They are cute AND functional! Same with a lot of the bookshelves!

    [email protected]

  • Mercedes

    I love this post, my dresser right now is full of absolute clutter. It’s basically where I throw everything when I don’t want it on the floor. I am now inspired to make it as beautiful as these! Thanks for the post!! Check me out @ confessionsofthelostandfound.wordpress.com

  • Katie

    I would get this dresser. It is perfect!!

  • I would actually love to get two sets of the honeycomb shelf for above our his and her dressers in our master bedroom!

  • candace

    Would really like the honey comb wall shelf or the black mod botanical throw pillows to start redecorating with neutrals..
    [email protected]

  • rubymknight

    Love your dresser redo ideas! I would get the honeycomb shelves and white rock lamp. I’ve been eyeing that.

  • Jackie

    Would love one of the faux leather seats (poufs), the white lamp and the honeycomb wall shelf!

  • Rachel

    Herringbone baskets!

  • Definitely a dresser. I just moved in to an apartment in the city from living at home and have so many exciting ideas!

  • Emily

    I love the “beween a rock and a lamp base”

  • Amie Melnychuk

    I would get some furniture! Probably a pouf for the nursery, or a chair for my living room.

  • Jenny

    The Between a Rock and a Lamp Base lamp!

  • I’ve been hunting for a new table lamp and I love the whimsical printed one with a nature theme. So cute! xx

  • Erika

    I would totally get the Shape Shifter Wall Shelving, to make my dining room display look more interesting with wine glasses and assorted nicer dinnerware!

  • Caroline

    I would get the Wander Wonder World Banner. I think traveling is so important and this would be a great reminder of that.

  • Erica

    I love the headboard mirror!

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  • Heather Erdmann

    I would buy some bins for cute storage solutions! [email protected]

  • Laura

    I would get the Periscope Floor Lamp!

  • Kelly

    The sunrise rattan mirror is gorgeous!

  • 204park

    I am loving these setups! The first is more glam which I am all about but I like the simplicity of the second! What a fabulous post, and I’d love to put a credit towards an area rug 🙂

  • Grace

    The Illuminated World Lamp is definitely my dream lamp by my bed. It is gorgeous. [email protected]

  • Diana

    I love this dresser for my room. I would also get some bins for my daughters room.

  • I love Land of Nod already, and now I extra love it seeing how sophisticated you’ve made some of the products look for an adult space too. I’ve been eyeing lots of their display shelves, and I’d also have to throw in one of those adorable animal backpacks for my toddler…

  • Elizabeth Henderson Jensen

    I am just updating my daughters room, and would probably pick all the same pieces you did in the second feature, I love it!

  • carrie

    I love those Honeycomb shelves!

  • Kelsey

    I have been looking for a white table lamp that I loved forever and the White Rock Lamp would be perfect. I just moved into my own place and would love to update some of my home decorations. Fingers crossed! [email protected]

  • Libby Creagh

    That elephant wall hook for sure!!

  • Jennifer

    I love the accessories styling. Thank you for some much needed inspiration for the dresser!
    If I won the Land of Nod prize I would buy the fantastic geological bedspread, and volcano pillow. (“To the Center of the Bedding” if anyone wants to check it out!)

  • Juliana P

    I would get the honey comb wall shelf! [email protected]

  • Jasmine Graper

    I’d go for the cubic bookcase in white! I just moved into a new apartment a week ago and I’d love to use it for stylish storage. Loving the inspiration above for making the most of the surface space!

  • Michelle Shalinsky

    I would love to style those adorable honeycomb shelves!

  • Kristy Center

    ooo I would def put the money towards the wrightwood bookcase!

  • Mackenzie Lynch

    love the pineapple print!

  • Bebee

    As I am returning to school in 3 weeks, I will get a couple desk accessories to keep my and the straight and narrow cork rail

  • sophie

    I would love to get the Hemisphere floor lamp and a cute bedding! 🙂

  • I’d put the credit towards the kelly green campaign dresser!! Beautiful!! [email protected]

  • Tiffany saucer

    I’d love the Aqua snug as a bug velvet quilt and matching shams.
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  • Clara DV

    I’d get the Mod Storage Collection and the White Rock Lamp featured in this article! I think those items would work wonders in my room 🙂

  • Màggiè Kémp

    I’m in love with that headboard mirror! And that blue patina rug!

  • I would love the Domino Desk Chair and lots of Desk Accessories!

    Jenna | Beauty And The Style

  • cindy g

    I would without a doubt get the Campaign dresser. It is perfect!

  • I would get the Periscope Floor lamp. I just moved into a new apartment and am tired of my old Target lamp from college. I hope I win!

    [email protected]

  • I would ABSOLUTELY purchase the campaign dresser. That would look perfect in my gold/pink room. I have an open wall where I need storage and would love to add an accessories station on top of it. Thanks for sharing the sources! Love seeing where these products come from.

  • Grace

    I’d get the pulley floor lamp!

  • Amanda

    The shaggy pouf!

  • Alicia Theisen

    I would love to get the elephant wall hook and the “home sweet home” banner! Both would look great by my dresser!

  • That white rock lamp is amazing! Love it!

  • Tommie Ethington

    I’ve been drooling over this new gold domino desk chair. Picture it with an ikea sheepskin run and voila! Glamorous home office or vanity! 🙂

    Email: [email protected]


  • megmehp

    The thing about displaying everything is that there’s a chance of losing them to theft, which has often happened with me. 🙁 I guess I am not hanging out with the right people.

  • Jasmine

    With the credit, I would love to buy items for my newborn sons nursery. The land of nod has the most beautiful things for babies. Email. [email protected]

  • meghan

    Dresser and rocket lamp!

  • Samantha

    Absolutely stunning! I’m off to go find some dresser pimping accessories! 🙂 Thank you! http://www.dreamersdomainblog.wordpress.com

  • Lydia

    I would get the dresser from the second post! I love it!

  • That shelf and lamp would totally brighten up my dorm a lot!