TREND SPOTLIGHT: MAXIMALISM

If ‘over-the-top’ sums up your style, 2019 is your year!

One of this year’s top trends is maximalism (aka the opposite of minimalism). Maximalism is an explosion of textures, fabrics, colors, time periods and styles. Basically, an amalgamation of excess and emotion! Check out these Instagram accounts to acquaint yourself with the decadent design trend: Matthew Williamson, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Marcie Kobernus, Michelle Nussbaumer and Cabana Magazine.

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I’ve worked with clients who purposely want to downsize and prefer minimalistic design to simplify their lives, but more often than not, we celebrate maximalism (sorry, Marie Kondo)!  In a way, our closets are inherently based on maximalism because we are housing so many diverse items in one space. But, if you want to add an extra dose of decadence to your closet, here are a few ways to incorporate maximalism into your dressing room:

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Add artwork -- Artwork is a key element in maximalism and it’s a great opportunity to experiment with the trend. Gallery walls are one of the most popular ways to incorporate maximalism art, but you can also opt for a large bold piece like this Moglea print or elaborate frame like this baroque-inspired one to accompany a painting.

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

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Layer...a lot -- More is more with maximalism and what better way to achieve that than by mixing patterns, colors and textures? Rather than sticking to a specific color scheme or focusing on a single pattern, overlap them to create eclectic charm. Try layering two or three printed rugs, mix and match seating options or create unexpected color stories. While it’s important to keep scale and orgainzation in mind, the general rule is to keep adding and adding!

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Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Transcend time -- Nothing says maximalism like mixing pieces from various time periods. A little Victorian here, some Art Deco there, sprinkled with some modern elements. By bridging vintage with contemporary you create a unique design story that is personal and unique. 1stdibs is a great place to score rare antiques and artifacts, as are flea markets.

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Work in wallpaper -- Wallpapering a space is an easy and affordable way to create a bit of drama. If your aesthetic leans romantic, try the Ellie Cashman’s oversized floral print that’s trending right now. Prefer something more whimsical? Opt for a palm leaf print, similar to what I incorporated into Whitney Port’s closet.  Feeling bold? Black Crow Studios’ “Dystopian Opulence” collection is a collision of color, nature and texture that is sure to make a style statement!

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TREND SPOTLIGHT: OMBRE

Fashion’s biggest night took NYC by storm this week as the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated its annual Vogue soirée, the Costume Institute Met Gala. This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” celebrated Susan Sontag's 1964 essay that defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."  Designers decked out celebrities, athletes and tastemakers in bold, eclectic, over-the-top fashions that were some of the most daring the decades-long event has ever seen.

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The pink carpet (a thematic shift from the traditionally red entry), served as a runway for feathered frocks, colorful confections and playful props that made the iconic star-studded stairs feel more like a Broadway stage than an art and fashion festivity. The internet is still abuzz about Lady Gaga’s multi-look strip down courtesy of Brandon Maxwell, Cardi B’s head-to-toe ruby red Thom Browne ensemble and Katy Perry’s Jeremy Scott getup -- chandelier and all.

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Whimsical looks aside, the Met Gala saw plenty of glamorous couture showstoppers. One of my favorite trends of the nights was ombré. Twins Victoria and Cristina Iglesias donned ethereal ombré watercolor feathered Oscar de la Renta dresses while Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also on the “birds of a feather flock together” train with their feathered ombré Versace gowns in purple and orange, respectively. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior dress boasted a rainbow skirt and cape adorned with handmade tulle ombré “feathers.” Guys embraced the ombré trend, too, as exemplified by Henry Golding who rocked a purple and blue metallic ombré Versace suit.

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Ombré isn’t just reserved for fashion’s biggest night. All these over-the-top ombré looks have me thinking about ways to bring the creative use of color into the home! The trend is trickling into today’s home decor, and one of my current favorite ombré projects is Adam Hunter X Studioart collaboration, which recently released an ombré leather wall covering collection that celebrates a love for color and how it is arranged.

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Here are a few other eye-catching ombré pieces that can help you take a tasteful dose of the trend home with you!:


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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NEW FAVORITE THINGS FOR SPRING


With consecutive sunny days surpassing 80 degrees, I think it’s time to start getting my Spring wardrobe in order. The warm weather is ushering in a slew of new eclectic and exciting styles -- from retro tie-dye and nouveau neon to natural fibers and monochromatic neutrals. I’m looking forward to finding fresh ways to incorporate these into my rotation. Here are a few ideas about how I might integrate them, and others for work, play and travel.



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I love shorts and I love blazers, so, naturally, I’m thrilled that short suits are a spring trend. This look works well in a place like LA where I want to look polished for business meetings, but not overheat! I could see myself living in this playful-meets-professional Veronica Beard gingham blazer and shorts combo, paired with Gianvito Rossi neon strappy heels, Givenchy bucket bag and this season’s must-have hair accessory, a pearl clip.  

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Neutrals are a constant in my closet, but I’m always up for a seasonal refresh, especially given skin tones are “in” this spring. While there are countless ways to update the wardrobe with nude, blush and cream hues, this feminine and slightly edgy Nanushka croc-effect midi dress could work wonderfully for weekend shopping or cocktails with friends. I’m imagining it dressed up with this chic embroidered Fendi shoulder bag, versatile Mansur Gavriel mules and feminine Jennifer Behr headband, and dressed down with this artful Rejina Pyo tote and comfy Chloe snakeskin sneakers.

Travel

Tie dye isn’t normally a go-to print for me, but the pervasive trend has me thinking of ways to incorporate it into my spring style. I can picture this resort-ready Rhode frock anywhere from the beaches of Honolulu to al fresco dining in Palm Springs. And what pairs more perfectly with a punchy print than natural fiber accessories like wicker bags, straw hats and raffia shoes? Other vacay-worthy wardrobe essentials include this pretty Marysia printed scalloped one-piece, these sleek Row leather sandals and these whimsical Cult Gia acrylic hoops.

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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CREATIVE COLLABS

I always have my eye out for unique collaborations in fashion, home decor and design, and there are a few recent ones that have caught my attention!


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Evian X Virgil Abloh -- It may seem an unlikely pairing, but sometimes the best combinations celebrate the fusion of form and function, right? Off-White’s founder Virgil Abloh, who is serving as Evian’s Creative Advisor for Sustainable Innovation Design, designed the company’s first refillable glass water bottle as part of the “One Drop can make a Rainbow” collection. Made in collaboration with beverage brand SOMA, the fashionable limited-edition glass bottle is topped with an eco-friendly bamboo lid. What a perfect addition to any workout closet?! Cheers to staying hydrated in style!

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The designer is known for his bold color sensibility, and his unique ability to take fashion houses from tired to trendy! Most recently, we saw him revolutionize French fashion house Louis Vuitton, bringing the classic staple pieces of the collection into the 21st century with neon accents and iridescent accessories. It’s exciting to see that he’s continuing to think outside the box and bringing his modern art perspective to everyday items we can all enjoy.

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VIRGIL ABLOH X LOUIS VUITTON

VIRGIL ABLOH X LOUIS VUITTON


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Georg Jensen X Kelly Wearstler -- Two of the design industry’s leading brands -- Georg Jensen and Kelly Wearstler -- have joined forces to create a collection called ‘Frequency.’ The organic, minimal six-piece collection was inspired by the fluidity of water and light. The wavy-shaped steel bowls and hurricanes are the ultimate statement-making pieces that make for great closet accents!

Wearstler’s deco design approach is unmistakable in her work, and I love that she’s teamed up with an iconic maker like Georg Jensen. Now, you can add a little sculptural flair to your own home, and take inspiration from the rest of Kelly Wearstler’s forever fabulous home furnishings!

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Tommy Hilfiger X Zendaya -- The legendary American designer, Tommy Hilfiger, and multi-hyphenate Hollywood starlet, Zendaya, partnered on Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2019 collection. The decidedly ‘70s-inspired collection, which was recently presented at Paris Fashion Week, honors the female icons that defined the era. I especially love the feminine blouses, power suits and oxblood leather accessories that all embrace the season’s trends and are available to purchase now - groovy!

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Possibly the most surprising collab, Hilfiger is known for his classic Americana styling and quality denim — meanwhile Zendaya brings a fresh, youthful soul to the stylish collection and brings the designer into the present, appealing to a whole new generation of style seekers and consumers.

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TOMMY HILFIGER, DESIGNER

ZENDAYA

ZENDAYA

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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.



DIVING INTO THE OSCAR GREENROOM

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The Oscars always deliver some major fashion moments (Charlize in Dior, Constance in Atelier Versace, Julia in Elie Saab in the color of the night -- pink!, and Regina in Oscar de la Renta were a few of my personal favorites this year); but, I was especially inspired by this year’s Academy Awards’ green room.  The space was designed by Rolex, which has been imagining the ever-important room since 2016. Each year, the brand ideates a new theme, bringing it to life through design. This year, the luxury timepiece masters dove deep into the sea to create a vision around their Perpetual Planet campaign and honor their Oyster Perpetual Submariner collection.

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Backstage, celebs were greeted by a bronzed door shaped like a hatch, which opened into a submarine-like vessel. Portholes featuring backlit images of marine life further set the sea-ne. The color palette and furniture also embraced the theme, with vibrant oceanic blue tones, wave and starfish-shaped seating, and coral-shaped laser cut-outs filling the room.

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Now that nautical is on my mind, I’m starting to think about some of the spring pieces I can put on my warm-weather wish list, like these:


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REMEMBERING KARL

“Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

-- Karl Lagerfeld

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Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing this week. He was truly a creative genius who never grew uninspired and whose remarkable career spanned more than half a century. I really admire his ability to generate such unique work as creative director for multiple fashion houses at once, and constantly reinvent, while remaining true to his brands’ DNA. No doubt, we lost an inimitable icon who created some of the world’s most significant and timeless art. To try and articulate the contributions he made to the world would be a disservice; his impact on fashion, design, culture and society are too great to even fully comprehend. His legacy and indelible imprint will inevitably live on. And, I know I’ll cherish my inspiration drawn from him along with his designs that hang in my closet.

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One of my favorite Karl memories was seeing him photographed with Dottling, the safe company that LA Closet Design represents in the U.S. Dressed in his typical “uniform” he helped make the Dottling look ultra-chic.

Another memory is when I saw a story a few years ago that toured Karl’s spacious pied-à-terre. I found it fascinating that a person with such a vibrant design aesthetic retreated to a monochromatic, and in some spaces, sterile-feeling, home. While his muted gray apartment straddled modern and classic, the most memorable part of his home was not his closet (surprisingly!), but rather his insane book collection. I’d love to know when he found time to read while designing for multiple fashion houses!

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Not only was Karl a visionary in the fashion world, he had an undeniable aesthetic that was entirely his own, and allowed him to seamlessly bridge the gap between fashion and interiors! Most recently, the Hotel de Crillon in Paris commissioned his inimitable eye for the re-design of their most exclusive guest suites. The resulting collaboration was timeless, modern, and clearly Karl.

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As the world mourns, perhaps the best way to pay tribute to the famous fashion fixture is to continue to make the world a chicer place, and purchase a piece of Chanel, Fendi or his namesake Karl Lagerfeld merchandise. If you need some ideas, here are few pieces that are sure to reflect his creative spirit:


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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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LV x MODERNISM WEEK

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This week kicks off the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week festivities! To celebrate the influence of mid-century design, Louis Vuitton Beverly Hills hosted a beautiful event showcasing their own collaboration pieces for the home. For those who don’t know, Palm Springs Modernism Week is an annual series of open houses, cocktail parties, and designer showcases bringing together the international design community in the mecca of mid-century architecture and interiors! Best of all, the organization is a charity, and proceeds of the week help to provide scholarships to students of design, and preserve the mid-century landmarks we love here in Southern California.

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For this event, LV showcased their ‘Objets Nomades’, a collection of travel-inspired pieces for the home. With the same level of quality and attention to detail you would expect from the luxury fashion house, every piece is executed to complement the materials and timeless aesthetic of the brand. While embracing some of the defining characteristics of the modernist movement (modularity, minimal silhouettes, colorful accents), the collections is unmistakably fashion-inspired.

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Seeing the collection in a crowded boutique is one thing, but I’m already looking for the perfect opportunity to see one of these hand-stitched beauties really sing in a residential space! For example, the folding leather stool is the perfect solution for a vanity in a small space - it’s efficient, comfortable, and undeniably luxurious. And when it isn’t being used, I can imagine it being folded away into a perfectly designed closet compartment for safe keeping.

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Check out the collection yourself, and hopefully it inspires you the get creative with incorporating furnishings in your own closet or dressing room!

If you’re in the area, I would encourage you to check out the full list of Modernism Week events here!

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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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!


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PACKING FOR PARIS

So while LA is drowning in rain, I decided to make a quick getaway for some French festivities with designer friends! I’m heading to Paris for the Paris Deco Off 2019 as well as Maison & Objet!

You might be wondering if my organizational gene makes its way into my personal life - the answer is yes!! Packing for the trip, I’ve been inspired by the latest street style trends in my instagram feed, as well as the fully packed itinerary for the trip. See what looks are coming along for the ride in my suitcase below, and stay tuned for all the fashionable #ootd posts in Paris - one of my favorite cities in the world!

Shop my suitcase below:


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SHOP TALK

New year, new shopping destinations? LA is ripe with new retail right now, with even more covetable shops coming as the year continues. Here are a few new and upcoming stores I have on my radar (get those credit cards ready!). Whether you’re shopping for some fashionable new accessories or for closet inspiration, these design destinations are sure to have what you’re looking for!



Dover Street Market

The ultimate shopping destination landed in LA late last year, further putting the City of Angels on the fashion map. Known as one of the most cutting-edge retail concepts in the world (other locations include Beijing, London, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo), DSM consists of store-in-store installations, unique collaborations, exclusive capsule collections, and art exhibitions making it a truly unique experience. This is the go-to shopping spot for hard-to-find fashion and items like Comme des Garçons tees, Chanel and Repossi jewelry, Gucci gear and limited-edition sneakers.

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Heidi Merrick

Running through Jan. 31, 2019, Heidi Merrick, who has a flagship in Downtown LA, is debuting her first pop-up store in Malibu. The collection of cool, California pieces offers classic lines and versatile silhouettes. Her feminine designs transcend time...and freeways! The pop-up also includes art installations from Dewey Nicks and Mona Kuhn, and black surfboards shaped by her brother, Britt Merrick.

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Everlane

Though an official opening date hasn’t been announced, the popular direct-to-consumer brand for elevated essentials is slated to open on Abbot Kinney sometime this year. Whenever it opens, I’ll be popping in for cozy cashmere sweaters and affordable tees.

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James Veloria

The high-end resale boutique recently returned to LA with a pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony in West Hollywood. The assortment is teeming with tons of designer vintage finds, including Tom Ford-era Gucci and celebrity treasures like Madonna's look from the 1995 VMAs.

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Palisades Village

It’s as if I rubbed a genie lamp, wished for all my favorite brands to come together in one walkable destination and they appeared! That’s how I feel about Palisades Village, which recently opened in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Stores include A.L.C., Alo Yoga, Anine Bing, Cuyana, Fleur du Mal, Jennifer Meyer, Rachel Zoe, Towne by Elyse Walker, Vince, and Zimmerman, among others. I mean, does it get any better than that?! I anticipate many Saturday shopping trips here this year.

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The Webster

It’s not slated to open until 2020 (sigh), but I’m counting down the days until Miami’s luxe multi-brand fashion store opens at the Beverly Center, which has undergone quite the transformation. From The Row to Loewe, Maison Margiela to Maison Michel, The Webster is always at the forefront of fashion, and I can’t wait to see what the LA flagship has to offer.  

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LET THERE BE LIGHTING!

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


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

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


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

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

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Q+A: GIULIANA RANCIC

Recently, I got to catch up with one of my all-time favorite clients, and talk all things fashion and beauty at the launch of her new skincare line, Fountain of Truth! Giuliana Rancic represents the modern on-the-go woman, and is the perfect voice to take over the beauty industry with her new, all natural line of skincare products. Not only is her new line going to improve your skin, the packaging itself makes for perfect shelf candy when displayed in your bathroom! I decided to find out more about Giuliana’s mission with Fountain of Truth, and how it fits into her routine.


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How does skincare fit into your daily routine / How do your products streamline this process?

Having a clean skincare routine has always been very important to me, it’s one of the reasons I founded Fountain of Truth. I had a hard time finding what I considered to be a non-toxic skincare line that also treated the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and other skin issues. Therefore, I committed myself to creating my own clean products and sharing them with people of all ages. I think it is necessary for consumers to know exactly what is inside the products they are using. That is why my eco-luxe beauty line is Clean. Beautiful. Truthful.

What role did packaging play in the new line of products?

I feel like the packaging can tell a lot about a brand and I wanted my skincare line to look simple, natural and elegant as well as being able to be a beautiful display piece on a vanity. The rose gold hardware really pops against the white bottle and the simple black writing brings it all together. This is one skincare line that really dresses up a bathroom counter. Everyone is loving the packaging!

How do you store/organize your skincare/cosmetic products currently?

I have all six of the Fountain of Truth products on a pretty personalized marble tray displayed on my bathroom counter. I love how nicely the rose gold pops against the white marble. It’s so chic! The rest of my beauty products are neatly organized in bins and placed in drawers that are handy to access while I’m getting ready for the day.

In your next closet, how do you see your vanity / skincare station being incorporated?

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I would do something similar to what I have now, since I love my current set up and find it really easy to apply my skincare and makeup. I would for sure continue with bins, trays, and other tools to keep everything very organized. I find getting rid of clutter in your bathroom and closet and having things organized and neat starts the day off on the right foot.

How does the Fountain of Truth line reflect your own personal routine? Your own style?

The Fountain of Truth collection reflects what I use most in my day to day life. There is an elixir, moisturizer, hand cream, night cream, honey glow mask and a cleansing balm which I believe are the core necessities for a simple yet effective skincare routine. I have been using the Fountain of Truth skincare line for the past year and it has completely transformed my skin in the best way possible. I have less lines from using it and my skin has never been so hydrated and dewy. Every morning, I wash my face with the Take it Off Cleansing Balm and follow that with The Truth Elixir and the Good Day Soufflé. At night, I use the cleansing balm to wash off my makeup and then I love to indulge in the Honey Glow Mask a few days a week followed by The Truth Elixir and lastly I never forget to slather on a thick layer of the Dream Cream Overnight Repair Mask. It is so incredibly hydrating and I wake up with dewy, glowing skin. It’s amazing! I also always have my Youth In Hand cream in my bag and we purposely made it 3 ounces so you can travel with it and not worry about having it in your bag when you go through security at the airport. Love everything about that!


AND we got to talk closets! Giuliana describes the need for a more functional, effective, and beautiful set of skincare products - all the same considerations she’s taking into account thinking about the design of her next closet! If you haven’t seen the last space I designed with her, see the full tour.

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MONSTER MANIA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alexander McQueen X Damien Hirst

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

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