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Three Fab Closets

These elegant spaces have cush seating, swank chandeliers, and Type-A organization. Did we mention room for shoes?

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
  • Roger Davies

    Remember when the word closet could be lofted as a put-down to describe a pint-size room (as in, “That bedroom’s tiny as a closet”)? In some circles, that insult now would be mystifying—the closet has become the new “it” space of luxury living. That means bye-bye, small fry, and welcome, literally, to the next big thing.  

    Produced by Krissa Rossbund

    Photography: Roger Davies

    Chair (“Venus Chair”): Ann Getty, Ann Getty & Assoc., anngetty.com.
    Chandelier (vintage): owner’s collection.
    Painting hanging on sliding door (Marie Antoinette): by Rimi Yang, rimiyang.com.

  • Roger Davies

    Closet by Philip Nimmo

    Or, for the California client of designer Philip Nimmo, make that the next big things. Her show closet is actually a suite of rooms. Opulently decked out in the tradition of old Hollywood glam, it includes gilded French furniture, a ’60s-vintage Murano chandelier, and hand-painted wallpaper. “She’s a fashion collector—a collector of anything beautiful, really, and the assembly of custom spaces she wanted for her collections drove the architecture,” Nimmo says. “The whole idea was to have a beautiful closet that doesn’t read as a closet.” Everything, including the homeowner’s shoes, is dramatically displayed behind wallpapered doors.

    Wallcovering (handpainted): Paul Montgomeory Murals and Wallpapers, paulmontgomery.com.
    Carpet (custom): Stark, starkcarpet.com.
    Ottoman (“Austin” #3036-45): Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com.
    Ottoman fabric (“Kinh-ZS”/Teal): Stark, starkcarpet.com.
    Gilt chair: Ann Getty, Ann Getty & Assoc., anngetty.com.
    Chair fabric: silk damask.
    Chandelier (“Karina” #2141): Paul Ferrante, paulferrante.com

  • Roger Davies

    Closet by Philip Nimmo

    One of the suite’s most special areas is the oval-shape powder room replete with a custom mirrored vanity and crystal-basin sinks illuminated from below. A vestibule opens to the gardens where she envisions her grandchildren getting married, making the closet suite a convenient and practical place for the bridal party to preen. Until then, the designer says, “it’s an intimate, personal space where alone time, however brief, can be beautiful.”

    The closet suite’s powder room includes a vintage stool covered in Groves Bros. fabric. A Nancy Corzine ottoman covered in silk velvet mimics the shape of the skylight.

    Chandelier: custom.
    Stool (vintage): owner’s collection.
    Stool fabric (Yvonne”/Teal): Groves Bros., grovesbros.com.
    Ottoman (“Austin” #3036-45): Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com.
    Ottoman fabric (“Kinh-ZS”/Teal): Stark, starkcarpet.com.https://www.starkcarpet.com/
    Mirrored vanities (custom antiqued): Jean de Merry, 323/655-9193.
    Sconces (“Astoria, AFA Wall Bracket”#K-0162, Kensington Collection): Boyd Lighting, boydlighting.com, available through Donghia, donghia.com.

  • Roger Davies

    Closet by Philip Nimmo

    The custom antiqued mirrored vanity was manufactured by Jean de Merry. Crystal and smoky topaz sconces by Boyd Lighting flank the mirrors. 

  • Roger Davies

    Closet by Philip Nimmo

    A cut Stark carpet of ivory and teal wool— plus a “bit of silk for sparkle”— softens this closet designed by Philip Nimmo. The gilt chair covered in silk damask is a reproduction by Ann Getty based on one of her private pieces. Silk wallpaper was hand-painted by Paul Montgomery.

    Interior designer: Philip Nimmo, 8654 Holloway Plaza Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310/360-0848, philipnimmodesign.com.  

    Table (“Darkside”):  by Phillippe Starck, starck.com.
    Gilt chair: Ann Getty, Ann Getty & Assoc., anngetty.com.
    Chair fabric: silk damask.
    Chandelier (“Karina” #2141): Paul Ferrante, paulferrante.com

  • Michael Garland

    Closet by Lisa Adams

    Closet designer Lisa Adams of Los Angeles, a “left-brain chemist by training,” is the go-to closet guru for Hollywood celebs and fashionistas, all of whom she puts through the same unsparing rigors of editing and purging. “And then we take inventory,” she says with a laugh. “The goal is to see everything. Nothing hidden.”

    Deep drawers are taboo, as is stacking. “You want a 24-inch pullout shelf so you can see every T-shirt. Use Pliio clothing filers to fold them,” Adams says. Glass partitions are great for separating panties, bras, and socks, she adds, while pullout valet hooks are handy when packing or putting together the perfect outfit. Also consider using only one style of hanger to keep a closet tidy and efficient—she prefers slim-line velvet.

    Mirrors are a must-have in every closet she designs. Here, she used corner space to create a three-way mirror that makes the galley space feel as if it goes on forever.  Adams also likes to extend the closet from the floor to ceiling and finish it with beautiful crown molding for a custom look. “It’s space planning—functional and ergonomic,” she says, “but it’s also creating a beautiful, personal design.”

    Photography: Michael Garland

    Closet style (London Loft Closet); hardware (“Hardwick Regency Cabinet Pull”/Polished Nickel #BMH-1425): LA Closet Design, laclosetdesign.com.
    Chandelier (“Cascade Grand Luminaire” #K-0031): Boyd Lighting, boydlighting.com.
    Closet color (“Wimborne White” with satin lacquer finish): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Chair (“Vintage French Round Fabric Side Chair”/Burnt Oak);  chair fabric (Sand Belgian Linen): Restoration hardware, rh.com.
    Area rug (“Scroll Tile Rug”/Porcelain Blue): Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.    

  • Michael Garland

    Closet by Lisa Adams

    Adams measures every shoe and boot, then sizes the shelf heights to fit. Top shelves are reserved for seasonal items, carry-on luggage, and anything else infrequently used. Or decorate them with personal photos or art objects. 

  • Michael Garland

    Closet by Lisa Adams

    Designer Lisa Adams dresses up closets with chandeliers when the ceiling height permits. (This room’s ceiling is about 10 feet high.) She chose a custom-designed drop-glass chandelier for this space, also made special with custom-size shelves and personal touches like photos and flowers. 

  • Michael Garland

    Closet by Lisa Adams

    “Store jewelry in locked drawers for security,” Adams says. “Outfit them with custom inserts to prevent pieces from getting tangled.” 

    Interior designer: Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design, 10599 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 511, Los Angeles, CA 90024; 310/289-1311, laclosetdesign.com.  

  • Dustin Peck

    Closet by Gray Walker

    Oyster-blue walls bring beauty to the closet of designer Gray Walker’s client in Charlotte, North Carolina. “They’re soothing and add a nice pop of color to the bedroom, which is off-white,” Walker says. But amazing function hides under all that beauty. In her closet designs, Walker organizes clothing by length and color, measuring everything in linear feet for accuracy. She also includes a separate shelving unit for shoes, ample drawers, and a vanity area for at-home spa moments.

    While the dressing closet helps the homeowner look good, Walker’s design makes the space equally appealing. “My client’s clutches are organized, for example,” she says, “but in a way that makes them showpieces.” They’re arranged in a staggered mix of shape, color, and texture for an interesting display that keeps each bag clearly visible and immediately accessible. 

    A crystal chandelier and a Lucite chair amp up the glam in this closet by designer Gray Walker. A center packing island brings big function in an artful way; art and accessories inject the charm.

    Photography: Dustin Peck
    Styling: Lisa Mende

    Cabinetry (custom): Don Duffy Architecture, donduffyarchitecture.com.
    Paint color: custom blend.
    Chandelier: antique.
    Carpet: Stark, starkcarpet.com.
    Vanity mirror: vintage.
    Lucite vanity chair (“King George Occasional Chair”): Plexi-Craft, plexi-craft.com.
    Art over chests: Hidell Brooks Gallery, hidellbrooks.com.
    Roman shade (silk):Taffard Fabrics, taffard.com.

  • Dustin Peck

    Closet by Gray Walker

    Walker personalizes her closets with photographs, favorite art, and flowers. But a place for ultimate intimacy among the fashion collections takes top priority. She honors the private nature of the dressing closet in her designs. “It’s your private sanctuary where you can reinvent yourself, playing with clothes and trying new styles that will define you,” she says. “It can be your own little shrine, decorated with pieces that are nostalgic and remind you of childhood.”  

  • Dustin Peck

    Closet by Gray Walker

    “Enjoy the process of slowing down and going through the rituals of being a woman,” designer Gray Walker says. “A curvy, elegant mirror at the vanity and good makeup brushes make it a luxurious time.” 

  • Dustin Peck

    Closet by Gray Walker

    Leave your cherished personal jewelry pieces in the care of vintage ceramic dishes.

    Interior designer: Gray Walker, Gray Walker Interiors, 704/333-7060, graywalkerinteriors.com.  

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