From Kicks to Keepsakes

Do you own anything that you love beyond words but just can’t find a use for? I have many such items, and I’m constantly looking for something – anything – to do with them.

One prime example is my beautiful Jimmy Choo wedding shoes.

Raw Photo Design - Jimmy Choo Gold Clue - Wedding
Photo by Raw Photo Design

I love the crap out of them, but I really don’t go anywhere dressy enough to justify their usage. I’m well aware that they’d probably still look amazing with a pair of jeans and T-shirt, but to be honest, slingback pumps just generally aren’t my style, and … shhhh … they’re not very comfortable. Still – we all know how I feel about gold glitter. A pair of shoes this beautiful – and expensive – just doesn’t belong in a box in the back of my closet.

Another example? A giant monogrammed glass dome from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn - Large Glass Dome
Photo from Pottery Barn

When I registered for this massive thing, I had visions of using it to cover an artfully-arranged platter of baked goods, or a half-eaten birthday cake, or … I don’t know, something else Pottery Barn-esque. And I have done that, like, once. But it has spent most of its lifetime sitting on the bottom shelf of our console table. What a waste!

So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw a post on Arianna Belle’s blog about displaying a special pair of shoes under a glass dome.

Images via Arianna Belle Organized Interiors / From Lucky and Lonny

It was the perfect solution for me! I didn’t waste any time in rearranging the cabinet in my office (the one room in our house where gold glitter decor is acceptable) to accommodate my new display.

Jimmy Choo Gold Clue Shoe - Glass Bell Jar Dome

I’m in love. I don’t have a pretty pedestal like the ones in the inspiration photos, but a gold disc from T.J. Maxx worked out all right.

Jimmy Choo Gold Clue Shoe - Glass Bell Jar Dome

I think the “F” gives it a certain wedding-y touch, since it was one of the first monogrammed items we received.

And hey – they match my glitter art!

Jimmy Choo Gold Clue Shoe - Glass Dome Bell Jar

Would you ever put a pair of shoes on display in your home?

  • Love this! I might have to do this with my green Kate Spades from my wedding 🙂

    • YES!! Post pictures!

  • That is gorgeous! If I had a pair of shoes that I didn’t wear much/was that fancy, I would totally do this!

    • What about your beautiful pink wedding shoes?!

  • I LOVE this. So much.

    • Oooh, I bet you have some amazing shoes in your collection that you could display, too!

  • Lisa

    Heck yes! I saw this on Pinterest and I’m not in search of a bell jar. I love my wedding shoes and I know I won’t likely every wear them again. Your display looks gorgeous!

    • The Pottery Barn one isn’t TOO crazy-expensive! (For Pottery Barn, anyway.)

  • Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! It looks awesome in your office! Love that they are your wedding shoes too, I would smile every time I saw them!

    • Thank you! I totally do!

  • Morgan

    I adore this! Not only is it the perfect way to turn your wedding shoes into decor, but they go so well with your glitter art. Well done!

  • Oh my gosh! I love the idea of displaying the heels, I don’t know if I would cover them but some sort of pedestal might work. I just stumbled across your blog while Googling “gold glitter wedges” lol. Your glitter art is fabulous, I might need to steal that idea… I’m officially in love with you blog now!

    • Awww, thank you! I’m always so happy when people find my blog by searching for “glitter” — that’s really what we’re all about here. 🙂

  • OMG I love this!!! I have a shoe love page page and am re-posting this!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the shoe display. Finally someone who thinks like me…I’ve always said I see my shoe and purses like a doll collection…just so pretty to look at not just necessarily always to use<3 I need one of those bedroom size closets lol How fab would that be! Thanks for sharing and inspiring 🙂

  • Holy shit. I MUST DO THIS!

  • Such a fun, pretty idea! I’ve never owned anything worth displaying in a cake glass, but if I did… I would. 🙂