Here it is! I'm so excited to share with you all the details of our closet reveal...
Not only is this the first walk-in closet i've ever had, it's also the first room officially completed in the remodel – so all of it just feels so right.
When fantasizing about my ideal closet (that's normal, right?), I had a few ideas of what it would look like, and how it would function... but the actual end results are truly beyond anything I could have dreamt up. Here's a few things I knew I wanted: a feeling of space (even though the dimensions aren't huge), an air of lightness, and functionality – to make my life easier, not add more stress.
Side note: I don't have a ton of clothes. Like most things in my house, I just feel like to more I own, the more cluttered my mind feels – especially when it come to getting dressed in the morning. Don't get me wrong, I still love that scene from Clueless when Cher looks through her computer wardrobe program. I mean, that scene is just so good. And I adore working on my client's closets who have a ton of clothes. But for me, I keep it pretty simple, and I lean toward quality over quantity (except when it comes to sunglasses... my kids would demolish nice sunglasses).
All of that is to say – I don't own a ton of clothes – and neither does Ben, my husband. With a limited wardrobe it's very easy to know exactly what we have. Even with 70% of my wardrobe in storage during the remodel, I could easily design this closet knowing exactly what would go where.
Okay, now for the fun part: Designing the closet. I turned to my friends at The Container Store, and I specifically selected the Avera Custom Closet line. It's such an effortless balance of function, form and luxury. There's been countless times I've walked through The Container Store on a hunt to fulfill a project product list, passing by the custom closets section, glancing dreamily at the gorgeous wood designs.
I loved that Avera's design delivers a built-in look at a better price than I expected, considering all the high-end finishes, like full-extension drawers that open at a touch, and optional LED lighting (that I definitely opted for).
Whenever I would glance at the custom closets section while in the store (which is 3-4 times a week), I would have brief thoughts of the likely complication of designing it. Being on the other side of it, and being oh-so-thrilled, I can say it was a total breeze to create. Luckily for me, I got paired up with my favorite TCS designer (yes, that means you get one-on-one help!), which made the whole experience even more fun.
To design the space we first went over the functionality – how it would work for what I owned. Like I said above, that was pretty simple for us, but even for my client's who have 4-5 times the amount of clothes I own, it's pretty simple to design for what you have.
Besides the basics, I knew I wanted drawers in the closet so we wouldn't need a dresser in our bedroom. Both Ben and I each have a side of drawers for all the goods – socks, undergarments, swimsuits, athletic wear, etc. I love that it will all be in one space. PS – the drawers are soft touch open and close (yes, I'll need to make a video for that). I also knew I wanted a prominent spot for my jeans (I love a pretty stack of denim), center shelves for hats and purses), and lots of upper storage space for off-season items.
Next came the pretty details: colors, lighting, and accessories. I went for the Cloud color to contribute to the light and spacious feeling. We also went with the under-shelf lighting which is amazing for early morning and late night when you don't want the bright overhead lights on, but just that extra dreamy-glow to illuminate the space.
I love the Avera accessories like the metal shelf dividers which we use for our folded pants and top shelf storage. They also have made-to-fit drawer inserts for jewelry, sunglasses, watches and more (a whole separate blog post should be dedicated to our drawer organization!).
As for the other accessories in our closet:
I went for the wood + black metal hangers to add some warmth and tie in the floors.
For my table-top accessories, I used Yamazaki's Tosca Bracelet Bar
For off season storage, I used white Bigso Oskar boxes
For easy-to-toss bins (dirty laundry, shoes that need to be cleaned), I used white seagrass bins
For my small clutches, I used small acrylic riser (but turned upside down)