In two weeks the ground-floor storage room became a custom dressing room closet and stylist’s studio, plus a space for overnight guests.
When Alison Deyette first purchased her 1960 midcentury-modern house in Sherman Oaks, Calif., she found it difficult to imagine the ground-floor storage space could be transformed into a glamorous, storage-packed dressing room closet.
Spot for a Seamstress
Tucked snugly beside the entry door, Alison’s sewing station can be completely partitioned off during fittings by grape-toned satin draperies.
When choosing drapery hardware for her floor-to-ceiling panels, Alison fell in love with traditional rods, brackets and rings in a polished chrome finish. The tweed fabric is pleated with a traditional pinch pleat.
When designing the lounge/bed built-in, Alison spared no expense. Not only does it fit in architecturally with the shelving, it’s tailored, comfortable, and packed with pattern and color.
Alison’s contractor added 1" x 3" MDF trim to the front of the built-in to create a paneled effect. To attach the trim to the front, each of four mitered pieces was attached with bonding adhesive, held in place until dry, and then finished with caulk and semigloss paint.
Instead of installing double hanging rods, Alison uses collapsible rolling racks with adjustable heights. Although this works great in her space, she doesn’t suggest it as a solution for small closets because the depth of the racks spans 32 inches due to chunky casters at the bottom.
Alison loves wooden hangers for their classic look and ability to help ensure the structural integrity of clothing. On the flip side, wooden hangers are bulkier than metal or plastic ones. In small spaces, she suggests choosing metal hangers with a non-slip velvety finish. An average wooden hanger is approximately four times the thickness of a fabric/metal version.
Hollywood Regency Style
To avoid messy hammering of concrete and costly electrical expenses, Alison had vintage iron sconces wired as plug-in fixtures that plug into nearby outlets. Her contractor installed the sconces with a concrete drill bit and heavy-duty concrete anchors. The sconces’ cords are concealed by cord channels disguised with the same moiré wallpaper used on the walls.
Proper lighting is essential to professional fittings. By replacing the existing ceiling fan with a fabric-covered drum pendant with a diffuser, Alison instantly adds ambiance as well as flattering light for fittings.
Whether laying out her own outfits for upcoming events or arranging looks for clients, Alison's accessories are kept on necklace and bracelet forms.
Top It Off
To keep hats in clear view and to ensure proper shaping, Alison stores them on foam hat mannequins that can be found at local store display retailers. To find a store display retailer in any major city, it’s wise to search downtown areas near fashion districts.