by Amanda LeBlanc
Ever since I moved to Birmingham, a certain Spanish-style home in Mountain Brook has always caught my eye. The day I got a call for a consultation at this home, I knew exactly which house I was going to and was thrilled to work with this homeowner. The house was everything I thought it would be and more—a sleek, modern design offering breathtaking views. As I entered the closet, I thought, “How could anything in this house be less than perfect? What am I doing here?” Then, I saw it: a closet that was anything but fitting for this beautiful home and even more beautiful client.
The closet was outdated and less than functional for the magnificent wardrobe this
client had. My mind was racing with ideas, and so was hers. She wanted a ‘rockstar’ closet that was absolutely glam. This was her only request; the rest was up to me.
I immediately went to work, dreaming up ideas and putting together a layout for the closet of her dreams, which is secretly the closet of my dreams, too.
The first thing was to set the stage for the space by thinking about the ceiling and the walls. Moving forward with the glam feel of the closet, I chose silver, glittered wallpaper and a special silver acrylic metal paint for the walls. As I spoke with my client, we agreed the closet needed a chandelier that looked like diamonds hanging from the ceiling. Also, the electrician added additional lighting in key areas to make the ceiling sparkle.
Next, I added the right closet system for all of her beautiful clothing. After taking a thorough inventory of the clothing she had, I designed the perfect system with Organized Living’s freedomRail shelving in chocolate pear. This system provides the flexibility to adjust her closet as her wardrobe changes and a sleek design that compliments the silver background, giving way to the ‘rockstar’ closet she was looking for.
Now that the stage was set, we moved into the organizational process. We began by grouping and sorting all of her clothing and accessories, and then helped our client purge down to what she really loved and actually wore. With the adequate storage that we installed, getting everything hung and in place was a breeze.
After we finished setting up this amazing closet, I have to say I wanted to ask if I could move in. This is definitely the way to get dressed every morning and feel great about yourself!
Here are a few tips as you create your dream closet:
•Evaluate your space; write down the things you like and dislike about it. From here, the possibilities are endless with closet systems like Organized Living’s freedomRail, where you can design a closet to fit your specific needs and wants. Create a space that will make you excited to get dressed every morning.
•Next, do a quick purge through everything in your space in three phases. The first phase: Get rid of everything that is worn, broken, or the wrong size. Secondly, organize everything into categories. If you have 50 red shirts, then you can get rid of some of them. Lastly, be realistic about the amount of space you have. If you have 40 inches of hang space, you only have 40 inches to hang clothes.
•Make some simple tweaks that will change the aesthetics and the functionality of your closet. For example, switch all of your hangers to matching hangers. I prefer slim-line wooden hangers for a sleek, consistent look. Organize your clothes by color and style.
•When using bins or baskets, choose one that compliments your space and use the same style throughout. From here, you can get creative with labels and the way you attach them to your containers. Labels can be as simple as printing on paper or as crafty as burning words into leather or wood. Labels are important when it comes to functionality and add an aesthetically pleasing touch.
•For a dramatic change, consider adding additional lighting such as a chandelier or hanging a decorative mirror. Other small decorative touches, such as a small area rug or jewelry board will make your space inviting and won’t break the bank.