INFLUENCER CLOSETS

Ever wonder what the closets of your favorite influencers look like? I’m here to pull back the curtain to share a few projects I’ve worked on for some of the world’s top bloggers and show you a few of the elements that make them picture perfect! 

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Influencer closets, much like celebrity closets, represent what many of us dream of when we imagine the ultimate dressing room (hashtag blessed). They far exceed the basics of a traditional closet -- think gold hanging rods, spacious staging and “unboxing” areas, store-like shoe displays, and vanities. While no two influencer closets are alike (we are talking about tastemakers with strong design aesthetics, after all), they are crafted with a mission to capture the influencer’s lifestyle, embody their brand and be functional in a way that allows them to do tutorials, reveal products they’re sent, pack for trips, and, ultimately, show followers their personal style. I’m finding with influencers focusing more on their closets, people from all walks of life are being inspired and really stepping up their closet game! 

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Over the last few years I’ve worked with such influencers as: the Kardashians, Giuliana Rancic, Olivia Culpo, Brad Goreski, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Jessi Malay, Tania Sarin, Monica Rose, Ali Fedotowsky, and Katie LaFrance of KT the Blondie. And, I have an upcoming project with Jules Sariñana of Sincerely Jules that I can’t wait to share! 


My closet is where the magic happens, it’s my studio, the place where I organize my inspiration and bring my creative ideas to life. It is my personal archive of new, old and vintage! Each piece is a reflection of where I’ve been and there’s a story behind everything! It holds more than just clothes - it’s a trip into my world.
— Jules Sariñana - Sincerely Jules

One of the most prolific trends in influencer closets is the use of a neutral palette with glam, high-gloss touches. Chriselle, Jessi, Olivia, and Giuliana are a few influencers who opted for this aesthetic, which offers a clean and chic backdrop that allows clothes and accessories to really pop! And, it not only looks good in person, it translates well on camera. 

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Staging areas are another influencer must. Whether it’s a boutique-inspired changing room like what we created for Monica or a vignette to hang looks like Jessi’s mirrored staging space, influencers revel in having a place to play dress up -- no filter needed! 


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As a lifestyle/fashion/beauty influencer, my closet is literally part of my office where I go to piece together looks to shoot and share — looks that will inspire. So in order to do that, my closet must be inspiring and intuitive so I can quickly create cohesive looks when on the go!
— Jessi Malay

Many influencers, particularly those with a popular beauty or grooming following, like the idea of having a vanity or easy access to their products. In Jessi’s closet, I added a vanity with acrylic drawers so she can see all her skincare and makeup essentials, and she can create beauty and fashion looks in a single dressing room. Brad’s closet is part of his bathroom, so rather than try to separate the spaces, I created a seamless transition that incorporates the bathroom’s storage space and mirrors, making it feel like one large lifestyle space to get ready.

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Shoes and bags are the real showstoppers in many influencers’ wardrobes, so one of my goals is always to spotlight them and give them the attention they deserve! Monica, Olivia and Tania have enviable footwear and purse collections, and they wanted a way to properly display them, almost like artwork. To accomplish this, I designed builtin shelving, in some instances, at different heights in order to accommodate the varying bag and shoe heights. Now, they’re ready for their #shelfie! 

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My closet is an integral part of my life. It’s not only part of my job but it’s also a place where I find inspiration and confidence. I start my day in my closet and end my day there!
— Chriselle Lim - The Chriselle Factor

Final touches -- whether feminine, statement-making or original -- are what make influencer closets especially Instagramable (and double-tap worthy!). In Ali’s baby closet, the gold and Lucite hang bars took the space from ordinary to extraordinary! Similarly, Tania’s gold hang bars, coupled with the modern black and gold light fixture are truly style statements. Meanwhile, Monica’s multifaceted 1800-square-foot industrial-meets-minimal space that serves as a closet, studio and office is a sight to be seen, in large part because of its jaw-dropping size. 

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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.

LA CLOSET DESIGN
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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LA CLOSET DESIGN
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!

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!