19/09/2011

Home refurbishment: A girl's dream of a walk-in wardrobe

For me, the dream of a walk-in wardrobe didn't start with Carrie Bradshaw's gorgeous closet (the one from the Park Ave apartment, not the one from her tiny flat...!), I've been lusting after a walk-in for as long as I can remember. Probably this all started around the same time as when I demanded my parents buy me a tiny heel patent leather buckle shoe, aged four (did I mention the pair had to be sourced from a different city as our local branch didn't have my preferred colour?)



Anyways, fast-forward many many years, and here we were, buying a four-bedroom house, with the clear intention of turning one of the bedrooms, a very good size one, into the world of LittleS: a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room for my exclusive room (perhaps this is as good a time as any to remind you, Hubby Dearest, how much I love you). 

I could have gone for closed doors or mirrors but really I wanted to be able to see my evening dresses and smile to my shoes every morning, so instead we just put two sliding doors, one at each end of the dressing room, to protect my clothes from the steam of the shower but also from visiting eyes when the shelves are a bit of a mess! 


If I had one piece of advice for anyone creating a walk-in wardrobe, it would be to design it yourself, based on the clothes you own. It's the only way that everything will fit. I designed mine on a piece of paper, going for loads of drawers rather than shelves as I think it's easier to tidy jeans and knits in drawers... 


Budget-wise, whilst there is obviously the 12k wardrobe option, we went for the more pocket-friendly Ikea Pax units, which my builders cropped in the case of the shoe shelves seeing as I'm a size 36.5, not 42... I love the colour, a dark slate grey which looks wonderful with the rest of the grey colour scheme of the master bedroom. The middle island is made of four Ikea bedside tables, two of which Hubby Dearest cut to make shorter, and covered in a velvet embossed fabric sourced from Peter Jones. 


It's taken me some time to organise it, especially as it only got finished by the end of my pregnancy, and we used the middle island as a changing stand for the first three months of Monsieur Baby's life whilst he slept in our bedroom, but now I've got it all organised and beautiful, with my shoes on display, my baubles and shawls in dedicated drawers, and my sunglasses available to pick from easily (as Fatpuss would say "You's got a sunglass issue, lady")... only the Herm├Ęs bags are tucked away in their orange boxes. 


This is my favourite room in the house, even though I don't spend too much time there, I just love knowing that my clothes and accessories are in such a pretty place!

6 comments:

Mona P said...

First of all, I absolutely love your closet! It looks fantastic!

Second, I just had to comment on those Miu Miu boots! They are gorgeous!

LittleS said...

Mona, thanks! I adore those Miu Miu babies...

Fashion London Life said...

Beautiful wardrobe !

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and fuctionable indeed!! Love the upper line with the red shoes!!
LENA

deuxarmoires said...

Congrats on your walk-in closet ... FABULOUS!

LittleS said...

Coming from the queen of the armoires, this is a wonderful compliment! Thanks!