DESIGNER DIGS

CLOSET STYLING TIPS FROM TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS

We all know the devil is in the details! This has never been more true than in the case of the closet - a space made up entirely of an attention to detail. Good styling can take any space from drab to fab and the closet is no exception. A beautiful closet relies on good styling to inject a client’s personality, and to tie the space into the rest of the home as an extension of the living space. I always promote the idea of treating the closet in the same way as you would any other room in the home! For that reason, I thought it would be fun to turn one of our projects over to a few top designers — to get their take on the endless possibilities for dressing up a dressing room!


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The designer lineup includes four of the industry’s top tastemakers! They were all given the same task — to translate the design language of the dressing room pictured here into a palette of accessories and materials that could take the closet up a notch.

See and shop their stylish picks below:


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Georgia Tapert Howe chose to inject her design sensibilities through a soft, yet luxurious palette of accessories. Georgia specializes in residential interiors that combine a classic elegance with a modern twist and a youthful practicality. Her palette includes a simply glamorous oval-shaped crystal fixture and an alpaca rug. At the vanity, she opts for a chic little pouf with a brass base, a silver accessory tray, and a colorful floral arrangement!

GEORGIA TAPERT HOWE

GEORGIA TAPERT HOWE



Bennett Leifer blends sophisticated color palettes, historical references and whimsical concepts to create uniquely tailored homes for his clients. The firm is known for its livable, elegant and artful interiors. This is clearly embodied by his colorfully eclectic palette — incorporating a playful wall covering, and a luxe blue velvet vanity chair. Accented by a bold brass light fixture and a glamorous green rug, Bennett’s palette injects instant personality and immediately elevates the space!


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BENNETT LEIFER



Adam Hunter is a force in the Los Angeles design community. After years of leading roles under the bright lights, Hunter shifted his passion for drama and spectacle beyond the stage to designing extraordinary interiors across the country. Adam’s palette takes a modern, subdued approach, incorporating a cool range of colors and an intriguing series of textures. He incorporates an ombré roman shade at the window, a patterned area rug, and a petite side chair at the vanity (which he would powder-coat to incorporate in the closet). Love the subtlety he sees for the space!


ADAM HUNTER

ADAM HUNTER



Kristine Kamenstein of Jackson Paige Interiors takes a characteristically refined, sculptural approach to the space. She opts for a satin brass finish throughout, which she accents with a simple side chair. She incorporates contrasting black accessories and a bold green rug (the same chosen by Bennett Leifer!) to bring a little life to the dressing room. The soft lines of a tufted pouf add a feminine touch to the room, while a markedly modern pendant hangs above the island!

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KRISTINE KAMENSTEIN



Make sure you check out all the designers who participated, and show some love! Let us know some of your favorite ways to accessorize in the comments below!


SUN HATS AND SWIMSUITS

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

CUSTOM CREATIONS

Customization is a critical part of my job as a closet designer. Each new space I create is personalized to a client’s specific needs and way of living -- from the materials used for the framework down to the knobs on drawers -- meaning I never recreate the same closet twice. From Khloé Kardashian’s custom fitness closet to Brad Goreski’s bespoke dressing room to Olivia Culpo’s one-of-a-kind closet, they’ve each been tailored to their individual tastes and lifestyle.

As someone who truly appreciates the beauty of customization, I’m excited a few of my favorite footwear brands have limited time bespoke offerings available right now. Talk about personalization at your fingertips (err, toes!).


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Amanu -- Founded by stylist Anita Patrickson, this minimalist, timeless custom sandal brand offers 10 core silhouettes, 2 leather sole options, and 5 strap materials. Whether you want a pair of snakeskin slides or suede strappy sandals, the possibilities are endless. Talk about designing your dream sandal! While the brand has a boutique in West Hollywood, they currently have a pop-up in Palisades Village until May 12.

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Dior -- A newly launched personalization program from the house of Dior, ABCDior, allows clients to customize their Walk’n’Dior sneakers. Outfitted in the classic Dior Oblique canvas print in the brand’s signature burgundy or blue, you can embroider up to three letters of your choice on each shoe, which is then hand-riveted directly onto the shoe. J’adore!

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Fendi -- For a limited time, Fendi’s Colibri shoe can be made-to-order! The new#MyFendiColibri program allows you to fulfill your Fendi footwear fantasies by customizing the iconic shoe.  Choose from seven front toe options, three ribbon options, and two heel heights in four different finishes. For an extra bespoke touch, add up to three initials on the ribbon to create your own couture Cinderella slipper. The service will be available in LA at the Rodeo Drive boutique May 3 – 6 and online April 15 – May 26.

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SUNNIES

I just returned from a whirlwind spring break trip — exploring Hong Kong and Singapore, seeing the sites, tasting the street food and living out “Crazy Rich Asians” wherever possible. So, now that spring break has come and gone, I’ve got summer in my sights. With longer, sunnier days, I’m thinking about a sunglass refresh. A summer staple, this season is all about deciding what decade you want to channel with your eyewear -- the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s.

Style icons from the ‘70s like Farrah Fawcett and Bianca Jagger were experts at accessorizing with oversized, pink-hued glasses. Today, the look is still popular among the fashion set with Chloé, Linda Farrow and Sunday Somewhere are all revitalizing the retro rose-colored spectacles.


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CHLOE

OVERSIZED ROUND-FRAME SUNGLASSES

$475

SUNDAY SOMEWHERE

POPPY D-FRAME ROSE GOLD SUNGLASSES

$290

LINDA FARROW

ROUND-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES

$485


Straying from the feminine ‘70s aesthetic, the ‘80s produced Terminator-style visor glasses. And, the look has returned (I suppose we could have guessed they’d “be back”).  Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham are a few of the designers putting a modern day spin on the statement-making shades.


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STELLA MCCARTNEY

SHIELD D-FRAME MIRRORED SUNGLASSES

$355

GUCCI

AVIATOR GOLD-TONE SUNGLASSES

$580

VICTORIA BECKHAM

D-FRAME SILVER-TONE SUNGLASSES

$295


Moving into the ‘90s, glasses shrunk significantly offering slim-framed silhouettes. The trend resurfaced last year and continues to be a fiery fad. This season designers like Ganni, Illesteva, and Miu Miu are adding a strong cat-eye to the design, making it puuurfect for trendsetters.    


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ILLESTEVA

ISABELLA CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES

$230

MIU MIU

CAT-EYE CRYSTAL TORTOISESHELL SUNGLASSES

$345

GANNI

CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES

$235


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Whether you have a go-to set of shades or several spectacles in rotation, storing them properly ensures they always look good and stand the test of time! There are several custom storage options I like to employ for eyewear, including display boxes (for Olivia Culpo’s closet we did a cool brass one), pull-out glass displays (similar to what we did for Jaime King), as well as acrylic vanity trays. One of the most popular ways we incorporate sunglasses for our clients are with custom suede drawer inserts! Available in a wide variety of fabrics and colors, these are a great way to add personality to your closet, and care for your designer sunnies! (If you’re interested in having these made for your own space, contact us today.) There are also several storage solutions that aren’t custom including this chic L.E.D. optical display that resembles a set-up you’d see in a luxury boutique, this retail-ready rotating chrome display rack, and this affordable sunglass box organizer.

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HERMES COLLECTOR’S CLOSET

So we all know the lyrics to “Versace on the Floor”, but my latest project flips that fantasy on its head with Hermes on the ceiling! Currently nominated for a LUXE Magazine Red Award, this colorfully sophisticated space is every Hermés lover’s dream! The closet is complete with a marble waterfall island, hidden corner cabinets, and ample accessory display space, but the client’s collection is the real show stopper.


A MIRRORED HANDBAG DISPLAY IS THE CENTERPIECE FOR THE ROOM, FLANKED BY SUEDE-LINED STAGING AREAS WHERE THE CLIENT CAN ASSEMBLE LOOKS AND DISPLAY HER FAVORITE NEW PIECES!

A MIRRORED HANDBAG DISPLAY IS THE CENTERPIECE FOR THE ROOM, FLANKED BY SUEDE-LINED STAGING AREAS WHERE THE CLIENT CAN ASSEMBLE LOOKS AND DISPLAY HER FAVORITE NEW PIECES!

CUSTOM BRASS INLAY COMPLEMENTS BRUSHED BRASS AND SMOKE GLASS HARDWARE.

CUSTOM BRASS INLAY COMPLEMENTS BRUSHED BRASS AND SMOKE GLASS HARDWARE.

BLUE SUEDE DRAWER INSERTS KEEP THE CLIENT’S ACCESSORIES IN PLACE, AND ADD A VISUAL PUNCH TO THE OTHERWISE UNDERSTATED PALETTE!

BLUE SUEDE DRAWER INSERTS KEEP THE CLIENT’S ACCESSORIES IN PLACE, AND ADD A VISUAL PUNCH TO THE OTHERWISE UNDERSTATED PALETTE!


TO ELEVATE THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ROOM, A LUXURIOUS HERMES PATTERNED WALLPAPER IS APPLIED TO THE CEILING. THIS HELPS TO DRAW THE EYE UP AND BRINGS TOGETHER THE VARIOUS MATERIALS IN THE REST OF THE SPACE.

TO ELEVATE THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ROOM, A LUXURIOUS HERMES PATTERNED WALLPAPER IS APPLIED TO THE CEILING. THIS HELPS TO DRAW THE EYE UP AND BRINGS TOGETHER THE VARIOUS MATERIALS IN THE REST OF THE SPACE.

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A HIDDEN SCARF CABINET KEEPS A COLORFUL COLLECTION TIDILY TUCKED AWAY.

A HIDDEN SCARF CABINET KEEPS A COLORFUL COLLECTION TIDILY TUCKED AWAY.


A NEUTRAL PALETTE AND SATIN-FINISH WHITE CABINETRY ARE THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A STUNNING WATERFALL MARBLE ISLAND.

A NEUTRAL PALETTE AND SATIN-FINISH WHITE CABINETRY ARE THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A STUNNING WATERFALL MARBLE ISLAND.

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CORNER MIRRORED CABINETS CONCEAL ADDITIONAL HANGING SPACE FOR THE CLIENT’S SEASONAL ITEMS, AND A FLOOR TO CEILING SHOE DISPLAY CREATES THE ULTIMATE IN-HOME BOUTIQUE.

CORNER MIRRORED CABINETS CONCEAL ADDITIONAL HANGING SPACE FOR THE CLIENT’S SEASONAL ITEMS, AND A FLOOR TO CEILING SHOE DISPLAY CREATES THE ULTIMATE IN-HOME BOUTIQUE.


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A DEDICATED WORKOUT CABINET INCORPORATES A PULL-OUT RACK FOR LEGGINGS AND SNEAKER STORAGE BELOW!

A DEDICATED WORKOUT CABINET INCORPORATES A PULL-OUT RACK FOR LEGGINGS AND SNEAKER STORAGE BELOW!


DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR THIS COLORFUL COLLECTOR’S CLOSET AS YOUR CONTEMPORARY DESIGN FAVORITE AT LUXEMAGAZINE.COM!

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR THIS COLORFUL COLLECTOR’S CLOSET AS YOUR CONTEMPORARY DESIGN FAVORITE AT LUXEMAGAZINE.COM!

STYLISH STOW AWAYS

The holiday travel season is upon us!

This means we’re all once again digging through our hall closets and garage storage to find our favorite carry-on bags… well, not all of us! Some of the most practical specialty closets I’ve been commissioned to design over the years are for stowing away luxury luggage! If you thought it was important to have a place to protect your shoes and handbags, you’ll understand why clients are starting to dedicate space for their suitcases. Traveling for the holidays can be stressful enough; the last thing you want to do when packing for a trip is spend precious time trying uncover a suitcase in a cluttered storage area. And, contrary to what you might think, finding functional ways to store them doesn’t have to require a ton of space. If you can get creative, and dedicate an area the appropriate size for your suitcases, it can make packing a breeze!

Here, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite ways to stow away your precious cargo in style, whether you have a whole room to dedicate, or you’re already using every square inch of space!:

SHOW THEM OFF

What we often forget when trying to store luggage - these trunks and travel bags are MEANT to store things! Therefore, they don’t have to take up extra, unnecessary space. If your closet is already bursting at the seams, consider incorporating your luggage as decor in the space. If you have nice travel accessories, they can be used to keep seasonal items out of sight, and become the focal point of your closet (or any room in the house)!

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USE THE SPACE ABOVE OR BELOW

Often, clients just aren’t making the best use of their existing space! They hesitate to store anything on the top shelf of their closets, for fear of not being able to reach. The same can be said for the space under your hanging clothing - you’re afraid if you store anything here, you’ll forget about it and it will be lost forever! These are both real concerns, but luggage is the exception! Take back that underutilized space by tucking your travel bags away, out of sight, but still within reach. Next time you’re packing, you’ll have everything you need right there in your closet.

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CREATE A LUGGAGE CABINET

Clients often forget that nothing about their closet is set in stone! It might require a few touch-ups, but adding/removing shelves and rods are simple solutions that can exponentially improve the functionality of the space. This is a room where you’re usually starting and ending every day, and it’s worth a little investment to make that experience run smoothly! If you’re storing large suitcases in a basement or separate area of the house, I would recommend a little reorganization, removing a couple of shelves, and designating a space in your closet or dressing room to keep them close!

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CREATE A CUSTOM LUGGAGE CLOSET

This is definitely the way to go, if you have the space to allocate! Whether it’s converting a linen or hall closet, or designating an area of your dressing room, custom suitcase closets are the perfect way to stow your luggage in style! Designed to fit everything from totes to trolley bags, these spaces can incorporate custom lighting, hooks, staging areas, and a place to pack. No more trekking to the corners of your home every time you need to pack a bag!

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