I’ve been using a capsule inspired wardrobe for a few years now and have loved the freedom it allows me. I spend less trying to keep up with trends, everything fits me, and everything in my closet flatters. The only problem is, three years into my capsule wardrobe… it was anything but minimal. Suddenly 30% of my closet were items I never wanted to wear anymore, 10% still had tags on, and I had six items sitting in a repair pile.
I knew it was time for a closet makeover and a wardrobe refinement. After working with Shira Gill on her digital Closet Makeover Program earlier this year, I knew it was exactly what I needed. As a professional organizer and style expert, Shira helps women around the world define and truly own their personal style. Her small group, online coaching program is two parts organization, one part therapy session. Finding things that fit properly, feel comfortable and are wearable year round feels like an impossible task, but Shira makes it entirely manageable. She works with what you already own and love and weeds out anything beyond.
After working through her program, I was able to let go of my consistent desire to buy more, more and more. Now, every purchase I make is an investment piece that transitions from season to season. I feel more confident going out.I’m complimented on my outfit every day. I can get dressed in less than three minutes. Most of all, I feel like I finally have a signature style.
After going through Shira’s Closet Makeover Program, I loved my wardrobe so much I wanted it front and center. I’ve spent years pinning images of beautiful closets with open shelves and natural light. I’m constantly inspired by colors and textures and I knew I wanted to be surrounded by my favorite things. To make it happen, we reconfigured some unused space in our master bedroom and created my dream walk-in closet and office space.
Read on to see the full reveal and how we did it. More importantly, Shira’s Closet Makeover Program is open for enrollment this week only! Do not hesitate – join the program, meet incredible women, and transform the way your day runs.
To give you an idea of where in the house we built the closet – you can refer back to our home tour here. While I love the way the sitting room off our master bedroom looked, it went unused 99% of the time. Now that we’ve been in the house for nearly a year, we’ve realized having two guest bedrooms is really a better use of space.
We moved this pretty leather sofa from Article to the opposite site of the master bedroom. It now gets used nearly every day and is the focal point of our bedroom. The room measures 7 feet by 9 feet and has a windows on two sides. The entrance is 4 feet wide and the ceilings are 9 feet tall. This left us with one full wall to build the closet on and two walls to create work space.
Our relatively small master closet had plenty of space for both of us, but it wasn’t providing the right function. It was dark and dreary and completely uninspiring. After considering all our layout options, we decided Quinn would get the full master closet and I’d move my closet to the sitting room.
After looking at multiple wardrobe options from Container Store and California Closets, we went with the Ikea PAX wardrobe system. It was my preference based on price, material and customization. The online closet planner made it super easy to play with different combinations. After taking careful inventory of what I have and what I wear most often, I made a final decision.
I needed a narrow section to hang long dresses and rompers. The majority of my closet hangs at 38 inches long, so I had two hang bars added to accommodate blouses, jackets and short dresses. I opted for a hang bar with pant hangers instead of the IKEA pull out pants hanger. I felt more flexible and was easier to use. These are my very favorite chrome hangers. They have a thin profile and a large notch to keep things from slipping off. I keep mini skirts clipped on pant hangers and longer skirts folded over.
Sweaters are all folded neatly on the top shelf in short stacks. This prevents them from toppling over and makes them easy to grab. Denim is folded in a stack on the bottom shelf for easy access. My purse collection is spread over three shelves. Clutches are held up nearly using these marble book ends and cross body bags are stuffed with their cotton dust bags.
We kept this pretty shell chandelier in the closet and swapped the blinds for Belgian linen curtains and bamboo blinds. This instantly elevated the space and keeps it cohesive with the rest of the room (since there is no door on the space). I added these woven baskets above the top shelf to hold any out of season items.
On the far right side, my blouses hung shorter than the pull out shelves, so I added a marble tray to corral everyday items as I take them off. The linen wrapped drawer organizers feel incredibly luxe and much more high end than the ones Ikea offered. I went with the ring organizer, this divided tray for statement earrings, and this mixed set that includes a watch organizer.
On the office half of the room, I simply reused my desk from the old office space, and moved the credenza in under the window. You can find all the sources for the office furniture here.
Thank you, Shira, for partnering on this project. As always, working together is a dream come true! If you’re ready to transform your closet, make sure and grab one of the final remaining spots in her closet makeover program here. And an even bigger thank you to Madeline Harper for so beautifully photographing my dreamy new space!