Unconventional Closets

Designing Dream Dressing Areas

The Container Store Black and White Wall Unit Closet

Today on Friday Favorites we share the many ways to think beyond the constructed closets in our homes.  Before we do, a quick reminder that the January 2018 digital issue of the LBD Magazine is available as a gift to new subscribers, and available by request for those already following LBD every week. Do you know the difference between Staging and Styling our homes?

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The Definition Of A Wardrobe

allure graphics wardrobe

  • a large, tall cabinet in which clothes may be hung or stored
  • a person’s entire collection of clothes
  • a room or closet where clothes are kept

These are all definitions found on the internet to describe a wardrobe.  Notice the middle definition that talks about keeping all our clothes in one cabinet?  Oh my goodness!  How in the world can this happen in today’s world?  I guess this is how the last definition above came to be and why we all think we need walls and a door to house our fashion fix.  But do we?


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Today let’s take a look at some of our favorite ways to store clothes.

The Minimal Approach To Clothing Storage

Minimalists are able to effectively use a wardrobe, or clothing rack, as the main storage system for clothing.  One way these savvy fashionista’s do this is by sorting their clothing by season.  While this concept may be hard to grasp for some, we agree there is something appealing when looking at these complete wardrobes ready to meet each day.


See More About This Wardrobe at Minimal-lol.com

Our blogger friend, see her site in the link above, recently had a wardrobe mishap.  Above is her old wardrobe.  On her next post she will show us her new baby and how she continues to do so much with smaller spaces. Can’t wait to see it!

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Learn About A Clothing Mission Here


Let’s Not Forget The Guys – Archzine

Less Than Conventional Closet Systems

Being minimal is attractive at times.  However, having less does not always fit our needs.  No matter how much we have, it is frustrating to not be able to store the items dear to us in an accessible way.  A crowded closet can be a night mare and cause daily stress.  Why not think outside the closet…the opportunities are endless and can be an asset to the interior design of our homes.

pop sugar wall shoe shelves over bed

Storing Those Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahniks

Ok, let’s admit it, we all love our shoes and may have a little problem with having too many.  Nix that, we do not have a problem with having too many shoes.  We just do not always have the right way to display store them.  Let’s think outside the closet and onto the wall, as so wonderfully featured in these two examples.  Surprisingly attractive in both photos.  Why not have an everyday item be “art”!

apartment therapy shoe shelves over desk

A Wall Of Wardrobes

Many times we have clients who simply do not have enough real estate in a contained closet to house all their prized possessions.  Guys and gals alike, who love fashion, often need clothing and accessory storage that can offer more than a small walled off closet.


Again, thinking literally outside the “closet”, utilizing an entire wall of storage behind a bed in a larger room, allows you to create a walk in closet.  It can be as easy as a curtain divider, or more permanent, with a designed wall.  In a smaller room, we’ve made this kind of division with a home office (no bed) on one side and the wardrobe wall neatly tucked behind.  These two examples are both so appealing in their own ways!

bljzonderplekje bed wall creates walk in closet

The Closet Office

Speaking of home offices, look at these amazing examples of combining wardrobe needs with our home offices.  Talk about a play room for grown ups!

Styled Snapshots Office Closet

The Glitter Guide Office Closet

Apartment Therapy Closet Office

The Ultimate Dressing Room

High on the wish list that buyers look for in homes are large walk in closets.  Some homes have ample closet space and some do not.  Homes with actual dressing rooms send buyers over the moon.  No matter how much clothing, shoes and accessories we own, being able to keep them all neatly organized and readily accessible is high on most of our wish lists.  In the yearly “get organized push”, our design firm gets a lot of calls about closet design.  One of the first things we evaluate is the opportunity to use existing space for a dressing area.  At least 50% of the time, we find existing space to convert.  The outcome is a larger area, most times with natural light, that can be configured to meet the basic storage needs plus so much more.  We help our clients create personal rooms that take care of them day in and day out.  The beauty of these newly created dressing areas is no two are alike because they are designed with one person in mind….you.  And if there is a mate involved, the acquisition of the existing closet is always a bonus!  Let’s finish with a look at these personalized dressing rooms.

Mydomaine Dressing Room

Incorporating vintage pieces with modern pieces available online and at big box stores, is an attractive way to set up a dressing area quickly.  Got a weekend, get a dressing room!


Dressing areas are often designed with a “closet” section as part of the space.  The dividers of the room can offer so may additional ways to store items.

elstudio traditional dressing room

Still yearning for some closed storage, built in wardrobes are fantastic in this relaxing dressing room.  Who else is ready for a “Me Time” room?

Laurel @ littleblackdomicile.com

This week we have talked about all the many ways to enhance the storage of our wardrobes.  Fashion is not something I enjoy, nor am I good at creating outfits that knock off anyone’s socks.  However, I do depend on the storage systems we have customized in all of our homes to work to the max for us, not the previous owners.  At times it was as simple as relocating the height of a closet rod, other times more detailed.  Once it was creating a small dressing “niche” for me so my beloved could have the large, custom closet.  Happy hubby, less harried wife.  In every home, I can honestly say, we did not give up until we designed closets that worked for both of us every day.  Life is so much better when the day starts off peacefully and Mr. LBD can see all his “stuff.

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To finish up this week, looking at this photo I believe this dressing room was a former family or living room.  Odd you say?  I say why not?  Perhaps this space was rarely used otherwise and now is loved on a daily basis.  But what about selling a home with a closet like this?  Not to worry.  Thought out designs like this one can easily be tweaked and become an amazing home office.   Our point, and design philosophy remains, using your home for yourself first is always the best plan.

In closing, Mr. LBD thinks that his closet should look like this no matter where we live.  Let’s not forget the guy’s gotta look good too!

Bon Weekend!

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12 thoughts on “Unconventional Closets”

  1. Wow, I am in love with the closet office! I am very lucky becauseI have a huge closet, it could actually be a little nursery if someone wanted to use it as one. Sadly I am not a minimalist, I am working hard to get there but so far its not working. I am going to reread this post and perhaps I can get some ideas of how to use this space better.

    1. I think we are all equally minimalists and maximists in different areas of our lives. We help our clients let go of some the perceived notions of the terms. Good design is for everyone! Keep a quick virtual consultation with us in mind if you want an objective look. Thank you for your comments. We enjoy your blog!

    1. We inspire each other don’t we?! We are available to help virtually anytime. Sometimes even a quick half hour consultation can give new ideas we all overlook at times.

  2. I turned my walk in closet to include a dressing room. I put in a comfy chair and a mirror. I need to hang something to hold all my chains and belts. Great ideas here. I share my office with a guest room (where so far, to date, no guest has ever arrived).
    Love your blog.

    1. Thank you…we enjoy sharing via the blog and appreciate you! Please pass on our site to others you think will also like to become part of the LBD community.

  3. Hi Laurel, many thanks for the shout-out – your support is very much appreciated 🙂 Some beautiful rooms here to get inspired – my favourite has to be the one with the build-in wardrobes and the chaise longue! Lxx

    1. There is certainly something for everyone in these wonderful examples Kristen has shared with us today!

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