Who doesn't love shopping in a beautifully appointed space?! My goal is to create this experience in the closet, where items are displayed both functionally and beautifully, and the space is treated with the same attention to detail as any other room in the home. From decorative lighting and hardware to custom displays and cozy seating, I decided to share a few of my favorite boutique spaces where I often look for inspiration! You, too, can bring the designer boutique experience home, through a well-curated collection of stylish furnishings and accessories. See some of my favorite examples here, and shop for more inspiration on Apartment Therapy!
Two little ones get big closet makeovers!
I recently completed five (yes, five!) closets in one home, each of which was infused with its own personality and aesthetic. You can read about all the closets on RobbReport.com and Project Nursery; but, in today’s post, I’m specifically breaking down two of the closets -- one for a baby girl and the other a baby boy.
Ladies first...for Baby Bel’s closet, we derived design inspiration from her mom’s closet (hello, “mini-me”!) and let’s just say Bel received all the bells and whistles: pink lacquered cabinetry with back-painted pink glass sliding doors; a custom changing table with gold star cutouts; pull-out shelves for shoes; custom drawer inserts for her jewelry, hair accessories, socks, onesies and blankets; pink velvet hangers; and LED hanging rods. It’s safe to say this little lady is going to grow up to have impeccable taste. Smaller shoes mean there's room for a larger collection!
Bel’s baby brother also received a cool closet makeover. We opted for a classic masculine look: taupe gray wood cabinetry; blue velvet hangers; mirror backs; and pull-out drawers and shelves for clothing and accessories.
Often the master closets are the priority, so this project was really refreshing because the client wanted to ensure the kids’ closets were equally well designed with the same attention to detail. Parents can argue it’s not worth the expense to invest in children’s closets, but I think their closets should still be beautifully designed and funtional so they have the ability to grow with them. We wonder how we turn into disorganized adults. Well, if kids don’t have specific places to put things back, then they won’t. If they cannot reach their hanging rod or don’t have an accessible hamper, then they can’t be expected to put their clothes away or pickup dirty items off the floor. It makes sense to teach young ones early on how to value organization. For more on this and how kids’ closets can grow with them, check out my recent post on the subject!
The New Year is all about creating a fresh start! With that in mind, it's the perfect time to make sure your closet is covered, and you have all the essentials to ensure your wardrobe is kept in perfect working order in the year to come. Clients often come to me for recommendations on the products I love to see in every closet. These are a few of the hand-picked necessities you should invest in, to keep your closet woes to a minimum in 2018!
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST STEAMER TO KEEP IN A CLOSET?
Conair ExtremeSteam Handheld Steamer - It's the perfect size to tuck away into a cabinet or drawer, and packs some serious power! The best part, this little steamer has attachments for maintaining all your garments, and can go in a carry-on for a weekend away!
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO STUFF BAGS AND SHOES SO THEY DON'T WRINKLE?
These items are often some of the largest investments in your wardrobe! Rather than letting them pile up on a shelf, your bags and shoes should have the proper inserts to help them maintain their shape. Purse pillows, boot trees, and shoe inserts will keep your pieces looking their best. (And for smaller bags, you can stuff them with their dust bags!)
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST GARMENT RACK FOR PACKING, STAGING, AND OVERFLOW?
One word: IKEA!!!
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST KIND OF HAMPER TO INCORPORATE IN THE CLOSET?
Stay tuned for LACD's new hamper to hit the market! (Shhh...)
In the meantime, have separate liners for dry-cleaning and machine wash, to simplify the laundry process!
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST HANGER FOR JEANS?
A jean hanger with belt loop notch to hang long!
Q: HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CASHMERE SWEATERS?
Invest in a sweater case to keep your knits protected from moths and messy drawers! These, scented with lavender, will also ensure they're kept fresh for every wear!
Q: WHAT'S THE BEST BASIC TEE?
The Vince Basic Boy Tee is the perfect plain white tee! Comfortable in cotton with a simple crewneck, this shirt will quickly become a staple in your closet!
Q: HOW DO I KEEP MY ACCESSORIES FROM GETTING LOST IN A DEEP CABINET?
Create a custom insert to ensure everything has a place! If you can't see it you won't wear it, so why not put the goods on display in a way that's both functional and beautiful?! Custom vanity trays can add much-needed efficiency for storing all your daily essentials in any space of the home!
‘Black-Tie' Takes on New Meaning at The Golden Globes
Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet was far from, well, red! In a first-ever award show “blackout,” stars traded in bold-hued ball gowns and fiery-colored fitted frocks in favor of black looks as a sartorial protest to bring awareness to workplace harassment, discrimination and inequality. Women (and men) chose to stand up and dress in solidarity rather than stand out on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet, igniting an important conversation and bringing awareness to Time’s Up. As a woman-owned business and someone who works closely with other female professionals, it’s inspiring to see this united and intrepid approach to women's empowerment.
Though black can be considered unimaginative, mundane or overtly masculine, black to me -- especially in the way it was harnessed last night -- shows strength, power and camaraderie. And, above all, in solidarity, black can be decidedly feminine.
Though last night’s carpet wasn’t about what stars were wearing, but rather why they were wearing black, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite looks. So many stars looked stunning, and as a collective group draped in black, they were even more exquisite. But, Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana, Kendall Jenner in Giambattista Valli, Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton, Diane Kruger in Prada, and Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson, both in Gucci, all commanded the carpet. A few couples and duos who dominated their black ensembles were Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, both in Dior Haute Couture, Armie Hammer (in Giorgio Armani) and Elizabeth Chambers (in Alexandre Vauthier), and Dave Franco (in Saint Laurent) and James Franco (in Salvatore Ferragamo).
In the spirit of celebrating black as a feminine shade and powerful symbol, I thought I’d share a few examples of beautiful black design pieces, which also convey this poignant use of color. 2018 seems like the perfect moment to rethink our assumptions, and with that, I think last night's red carpet goes to show that black is the new black!
Last week, amid the holiday buzz, I celebrated my birthday in true LA fashion, with an outdoor December dinner party! Although we are in the dead of winter, the tablescape has me itching for spring, with florals from The Empty Vase, as well as marble and blush place settings (via Casa de Perrin).
I hope this holiday season was filled with fun, laughter, and times spent with those you love!
And, a few shots from the evening's impromptu shoot... A talented photographer friend is a must!
The New Year is the perfect time to whip your wardrobe into shape!
As we're all considering resolutions, and looking to make the most of the year to come, our closets have a huge impact on our daily stress and productivity. What better way to hit the ground running in 2018 than with a much-needed closet purge?! Make room in your life for next year's trends with a few of these simple tips.
Pro-Tip 1: Wine + Playlist
Power down the phone and put on your favorite motivational playlist! It's time to get in the zone so you can make quick decisions.
Pro-Tip 2: Use Three Hampers
Sell - Items you love, but no longer wear and want to get a return from!
Donate - Business appropriate, tailored items in good condition for charitable organizations!
Trash - Anything with stains, holes, or irreparable damage.
Pro-Tip 3: Have a System
Break down your wardrobe into more manageable sections before tackling the overwhelming task! Maybe you have an area where you keep trendier pieces or recent purchases for quick and easy staging. Try assembling looks with these pieces as you're pulling items from your closet! There could be pieces you're already struggling to wear, in which case this is a good time to take action. Either you make the effort to have fun with these pieces in the new year, or it's time to toss and make room for pieces you'll actually enjoy wearing.
Pro-Tip 4: Be Decisive
"Yes!" "No!" ... "Maybe" is not an option!
Pro-Tip 5: Be Consistent
Resolve to repeat this process regularly in 2018, and keep a hamper in your closet for donations, items that need to be tailored, etc. This will help you get in the routine of a year-round purge and avoid the overwhelming seasonal task!
To see these tips in action, see TV personality Maria Menounos tackling the task in her own space!
Prepare for purple everywhere!
Are you ready to pump up your purple game? You may have heard purple will be pervasive in 2018 with the Pantone Color Institute naming “Ultra Violet” the “Color of the Year.” With purple reigning supreme, prepare to see the more-blue-than-red purple shade popping up across all areas of design -- from home decor and fashion to art and food.
According to Pantone, the hue which pays homage to Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, who all used purple as a personal expression of individuality, was selected “to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking…” An ideal color for creative types and freethinkers, the dramatic shade, “reflects the idea of living not inside the box or outside the box but with no box at all.”
START THE NEW YEAR WITH ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR A WELL-ORGANIZED WARDROBE!
There are plenty of stylish ways to stay organized, and the LA Closet Design online store has you covered, with all the essential accessories for a functional and fashionable closet! For more on any of the products below, check out the full collection at www.shoplaclosetdesign.com!
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LAST-MINUTE STOCKING STUFFERS
We're one week away, and the last-minute gift list is growing! Sometimes the best gifts in life aren’t the ones that cost a lot or come in a large box; they’re the ones that show you pay attention to someone’s interests and routines. We all know that person who loves a glass of wine or craves a good workout, so why not give them something you know they’ll appreciate?
Here are a few practical ideas that won’t break the bank.
For the Co-Worker:
This year, I made the decision to lose the case and set my phone free! This little accessory has been a life-saver, giving the perfect grip for the naked phone, as well as functioning as a retractable stand and fidget-friendly toy. This is the perfect last-minute find for the busy professional who always has their phone in hand - or anyone for that matter!
For the Socialite:
Going out in the evenings means you're constantly swapping accessories! Keep your investment bags in new condition forever by storing them properly. Using the appropriate purse pillow means your bags are kept wrinkle free and at the ready, so they always look their best for a night on the town! This is a great way to stuff any handbag or holiday stocking! ;)
For the Foodie:
Every true foodie knows the best part of a meal is the wine! This chic little stopper from World Market is just as indulgent as your favorite dish, without breaking the bank!
For the Fitness Junkie:
Barry’s Bootcamp Classes
Believe it or not, you can pack a whole week of gym workouts into a single holiday stocking! If you know me, you know how much I love the ClassPass. It's a great gift to fuel any fitness junkie's passion, and you know it won't go unused!
For Your Bestie:
For your bestie, give the gift of a quiet night in! These little masks pack plenty of age-defying power, and bring the couples' spa treatment experience into your own home. What better way to show you care, than a thoughtful, relaxing way to spend time with your bestie?!
GIFTS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD
If you're looking to spoil that special someone this holiday season, this is the guide for you! Whether it's your favorite stylish friend or everyone's favorite foodie, there are plenty of ways to splurge. Here are a few of my favorite indulgent gift ideas (I may or may not have a few of these on my own list...wink wink).
FOR THE BUSY PROFESSIONAL:
Every professional needs the right tools to get into the zone. Help your favorite colleague maximize productivity in style with a pair of Master & Dynamic's handprinted headphones!
FOR THE SOCIALITE:
Every fashion-forward friend knows the importance of a good glam squad! When you're doing a quick-change from day to night, a secret weapon like the Dyson dryer can be a total game changer.
FOR THE FOODIE:
Serve up some serious style with Gucci's new home collection! This tray is almost too cool to use, but we all know a great meal is all in the presentation.
FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE:
What's better than a workout accessory that can incorporate with the finest pieces in your wardrobe!? The Hermes apple watch with the signature orange sport band is the ideal accessory for a fashion-forward fitness junkie. It can keep tabs on your activity, while working seamlessly with every look.
FOR YOUR BFF:
If you're looking for a fun and fashionable way to treat your bestie, this exquisite ping pong set is a statement all its own! It may look like it's all fun and games, but this set means serious business.
New Year, New Design Trends
This year brought us plenty of fun design trends -- from millennial pink to global Gucci domination and velvet everything. So, what does 2018 have in store? We know the Pantone “Color of the Year” is ultraviolet, so expect purple to be pervasive in fashion and home design. Beyond the hot hue, there are several other design trends we can expect. Here are a few of the ones I’m most excited about:
Nordic Knows Best -- Scandinavian-inspired designs offer a quiet respite and represent the bridge between ultimate efficiency and luxury. Expect to see streamlined sophistication (think solid monochromatic rooms, storage as decor and light wood materials).
Pattern Play -- Patterns and rich textures in a range of color schemes -- from soft neutrals to bold shades -- will bring more dimension and whimsy to fashion and interior spaces.
Shared Closets -- As fashion moves toward embracing unisex sensibilities, so do closet spaces. With streamlined design elements, an overlap of masculine and feminine aesthetics and simple, natural finishes, couples can comfortably share a space without sacrificing personal style.
Space Remix -- With more millennials entering the housing market, homes will become more flexible and multi-functional, challenging the conventional notion of “rooms.” We will continue to see spaces, along with closets, adapt to this more informal, multi-use lifestyle.
Staging Areas -- As social media becomes an increasingly present part of our style choices, staging areas need to not only function well for creating looks, but must also serve as beautifully designed spaces to showcase new looks (#OOTD).
GIFTS WITH A GEEK-CHIC SPIN
Technology is woven into nearly every facet of our lives, which means you can’t go wrong with a thoughtful techy gift! Whether an accessory for a phone or a cool kitchen gadget, tech gifts are sure to score you at least one heart-eyes emoji. ;)
FOR YOUR COLLEAGUE:
Shopping for a colleague can be tough! It's important that the gift is practical and enjoyable, while bringing some calm amid the workweek chaos. This sweet ceramic iPhone dock serves a dual purpose - both charging your phone, and brightening your day!
FOR THE SOCIALITE
If you haven't seen this fun and flirty accessory, you've been hiding under a rock! Some of social media's heavy hitters are huge fans of this case, and it's a great way to steal the show at any holiday party, while ensuring perfect selfie lighting for every snap!
FOR THE FOODIE
Enjoy every dish in its ideal form! Never again will your casserole be too cold or your steak be overdone. This techy kitchen sidekick will ensure every recipe is cooked to perfection, making the prep process much easier, and the eating process all the more enjoyable!
FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE
Unfortunately, your tech can't go to the gym for you... BUT, it can still improve your morning workout! This fun little fitness toy is the perfect addition to any fitness junkie's gym bag. He/she probably already has a roller or therapy ball, but not like this one. Equipped with variable settings and a soft silicone outer grip, this therapy ball is the perfect techy treat for any workout.
FOR YOUR BESTIE
If you thought first-class flight was the pinnacle of pleasurable travel, think again! Tesloop offers seats in a private Tesla vehicle, for quick trips between several southwestern destinations! Book a trip for yourself and your BFF to have some quality time away, and enjoy a quick, guilt-free ride to Palm Springs in ultimate style and state-of-the-art sophistication.
She’s making her (travel) list, and checking it twice!
So, you’ve got your holiday gift checklists, but what about your packing checklist? As I gear up for some holiday travel, I’ve started to gather some of my can’t-live-without travel essentials that I wouldn’t dream of leaving home without. Here are a few of my holiday travel must-haves:
Alexander Wang Amelia Studded Shearling Slippers -- Slippers aren’t for everyone, but this shearling pair with embellished silver studs look comfy enough to wear inside with a robe and stylish enough to wear outside with a flowy dress.
Chinti and Parker Striped Cashmere Onesie -- It wouldn’t be the holidays without a playful onesie, right? There are endless onesie options out there, but if you’re looking for a luxe version, this is it. Made from super soft cashmere that is cozy, but not too thick, I’ll be spending a lot of time lounging in this guy (especially in cold Colorado where I’ll be for New Year’s Eve!).
Conair ExtremeSteam GS38 Handheld Fabric Steamer -- There’s nothing worse than unpacking for your holiday vacation and finding wrinkles in your clothes. So, I always travel with a handheld steamer to ensure my items look their best. This one from Conair is consistently top rated for its efficiency and effectiveness.
FRENDS Layla Headphones -- You can usually find me working on a plane, but I can also be found listening to some good tunes or interesting podcasts to help make flights more enjoyable. These chic metallic and leather headphones are designed to match "your every outfit, mood or style” which is music to my ears. Plus, they’re on sale!
DECEMBER 5, 2017
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‘Tis the Season for Gift-giving!
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve officially entered the “most wonderful time of the year!”
I love the holiday season for SO many reasons, but one of them is because it means giving gifts to the people who mean the most to me. I’m already starting lists for my friends, family and colleagues, and I can tell you the possibilities are endless. So, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite gift ideas to help guide you, divided by category, which I'll be sharing with you in the coming weeks leading up to the holidays! Within each category, there are ideas for: the busy professional, the chic socialite, the foodie, the fitness junkie, and gifts you can share with your BFF. Happy shopping and happier holidays!
FOR THE HOME:
We all have those people in our lives who would rather stay home than go out. And, who can blame them with all of today’s great modern and luxurious comforts (‘Netflix and chill,’ anyone)? Help make them feel even happier at home with items like elevated entertaining essentials and bold barware they can use all year round!
The Busy Professional: LA Closet Design Acrylic Vanity Tray
Give your colleagues the gift of organization with a custom acrylic and suede tray, designed to accommodate all their daily essentials! From electronics to accessories, this tray is a must for anyone who's always on the run.
For the Chic Socialite: Tom Dixon Barware
Whether they're going out or staying in, this friend is always the life of the party. Help them entertain in style with this stunning set of barware from Tom Dixon. You'll be sure to get an invite to all the best dinner parties in the coming year!
For the Foodie: Geode Napkin Rings
Anyone who loves to eat can appreciate a good place setting! These geode napkin rings will glam up any tablescape, and complement any dish!
For the Fitness Junkie: LA Closet Design-Inspired Fitness Closet (à la Khloe Kardashian)
Ok, maybe this is a reach, but every fitness fiend deserves a well-organized workout space! Whether you're upgrading their gear or giving them a whole new space, any fitness junkie will surely appreciate a well-equipped workout closet!
For your BFF: Corkcicle Metallic Stemless Tumbler
Pop the cork on that special bottle you've been saving, because the holidays are meant to be spent with those you love. Every drink tastes better at the right temperature, and even better in a cute cup! This metallic tumbler is the perfect vessel for a quiet night in full of fun and laughter.
Whether you choose to partake in the Black Friday frenzy or not, you are sure to love these finds! In keeping with the namesake color of the day, I'm giving you my favorite monochrome black moments in fashion and interior decor. From belts to bags, and boutiques to bathrooms, black is back, and bringing far more excitement than a day of discount shopping!
Marble is one of the many materials designers are using to bring black into the home. Either through kitchen counters, bathroom fixtures, or simplified accessories, this is a stylish statement that upgrades any space.
Bold doses of black are not only taking over modern residential design - they're making a chic statement in the world of fashion as well. Whether it's the pieces themselves, or the boutique spaces in which the clothes are presented, matte and monochrome moments in black are big!
The perfect storm of fashion and function, I am seeing more interest in monochrome closets than ever before! Lighting is key to living with a black closet, but it's easily one of the most transformative ways to achieve a curated boutique appearance in your space.
Hanging Heights + Drawer Depths = a Well Calculated Closet
Designing closets may seem glamorous, but truth be told there’s plenty of work that goes into them, including measuring and calculating things like the appropriate hanging heights and drawer depths. I’m fortunate that my education has greatly helped me in this industry, especially when it comes to the numbers. Creating closets requires calculations...lots of calculations. So, I wanted to share a few industry secrets about how to maximize your closet by using proper measurements.
To ensure items don’t getting lost in the bottom of a pile, don’t stack items more than six deep! The moment they're starting to creep above six, it's time to start a new stack.
The shallower the drawers, the easier it is to see everything at first glance -- and who doesn’t want that?! If drawers are too deep, things are likely to get lost in the bottom of the drawer; and if you can't find it, you won't wear it.
I try to maintain hanging depths of 24" in all my clients' closets. Anything more and you risk not being able to see everything. Anything less and it will feel cramped, and hangers stick out past the cabinets.
Often, these trusty storage space are too high or too low! Aim for waist high if you want to use them most effectively.
INDIVIDUAL HANGING HEIGHTS
Always hang items at an appropriate reach height. Rods should be placed according to the size of that actual clothing, as well as your individual reach. This obviously depends on your height, so be sure to measure what’s most comfortable for you!
TIP: Measure from the floor to the base of the hanger to determine how high to place your top hanging rod, where you can still reach!
Don't go home for the holidays empty-handed!
With only a week left before the feasting begins, I'm rounding up some of my favorite finds for the holiday host. From chic gifts for the home to simple gestures, these thoughtful displays of gratitude are sure to liven up the table setting and ensure you get invited back next year!
If you're looking to gift your hostess something graphic and glamorous, look no further than the Canaan line of marble tableware and desk accessories from Jonathan Adler. The salt and pepper shakers are a personal favorite, and a timely choice for the feasting festivities!
Nothing completes a holiday table setting like a fabulous floral arrangement! Presented in a stunning velvet jewel-tone box, these roses in white are the right way to say 'Thank You' to anyone opening their home for the holidays.
I can't think of a sweeter way to say 'Thank You' than Sugarfina's colorful candy trunk! This is sure to be one piece of luggage your host won't mind having in the house for a few extra days!
ONE HOPE WINE
Give the gift of a good cause with a bottle of One Hope Wine! Not only is the glittery bottle the perfect addition to the festive table setting, but it's the perfect way to give back as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, with each purchase supporting causes like breast cancer research and autism awareness!
Holiday gatherings are all about making memories with those you love. What better way to 'wow' the host than with an after-dinner family favorite? Start a new tradition, and leave this elegantly crafted edition of the classic Monopoly game behind for your host to enjoy for generations to come!
From fashion favorites to home decor, these fall trends are giving me chills.
It’s finally starting to feel like fall in LA and in addition to the sweaters I’m scooping up for the season, I’m loving a lot of the current trends that work with personal style and in home decor. Fall trends are teeming with luxury -- from rich fabrics to saturated jewel tones to opulent hardware -- and I’m breaking down a few of my favorites wardrobe and interior styles for the season.
One of my favorite fall fabrics is a soft and supple cashmere because it’s as cozy as it is chic. This season, I’m excited to envelope my skin in this luxe Balenciaga cashmere scarf and, of course, endless oversized sweaters. And, for the home, this Quinn modern stripe cashmere throw is ultimate seasonal touch to stay warm.
Metallic accents continue to be pervasive in both fashion and design. Gold is especially timeless, whether a lurex thread woven through a party dress, hardware embellishment on accessories, or used as an accent in the home through a vase or a lamp. I’m loving the brushed gold hardware on Dior’s J’adior bag and, for the home, Tom Dixon’s ‘Gem’ collection.
I’m constantly looking for fresh ways to integrate leather into my wardrobe. These Saint Laurent over-the-knee boots are sure to give me a stylish swag this season. And, though it’s unconventional, leather can be a novel way to update a living space. Organizational items, desk accessories and place settings can deliver a dose of elegant edge. I’m a sucker for this Louis Vuitton tray and these Hermes cups!
With sweater weather fueling fall fashion, I’ve been thinking about how I can get my fill of patterned and embellished knits. For starters, Gucci sweaters are hot! Their chunky pullovers, boyfriend cardigans and elongating dusters are adorned with cute and kitschy patterns that add some whimsy to the wardrobe. For the home, adding thick throws and pretty knit pillows are a great way to integrate the trend. This plaid-patterned Missoni throw is the absolute prettiest accessory to Netflix and chill with through the cooler months.
Suede is a fall staple in both fashion and home decor, and there are plenty of new and noteworthy options this season. Chanel’s xx bag and Gucci’s Dionysus bag are two of the most covetable suede handbags to sport this season (and will last far beyond December!). And, for the home, I’m lusting over this CB2 woven camel suede chair, which offers a stylish space upgrade with a reasonable price tag.
We’re seeing this luxurious and rich fabric everywhere right now. But, I’ll admit my favorite iteration this season is a colorful, tailored velvet pantsuit à la Cara Delevingne in this Mugler look. If you’re feeling bold, try this purple Pallas version with satin trim to make a statement at your holiday soiree. Bringing velvet into the home isn’t as tricky as you’d think. Perhaps the most eye-popping way is with a tufted velvet sofa. This elegant emerald one from Anthropologie is truly fit for royalty!