LET THERE BE LIGHTING!

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


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

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


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

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

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MONSTER MANIA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INSERT PHOTOS

DRESS UP YOUR DRAWERS!

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

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

HANDBAGS

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

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

CLOTHING / LINENS

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

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

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

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

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

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

JEWELRY

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

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

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

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

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SUNGLASSES

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

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

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

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

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MAKE-UP

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

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

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GADGETS

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

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

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ACCESSORIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEST SIDE COLOR STORY

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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


WILD WILD WEST

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

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

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

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



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

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RHINESTONE COWBOY

DOLCE & GABBANA

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WILDERNESS HAT

DIOR CRUISE 2018

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KEEP YOUR STYLE IN CHECK

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

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

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

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

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VERSACE ON THE FLOOR

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

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

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

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

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DRESS UP YOUR DECOR

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

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

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

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PRINTS ON THE PROWL

GRRREAT ANIMAL PRINT FINDS FOR FALL

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STYLE AT SEA

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

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

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

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

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HAUTE HOTEL CLOSETS

Hotel closets are the ultimate amenity for traveling in style!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LA DOLCE VITA

 

Living La Dolce Vita in Pretty Prints

 

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

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

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

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

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D&G SLINGBACK SHOE | LINEN THROW | PATTERNED VASE

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

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

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DESIGNER'S DREAM

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

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SIMPLE, CHIC, FEMININE

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

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CREATING THE PERFECT COLOR

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

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MIXING METALS

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

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HIGH CONTRAST: HARD LINES AND SOFT HUES

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

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DREAMY DETAILS

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

CLOSETPHILE Q+A: KKW Beauty with Jessi Malay

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

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KKW Beauty. In 3 Words. Go.

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

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

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

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

1. A true mirror is a must! 

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

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

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

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

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

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How does the KKW space showcase the products?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Carlton House, The Blue Velvet Closet

 Buckingham House, The Green Closet

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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