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.
If you’ve been following along on IG, you’ll know we teamed up with fashion influencer and content creator, Tania Sarin, to make all her closet dreams come true! With a moody aesthetic that’s all her own, and a super chic sense of style, Tania’s own personality served up plenty of style inspo for the space. Looking to showcase some of her most current pieces, Tania wanted a space where she could still entertain, shoot looks, and merchandise some of her favorite accessories. The added curve ball in creating this space - it also needed to serve as a bedroom for when guests are in town or friends need a place to crash!
A first of its kind, we teamed up with AllModern to create this convertible closet/bedroom with an elegant sleeper sofa. They were also so generous in helping incorporate lighting, accessories, and other furnishings!
The styling and accessories help to elevate the room, so it feels like an extension of the other living spaces. Meanwhile, smaller accessories are neatly tucked away in soft suede inserts.
The space is a modern, almost masculine mix of dark woods and gold-tone finishes. Contrasted with velvety soft fabrics and a plush area rug, the design is the perfect complement to her tailored mix of clothing and accessories.
A curated collection of bags (all shapes and sizes!) are neatly displayed in a custom wood cabinet. Each cubby is an opportunity to merchandise with her pieces, and less structured totes are hung from hooks.
We incorporated floating shelves for a boutique-like display of Tania’s favorite boots and shoes! In this way, her accessories become artwork for the space, and immediately inject her personal style.
The closet came together as the ultimate chic retreat for Tania! She can dress in here, have friends over, and enjoy being in the space! Three of her favorite prints found the perfect home above the sleeper sofa, and help to showcase her signature style in an artful way. Stay tuned for a full feature in the upcoming issue of Angeleno Mag!
LACD x Olivia Culpo
Olivia's LA loft gets a high-fashion closet facelift, giving new meaning to Hollywood glam! With pull-out shelves for shoes, and floating open shelving throughout for displaying bags and accessories, the closet allows Olivia to showcase her favorite pieces and merchandise the space for any given occasion.
Since the loft is so open, it is important that the closet can remain tidy at all times. To achieve this, all of the hanging is kept behind full-height mirror doors, which not only glam up the design, but also bring additional light into the previously dark corner of the home.
Previously, Olivia's loft was severely lacking in storage space, which didn't work for her busy lifestyle. Having a space for everything, and an organized system in place will make packing and putting together looks so much easier for her. The closet incorporates white marble countertops for folding and laying out items.
Possibly my favorite detail in the new dressing room, the crystal knobs add a sparkly touch of old Hollywood sophistication to the otherwise simple and modern design!
MILLION DOLLAR CLOSETS MAKEOVER
Style expert and TV personality, Brad Goreski consults celebrity closet designer Lisa Adams to create a dressing room fit for his dapper wardrobe! Using budget-friendly upgrades and custom finishes, Adams gives his factory closet system a much-needed facelift for an Architectural Digest spread.
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The Kardashians have redefined #closetgoals!
The Kardashian clan continues to grow their crew, which can only mean one thing...they’ll need more closets! We got a glimpse of Kylie’s new daughter’s closet in her video documenting her pregnancy journey and it looks like she already has quite the shoe collection.
We all know America’s “first family” loves the lavish life. So, it’s no surprise their coveted closets are a far cry from traditional walk-ins. Over the years we’ve seen them redefine custom closets and I’ve been fortunate enough to design several of them.
In the early days of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” I worked with interior designer extraordinaire, Jeff Andrews, to create Kris’ 300-square-foot dream closet. A self-proclaimed “perfectionist,” she was adamant everything had to have a place and be perfectly organized. In the end, she said it was “everything she dreamed of” and I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. She has since moved homes and expanded her closets, even adding a Birkin-specific closet to her collection, equipped with a neon sign by artist Beau Dunn that reads 'Need Money for Birkin.'
In the same house, I also designed closets for Kendall and Kylie. It was my first project working with teenagers, and as teenagers do, they wanted all the fabulous extras in their dressing rooms. They’ve since upgraded to homes of their own, but I’m so glad I got to help them bring their vision to life at a critical time when they were launching their careers and just beginning to express interest in the world of fashion.
Most recently, I designed a 150-square-foot "workout closet" for Khloe. The fitness fanatic has upped her workout game in recent years and needed a designated space to keep her gear in top shape. The closet has plenty of hanging room for tops, tees, leggings and shorts, shelves for her extensive sneaker collection, dividers to organize her gym bags and sports bras, a display case for accessories, and even a mini-fridge stocked with Fiji water.
The connoisseurs of luxury and bespoke closets, there’s no question the Kardashians are ultimate #closetgoals.
Two little ones get big closet makeovers!
I recently completed five (yes, five!) closets in one home, each of which was infused with its own personality and aesthetic. You can read about all the closets on RobbReport.com and Project Nursery; but, in today’s post, I’m specifically breaking down two of the closets -- one for a baby girl and the other a baby boy.
Ladies first...for Baby Bel’s closet, we derived design inspiration from her mom’s closet (hello, “mini-me”!) and let’s just say Bel received all the bells and whistles: pink lacquered cabinetry with back-painted pink glass sliding doors; a custom changing table with gold star cutouts; pull-out shelves for shoes; custom drawer inserts for her jewelry, hair accessories, socks, onesies and blankets; pink velvet hangers; and LED hanging rods. It’s safe to say this little lady is going to grow up to have impeccable taste. Smaller shoes mean there's room for a larger collection!
Bel’s baby brother also received a cool closet makeover. We opted for a classic masculine look: taupe gray wood cabinetry; blue velvet hangers; mirror backs; and pull-out drawers and shelves for clothing and accessories.
Often the master closets are the priority, so this project was really refreshing because the client wanted to ensure the kids’ closets were equally well designed with the same attention to detail. Parents can argue it’s not worth the expense to invest in children’s closets, but I think their closets should still be beautifully designed and funtional so they have the ability to grow with them. We wonder how we turn into disorganized adults. Well, if kids don’t have specific places to put things back, then they won’t. If they cannot reach their hanging rod or don’t have an accessible hamper, then they can’t be expected to put their clothes away or pickup dirty items off the floor. It makes sense to teach young ones early on how to value organization. For more on this and how kids’ closets can grow with them, check out my recent post on the subject!
A college coed gets an A+ closet!
This “closet tour” isn’t a celebrity closet, but it has no shortage of luxury labels and glamorous details. Sometimes a master closet just isn’t enough when you have loads of Hermes shoes, Chanel bags and designer duds. In the case of a young, fashionable UCLA student, it most certainly wasn’t. Lucky for her, there was an additional bedroom and LA Closet Design was able to transition it into a sprawling dressing space.
To ensure this client’s extensive collection of classic and fashion-forward pieces popped (think Chanel blazers and embellished Gucci cross-body bags), we opted for a primarily white color pallette with some chic wallpaper lining the cabinetry.
When a client has exquisite taste in clothing she needs equally exquisite closet customizations. We brought our “A” game to this coed’s closet by adding items like lighted shoe shelves, brass hanging rods, a floating garment rack with marble platform, glass accessory displays, lucite hangers and a mirror-topped center island. The result: a boutique-like experience where she can “shop” her own wardrobe.
The finishing touch was ensuring she had a designated place for her dog’s designer outfits, all of which hang on mini pearl hangers. How pawsitively perfect is that?
In keeping with the spooky Halloween season, I'm taking you inside a dressing room that will definitely be haunting your dreams! Designed for a client with an inclination to the dark side, this closet is the ultimate man cave.
The space showcases the client's fully tailored wardrobe and stylish sneaker collection for a boutique in-home experience. With LED rods and backlighting panels, every detail screams 'STYLE'!
A built-in charging drawer ensures all his electronics are tucked away and kept at full capacity. This maximizes convenience and protection, by keeping all the devices out of sight.
For more on Mr. Dark's man cave, see the full YouTube tour below!
HOLLYWOOD GLAM GETS A FACELIFT
in this spectacular custom dressing space, finished with the finest luxury details. The closet feels classic yet fresh, modern yet feminine, and employs all the latest in-home technology.
The client's prized purse collection required very special attention. I incorporated a suede-lined glass display to protect and showcase this stunning diamond accented Hermes Himalayan Birkin - dubbed the most desirable bag in existence.
A standout feature of the room, the client's fine jewelry collection is housed in a custom marble-fronted jewelry cabinet. Complete with built-in Orbita watch-winders, a sliding glass case, and biometric lock, it's the perfect piece for showcase and safe-keeping.
No proper primp space is complete without a fabulous vanity. We created this custom built-in vanity to house all of my client's cosmetic accoutrements. The vanity features a marble waterfall countertop, inset cups for brushes and tools, and custom washable drawer inserts for makeup.
The dressing room is finished in a light grey wood throughout, complete with custom brushed metal tab pulls and white carrara marble countertops and door fronts.
Because of the unique shape of the space, we introduced a custom oval island, allowing for additional storage of the client's accessories, while still allowing for generous amounts of space to move around the room.
With the help of custom Formé shoe inserts and hanging boot trees, my client's shoe collection is kept in perfect form! The custom shelves wrap the corner with floating ledges for flats, maximizing the space and making a modern statement in the room.
For a full tour of the space, check out the latest on YouTube! Lisa Adams gives a guided walkthrough, and shows off all the boutique bells and whistles in this space!
I'm so excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at the dream dressing space we designed for dream client and style icon, Jessi Malay!
I love what I do, and having good clients makes all the difference! When you're working with someone as great as Jessi, it's easy to find inspiration! Be it her personal aesthetic, the style of her home, or the pieces in her wardrobe, the style inspo is endless!
In designing for Jessi, I loved working closely with her, to understand how she would be using the space, and how best to inject her personality! With a neutral palette and moments of high-gloss glam, we were able to seamlessly combine off-the-shelf pieces with custom installations to create a swoon-worthy dressing space for all of her styling and vlogging needs!
In the latest installment of Million Dollar Closets, Maria Menounos gets a girls' night closet purge with pro tips from Lisa Adams!
Pro-Tip 1: Wine + Playlist
Power down the phone and put on your favorite mellow playlist! It's important to loosen up for the purging process and make it fun, so you can make quick decisions.
Pro-Tip 2: Use Three Hampers
- Sell - Items you love, but no longer wear and want to get a return from!
- Donate - Business appropriate, tailored items in good condition for charitable organizations!
- Trash - Anything with stains, holes, or irreparable damage.
Pro-Tip 3: Have a System
Break down your wardrobe into more manageable sections before tackling the overwhelming task!
Pro-Tip 4: Be Decisive
"Yes!" "No!" ... "Maybe" is not an option!
Pro-Tip 5: Be Consistent
Repeat this process regularly and keep a hamper in your closet for donations, items that need to be tailored, etc. This will help you get in the routine of a year-round purge and avoid the overwhelming seasonal task!
“I always dreamed for a more organized, a more beautiful space that reflected the rest of my house. You don’t realize how much time you spend in your closet, and I wanted to be in a beautiful and efficient space.” — Monique Lhuillier
It's not every day you're asked to design Monique Lhuillier’s closet. We’ve worked on plenty of public figures’ homes, but this was an especially exciting opportunity to work with one of my all-time favorite designers!
Monique has an enviable sense of style, so I knew her ideas and aesthetic for the dressing room would be chic, feminine and timeless, just like her designs. In addition to giving her closet some glam, a big part of the project was ensuring the resulting space allowed for ample storage (she is a fashion designer, after all!). We were able to transform her 260 square-foot closet into a clean, clutter-free and ladylike space fit for a design queen.
Monique’s French manor-style Bel-Air home is primarily gray tones and textures with light contrasting colors and luxury accents, so we wanted to carry that refined design theme through to the closet. We incorporated soft gray plush carpet and wood-paneled walls in a bespoke shade of gray, resulting in a warm, luxurious and inviting dressing space.
To optimize efficiency and organization, we installed drawers, shelves and various hanging areas along the walls. We equipped hanging rods with LED lights, lined drawers with gray ultra-suede so even small items have their own compartment, and created hooks for boots and purses.
For the fashionable finishing touches, we installed a custom Waterford chandelier dripping in smoky ombré crystals, built a three-way mirror, and commissioned Los Angeles artist Azadeh Shladovsky to customize two ottoman poof chairs, making the space feel a bit like Monique’s very own personal boutique.
UNPACKING AT THE PARK HYATT
As a part of my ongoing look at luxury dressing spaces from my travels, I'm sharing one of the chicest hotel dressing suites I've seen. The walk-in closet manages to pack plenty of luxury perks in a small space, making vacation wardrobe woes a thing of the past! The closet incorporates hanging for a variety of garment lengths, and features divided shoe storage, open and closed adjustable shelving, and a built-in jewelry safe.
The Hills alum gets a playful, colorful closet to match her vibrant wardrobe and creative personality.
When Whitney Port -- MTV alum and designer behind Whitney Eve -- shared her closet revamp vision, I knew it would be a fun project for LACD. Her goal was to have a playful, colorful and bright space that occupied an open-concept room in her Venice, CA home. We delivered, creating a charming space for her, mixing and matching various materials and furniture pieces, that embodies her personality, lifestyle, and style.
Whitney’s starting place for her closet was unique: she was inspired by the iconic Martinique banana leaf wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel and wanted something similar to cover her closet’s walls. We ended up with a similar, but more original wallpaper from Walnut Wallpaper. It ultimately added the perfect pop of playfulness to Whitney’s closet.
With 10-foot-high ceilings and not a ton of width, we focused on maximizing every inch of height and ensuring all her items would be visible at first glance. We used a mix of hang rods, shelving and drawers to accommodate her dynamic wardrobe -- from gowns and jackets to shorts and blouses to socks and undergarments.
Tip: Hanging your bottoms in order of length keeps things looking sharp.
Whitney has a lot of shoes and needed a way to see all of them at once so she could grab a pair and hit the ground running. We counted and measured her more than 125 pairs of shoes so we could maximize the custom cabinet that would be the window to her soles. We then created multiple shelves -- one for flats, ankle boots and heels, and arranged each category in order of height and then by color to feature her footwear in the most logical way pos.
Tip: While Whitney’s shoe shelf was custom, you can get a similar look with the Parsons Tower from West Elm.
In addition to abundant footwear, Whitney also has handbags...lots of handbags! We used the top shelves of her closet to line up her handbags, using vertical dividers to keep them upright. Dividers not only help bags maintain their shape and longevity, but also allow them to be displayed in the most organized way while still showing them off.
Tip: If you can see your handbag at first glance, you’re more likely to mix up the ones you use rather than continually opting for the same one or few. For purse dividers like the ones used in Whitney’s closet, visit LA Closet Design or The October Company.
For more on Whitney’s closet, see the following press:
Tour the Perfect Euro Pad in Prague (Closet Included!)
“Everyone wants to feel like they’re in a calm space where they can just unwind.”
- Lisa Adams
Lisa and LA Closet Design were featured on CBS today in a segment, “New Trend Has Men Turning Their Closets Into Mini Man Caves” Featuring Matt Rutler, Christina Aguilera’s fiancé, Lisa talks about transforming Matt’s space and the mancave trend. You can view the segment here. The segment’s transcript is below.
More and more men are cleaning out their closets and turning them into a dream space. This new trend has designers transforming closets of all sizes into mini man caves. Matt Rutler shares a home with his fiancé, pop star Christina Aguilera. But one closet in the house is all his own. It’s where he keeps some of his most cherished memories. The clustered collection of magnets reminds him of his childhood home.
“I grew up in a house that was very cluttered, sorry mom,” Rutler said.
But even Matt’s so-called 'clutter' is part of a larger design that’s turned his closet into a sanctuary.
“Even if I’m coming in here for five minutes, I wanna feel like I’m home,” he said. “Like this is just my little man cave.”
Converting men’s bedroom closets into mini man caves is a growing trend, from large walk-ins to more common sizes. Some guys create cozy reading nooks, others simply make a space to hide away with prized possessions. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed.
Closet designer Lisa Adams with LA Closet Design says the biggest challenge in Matt’s closet was the room’s many angles. But she says no matter the closet’s shape, or what amenities her clients choose, men and women are typically after the same thing.
“Everyone wants to feel like they’re in a calm space where they can just unwind,” Adams said.
For Matt that space includes his favorite view. “I love looking out at these trees and there’s a little fountain out there you can hear the water,” Rutler said. A small but manly space, all his own.
“My goal was really to create a space of beauty, serenity, and most important, functionality.”
- Jaime King
One of today’s foremost fashion icons -- not to mention a recognizable model and actress who holds her own in Hollywood -- Jaime King is proving to be a Tinseltown titan. And this modern-day woman with a mid-century modern home needed a killer closet to go with her killer wardrobe. To help Jaime get her dream dressing room, LA Closet Design knew we had to bring a bit of edgy glamour to the Beverly Hills home. To transform the existing space and focus on visibility, LA Closet Design integrated a variety of functional storage, and punctuated the closet with luxe materials and California-cool accents.
Color scheme was a logical starting point in order to best maintain the integrity and fluidity of the home. We used an elegant combination of white and mahogany wood, mixing the two in a way that was balanced and synergistic with the rest of the home’s aesthetic.
The next phase of Jaime’s closet was to decide how to best use the space. The trendsetting mom’s mission was more about seeing everything than organization, so we created a space where what you see is what you get. That included a suede-lined pull-out glass case to display her sunglass collection and a rod from which her boots hang from boot trees. For the jean-queen (er, King), we installed a vertical “denim bar” to house jeans, along with folded t-shirts using Pliios.
For more on Jaime’s closet, see the following press publications:
“I never knew that I could have a closet that not only looked great, but integrates well with my lifestyle.” — Tyra Banks
When you design a closet for one of the world’s premier supermodels, it better be as “fierce” as she is. I think LACD accomplished that when we designed Tyra Banks’ chic, bright, ultra-modern dressing room. We curated a boutique-like space that works with the model-turned-mogul’s hectic lifestyle and that showcases her most prized (and abundant) possessions...her shoes!
We took several things into consideration with the design process. Tyra wanted a neutral pallet, so we opted to paint the walls in a bright white, matching the clean lines and modern aesthetic of the rest of the house. This also allowed Tyra’s clothing and accessories to pop in the space.
It was important that we incorporate the color yellow into the design for a few reasons. Both Tyra’s grandmother and great grandmother surrounded Tyra with yellow throughout her life, so it has sentimental value, and is a staple brand color in the Tyra Beauty collection. Also, it’s a color that inspires confidence and makes her feel motivated. We accomplished the integration by bringing in cheerful accent pieces.
Lastly, we wanted to balance what was showing and what was hidden. Everything worth viewing -- statement shoes, unique accessories and special clothing items -- is thoughtfully on display, while basics like sweaters, tees and underpinnings are folded neatly in drawers out of sight, keeping the space clean and organized.
The result of Tyra’s closet is a completely streamlined dressing room with a boutique feel that allows her to see what she has and make quick dressing decisions, while still having a sacred space that keeps her “smizing.”
For more on Tyra Banks’ modern closet fit for a model, see the following press publications: