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Big Dreams and Little Closets

Closets are becoming as important in home interiors as the kitchen or the master bath.  Adorning them with custom cabinetry, specialty finishes, elaborate draperies, chandeliers or wallpapered ceilings, they are spaces that big or small bring out the inner princess in us all!!


With carefully considered storage for accessories and shoes, islands with built in refrigerators and ironing boards, the new breed of big closets challenge even the most famous of celebrities. 

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The infamous closet of diva, Mariah Carey, as featured in Architectural Digest and MTV cribs. A completely color coded personal boutique!

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Sir Elton John's Sunglasses closet


A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

One of the main tips from professional closet organizers is to make sure that you take a mental inventory of your entire collection of belongings and make sure you have a designated spot for each item. If something has a home, it's easy to find when you need it! 


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Storage solutions made simple!!


Decorative moldings painted to the color scheme of your room make prefect ledges for shoe storage!

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Love this idea of having a lazy susan built right into the closet.

Better Homes and Gardens

Edging it's way out of the retail stores and into home closet organizing, slat wall is an extremely versatile organizational tool. You can use it to hold up shelves, baskets, hooks and change the configuration whenever you need to reorganize!


Letter dividers for flip flops or flats!!!


Built in jewelry storage with a mirrored front!!! I would love this!!!


Special Touches

Closets are the perfect room to express your personality and indulge in special finishes and wall treatments that can be much more dramatic or completely different than the rest of your home! 

A closet we painted modeled after the Dior boutique in Paris!!!


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Elle Decor


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Conceal in Style

Whether your closet is big or small you can make a statement with interesting doors or curtains that cover the clutter. 

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So Many Clothes, So Little Space

I loved when talking to my fashion forward design assistant Andrea hearing about how she made her oh-so-little closet special so I wanted her to share what she did with all of you!!! Take it away Andrea!!!!!

I never thought I had a problematic amount of clothes and accessories until I tried to squeeze them all into a 3 ft wide "reach-in" closet. Needless to say, I had to find a more efficient solution to my fashion problem!

J. Crew's creative director, Jenna Lyon's, closet as featured in Elle Decor 

My roommate, Anne Marie, and I both wished for a surprise third room to appear so we could turn it into our own dressing room heaven, like J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyon's closet above, but unfortunately it has yet to appear!


Anne Marie's solution was to get a good quality rolling hanging rack from the Container Store and it works perfectly for her! Her strategy for keeping it beautiful is to keep things consistent. Stick to one type of clothing or one color scheme. I tried a rack from a different company that wasn’t very sturdy, so I always had a precariously leaning tower of clothes. So buy good quality!


My next attempt was to use an armoire. I added a dowel rod in the top and it was the perfect height to hang shorter items like shirts and jackets, and then I stored shoes in the bottom drawers. This is a great solution for anyone on a budget! Now that flat screen tvs are the norm, people are getting rid of armoires they previously used as tv cabinets for great prices.   

But I still wasn't quite there...

My designer Mom came to my rescue with a simple and functional soulution that only took an afternoon to install! My hanging space went from 3 ft to 6.5 ft using just a few stock materials from our local Home Depot and a shutter we found at an antique store! She added a cubby shelf and some cute storage boxes underneath to create even more organizational space for shoes and accessories. We finished off my new closet with some curtains from Tuesday Morning that blend with my existing draperies. I absolutely love my new custom closet and it adds so much charm to my room!

Thanks, dynamic duo sweet Andrea and her cute mom Sally, for sharing such an innovative, functional and beautiful way to create a closet!!!!

There are so many incredible closets for inspiration! You can find more pic ideas on my pinterest board here. The winner of the Christina Graci art give-a-way is Janet Sheperd Preble!! Congratulations Janet!! Have a wonderful Labor Day and a great week!!  Till next Monday!!! xo Leslie

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Reader Comments (3)

One can only dream about some of the magnificent closets you have featured...I love the storage the letter clever!...I have a teeny closet and my solution is to constantly purge...Thanks Leslie for the great inspiration!..pinning!

I thought my closet was special because I have all the same hangers! Boy do I have a lot to learn. Really fun post!

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina Diamond

Wow!! That is an amazing post. The closets are really awesome I like the one which is second from the bottom it is what I would like to have. :) Awesome it is

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDressing

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