I love fashion. I love shoes. I’m obsessed with fabric, textures, you name it. I’ve always loved playing dress up, but with a dinky rolling rack, and boxes of unorganized garments it’s hard to get inspired. All of my life I’ve dreamt of having a walk in closet, something that would make a girl swoon (as cheesy as that may sound, it’s true). We live in a house that’s over a hundred years old. As soon as we moved in, I knew our tiny closet in the master bedroom and sad excuse for a bathroom had to be torn down and merged into one magnificent walk in dream. It took a few years to get around to this project, but that only gave me time to plan it to perfection. It took several measurements, sketches, trips to Ikea, browsing retail stores for inspiration, and saving up to get my dream closet. I feel that it was worth every penny!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good DIY project, but this was a massive undertaking. I decided to hire a handyman to execute my design who has amazing carpentry skills, and knows how to do electric work as well. The “bones” and majority of the accents of the closet are from the Pax collection from Ikea. The floating shelf is a lacquered Lack floating shelf, we had a light switch wired through at the bottom so when you sit down you can turn on the lights; makes putting on makeup all the more glamourous. The mirrors above the countertop are a part of the bathroom collection Godmorgon, they work perfectly for storing perfume, nail polish, and makeup. The drawer handles are from Ikea’s kitchen collection, called Blankett. I custom ordered a few mirrors to make the space feel larger; The mirror behind the jewelry area, and the giant wall mirror (which makes the closet feel infinite!). They were the perfect finishing touch.
The shoe display was a fun project. I had seen a display at Kate Spade New York’s Fashion Valley store in San Diego that I really loved, their sunglasses are lit up from behind. I ran with that idea, removing the backing that came with the shelves and adding frosted plexiglass. My handyman configured a way to place the lighting, and behind the skirts you see is a removable panel incase one of the bulbs go out. He also built a few custom drawers between the shoe cubbies that would match the Ikea drawers where the Jewelry display is. To hide the irritating little holes that come in every ikea closet, I simply used bright white caulking and filled them in myself. The rug, believe it or not is also Ikea. It’s two Flokati rugs stitched together, trimmed to fit, and attached to the floor. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, additional sources listed below!
Ceiling light fixtures from West Elm / Tulip stool from InStyleModern / Cabinet lighting, Flokati rug, closet fixtures, floating shelf, in wall mirror cabinets, and closet structure from Ikea / Skirt and shirt hangers all from The Container Store / Flower vase from Nate Berkus for Target