Designing My Closet

There are a whole lot of exciting things about this renovation, one of which is getting to design my first closet for myself.  In no other home have I had a space done just for me and I’m hoping this puts an end to the piles of clothes I leave heaped everywhere.  So does Andrew.

While Andrew is keeping his clothes in the gorgeous mirrored built ins in the master suite entry hall, I get this small walk in to myself- it’s about 5′ x 7’5″ so there isn’t a ton of space, but the ceiling is quite high. I got to work with California Closets’ designer Betsey Geddis on laying this baby out and wanted to share not only the space and plan with you but a little interview with Betsey regarding her tips on designing a closet.  I honestly thought California Closets was only for giant, fancy closets but I was proven wrong.  They can work withing many budgets and sizes- with smaller closets sometime it’s even MORE important to have a good design!

So first, the raw space:

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In order for this to work we needed to smartly use every square inch and really go through what I had.  Luckily, we have a guest room closet big enough to allow to to finally store off-season clothes elsewhere and keep only in-season garments and shoes in this space. That alone with help me conquer the clutter!

So here’s what we came up with- one side has hanging for tops/ blazer, shorter skirts and pants (I have very few pairs of dress pants and skirts actually) with shelves for jeans (TONS), sweaters (DITTO) and small accessories like clutches. The other has a long section for dresses and long skirts and shelving for shoes and boots.  Above each side is space up top for handbags and anything else I need to store that I don’t use every single day.  Under the window is a pull out hamper.  Out in the bedroom I have a six drawer dresser for t-shirts, underthings, workout clothes and jewelry.

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Renovation Update: The Finish Line (Almost)

So like with most projects, there was a little delay in finishing up our addition, but this is the week. We are so close! Things are looking amazing, if I do say so myself!  Already our house functions SO MUCH BETTER, even with just the extra 600 square feet. In smaller homes (with our addition our house is 1900 square feet) you have to make every square foot count, and I think we did a great job of that.

One thing I enjoy about smaller homes is that you can spend a little more on specific things because there isn’t a ton of space you have to dress up.  One area I spent a lot on are the master suite entry closet built ins.  Made by a cabinet company here in MA (TaylorMade Cabinets) we needed this space to function as Andrew’s clothing storage and book/ additional bathroom storage.  I added the detailed X mullions on the mirrored doors last minute and am SO glad I did. This might be one of my favorite areas of the new space.  The master bath is almost done too- it also is very small, so I went ALL OUT on flooring and a custom vanity.  Although spatially lighting above the mirrors would have been better, it’s so much nicer to have lighting on the sides for makeup application.  So while it looks a little tight, it’s going to function better for me.  Also, the medicine cabinet doors are not on in this picture, and clearly not enough hardware arrived!

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SOURCES: Closet built ins- custom // Closet hardware // Bathroom hardware // Bathroom floor // Bathroom vanity- custom, in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray // Faucet- Kohler // Medicine cabinets // Lights- Circa Graydon Sconce // Wall color- Sherwin Williams Eider White (gorgeous light grey- love it).

The walk in shower is missing it’s frameless glass door, but the 4″ x 8″ subway makes it look bigger and the grey grout gives it a throwback look.  The brass fixtures really pop off this.  In the picture on the right you can see the hall in relation to the bathroom- since there isn’t much bathroom storage we’ll probably use one drawer in the hall for overflow/ towels, etc. Also, Baxter decided to follow me around as I was snapping pictures.

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Renovation Update: Days Away!

A quick addition update before I leave for a couple days to shoot a project in Scarsdale, NY… we are about a week and change away from being done with construction! We had our built ins installed yesterday and things are really, really taking shape!

In the master suite entry hall we devised a set of built-ins to serve as Andrew’s closet and they came out awesome. The special mirrored doors are en route, but already Andrew is psyched about how much storage he has, and I ADORE the bookcase in the middle! :)

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Renovation Update: Getting Close!

The last four weeks of renovations crawl by, but I cannot complain as we are not only ON schedule, but a little ahead (and on budget, which is even better).  The details make new spaces really take shape and I can see the finish line so clearly now it’s exciting!

I came home today to a garage door! We did a carriage style door and I am 99% convinced I’m going to paint it black. My dad wasn’t totally in agreement but I think he’s on board now! (P.S. I cannot wait until I can fix that off-center middle window- it literally drives me INSANE!)
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I love the look of black shutters with a black garage door. :)

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Renovation Update: The Guts of It

We’re in the final stretch if you can believe it, about four more weeks to go until we wrap this project! The beginning goes SO fast, the middle (the “guts” of the house) seem to be slower with less visual gratification,  and then the finish work and punch list tend to drag on as your anxiety to be DONE mounts and makes time stand still.  But thankfully, my team from VW Builders has been IMPECCABLE. Not only have I been totally impressed, but my Dad (whose been in the home building business over 35 years) has too!  What a professional, wonderful team to have on board. I can not recommend them any higher.

So- here’s the addition looking like a real addition! We got a new roof on the whole house too (ours was 23 years old, but luckily had not one leak).  We have a carriage style garage door on it’s way that we’ve decided to paint black to balance with the shutters and front door. And that last remaining wire running to the house will be buried underground any day now!
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So, in the kitchen this door is going away and there is a step down to a pantry and door to the patio near the grill. I’m also toying with continuing the  backsplash tile up and around this door opening, which I should have done originally but we all make mistakes….

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This will be the large pantry cabinet! STORAGE!!!!

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I decided to do single panel doors in white which will reflect the style of my kitchen cabinets making this feel like the extension of the kitchen it actually is. I ordered some gorgeous crystal Emtek knobs to dress it up a smidge.

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