LACDx Curated Closet Gifts

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It’s official…I’m in the holiday spirit! Who else is ready to enjoy the plentiful parties, presents and good cheer? As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, I’ve got gift giving on my mind. There are so many fun gift guides out there, but sifting through them can take longer than checking off the nice and naughty lists. So, this year I thought I’d share some ideas straight out of “Closet Design Bible” (which, by the way, makes a stellar stocking stuffer!). The coffee table book is chock full of gift ideas -- from everyday essentials to pretty, decorative pieces -- for your family and friends that won’t break the bank.  I’ve curated a few of my favorite pieces from CB2, WestElm, and the like to implement my ‘Tips’, and divided them into four categories — Not so Basic Black, Brass and White Marble for the Masses, Coming Up Rose (Gold) and Shades of Silver and Gray. There’s sure to be a selection to complement any look! Happy gifting!

Not-so-Basic Black

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We all have that person in our life who believes black is superior to every other color. Fortunately, you don’t have to default to a basic black present. How about this marble tray that can serve as a display for flowers and candles or even a holder for jewelry? The tray is also a chic catchall for your man’s keys and coins. Check out chapter 17 -- “The Man Cave Closet” -- for more guy gift inspiration.  A couple easy closet upgrades that are often overlooked are switching out dresser handles and enhancing a blank wall. These marble handles can easily elevate dresser drawers while this notched marble wall hook can be used to stage outfits on an empty wall. Need an unexpected stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse pillows are perfect for your handbag-hoarding friends.

Brass and White Marble for the Masses

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Marble and brass used to be the ultimate luxury materials. Today, they are more accessible, meaning there’s plenty to pick from beyond countertops and bathroom fixtures (those aren’t exactly presents that can be wrapped and tied with a perfect bow anyway). A trash can is certainly not a conventional gift, but this glam brass wastecan gives trash a truly luxe look. This clever clothing rack made from industrial pipes is a stylish space-saver and great for showing off special wardrobe pieces. We all know the gal with a lot of fashion goodies, and these glass and brass linen-lined shadow boxes hold keepsakes and accessories while adding style to shelves, dressers and vanities. We created similar built-in glass displays in Khloe Kardashian’s workout closet for her athletic accessories (flip to chapter 16 -- The West Coast Workout Closet” -- for a closer look).

Coming Up Rose (Gold)

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As rose gold continues to reign supreme among home decor hues, the holiday season is an ideal time to gift your rose gold-loving girlfriends with something special.  As someone who knows all too well the importance of good lighting, I think one of the best gifts you can give is this sensor mirror, which combines state-of-the-art tech and a functional design to provide optimal lighting for primping.  Know someone who could use some hanger help to better streamline her closet? These elegant copper hangers add an element of design while also organizing the space. Peep chapter nine -- “The Tailored Dressing Room -- for more on keeping hangers consistent.  I’m also a fan of these antique-inspired wall-mounted shadow boxes that can be used for displaying jewelry or mementos. Meanwhile, these wing bookends are ideal for the bookworm in your life. Don’t they just scream “take a shelfy!?”

Shades of Silver and Gray

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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with gray and anything that falls into the mirrored and acrylic categories. If you’re searching for a gift for a fellow gray fanatic, look no further. For starters, this velvet tufted pouf can work as a seating area in a closet or another room in the home. Know someone who has frequent out of town guests? This acrylic luggage rack with leather straps is as fashionable as it is functional! I also adore these acrylic wall shelves that can be suspended in a closet or elsewhere and used for everything from holding beauty products to displaying art to showcasing succulents. Need a unique, yet practical stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse hook works on the closet wall or underneath a shelf to keep handbags from hitting the floor. Chapter six -- “The French Manor Closet” -- shows how to hang multiple purses in the same space. They work for scarves, too!  

LET THERE BE LIGHTING!

We’re heading straight into winter, and that sadly means darker days. So, here’s a bright idea: invest in some good closet lighting so you can really see your most prized possessions! While natural light is always ideal, when there’s less daylight, it’s necessary to supplement with alternatives. And, your closet is one area you definitely shouldn't settle for bad fluorescent lighting. So, here are a few options for illuminating your closet:


Recessed -- Recessed lights are nice options for the closet as they create ambient light, dispersing it throughout the space or directing it to highlight a specific item or section. The downside is that overhead lighting may not effectively illuminate every corner of the closet. So, it’s nice to integrate other lighting, like hanging rods, to maximize radiance.  Be sure to select a color temperature bulb between 3000K and 3500K to emit a crisp, white light.

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Chandeliers and Pendants -- When it comes to dressing room lighting, function doesn’t require sacrificing fashion. Not only does a statement fixture like a chic chandelier or polished pendant over an island or ottoman emanate lots of light, it creates a glamorous focal point. The “Hallie” crystal chandelier (Lamps Plus) is the perfect example of a classic crystal chandelier that can elevate any closet, modern or traditional!


Sconces -- While many closets don’t typically have a ton of blank wall space, one way to take advantage of that area if yours does is to add a sconce. It provides additional lighting and adds a captivating design element. Sconces are also one of the more economical ways to enhance your space’s luminosity.

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Concealed  -- One of the more clever ways to add light sources to your dressing room is through placing them in targeted locations that can amply spotlight a specific area. I love the idea of adding LED lighted hanging rods, uplighting, in-cabinets/drawers and mirrors with a backlit frame. These options tend to be practical, energy-efficient, low-maintenance, inexpensive and effective, yet subtle.

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Q+A: GIULIANA RANCIC

Recently, I got to catch up with one of my all-time favorite clients, and talk all things fashion and beauty at the launch of her new skincare line, Fountain of Truth! Giuliana Rancic represents the modern on-the-go woman, and is the perfect voice to take over the beauty industry with her new, all natural line of skincare products. Not only is her new line going to improve your skin, the packaging itself makes for perfect shelf candy when displayed in your bathroom! I decided to find out more about Giuliana’s mission with Fountain of Truth, and how it fits into her routine.


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How does skincare fit into your daily routine / How do your products streamline this process?

Having a clean skincare routine has always been very important to me, it’s one of the reasons I founded Fountain of Truth. I had a hard time finding what I considered to be a non-toxic skincare line that also treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and other skin issues. Therefore, I committed myself to creating my own clean products and sharing them with people of all ages. I think it is necessary for consumers to know exactly what is inside the products they are using. That is why my eco-luxe beauty line is Clean. Beautiful. Truthful.

What role did packaging play in the new line of products?

I feel like the packaging can tell a lot about a brand and I wanted my skincare line to look simple, natural and elegant as well as being able to be a beautiful display piece on a vanity. The rose gold hardware really pops against the white bottle and the simple black writing brings it all together. This is one skincare line that really dresses up a bathroom counter. Everyone is loving the packaging!

How do you store/organize your skincare/cosmetic products currently?

I have all six of the Fountain of Truth products on a pretty personalized marble tray displayed on my bathroom counter. I love how nicely the rose gold pops against the white marble. It’s so chic! The rest of my beauty products are neatly organized in bins and placed in drawers that are handy to access while I’m getting ready for the day.

In your next closet, how do you see your vanity / skincare station being incorporated?

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I would do something similar to what I have now, since I love my current set up and find it really easy to apply my skincare and makeup. I would for sure continue with bins, trays, and other tools to keep everything very organized. I find getting rid of clutter in your bathroom and closet and having things organized and neat starts the day off on the right foot.

How does the Fountain of Truth line reflect your own personal routine? Your own style?

The Fountain of Truth collection reflects what I use most in my day to day life. There is an elixir, moisturizer, hand cream, night cream, honey glow mask and a cleansing balm which I believe are the core necessities for a simple yet effective skincare routine. I have been using the Fountain of Truth skincare line for the past year and it has completely transformed my skin in the best way possible. I have less lines from using it and my skin has never been so hydrated and dewy. Every morning, I wash my face with the Take it Off Cleansing Balm and follow that with The Truth Elixir and the Good Day Soufflé. At night, I use the cleansing balm to wash off my makeup and then I love to indulge in the Honey Glow Mask a few days a week followed by The Truth Elixir and lastly I never forget to slather on a thick layer of the Dream Cream Overnight Repair Mask. It is so incredibly hydrating and I wake up with dewy, glowing skin. It’s amazing! I also always have my Youth In Hand cream in my bag and we purposely made it 3 ounces so you can travel with it and not worry about having it in your bag when you go through security at the airport. Love everything about that!


AND we got to talk closets! Giuliana describes the need for a more functional, effective, and beautiful set of skincare products - all the same considerations she’s taking into account thinking about the design of her next closet! If you haven’t seen the last space I designed with her, see the full tour.

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MONSTER MANIA


Halloween is such a fun time of year -- the candy, the costumes, the celebrations. But, this year, I’m embracing the creepy, crawly season with some non-frightful high-fashion! Menacing monsters, blood-curdling bugs, spine-chilling serpents and scary skulls are all part of this season’s spooktacular style. So, here’s some inspiration to get you into the Halloween spirit...no tricks and no costumes required!

Fendi’s monsters have been woven into the house’s collections for seasons. Though they’re more sweet than sinister, they can certainly raise a few hairs. Seen on bags (often, discreetly), tees, shoes and, perhaps most notably, as bag charms and keyrings, Fendi monsters aren’t just critters that hide under our bed.

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Bugs and serpents are another Halloween horror that have crawled into more everyday fashion. Alexander McQueen brings beetles to life with printed dresses and chunky jewelry, while Gucci’s snake print has slithered onto everything from bomber jackets to totes to sneakers.

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A combination of chilling critters and ultimate chicness, jewelry designer Daniela Villegas's hand crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces draw from nature. Available at Just One Eye, the pieces feature everything from a quail skeleton made of 18-karat rose gold atop a tourmaline gemstone and accented with white diamonds to an 18-karat rose gold beetle medallion necklace embellished with champagne diamonds and multicolor sapphires to an 18-karat spider rose gold necklace adorned with opals which represents luck, abundance and creativity.  

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Spiders and spider web-inspired threads and accessories are slowly creeping into wardrobes. From Alaïa’s cutout booties to Vetements playful Spiderman-print glove-sleeve jersey dress, even to fine jewelry, this trend is a web you might want to get caught in!

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They may be morbid, but skulls in fashion are as timeless as they are terrifying. A signature of Alexander McQueen, the brand has made haunting hollow heads totally chic. Scarves, leather goods and apparel can’t escape the house’s trademark symbol.  360Cashmere also doesn’t shy away from skulls, adorning their cozy, cashmere sweaters with them. And, iconic housewares brand, Fornasetti, reproduces opera sensation, Lina Cavalieri’s face on everyday objects like candles and plates, giving elegant decor surreal style.

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These monsters make a modern appearance in the home, and especially the closet! When fashion and funky interiors intersect, you’ll see the same skull patterns and moody materials applied to the interior finishes. What better place to get inspired and assemble the perfect fashion-forward look for that Halloween party (or any day for that matter)?!

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INSERT PHOTOS

DRESS UP YOUR DRAWERS!

We all know the saying “a place for everything, everything in its place”, but what if there isn’t a place for everything?! You open up a deep drawer and spend precious time digging around looking for a matching sock or untangling a knot of necklaces! One of my favorite features in our custom closets are the custom drawer inserts we do for our clients’ various accessories. These are a solution I like to recommend for a wide array of storage needs, and can work in any space! You don’t have to do a total overhaul to make your morning routine a little more enjoyable. Custom inserts can make the most of any closet, cabinet, or piece of furniture! AND with the wide selection of materials available, the inserts can look like they were always there, or you can opt for a bright color that will pop and make you smile every time you open a drawer.

If you see something you can’t live without, or have a custom inquiry, send us an email! info@laclosetdesign.com

HANDBAGS

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 What better way to compliment a stunning handbag collection, than with a clutch drwaer?! Don’t let these puppies loose in a drawer to get wrinkled and scratched. Give them the love they deserve with a soft-sided insert that will keep them perfectly preserved and displayed!

What better way to compliment a stunning handbag collection, than with a clutch drwaer?! Don’t let these puppies loose in a drawer to get wrinkled and scratched. Give them the love they deserve with a soft-sided insert that will keep them perfectly preserved and displayed!

CLOTHING / LINENS

 socks, underwear, and lingerie are trouble areas in every closet… until you partition your drawers! don’t struggle to find a matching pair ever again! plus, opening a drawer like this first thing in the morning is sure to put you in the right mood to start your day.

socks, underwear, and lingerie are trouble areas in every closet… until you partition your drawers! don’t struggle to find a matching pair ever again! plus, opening a drawer like this first thing in the morning is sure to put you in the right mood to start your day.

 the smaller the item, the smaller the space! Custom inserts can be configured to accommodate anything. so no matter the need, everything is sure to fit.

the smaller the item, the smaller the space! Custom inserts can be configured to accommodate anything. so no matter the need, everything is sure to fit.

 organize your linens by creating a space for each - separate towels and blankets from sheet sets and pillowcases so you always know where to go.

organize your linens by creating a space for each - separate towels and blankets from sheet sets and pillowcases so you always know where to go.

JEWELRY

 give yourself the experience of browsing a luxury jewelry store every time you open your drawer. your glittering gems will always pop against a classic black velvet.

give yourself the experience of browsing a luxury jewelry store every time you open your drawer. your glittering gems will always pop against a classic black velvet.

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 if you’re not one to shy away from color, opt for a classic hue that will make you happy every day. it’s a simple way to incorporate color without being distracting, as only you will know it’s there when the drawers are closed!

if you’re not one to shy away from color, opt for a classic hue that will make you happy every day. it’s a simple way to incorporate color without being distracting, as only you will know it’s there when the drawers are closed!

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SUNGLASSES

 keep your sunnies from getting scratched! there’s literally nothing worse…

keep your sunnies from getting scratched! there’s literally nothing worse…

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 what a treat, to see your selection without having to fumble through cases that all look the same!

what a treat, to see your selection without having to fumble through cases that all look the same!

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MAKE-UP

 separate the function by partition, (or drawers, if your collection is large enough)! Here, we separated each drawer by lips, face, and eyes. Then, broke down the organization within each drawer by brand and product type.

separate the function by partition, (or drawers, if your collection is large enough)! Here, we separated each drawer by lips, face, and eyes. Then, broke down the organization within each drawer by brand and product type.

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GADGETS

 keep your devices tucked away and fully charged at all times, by installing an insert with an electrical outlet! This is a necessity for any busy professional, and helps you to disconnect when all your devices are in a drawer for the night.

keep your devices tucked away and fully charged at all times, by installing an insert with an electrical outlet! This is a necessity for any busy professional, and helps you to disconnect when all your devices are in a drawer for the night.

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ACCESSORIES

 belt cubbies keep your buckles looking new, and everything untangled!

belt cubbies keep your buckles looking new, and everything untangled!

 keep a drawer of daily essentials in a closet or piece of furniture near your front door! here, you can keep extra pens, sunnies, paper, and more for easy access at a momen't’s notice on your way out the door.

keep a drawer of daily essentials in a closet or piece of furniture near your front door! here, you can keep extra pens, sunnies, paper, and more for easy access at a momen't’s notice on your way out the door.

 curate a display of some of your favorite go-to accessories together in one drawer! here, the client put his favorite pieces in the top drawer, so they were always accessible.

curate a display of some of your favorite go-to accessories together in one drawer! here, the client put his favorite pieces in the top drawer, so they were always accessible.

 outfit the drawers of your baby’s changing table so you never again have to shuffle through the mess while your baby is waiting!

outfit the drawers of your baby’s changing table so you never again have to shuffle through the mess while your baby is waiting!

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WEST SIDE COLOR STORY

As designers, inspiration can come in many forms! I often hear people say Fall is their favorite season, and we go out of our way here in SoCal to get a glimpse of the Fall colors before winter strikes. In the spirit of the changing seasons, I decided to break out a few fall colors of my own. Last week, while launching Closet Design Bible in New York, I had a chance to hit some of my favorite haunts, as well as check out a few new spots. The city is full of life and character, and what better way to pay homage to everyone’s favorite season than to draw inspiration from the vivid colors all around. And for anyone who thinks the city is nothing but gray, think again! See the full color story below:

 
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Whether it’s a deep stain in a dream dressing room or a velvety soft shade on your new coat for the season, this rich red tone is just right.

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This is one color that has no season! It goes by many names — sky blue in summer, ice blue in winter, but I’ll take more than just a Bit of Blue any time of year!


 
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For anyone who thought pink had no place in the fall palette, stop and smell the Café Créme! Somewhere next to nude on the color spectrum, this shade brings Cali cool to the East Coast.

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Possibly the perfect go-to grey, this humble hue can go uptown modern or downright rustic depending on the application.

 

Don’t let the end of Summer make you blue! But if it does, make sure it’s Deep Teal. This saturated shade just goes to show how cool colors can take a rightful year-round spot in the wardrobe.

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This isn’t your grandmother’s mauve lipstick! The moody purple Pantone color combines the neutral appeal of grey with a lovely pale lavender that can’t go wrong.

 

No Fall palette would be complete without an earthy orange. Autumn Maple makes us remember why we fell in love with Fall in the first place!

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Believe it or not, grey has temperatures, too. I’m rounding our the group with a cool grey complement that embodies timeless elegance. Take it home or wear it well, Lead Crystal is a gem of a color.


NYC: A DESIGNERS' GUIDE

This week I’m in the Big Apple for my NYC launch of CLOSET DESIGN BIBLE, and I’m soaking up all the energy and inspiration that inevitably comes with a visit here. I don’t have time to make it to my favorites or to check out all the hot new haunts, but in the spirit of being here, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite design-driven hotels, restaurants, boutiques and cultural attractions across the city’s top neighborhoods.


Lower East Side

Hotel: The Ludlow Hotel  -- Adorned with factory-style casement windows, red-brick facade  and a lofty industrial vibe, this gritty-meets-chic boutique hotel feels quintessentially NYC.

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Restaurant: Russ & Daughters --  For a classic NYC-style bagel and lox breakfast, this fourth generation, family-owned eatery and shop delivers the ultimate East Coast deli experience with classic counters and wood serving platters.

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Boutique: Moscot -- This 100+ year old eyewear boutique is the go-to spectacle shop for those in-the-know. Blending traditional with a hipster edge, getting glasses and shades here is a true NYC experience only enhanced by the cool, vintage displays.

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Cultural attraction: Tenement Museum -- A National Historic Site, the Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011. Tours spotlight apartments that recreate immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries, which give you a new appreciation of small spaces, even by today’s standards!

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Midtown

Hotel:  The Whitby -- From the famed Kit Kemp, The Whitby is impeccably designed, fusing contemporary design with traditional elements. And, the location can’t be beat with Central Park, museums and world-class shopping steps away.  

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Restaurant: The Polo Bar -- Even after being open a few years, this is still a hot ticket in town. The food is excellent and the Ralph Lauren decor, inclusive of plaid pillows, equestrian artifacts and mahogany walls, is even better.

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Store: Bergdorf Goodman -- Chloe, Gucci, Prada...oh my! It doesn’t get better than this iconic multi-level store that was established in 1899 and maintains many of its original details.  The stunningly-designed retail institution features everything from gowns to sportswear to home decor. And, the shoe department alone is a sight to be seen!

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Cultural attraction: The Museum of Modern Art is a midtown-must! In addition to featuring incredible art, the MoMa store is the best place to scoop up cool finds and unique gifts.

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SoHo

Hotel: 11 Howard -- This cutting-edge Scandinavian designed hotel has my heart. From the clean lines to the bathroom’s marble countertops and brass hardware to the cozy, perfectly-pink throw blanket, this place is a design-dream! PSA: You can purchase the blanket which makes a great throw!

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Restaurant: Le Coucou -- It’s no coincidence one of my favorite downtown restaurants is located in 11 Howard. Though grand and glamorous, this lavish, candle-lit French eatery feels totally intimate.  

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Boutique: The Apartment by The Line -- SoHo is dotted with incredible shopping, but one of my must-visits is this unique concept store that you enter through an unsumming door. Head upstairs and find an impeccably designed apartment with every item for sale. Modern rugs, lighting, candles and clothes are styled to a T.

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Cultural attraction: Jeffery Deitch Gallery -- The founder of Deitch Projects, Jeffery is a staple in the art community. I adore his curation of provocative pop-culture pieces that always make a powerful statement and his gallery is always a fun experience.

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West Village

Hotel: The Jane -- Originally built as a hotel for sailors with cabin-like rooms, this bohemian boutique hotel transports you back in time, while offering a refreshingly timeless experience.

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Restaurant: Waverly Inn -- This exclusive townhouse-style eatery owned by media mogul Graydon Carter, is the perfect place to enjoy a cozy meal. The low-lighting and lots of little tchotchkes are all part of the homey ambiance.

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Boutique: Aedes Perfumery -- This niche shop stocks the best fragrances in the world. Not only does it smell amazing, the moody, almost gothic space brings together the best small and unknown perfumers from around the globe.

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Cultural attraction: The Whitney Museum -- Not far from the Village, the Whitney has become one of the world's leading museums of 20th-century and contemporary art, exhibiting promising and influential artists. The building itself is rather sterile, but the views from the top are some of the best in the city!

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Williamsberg

Hotel: Williamsburg Hotel -- Nostalgia meets modern at this hip Brooklyn hotel. A mix of design details like architectural fixtures, artwork from locals and custom toile-inspired Flavor Paper wallpaper designed by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys, makes for a memorable stay. And, not to mention, the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling 10-foot window views of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Restaurant: Lilia -- A visit to NYC wouldn’t be complete without an indulgent Italian feast and this is just the place to do it. The modern, monochromatic space shows a bit of restraint, while still feeling comfortable and intimate. Reservations are tough to get, so pan ahead!

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Boutique: Bird -- This longrunning shopping staple first opened in 1999, pioneering stylish storefronts in Brooklyn. The store makes you feel like you’re enveloped in nature with wood-paneled walls and plenty of plants. In addition to being the first LEED-certified retail store in NYC, this is the place to find of-the-moment-fashion from designers like Isabel Marant and Rachel Comey.    

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Cultural attraction: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens -- Just a short cab, Uber or bike ride away, this beloved Brooklyn attraction is the best place to wander and enjoy the expansive outdoors. With acres of beautiful and unique plants and flowers, the gardens are a reminder that nature is near, even in this urban concrete jungle.

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WILD WILD WEST

They say everything’s bigger in Texas and now spending a few days in the Lone Star State, I can see why. Hair, houses, personalities, and of course, closets are all supersized in this statement-making southern state. I’m in the middle of my launch events for CLOSET DESIGN BIBLE, and we’re making stops in Dallas and Houston this week! I’ve also done a few Texas closet projects and it’s always exhilarating to have an opportunity to design in such grand spaces. Let’s just say gold walls and mirrored islands are just the beginning — in honor of my visit, I thought I’d share some of my favorite over-the-top Texas spaces!

It’s always nice when a client wants to take risks, and do something original! This gold glam closet we designed for one of our TX clients does not disappoint, and just goes to show that they really do it bigger in Texas!

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Another favorite from the Lonestar State, this fabulous 2-story Chanel-inspired closet takes glam to another level (literally)! With a black lacquer finish, checkered marble floor, and monogrammed inlay, this closet really brings the idea of “shopping in your closet” to life!

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To see more of the iconic Champ d’Or Estate in Hickory Creek, TX, visit Elle Decor!



My timing here in Texas couldn’t align better with one of the top fall trends hitting the streets: western wear.  Rodeo-ready threads like denim on denim, buckles, bolos, fringe, turquoise, rhinestones, cowhide and endless iterations of cowboy boots are making a strong statement this season.Isabel Marant, Dsquared, Alberta Ferretti, Veronica Beard, Ralph Lauren and Etro were just a few of the brands that showcased giddy-up garb in their Fall 2018 collections. Whether you’re inspired by the influence of Westworld or the need for the good ol’ all-American aesthetic, it’s time to saddle up in style.

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RHINESTONE COWBOY

DOLCE & GABBANA

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WILDERNESS HAT

DIOR CRUISE 2018

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ROCKSTUD DENIM SHIRT

VALENTINO

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STUDDED PANTS

ISABEL MARANT

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TEXAN LEOPARD

DOLCE & GABBANA

KEEP YOUR STYLE IN CHECK

Fall is in the air! With the first day of autumn just a few days ago and October around the corner, I’m daydreaming about how I’m going to wear my warmest wardrobe pieces. One of the season’s trends I’m most looking forward to incorporating is classic fall fabrics and prints like checks, plaids, houndstooth, tweed and herringbone. These classic prints have long been a staple of handsome home decor as well, and I’m excited that they’re circling back into the closet again! Traditional English interiors and equestrian wear have taught us these prints are conservative, even masculine. But as our homes have evolved, and modern trends have taken hold, checks and plaids have been reinterpreted to add a touch of masculine warmth to any room - and now fashion is following suit (pun intended).

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Fall 2018 runways were a mashup of men’s suiting meets grandma’s garments with designers like Balenciaga, Fendi, Michael Kors, Prada, Saint Laurent, and Versace all embracing the fall fad. Now, the trend has trickled down and we’re seeing it in every form: straight leg pants, relaxed blazers, pencil and pleated skirts, chunky knits, sleek outerwear and even shoes and bags.  

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What’s great about this print trend is that it’s timeless, effortless and you probably already own an item (or five) in your closet. So, whether channeling Cher Horowitz and wearing head to toe tartan, taking a page from the men’s playbook with a glen plaid double-breasted coat or iterating a more modern styling of oversized houndstooth, it’s all game.

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Checks and plaids work well in the home, too, and can make it truly feel like the fall season. Try mix and matching prints and textures with throw pillows or reinterpreting a space with a new bench or chair or updating your bedding for a re-imagined sleeping space. If you’re checking into this trend for the long haul, consider a plaid tile pattern, or a statement wallpaper to warm up a room! The possibilities are as limitless as the number of lines on a tartan suit.

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VERSACE ON THE FLOOR

I’ve been really into nostalgic prints and patterns lately. So in honor of the Emmy win for one of my favorite shows this season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, I want to take a look at one of the iconic designer’s trademark prints! I recently shared my adoration for all things Toile de Jouy,  and now I’m gushing over Greek key, or meander/meandros as it’s sometimes referred. The iconic symbol has been used throughout fashion and home design for decades; but, long before it appeared on dresses and dressers, the decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated geometric motif, was an emblem found on sculptures, tombs, carvings and buildings from early civilizations.

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In today’s style scene, Versace is the (Greek) keyholder of this timeless print, a trademark iconography for the Italian fashion house. The legacy brand’s Spring 2018 Tribute collection was stunning and immediately caught my attention. The collection honored Donatella’s late brother, Gianni, and pulled from the house’s archives, blending bold, colorful plaids and wild animal prints with classic Versace touches like gilded embellishment and, of course, the meander motif.

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It’s clear the classic symbol has transcended time, cultures, and geography. In fashion, particularly as it relates to Versace’s recent collection, Greek key is one of the most versatile prints out there, working well in every color, as an accent and alongside other patterns.

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In home design, Greek key is also an important aesthetic, adding subtle, yet impactful architectural interest. A rug can create dimension, a dresser may introduce a global sensibility and a lampshade might bring a much-needed pop of color.

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS

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OK, so I know we've all been inundated with the “Crazy Rich Asians” commentary, but I wanted to share a thoughtful analysis with you guys.  As an Asian-American, this film really resonated with me on so many levels (beyond swooning over Henry Golding and style crushing on Gemma Chan). Growing up, there were few, if any, movies where I thought, “wow, she’s beautiful, fabulous and successful, and she looks like me.”  It was a lot of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan action films and Margaret Cho comedies, all off which spoof Asian culture rather than celebrate, or at least accurately reflect it. Even today, we see shows like “Fresh Off the Boat” depicting Asian immigrants, which inaccurately illustrates the culture, and doesn’t holistically represent the values and realities of Asian-American communities.

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So, in “Crazy Rich Asians,” to witness Asians portrayed as part of the fabric of our society -- funny, beautiful, human -- was refreshing. Seeing my existence acknowledged and earnestly represented was really poignant for me. And, to see Asians drive the narrative and hold lead roles -- two elements that have not previously existed in American cinema -- was powerful and inspiring. While the film did spotlight wealthy Asians, I appreciated how the film crystalized a lot of misconceptions and thoughtfully represented the values that Asian families, particularly those with resources, instill, like being respectful and humble.

The film also serves to underscore the significant spending power of Asians and their impact on high-end design. In fact, a recent Nielsen report found that in “2017, the group's buying power hit $986 billion, about 6.8 percent of the U.S. total. That number is expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by 2022.” Those stats are just a sliver of their global spending power.  

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And, of course the fashion wasn’t bad (hello, Giambattista Valli, Dior, Prabal Gurung, Missoni and Marchesa!).  Asian influence has a long-history of propelling style and luxury, and their dollars often drive the designs we see coming from pervasive brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc. These dominant brands often draw on cultural influences and collaborate with world-renowned designers/architects to create experiential shopping experiences that attract Asian buyers. In this way, we have “crazy rich Asians” to thank for a lot of the colors, patterns, and shapes we see on the runway, and, subsequently in retail spaces, interior design, and eventually, the closet!

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Speaking of the closet, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible Asian clients, including a client who hails from Hong Kong, but moved to LA to attend UCLA (get it, girl!). Her stunning closet and collection of handbags leave little to be desired!

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See the full space here!

I sincerely hope this film continues to initiate an important dialogue and help break down barriers, combat stigmas and stereotypes, and encourage inclusion.

SECRET STORAGE WEAPONS

Closets (conveniently) hold clothes. That we know. But over the years, I’ve worked with clients to turn dressing rooms into so much more than a spot to stockpile garments. From storage to safes to stripper poles, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the fun things you can conceal in a closet.

Let’s start with some of the more obvious items:

  Hampers  -- We’ve come a long way from the days of plastic floor hampers. Today, hampers come in all shapes and sizes. And, with functional design, they can easily be concealed in a pull-out cabinet, retracting as if it's not even there. Don’t let dirty duds compromise your dressing room’s mojo!

Hampers -- We’ve come a long way from the days of plastic floor hampers. Today, hampers come in all shapes and sizes. And, with functional design, they can easily be concealed in a pull-out cabinet, retracting as if it's not even there. Don’t let dirty duds compromise your dressing room’s mojo!

  PULL-OUT CABINETS  -- IT MAY SEEM LIKE A SIMPLE SOLUTION, BUT A PULL-OUT CABINET CAN BE A CREATIVE WAY TO STORE ANY COLLECTION WITHOUT EATING UP VALUABLE REAL ESTATE IN THE CLOSET!

PULL-OUT CABINETS -- IT MAY SEEM LIKE A SIMPLE SOLUTION, BUT A PULL-OUT CABINET CAN BE A CREATIVE WAY TO STORE ANY COLLECTION WITHOUT EATING UP VALUABLE REAL ESTATE IN THE CLOSET!

  Safes  -- Safes in closets aren’t new; but they’ve really evolved in terms OF design and technology (hello, biometric entry). Now, you can store your pricey pieces in stylish, state-of-the-art safes that blend seamlessly into your dressing room. (Courtesy of brown safe)

Safes -- Safes in closets aren’t new; but they’ve really evolved in terms OF design and technology (hello, biometric entry). Now, you can store your pricey pieces in stylish, state-of-the-art safes that blend seamlessly into your dressing room. (Courtesy of brown safe)

  Ironing boards  -- Ironing boards are bulky (and, not the most attractive piece of equipment). But, if you have the space, a pull-out ironing board that tucks away is a great option to keep your closet looking  crisp . Besides, where better to iron your garments than in your closet?

Ironing boards -- Ironing boards are bulky (and, not the most attractive piece of equipment). But, if you have the space, a pull-out ironing board that tucks away is a great option to keep your closet looking crisp. Besides, where better to iron your garments than in your closet?


A few of the more innovative items:

  Jewelry cabinets  -- I love helping clients finds ways to store jewelry in their closet. Whether a pullout drawer with custom inserts or a standing cabinet with hooks, there are a multitude of creative ways to store and conceal bling beyond the typical box.

Jewelry cabinets -- I love helping clients finds ways to store jewelry in their closet. Whether a pullout drawer with custom inserts or a standing cabinet with hooks, there are a multitude of creative ways to store and conceal bling beyond the typical box.

  Washer/dryer  -- Washer/dryer hookups aren’t typically installed in a dressing room, but for those designing a home or closet from the ground up, this can be a great way to keep the space streamlined and the flow of the home  clean.

Washer/dryer -- Washer/dryer hookups aren’t typically installed in a dressing room, but for those designing a home or closet from the ground up, this can be a great way to keep the space streamlined and the flow of the home clean.


Lastly, some of the most inventive:

  Stripper pole  -- Yes, you read that correctly. For clients who want to make their closet a little more risqué -- whether a stripper pole or wet bar -- we’ve made it happen. Whatever your fancy (or fantasy!) nothing’s impossible.

Stripper pole -- Yes, you read that correctly. For clients who want to make their closet a little more risqué -- whether a stripper pole or wet bar -- we’ve made it happen. Whatever your fancy (or fantasy!) nothing’s impossible.

  Safe room / panic room  -- Whether dodging a tornado, robber or zombie (eeek!), some of today’s most advanced closets offer secret safe rooms. This  Pacific Palisades pad  has a safe room that can double as a seasonal closet. Obsessed!

Safe room / panic room -- Whether dodging a tornado, robber or zombie (eeek!), some of today’s most advanced closets offer secret safe rooms. This Pacific Palisades pad has a safe room that can double as a seasonal closet. Obsessed!

 

                                   

LAST-MINUTE LABOR DAY GETAWAYS

Long, sunny days and warm, clear nights may be coming to an end, but a last minute Labor Day weekend getaway sounds like the perfect way savor the last days of summer. Here are a few of my endless summer escape picks:

Blackberry Farm -- Tucked into the Tennessee countryside, this dreamy hideaway has always beguiled me. Between the intimate rustic-chic accommodations, the on-site bakery and the world-renowned spa, this place is heaven on Earth! 

Essential packing item: Carrie Forbes Marisa Raffia Tote -- whether heading out for a picnic on the 42,000-acre property or trotting from a fitness class to the spa to lunch,  this versatile tote is the ultimate upscale farm accessory.            

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Hotel Joaquin -- This Robert McKinley-designed hotel just opened and I can’t wait to visit. The aesthetic is elegant, while still capturing Laguna’s laid-back energy. Between the private beach, in-room Vinyl record players, Le Labo products and snacks curated by Farm to People, I’m guessing this is going to be a consistent go-to getaway (like, every weekend!).

Essential packing item: Spell and the Gypsy Collective Nightingale Reversible Maxi Kimono -- who doesn’t love a twofer when traveling?...this reversible kimono works as a bathing suit coverup by day and open jacket by night.

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La Serena Villas -- A relatively new addition to the Palm Springs boutique hotel scene, this modern Moroccan-inspired escape is super IG-worthy. Originally built in 1933, the charming property offers vintage desert vibes, while still providing all the modern comforts. 

Essential packing item: Dita Nightbird-One Sunglasses -- filter that strong Cali sunshine with sunnies that make a real style statement!

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Montage Los Cabos  -- The Montage brand never disappoints and neither does Cabo, so this must be a muy bien Mexico long-weekend escape. Every room has ocean views and an outdoor shower, the spa has a shaman who performs mezcal massages and the stones-throw beach is swimmable. What more could you ask for? 

Essential packing item: Loren Stewart Infinity 14-karat Gold Hoop Earrings -- these timeless hoops go from the beach to the bar to brunch, meaning you won’t need to worry about frequent jewelry changes!

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Post Ranch Inn -- One of California’s most iconic luxury hotels, this stunning coastal, cliffside sanctuary is set in the most seductive setting and seamlessly blends with the environment around it. Multiple pools, a spa, an award-winning restaurant and photographic views means truly unwinding, even if just for a few days.  

Essential packing item: Reformation’s Costa Bra & Nadja Hotpant -- part of the eco-friendly brand’s new lingerie offering, these pretty underpinnings are perfect for making the most of a romantic retreat.

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DRESS UP YOUR DECOR

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You know and love her for her fiercely feminine fashion designs, but Monique Lhuillier continues to evolve her brand, and for the second year has partnered with Pottery Barn for a chic home collection. As an LA Closet Design client (tour her closet!), I’ve gotten to know Monique's work over the years and she truly has impeccable style, so it’s no surprise her new collection, which includes bedding, bath, tabletop, gifts and decor is equally as glamorous.

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Though florals are often reserved for spring, I love how Monique worked them into this collection, along with rich jewel tones contrasted with crisp white, making pieces transitional and timeless.

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"My love of flowers and color is at the heart of all my collections. For Fall 2018, I was inspired by the rich purple and vibrant yellow blooms of the tiger orchid and how this sophisticated color combination could be used to create a new elegant look for the changing season," she said.

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PRINTS ON THE PROWL

GRRREAT ANIMAL PRINT FINDS FOR FALL

Are you seeing spots? Don’t worry, it’s not just you! Fall fashion is all about walking on the wild side. Whether leopard, cheetah or zebra, animal prints are the purrrfect way to spice up your wardrobe and home this season. See below for five of my favorite looks for the season, interior design inspo, and a few of my favorite animal-printed pieces!


 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | shoes: Aquazzura | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | shoes: Aquazzura | Photo: Drew Evans

 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Shoes: Aquazzura | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Shoes: Aquazzura | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans


 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans


 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans


 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans


 leopard and tiger print throw pillows bring an otherwise traditional living space to life!

leopard and tiger print throw pillows bring an otherwise traditional living space to life!

 a textured leather wall-covering adds texture and sophistication, while remaining simple and neutral.

a textured leather wall-covering adds texture and sophistication, while remaining simple and neutral.

 incorporating a print from one of our feline jungle friends brings bold and biting style to any space, while still soft and feminine.

incorporating a print from one of our feline jungle friends brings bold and biting style to any space, while still soft and feminine.

Here are a few of my favorite ferocious pieces at the moment:    

  Saint Laurent Sunset Small Calf Hair Crossbody Bag  -- There’s nothing tame about this leopard print calf hair crossbody! Whether styling with jeans and heels or an LBD, it definitely calls for a wild girls night out.

Saint Laurent Sunset Small Calf Hair Crossbody Bag -- There’s nothing tame about this leopard print calf hair crossbody! Whether styling with jeans and heels or an LBD, it definitely calls for a wild girls night out.

  Ganni Bijou Leopard-Print Cotton-Poplin Wrap Dress  -- Ganni continues to be a go-to brand for in-the-know trendsetters and I adore this take on their classic wrap dress. The ruffles and puff sleeves create just the right amount of drama to complement the feminine silhouette.

Ganni Bijou Leopard-Print Cotton-Poplin Wrap Dress -- Ganni continues to be a go-to brand for in-the-know trendsetters and I adore this take on their classic wrap dress. The ruffles and puff sleeves create just the right amount of drama to complement the feminine silhouette.

  aquazzura alma pony-hair boots  -- What better way for Aquazzura to express its more-is-more approach than with animal print? Ticking off a major Fall '18 trend, these 'Alma' boots have been made in Italy from smooth pony hair that's boldly patterned with tiger stripes and leopard spots. 

aquazzura alma pony-hair boots -- What better way for Aquazzura to express its more-is-more approach than with animal print? Ticking off a major Fall '18 trend, these 'Alma' boots have been made in Italy from smooth pony hair that's boldly patterned with tiger stripes and leopard spots. 

  Horchow Leonardo Animal Pattern Rug  -- This gorgeous rug delivers just a subtle dose of leopard, while still making a big style statement!

Horchow Leonardo Animal Pattern Rug -- This gorgeous rug delivers just a subtle dose of leopard, while still making a big style statement!

  L’objet Leopard-Design Candleholder & Scented Candle  -- What better way to have your decor say “hear me roar” than with a seductive scented candle that can serve as a standout accent in a living area, bathroom or closet?

L’objet Leopard-Design Candleholder & Scented Candle -- What better way to have your decor say “hear me roar” than with a seductive scented candle that can serve as a standout accent in a living area, bathroom or closet?

  gianni zebra-print wrap skirt  -- Amanda Norgaard wore GANNI's 'Blakely' skirt to Copenhagen Fashion Week and playfully captioned her Instagram post with "a lioness disguised as a zebra." Made from stretchy brown and white silk-satin, it's cut in the brand's signature wrap shape and has a swishy asymmetric hem. Keep your accessories and makeup to a minimum when wearing the print from head-to-toe.

gianni zebra-print wrap skirt -- Amanda Norgaard wore GANNI's 'Blakely' skirt to Copenhagen Fashion Week and playfully captioned her Instagram post with "a lioness disguised as a zebra." Made from stretchy brown and white silk-satin, it's cut in the brand's signature wrap shape and has a swishy asymmetric hem. Keep your accessories and makeup to a minimum when wearing the print from head-to-toe.

  Massoud Camlo Leopard Bench  -- I love how this bench’s rich leopard print is juxtaposed with light lucite legs. What a great piece to add dimension and texture to a hallway, entrance way or a dressing room.

Massoud Camlo Leopard Bench -- I love how this bench’s rich leopard print is juxtaposed with light lucite legs. What a great piece to add dimension and texture to a hallway, entrance way or a dressing room.

  aquazzura forever marlyn pumps  -- Named after Marilyn Monroe, how could Aquazzura's pumps be anything but glamorous? This calf hair pair is set on high stiletto heels and has pointy toes to make your legs look longer.

aquazzura forever marlyn pumps -- Named after Marilyn Monroe, how could Aquazzura's pumps be anything but glamorous? This calf hair pair is set on high stiletto heels and has pointy toes to make your legs look longer.

  isabel marant beeka leather shoulder bag  -- The 'Beeka' bag is one of Isabel Marant's favorite shapes because it's practical yet original. This season it's updated in vibrant yellow snake-effect leather with contrasting smooth black trims and teal tassels. The interior has enough room for your cell phone, cardholder and keys.

isabel marant beeka leather shoulder bag -- The 'Beeka' bag is one of Isabel Marant's favorite shapes because it's practical yet original. This season it's updated in vibrant yellow snake-effect leather with contrasting smooth black trims and teal tassels. The interior has enough room for your cell phone, cardholder and keys.

STYLE AT SEA

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We all know how much I love a well-designed dressing space - where clothes and shoes have room to breathe and boutique backlit displays showcase all the finest accessories! BUT, have you ever wondered what the ultra-rich do with all their wearables at sea?! Strap on your life vests for some summer travel inspo, because we're looking at the pinnacle of luxury leisure - superyacht closets! 

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That's right - these billionaire boats ensure all the comforts of home, dream closets included. Representing the ultimate level of craftsmanship and efficiency, nothing goes to waste. Closets on land can take note of the highly-functional designs, executed in exquisite detail. High-gloss woods, metal inlays, and leather details bring all the style and sophistication of a luxury home to sea, and the process of getting dressed is meant to be both effortless and elegant.

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Often I take notes from boutique stores and high end hotels to enrich my clients' closets, but if any space truly brings leisure to the luxury dressing experience, it has to be aboard one of these beautiful boats.

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In case you thought 2-story closets were reserved for the mega-mansions of the world, think again! The 77m, 10-bedroom Smeralda super yacht even features a 2-story dressing space and spa. Vacation goals achieved!

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HAUTE HOTEL CLOSETS

Hotel closets are the ultimate amenity for traveling in style!

When it comes to travel, little beats a great hotel in my book.  As much as I enjoy soaking up a city’s culture, I’m not opposed to hibernating in my hotel and taking in all the design details. And, of course, I can’t resist a chic hotel closet. As some new reports show, travelers are willing to forego a dressing room for other amenities. But, naturally, I still appreciate a stylish space to hang my wardrobe and have a place to primp.

Though I have yet to experience all the gorgeous hotel closets around the globe, here are five that are worth the trek:

Armani Hotel Dubai -- Dubai hotels are known for over-the-top luxury, so it’s no surprise that in addition to two bedrooms, a dining room, a study and a private gym, the Armani Dubai Suite boasts a killer wood-paneled walk-in closet with multiple hanging rods and ample storage lining both sides.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah -- This sailboat-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai embraces true Middle Eastern decadence. The opulent Two-Bedroom Deluxe Suite comes with 24k-gold iPads, a private butler, and a colorful closet featuring wood accents and a vanity. Bonus: the hotel offers professional wardrobe packing, unpacking and shoe shine services.

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Hotel Principe Di Savoia -- One of Milan’s most historic hotels (it opened in the 1920s), this divine Dorchester Collection destination is big on design and decor.  The Imperial Suite, designed by architect Celeste Dell’Anna, boasts impeccable details, including two marble bathrooms, a turkish bath and a chromotherapy system. But the best feature is the spacious walk-in closet that can comfortably house all those Prada and Dolce & Gabbana purchases.

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Lotte Hotel Moscow -- Truly fit for a queen, this hotel has the largest Royal Suite in Russia. Beyond the massie living room, separate study and library, and whirlpool and sauna, the roomy walk-in wardrobe is equipped with stone countertops, vanity and oversized full-length mirror. Let’s just say there’s plenty of space to store unlimited ushankas.

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Peninsula Hotel, Paris -- When you combine the chicest city in the world and the best hotel brand, you’re bound to get dreamy design details. The Peninsula Suite is the pinnacle of Parisian luxury.  Beyond the high ceilings, traditional moldings, a fireplace and a grand piano is the pièce de résistance -- an elegant, neutral-colored walk-in dressing room and vanity with pristine lighting and plenty of room to hang and fold designer duds (there’s even a spacious shelf to line up all the Chanel bags you collect on your trip).  

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LA DOLCE VITA

 

Living La Dolce Vita in Pretty Prints

 

The past few weeks my IG feed has been filled with friends and peers living la dolce vita  in the Italian Riviera and Amalfi Coast (jealous!), among other exotic locales. As much as I’m beguiled by the breathtaking backdrop, I’m swooning over their bright and bold warm weather looks. I’m especially loving the charming and nostalgic prints, like the Toile de Jouy pattern play à la Reformation and Marianna Senchina, and Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer ‘18 signature Maiolica tile print, which is an homage to Italian tin-glazed pottery dating from the Renaissance. Brilliant blues, sunny yellows and vibrant reds contrasted with crisp white just scream summer on the Mediterranean.

I may not need to add these enchanting ensembles to my wardrobe at the moment, but if I did, I found a few eye-catching options, along with some pretty pieces perfect for bringing these prints into the home.

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D&G PRINTED DRESS | D&G PRINTED CLUTCH | TILE THROW PILLOWS | D&G TILE LUGGAGE

Summer is no time to shy away from color! Whether your plans include a Mediterranean destination or a beachside brunch, there are so many ways to bring these traditional architectural patterns into your wardrobe. D&G's 2018 collection pulls royal blues and vibrant yellows from the Italian coast for a fun and fashionable pattern play. With wearables and accessories including shoes, bags, and luggage, your summertime travel wardrobe can fully embrace la dolce vita!

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D&G SLINGBACK SHOE | LINEN THROW | PATTERNED VASE

If you're looking to introduce the hand-painted scrollwork and pops of pattern into your space, there are plenty of ways to create a  Mediterranean moment without having to leave your house! Style a shelf with a hand-painted vase or a dyed blanked. And for those looking for a more permanent project, a patterned tile in contrasting colors is a bold statement that you can enjoy well beyond the lazy days of summer!

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Maybe the idea of re-working a traditional pattern into your lifestyle is appealing, but you aren't totally on board with the bold and colorful, D&G also blends traditional toile fabrics into their collection seamlessly! Alone, this print is an iconic element of French and British design, but can be equally playful and romantic when given new life as a pair of trousers or an upholstery upgrade.   

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DESIGNER'S DREAM

Some thought the day would never come! I recently began the process of designing my own dream dressing room in my Los Angeles home. When you start designing a space for yourself, the endless options and various design directions are so overwhelming! I wanted the space to be perfect - a little experimental (since I can play with the design in ways my clients might not always allow), while still embodying my own personal style! Minimal, curated, but still comfortable and highly functional.

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SIMPLE, CHIC, FEMININE

My goal was to create a space that blends seamlessly with my own personal style, and reflects the items in my wardrobe! While I often incorporate colorful accessories and edgy pieces in my wardrobe, at the end of the day I'm always drawn to the modern, flirty, feminine cuts and color palettes.

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CREATING THE PERFECT COLOR

I'm searching for something special! While the classic white closet can never go out of style, I'm hoping to warm up the room with a new color - one I'm working to create with Portola Paints!

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MIXING METALS

Just like in assembling a look, I'm not afraid to mix metals, and I think it's a modern way to bring a touch of glam into an already polished space!

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HIGH CONTRAST: HARD LINES AND SOFT HUES

Designing a boutique space is all about balance! I want to blend minimal geometric forms with fun and fashionable materials to really soften up the look.

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DREAMY DETAILS

We all know no good detail goes unnoticed in the closet! My dressing room design calls for all kinds of luxe details - both functional and fashionable!

CLOSETPHILE Q+A: KKW Beauty with Jessi Malay

In case you missed it, LA's newest picture-friendly pop-up shop is the KKW Beauty space at Westfield Century City! I decided to follow up with one of my favorite clients and beauty experts, Jessi Malay, to pick her brain about what makes the perfect glam space. The conversation between clothing display and interior design is a big part of the inspiration behind our luxury closets, and I'm curious to hear what inspiration can be had from a boutique beauty space!

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KKW Beauty. In 3 Words. Go.

1. Luxe (Everything from the packaging to the color palette...)

2. Inclusive (They make shades for all colors and races!)

3. Sexy (Between the perfume bottles of Kim’s nude body, and the see-through or nude casing, this is one sexy brand.)

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As a beauty blogger, what are the essentials of a beauty space?

1. A true mirror is a must! 

2. Excellent lighting (points if you have lighting options to mimic day or night so you can prepare appropriately)...

3. Music! Being able to listen to music while getting ready can be so inspiring both in fashion and beauty. 

4. 2 Types of Storage Space: one for your go-to daily products you want to have on hand in a flash (the floating vanity you created with the glass top is ideal for this). And the second storage space for more special-occasion products that you won’t be using everyday, but will want to have for more variety. 

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What’s your favorite feature of the new KKW Pop-Up?

The color scheme is just so signature and consistent with Kim and the whole KKW brand. Also, the oversized Mario palette and concealer tubes are a smart way to familiarize everyone stopping in with her products! 

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How does the KKW space showcase the products?

All the products are displayed in clear acrylic trays, lit from within, to make each product feel like a piece of art. The entire installation is very gallery-inspired.

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As a beauty blogger, why is it essential to have a beautiful and functional vanity space?

It’s essential to have a beautiful vanity space to feel inspired every day, and to remember that makeup is fun! To be able to play and create glam looks as a career is a blessing. 

A functional vanity is essential because with an ever-changing, endless amount of products to use and try, organization is key in order to create cohesive, innovative looks. 

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What is your favorite KKW product and why? 💋💋💋

My favorite KKW products are the KKWxArgenis Creme Color Sticks! I love how you can create really bold, unapologetic, modern eye looks, and once the cremes are set, they won’t move all day. 👌🏼

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