KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIAN CLOSETS

The Kardashians have redefined #closetgoals!

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The Kardashian clan continues to grow their crew, which can only mean one thing...they’ll need more closets! We got a glimpse of Kylie’s new daughter’s closet in her video documenting her pregnancy journey and it looks like she already has quite the shoe collection.

We all know America’s “first family” loves the lavish life. So, it’s no surprise their coveted closets are a far cry from traditional walk-ins. Over the years we’ve seen them redefine custom closets and I’ve been fortunate enough to design several of them.


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In the early days of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” I worked with interior designer extraordinaire, Jeff Andrews, to create Kris’ 300-square-foot dream closet. A self-proclaimed “perfectionist,” she was adamant everything had to have a place and be perfectly organized. In the end, she said it was “everything she dreamed of” and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. She has since moved homes and expanded her closets, even adding a Birkin-specific closet to her collection, equipped with a neon sign by artist Beau Dunn that reads 'Need Money for Birkin.'


In the same house, I also designed closets for Kendall and Kylie. It was my first project working with teenagers, and as teenagers do,  they wanted all the fabulous extras in their dressing rooms.  They’ve since upgraded to homes of their own, but I’m so glad I got to help them bring their vision to life at a critical time when they were launching their careers and just beginning to express interest in the world of fashion.


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Most recently, I designed a 150-square-foot "workout closet" for Khloe. The fitness fanatic has upped her workout game in recent years and needed a designated space to keep her gear in top shape. The closet has plenty of hanging room for tops, tees, leggings and shorts, shelves for her extensive sneaker collection, dividers to organize her gym bags and sports bras, a display case for accessories, and even a mini-fridge stocked with Fiji water.

The connoisseurs of luxury and bespoke closets, there’s no question the Kardashians are ultimate #closetgoals.  


 

 

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

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   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!

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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ULTRA-VIOLET: Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

Prepare for purple everywhere!

Are you ready to pump up your purple game? You may have heard purple will be pervasive in 2018 with the Pantone Color Institute naming “Ultra Violet” the “Color of the Year.” With purple reigning supreme, prepare to see the more-blue-than-red purple shade popping up across all areas of design -- from home decor and fashion to art and food.



According to Pantone, the hue which pays homage to Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, who all used purple as a personal expression of individuality, was selected “to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking…” An ideal color for creative types and freethinkers, the dramatic shade, “reflects the idea of living not inside the box or outside the box but with no box at all.”



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GIVE THE GIFT OF ORGANIZATION

START THE NEW YEAR WITH ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR A WELL-ORGANIZED WARDROBE!

There are plenty of stylish ways to stay organized, and the LA Closet Design online store has you covered, with all the essential accessories for a functional and fashionable closet! For more on any of the products below, check out the full collection at www.shoplaclosetdesign.com!

 Leather Storage Boxes & Custom LACD Purse Pillows

Leather Storage Boxes & Custom LACD Purse Pillows

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 Custom Suede + Acrylic Vanity Trays - made to order

Custom Suede + Acrylic Vanity Trays - made to order

 Custom LACD Purse Pillows - Additional sizes/colors available

Custom LACD Purse Pillows - Additional sizes/colors available

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE HOME

‘Tis the Season for Gift-giving!

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve officially entered the “most wonderful time of the year!”

I love the holiday season for SO many reasons, but one of them is because it means giving gifts to the people who mean the most to me. I’m already starting lists for my friends, family and colleagues, and I can tell you the possibilities are endless. So, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite gift ideas to help guide you, divided by category, which I'll be sharing with you in the coming weeks leading up to the holidays! Within each category, there are ideas for: the busy professional, the chic socialite, the foodie, the fitness junkie, and gifts you can share with your BFF. Happy shopping and happier holidays!

FOR THE HOME:

We all have those people in our lives who would rather stay home than go out. And, who can blame them with all of today’s great modern and luxurious comforts (‘Netflix and chill,’ anyone)? Help make them feel even happier at home with items like elevated entertaining essentials and bold barware they can use all year round!

The Busy Professional: LA Closet Design Acrylic Vanity Tray

Give your colleagues the gift of organization with a custom acrylic and suede tray, designed to accommodate all their daily essentials! From electronics to accessories, this tray is a must for anyone who's always on the run.

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For the Chic Socialite: Tom Dixon Barware

Whether they're going out or staying in, this friend is always the life of the party. Help them entertain in style with this stunning set of barware from Tom Dixon. You'll be sure to get an invite to all the best dinner parties in the coming year!

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For the Foodie: Geode Napkin Rings

Anyone who loves to eat can appreciate a good place setting! These geode napkin rings will glam up any tablescape, and complement any dish!

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For the Fitness Junkie: LA Closet Design-Inspired Fitness Closet (à la Khloe Kardashian)

Ok, maybe this is a reach, but every fitness fiend deserves a well-organized workout space! Whether you're upgrading their gear or giving them a whole new space, any fitness junkie will surely appreciate a well-equipped workout closet!

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For your BFF: Corkcicle Metallic Stemless Tumbler

Pop the cork on that special bottle you've been saving, because the holidays are meant to be spent with those you love. Every drink tastes better at the right temperature, and even better in a cute cup! This metallic tumbler is the perfect vessel for a quiet night in full of fun and laughter.

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GIVE THANKS IN STYLE

Don't go home for the holidays empty-handed!

With only a week left before the feasting begins, I'm rounding up some of my favorite finds for the holiday host. From chic gifts for the home to simple gestures, these thoughtful displays of gratitude are sure to liven up the table setting and ensure you get invited back next year!


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CANAAN MARBLE TABLE ACCESSORIES - JONATHAN ADLER

If you're looking to gift your hostess something graphic and glamorous, look no further than the Canaan line of marble tableware and desk accessories from Jonathan Adler. The salt and pepper shakers are a personal favorite, and a timely choice for the feasting festivities!


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VENUS ET FLEUR - VELVET COLLECTION ROSES

Nothing completes a holiday table setting like a fabulous floral arrangement! Presented in a stunning velvet jewel-tone box, these roses in white are the right way to say 'Thank You' to anyone opening their home for the holidays.

 

 


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SUGARFINA CANDY TRUNK

I can't think of a sweeter way to say 'Thank You' than Sugarfina's colorful candy trunk! This is sure to be one piece of luggage your host won't mind having in the house for a few extra days! 


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ONE HOPE WINE

Give the gift of a good cause with a bottle of One Hope Wine! Not only is the glittery bottle the perfect addition to the festive table setting, but it's the perfect way to give back as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, with each purchase supporting causes like breast cancer research and autism awareness!


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MONOPOLY - LUXURY EDITION

Holiday gatherings are all about making memories with those you love. What better way to 'wow' the host than with an after-dinner family favorite? Start a new tradition, and leave this elegantly crafted edition of the classic Monopoly game behind for your host to enjoy for generations to come!

MARBLE, MIRROR, AND A MILLION DOLLAR BAG

HOLLYWOOD GLAM GETS A FACELIFT

in this spectacular custom dressing space, finished with the finest luxury details. The closet feels classic yet fresh, modern yet feminine, and employs all the latest in-home technology. 

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The client's prized purse collection required very special attention. I incorporated a suede-lined glass display to protect and showcase this stunning diamond accented Hermes Himalayan Birkin - dubbed the most desirable bag in existence.



A standout feature of the room, the client's fine jewelry collection is housed in a custom marble-fronted jewelry cabinet. Complete with built-in Orbita watch-winders, a sliding glass case, and biometric lock, it's the perfect piece for showcase and safe-keeping.


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No proper primp space is complete without a fabulous vanity. We created this custom built-in vanity to house all of my client's cosmetic accoutrements. The vanity features a marble waterfall countertop, inset cups for brushes and tools, and custom washable drawer inserts for makeup.


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The dressing room is finished in a light grey wood throughout, complete with custom brushed metal tab pulls and white carrara marble countertops and door fronts.

Because of the unique shape of the space, we introduced a custom oval island, allowing for additional storage of the client's accessories, while still allowing for generous amounts of space to move around the room. 


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With the help of custom Formé shoe inserts and hanging boot trees, my client's shoe collection is kept in perfect form! The custom shelves wrap the corner with floating ledges for flats, maximizing the space and making a modern statement in the room. 


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For a full tour of the space, check out the latest on YouTube! Lisa Adams gives a guided walkthrough, and shows off all the boutique bells and whistles in this space!


Designer Lisa Adams gives an exclusive tour of the ultra-chic space she designed for one of LA's leading ladies! Packed with custom appointments, this closet is the ultimate space for pampering, and showcases the client's one-of-a-kind designer collection.

DESIGNING FOR MILLENNIALS

As a part of this year's Fall Market Series at Pacific Design Center, I participated in an exciting discussion with fellow designers at the Kravet showroom! The topic: DESIGNING FOR MILLENNIALS

I think this generation of designers and dreamers are reshaping our field, fueled by a sense of creative freedom and embracing the endless possibilities! Here, I'm giving a full rundown of my responses to the panel questions.

 


What’s your number one piece of advice when it comes to work with/designing for millennials?  

Have a strong social media presence and tools as this is how millenials are accessing information and inspiration from.

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What differences do you notice in their décor style in comparison to older generations?  I see the following difference: 

PINK!  There is a willingness to mix and match hardware and fabrics/patterns whereas the older generations tend to want everything to match. 


What challenges do you face when working with/designing for millennials? 

Information is at their fingertips so there is a constant influx of ideas and often, I have to keep them focused and streamlined. They can also price things out faster than we can, so being transparent is key. 

Have you encountered similar challenges with other age groups?  

It depends on the person and the age group, but yes! 


Does social media play a role in working with/designing for millennials? ABSOLUTELY! 

Is designing an “Instagrammable” spot/corner a must? 

Duh…J In Jessi Malay’s closet, this fact literally drove the design.  We created a staging area across from her vanity so it woud be in every shot and video she did.

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What do you love about working with/designing for a younger generation? 

 I love the open mindedness and the thinking outside of the box aspect.  They don’t know the rules and it can be fun that way, too! 


Are there any recurring millennial design trends that surprise you?  

The marble trend!  Millenials are all about the marble—be it clothing, home décor, etc., which is surprising given that maybe 20 years ago, people saw marble as older/gaudy. 


Are textures and patterns trending with millennials? In what ways?  

I am seeing a lot of geometric patterns, florals, colors and textures.  Fashion also plays a part and I see that influencing design and design choices.


The closet, in the past was rarley featured and now an organized aethetically pleasing closet is a priority --- what do you think has contributing to this shift?

Where do I start?!  When I started LA Closet Design in 2007, the impetus was seeing ktichens as great spaces (heart of the home) and wanting closets to be treated in the same way—as legitimate spaces that people can dress in, as well as hang out in—multi-functional spaces.  It’s become a lifestyle space and thanks to social media, we’ve been able to show what you can do practically and aspirationally.  

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THINK PINK


   A color that defines a generation provides endless design inspiration!


Chances are you’ve seen a proliferation of pink -- more specifically millennial pink -- on your Instagram feed, in stores and virtually at every turn.  Millennial pink has officially permeated our lives -- from popular restaurants like Sketch in London to product packaging like that of Glossier and fashion brands like Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma Spring/Summer ‘17 collection.  Even The Beverly Hills Hotel’s newest installation, Marc Ange’s Le Refuge, sports the shade.

Who would have guessed that a color could resonate so strongly with an entire generation? Though there’s some varying opinions about its exact shade, I think blush-toned pink is the most widely accepted version. And, in my opinion, the most aesthetically pleasing. Love it but not sure how to integrate the hot hue into your home and closet? Here are a few options:

 

Accents

Perhaps the simplest and most affordable way to bring millennial pink into your space is with a subtle accent piece. Try a candle, vase, planter, tray, throw or pillow to achieve that perfect pop of pink!

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Fashion & Accessory Displays

Want to give your closet a color boost with millennial pink? Put your favorite fashion finds in the shade on display! There are so many ways to sport the hue this season, you can be sure to find a piece you will love for years to come.  

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Flooring 

If you’re prepared to make a bold statement try a millennial pink sheepskin rug. Want to make an even bigger impact? Install carpet...just make sure you love the color!

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Furnishings

Furniture pieces are a great way to introduce the stylish shade into your home. Depending on your dwelling’s overall aesthetic, you can choose a chic couch, sleek stools or a beautiful bench.

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Inserts and Dividers 

If you want to test millennial pink before committing, I suggest adding a hint of the trendy hue with drawer inserts or dividers that can separate items like undergarments, socks and tee shirts. If you smile every time you open your drawer, you’ll know you’re ready to take the pink plunge!

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Wall Coverings 

For the risk-averse, opt to paint a room, or just a single wall, to bring millennial pink into a space. Elle Decor spotlighted some of the best paint options out there. Feel like making a bigger commitment to the color? I recommend a playful printed wallpaper like these from Spoonflower.

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LACD x JESSI MALAY: The Reveal


I'm so excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at the dream dressing space we designed for dream client and style icon, Jessi Malay!



I love what I do, and having good clients makes all the difference! When you're working with someone as great as Jessi, it's easy to find inspiration! Be it her personal aesthetic, the style of her home, or the pieces in her wardrobe, the style inspo is endless!


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In designing for Jessi, I loved working closely with her, to understand how she would be using the space, and how best to inject her personality! With a neutral palette and moments of high-gloss glam, we were able to seamlessly combine off-the-shelf pieces with custom installations to create a swoon-worthy dressing space for all of her styling and vlogging needs!


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SMELLS LIKE SUMMER

   BRING HOME SUMMER'S BEST SCENTS WITH THESE FRAGRANT CANDLES

 

What fragrances remind you of summer? When I think of summer scents I channel aromas of suntan lotion, salt water, fresh cut grass, jasmine, and citrus. In honor of the sunny season I’ve rounded up my favorite warm-weather candles. A mix of old classics and new favorites, these transport me to sunshine no matter the month.


Diptyque Tomas Maier Palm Beach Scented Candle

Not only do I love the black and white packaging on this candle, I adore its scent. Round fragrances of jasmine, iris, lemon and lime trees, sea salt and fresh-cut grass transport me right to Florida’s fragrant paradise.


Mer-Sea Summer Day Boxed Candle & Agate Coaster

This candle perfectly captures the essence of summer, featuring a fresh, grassy scent mixed with florals, citrus, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cedar and spruce. And, the agate coaster that’s included could not be chicer!


Nest Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Classic Candle

As if the ocean is just a few feet away, this luxe candle is a clever concoction of ocean mist fragrance, sea salt, white tea and coconut. Heaven!


Sel de Mer Classic Toile Pagoda Box Candle

This candle may look simple, but it’s precisely blended to smell like the ocean. It combines light green marine and sea moss with the fresh perfumes of cyclamen and lavender, and is finished with touches of earthy wild sage and citrus-y petitgrain.


Sunday Forever Tanlines  

Want to be transported to a tropical locale without the sunburn? Burning this candle is like taking a trip to the beach, blending notes of suntan lotion and coconuts, and ending up with the best sun-free tan ever.


 

 

 

 

 

 

LACD x Jessi Malay - Progress Post

We wanted to give Jessi the ultimate glam room to showcase her personal style!

 

 

If you follow fashion and beauty blogger extraordinaire, Jessi Malay, you know she recently shared some major news. Well, yes, she’s having a baby(!); but, she’s also gearing up to reveal her new dressing room, designed by LA Closet Design.

 

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Preliminary rendering of Jessi's space

I’ve so enjoyed working with Jessi and executing her vision for a stylish space that suits her needs. As one of the most notable bloggers in the biz, we wanted to give her the ultimate glam room that reflects her style and aligns with her aesthetic. That meant creating a chic and modern space, integrating a white foundation with pastel pops and silver accents. While we aimed to ensure the space seamlessly works with the rest of her home, we brought in some playful, girly touches like a seventies-inspired, patterned wallpaper, a dramatic chandelier and a furry stool.

 

 

Now, she will have a beautiful space to shoot videos and photos, stage looks and try out new beauty products. We can’t wait to share the full reveal with you soon! For more on the process of working with Jessi, and some of our design inspo, take a look at her recent blog post about the space!

 

STYLIZE YOUR SPACE

    

You are what you wear!

 

Wow! It’s been great to see all the responses to our closet personality quiz. If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, you may want to before jumping into this post - it's all about ways to inject your style personality into your closet!

Often our interior aesthetic is deeply connected to our personal style. What does it mean if your wardrobe is full of rich textiles like velvet and fur? Or, if you’re always drawn to precious materials like pearl or marble? I’ve highlighted a few of my current favorite style trends, and am breaking down what it means if they’re part of your personal style and how to integrate them into your closet.  

 

 

Florals

If your style seed is deeply rooted in floral aesthetics, chances are you have a girly and feminine sensibility. However, if you’re drawn to black and dark backgrounds with flower print foregrounds, you’re not afraid of a hint of unexpected drama.

Florals can find their way into your space through wallpapers, fabrics, or the old fashioned way - a delicate arrangement!

 

Fur

Fabulous, fierce and totally unapologetic, you embrace the finer things in life, especially when it comes to your style.  Whether you opt for new or vintage, real or faux, you definitely have a wild side.

Fur accents can add a touch of glamour to an otherwise tame interior, whether through pillows, an ottoman, or a fluffy rug.

 

Lace

If you’re a lace-lover, you likely embrace the romantic and delicate details. Lucky for you, it’s always in style and there are a million ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe (and home).

Try introducing a traditional window treatment, or if that's not quite your speed, the pattern can be incorporated and abstracted on a larger scale for a wall surface!

 

Leather 

Leather can be naughty or nice! If you have lots of leather pieces in your wardrobe, you more than likely appreciate a modern, sleeker aesthetic with a bit of edginess.

Leather can add a tactile touch to even the smallest details in a space. You can turn up the luxe with a leather drawer pull, a wall panel, or an accent furniture piece.

 

Marble

The pinnacle of sophisticated textiles, if marble makes you merry, you’re attracted to chic, old-world European style. While marble is often associated with home decor, you’ve likely landed some pieces that feature a marble print, whether on workout pants or a handbag.

Although most commonly seen on the closet floor, I prefer to get the pattern up on the wall, so it can be truly appreciated! Accent pieces and floating shelves are also great ways to get a little carrara in the closet!

 

Metal Studs

Whether you’re an actual renegade or simply someone who enjoys a touch of edge in your wardrobe, metal studs are your way of adding dimension -- and rebellion -- to your style.

This trendy tactile element can also make its way into closet decor, through upholstered wall surfaces and nailhead ottomans!

 

Pearls  

Thanks to designers like Nicholas Kirkwood for modernizing and reinventing the way in which you can integrate pearls into your personal style. If you’re wearing pearls -- whether a timeless strand necklace or on a chic new shoe -- chances are you put your own spin on it, merging classic with cool.

Pearls, though precious, can find their place in the most functional of closets! Delicate drawer knobs or an ultra-luxe light fixture are both great places to incorporate a pearly accent.

 

Quilting

What’s more iconic than a quilted Chanel 2.55 Classic Flap bag? Not much, which is why quilted and tufted accessories resonate with fashionistas who value enduring style.

If the added softness of a quilted surface appeals to your senses, there are endless ways to achieve this in your space! Quilting can quickly elevate any upholstered accent piece, wall panel, or closet backing.

 

Velvet

This rich and luxurious fall/winter fabric is a designer dream and was pervasive on NYFW F/W ‘17 runways. If you’re someone who's constantly crushing on velvet pieces -- whether a kimono, dress, or shoes -- you aren’t afraid to indulge in opulence.

Velvet in a space means guaranteed glam! While it's perfect for a tufted ottoman or a simple stool, this fabric brings a luxurious sheen to an upholstered door, wall, or window treatment as well!

 


 

 

 

 

CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CHEMIST

 Find your passion, work hard, perfect your handshake, be an observer, and hire a millennial!

 

Often, when I’m being interviewed I’m asked what advice I have for other entrepreneurs, and how I built a brand from scratch. I recently shared some of my tips for new business owners with  Beverly Hills Magazine and talked about passion, working hard, and a few other helpful tidbits for starting a business. But, I wanted to take to CLOSETPHILE to further crystallize a few of the most important tips.

 

Accept the Challenges  

Every business, whether in the incubation stage or several years in, experiences its share of challenges. You must be willing to accept those and grow from them. I started LA Closet Design in 2007 when the recession was starting and the luxury market was quickly shrinking. Yet, that confluence of events taught me to be lean with overhead expenses and never lose sight of business development. Another challenge I face regularly, and I know other entrepreneurs encounter, is feeling like there’s not enough time in the day. I suggest staying focused and always coming back to what best serves the brand and your mission.  That will help you prioritize.

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Create with Purpose and Authenticity  

Entrepreneurs and businesses need a purpose or mission, ideally one that feels authentic. My mission is simple, yet clear: to create wardrobe and storage spaces that are balanced functionally and aesthetically. I aim to help individuals look at their space -- and their life -- as we work together to create an environment that optimizes peace, efficiency and beauty. Once you outline your authentic purpose, it makes it much easier to bring every decision back to that.

 

Define Success

Determining what success looks like for you and your business will make it a lot easier to achieve it. In fact, for many people, success isn’t just a measurement for their professional endeavors; it’s a measurement for their life. For me, success is figuring out the aim and purpose and accomplishing it; if you can have fun while doing so, then that’s a bonus.  Pinpoint how you define success and then stop at nothing to achieve it!

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Inspire and Be Inspired

If you’re not consistently inspired as you’re building your brand or trying to inspire those around you, finding success will be difficult.  I can cite so many inspirations that motivated get me to this point -- from selling Cutco knives in high school, to playing on the Varsity basketball team (vertically-challenged and all!), to my first laboratory manager, to being a Board Member at On Assignment, a recruiting firm for scientists, to my perfectionist piano teacher.  And, today, I am inspired by things like travel, design, mentors, my favorite charity, Dress for Success, and other women creators (last weekend’s Simply Fashion & Beauty Conference was full of fierce females!).

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Stray, Don’t Stay, on Course

For a long while I thought I’d be a chemist. But, then, after graduating, I decided to go for my MBA, which opened up this new world to me and helped me land a job with a kitchen and bath design firm. I can assure you, no chemistry was happening at that job! Through that experience, I discovered an untapped niche and underappreciated space -- closet design. If I stayed the course, I’m not sure I would have ever found my passion for closet design. So, my advice is to remain fluid and be open to changing course in search of your own success.  

 

Structure to Scale

It’s important that your business is poised to grow. Without getting ahead of yourself, have the big picture in mind so that you’re incrementally working towards it. Beyond taking on more clients, I’ve carved out new revenue opportunities that still reflect the DNA of my brand. For example, I recently collaborated with Max Mirani to create an LA Closet Design signature carry-on line, LAMove. And, I am working on a high-end line of closet accessories, a closet coffee table book, and expanding my business in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).  

 

 

 

 

LIFE'S A BEACH

SUN. SAND. SURF.

 

Beach life really is the best. Though I don’t make it to the California coastline as much as I’d like, this summer I’m vowing to make more of an effort to soak up the seaside rays. Plus, I love any opportunity to break out stylish new swimsuits, airy cover-ups and all the beach-ready pieces that see more of my closet than they do sunshine. I’m sharing some of my favorite beach-chic essentials and also how to properly care for, and store them.

 

Swimsuit

Marysia Swim Palm Springs Laser Cut Maillot: This feminine one-piece is sure to make a splash this summer. The scalloped edges and laser cut details uniquely elevate seaside style. Plus, it’s super flattering!

 
 

Storage tip: File your swimsuits instead of folding. This way, you can see all your pieces in the drawer without having to dig through tangled two-pieces!


 

Cover-up

Madewell Belize Cover-Up Dress: The ideal cover-up to me is one that looks like a real piece of clothing and this floaty dress is just that. I can see myself going from brunch to beach comfortably in this breezy beauty.

 

Storage tip: Create a separate section in your closet for beachwear and packable cover-ups, to make for easy summer packing and travel!


 

Hat

Eugenia Kim Sunny Do Not Disturb Hat: If a hat blocks the harmful rays and also makes a style statement, I’m all for it. Get ready for a major Instagram moment with this whimsical, head-turning hat. I’m not sure sitting by the sea has ever looked better.

 

Storage tip: Store hats somewhere low in your closet! Rather than sticking them high on a shelf, you'll be more likely to wear them if you have them on hooks or in cubbies at an easily accessible level.


 

Towel 

Zimmermann Turkish Towel & Leather Carry: This beach towel looks more like a chic throw than an offensive towel, and has the most beautiful leather carrying strap. Schlepping to find the perfect beach seat will be a touch more glamorous this summer.

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Storage tip: A towel with a carrier like this is great, as it can be stored on a purse hook, shelf, or in a drawer!

 

Tote

Sophie Anderson Adorada Circle Straw Bag: Versatility in a bag is key for me and this tote is so much more than a basic beach bag. The sophisticated shape, classic colors and playful pompoms are the formula for a cute carry-all.

 

Storage tip: Care for your bigger bags by making sure they're properly stuffed! Never flatten or fold a bag when you stow it in your closet - this can cause creases and cracks, and your tote will never be the same.

 

Extras!

Don’t forget SPF (I’m liking Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce) and a good beach read (next up for me: Material Girl, Mystical World because “a closetful of designer shoes can happily coexist with a deeply meaningful life”).









 

HAPPY HOSTESSING

 

Show your thanks with these gifts for the hostess with the mostess!

 

It’s just June and the summer soiree invites are starting to stacking up on the social calendar! Whether it’s a backyard bbq, Palm Springs pool party, or a fundraising fete, I always like to show up with a gift for the host. Flowers and treats do the trick, but if you want to be invited back,  here are a few fresh ideas to show the hostess that you have the mostess when it comes to manners.

Diptyque Ceramic Baies Scented Candle

You can’t go wrong with the right candle and this Bulgarian rose and black currant berry scent is a thoughtful way to light up any hostess’s home.  



RABLABS Pedra Coasters

Help the hostess bring a piece of nature indoors with these colorful coasters. Agate continues to be a style statement and these are as functional as they are fashionable.

 

Veuve Clicquot Trunk

A bottle of bubbly always makes a great gift; but, if you want to step it up a little, opt for the the beautifully crafted Clicquot Trunk. Designed with yellow cardboard and leatherette, it’s a classic keepsake, timeless piece of art and chic champagne holder the hostess can surely treasure.

 

W&P Design Pineapple Shot Glass Set

Sometimes a playful present is the way to go. These adorable shot glasses are a fun, unique and affordable way to say “thanks for having me.” Plus, pineapple has long been recognized as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome.

 

Well Received Textured Concrete Notecards

The perfect gift for those who loves the art of the handwritten note, these elegant cards can help a hostess chanel her Hemingway. The quality paper, texture and cool color scream high-design. They’re almost too beautiful to write on!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECT PICNIC TOTES

The picnic bag is just as important as the spread!

With the warmer weather, gingham prints popping up everywhere, and stylish straw handbags dominating street style, I’ve got picnics on the brain! Nothing beats a day spent on a lush lawn or beautiful beach with a spread of gourmet snacks, treats and maybe (er, definitely!) some wine. But the bag you pack your picnic in is almost as important as the goodies inside the basket. Here are a few baskets, bags and totes that are sure to make your picnic picture-perfect!

 

Balenciaga Bazar Striped Textured-Leather Tote - As the name suggests, this bag is ideal for browsing bazaars, but the textured-leather, bold stripes, and spacious interior make it an ideal picnic tote, too.

 
 

 

Cult Gaia Ark Bag - Say “hello” to the season’s hottest bag! This sculptural, Japanese-style bamboo tote is utterly nostalgic and yet oh-so-modern. Throw in some cheese, wine and a baguette and you’ve got instant picnic perfection.

 
 

 

Eugenia Kim Flavia Bag - The hat queen is no stranger to stylish, innovative, and often playful designs, so it’s fitting that this "upside down hat" straw bag with black grosgrain and wood handles brings fun flair to a picnic.

 
 

 

Kayu Belle Tote - This brand makes the most adorable picnic-ready totes, all hand-woven from natural straw with leather-wrapped handles, carefully crafted by women cooperatives in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. They use indigenous techniques that have been passed down through generations. I love this one that is adorned with removable pom-pom garland!

 
 

 

Mark Gross Grace Box Rattan - This luxury picnic box comes with a big price tag, but it’s incredibly versatile and made with the finest Italian Saffiano leather, 18k gold-plated brass hardware, and lined with Italian cotton twill -- picnic-chic at its finest.

 
 

 

Muun Cabana Mini Straw and Striped Cotton-Canvas Tote - Ok, you may not be able to fit a ton in this too-cute straw bag, but I love that it’s hand-woven and dyed using traditional herbs in a Parisian atelier. And, the playful red and white striped pouch is beyond charming!

 
 

 

Truss NYC Oversized Weekender Bag - Blending fashion, function and philanthropy, a percentage of the sales from this bag will aid in the development of Oaxacan communities from which it’s created.  The simple, yet stylish oversized weekender is available in white, black, yellow, and pink stripes that make it feel especially festive for an alfresco feast.

 
 

 

And for those of you wondering...

Tall totes and oversized bags are often a point of storage struggle for my clients! No one knows how best to protect and store these staple pieces. I always recommend using under-mounted purse hooks to keep bags up off the ground and protect against wrinkles and creases (which are a real concern with bags of this size!)

 

Another great solution is to stuff these bags to help retain their shape! A great opportunity to maximize space, many woven totes can be folded flat for easy storage. However, for softer leathers and fabrics, I recommend an XL purse pillow, like this one we designed specifically for the challenging taller tote!

DESERT STYLE DREAMS

Seaside Chic

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The Look: LBD, Céline sunglasses, Gucci snake bag, Dior flats


 

J'ADIOR Flats

This is the perfect easy summer shoe to elevate any look!

The elastic back makes them very packable and keeps them in place for a long travel day on your feet.

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Emirati Evening

The Look: open-back dress, Gucci shoe, Hermés Kelly


 
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Hermés Kelly Bag

The ideal travel companion, the Kelly transitions effortlessly from utilitarian to uber-chic. Keep her with you on the journey to tote your travel accessories, then treat her to a night out when you reach your destination!

 

 

Printed Poolside

The Look: Valentino lace-up sandal, Gucci cross-body bag, floral printed skirt


 

Valentino Lace-Up Sandal

When weathering the desert heat, nothing keeps you light on your feet like a good sandal. These flats from Valentino not only transition well from morning to night (meaning fewer wardrobe changes and more time to see the sights!), but they also store totally flat! This way, they take up almost no space in your luggage.

Minimal headache, maximum impact!

 

 

Desert Downtown

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The Look: Isabel Marant dress, Gucci snake bag, Prada flats


 

Gucci Lilith Snake Bag

Slim in stature and soft to the touch, this elegant shoulder bag takes up very little space in a suitcase, but requires proper care. A great statement accessory to complete any look, I always have it in tow, with the proper dustbag, of course.

 

To further protect the bag, and help retain its shape in transit, it's always a good idea to store smaller travel items (socks/toiletries, etc) inside!

 

 

Blush X BALMAIN

The Look: Balmain dress, Céline frames, Chanel sandal, Chanel cross-body bag

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Balmain Draped Dress

This cold-shoulder number in white is ideal for the desert climate, catching every breeze! The lightweight fabric breathes while protecting against the midday sun.

 

Lightweight garments like this are great for traveling, so as not to weigh down your luggage - the trick is a good pre-flight steaming and a travel garment bag!

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