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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My Bathroom: The Look for Less

A lot of you have been very kind with compliments on my new bathroom shots on Instagram and here on the blog.  I love how it came out (or, is coming out rather, there are some final touches happening this week) but know for a lot of people the cost of this room is a bit high.  So I wanted to show how to get a bathroom with a similar look using items from big box stores and discount retailers.

To refresh, here are some mediocre pictures taken this morning (the left part of the vanity is being repaired so ignore that as well as the low-light grainy shot! But you get the idea.)

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Project Scarsdale Reveal!

As I’ve mentioned before we’ve been doing a lot of work with clients not in the Boston area- many in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and beyond!  For the past two years we’ve been working remotely with a family in Scarsdale, NY and a few weeks ago Lindsey and I made the trek down with our photographer Michael J. Lee to take some shots of the project! This one wasn’t finished in time for the book, but it gives a good glimpse into our work BEYOND my own spaces like what you’ll see in the book!

This family has two kids and the parents are both very busy with big careers. They love traditional style and wanted to have defined entertaining and family spaces but nothing super precious. We worked in some existing pieces of theirs and created a comfortable family space with style.

In the entry we combined a linen wrapped dresser with nailheads with some tufted chairs, a navy Persian style rug and pair of gorgeous navy ceramic lamps. Sailing photographs, a favorite pastime for the family, flank the antique-inspired mirror. And the Gates Satchel looked so good here I had to toss mine in. :)

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In the grand living room we went a little more formal with a custom Stark rug, linen sofa, custom pillows and drapes and a showstopper of a coffee table.  The family knows photographer Shelli Breidenbach (whose work I’ve loved for a long time) and got this photograph from her for above the sofa.  The client was an equestrian herself, so it has real meaning to them.

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Fashion Friday: Fall Classics from Ron Herman ( & discount code!)

Fall is just around the corner (even though it’s going to be 90 degrees here today) and I’ve already started buying sweaters and all things cozy.  I really want to invest in good, timeless pieces for fall and found some awesome examples of that on Ron Herman.  The ability to mix and match well made items depending on where you have to go is so key to having a “good” wardrobe.  And lucky us, today Ron Herman is offering EOS readers a 20% off code on their site- just use elementsofstyle20 at checkout!

Here are my fall classic picks!


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Some outfit combinations I’d rock:

Casual Daytime: 11 + 16 + 13 + 10

Date Night: 15 + 13 + 7

Chilly Dinner Out : 1 + 2 + 4

Weekend Apple Picking : 3 + 9 + 12 + 10

Friday Work :  6 + 7 + 8 + 13

French Girl: 14 + 16 + 9 + 12 + 7

* This post was sponsored by Ron Herman. All selections and opinions are my own.