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!  

GIFT GUIDE: HOLIDAY TECH

GIFTS WITH A GEEK-CHIC SPIN

Technology is woven into nearly every facet of our lives, which means you can’t go wrong with a thoughtful techy gift!  Whether an accessory for a phone or a cool kitchen gadget, tech gifts are sure to score you at least one heart-eyes emoji. ;)


FOR YOUR COLLEAGUE:

 STAK Bloom Phone Vase 

Shopping for a colleague can be tough! It's important that the gift is practical and enjoyable, while bringing some calm amid the workweek chaos. This sweet ceramic iPhone dock serves a dual purpose - both charging your phone, and brightening your day!

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FOR THE SOCIALITE

LUMEE Duo LED Lighted iPhone Case

If you haven't seen this fun and flirty accessory, you've been hiding under a rock! Some of social media's heavy hitters are huge fans of this case, and it's a great way to steal the show at any holiday party, while ensuring perfect selfie lighting for every snap!

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FOR THE FOODIE

ChefSteps Joule

Enjoy every dish in its ideal form! Never again will your casserole be too cold or your steak be overdone. This techy kitchen sidekick will ensure every recipe is cooked to perfection, making the prep process much easier, and the eating process all the more enjoyable!

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FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE

Hyperice Hypersphere Vibrating Therapy Ball

Unfortunately, your tech can't go to the gym for you... BUT, it can still improve your morning workout! This fun little fitness toy is the perfect addition to any fitness junkie's gym bag. He/she probably already has a roller or therapy ball, but not like this one. Equipped with variable settings and a soft silicone outer grip, this therapy ball is the perfect techy treat for any workout.

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FOR YOUR BESTIE

Tesloop: Trip to Palm Springs in a self-driving Tesla

If you thought first-class flight was the pinnacle of pleasurable travel, think again! Tesloop offers seats in a  private Tesla vehicle, for quick trips between several southwestern destinations! Book a trip for yourself and your BFF to have some quality time away, and enjoy a quick, guilt-free ride to Palm Springs in ultimate style and state-of-the-art sophistication.

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VALENTINE'S DAY

 
 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Valentine’s Day is near,

How are you saying “I Love You?”


 
 

Oh, let me count the ways I adore all things heart shaped and red as Valentine’s Day draws close. And, who doesn’t enjoy an excuse to give that special someone a thoughtful gift that let’s them know they’re loved? Whether you’re celebrating with your sweetheart, going the “Galentine’s” route, or focusing on self-love, there are plenty of Cupid-approved gifts that go beyond a basic box of chocolates. Here are my 2017 Valentine’s Day gift picks:

 

FOR HIM