A Wardrobe Closet that Inspires

Today Mr. B and I will be traveling back home from Las Vegas and the first order of business will be unpacking, washing, sorting items for dry cleaning and putting freshly laundered items back into my closet.  I am fortunate to have a walk-in closet that I don’t have to share with Mr. B. He has his own generous amount of closet space, albeit not a walk-in. Redoing my closet is one of the areas in our seaside ranch home that I would love to overhaul and when I do I know I will be using the beautiful details by the London-based company The Heritage Wardrobe Company as my inspiration. The concept of a freestanding piece of furniture serving as a wardrobe closet is very European and is something distinctively different than what we typically see in the United States. I love how this particular design marries the concept of a wardrobe closet, although built-in as opposed to freestanding pieces, with a designated walk-in space that is more typical of what we see here in the States. It’s the best of both worlds. 
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One of the features that “sold” me on our seaside ranch home was the amount of closet space in the master bedroom. I immediately claimed the walk in closet as all my own. Don’t feel bad for Mr. B as he has more than ample space and is definitely not being deprived! Closet space is precious real estate in a home and I would venture to guess that most folks wouldn’t mind a bit of extra storage. Case in point is designer Susan Ferrier. She began using a spare bedroom as an additional closet with portable rolling racks to hang clothing and stackable storage bins for jewelry. After several years of living with a temporary closet, she decided to call upon California Closets to renovate the room into a beautiful closet and dressing area. She even had a washer and dryer installed in the space. Quite divine!


Telescoping rods are ideal for outfit preparation.



Susan Ferrier looks quite happy in her new closet space.


Outlets allow Susan to charge electronic devices; The new closet provides storage for approximately 80 pairs of shoes (my kinda girl!) and; brass details add a glamorous touch.


Images via Veranda Magazine.


They say you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I take shoes very seriously. At one point I owned over 120 pairs. And yes, I’ve heard all the jokes, including the references to “Imelda Marcos”. Trust me, it gets old. Very old. Over the years I have found a few brands that have become my “go-to” because of their style and perfect fit. When I find a good pair of shoes that fit well and are comfortable I tend to be loyal to that brand. The Swiss shoemaker Bally happens to be one of my favorites for shoes and accessories. The Bally boutique I most often frequent was newly renovated with a modern design by David Chipperfield Architects. I love one particular detail of their new store design so much that I took pictures of it. And when the time ultimately comes to redesign my walk-in closet I want their design to serve as my inspiration. Take a look for yourself…


I love the look of all the symmetrical cubbies to store shoe boxes in. My version would be a much smaller scale. I would replace all my existing shoe boxes with one style to maintain the clean uncluttered look you see here. To suit my needs, I would pick a plain white box that has a clear pocket on the outside to insert a photo of what lies inside. There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you have and where to find it.


And since we are talking Bally, let me introduce you to the Bally Journal. It is a fun magazine available at their boutiques that highlight the newest collections and provide short snippet articles for easy, quick reading. They are only on issue 3 and I’m bummed that I missed the inaugural issue. Bally, if you are reading this…I would love to get a copy of Issue 1 (pretty, please).balley-magazine-via-revivingcharm_comballey-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-2

Here are a couple of my favorite products highlighted in the current issue. The Sommet Bag comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large) as well as a variety of colors and textures.

I like several of Bally boots this season but the Chani (shown below) is such a great classic riding boot style that you can actually wear from year to year. I have a similar pair from Bally that I purchased many, many years ago. You know you made a good investment when you still get lots of use from them after many years.

balley-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-3I can’t forget my male readers. Bally has something for you also! Even my Mr. B has his own small collection of Bally footwear.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Let me leave you today with some great advice from famed photographer Cecil Beaton.bally-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-4

Original Iphone photos by Reviving Charm.