Play­ing dress-up has never been more fun

HGTV host Kort­ney Wil­son on how she turned her mas­ter bed­room into her dream closet

Bayview Post - - Homes - KORT­NEY WIL­SON

I never thought my closet would be­come a place for a cham­pagne toast with my girl­friends. In fact, I de­signed it to be a fully func­tion­ing and prac­ti­cal space and just got caught up in the pretty de­tails of it all. Here’s how I turned my bed­room into my dream closet.

My hus­band, Dave, and I are used to re­work­ing clos­ets. Stor­ing one’s stilet­tos and sea­sonal hats wasn’t re­ally a pri­or­ity in homes of the early 1900s, so when we ren­o­vate houses, we are ac­cus­tomed to turn­ing smaller bed­rooms into much needed 21stcen­tury kind of stor­age. When I told Dave that I had the idea of turn­ing our mas­ter bed­room into my walk-in closet and the of­fice next to our bed­room into our new sleep space, it was a bit of a head scratcher. So much so, that I moved the bed­room one day when he wasn’t home to help him vi­su­al­ize it. Then, we be­gan the process.

I had friends who had spent tens of thou­sands of dol­lars on cus­tom clos­ets with beau­ti­fully de­tailed doors and built-in dressers, but I had a dif­fer­ent vi­sion. I wanted to be able to walk in and see all of the items at a glance, in­stead of hav­ing to open up draw­ers and slid­ing doors. I had our car­pen­ter build open shelv­ing, just as he would for pantries, ac­com­mo­dat­ing items I would hang high, low and fold in be­tween.

Then came the is­land. I re­ally wanted a glass coun­ter­top so I could place all of my jewellery in the top draw­ers and see ev­ery­thing at a glance. My ini­tial plan was to find two large and iden­ti­cal dressers and put them back to back. The idea was to re­place the dresser tops with glass. It proved to be more ex­pen­sive than to just build what I wanted from scratch, so I had our kitchen cab­i­net guy, Chris, take a stab at it.

I chose a minty green hue for the body of the is­land, added a com­bi­na­tion of hard­ware from An­thro­polo­gie and some gold feet that are merely dec­o­ra­tion, mak­ing it look less like kitchen cab­i­nets. I hung a brass-fin­ished chan­de­lier for a lit­tle glam and painted the orig­i­nal man­tel white.

The pink brick that I un­cov­ered years ago plays nicely against the green and grey ac­cents and gives the room the tex­ture that it needed. The ad­di­tion of a fuzzy stool and a grey and white–striped chair from West Elm has made it per­fect for those cham­pagne toasts with my girl­friends.

I’ve al­ways been hes­i­tant about put­ting my closet on dis­play. It’s a per­sonal space, and it seems a lit­tle over the top to most (heck, to me). It’s not one of those ne­ces­si­ties, like say, your kitchen, but I’m proud of the space. Af­ter shar­ing a two-by­four-foot closet for most of my life with my sis­ter and grad­u­at­ing to shar­ing a slightly larger walk-in closet with Dave, it has been a joy to start my morn­ing off in a space that re­flects me.

As a re­al­tor, it’s one of the sur­pris­ing ar­eas that I find can make or break a deal. If the house is great, but there is no stor­age, the buyer can be turned off. I ded­i­cate a good amount of time to the closet de­sign in each house. I’ve been known to paint the backs of the built-in shelves, ac­cent with wall­pa­per, give one of the walls a punch of colour or fancy it up with a re­ally great light fix­ture or an in­ter­est­ing piece of art.

As a rule of thumb, a lit­tle colour, a bit of tex­ture, some sim­ple fabric and dash of pat­tern mix­ing all con­trib­ute to pulling a room to­gether. The mas­ter closet shouldn’t be the ex­cep­tion. A large closet is a lux­ury. So is cheese­cake. If you’ve got the room, go for it. Catch Kort­ney and her hus­band Dave Wil­son on Mas­ters of Flip when they re­turn for a third sea­son in 2018 on HGTV Canada.

Wil­son in the closet she de­signed with a fo­cus on open stor­age

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