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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RUNWAY RECAP

Fashion month concluded this week and there were multiple memorable moments, including a black light runway rave at Saint Laurent and a soulful send-off to Karl at Chanel. Among the shows that spanned New York, London, Milan and Paris, noticeable trends emerged -- bold hues, animal prints and slouchy, relaxed garments among them. But, there were a few overarching themes that really resonated with me and I’m looking forward to fall when I can integrate them into my wardrobe and home decor!

Frills Thrill

Runways were rife of ruffles -- from stiff and structured to flexible and fluid. The feminine frills were seen at several shows, including Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Off White. Though ruffles are often considered soft and romantic, designers proved they can be much more versatile and avant-garde this time around.

Leather Weather

Leather is consistently woven into fall/winter catwalks and this year was no exception. This season, however, designers like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Tibi gave leather looks a colorful upgrade, infusing jackets, skirts and dresses with rich, vibrant shades like green, red and yellow. If you’re not up for the risk, there are plenty of black and white leather styles to satisfy your edgy aesthetic.

Purple Reign

Though catwalks were like Crayola boxes exploding with color, purple reigned supreme at several collections including Christian Siriano, Gucci, and Valentino. The regal shade painted the purple spectrum, from light lilacs to rich jewel-tones. I think it will make the perfect pop just as the winter weather starts to cast a shadow.



CUPID'S CLOSET GUIDE

Cupid’s arrow may be striking sweethearts this week, but he’s also making a love connection between me and some adorable pink, red and heart motif fashion and home decor pieces. Whether you’re still looking for a gift or are just inspired by the season like me, there's plenty of eye candy out there!

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In the home design category I’ve got my (heart) eyes on everything from a shaggy pillow perfect for that pop of pink to a deep red alpaca throw blanket that looks as good as it feels to a chic pink tic-tac-toe set (because who doesn’t need that?!). I’m also loving Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s acrylic picture frame and valet tray, which are subtle ways to bring red and pink into the home.  And, of course, Closet Design Bible, has plenty of pink punches, along with timeless tips.


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Meanwhile, I’m also swooning over some stylish apparel and accessory pieces. For starters, this Dolce & Gabbana lace midi dress (on sale!) is a total showstopper. Jennifer Meyer can do no wrong and her open heart gold diamond earrings have certainly stolen mine! Other fun finds that have me under a spell are a girl-power Stella McCartney pink suit, a racy red and pink Bordelle bra and seasonless red Gianvito Rossi ankle boots. Cheers to love (and finding someone who looks at you the way I look at these!).


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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!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR WINTER WEARABLES

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

SCARVES

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

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SWEATERS

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

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HATS

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

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GLOVES

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

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FURS

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

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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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LACDx Curated Closet Gifts

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It’s official…I’m in the holiday spirit! Who else is ready to enjoy the plentiful parties, presents and good cheer? As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, I’ve got gift giving on my mind. There are so many fun gift guides out there, but sifting through them can take longer than checking off the nice and naughty lists. So, this year I thought I’d share some ideas straight out of “Closet Design Bible” (which, by the way, makes a stellar stocking stuffer!). The coffee table book is chock full of gift ideas -- from everyday essentials to pretty, decorative pieces -- for your family and friends that won’t break the bank.  I’ve curated a few of my favorite pieces from CB2, WestElm, and the like to implement my ‘Tips’, and divided them into four categories — Not so Basic Black, Brass and White Marble for the Masses, Coming Up Rose (Gold) and Shades of Silver and Gray. There’s sure to be a selection to complement any look! Happy gifting!

Not-so-Basic Black

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We all have that person in our life who believes black is superior to every other color. Fortunately, you don’t have to default to a basic black present. How about this marble tray that can serve as a display for flowers and candles or even a holder for jewelry? The tray is also a chic catchall for your man’s keys and coins. Check out chapter 17 -- “The Man Cave Closet” -- for more guy gift inspiration.  A couple easy closet upgrades that are often overlooked are switching out dresser handles and enhancing a blank wall. These marble handles can easily elevate dresser drawers while this notched marble wall hook can be used to stage outfits on an empty wall. Need an unexpected stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse pillows are perfect for your handbag-hoarding friends.

Brass and White Marble for the Masses

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Marble and brass used to be the ultimate luxury materials. Today, they are more accessible, meaning there’s plenty to pick from beyond countertops and bathroom fixtures (those aren’t exactly presents that can be wrapped and tied with a perfect bow anyway). A trash can is certainly not a conventional gift, but this glam brass wastecan gives trash a truly luxe look. This clever clothing rack made from industrial pipes is a stylish space-saver and great for showing off special wardrobe pieces. We all know the gal with a lot of fashion goodies, and these glass and brass linen-lined shadow boxes hold keepsakes and accessories while adding style to shelves, dressers and vanities. We created similar built-in glass displays in Khloe Kardashian’s workout closet for her athletic accessories (flip to chapter 16 -- The West Coast Workout Closet” -- for a closer look).

Coming Up Rose (Gold)

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As rose gold continues to reign supreme among home decor hues, the holiday season is an ideal time to gift your rose gold-loving girlfriends with something special.  As someone who knows all too well the importance of good lighting, I think one of the best gifts you can give is this sensor mirror, which combines state-of-the-art tech and a functional design to provide optimal lighting for primping.  Know someone who could use some hanger help to better streamline her closet? These elegant copper hangers add an element of design while also organizing the space. Peep chapter nine -- “The Tailored Dressing Room -- for more on keeping hangers consistent.  I’m also a fan of these antique-inspired wall-mounted shadow boxes that can be used for displaying jewelry or mementos. Meanwhile, these wing bookends are ideal for the bookworm in your life. Don’t they just scream “take a shelfy!?”

Shades of Silver and Gray

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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with gray and anything that falls into the mirrored and acrylic categories. If you’re searching for a gift for a fellow gray fanatic, look no further. For starters, this velvet tufted pouf can work as a seating area in a closet or another room in the home. Know someone who has frequent out of town guests? This acrylic luggage rack with leather straps is as fashionable as it is functional! I also adore these acrylic wall shelves that can be suspended in a closet or elsewhere and used for everything from holding beauty products to displaying art to showcasing succulents. Need a unique, yet practical stocking stuffer? LA Closet Design’s purse hook works on the closet wall or underneath a shelf to keep handbags from hitting the floor. Chapter six -- “The French Manor Closet” -- shows how to hang multiple purses in the same space. They work for scarves, too!  

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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brandy brown

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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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oyster gray

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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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twilight mauve

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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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lead crystal

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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.