JUST LIKE NAR­NIA

OUT OF THIS WORLD WARDROBES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - HAN­NAH SBEGHEN han­nah.sbeghen@news.com.au

THESE wardrobes ri­val the closet of Sex in the City star Car­rie Brad­shaw.

High ceil­ings, chan­de­liers and bul­let­proof walls are just some of the wardrobe musthaves in Gold Coast pres­tige prop­erty.

The trend is leav­ing some cashed-up home­own­ers with wardrobes as big as the av­er­age lounge room and cost­ing them up to $50,000.

On the Sovereign Is­lands, lux­ury man­sion Villa Blue Wa­ters is fit­ted out with a tele­vi­sion in the dress­ing room and cham­pagne to keep you re­freshed.

Just down the road, a sprawl­ing man­sion at King Arthurs Court comes with a 9sq m wardrobe – for shoes only.

De­signer Michelle Mars­den said wardrobes were be­com­ing just as im­por­tant as kitchens for some home­own­ers and cost­ing just as much.

Ms Mars­den said she has been styling prop­erty in Aus­tralia for 25 years and in the past 12 months has been inundated with wardrobe re­quests.

Some of the crazy re­quests in­clude cof­fee sta­tions, bar fridges, spe­cial sun­glass stor­age, se­cu­rity safes and even bul­let­proof walls.

“Tele­vi­sions and make up ar­eas are be­com­ing a norm in the wardrobes I’m see­ing, home­own­ers are re­ally think­ing out­side the box,” she said.

“Cof­fee sta­tions are also a big trend sim­ply due to the fact that the house is so big it is eas­ier to make a cof­fee in the wardrobe than go to the kitchen.”

Ms Mars­den said the lux­ury trend fol­lowed the Hamp-

tons style which was pop­ping up in most Gold Coast homes.

“When I was work­ing in the US big wardrobes were in most houses and the Gold Coast has adapted it just like the Hamp­tons trend,” she said.

Men are no ex­cep­tion ei­ther ac­cord­ing to Ms Mars­den, who said even they have wardrobes as big as their part­ners.

Mother-of-three Pat Wor­boys re­cently ren­o­vated her Surfers Par­adise man­sion and said her walk-in wardrobe was more than just a place to store clothes.

“More space means we are able to pur­chase more shoes and clothes, we don’t have to com­pro­mise and throw away things that we love,” she said,

“My hus­band and I still find that we have a lot of ex­cess space that we can’t fill.”

In Mrs Wor­boys’ closet, French doors open to re­veal a lav­ish room with a study nook and makeup area.

“One whole side of the room is de­voted to shoes,”

Mrs Wor­boys said.

“We wanted to cre­ate a prac­ti­cal room that we could spend time in and not just have as an­other util­ity.

“My friends and I can hang out in the wardrobe and my hus­band loves work­ing in there. These spa­ces are not like they used to be, they have a lot of po­ten­tial if you have a great us­able de­sign.”

Mrs Wor­boys said the cou­ple ex­panded the wardrobe con­sid­er­ably when they bought the house.

“The bed­rooms were orig­i­nally quite ex­pan­sive so we were able to cre­ate a big­ger wardrobe with­out tak­ing away too much space from the bed­room,” she said.

“We’ve dec­o­rated it and made it a tran­quil space with nat­u­ral light and plants.”

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Pat Wor­boys in the amaz­ing wardrobe at her Surfers Par­adise man­sion.

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