When it comes to design, I like to think that anything is possible. We’re taught at a young age that 1 + 1 = 2 but over the years learn that there are often areas of grey. Every detail can be argued: Silver or gold furnishings? Flat or inclined shelving for shoes? Having more than one option is often overwhelming, but that’s when I come in and help orchestrate the moving pieces so they harmonize. Here are several of the most common problems I come across—and their elegant solutions.
Problem: Too many handbags
Solution: If you’re a bag lady—what woman isn’t?—then you’re probably struggling with storage. Most high-end handbags come with drawstring pouches for days when they aren’t in use, but it’s hard to find that black Prada when you’re running out of the house and don’t have time to open each pouch. Instead of hiding your prized purses, display your finest leather goods on glass shelves like artwork. If you have a window or skylight, be sure to install the shelves away from direct sunlight to avoid warping and damaging your beloved bags.
Problem: Tight confines
Solution: Even when you’re working with a small closet—whether that means a narrow hallway or an unconventional shape—there’s always a way to optimize it so you’re getting the best form and function. Hideaway pieces like an ironing board or drawers are a great example. Sure, you might not have the luxury of an ottoman or decorative countertop, but you can still choose stylish details like these woven baskets to showcase your taste and make the most of your space.
Problem: Married to a suit
Solution: Once you tie the knot, I’m sure you’ll notice a change in your closet. For one, there will be many more belts and neckties.
The remedy: divide and conquer. Organizing these accessories may be tedious, but it’ll save you many headaches in the future! You can even turn your joint collection into an art display and make it a focal point in your closet.
Problem: Plain Jane
Solution: A simple space doesn’t make you a boring person, but if you’re thinking of incorporating something large like accent pillows or picture frames to spice up your space, do so in moderation! You don’t want to clutter your closet. The easiest way to add some interest without cramping your style is to create the illusion of depth using mirrors. Mirrored vanities or even a small end table can effortlessly add both style and dimension.