Feeling It: Open Closets
As I mentioned yesterday, last week I finalized all the finishes for the Costa house with my architect. If there is one feature that we are both over the moon about, it is most definitely the closets that I'm installing in all the bedrooms in the house. Basically, I'm making a few different versions of the wood open closet at the top of the page, designed by the Novagratz's, and I think it's going to be one of the coolest parts of our home. Given that this is a beach house, my wardrobe consists mostly of my beloved caftans coupled with a good amount linen, and I feel like the same will go for those that visit. I already think of these articles of clothing as art and I can't think of a better way to use them as such. The rest of the house is so simple, I think this design decision is really going to add such a unique dimension to each room and it got me thinking, why not open closets everywhere? Why is it that in most homes we hide away what for some of us are our most coveted possessions?
There are a few things that all of these incredible open closets have in common. First, you need a big wall and ideally one that isn't the main focal point in the room. Second, you need a pretty consistent wardrobe. It's doesn't have to be fancy, but the whole of it needs to blend together. For those of you who already have a good idea of your own personal style, this one shouldn't be that hard as your wardrobe probably already is super consistent. For everyone else this one will involve some editing. (Aka the capsule wardrobe).
The more unique of a closet that your build, the better it's going to look. Sure, you could get one of those shelving units from Ikea or throw up a few clothing racks and call it a day, but that's not really going to give you this look. What makes this feature so unique is that the closets and wardrobes are unique themselves.
Finally, the last, and one of the most necessary, requirements for a good open closet seems to be matching hangers and matching baskets- a must! You want the clothes to be the star and the accessories should be there only as neutral storage. Note: I'm a huge proponent of this, open closet or not! (FYI these are my favorite wood hangers).
Listen, like with the glass fridge, I get that this isn't for everyone. You have to be super organized or you have to have a minimal wardrobe, which is why a vacation home is perfect for this. I have both of these things in my favor so I couldn't be more excited to see how our closets turn out. Considering that we are saving not only space but also money, this may just be the best decision I make. Open closets: I'm feeling them... feeling them hard. Xx
P.S. Speaking of linen, this is my favorite buy of Summer (and under $30 with promo). I roll the sleeves and wear this shirt as a coverup, as pj's, with shorts, tied in the front with jeans, you name it! It gets softer with each wash!