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January 17, 2011

Glimpse into My Master Closet...(Via Made By Girl)

Ahhh Monday again. Did you have a good weekend? I know some of you were snowed in with the storms, hopefully you're out & about today! The weather has been amazing here, couldn't ask for better!

On another note, this weekend we finished my MASTER CLOSET! Well, it's actually 98% finished. I'm still considering getting some LEOPARD print wallpaper for the section you can't see behind the doorway.

It's such a PLEASURE walking into my closet now, thanks to my dear husband, who made it all happen. I am in awe of his abilities & grateful to God for him! He bought the shoe shelves as plain wood at Home Depot and stained them to match the IKEA closet system. Brilliant!


above: AFTER (so happy)

below: BEFORE (so ugly)


It's all soooo exciting! I have plenty of storage now, with a bunch of large drawers and shelving for all my clothing & more. The shoe & handbag shelves are my favorite part....it feels like a mini BOUTIQUE every time I walk into this closet!  

When I first started the project, I was UNSURE which direction to head in.  However, I knew I wanted something GLAM..... you know, the chandelier, leopard print and shoes  stacked endlessly on display!  

So, tell me...what do you think so far?

(Click on pics for larger images)


above: those are just a portion of my handbags, the rest are in the IKEA shelving and behind the door.

I think I own 35 handbags. Is that a lot? How many do YOU OWN????
I ACTUALLY had more shoes and handbags.....but I donated them.  If I don't use it after a year I will usually just donate it.


above: My hanging clothes are to the right behind the closet door.

 










Chandelier is from a local antique shop
Ornate medallion is from Home Depot
Leopard Runner by Ballard Designs
Closet System by IKEA


-images by jen

154 comments:

travelkate said...

It looks amazing! I am truly inspired!

Framing Spaces said...

I love your new closet and you have lovely shoes!

Ginger said...

Wow. And wow. There is something particularly satisfying about neat rows of shoes. You are very lucky. I am sure you realize it. :)


creambyginger.blogspot.com

Caitlin said...

Jen this looks amazing! Wish I could do this to my closet but when you rent it's hard to justify doing it. You've got some fabulous handbags and shoes too!!

Congrats on the new closet. Enjoy it!

VeggieGirl said...

TO-DIE-FOR gorgeous closet!

jandjhome said...

I LOVE! I am totally jealous. My closet is busting at the seams. Great job!

Michelle said...

I love it! I must admit... I am a little jealous!

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

Looks great! My closet looks very much like your before pic, pretty blah and uninspired. I think I need to add a little glam and sparkle after seeing yours.

Melanie's Randomness said...

WOW! You really have a dream closet. 35 bags? I'm so envious. This closet is beautiful! I can't believe the before and after! =)

Melanie's Randomness

imagine.create.play said...

What an amazing job you both have done!! It looks absolutley stunning- just like a boutique with the glamorous touches! I'm a bag lady as well so it's never too many!

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Wow Jen it looks amazing!

L0veLindsey said...

LOVE IT! Mine is a decent size closet, but you have it beat! : ) I'm in the process of redoing mine!

The Socialite said...

wow! wow! wow! That look phenomenal! Can I hire you to do mine? haha :) You're whole house is so lovely Jen!

CECELIA said...

ummmm hi. JEALOUS. what a lucky girl :)

J'Anns Boutique said...

Looks great! Wish my closet looked like that...

Handbags? do not get me started...I own about 60 (last time I checked)...I know so bad....but it includes clutches so I should be forgiven.

http://jannsboutique.blogspot.com/

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

It looks great!! You did a fabulous job!!

Shannon said...

I have handbag envy!

I own one mui mui and one tod's...that makes...lets see... TWO!!

Closet is GORGEOUS! As is your wardrobe!

Gina said...

You are one lucky gal! That closet is amazing! And I love your shoe collection. When I moved I attempted counting and I lost count at 60. Bags? I probably have about 25-30 purses. I just cant donate, consign or throw them away!! Oh my God! I'm a HOARDER!! hahaha

www.temporarynest.com

Tammy@InStitches said...

Ah-mazing ! I think 35 bags sounds perfectly reasonable .... oh, and I need some leopard shoes !

jacquelynnicole said...

what a difference!!

Emily said...

This is every girl's dream come true! What a gorgeous makeover. :D

Emily

amber said...

the closet looks amazing!! you did an awesome job :)

Michelle said...

thank you for sharing your gorgeous new closet. it looks AMAZING!!

ROS said...

OMG. Amazing.

Holly said...

simply amazing! great job

define1lady said...

Simply Fabulous! Great job Jen!

claudia b said...

Holy shite, this is so awesome!

Ruthie{Look~Learn~Love} said...

It looks great. My favorite is the wall of bags and shoes! 35 that's all?? I think you need to go shopping now that you have a fabulous place to put it all :)

Lynzy said...

Oh my gawd. Amazing! Where do you place your clothing? Is it in a separate closet? I have a walk-in closet right now and need to do something asap to fix the organization!

xo Lynzy
http://sparklingfootsteps.blogspot.com

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

It really is beautiful- the dark shelves are the perfect backdrop for all your awesome shoes! The chandelier and runner are gorgeous too. And 35 is a lot:) I think I have around 10?? But I need to go count now:) I try to keep my shoes narrowed down to about 50- that's about what my shelves hold.

Veronika said...

it's so gorgeous! I envy your closet!

leanne said...

Your closet looks fab-u-lous!!!! Love everything you did!!

The Redhead and her Pooch Lola said...

That is amazing...wow! I would never want to leave it...

Tamara Nicole said...

Love it! Ballard Designs is amazing:-) AND I have like 20 handbags, but I'll catch up lol.

Love it all, very inspiring. Actualy as we speak my hubby is installing new shelving in the closet for my heels, yayyy!

Psssst I am hosting a Valentine's Swap AND have 3 giveaways on the blog!

Norwaystyle said...

Wow! Lucky girl! I love your glam style. The Chandelier, the leopard print and your shoe and handbag collection. I loooove it all. I got a walk-in-closet to from IKEA, and I got some grest ideas from you to glam it up. You can see my walk-in here: http://norwaystyle.blogspot.com/2010/08/walk-in.html

Nicole Lombardo said...

Amazing! I love how the purses are displayed on the shelves.

Mustard Seed Collective said...

Such a blessing to have a husband create a stylish space! Love it all, but the jewelry drawer does it for me.

Cat said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! My dream!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

What a gorgeous closet, i have serious closet envy!

bazaarofserendipity said...

Your closet looks fab, as does the rest of the house! Its just coming along so beautifully, so happy for you Jen!

The S's beach house said...

Totally GLAM! I love the shelves with your purses and shoes, good job hubs!

maria said...

holy smokes, girl so amazing, what a dream closet!!!

Tiffany - I am Style-ish said...

i have loved everything that you've done with your home but I especially love this! it looks perfect.

Lauren said...

Beautiful! I'm looking forward to hooking up my closet as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tia Brumbelow said...

Yay! It looks absolutely beautiful.. I love the glam look too for closetsd :) I know you are one happy gal! Oh and yay for handy hubbys!

Nuha Sofiyan said...

agh! looks gorgeous! It looks like a mini boutique in there! And I'm glad you chose the leopard rug, its so nice!

Hannah Williams said...

LOVE!!! I'm so jealous!

tanya said...

Jealous! I could live in there! Very inspiring :)

A Perfect Gray said...

very much in awe of your husband's skills. wonderful closet...

Lindsay said...

Gosh I love love LOVE it!!! I thoroughly get a kick our of how much leopard print is in your closet, such a key print to own! xo

Mallory said...

OMG I am LUSTING over this closet!! :) AMAZING!!!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Ack, I love it! You're totally right, it is like a boutique. So glam and fun!!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Jen, your closet looks Awesome! What a change! I'm a big fan of having everything on display: shoes, bags and jewelry, otherwise if I don't see it I completely forget that I have it and don't use it. Fantastic job ;)

Judy said...

So GORGEOUS. My friend is about to do her closet and I want her to see this before she makes any decisions. I'm sure she is going to be as inspired as I am. You did an amazing job. Love the chandelier. You're never going to want to leave your closet!!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

It's so CHIC! Ok... and what about all of those shoes?


Lovely ideas! Love how organized it looks and how your clothing adds color to it. The chandelier is a must in a girl's closet.


Have a blessed week, Jen.


PS: Thank you for being so kind yesterday. It meant a lot to me.

xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Tiffany said...

Well you have your own personal mini boutique! Love it and love your shoes, too... :)

www.savorhome.blogspot.com

Kendra @ House of Ficek said...

Yes, that is an amazing transformation! Your closet looks about the same size as mine in the before, and then in the after it looks huge!! Okay, husband is getting kicked out of the closet tomorrow ;)

Fiona said...

Looks great, although I was hoping you'd order the geometric one so I could hear how it was! Beautiful closet. (Yes, 35 bags is a lot!)

Cathy said...

Wow...Great closet transformation! I'm just amazed at your shoe and handbag collection. This can't be good for my resolution to stop shopping until my birthday this year..as a part of my 26 things to do before I turn 26. :)

<3 Cathy

http://spritzofyellow.blogspot.com

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Oh Jen, it's SO, SO good :)
I did a bag edit last year, I find I am only using 4 on a seasonal rotation. I think I got a little greedy, and when I started to look at the money spent on those LV bags that I wasn't using.. I decided to be happy with what I have! They are pretty classic and longterm bags :) x

Em said...

AWESOME!!!

Styles 'n Cream said...

You are seriously the luckiest girl in the world with a hubby like yours - buys you amazing rings, builds you lux closets ... increadible!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oooooh it looks GORGEOUS!!!

Well done! :)

If you ever need to get rid of any of those fabulous hand-bags, I'd gladly take them for you! ;)

Marcus Design said...

Wonderful space Jen!! And your hubby is HANDY!! he did an awesome job with those shoe shelves. I'd love to have your closet and I'd love to have your shoe collection too :)))
Nancy xo

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

Definitely a good lookin' closet! Great job.
~Tanya

Lindsay [Bella Cene'] said...

What an amazing transformation! I had no clue it would look like it did "before" when I was scrolling down. That's amazing! Kudos to the hubby!

:) I'm still speechless. lol

Peace Love & All Things Creative said...

you have great taste in decorating & shoes!! it looks awesome! wish it was mine!

CLARA said...

Love it.. You have been one busy girl..

classyturtle said...

Looks incredible! I think I was just drooling!!!

Beck said...

It looks amazing Jen! Great work! I love that python bag and would love to know where you got it from. Well done to you and your guy on transforming a beautiful house into a truely inspiring home.

Carpe Diem said...

Stunning...looks great. I love that no matter how small the space..or whether anyone else will see it...you try to make every inch gorgeous. Kuddos to your husband.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I'm literally gasping- it's so so good. I'm actually insanely jealous- adore everything and that chandelier is ridiculously good.

Charlene @ Sweetchic said...

Omg, I am seriously swooning right now! I had to show my husband and ask if we could do that to our closet :) (it was a no)

Marian said...

My goodness, I want your closet. And I can't believe its Ikea. Looks Amazing

Chic Geek said...

Lucky lady! Absolutely breathtaking! I may be picking up that leapard runner immediatly! ;)

thelonelywifeproject said...

I think you're one lucky girl!!

{FLOURISH} said...

Jen seriously - your closet is fantastic. Wow...so beautiful, what lovely inspiration!

Downtown Diaries said...

Wow! I am so jealous! that's what I need to do...i'm bursting at the seams!! love it!!! i literally have started to shove my purses into kitchen cabinets! aiya!

www.dtdiaries.blogspot.com

Erin said...

What a fabulous closet! Especially love the chandelier. It almost looks like it's bigger than in the before picture.

bird and tree said...

I died and went to closet heaven....lol
I love that chandelier!
...please no one can have too many shoes or handbags!....until you run out of room lol or your considering taking pantry space as more closet space lol. great reno...and a pat on the back to your husband too!

Nicki said...

Love it!!! Oh wow! I want to do that and collect many more bags and shoes! Do tell about your leopard clutch next to the pink pumps. I want it!!

Stacie Frazier - Haute Shots said...

Perfection!

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

I'm amazed.

Bold and Beautiful said...

I LOVE IT! You did such a great job and everything turned out so well. I am jelous of your perfectly organized closet. I love the hardware and the rug choice too! Great Job!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

NICKI:
Thank you..! That clutch is actually from H & M - love it!

Julia Gómez said...

I love it!!!!!!!wow i need one ;)

Debbie Mendes said...

This looks so great Jen! You've inspired me to get my closet together!

Beehive said...

Oh I'm just dreaming of closets built looooong after 1941. I can barely fit a shirt in my closet let alone three Ikea units. Sooooooo envious!

Mandy said...

Wow Jen!! That looks amazing! I love how everything is displayed like at a glamorous boutique. I just posted a picture of how jammed my closet is...I will certainly be using yours as a source of inspiration!! So impressed!

xoxo
Mandy
http://kinistyle.blogspot.com/

LiveLikeYou said...

That looks fantastic!! You guys did a great job!! Love the black shelving with carpet and chandelier. Very glam!!

Fancy Pants said...

Jen, this closet is absolutely incred! It makes me think of when Big has the master closet made for Carrie:) that is love when a guy takes your girly fantasy and makes it reality! Congrats!

The Budget Brides Handbook said...

incredibily in LOVE!!!

vivianesfairytale said...

I am very happy for you, congrats

Your husband is very nice... but you know that :-)

Is wonderful when we have enough space, makes us want to dress up more often.
35 bags is not that much... if makes you happy is just fine. I have 104 and counting...

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Wow! What a transformation! I love seeing before and afters like this - thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Marloes. said...

I am so freaking jealous!!
Your closet looks amazing!

Moois&meer said...

Two words: Love it!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

It looks great Jen! I am dying to do mine, I was thinking of getting leopard Flor tiles and doing a mini-chandelier. Unfortunately the person who owned the house before me put in a built-in closet but it's slightly crooked and drives me crazy--you are inspiring me to finally get around to fixing it up!

xo Mary Jo

TG said...

love love love love love yor closet!!!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Ah jen... I have no words!!!! Sorry yes I do.. I'm JEALOUS!!!! :DDDD
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Eleni said...

It is so beautiful and well organized! I love walk in closets! They make chosing for an outfit so much easier!xo

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Jen, it's... GLORIOUS! absolutely beautiful

daninotes said...

Love the new closet!

Amy H. said...

Beautiful. I to am looking into Ikea closet redo, was it an easy process with measuring and installing?

Roses @ StrictlyRoses said...

wow just amazing. You definitely achieved that Boutique feeling.

Travels in Heels said...

I love your closet! No, I do not think you have too many bags...you can never have enough!

Sarah said...

Your closet looks really fabulous Jen, great work - I love the colors and leopard!!

Stephanie said...

I'm in complete envy! I love, love, love it! Can you come do mine?

PS 35 handbags is definitely a lot, and are they all brand name? If so, I'm jealous! I'm just getting started on my handbag collection since I can afford it now.

Eileen Taylor said...

That is one of the nicest transformations of a closet I have seen.Looks amazing!

www.eileentaylorhomeanddesign.com/blog

Paola Zandonadi Burke said...

Good job. Looks great

Anna Caroline {Design Studio 210} said...

I'm spotting some beautiful shoes there! {cravings...}

MITICA ILLUSTRATIONS said...

I need this closet!! its my dream!!!

Brittany - Try It On Me said...

Wow, I am in awe, and green with envy of that amazing closet. Very lucky girl! Looks great! XO

http://tryitonmegirl.blogspot.com/

Lila said...

Wow! That looks gorgeous! I don't know anyone who doesn't envy an organized and stylin closet!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Marie said...

I´m so jealous! It looks great! xoxo Marie

theommydiaries said...

Girl, I love it! Try sticking rolled magazines in your knee and above length boots to keep them standing.

Becky said...

An amazing transformation. Love the tray of perfumes and I have the same H&M leopard clutch.

ashley cooper said...

Your closet turned out so GREAT! I am so glad you stopped by Design Parlor, thanks for your comment! I know Tom Ford makes lipstick-can't get any better than that. Let me know what color you get!! xoxo Happy New Year!

TAM + SAM said...

Gorgeous, it is a dream!

Affordable Fashion said...

I am so jealous! You and your husband did an amazing job. It looks great. 35 handbags is kind of alot...I have about 15, and I thought that was bad! But more power to ya!

http://www.allonfashion.com/

Tiffany said...

OH wow. I think I had a dream about this. Can you adopt me and let me live there? ;)

Jen of Made By Girl said...

THE MOMMY DIARIES:
YES!! I think I will be doing that at some point..I thought about putting tubes, but i like your idea of rolled magazines BETTER!! thanks!!

K.DeSantos said...

I know I shouldn't but I covet this space so much. You did an exceptional job as always ;)

Libbie said...

JEALOUS!
My bf let me have the walk-in but all my stuff still seems so crammed and unorganized!

Thanks for sharing!

Mylovelysurroundings.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Glamorous!

Stacey said...

Major "closet envy" here! I LOVE IT and your hubby is so handy-he's a keeper for sure:-). XX

Bubby Makes Three said...

AWESOMMMMMME! Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out!! Can your hubby be sub-let to my place?! Love it muchos...

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

I hear angels singing when I look at your closet. What a dream and your husband is a winner as I've said one hundred times over. Love a guy who keeps his woman happy.

You so deserve it!

Dfest said...

Makes me want to go home after work today and do an mini-makeover of my own closet. In fact, with the Boston weather the way it is, I can't think of a better way to spend a Wed night. Thanks, Jen!

AJthePurple said...

Gorgeous! You are a lucky, lucky lady :) I don't know how many handbags I have...I guess if you include shoulder bags I have about a dozen? I have tons of shoes though!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

jealous!

Jasmine said...

Jenn,

There are two words for what I'm feeling right now: JEALOUS and INSPIRED. ;) Jealous because I wish I had that closet, and all those shoes, but Inspired because if I take a second look at my non-walk in closet I just might be able to create something glam of my own if I just take a moment to plan it out (and BEG hubby to build it).

Great job, you two! Congrats on your new space and Kudos for donating those handbags and purses you no longer use. You probably don't know it but you've made someone's day... :D

~Jazz

LindsB said...

I am so jealous of all that space you have!! What an amazing closet to walk into everyday- its perfect!

Pudel-design said...

OMG!!!
I`m in love with your closet;)
Lovely greetings...

sara said...

this is absolutely amazing, wow!

Mochatini said...

jen, you closet looks wonderful. i love before and afters.
totally agree about having skylights in closets. my huz is planning a new closet for us too, and this is helpful. we looked at several solutions, cal closets, easy closets, container store, ikea and now we have a better idea of what we want.
i think huz wants to build most of it himself(once he's done with home office) so we can truly customize.
how are you organizing your jewelry? earrings and such?

http://www.mochatini.net

Jen of Made By Girl said...

MOCHATINI: I also looked at different options & they were all sooo $$$.
I know some people that have IKEA closets and are quite happy...so I decided on them. However my husband did make the shelving from plain wood, which worked out to be quite affordable. You can see in this link where i store most of my jewelry :

http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-master-closet-in-progressvia-made-by.html

I ALSO have a jewelry box as well I keep in the closet. :)

Kelly said...

LOVE it! It's just awesome.

Kimberly Moore said...

Wow! So glam. Love the chandelier! It seriously is like a little boutique in there.

Emily A. Clark said...

Amazing! I know you must be so proud and feel like such a girl every time you walk in there :) The leopard runner is the perfect touch.

christine, just bella said...

Ah-mazing. You're a lucky, lucky lady :)

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Such a nice transformation! the personal touches really finish it off.

My closet has those stupid hanger/shelves that yours did. I would LOVE a revamp like this somehow.

As for bags, I don't have 35... but I would like to have a few more. Unfortunately I beat up my bags so badly!!

Erin said...

What a fabulous master closet! I don't think that I could resist using the fun runner as catwalk every time I got dressed! Way to show off your clothes and accessories to best advantage-- can't wait until I can have a great closet myself someday!

Leslie said...

Found your blog and L.O.V.E it! And, I am bout to remodel my master closet...your design is GORGeous.

Leslie said...

Found your blog and L.O.V.E it! I'm about to remodel my Master Closet and you design is GORGeous. Thanks!

belinda graham said...

jealous! it's perfection x

Erika@PlaceboLife said...

WOW. amazing job done! so neat and organized to my OCD standard :)

very much inspired by you!!!!

Katriin said...

Wow, nice job with the closet Jen! its like every womans dream closet

Kat,
http://katriin.teemusk.com

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

that is awesome!!!

Beth at southernfriedliving said...

Your closet is Ahhh-mazing! I love the way you maximized the small space...to house ALL 1 billion pairs of shoes you have! Love the dark wood and cheetah runner. I'm keeping this one in my inspiration folder!

Jenny Nicole said...

Beautiful! Love it!

Shann D. said...

Closets...they are so important to us!lol. Like you, I completely ripped out our ugly wire shelves and installed shelves, Ikea wardrobe storage, a bench, and a mirror. When I finished it must have been one of the happiest days of my life! He-He. I have an 8 foot wall that has all of my shoes on it, its literlly a shrine to my shoes.lol.

It doesnt hurt that my husband loves to be fashionable so I think that our closet is twice as amazing because I had him on my side. :)

claire said...

It looks amazing! You have the most fantastic style and ideas~~!!

You have inspired me to re-do my linen closet, can you tell us what mechanism your hubby used for the plank shoe shelves?

THANKS!!

Saffron said...

Love it! I just love how you put things together! The runner is fab & the zebra print boxes are perfect :D

ginabeana said...

what was the stain your husband used on the shelves from home depot? i am trying to match my ikea furniture as well and i bought the same brown-black stuff from ikea. thanks! :)

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