SUN HATS AND SWIMSUITS

After a rough winter for many (including us Angelenos), summer can’t come soon enough! With sun-filled days on the horizon, it’s time to update a couple of my favorite warm weather wardrobe staples -- hats and bathing suits! Whether sporting a one-piece suit with a straw fedora or bikini with baseball cap, swimwear and hats make the perfect summer pair. But, with their unique shapes and fabrics, properly storing them can prove challenging. Luckily, I have some storage solutions for both in my arsenal.

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For swimsuits, start by making sure they’re clean. I recommend washing then air drying them completely so they’re moisture-free. Any dampness can form mildew and also damage the delicate fabric. Then, lay the suits flat until they’re ready to store.  This helps to maintain their shape and also keeps bikini tops and bottoms organized. Lastly, place the folded swimwear on a shelf, in a lined, partitioned drawer using acrylic divers like these or hang on a body shape hanger like this to optimize closet space and extend lifespan.

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When it's time to store suits for winter, put them in a fabric bag, not a plastic bag which can hold moisture and damage the suits.

Need some beach-ready bathing suit inspiration? These styles caught my eye this season:


I’ve always loved hats and it seems like there are several fashionable styles to choose from right now -- from bucket and baseball to fedora and floppy.  Even in summer, though, hats are one of the least worn accessories, meaning a thoughtful storage system is imperative.

The best way to store your favorite designer or sports team’s baseball cap is to fold it in half so the back tucks into the brim, and stack in a drawer or on a shelf.  

If you have extra wall space, hang your straw and floppy hats on hooks that aren’t too sharp or pointy. Hooks with a broad tip are best, as they help the hat keep its shape. Wall displays are not only functional; they can be a chic way to highlight your headwear, almost like an art installation!

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Other storage options include hanging head-toppers on a hat rack like this or keeping them upside down in hat boxes like this and this (a proper hat box has a circular cut-out to stick the crown through so the hat is suspended in the box).

Just like clothes, hats are susceptible to moths (they especially love wool!), so I recommend using lavender or eucalyptus sachets like this and this to keep them away. Hats are also best kept in dark areas away from sun to ensure a long lifespan.

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Here are a few head-turning hats to provide shade while helping your style shine this summer:

CLOSET TECH

Remember Cher Horowitz’s revolutionary computer program that catalogued her wardrobe and generated her daily outfits? Twenty years ago that was the most inventive closet tech the world had known. Since the days of Clueless’ pleated plaid skirts making the rounds on her rotating closet carousal, technology has become an essential component in creating luxury custom closets. 

Today’s homeowners are super savvy — from their digital companions like Alexa to having one central switch that controls lights, sounds and more. So, naturally, closet design has evolved to include tech advancements, allowing the dressing room to be an even more seamless space. These are a few of my favorite closet tech innovations!


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Air Purifier — Incorporating an air purifier into the closet isn’t only great for your health, it’s good for the health of your wardrobe. Dust and microorganisms can affect the look and longevity of your garments, so adding a state-of-the-art air purifier into the space will make you and your clothes breath easy. I like this one from Sharper Image that was specifically designed for the closet and hangs on a clothing rod. It “uses advanced plasma breeze technology to quietly remove lingering odors (smoke, mold, gym clothes, etc.) and sanitize the air with safe, natural ozone.” 


Automated Watch Winders — Those who don’t always have the time to wind their own watch or watches, can use automated watch winders. While they don’t work with all watches, if you have a compatible watch it helps keep the time is current and day and date function running smoothly when you’re not wearing it. We’ve installed these in a few men’s closets and they’re always a hit! 

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Automated Lighting — I’ve been incorporating LED lighting into closets for years; but, today the advancements in lighting are truly illuminating. Automated lighting is especially popular — not only is it energy efficient; it also makes walking into your closet feel like a magical experience every single time! 

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Biometric Locks — Clients who have pricey pieces like Hermès handbags and Cartier jewels rely on a system that keeps their valuables safe. While a standard safe will do the trick, today’s tech-inclined prefer biometric locks that ensure only they can access their big bucks belongs. Plus, it’s very James Bond!

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Closet Offices — A recent trend in closet design is transforming the designated space for a walk-in closet into a closet-office hybrid. With this new found pairing, closets naturally need to be equipped with everything you’d find in an office — from electric-powered standing desks to outlets for laptops to modern lighting. After all, who wants to take an afternoon nap when you can play dress up?  

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In-Home Dry Cleaner — It was just a matter of time before dry cleaning solutions came into the closet. LG’s new Styler system is an innovative machine that removes odors and wrinkles without detergent or other harsh chemicals by using its TrueSteam technology, with just the touch of a button. No more wire hangers (and weekly trips to the dry cleaners)! 

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Integrated Charging Drawers — One of my favorite simple tech closet enhancements is charging outlets built into cabinet drawers. Perfect for the person who doesn’t want to be too far from their phone or electronics while they’re getting ready in the morning or decompressing at night,  the addition of these is life-charging (er, changing!). 

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Smart Home Capabilities — We’ve seen smart home technology become mainstream in recent years and it’s an easy closet upgrade. Centralize lighting and music, and getting access to news and weather from the flip of the switch or verbal command makes life easier and more efficient. Brilliant is no dummy and has designed the ultimate single-stop smart solution that can be installed anywhere you have a standard light switch. 

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HOME UPGRADES TO SPRING FOR

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to get cleaning!

I have plenty of go-to closet organization tips that I rely on this time of year, like purging, or creating a system in which you categorize your pieces, and store off-season styles so they last. Many of the organization principles I employ for closets can be translated to to the rest of the home. So, here are a few ideas to get your whole space in tip-top shape for Spring.

Everything Has a Home -- Just as each item in your closet should have its perfect place, so too should items in other rooms in your home. After purging, determine where everything should “live.”

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Kids’ playrooms are especially difficult spaces in which to control clutter, but with an “everything has a home” philosophy, it makes managing kids’ chaos much easier. Cute benches and chests are some of my favorite furniture pieces to help ensure toys, books and games return to their rightful homes after a day of play.

Home offices can get out of hand quickly with endless paperwork. The simplest way to ensure things like bills, medical information and tax returns land in a proper place, is to invest in a file cabinet and folders. File cabinets and folders have come a long way from the days of metal rolling cabinets and manila folders, so have some fun finding a home for those not-so-fun documents.  

Over in the kitchen, it’s all about getting the most out of drawers and cabinets — similar to how we approach the closet! Maximizing space and being strategic allows each item to live comfortably in its respective home. Drawer and cabinet organizers are the best way to achieve this. These can range from simple to complex, colorful to neutral, inexpensive to pricey; but, I recommend finding ones that work most seamlessly in your kitchen.

Create a System you can Stick to -- In the closet I recommend sorting garments by style, color or occasion so that it’s logical to you and works with how you live your life. The same goes for other rooms in the house.

In a kid’s playroom, create a storage system where toys are categorized by child, age or activity. A color system works well (ie. all the books go in the blue bin), as does sorting catchalls according to activity (ie. art, sports, etc.). This allows kids to get involved and makes decluttering more fun. There are tons of stylish storage systems out there, so don’t feel like you have to compromise fashion for function.

In a home office it’s so important to have a system that is efficient and effective, so you’re not bogged down or distracted by clutter. We all know papers can stack up quickly, so have a place for them to go besides directly on your desk. A letter tray or file sorter are ideal for organizing mail and documents that need to be filed.

A particularly popular room in the house, the kitchen can quickly become clutter-central. So, establish a system that’s clear and easy for the entire household to understand. One method to get the entire family excited about developing a system is incorporating labeled storage containers to sort foods. It’s a simple hack that will have you feeling like Khloe Kardashian!

Add Fashionable Finishing Touches -- Even if you don’t have it all together, adding a few luxury elements can make it seem like you do! Whether a beautiful smelling candle, charming vase or stylish decorative object, sometimes it’s the little things that can make transitioning from one season to the next feel most exciting.

Kids’ playrooms should be playful and inviting, and there are a few extra elements that can make it feel like it’s even more of a special (and elevated!) space.

My inner-nerd could go crazy with home office accessories! From pencil holders to paperweights, I’ll always put in the “work” if it means I get to use my geek-chic desk goodies.

Even if you’re not the best home chef, you can still play the part with a few glam gadgets.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR WINTER WEARABLES

The holiday season is here, and whatever the weather where you’re traveling, you’re sure to encounter some wintry accessories! I’m often asked for the best ways to store soft and delicate sweaters, among other winter wear. I decided in advance of those new cashmere socks and gloves you’re likely to see in the stocking this year, it’s the perfect chance to put together a few storage solutions that will keep your knits and furs looking their best and winter ready for many years to come!

SCARVES

Whether small silk squares or oversized chunky knits, scarves can be a beast to properly store year-round. As is often the problem with these smaller, less used accessories, you might be tempted to toss them all in a drawer and deal with them again next year! I would argue if you can’t find the perfect one (and we all know the accessories make the outfit), you’ll never wear it! Try instead a partitioned insert that will keep your cozy knits separated by style, or a simple scarf hanger that can accommodate multiple scarves at a time! If you have extra wall space, consider a towel bar or staging rod where you can hang neatly. And, if you’re looking for more of a closet upgrade, you can also incorporate a designated pull-out for all your patterned scarves and pashminas so they’re tucked away nicely, and look beautiful every time you open it up.

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SWEATERS

Who doesn’t love a cozy knit around the holidays (or all year long)?! The trick is protecting them from damage while they’re stored away. Some can hang, (on a special sweater hanger) without fear of stretching, but others need additional protection. If you’re dealing with more delicate duds, consider a leather storage box or an enclosed cabinet. If you’re storing on shelves, I recommend folding and sorting by weight and color!

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HATS

Even Santa needs a place to store his hat 364 days of the year! Depending on the style, you might want to keep them in their original boxes, or nest them together on a shelf! I often opt to store these on the highest shelf of the closet, so no space goes to waste, and you’re not climbing a ladder to access items you need every day. Plus, they can look great displayed around the closet! If you have a larger collection and room to spare, I also love creating a statement hat wall that fills the space with instant personality. You could even do this in a bedroom or hallway.

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GLOVES

Another small accessory that you can never seem to find when you need them! Never leave your gloves in the bottom of a bag, or they’re gone forever. The best way to keep a pair of gloves at the tip of your fingers is to designate a spot in a partitioned insert or tray. Take them out, wear them, and return them to their home where they live for the remainder of the year.

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FURS

Furs (even Faux) are not only an investment accessory, but require an investment of time to maintain. If you want your stoles and coats to look their best for generations to come, the best solution is a designated, temp-controlled cabinet. Smaller accessories should always lay flat, in a soft, lined drawer or shelf to avoid crushing! Luxury pieces require luxury care, and you’ll be happy you did when you can still wear that timeless coat twenty years from now!

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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!  

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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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!

 

                                   

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!

INSTA INSPIRATION

“These are the 10 Instagram accounts I’m obsessed with right now”

If you’re like me, Instagram is a routine part of your life, aggregating everything from current events to trends and allowing you to connect with people and brands that matter to you. But, above all, Instagram is teeming with inspiration. Here are a few accounts that are giving me major #goals right now:

 

@ashleystark -- With a penchant for beautiful interiors, this account offers thoughtful curation of endless design inspiration.

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@carodaur -- This international influencer not only has stellar style, but also provides tons of jet-setting envy.  

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@happilygrey -- Mary’s wardrobe is what dreams are made of and she provides great high-low styling ideas. She’s also major fitness goals!

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@homepolish -- All you need to know is that all the pretty things live here.

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@jaceyduprie -- This girl keeps it real, her style is effortless and her sense of humor makes her seem like she’s your long-lost best friend. Plus, her pup, Polly, who makes frequent appearances, is pawsitively adorable!

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@jennikayne -- I wish whenever I liked a photo on this account, it landed in my house. From the chic pointy-toe slides to the beautiful bags to the cool California home goods, this account constantly has me swooning.

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@kaylaitsines -- The social media sensation serves up serious fitness motivation that never fails to get me in gear!

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@MyDomaine -- Interiors, travel and food, this account makes you want to double tap on the daily.  

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@prettycitylondon -- A visual collage of London’s prettiest places (think high tea, historic architecture and beautiful blooms), this account will have you dreaming about a hop across the pond asap!

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@thehomeedit -- Organization (er, OCD) enthusiasts will love all the tips and tricks on this account that makes tidying up look super-chic.

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HOW TO SPEND MOTHER'S DAY IN LA

Spring in LA is in full swing, and Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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When I'm not drowning in dressing room madness and helping my clients get their closets in order, I am on full-time Mom duty! While fashion and furniture might get me fired up, nothing fulfills me like spending time with my son. Whether it's a weekend away or a casual afternoon around town, I love any opportunity to see the world through the Kai's eyes. He keeps me young, and keeps me laughing!

In anticipation of Mother's Day, these are a few of my all-time favorite ways to wind down as a family! Wether you're looking for a foodie outing or a fun-filled sports day, these are the little moments that make being a mother so special.


GAME DAY:

Nothing says quality time to me like a high-energy game of basketball, cheering on Kai at one of his games (He's been playing since he was 6!), or sharing a spot in the stands with him at the Staples Center to watch the Clippers or Lakers!

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MUSEUM DAY:

If you're in the mood for a more mellow Moms' day, you can't beat a nice brunch and a day at the Broad. Soak up some culture at LA's newest modern art museum, then head next door for some Californian cuisine at Otium!

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LAZY LA DAY:

Family time doesn't have to mean leaving the neighborhood. With Mother's Day falling on a Sunday this year, it's the perfect opportunity to stroll through the Studio City Farmer's Market! Mama Musubi's rice balls are always a hit, and who doesn't to snack while they shop on a Spring day in LA?!

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BOUTIQUE ON A BUDGET

IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD...

Closed Design Bible is here! In a recent segment with Home + Family, which aired on the Hallmark channel, I broke down some of LACD's best-loved closets with a few simple takeaway tips for the viewers at home. Here are a few of my favorite upgrades from the book that will take any closet from drab to fab! 

 

HANGING BOOT TREES

Tall boots are tricky, and these handy hangers take all the leg work out of finding a storage solution! Adjustable to any boot size, they're easy to use, and can hang on any standard closet rod.

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TIERED PANT HANGER

Take back valuable hanging space by consolidating your slacks, scarves, and ties! Instead of one pair of pants per hanger, you can layer multiple to free up space!

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FOLDING VALET HOOK

The secret weapon for any well-functioning wardrobe - this great little gadget can be easily fitted anywhere in the closet (or your house for that matter!) to temporarily store dry-cleaning, style your looks, or stage pieces for packing!

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ACRYLIC SHELF DIVIDERS

No more slouchy bags and toppling stacks of tees! Use these dividers to keep items on your shelves in perfect order. 

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CRYSTAL KNOBS

Hardware is the first step toward a more merchandised closet! It's such a simple upgrade, and immediately elevates your space, adding a touch of custom detail.

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SLIMLINE ACRYLIC HANGERS

The velvet slimline hanger has become a staple for those looking to maximize storage in small spaces. Now it's getting a facelift, with a fresh take on that same familiar design, in a trendier acrylic body, with rose-gold hardware! Equally functional, this is the perfect way to achieve that boutique look on a budget.

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For the full Home + Family segment, check out @LAClosetDesign on YouTube!

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SIMPLY SPRING

After my recent visit to the SIMPLY NYC conference, I decided to team up with them and put together some timely organization tips! With today being the first day of Spring, what better way to welcome the new season with a fresh and functional wardrobe?! 


Check out the tips below, and be sure to head over to the SIMPLY blog as well for more great content!


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Whether you loathe or celebrate spring cleaning, there’s no denying now is the ideal time of year to reset and reorganize (and kick those winter blues to the curb). Just as spring represents a rebirth in nature, so too does it invite a regeneration in the home. And, decluttering your closet is a great place to start the spring cleaning process.


PURGE LIKE A PRO

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OK, deep breaths! Purging takes some patience but is oh-so-rewarding. Look at each item in your closet and ask yourself if you’ve worn it in the past year, if it fits, and if it’s still in style. If the answer to any of these is “no” it’s time to let it go.

Make three piles: one for selling (sites like Tradesy and The RealReal are great for designer duds), one for donating, and one for trash. Now start to visualize the new spring styles you can buy with all that extra closet space. My motto is purge the pieces you don’t love, and invest in maintaining the ones you do!


SYSTEMIZE + SORT

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Decide on an organization system that works for you. Think about your process when you’re getting dressed: What do you think about first? Garment type? Occasion? Color? Arrange your closet in a way that is logical and reflects your lifestyle.

That may mean hanging your tops from lightest to darkest color, or sorting your dresses by category like casual, professional, and party. Whatever you decide, make sure the system fits your daily routine so you’re not wasting time looking for your favorite items.


ON DISPLAY

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Once you’ve purged and established an organizational system, decide how you want to display your pieces. Use the same hangers throughout your entire wardrobe (I love these rose gold ones for a chic space-saving and cohesive look) and use designated hangers for items like belts and scarves to maximize space. Another display tip is to use shelf dividers for smaller accessories like clutch bags to keep them from getting lost and damaged. Lastly, use accessory trays for daily essentials like keysclutchessunnies and watches.


BUILT TO LAST

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Preservation, especially of pricy pieces, is so important. I suggest using clothing filers to keep folded items like tees neatly tucked away and easily accessible. As you pack away boots for the season, but sure to fill them to help them keep their shape. Boot trees are a great option if you have the space. For handbags, I recommend inserting purse pillows so they maintain their structure and to keep them sitting pretty on the shelf, or purse hooks to ensure large slouchy totes hang neatly.


FINAL TOUCH

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Finally, give your space a mini-makeover by adding an accent like a new photo, decorative mirror or cute plant. A small seasonal change can have a big impact!

Entertaining Al Fresco

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!

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And, a few shots from the evening's impromptu shoot... A talented photographer friend is a must!

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

 

The New Year is the perfect time to whip your wardrobe into shape! 

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

LAST-MINUTE STOCKING STUFFERS

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:

 Pop Socket

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!

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For the Socialite:

LA Closet Design Purse Pillows

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! ;)

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For the Foodie:

Wine Stopper

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! 

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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!

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For Your Bestie:

Joanna Vargas masks 

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?!

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WORTH THE SPLURGE

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).

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FOR THE BUSY PROFESSIONAL:

MASTER & DYNAMIC The Webster X Lane Crawford Headphones

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!

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FOR THE SOCIALITE:

  Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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.

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FOR THE FOODIE:

Gucci Tray

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.

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FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE:

Hermés Apple Watch Sport Band

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.

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FOR YOUR BFF:

Louis Vuitton Ping Pong Set  

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.

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DESIGNING FOR 2018

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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GIFT GUIDE: HOLIDAY TECH

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:

 STAK Bloom Phone Vase 

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!

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FOR THE SOCIALITE

LUMEE Duo LED Lighted iPhone Case

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!

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FOR THE FOODIE

ChefSteps Joule

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!

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FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE

Hyperice Hypersphere Vibrating Therapy Ball

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.

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FOR YOUR BESTIE

Tesloop: Trip to Palm Springs in a self-driving Tesla

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.

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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE HOME

‘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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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CLOSET CALCULATIONS

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.


STACKING ITEMS

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.  

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DRAWER DEPTHS

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.

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HANGING DEPTHS

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.

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BUREAU HEIGHTS

Often, these trusty storage space are too high or too low! Aim for waist high if you want to use them most effectively.

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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! 

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