If the world starts closing in, you can catch me in my closet. I can be perfectly happy there, if I bring a bag of chips.
You'll remember during my move last year, I worked with an amazing team to pull off my cali closet coup: Lindsay Sartorio, my local California Closets designer who built it (and killed it), and Alex Long, a Raleigh stylist and closet-editor extraordinaire, who came in, said no no no yes no and gave me (and Lindsay, bless her heart with all that stuff of mine) some peace of mind to make the move with a super-edited down wardrobe that would be cali-closet worthy.
Alex came in and gave my wardrobe the ultimate edit, so that Lindsay could design my new closet with #realnews, not all the crap I thought I needed. Refresh yo'self here on how we started our journey.
Once Alex and I sorted through what stays and goes, Lindsay actually measured all my hanging clothes - pants, short dresses, long dresses, and shirts- to determine the amount of rail space I'd need, as well my jeans, clutches, bags, shoes, jewelry and hats, to see how much space those items would require.
This is so smart right? California Closets was very purposeful, thoughtful and full of great advice that I would have never considered if I was undertaking this project on my own. You can catch up here with this older post on the process.
Lindsay did all the science and the maths, and came back to me with a proposed mock-up for the design, consider the measurements she took of the old, and new space, the needs we had, and she threw in a few exciting extras I didn't even know about, like jewelry trays, lucite shelf dividers for bags, dry cleaning rods that pull out when needed, hidden tie racks and motion activated vanity lighting.
I went with wall-to-wall sisal in the carpet (and master bedroom) from my friends at Eatman's Carpets here in Raleigh. I can't say enough great things about it - the sisal is awesome and everyone who sees it loves it. I layered over it a vintage Persian (the first nice I rug I ever bought in 1999!) - it lived in the closet at my first house, made the move to my apartment, then rental house and now it's landed in kondo closet.
I used Schumacher's Deconstructed Lines wallpaper by Miles Redd in black. I had vacillated over going with black on the walls, and the reverse print (white with black lines) on the ceilings, but made a game time decision to go all black and I'm really glad I did.
The red pendant lights are from Wayfair and were a good deal. They're on a dimmer, so the light is warm and diffuses nicely.