As it turns out…we really love designing closets! Especially in the homes of high-end fashion bloggers such as Emily Jackson from The Ivory Lane. We’ve been working with Emily ever since she finished building her new home last year, when she asked us to help add all the finishing touches that would transform her house into a home. We started with her kitchen and dining area (see that post here) and then moved into one of the most important rooms in her house…the closet! When your job is to dress up in gorgeous clothes every day and take beautiful pictures, a well designed closet is a must!
Emily had the bones of her closet in place, but felt it lacked that “fashion forward edge” that matched her own personal style. It’s always fun to design for someone who’s already so well immersed in fashion and design. It allows us to really push the envelope and be bold in our design choices. Luckily for us, Emily was all in and loved that we chose to enhanced her moody undertones into a full blown fashion-forward closet.
The new island is a major focal point in this design. Emily needed to the functionality of a large storage solution in her closet, but we made sure it packed just as much style as it did space. A-symmetrical drawers, mismatched hardware, vintage modern millwork, and the most gorgeous inset marble counter tops you ever did see! This baby is a show-stopper! Really, everything else sort of fell into place once we had the island design squared away.
Now…who wouldn’t love a whole shoe wall! That is, as long as you have a few pair of Valentino heels to show off. We felt like this space needed to be more than just a place for Emily to stash her shoes…those puppies were practically begging for a little spotlight! We lined the backs of the shelves with some metallic cork wallpaper and now every shoe looks like it’s on its own personal runway. Our Piper Stool was the perfect addition to this shoe corner. A place where Emily could quickly sit to put on her shoes and complete her outfit for the day. Just check out her Instagram feed…she really does use it!
Emily was so trusting of us, and that really makes the design process so much easier. Our creativity can just flow when there are no restrictions or hesitations, but it’s always good to get a list of some “must haves” from our clients. For Emily, her “must haves” were privacy and a working space. Although that beautiful bay of large windows brings in the most gorgeous natural light (perfect for selfies), it also posed a little bit of a privacy issue. We had some custom designed roman shades made to fit inside each window. The marble-like veins on that fabric is our absolute favorite! As for the “working space”… it might seem odd to the rest of the world that you would put your office inside your closet, but when you’re a fashion blogger it’s practically perfect. In every way! We butted our Sofia Desk right up against those beautiful large windows, making it the perfect spot to work with a view.
We say it all the time, but pay day really comes when we see our clients living in and enjoying the spaces we design. With Emily, we get the chance to see it on the daily! We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed touring our latest closet design as well. Be sure to check out Emily’s blog for more on this project and how she’s utilizing her newly designed space. Also, be sure to check out our online shop where you can shop this entire collection!
photos by Lindsay Salazar