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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STARS + STRIPES

We're in the midst of the Summer season, and the July 4th holiday is fast approaching! I'm already seeing stars (and stripes), and can't get enough of these playful patriotic patterns! Fashion houses have always adopted these prints, but for the past couple of summer seasons, the collections seem to really be embracing this trend. Whether it's with an understated striped tee (a summer classic), a trademark reimagined in patriotic colors (I'm looking at you Gucci!), or a boldly patterned shoe, you're sure to find something you love. 

As we all know, these patterns and colors inevitably bleed their way into our homes! Stars and stripes are bold choices for a wallpaper, flooring, or tile, but when paired with simple sophisticated furnishings, can become a favorite focal point for any room.

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Never one to shy away from a statement, Gucci brings together all the elements in a single bomber (which alone carries an air of Americana). YSL also plays up the pattern with a classic sneaker embellished in gold, which is sure to have you walking on stars all Summer!

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The stripe, while seemingly more classic and understated, can be equally bold! An exaggerated sole in high contrast black and white ensures you won't miss the trend. If you're looking to bring the bold color blocking into your home, an all-over paint job or classic couch upholstery are both confident and creative ways!

 

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!

SUITED UP

With Father’s Day just a few days away, I’ve got the guys on my mind. Many of my male clients inspire me with their inventive (and sometimes over-the-top) closet ideas, so I wanted to dedicate this post to dads and guys, alike.

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Beyond working with warmer and richer masculine materials like mahogany and leather, I’ve had a lot of fun designing dressing rooms for dudes over the years. One of my favorite Dad’s Day-worthy closets is Matt Rutler’s, whose space I designed a few years ago. Christina Aguilera’s husband wanted a place to house his sneaker collection and music memorabilia, and also wanted a fridge to stock beers to enjoy when his buds came over. In the end, we gave “man cave” a whole new meaning!

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In another one of my male client’s closets we designed a dressing room around his multiple collections — from a sneaker showcase to display his impressive shoes to stands for his motorcycle masks and gear to a glass display for his gadgets, car keys and pocket knives.

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In what I like to call a “50 Shades” closet, we pulled inspiration from Christian Grey’s dressing room, incorporating a custom pant rack for men’s slacks, sleek, uniform hangers to properly display, store and preserve suits, and a custom drawer for his watch winders.

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I’ve also found ways to add fun elements for the fellas based on their hobbies and interests, like locker room inspired storage to hold everything from sports tees to trophies, a shelf and charging station for drones, a cocktail bar and a putting green.

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You may not be able to get Dad a closet makeover for Father’s Day, so here are a few of my favorite “of the moment” gift ideas:

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da Vinci mini Wireless 3D Printer -- For fathers who are early adopters, this 3D printer will keep him ahead of the tech curve…and instantly up his “cool factor” among his friends.  

Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition Watch -- Even if your dad tends to be tardy, he’ll still arrive in style with this original timepiece that’s the ultimate conversation starter.

Freestanding Watch Winder -- What's better than an accessory for your accessories?! Any man with a meaningful watch collection needs a portable winder to keep everything in working order. Don't waste a second resetting your watch!

LA Closet Design Hangers — Give Dad a subtle hint to tidy up his wardrobe with these stylish hangers — he’s sure to appreciate keeping his polos and ties (and “Dad jeans”!) in order.

LAMove Mobile Closet -- Sometimes Pops need a little help packing. The ultimate roller bag where everything has its place, this suitcase’s multiple organizational compartments and hanging system will ensure he feels perfectly put together when he hits the road.   

TechLoom Ascend Shoe -- This is my favorite brand of workout shoes and I think they are great for guys, too. Whether your father is a fitness fanatic or sneakerhead (or both!), these will ensure he puts his best fitness foot forward.









 

LACD X TSHome

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Here’s Sneak peek of how I’m creating a moody, multi-functional closet for Tania Sarin!

I’m so excited about a recent project that I had to give you guys a sneak peek before it’s even complete! I’ve been in the process of designing a dressing room for my good friend, style maven and influencer, Tania Sarin, and it’s been such a fun project. Tania’s space is different than other closets I’ve created in that she wanted it to be convertible to a second bedroom, and she wanted the aesthetic to be dark, moody, cool and contemporary -- no soft neutrals or overly feminine elements. I wanted to keep the space true to her style, which she describes as edgy, modern, and classic with a twist of masculine undertones (check out her Instagram for endless wardrobe inspiration). With that in mind, I focused on a predominantly gray and black color palette with touches of brass and art deco accents to capture her cool, contemporary sensibility.

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THE AESTHETIC: CONTEMPORARY COOL


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A few weeks ago we hit the streets of LA for some inspiration, scouting at stores like Stella McCartney and Consort and assessing how pieces could work in her space. From there, I mocked up renderings in which I included a sleeper sofa (how fun for her houseguests to sleep amongst her chic clothes!), a modern end table, and brass accessories.  

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I can’t wait to share the finished closet. But, in the meantime, enjoy these renderings and a few of the pieces I plan to use to bring her closet to life!

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FIT FOR ROYALTY

Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe is sure to be what princess dreams are made of!

 

As we prepare for the biggest event of the year (the Royal wedding, of course), I’m starting to fantasize about what the future heir to the thrown’s closet will be like, as she transitions from American actress to British aristocracy. How much room will Meghan have for all her fabulous designer duds from brands like Altuzarra, Emilia Wickstead, Smythe, Stella McCartney, Self Portrait? How many Manolos will she be able to house? Will she have a dedicated display for her tiaras? The possibilities are endless!

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Over the years, I’ve had an opportunity to create some pretty over-the-top features and amenities within closets. And, while they weren’t for royalty, many would certainly be fit for a queen. From biometric locks to a temperature-controlled fur cabinet to a cosmetic refrigerator to a glass display for an Hermes Himalayan handbag, I’ve helped clients display their own crown jewels.

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Meghan found the prince of her dreams and I hope she gets the dressing room of her dreams, too!

 Carlton House, The Blue Velvet Closet

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 Buckingham House, The Green Closet

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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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ONE-STOP DESIGN SHOPS

“These LA shops are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside”

No question about it, Los Angeles has become an international design destination and I couldn’t be prouder to live and work here. Not only are there fantastic, unique finds throughout the city; the buildings in which these gems are housed are also pretty special.  From airy galleries to museum-like chateaus to architectural multi-purpose spaces, LA’s stores allow shoppers find great additions to the home, while also inspiring them through their own design.

Here are a few of the shops around town that continually fuel my design dreams:

Alchemy Works -- Situated in a gallery-style space, this Arts District outpost offers curated coastal goods like whimsical ceramics, ocean-inspired artwork and a collection of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories that give new meaning to “California cool.”

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Consort Design -- From the venerable duo behind the popular design firm, the Consort store is a feast for the eyes. The shoppable showroom along “gallery row” is broken up into different rooms, similar to a home. Offering playful-yet-sophisticated goods like furniture, accessories, art and housewares, the assortment -- and the space in which they’re house -- deliver a refreshing edge.

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Croft House -- A chic showroom, this design destination houses incredible handcrafted furnishings like rustic bookcases, reclaimed wood coffee tables, industrial steel end tables and a selection of home essentials like linens, ceramics and housewares.  

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Garde -- This airy, minimalist shop with a European sensibility is a fixture among designers with discerning taste. Stocked with worldly, eclectic merchandise, each piece -- from vases to baskets to candlesticks -- tells its own story.  

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Leclaireur -- Situated in a stunning château-like building, this relatively new WeHo shop that hails from Paris provides a stylish selection of European-sourced furniture, paintings and objects. Don’t miss the fun Fornasetti products!

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Mansur Gavriel -- Pretty in Millennial pink, this charming indoor-outdoor shop embraces LA’s al fresco lifestyle. There’s a beautiful connection between architecture, landscape and fashion in this 5,000 square foot space that has a garden, pond and courtyard. Inside, a collection of ready-to-wear crafted from vintage Italian fabrics sits alongside the brand’s signature leather bags and home goods like Italian ceramics and Murano glass.

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Obsolete -- An antique shop-meets-art gallery, this museum-like boutique specializes in one-of-a kind items from furniture to art to decorative objects. Appealing to design-lovers’ many curiosities,  this elevated emporium is a treasure trove of finds and inspiration.

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Una Malan --  Furnishings, lighting, textiles and accessories abound at this atelier showroom along La Cienega Design Quater’s historic courtyards. The luxe and bespoke products are some of the most beloved among the design community, and the beautiful space is just extra eye candy.

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SHADES OF SPRING

SPRING USHERS IN A FRESH PALETTE OF PASTELS

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In case there was any question about what season we’re in, pastels are here to remind us it’s spring! The season’s soft shades are coloring of-the-moment fashion items and classic home decor essentials. Arguably the prettiest palette of the year,  I’m loving the toned-down hues in every color of the rainbow -- from muted pinks to mellow yellows to subdued blues. Here are few pastel pieces that caught my eye.

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ABC Home & Carpet Color Reform Spectrum Overdyed Rug -- This stunning one-of-a-kind rug harmoniously blends several pastel tones to create a totally tranquil aesthetic I could stare at forever. How pretty would this be in a closet?!

Anthropologie Gradient Chevron Wallpaper -- If you’re open to a dramatic decor change, this gradient chevron stripe wallpaper embraces cool blue pastel hues, while still maintaining a fashionable print that can liven up a vanity or changing room.

Antonio Berardi Ruffled Cotton-Chambray Mini Dress -- I’m lusting for this chic chambray mini dress! The ruffled sleeves, full skirt and tie waist are ingredients for a flattering flit, and the effortless color makes it an essential pastel piece to add to the wardrobe.  

Fendi Peekaboo Mini Leather Satchel -- Fendi continues to be a major fashion force, dominating the style scene with a blend of classic and new designs. This pale green iconic Peekaboo mini satchel is modernized with brown floral hand-whipstitched ribbon, perfect for carrying life’s necessities.

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All Saints Suede Balfern Biker Jacket -- A pink suede jacket may not seem like a wardrobe staple, but this pastel pink beauty is surprisingly versatile. From wearing over a flowy floral day dress to pairing with black denim and heels for evening, this romantic, yet edgy jacket can easily fit into the rotation.

MOSE USA Eternity Crystal Bud Vase -- This lilac-colored mouth-blown crystal bud vase features a stylish faceted surface and embodies the original design by Franz Voigt, circa 1940. It’s ideal for staging and showing off spring’s best offering...beautiful blooms!

Sashi Lucite Rose Earrings -- Pastels can sometimes come off as really feminine and classic, so I love these fun yellow lucite earrings that deliver delicate drama and a punch of contemporary cool.

Smeg Espresso Machine -- With the exception of coastal kitchens, blue isn’t often seen in kitchens; but, this retro-style espresso machine in a subtle blue hue brings just the right amount of nostalgia and charm to the kitchen. I love how it feels like it’s straight from Italy in the 1950s!

Tibi Hallie Sandals -- Strappy sandals are a spring/summer staple and these lavender satin stunners brilliantly blend luxury and utility for everyday wear.  

West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover -- Throw pillows are such an easy way to change or dress up a space. And, these lovely Mongolian lamb pillow covers -- with a warm-weather color and cold-weather texture -- can easily transition from season to season.

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ACRYLIC

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It’s clear as day...acrylic is in!

Do you ever look at a room and think about how you might easily elevate it? One of my favorite ways to modernize a look is by incorporating acrylic accent pieces. This fun and flashy material has made a comeback in a big way! See below for some fresh ways to bring it home (regardless of the style of your space) and without breaking the bank!



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The cool, colorless material goes with everything (literally!) and adds a touch of modern, minimalistic glam to any room, including the closet. Though understated and simple, see-through furniture and accessories can have a big aesthetic impact. Feeling bold? Try a table or accent chair for a modern statement piece.



Not feeling ready to totally commit to the clear craze? Try a tray or lamp. Smaller accessories are a great way to introduce new materials/patterns in your space, and allow you to test the look with something more temporary. A custom acrylic vanity tray not only brings a tasteful touch of acrylic, but is equally functional for any number of areas of the home. Whether it's for a bathroom vanity or your bedside table, these custom acrylic trays can be designed to suit any interior style or functional needs!


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For more functional ways to sort our your sparkly accessories, check out my latest feature in HOUZZ!


 


 

AWARD-WINNING CLOSETS

And the award for best on-screen closet goes to…

The upcoming Academy Awards have me thinking about (what else?)...closets!  There have been some seriously covetable on-screen closets over the years.   And, while the movies may not have won awards, the closets in them are certainly award-worthy. Here are some of favorite big (and small) screen closets.

50 Shades of Grey  -- As if Christian isn’t perfect enough, his closet is quite the eye candy. The masculine space features rich wood, backlighting and an OCD level of organization.

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Big Little Lies -- Celeste certainly didn’t have the perfect family life, but her closet made me swoon. With the skylight and island as the centerpiece, the perimeter showcased her luxe neutral staples.

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Clueless -- Cher was way ahead of her time with her rotating closet and state-of-the-art computer program that catalogued her wardrobe and generated her daily outfits.  Even 20+ years later, the thought of an electronic, movable closet is revolutionary.

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Scream Queens -- There was plenty of rich girl rivalry among these sorority sisters, but Chanel #1's dreamy 2-story closet topped them all. The Kappa closet had a dramatic staircase, boutique glass displays, an enviable shoe wall and built-in vanity. 

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Kingsman -- If James Bond stayed in one place long enough, I’d imagine he’d have a closet like the one in Kingsman. The well-outfitted spy closet conceals all types of gadgets and weaponry, and has all the fun tech to boot!

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Sex and the City -- Carrie once said: "I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet." And, while her townhouse closet was packed with plenty of designer duds, it was her closet in Sex and the City 2 that was totally jaw-dropping.  The massive (even by non-New York standards) walk-in closet she shared with Big was tricked out with chic cabinets, endless storage space, hanging rods, custom lighting, and a custom bench upholstered in an oyster linen (obviously, so she can sit to try on all of her Manolos).

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The Devil Wears Prada -- We’ve all wondered what the editorial closets are like at magazines like Vouge and Elle, but seeing the closet at Runway might be the closest we get. And, it’s quite spectacular with shoes from floor to ceiling and designer pieces lining the walls.  No wonder Andy’s wardrobe went from drab to fab!

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The Great Gatsby -- I love a two-story closet and, apparently, so does Gatsby. Connected to his bedroom by a spiral staircase, his Art Deco closet is a vertical extension of his vast bedroom. The beautiful hardwood panelled walls and box shelves are perfect for holding his well tailored suits and fancy accessories.  

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SWEET CLOSET DREAMS

Who doesn't love a little kid-friendly closet inspo?! Whether you're storing onesies and rattles, or diapers and dolls, these are a few necessities for every nursery closet that can grow and change with your child! For more inspo, see the full slideshow on YouTube!

APPROPRIATE HANGING HEIGHTS

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PULL-OUT SHELVES 

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INSERTS

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VALET HOOKS

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FOLDING/CHANGING AREA

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CUPID-APPROVED

IT'S A LOVELY TIME FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION!

Love is in the air and it’s giving me tons of design inspiration. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m lusting over all things red, pink and heart shaped. From sexy kimonos and fiery red workout leggings to sultry hot pink sofas and adorable rose gold flatware, I’m lovestruck!    

Whether you’re in search of a gift for your sweetheart or just want to embrace the spirit of the sweet holiday, here are some fun February finds that are Cupid-approved.

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DESIGNER DIGS: ANINE BING

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ANINE BING

DESIGNER / GIRLBOSS


As many of you know, I often look to designer boutiques for closet inspiration! These spaces reflect an ideal balance of aesthetics and function, and attention is paid to every detail so as to ensure an enjoyable experience. Designers are constantly revamping these spaces to keep up with their current collections and current inspirations, so I thought why not go straight to the source?! Enter Anine Bing, CEO and Designer for her namesake label, who let me pick her brain about style and organization, and opened up her home for an exclusive look at the most personal of merchandised spaces - her closet.


HOW DOES YOUR CLOSET REFLECT YOUR STYLE AS A DESIGNER?

"It's all aligned and reflective of who I am as a designer and person... my taste.

It's light-filled and streamlined.

I know where everything is... super organized... not cramped and cluttered.

It's an edited closet and it's got all the great classics and basics we make at ANINE BING: killer leather, killer denim, crisp blazers, piles of fresh white tees, studded ankle boots... all the essentials."

   HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?     "Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."

HOW OFTEN DO YOU PURGE ITEMS FROM YOUR CLOSET?

"Really often. I keep a SUPER edited closet of what I'm loving and wearing currently along with the few items I'd never get rid of. Otherwise I'm rotating out constantly. I'm not precious about holding onto things."


SOME OF HER FAVORITE BOUTIQUES:

ANINE BING on W 3rd (of course!)

RagDoll

The Line on Melrose Place

Violet Grey

   WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?     "Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

WHAT KIND OF HANGERS DO YOU USE?

"Simply white wood ones with the ANINE BING logo, same as we have in our stores." 

   HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?     "Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET?

"Not really by season, more by item. Sweaters, t-shirts, denim, leather and color..."

   WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?     "The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?

"The world outside, art, architecture, flea markets, vintage styles, the girls I work with, New York City, travel in general." 

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"EDGY, CLASSIC, ROCK+ROLL"

   Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?     "Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

Do YOU MERCHANDISE ANY AREAS OF YOUR CLOSET?

"Ha, definitely! It's pretty much all merchandised. There's leather and denim, bags, and boots, lingerie. They've all got their own special section and spotlight." 

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DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CLOSET...

"I have it currently!" 

"Bright, light, open...somewhere you can see everything and have a window to the outside world so it feels like a homey little room. An area for jewelry and a candle and some memories. It's the perfect place to get dressed. Inspiring, not cramped, and organized and efficient. I love it." 

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FOR MORE DESIGNER DIGS, CHECK OUT MONIQUE LHUILLIER'S STYLISH DRESSING SPACE!

Taste LA

This week, DIneLA is taking Angelenos on a tour of the hottest foodie hotspots around town.

To savor this time, I'm curating my favorite meals at some of LA's best under-the-radar restaurants, you're not likely to find on all the other lists! These thoughtfully appointed spaces are full of high end decor and flavorful cuisine, and are sure to please all the senses!


ROSALINE

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FOR THE TABLE

CAUSITA CROCANTE

Crispy Potatoes, Salted Cod, Seasonal Pickles, Wasabi Dijon Mustard Sauce

PESCADO PARRILLERO

Grilled Branzino, Charcoal Quick Dried, Black Mint Aji Sauce, Canario Beans Puree

ARROZ CON MARISCOS

Sea Urchin, Diver Scallops, Tiger Prawns, Manila Clams, Seafood Rice

BON BON BONS! // ICE CREAM

Lucuma Ice cream, Lucuma, Waffle Crunch, Popped Quinoa // All dipped in Peruvian Illanka Chocolate


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PANE DI CAMPAGNA

Pesto Modenese

PANZANELLA

Cherry Tomato, Summer Vegetables, Burrata Pugliese & Basil 

MEZZE MANICHE ALLA GRICIA

Guanciale, Black Pepper, & Pecorino Romano

BUSIATI

Pesto Trapanese & Pecorino Siciliano


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FOR THE TABLE

MIXED CEVICHE

Hummus, Chile Serrano, Radishes

HAMACHI TOSTADA

Citrus Vinaigrette, Chilies, Radishes

BAJA TUNA

Ginger Rice, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes

HOME-MADE APPLE PEAR TART

Caramel Ice Cream


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FOR THE TABLE

MUSHROOM + JACK EMPANADAS

Cotija, Hoja Santa Chimichurri

KAMPACHI CEVICHE

Fresnos, Lime, Red Onion, Radish, Aguachile

VEGETARIAN TACOS

Burrata, Snap Peas, Green Garlic, Pistachio, Pea Tendrils

TRES LECHE CAKE

Honey, Chamomile, Fresh Berries

THE UPLIFTER

Angelisco ReposadoTequila, Housemade Cinnamon Syrup, Orange Bitters, Orange Peel


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FOR THE TABLE

MACROCYSTIS PYRIFEA

Sea Kelp, Black Clay

OXALIS

Black Raspberry, Buckwheat, Meringue

LIVE SCALLOP

Yucca, Walnut, White Currant

ORACH

Caramelized Lobster, Quince

SHOP STYLE

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!

Céline

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 Ikea - $39

Ikea - $39

 Lamps Plus - $118

Lamps Plus - $118

 Gilt.com - $319

Gilt.com - $319

 Zara Home- $69

Zara Home- $69

Dior

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Gilt.com - $439 (set of 2)

 Houzz - $125

Houzz - $125

 eSaleRugs - $199

eSaleRugs - $199

Prada

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 Gilt.com - $899

Gilt.com - $899

 Houzz - $67

Houzz - $67

 Overstock.com - $110

Overstock.com - $110

Hermés

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Gilt.com - $639

 Houzz - $221

Houzz - $221

 Gilt.com - $609

Gilt.com - $609

Valentino

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Gilt.com - $2499

 Lamps Plus - $223

Lamps Plus - $223

 Gilt - $459

Gilt - $459

BIG DESIGN FOR TINY CLOTHES

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

TAKING BACK BLACK-TIE

‘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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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